Stiegl Weizen Gold Hefefein | Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

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Stiegl Weizen Gold HefefeinStiegl Weizen Gold Hefefein

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Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 42
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky darkish orange with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of grain and white grape juice. Taste is the same with an odd funky and medicinal flavor on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average hefeweizen with some aromas and flavors that I have not really experienced in beers of the style before. Not a fan.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml into a giant snifter...big bristly head on top of a darker than normal for the style body...wheat sharpness in the nose. Not quite as much yeast character as many of the German examples of this style. Very clean malt profile with some noble hops balancing the mild alcohol. Super refreshing taste, mild, sharp and endearing. Excellent mouthfeel. Not a bad value at $2 a out to about $8.50 per conventional US 6 pack by volume and is better than most wheat beers made by American breweries. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pear nectar color with the not unexpected big head that delivers plenty of lacing

Smell: Not at the top of the banana scale, though there is certainly some banana present; lemon, too, along with a spicy coriander aspect

Taste: Opens bready and then darts in a puckering lemon and coriander direction, with the banana flavor developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the banana flavor recedes and the tart lemon and spices dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; somewhat creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A bit different from the big banana German hefes, this Austrian beer is top notch in quaffability; imagine, these guys have been brewing since Columbus discovered the new world

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Photo of HalfFull
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 500 ml. bottle into a Weizen glass. Pours a hazy lemon golden with an inch of white head after a rather careful pour. Retention and lacing are quite robust as a steady carbonation emanates from the bottom of the glass.

Slightly sweet banana nose, some yeast and a bigger than average hit of wheat and some stronger yeast notes revealing themselves later. Very similar to the true Bavarian's in nature.

Taste is wheaty up front, and clean and crisp on the finish. Sweetness is only moderate at its peak. Bready and full bodied though perhaps a bit too much, as the flavor is somewhat muted by the abundant carbonation and relatively light residual sweetness. This yields a good dry feel yet keeps drinkability in check for me, as the flavor flattens out after a while.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazing appearance - thick, meringue-like head that jiggles and lasts a long time. Luxurious cloudy pale golden color. Yummy.

Nose leans a little herbal, maybe some clove, and some bready notes.

Palate is clean wheat malt with not much banana. This one is more wheat cracker like, with good esters, but not a lot of the old fashioned banana.

Very thirst quenching and probably great with food when you want a wheat beer but not necessarily big banana.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a three-finger head that left lace patches on top of a cloudy, almost dakek orange body. A large but sharp citric note with some clove in the smell, almost like a wit, and there isn't much wheat/yeast twang in this aroma. A good tasting hefe, although like the smell it cuts a little sharp and has some wit beer characteristics. Not as full-bodied or fluffy as German hefes; a little slicker and a tad watery in the body. Still maintains a good citric taste along with some spice in the backbite. A simple beer to enjoy anytime.

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Photo of Offa
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very tasty, well-balanced, interesting hefeweizen.

Lightly hazy yellow, rather pale, it has a huge creamy white head that slowly shrinks.

The aroma is at 1st more like a good pilsner with toasted grain and herbal hops, but soon takes on a more classic hefeweizen quality with fruit, mild banana, hint of bubblegum, some bread, and general grain qualities. It's very nice.

The taste is clean, crisp, but a little soft and very smooth with lemon, grain, some fruit. It has nice, non-artificial-tasting orange and lemon, plus light herbal bitterness. It's a little different from the normal hefeweizen, but still firmly in that category, and very tasty.

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Photo of nickynick
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color of this beer was a dark and very cloudy gold to almost brown. Had a nice white head that lasted a very long time. The smell seemed a bit light, but some citrus notes. Taste was good. Bananas and yeast, a bit light. Mouthfeel was just ok. Overall this is not a bad hefe. A little light, but refreshing. However this beer is more expensive then most good German Hefes. It is an interesting novelty being from Austria, however I doubt I will purchase it again with so many other good hefes for much less cost.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a deep, rich, semi-bright orange in color with a beautiful, pillowy white lasting head.

