Name: Stiegl Goldbräu
Brewery: Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
Country of Origin: Austria
City & State: Salzburg, Austria
Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest
Alcohol Content (ABV): 4.90%
First Brewed: 1912
Grassy and hoppy notes int he nose so along with a sweet maltiness that dominate the aroma and the palate. It finished with a hint of almond like bitterness.
This bottle has been sitting in the fridge for quite a while. We have about 30 beers in the kitchen ready to drink. I feel like I have had this before, but can’t remember when and under what circumstances. We have been drinking IPAs all night. Today is National IPA Day. So raise a glass to hops… let’s drink!
This beer, coming all the way from Austria, is a “premium lager”. Curious what they consider premium. We might be reviewing two tonight… so let’s hope this one gets the party started. Cheers!
In the Glass: By premium they must mean a TON of carbonation! I tried pouring this and all I got was foam. The foam settles quickly, but it did leave a good 5 finger head by the time the bottle was empty. Those bubbles are leaving a really nice thick creamy lace that I am excited about. This is the only beer on the list from this brewing company, so I assume it is their best offering. Let’s see what she smells like.
Nose: There is a hint of funk in there, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. That is what I expect from these weird European beers. It reminds me of my time in Poland. Their beers aren’t the best, but they are easy to drink. And drink we did! We drank more vodka than anything. Anyway, back to the Stiegl.
Flavor: Before I take a drink I know what this will taste like. Let’s see if I am right. Yep. I was. It is thin, boring, and to most… gross. It’s not gross, but that same funky aroma carries to the palate. The beer is really easy to drink, but man… I wouldn’t want a pitcher of this. Think about how we view Bud Light. It’s like that, but not as good! I know, right?
Mouthfeel: What mouthfeel? It is thin, and almost drinks like water. The ABV is low, too. I am not sure why someone would order this. I mean, do they not have good beers in Austria? I keep looking at the word “premium” on the label. Ha.
Aftertaste: There isn’t much of an aftertaste. What does linger are those same funky notes I keep referencing. Have you ever had a bottle (or can) of Heineken? It’s that sort of forced funky goodness you get. There are days I crave that. Especially on hot summer night. But tonight, even though it is hot outside, I am not too pumped about this beer.
This is NOT what I could consider premium. If you want a thin beer that tastes almost infected, then grab a bottle of this. Other than that, avoid.
Stiegl Goldbräu – The bottle says: “The wonderful refreshing Salzburg beer speciality.”
Today is IPA Day, and we have already had two IPAs tonight. Don’t worry, though, we split both of them, so we each only had half a bottle of each one. And they were small bottles. I actually don’t think this beer is an IPA. I think the next one we are doing tonight is, though. But I guess we’ll find out.
This one had a lot of head when poured out. It’s a good thing Ricky got pint glasses out for us to use. Usually if we split a small bottle, we just use small glasses, but I think all of those were dirty, so he used bigger ones. It’s a good thing, too, since this one had head that went almost all the way to the top. It’s a dark golden color in the glass, with little bubbles floating to the top. It’s pretty thin and it looks very transparent in the glass. It really doesn’t have much smell to it at all. I don’t even know what to tell you that it smells like. But let’s hope it tastes like something. Time to find out!
Hmm. Well, I’m kind of disappointed. It really doesn’t have much taste to it. I just took another drink hoping for more, but it didn’t work. It honestly almost tastes worse than a domestic to me. I mean, there’s a very slight honey taste to it, but it’s a pretty bland beer. Domestics have a certain watery taste to them, but this is just bland and flavorless. There’s just nothing to it. This is definitely one that you just want to chug. And I’m not into huggable beers. Sorry, but this one just isn’t one I’d buy again at all.