Tikka Gold | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by IronDjinn on 09-06-2005

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by pentathlete:
Photo of pentathlete
2.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light gold, clear, with a 3/4 inch white head that falls to 1/4 inch ring. Lazy columns of carbonation undulate peacefully to the islands of bubbles on top. While I smell cooked vegetals (soggy popcorn dominating), there is also a hint of Belgian yeast. It isn't terrible but it is confusing. Taste brings out some malt, a mild bitterness, but the thin mouthfeel doesn't help things. The beer is drinkable, and while not too expensive, it doesn't really add anything to your beer stash. You can pass on this one.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one poured a brilliant light, clear yellow in color with a light but puffy head that left chunks of lacing.

Smell – The light hops and teasing floral aromas are offset by a stiff grain. It’s not nasty but certainly not pleasing to the olfactory bulb.

Taste – The grain is a bit easier on the tongue, in part I think to the stepped up role played by the hops. It’s missing the traditional graham cracker flavor but nevertheless is well-balanced and put together.

Mouthfeel – This is a light-bodied Pils with some tickling carbonation and a light but long drying finish.

Drinkability – Definitely of the lawn mower varietal, but it went down smooth enough.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at a free tasting last night...why does a great Belgian brewery try to make a clean refreshing lage to go with Indian curries...I have no idea. Appears light golden bright white head leaves a good bit of lacing around the glass. Aroma contains some herbal hops and corn and rice mild sweetness. Taste is clena with cereal grain sweetness mix is very refreshing light hop grassy character mild bitterness. Mouthfeel: Light bodied lager smooth and refreshing. Drinkability: when it's free enjoy don't spend too much on this one, not bad though.

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Photo of avisong
3/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of HalfFull
2.79/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours light golden and clear into a Pilsner glass. An inch of nearly white head settles slowly as there is an active small bubble carbonation is going on here, helping retention. Offers good lacing as well.

Smells of light raw grain with little hop presence, some rather limited noble hop notes arriving later.

Taste is smooth and somewhat malty but largely lacks the flavors I've come to associate with Euro. Pilsners. Like the smell, the flavor is unoffensive but kind of bland.

Steady carbonation helps the feel of this beer somewhat. A bit bready on the finish with just a hint of sweetness on a short lived finish. Average drinkability given the unexciting nature of this beer which degrades as the carbonation lessens. Overall a light take on the style given the low level of hops and lack of defining malt flavors. Average at best.

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Photo of Gmann
3.01/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty honey straw color, crystal clear clarity, nice dense white head that left some clingy lacing. The aroma is very faint and sweet grains. The first sip tells me that this is a pilsner. Noticable noble hop grassiness with a dry, cracker like malt. The flavor is quite mellow, not as sharp as a pilsner should be. There seems to be a large grainy presence that neutralizes the pils flavors. The feel is light with good carbonation but doesn't have that crisp bite that a pilsner should have. Overall, has a Euro lager flavor, some pils some american macro. Just ok. Not representative of a great brewing country.

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Photo of LJWalker
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.2/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$3.29 (?) for a 500 ml bottle at Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa, CA in January, 2007.

A gentle, careful pour revealed a hazy, cloudy lemon yellow beer with a small head (would have been much bigger with a normal pour) that fades to nothing in a hurry. Minimal carbonation.

Aroma of weak grains, lemongrass, and not much else. Not bad, just not much. Flavor is much stronger in the lemon area. I gave this average scores, because it isn't all that exciting, and it's very much a one-note beer, but in its defense, it comares favorably to others in the style because there isn't the strong stenchy hops mess that sometimes happens with German Pilseners and almost always happens with Euro Pilsners. This fact saves this from being a bad beer, and keeps it at OK, inoffensive.

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Photo of Dithyramben
2.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of thekanna
3.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at Granville Moore's in DC. Poured into a snifter.

A: Clear yellow with a slight haze and about a finger of white head.

S: Largely floral. Some lagery yeasts, followed by a bit of butteriness.

T: Some adjunct malts, a bit of citrus mixed with honey sweetness, and a floral tinge with lots of diacetyl rounding out the end.

