Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of rustychiles. Pours gold with a white head. Smells of citrus, straw, some floral hints, a touch of dry malt. Tastes of caramel, a hint of pepper, some subtle citrus, hay. Nice dry finish.
lucklys (62) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It was a nice, soft translucent gold color with an excellent head and great carbonation. The way they brew their beers at the grill, known as "spunding," is meant to create finer bubbles for a smoother taste, and it works deliciously. The beer carries a very light, clean, grassy scent with a complete lack of hops or any bitterness, which also carried over to the flavor. It was much more malty and slightly sweet in my mouth than under my nose, with a little bit of caramel and honey hiding in the undertones. ---
The Gold Lager was extremely smooth and crisp with a dry mouthfeel afterwards, leaving barely any aftertaste. It is considered a medium body and keeps everything together perfectly. It may be seen as a simpler beer, but it was a great companion to my beer-battered fish and seasoned waffle fries, allowing room for me to taste my food rather than try to clean my palate afterward. ---
I wish I had more to say about this brew, but the fact of the matter is that it is a wonderfully simple beer with a great, easy combination of flavors and scents. Delicious with fish or lighter appetizers, but I’m sure in the hot Arizona summers, it would fit with anything and even be able to hold its own when enjoyed by itself. Yes, yes and yes! Keep up the great work, Oak Creek, I can’t wait to come back and visit for another taste.
ElGaucho (2189) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Forty Niner" Gold Lager is an excellent entrant in the Lager style. The folks at the NABA also thought so, giving the beer a Gold Medal in 2002. Forty Niner Gold has a very pleasant aroma, though I could not identify specific elements. The appearance is deep gold, with good lace and a fine bubble head. There is a good balance of hops and malt. Could be a bit hoppier, but that might mean deviating from the style. The brew was a little less full-bodied than I like, but once again, sometimes you are simply restricted by your category.
HighWine (946) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the restaurant. Nice golden color, dense white head. Mild citrus nose. good body...thick and slippery on teh palate. Good malt/hop balance with almost no bitterness. Very good and drinkable.
dcschiller (2203) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at Oak Creek. Pours a copper color with eggshell head. Aroma is cracker, diacetyl and light hops. Taste is sweet and follows suit. Medium bodied and slick. Not bad.
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2005 Could smell the aroma hops when poured in the glass. Gold color and had a nice head to begin with then a thin layer head covered the top till the beer was gone. Commercial description is right on,was and enjoyable beer while I had an Outback steak.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is from a bottle labeled simply "Gold Lager"
Pours a brilliantly clear rich gold, almost too copper, color and is topped by a frothy light tan colored head. The aroma is lightly spicy in a hoppy way and has notes of warm toasted malt biscuits underneath the hop notes. The taste is dry and spritzy up front, but then moves to a lightly sweet pale maltiness, with some toasty malt notes, that is accented by a spicy note of lemony hops. This beer has a solid bite in the finish that is a mix of carbonation and hop bitterness. This beer is a pleasant surprise, it is quite well made and I really like the good mix between spicy/ lemony hop notes and simple yet evident malt character. This beer is a perfect pre-dinner beer on a hot Tucson summer day.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
clear golden orange pour with a vigorous white head which fades to a film. (my glass was too clean so the head didn’t stick around!)
this smells very dry... citrus, strawberries (yep!), grass, light yeast and subtly toasted grains.
the palate is crisp with a clean finish. the flavor shares the aroma’s profile... green strawberries, lemon, grain and grassy hops. there’s no lingering aftertaste and absolutely nothing ’off’. the medium body is smooth and contains the perfect amount of crisp carbonation.
great session beer... i drank this all day! 6/3/6/3/16/3.4
auerbrau (3148) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 24, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz Bottle. Particular smell of apple instant oatmeal. Curt and to the point. A hazed deep gold pours out, with a sparse bubble soap foam tinted banana. Flavor is a unique bready and peachy foam. The beer is expanding from its shake up, but still carries gentle wheats, light fusili pasta, and toothy apple pucker. Shy of any off flavors, however these flavors the beer has are a bit peculiar, however enjoyable. There’s some off hexane or Styrofoam on the back end, but it’s not too interrupting. Hops could play more. Pretty nice. Thanks Rudy!
zathrus13 (1703) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks hellbilly. Pours slightly hazy gold, with a white head. Aroma is fruit and malt. Flavor is fruit, malt, and some hops. Would be a decent session beer.