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Schönramer Gold | Private Landbrauerei Schönram

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Private Landbrauerei Schönram
Germany
brauerei-schoenram.de

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 03-05-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
58
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
20.22%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
4
For Trade:
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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 58
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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Photo of jiffymon
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of clevelandhops
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bbd of 08 09 2007

Pours a slightly hazed gold/straw with 1" of fluffed up off-white head. Clears up nicely with average lacing & head retention

S: Grassy &lemony

T: Floral & lemon hops up front. Honey malt follows as this warms. Finishes with plenty of lemon hops, dryness & sweet honey malt

MF: Light to medium body with lively carbonation& a little slickness. Super balance

Drinks too easy, reminds me of many of the fest beers I've tried over in Germany deceptively quaffable! If you can find it prior to it's BBD, have at it! Lacks some aesthetics, but quaffs damn easy!

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

RJT

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Photo of DrBier
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of drmeto
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

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Photo of CHickman
2.21/5  rDev -40.4%
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 flavor...in 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.

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4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Francepants06
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.76/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
3.97/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.57/5  rDev -30.7%
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.

C- / BELOW AVERAGE

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Photo of DogFood11
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First brew I've had from this brewery. Easily managed pour produces plenty of head that is supported by medium carbonation. Lacing is ring like and admirable. Gold color as you'd guess has a slightly unfiltered haze to it.

Pretty light in all departments but it did hold my interest, mainly because I thought the snappy dry hoppy finish was welcomed. Malts are sweet but on the mild side of things. Metal creeps into the aftertaste but is short lived and hardly annoying at all.

Its on the high end of the ABV for a fest beer. Not as malted as most marzen's I've had, this beer just works. I have two other brews from these guys so this needless to say has me excited for whats to come. Above average.

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Schönramer Gold from Private Landbrauerei Schönram
3.71 out of 5 based on 58 ratings.
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