Smell - This has a very balanced nose of raw yeast, light banana, and clove. You get some of these aromas in varying amounts with good Hefes but this is even Steven all the way around. Nice.

Taste - The yeast comes out more at the taste but I can still get some light grain and banana. Again, this is a very balanced brew with a wonderful flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - This is bigger than medium-bodied with a fluffy carbonation in the mouth that makes it go down velvety smooth.

Drinkability - This is an awesome weizen. I know I used the word "balanced" a lot but that's exactly the best way to describe this wonderful beer.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presented in a 16.9oz bottle similar to the one in the picture. Poured into a tall hefeweizen glass.
Appearance: cloudy golden hue topped by a huge large-celled white head that sputtered and caved in on itself inside one minute. Plenty of ribbons of fine carbonation rush up from the floor of the glass.
Smell: grainy (though a bit soggy), with hints of yeast and modest fruitiness. Not getting much spice (clove) or banana aromas that I expect from a German-styled hefe.
Taste: more fruity but still lacking the banana-and-clove flavors I crave. Malt taste is doughy but there was an undertone of soggy grains that put me off a bit.
Feel: light but a touch watery.
Overall: Stieglbrauerei's hefe comes danger-close to falling into the category of "American pale wheat ale" versus a hefeweizen. Despite the label stating this is "world class" this brew never attains that level for me. At best, it's a second-tier hefe and, at $3.00 a bottle, I'm not inclined to buy this over some of my more favored (and less pricey) hefes.

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Photo of goschool
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A massive white head covers the beer, which is hazy light apricot with straw highlights.

Smell: The nose has soft lemon, yeast, and clove aromas.

Taste: The flavor starts out with lemon, followed by clove, wheat, a hint of banana, yeast, and sour fruity esters at the finish.

Mouthfeel: It's light to medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability: I prefer more banana in my hefeweizens. This would be pretty good hefe if you don't care for the fruity ones.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured, the color was of a hazy golden wheat with little white foam and not much retention on the side of my glass. The smell of yeast, wheat and spices filled the nose with a pleasant aroma. The taste was very pleasing. Yeast, wheat, spices, all we well balanced, with a touch of tartness on the finish. This Weizen was a pleasant suprise and will purchase again. To bad it doesn't come in a six pack!

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Photo of eb003
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the better beers I've had in a while. I'm a BIG Hefe fan, so it's not surprising to see me rate this one that high.

The appearance was that of most Hefes. It was a cloudy golden (wheat) color. I had a very good lacing of the glass and the head lasted for quite some time.

The smell actually was a bit more "grainy" that most Hefes and not near as "aromatic"...meaning I had a hard time smelling anything over the grain. A lot of hefes have a nice citrus or other smell.

The taste was very good to me, however. I thought it was just as flavorful as my favorite german hefes. It was definitely light bodied and not as filling as some others.

I thought the mouthfeel was also very good. It was a smooth and silky feel as I drank it.

I put this one up there when it comes to drinkability. I truly enjoyed the brew, it was not over-filling, and I could drink it all night.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.51/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

17oz bottle according to the label. Poured into a tall weizen style glass it forms a milky white head that has plenty of staying power. Hazy golden body with large amounts of carbonation.

It has a light buttery texture and a mild fruity backdrop. Wheat makes its way to the forefront and is fairly raw and husked up. Dash of spices finish it off but overall it leans on the wheat bill. There is an acidic factor as it warms a bit and is annoying.

Notes: Although there is an ever slight banana clove end to this, for me it was more like an American Wheat beer. Grain dominated the body and doesn't clean up very well. Not one I'll be purchasing again.

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Photo of InDreams
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Recently returned from Salzburg, Austria, having visited Stiegl and drank many a good Stiegl beers fresh from the brewery. Beyond that, I brought myself back a half litre bottle of Stiegl Weizen Gold, so here it is...

A: Glorious. Nearly 5 inches of a white, fluffy, (and extremely good tasting) foam. It leaves a lot of lacing and after the initial pour died out, kept about a finger's width of head. Can't see anything through the cloudiness of this beer, except for some carbonated bubbling on the edges. I gotta admit though, I've seen few weizen's this cloudy. It's a very pale, yellowish/amber color. Looks perfect, I swear. Just like it looked out of the tap too.

