Flensburger Gold
Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG

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Style:
European Export / Dortmunder
Ranked #44
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
80
Ranked #42,708
Avg:
3.55 | pDev: 15.77%
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
171
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Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG
 
Germany
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Photo of beerthulhu
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

-10.10.19. L106292.

A: Watered brass coloring with a strong clarity shows a ton of macro-bubbles clinging to the side walls of the vessel. Dirty white head is washy, sudsy, as well short lived leaving no window dressing behind.

S: Green corn stalks, lager yeastiness bite. Dried white corn, with that distinct pilsen malting.

T: Flavor was sweet dried corn and caramel syrup. Musky green leaf hops, pilsen malts, and a tradition bready-lager yeastiness. Honey malt is sweet, along with some semi-dry apple slices and musky hops on the finish.

M: Syrupy mouthful, more thick and slick, then crisp and sharp.

O: Overall while I respect and admire German's fine malting process and contributions, many of which I found highly enjoyable, Hacker Pschorr, Paulanar, etc., this sadly was not up to par. This was more old school American, then tradition German pride. A fancy swing top bottle can not disguise the ordinary drinking experience this beholds. Very middle of the road American macro, syrupy sweet corn, syrupy mouthful, again more modern then tradition. Mundane.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

i would say this is good, and i might have even liked it more if i didnt just have their expert pils right before this, which really stood out to me as a fantastic german pils. this one just isnt quite as crisp to me in terms of the lager yeast drying out the finish, and the malt doesnt seem quite as flavorful, that crackery pils malt of the other one replaced by a sweeter, somewhat less interesting european pale type malt, still fresh and good, just not as earthy and compelling with the yeast as in the pils. the carbonation is also a little less here, not quite as brisk and refreshing then. perhaps a milder brew on purpose though, softer edges maybe than the pils, and definitely less hops on it to finish, so something a little easier drinking by most measures, but for me the pils was not just a more flavorful beer but also a level up in terms of quality, or at least perceived quality. this is still quite quintessentially german though, seems authentic to me in terms of taste, and the drinkability is enormous. i wish these beers were a little cheaper, i would drink them all the time if they were...

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Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330ml bottle into pint glass. A thin white head falls rapidly with mild lacing. Color is clear gold with moderate streaming carbonation. Aroma of toasted barley, lemon, grass, Mouthfeel is light to medium with a mostly dry finish. Flavor of biscuit, cracker, some floral and grassy hops. Overall: very good.

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Photo of jlindros
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed as part of BJCP training. 5C German Helles exportbier. Best before 8/07/19

Rich president white head, decent lacing, crystal clear medium gold color

Nose fair hops, herbal almost UK like, little spicy too, moderate sweet grainy malt, fair sulfur that eventually dissipates, light DMS as well

Taste fair grainy sweet malty flavor, less complex decoction pils and more generic pale, fair herbal mild grassy hop, more German style saazer hops this time, mostly balanced, little mineral note and mild sulfate, also light DMS, finish drier but little sweet and more herbal hops lingering, gets a little husky as it warms too

Mouth is med bod, soft lager, medium carb

Overall not bad, mostly to style but a bit high on sulfur and minerals, and more boring less complex

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fantastic pour with an IPA look. Craggy head with nice lacing. Beer is quite clear. Scents of apricot and banana on the nose, which was pleasant but quite unusual for a “gold”. Taste/feel is medium bodied. Light and crisp. Drinkability is good. It’s quite dry and a nice offering but overpriced for what it is.

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Photo of superspak
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 6/29/2019. Pours crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bready malts and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malts and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero fruity/yeasty notes present. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, and fairly crisp balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is an excellent Dortmunder! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malts and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/refreshing to drink. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Very clean and rich Pils/Munich malt showcase, with perfectly balanced noble hops. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of steveh
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Opted for some Flensburger Gold to sample since I was at the only retailer that carries it locally. Since I tried the Pils a while back I've been wanting to try the Gold... a Dortmunder. But isn't Dortmunder, historically, northern Germany's answer to Pils -- and Flens makes both? Hmm.

Best by March 29, 2018 -- cuttin' it close. Poured into my short Becher from the stubby brown Flens flip top.

L -- Clear, deep gold with a dense white head that holds up well.

S -- Hmm. Caramel nose, not much else -- wonder if the best-by date wasn't a little generous.

T -- Same caramel character up front with a dry, almost champagne-like yeast character following. Herbal hop notes in the finish and aftertaste.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft and slightly syrupy to crisp with a light-medium body.

