JStax (6349) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2017
Draft sample. The beer is a clear copper with a white head of foam. Doughy and moderately lemony aroma. Bready and sweet taste. Medium body and medium carbonation. theisti (4113) - 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. steelhead3686 (270) - Jacksonville, North Carolina, 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. DiarmaidBHK (4785) - Lewisburg, 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. Vir4030 (603) - 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.
wxman (1813) - 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. shigadeyo (3730) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2009
Tmoney99 (14365) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 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.
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. Rastacouere (6177) - 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. 1010 (309) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2008
On tap at the Columbus Microbrew festival. Pours a golden color with a thin white head. Tastes of citris fruits.