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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Photo of boddhitree
4.77/5  rDev +28.9%
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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Photo of danmouer
4.55/5  rDev +23%
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
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 +16.2%
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 +15.9%
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 +15.4%
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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Photo of Offa
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
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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Photo of avalon07
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
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 +7.3%
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 Natural510
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Photo of DogFood11
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Photo of LiquidAmber
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Francepants06
3.7/5  rDev 0%
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 Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev 0%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of drmeto
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
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

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Ubiquitous 500ml [1 Pt 0.9 fl.oz.] Teutonic brown glass bottle from the Fatherland with a silver rimmed colored crown cap which has a green logo set against a white background. The neck and main labels both have a metallic gold appearance and a very colorful heraldic Coat of Arms on them emblazoned with the phrase ‘Seit 1780’.

‘Schönramer Gold’ is listed as a ‘Fest Beer’ on the front and ‘Pale in color, yet strong and very drinkable, brewed for all festive occasions’ on the back label. Clocks in at 6,0% Alc./Vol. with a Best Before 28.07.06. My bottle has the Brewery title formerly stated as ‘Private Landbrauerei Schönram’.

Appearance: A resilient three finger deep white head expands ever upwards to form a nice looking cap. Settles down to a 1” thick covering that has great staying power. Ring type lacing with a light screen of head as I work down this one. Archetypal German lager presentation.

Nose: Grassy aromas with some sweet malts. Light sulfur in the nose and a soft hop presence.

Taste: Malts are softly toasted with a gentle sweetness. Hoppy middle with a grassy tone. Dry but sweet finish. Clean profile yet this has a delicate sticky feel as it warms.

Mouthfeel: A small handful of streamers rise slowly. Middling conditioning is soft on the tongue. Slight hoppy acidity to the sweet malt texture. OK but nothing special.

Drinkability: A clean brew that gulps easy on a warm Sunday afternoon whilst watching the TV but not something I would seek out.

Overall: Just another boring German brew that runs straight down the middle of the AutoBahn and never wavers from the white line. Technically OK, but it lacks heart. So-so.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an extremely pale straw color- maybe the lightest color beer I've ever seen. At least 2 shades lighter than a berliner weisse. Very white head that starts out 1 finger and quickly disappears.

Both a sweet malt and dusty hop smell in the nose. Not much else.

Very balanced between hops and malt. Spicy pilsner type hops immediately up front and then an integrated malt and hop profile followed by a slight malt sweetness and finally a slightly metallic bitterness on the finish. Not bad, but not the greatest I've ever had.

Mouthfeel is mostly crisp, but the slightly sweet aftertaste is distracting. Carbonation is robust, but not overwhelming.

Drinkability is okay- there are many, many other beers in this type I'd rather have instead. This may be labelled a Fest beer, but I doubt this is really an Octoberfest- tastes like your average pilsner to me.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.94/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

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