Spendrups Old Gold 5,0
Spendrups Bryggeri AB

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Spendrups Bryggeri AB
Pilsner - German
2.91 | pDev: 10.31%
Feb 11, 2011
Mar 12, 2003
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Notes: Introduced in 1985. Replaced in Sweden by the 4.7% ABV version in April 2009.
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Photo of AEK
3.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by AEK from Wales

355ml brown bottle poured into a Young's pint pot.

A. Bleached straw coloured beer with a huge pillowy white head that shrank to a thin foam.

S. Galia melon skin, hop cones. Slight citrus playing in the background and perhaps some bubblegum.

T. Some lemongrass up front followed by a touch of hops.

M. Thin, slightly carbonated.

D. Average performer that is better than the Norrlands Guld 'dross' I had before it.

Feb 11, 2011
Photo of jeffreymstein
3.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by jeffreymstein from Connecticut

With a shallow head and light golden hue the beer does not impress on the pour.

However, for Singapore (the land of Tiger Beer) where I was drinking the bottle in an Ikea, the beer is fairly full bodied and pleasant. The mild malty flavor stays with you for a minute and the crispness is quite refreshing.

Still, no complexity to note.

Jan 01, 2011
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2.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by BlackHaddock from England

Another Spendrup beer available from IKEA in the UK. It is sold here in a 33cl brown bottle.

Poured into a stemmed Veltins Pilsner tulip it looked very impressive: A lovely crisp white head sat on top of a mid-range golden lager yellow body. A clean looking beer, carbonisation clearly visible rising to replenish the head.

Aroma was barely of anything, some cereal notes, gets my standard score of 3 for a lager.

Dry and hoppy at first, then the dryness really kicks in and the hops lose their way. The dryness took over completely and ruined the beer for me. No malts to be found either, a disappointing beer apart from its looks.

Jun 13, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by chinabeergeek from Massachusetts

from IKEA in beijing... hehehe

bottled on apr 1st 2008, best by date one year later.

clear golden straw color; quite deep, actually. almost gave this a 4.0 as a resuilt. moderate head soon fades to wisps and ring with patches of foam. a splotch of lace.

aroma is relatively clean, faint hint of grassy noble hop, hint of malt, but also some raw grains. almost adjunct-like.

hops are bitter, with herbal, peppery hint. again a bit grainy too, but still some malt hints underneath and even in the finish, which remains relatively bitter.

not too thin, but definitely some wateriness. crisp carbonation however. some faint astringency.

not too expensive, but an unspectacular, if drinkable, pils.

Nov 26, 2008
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2.5/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by willjschmidt from California

Pours a pale golden color. The nose is light hops and a bit earthy. The taste is that off grassy straw with an unpleasant bitterness. It's all rather unbalanced with a not enough malt to balance it all out. There is also an astringent aftertaste that doesn't go down well. All in all, not a very good pilsener.

Apr 20, 2008
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2.83/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
by thierrynantes from France

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2003.
Appearance : Golden color, medium white foam head
Smell : Aroma is a little sweet and malty.
Taste and mouthfeel : Texture is very smooth and creamy. Flavour is fresh and sweet.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style German pilsener

Mar 17, 2008
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2.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by basica from California

You hear of the renown Swedish meatballs; this one is the first Swedish beer I have had - The
Spendrups Old Gold Premium Pilsner. I chanced upon it when I was at Alexandra's Ikea for lunch
with a few friends. It was $3.90 for a bottle and I grabbed one out of curiosity. This is
probably the common lager of Sweden; like the Budweiser for USA and the Tiger for Singapore
and as expected, there was really nothing much to expect from this beer. The Old Gold pours out
a translucent golden with a medium head and below average head retention. It smells lightly
of malts and hops and the taste was hoppy and malty but rather blend on the whole though not
watery. The taste is simply no where strong but this beer has a bit of weight to it to balance
things out; not that this really salvages much of it. The finish was lightly hoppy bitter which
is not really overwhelming. The after taste was a little stronger and lasting than local APB
beers like the Tiger and Anchor but it was still a common style lager which I would just buy
once for the sake (and perhaps curiosity) of tasting it. The mouthfeel is along the lines of
medium body with a fairly high amount of carbonation. Smoothness and drinkablity is like any
common lager/pilsner - Only Fairly Smooth.

