Stiegl Goldbräu - Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

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Reviews: 151
Hads: 340
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.47%
Wants: 7
Gots: 35 | 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 KingHeroical
2.32/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml can (groovy looking can)

Pours a clear bright yellow, with a couple of fingers of head that disappears quickly.

Smells sweet, metallic, and somehow... like something wet that shouldn't be.

Initial taste is metallic with a grainy undertone (the graininess is really the only redeemable thing about this beer worth mentioning). Subsequent tasting kept reminding me of something and it finally came to me - the smell of the interior of an old mid-80s car on a hot summer day. Sort of like warm plastic, old sweat, and dust.

I only finished this beer to keep it on my tongue while writing this review.

Maybe it was a bad can or something, but I was not pleased.

Aftertaste is like a mouthful of dimes. (709 characters)

Photo of latackbeer
4.35/5  rDev +24.6%
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!! (392 characters)

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. (741 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.02/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a one finger white head that vanishes, leaving no lace. Crystal clear amber/yellow color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Grassy nose. Flavor is sweet grass and very smooth. Typical Euro lager. $1.95 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. (268 characters)

Photo of devilben02
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I spend a summer abroad during college, one of the highlights was a weekend trip to Salzburg, and one of the stops on that side trip was a visit to the Stiegl brewery. I picked up this beer in large part so that I could try to relive that experience.

Poured from the bottle, the beer shows a deep golden yellow color topped by a nice foamy yet creamy white head. The aroma is a bit muted, but the clean, musty European hop character still comes through. The flavor is more pronounced, with an herbal, earthy hop combination, along with a bit of citric acidity, contrasting against the dry sweetness of the light malt base. The texture is rich and substantial, which feels a bit heavy, but it is satisfying.

Overall, although not as crisp or clean-tasting as some similarly-styled lagers, this beer is earthy and satisfying and was a reminder of why I so thoroughly enjoyed my time in Austria. (900 characters)

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. (584 characters)

Photo of Mandark
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the German lager that made me realize there was more to life than Becks! There's not a lot of complexity here, as one would expect, just a solid, great tasting and easy drinking beer. The sweetness of the malt dominates the smell and the taste, it sits in the glass a clear golden color, and it goes down easily. Very refreshing.

In the can I find metallic hints that may indicate this particular can is past its prime. However, if you can find this on tap you will be mighty pleased. Glad it's held up for me after several intervening years of more and varied styles. (578 characters)

Photo of mryuk
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very nice filtered gold with three fingers of head and tons of bubbles.

smell is earthy yeast with a bit of honey sweetness.

taste is very enjoyable...light and fresh with subtle honey.

mouth is light and refreshing with less carbonation than expected.

overall a very enjoyable light and refreshing beer. very nice on a hot day. (340 characters)

Photo of skypup
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

.5L Bottle poured into a Stiegl tall Glass
I visited the Steigl brewery and brewery museum in Salzburg, Austria. This is a mass produced beer but retains a distinct style. I've also had this beer on tap in Salzburg and Linz as most every beer garden/gasthaus/restaurant in northern Austria carries it.

A clear straw colored beer with a single finger head that dissipates after a bout a minute with little lacing. Slightly less carbonation than similar brewed central European light lagers/ helles beers.
The nose picks up a hint floral maltiness.

You can really taste the malt that you smell; Clean finish, slight toasted malt aftertaste. Smooth light mouthfeel.

This is a drinkable beer, and does not fill you up. Goes down easy, perhaps too easy! Great summertime beer for hot days. (787 characters)

Photo of mnrider
3.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Small green cool shaped bottle. 11.2 oz. Twist Off.

A: Pours a clear slightly cloudy golden yellow. Small white head with plenty of carbonation. No lacing with little retention. Nice color.

S: Cold clean sweet malts, with a hint of hops.

T/M: First some fruits as it is sweet and a little and a bit grainy. Hops are more noticeable in the taste now. Leaves mouth a little bitter than dry. Crisp and goes down smooth and easy.

D: It's a good brew, but I'm not sure if I liked it enough to want it again down the road. Unless I found it on tap, then I couldn't resist.

Cheers! (581 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts and grains. Taste is good, crisp, malts, a touch of sweetness, finish a tad bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall a good quality beer. (262 characters)

Photo of samie85
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a golden color with two fingers of white head and fine, champagne-carbonation in a footed Stiegl Pils glass.

S-Light grainy malt with some grassy and herbal hop notes.

T-Light grainy malt upfront with some hop bitterness and an almost mineral-like note on the finish.

M-Light bodied and well carbonated with mildly oily feel.

D-The mineral note on the finish hurt the drinkability for me; it was pretty distracting. (427 characters)

Photo of vapodge
4.34/5  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 (405 characters)

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cold 330mL bottle poured into a mug. No date or code noted. Provided by a friend and I don't know purchase location or price.

A: Solid straw-yellow brew, clear with some active carbo flowing upward. Thin white head stable at a thick single layer that leaves spotty lace. At first I thought it might be an EPL but it is classified as a Helles Lager.

S: Starchy and sweet raw malt backbone, like wort in the kettle, with some fleeting herb/earth/floral hop.

T: Awesome raw grainy sweetness with an afterthought of mild indistinguishable hop. Yep, Helles Lager by the malt, but maybe a bit light on the hops.

M: Thin and light with a softly fizzy carbonation. Readily distinguishable from a typical EPL on account of a bit more body.

