Schönramer Gold | Private Landbrauerei Schönram

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Schönramer GoldSchönramer Gold

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Private Landbrauerei Schönram

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 03-05-2006

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of boddhitree
4.77/5  rDev +26.5%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

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4.68/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of danmouer
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
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 fsimcox
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
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.


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Photo of russpowell
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
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 +12.7%

Photo of Offa
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of avalon07
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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 jeffjfindley
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, don't open this expecting a typical Oktoberfest experience. It's a lot more like a fusion of a typical German pils and a typical German hef. And it works damn well.

Appearance: Really pale color, super rich head. Bubbles never stop moving to the top. Rather lovely, I think.

Smell: Grassy, malty, little banana. Catch a little hop character in there too.

Taste: I broke a fast with this one, so it was damn good. Very understated in a German sort of way. It posesses the crispness and hop quality of a good pilsner, and the malty, bananalike profile of a hef. Not overwhelming in either area, just a good balance. Could taste almost no alcohol whatsoever.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing, and smooth. A tiny bit metallic on the aftertaste, but nothing to get in a twist over.

Drinkability: A fine beer, but you might get bored after awhile.

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Photo of DrBier
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Natural510
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Schönramer Gold from Private Landbrauerei Schönram
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