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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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Reviews: 166 | Ratings: 383
Photo of SuperSpy
2.48/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a green bottle. Let's hope it's not skunked.

Golden and just a little hazy. Not much head to speak of but it's also not totally dead.

There really isn't much to speak of in the aroma. There is a weak apple juice smell but nothing that really lets me know I'm about to drink a beer.

There is some sweet malt, a bit of grass, and unfortunately a little bit of skunked hops. Very crisp and light. Overall the flavor isn't great but it is refreshing.

Sadly the overall impression is that this really isn't all that good. I've had this on tap in Salzburg and it was excellent, but I guess being so far from the source has left this beer underwhelming.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.12/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours transparent gold in color with a moderate white head. Aroma is strongly of golden delicious apple peel, and the flavor is a combination of golden delicious apple and honey, yet somehow without the merits that either would have on its own. A drinkable brew, but not something I would gravitate toward if given better options. The bar menu touted that Goldbrau was regarded as "the best beer in the world" by many beer connoisseurs, but I can't fathom how that is even remotely true to any extent. Not offensive, but certainly not something that I would ask for again.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.02/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL can into a pint glass.

Appearance: pale golden hue with just the tiniest touch of haze. There's a good effervescence and a finger of creamy white foam. Not too bad.

Smell: sweet malt with the tiniest hint of grain and a good dose of noble hops. This is exactly what I want out of this kind of beer.

Taste: much like the aroma, there's a lightly sweet malt with just a hint of grain which provides a nice, drying contrast to the sweetness. Hops are present but mild, as the style dictates. Quite good!

Mouthfeel: medium-light body but a big and well-integrated carbonation which is bodaciously creamy -- moreso than this style usually is. Perhaps not to-style, but I love the effect. Great!

Overall: a very good Munich Helles. I would definitely have this again and again.

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Photo of DerekP
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Stella Artois chalice glass. A rich golden appearance with a bubbly white head.

In the nose I catch spicy hops, fresh cut grass & bread crust. Stale apple juice. A touch of sweet caramel hits me also.

The taste is mildly sweet up front with bittering hops balancing it all out. Light and caramel malts seems to be the malt bill combo. An odd acidic astringency at times lingers.

Light-medium bodied. Reminds me of a kolsch. Worth a shot.

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Photo of iannutter
4.53/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a sentimental one for me to write about, as it was my standby beer when I studied in the town that this is produced in last year.

I picked up a 4 can pack of half liters, which although are not as good as the bottles, are much cheaper and more available than the alternative.

Anyways, I cooled these down to about 43 degrees Fahrenheit, which was similar to the temp i drank these at when I left them in the snow on my balcony.

Always a great head retention, this is a great Austrian example of the Bavarian style. The smell is light hops and grass, the flavour reflecting this.

I would absolutely recommend this anyone happily.


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Photo of jman42
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Light pale yellow, slightly hazy (as compared to a European lager I was sampling), low head retention, poor lacing

S - Hoppy with a slight touch of maltiness

T - Slightly bitter (like a pilsener), but not as bitter as the Euro lager

M - Light in body, not overly carbonated

O - The lighter carbonation and lack of maltiness would make this a good beer to have when you're planning on having a few. Overall, I'd normally rather have one heavier ale than a few lagers, but...

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in my Beer of the Month six-pack from Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, VA. Poured from a half liter bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a straw color with a larger head, which dissipates quickly and leaves nice lacing. Smell of malt lightly, but not much. Nice balance of hops and malt that have a great taste, better than most import lagers. Carbonation is correct and beer goes down well, definitely one you could drink down all night. A nice lager overall.

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Photo of seesnow3
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$1.75/bottle in NH, Gaffel stange, green bottle.

Pour-Two finger, moderately rich head that begins to recede but doesn’t right away. Brilliant gold, tons of various-sized effervescence bubbles, light thin lacing. Head ends up holding at a thin film with a thick outer ring.

Nose-Some skunk, tons of grains and some malt, not a whole lot going on but smells like it will be crisp. A little bit grassy.

Palate-Pretty sweet at first, fades to a sweet and sour sensation, somewhat bitter. Lightly spicy hops, a good amount of malt, a lot of grains and a moderately crisp flavor. Don’t really get the grassiness from before.

Body-Light weight, medium to heavy effervescence, smooth with a moderately dry finish. Incredibly drinkable and refreshing. The drying sensation is a little bit different, almost like that of tannins unless I’m imagining this.

