Stiegl Goldbräu
Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

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German Helles
Ranked #275
Ranked #44,930
3.52 | pDev: 15.06%
Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
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Photo of gvickery
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is clear medium gold. Thick white head lingers forever. Smell is light and somewhat subdued with some noticeable sulphur. Taste is slightly sweet lightly hopped. Malt forward with a dry finish. Not the greatest Helles but still very good. It’s a good value as well, a 500ml can for $1.29.

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Photo of jlindros
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed as part of BJCP training. 4A Munich Helles.
Pours a nice fizzy but mild retention, crystal clear very light watery color

On the lighter side but nice grainy sweet complex malt, classic German pilsner, faint noble floral hops, very light DMS and faint sulfur (ok to style), gets more grainy sweet complex German pils as it warms and more to style

Taste mild sweet grainy malt, not as much of the complex German pils and more basic boring pale malt, mild floral hop and medium-low bitterness, touch of minerals, drier finish lingering hop and minerals, but taste doesn't get much better as it warms (on the malt side)

Mouth is med to lighter bod, mild softer lager and light on the carb

Overall this falls short on many aspects, the biggest letdown is the lack of malt complexity,

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Photo of puck1225
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Clear golden yellow color with excellent white head and lacing. Sweet grassy smell and taste. Refreshing and good with food. Would buy again.

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Photo of TrojanRB
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from draft, brilliant gold with three fingers of head that stays. Vigorous bubbles

Smells crackery. Taste is grainy, slightly earthy, and with a hint of citrus.

Overly carbonated. Very dry

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Photo of FBarber
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden color. Clear and semi-effervescent. Initially a thick pillow-y white head is present when the beer is poured, but that quickly dissipates leaving just a thin layer of white foam.

Aroma has notes of cracker malts; a touch of light overly ripe sweetness comes through on the nose.

Taste initially has some light cracker malts and a spicy somewhat fruity hop note that is almost instantly overtaken by an extremely unpleasant metallic bitter flavor. Overly ripe, rotten fruit flavors come through on the back end with that metallic flavor. Not sure what’s wrong this but there is something off – it’s downright undrinkable from the flavor perspective.

Feel is sprightly and vivascious. Bright carbonation. Light to medium bodied and very drinkable. Dry finish. Very nice.

Overall, other than the downright terrible metallic flavor that pummels everything else, this is quite a nice beer. I will definitely revisit it in the future to see if that metallic flavor was just an issue with this particular pack.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the obttle, it pours a clear golden color with a modest head, slowly diminishing to a thin layer. Definite cereal grain in the nose. The mouth gets a malty slightly woody hoppy flavor. Crisp refreshing beer for after a bit of lawn mowing - which is exactly how I had it!

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Photo of bankboy66
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with a fluffy head. Smell is somewhat non existent ...maybe a little malty. Taste is crackery and maybe a bit too fizzy. Light and easy drinking.

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Photo of Bluecrow
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

--Optically clear bottle pour with a thin, white foam cap. Aroma is lightly bready. The flavor is very fresh with woody hop notes and clean biscuit malt. The finish is a little thin and watery. -In all a very tasty golden lager.

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Photo of Nass
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I dig that this lager comes in a can. Right off the bat I can tell you that this is one of the best euro lagers that I have ever had. I have had plenty of euro lagers & pilsners and this is one of my favorites. No best by date on the can, so you are going to lose a few points for that. The bitterness is not too harsh. If you are a fan of lagers you ought to go out and try this beer and that is all I can say. It's a smooth yard clean up type of beer that is not overly bitter on the finish, it's clean, and refreshing as they come for the style. Now at least I can say that I tried a beer from Austria. Cheers! B

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Photo of Themorg826
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look- Clear, pale gold color. Poured into tulip glass, strong head at first but quickly dissipated.

Smell- Sweet aroma, though very slight. Not much more there to be honest

Taste- Initially sweet taste, with malty undertones, but finishes dry and mellow. Slight hop aftertaste.

Feel- Medium carbonation, with a somewhat creamy feel.

Overall- Not unpleasant, full bodied, tasty from start to finish.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I wonder whether I have had this or the Radler more times. They're both the beer that you don't plan to get into, but then something outdoors happens and you're in a group of people and someone has a Stiegl for you. At least that is how it played out numerous times in Milwaukee or its vicinity.

Pours a golden color, a little bit of haze to it, white 1/3" head. Aroma of lager yeast, grain and a slight noble/saaz hop type aroma thing going on. Taste was a standard Euro lager kind of vibe. Light lager skunk yeast effect, mild hops, mild pilsner malt, barely toasted and bready. A undercurrent of sweetness similar to corn based lagers in the US. Difference being this is still a little bigger on the malt end, definitely doesn't have a mouth feel of anything but 100% barley.

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Photo of bmaslakov
2.44/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Bought it bottled in Salzburg, as it seemed to be the most popular one in the city. Pours pallid yellowish color with a lot of oily foam. The smell is boringly basic, not good and not bad. The taste is dominated by hoppy bitterness; inappropriately sweet for me. Light carbonation and disastrously unpleasant aftertaste. In my opinion, Stiegl has some better beers to offer (Salzburger Lager).

