Guilford Golden Ale
Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.

Guilford Golden AleGuilford Golden Ale
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Style:
American Blonde Ale
Ranked #771
ABV:
3.8%
Score:
73
Ranked #46,840
Avg:
3.13 | pDev: 18.85%
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
92
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Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
 
North Carolina, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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Guilford Golden AleGuilford Golden Ale
Notes: Malts: Maris Otter, Wheat Malt, Aromatic

Hops: Progress, East Kent Goldings

Yeast: London, 1028
Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 92 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of willic
2.9/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This is a very good beer, if you get a good one... They vary. The best ones have an incredible open graininess... they smell just like the Natty Greene's brewery! Fun, I want more! This is not my typical variety of beer, but these can be good... CAN... it seems 50% of the time, they are dead, boring, missing the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very light gold with good clarity. Head is on the small side with minimal lacing.

Smell is crisp and grainy. Not a lot of aroma which is understandable considering the abv and style.

Taste is very crisp and refreshing. Fair amount of malt flavor given the very low abv. Thin mouthfeel which isn't surprising.

A good true session ale. Also a great "light beer" that blows the macro equivalents out of the water (no pun intended). I do wish it was in a can and priced lower but such is craft.

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Photo of ntgrant
4.53/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Golden/Yellow Wheat. Small white head, dissipates quickly.

Smell: Grainy, some honey-ish notes. Bread.

Taste: Malt, bread, slight honey and grain. A slight bitter aftertaste.

Feel: Middling body, smooth. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of rtrasr
4.34/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Starts out rather grainy but them becomes biscuity with some honey notes. Tastes great on a hot and muggy night. Not going to wow too many BA's, but we need more session beers. At 3.8% abv this one of the few true session ales brewed in the states. We need more.

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Photo of BeerDocT
2.54/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I've been impressed with Natty Greene's IPA and other beers, so I was intrigued to try this beer which is now included in their 12 pack sampler. We'll see... .

-Appearance 2: Imagine a pint glass filled with lemon kool-aid. Yep. Non-existent head quickly dissipated into a swirly, CO2-enhanced film. Lots of CO2 bubbles popping up all over the place.

-Smell 3: Pleasant bouquet. Nothing special. Lots of grainy, adjuncty scents. Not bad, but certainly not great.

-Taste 2.5: Front tastes of a watered down barley. Middle is where the CO2 bubbles attack your palate and it is difficult to taste anything. Finish is slightly barley/grain/adjunct. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. No hops, no nuances, no nothing.

-Mouthfeel 2: Just like water in your mouth. Nothing added from the carbonation other than little tickles on the tongue.

-Overall 2.5: This beer isn't as bad as it is just...bleargh. Just nothing. A true disappointment. I cannot believe this swill was produced by the same brewery that brewed Buckshot, Southern IPA, Brown Ale... . Sad, really. Natty Greene needs to pull this recipe, take it out to the back yard and set it on fire. If this beer is included in their sampler from now on, I will not be buying any further samplers from now on. Avoid.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with some moderate amounts of golden yellow and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that quickly reduces to to a small patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of cereal grain malts with some light honey and just a touch of herbal and earthy hops.

T: Moderate flavors of cereal grain malts with some light honey and a fair amount of sweetness. Very light amounts of herbal and earthy hops that contribute a light amount of bitterness that fades almost immediately.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Super easy to drink and with this low an ABV, you could easily drink this one all day long - the definition of a session beer. Matches really well with just about any food.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.58/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is gold with a small head. Light, but steady carbonation. Would look great if it had just a bit more head.

Smell is heavy on slightly roasted grains. Not really backed up by much, light earthy hops as well, but just a straight forward Blonde.

What it lacks in complexity and hops, it makes up for by being just solid all around. Carbonation is prickly, making the roasted grains really pop. Not overly sweet, but feels dry and grainy. Kind of reminds of how Great Lakes would do a Blonde (which is a huge compliment coming from me, but a bit less grainy)

This this is drinkable as all hell. Not too sweet, not too earthy, not too hoppy. Just a great, solid, all-around drinkable beer perfect for post work relaxation, post run rehydration, or nice stop in a bike ride!

