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Stiegl Goldbräu - Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

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

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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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a pale straw color, a white frothy head forms a fine, dry-looking top which recedes quickly. Some irregular lace left behind.

Aroma - sweet grainy aroma with the faint scent that could be interpreted as skunky but generally isn't. In fact, that minimizes once the beer sets up and more of the malty side comes through. Lighter aroma, but nice.

Taste - a decent, malt-leaning beer. Reminds of a Heineken but more robust. Good hop balance on the swallow, with some endurance of hops in the aftertaste. Solid, but not earth-shaking.

Mouthfeel - pretty average all around, fairly crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability - a fine session beer, more of a warm weather pick for me, but on the pricey side ($2.59 per 17 ounce bottle).

brewdlyhooked13, Jun 15, 2006
Photo of trevorwideman
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Can poured into a Pint Glass. This was a bit hard to identify as the can had very few clues on it. Pours with a big head, good retention, lots of carbonation, sliight lacing. A decent looking pint.

Nose is a bit spicy, very much like apple cider, some sweet maltiness, slight corn smell, but well hidden in the earthy notes. Hop presence is minimal.

Taste is mostly malt, more roasted taste than I was expecting. Good aroma hop presence, slight lemony sourness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, certainly not over-carbonated, even though the beer itself looks like it might be. Goes down very easily with a malty aftertaste. This is a quality lager, and one I could stock in my fridge easily for all those World Cup matches coming up!

trevorwideman, May 16, 2006
Photo of zeff80
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

zeff80, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of allergictomacros
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hmm. I think I've got the right beer.
Red and cream-coloured can that says: Salzburger Stiegl Bier. Says something about goldbrau in the small print. Dunno about classification. Seems like a pale euro more than anything.

A - Clear yellow. With weak head.

S - Grainy and a bit sweet smelling.

T - Ever so slightly bitter. Mostly a mouthful of beery grain taste, not that that's inherently bad or anything. Notes of lemon. Aftertaste picks up a bit more hops and bitterness.

M - Carbonation is prickly. Body is medium for a pale lager.

D - Not bad by any stretch. I recall having one of these while backpacking through Austria. Had it warm out of the can and wasn't particularly bothered by it. Not a great brew, but not bad either. (extra .5 pt for nostalgia:P)

allergictomacros, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of funkengruven
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured nicely from a can to a nice amber with a head that left a slight bit of lacing that subsided quickly.

Smell contains a lot of vegetable notes, with a strong barley malt smell.

Taste is a bit metallic but hidden under that is a clean flavor that leaves little aftertaste.

Kind on the mouth and easy to drink.

This is a decent beer.

funkengruven, Mar 30, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stiegl Golbrau Premium Lager- brown 0.504 liter bottle- "L00015" on bottom of rear label.

I'm going to go on the assumption that this labelled correctly and we'll call it a Lager.

Pours into the glass a pale straw color. Starts with a sudsy white head that quickly faded, minimal lacing.

Smells of a newly mowed lawn, freshly baked bread and malty goodness.

Taste is all about the malt. It starts a bit fizzy in the carbonation department. Crisp, perhaps a bit dry at the finish.

This is a very sessionable offering from our Austrian friends.

EvilKeith, Feb 09, 2006
Photo of stcules
2.45/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Full golden color, beautiful white and creamy foam. A little too carbonated.
The smell is very malty. Nothing exceptional, but decent.
The taste is on the maltiness, too, but there is also a quite good bitterness. Here again, drinkable, but not more than standard.
No defects, no regards.

stcules, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of Mandrake
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very pale yellow with a white head that fades quickly. Smells slightly fruity and very pleasant. Taste is malty with some fruit overtones and some hop bitterness as well. Feels a little thin, but is well carbonated and is easy to drink. A fairly good beer.

Mandrake, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off, I gotta say this is the best looking beer can Ive ever seen. Its just red and white with Stiegl written along the length of the can in massive block letters. Its simple but bold and eye catching.

The beer itself isnt as interesting to look at. A pale gold with a fizzy head that quickly becomes a ring clinging to the glass. Lacing is patchy. The aroma is of hay and bready malts. The taste is very malty. Layers of juicy malts migle with a moderate hop aroma very nicely. The finish is firmly bitter with a lingering malt character. The mouthfeel is rather thin and vigorously carbonated.

Overall this is a very pleasant, and very flavorful Helles. I recommend it.

CAMRAhardliner, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of jmc44
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked this one up for about 50 cents in an Austrian supermarket while in Salzburg.. It poured a golden yellow with 2 finger white head. Head faded in a few but left rings as the brew was drunk.

Aroma was light, citrusy and fruity.

Drinks easy. Fairly highly hopped, with fruit and a citrus bite. Taste is crisp and refreshing, brew is light-bodied.

While not a great beer, quite good for running me fifty cents.

jmc44, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of TerryW
2.53/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Uninspired Euro lager. Drinking these things makes me want to write up a rubberstamp review - something I can just cut and paste and send. After all it's pretty much a rubberstamp beer, pretty much devoid of character wihout being offensive. Anyhow ...

Pale gold, moderate short-lived head with some soapy lace. Somewhat sweet up front, grainy, minimal hops. Not particularly memorable for better or worse.

