Brewer's Art Beazly Golden Ale | The Brewer's Art

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Brewer's Art Beazly Golden AleBrewer's Art Beazly Golden Ale

Brewed by:
The Brewer's Art
Maryland, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our answer to the Belgian «devil» beers (i.e. Lucifer, Duvel, etc.). Both rich and dry, this beer is all too easy to consume in large quantities. Hopped with Styrian Goldings.

Formerly Ozzy Ale

Added by Todd on 06-17-2003

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Photo of dbl_delta
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can dated "best by 04/29/17" into pint glass. Pours a pale straw color with a thin, off-white head. Initial impression is malt, with spices and tropical fruit notes following. Belgian yeast is evident, but nicely restrained. Mouthfeel is refreshing, with just the right amount of carbonation. Finish is dry amd spicy. I'm not a big fan of Belgians, but this is pretty good.

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Photo of Profundobaso
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If you lived in Baltimore and like beer, chances are you've had a Natty Boh and an Ozzy (Beazly) at some point in your life. Having lived in Baltimore for several years and now moved to NYC, beer from Brewer's Art is something I miss dearly. I carried these 6-packs back with me by hand during my last trip there.

L - pale, golden color. hazy, with a fair bit of carbonation. A 1-2 finger head.
S - smells slightly sweet and somewhat hoppy. this one in particular smells a bit metallic (probably from sitting for a few months), but usually isn't.
T - dry, soothing, and refreshing. initial spiciness followed by fruity flavors and the distinctive Belgian yeast
F - medium mouthfeel, but complex enough to keep things interesting. probably the easiest 7% i have ever drank in my life, so it is easy to go overboard.
O - I have a unique love for this beer, so I am probably biased. However, this is the perfect beer for almost any occasion. Whether it be a pairing with dinner or just relaxing after a long days work, this beer (more than) gets the job done.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by May 8th 2017.

It pours a pale gold with an inch and receding head of foam.

Smells of kind of spicy hops, sweet and grainy malt.

The taste is nice. Grain with an ample off setting spicy hop character and some sweet notes. A very tasty Golden Ale that's very easy to drink and doesn't suffer from a thin body.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can, drank straight out of at Shake Shack upon arrival in Baltimore. A Belgian Golden, nice refreshing flavors, and Brewer's Art knows how to use the Belgian yeasts correctly. Never too overpowering, but definitely has the necessary presence. Sneak abv on this one as well, when it's this easy to drink.

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Photo of AMBNT_notes
2.85/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

From 12 oz can into mason jar glass. Last consumed yesterday.

Let me first say, if it was based on look and smell alone, this beer is easily a 9/10. It has a fantastic color to it and a wonderful smell. At very first taste, it is fantastic and refreshing with a very small bit of hop and then tasty deliciousness. However, (to be blunt) once the initial taste goes away in about 2 seconds, it both tastes and feels like Baltimore tap water. I bought a six pack and still have 3 of these sitting in the fridge because I simply cannot finish the rest of them.
The Brewers Art is were I went on my 21st, and I highly recommend going there. They have some fantastic beer in-house. If you can get to the Brewers Art, I'm sure this beer is fantastic. However, I cant say that I recommend this beer canned.

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Photo of SoLittleKarma
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5


Picture yourself in a dungeon, with a thin shaft of light streaming in, illuminating your golden goblet full of a golden hued elixir. You are wearing a sheepskin tunic and your feet are shod with leather thongs. Your parched lips meet the Golden liquid that at once ignites the fires of Bezelbub from the depths of your loins. But this beast of a bar beverage DOES put the beast in Beazley. Never queasy, always easy, this golden ale is a delight for the senses. Subtle yet bold, with a dry finish, this is a refreshing brew with a clean and sharp mouth feel appropriate for a hay ride or campfire with friends.

