Celts Golden Ale | Moylan's Brewery

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Celts Golden AleCelts Golden Ale

Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by xlperro on 04-21-2002

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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 71
Photo of Gehrig
3.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with a bacon-wrapped meat loaf sandwich with horseradish mustard and mozzarella cheese. A blue-collar session lunch for a session beer.

Hazy cider orange with yellow highlights supporting a big, soda-like head of white foam that thankfully receded to a thin, somewhat durable layer; no lacing. Malty smell with some fruit, particularly orange and apricot.

Malty taste, somewhat boozy flavor, and very effervescent, a bit too much so. It's as if Celts only appeared to calm down from the patient pour. A decent roasted hazelnut taste emerges as it warms a bit, nice. Yet this could use a serious flavor infusion. More fruit would do wonders for this, especially providing it a defining flavor characteristic that it currently lacks. I wouldn't complain about more hops in future manifestations, either.

Once it settled, Celts has a nice effervescence, not too overbearing in the second half. This allows the smooth texture to emerge more, giving it a nice balanced mouthfeel after some time. In all, a pretty decent beer, certainly as a session brew. However, I'm not so sure about the $4.59 price for this. I'm not one to complain much about price. Nor do I think $4.59 is exactly steep. Yet for the relative quality of this, it would be better suited for $7 a six pack of 12 oz. bottles, not so much for a more expensive bomber bottle. I know it's what Moylan's does, but this doesn't quite fit the moderate bill.

Decent stuff, not top notch as most others from Moylan's are.

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Photo of kmeves
3.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear straw color with a very large frothy off white head. Aroma is moderately sweet with light lemon yeasty, mild fruity light caramel. Flavor is initially sweet up front, lemon, tangy and grassy. Light body, big carbonation. Very dry finish. Really a pretty decent blonde.

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Photo of arizcards
3.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from BevMo in late October for $2.99.

Beer poured golden with a decent white head. Nose if of sweet malts and perfumed by a light floral hop. Taste is of those sweet malts, accentuated by a very light hop leaving almost a breakfast cereal taste behind. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and decently carbonated. Drinkability is good. This is a nice session beer that has enough character to make it interesting.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.42/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crisp, refreshing golden ale. Pours clear gold with a puffy white head. Clean, grassy, floral aroma with some honey, grains, and straw. Cereal taste with lighter malt. The most relateable taste would be that of a glazed donut. Sweet, piney hop finish.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.36/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden color, a little hazy. Smells unobtrusive almost nothing there but a tad of malty cereral. Flavor is ok, little bit of citrus but barely, easy to down but nothing special. Even though this is easy to drink it just lacks any real flavor. Blah.

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Photo of DrJay
3.54/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy caramel colour with a thin cap of fine off-white bubbles. Some stickage, but the head was sort of short lived. A little bit of malt and fruit in the aroma, light caramel and citrus. Mild bitterness with more of a sweet malt focus, again with some caramel and citrus hops. Lightish bodied with fine carbonation, quite smooth with a bit of dryness. Straightforward and nicely balanced overall, quite easy drinking.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a slightly hazy coppery-orange with a frothy 1 finger head that displayed very good retention, slowly settling to a thin film covering. A nice near full sheet coating was left behind for a lacing.

S: light overall with some fresh citrus (oranges) and a touch of honey and holiday spices (cinnamon).

T: semi-sweet, dry with some dried oranges and a light spiciness of cinnamon. There was a noticeable fruitiness of apples and white grapes along with some dried lemon peels. The malting was dry, perhaps some munich malting that left a nice residual sweetness. Dried honey, light toast and a herbal, almost minty quality was observed. Overall had a dry but sweet character with a nice dried fruitiness, spiciness and a light herbal mint hopping.

M: light in nature, very smooth with only a slight effervesce felt on the tip of the tongue. A nice residual malting coats the tongue on the swallow leaving slight hints of dried fruitiness as well.

D: Drinkability was very good, smooth, easy, crisp making for a great summer session ale and worthy of future purchases.

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Photo of jwc215
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours chill-hazed golden with a thin off-white head. Trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is yeasty, a bit grainy, with a touch of citric fruitiness.

The taste is sweet and yeasty. This a vague floral/citric fruity touch. It's so thin that some alcohol shows through. A bit chalky, with some oxidation/wet cardboard, in the finish.

It's on the upper end of light-bodied, with a buttery slickness. Medium carbonation.