TerryW, Jun 09, 2005
Photo of Brent
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A huge improvement over this brewery's recently sampled hefeweizen. Poured a rather pale gold. Very little head. Aroma was sweet and a bit grassy. Bright malt, a touch on the acidic side. Hops were typically Bavarian. Finished clean, without astringency. Overall, a pleasant German lager.

Brent, May 16, 2005
Photo of merlin48
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a standard, clear medium yellow body that is bristling with carbonation. Two finger white head drops into a soapy film after a couple of minutes and leaves a nice sheet and patch lacing effect on the glass.
Aroma is grainy barley malt and mildly sulfuric hops.
Mouthfeel is crisp and light bodied, with aggressive overcarbonation.
Taste features bready malt, with substantial hops bitterness. Hops are slightly sulfuric, with floral Saaz notes and a kiss of citrusy lemon.
Fairly average for style. Not a bad beer at all, but nothing here to rise above the pack.

merlin48, Apr 23, 2005
Photo of Globetrotter
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up while on a skiing vacation in Austria, this brew comes in a brown half liter bottle wiht a read and white label featuring a staircase below the name and above the slogan "the highest step of the brewing art." Purity law applies. Expiration date was still six weeks away when I popped it open.

Pours a clear orangish-gold and a 2.5 finger white head with good contour and solid retention, leaving quite respectable lacing. The nose is mild, but features a good blend of sweet malt and slightly metallic hops. The mouth is very prickly and fairly heavy. While malt is present in the taste, hops determine the flavor profile from the start. A bit metallic and a touch harsh, the bitterness doesn't last long, but is pronounced. The finish is sweeter, as the malt makes a comeback, leaving a bready aftertaste.

Globetrotter, Feb 28, 2005
Photo of Suds
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden beer with appropriate carbonation and a nice, fluffy white head. Aroma is typical euro-lager…malty, slightly grainy, muted musty hop undertone. Little bit of sulfur-smelling mustiness mixed in as well. Nothing offensive or extraodinary in the taste. Malt followed through. Hoppy finish. Crisp and soft. This one doesn’t have any strikes against it, but it sure didn’t excite me.

Suds, Feb 12, 2005
Photo of Sammy
2.6/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

Sammy, Jan 23, 2005
Photo of canadianbarman
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

--came in a red, cream colored can. The web site called it a 'nostalgia can'. Freshness date on bottom.
--poured a clear gold in color.
--average head with also average lacing

Took me a while to find out which Stiegl this was as the taste didn't really point me in this direction. Not a bad beer, kind of a malty/yeasty taste but not bad. I would like to try others in the family as I find them.

canadianbarman, Dec 27, 2004
Photo of IronDjinn
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Came in a 500 ml cream and red coloured can, simply saying Salzburger Stiegl Bier. Had to look at the fine print in German on the side to find out this is their Goldbrau. Not sure if this is very Marzen-like either, and wonder if it is listed correctly.

It's a very nice looking lager-esque beer however, pours out crystal clear with lots of carbonation, a medium gold body in colour, with a generous white billowing head, this has got to be the creamiest head I've ever seen on a lager, very impressive.

The nose is fairly light and balanced, predominantly grains, with some sweet malt, with herbally floral hops in the background.

The flavour is more akin to a weak Marzen style, or a malty Pils, I'm not sure where this beer is trying to go. Sweet malt up front, but the metallic grains take centre stage closer to the middle, very crisp mouthfeel there, and they linger on and blend in with the hops upon the finish, a dry crisp finish. It makes for a fairly decent pils, but nothing overwhelmingly special aside from a very impressive appearance, especially the head, which left thick webs of lacing, and a pinky finger cap of white foam all the way down the glass, amazing retention. Worth checking out, if only for the Scooby-Doo mystery of which style it really is.

IronDjinn, Sep 12, 2004
Photo of Zorro
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Zorro, Sep 01, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

WesWes, Apr 22, 2004
Photo of garymuchow
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure why this is listed as a marzen. Not sure it qualifies as a vienna style either. I'd say its a slightly lighter and more malty version of the pils and would still fit in that category.
I'd also say that I unapologeticallly like a good pils, and this is one. Not as good as the Columbus but good nonetheless.
Aroma is nice fresh light mix of hops and malt. Pours classic for style with dark gold, clear as water, big full head that takes its time to settle and leaves lace. Very refreshing quality, but not as crisp as Columbus. Less hop presence in taste, but still there in a medium bitterness, some taste and medium dry lingering. Medium carbonation, but goes down smoothly and quickly. A very easy drinker.
This could make a good summer session brew. Not overly complex, but a nice blending. Some may find it lacks, but I find it good.

garymuchow, Sep 19, 2003
Photo of Redrover
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz brow Bottle with the classic label. No freshness dating.

Beer is a pale gold with minimal head and a touch of lacing. Beer smells faintly of hops, grass and bread.

Taste is very average and probably the weakest of the Steigl product line. Decent carbonation and a touch of hops is the highlight. No real outstanding characteristics. No off tastes. Beer reminds me of a Special Export from Heileman, except not quite as good.

Beer is easy to drink and the mouthfeel is fine thanks to the carbonation. This brewery makes outstanding products, unfortunately this isn’t one of them.

Redrover, Sep 14, 2003
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
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Stiegl Goldbräu from Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
80 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.