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Beer Styles 201 – Golden Ales

These light coloured ales tend to be clear, crisp and dry, so they go well with foods that, like their colour, are light.

Beer Styles 201 – Golden Ales

Style Name: Golden Ale

Substyle/Region: In England, these are called Summer Ales. In North America, they include anything from Light Ale and Cream Ale to Blonde Ale.

Appearance: These beers are usually clear with a colour that ranges from straw to amber and a weaker head.

Flavour & Aroma: The malt gives these beers grainy or bread flavours and a sweet character. They also have a fruity character from the yeast and a slight hop bitterness.

Palate & Mouthfeel: With moderate carbonation and medium weight, these beers have little to no after-taste and a smooth texture.

Food Pairings: Think summer foods and lightness. Foods like grilled chicken, seafood, pasta, light salads and mild cheeses.

Comments: These beers are not as popular in North America as they are in UK, Europe and South America.

Serving Suggestion: This is a hot weather beer for sure, but there is still a big debate as to whether it should be served chilled or at room temp. Use your own judgement.

Similar Beer Style: Pale Lager

Learn more about beer styles:

Beer Styles 201: India Pale Ales

Beer Styles 201: Wheat Beer

Beer Styles 201: Pilsners

Beer Styles 201: Amber and Dark Lagers

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