Meckatzer Weiss-Gold - Meckatzer Löwenbräu Benedikt Weiss KG
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3.73/5 rDev +1.6%
It's interesting that the reviews have been varied, but mostly positive. Only one review (positive) was about this beer from tap. We all know that the biggest problem facing the beer producer is shelf stability of bottled product for all sorts of reasons, so the variability can be due to this.
There is no doubt that this beer, when sampled fresh from tap, in Lindau on September 28/29 and 30 2012, does, in fact, punch well above it's weight for a Munich Helles style. Much comment has been made about the stronger hopping of this brew relative to the maltier helles of Munich and this is a feature I really like, being mainly a German Pils drinker. So it was a surprise to find this cleaner tasting, less complicated brew. The appearance was clear gold, and there was little hop aroma, as expected when Tettnang hops are employed, just the typical faint malty aroma of the style. The taste was the differentiator here, as many reviewers noted. The extra bitterness really boosted the style to a new level in my opinion, and it slipped down a treat. Definitely above average for it's style.
We need to watch out for the Allgaeu because trying this, and the excellent Farny Pilsner showed they are making some seriously good beer in this region, and it's worth watching for sure.
10-07-2012 01:18:20 | More by beerman_60
United Kingdom (England)
2.58/5 rDev -29.7%
Very, very pale golden body: the beer before this was a Warsteiner and the difference in colour was obvious: and that isn’t a really deep golden yellow either. Usual helles/pilsner/lager white, thin covering for a head, I did pour it vigorously and a large head appeared initially, but by the time I’d picked up my pen to comment it had subsided greatly.
I found the beer to be odourless and bland from start to finish and although refreshing, bright, clear and clean it was just a fizzy, weak excuse for a beer. Looking at other reviews of this beer has got me slightly worried: am I missing something many have found or are they getting carried away with flavours and aromas they’ve imagined? This was the middle beer of three during the mini session I was having and it was by far the worst of them: Alpirsbacher Pilsner being the third beer.
I’ll call it delicate if you wish, but it didn’t do anything for me at all. It reminded me of cheap hot weather lagers served up along the shores of the Mediterranean in Spain or Italy.
02-07-2012 11:15:01 | More by BlackHaddock
3.5/5 rDev -4.6%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains light malts, lager yeast, a touch of hops and some honey.
T: The taste starts out with a honey and thin malt sweetness followed by some mild grain breadiness. The hops presence is also mild and brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is likewise sweet.
M: Smooth and a little crisp, light-to-medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are better beers in the style but it’s worth drinking for a while.
08-02-2011 02:48:42 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.45/5 rDev -6%
I rather nice example of an Munich Helles. It features a reasonable hoppiness, more than an average Helles.
Golden in color with a white head, that quickly disolves.
Very clean malt palate and not much bitterness. Some herbal aromas and rather strong carbonation.
Well made, but not my favourite.
03-03-2011 20:38:18 | More by hotzenklotz
4.22/5 rDev +15%
Beer review from BA Mag Dec 2007.
To clarify, the Weiss in this beer's name is the last name of the owners and has nothing to do with wheat, so this is not a weissbier. We've also been told that this particular beer is brewed with a generous amount of Tettnang hops.
A nearly brimming foam shows some action from the carbonation, good head retention and a perfect clarity in the bright pale-yellow color. Big aroma of noble hops, slightly spicy, lemony and sweet herbal notes in the dry malty nose. The rousing crispness wakes up the palate. Fluffy moderate-sized body. Hops are not shy here; bitterness comes in strong and the flavor is both complex and broad with a thick sweet herbal tone. Maltiness is dry but sturdy enough to hold this beer together, mild biscuity and grassy flavors from the grain. Alcohol is faint but a touch noticeable due to the dry character. Very clean throughout with a long trail of herbal hop and dry grain in the finish.
Drinkability is high even with a complex flavor profile, which is very impressive from hops to malt and back. This one is in the running to be the next top desert island beer of ours. Put Weiss-Gold on your must-have list now.
08-01-2010 14:07:26 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.93/5 rDev +7.1%
A: Poured a lemon-gold with a bright clarity and a frothy and fizzy 1+ finger bright white head that lapsed to a whispy covering. The lacing was slight, barely mentionable while the visible carbonation was a faint whisper. Per style (helles) I would say this had a good appearance.
S: The initial aroma yielded a husky graininess with some light and sweetly toasted grains. A light floral lemon hopping, fresh and wet, accompanies a fresh breadiness as well paying tribute to the fine german craftsmanship.