The lasting qualities on the palate are quite short, and there really isn’t any complexity, but I don’t think there is supposed to be for the style, really. The effervescence just doesn’t quit. I like it a lot for what it is. I think everything is balanced pretty well and nothing sticks out as offensive.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a darker golden color with hardly any head, and no lacing. It is much darker than most macro-lagers. The smell is really nice, has a malty sweetness to it unlike most lagers, it is very inviting from the look and smell of it. Taste is average at best, the look and smell had me really looking forward to something special but the taste is just OK. For a Munich Helles it definitely doesn't have as much of a defined maltiness in the taste department like one would expect. Mouthfeel is watery and empty. Overall the beer is average, i believe this is my first Austrian beer and it leads me to think that the Austrians should leave the beer to the neighbors, the Germans.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head, straw color and clear. no retention.

S: sweet orange and peppermint notes.

T: some orange citrus with lager yeast and grain background.

M: light to medium body and high carbonation.

Overall: The aroma was nice. Most of these helles lagers are just less bitter light lagers for me. Nothing too special about this one.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.89/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one quite a bit while visiting friends in Austria; glad to have a back home as well. Pours with a crystal clear golden straw color. Light white head rises and lowers quickly.

Sweet biscuity/bread note and cereal grain on the nose. Nice noble hop presence that adds a bit of spice and floral character to the aroma.

Nice clean and crisp German lager flavor. Slightly sweet malt backbone paired up with a mild bouquet of hops. Just a touch of bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with a medium bodied feel. Overall, I enjoy my Helles Lagers more than most I'd say and Stiegl is another fine example from the Old World.

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Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Bavarian Lodge - had to have something from a German-speaking country to go with my Schweins Hax'n. Described as a golden, the beer had an earthier quality than most Helles-styles beers I've tried. Definitely malty, it also had a sweet quality - not as clear a taste as other beers of this style. Not exactly what I was expecting but good for the moment.

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Photo of Dave128
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a half liter brown bottle into an Austrian stein I was given as a gift this summer. Imbibed during dinner after a workout so I am looking forward to this particular refreshment.

A - A slight bit darker than your average lager. Pours a bubbly 2 finger head that keeps rising as the bubbles disperse about the glass. Doesn't last too long, but leaves pretty decent lacing as it goes down.

S - Smells very clean and sweet. Can detect some hops on the nose but not too intense.

T - Very clean and easy. Sweet up front into a biscuity malt profile with a great balance of bitterness from the hops. I don't really get much hop flavor, but the bitterness is at the perfect level for this brew.

M - Light and crisp.

O - Pretty good brew. Maybe not worth the 3.99 I payed for it, but certainly much better than many other "macro" brewed lagers from Europe.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stiegl Salzburger Goldbrau Beer

Appearance: Clear straw yellow with a nice pillowy foam and the retention is excellent.

Smell: Euro lager all the way here, has that distinct pale malt smell mixing with noble euro hops and a breadyness through it all.

Taste: A really nice clean lager taste. Bready and that pale malt/tea like noble hop flavor combo is there once again. Other than that, there is not a whole lot else. Simple lager beer, being all it can be. A nice malty flavor lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, lightly carbonated, smooth, easy to drink, not exactly crisp.

Overall: This is a no frills euro lager with no bite, light and smooth feel and fundamental beer flavors. A nice little find here, an obvious choice brew for the warmer months.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.6/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, yellow body with a frothy, white head. Looks nice!

Smell: While it does look nice, it don't smell so nice, with a big whiff of skunkiness. Pity. Unlike the picture on the site, this bottle is unfortunately green not brown. Minutes later, the nose yields a soapy barley quality flecked with metal shavings and a dull hop spice note.

Taste: Light malts, lightly sweet, and with an odd splash of skim milk. Modest flavors of herbs, spice, and dried flower petals. Sufficiently bitter. A bit more sweetness precedes the drying, thinning finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Lightly carbonated, needing a bit more zing.

Overall: Given time for the skunkiness to blow into the next room, we were left with a general, at best generic European lager.

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Photo of KingHeroical
2.32/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml can (groovy looking can)

Pours a clear bright yellow, with a couple of fingers of head that disappears quickly.

Smells sweet, metallic, and somehow... like something wet that shouldn't be.

Initial taste is metallic with a grainy undertone (the graininess is really the only redeemable thing about this beer worth mentioning). Subsequent tasting kept reminding me of something and it finally came to me - the smell of the interior of an old mid-80s car on a hot summer day. Sort of like warm plastic, old sweat, and dust.

I only finished this beer to keep it on my tongue while writing this review.

Maybe it was a bad can or something, but I was not pleased.

Aftertaste is like a mouthful of dimes.

