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Stiegl Goldbräu | Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

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Stiegl GoldbräuStiegl Goldbräu

Brewed by:
Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
Austria | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2002

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Reviews: 163 | Ratings: 372
Photo of jmc44
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked this one up for about 50 cents in an Austrian supermarket while in Salzburg.. It poured a golden yellow with 2 finger white head. Head faded in a few but left rings as the brew was drunk.

Aroma was light, citrusy and fruity.

Drinks easy. Fairly highly hopped, with fruit and a citrus bite. Taste is crisp and refreshing, brew is light-bodied.

While not a great beer, quite good for running me fifty cents.

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Photo of TerryW
2.53/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Uninspired Euro lager. Drinking these things makes me want to write up a rubberstamp review - something I can just cut and paste and send. After all it's pretty much a rubberstamp beer, pretty much devoid of character wihout being offensive. Anyhow ...

Pale gold, moderate short-lived head with some soapy lace. Somewhat sweet up front, grainy, minimal hops. Not particularly memorable for better or worse.

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Photo of Brent
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A huge improvement over this brewery's recently sampled hefeweizen. Poured a rather pale gold. Very little head. Aroma was sweet and a bit grassy. Bright malt, a touch on the acidic side. Hops were typically Bavarian. Finished clean, without astringency. Overall, a pleasant German lager.

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Photo of merlin48
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a standard, clear medium yellow body that is bristling with carbonation. Two finger white head drops into a soapy film after a couple of minutes and leaves a nice sheet and patch lacing effect on the glass.
Aroma is grainy barley malt and mildly sulfuric hops.
Mouthfeel is crisp and light bodied, with aggressive overcarbonation.
Taste features bready malt, with substantial hops bitterness. Hops are slightly sulfuric, with floral Saaz notes and a kiss of citrusy lemon.
Fairly average for style. Not a bad beer at all, but nothing here to rise above the pack.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up while on a skiing vacation in Austria, this brew comes in a brown half liter bottle wiht a read and white label featuring a staircase below the name and above the slogan "the highest step of the brewing art." Purity law applies. Expiration date was still six weeks away when I popped it open.

Pours a clear orangish-gold and a 2.5 finger white head with good contour and solid retention, leaving quite respectable lacing. The nose is mild, but features a good blend of sweet malt and slightly metallic hops. The mouth is very prickly and fairly heavy. While malt is present in the taste, hops determine the flavor profile from the start. A bit metallic and a touch harsh, the bitterness doesn't last long, but is pronounced. The finish is sweeter, as the malt makes a comeback, leaving a bready aftertaste.

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Photo of Suds
3.37/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden beer with appropriate carbonation and a nice, fluffy white head. Aroma is typical euro-lager…malty, slightly grainy, muted musty hop undertone. Little bit of sulfur-smelling mustiness mixed in as well. Nothing offensive or extraodinary in the taste. Malt followed through. Hoppy finish. Crisp and soft. This one doesn’t have any strikes against it, but it sure didn’t excite me.

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Photo of Sammy
2.6/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Metallic tasting lager, although some creaminess though like a nitrotap..Medium mouthfeel. Passable, above Molson and even some watery micros, but not really a good beer. Not bad for The Beer Store and its thin selection. Pale gold. On the refreshing side.

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Photo of canadianbarman
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

--came in a red, cream colored can. The web site called it a 'nostalgia can'. Freshness date on bottom.
--poured a clear gold in color.
--average head with also average lacing

Took me a while to find out which Stiegl this was as the taste didn't really point me in this direction. Not a bad beer, kind of a malty/yeasty taste but not bad. I would like to try others in the family as I find them.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Came in a 500 ml cream and red coloured can, simply saying Salzburger Stiegl Bier. Had to look at the fine print in German on the side to find out this is their Goldbrau. Not sure if this is very Marzen-like either, and wonder if it is listed correctly.

It's a very nice looking lager-esque beer however, pours out crystal clear with lots of carbonation, a medium gold body in colour, with a generous white billowing head, this has got to be the creamiest head I've ever seen on a lager, very impressive.

The nose is fairly light and balanced, predominantly grains, with some sweet malt, with herbally floral hops in the background.

The flavour is more akin to a weak Marzen style, or a malty Pils, I'm not sure where this beer is trying to go. Sweet malt up front, but the metallic grains take centre stage closer to the middle, very crisp mouthfeel there, and they linger on and blend in with the hops upon the finish, a dry crisp finish. It makes for a fairly decent pils, but nothing overwhelmingly special aside from a very impressive appearance, especially the head, which left thick webs of lacing, and a pinky finger cap of white foam all the way down the glass, amazing retention. Worth checking out, if only for the Scooby-Doo mystery of which style it really is.

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Photo of Zorro
3.17/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Doesn't look good, Pours a pale clear yellow.

Smell is faint and smells of biscuits with a bit of floral hopping.

Taste is a bit of sweet malt and a nice level of hops tastes better than it looks. Could be more complex.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK beer but I have had better.

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Photo of WesWes
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, malty aroma with a breadlike quality. The taste is good. It goes down easy with a nice malty flavor and that breadlike finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation; very smooth. This is a fine lager. It has good flavor and a nice smooth finish; a good drinker.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure why this is listed as a marzen. Not sure it qualifies as a vienna style either. I'd say its a slightly lighter and more malty version of the pils and would still fit in that category.
I'd also say that I unapologeticallly like a good pils, and this is one. Not as good as the Columbus but good nonetheless.
Aroma is nice fresh light mix of hops and malt. Pours classic for style with dark gold, clear as water, big full head that takes its time to settle and leaves lace. Very refreshing quality, but not as crisp as Columbus. Less hop presence in taste, but still there in a medium bitterness, some taste and medium dry lingering. Medium carbonation, but goes down smoothly and quickly. A very easy drinker.
This could make a good summer session brew. Not overly complex, but a nice blending. Some may find it lacks, but I find it good.

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Photo of Redrover
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz brow Bottle with the classic label. No freshness dating.

Beer is a pale gold with minimal head and a touch of lacing. Beer smells faintly of hops, grass and bread.

Taste is very average and probably the weakest of the Steigl product line. Decent carbonation and a touch of hops is the highlight. No real outstanding characteristics. No off tastes. Beer reminds me of a Special Export from Heileman, except not quite as good.

Beer is easy to drink and the mouthfeel is fine thanks to the carbonation. This brewery makes outstanding products, unfortunately this isn’t one of them.

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