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Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden color with a white head that fades away about halfway through. Smells of ale yeast fruity touch of wheat and mostly pale malt. Taste about the same little hop up front but not much. Very easy to drink and at 3.8% you could problay drink a good bit of these not bad but problay won't buy again unless I'm just looking for a beer to drink a good bit with out feeling to buzzed.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.67/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a nice, crisp, malty aroma with a good fruity undertone and a hint of yeast. It pours a clear solar yellow with a thick and somewhat persistent fluffy white head. Crisp flavor is malty with a subtle fruity undertone and just a hint of herbs/grass. Texture has slightly above average body and a good amount of fizz. Definitely satisfying and enjoyable.

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Photo of JimKal
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, delivering a frothy head that dissipated quickly. Color was golden as suggested by the name. I wanted to try this one as it is one of our local brews and had a low ABV of 3.8 making it a good candidate for a weekday brew.

I wouldn't say there was anything bad about this but also nothing particularly memorable. I'd get it again as a summertime brew for those hot days on the deck. the low ABV makes it a candidate for those times you want more than one but want to remember what you are doing.

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Photo of tdm168
2.96/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium copper color with a 1/4" of loose, white head that quickly fades. The smell is minimal; faint malt and yeast. The taste is light malt, red apples, yeast, medicine, and lemon. The mouthfeel is light, heavily carbonated, and dry.

The odd notes in the flavor (medicine and apples) really throw me off. I'm not a big fan of this one.

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Photo of Luigi
3.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Second try, nothing different besides the appearance was more attractive this time. Maybe I did not pour as I should have the first time.

Clear golden color with some carbonation bubbles. Poured a two finger head that settles down to a good blanket of lace.

The aroma has sweet malt, cereal grains, and a touch of hop bitterness.

Light bodied, the malt is matched with a lemon zest. A little hop bitterness and a clean finish.

This is hands down a great clean ale that can always be there for me because it is local. I hope it becomes national!

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Photo of ccrida
3.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark gold with a white head that pretty quickly fizzles down with big bubbles, leaving light lace.

Smell is bread dough, a little corn pops vibe.

Taste is pretty simple, slightly sweet dough yeast, pretty clean overall.

Mouthfeel is light.

Drinkability is pretty high, this is a well flavored low ABV session ale. If you like the clean taste of cereals, you'll like it.

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Photo of chinchill
3.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from an undated 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Had to back off and pour carefully as the head from this beer threatened to burst over the top of the over-sized glass.

Appearance: a clear pale gold with a large white head that settled fairly quickly. Barely visible, very fine-grained carbonation.

Smell is light but not faint, with light malt and just hints of hops. Nothing particularly good or bad here.

Taste is of malt with an appropriate (i.e., in good balance) amount of hop bitterness. Better than the aroma, but lacks, richness, interest and complexity -- none of which are common in this style. Improves with some warming.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied, crisp and well carbonated. It has a rather dry finish.

O - This goes down easy, has no brewing flaws and is refreshing, but it also has limited flavor and aroma. Could make a good pairing with a delicately flavored meal. Certainly way better and more flavorful than a typical American light beer.

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Photo of jsdunlop
3.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy golden color, bit of fine particles seem to float around in the glass. Head formed up for a few seconds, then faded to a wispy covering. It has a sweet aroma to it, honey-like, with some citrus style spice notes. Nice and light bodied, smooth and creamy mouthfeel, lots of honey in the flavor with a bit of floral hoppiness. Malts seem to give this a slight smoke flavor, mainly noticed in the aftertaste. Carbonation is moderate, beer turns slightly watery after a few sips, but overall it's a decent and easy drinking blonde ale.

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Photo of Chuggs
4/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blonde Ale out of the bottle.

This blonde presented a nice light gold hue that would be expected from a blonde. Thin lacing that is sticky. Carbonation is very strong, which brings out the fruity aroma. If a fan of golden/blondes this is a good beer. Do not expect a hoppy, bitter after taste, but a rather smooth and light descent. If you are in the mood for this style its a good beer if in the area. I generally like blondes; moreso in the summer months, but this was a pleasing and easy drinking beer. Would not recommend those that appreciate a high hopped beer, but well represented for its class and style.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.51/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewpub.