Well, it drinks easy enough despite its lackluster character. It really doesn't stand out over the run-of-the-mill blonde ale made for the less adventurous. Don't know if this really belongs in a 22 ouncer for a bit less than a 6-pack of this would/should go for.

Bottom line: a pedestrian, light, blonde ale that is just too yeasty, sweet and a bit chalky in the finish to really make this stand out.

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Photo of ATPete
2.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

Pours an orange/brown color, wait a minute...what? This should be called an 'Un-Golden Ale'. It sports a small white head that leaves some soapy stick-age. No blatant nose, after sniffing around for a while all i could really gather from it was some, subtle woody malts and some smoke. It tastes like a damn good lager, wait a minute...what? 'Un-Ale Ale', no never mind. Some smokey, grainy malt character, no real complexity, no hop presence at all really except for some slight peppery notes. I dont really know whats going on here. Good drinkability however.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.59/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep deep golden body. Damn near copper. A bit murky looking. Odd for a Blonde, but I'll go at it. Topping is thin and dim. Cream colored vanilla. This beer kind of has a rustic malt aroma with some flowery hop overtones. Nice smell. Rustic flavor as well. Organic and earthy malt tones. Herbal hops and slight fruitiness. Medium-full body. Creamy texture with carbonation on the low side of the spectrum. This beer's decent. Not $6 a bomber decent, but decent.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.43/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Yellow color with a few orange highlights from my view. Good, tight head that doesn't retain very long but is nice while it lasts. Good, slightly skimpy lacing.

Unacceptably light power in the aroma, but what's there is definitely quite floral. Relatively sweet.

Again, a hop presence and malt presence that dovetail into moderately sweet, very floral and sort of delicate, nectar-like flavor. Slightly watery, the carbonation does say hello, but overall it's a little too thin for me.

The finish is dry, a bit like tonic water with an herbal hint. Not much is left behind, what with the lightness of the flavor and the generally high carbonation/thin body combination.

I bought this particular bottle by accident - it was in the wrong spot at the grocers'. I was aiming for a Hopsickle, hahaha. Juust a bit different. After I saw the BA comments, I was expecting worse. Faint praise, but praise nonetheless: I don't think the Celts Golden is quite worthy of its C ranking.

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Photo of NitroGen
3.77/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P: 1 Pt. 6 oz. Dark Brown Bomber 5% ABV with no Date Mark

A: Slightly hazy light and pale wheat. The pour explodes with a HUGE head of white foam that overfills my glass, thought I had passed Beer Pouring 101 years ago! Yikes this resembles a washing machine with too much soap! It just will not lay down

S: Piney hops, slightly sweet, apples or pear

T: Starts a little hoppy IPA with a bit of a nip of piney hops that very quickly mellows to a very pleasant yet changing light, grainy and apple aftertaste that keep going and going.

M: A bit thin lots of carbonation but very smooth and pleasant as it involves the entire mouth on tasting and the subtle aftertaste is great on the tongue

D: This is an interesting beer that pours like a hazy wheat, starts with a nip of hops like an IPA yet mellows.
Look up a session beer in the dictionary and this one is waving back. The only thing that may get tiring is the foamy pour!

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Photo of Blakaeris
2.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden-amber with a thick fluffy head.

Tropical fruit with a hint of lemon and a decent caramel malt base.

Taste is light fruit and malty. Sweet and lemony up front, a little grainy. Then a crisp light hop finish.

Medium to light bodied; very carbonated.

Nothing extraordinary. However, worth a try. Crisp and lemony.

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Photo of Mark
3.43/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer is a medium gold and topped by a decent white head. Lacing was in scattered patches, Grainy aroma with a touch of lemony notes. Smooth yet unspectacular on the palate. Mostly malt with a touch of hops. Mouth feel is light with above average carbonation. This beers strongest point is it's easy drinkablilty. If you are looking for a session beer this is not bad. I think Moylan's brews this rather uninspiring beer in hopes of turning the macro swillers on to craft beer. Not up to par with others in the house but not as bad as some reviews suggest. Would be best in summer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.28/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled April 2007
This beer is pretty well carbonated, it easily produces a four-finger thick, pale tan colored head that sits atop a hazy, light gold colored brew. The aroma smells of soft, fresh milled grain a berry like fruitiness and a touch of green herbal notes. Something in the aroma makes me thing of green grapes, perhaps even of the Sauvignon Blanc variety (though unfermented of course).

