Sand Creek Golden Ale | Sand Creek Brewing Company

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Sand Creek Golden AleSand Creek Golden Ale

Brewed by:
Sand Creek Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by cokes on 08-07-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of brewmudgeon
2.23/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

lombardi golden ale

light orangish gold, one finger bone-white head quickly falls to ring, then nothing.

a vaguely fruity smell of berries and banana, pale malts.

sweetness is apparent up front, followed by a touch of baking soda, amply carbonated despite a fairly hard pour, thin but slightly syrupy on the finish, some fruit punch. not horrible but not terribly interesting, certainly below average for the style. though I’m not personally in a hop-centric phase at all, still seems like this one could use a few hops to balance things out.
they are also apparently repackaging this as Lombardi Golden Ale for "Team Lombardi LLC"
3 3, 3, 2.75, 3

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Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev +27.4%

Photo of XmnwildX12
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Jimboe
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of NilocRellim
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of gpawned
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Localdrinklax
4/5  rDev +27.4%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.55/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from tasting notes.

A. Somewhat hazy golden color with a single finger fluffy head that has pretty nice retention time and average levels of lacing.

S,T. Honeyed malts with a pleasant twist of lemon peel and grassy herbal hopping.

M. Light and pleasant, well carbonated with fizzy bubbles and yet also some smoothness to it.

A nice little by-the-books American Blonde.

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Photo of deanis30
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of astrobomb
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of mjpolzin
2.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not a great beer. I suppose it was easy drinking enough and I wouldn't object if someone offered me one at a gathering but I certainly wouldn't pick it over, oh i don't know, 40 to 50 other beers. The one specific thing that I noticed was the weird fruity taste that I got on the backend of each drink. I am not opposed to a fruit taste in certain beers but this just had a weird artifical almost spoiled fruit kind of flavor.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

I'm strangely digging the roller coaster ride that is this Sand Creek mixed pack.... The final one therein pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, grass, and light buttery biscuits. The taste holds notes of orange zest, light lemon zest, grass, wheat, and very light buttery biscuits in the back. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a decent blonde, nothing amazing and nothing offensive.

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Photo of richkrull
2.23/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a darker copper color with some white head on top.

Smell is not very good. Very malty with something funky coming through.

Taste is about the same. Funky kind of off flavor. Malty with a poor aftertaste.

Lighter beer. Just doesn't go down very smooth. Not very refreshing.

Overall not a real good beer. Probably wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy, cloudy, dusty gold color with an average sized, foamy, cloud-like, soapy white head. Average retention with a pretty good creamy layer of lace left.

S - Some cracker and pale malt aroma. Grainy aroma comes out a bit stronger in subsequent sniffs. A touch of lemony citrus rind. Fairly sweet with a touch of spicy aroma.

T - Some sweet pale malt and a touch of cracker/bread flavor. Fairly strong apple taste comes out along with some lemon rind. A strong grainy taste with a bit of toasted flavor along with it. Very faint grassy taste as well.

M - Lighter side of medium body with a nice level of carbonation. The more I drink, it seems to get a bit smoother and creamier. Nice feel.

D - Easy to drink with a nice mix of flavors. Quite refreshing with a nice body.

Notes: Nice, easy to drink beer with a nice mix of flavors. Pretty tasty, not going to blow anyone away, but a solid choice (especially on a warm day).

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Photo of KI9A
3.4/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, shade darker than a macro lager. Nice lasting head.

S: Per style..some malt, a bit grassy.

T: Sweet malt, light hops. Honey.

M: Light, refreshing.

D: Right on style. Not a hop bomb, if you looking for a hoppy beer, DON'T BUY A BLONDE ALE! This is a good session beer, blonde/kolsch/cream ale/helles, these normally are a light, easy drinking style. I get so tired of guys blasting these styles for not having any taste, ect.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.92/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a bottle of this when I was in WI for the holidays. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a cloudy light gold with no head at all. Some very light lace sticks. Scents of veggies, grains, and a kiss of honey on the finish.

Good crisp, clean body on this beer. Very tame and mild in the flavor dept. There is a nice hop presence though with a mild bitter kick. Some good bready flavor mixed with a sweet backing. This is what it is. Drinkability is high as it is unoffensive and tame. I, for one, liked it. Great for barbecues and campouts in the great WI outdoors.