S: And just like the looks of it, the smell too is very, very nice. Aromas of lemon and citrus, banana, clove, and maybe some bread-like wheat malts. Kind of sour, but kind of sweet too.

T: Man I'm gonna sound biased or something but this is so pleasant. Definite citrus taste right off the bat, lemon, banana, clove, although the clove isn't too prominent. Yeasty and a tad bit sour but in a good way. I'm kind of reminded of banana bread.

M: Creamy and smooth, especially if you decide to eat the head, as I'm a fan of doing. Light to medium body, not much of a carbonated bite, but again, quite pleasant and certainy easy to drink.

D: I, for one, would never turn it down. Real easy to throw back, not too heavy and certainly very, very tasty. Not much else to ask for in a beer.

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Photo of stephendr
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy honey color- decent head –banana, yeast, spice- apricots, nutmeg, yeast, bananas- frothy body- light aftertaste Hazy honey color- decent head –banana, yeast, spice- apricots, nutmeg, yeast, bananas- frothy body- light aftertaste Hazy honey color- decent head –banana, yeast, spice- apricots, nutmeg, yeast, bananas- frothy body- light aftertaste

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not yet been impressed with any of Stiegl's beers. Though there's usually nothing wrong with them, I find them very timid and lacking luster. The Hefeweizen shows promise with a creamy looking, lightly hazed body, but with nearly-fizzy head retention. Laced well, but fell quickly. Weak aromas that swirl mostly around orange and lemon notes. Not much in the way of clove, bananna, or esters. Tastes quite citrusy and spicy, but still lacks the creamy / estery flavors that make Hefe's great. Body proves to be a little thin and scrubbing. Finishes very clean and crisp with a lingering citrus flavor. Would make a good American Wheat. Makes a good hot-day type of beer, but I was looking for more roundness and complexity.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 0,504l stock looking brown glass bottle. Dark green, red and white logo’d crown cap seals the contents. My bottle looks like the one on BA’s Database. “Stiegl Weizen Gold”, with a small text “Hefefein” below it. No strength or Best Before End date listed.

Appearance: Fused Robertson’s Golden Shred marmalade body has a soft creamy head which sits around for some time. Hazy looks don’t detract but just add to the overall impression. The head has a punchy longevity. Conditioning is average though.

Nose: Wheat and a virulent banana ensemble with a sharp lemon citric punch at the finish. Cloves too.

Taste: Sharp start which has a lemon-citric strata punctuated with a clove entourage. Wheat laden body is bolstered by a banana bread finish. Simple profile that is readily accepted.

Mouthfeel: Despite the lemon entrance; “a lemon entry my dear Watson”, as Holmes would say, this has a creamy soft feel that satisfies. The feel is one that does not disappoint.

Drinkability: Smooth, fruity, light and very easy going. Quaffable.

Overall: A tasty Hefe that doesn’t exhibit the usual German metallic base but rather has a soft smooth body that massages the senses. A solid Austrian Hefe; maybe my first. An easy room partner.

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Photo of stoutman
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lemon gold haze appereance, aggressive carbonation, pretty, lasting head. Very pleasant aroma, spicy with good wheat underpinnings. Flavor is surprisingly light, a touch of lemon,and faint clove with malted & sugary combination with a gentle wheat finish. Caramel dominates but yeasts turn it sour in the finish. Mouthfeel is heavy while carbonation thins out the flavors.

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Photo of styrene
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 500 mL bottle, no freshness date, poured into a Tuecher weizen glass

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark yellow, but still lighter than most hefe-weizens. Huge initial head that tightened up to a still-impressive half-inch of foam.

Smell: Not unpleasant, but not very assertive, either. Lacks that banana bread flavor to which I have grown accustomed with hefeweizens and is reminiscent of a lager.

Taste: Tastes more like an american wheat beer than a hefeweizen. Malt flavor is not satisfyingly present. This beer has some of the spiciness typical of the style, but nothing to prop it up. Is this the beer that austrian frat boys drink at their parties?

