If the subjectivity of the human taste bud were ever in doubt, consider Wold Gold. This blonde continental style wheat beer was one of only three ales to net a 3 Star Gold at this year’s Great Taste Awards – that’s a serious accolade – but over at Ratebeer.com, where drinkers note down their scores and tasting notes, it steadfastly refuses to set the world on fire.
I think those reviewers are missing something. Where they’re tasting a thin, limp, middle-of-the-road beer, I’m finding impeccable balance. There’s sourdough on the nose, a touch more in the mouth, and a flash of white grape sweetness pulled immediately into check by a bite of short hops. It’s light, but that brief, restrained arc of flavours is perfectly calibrated. I’m with the Great Taste Awards on this one.
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This Yorkshire blonde ale isn’t as sweet as its Belgian counterparts – but it’s got perfect balance. Light but full, and seriously refreshing. Tasted by Hoppy Gilmore.