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Flensburger Gold | Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG

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Flensburger GoldFlensburger Gold

Brewed by:
Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG

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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Reviews: 69 | Ratings: 143
Photo of stcules
2.06/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep golden color. White head, abundant, not bad.
At the smell maltiness. And green apple.
Malty taste, a bit too heavy, and not too fresh. Even if after the smell, it could have been worse.
Average to light body. Sweetish.
Not really much to say about it.

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Photo of badleroybrown
3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a nice golden color with a small head that disappears.

S - Actually one of the better things about the beer. Has a light malty aroma that dominates any slight hop aroma.

T - Has a slightly sweet taste. I think it could use a little more bittering hops but it is ok.

M - Has a light body with rather low carbonation.

D - This is an ok session beer with more flavor than US light lagers. Actually went well with a piece of cheesecake I ate while drinking this.

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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 cabsandking
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale bronze color with a fluffy white, crusty two fingers showing really good retention. Aroma is generally spicy and bitter hops, honey sweetness and with caramel malt and nuttiness at a lesser degree. Very dry husky grain, yeasty sourness that fades midway through, a steady bitterness, and honey notes. Assertively dry and the flavor is gone almost before swallowed leaving nothing but some dry herbals in the finish. Thin watery mouthfeel with some crisp medium carbonation. Not overly exciting but good for the style and very quaffable.

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Photo of Washburne
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pleasing gold colour with a thick, foamy white head that lasts a good way through the beer and leaves quite a bit of lacing. Malt is very noticeable in both smell and flavour, but has enough hops to cancel out the sweetness. Crisp and clean, but a little too much carbonation for me. Of all the Flensburgers, I've found this to be the best session beer as it's not too strongly flavoured like the pilsener and dunkel and slips down a little easier than the hef.

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3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 2" white head. Retains well at 1/2" and leaves some sketchy lacing.

S - Perfumey, sweet aroma. Not much hop presence.

T - Good biscuity, clay-like malt -- similar to their pils.Not as dry though, definitely some sweetness. No off flavors. Clean. Simple and tasty.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Good drinkability. I am liking this German brewery with the cool little bottles.

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Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flensburger gold indeed pours a gold color with a white head that sticks around for a while from a clear swing top bottle. Malt is definitely noticeable in the aroma in a pleasant way. Kind of a cracker like malt flavor dominates, there are some hops balancing it out. Thankfully, no hints of skunk, which I feared due to the clear bottle. Pleasant beer, I could probably session this.

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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 goochpunch
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark honey with a frothed head that goes down to thin layer of white over the body. Leaves some interesting lacing patterns. Bready malts with hints of honey and floral hops are in the nose. The malt is pretty sturdy and there are present some floral and tea-like hops. What knocks the taste down is a somewhat present ethanol character that didn't sit well with me. Mouthfeel is moderate in body and mildly carbonated. Solid drinker.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear yellow golden color with a 1/4" head of tight white bubbles on top. There are quite a few bubbles rising at first, but you can tell the beer is on its way some where. I an a little concerned about the clear bottle with this beer, and think that the shelf life will be lacking. I bought this one as soon as it became available in Houston, and it has lived in my dark fridge until tonight, so I think that this one will be OK. After a minute or so the head fell to just a thin layer across the top of the beer. There is some lacing left on the glass after drinking the beer.

Aroma: The aroma is clean and slightly grainy with a noticeable floral hop character on top. My first impression after I poured the beer was that it was somewhat sulfitic, but I don't really get that any more once it has sat for a few minutes.

Taste: The flavor is very clean and malt driven though there is a defined hop presence that gives it a subtle dry edge. The malt is the main player, but the hops stay right up front to keep the malt in check the entire time. There is a slight minerally edge to the finish to keep the malt from being too dominating. There really isn't any alcohol noticeable in the finish.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. Again, I wonder about the shelf-life, so I am sure that there will be some bad reviews come in from this beer. Know that this style is fragile, and it won't hold up to the heat and fluorescent lights that it will likely get in the majority of stores that will stock it. I think that the clear bottle was a bad move on the part of the brewer, but a fresh example of this beer isn't too bad.

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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 allengarvin
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2-oz bottle, poured into a stein glass. Pours absolutely crystal-crystal gold color, with an inch and half of head. This brewery really has got head-retention down perfect. Sweet, grainy malt aroma with a touch of peppery hops. Sweet, grainy malt flavor, with low hop bitterness. Well-balanced, with a clean finish. Creamy mouthfeel, light body.

An alright beer, with no obvious flaws, but nothing about it stands out.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear light golden color, with numerous streams of fine bubbles, and thick, glass-coating lace.

Aroma: Lightly toasted malt presents itself, along with a faint herbal hop character. No skunk aroma was noted, despite the clear bottle.

Taste: Opens with a lightly toasty, biscuity malt note, with a slight tartness. Later in the taste butter and pepper notes appear. The finish is dry, with a lingering herbal and metallic bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Pleasant and drinkable, although mediocre for a German beer.

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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 ProfessorHops
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- very light gold with a white as can be bright head. Carbonation bubbles dance to some fast paced techno music. Moderate lacing when poured. When finished leaves a handsome lace witch is great to look at when burping.

Smell- lemon crisp hops. Very citrus character present. Some wet fern leaves in the back.

Taste- round with sweet grain, good amounts of hopy crispness witch was delicious. Bitter big chewy flavor.

Mouthfeel- watery with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability- very easy to drink. The bright hop offers no discomfort.

A good pool side drink, especially with the flip cork so when not attending your beer you can keep the bugs out.

Gulp Gulp,

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Photo of nlmartin
3.16/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a clear golden yellow coloration. There was loose bubbling carbonation rising to the top of my glass. The head was about an inch thick off white coloration. The head had good retention. Thin rows of lacing remained on the glass.

Smell: I got a kind of corny freshly mowed grass smell off the beer.

Taste: The beer had a slightly biscuity flavor. There was a bit of grassy hoppyness to the beer finishing.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer was light bodied with ample carbonation. This is an ok sessionable beer.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: 11.2 fl oz. $1.99 at the 19th hole in Harker Heights, best before 06.10.06 (sampled 03.25.06) Imported by Noble Union Trading LTD Co., Houston, TX 77098.

Aroma: Very faint light grain and corn notes, touch of toast and smoke.

Appearance: Clear deep gold, edge or amber, good finger of white fading head.

Flavor: Clear, clean lager with a slight peppery twang. Some buttered biscuit notes. No skunk from the clear bottle!

Mouthfeel: Full carbonation, light body, slow fading coat, maybe a touch of oil.

Overall Impression: A Mexican style lager from Germany? Enjoyable and interesting, but not one I’d crave.

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Photo of chilidog
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the third of four Flensburgers I have available to me, yet thisone so-far, didn't stand up and say "Wow." I mean its a good little Dort to be had, it steps back to that typical german taste and mouthfeel.
It poured an impressive pure, clear gold with good carbonation that offered no fizz but plenty of frothy, pillow-like head stuff. Lace was abound that ringed and clumped to the glass.
The aroma was grassy and hay. The taste heald that grassy hop note with abit of dry stainless steal. Thats what threw me off for this comes in its cool, clear, swingtop bottle.
Drinkability was ok and the mouth feels dry and metalic at the end.
Bottle color may matter, I really liked the Pils, it comes in a brown bottle, where thisone is clear.

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Photo of maxpower
3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool 11.2 swing top green tinted bottle pours a clear golden color with a big white fluffy head that leaves a good lacing in my glass. Skunky aromas, light bready, cracker and lemon flavors. Medium bodied with a really nice soft mouthfeel, finishes dry.

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