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Stiegl Goldbräu | Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

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Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
Austria | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2002

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Reviews: 161 | Ratings: 369
Photo of beersareonme
3.24/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nothing awesome, but a good pint for a European brew. I ended up with it on a sampler platter. Nothing I would go buy, but if I was given a case I would still really enjoy it. Solid pint.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.31/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on draft at Laschet's Inn (half litre mug). I thought this was a lovely offering! Clean, crisp, refreshing and slightly, sweet, floral on the finish. Could drink it all day as it's hanging around 5%ABV, too.

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Photo of russpowell
2.7/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Mystery dating on this & no decoder ring handy, bummer

Pours a very effervescent gold with 3 fingers of gorgeous fluffy eggshell colored head. Nice lacing & head retention

S: Pears and a little grassyness

T: Slight breadyness, a little bit of pear & grassiness, plus a touch of cloying apple juice up front. Some herbal & grassy hops, but kind overwhelmed by apple juice sweetness. Finishes too sweet, with a little grassyness

MF: Light body, fairly firm carbonation, skews sweet

Barely drinkable, close to a drain pour, disappointing

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Photo of BigBry
3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft offering at Wurst in Calgary.
Pours slightly hazy, golden yellow with a tall, foamy head. Foam settles to a thin film on top of the beer, small streaky lace.
Smell is basically all of grain and malt, some wet grass.
Taste is same, grain, malt, and some mild grassy hop flavors.
This beer has a good level of carbonation, crisp mouth feel, easy enough to drink.
Overall, this is a pretty average beer, nothing special, there are better examples of the style.

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Photo of stevoj
2.47/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Disappointing, coming from the heart of beer country. Bland, musty lager, clear golden with thin white head. Aroma is day old bread dough, slightly sour, taste is funky grain, no hops what so ever. Blech!

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Photo of JustinAniello
3.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours clear straw colored with a hint of amber. One finger of head that quickly dissipates to a light cap and minimal lacing.

S - Sweet bread and apple, possibly a hint of citrus.

T - Starts out sweet with a bit of apple, getting breadier on the swallow. Just a small hint of hops.

M - Light body and carbonation.

O - Not bad for a session beer, but not really following Marzen style. Too light in body and flavor.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation and faint lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a mottled medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grainy + biscuit malts with a light to moderate aroma of floral + grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of grainy + biscuit malts with just a hint of grainy sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of floral + grassy hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness which does not linger for long.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront and smooth through the finish.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing, very enjoyable - reminds me of many days spent in Salzburg for work... Simple but with really good flavors and aromas - a classic.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.62/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle at Austrian restaurant, NYC. Pours pale straw with tall, long lasting, fluffy, white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of grassy hops and pale malt. Body is medium and crisp. Pale malt and some hops combine on the palate. Finish is short, barely noticeable. Standard macro crap.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Black Forest in a half liter mug. It’s brilliant gold with a 1” white foam cap. It has light malt flavors but is not as rich as other Oktoberfests.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1pt, 0.9oz can served in a pilsner glass. No date, but stamp on bottom of can was 03635.

Appearance: Clear bright gold. 1/4" white foam on top. Lots of fine strands of lacing and some big sheets of persistent lacing as well. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Mild - a bit of skunkiness with some noble hop aroma.

Taste: Clean, mild, pilsner style malt with some mild noble hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, approaching fizzy but not quite. Otherwise nothing special.

Overall / Drinkability: This is not a Marzen style beer - this is a pilsner approaching Euro Pale Lager territory. A very no frills German beer that is good to look at and meets its name "Goldbrau" rather well in regards to appearance (a very good looking beer), but beyond that, isn't anything special. I am not interested in having another one or seeking it out again as there is better full-flavored German beer out there.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.02/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has a pale golden appearance. Good lacing. Aromas of light hops and grains. A little bit of a watery mouthfeel, bit of sweetness. Flavours are a nice balance of malts and hops, one does not overtake the other. A bit of a lemony aftertaste.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: clear; medium gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; light lacing;

S: a little skunky;

T: a bit skunky for a moment, then DMS takes over; a hint of pine and pilsner malt sweetness at mid-palate; finish is lightly bitter;

M: medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: perhaps a bit old; tough to rate as I don't believe it's an Oktoberfest; fresher, this would probably be a nice, refreshing beer;

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Photo of janubio
2.77/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Clear golden colour, big head that doesn't hold much, some lace. Smell of grass, grains, some malt. Medium body, average carbonation. Taste of grains, herbs, some sweetness. Average beer, nothing special.

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Photo of loubar
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz can from Whole Foods. Bready malt sweetness up front with a fair amount of bitterness and some floral and grassy hops. Crisp, yet smooth and tasty. An exemplary Euro lager.

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Photo of shakabrew
4.88/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My favorite lager (marzen) to date. Perfectly balanced.

Initial sweetness, mild hop, great malt finish, soft smooth mouth feel. Full bodied.
My go-to brew.

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Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Is this really a Märzen? It's way too light, yet too sweet for a Pils and too heavy for a Helles. This almost seems like more of a Dortmunder without a crackery flavor.