Mouthfeel: Lively, refreshing carbonation. Thin consistency would wash food down well, but at $3.29 a bottle, I'll stick to the high life for this function.

Drinkability: This isn't a terrible brew, but isn't really sufficient as a hefeweizen. It's light and goes down easily, but there are considerably better hefe-weizens widely available.

I've got to say, Stiegl beers have never really done it for me. They tend to be too light-bodied and lack the complexity appropriate to their styles.

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into the glass a butterscotch color with murky clouds of yeast that are continuously stirred by the endless lines of fine bubbles making their way to the surface.
Crowned with two fingers of dense, pancake batter-like head and sticky lace.

Smell is hardly there. Faint traces of banana and clove with an underlying sourness.

Taste is much the same as the smell. Flavors are "subtle".

Medium-light to medium bodied. Creamy mouthfeel.

It's drinkable, but wouldn't be my first choice.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

17 ounce bottle. Stiegl Weizen Gold pours out a mostly clear yellowish color with a huge head. It's not as cloudy as most hefes. It also makes a strange crackling sound. This is one of the loudest beers I've had the pleasure to consume. The aroma is bread, cloves, and lemon. The flavor is tangy wheat, sweet banana, and peppery spice. Mouthfeel is light and fluffy. Although there is plenty of flavor, you can hardly feel this beer in your mouth. Good drinkability. Not in the top tier, but this is a pretty good hefeweizen.

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Photo of delicious
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a tall fluffy head and a cloudy, pale walnut body.
The small nose has a little spice and a little banana.
Like the nose, the taste has some spice followed by more banana, but nothing strong.
The mouthfeel is pretty light. This isn't my favorite weizen by any means, but it is certainly pleasant and very drinkable.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Significantly murky dark gold that is pretty close to pretzel brown in the center of the glass, even when held up to the bright morning sunshine blasting through my front window. Aged banana interior, fresh banana exterior. This is one of the darkest, chicken soupiest hefe weizens I've ever seen. The dark ivory cap was huge to start and is, even now, a creamy three fingers in height. Too bad the short collar of lace doesn't reach higher up the glass.

The nose is a good one. There's plenty of sour-tart-tangy (take your pick) wheatiness on hand, with a little banana and very little clove. Strangely enough, the aroma has a sweet caramel maltiness about it. Things could get interesting if it's present on the palate as well.

As the appearance would suggest, Weizen Gold is heavy on flavor. The wheat malt tang is significant without being overwhelming. If you prefer your hefe weizens on the sweet side, then you might be disappointed. I do, but I wasn't. Go figure. This one is more bitter and dry than the style average, but it works just fine.

While the sum total of the flavor is on the high side, the banana and clove yeastiness isn't exactly bud busting. That isn't to say that those flavors aren't present (even a novice could identify them), but they aren't as vivid as one would expect given the large amount of yeast present. The hefe weizen banan-o-meter score is 3.0/5.0.

The mouthfeel is medium in a general sense and is a fraction bigger if style is taken into consideration. While it isn't exactly a yeast slurry, one senses the little beasties are doing their level best to thicken things a bit. The lively carbonation is easily supported by the firmness of the body, and, therefore, remains manageable and even welcome.

This is an unheralded hefe weizen that, as far as I'm concerned, deserves to be heralded. I especially appreciate and applaud the brewery's decision to dump a Sac(charomyces)-load of yeast into each bottle. More of a good thing is usually a good thing. Stiegl Weizen Gold is good beer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold color, solid, fluffy white head, very attractive and perfect for the style.

Aroma is light and dry, tingly spices, a little peppery, then banana cream pie, a hint of citrus, nothing to big or overdone, though.

Gently boards the mouth, very smooth, light, but tasty all the way. Medium-bodied, with a soft, dry finish. Refreshing, satisfying, and very laudable in it's approach. Nothing is too dominant here, no big banana flavor, no huge yeast, no overwhelming clove character...very solid, very classy.

A sophisticated wiezen, highly recommended.

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