Feldschlossen Original Lager - Feldschlösschen Beverages Group

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Reviews: 31
Hads: 63
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 23.7%
Wants: 1
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Switzerland

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 kojevergas
2.86/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (765 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.95/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (618 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
2.65/5  rDev -14%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
2.76/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.6/5  rDev +16.9%
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. (338 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught in Geneva, served in a .5 l mug, Feldschlosschen is a clear pale gold with a white head and pleasant effervescence, leaving nice lace.

Smell is nice, sweet cereal grains and honey.

Taste is pretty good, bready with a hint of metal, a smooth, clean lager.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp, with a medium-light body.

Drinkability is good, a tasty and quaffable, if a little generic lager. (400 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of Globetrotter
1.76/5  rDev -42.9%
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... (1,558 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
2.88/5  rDev -6.5%
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 (407 characters)

Photo of TheSarge
4.01/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I must say I was quite impressed with this beer. I see it's got some bad reviews, but since I've had my sample closer to the source, then maybe that's why my beer seemed great.

This beer looks like a good example of a lager beer. Massive amounts of bright white head, with an ultra clear and golden body. A small layer of lacing lasts all the way through my session.

Nothing really stands out as dominant in the way of aromas, but I detect a hay and herbal type of fragrance.

As far as tastes go, this has a sweet flavor right up front, but immediately gives way to a bitter herbal character.

This is a very smooth, well balanced, and quite drinkable beer. I'd have to say one must come over here to truly enjoy this beer. I can imagine it wouldn't fair well the journey across the pond back to the States. (810 characters)

Photo of ShogoKawada
4/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer in bottles in Wengen, Switzerland and the surrounding areas. Really enjoyed it. A pale lager, it is very smooth and highly drinkable. I found myself looking for Feldschlossen for the entire trip after drinking a couple at lunch the first day. I had lots of good weissbiers and some nice german lagers and such, but Feldschlossen has a special place in my heart. When I returned to Switzerland a year later, I got a bottle when I stepped off the plane- it left a mark in my memory and a thirst in my gut for more.

Fruity undertones and a balanced malt, pale golden color. Light in body and in taste, but not watered-down. Good carbonation and a clean finish, you can put away a bunch of these. Superb for what it is.

Anyways, you won't find this one in most places. However, if you do, grab one. You'll be pleasantly surprised. The bottles are slightly smaller (maybe 10 oz), but they also sell it in bomber cans (20 or 25 oz). I'm pretty sure you only see this in the EU, and the closer you are to Switzerland the better chance you have of locating it. (1,069 characters)

Photo of rvdoorn
2.58/5  rDev -16.2%
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? (438 characters)

Photo of Andreji
2.3/5  rDev -25.3%
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. (686 characters)

Photo of atigerlife
2.65/5  rDev -14%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of Nickls
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of tugdriver7
4.35/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hand-carried from Switzerland (thanks "N"). Phenomenal example of the style. Surprisingly thick head, clear amber yellow color. Great mouthful, with smooth, mild taste that was incredibly drinkable. No, you won't find complexity here; but compared to so many other Euro Pale Lagers, this one is a keeper. It would be one of my "regulars" if it were available in the US. (369 characters)

Photo of bloberglawp
4.06/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this while on a weekend trip to Switzerland while on vacation in Europe in summer 2008.

Pours a simple yellow, solid carbonation, huge head that laces and sticks around during the whole experience.

Aroma of malt and hops, typical but still authentic and without flaws. A delicate aroma and a similar flavor. A firm bitter finish and a clean crisp aftertaste of noble hops and genuine malt.

Like a lot of european lagers, these beers are great drinkers when in or around the source. (488 characters)

Photo of Daredevil
2.22/5  rDev -27.9%
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. (582 characters)

Photo of jeffboo
2.65/5  rDev -14%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of rfabian
2.85/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of engisch
2/5  rDev -35.1%
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). (764 characters)

Photo of DiUr
4.02/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewing from memory as i suddenly thought about this beer. I have to agree with some commenters as this one seems to be a bit too much underrated. No wonder it is by far my highest rDev at the moment.

I remember a fresh and clean aroma of malts and grassy hops, almost Helles like, with a slight of citrus.

Sweet, malty and bitter in a balanced way, it made the views from Schindellegi to Zurich lake even more pleasant. As someone commented we had Schneider Hefes and the likes in the fridge, and most of the beer in Zurich was great, but for some reason this humble local lager stood up the most on those days, and made a perfect accompaniment for the swiss sausages by the bbq.

Medium body and great drinkability.

Don´t get the ratings wrong. A more than decent and tasty lager to be had over usual macros. (817 characters)

Photo of alankwak
3.73/5  rDev +21.1%
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. (278 characters)

Photo of JMWEB2
3.41/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (267 characters)

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