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Flensburger Gold - Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG

Flensburger GoldFlensburger Gold

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BA SCORE
80
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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%


Brewed by:
Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: maxpower on 01-21-2006)
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stcules

Italy

2.05/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep golden color. White head, abundant, not bad.
At the smell maltiness. And green apple.
Malty taste, a bit too heavy, and not too fresh. Even if after the smell, it could have been worse.
Average to light body. Sweetish.
Not really much to say about it.
Avoidable.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 21:23:44 | More by stcules
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Mora2000

Texas

2.42/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grain and grass. The flavor is grass and grain, with a little something that tastes like peanuts mixed in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. There is nothing good going on with this beer. Definitely not one to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 02:03:37 | More by Mora2000
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DeSoto

Texas

2.65/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up this bottle at my place of work. Really nice looking 330ml bottle with a swing cap stopper. The bottle I bought was brown, not the clear one like in the picture so light shock should not be a factor. The only date I could find was the "Best before" which was 11-05-12. The only Dortmunder that I've had was from the good people at Shiner with their Shiner Frost. I liked it, but now have a base to judge with a German one.

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance: Pale straw color with one finger of head. Retention only lasted 20-25 seconds. Clarity was par. It wasn't hazy, but for a lager style it was a bit short.

Smell: Nice bready, cereal notes. Some very small sweet notes. Well balanced between hops and yeast. Quite inviting.

Taste: Quite weak. Not really refreshing. It almost tastes like having uncooked pasta in your mouth. Starchy and stale. Quite disappointing.

Mouthfeel: For the taste of this beer not to my liking, the mouthfeel is nice. Really clean and nothing offensive. Lager styles are great when they don't weigh you down. Very crisp and clean.

Overall: This beer was a conundrum for me. Looked okay out of the bottle. It brought you in with the nose, but left you hanging with the taste profile. Expecting to have an awful drink, it was clean and didn't leave anything unwanted. Very different from the Shiner Frost that I previously tried. Can't wait to trying out some more Dortmunder style beers to figure this one out.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 06:54:22 | More by DeSoto
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theghost3

Louisiana

2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The appearance is golden with an adequate cream-colored head. The smell is very suttle, a hint of malts & toasty. It tastes bitter with a hint of wheat. Not much aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, & just a little acidic. Drinkability is just average because although it is rather smooth, there's not much taste or smell.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 02:19:09 | More by theghost3
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chilidog

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the third of four Flensburgers I have available to me, yet thisone so-far, didn't stand up and say "Wow." I mean its a good little Dort to be had, it steps back to that typical german taste and mouthfeel.
It poured an impressive pure, clear gold with good carbonation that offered no fizz but plenty of frothy, pillow-like head stuff. Lace was abound that ringed and clumped to the glass.
The aroma was grassy and hay. The taste heald that grassy hop note with abit of dry stainless steal. Thats what threw me off for this comes in its cool, clear, swingtop bottle.
Drinkability was ok and the mouth feels dry and metalic at the end.
Bottle color may matter, I really liked the Pils, it comes in a brown bottle, where thisone is clear.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 15:35:45 | More by chilidog
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TexIndy

Texas

3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz flip top bottle (they have thankfully switched from clear glass to brown) into a pint glass. Best by date of 11/30/09 on the back label. It was a slightly hazy gold color with just a touch of carb streams and no lacing. It had an average sized fizzy white head that quickly settled into a tiny partial collar.

The aroma was grainy, biscuity, vegetal - very close to a pilsener. This is my first dortmunder so can't compare it to others in the style but was good. Taste followed the aroma and again close to pilsener. Wasn't bad but didn't really scream drink more of me either. Definitely goes down easy but without really thinking about flavor while it goes down. Mouthfeel was crisp with a good hop finish.

Overall, a good solid middle of the road beer. Won't win any awards in my book for flavor but it's definitely better than a BMC. Recommend if you looking to try the style. For me, one and done just because better beers out there and not because it wasn't good.

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Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 01:20:21 | More by TexIndy
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A somewhat skunky smell, along with a lot of malt. Not overly appealing.

T: Tasted pretty much like it smelled: A lot of malt, a tinge of hops, and a slightly skunky aspect. A very bland, almost watery flavor. Not well constructed.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is an average, undistinguished Euro lager. Very forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 12:05:21 | More by avalon07
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Medium amber topped by a large, eggshell colored crown that looks as though it has enough sticky creaminess to last and to deposit a good bit of lace when it eventually deflates. Even though it's hard to get too excited about yet another amber beer, the head is a looker.

The clear glass bottle (lightly green-tinted) was a concern. Sure enough, there was a whiff of skunk when the swing-top was breached. That unpleasantness has faded in the two or three minutes since the pour and I'm left with a slightly stale, musty hoppiness. Average at best.

The flavor is dominated by a corny sweetness that gives Flensburger Gold an unexpected malt dominance. Actually, it tastes like a Euro pale lager brewed with a pinch of candi sugar and an insufficient quantity of tired, old, bottom-of-the-barrel Saaz hops.

