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Alamo Golden Ale | Alamo Beer Co.

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Alamo Golden AleAlamo Golden Ale

Brewed by:
Alamo Beer Co.
Texas, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 10-13-2003

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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 201
Photo of ElCommodoro
4.36/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale yellow colour, not really gold, but oh well. Small white head that left some very nice lacing. The smell was very FRESH. A little fruity, a little grainy, but altogether the freshness of it all is what stood out to me. It's an indescribable quality, but it's definitely there.
Now for the part that matters, taste. It's very delicious for a blonde ale. It's yeastier than I'd normally like, but it's pleasant somehow. It's a pleasantly fruity yeastiness that is well balanced by the hops. And the taste is fresh as well. All around great stuff. Not my favourite style, but if I'm going to drink a blonde, this is going to be it. Sure beats Shiner's.

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Photo of atxlex
4.07/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden in color. Head dissipates within a couple minutes. Good carbonation.

Light mouthfeel, tart hops up front. Immediately following is a smooth, slightly sweet maltiness. Honey and lemon on the palate. Hops linger after swallowing.

I like this beer a lot. It's got a good deal of flavor, but it's surprisingly refreshing. Exceptionally well balanced.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours straw colored, hazy, white head.

S: Bready, fruity yeast undertones. Clean, crisp.

T: Refreshingly simple, very clean. Bread / grains form a solid base. Fruity yeast plays a part rounding out mid sip; black pepper, drop of lemon juice.

M: Medium all around except in the finish, which is a bit watery.

O: Exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of bmwats
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, into a the only viable vessel i had in my hotel room.... a paper cup.

A: It's well... golden. Thick, foamy, white head. A slight blanket of foam remains throughout, and a fair amount of beer ring lacing remains.

S: Baked sourdough bread, black pepper. Slight lemon citrus, and an indistinct bittersweet tone that I can't quite place.

T: Tastes like it smells. Sourdough bread, poppy seed, a little peppery, with just a hint of citrus sweetness.

M: Light body, refreshing quality. A little pungent aftertaste lingers.

D: Goes down easy.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Nice color, and a substantial head which lingers, and some nice lacing. Nose is a very stout grainy tone with some pepper and citrus. Flavor, also very grainy. Fresh baked bread with hints of the sweet citrus and a bit of bitterness to balance it out. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of champ103
2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I think Real Ale might contract brew this, or has in the past anyway. On tap at the Faust Hotel in New Braunfels.

A: Pours a clear golden/yellow color. A one finger white head forms, but recedes to a ring. A small film of lace is left.
S: Grainy, slightly metallic, bread, light sweetness.
T: Follows the nose and pretty neutral. Grains, bread, metal, some lingering sweetness. Like a week Rio Blanco.
M/D: A light and thin mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation, fairly clean, but way to thin. Not hard to drink, but there are usually much better options.

Very average at best. I think that is pretty much the point of this beer though. Even so, not a lot going on to keep me interested.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with a best by date of 09.08.11. Pours a pretty clear gold color with a fluffy white head. Fades fairly quick and leaves minimal lace.

Nose is earthy, almost caramel-esque malt with a fair amount of nuttiness. Very little hops or fruity yeast presence. Pretty boring, actually.

Taste is grainy and fresh with a light hint of fruity yeast. Biscuity and there is still a hint of pecan nuttiness. Hops are a no-show on the palate. Not bad by any means, but totally and utterly forgettable. It is just slightly above average for a blonde ale. The fresh, grainy malt flavors are the saving grace here.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Odd, it actually says that this is brewed by Real Ale on the bottle, but this beer isn't under their list. Anyway, let's give it a formal review:

Appearance: Pours a pretty cloudy yellow golden color with a small 1/8" head of small active bubbles that was only around for about 20 seconds after the pour. It doesn't look like there are too many bubbles rising after the initial head.

Aroma: I got a good bit of hops in the aroma giving grassy notes in particular. They are getting more citrusy as the beer sits for a bit, and the malt is present and a little grainy and is contributing some subtle toasty notes and some light caramel sweetness. The malt is pretty subtle in this beer.

Taste: The flavor is also favoring the hops with some malty notes. The yeast is making a bigger appearance in the flavor than in the aroma giving a little bit of bread dough. The beer is pretty light bodied overall and the carbonation is present in the mouthfeel, though it is a bit low. The finish is tipped mildly toward the hops, but it doesn't end very dry or bitter, so they are playing pretty well with the water. The earthy properties of the hops are coming out a bit more as the beer warms and is starting to make the beer a little less pleasant to drink.

