Willimantic Certified Gold | Willimantic Brewing Co.

28 Ratings

Brewed by:
Willimantic Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our flagship bright golden ale that is balanced with Munich malt and Goldings hops, also a touch of Hallertau hops for aroma.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2003

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 9
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4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GregSemenza
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MelM012
4.68/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I grew up near Willimantic so I'm considerably biased but it's definitely a go to favorite when I go out with my friends and/or family!

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 8/4/13 at the brewpub in Willimantic, CT, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out very bready with a hearty malt character for the style. Then some mild caramel and citrus sweetness comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to session with for a long time.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured with a small head of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head dissipates quickly and leaves average lace.

S - light, sweet malt and a hint of herbal hops.

T - sweet, grainy malt and some herbal hops with little else going on.

M - medium body moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - not real complex, but well made and beyer than average for the style.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of akorsak
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the brewpub. After being stricken ill for almost two days, this beer tasted really good.

A: Certified gold is certified, by me, as a golden copper color. The palest and clearest of the current offerings. A wispy white head came along with the ale.

S: The nose is yeasty, clean with fruit aromas mixing with the biscuity malts. A simple ale, no frills but solid.

T: The taste mirrors the nose with a little more sweetness. Biscuity grains support a mild yeasty sweetness that has fresh apples as a supporting actor. Toasted malts shine throughout. A nice start to my Willibrew experience.

M: The mouthfeel is clean, malty and sweet. A flagship, no doubt.

D: It's not long on pizzazz but it sure does down well.

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Photo of plaid75
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light noble hop spice and a soft bready sweetness.

The taste consisted of thin, grainy malts and a residual hop spice.

The mouthfeel was thin and a bit watery.

Overall a decent, easy drinking ale.

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Photo of Boto
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Brewpub: This one poured a clear golden color. It had a small white head on it, that left minimal lacing. The aroma was a bit mild. Some malts and grassiness. The taste is along the same lines. Some malts and a pinch of hops. Slightly sweet taste. Clean and easy to drink. A decent brew.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright golden ale that is balanced with Munich malt and Goldings hops, also a touch of Hallertau hops for aroma. 4.7% abv was just right for my wife. I tasted it, and maybe because I need my brew to step all over my tounge, I found it a bit watery and weak. She had 3 of them but I feel if there were other options along the same line she would have switched.

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Willimantic Certified Gold from Willimantic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 28 ratings
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