Dry, with a nice biting bitterness to it up front. The bitterness continues on through to the finish where it picks up some lightly sharp, astringency. Quite light feeling, in fact this is quite light bodied. Herbal, green flavors abound in this beer; they add a bit too much sharpness as it seems to make this beer a touch unbalanced. A bit more perceived malt character might help. At times a touch of sweet malt is noticeable, but it soon gets washed out by that sharp, almost vegetal, herbal note. This clearly has character to it, but I find it a touch too unbalanced.

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Photo of Talisker
3.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is basically a good beer - not the mistake that some reviews here imply.

But wow, it's carbonated. Gently treated and undisturbed bomber overflows with foam. Head is very light, but 2x taller than the pour (into a standard pint glass) - takes many minutes to die down, and continues to bubble through the middle for a while longer (like a Duvel in a tulip). Unattractive lagerish light yellow, some haze.

Nose is malty and crisp. Definitely an ale, with lots of dough and bread, a tiny bit of hop edge. Taste is malt-led, almost the Moylan's house style, with a dry finish that begs for another drink. The texture is light and drinkable, but there's no metallic edge like you might get from a lager. The label says it's "sweet and fruity", but I don't get any of that - just straightforward light malts and crisp, un-citrusy hops.

Something's wrong with the carbonation, but otherwise this is a nice sessionable malty light ale, and yes, a nice bridge for the macro drinker to something of actual quality.

If Moylan's were somewhere other than in the shadow of Bear Republic and Russian River, it would be a genunine cult brewery.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.18/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This is a very mild ale.
Pours very light clear yellow with a half finger of white that melts slowly to sticky lacing which maps the glass all of the way down.
Aromas are very pale malt with faint citrus hops. Almost as if they have been weakened with an adjunct like rice.
Flavor is a crisp and clean reflection of the aromas. Very pale and only slightly sweet malt balanced nicely with very faint citrus hops.
Mouthfeel is a little watery.
Aftertaste is clean.
Definitely a session beer and one you could shove under the nose of a macro drinker without them turning their noses up at it.

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Photo of BlindPig
2.56/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- 1" white head on a clear golden body.
S-Big malts with some grassy hops.Maybe some light spices.
T- Light taste. A pretty bland malt a light balance of hops. Very watery taste. Pretty lacking on everything. It is a sweeter taste. Almost like sugar water. The taste that is there isn't bad but I could probably make this with carbonated water and sugar.
M- Thin body low carbonation.
D- Very easy to drink since it is like water. It would be a good beer to sit and drink tons of but if your not just going for a chugging contest this beer is pretty worthless.

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Photo of flexabull
3.21/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very pale yellow color, very clear too. Head poured big, and stuck around for a while. Pretty good looking beer.

Aromas were faint, a bit of banana?

Taste is pretty much what I expected. Very pale and light. Reminds me of a pilsner in a way. This beer seems to lack a bit up front, but has some round mouthfeel in the finish, with just a hint of sharp hoppy flavors.

Decent beer, certainly drinkable.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.09/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Lemon yellow beneath a bleached white head of tidy, tight-bubbled foam. Despite the fact that Celts is yellow instead of golden, it's a pretty good looking beer. The surface of the cap is both cobbled and pitted, loses altitude fairly slowly and leaves a decent amount of lace in a 'sponged-on paint' pattern. Works for me.

The nose is pathetically weak. All I can appreciate is a faint grain-like aroma that might lead me to guess 'beer' in a blinded beverage smelling competition (emphasis on the words might and guess). The fact that there are no off-aromas keeps the score out of the basement. Sure would be nice to smell something though.

Simply amazing. I've had a lot of beer over the past three years, but I can count on one hand the ones that have been this tasteless (the only one I can think of on the spot is Michelob Ultra). There's so little to go on here, I don't even know how to proceed. How do I describe impressions when the beer isn't making any?

If I focus... unsweet, untoasted pale malt; moderately bitter, virtually flavorless hops; and old, tired lemons give a minor blip with each mouthful and are then gone in a flash. Moylan's makes a big deal about Celts being a session beer. That doesn't mean that sessioners don't like a little flavor to go along with the liquid. There isn't enough here to keep me interested to the bottom of this bomber, much less during an average length session.

The label boasts of numerous medals (although no golds) won at the California State Fair over the years. Google tells me that it won a silver again this year in the Cream Ale division. American Blonde, Cream Ale... whatever you call it, call it worthless, pointless beer. Warming changes nothing except the temperature of this tonic water.

