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Feldschlossen Original Lager - Feldschlösschen Beverages Group

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Feldschlossen Original LagerFeldschlossen Original Lager

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Reviews: 32
Hads: 68
Avg: 3.05
pDev: 30.16%
Wants: 1
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jeffboo on 02-17-2004

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Photo of tred
1.68/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It pours yellow and bubbly with a giant head that collapses unevenly. It really reminds me of miller high life in a lot of ways. The taste is grainy and watery, with a bitter mouthfeel that's more appropriately described as an aftertaste. There's very little to say - it takes a beer this bad to make Cardinal look good.

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Photo of Globetrotter
1.76/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I feel like I've run across an old nemesis here. A colleague of mine (thanks, James!) brought back to Moscow three brews he acquired in trade at an international conference. One those was Feldschlösschen, the A-B of Switzerland. When I lived in that fair country, I acquired a healthy hatred for their buy 'em and shut 'em down competition policy, and never liked their brews. Now, four years later, I decided to give them another chance.

Green 33 cl bottle with a green, silver and white label featuring what looks like the entrance to a castle (the name means "small field castle"), with barley stalks growing in the entrance. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 11/16/06, I opened it on 5/20/06.

Pours a clear watery yellow under a 1.5 finger bubbly white head that fades fairly quickly to film and collar, leaving a lace string or two as it goes. The nose is strong and off-putting, full of adjunct malt and sickly sweet like overripe fruit. The mouth is very prickly and quite sticky, lying like a blanket on the tongue. Taste? Not much to like here. Rice flavor is strong and unpleasant. Add a touch of prune to go with the moldy bread. The hops are subdued, emerging only briefly in the finish as a slightly tinny bitter. Globetrotterette recognized it immediately, and wrinkled her nose in disgust. I managed to choke down about a third of the bottle before the rest was enjoyed by my drain. There may be worse beers in Russia than this one, but they are not as ubiquitous here as Feldschlösschen is in Switzerland. Shudder...

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Photo of engisch
2/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I don't understand why the people around here search this beer out?! WTF?! (What's this foolishness?!) So many people seek this beer in Zurich that I am obviously an oddball. If you like normal, crappy, unexciting beer and you aren't in or near Switzerland get a Budweiser. If you happen to find this at the same price as Bud it's better, but if you see this beer you obviously have much better stuff around.

To sum up this beer... Color: light, Flavor: Grainy and Light, Mouthfeel: Bleh., Drinkability: Light (which rate high among common folk that don't have beer advocate accounts).

As the second beer I had while in Switzerland, I was very disappointed. I will not be having this beer again on these travels, or ever (assuming I remember that I have had it).

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Photo of Daredevil
2.22/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Feldschlösschen (now part of Carlsberg) is by far the largest brewer in Switzerland. It's growth however was not due to very distinctive brews but to the fact of the brewery being built with access to the railway in 1876 (at a time when all other brewers used horse carriages for transportation). The other success factor of Feldschlösschen is the plant, which looks like some strange huge Disneyland type castle and attracts loads of visitors.
Ohh, the beer ... well the "Original" surprises with little originality. It is a clean easy drink standard lager, one might say bland.

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Photo of Andreji
2.3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Let's hear it for swiss neutrality, ladies and gentlemen! the top selling (at least in the schwyz, zug and zurich Kantons) swiss macro lager is a standing monument to the nation's centuries old political stance. On the issue of flavour, obviously.

This brew, in all aspects, appears to be created to "satisfy all parties", or at least rather to not provoque one to like it more than the other so to destabilize the region. So you need a foreign observer (me) with a far from neutral point of view (yep, me) to judge it properly.

It is rubbish in every sense and deserves no credit on any level of its brewing process. stick to their good ole schnapps if you visit, is what I say.

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Photo of descartes
2.4/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Very bland brew. Poured an amber orange color and created several inches of head, only to dissipate very quickly and unevenly. Sweet corn flavor which leaves your mouth quickly, no complexity. If you're looking for cheap beer to share with friends who don't particularly like beer, you could do far worse.

