Description

One of the most approachable styles, a golden or blonde ale is an easy-drinking beer that is visually appealing and has no particularly dominating malt or hop characteristics. Rounded and smooth, it is an American classic known for its simplicity. Sometimes referred to as “golden ale.” These beers can have honey, spices and fruit added, and may be fermented with lager or ale yeast.

Quantitative
  • SRM Color Scale
    3 - 7
  • International Bitterness Units (IBUs)
    15 - 25
  • Alcohol by Volume (ABV)
    4.1% - 5.1%
Flavor
  • Alcohol
    Not Detectable to Mild
  • Hop Aroma/Flavor
    Hop aroma is low to medium-low, present but not dominant. Hop bitterness is low to medium-low.
  • Malt Aroma/Flavor
    Light malt sweetness is present in the flavor. Bread, toast, biscuit and wheat flavors are common.
  • Yeast Esters
    Fruity esters may be perceived but not predominant
  • Yeast Phenols
    Not common to style
Palate
  • Body
    Soft
  • Carbonation
    Medium to High
  • Finish Length
    Short
  • Attenuation
    71 - 82
Ingredients
  • Hops
    Williamette
  • Malt
    American Two-Row, Crystal
  • Water
    Varies
  • Yeast
    Lager or Ale
Food Pairings
  • Cheese
    Pepper Jack
  • Entrée
    Spaghetti and Meatballs
  • Dessert
    Sugar Cookies
Appearance
  • Carbonation
    Medium to Fast Rising Bubbles
  • Clarity
    Brilliant to Slight Haze
  • Color
    Straw to Light Amber
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