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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Schonramer Gold Oktoberfest Beer

Schonramer Gold Fest Beer is a Marzen/Oktoberfest Beer brewed by the Schonram Brewery in Petting Schonram, Germany. Schonram has been brewing years for 200 years in Germany, however their newest brewmaster is an American from Wyoming.

Marzen/Oktoberfest beers are named after the month (March) they are brewed in and the time of year when they are finished off. Before refrigeration, the way to keep beers around longer was to up the ABV. So these beers typical have higher ABVs than your average German beer.

Also, it was hard to brew beers in the heat of spring and summer so March was the last month before the fall that beers were brewed. The beers would be drank over the summer and  then finished off during Oktoberfest making way for the beers of fall and winter.

 Marzen's are typically dark or red beers, but Schonram's is a clear golden color.
I bought this at the Pangaea Bottle shop for $3.49. It has an ABV of 6%.

This beer is cask conditioned, which makes it remarkable how clear and golden the beer is. The head is thin and fizzy with little lacings. The aroma is subtle with notes of honey and bread and hints of grassy hops. The taste is crisp and follows the aroma with honey, bready malts, and soft notes of grassy hops. It's light boided with medium to low carbontion.

Overall this is a good beer and I recommend you Try It. Nothing particularly flavor stood out, just the quality of the beer. It's a good drinkable, light beer. This brew definitely reminds me of the German beers I had while in Germany. If you or a friend likes the Hefes try this one out for a slightly differnet light beer.


  1. Good review...thanks for doing it. I think this is a 'must' beer, especially when served super cold. I recently found this via a recommendation by a German friend and am convinced that it is a premium drinking experience for anyone who likes a smooth beer with depth and finish.

  2. This is a wonderful beer with a light malty flavor and finishes with a slightly sweet honey. Sneaks up on you cause its 6%. Love the Gold!