Actually, tonic water describes the mouthfeel exactly. I defy anyone to tell me the difference between a mouthful of tonic water and a mouthful of Celts. If you need specifics, it's lighter than light and finely, buzzily bubbled. I could handle all of that if it contained even a little... say it with me now... flavor!

I have a lot of questions, but no good answers. #1: How does this nearly flavor-free blonde ale continue to be brewed and sold. #2: How does it continue to win medals at a state fair in the best craft beer state in the nation? #3: How can a brewery that is capable of creating such superior beer as Moylander DIPA, Hopsickle Imperial IPA, Tipperary Pale Ale and Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale also be capable of creating such colossally inferior beer as Celts Golden Ale?

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

07/18/06- Purchased at Draeger's in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, no freshness dating, poured into my Duvel tulip. Had to choose between two bottles...one with a brown label and one with a green one. Which one is older????

Appearance- Medium golden colored pour, about a 3/4 inch head. Decent head retention with just a tad of lacing.

Smell- A small handful of hops, a slight grainy scent, maybe a dash of fruity sweetness.

Taste- A sweeter malted flavor. Decent amount of hop bitterness. Pretty refreshing. Short and sweet.

Mouthfeel- Higher carbonation, a bit of a heavier mouthfeel due to the malt sweetness.

Drinkability- Better than expected after looking at the review average. Nothing to great, but nothing offensive about this one. A middle of the road to good blonde.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.29/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Bomber poured into a tulip it forms a decent sized, loose head, ivory white, fizzy and fading quickly, no lacning to speak of. Light yellow color, quite pale leaning towards the clear end of the beer world. High carbonation levels.

Smells like it could be interesting, a bit of some raw mash, some sweetness, and a touch of a hop presence.

Not much of this translates into the taste. More to the point actually is that they may come across but its such a jumble. Like a mad hatter threw in a bunch of ingredients and left it to the peons to pull it together as he went on vacation. It starts off quite thick for a golden ale in the mouthfeel, grainy to the point of being wheat laden. Metallic twinge here and there. Malts are sweet and musked up, kinda boring all told. Turning back towards a sharpened carbonation in the middle and finishing with some sweetness and citrus that lingers forever...and ever.

Notes: Admittedly the American Blond ale to me is a style I could do without. I've had some that are good, this one is in the below average category. Seemed like a jumbalya of a blond, meaning it has a bit of everything you'd expect in this category but I'm not sure the blend was spot on for me.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
2.37/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Spent $3.49 at Whole Foods for a 22oz bomber bearing no freshness date. I hadn't had a Moylan's beer in a while and figured it might be the time. I trotted out my trusty mug and got to it.
Okay, I tip the neck over the lip of the glass and tas soon as the clear yellow beer touches the side it simply grenades into a towering mass of foam. I quickly righted the bottle and, in doing so, just manage to keep the roiling foam from escaping the glass. Five minutes later I can try to sneak in some more beer, with similar results. I finally have enough to drink after nearly fifteen minutes of pour-and-wait. Ridiculously over-carbonated.
The smell is entirely one-sided as all I can get is the aromas of orchard fruits - apples, pears, apricots - and a hint of citrus. No spicy or herbal notes at all.
Hmm, each taste is a disconcerting replica of the smell; all fruity sweetness and lacking any hops character. The complete lack of bitterness makes for a lop-sided, fruity mess. The feel was light with a big-time crispiness thanks to the extreme carbonation.
Well, I won't go running back to this Moylan's offering any time soon. Far too carbonated and off-balance. Too bad that a beer that had promise as a good summer refesher turned into such a disappointment. Save your cash for something else on the shelf.

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Photo of rastaman
1.53/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Tap, Moylans Brewery. Too fizzy for a start, grainy sweet malt and some lemon tang, too thin. I don't see to many BA's or beergeeks getting into this in a hurry. No interesting flavour, or even flavour itself for that matter, you're better off sticking to Moylans IPA's and such.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
2.57/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The beer erupted from the bottle when opened and was a crystal clear pale golden with a fluffly, huge, enormous, lasting, rocky, off-white head.

The aroma was fruity with pineapple from a few feet away. Also a slight ginger aroma like that of ginger ale was present.

The flavor was dry with ginger ale character. A ginger spiciness and flavor lead to a very one dimensional flavor.

The finish was dry with ginger (like ginger ale). The body was medium light to light and extremely overcarbonated.

22 ounce bottle with awards from 1998 and 2000.

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Celts Golden Ale from Moylan's Brewery
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