Brewed by Craiova (Heineken Romania)
Style: Czech Pilsner (Světlý)
Craiova, Romania


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In 1998 the Golden Brau brand started being produced, currently being the best-sold beer in Romania. The beer has a clear appearance, with a characteristic glitter and carbon dioxide pearls, having white, dense foam leaving a lacy trace on the glass. The yellow color reflects the image of golden wheat fields in the summer heat. The carbon dioxide content creates a sensation of liveliness and coolness.

Editor’s Note: This brand is also produced at other Brau Union plants, most notably Wieselburger in Austria.
ABV and Plato went from 4.8% and 11° to 5% and 11.2°.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
cgarvieuk (14976) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2008 Bottled at RBESG 08 ... just for the country :-) ... vry pale yellow ... lager lager lager .. ho hum

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
yespr (31650) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2008
50 cL bottle. Clear and pale yellow with a lacing white head. Dry cornish and light cardboardish aroma. Light cornish and mild cardboardish flavour. Dry and flat cornish finish with a mild bitterness into the finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
bembelembe (216) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 8, 2008
Golden Brau from Karlovacka pivovara, Croatia. Very watery and without character. Colour is quite nice, typical for Pilsners. The best part is pleasant hoppiness but the notes of corn ruins it. Taste and smell is quite industrial. Sweet and bit bitter aftertaste, quickly diminishes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
heavy (2151) - Split, CROATIA - MAR 27, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2008 1.5 l green plastic bottle from local Mercator. Well, who would say I’ll find my first Romanian beer here. With another "smart" move (Croatian) Karlovacka pivovara started to contract brew it. ABV 4.8%, 11° extract. It poured pale yellow body with big fluffy head. Pretty fine aroma, some herbal hoppiness, mixed with weak honey and corn like malt. Well, the flavor is way too watery. Sweetish, somewhat corny, but not too much to become nasty, drinkable, but without any character, just like flavored water. Also sweetish finish, allright, pleasant, but somehow artificial and boring. Not so bad as I’ve expected, drinkable during a summer day, but still boring, definitely deserves lower rate, but aroma and appearance did their job.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Marko (4030) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 15, 2008
1.5l green plastic bottle, contract brewed since very recently by Karlovačka Pivovara

Gee... this was one brilliant decision by the Heineken people. Guess they ran out of gimmicky packaging "innovations" so they had to actually introduce a new product. And noooo, why bother with adding new beers to the Karlovačko line, inventing new recipes, trying some new styles, when you can just start contract brewing a pale lager or whatever from Romania (which is hardly considered a synonym for good beer here)... "The new beer with a golden taste." Sheer marketing brilliance. En par with their recent decision to put everything (I guess) in green bottles.

This almost fails at being golden, very pale and dull yellow-golden colour with a huge white head that went away fast, damn fizzy in the beginning. One can actually detect some herbal hops in the nose, mixed with some dust and some bad maltiness. Better than expected Weak taste. That same herbal-dusty hopiness (Saaz?), some weak lemoniness and fruity maltiness and maybe bready at times. Hints of eggs at times. Distinctly watery, salty (and maybe a touch sourish), with just a weak bite from the hops. Would’ve been more interesting with a fuller body. Not an utter failure, but a completely and utterly unnecessary addition to the Croatian market. I have yet to see how it’ll perform when in its intended habitat and function. The hand of someone (me) drinking in the park with a bunch of friends. I also wonder how it compares with the other versions...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - FEB 6, 2008
Bottle: Hazy golden colored pour with little to no head. Sweet, honeylike aroma with a sweet malty finish.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
omhper (19808) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2007
Canned. (4.8% - by Heineken Romania) Pale golden, airy head. Fruity and papery, mushy and sweet with lots of glue. No bitterness. Foul industrial swill.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Quack-Duck (8041) - Down South, GERMANY - AUG 17, 2007
can, 4.8% ABV, brewed in Romania. Pale clear yellow, large and persistent head. Hoppy nose. Dusty and hoppy, malty, slightly watery, strangely dry mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SHIG (3615) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUN 9, 2007
Big plastic bottle: Poured a hazy orange yellow color with a white head. The aroma was sweet harvesty and honey. The flavor was also sweet honey and malty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sten (670) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - MAR 16, 2007
Golden coloured beer with a fluffy white head. A rather sweet pilsner, I usually don’t like sweet beers but this is a good pilsner. (Bottle 50cl 4.7 alcohol % in my version)

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