Schönramer Gold - Private Landbrauerei Schönram
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4.79/5 rDev +27.1%
This is their Gold, which ironically won GOLD in the World Beer Cup in 2010 in the category German/European Style Export. They say it's a "Wies‘n-Märzen."
Appearance: Light gold, almost yellow, a little lighter in color than most lagers or exports, all under a snow white head.
Aroma: Lots of Pils malts, very aromatic with some Noble hops in the background. It's similar in aroma to the Pils, and very lovely to smell. The website says there's chestnut-honey in the aroma, all I get is a hint of honey.
Flavor: MMM. Delicious. First, my girlfriends said she loves this beer, so it's blessed. The front has some nice, smooth bitterness and Pils, bready malts. Again, their website says there's a flavor of "freshly baked whitebread," but I get bready, but maybe a tiny bit sour bread, or Pils malt flavors. In the middle, I get some more wonderful flavors, a tad sourness and some honey mixed together. In the back, there's some more slight honey and Pils malts and a nice bit of bitterness. The aftertaste is both Noble hops and Pils malts. Very flavorful!
Mouthfeel: Unike the other Schönramer beers of the German style, this is a NOT tad on the thin side, at least in the front, but in the back works drier and thinner.
Overall, this beer is more in the Pils direction than an Export or Märzen. It's much hoppier and has lots more bitterness as a Pils is, but it also has a ton of Pils malts in flavor. I don't get much Münchener malt but it's still very malty. In my opinion, an Export is often a maltier and less hoppier version of a Pils, but this beer lands right in the middle of both. Actually, it's the best of both styles, really. Delicious, and a beer everyone should try. It's reminiscent of Bischhofhof's and Kneitinger's beer. Damn, I wish I had all three to compare right now.
It's a WOW beer, as are most of Schönramer's beers.
10-25-2013 21:31:14 | More by boddhitree
4.33/5 rDev +14.9%
25 oz. bottle. 5 months old...
While it's a tasty brew, I'm not sure I'd call it a fest beer. It seems more like a big Munich-style helles to me.
It's yellow-gold color is around 3 SRM, whereas festbiers start at around 7. Munich helles beers start at 3 SRM.
And although it's nicely malty, it doesn't display any real Munich malt flavor, and certainly no Vienna malt character. In fact, it displays a rich pilsner malt character, exactly as a Munich helles would.
On to hops and bitterness. The gently floral, subtly spicy, and ever-so-slightly grassy noble hop character could easily pass in a helles or a fest, but the bitterness, at around 20-25 IBU's, is more characteristic of a Munich helles.
Finally, although the strength is too high to fit the Munich helles style, it's also too strong to fit the Marzen/Oktoberfest style.
In conclusion, I'm guessing that they've added the words "FEST BEER" for U.S. exports to comply with some of the laws here in certain states. Of course I could be wrong.
Overall, it's a really well-brewed, superbly balanced, and highly drinkable lager. I have to tip my hat to the brewers. But at the price (I think I paid $4.99 at Whole Foods in Chelsea, NYC), I think I can find a locally brewed beer that's about as good for less. For me, maybe Stoudt's Gold, or perhaps something from Victory.
06-24-2009 22:34:09 | More by NeroFiddled
4.33/5 rDev +14.9%
bbd of 08 09 2007
Pours a slightly hazed gold/straw with 1" of fluffed up off-white head. Clears up nicely with average lacing & head retention
S: Grassy &lemony
T: Floral & lemon hops up front. Honey malt follows as this warms. Finishes with plenty of lemon hops, dryness & sweet honey malt
MF: Light to medium body with lively carbonation& a little slickness. Super balance
Drinks too easy, reminds me of many of the fest beers I've tried over in Germany deceptively quaffable! If you can find it prior to it's BBD, have at it! Lacks some aesthetics, but quaffs damn easy!
