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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-06-2003

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 35
Reviews by eb003:
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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More User Reviews:
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 merlin48
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours into a weizen glass a cloudy brownish yellow body with a thick and creamy white head that is two fingers tall. Lace clings and sheets the glass.
Aroma: Yeasty, lemony, coriander, white pepper, and a hint of banana.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderately high carbonation.
Taste: Doughy malt, citrusy lemon, spicy coriander and white pepper.
Drinkability: A decent Hefe, but unremarkable.

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Photo of cokes
3.09/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden with a whispy white head that fades post haste. Now totally bald, the flakey yeast particles are thrown into suspension via the carbonation. Looks like confetti, or debris of some sort.
I've never been a stickler for appearance. But this is one ugly-ass brew.
Bready nose full of pizza dough and not much else. Lemon and clove are merely undeveloped subplots, nosewise.

It smells alright, it just doesn't smell much like a hefeweizen.

The same could be said for the taste. There is a whole lotta wet bread and dough. Lightly fruity and musty. Apple cider spiked with cloves. Lightly peppery. Hopping adds dryness at the conclusion and traces of dried grass.
Roughly medium bodied.
Overall, this has more in common with an American wheat beer than any sort of authentic Bavarian variety.
Drinkable? You bet.
Memorable? Not at all.

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

This Austrian hefe-weizen delivers a cloudy, yellow body with a frothy bright-white head that drops but holds a good 1/8" throughout the glass. It's lacing could be better, but as this has a slightly lower carbonation than most examples that's understandable. The nose expresses clove, banana, berries, and some subtle plastic-like phenolics that can occassionally be distracting. The body is light/medium with a lightly zesty carbonation that caresses the tongue and then becomes creamier as it warms in the mouth. The flavor is very much as the aroma indicates it might be, but there's a slightly nutty note in addition to the clove and banana that's quite interesting. I'm not sure if it's derived from malt or yeast (diacetyl perhaps? unlikely.), but it lends an extra touch of complexity that makes it stand out from the crowd. The bitterness is appropriately low and balancing. The finish is semi-dry with a lingering combination of delicately spicy clove, subtle maltiness and light bitterness. Interesing and worth trying.

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Photo of jackndan
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Weizen Gold, from Stiegl, the makers of my favorite seemingly bland, but annoyingly addictive, and ultimately drinkable pils. I was not aware that they made anything else, but today I stumbled upon their half beer half fizzy soda drink? (PASS) and their “Hefefein.” Made according to the ever popular Austrian purity law (que??)

Poured out of the traditional brown euro half liter bottle. Hazy golden color, nice initial head, leading to a nice skim on the top. Solid effort, significant malt characteristics in this wheat brew, but with a nice, somewhat understated, yeast, banana, clove flavor that is not at all overwhelming. Sweet, barely floral, very fruity aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, not astonishingly flavorful, but oh so easy to drink. Nice, very much an everyday hefeweizen, and that is not disrespect to a well-made beer like this.

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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 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 matjack85
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Brent
2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wow - this is without a doubt the murkiest hefe I've seen - poured a turbid caramel with a quickly vanishing head. A touch of spice in the aroma, but that is about as far as the spice flavors went. Up front there is a quick, sharp citric acidity. Some faint banana lurks in the background, and checks-out right away. Starts out tart, and then the flavor flattens into a moderate wheat malt. Many better examples out there.

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Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -45.5%

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 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 Shiloh
3.02/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A decent brew but not exceptional. Appearance is the hi-lite of this product as it is very appealing on arrival. The colour is a medium golden, clear with medium carbonation. The head was better than a full finger but retention was poor and the lace limited.
The body is medium.
Aroma initially was of yeast to which was replaced lightly of fruit, banana I think...and maybe ginger(?)
The taste is basically sweet throughout with a hoppy affect playing base in the background. Again the banana like taste is their accompanied by the ginger(?)
Interesting, happy to have met it.

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Photo of moulefrite
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Actually, this is not a bad little hefe. I think as this is one of my favorite styles, I'm a bit rough, as I should be. The color resembles a good hefe with its honey color, and murkiness, yet somehow this beer looks like an imposter-a poser? Same with the head, the beer just does not look natural, instead of white and fluffy and proud, this one looks creamy and slick textured. Aromas do include banana, and a touch of clove, and some bubblegum, but again in a contrived sort of way. Flavors are clean and slightly antiseptic and the beer does refresh, while in a Stiegl Pils turned hefe sort of way. I think this is a nice choice for those new to the style, yet I can bet those who are fond of the style will whack this puppy-though it really aint all that bad-burp....

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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 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 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 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 WesWes
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very cloudy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a very nice wheat scent with a very fruity yeast finish. It has a wonderful banana and clove aroma that is pleasant to the nose. The taste is good. It has a light wheat flavor with banana and clove notes; very nice. The mouthfeel is great. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine hefe. It has tremendous flavor and aroma.

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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 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 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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Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 42 ratings