Stiegl Goldbräu | Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

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Stiegl GoldbräuStiegl Goldbräu

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Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of K270
4.36/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer for the first time. This is a very good beer. I poured it into a glass and it had a small white head that disappered quick. It poured a very light golden color. While the beer was sitting on the table I looked down at it, the bottom of the glass was almost clear as water. Took the first sip and it was very mild, almost creamy. I could also feel the carbonation on my tounge. It wasn't intense. It was actually quite a nice feel. This is definatly a beer worth trying.

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Photo of Offa
4.47/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful, full-bodied, flavourful, golden lager. I want to point out, after reading those reviews wondering why this is identified as a Marzen that I think this is put under the Marzen category because this is what Marzens are normally like in Austria, rather than Germany. One book I have read, edited by Michael Jackson himself, discusses this distinction, stating that Austrian Marzens are a lighter-bodied, lower-alcohol (up to 5% abv) golden lager rather than the higher abv (around 5.5-6%) type people typically associate with Bavarian beer.

It's deep gold with a big white head that shrinks slowly to a permanent, small white head.

The aroma, rather sweet, is full-bodied, very nice and aromatic, with grain, white bread, honey, a strong, flowery hop character of herbs and pine.

The taste is full-bodied and aromatic in the mouth with a strong notes of grain, herbs, honey, and flowers. It has a light bitterness and a wonderful finish of sweet, fruity grain and grassy bitterness. It also has a slightly unusual quality that is hard to describe and is rather oily. It's refreshing and smooth but wonderfully tasty.

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Photo of cichief
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft in Salzburg, Austria.

A- Pours a very pale yellow wih a decent white head.

S- Smells somewhat grainy and malty, no real hops in the nose.

T- Very grainy and malty, the beer is balanced with the hop in the finish.

M- Somewhat fizzy, but a decent body overall.

D- A drinkable beer, but not nearly as good as others in the area.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This lighter Austrian brew comes with a decent level of complex flavor. It's a style you could drink a lot of in one sitting, although it does have a slight heavier edge that might turn some people off to it. But for me it works. I've never appreciated anything that slightly resembles the mass produced American junk, so this keeps itself away from that category as far as I am concerned

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Photo of cabsandking
2.36/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pale golden color, white one finger head that sustains for a little bit. Mild fruity malt aroma mixed with dry grains and a slight honey sweetness. Drying bitter hops is more assertive in the taste and faint notes of lightly toasted grains, citrus and mild fruity malt. On the down side is a stale breadiness and a blanketed rice like blandness. The finish isn’t something I care to revisit with cereal grains, some floral hops, and a cheap white wine flavor. Mouthfeel is thin but descent and carbonation is moderate, a little too fizzy with micro foam.

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Photo of JustinBathurst
2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear straw gold, topped with a sudsy head that doesn't last.

The aroma is rather grainy and a touch floral.

Mouthfeel is crisp, and is nicely carbonated.

Taste is malty, dark honey, raisins, and a little hoppy, but not so bitter.

All in all, this just passes. Not going to go out of my way to drink it again, but I wouldn't refuse.

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Photo of MTNboy
2.48/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Golden and very light bubbly. Barely any head but decent lace.

Smell- Very mild almost non existent.

Taste- I was very disappointed it tasted like cheap mass produced American beer not like some of the better beers you get in that region. SOUR! Grassy with a lot of bitterness but very weird sweetness but is not balanced because the flavors are not at the same time.

Mouthfeel- The best part of this beer is it is not harsh.

Drinkability- It has a pucker factor that I do not like but as it sit and gets flat oddly it gets better. ( I hate admitting that.)

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Photo of giblet
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

i found this beer while on vacation. it looked interesting so i tried it. this is so so. not anything that jumps at you. pale yellow color, medium carbonation and a head that dissappeared. decent malt taste and smell but not very strong.

a decent light beer that i wont buy again. for the price i can do better.

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served on tap.

Solid foam, stark white head left good lacing. Light golden yellow and crystal clear.

Aroma is grassy, flat.

Tastes very plain, like an American macro. Decent bitterness, but no hop presence.

Drinkability was poor. I just couldn't finish it, it was so unrefreshing and uninteresting. Even a flavor defect like skunkiness would have made it more interesting and maybe more palatable.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.37/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow color with a white head that leaves sporadic lacing around the edges of the pint glass. A good dose of malt in the nose with just a touch of hops. The taste much like the aroma is mostly malt with just a touch of spicy hops. The mouthfeel could use some more carbonation as it is rather flat and watery. Overall, this is a decent brew for what it is. However, I don't believe I will purchase again because there are so many better brews within the style.