06-17-2007 06:57:34 | More by russpowell
4.33/5 rDev +14.9%
Pours a clear, transparent, straw color. Thin, white, head dissipates quickly, leaving a very thin white layer. Some lacing, but not much.
Smells of bread, malt, with hints of hops and some lemon citrus. Some grass in the background.
Clean, crisp taste, with more citrus than I expected. A mild sweet finish with hints of citrus in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is crisp, with some carbonation. Very easy to drink. Reminded me of my trip to Oktoberfest.
This is a Marzen, but reminded me very much of a Helles. I wish I had another right now.
03-22-2012 23:33:12 | More by fsimcox
4.3/5 rDev +14.1%
Schonramer Gold has a thin, white, soapy head and a clear, yellow appearance, with lots of streaming bubbles and decent lacing. The aroma is a wonderful blend of sugar sweetness, bread, crackers, and hop spiciness. Taste is likewise sugary, bready, cracker, and hoppy. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Schonramer Gold finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and semi-dry. Overall, this is a wonderful beer, and I cannot detect any flaws.
01-21-2012 16:12:37 | More by RonaldTheriot
4.05/5 rDev +7.4%
This is not outstanding, but it's pretty good, with well-rounded character.
Birhgt gold, it has a medium white head that slowly shrinks to a ring and wisps, leaving only a hint of lace.
The aroma is a lot of herbal hops, honeym, bread, hint of pine, mineral water, & grain. Overall, a very nice, very "German" aroma, well rounded and pleasant.
The taste is similar. It tastes mostly of grain, bread, with herbs, hints of mineral water, honey, grape juice, and apple. The finish is mostl;y grain with grape juice, a hint of white wine, and herbs. Overall, it sweetish with a little bitterness to balance. The body is good but a little thin and the character ends up being just a tad flat and vague. It's quite easy to drink, though, and still a solid, tasty beer with enough character and mild complexity to keep it going.
04-09-2009 22:33:59 | More by Offa
3.98/5 rDev +5.6%
A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a golden yellow color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.
S: A surprisingly sweet, almost fruity aroma, with a lot of malt as well.
T: Tasted of malt (a pretty hefty amount of it), citrus (a good deal of lemon), and a slight grainy quality. A very light in character flavor, one that's very enjoyable.
M: A decent amount of carbonation with a smooth, silky finish. Light-bodied.
O: I don't think this is a classic Marzen, but it is well done and very tasty. Drinkable.
08-05-2012 11:37:22 | More by avalon07
3.98/5 rDev +5.6%
First of all, don't open this expecting a typical Oktoberfest experience. It's a lot more like a fusion of a typical German pils and a typical German hef. And it works damn well.
Appearance: Really pale color, super rich head. Bubbles never stop moving to the top. Rather lovely, I think.
Smell: Grassy, malty, little banana. Catch a little hop character in there too.
Taste: I broke a fast with this one, so it was damn good. Very understated in a German sort of way. It posesses the crispness and hop quality of a good pilsner, and the malty, bananalike profile of a hef. Not overwhelming in either area, just a good balance. Could taste almost no alcohol whatsoever.
Mouthfeel: Refreshing, and smooth. A tiny bit metallic on the aftertaste, but nothing to get in a twist over.
Drinkability: A fine beer, but you might get bored after awhile.
10-03-2006 22:49:36 | More by jeffjfindley
3.88/5 rDev +2.9%
.5L bottle, dated best-by Jan 10 2012.
Pours a pale straw gold with nice swath of bone-white head.
Scent is grassy and buttery with note of corn; pungent malt.
Flavor is malty and sweet, more to a lighter, grassier side than the caramel malt found in most imported marzens. Good flavor, very smooth and well-balanced.
Nice body, light but flavorful. Made for drinking in quantity.
This is more similar to a German pils than the marzen beers we have here in the US; perhaps this is truer to the Oktoberfest offered in Munich every autumn.
