Schönramer Gold
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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #114
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3.78 | pDev: 12.7%
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beergoot from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light gold body; lots of fine carbonation; while and billowy head, thick and creamy. Gently sweet, malty aroma; grassy; mild esters Malty, grainy taste; cracker; quiet yet balanced hop bitterness. Medium body; crisp and warm on the palate; a bare edge of alcohol dryness.

There is nothing like a well-made, crisp and clean German pilsner. As a fest beer, it nicely balances a warm, toasty malt base with just the right touch of subdued hop bitterness. It has fine looks and some outstanding aroma to it, too. A damn fine autumn beer...

Oct 01, 2019
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Wasatch from Colorado

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. Bottle
Best By: 29.09.19

My first from this brewery.

Poured into a Squatters true pint glass a nice clean/clear dark golden yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a nice thick/creamy/quick one-finger plus white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, hoppy, with a nice touch of lemon, bready, kinda wheaty. The taste is nice, malty, hoppy, with some lemon, bready, wheaty, nice little sweetness. Medium body, ABV is hidden pretty nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a tasty beer, a nice thirst quencher.

Jul 07, 2019
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OCViking from California

3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There are some beers that remind me of the places I've been throughout the world, and this one has the taste of Germany written all over it. That classic undeniable European malt hop characteristic

May 08, 2018
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kojevergas from Louisiana

2.57/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Has something of a cheap taste, a characteristic I'm beginning to associate with Schönram as a brand.

A subpar pale lager at best, and at worst a beer that's on par with other European beers oft-branded "premium" or "gold" - which is to say the marketing is trying to obfuscate the (lack of) quality.

It is drinkable, though.


Feb 15, 2016
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drmeto from Germany

3.12/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

-pours a light golden with a medium,foamy,white head
-high carbonation visible
-spices,honey,slight lemon,slight nettle,grainy
-honey,biscuity,bready,metallic,spices,apricot,cheap candy
-light-medium body,high carbonation
o.k.,but a little too sweet for me

Jun 20, 2015
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear, light golden body with a half inch of bone white head. Aromas of lager yeast, pils malt, sourdough bread, cereal. Clean, refreshing flavor. Light in body. Some grain notes in the finish. Solid.

Jun 04, 2015
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danmouer from Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Schönramer Gold is a Festbier, a Bavarian beer lager hiked to 6% for a special occasion. In this case, the occasion is Oktoberfest, but while most Bavarian Oktoberfest beers are dark, this one is a pumped-up Helles.

I poured from a half-liter bottle into a goblet. There was a quick explosion of fine head that fell quickly to a nice activew wreath of foam leaving lace trails on the class. The aroma and flavor both are wonderfully balanced between a slightly sweet, grainy malt and the fresh-mown hay aromas of noble hops--Isuspect Hallertauer.

The balance is perfect, beautiful, in fact. My biggest downgrade is a bit of haziness in the beer, quite possibly a touch of protein haze from the very, very pale pilsner malt used for this beer. The trade-off for that tiny bit of pearlescence is a really hard-to-achieve grainy maltiness which may only be possible with traditional Bavarian decoction mashing.

This is a classy, and classic lager. If all lagers had been made like this, there would probablyhave beenno need for the craft beer revolution.

May 22, 2015
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boddhitree from Germany

4.77/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is their Gold, which ironically won GOLD in the World Beer Cup in 2010 in the category German/European Style Export. They say it's a "Wies‘n-Märzen."

Appearance: Light gold, almost yellow, a little lighter in color than most lagers or exports, all under a snow white head.

Aroma: Lots of Pils malts, very aromatic with some Noble hops in the background. It's similar in aroma to the Pils, and very lovely to smell. The website says there's chestnut-honey in the aroma, all I get is a hint of honey.

Flavor: MMM. Delicious. First, my girlfriends said she loves this beer, so it's blessed. The front has some nice, smooth bitterness and Pils, bready malts. Again, their website says there's a flavor of "freshly baked whitebread," but I get bready, but maybe a tiny bit sour bread, or Pils malt flavors. In the middle, I get some more wonderful flavors, a tad sourness and some honey mixed together. In the back, there's some more slight honey and Pils malts and a nice bit of bitterness. The aftertaste is both Noble hops and Pils malts. Very flavorful!

Mouthfeel: Unike the other Schönramer beers of the German style, this is a NOT tad on the thin side, at least in the front, but in the back works drier and thinner.

Overall, this beer is more in the Pils direction than an Export or Märzen. It's much hoppier and has lots more bitterness as a Pils is, but it also has a ton of Pils malts in flavor. I don't get much Münchener malt but it's still very malty. In my opinion, an Export is often a maltier and less hoppier version of a Pils, but this beer lands right in the middle of both. Actually, it's the best of both styles, really. Delicious, and a beer everyone should try. It's reminiscent of Bischhofhof's and Kneitinger's beer. Damn, I wish I had all three to compare right now.
It's a WOW beer, as are most of Schönramer's beers.