O -- Not as good as the Flens Pils, and not as good as some other Dortmunders available. Just seems less-than clean in its finish as a good German lager ought to be.

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Photo of tigg924
4.41/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, gold, in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is honey, grass, and grain. Light bodied, sweet, with high carbonation. My favorite German pilsener that I tried at my recent trip to a German food restaurant. Could drink this one all day. Really well done.

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Photo of OlaB
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a clear golden color, gives a small top of head that disolves rapidly. some lacings on the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet malts,biscuits grass,grains, floral hops, and some slight honey notes.

T&F: Follows the aroma quite closely, grains, grass and floral hops, with sweet malts in the background, good lenght in the finish and aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing. medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: I was enjoying this one, simple but smooth and enjoyable. As the other styles from this brewery i tasted, this one did not disapoint either.

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Photo of PaulTheScot
1.91/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Smells of old man pub. Tastes meh. No carbonation. Perfectly pleasant, adequate at best. I wouldn't turn it down, but won't buy it again and will have forgotten it in the minutes time

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.17/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thank you, Praveen, Sigita.

Pouring a clear gold with a dense, off-white head that falls off to a ring rapidly, this looks great. The nose is soft, doughy, mildly honeyed, with a firming hop character (mint, earth, lemon), a delicate fullness (honey, biscuit, bread). Delicious and layered. The palate opens soft, mildly bitter and with a nice blend of hop flavors to complement the bitterness with the lemon and earth pairing nicely with the firm, mildly hay-like bitterness. This is followed by a delicate honeyed malt character, super flavorful and layered, lending a medium body to this beer. Long, soft, silky smooth finish with an appropriately prickly carbonation, this beer is pretty excellent. Very highly recommended.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a two finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of grainy biscuit malt, grassy, lightly floral hops, light apple juice, hint of lemon. Flavor follows with grain, biscuit malt, grassy hops, light fruit juice; flavor tapers off a bit, but then finishes with pleasant grain and lingering grassy hops. Medium bodied with a light creaminess. Nothing exciting here and a low key traditional style, but everything comes together to deliver a classic biscuity German lager, not complex, but plenty of flavor. The finish was revealing to me; quite a number of recent standard ABV beers (4-6%) have really had attenuated finishes and I was wondering if it wasn't just that my expectations had become too high. This, while not full flavored, shows that a moderate ABV beer can deliver good flavor throughout in to a satisfying finish. Nice and clean for the style. Came in a sensible brown bottle instead of the clear one shown in the photo here; gratefully appreciated for an import.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz flip top bottle in a Willi Becher glass.

Darkish yellow-gold color with a 1F white head that fades to a fat skim, nice lacing. Clear and bubbly.

Floral and pungent spice hops, sweet biscuit malt.

Grains, dry biscuit, floral hops are pilsner-like. Strong lager flavor.

Not light, full bodied for a lager. Dry and bitter. Clean finish with no aftertaste.

Likeable, drinkable throwback.

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Photo of drmeto
2.69/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

L:
-pours a clear golden with a medium to big,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
S:
-skunked to hell,chalky,lemon,green apples
T:
-lemon,grainy,chalk,spicy,slight honey,pears
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
Bad smell,taste was a little better.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold. Aroma is sweet and malty with a hint of apple. Taste is like the smell. Slightly sweet malt with a fruity apple notes. Pretty simple, clean lager.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml, swing-top bottle, perhaps the last of this brewery's swath of offerings to make it to Alberta in this format. Aaaah, who am I kidding, the radler is sure to follow at some point, probably right in the middle of a January deep freeze.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with one zaftig finger of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some layered fuzzy caterpillar lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds away.

It smells of bready, doughy, and grainy pale malt, overripe apple and pear flesh, a none too subtle petrol astringency, earthy honey, and plain weedy, leafy, and herbal noble hop bitters. The taste is more grainy and bready pale malt, an apple, lemon, and underripe pear fruitiness, retreating yeasty gasohol esters, and a steady low-key earthy, leafy, and weedy hop bitterness.

The carbonation is fairly robust in its equally fizzy and frothy ministrations, the body a so-so medium weight, and generally smooth, the various interlopers displaying a certain modern-day, understated Teutonic charm. It finishes off-dry, the lingering malt doing well to ignore its fading fellow travelers.

Overall, a simple, if well-wrought version of the style, from a brewery about as far north in Germany as you can get. Easy to drink, especially in the small export format we get it in around here - I'm curious what it would be like to pound this back while looking across the bay at Denmark.

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Photo of TopherBreski
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tons of carbonation. Very good gold color. Excellent wheat smell with slight citrus notes. Taste is above average for German beer. Very wheaty and sort of dry.