M: Very lagery in feel. Crisp with a dry finish.

D: Other than Jupiler, I haven't tried another Belgian lager. This is an interesting foray for Brouwerij Van Steenberge, which usually makes an array of excellent Belgian ales (the Piraat is one of my favorites). In my opinion, they should stick to ales.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.85/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If only I would have known more about this stuff right from the start I would have picked up more. Beer-spotted at the Chateau Louis liquor store in Edmonton as the only thing they had in stock I've yet to try, I grabbed one bottle, yet wary, as I've had less than pleasant experiences with Indian beer.

Was I in for a shock. Not only is this beer specifically made for the distinctive British curry-loving palate, as the perfect compliment to be drank alongside Indian food, but is also contract brewed in Belgium by Van Steenberge, the same people who brought us the unique contract African Mongozo line as well. It's marketed as a pilsener style, but with an Indian character with the exotic addition of rice adjunct...

Comes in a 500 ml stout shouldered brown bottle, beige label with the name in gold, and the red tikka dot above it. Pours out exceptionally nice for what I thought would be some average Indian lager, slightly hazed golden body with a gorgeous snow white cap of spongy head with the retention of almost anything you'd expect from a decent Belgian brewery. Leaves a wall of sticky lacing along the way.

A rich, crisp biscuity character on the nose, a little bit of rice comes through, but not in the traditional BMC's way of N. American macros, with faint, floral grassy hops minding their own business in the background.

The flavour initially starts out thick and bready, wonderful biscuit malt notes, but then drops in the middle to a thinner, more watery character thanks to the rice, and picks up the pace a bit on the finish, more meaty malt with light grassy hops, and a mellow bready aftertaste. Except for that odd adjunct drop in the middle it's a very satisfying pilsener, not as crisp or hoppy as a Czech style, but rounded and bready.

Nice full mouthfeel, it rolls over the palate, full body and texture for a lager, the marketing dep't is right, this would go well with food, and I have no doubt it would compliment a decent curry. I'll have to wait a while before I can get my hands on more and test that out, but I do look forward to the opportunity. Holy Vindaloo Batman, finally a decent Indian lager, made by Belgians and marketed to the British. Glad I managed to snag a bottle.

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Photo of Zorro
2.39/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a good looking clear yellow beer with a decent white head and good carbonation.

Smell is a little malt and some clear scents of cooked vegetables and a hint of sulfur. Not a good smelling beer.

Taste is malt and a bit of bitterness but it is very plain lager like, not a great example of the style. Taste doesn't get much better there is really nothing hidden here.

Mouthfeel is OK.

OK in my opinion a Beck’s is better than this stuff! I can't recommend this beer to you, get the Heineken instead if that is the only other choice.

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Photo of sanjayp181
4.9/5  rDev +58.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

it was good to have tikka gold. it is world's best beer. it has the best taste in all over world and it is excellent. compared to other it has good taste. in my life i have first time enjoy tikka beer. it is my good experience to have tikka gold and enjoy lot in my life

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Photo of jlindros
2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Uh oh, starts to rise up the neck quickly almost erupting as I crack the top, but no infection flavors. Despite that, almost no head rises up and fades pretty quickly with a messy Belgian style fluffy head, with a crystal clear golden orange amber color.

N: Meh, some sweet sugars, some macro extract like aromas. A little toasty sweet lager aromas, hints of Belgian malts, but mostly that extract sweet syrupy aroma. A little fruit and apple even.

T: Yep, more of the same. Mostly sweet, some syrup flavors, almost a corn syrup, and extract syrups like a macro would typically be, but at least it has some Belgian malts too. Light lager flavors with some sweetness and toasty malts. A slight fruit flavor too.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

F: A slight metallic taste starts to develop, that not so great flavor that often comes from lagers. Then some lingering sweetness but a slight extract and even adjunct like sweet syrupy flavor. Also a weird musty no to pleasant flavor also lingers with hints of fruit and apple. A slight sticky sweetness. A slight lager crispness is there but interrupted by the off flavors.

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Photo of crossovert
3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.