It's OK...you can do better for Central Europe. Their Pils is better.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Stiegl Goldbräu
500 ml brown glass bottle
1.05€ @ BILLA, Singerstraße 6, Wien

Stiegl Goldbräu is a basic Euro lager. It's clean and well-made, combining a basic, gently bready malt with a very firm bitterness and some floral and grassy hops.

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Photo of humuloner22
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is what it is, a Pilsener style beer. Its not the best I have ever had but its not the worst. I think it costs more than its worth, but its solid. I was interested in trying it. But it was nothing special. Average beer. There are adjunct lagers out there from the US that are as good as this one for a quarter of the price.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured this chilled in a wheat glass.

The color is clear golden with 2 finger rocky white head. The smell is fruity and lightly tangy with mild yeast ester and malt smell is noticeable. The feel is decent with good carbonation level and mildly c reamy texture with medium body and semi-dry lightly bitter finish.

The taste is very good with good malt body and light yeast in the front wtih slight hop giving a mild citrus and light spiced with subtle sweetness and light dry malt/ yeast essence in the finish. Overall this is a very good beer, enjoyable and went well with my bacon and egg breakfast taco-nice balance of malt and hops

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Photo of DIM
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Eine marzen?! Nein, kwatch! Das ist eine Euro pale lager.

There was nothing here resembling a festbier. This was fairly bland overall. Sweet bready malts that come across as kind of adjunct-y. Maybe a little grassy hop at the end. Heavy feeling overall.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a 0.5L Stiegl...glass...at Beelow's.

At the time of this writing, this beer is classified as an O-Fest. ...The hell did I miss!? Whatever. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises fresh flowers, grass, mild biscuit, and a very slight twinge of pine needle. The taste brings in more of the same, the flowers and grass really shining brightly, showing off what simplicity can achieve. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, this was a damn fine beer (awful for an O-Fest...), one whose popularity here I can easily understand. Good times.

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Photo of jonb5
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half litre bottle.

A: Golden, medium, thin head,
moderate retention, some lacing, appetizing.

S: The combination of orange and malt reminded me
of Munich Helles style beers.

T: Predominantly malt, hints of grain, crisp, clean tasting.

M: Slightly heavy body, moderate carbonation.

O: A decent enough subtle Helles, not earth shattering
but went down pretty well.

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Photo of Premo88
3.89/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz. can poured into nonic

L: yellow gold, light gold, clear as water ... so clear it's freaky; lots of bubbles cascading up through the column; almost no head, but I gave it a super light pour; foam is white, and it keeps a nice collar

S: sweet bread malt; sweet biscuits ... really sweet and fruity at times, almost as fruity as an English pale ale

T: a ton of sweet bread malt taste with a surprising bit of grassy hop bite -- it's not at the pilsener level, but there's detectable hops here, both grassy and spicy. the sweet malt backbone is the top feature. it's almost like apricot at times.

F: fantastic ... light, effervescent but solid

O: by far my favorite Octoberfest/Marzen so far ... in fact, it gives me hope for the style, because my run through a few of them last fall was disappointing. this one is super sweet but with a pinch of grain and hops to offer some balance.

for the price (about $9/4-pack of 16.9 oz. cans), it's neither cheap nor expensive ... but cheap enough and good enough that I can see myself grabbing a 4-pack of this a couple times a year. a great break from the American hop scene.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1/2 liter bottle of Austrian lager, Stiegl. I'm accustomed to seeing the pils around my area. The local college in Steubenville has an exchange program with a college in Austria all of the Catholic college kids come back state side with a craving for this industrial style lager from Salzburg. A deep golden akin to apple juice with a large white head forming thick with flowing stream of carbonation bubbles in the glass, speckled lacing sporadic but there. The nose has nice floral/herbal hops in the back end with an upfront, bread dough sweetness with hints of cooked vegetable pretty straight forward Euro lager truth be told, but pretty clean so far. An enjoyable rolling malt sweetness, think biscuit malt with some mineral water, just enough herbal hops to give it a zing, completely clean dry crisp lagered finish. This beer is meant to be drank in number, not complex at all but doesn't really set out to be that type of beer. This is industrial style mass produced lager with a decent flavor, I can't complain it is what it is. Not leaps and bounds above an American style light lager, but there's more tradition in this glass than your average BMC. Goldbrau is right it says it all it's Gold beer, highly force carbonated yet finishes clean with just enough hop snap to keep you coming back for another sip. If those college kids want to relive their semester abroad more power to them, I can see the sentimental value in a lot of bad beers this is just extremely middle of the road to be a go to beer for me.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a glass at 1600 Bier Haus in Calgary. A bit of a rarity on tap, one is more likely to run into its German Pils stablemate. The darker Goldbrau is in fact pretty light, maybe just on the orange side of lemon yellow, with a little white foam. Aroma is an interesting blend of sweet corn (I'd be surprised if there is actual corn in here but perhaps), biscuit, and a bit of a funky "off" note that actually sort of works since it is subtle and far from overpowering. Old wet malt? Anyhow, taste is quite tart and acidic with a decent amount of carbonation, brown sugar and sweet dough with a little noble hop spice and a mellow sweet cherry note (a bit like cherry gum) that shows up early and persists through the crisp finish. A subdued but classy and well-executed Oktoberfest, just this side of a Pils or Euro lager really in terms of appearance and flavor, but with some rich malt character and no obvious flaws.

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Stiegl Goldbräu from Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
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