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Photo of cmf
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 ounce can to snifter. Pours clear and golden with medium head. Hoppy and clean with some yeast aroma. Strong malt flavor mixed with tangy hops. Sort of a chunky taste. Overall a lot of flavor and good malt and hops balance.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Coming out of a 12 ounce can, on to the beer:

A half-inch of semi-creamy head forms on-top this lighter than orange ale. Light waves of visible carbonation run from bottom to top, and a few splashes of lacing cling around the glass. The aroma is floral, dry, with hints of candied apricot and mint. This beer hits with syrupy apricots at the front. A note of booze follows. Honey and floral notes trail. This comes in a medium body which has syrupy moments, and overall a fine example of a Belgian Golden Ale.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from mwrecording so a big “Thank You” to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, spices, bananas, caramelized malts, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of peppery spices that is quickly followed by some mildly sweet flavors of citrus, bananas and caramel. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid Belgian-style beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can into a solo cup.

A: Straw/light golden hues. Very clear. Big fluffy white head that diminished much quicker than anticipated. Minimal lacing.

S: Banana, sweetish yeastiness, mild fruit.

T: Bright, off-bitter, vaguely hoppy. The banana really carries over well to the palate & provides a nice counterpoint to what is otherwise a very yeasty quaff.

M: Not great, it seems a little watery for the style.

O: Dangerously drinkable for the ABV. I'd say Brewer's Art overachieved on this one.

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Photo of username
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. 41124c4ce022

Hazy gold. Good retention. Moderate Lacing.

Smells like half hefe, half Belgian. Wheatyness and banana from the hefe camp mingled with Belgian yeasty funk. Agitation can produce a distinct smoked deli ham note.

Tastes primarily of said funky Belgian yeast, though not as unplesant as it may sound.

Smooth, light, and very crisp on the feel.

Overall wishing the smells were more pronounced in the taste, and the feel weren't quite so thin.

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Photo of kissmybunniebutt
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A bright beer. Bright in the glass, bright on your tongue, bright on the palate, and bright in the finish. Its got a great round mouthfeel, with a sweet yet bitter flavor. well done.

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Photo of jdbeertime
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Let me first say that my rating is biased by nostalgia for the first time I had Ozzy, the predecessor the Beazly, in Baltimore, MD. I was at a fantastic bar and was interested in the local brews and choose the Ozzy based solely on the type of beer it was. My expectations were normal, for a beer enthusiast that is. It was poured for me out of a can. I was surprised by how good it was! Since then, I made a trip to Brewer's Art in Baltimore and enjoyed the beer again on tap in their marvelous cellar atmosphere. It felt very right. The beer is exquisite. Even now that Ozzy has been rebranded as Beazly, the look, smell, taste, feel and might I mention nostalgia remain the same. It is a great belgian style pale ale and always a refreshing delight to enjoy. I highly recommend. Do not be turned off by its container - a can is more environmentally sound, protects it better from UV, and when poured into a glass does not take away from the experience. Overall: it is a fantastic beer.

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Photo of hagbergl
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance (4/5): 2.5 fingers of bubbly white head sit atop a clear golden body. It reduces quickly to a ring of foam. Lots of Belgian lacing on the sides of the glass and carbonation trailing visibly to the surface. Good head retention. An appealing looking beer when in proper glassware.

Smell (4/5): The smell has an herbal/medicinal quality that you get with Belgian witbiers and pale ales, but also a more pronounced banana quality (much like Weihenstephaner's hefeweizen) than what I’m used to with Belgians. On the spicy-fruity yeast spectrum, this leans heavily to the fruity side. Fairly mellow with a hint of clove and wheat. Not much hops to speak of.

Taste (4/5): Wheat-like notes. Notes of clove, banana, pear and golden apple in the foretaste, the beer goes medium dry with a touch of spicy, lightly bitter and grassy Noble-style hop flavor. More medicinal and earthy in the finish. A very slight warming in the back of the throat. The yeast and malts are doing some very nice things in this beer that lend complexity and nuance.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Slightly less than medium carbonation, nonetheless, which I find off the ideal level stylistically speaking. The drinkability is quite high, however, and I appreciate the lush creaminess of this beer’s feel. An extremely pleasant dryness to it, too.

