Woodie Gold | Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
California, United States
karlstrauss.com

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by scottoale on 03-20-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
67
Reviews:
43
Avg:
3.31
pDev:
16.92%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
4
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from a sixer brought by a friend to my wife's birthday party in July 2006. He brought it because he liked the label (see attached photo).

Double Pilsner? What is that? Never heard of it. Based on the style guidelines (more malt backbone and intense bitterness), this gets one out of two right. Full rich malt, sweet but not cloying, very very drinkable on a hot day, but I can find absolutely no bitterness. As aonther reviewer mentioned, creamy. Not a bad thing, just not what the description says. Hmm.

I kinda like it, but it is literally 110 degrees at 5:30 PM, so most cold beers will be good. Seriously, I can drink this, but it is more of a one-off for me.

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Photo of birdypowder
3.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Woodie Gold produces a thin white head, maybe a finger width at most that dissipates not quickly, but confidently leaving a thin veneer of white bubbles encasing the top of my beer. Bits of lacing that apparently did not want to be part of the protective layer of foam faithfully following my beer down the glass remain stuck to the sides like shy people at a club avoiding the dance floor.

Grainy and toasted malt aromas greet my nose with some slight hop aromas that I am not yet talented enough to identify.

The color is golden yellow of course but a deeper shade than the macro pilsners like Bud and Coors. The carbonation also seems lighter then the aforementioned heavyweights of pilsner.

Slight malt sweetness greets my tounge with a faint backend bitterness. A very drinkable beer but not one you would tell your friends they have to try. If this beer was a person, you would never be close friends but you would always get along.

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Photo of deruiz10
3.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - One finger white head has no retention to speak of. Pour is a clear yellowish gold.

S - Honey and some breadiness, but really not too much there.

T - Slightly sweet breadiness with some honey and caramel notes in the finish as well as a faint tartness.

M - Mild carbonation and fairly watery.

D - A decent session brew, but there are others with more character.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(This review is sung to the tune of "Takin' Retards to the Zoo")

Was a boring day, got nothing to do
So I'll open up a bottle of local brew

Moving right onto the beer, moving right on to the beer:

Twist off top, pour it in a glass
Gold colored lager, head is fading fast
Smells imported, but it is not
Stinky grains and grass is all I got

Moving right on to the taste, moving right onto the taste:

Clean and crisp and medium bodied
Honey and hops is what it's embodied
Lightly flavored, and has nice balance
Three or four bottles, that's my allowance

This review is over now, this review is over now..oww.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of likeemdark
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Chrisdslap
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of tomgossert
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of HopHead84
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12/23/2011

On tap at Karl Strauss.

A: Burnished gold with a large white sea foam head. Much lighter in color than, say, a coy fish, which is more of a majestic orange rather than light gold and transparent. Another aptly named beer.

S: Biscuit, grain, and toasted bread blend with a light noble hop presence that's floral and somewhat grassy.

T: Grainy with light toasted notes and a low bitterness. This is very clean. Elegant and innocent in its simplicity.

M: Light in body with high carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry and crisp.

Overall: This grew on me. It's another somewhat simple but well executed beer that a man could drink pitchers of if afforded a comfortable seat with an advantageous view.

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Photo of NickRivers
3.56/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A&S - Pours an obvious golden blonde, with a slim white head, tons of bubbles coming off the bottom even 10 minutes after the pour. Smell is mostly covered up but hints of light malt, light hops, light bready yeast.

T&M - Extremely crisp and light, goes down very smooth and tastes very refreshing. Finishes with the slightest stickiness and hop presence. Mouthfeel is light bodied.

O - A great session beer, and one of my favorites from KS.

I might consider this to be my go to pilsner for summer hang-outs, next to things like Longboard Lager. Its a shame they advertise more of Red Trolley than anything else. RT didn't live up to the hype in my book but I highly recommend you check out Tower 10 IPA and Woodie Gold, tastes better in SD where the beer and air is fresher! Stay thirsty my friends.

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Photo of Nickgiraud
3.56/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of srandycarter
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A - Pours very clear, very light honey. Some small near white head, leaves instantly.. Some cling lace near the surface.

S - Very light malt and the hint of very light hops.

T - Light crisp.. maltier than I expected giving it some nice structure. Bittering is evident at finish. Not much needed, not much given.

