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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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Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH visit their website

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 Darkmagus82
3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a golden orange colored brew with a one finger white head. The head faded very fast leaving only a light level of lace.

Smell- The nose is largely of a bready and lightly fruity smell. Mixed with this are notes of toasted malt and a very light earthy and grassy hop smell.

Taste –The taste begins much sweeter upfront with notes of caramel and some light fruit sweetness. Mixed with the sweeter flavors is a bready and lightly toasted grain flavor which creates a base for the flavors. The sweet dwindles as the flavor advances more and the more and some bitter hop of a grassy nature comes to the tongue. These flavors with a very light spicy flavor, in the end, leave a moderately crisp and fairly clean flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer was on the medium side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that was a little above average. The feel made for a drinkable brew, but still allowed some of the sweeter and lightly hopped flavors to shine through.

Overall – An easy drinking and quite flavorful Marzen.

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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 RonaldTheriot
4.56/5  rDev +30.7%
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!


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Photo of StJamesGate
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Polished brass with puffy white head that crusts and trails nicely.
Fresh grain and bright floral hops on the nose.
Proofing bread dough with thin honey, then mild grassy and light cumin hops.
Ginger ale finish and weak linger.
Thin, round, slight cling, clean.

Not really a Marzen or Helles by any stretch, more like an all-malt American. Malty, perfumed, pleasant, easy, watery, hopless and forgettable. The best Austrian lager I've tasted, which is not necessarily a compliment.

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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 Murrhey
2.86/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 1pt .9 fl oz can into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- One finger rather flimsy white head, low retention, nice carbonation. Very unimpressive watery look, crystal clarity, thin golden color.

S- Smell is a vast improvement over the appearance. Golden malts, marshmallows.

T- Warm Marzen flavor. Nice malts and some golden hops. Not packing a huge punch, but tasty.

M- Medium bodied and creamy sort of feel.

O- Despite the atrocious look, this is a passable brew.

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Photo of Douberd
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle, part of a Beers Of The World package. Ingredients are water, barley malt and hops, with an ABV of 4,9%. Poured into my pokal glass.
To begin with the bottle, I really liked the minimal and old fashioned label. No gender specified on the front label but on the back it says "Stiegl-Goldbrau" and in english "A wonderful refreshing Salzburg lager beer". Colour is deep golden yellow, with two fingers of white head. Average retention, leaves light lacing behind. Minimal activity in the glass.
Very malty on the nose, smells like a typical lager, and actually on the back label is referred to as a lager. Nevertheless, nice smell, makes you thirsty for the beer.
NIce taste too, mostly on the malty side again. Very slighty bitter on the aftertaste.
Medium thin body and average carboantion. Dry on the palate.
Nice beer, nothing to write at home about, but pleasanty drinkable. I don't have any other austrian beer examples to compare, but I find it quite good.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.81/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ontap at Siegi's in Tulsa.

A - Pours a clear golden body, with a stark white head provides excellent lacing and tight spiderweb lacing patterns.

S - Clean grain, very yeasty, lightly sweet and fruity with a touch of grassy hops.

T - Grainy malt, lager yeast, honey, nice and fruity, earthy noble hops provide a clean bitterness. The finish is crisp and clean with a fruity aftertaste.

M - Thicker body, medium carbonation, very smooth with a crisp finish.

I'm reviewing this as a Helles Lager. Not sure why this is under the Oktoberfest style on here. Very bright and traditional flavors with incredible balance. I could have easily had 2 liters of this stuff.

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Photo of T100Mark
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce green bottle with red and beige label (different look than BA photo).

Appearance - Bright. Golden. Small head that disappates quickly. No lacing to speak of.

Smell - Sourdough bread. Nice.

Taste - Citrus (lime?). Raw almonds.

Mouth - A bit of a buttery feel.

Overall - I don't mean this as a slam but this beer taste a bit like Corona. The beer is nice but lacks character.

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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 jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed golden color with not very much head. Malty nose of caramel and toffee. Very faint earthy hop profile.

Extremely clean and crisp tasting. If this is a Marzen though, what is Stiegl Marzen? This beer has Marzen like qualities but I'm a little confused by it all. There's rich vienna like malt in their with a toffee cara-pils like taste which is cleaned up by an extremely mild hop presence. A very malty beer and does taste like a very rich Oktoberfest just without a deeper hue. Simple but pretty well brewed. Nothing to complain about and has a bit of an edge on some other brews. It's year round though so you Oktoberfest lovers should get all over this one. Clean, smooth, and balanced. Pretty good.

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Photo of Kromes
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear straw color with a thin line of white bubbles on top.

S: A sweet toasted honey malt aroma.

T: Same from the aroma. Sweet honey malt with a little bit of grain and a slight lingering floral hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Light with good carbonation. Easy to drink.

O: Not a bad Marzen. There are better out there....this one is just above average.

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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 steveh
4.07/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Being on a well-made light lager kick of recent weeks, and having a conversation about Stiegl in cans with another old-timer (like me), I thought I'd try it out again. Probably the first time since my last trip to Europe many moons ago.

I almost reviewed this as the Pils, but I see the fine print is calling this the Goldbräu Premium Lager (Märzen..?).

A -- Pours a slightly hazy, straw-gold color with a big, dense, long-lasting white head (rather Pils-like, actually).

S -- Big bready malts up front with mellow spicy - even slightly citrus - hops back and mild DMS.

T -- Same big, bready, mildly sweet malts up front that seem to linger then blend quickly into spicy hops -- then gone! The breadiness lingers in the aftertaste and the citrus character and some mild bitterness make themselves apparent in the finish, but that's it. It's really a rather smooth, easy drink with no bells or whistles.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth to lightly crisp with a dry finish and light body.