Overall (4/5): Beazly/Ozzy is a very good, easy-drinking Belgian-style pale ale that works in quite a bit of complexity. I particularly like how it goes from fruity to slightly bitter/grassy to earthy and dry in the finish. Good transition of flavors. I do wish that this beer was slightly more carbonated. After it sits in the glass for a while (we're talking 45 mins.), it tastes flat and still. This can EASILY be remedied, so I'm hoping the good folks at Brewer's Art do so.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into a snifter that left good lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was a bright, pale golden color.
s - bready with honey aromas as well. apples and some floral aromas come through as well.
t - same as above with the fruitiness more pronounced. the hops really shine through here too.
m - creamy, slick and coating.
o - excellent beer and stands up to the classics in this style.

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Photo of guityler83
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured into a FFF Teku (since its the most Metalz glass I own) the bright white head persisted at a finger tall for a good minute before slowly receding to a thin layer tiny bubbles. The brew is a moderate to highly hazy golden yellow color with a constant stream of bubbles coming up the edge of the glass.

S: Mild to medium strength spicey phenols coming through from the yeast. mild grapefruit and citrus hop aroma balances nicely with the phenols. Some lemon and funky almost saisonish aromas coming through. Good balance overall.

T: The earthy, spicey phenols come through prominently in the taste. Yeast plays a big role in this beer. The lemon zest and citrus flavor also seem to be contributing flavors from the yeast. The hop bitterness is moderate with the balance being.. on the yeast side but balanced on the hop/malt side with maybe a liiitle bit more on the hop side. A slight bready character but malt is very much takes a back seat in this beer. The dirt/earth flavor gets stronger as the beer warms up.

M: Moderately high to high levels of carbonation, almost sharp on the palette. Very dry finish which ads to the feeling of carbonation. No astringency but there is abit of alcohol warmth making the drinkability in moderate.

O: A tasty beer overall the phenols are kept in check even though the yeast is the star in this beer. The hop character comes through more so when it warms up and it gets more drinkable.

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Photo of mwa423
2.98/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Picked up a can from the brewery in Baltimore, poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden color with a light fluffy white head with a great retention. The beer is clear enough that I can read text through my glass. The head leaves a soapy retention down to the bottom of the glass.

S - Very floral and yeasty aroma with a light hop bitterness. The aroma is perfectly balanced, you get a nose-ful when you take a deep whiff, but not overwhelming.

T - The taste offers very little of the smell that got me excited about this beer. The taste is just a light bitter mess that tastes like an old pale ale. I bought a fresh six pack from the brewery, so I doubt it's aged. The aftertaste is just flat bitterness, similar to very bitter chocolate. I'll drink it but am certainly not impressed.

M - Mouthfeel is flat, bland and watery. There is a slight bubbly bite at the end, but not much going.

Overall, this beer isn't a winner. The aroma and appearance thought this would be an out of the park home run, but the taste and mouthfeel left me disappointed. Brewer's Art makes much better stuff.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2014-04-20 in Columbia, PA

A - Pretty clear gold with a 2-finger white head that drops to 1/2-finger pretty quickly and leaves nice lace.

S - Belgian yeast, wet straw, pale malt, tangy-earthy spice.

T - White cake with lemon-glazed icing, then some pear flesh and lemon zest, white pepper, lots of spice. Belgian yeast flavor is apparent but more subdued than in the aroma. The aftertaste retains some lemon icing flavor with the addition of mint and then some mild-moderate bitterness that doesn't last long. Lots going on here; but well-balanced.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Smooth with a little prickle. Dries nicely.

O - Didn't know what to expect with this brew and was pleasantly surprised. It doesn't taste like anything I've had before. Definitely a kludge of styles. Thumbs up.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brewer's Art. From notes.

