Wheat State Golden | Free State Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Free State Brewing Co.
Kansas, United States
freestatebrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
106
Reviews:
29
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
13.56%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
24
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 106 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of zeff80
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy, golden yellow color with a small, white, fizzy, bubbly head. It left some sudsy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled of lemon, wheat and some caramel notes.

T - This beer has a nice sweet flavor with a lemony touch. There is a very subtle grassy bitterness blend with a dash of caramel.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light bodied and easy drinking brew.

D - This is one of the more interesting blonde ales that I've had. It brings some good flavors to the table.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewpub in August 2009.

Pours a moderate golden color with a bit of haze. Short white head that recedes pretty quickly. The nose brings some really light grain and a bit of very light hops. The flavor is mild grain, wheat, and hints of citrus. Creamy, light mouthfeel. Drinks okay, but nothing terribly special.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a stange glass. This is from a selection of Free State Brewing beers send to me by JeepCop. Thanks Dale!

Pours a clear copper, with a ½ finger of bright-white head. This retains with a thin frothiness that leaves back a foamy cascade of lacing that settles into a light spotty look. The aroma smells of fresh cut grass, spice, and bitter fruit. A sticky backing of caramel and bread fill out the back of the nose. This is light yet still flavorful and pleasant in the nostrils.

The taste is tight across the tongue with a snap of bready wheat and some sweeter caramel character. A pleasant bite of earthy bitterness, fruit, and spice add complexity and crispness and linger in the finish with some moderate dryness. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and crisp and lively in the mouth but yet, most importantly, remains very smooth and easy on the palate.

While this did come off more to me like a hoppy Blonde Ale, I still rather enjoyed this. It was well balanced, approachable, and most of all, extremely refreshing and quaffable! This would be a summer-time go-to if it was local to me. Nice stuff.

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Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes, enjoyed well within BBD date(10-28-11)

Pours an effervescent honey color with a pinky of pearl colored head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Bready & grainy notes

T: Breadyness mingles with golden delicious apples up front. Fruittyness (apples & white grapes) more earthy grainyness. Finishes crisp, grainy & refreshing

MF: Medium bodied with smooth carbonation

So pleasant to drink, a flavorful example of the style that really captured wheaty flavors

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Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Tone
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight sweet malt, grain, hint of wheat, and a hint of citrus hops. Fits the style of an American Blonde Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of wheat, slight citrus hops, and a hint of grain. Overall, good blend, appearance, and feel.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this out of the growler and into a weizen glass, not the easiest thing to do.
Much head, due to pouring, laced and then vanished. Color of body was pale, fuzzy yellow. Some sediment.
A grain based taste, but not wheat...rice maybe. Hops and carbonation are the main focus, but some lemon and sugar are present.
Easy drinking, especially during a hot day.

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Photo of Hohnbaum
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of jzlyo
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Chucker17
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FosterJM
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

909th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Purchased from: On the Rocks, Lawrence, KS

App- Darker than most blonde ales and a bit of a thinner head. A few dots of cling and some scattered bubbles.

Smell- Much more german malts in essence on the aromatics. A bit thicker with a slight grain and sweet note.

Taste- I think I've grown too accustomed to beers bashing me with flavor. This was light, malty and a touch of citrus. A decent blonde.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a light-medium body. A nice mix of caramel, grain and wheat.

Drink- Overall a nice little beer. Just needs to be tweeked a little to make some flavors layer a little better.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a clear straw yellow with a big rocky white head with a generous amount of sticky lacing.

Light aroma of grainy malts, yeast and bread.

The aroma of grainy malts and bread carries over to the taste along with a touch light fruit and a metallic tinge.

Lighter bodied and dry with moderate carbonation.

A very average Blonde or Wheat ale at best. Sadly, nothing really stands out with this one.

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Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of RichH55
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy pale golden pour with a 2 finger fluffy head. It fades to a 1/2 finger and leaves some lace behind. Opacity is 40%.

Aromas of golden malts, baked grain, honey, and floral.

Nice baked flavor, some fruitiness from pears and apples. A nice honey sweetness finishes the profile.

Feel is lightly creamy, mostly carbonated, a dusky dry finish.

Overall, a pretty solid golden ale. I'd revisit it on tap.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant golden hue and excellent clarity. A quarter inch of tightly knit off white head rests on top. Aroma is is pale wheat and kolsch yeast which gives it a bit of a Saltine cracker aroma. The flavor closely mimics the aroma with pale wheat and the Saltine cracker profile. The body is smooth and yet moderately carbonated.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of bditty187
3.26/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brilliant golden hue, filtered, luminous white head, great lacing pattern. Faint nose, herbal & flowery bouquet. Simple palate, weak hops profile, faint citrus, mildly-weak wheaty-tartness. Light body… this is a good brew, something for beginners… simple yet tasty enough. Wheat State has ‘drink on a hot summer day’ written allover it.

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Photo of rye726
3/5  rDev -15.3%
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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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.19/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint.

Look: The beer is a clear golden color with a eggshell colored head that recedes to a wisp. Watery lacing is present.

Aroma: Grains and malts give way to a grassy body, some sweetness in there. Faint hops.

Taste: Somewhat metallic, but much like the aroma. Very clean, sweet, and a good display of grains and barley with just enough hops to even it out.

Mouthfeel: Light and clean.

Overall, a good, clean refreshing beer.

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Photo of Kahlerbock
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.24/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampling right now on 6/4/14. Bought this single last weekend while down in Lawrence, Kansas (where the brewery & restaurant is where we ate on 5/30).

Pours a clear golden-yellow in color with about a 1/2-finger white head that settles down to around the edges of the glass after a while. Spotty lacing is seen with each sip. The aroma is of grains and grass. The taste is about the same with a hint of sweetness also. Very easy to drink with no bitter or harsh after taste at all. Really like this one and was tasty on tap last weekend at their brewery/restaurant.

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Wheat State Golden from Free State Brewing Co.
3.54 out of 5 based on 106 ratings.
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