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Photo of malcontent
2.96/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden color with a head that fizzles out almost as soon as it appears. Carbonation seems over-the-top despite the lack of head as bubbles shoot to the top of the brew with a relentless frequency.

Big, sweet malt nose with obvious honey and brown sugar. There is a troubling synthetic odor on the back waft that knocks this down a bit.

Once again, malt sweetness is highlighted here although it is lacking in complexity. A bit of a one-note brew with only a touch of hop bitterness on the finish and a lingering mash taste.

Mouthfeel is a downer as watery and fizzy are the descriptors that continue to pop into my head. There is an oiliness to the finish that, while usually a detractor, is actually welcome for its thickening quality here. Not a bad beer and it is all I've got tonight on this evening when my fellow Chicago BAs are enjoying the 2007 German Beerhall Crawl (yes, I know this is Austrian) with out me. I could have a few but I wouldn't seek this out.

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Photo of Shadman
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a trbute to my Austrian roots…

Good looking beer..pale urine yellow..nice fluffy white head that lingered a while and then receded to a thiin white cap that refused to go away. Some of the best lacing I’ve seen in a lager-type beer yet.

Nose is faint, but some sweet bready malt and floral hop spice noted.

Same bready malt and some mild spicey hop. Quite similar to HP's edelhell. slight adjunct taste that may be attributed to the can.

Moderate carbonation, smooth almost slick feel to it.

Would love to try this on tap in Austria as I could see myself drinking more than a few.

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Photo of elricorico
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured relatively aggressively into a glass that had lots of room for the three fingers of head that formed. The beer itself is a pale gold and very clear. The head is off white, and fades to a thin cap within a minute.

Grass and hay jump out in the aroma, fairly straightforward smell. Fresh lager impression.

Lightly malty up front, faint honey impression. As crisp as a lager comes, hops don't bite so much as nibble, but there is a bit of a floral/herbal flavour to the finish. As the beer warms, I start to note a bit of spiciness to the hops.

Light and effervescent without being watery or fizzy. This is a warm weather quaffer, not complicated but subtle. I rated this as a Helles Lager, because I'm sure it is not a Marzen.

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one straight from Austria via overseas container shipment!
Pours a nice straw gold color. Nice fluffy two-finger head.
Aroma is crisp, smells like a Lager or Pilsner, hops are present.
Tastes good, like some european macro, but not in a bad way. A nice froth on the palate sweetens up the brew nicely. Sessionable and would be very refreshing on a hot day. I have been fortunate to get many Austrian beers over the years and this one is middle of the road decent.

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Photo of Finite
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Golden with good stream of bubbles assisting a nice head

Smell is clean and refreshing but not overpowering on the hops. A nice smell but not offensive or bold.

A really nice easy drinking beer. Light hop profile but still balanced with the malt. Very easy to drink but not weak.

Would drink again, easy to drink a good session beer.

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Photo of DogFood11
1.57/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured into a tall pils glass it takes an aggressive pour but I managed to get a thin fizzy head that falls to a solid cover. Highly carbonated yellow body. Ring lace.

I didn't get much of the malts that I would expect in a Marzen. This has American Macro lager written all over it. Adjuncts, corn and a bit husky. There is maybe a touch more malt presence than most macro lagers but nothing to write home about. I can enjoy this style of beer if its at least clean and refreshing but this is neither. Metallic finish and huge corn syrup sweetness. Uggh

Notes: This is simply bad. No good way to sugar coat this offering.

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Photo of vanrassel
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the only Oktoberfests available in my neck of the woods these days, but one I can definitely survive on.

It poured clear and golden into my pint glass from a 500 mL can, with a bubbly, one-finger head sitting on top. The smell is well-balanced between mildly grassy hops and bread-like malt.

The flavour continued where the aroma left off, but with a bit more complexity. Joining the grassy hop taste were some spicy, bitter hop notes and a bit more of a roasted flavour from the malt. Pleasant medium body and carbonation on the high side. It finished crisp, clean and refreshing.

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Photo of 3frog
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

served from tap into a .3L glass at a hotel bar in Wels, Austria.

Appearance: pale gold with 2 finger head that lasted that settled slowly but left little lace.