10-03-2011 23:36:14 | More by Natural510
3.75/5 rDev -0.5%
First brew I've had from this brewery. Easily managed pour produces plenty of head that is supported by medium carbonation. Lacing is ring like and admirable. Gold color as you'd guess has a slightly unfiltered haze to it.
Pretty light in all departments but it did hold my interest, mainly because I thought the snappy dry hoppy finish was welcomed. Malts are sweet but on the mild side of things. Metal creeps into the aftertaste but is short lived and hardly annoying at all.
Its on the high end of the ABV for a fest beer. Not as malted as most marzen's I've had, this beer just works. I have two other brews from these guys so this needless to say has me excited for whats to come. Above average.
03-14-2006 01:59:12 | More by DogFood11
3.75/5 rDev -0.5%
16.9 oz. Euro brown bottle,
A: Pours a very pale yellow, almost looks like a witbier, with a small, white, fizzy head.
S: Smell is pretty good, lots of malt, fragrant, some toast and biscuits, with some lemony hops.
T: Taste is much of the same, very toasty, caramely, the malt is the king here, very robust for an Octoberfest, one of the best tasting fests that I have ever had, with a bit of lemon and grassy hops to balance it all out.
M: Smooth and light, crisp and refreshing, a very good mouthfeel for a lager.
D: One of the better fests I've had, seems pretty rare overall, but I can find it everywhere, so I'm going to enjoy it while it is here.
09-09-2007 03:50:34 | More by Halcyondays
3.74/5 rDev -0.8%
Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a light straw amber with a half-finger fine white head with good retention and slippery lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, wheat, bread dough with a whiff of sulphur, but the latter is not off-putting because of the pleasant bready, yeastiness dominating the aroma. Flavor of bready malt, light wheat, a hint of citrus, somewhat mild, but nicely balanced. Finishes with a mild, pleasant hop bitterness. Medium bodied. An interesting take on a Marzen; much, much lighter in color than traditional and, to my taste, wheatier. I was so convinced that this was misidentified on BA as an Oktoberfest that I went to the brewery website and ran the description through Google translate. They call this an Oktoberfest Marzen right off the mark so good call, BA. I had to chuckle about the first sentence though: "A powerful and ferocious beer." Oh boy. This is a nice, light to moderate solid German lager, but no tiger. I really liked this beer because the yeast is the closest to rising bread yeast that I've ever tasted in any beer, and it was quite welcome. It redeemed this marzen for me. Like drinking a nice beer in a bakery while dough is rising. I will buy this again just for that pleasant aspect.
09-23-2013 03:34:38 | More by LiquidAmber
3.68/5 rDev -2.4%
It poured a slightly blurry bright yellow beer with a small head which quickly dissipated. It smelled of malt, hop, and wheat. I tasted malt, hop, wheat, and yeast. the body was very crisp, and ranged from light to medium body. This is a Marzen? I don't know about this one, its kind of missing some roasted nuts and caramel taste to be supposedly called a Marzen/oktoberfest. oh well its not the first Schonramer to have thrown me in a loop.
07-06-2011 05:20:48 | More by Francepants06
3.68/5 rDev -2.4%
Pours a pale, clear, yellow color with a bone white crackling head that dies away quickly. One of the lighter style marzens, but I enjoy the brighter brethern of the caramel bombs frequently found in the states.
Aroma of noble hops supporting a biscuity/crackery malt profile.
Taste is malty and sweet up front, with buttered light grain breads and sugary notes. Bitterness is very mild, and lets the malt come through more.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, sprtizy carbonation and drying finish.
Overall, a nice specimen of a Helles Marzen/Oktoberfest. Solid lager, from which could have sprouted todays standard pils.
11-20-2011 04:31:03 | More by Stinkypuss
3.53/5 rDev -6.4%
On tap at Kings Row Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.
Pours a clear yellow with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is quite easy to drink.
08-11-2013 23:29:40 | More by UCLABrewN84
Schönramer Gold from Private Landbrauerei Schönram
85 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.