Oct 25, 2013
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a light straw amber with a half-finger fine white head with good retention and slippery lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, wheat, bread dough with a whiff of sulphur, but the latter is not off-putting because of the pleasant bready, yeastiness dominating the aroma. Flavor of bready malt, light wheat, a hint of citrus, somewhat mild, but nicely balanced. Finishes with a mild, pleasant hop bitterness. Medium bodied. An interesting take on a Marzen; much, much lighter in color than traditional and, to my taste, wheatier. I was so convinced that this was misidentified on BA as an Oktoberfest that I went to the brewery website and ran the description through Google translate. They call this an Oktoberfest Marzen right off the mark so good call, BA. I had to chuckle about the first sentence though: "A powerful and ferocious beer." Oh boy. This is a nice, light to moderate solid German lager, but no tiger. I really liked this beer because the yeast is the closest to rising bread yeast that I've ever tasted in any beer, and it was quite welcome. It redeemed this marzen for me. Like drinking a nice beer in a bakery while dough is rising. I will buy this again just for that pleasant aspect.

Sep 23, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kings Row Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is quite easy to drink.

Aug 12, 2013
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avalon07 from South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a golden yellow color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A surprisingly sweet, almost fruity aroma, with a lot of malt as well.

T: Tasted of malt (a pretty hefty amount of it), citrus (a good deal of lemon), and a slight grainy quality. A very light in character flavor, one that's very enjoyable.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a smooth, silky finish. Light-bodied.

O: I don't think this is a classic Marzen, but it is well done and very tasty. Drinkable.

Aug 05, 2012
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fsimcox from Louisiana

4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, transparent, straw color. Thin, white, head dissipates quickly, leaving a very thin white layer. Some lacing, but not much.

Smells of bread, malt, with hints of hops and some lemon citrus. Some grass in the background.

Clean, crisp taste, with more citrus than I expected. A mild sweet finish with hints of citrus in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is crisp, with some carbonation. Very easy to drink. Reminded me of my trip to Oktoberfest.

This is a Marzen, but reminded me very much of a Helles. I wish I had another right now.

Mar 22, 2012
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schonramer Gold has a thin, white, soapy head and a clear, yellow appearance, with lots of streaming bubbles and decent lacing. The aroma is a wonderful blend of sugar sweetness, bread, crackers, and hop spiciness. Taste is likewise sugary, bready, cracker, and hoppy. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Schonramer Gold finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and semi-dry. Overall, this is a wonderful beer, and I cannot detect any flaws.


Jan 21, 2012
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Schonramer Gold

Pours a pale, clear, yellow color with a bone white crackling head that dies away quickly. One of the lighter style marzens, but I enjoy the brighter brethern of the caramel bombs frequently found in the states.

Aroma of noble hops supporting a biscuity/crackery malt profile.

Taste is malty and sweet up front, with buttered light grain breads and sugary notes. Bitterness is very mild, and lets the malt come through more.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, sprtizy carbonation and drying finish.

Overall, a nice specimen of a Helles Marzen/Oktoberfest. Solid lager, from which could have sprouted todays standard pils.

Nov 20, 2011
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Natural510 from Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5L bottle, dated best-by Jan 10 2012.

Pours a pale straw gold with nice swath of bone-white head.

Scent is grassy and buttery with note of corn; pungent malt.

Flavor is malty and sweet, more to a lighter, grassier side than the caramel malt found in most imported marzens. Good flavor, very smooth and well-balanced.

Nice body, light but flavorful. Made for drinking in quantity.

This is more similar to a German pils than the marzen beers we have here in the US; perhaps this is truer to the Oktoberfest offered in Munich every autumn.

Oct 04, 2011
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theboozecruise from Louisiana

3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the guys at uplifters spirits for hooking me up with this one!

It's labeled on here as an Oktoberfest but it's a very light gold color with a large white head. Interesting for sure.

The aroma is more like a euro lager, yeasty and bready but bit a lot of dark malt smells like an Oktoberfest should have.

The taste is a lot more hoppy and crisp than expected.

This one is clearly mislabeled. Or there are multiple Schönramer Gold beers?

It's good, though. I enjoy it but it's definitely more of a pilsner than an Oktoberfest.

Jul 10, 2011
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Francepants06 from Louisiana

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It poured a slightly blurry bright yellow beer with a small head which quickly dissipated. It smelled of malt, hop, and wheat. I tasted malt, hop, wheat, and yeast. the body was very crisp, and ranged from light to medium body. This is a Marzen? I don't know about this one, its kind of missing some roasted nuts and caramel taste to be supposedly called a Marzen/oktoberfest. oh well its not the first Schonramer to have thrown me in a loop.

Jul 06, 2011
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metter98 from New York

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and poured with a finger high and dense bright white head that quickly died down but never completely faded away. A moderate to high amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of grainy malts and grassy hops in the nose.
T: Flavors of bready and grainy malts stand out in the overall taste, which also has some notes of honey and spices along with some hints of bitterness in the finish. There is a good balance between the malt and hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink although nothing really stands out about it that would make me want to try another one of these.