Smell: try as I might, I could barely get anything, though this is typicl of Austrian lagers.

Taste: light, slightly sweet; light hoppiness but balanced well with the malt. No issues with corn flavors or overpasteurization seen in others of this type.

Mouthfeel: very light beer, almost throwaway (or down); medium carbonation.

Drinkability: maybe because I've been away from hops for a few weeks, but I really liked this. It was nothing special, but it did the job it was designed for: my thirst was quenched.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 17 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a light yellow with sparse carbonation seen rising. Small, creamy white head that dissipated very quickly and completely. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is of sweet malts and some graininess. Rather light.

Taste is light, with sweet malts and medium hops.

Mouthfeel is light and somewhat listless.

Overall, this beer is very drinkable and therefore a good session beer. There beer also tasted better as I drank more [also a good session beer quality]. By the end of the beer I wished I had another.

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Photo of pootz
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I decided to re evaluate I'm beginning to drink more of this beer as its price and quality have put it as a standard session lager for me.

1/2 liter Euro nostalga can....pour reveals a brite orange-golden lager with a large fluffy cap that laces well. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma of boiled sweet malt...musty honey tones with a slight wisp of grassy hops.

A midium bodied all malt lager in the Saltzburg style. Rounded soft mouthfeel.

Malt up front. lightly sweetish with fair but reserved herbal-spicey hop balance... finishes nice; sweet, bready with herbal hops finally overtaking and leaving a light malty-medicinal aftertaste.

A Premium commercial all-malt German golden lager certainly NOT a Marzen as this page suggests, and a great session lager...better than most Canadian national lagers and superior to many weak micro pils in a pinch. Some of us here have been blending this beer 50-50 with Kostritzer Schwarzbier for a great black and tan session lager.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a pale straw color, a white frothy head forms a fine, dry-looking top which recedes quickly. Some irregular lace left behind.

Aroma - sweet grainy aroma with the faint scent that could be interpreted as skunky but generally isn't. In fact, that minimizes once the beer sets up and more of the malty side comes through. Lighter aroma, but nice.

Taste - a decent, malt-leaning beer. Reminds of a Heineken but more robust. Good hop balance on the swallow, with some endurance of hops in the aftertaste. Solid, but not earth-shaking.

Mouthfeel - pretty average all around, fairly crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability - a fine session beer, more of a warm weather pick for me, but on the pricey side ($2.59 per 17 ounce bottle).

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Can poured into a Pint Glass. This was a bit hard to identify as the can had very few clues on it. Pours with a big head, good retention, lots of carbonation, sliight lacing. A decent looking pint.

Nose is a bit spicy, very much like apple cider, some sweet maltiness, slight corn smell, but well hidden in the earthy notes. Hop presence is minimal.

Taste is mostly malt, more roasted taste than I was expecting. Good aroma hop presence, slight lemony sourness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, certainly not over-carbonated, even though the beer itself looks like it might be. Goes down very easily with a malty aftertaste. This is a quality lager, and one I could stock in my fridge easily for all those World Cup matches coming up!

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Photo of zeff80
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle pours out a golden yellow with next to nothing for a head. It was highly carbonated, tons of bubbles. The smell was a little bitter, the taste however was not. It was crisp and smooth. It was very drinkable. It is very typical of many European lagers.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hmm. I think I've got the right beer.
Red and cream-coloured can that says: Salzburger Stiegl Bier. Says something about goldbrau in the small print. Dunno about classification. Seems like a pale euro more than anything.

A - Clear yellow. With weak head.

S - Grainy and a bit sweet smelling.

T - Ever so slightly bitter. Mostly a mouthful of beery grain taste, not that that's inherently bad or anything. Notes of lemon. Aftertaste picks up a bit more hops and bitterness.

M - Carbonation is prickly. Body is medium for a pale lager.

D - Not bad by any stretch. I recall having one of these while backpacking through Austria. Had it warm out of the can and wasn't particularly bothered by it. Not a great brew, but not bad either. (extra .5 pt for nostalgia:P)

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Photo of funkengruven
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured nicely from a can to a nice amber with a head that left a slight bit of lacing that subsided quickly.

Smell contains a lot of vegetable notes, with a strong barley malt smell.

Taste is a bit metallic but hidden under that is a clean flavor that leaves little aftertaste.

Kind on the mouth and easy to drink.

This is a decent beer.

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Stiegl Goldbräu from Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
3.48 out of 5 based on 391 ratings.
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