T: The fresh breadiness takes center stage here while soft lemon and herbal hop compliment and accents a nice malty scent making this a nice welcome and change from the hop dominated lager styles. The flavor is clean and crisp, with sweet fresh grains and a lightly buttered bread touch that finishes out with soft herbal notes. Theres a wet lemon citrus that adds a bit of twang, but never overshadows the guest of honor, the fine german malting. Sweet buttery but ultimately clean and crsip makes you aware and appreciate that there is more to life in beer then hops alone.
M: light buttery slick and extremely soft carbonation wise. Very easy on the tongue.
D: Good drinkability and enjoyment, a little buttery sweet but makes for a great change of pace while paying tribute to the old fine german tribute of malt first. A nice session lager and prost worthy.
08-27-2009 22:48:19 | More by beerthulhu
3.35/5 rDev -8.7%
Pours a golden straw color with an average soapy white head that left a sparse cap as it settled. The aroma is sweet, slight honey and a touch grainy, not very pronounced. The taste is of a very light doughy munich malt and grassy noble hops; a bit grainy and watery. The feel is fairly light with tingly carbonation; finishes grainy sweet. A very light and dull helles lager. Not much flavor from the munich malt at all. It just doesn't have that doughy characteristic that your helles lagers usually have. Besides being very light for the style, the beer drinks very easy. There is a nice balance between the malt and grassy hops and no off-putting flavors. Good summer time brew but I had to rate it low as it doesn't quite live up to the style.
05-16-2009 16:12:28 | More by Gmann
4.08/5 rDev +11.2%
Another beer from the $1 store, so far these have been worth drinking. One was quite solid, the other, so so...
Pours a hazy gold color with a fleeting white head.
Aromas are of some mineral hops, bready and dough like malts, and a light herbal note.
Taste has a creamy malt flavor, some dough, cereal gains, breads, and a light spiciness. Finish is dry, with a really clean mineral hop bite.
Drinkability is good. This is a pretty nice lager, especially with the price I paid. All in all, a good sessionable summer brew.
05-01-2009 04:04:22 | More by flexabull
3.68/5 rDev +0.3%
A- clear golden color. Finger of white head. Some lacing.
S- Bready, lemon, and a hint of floral hops.
T- Mostly dominated by the malt backbone, but its not very sweet. There is also some lemon and a very subtle hop taste that give just a slight bitterness to the finish.
M- Light bodied and refreshing.
d- Enjoyable and very easy to drink.
03-30-2009 20:17:35 | More by william5586
4.08/5 rDev +11.2%
330ML bottle poured into imperial pint glass
A - Slightly hazy yellow with an off white head that falls to a skim.
S - Grassy, grainy, toasted malts. Some hop bitterness. It has a nice abundant odor.
T - Taste follows smell.
M/F - Light in body. This beer is very smooth.
D - This is an easy choice for an everyday beer which is light yet has some nice mild complexities.
03-21-2009 21:05:04 | More by ThirstyBird
3.9/5 rDev +6.3%
Mildly foggy gold with a thin white head. Nose is sweet. Grain sweetness. Flavor brings much of the same. Not a large mass of complexity. Fairly smooth and decently consistent. Feel is smooth on liquid. Carbonation bites a bit, but not overly full. Easy to drink. Nothing wild or crazy, but it works. I can dig it
03-10-2009 04:37:12 | More by RblWthACoz
3/5 rDev -18.3%
I poured this very average beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was cloudy and the color of pee. It had fine bubbles with a white headthat quickly decated. Lacing was decent. The beer smelled yeasty and like a fresh cut tomato. The beer was crisp and clean though watery. I would buy again.
02-12-2009 23:17:18 | More by Minkybut
3.38/5 rDev -7.9%
Pale yellow colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is grassy and floral.Taste is sweet,fruity and a touch grassy.This beer is pretty smooth and goes down pretty good.This is something I could see myself buying again.I definetly think it's worth trying at least once!!
01-13-2009 05:00:52 | More by matty
4.43/5 rDev +20.7%
This is a nice, tasty helles.
Deep, bright gold it has a large, creamy, faintly off-white head that slowly shrinks to a thin lasting top and leaves some nice lace.
The aroma is strongly bready and herbal with grain and some lemon, pine, and hay. It's very nice.
The taste is similar and also excellent with bread, honey, a lot of herb, hints of lemon and pine as well as a sweet honey flavour with light herbal bitterness, but after the first few sips, it becomes slightly sweeter and blander, losing the wonderful initial balance and complxity. It still stays very tasty, thugh, with some complexity and it is very smooth and highly drinkable. The feel is creamy and smooth, yet lively and zesty. it is also very clean.
12-02-2008 18:22:18 | More by Offa
3.98/5 rDev +8.4%
11.2 oz bottle
Pours a transparent and very pale yellow color with a small white head and tons of visible rising carbonation. Toasty, corny and grainy characters in the nose with a hint at a hop kick. Lemon zest, clean yeast, pepper, banana, apple and semi sweet caramel malt come through more while tasting. A bit of funk on the after taste but all in all the beer is very balanced. Light in body and pretty drinkable. Worth a shot for fans of German lagers, no doubt.
