In this segment I’ll be shedding some light on the different beer styles, what makes them different from other beers and give a few examples of great beers within the style.
Brewed to compete with pale lagers, golden ales originated in the UK and Australians have embraced them as one of our favourite styles. These days golden/blonde ales are brewed throughout the world and take on regional complexities while sharing some common qualities.
Whichever way you swing, golden ales are what most would expect a beer to look like; crystal clear, light in colour, sparkling and a thick head that lingers. They’re also really easy to drink!
What makes a Golden Ale?
Appearance: Straw to golden in colour, effervescent and a thick fluffy head.
Aroma: Usually malt forward with some hop aromas and yeasty esters. Overall the aroma should be sweet and light where each component is balanced nicely.
Flavour: Crisp and clean should be your first thought. A light to moderate bitterness will support the malty sweetness, but not dominate the flavours. Hop flavours aren’t a necessity, though if they aren’t present you’ll probably find more flavour out of the yeast.
Bottom Line: It needs to be crisp and clean with subtle and balanced flavours.
- Bridge Road Golden Ale: Crisp and refreshing with fruity flavours.
- Kooinda Valhalla Golden Ale: This is my favourite Aussie Golden Ale. It has lovely floral aromas with a biscuity malt finish.
- Six String Golden Ale: This one has a stronger hop presence but maintains the malt balance nicely.
Leave a comment below and let me know what your favourites are.