Munich Gold
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Lager - Helles
Ranked #245
Ranked #40,668
3.56 | pDev: 9.55%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Rock Bottom, King of Prussia, PA

A decent light lager. Poured a clear golden color with a small white head that actually retains rather well. Bready aroma with pale malts and a bit of grassiness. Similar taste, lightly toasted biscuits, light herbs and grass, and just enough hop bitterness. Light body and good drinkability, but not really my style when all is said and done.

Jun 02, 2011
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VII:

Now a staple offering for the massive Rock Bottom chain, Munich Gold was actually first formulated by the Brew Moon chain of brewpubs in Mass. The beer was so good it won a Gold at the 1996 GABF, and the beer became a Rock Bottom standard when they purchased and converted Brew Moon. Medals schmedals! Let's find out for ourselves.

Pours a vibrant golden color with a very thick, creamy foam head that sticks to the glass and retains a respectable lacing. Aroma is soft, bready, with just a kiss of herbally hop. Body is soft too, medium and smooth with more bready malts up front and a slighty sweet profile that provides a good backboard for the soft hop bite, which is a bit salty and rindy and snaps with some citric lemon. Herbal beneath. Dry and biscuity in the finish, which cleans up very well, less a bready linger.

Listen up, beer geeks: Drink more lagers. Like this one--a solid example of its style. Head down to one of their many locations, grab a growler and some friends, and enjoy it on its own or with some food. Prost!

Sep 13, 2010
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Grandwazoo from Massachusetts

2.94/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured at the Rock Bottom Brewery prior to seeing the Blue Man Group.

Beautiful honey gold color...poured with no head. Nose was lite and week with some honey tones. Taste was much liter than expected, especially up front where there was little discernible flavor. This did build into a more satisfying wheat and hops, and finishes okay.

Overall, the felt much thinner than expected. Not a particularly rewarding drink.

Dec 24, 2008
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thekevlarkid from Maryland

3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off the tap this beer was a deep gold color with hints of amber tint. The head was off-white and short lived but it did leave decent lacing off the collar that remained. The aroma was a blend of semi-sweet malt and 'green' hops. The flavors were all malt at first, with hints of toffee sweetness that then became more bitter towards the finish as the leafy hops came forward. Slightly acidic and crisp. The body was light/medium, the carbonation good for the weight and the mouthfeel ok. Refreshing and dry, a good spring offering.

Dec 06, 2008
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fitzy84 from Massachusetts

3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on their sampler. The beer had a slight amber hint to a generally gold appearance. Rather thick lacing on the sides. Aromas were balanced malts and hops, nothing too overpowering or special. A basically bitter-sweet taste where the bitterness more is a short aftertaste. Allows it to be a much sweeter drink. Very crisp in general wrapped in a light body makes this pretty refreshing. Overall, a good lager.

Jul 27, 2008
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argock from Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a clear imperial pint glass

A: Nice clear golden color with lively carbonation but disappointing head that is short-lived

S: Sweet malt-dominance with small contribution of leafy hops

T: Inobtrusive but not unique with strong, sweet pale malt presence with crisp hops finish

M: Clean and dry with ample carbonation and light body

D: Great session offering and pretty refreshing but not distinctive in any fashion

Jan 10, 2008
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auxiliary from Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - A nice yellow color, some head, but then depleted.

smell - Has a sweet malt smell and hop ting.

taste - Decent taste, spicy, some hops are present here.

mouthfeel - light-medium body

drinkability - Not a bad beer, would of liked to try more, but I spent a ton of money that week. (honeymoon)

Nov 01, 2007
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Dewey0603 from Connecticut

3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a golden yellow with a nice head that leaves good lacing. The smell is malty with floral aromas. The first sip is hoppy then the malt mellows the taste making this a decent summer brew. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing just Ok. The taste was abit thin. All in all, a decent summer beer,but nothing special.

Jul 02, 2006
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ski271 from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Medium golden with a small, white, tight head that diminished to a very light film, and left some spotty lacing.

Smell: Mild. Caramel, grain, light dough and a hint of herbs.

Taste: Starts off with a moderate caramel sweetness, turning toward a light dry citrus bitterness on the finish while maintaining a strong malt backbone all the way through. The finish is rather long in duration, especially for the style.

Mouthfeel: Thin body, dry texture, lively carbonation.

Drinkability: Not anything all that memorable, but a good, well-rounded, easy-drinking, highly-sessionable brew.

Aug 11, 2005
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MuddyFeet from North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale gold in color. Perfectly opaque. No head. Nose came through as slightly sweet malts. Flavor was very straight forward and simple. Base malts that were sweet and not much else. Crisp and slightly dry finish. Great session beer that would be good on a hotter day.