It's been a while since I've had a Dortmunder, but I don't remember the really good ones tasting like this. There's almost no flavor spark to keep me interested until the final mouthful of the 11.2 ounce bottle, but I'll soldier on since the beer isn't especially difficult to drink. Every time I yawn, I take the opportunity to pour more beer down my throat.

Thanks to all the malty sweetness, the body/mouthfeel is on the generous side. I won't go so far as to call it viscous, but it ain't no dissipating lightweight either. The under-the-radar amount of carbonation, to its credit, continues to do its job until the (non) bitter end.

Flensburger Gold is my first beer from a German brewery that I had no knowledge of until this week when I spotted a few of their offerings in a local beer store. If this one is representative, it's no wonder that they haven't gotten more ink (or whatever the internet equivalent of ink is). I'll be interested to see if some of the other styles from Flensburger Brauerei fare any better.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 20:40:47 | More by BuckeyeNation
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badleroybrown

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a nice golden color with a small head that disappears.

S - Actually one of the better things about the beer. Has a light malty aroma that dominates any slight hop aroma.

T - Has a slightly sweet taste. I think it could use a little more bittering hops but it is ok.

M - Has a light body with rather low carbonation.

D - This is an ok session beer with more flavor than US light lagers. Actually went well with a piece of cheesecake I ate while drinking this.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 02:19:21 | More by badleroybrown
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nlmartin

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a clear golden yellow coloration. There was loose bubbling carbonation rising to the top of my glass. The head was about an inch thick off white coloration. The head had good retention. Thin rows of lacing remained on the glass.

Smell: I got a kind of corny freshly mowed grass smell off the beer.

Taste: The beer had a slightly biscuity flavor. There was a bit of grassy hoppyness to the beer finishing.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer was light bodied with ample carbonation. This is an ok sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2006 23:29:33 | More by nlmartin
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours slightly foggy gold. Sweet grains on the nose. Seems like a touch of apples as well. A bit too sweet. Out of balance. Feel is sticky and a bit slick. Lower carbonation. This is just okay at best. Way too out of balance on the sweet and not really motivating me to finish it.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 18:20:22 | More by RblWthACoz
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theboozecruise

Louisiana

3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. dark brown flip-top bottle into a pint glass. Poured a murky gold color with a large white head, lots of carbonation. There is a grainy smell, with a strong feel of apples. The taste is a bit watered down, drinks really easy with the apple taste up front and a bitter aftertaste. I'm not really digging on this one, too watery and light for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 00:33:06 | More by theboozecruise
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this bottle a few weeks ago at Surdyk's in Minneapolis. Poured with a medium, off-white head with a little lace. Color is a slightly tarnished, clear brass. Aroma was very nice: reminded me of walking by our local regional brewery - of cooking malt and a little hops. Fresh. Flavor's the same plus some extra sweetness, heavy grain flavor with a little bread dough. Good body from all the malt. Decent carbonation. Finish is short to medium and like the flavor of eating malted grain. Not bad, but a little too much simple malt flavor for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 02:22:29 | More by drpimento
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Pegasus

Texas

3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear light golden color, with numerous streams of fine bubbles, and thick, glass-coating lace.

Aroma: Lightly toasted malt presents itself, along with a faint herbal hop character. No skunk aroma was noted, despite the clear bottle.

Taste: Opens with a lightly toasty, biscuity malt note, with a slight tartness. Later in the taste butter and pepper notes appear. The finish is dry, with a lingering herbal and metallic bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Pleasant and drinkable, although mediocre for a German beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2006 03:04:23 | More by Pegasus
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crossovert

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So this is the beer that has taken northern Germany over? 12 oz flip-top brown bottle. Best by 01.14.11.

Pours a very pale, clear gold with a soapy white head that dissipates pretty quickly leaving spots of lacing.

It is very mildly scented, a bit of biscuit and some minor hops is all you get, maybe some mineral water.

The flavor is just sort of bready. Tastes liek pretzel beer, I suppose it is pretty appetizing actually, although it kinda of tastes like a non-alcoholic beer I had once called Gerstel. There is some walnut that comes though after a while and a good amount of sweetness.

I mean, it is what it is, it is a cheap export lager, don't expect a Munchiner Helles over here, still the beer is unique and I will give it that.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 23:48:41 | More by crossovert
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HardTarget

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: 11.2 fl oz. $1.99 at the 19th hole in Harker Heights, best before 06.10.06 (sampled 03.25.06) Imported by Noble Union Trading LTD Co., Houston, TX 77098.

Aroma: Very faint light grain and corn notes, touch of toast and smoke.

Appearance: Clear deep gold, edge or amber, good finger of white fading head.

Flavor: Clear, clean lager with a slight peppery twang. Some buttered biscuit notes. No skunk from the clear bottle!

Mouthfeel: Full carbonation, light body, slow fading coat, maybe a touch of oil.

