Golden Vanilla | Thirsty Bear Brewing Company

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Thirsty Bear Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Winter

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Added by beerguy101 on 09-27-2003

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 13
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4/5  rDev +18%

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Photo of kdoc8
3.97/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Thirsty Bear in San Francisco, CA. I was excited to try this - so very few beers rely on vanilla, so it's a nice and unique flavor to encounter. It was golden in color, bubbly and transparent. It was very sweet smelling, dominated by the vanilla. The taste started out yeasty, like a pilsner or kolsch up front, but then started to taste a lot like a cream soda. Interestingly delicious...

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Photo of BubblesandFoam
2/5  rDev -41%

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4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of baiser
4.01/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very interesting beer. Infused with vanilla beans. I wasn't sure what to expect, but the result was a very smooth, aromatic ale with a crisp mouthfeel. The vanilla is very apparent and is very pleasant. Pours a clear golden colour, with a foamy white head. A hit with the ladies at my party.

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Photo of jwolfie70
2.7/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an unremarkable golden color, with a thin white head. Smell is dominated by artificial vanilla. Taste was also dominated by artificial vanilla. The beer was overly sweet, and tasted like a diet vanilla coke mixed with beer. I could see some people digging it, but this beer was not for me.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Didn't have more than half an hour here, so went for the coolest sounding one on the menu. Pours a clearish golden color with a nice white head. Smells, or course, like vanilla, kind of overpowering in that I can't really smell anything else. Taste is full of the vanilla, but better balanced than nose. Mouth is pretty average. This is a very interesting beer, well done, but wouldn't go for it often at all, and had to switch between this and the stout to finish it.

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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1.25/5  rDev -63.1%

Photo of litheum94
2.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Part of the sampler platter. Reviewed 7/15/10.

P: Dark, golden amber. Light, off-white head that fizzles out.

A: Very sweet. Vanilla bean and root beer aromas.

T: Drinks like a cream soda, with a bit of grassy hops thrown in.

The hops try to dry this out, but there's just a little bit too much sweetness here.

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Photo of JDV
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Creamy natural vanilla smell from a rich bright, clear, orange pour with some nice lacing. Taste is refreshing, a definite vanilla, with a nice crisp finish. Lingering subtle vanilla and an organic grainy taste. Good overall and maybe my favorite Thirsty Bear beer.

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Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold color, vanilla nose. Light bodied Pilsner style ale, brewed with Vanilla beans. Strong flavor of vanilla and only slightly sweet. The vanilla flavor smoothes out the malt and hop balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. A very interesting beer, very well done. The vanilla adds, not detracts, from this beer. I would not want to drink this beer every day, but its very nice.

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Photo of illidurit
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at 515 in Santa Cruz. Poured into a pint glass. Clear golden color with a frothy white head. Nice retention and lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is saccharine vanilla, kinda wafer-ish and artificial. It's not unpleasant but it's cloying. Flavor is an even pale malt base with sweet vanilla and toastiness. Much better balance than the aroma suggested. Pretty refreshing and extremely easy to drink. I don't think I'd get through 2 of these though just because it's too sweet. Very light and clean on the palate but with a nice sensation of creaminess from the vanilla.

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Photo of Wontonst
3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bschinelli
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mmilyko
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of czfreeman
2.41/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewery.
Pours a murky golden tone, almost like a wheat beer. Light head that fizzes out pretty quickly.
Aromatics-when the beer was colder I could detect the vanilla but in the backgfround, as the beer warms the vanilla aroma becomes incresingly more dominant. Some bitterness in there, but smells very sweet and vanilla dominated.
On the first sip-this is not my cup of tea. Vanilla, sweet syrupy like and lower carbonation create an almost cream-soda beer. Not much in the area of complexity, overall one note and far two sweet for my liking. The use of a stronger yeast and less vanilla would create a much better beer in my opinion.
Im glad that this was only a sample size portion, as I would not like an entire glass of this beer

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5/5  rDev +47.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of GaryMarkle84
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

Photo of bboven
2.34/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Th color is like a cheap whiskey. Darkish, not a lot of head retention.

The smell is very vanilla-ey, smells almost artificial.

Tastes like somebody made a shandy out of cream soda and Budweiser.

Very, very, very thin mouthfeel.

It's really sweet for me, but it's probably very drinkable for the right person.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Newmerator
2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Okay, so I know they what they were going for with this. Perhaps they got exactly what they wanted, and there is some demographic that wants to go to a brewpub and get this sweet vanilla light beer.

Too sweet for my liking, pours a light golden amber. no lace or head retention. very light beer, light body. just sweet vanilla taste. I don't really like it too much.

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.72/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light and easy to drink. HUGE vanilla on the nose and on the tongue, loved it.

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Golden Vanilla from Thirsty Bear Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 28 ratings