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz pour into a stiegl Pilsner glass.

A: Bright golden yellow with excellent clarity, good looking carbonation and a nice tight white head.

S: Light soft doughy breads a little bit of some floral hops a little bit of roasted malts.

T: The nose is pretty on point with the taste nice clean finish.

M: Crisp and clean fairly light bodied decent carbonation.

O: If you like a good clean helles this is it. If you aren't a fan of the style this one will not change your mind about it.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this at the Tavern in Libertyville with my boss. It poured a clear golden with white head that did not leave any lace. The scent had hints of biscuit. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink....some butter bread notes. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer.

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Photo of superspak
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 500 ml can into lager glass, canned on 11/30/2016. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts that whole glass. Nice thick soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of honey, white bread dough, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of honey, white bread dough, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Very mild herbal/grassy hop bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of honey, white bread dough, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good robustness and balance of pale malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean finishing. Very slight dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, creamy/bready/grainy, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is a very good Munich helles. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. A touch on the bland side for the style, but it's not watery. Nothing but clean pils malt flavors, with just enough hops to balance the sweetness. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.6/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle from Bavarian Brauhaus, Glasgow (£3.80):
Quite a disappointing & poor beer overall, this one was very basic from the start & beyond some light malts & subtle lager hops there wasn't really much going on here. Some spices showed at times & a few hints of cereal & hay showed around the middle but it's certainly not one I'd go for again.

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Photo of aleigator
3.07/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours as golden as its name indicates, with a solid, froth head.

Smells of sugared lime zest and sun bathed wheat, entangled into toffee.

Has a soft, light mouthfeel with a pleasant, well nuanced carbonation.

Tastes of a pleasant, dough soothed herbal quality, sweetened by soft wheat. Turns very sweet during midpalate with caramel malts and a light effervescence. Finishes smooth and light with an enjoyable dry note taming the sweetness.

Well done Helles, lacking a little in hop balance, tasty nontheless, especially due to its pleasant mouthfeel.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

As it suggests, the body is pure gold in color, with a fluffy, 1/2 finger head on top that leaves generous lacing as it recedes slowly.

Aromas of honey, wood, and pils malt. I'm guessing Perle hops, as well.

A light, crisp flavor with honey, a touch of medicine, and a crisp saaz hop finish. I'm guessing the base malt is a mix of pils and Gambrinus, it's got that signature stiff honey flavor.

Feel is crisp and semi-clean, with a hint of dryness on the finish.

Overall, like most Stiegl beers, it's not bad at all, just not groundbreaking. I'd have it again, sure.

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Photo of badgerbeer1
4.4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I am a fan of lagers, but this may be the king of all german-related brews. I have had it in can and on tap and think it is the beer other lagers should look up to. Great taste, clean, smoothe and smells like beer should. Praise Salsburg for this gem

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Photo of smcolw
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear with a light gold color. Moderate head that lasts. Some streaks for lace.

Clean aroma of mildly toasted malt. Attractive.

The taste falls short of the nose. More grainy on the tongue. The carbonation is very high and the body is a little light. There is little hop. And there's nearly no aftertaste. Disappointing after the smell.

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Photo of generallee
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light cracker like white bread malt base with a balanced floral hop character. It also has a white grape like flavor note as well. Extremely refreshing and balanced.

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Photo of Savan
2.84/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

If you looking for a Grain Belt Premium only.... imported this is your beer. Pours golden with thick head of almond. The smell was like that of a run of the mill american lager. And i am pretty sure if I was to taste it side by side with a Grain Belt it would be identical in taste. That is to say its quite malt forward with a little bit of caramel to it and yes... refreshing and good overall feel about it. Not what I would call a craft beer but not terrible ... also not note worthy either.

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Photo of emerge077
3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cans. 11235 on the bottom. Got these to add fresh hops to, rated before doing so.

Bright amber orange gold. Chunky lacing and lasting head retention.
Smells like old cereal malts, very bland.
Mild cereal grains, boring malt bill, sweet and bland.
Taste is similar, dull and grainy, plain old beer.
Light feel, a little more presence than the american macros.
Overall dull and unexciting, who knows how old these cans are without accurate dating.

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Photo of drmeto
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

-pours a clear golden with a medium,foamy,white head
-high carbonation visible
-low to medium bitterniss for the style
-very sweet
-medium,soft carbonation
-light body
Very reminiscent of a Czech Svetly, but too sweet and not quite hoppy enough.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light gold (filtered) with full head that lasts for a while and leaves a few bits of lace. Nose is light grain and some pear. Not a bit nose, but fresh. Taste is crisp light grain. Not much going on here, but highly crushable. As it warms, the finish becomes less pleasant. Overall, a good beer for a hot summer day if you aren't looking for anything to think about.

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Stiegl Goldbräu from Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 452 ratings