Stiegl Goldbräu - Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

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Reviews: 155
Hads: 348
Avg: 3.49
pDev: 22.64%
Wants: 9
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2002

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Photo of Sammy
2.6/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Metallic tasting lager, although some creaminess though like a nitrotap..Medium mouthfeel. Passable, above Molson and even some watery micros, but not really a good beer. Not bad for The Beer Store and its thin selection. Pale gold. On the refreshing side.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a 1/2 inch foamy bone colored head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, malt, grass, and slight skunk. Taste is of grain, malt, and some herbal and grassy hop flavors. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer and nothing all that special in my opinion.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head, straw color and clear. no retention.

S: sweet orange and peppermint notes.

T: some orange citrus with lager yeast and grain background.

M: light to medium body and high carbonation.

Overall: The aroma was nice. Most of these helles lagers are just less bitter light lagers for me. Nothing too special about this one.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

on tap at falling rock. I got this with a sandwich while I was waiting for the pliny the younger tapping. was looking for the least offensive, most neutral brew I could find, as I needed to clear the palate for what I knew would be one of the best beers of all time. it came in a pint glass, perfectly clear and golden with a finger or so of thick white fluff. the nose was super fresh, very very german in origin from the malt. fits all the stereotypes, but seems to have more body than some of the standard offerings in this style. unfortunately though, the nose is this beer's best feature. it tastes a little old, mildly metallic, and lazily handled. the malt freshness didn't come through the thicker body, and there was a starchy flavor to this that just dragged the whole thing down. I didn't even get spicy food and it couldn't clear my palate for me. it got even more heavy as it warmed, and left me pretty unsatisfied, although I will say again that the nose of this beer is very promising, and I will have to give the bottled version a fair shake at some point. overall a very plain beer, something for the BMC drinker in your life, since its a tad more hoppy than the generic stuff, but its not worth the import price.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A smooth and refreshing German Lager that shares a lot in common with traditional Marzens.

The beer pours with a deep straw, light gold color. A steady stream of carbonation fuels a stark white head that looses its structure a little sooner than I liked; the beer could be froathier and creamier. Bright and clear. An appealing look.

Floral and spicy hop character lead the way while a blend of pilsner malt and grain follow closely behind. The aroma may favor the grain over the soft pilsner malts. Lightly earthy and pungent with light notes of apple, pear, and lemon lying deep in the scent.

Flavors do an about face, with the pilsner malt flavor gaining precedence over any grain taste and a later surge of hop spiciness and bitterness. As the sweetness and apple flavors fade, the hop bitterness and dryness take hold and allow for a crisp finish of lemon zest and light grain taste.

Medium bodied early on but when the bitterness rises, the beer settles into a cracker-like crispness and dryness. Slight astringent in the end from grains and with a light acidic lemony, minty bite.

The beer almost captures a caramel bready note that reminds me of Oktoberfests but not enough to overly state itself. But the hop character and dry finish favor the German Lagers. A nice beer that is both highly drinkable and characterful.

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Photo of largadeer
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Haus Staudt. Clear and golden with a lively head that's fed by a steady stream of champagne-like bubbles. Clean and malty aroma with notes of hay and leafy hops. A touch soapy at colder temperatures, cleaner and sweeter as it warms. Flavors of lime zest and hay are prevalent on the palate, supported by herbal and slightly earthy hops and pale malt. Clean, light-bodied and balanced almost to a fault, this is a well-crafted easy drinker that's lacking a bit in character. Finishes dry and mildly bitter. I'm impressed by how clean this is; very solid stuff.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can, in a friend's fire-pit enabled back yard. Stark Cold War era East German stylings.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow hue, with three fingers of puffy, thinly foamy bone-white head, which leaves some random swaths of seaspray lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of grainy, bready cereal malt, some warmed and sugared lemon juice, and noble, slightly acrid grassy hops. The taste is more bready, cereal-heavy pale grainy malt, a more or less indistinct bland citrus essence, and slightly tangy, somewhat grassy, and faintly skunky hops.

The carbonation is moderate, and a tad frothy, the body a fairly solid medium weight for the style, with a soft glycerol slickness rendering it mildly cloying in its smoothness. It finishes just off-dry, a wee bit crisp, and sort of floral in its lingering hoppiness.

A decent enough warm-weather drinker, especially coming from a can, and a bit light for the 'winter is coming' style it's been assigned here, so I say, drink it now! And Prost! Now where did I put my second serving of spicy sausage...?

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Photo of zeff80
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle pours out a golden yellow with next to nothing for a head. It was highly carbonated, tons of bubbles. The smell was a little bitter, the taste however was not. It was crisp and smooth. It was very drinkable. It is very typical of many European lagers.

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a light lemony color more that golden but with a nice large fluffy white crown that never really completely left.Aromas of lightly toasted bread,and a strange hint of vanilla tinged green apple,not a bad thing just a bit odd to me.Light to medium feel wich makes the beer more refreshing and easier drinking.Crushed pilsner malt flavors with a drying palate,somewhat grainy,even a soft smack of lefay hop to round out the finish.Will this beer blow ya away?No,but it shouldnt,its refreshing and food friendly,just great for a day out grilling like today.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.6/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, yellow body with a frothy, white head. Looks nice!

Smell: While it does look nice, it don't smell so nice, with a big whiff of skunkiness. Pity. Unlike the picture on the site, this bottle is unfortunately green not brown. Minutes later, the nose yields a soapy barley quality flecked with metal shavings and a dull hop spice note.

