Golden Trout Ale
Mammoth Brewing Company

Golden Trout AleGolden Trout Ale
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Mammoth Brewing Company
California, United States
Ranked #258
Ranked #29,162
3.32 | pDev: 15.66%
Mar 20, 2022
Mar 26, 2008
Golden Trout AleGolden Trout Ale
Notes: Light and crisp Kölsch style beer named after the elusive California State Fish!
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Rated: 3.44 by QuintusHorace from California

Mar 20, 2022
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Reviewed by JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This was another beer that I picked up at the Gift Shop at Yosemite when I was out that way over the summer. Nice label a as it had been a while since I reviewed a Kolsch on here and after having this, it was easy to see why! Sure, if you were going fishing and needed a few cans to tag along with or wanted to crack something open after a long day in the great outdoors, this would be perfect. For serious beer nerds or snobs, this would not be a first choice when reaching for something strong or hopped up...

No surprise that this poured like straw, smelled like cereal, and tasted like grain and grape as this was typical example of the style. Enough head topped this off as there were two rings of lacing near the top with plenty of spotty suds the rest of the way down. Some floral and grassy notes and sourness from the Saaz Hops and Cologne Malt made this feel German as the taste was slightly slick like honey with some biscuit to round out the body. Plenty carbonated and reminiscent of grape in the aftertaste, this was fine for a change but not my cup of tea - even if there was a hint of spice scattered throughout my time with this.

If I had another here, I might have cracked it open after finishing this given that it was nearly impossible to detect the 5.5% ABV. No date was written on the bottom of the can but the lack of sediment was a hint that this held up well during my return trip from California. While not a winner, anyone into macros would be wise to give this a go, if for no other reason than a chance to expand his or her horizons. If anything, this has me missing the National Parks that I visited during my run this year!
Oct 18, 2021
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Reviewed by RyanK252 from California

3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Can poured into a Mammoth Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden straw yellow with a frothy off white head that settles to a firm layer and laces nicely.

S: Floral, grassy, yeasty, slight herbal earthy notes, biscuity malt, and a little honey sweetness.

T: Floral, grassy, light slightly spicy herbal notes, underlying fruity side, pear, melon, and peach, a little yeasty, crackery slightly biscuity malt, and a little honey sweetness.

M: Medium body, slightly soft to moderate carbonation.

O: Over the years I've seen this beer marketed as a Blonde Ale and a Pilsner, but I guess now it's a Kolsch. Not sure how much the recipe has changed along with the names. As it stands it's not bad and serves as an approachable crowd pleaser. Good one to keep in the cooler while fishing, but nothing to go out of the way for.
Jul 18, 2021
Rated: 4.48 by Vylo from New Jersey

Jul 03, 2021
Rated: 3.71 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Apr 18, 2021
Rated: 3.26 by gboley from California

May 12, 2019
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Pours a yellow and golden color with ample clarity and a soft 1/3" head. Aroma of light malt, Munich, and maybe some non descript grain and hay.

Taste is a beer similar to the macros, but with a little less sweetness and 100% barley. The hopping is minimal, the carbonation is high. This is one of those beers that they sing about in the country songs about how you want it ice cold because the girl is so hawt. It is a decent option for that person who isn't about beer but will drink one. The slightest sweetness and bitterness. A standard blonde ale. 25 ibu I would guess. No off flavors. I wouldn't shit on the beer just because it is what it aims to be a mild pilsner that keeps the lager feels way down. The yeast doesn't really provide anything here.
Mar 11, 2018
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Reviewed by Zorro from California

3.52/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Clear golden ale with a medium sized white head. No Trout in the bottle.

Smells clean and mildly sweet. Mild noble hop scent, mostly hay and grass. This is your standard easy going lager.

Starts out mildly sweet with mostly a toasted grain flavor. Grain and very slight bitterness. They hop is both saffron and hay in flavor. Tasty enough to be interesting but nothing that would challenge your Pabst loving relatives.

Medium mouthfeel.

Overall tasty yet friendly beer. Something that would go with anything be it the Beach or a steak dinner.
Mar 11, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Feb 06, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by AlvinLin from New York

Dec 22, 2016
Rated: 3.25 by Rick778 from California

Dec 08, 2016
Rated: 3.67 by rarigney from Washington

Oct 28, 2016
Rated: 3.39 by kmoen from California

Oct 22, 2016
Rated: 3.17 by EdTheEdge from California

Sep 13, 2016
Rated: 3.74 by Jeremiah_Nelson from California

Aug 19, 2016
Rated: 2.57 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Apr 30, 2016
Rated: 3.63 by Jnila93 from California

Apr 06, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by Gobzilla from California

Mar 05, 2016
Rated: 2.67 by kzz from California

Jan 17, 2016
Rated: 2.97 by Tapioju from Finland

Jul 17, 2015
Rated: 3.59 by chossboss from Oregon

Jun 05, 2015
Rated: 3.14 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

Feb 03, 2015
Rated: 3 by hophugger from Virginia

Nov 24, 2014
Rated: 3 by gldnns from California

Nov 02, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by KnowYourCraft from California

Oct 06, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Kramerwtmf from California

Sep 27, 2014
Rated: 2.88 by kmanjohnson from California

Sep 26, 2014
Rated: 2.75 by Keananmichael5 from California

Sep 26, 2014
Rated: 4 by RBassSFHOPit2ME from California

Aug 12, 2014
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Reviewed by mactrail from Washington

2.94/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Light golden color with a modest hear and average carbonation in the mouth. Not much aroma.

This has an odd resiny taste that is hard to place. Slight bitter aftertaste. Slightly perfumey. Sweet straw flavor with an overripe fruit flavor, now that's the weird part. Sticky. A hit of something like sweet Vermouth. Artificial flavor watermelon hard candy.

This is pretty much the reason Blonde Ales don't get much respect. And I don't think this is a very good example of a style that sometimes surprises on the upside. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.
Jul 31, 2014
Rated: 3 by Segelstrom from Pennsylvania

Jul 28, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by 2beerdogs from California

Jul 23, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by the_encinitan from California

Jul 10, 2014
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Reviewed by UCLABrewN84 from California

3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Pours a clear golden-orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and biscuit flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but doesn't seem all that well done for a pilsner that the label is describing.
Jul 01, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by freshflesh from California

Jun 26, 2014
Rated: 3 by SB_Brewmaster from California

Apr 03, 2014
Rated: 1 by vma from California

Mar 24, 2014
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Reviewed by MoorBeerPlz from Arizona

2.79/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass (only glass avail.)...

A: Pours a golden color with a frothy head the disappears quickly leaving some residual lacing. I thought it looked quite carbonated in the glass.

S: Not as much as I expected. Some very light hops and maybe malt and citrus. Tough to tell (my nose is still learning).

T: Light taste, not near as much flavor as I was expecting... some hops, malts and a few other minor, unidentifiable tastes coming through. Nothing special but decent enough to finish with thoughts of having another. It drinks easy and went down smooth.

M: Light to medium with a lot less carbonation than I expected. I detected a dry finish and little residual flavor.

O: Not the best, not the worst I've had. In my mind this one is a middle of the pack offering of the style and no one should be offended if someone offers you one. Makes me interested in seeing what else Mammoth Brewing has to offer. The term "summer beer" comes to mind with this one. Cheers!
Oct 12, 2013
Rated: 4 by Nightrain87 from California

Oct 02, 2013
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