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Stiegl Goldbräu - Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

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298 Ratings
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Ratings: 298
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.77%
Wants: 7
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH visit their website
Austria

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2002)
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5/5  rDev +42%

javlin624, Dec 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +42%

astrayan, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of bcpriess
5/5  rDev +42%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best beer in the world. Without rival - except perhaps Weihenstephaner.

I have had this beer both on tap and in a 16oz bottle. It is a remarkable beer in either form. I seek it out. I don't think I have a single negative comment about this beer - to my palate it is perfect in every way. It pours a pure, bright golden color with a white head. The smell is primarily of yeast - it reminds me of making bread, the subtle burn you feel if you bring your nose close to the bowl of yeast and sugar and water. There is some of that in the flavor as well. There is some hop, but its bitterness is negated by the malt and yeast. The malt flavor is not detectable per se - it is felt in the soft texture of the beer and it counters the bitterness of hops. Yeast is the dominant flavor. Breadiness. Mouthfeel is superior. It feels smooth and wet - there is not a hint of chalkiness or dryness to be found here. Like a loaf of bread, this beer can become heavy if one overindulges. That said, it is highly drinkable if your intent is to savor its impeccable flavor. If you, like me, love lagers, this is a beer you should seek out - there is nothing revolutionary about it...German purity law etc...but it is so perfectly executed that I simply cannot imagine a better, more satisfying beer.

bcpriess, May 01, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

kurgan3, Aug 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

thommo_nk, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of immunerecordings
4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

immunerecordings, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of btcook007
4.6/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this beer multiple times on tap on a visit to Salzburg. It was a wonderful accompaniment to my typical meals of sausage & kraut. It balanced those flavors perfectly with a light sweetness that came out against the sour and salty flavors of the food. It has been brewed in Salzburg for hundreds of years (Mozart drank it). Wish I could get it stateside!

btcook007, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of Treath
4.58/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a glass mug. First time drinking it.

A- Golden yellow. Bubbles streaming up. One finger head that fizzles down, but leaves a little bit. Not much lacing. Looks good.

S- Bready, malts, some hops. Fresh smelling.

T- Wow, this has a very bready and malty taste. It has a very little hops, but it has enough slight hop bitterness to mellow out the malty taste. A very nice balance. Slightly bitter, just the right amount.
Aftertaste is nicely bready and slight hop, but clean.

M- Clean, light, crisp. Carbonation is moderate.

Drinkability- Very drinkable. It flows so smoothly.

O- Overall, I'm very impressed by this Austrian beer. Very tasty. This was a fantastic surprise.

Treath, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.55/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stiegl Goldbrau has a thick, fluffy, white head, a hazy, golden, bubbly appearance, filled with tiny white sediment specks, and a thick, white lacing sheen left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, pungent, full barley malt, and the taste is of sweet, bready, biscuity barley malt, with a pleasant hop bitterness at the sip’s end. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Stiegl Goldbrau finishes semi-dry, sweet, mild, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is a great beer, and I highly recommend it!

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of iannutter
4.53/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a sentimental one for me to write about, as it was my standby beer when I studied in the town that this is produced in last year.

I picked up a 4 can pack of half liters, which although are not as good as the bottles, are much cheaper and more available than the alternative.

Anyways, I cooled these down to about 43 degrees Fahrenheit, which was similar to the temp i drank these at when I left them in the snow on my balcony.

Always a great head retention, this is a great Austrian example of the Bavarian style. The smell is light hops and grass, the flavour reflecting this.

I would absolutely recommend this anyone happily.

Prost!

iannutter, Feb 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

matjack85, Jan 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

superdoopersauce, Dec 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Geiseman, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Psychopath
4.47/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very good taste, not too bitter (not much hop), easy to drink (cool it well!), not too expensive (no dosser-beer though!)