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Photo of jbro434
2.45/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sad to say, this is one of the weakest beers in all of CH and probably one of the most popular. Grain dominates the mouthfeel and it finishes weak and uninspired. I have had it on tap, in the can and bottle and nothing seems to help. Feldschlossen makes a hoppier brew called Hopfenperle that is quite tasty and worth seeking out. Sadly, it is not as easy to find as the original lager. There is a hint of hops upfront, grainy and weak in the mouth, mostly carbonation. This finish is just plain uninspiring with a gritty unbalanced combination of carbonation and slightly sour malt.

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Photo of rvdoorn
2.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Look: pours a deep, clear golden color with a large white head.
Smell: Malts, grains, floral, grass, sweet caramel/candy sugar.
Taste: Very sweet. Sweet malts, metallic, caramel with only very light hops in the end.
Mouthfeel: high carbonation, thin body.
Overall: This was the first beer I ever had in Switzerland. I lived there for one year, and already to change beer type the first day. Way too sweet, did they add sugar to this brew?

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Photo of atigerlife
2.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank at a nice outdoor cafe in Geneva on a lovely spring day. The setting didn't save this beer.

Poured a very light yellow, very clear. Small white head. Spotty lacing. Light carbonation can be seen rising.

Aroma is somewhat "winey", quite sweet and some malts.

Taste was of light hops, sweet [almost a honey taste]. Sort of buttery. Very curious.

Mouthfeel was light and uninspiring.

Overall, probably OK in a pinch, but too many other beer out there to drink. Really not worth it.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From my notes 6/9/07 Pours a three-finger white head that fades slowly, leaving a good lace. Crystal clear pale amber color. Slight hoppy nose. Good carbonation and light-medium bodied. Flavor is nearly balanced, slight hoppy finish and slight lingering bitter aftertaste. Part of meal, 1.0L stein on-tap at the Stadtkeller Restaurant Lucerne, Switzerland. Drink one of these and you feel like the Manneken Pis.

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Photo of jeffboo
2.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A Swiss adjunct lager (probably corn). A very clear light yellow color with lots of tiny carbonation bubbles, providing a light white head. A bit of a Saaz grassiness with sweet corn aroma, the corn is only a hint here, not off putting. Light, bubbly body with a light sweet corn finish. Not as adjuncty sweet as some, a touch more hops than similiar brews.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml on-tap at Zum Schiefen Eck, Basel (7.60 CHF):
A cheap, pretty average marco pale lager that was inoffensive & drinkable without ever seeming to be enjoyable or memorable. There was some basic lager type flavours with corn, grains & a few grassy hops present but beyond that there wasn't much of anything going on & it wasn't exactly the best introduction to Swiss beer but at least they can't all be this bad.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.76/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brought a 500ml can of the Original Lager home to share with friends. The beer pours a typical clear golden color. Grain dominates the scent and taste. There is a hint of hops upfront, grainy and weak in the mouth, mostly carbonation. Mouthfeel is lighter in body and it finishes weak and uninspired. Overall is is just ok.

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Photo of rfabian
2.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a plastic tumbler it produces a one inch head with little retention and scant lacing. The appearance is straw and clear. The aroma is of slight nobel hops and malt. The taste is sweet for a lager with little bitterness. The feel is light with a slightly metallic finish.

This is a competently brewed lager, refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.86/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into Swiss glass (standard kitchenware is all that was available) in Zürich, Switzerland. I acquired the can at a Swiss petrol station. Reviewed live.

A: Three finger head of no real cream, decent thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear yellow-gold.

Sm: Clean full barley with some cream.

T: Full barley foundation with some pleasant but subtle cream and some bland hops riding atop. Not complex, but refreshing. Well balanced. I wish it were more bold.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Moderately thick - a bit too much so - especially for the style.

Dr: You can down it, it's cheap enough by Zürich standards, and it's alright. A good student beer. I'd sooner try this out of the bottle or off the draught, because it does have potential.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
2.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

250ml bottle poured in an ordinary glass.

