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: 366
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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Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Bavarian Lodge - had to have something from a German-speaking country to go with my Schweins Hax'n. Described as a golden, the beer had an earthier quality than most Helles-styles beers I've tried. Definitely malty, it also had a sweet quality - not as clear a taste as other beers of this style. Not exactly what I was expecting but good for the moment.

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Photo of Dave128
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a half liter brown bottle into an Austrian stein I was given as a gift this summer. Imbibed during dinner after a workout so I am looking forward to this particular refreshment.

A - A slight bit darker than your average lager. Pours a bubbly 2 finger head that keeps rising as the bubbles disperse about the glass. Doesn't last too long, but leaves pretty decent lacing as it goes down.

S - Smells very clean and sweet. Can detect some hops on the nose but not too intense.

T - Very clean and easy. Sweet up front into a biscuity malt profile with a great balance of bitterness from the hops. I don't really get much hop flavor, but the bitterness is at the perfect level for this brew.

M - Light and crisp.

O - Pretty good brew. Maybe not worth the 3.99 I payed for it, but certainly much better than many other "macro" brewed lagers from Europe.

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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 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 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.

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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!!

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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 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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Stiegl Goldbräu from Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
80 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.