Overall Impression: A Mexican style lager from Germany? Enjoyable and interesting, but not one I’d crave.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 22:23:36 | More by HardTarget
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a clear swing-topped 33 cl bottle: The color on this beer is a rich yellow-gold, with nice transparency. Disappointingly, the head is shallow and film-thin. Nice continental hop aroma, but very straightforward. There's a little grain, and faint faint smells in the back of the nose. The beer is soft, and a bit sweet. The sense of sweetness intensifies as the beer warms. The taste has a little fresh bread and yeast flavors as well. Medium body and relatively low carbonation. This is a nice, straightforward and satisfying beer. It's nothing extraordinary, but it's well made and enjoyable in and of itself.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 15:41:10 | More by Suds
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mynie

Indiana

3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark bottle with a swig top, purchased in Minneapolis. It looked fresh, I guess. No way to tell, really. There's a thing on the back of the bottle that says "312008" but there's no month listed ahead of the day. B-but that wouldn't make sense, either, since Europeans put the day before the month. HOLD UP. Wait a second...there's a smudge here, a sharpie mark covering up some white lettering next to the date. Did the store do this? Am I just being paranoid? WHY THE HELL DON'T EXPORTERS MORE CLEARLY DATE THEIR OWN BEERS?

Solid pour. Very dark gold with a respectable white head.

Smells strongly of Dortmunder malts. Dang--I was hoping for a pilsener. A little stale, maybe. Big fruit nodes, light caramel.

Tastes much more fresh, relatively speaking. The malt is sweet, zippy, and fruity like gum. The hops just are barely there. Whether they got burned off from age or they were never there is a matter for god to figure out.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 05:35:38 | More by mynie
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roddwolff

Mexico

3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Have a golden color; in the smell are essences of grains and caramel; good foam, quantity of alcohol and body acceptable; the taste is good, combines a smooth bitter with malts, with an accentuated and fresh sensation and carbonation; has a cork species instead of bottlecap; tasty to enjoy it with fish or sea food; The mouthfeel its not very good.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 16:38:25 | More by roddwolff
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maxpower

Missouri

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool 11.2 swing top green tinted bottle pours a clear golden color with a big white fluffy head that leaves a good lacing in my glass. Skunky aromas, light bready, cracker and lemon flavors. Medium bodied with a really nice soft mouthfeel, finishes dry.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2006 19:05:14 | More by maxpower
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nickynick

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Flenburger Gold poured not surprisingly gold, with a decent sized white head, and nice lacing. The smell was malty with almost no hops. I found the nose to not be very fresh smelling. The taste was malty sweet. Very little hop bite. Mouthfeel was a bit light and to me seemed to lack carbonation a bit. Could have been a bit more crisp. Drinkability was good. Overall this was a decent lager. More of a novelty with its ceramic pop top. At $2.99 a bottle I will probably only buy this on rare occasions. But the bottles are keepers for home brewing.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 13:26:56 | More by nickynick
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very pale yellow in color with a thin layer of white bubbly suds on top.

Smells mainly of decaying banana peel. Sounds gross, but smells kind of tasty.

Tastes like clover honey and corn with some light fruit and banana peel behind it. Some slightly dusty flavor in the aftertaste.

Average feel for a lager. The finish is tongue suckingly dry.

Decent drinkability. Nothing outstanding, but a decent beer. Probably wouldn't have it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 02:00:02 | More by jera1350
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured almost two fingers of head on a clear, golden colored body.
The aroma is smells of dry wheat and barley, just a touch metallic.
The taste has a nice grain flavor. Not much else, but what's there is fine.
The texture is softer with moderate carbonation.
It has decent flavor and is easy drinking and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 20:42:59 | More by Fatehunter
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goochpunch

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark honey with a frothed head that goes down to thin layer of white over the body. Leaves some interesting lacing patterns. Bready malts with hints of honey and floral hops are in the nose. The malt is pretty sturdy and there are present some floral and tea-like hops. What knocks the taste down is a somewhat present ethanol character that didn't sit well with me. Mouthfeel is moderate in body and mildly carbonated. Solid drinker.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 21:38:37 | More by goochpunch
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albern

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A better than average lager. It pours a clear, one-shade-more-orange-than-pale color, a smallish white head that hangs on for a bit. Most interesting is the aroma. I'm picking out some honey, malt, and a good bit of grassiness. My guess is that there is adjunct sweetner in the beer, or at least that is what the nose on this beer is leading me to believe.

The taste is mostly toasted malts, adjunct sweetner, some hoppiness on the backend that dries things out a bit. There is a definite crispness to the beer and a honey like taste in the mid section. More sweet malts come through as the beer settles. This is a slightly better than average lager, nothing more, nothing less. There is a modest degree of carbonation and the aftertaste is quite slight. A refreshing lager, but not in my top ten.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 21:15:46 | More by albern
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Flensburger Gold from Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG
80 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.