Jan 11, 2011
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yemenmocha from Arizona

3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large bottle with difficult to read label. Pours a luminous pale gold with slight haze and thick, luscious head. Nose is somewhat faint with a cereal/bready aroma. Light malt sweetness and hop tang on the palate, with a light body, and is easy drinking.

Feb 02, 2010
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CHickman from New York

2.21/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours clear yellow with a small white head; smells of malt and yeast, but not much odor at all (I had to almost stick my nose in the beer to catch a whiff of anything).

Tastes malty up front, with yeast, wheat, faint hops and trailing lemon. Medium carbonation with nothing exciting about the fact, this is quite boring and for $12 at Wildwood in NYC it was an insult as it didn't live up to the price tag. One of the most disappointing beers that I've had over the past few years. This has basic German beer taste, and while it was not bad, it just did nothing for me. I would not have this again unless it was free and there was nothing better to drink.

Jan 16, 2010
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25 oz. bottle. 5 months old...

While it's a tasty brew, I'm not sure I'd call it a fest beer. It seems more like a big Munich-style helles to me.

It's yellow-gold color is around 3 SRM, whereas festbiers start at around 7. Munich helles beers start at 3 SRM.

And although it's nicely malty, it doesn't display any real Munich malt flavor, and certainly no Vienna malt character. In fact, it displays a rich pilsner malt character, exactly as a Munich helles would.

On to hops and bitterness. The gently floral, subtly spicy, and ever-so-slightly grassy noble hop character could easily pass in a helles or a fest, but the bitterness, at around 20-25 IBU's, is more characteristic of a Munich helles.

Finally, although the strength is too high to fit the Munich helles style, it's also too strong to fit the Marzen/Oktoberfest style.

In conclusion, I'm guessing that they've added the words "FEST BEER" for U.S. exports to comply with some of the laws here in certain states. Of course I could be wrong.

Overall, it's a really well-brewed, superbly balanced, and highly drinkable lager. I have to tip my hat to the brewers. But at the price (I think I paid $4.99 at Whole Foods in Chelsea, NYC), I think I can find a locally brewed beer that's about as good for less. For me, maybe Stoudt's Gold, or perhaps something from Victory.

Jun 24, 2009
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Offa from California

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is not outstanding, but it's pretty good, with well-rounded character.

Birhgt gold, it has a medium white head that slowly shrinks to a ring and wisps, leaving only a hint of lace.

The aroma is a lot of herbal hops, honeym, bread, hint of pine, mineral water, & grain. Overall, a very nice, very "German" aroma, well rounded and pleasant.

The taste is similar. It tastes mostly of grain, bread, with herbs, hints of mineral water, honey, grape juice, and apple. The finish is mostl;y grain with grape juice, a hint of white wine, and herbs. Overall, it sweetish with a little bitterness to balance. The body is good but a little thin and the character ends up being just a tad flat and vague. It's quite easy to drink, though, and still a solid, tasty beer with enough character and mild complexity to keep it going.

Apr 09, 2009
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SkeeterHawk from Texas

3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this one sitting right beside the Pils (see previous review) in my fridge. Here we go with this one.

Appearance: Pours a very slightly cloudy yellow straw color with a small head of tight white bubbles that faded within about 30 seconds. There were a few floaters at the bottom suggesting that this beer may have some age on it.

Aroma: My first impression was of the malt, but it doesn't dominate by any means. There is hops here, but they stay in the background. There is a slight metallic note coming out as it warms.

Taste: This beer is well balanced between malt and hops. There is a slight tip toward the hops, and the beers age gives it a slightly chalky impression that I don't think would be there in a fresh example. As the beer warms up a bit, the malt profile takes on a sweet honey-like flavor that lasts into the finish.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. Kindof like the other Shoenramer I tried, it doesn't have much to define it. It is a drinkable brew, and nothing wrong with it (except the age in my example), but not one that I just gotta have again.

Jul 16, 2008
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mrasskicktastic from New Jersey

2.94/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Pale clear golden brew with a medium sized fluffy white head that fades quickly to a thin white ring and no lacing.

S - A bit of honey and bread with a mild, clean noble nose.

T - A light malty flavor, slightly tasting off honey, that then quickly shifts to a crisp bitterness. A lightly malty sweetness lingers throughout the foretaste and the finish.

M - Smooth, medium bodied - pretty refreshing.

D - Okay. I won't have again, but I'm not sad that I drank it.

May 03, 2008
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Halcyondays from California

3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. Euro brown bottle,

A: Pours a very pale yellow, almost looks like a witbier, with a small, white, fizzy head.

S: Smell is pretty good, lots of malt, fragrant, some toast and biscuits, with some lemony hops.

T: Taste is much of the same, very toasty, caramely, the malt is the king here, very robust for an Octoberfest, one of the best tasting fests that I have ever had, with a bit of lemon and grassy hops to balance it all out.

M: Smooth and light, crisp and refreshing, a very good mouthfeel for a lager.

D: One of the better fests I've had, seems pretty rare overall, but I can find it everywhere, so I'm going to enjoy it while it is here.

Sep 09, 2007
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