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Photo of latackbeer
4.35/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer all around. Everything expected for the style and the ABV. Poured a nice 2 finger huge white head straw golden with lots of carbonation. Smell very grassy little sweetness to it. Definitely drinkable and perfect for a summer day laying by the pool. Have recommended this beer to many of my customers who are looking for something simple not crazy and have yet to hear a complaint!!

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Curious looking red and white can caught me eye at Bert's today and made the trip home with me. Pours a crystal clear pale straw color with a smallish fluffy white head that dissipates slowly. Smells of grainy pilsner malt with hints of honey and a distant but present lightly toasted malt aroma. Floral hops are there but restrained. Simple clean aroma. Taste is bready grainy with hints of melanoid, could this brew be decocted? Sweet honey like grain with bits of green apple and a hint of astringency near the finish. Medium body, sweet bready mouthfeel, Medium to high level of carbonation. I hardly ever go for a lager, but today I'm kinda glad I did. This is a great flavorful easy drinking beer, I can see some of these in my future.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.02/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a one finger white head that vanishes, leaving no lace. Crystal clear amber/yellow color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Grassy nose. Flavor is sweet grass and very smooth. Typical Euro lager. $1.95 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of devilben02
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I spend a summer abroad during college, one of the highlights was a weekend trip to Salzburg, and one of the stops on that side trip was a visit to the Stiegl brewery. I picked up this beer in large part so that I could try to relive that experience.

Poured from the bottle, the beer shows a deep golden yellow color topped by a nice foamy yet creamy white head. The aroma is a bit muted, but the clean, musty European hop character still comes through. The flavor is more pronounced, with an herbal, earthy hop combination, along with a bit of citric acidity, contrasting against the dry sweetness of the light malt base. The texture is rich and substantial, which feels a bit heavy, but it is satisfying.

Overall, although not as crisp or clean-tasting as some similarly-styled lagers, this beer is earthy and satisfying and was a reminder of why I so thoroughly enjoyed my time in Austria.

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a light lemony color more that golden but with a nice large fluffy white crown that never really completely left.Aromas of lightly toasted bread,and a strange hint of vanilla tinged green apple,not a bad thing just a bit odd to me.Light to medium feel wich makes the beer more refreshing and easier drinking.Crushed pilsner malt flavors with a drying palate,somewhat grainy,even a soft smack of lefay hop to round out the finish.Will this beer blow ya away?No,but it shouldnt,its refreshing and food friendly,just great for a day out grilling like today.

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Photo of Mandark
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the German lager that made me realize there was more to life than Becks! There's not a lot of complexity here, as one would expect, just a solid, great tasting and easy drinking beer. The sweetness of the malt dominates the smell and the taste, it sits in the glass a clear golden color, and it goes down easily. Very refreshing.

In the can I find metallic hints that may indicate this particular can is past its prime. However, if you can find this on tap you will be mighty pleased. Glad it's held up for me after several intervening years of more and varied styles.

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Photo of mryuk
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very nice filtered gold with three fingers of head and tons of bubbles.

smell is earthy yeast with a bit of honey sweetness.

taste is very enjoyable...light and fresh with subtle honey.

mouth is light and refreshing with less carbonation than expected.

overall a very enjoyable light and refreshing beer. very nice on a hot day.

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

.5L Bottle poured into a Stiegl tall Glass
I visited the Steigl brewery and brewery museum in Salzburg, Austria. This is a mass produced beer but retains a distinct style. I've also had this beer on tap in Salzburg and Linz as most every beer garden/gasthaus/restaurant in northern Austria carries it.

A clear straw colored beer with a single finger head that dissipates after a bout a minute with little lacing. Slightly less carbonation than similar brewed central European light lagers/ helles beers.
The nose picks up a hint floral maltiness.

You can really taste the malt that you smell; Clean finish, slight toasted malt aftertaste. Smooth light mouthfeel.

This is a drinkable beer, and does not fill you up. Goes down easy, perhaps too easy! Great summertime beer for hot days.

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Photo of mnrider
3.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Small green cool shaped bottle. 11.2 oz. Twist Off.

A: Pours a clear slightly cloudy golden yellow. Small white head with plenty of carbonation. No lacing with little retention. Nice color.

S: Cold clean sweet malts, with a hint of hops.

T/M: First some fruits as it is sweet and a little and a bit grainy. Hops are more noticeable in the taste now. Leaves mouth a little bitter than dry. Crisp and goes down smooth and easy.

D: It's a good brew, but I'm not sure if I liked it enough to want it again down the road. Unless I found it on tap, then I couldn't resist.


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Stiegl Goldbräu from Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
3.49 out of 5 based on 383 ratings.
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