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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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3.09 out of 5 based on 39 ratings.
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