Flensburger Gold | Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG
Germany
flens.de

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by maxpower on 01-21-2006

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Ratings:
150
Reviews:
71
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
16.19%
 
 
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Ratings: 150 |  Reviews: 71
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
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 brentk56
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with an impressive head; great stickage and lacing

Smell: Grainy, with a touch of honey

Taste: Grainy, with a rather sweet malt character; by mid-palate, a hint of grassy hops arrive, which linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: Just a bit too much sweet malt flavor for my palate; otherwise a decent lager

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Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
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 ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Medium amber topped by a large, eggshell colored crown that looks as though it has enough sticky creaminess to last and to deposit a good bit of lace when it eventually deflates. Even though it's hard to get too excited about yet another amber beer, the head is a looker.

The clear glass bottle (lightly green-tinted) was a concern. Sure enough, there was a whiff of skunk when the swing-top was breached. That unpleasantness has faded in the two or three minutes since the pour and I'm left with a slightly stale, musty hoppiness. Average at best.

The flavor is dominated by a corny sweetness that gives Flensburger Gold an unexpected malt dominance. Actually, it tastes like a Euro pale lager brewed with a pinch of candi sugar and an insufficient quantity of tired, old, bottom-of-the-barrel Saaz hops.

It's been a while since I've had a Dortmunder, but I don't remember the really good ones tasting like this. There's almost no flavor spark to keep me interested until the final mouthful of the 11.2 ounce bottle, but I'll soldier on since the beer isn't especially difficult to drink. Every time I yawn, I take the opportunity to pour more beer down my throat.

Thanks to all the malty sweetness, the body/mouthfeel is on the generous side. I won't go so far as to call it viscous, but it ain't no dissipating lightweight either. The under-the-radar amount of carbonation, to its credit, continues to do its job until the (non) bitter end.

Flensburger Gold is my first beer from a German brewery that I had no knowledge of until this week when I spotted a few of their offerings in a local beer store. If this one is representative, it's no wonder that they haven't gotten more ink (or whatever the internet equivalent of ink is). I'll be interested to see if some of the other styles from Flensburger Brauerei fare any better.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours slightly foggy gold. Sweet grains on the nose. Seems like a touch of apples as well. A bit too sweet. Out of balance. Feel is sticky and a bit slick. Lower carbonation. This is just okay at best. Way too out of balance on the sweet and not really motivating me to finish it.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear, pale golden hue, huge head, a mess of froth atop.

Aroma is hops, then mineral-y and vegetal, ...a touch corny. Hops remain on top, though.

Clean tasting, crisp and transparent on the palate. Not a lot of complexity here, nor should there be....a fine, uncomplicated, easy-drinking lager. Quite quaffable, greatly gulpable.

Fits the style very well, an excellent example. (Have to keep up the alliteration, you know.)

Not much else to say about this one...as Dortmunders go, it's a keeper.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
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 Mora2000
2.43/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grain and grass. The flavor is grass and grain, with a little something that tastes like peanuts mixed in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. There is nothing good going on with this beer. Definitely not one to seek out.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours clear golden with a large thick whipped-cream-like white head. Slow dissipation leaves rich lacings.

S: Rich malt, bready and semi-sweet. A little bitter hops in the back. Fresh-smelling.

T: Rich bready malt, a bit sweet. Some citric notes and bitter hops. Well balanced.

M: Aftertaste holds a little bitterness, but doesn't last for very long. Body is medium while carbonation is strong but smooth, small bubbles.

O: This is a nice Dortmunder with a little of everything. Not bad at all!

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Photo of PEIhop
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of avalon07
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A somewhat skunky smell, along with a lot of malt. Not overly appealing.

T: Tasted pretty much like it smelled: A lot of malt, a tinge of hops, and a slightly skunky aspect. A very bland, almost watery flavor. Not well constructed.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is an average, undistinguished Euro lager. Very forgettable.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.17/5  rDev +18.5%
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 bark
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is yellow (5 EBC), the liquid clear. The high yellowish head is quite firm, it sinks slowly leaving some lacing.

The smell is fresh with an anonymous bitterness. Flowery hops and a smooth sweetness. Hints of bread.

The taste is quite light and very clean. Passing notes of bread and malt. Some flowery hops. Medium body. Somewhat tart bitter notes in the aftertaste. Bread. Medium bitterness. Clean and tidy. Long bitterness in the finish.

The carbonation is strong, the small bubbles short-lived. The liquid is mid-smooth.

This one just slides down the throat. The Germans know how to brew a clean lager, for shure.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold with a white cap that flees to film. Grandpa lager sour malts on the nose with some fresh grassiness.
Biscuit and a bit of melon that fades into steely caramel with just a moderate amount of Noble spice and wet straw. Green pear finish and slight spice tea linger.
Light, a bit watery, some chew, soft.

Don't know that this has the presence to be called a Dortmunder, though it is pretty chewy. This comes at the cost of hops, which are largely AWOL. Adds up to a pleasant but indistinct package.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by: 01.03.07

Golden body. Lots of carbonation surfacing slowly. A one finger white cap of froth sticks around for a while. Aroma is bready malts. Hay. And grainy sweetness. Crisp flavor of cracker like breadiness. Sweet dough and smooth malts. Hops add a dryness to it all. Nicely done. Mouthfeel is crisp. Body is medium. Always good to find another well done dortmund style lager. There's simply not enough of them around.

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Photo of Suds
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a clear swing-topped 33 cl bottle: The color on this beer is a rich yellow-gold, with nice transparency. Disappointingly, the head is shallow and film-thin. Nice continental hop aroma, but very straightforward. There's a little grain, and faint faint smells in the back of the nose. The beer is soft, and a bit sweet. The sense of sweetness intensifies as the beer warms. The taste has a little fresh bread and yeast flavors as well. Medium body and relatively low carbonation. This is a nice, straightforward and satisfying beer. It's nothing extraordinary, but it's well made and enjoyable in and of itself.

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Photo of drpimento
3.29/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this bottle a few weeks ago at Surdyk's in Minneapolis. Poured with a medium, off-white head with a little lace. Color is a slightly tarnished, clear brass. Aroma was very nice: reminded me of walking by our local regional brewery - of cooking malt and a little hops. Fresh. Flavor's the same plus some extra sweetness, heavy grain flavor with a little bread dough. Good body from all the malt. Decent carbonation. Finish is short to medium and like the flavor of eating malted grain. Not bad, but a little too much simple malt flavor for my taste.

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Flensburger Gold from Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG
3.52 out of 5 based on 150 ratings.
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