10-09-2008 19:34:01 | More by ATPete
4.08/5 rDev +11.2%
Meckatzer pours a brilliantly clear golden body (@3 SRM). The short head of bright white holds for a few moments, and then starts a quick descent. Lacing, however, is better than fair with lots of tiny spots and specks left behind.
The aroma is clean and sweetly-malty. It's lightly bready (think of a subtle toastiness) and grainy. Floral and grassy hops flitter about, accenting it.
In the flavor, the malt is less sweet than the nose suggests, and the hops are more present. The beautiful maltiness dominates, but the hops are also quite easy to pick out. The bitterness follows that course as well, being at a level that's restrained enough to allow the malt to shine up front before cutting through it and carrying you to a dry, herbal, floral, and just mildly grassy finish.
Very nicely done. Superbly balanced. Quite quaffable!
10-09-2008 00:35:32 | More by NeroFiddled
4.1/5 rDev +11.7%
Beautiful clear golden color, well carbonated with lasting snow white foam. Nose is very clean and refreshing, some light straw aromas with hints of walnuts and citrus. I really dig the nose on this one. Hops are very subtle, just backing the grains enough to achieve a perfect balance of grains and green.
The beer goes down clean with lots of carbonation to spare, it is very refreshing and have no flaws on the finish.
This is the type of lager I prefer, clean, simple and refreshing. I could have 6 in one day if my doctor recommended it.
07-20-2008 02:11:00 | More by mj001jk
3.25/5 rDev -11.4%
This is a good looking lager. In a mug, clear gold and a white one inch head that receded rather quickly. Lace sticks around (unlike an american lager). Smells like lightly cooked barley, a tad skunk, and minerally. Tastes clean, crisp, again minerally, slight noble hop bitterness backs up the grain. I mean it's a bit too minerally maybe almost a little metallic. It's a tad better than its american look-alikes but it isn't astounding. I'm sure it's better from the source.
06-25-2008 02:44:02 | More by joshwlt
3.73/5 rDev +1.6%
Thanks to Stefan my German students from this region for the gift!!
Pours a clear, golden color with a 2-finger white head. Lots of carbonation seen rising. Decent lacing.
Aroma is sweet, light hops, some grassiness.
Taste is of light malts, sweet, light hops and some yeastiness. Overall, quite light and very clean.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp and cleansing.
Overall, a decent brew. Very sessionable. Easy drinking and quite good for the style.
05-14-2008 05:06:21 | More by atigerlife
3.95/5 rDev +7.6%
.33L bottle from the source.
Pours slightly hazy with a very pale golden color, topped with a frothy, tight, creamy head that's got plenty of glass stickage.
Aroma is soft, with a light hay note, faint floral, and hint of herbal.
Smooth and creamy on the palate, with an underlying and refreshing crispness. Light-bodied, but it leans towards medium due to the creaminess and round sweetness that begins to emerge. Nice, well-round mouthfeel. Light sugary note, bread, and Grape Nuts. Hint of golden syrup. Underlying herbal hop note. Clean finish with a residual sweet linger.
Despite it's appearance, this is a very flavorful lager and a pleasure to have tried. My only criticism is that perhaps it's a bit too sweet, which masks the hop subtleties.
04-29-2008 17:39:38 | More by Todd
3.63/5 rDev -1.1%
Slender 11.2 oz. bottle, with a bavarian checker pattern on the label. "Classic Bavarian Golden Lager"
Pours a pale yet bright golden tone. Swarm of bubbles rise to the surface. Foam is bone white, and leaves a coating of lace. Tiny bubbles rise slowly.
Grassy noble hop aroma, strong when the bottle was opened, and subdued a few minutes later.
Mild hop bite is felt with a big swig, even in a small sip. Dry papery taste of light malt and yeast. Light bodied and a little gaseous. Vague honeyish apple aftertaste without sweetness. Easy to drink a few, best in the warmer months. Paired well with a handful of cashews.
04-19-2008 00:39:50 | More by emerge077
2.85/5 rDev -22.3%
Golden in color, full, with a not too compact head, white. It seeems to be too carbonated.
The smell is very malty, but also quite hopped, with a good balance. Herbal, fresh and inviting.
The start is malty, quickly covered by a good hopping, quite bitter. Aftertaste quite persistent of hop.
It is full in maltness and in hoppiness too, with a good balance. But the taste is a little less clean then the smell.
Good body. Maybe a little too carbonated.
01-03-2005 20:25:25 | More by stcules
Meckatzer Weiss-Gold from Meckatzer Löwenbräu Benedikt Weiss KG
83 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.