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Wheat State Golden | Free State Brewing Co.

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Free State Brewing Co.
Kansas, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Being located in the biggest wheat producing state in the nation, a refreshing wheat beer is a must-brew. The Wheat State Golden is usually our lightest beer. It is fashioned after the Kolsch beers made around Cologne. It is traditionally brewed in the Alt Style like our Ad Astra Ale and has about 25% wheat malt. There is just a touch of caramel malt to add the golden color, and the rest is pale malt. The Golden is lightly hopped with Yakima Perle for bittering, and Hallertau Hersbrucker hops for aroma.

20 IBU

Added by beernut7 on 10-13-2002

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Ratings: 106 |  Reviews: 29
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2.4/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.43/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.69/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5


I visit Lawrence, KS, about once a year for business purposes. Free State Brewing Co. seems to be the go-to restaurant for out of towners. It's recommended frequently. It's a restaurant but also a craft brewery. You can get the brewskies at the restaurant or in any liquor store in the area. This is one of the flagship beers available year round. I got a six pack of bottles.

I was not happy. It's just not very good. Sorry.

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2.74/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: On tap pour into a mug.

Appearance: Dirty yellow, lots of carbination. Small head.

Aroma: Very sweet, lemon smell.

Taste: A little too much carbination for me. If you are not into the dark beers, this would be a good one to try, has a very sweet light taste.

Mouthfeel: Very light in the mouth with lots of carbination.

Overall: A nice taste, but not enough flavor for me.

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Photo of V3XX069
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of joshwindholz
2.8/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Up for review is a 12oz bottle of Wheat State Golden Ale from Free State Brewing Company. Poured into a pint glass at room temp. Light golden, beige head. Nothing spectacular. Light malts and light body. Decent session beer I guess, just came off a bit thin for me.

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3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light and clear golden color, decent white foamy lasting head that leaves a lace in the glass. Has a flowery and light grainy aroma. Light malt and flowery flavors, nice hoppy dry and clean, crisp finish, light body and a watery mouthfeel, not all that bad for the style, might be a little better on a hot summer day.

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy in the glass, fair scent, smooth going down, expected a little more flavor. Not sure I am going to try this one again.

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3.04/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beautifully clear light golden hue, perhaps from fining and / or filtration. Sticky, thin, tight head leaves intricate lace. Lightly tart, grainy aroma, w/ a hint of herbal hops. Prosaic, clean aroma. A snap of bready sweetness upfront leads into a sweet/tart combination of token malt sweetness and wheat. Meager hop bitterness, but the high attenuation leaves little residual sweetness to be balanced. Crisp, thinnish mouthfeel. Trace herbal hop flavor. Finishes clean, dry and lightly bready. Quaffable and typically bland for style. Beautiful in appearance, but lackluster otherwise. Perhaps the polar opposite of their Owd Mac's Imperial Stout in overall character.

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Wheat State Golden from Free State Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 106 ratings
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