O -- Very easy to slug down, but hardly any form of Märzen. Sort of a cross between a German Pils and Bavarian Helles. The good breadiness is delicious up front with the mild hop bitterness in the finish that makes you think Pils, but either way -- this is a pretty satisfying beer for an after-worker.

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Photo of SuperSpy
2.48/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a green bottle. Let's hope it's not skunked.

Golden and just a little hazy. Not much head to speak of but it's also not totally dead.

There really isn't much to speak of in the aroma. There is a weak apple juice smell but nothing that really lets me know I'm about to drink a beer.

There is some sweet malt, a bit of grass, and unfortunately a little bit of skunked hops. Very crisp and light. Overall the flavor isn't great but it is refreshing.

Sadly the overall impression is that this really isn't all that good. I've had this on tap in Salzburg and it was excellent, but I guess being so far from the source has left this beer underwhelming.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.12/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours transparent gold in color with a moderate white head. Aroma is strongly of golden delicious apple peel, and the flavor is a combination of golden delicious apple and honey, yet somehow without the merits that either would have on its own. A drinkable brew, but not something I would gravitate toward if given better options. The bar menu touted that Goldbrau was regarded as "the best beer in the world" by many beer connoisseurs, but I can't fathom how that is even remotely true to any extent. Not offensive, but certainly not something that I would ask for again.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.02/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL can into a pint glass.

Appearance: pale golden hue with just the tiniest touch of haze. There's a good effervescence and a finger of creamy white foam. Not too bad.

Smell: sweet malt with the tiniest hint of grain and a good dose of noble hops. This is exactly what I want out of this kind of beer.

Taste: much like the aroma, there's a lightly sweet malt with just a hint of grain which provides a nice, drying contrast to the sweetness. Hops are present but mild, as the style dictates. Quite good!

Mouthfeel: medium-light body but a big and well-integrated carbonation which is bodaciously creamy -- moreso than this style usually is. Perhaps not to-style, but I love the effect. Great!

Overall: a very good Munich Helles. I would definitely have this again and again.

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Stella Artois chalice glass. A rich golden appearance with a bubbly white head.

In the nose I catch spicy hops, fresh cut grass & bread crust. Stale apple juice. A touch of sweet caramel hits me also.

The taste is mildly sweet up front with bittering hops balancing it all out. Light and caramel malts seems to be the malt bill combo. An odd acidic astringency at times lingers.

Light-medium bodied. Reminds me of a kolsch. Worth a shot.

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Photo of iannutter
4.53/5  rDev +29.8%
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.


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Photo of jman42
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Light pale yellow, slightly hazy (as compared to a European lager I was sampling), low head retention, poor lacing

S - Hoppy with a slight touch of maltiness

T - Slightly bitter (like a pilsener), but not as bitter as the Euro lager

M - Light in body, not overly carbonated

O - The lighter carbonation and lack of maltiness would make this a good beer to have when you're planning on having a few. Overall, I'd normally rather have one heavier ale than a few lagers, but...

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in my Beer of the Month six-pack from Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, VA. Poured from a half liter bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a straw color with a larger head, which dissipates quickly and leaves nice lacing. Smell of malt lightly, but not much. Nice balance of hops and malt that have a great taste, better than most import lagers. Carbonation is correct and beer goes down well, definitely one you could drink down all night. A nice lager overall.

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Photo of seesnow3
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$1.75/bottle in NH, Gaffel stange, green bottle.

Pour-Two finger, moderately rich head that begins to recede but doesn’t right away. Brilliant gold, tons of various-sized effervescence bubbles, light thin lacing. Head ends up holding at a thin film with a thick outer ring.

Nose-Some skunk, tons of grains and some malt, not a whole lot going on but smells like it will be crisp. A little bit grassy.

Palate-Pretty sweet at first, fades to a sweet and sour sensation, somewhat bitter. Lightly spicy hops, a good amount of malt, a lot of grains and a moderately crisp flavor. Don’t really get the grassiness from before.

Body-Light weight, medium to heavy effervescence, smooth with a moderately dry finish. Incredibly drinkable and refreshing. The drying sensation is a little bit different, almost like that of tannins unless I’m imagining this.

The lasting qualities on the palate are quite short, and there really isn’t any complexity, but I don’t think there is supposed to be for the style, really. The effervescence just doesn’t quit. I like it a lot for what it is. I think everything is balanced pretty well and nothing sticks out as offensive.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a darker golden color with hardly any head, and no lacing. It is much darker than most macro-lagers. The smell is really nice, has a malty sweetness to it unlike most lagers, it is very inviting from the look and smell of it. Taste is average at best, the look and smell had me really looking forward to something special but the taste is just OK. For a Munich Helles it definitely doesn't have as much of a defined maltiness in the taste department like one would expect. Mouthfeel is watery and empty. Overall the beer is average, i believe this is my first Austrian beer and it leads me to think that the Austrians should leave the beer to the neighbors, the Germans.

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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 Kinsman
3.89/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one quite a bit while visiting friends in Austria; glad to have a back home as well. Pours with a crystal clear golden straw color. Light white head rises and lowers quickly.

Sweet biscuity/bread note and cereal grain on the nose. Nice noble hop presence that adds a bit of spice and floral character to the aroma.

Nice clean and crisp German lager flavor. Slightly sweet malt backbone paired up with a mild bouquet of hops. Just a touch of bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with a medium bodied feel. Overall, I enjoy my Helles Lagers more than most I'd say and Stiegl is another fine example from the Old World.

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