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Photo of irrevjim
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours a pale transparent golden, nice 1" head that dissipates in a minute or so, leaving a straight line of lacing at the top and light lacing down the side of the pilsner glass, all the way to the bottom.
smell, sweet honey biscuit malt, perfect for the style
taste, malt, honey,butter cookie, gentle hops
feels smooth, mild carbonation, lighter body than some munich golds but not too light.
what's outstanding about this is how perfectly balanced and consistent it is from start to finish. If you like this style (and I do) this is a well executed example. Maybe helped by the heavy duty 11.2 oz bottle

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Photo of Myotus
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle (best by date 11Aug15) into a pilsner glass. Pours with a finger and half's worth of white foam that dissipates to a quarter's worth within two minutes (another beer with a beautiful dissipation rate). Plenty of bubbles supporting that last of the foam head. Barely any lacing. Gold in color. Has strong biscuity malt aromas (absolutely love them) that combine well with mild and sweet pilsner malt aromas and a hint of bitter hops. Initial taste is of mild boiled cabbage flavors that thankfully get immediately overpowered by mild biscuity malt and pilsner malt flavors. Biscuity malt flavors persist as pilsner malt flavors transform rather quickly into white rice malty goodness. All the while, a hint of hop bitterness manages to sneak in towards the end. Medium bodied, smooth, subtle carbonation, with an incredibly crisp, but dry finish. This is the first dortmunder I have tried and if this is considered good, I can't wait to try others.

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Photo of Adam-beerismyfriend
3.17/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very golden appearance with little head and medium carbonation. sharp/crisp aroma of barley, flavour is on par with that. Little flavourless for my liking but I sure could drink a bunch on a nice hot day.

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Photo of djura
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A - Golden color, micro head with low carbonation.
S - Nice aroma of sweet malt. Fresh grains, honey.
T/M - Average lager, nothing special, low carbonation and bitterness.

O - Pass.

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Photo of interzen
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml swing-top bottle

Look: As its name would suggest, a pale gold pour with a fairly thick, bubbly head. Not much in the way of lacing.

Smell: Quite a rich smell with a definite malt hit. Gets a bit resinous with a slight metallic tang once it has warmed up a bit. Still, quite a sharp and 'clean' smell and not at all unpleasant.

Taste: Follows the smell quite closely - fairly malty with resinous hints and that slight metallic hint. Again, nothing particularly earth-shattering but since this is primarily an export lager there was never going to be an excessively complex flavour profile anyway.

Feel: Medium body (moreso than its appearance would suggest) with a fairly dry finish with a hint of sweetness.

Overall: Pretty solid - this is my first encounter with Flensburger and whilst it's unlikely to win any prizes for depth or complexity the fact remains that it's a good, crisp-tasting lager.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Flensburger Gold has a thin, white head, a mostly clear, bubbly, golden appearance, and some minor lacing left behind. You can, upon close inspection, see some fine white specs roiling about the beer, so it is not super filtered. Aroma is of rich, pungent, sweet & sour barley malt and a slight grass. Taste is of the same thing, with a noticeable biscuit note, across the sip. Mouthfeel is medium, and Flensburger Gold finishes crisp and refreshing. No complaints, here. RJT

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an export lager so it's not gonna have earth shattering bold flavors it's gonna be a malt tilted more subtle lager and should be reviewed as such...there done with my rant.Pours a pale light golden with a thinner white head in my stein.Aromas of honey malts and iron with a bit toasted grain.Flavors are pretty dry and grainy at the onset with a little of the German iron element to it,hops are subtle and light with mild sweetness in the finish.No frills but easy drinking,a no brainer for a hot day like today.

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Photo of Premo88
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into pilsener
(best before: 1/10/15)

L: pale yellow, clear with a misty look; thick 1-inch head of white foam that sticks hard; nice collar of frothy white foam; not a lot of lacing

S: sweet ... very sweet bready malt; fruity

T: oranges ... like the nose, very sweet; a bit of grain, but the sweet biscuit/bready malt taste is thorough; if there's a hop flavor, it's mostly a balancing agent that takes a little of the sweetness ... nothing bitter; peaches; fruity -- comes off like an American-made English pale ale

F: a bit soft but enough carbonation to keep it drinkable

O: loads of taste and VERY drinkable ... it's a great alternative to the German pilsener, and at times it's so sweet and fruity that you get some of the English pale ale sweet twang. it's perhaps a bit watery, but the taste is full-strength, so it works out just fine. a beer I will definitely grab again.

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Flensburger Gold from Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 171 ratings