Pours a crystal clear pale gold with tons of carbonations bubbles and a large white, but not tightly-foamed head. The head has decent retention actually and leaves some decent lacing.

The smell is ultra-mellow with mostly bready malt and a pinch of grassy, cirtusy hops.

The taste is decently balanced for a pils, there is an overlying bitterness over the bready malt. The flavor seems to lean a bit towards the euro pale lager, but this is still a good light lager.

THis brewery does much better for sure, but this isn't bad.

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Photo of chrispoint
2/5  rDev -35.3%

Photo of jdhilt
3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight hoppy nose. Starts slightly hoppy and stays that way, mild flavored, could make a good session beer but not as good tasting as their Bière du Boucanier Golden ale. $2.99 for a 500ml bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, Ia.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.45/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean golden orange-ish yellow color with a nice big white head. Aromas consist of a sweet Belgian malt and a pilsner hop. In the taste, a sweet malt and just enough hops to remind you it is a pilsner. A smooth malty mouthfeel and a clean, yet small bitter mouthfeel. A very nice beer, the best Belgian pils I think I have had yet.

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Photo of Metz
3/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of OttoPeeWee
3.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting beer. It almost has the characteristics of a tripel, but is very light and refreshing. Head and lacing are fantastic. The smell is yeasty and a bit metallic. The taste is very mild, almost watered down, but good - sweet with a hint of licorice. Worth a try if you like German and Belgium beers and you can buy for a decent price.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.38/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Van Steenberge - Tikka Gold

Stubby pint sized bottle, pours a perfectly clear golden yellow. A good froth provides solid lacing on the glass. Aroma is a bit grainy, with light floral hops. In the taste, grainy, pale malts and a ghost like hop contributing an even bitterness. Fizzy, carbonated mouthfeel. Overall, a decent pilsner, one made especially for the export market.

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Photo of stephendr
2.2/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500 ml. bottle- color of pale bright yellow, with a big bubbled white head – subtle nose of grass, skunk , slight skunk , slight oats , metallic , and sour – taste of sour lemon grass , slight malt , grass , and some lime/lemon - body is dry , acidic , and with medium high carbonation – aftertaste of grass , lime zest , other citrus , and maybe yeast

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.87/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bartenders can be so stupid. When I asked for a Belgian beer, I expected her to surprise me with a new taste of something Belgian flavored, not a German beer from Belgian. Actually, the beer lines up more accurately with Euro Pilsners than the traditional German Pilsner. The beer is a fair straw color with brilliant clarity and almost-fizzy carbonation. Very clean and crisp, but a little too light on the flavors. Citrusy (orange and lemmon) flavors cut the thirst nicely, but give up much on the texture. A light herbal hop combination works well for the beer. A nice beer, but easily forgetable.

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Photo of DogFood11
1.69/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

First time I've seen this offering while beer shopping at Wally's Wine on Westwood. I've enjoyed every product I've picked up from this brewer so this was a no brainer.

Pours a bright golden color, somewhat unfiltered or maybe its just a touch of the chill haze. Good frothy sticky white head maintains throughout and leaves impressive lacing.

It has that Euro muskiness that I can associate with so many lighter beers from across the pond. Being far from a beer expert I can't detail what ingredient causes this but it is fairly common. Cracked grain, wheat, tastes like a pale euro lager for the most part. Where are the hops so common in a german pilsner....? not to be found. A touch of some cooked vegetables lingers a bit.

Not for me fellas. If this is your first offering from brewery Van Steenberge N.V. don't let it get in the way, because they are normally spot on.

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Photo of mactrail
2.11/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours what can only be described as a yellow color in the snifter. Coarse head. Tingly on the tongue. Very light body.

All the hallmarks of a cheap Eastern European industrial brew: musty, cardboard smell, metallic aftertaste, bitterness without any hop aroma, slightly sweet malt liquor taste, old apple flavor. Makes me think of greens overcooked in an aluminum pot.

Overall, a rally mediocre example of a Euro lager. More like an adjunct brew. As anemic as Stella Artois is, it's in another dimension of clean flavor than this stew. I should have known this was cheap for a reason.

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Tikka Gold from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 3.09 out of 5 with 39 ratings