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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.16/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   ABV: -
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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3237) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAY 22, 2012
Approximately 16 oz mug draft at Schmidts Sausage Haus in Columbus, Ohio. The pour is a clear golden copper, with a smallish white head. Nice lace left on glass as the head recedes. The aroma is bright grain, toast, and a touch of malt sweetness. The taste is a delicate blend of the lightly sweet malt, and the toasted cracker malt. The taste thins out a bit before showing some mineral earth in the finish. The palate is light bodied, a bit dull on the carbonation, and finish has the mineral and is bright and clean. Tasty, easy drinking beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
steelhead3686 (241) - Athens, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Got this on tap at Leghorns in Athens, Ohio. Pours a clear, gold with a medium white head. The aroma is almost all hops with an even mix of spruce, grass, and some earthy undertones. This is a quite bitter beer all the way through. Somewhat thin with a light to medium body and a thin, slightly bitter finish. This is not a bad brew and I wouldn’t mind having one again on tap during happy hour.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
DiarmaidBHK (3395) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Tap. Pours golden from tap with no lacing and a half an inch of white foam. Oily slightly corny taste.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Vir4030 (515) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2011
Pours up a clear rich golden color with a thinnish white head. Slightly sweet aroma. Distinct sake flavor. I’ve had better beers, for sure.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wxman (1427) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2010
Pours a dark gold with a decent off-white head. Sweet malt and wet bread aroma. Robust sweet malt and hop flavor along with some corn. Reminds me of Harp, except fresher. Very good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shigadeyo (3010) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2009

July 17-19, 2008: Finally, the return of Hoster Gold Top! Unfortuntately, it just isn’t as good as I remember... This beer has a clear golden appearance and has large carbonation bubbles but lacks any sort of head or crown. Basically this beer is a fairly typical gold-colored macro brew with a bit more malt and color. Overall it is a smooth, decen American-type lager.

Draught sample at The Smiling Skull Saloon in Athens, Ohio during Ohio Brew Week 2008. Rating #14 for this beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2009
Draft sample at Barleys Afternoon with the Brewmasters. Poured clear golden color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Solid balanced citrus sweet aroma. Medium body with soft texture and soft carbonation. Medium balanced flavor with a medium smooth sweet finish of moderate duration. Drinkable brew and above average for the style.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6129) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 29, 2008
I had this on draught at the pleasant Schmidts authentic German restaurant in the very cute German Village district. It was called German Village lager on the menu, but the waitress could direct me towards the Gold Top. It’s a hazy golden lager wearing a foamy 1cm white head. Clean, but actually fairly yeasty for a German derived lager. Still, we’re mostly talking bready yeastiness and since the malts are all about breadiness, it works hand in hand. Not much hops come in to complement the duo. Generally well done, but it felt as if the water was perhaps a bit too hard as the mineralic notes felt out of place.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1010 (309) - Midlothian, Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2008
On tap at the Columbus Microbrew festival. Pours a golden color with a thin white head. Tastes of citris fruits.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tonybilloni (9) - Upper Arlington, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2007 does not count
A Columbus, Ohio, favorite: a veritable potpourri of flavors in this one. You’ll taste the citrus, the sweet malt--basically all the reviews thus far have got the flavorings right. Not everyone’s choice for a beer since it looks like a rich Sam Adams but tastes nothing like lager. Worth a try when in Columbus.


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