Thirsty Bear Golden Vanilla
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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
This unique beer is light and smooth in taste. Its deliciously fragrant aroma is imparted from whole vanilla beans that come from the orchid plant.

NOTE: This is sometimes replaced with "Panda Bear" in the lineup, but the slot on the taster tray says "Golden Vanilla." They are similar so ask if you are unsure.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
TEJA (2420) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2014
Draught at Thirsty Bear, San Fransisco. Big bubbels and off white head. Solid golden color. Totally domminated by the vanilla aroma, way too much. Taste of vanilla custard blended with water. Some residual sweetness. This is hopefully the only time I drink such a beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
travita (4847) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2014
Tap at the brewpub. The look is dark golden in color, off white head. The smell is heavy vanilla, light malt, and ok. The taste is vanilla, cream, soda, and ok. One note.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Headbanger (3847) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Draft Flight 3/23/05 (Brewery)-Pours a clear golden with a small white head. Aroma of vanilla. Taste of vanilla. This light to medium bodied brew is not bad if you like vanilla but not much else going on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
monk191 (1749) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Interesting. Pours an ugly clear yellow. Smells just like s'mores. Tastes like s'mores upfront, but then falls flat. Had on tap at the brewery. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Dodgrblu (731) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Sampler at ThirstyBear; taste is chocolate front and overwhelming vanilla. No thanks. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
batneil (617) - - MAR 30, 2013
The vanilla comes through well, giving it a sweet effect. Quite nice, but perhaps not drinkable in large quantities.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Nothing to write home about but smooth tastes like vanilla and not afraid to compete with

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (7689) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 14, 2012
Draught @ Thirsty Bear Brewing Company, San Francisco. Rated on 13.10.2012.
Pours a golden colour with a small white head. Aroma of really strong vanilla and candi syrup. Flavour is completely taken over by the vanilla. Notes of sweet sweet marshmallow, candisyrup and hay as well. Light bodied and smooth mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Quite an unique beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (16053) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Clear golden orange pour with a white head. Vanilla and cream soda on the nose with a strong grainy note. Mild grass and some water, maybe a little yeast. Flavor is sweet from the vanilla. A bit of cream soda, some grainy sweetness, mild bitterness, and a definite grassy hop flavor. Kind of watery, too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (8069) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 23, 2012
Draught @ Thirsty Bear Brewing, San Francisco. Rated on 19.07.2012
Aroma has lots of vanilla and hints of fruits. Flavour is dominated by vanilla. It has also some hay and wheat. Quite odd – but somehow I like it.

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