Jul 10, 2005
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GDMFSOB from Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad interpretation of the style. I tried it in the sampler at the Braintree, MA location today. Very grainy, with malts that kind of mask the few hops in there. Somewhat crisp, dry mouthfeel and the hops finally come around in the aftertaste. This isn't one of my favorite styles of beer so I can't say that I loved it, but it's a pretty good brew that's easy to drink and served as fresh as fresh can be.

Nov 23, 2004
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mschofield from Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden amber, thin white cap, laces well.
A lot of Saaz hop to the nose, with biscuit.
Clean and light feel, very refreshing.
Very malty, tastes biscuity, with slight hops.
I didn't like this much when it warmed, the aftertaste got very strong, the grape flavor got stronger, and it became slightly astringent.

Dec 03, 2003
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PatandDavid from Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Munich Gold...I used to drink this alot, pre BA, at the local Boston Stammtisch, when it was held at Brew Moon in Harvard Square...anyway, clear gold when poured, the aroma was of refined grain. I also find this to be rather grainy in the taste with medium body. Not bad, but not great either. Could make a good crossover beer for newbies. pat

Oct 12, 2003
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sufficient lacing on the brightly shimmering golden brew, clean aroma with the faintest grape skin grainy smell. A bit heavy on the graininess, nutty with more grape skin flavours. Solid hop bitterness that cuts into the palate but does not get out of balance. Superb smoothness and crispness that adds to the drinkablity. The graininess does not let go and the finish is a bit dry.

Aug 14, 2003
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oberon from North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a kind of hazy golden color with a nice sticky medium head,the aroma was somewhat bread dough like.A real tasty beer in my opinion,starts out mildly sweet with a slight hopsmack but its the soft malty backbone wich to me gave it its character.Very easy to drink,really impressed with this offering.

Jun 26, 2003
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thefireman from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

King of Prussia Location

Had an amber color with lots of carbonation. A fluffy white head that lingered and laced the glass throughout. Taste at first is malty, sweet. Finishes a little bitter, but pleasant. Not heavy, but medium in body.

First time I had this beer out of my many visits here. Will put it in my "go to" list.

May 31, 2003
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UncleJimbo from Massachusetts

3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at the Harvard Square brewpub. 4/1/03.

This lager poured a clear golden color with white foam. A nice German lager-like appearance. There was very little smell that I noticed. The taste was mostly malt, with very little hop character. The mouthfeel was dry, but smooth and creamy. The drinkability was OK. A decent lager.

Sampled at the Stuart St., Boston, location. 10/4/03

This lager poured a clear, golden color with white foam that clung to the glass. The smell was a modest but clean and crisp malty aroma. The flavor was malty with low hop presence and slightly sweet. Overall a rather light flavor. The mouthfeel was clean and crisp. The body was medium-light with moderate carbonation. The drinkability was decent.

Apr 01, 2003
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Listed as an "export beer", which would commonly be associated with Dortmund, I wonder why this is named Munich Gold. Although, it does does kind of walk the line between a Dortmunder and a Munich helles. Just something to think about...
Clear and quite golden in color with a nice, creamy white head that holds fairly well and leaves some nice lace. The aroma brings down the excitement a bit, however, with a sharply grainy nose, some yeasty sulphur, and just a touch of floral hops that can barely make their way through. It's not off-putting, but neither is it inviting. The body is medium/light with a fine, median level carbonation that's gently crisp and smooth. The flavor mirrors the aroma with a maltiness that's quite grainy, slightly biscuity (sweetish but not sweet; somewhat bready), and somewhat husky. It's backed by a firm-to-solid bitterness; and a gentle and well-infused hop flavor helps to turn things around with a lightly spicy, floral, and earthy character that wakes up an otherwise dull beer. It finishes dry with a mild grainy note and some lingering bitterness. Some yeasty sulphur returns in the burp.

Nov 22, 2002
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden color, small fine head, minimal lace. Some bready-malt aromas, as well as mild hoppiness. Decent mouthfeel, on the whole. Some malt initially (grainy, doughy) but the main flavor was the spicy Saaz hoppiness. A pleasant bier.

Jun 15, 2002
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Jdiddy from Rhode Island

2.67/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If I did not have to smell this beer it would have made it a much better experience. It seriously smelled of sewer water! Awful. The taste was a traditional Pilsner style. Clean and refreshing. Nothing exceptional.

May 27, 2002
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doerickson from Virginia

3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice, inviting pale gold coloring. Not a lot in the nose. Refreshing and crisp, dry through the finish with minimal aftertaste. An above-average, if unspectacular, beer.

Feb 20, 2002
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Todd from California

3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear and bright golden with a quickly dissipating head that drops to a white lace. Grainy nose. Smooth mouthfeel with a grainy malt flavour which is backed by the spicy herbal hop character of Czech Saaz -- touch of lemon, too. Biscuity and crisp/dry all the way to the finish.

A carry-over classic beer from the Brew Moon days, and not much has really changed.

Feb 03, 2002
Munich Gold from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 28 ratings