Refreshing beer

A: Pours a pale clear yellow color with a reasonable aired and bubbled head. Reasonable retention
S: Nose is simple as the beer. Very malty. Very grainy and bready. Some hops (not enough)
T: Taste is also simple. Very malty. Metallic. Crispy. Lack some bitterness in the end
M: Very light body. Medium carbonation
D: Very light beer. Easy to drink

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.95/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light lemon gold colour, with a decent filmy white head and fine carbonation. Reasonable head retention, although it doesn't billow very much on the pour. Decent lacing.

Slightly bready nose, and a hint of hops. Rather timid and weak, but suitable. Just very understated.

Taste is also pretty bland, with a slightly floral hint of hops, but otherwise quite dry and insipid. Mouthfeel is rather good though. Nicely creamy, but with enough zing to give the beer a little bit of a lift, which it sorely needs.

Overall, it's a pretty drinkable beer. It's not going to wow you but it'd probably be worth having a couple.

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Photo of mattcomstock213
3.1/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I learned to drink beer in Switzerland as an exchange student and Feldschlossen was what I usually bought. Its not great. Its rather neutral and kinda bland really, but it is clean and crisp with a hint of hops. It goes down smoothly and even held up when I returned a few years later with more discerning tastes.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

50cl Can, BBD 14th Sep 2014, poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard on 15th Oct 2013: finally got my Swiss tick. My son-in-law had a business trip to Zurich and brought back this and another can for me.

Pale golden, clear, bright and clean looking, on top a thin white crown.

Slightly sweet in both aroma and taste: crisp and refreshing with all the usual lager/pilsner/helles attributes. Nothing to make it stand out from all the other brews in this style, but nothing wrong with it either.

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Photo of Nickls
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a generous frothy head; decent retention for the style, but a very clear light gold hue that looked pretty still

S - Actually not a bad hop note that is a little dry and herbal; some breadiness, but that's about it

T - Slight kiss of hop bitterness; a bit earthy and doughy; dry which was OK. Not good, but not the worst ever

M - Pretty light overall, and lacked a snappy carbonation that would have been nice

D - A brainless brew, but not bad drinking. Easily washes down some fondue.

Overall, certainly not one of the worst that I've had in the range, and I actually almost enjoyed the drier characteristics of it.

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Photo of Suds
3.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer during a short weekend trip to Switzerland. My family and I stopped for lunch at a nice little restaurant, and this was the only beer on tap. It's a light, completely transparent golden color with a brilliant white head. The aroma is mostly malty, with a slight herbal noble hop aroma in the background. Somewhat bread-like and doughy in the smell, and an faintly sweet taste. The beer is fairly well balanced, if not tilted just a bit toward the malt. Clean and very soft in the mouth. Maybe a little too thin. Not bad though. This is a respectable continental lager.

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Photo of JMWEB2
3.41/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice three finger head, lacing is prevalent, and its a very light yellow color.

S: Very malty smell, some hops.

T: Sweet up front with the traditional euro lager malt flavor, not bad.

M: Light bodied lager, very drinkable.

O: Ok euro lager, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of GaetanoBresci
3.49/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a national emblem in Swizerland, if you go around there you should try. It is nothing special, even is probably the best Swiss beer I have tried. Coulor light yellow, taste a bit metallic, smell clear, good hangover the day after... Definetly buy again

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.6/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a few bottles of this at a hotel in Zurich. The beer is light gold color, clear, with a thin finger of head and some dry lace. The aroma is light and malty, on the grainy side but with a little sweetness. It tastes more bready than bitter, not bad at all. Dry finish with good medium-gage body. Recommended as a standard Euro-lager.

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Photo of alankwak
3.73/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden clear with medium head retention and lacing.

S: Clean, light floral aroma from medium hoppiness.

T: Very nice medium/light malt backbone. Moderate hop bitterness.

O: Very nice off tap outside Sion, Switzerland. Nice beer and a very good all malt example of a lager.

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Feldschlossen Original Lager from Feldschlösschen Beverages Group
74 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.