D: Chuggable, but good and balanced enough to be savored. I know nothing about this brew or its brewery, but it gives the impression of being a good macro. Not phenomenal, but solid, enjoyable, and lacks anything offensive. (960 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Maize like coloring with light orange-honey highlights is topped off by a quick to dissipate creamy chalk white head that displayed weak lacing. Effervesce is medium, vastly separated micro-bubbles that rise at a moderate pace giving this an all around average appearance.

S: The nose shows some promise with slightly above mentions of fresh barley grains with a bit of cereal and hay thrown in. Slightly dry to start there is some instances of sweet honey dried grains that lurk beneath giving this a good grainy sense.

T: The flavor starts off with a sweet graininess before moving to dry barley stalks. A bit of honey and hay turns things dry with perhaps a bit of dried grain mixture. There is a nice spicy hop character (im guessing saaz) that brightens up the dry german style pilsner malting that works nicely together.

M: The mouthful is fairly crisp, medium bodied with a good deal of carbonation.

D: No trouble finishing things up, nice german grain base meets a Czech style saaz hoppings makes things move along easily enough with little complaint. (1,069 characters)

Photo of fsimcox
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, transparent, straw color. Big, white, foamy head dissipates very quickly, leaving about 4mm of white foam. Some lacing, but not much.

Smells of bread, malt, with hints of hops and a hint of sweetness. Some grass in the background.

Clean, crisp taste, with bread notes. A mild sweet finish with hints of hops in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is crisp, with some carbonation in the middle. Very easy to drink.

A good Helles, but I've had better. Still, I would have another. A smooth easy drinking lager. (520 characters)

Photo of MNJR
4.3/5  rDev +23.2%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
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." (660 characters)

Photo of EwaldEichstaett
4.14/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Since when is this beer a Märzen/Oktoberfest... someone categorized it wrong...

Review from notes: had this at a weird Indian/Austrian/Italian place in Salzburg called "Zum Drei Genuss" :)

A: decent head, but weak retention. Gold color... nothing special.

S: Big full smelling malts, a little hop bitterness. Maybe a bit of honey smell.

T: Full malts up front and ends with a crisp pleasant hop tingling. The aftertaste is "herb"... cant describe it in English. bitter... sour... earthy... I don't know

M: Medium body and carbonation. Feels great in the mouth.

D: Can't get more drinkable than a beer like Stiegl (621 characters)

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

Appearance: Clear, yellow color with a bright white head, which was produced by a steady stream of bubbles. A very handsome beer

Smell: Slight smell of malt. The hops (lemon and other citrus odors) overpower the malt.

Taste: Sweet malt flavors combined with a nice bitter aftertaste. The flavor is true to style.

Mouthfeel: Smooth

Drinkability: Very good beer, but I think this was an old sample. (400 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at The Good Life, Massapequa Park, NY.

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light grainy malt and an herbal noble hop.

The taste consisted of light doughy malts, hop spice and a touch of grain.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall an enjoyable lager. More of a pils than anything else however. (403 characters)

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

500 ml. bottle served in a pint glass. The Goldbräu pours a moderate straw with a light white cap. An Oktoberfest it is not by any stretch. Nose of light malt and straw and some delicate hopping notes. Taste is smooth and easy with a slightly sweet and lemony grainy finish. A nice and light carbonation gives a full body and the moderate ABV makes for an easy drinking lager. Somewhat dry on the finish with a lingering fade of noble hops.

A bit more body and sweetness than their standard Pils, I see this brew as just another example of that style, more or less. A touch of corn syrup perhaps yet no caramel, and with a slightly creamy texture though a bit less refined overall. More Euro Pale in style than anything else. (727 characters)

Photo of bcpriess
5/5  rDev +43.3%
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. (1,287 characters)

Photo of xylophonica
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a twist-top..
Was beginning to think twist tops were limited to Australia only, although this is possibly bottled in Australia.
Have had this on tap many times before but this is the first time I've drank it from a bottle.
It was good on tap so let's see..

A - Lovely golden colour - if the cities of gold exist this is what their beer would look like. Very little head and the retention wasn't good. Points for colour though.

S - Fruity and spicy, nice autumn apple scents & hops.

T - Tastes initally like a sweet lager. I'm not sure about the classification of this beer as a Marzen/Oktoberfest style. Taste-wise it's closer to a lager or even a pilsner. Definite sweet apple tones in this drink. If I consider it a pilsner it's quite nice, and mild!

M - Slightly sweet at first with a mild bitter aftertaste.

D - Goes down easy, with that apple feel to keep you interested. At 4.9% it's easy to drink all day and lovely on a Sunday afternoon in Autumn.

So in terms of the bottle to tap comparison.. definitely better on tap but I'd suggest the bottle version is actually a bit sweeter than from the keg.
Incidentally my bottle says quote "A wonderful refreshing Salzburg lager beer speciality" which would support my claim that is definitely not an Marzen/Oktoberfest style beer and is much closer to a lager. For me this is somewhere between a pilsner and a lager - the sweetness of a pilsner without the bite. (1,436 characters)

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

Pours a deep golden color with a minimum of head that fades to a thin layer, but never really disappears. Smells of yeast, water and citrusy hops. Tastes sweet and malty, and of noble hops. Finishes a little sour. Mouthfeel is light, but not fizzy. Overall, a very drinkable beer, wouldn't hesitate to get it again. (315 characters)

Stiegl Goldbräu from Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
80 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.