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Photo of supercolter
2.58/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hmmm... not really sure what this is. Appearance is ok- very blondey yellow with no head or lacing. Smell is almost non-existant, kind of metallicy with some sweet malt hints. Taste is well more of the same. This seems a little off balance. Mouthfeel is decent with some good carbonation. Drinkability is not very good for a blonde ale.

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Photo of brdc
3.6/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Small capped bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Hazy golden in color, white head, decent retention.
Nice aroma, sweetish malts, citric with lemony and orange notes, light fruity hoppiness.
Light bodied, quite refreshing, with a good amount of carbonation.
It is mostly sweet malts, quite fruity, with a lemonade twist. Nothing special, but nice. It went down easy on a summer day.

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Photo of Wisconsin
3.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a one finger head that is white and fluffy in appearance. The head fades rather quickly and the body is golden brown and hazy.

S - Typical malts and grains with nothing that stands out to me aside from that.

T - Nice balance of malts and grains. Pretty smooth overall with a little bit of sweetness.

M - Smooth balance of malts and grains that transitions to a nice smooth sweet finish.

D - Pretty easy drinker. I could have a few in a sitting.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.93/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint.

Pours a medium straw with a 1 finger violent head that recedes quickly. Light cloud with bubbles climbing the glass.

Aroma is sweet candy sugar and honey.

Flavor is light roasted grain and sweet honey, very different, the flavor is sweet but not cloying. Hops ride in the back with a minimal presence. There is a husky graininess to the beer that works very well.

Mouthfell is medium and crisp.

Very good medium balanced beer, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of KeefD
3.22/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a... well, golden color, into a pint glass, crystal clear, developing a small head that quickly faded away into oblivion, leaving behind little lace. Smell is of some sweet pale malt and not much else. Taste is much the same. Some sweet pale malt, slightly fruity, a little noble hop bitterness in the background, somewhat dry on the finish. Nothing out of the ordinary. Average carbonation, quite easy to drink a few of these in one sitting.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lighter golden brew, slightly hazy. Small white head quickly takes off. Nice bready malts dominate the nose, light floral hops linger in the backround. Bready grain malt front, delicate touch of bitter and floral hops round out the finish. Medium bodied, somewhat creamy feel. Nice light beer that you could go to town with.

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Photo of happygnome
3.85/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: hazy golden color very reminiscent of honey with about a half inch of head that dissapears down to a quarter inch rather quickly a lot of lacing on the side of the glass
s: sweet pale malts dominate the nose with faint hints of corn adjuncts, floral hops very very faint
t: light pale malt taste grassy hop flavor also detectable, the corn malt flavor really isnt detectable
m: medium to full bodied beer with a nice creamy texture and lots of carbonation

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear golden body with a small white head.

Smell: Faint aroma of toasted grains with an almonst indistinct floral hop scent.

Taste: Sweet, lightly-flavored maltiness and a soft, floral bitterness. Bland finish. That's really all there is to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Wholly underwhelming.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber with a smidgen of orange juice beneath a several finger cap the color of sun-faded sand. The foam looks a little like gooey marshmallow, although not nearly as sticky. As a result, very little lace ends up on the glass. It's hard to brew a kick-ass looking blonde ale, but this one gets the job done.

There's not a whole lot wrong with the nose from where I sit. It's lightly sweet and pale malty with a pleasant whiff of English hops; I'll go with Goldings. If the beer tastes like it smells, I'll be satisfied with this purchase.

It does, more or less. The best thing about Golden Ale is that it has enough malt to provide sweetness, flavor and body. That's half the battle with a blonde ale it seems to me. It's still a trifle hoppy (well, half a trifle anyway), but is malt-centric as expected. It's not a knock to say that it's hard to imagine a simpler ale than this. Not all beer need bells and whistles and geegaws to be good.

The only thing that most beer requires, no matter the style, to have an acceptable body is enough malt. This one does. The body/mouthfeel is a shade less hefty than medium and has a quiescent mouthfeel. And the train continues down the 'above average' tracks...

Sand Creek Golden Ale is straightforward, look you in the eye, firm handshake kind of beer. While it's unlikely to dazzle anyone with its brilliance, it's a solid little offering and deserves to be given a chance if you happen upon it.

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