Tikka Gold | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Tikka GoldTikka Gold

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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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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 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 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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.76/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Perfectly clear pale gold with lemon drop trim. Several bubble streams lead up to a bleached white head of rumpled, sticky foam. This is a great looking lid. It leaves an equally attractive glass display in the form of blips, half-moons and curlicues of delicate lace. The beer: so-so. The head and lace: fantastic.

There's just enough noble hoppiness for me to go along with the pilsener designation, but it's oh so close to smelling like just another Euro pale lager. A lack of any overt badness helps a great deal; the brown glass bottle seems to have done its job. Bottom line: the nose neither attracts nor repels.

After tasting, I'm not so sure that the beer hasn't crossed that blurry line that separates pils from EPLs, in favor of the latter. Tikka Gold is lightly (but sufficiently) malted so that any trace of heaviness or sweetness has been avoided. That, I gather, was the aim of the brewer. A brewer who, by his own admission, took 18 months to come up with the recipe for 'the first premium imported beer brewed specifically with curry eaters in mind'. What's next, a Scotch ale brewed specifically with haggis eaters in mind?

More words of wisdom from the source: 'we used rice to bring a taste of the exotic to the traditional pilsner recipe'. Rice has taste? Rice is exotic? This is marketing bullsh** at its worst. Anyway, back to the beer. I don't taste any rice. What I do taste is a beer that lacks flavor. Well, good flavor anyway. The hop load isn't anywhere near what it needs to be for this to be a pils. Just because the lack of malt allows the bitterness of the hops to be appreciated is no justification for claiming that your Euro pale lager is anything but just that.

The mouthfeel doesn't stand out in any way. It's unrelentingly light, the better to 'refresh curry eater's palates' apparently. Likewise, the carbonation doesn't make an impression. It's finely fizzy, but in an acceptable way. Drinkability might be higher if I had a plate of Chicken Tikka Masala in front of me right now.

Tikka, as shown by the large red dot on the label, is a manmade mark on the center of the forehead displayed during Indian marriages. Gold, presumably, refers to the color of the beer. For all I know, the 18 months spent coming up with this particular beer were well worth it for the curry eaters of the world. Solo, it curries very little favor with me.

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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 JAHMUR
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

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 clayrock81
3.23/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light gold body with a good head that died alright but left some lace. I don't pick up too much in the nose but there are some floral hops as well a touch of fruit and sweet malt. Light-bodied, smooth, has a bitter hoppiness that is balanced with some fruity sweetness like apple and a touch of sweet malt. Has a crisp finish thanks to moderate carbonation but while pleasantly passing the tongue there is still some flat blandness. An alright pils but kinda falls short.

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Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +29.4%

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.57/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a brilliantly clear, pale, just off-white colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear gold color that get fairly pale when held up to the light. Sweet grain notes mix with ample DMS in the form of creamed corn. Perhaps a touch of herbal hop character is just noticeable, but the DMS is big enough here that it is really hard to tell. The DMS is actually a bit obnoxious after just a short while.

Sweet grain flavors up front of honey-like grain, sweet corn and pale malt move to a dry finish that has a touch of hop bitterness as well as a light herbal note. As far as balance goes there is just enough hop character to balance out the sweet grain notes and keep them from being cloying. The DMS is not quite as objectionable in the flavor as it was in the aroma, but it does tend to stick to the palate a bit with a vegetal, cooked corn note. Appropriately light bodied, though not watery, and the carbonation provides a nice fizz to the texture.

Just not all that good, even by pale lager standards. The DMS definitely ruins the aroma and don't let this warm up much as it really starts to intrude into the flavor as well.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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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 Bitterbill
3.88/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A clear gold brew with good head of foam and retention.

Malty nose with some balancing spicy hop bitterness.

Sweetish malt followed by some grain and spicy crisp bitterness from the hops. I especially love the finish; maybe the best part of this session.

Medium body and carbonation.

A nice Pilsner of the German kind brewed in Belgium.

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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 mynie
3.28/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very pale yellow pour is saved by a large, retentive head.

Smells like slightly skunky adjunct grain a little else. Not bad--a little skunk can be good, but still doesn't reach the level of really "workin" its skunkiness the way the better skunk beers do, though.

Surprisingly complex fruity yeast up front gives way to skunk and a very light, crisp hint of floral hops in the back.

Very refreshing but not worth what I paid.

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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 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 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 TheLongBeachBum
2.47/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 500ml (1 Pint and 0.9 fluid ounce) Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier type brown glass bottle. Brass colored crown cap has the words ‘Tikka Gold’ in black text. Has a tan colored main and neck label that both have the words ‘Tikka Gold’ written in gold text with a large red dot above. The neck label has the words “Tikka’ a mark on the forehead indicating status” and “Product of Belgium”, the main label describes this as an ‘Imported Premium Beer’. Labeled at Alc. 5% by Vol. Imported by Global beer and brewed by the prodigious brand manufacturers, Van Steenberge of Ertvelde.

Appearance: Fluffy white head rises quickly and stops short of taking over half of my tall Pilsner Urquell glass, even with a careful pour. The head is large and thick, it laces nicely as the head drops to a honeycomb concave surface. High levels of carbonation yield a milky pool when swirled. Once settled the solid crusty head and pale straw body certainly lend a typical Lager appearance to this one.

Nose: Mild aromas, some grain and a light sweetness. Restrained to say the least.

Taste: Low on bitterness and sweet grain with some clasping toasted malts. Bland and exceptionally boring. Just lots of…..well, a lager-muchness. Zzzz....

Mouthfeel: Soft palate with a very light grain texture. Easy going but very, very simple.

Drinkability: Brewed with rice, yet surprisingly described as a Pilsner with Indian character….whatever that means. Overall this Gandi-juice gets the waggling horizontal thumb from me; not good, not bad….just, well, so-so!

Overall: The neck label has the words “Tikka’ a mark on the forehead indicating status”….well yeah, so is a scar from head-butting. Thin and uninspiring, but clean and inoffensive…..just the kind of brew that helps quench that spicy hot Indian Chicken Vindaloo Curry with minimal scalding. Hey I tried it with one of my home-made “Hot ‘n’ Hairy Bastard Pickled Eggs”….and it helped to take the acetic acid heat off for sure, but much beyond that, this is a Michael Jackson Boy’s beer…in short….it’s not one you want to be left alone with.

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Photo of avisong
3/5  rDev -2.9%

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 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 LJWalker
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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 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%

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Tikka Gold from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
3.09 out of 5 based on 39 ratings.
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