Pours very light and somewhat cloudy. Thin white head. Nose brings forward some light bread and grain with a pinch of some mild fruits. The taste is simply light bready grain and not really anything else. Light body with adequate carbonation, there's really nothing here.

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Photo of newk340
3.37/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: a very pale gold that is reminiscent of a cheap light beer.

S: faint hints of hops, wheat, and malts.

T: malts are certainly front and foremost, but there are hints of hops, leaves lots to be desired.

MF/D: surprisingly smooth making it sessionable, but a bland mouthfeel leaves this beer lacking.

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Photo of thagr81us
2.58/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Pours golden with a one finger white head that subsided to minimal slowly. It maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of malt, hops, and corn. The flavor was of malt and corn. It was light on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall I was not really impressed with this one. It needed a bit more of just about everything to be appealing. Also, the corn flavor was a little unpleasant as this one was allowed to warm up a little bit. Not a fan...

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Photo of MrStark
2.73/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is a mostly clear pale gold with a small foamy white head that dissipated fairly quickly.

Smell is pretty faint, just hints of malt and hops. nothing impressive.

Taste is of malt and seams to have a sweet corn finish. A small amount of hop bitterness as well. Like the smeel, not too impressive.

Mouthfeel is crisp and fairly carbonated. It has a dry finish.

Drinkability is just ok. Its not a terrible brew but there's not really anything here to make me want more. It goes down fairly easy but the taste just doesn't really do it for me.

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

Had the chance to try pretty much the entire lineup from Natty Green's and I just do not pass up the opportunity to try these things.

Poured a very light yellow color with loads of carbonation and a fizzy white head that quickly faded leaving a nearly bare top. Loads of grain on the nose. Light bready notes and a just way too light. Again not the biggest fan of the style but I will take it with a grain of salt. Light flavor, again grainy with liht bread undertones and a touch of grassy flavors in the finish. Nothing really standing out here for me at all. Light feel, over carbonated it seemed at times, but easy to drink when it is warm out.

Overall again this was about average for me for the style. Nothing really making it stand out from the crowd really.

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Photo of FloppyDog
2.42/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass. A crystal clear honey yellow in appearance with an inch of white head.

The aroma is of cooked corn and a bit grainy with no real noticeable hop aroma.

The taste is, again the dms followed by a light maltyness. Very light bodied, with less carbonation than I was expecting.

Overall, an average to unimpressive golden ale that is a little too heavy on the dms for my tastes (although I acknowledge that it is acceptable for the style).

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Photo of ThoughtPolice
2.29/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I won't do a long review as I usually would because this beer was downright disappointing. A little surprising due to what I've come to expect from this brewery, which is an average - somewhat above average brew.

The smell and taste is too heavy on the corn. The mouthfeel is good, drinkability is only good insofar as it is light and not too intense flavor-wise. Flavor leaves a lot to be desired.

As another reviewer said before me, this is as close to a Budweiser as any craft brew I've had.

Skip this one, guys and gals, but don't skip the company altogether. (Especially if you're able to stop in and grab some food at the brewpub. They make a good Cuban sandwich)

Take care

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Photo of orcasteve
1.43/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

as close to budwiser as any respectfull micro brewer has come, i was real disapointed in this beer, i taste caned corn and not much else. this is a beer that any fan of ABMC would love and could be used as a gateway beer in to the craft brew for them but i hate it!!

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.37/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Slightly hazy golden/yellow. Two finger head quickly recedes to a thin film leaving some lace.

S - Toasted malt; buttermilk biscuits with a hint of candy-like sweetness.

T - Somewhat bland, but more of the toasted malt from the nose. Sourdough bread comes to mind, with the "sour" definitely increasing late palate. A slight hop bitterness balances the sweetness.

M - Moderate to low carbonation and almost watery. Very flat tasting, and completely working against the taste.

D - Eh, it's an ok brew, but a little thin and sweet to drink all night. Blonde's aren't really my thing anyway.

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Guilford Golden Ale from Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 73 out of 100 with 92 ratings