Taste: Light malts, lightly sweet, and with an odd splash of skim milk. Modest flavors of herbs, spice, and dried flower petals. Sufficiently bitter. A bit more sweetness precedes the drying, thinning finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Lightly carbonated, needing a bit more zing.

Overall: Given time for the skunkiness to blow into the next room, we were left with a general, at best generic European lager.

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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 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 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 mactrail
2.82/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Kaiserhof Restaurant in San Diego where they call this "Stiegl Premium Lager." Crystal clear golden color in the mug. Average head doesn't stick around long. Very sparkly and sharp in the mouth.

An odd perfumey flavor seems to be the main sensation. That slightly spicy aroma enlivens this just a little. Some faint tang of hops along with that spicy mystery taste is actually the best feature. No malt flavor that I can detect.

This may be a little better than Serbian or Romanian lagers. You could pour this down your gullet for a thirst quencher, but even Heineken has more flavor.

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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 RblWthACoz
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This lighter Austrian brew comes with a decent level of complex flavor. It's a style you could drink a lot of in one sitting, although it does have a slight heavier edge that might turn some people off to it. But for me it works. I've never appreciated anything that slightly resembles the mass produced American junk, so this keeps itself away from that category as far as I am concerned

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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 chinchill
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.5l mug ontap at Stieglkeller Salzburg (highly recommended venue)

Crystal clear and sparkling with a tremendous quantity of bubbles rising to a durable off-white head. The mug gets nicely coated with varied lacing.

Aroma of earthy hops, yeast, wet bread, toast and malt.
The flavor follows suit, although eding with a solid hop finish that is notably bitter.

M: crisp and lively but, despite appearances, not over-carbonated.

O: very nice if unremarkable beer. Good with food. I like that it is a bit more hoppy and bitter than expected.

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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 WesWes
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, malty aroma with a breadlike quality. The taste is good. It goes down easy with a nice malty flavor and that breadlike finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation; very smooth. This is a fine lager. It has good flavor and a nice smooth finish; a good drinker.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

CAN you believe that I got an Austrian beer in Edmonton? Cool!

My pour resulted in a nice, thick, two fingers' worth of bone-white head with excellent retention. The nose had a classic lager sweetness, kind of grainy, but definitely a lager. The color was a golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium with a mild lager sweetness on the tongue. Finish had a somewhat bitter sharpness. .5 Liters was plenty.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's hard to tell which kind of Stiegl you got until you read the fine print on the back label. Slim .33 L bottle with a twist-off top, on to the beer:

Crystal clear and faded orange in body, there's a thin white layer of head clinging on top of the beer itself. The aroma is made up of mild skunk and sweet grain (a.k.a. the imported lager smell). Into the mouth it goes, the beer refreshes the mind with a cold sensation at first, followed by a soft honey-like sweetness. Yes, it has a little bit of skunked hops, but it's not terribly annoying. Somewhat malty after the skunk dissapears from the palate of this light bodied beer.

This beer is like a mix of simple Euro lager and malty German lager. Refreshing with some flavor to be had.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours golden, clear with a nice firm 1.5 finger head, good retention, nice looking lager beer.

S: Sweet malt, light hop character.

T: Stays on the sweeter side, a lot of bready malt, good flavour overall, hops are hard to find.

M: Medium-bodied for its style, a little fizzy, not as crisp and clean as I would like.

D: By the taste and colour I was sure this was a Helles, but it's classified here as a Marzen, anyways don't expect one. A solid lager beer, good price too, I might pick it up again.

Edit - After having a fresher bottle I'm sure, I'm getting a lot more good direct hop flavours, clean and very tasty, upping the taste and overall score appropriately.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stiegl Salzburger Goldbrau Beer

Appearance: Clear straw yellow with a nice pillowy foam and the retention is excellent.

Smell: Euro lager all the way here, has that distinct pale malt smell mixing with noble euro hops and a breadyness through it all.

Taste: A really nice clean lager taste. Bready and that pale malt/tea like noble hop flavor combo is there once again. Other than that, there is not a whole lot else. Simple lager beer, being all it can be. A nice malty flavor lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, lightly carbonated, smooth, easy to drink, not exactly crisp.

Overall: This is a no frills euro lager with no bite, light and smooth feel and fundamental beer flavors. A nice little find here, an obvious choice brew for the warmer months.

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

Curious looking red and white can caught me eye at Bert's today and made the trip home with me. Pours a crystal clear pale straw color with a smallish fluffy white head that dissipates slowly. Smells of grainy pilsner malt with hints of honey and a distant but present lightly toasted malt aroma. Floral hops are there but restrained. Simple clean aroma. Taste is bready grainy with hints of melanoid, could this brew be decocted? Sweet honey like grain with bits of green apple and a hint of astringency near the finish. Medium body, sweet bready mouthfeel, Medium to high level of carbonation. I hardly ever go for a lager, but today I'm kinda glad I did. This is a great flavorful easy drinking beer, I can see some of these in my future.

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Photo of Zorro
3.17/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Doesn't look good, Pours a pale clear yellow.

Smell is faint and smells of biscuits with a bit of floral hopping.

Taste is a bit of sweet malt and a nice level of hops tastes better than it looks. Could be more complex.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK beer but I have had better.

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Stiegl Goldbräu from Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
80 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.