Opinion: This is a pretty decent beer. I am not a big fan of their hop-bill, but that is just personal preference. Overall the balance is pretty good, and it is a pretty well made beer without any fermentation flaws or anything. This is the last beer out of a 6-pack that I got, and I may come back to it someday...but will probably pick up a number of other beers first.

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Photo of prosit13
4.2/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall pilsner, good head about 2 fingers that dissipated slowly with consistent lacing. Immediately noticed caramel smells and a toffee, caramel, nutty taste. Similar to a St. Arnold's amber but with less body. Good beer to pair with spicy, light foods, or grilled meats. Refreshing and super, super cheap. Picked up a 6er at HEB for 7 bucks.

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Photo of northaustin
4.24/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear yellow, with almost no head. what is there is white, uneven and rapidly disappearing. no lacing.

smell: mega 2-row and slight caramel

taste: mega 2-row, minimal toffee.

mouthfeel: goes in easy, doesnt leave anything lingering.

i really like this beer but im having a hard time finding alot to say. pick one up for yourself.

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Photo of kyleelton
2.96/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I don't know what I was expecting from this beer. I suppose I wanted it to be...better.

Anyway, it looked good out of the bottle. Poured into a pint glass the color was golden as advertised with a good head that laced nicely.

Smelled sweetness and some hops. Balanced.

Taste left some to be desired. The malts and hops were well balanced enough but the aftertaste was not terribly pleasant. There was a slight adjunct taste to this beer. Does not compare to other blonde ales I've had, even though it wasn't horrible.

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Photo of mdunman
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Slighly hazy gold with a decent white head and some linger.

S: Heavy malt, some citrus and light hops.

T: Malt up front with a twist of rose, some light biscuit and a slightly hoppy finish.

M: Light body, decent carbonation.

Pretty good beer, worthwhile on a summer day. I enjoyed it, but I would rather try something new next time.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Nice white head and pale clear straw body.

Smell - Slightly nutty malt.

Taste - Nice slightly bitter amber lager body. Stale cardboard aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall Drinkability - This beer has some good aspects but the cardboard finish ruins the drinkability.

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Photo of mjurney
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straw color, a little hazy. Tons of fine carbonation. Soapy head that disappears really quick.

Sweet clean malts and some spicy hops.

Sweet clean malts up front with a mild spicy hops at the end. I get touch of grainy and some zesty lemon in the taste. Body is light, good amount of carbonation. Very refreshing taste.

Very clean and crisp finish, slight dry aftertaste.

It's very refreshing beer. Very drinkable and sessionable. Only thing lacking is the flavor, otherwise it's a good summer's beer.

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Photo of climax
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up in San Antonio, after seeing the Alamo itself. It poured a very pale gold, with a wispy white head that faded quickly. Lace was reduced to a few clumps of bubbles on the glass.

The nose had a very prominent wheat aroma with a bit of tart lemon. The taste followed very closely to the smell, which was good, I didn't expect the bold wheat flavor to carry over as much as it did. Citrus accented it throughout, with a stronger honey flavor emerging as it warmed. All leads to a clean finish.

The body is on the light side, a tad bit watery. The carbonation is very heavy and crisp, which leaves a tingly finish.

Easy to drink on a hot San Antonio evening, and enough flavor to satisfy.

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Photo of albertjr21
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a dull yellow golden color under a sparsley spotted thin film head layer. There is a restrained but pleasant aroma of sweet malt , honey, and lemon citrus. This is a mouth awakening experience a top other blonde styles I've tried. It opens up with a somewhat puckering sour and sweet lemon bitterness and makes way to a sudden robust malt center and a smooth refreshing finish. There's also a significant amount of visible sediment that collects at the bottom of the glass. Robust, refreshing, and perfect for those hot summer days in Texas.

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Photo of LacquerHead
2.56/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this at the Executive Surf Club in Corpus Christi TX and it was poured into an American pint glass.

A:The color was pale golden with a very slight haze.

S:It was not very aromatic, but I could pick up signs of hops trying to come through. There were also hints of citrus. The head retention was not very good and it had very little aroma towards the end.

T:The taste was rather bland and there was not much to this beer. Towards the end of the glass the beer tasted flat.

M: It had large bubbles but did not taste very carbonated.