M - Well carbed and balanced.

D - No offensive or tiring flavors. Easy stuff.

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Photo of Newsman
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six at the Pasadena Whole Foods while visiting Southern California for work. Pours nicely, decent white head, decent lacing, looks very much the classic pilsner. Smells a little better than average, with a hint of florals coming from the above-average hops.

This tastes good. Has that classic pilsner taste, nice bite, with a better-than-average hop characteristic that doesn't overwhelm. Crisp dry finish. Blessedly, they didn't go overboard on the fizz, so mouthfeel was good for the style.

Overall, a really drinkable brew that was greatly appreciated in the midst of a SoCal heat wave. Nothing world-shakingly special, but a very solid session brew. I'd go for this again on a hot day.

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Photo of Alek
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of ejimhof
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear yellow with no real lacing to speak of.

Smell - just a slight whiff of hops and not much else detectable.

Taste - crisp with just a slighlty bitter hop presence.

Mouthfeel - smooth and drinkable.

Overall - above average pilsener could easily drink several of these in a session.

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Photo of Jayli
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 6/13 at Redondo Beach Brewing at LAX airport
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours a murky yellow with a 1/4 inch of white head. Head recedes immediately leaving wispy lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is somewhat fruity, grain, and hints of grassy hops.

T: Taste pale malts on the forefront, hints of wheat and grain through the middle mixed with mild honey fruitiness. Finish is of a light grassy hop note.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation, nice crisp body with a dry finish.

D: Goes down easily, somewhat tasty, not much of a kick. This isn't a knock your socks off beer, but it's pretty simple and nicely balanced. Nice enough flavoring and a nice ABV to make this a sessionable beer.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.92/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at several locations in San Diego.

Pours a fairly solid straw color w/a decent amount of head. The taste is mostly a good dose of sweet malt with just a bit of hop bitterness there. I see it classified as a German Pils", but I would probably say it's more like a Helles with a little more hop punch. Lots of bready flavors in there. Nothing awesome, but very highly drinkable and somewhat interesting for a good session brew.

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Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of Pillowhead
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of IntriqKen
4.15/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden straw color with a half finger of white foam that melts to a ring of thin lacing.
For some reason this was very different and much more enjoyable to me in the bottle.
Aromas are very light and slightly floral...only a touch of lager yeast smells are present so less of a biscuit smell than most American attempts at this style. There is definitely a presence of fruit in both the aroma and the taste. Refreshing.
Mouthfeel is very substantial for this style with lots of tiny, tingly carbonation.
Taste is bright and light. Touch of very pale malt sweetness then a little fruitiness, then some mild citrus hops.
Aftertaste is very clean and fresh.
One of the best.

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Photo of heytomcat
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of theopholis
4.46/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- The body is light, clear gold with a foamy white head. Some head retention. Very little lacing.

Aroma- Very nice balnace between a soft malt sweetness, subdued graininess, and a tiny hint of lemon and floral hops. Also get a very subtle, sweet smelling wood aroma.

Taste- This is one of Karl's better beers. Is has a very nice mix of malt sweetness, a subdued graininess and just enough hop bitterness to let you know it's beer.

Mouthfeel- Mouthfeel is also very nice. Medium to slightly heavy body with just the right level of carbonation. Just sticky enough to coat your mouth and give you an excellent after-taste.

Drinkability- Very nice. Good for day-time drinking or relxing with. I am really impressed.

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Photo of 1realbeer
4.55/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was just excellent. If you are looking for a flavorful, refreshing, go-to beer for the summer, this is it. I've just finished my second six-pack and plan to add another sixer to the wife's grocery list.

It has a distinct, yellow tint. The head is not particularly huge or long-lasting, but is that what you really want on a hot, summer day? The best description of this beer is "well-balanced." Mr. Strauss seems to know what he is doing. I detect malt, citrus, and a gentle hop note that puts a smile on my face.

If you like "hop water" instead of beer, then this is not your beer. Go grab an IPA or your neighbor's home brew instead. If you are a San Diegan who needs a huge, hoppy brew, buy something from Stone instead. Otherwise, San Diego, you have a winner in Woodie Gold. Mmmm...

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Woodie Gold from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
3.31 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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