If you didn’t read my last post, I was reviewing Flensburger Braueri’s ‘Flensburger Pilsener’, this time it’s ‘Flensburger Gold’. The Pilsener was a lovely start to my Oktoberfest celebrations at The Tap House in Lancaster, refreshing but with a good bit of flavour to back it up. After being so impressed with that, how could I not then try the Gold, described by its brewers as, “A mild tasty beer with a fine hoppy flavour“? I was looking forward to a step up in complexity and taste, so I washed me gob out with water (because I take my HashtagBeer reviews that seriously) and ordered one.
- ABV 4.8%
- Brewed in Flensburg, Germany
- Comes in a bottle (330ml)
- Brewed according to the German purity law of 1516
A little sweet honeyishness (what I expect when I hear ‘gold’), a decently deep hoppy bitterness and a smoky malty note. Not as complex as I was hoping for, but certainly very quaffable. It wasn’t as refreshing as the Pilsener, a bit flatter to be honest, and though I picked up some citric notes, the “yeasty bouquet” that the Tap House guide describes escaped me.
Not a great deal of intensity, as you’d expect. A bit of zesty sweetness perhaps, that’s about all I got. Not particularly intriguing…
The label on the bottle is simple and traditional. There’s a little gold banner on the front that declares the beverage to be “Mild & Frisch”, which I believe means ‘mild and fresh’ (I’m good at languages you see). It’s not a striking set up, but simplicity is nice in this case. There’s nothing to read except the ingredients and the declaration of conformity with the original 1516 purity law.
In the glass it’s a bit darker than their Pilsener. I would describe it more as a bit brassy, rather than a ‘vibrant burning gold’ or something more poetic, but hey, it does the job.
Value For Money
I’m not a huge fan of this beer, it didn’t wow me in any way. £3.75 I paid for 330ml, and I wouldn’t pay it again. It wasn’t that the price was too high necessarily, just that the drink didn’t match up.
I don’t believe there’s a lot of uniqueness here. It’s a North German take on a traditional style, so whereas it may not be native, it’s still traditional. The ingredient they seem most proud of using is their ‘North Scandinavian glacier water’, one of the secrets to their beers’ freshness. That’s about it.
I gotta say, I preferred the Pilsener overall. It was good to try a couple of beers from the same brewery and compare them, but neither of them really lived up to the hype that the bunting and flags decorating the pub inspired.
Final score: 62%