Jul 23, 2007
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2.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
by ernie from Russian Federation

Tasted in one of the IKEA stores in Moscow and served as a companion for a very mediocre standard meal in the cafeteria.

Beautiful no-label bottle. Beautiful color, too - pale golden with an oreange shade. Carbonation level a bit higher than average, head modest, some lace.

Taste malty and first, than drier and drier. Quite a pleasant bitterness overshadowed by extra sourness. Finish bitter-acidic, aftertaste on the bitter side.

Probably worth a try.

Jul 02, 2006
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2.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
by bark from Sweden

The colour is pale yellow, the liquid is clear and the small, lingering foam is all white.

The smell is very mild; there are traces of sweetness and some hops.

The carbon dioxide is strong, fresh and quite short.

The taste is a little thin, mostly bitter with a mild sweetness. The taste is quite unbalanced, the malt and hops seem to exist independent of each other. There are traces of an acrid metallic taste. The aftertaste is a little more complex, with notes of root vegetables (carrots, celeriac...), but it is quite short, and fades into a touch of almost unpleasant bitterness, almost like chewing on a bitter almond.

Oh, I am disappointed as this was my favourite pale beer for many years.

About this beer:
When the (at the time) growing Swedish brewery Spendrups introduced Old God in the mid-eighties, is was something of a revolution in the Swedish brewing industry. This was the first attempt to make a premium beer in Sweden. The master brewer Helmut Hiltman was given the task to make the ultimate beer, and the result was this premium German-style pilsner, with a bitterness of 35 EBU and lagered for eight weeks.

The luxury packaging was something completely new for the Swedish market: The designed non-deposit bottles with the discreet label were packed in white cardboard boxes with colour-printed logotypes. This is nothing conspicuous in 2004, but 20 years ago, 98% of the Swedish beers were sold in ugly cans or dull returnable bottles, distributed in bright yellow (returnable) plastic crates. There were also exclucive coasters, clothing, taps and glassware produced for this beer.

And their tactics worked; the Old Gold was the first choice for the Swedish Yuppie or anyone who wanted to show that they cared about what they drank.

An anecdote: In 1989, I did some extra work at a restaurant. At the time of the introduction of Old Gold, voices were heard urging for a ban of domestic non-returnable glass bottles (i.e. Old Gold). At that time, the restaurant manager decided to save all empty Old Gold bottles in a cellar storage room, hoping that a possible future deposit also would apply for the existing bottles. But in 1989, the landlord wanted to use the cellar for other purposes, so I and another lad had to throw away those bottles, carefully placed in their boxes. It must have been way over 20 000 bottles!

Apr 17, 2004
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2.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
by Globetrotter from Virginia

Comes in a dark brown 33cl bottle with a very plain label. Ingredients conform to the purity law. I couldn't find any freshness info.

Pours clear straw under a thin white head that fades quickly. The nose is flowery with hops. The mouth is light and overcarbonated. The taste is fairly harsh, metallic bitter, with very little malt to even things out. The finish is somewhat smoother, but maybe only because it is milder, as the harsh edge lingers long. The aftertaste, however, is surprisingly smooth and flowery bitter. Reminds me of a few other things that aren't real pleasant to have, but after they are gone, you kind of wish they'd come back...

Sep 02, 2003
Photo of rastaman
2.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by rastaman from England

Clean, lightly bitter hoppyness, quite dry and innofensive, but not as bland as the appearance and maybe the aroma would lead you to belive, simple, yes, but quaffable, and covered the palate a bit more than other beers of its genre, definitely pilsnerish, not too bad.

Mar 26, 2003
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3.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by GreenCard from Maryland

Appearance: bright gold, brilliant clarity, pure white head on pour but no head retention

Aroma: Uh oh! This sample was a bit skunky, despite being in a brown bottle. Without the skunkiness it would have received a 4.0 for its: spritzy saazy hop aroma and subtle malt trace

Flavor: upfront hop bitterness (but not overly assertive), not much malt flavor, nicely hopped flavor/bitterness-wise, semi-present sweetness is quickly countered by the hops, quick flavor progression and finish

Mouthfeel: definite astringency in the finish, prickly carbonation, light-bodied

Pretty assertive hop profile, does its job in the refreshment department. Might be good with spicy food, though that's not what the Swedes are known for. More of a German Pilsner than Czech.

Mar 12, 2003
Spendrups Old Gold 5,0 from Spendrups Bryggeri AB
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 12 ratings