D: It did have a decent drinkability

Overall I would not buy this beer again on tap, but was worth trying once. I would recommend this beer to someone who wanted a simple beer with drinkability. Next time I will have to try Alamo in a bottle to see if there is a difference; maybe it taste better that way?

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clearish, light yellow body with a small, white head.

Smell: Faint, thin scent of uber-pale malts, cut lemon wedges, and sun-dried hay.

Taste: Light, light maltiness with a pinch of powdered sugar for sweetness along with a flavor of store-bought lemons, juice, zest and all. Quick hint of hewn hay. Light, light bitterness. Dry, thin, lemony finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: A simple, light beer designed for simple, light refreshment, and, in that duty, it does fine, I suppose. Remember the Alamo, though you may have trouble remembering this brew down the road.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 23 Feb 2010.

Poured in an Avery shaker pint. Medium sized yellowish white head. Well carbonated. Clear golden color (imagine that...). Aroma is sweet and malty, slightly mineral. Sweet and malty. Faint bit of yeastiness. Club soda finish. Aftertaste is lightly bittersweet. Medium body. Light ethanol.

Easy to drink, better than expected.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the airport in San Antonio, clear golden yellow. Smells boooring. The taste is actually pretty good, crisp, slight bit of lemon, not too bad! Extremely easy to drink , would order again but fortunately I will probably never have to go back to Texas!

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this while enjoying spicy food on the Riverwalk in San Antonio. This was not necessarily a bad beer, but just nothing stuck out. Hard to pick up any aroma or taste, and despite having a slightly tingly mouth, it went nowhere from there.

As the description says, it will help put out the fire, but so will a tall glass of ice water.

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Photo of Vancer
2.86/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my daughter for bringing one back from a business trip to San Antonio.

Poured a hazy golden yellow in the Bitburger pilsner glass, topped with a frothy white head that's laying some lace down.

Not digging the cabbage, corn, and a pop of euro skunk in the aroma. Also seems to come across in the quaff, which finished a bit harshly. The corn adjunct is dominating the overall flavor here.

A good looking beer, didn't match it in the taste.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
2.83/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden straw color with a white one finger head, despite my aggresive pour, and leaves some lacing around the glass.

Smell is sweet and mildly hoppy with some hints of clove.

Taste starts a little musky with some notes of clove, but it's watery there is also a little sweetness to it, the finish is dry.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Having just moved back to San Antonio (SA) after 11 years away, i was excited to try out some of the local beer samplings from the region that I couldn't find in Washington, DC. But I kinda put this one off for a while. Golden/blonde ales don't really do it for me. Still, this is the Alamo City, and this is Alamo Gold.

Pours a bright pale golden (naturally) color with a frothy, one-finger white head on top. Fades a bit quickly, but does leave behind some decent lace. A golden beer, to be sure, but nothing fancy. A dry musty malt nose here. Some fruitiness to the aroma as well. Earthy, but muted on the whole. Not bad, but not great. Hmm, this tastes interesting. Much richer and maltier than I expected, but still bland overall. A strange taste indeed. I was expecting a thinner, duller brew, but this actually has some body to it, if not much flavor. Mouthfeel is richer than expected too. Smooth and dry.

This beer actually delivered more than I was expecting. It's fuller and more robust than I imagined it. Still, that's not to say that I would go out of my way to drink this beer again, because I wouldn't. But it was somewhat better than I expected it to be, and that's always a good thing. Worth trying, if you're working your way through all the beers in Texas.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Alamo Ale, of course, being in San Antonio for the first time, I had to try it. I was a bit disappointed, as I thought it could definitely be better. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. It poured a clear, slightly-darker-than-straw color, with a decent head on it that hung around a little bit. Smell was of light malts and a touch of hops. Flavor followed suit. A decent hit of malts, blended with a light flavor of hops. Produces a clean and crisp flavor and mouthfeel. It's nothing spectacular, but it's a decent ale. It could be improved with only a little work. However, that said, given the Alamo theme, my feeling is that it's more targeted towards the average beer drinker who's visiting Texas and gets pulled in by the novelty of the label. Still, it's worth a try. I could see it being a great hot-summer-day type beer. Better than a macro lager.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent head and fairly good retention. Cloudy yellow color.

I think i smell faint crystal malts and I'm going to guess cascade hops. It's really faint though.

Taste is of simple crystal malts with a very low cascade hop bitterness.

Dry mouthfeel. Not bad though.

A no frills beer. I believe this is brewed by Real Ale Brewing according to the bottle. Contract brewed?

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