Psychopath, Apr 08, 2002
Photo of Offa
4.47/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful, full-bodied, flavourful, golden lager. I want to point out, after reading those reviews wondering why this is identified as a Marzen that I think this is put under the Marzen category because this is what Marzens are normally like in Austria, rather than Germany. One book I have read, edited by Michael Jackson himself, discusses this distinction, stating that Austrian Marzens are a lighter-bodied, lower-alcohol (up to 5% abv) golden lager rather than the higher abv (around 5.5-6%) type people typically associate with Bavarian beer.

It's deep gold with a big white head that shrinks slowly to a permanent, small white head.

The aroma, rather sweet, is full-bodied, very nice and aromatic, with grain, white bread, honey, a strong, flowery hop character of herbs and pine.

The taste is full-bodied and aromatic in the mouth with a strong notes of grain, herbs, honey, and flowers. It has a light bitterness and a wonderful finish of sweet, fruity grain and grassy bitterness. It also has a slightly unusual quality that is hard to describe and is rather oily. It's refreshing and smooth but wonderfully tasty.

Offa, May 08, 2008
Photo of K270
4.38/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer for the first time. This is a very good beer. I poured it into a glass and it had a small white head that disappered quick. It poured a very light golden color. While the beer was sitting on the table I looked down at it, the bottom of the glass was almost clear as water. Took the first sip and it was very mild, almost creamy. I could also feel the carbonation on my tounge. It wasn't intense. It was actually quite a nice feel. This is definatly a beer worth trying.

K270, May 20, 2008
Photo of vapodge
4.38/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500 mL poured into a pilsener glass

A - clear, pale yellow, lotsa carbonation, thin head, very little lacing

S - sweet malts -- some mild hops as well

T - sweet and bright, very bright; hops are more prominent than the malt

M - very crisp and clean, a bit fizzy

D - super easy to drink -- appealing flavor has made me get this repeatedly; for a lighter beer than I typically drink, this is crazy good

vapodge, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of latackbeer
4.38/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer all around. Everything expected for the style and the ABV. Poured a nice 2 finger huge white head straw golden with lots of carbonation. Smell very grassy little sweetness to it. Definitely drinkable and perfect for a summer day laying by the pool. Have recommended this beer to many of my customers who are looking for something simple not crazy and have yet to hear a complaint!!

latackbeer, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of MNJR
4.33/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is listed as a Marzen/Octoberfest. I'm no expert, but I'm about 90% sure this is not the correct style designation for this beer. This is a golden lager? OK, whatever they say here, but I'm not going to review this as a fest beer, since it is clearly not. The color is spot on: golden. Thick head that dies quickly. Nice foamy lacing. Basic, good, clean beer smells: barley, grain, light hops, some sweetness and caramel. The flavor is bright, clean and rich. Mellow grass, rich grain, sweet mild hops with a slightly dry finish. Very sturdy, yet refreshing. This is a high quality beer.

MNJR, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of Ryan_Graham
4.28/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: One finger head. Dark yellow color.

S: Light. Wheaty.

T: Very different. My first impression was, "whoa." I mean that in neither a good way nor a bad way. I've simply never had a beer with such a bready aftertaste.

M: It goes down smooth but drops a bale of wheat
on the back of your tongue on the way down.

O: I like it. Very different than anything my young pallet has ever tasted before. Good balance. I can hear the hops but they're not blowing out my eardrums. Might not be an all-time-great beer but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Ryan_Graham, Jul 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

tzieser, May 27, 2013
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Golden, totally crystal-clear, and capped with an inch of white foam.

S - Bright honey and blossom-y floral notes are fairly prominent.

T - The taste seems full-flavored and yet it is actually very light and softly sweet. Clover honey is a definite suggestion along with a faint hint of jasmine and green grass. This is quite a bit like a Dortmunder, from my recollection. I do not taste any caramel, and the brew is not a sweaty Saaz bomb, which is what comes to mind when Märzen/Oktoberfest is broached.

M - Softly carbonated, quite enhancing.

D - Very very drinkable. I like it much better than most (if not all) brews coined "Märzen/Oktoberfest."

ktrillionaire, Nov 02, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

JohanB, Oct 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

JKerfman, May 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Feel_the_Darkness, Mar 04, 2014
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Stiegl Goldbräu from Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
80 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.