A - Golden pour with a bright body. Two fingers of fluffy white head and no visible carbonation. Spotty lace and a half finger retention.

S - Nice honey and yeast with a sweet grain note.

T - Nice and sweet with grain and honey. Not spicy like some examples of the style. Mild hops. Nice flavour.

M - Strong carbonation, medium to full body and a dry finish.

O/D - Good stuff. Nailed the style in the ways that I wanted it to. Dangerously drinkable. Strong Belgian Pale Ales don't need to be really complex or over the top, just have the requisite components that have made this style world famous. This was better than most North American takes on the style.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a matchy-matchy Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Best by 07/12/2014 stamped on the bottom.

A: Hazy, light-to-golden yellow with 1 finger of white head. Ok retention. Moderately heavy lacing.

S: Earthy fruit and light spice. Banana. Cardamom. Coriander. Lemon. Orange. Pale malt notes of grass, straw, bread. Vanilla. Very nice nose!

T: Fruit, earth and spice with a minimal sweetness rapidly carry into a nicely present hop bitterness that is more assertive than average for the style. Fairly dry finish. Touch of funkiness. Some bready malt breaks through. The complexity and intrigue of the scents are somewhat lost on the palate. Does improve as it warms. Slight alcohol.

M: Moderate carbonation with a certain creaminess. Moderate to light body. Smooth drinker for sure.

O: Solid brew in a can. Haven't had it on tap for a while - I should venture downtown and refresh my memory. Bonus points for locality. Just wish all the great smells made it onto my tongue.


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Photo of dar482
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer has Belgian yeast character, breadiness, lemon peel, citrus, and some pepper.

The flavor follows of refreshing lemon, lemon peel, a bready body. The beer dries off of peppery spice and coriander. There's a lingering yeast note on the finish.

A well made Belgian brew that is packaged in a cool can with a fist.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can courtesy of mwrecording pours a hazed, light gold color with a large cap of dense white head. Awesome retention and lacing. A fine looking brew, a few floaties are the only detraction.

Nose is tropical fruit yeast, SmarTees candy and white bread. Smells like a pretty good BSPA.

Taste also shows alot of yeasty phenols - banana, papaya, pepper and cloves. The malt is light...maybe some biscuits and the hops have a nice little snap of bitterness on the back end. Mouthfeel is a little less lively than, say a Duvel, but it is hearty enough with a nice creaminess. Easy to drink Belgian style of the better American made versions...and in a can!

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack for $10 after liking the beer I split with cousin. Good looking and smelling beer with even better taste. Very easy to drink and tasty, excellent value due to reasonable cost, for the cost you will not find better of this type. Will certainly continue to buy.

Revisited my review when having the beer again, and yes, right on. For a beer that you can find for $9.99 a six this is an absolutely awesome beer. Will be a regular in my fridge for sharing with those who want to experience a Belgian.

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Photo of jtw004
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Apperance - A very hazy darkish orange with no sort of foam/head

Smell - A light smell that gives you some wheat

Taste - A very very strong wheat beer taste. Those who do not enjoy wheat beer will not like this

Mouthfeel- Excellent mouthfeel that seems to almost gain carbonation at the end

Overall - Good warm weather beer for people who like wheat beers. Blue moon fans meet your king!

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Photo of Jimmys
3.36/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can into tulip. cant make out the canned on or best before date printed on the side of the can.

A: pours with virtually no head. hazed orange body. theres some brown stuff on the bottom of my glass. it looks like wood splinters. limited lacing.

S: soft fruit. pears. no hop aroma. sweet unfermented sugar.

T: very similar to the nose. a lot of fruit. very sweet. pears. a little bit of yeasty, earthy bitterness. chalky for a moment. finish has a lingering sweetness.

M: moderate carb on a medium body.

D: not bad, not great. finding this very middle of the road. wish I knew what this crap was sitting at the bottom of my glass. working past that, this thing still doesn't have anything that really grabs me.

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