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Brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Style: Pale Lager
Ertvelde, Belgium

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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.35/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Tikka Gold a quality premium beer brewed with patience using malt, rice, hops, yeast and spring water. A Pilsner style with Indian character having a good balance of dryness and bouquet of hops and a soft malt character to complement spicy foods.

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1.9
highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - AUG 4, 2006
Geez, the market for Indian restaurant beers must be booming if the Belgians are getting in on the act. Of course, the competition is pretty poor. In these parts, an Indian restaurant beer list usually consists of pseudo-Indo lagers produced by multinationals such as Kingfisher and Haywards 5000. So why not a Belgian, indeed. Hell, they’ve even added rice to the beer for authentic "Asian character". Tikka Gold is as yellow as the name implies and raised a thick half-inch of lacing, creamy foam. The aroma is light, chalky and fruity. In fact, it’s so faint that it’s a stretch to summon descriptors. Perhaps melon balls or peach sorbet with a whiff of rusty bucket. Nice wash of pale malts and peachy fruitiness at the front of the palate, bit chalky in the middle before it gives way to a tannic, astringent finish. Standard lager palate - not too fizzy, nor full. Nothing much wrong with this other than the brewer’s dreary lack of ambition. It’s as good as Kingfisher or similar but that’s a desperately low benchmark. (330ml bottle, Clovelly Vintage Cellars, best before 7/3/07)

1.5
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 9, 2006
A pale lager brewed in Belgium with an Indian inspired name. Sounds like a recipe for success. The aroma is dominated by the rice, quite sharp, with a touch of hay. Some metallic bitterness that seems typical of pale lager, at least the ones that make some attempt at having flavour. A bti overcarbonated, but again that’s typical of the style. Long lasting finish, but that’s not good as it’s all metallic. It’s probably best to keep chugging this down while your palate is still saturated, because then you don’t notice the sharpness as much!

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demitriustown (1192) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2006
Pours a clear golden with a foamy white head. Aroma is lot of rice, some mild hops, and very small indiscernible amount of hops. Flavor is rice, a very light sweetness, slight hops note, and rather watery. Palate is sweet and slightly sticky. Overall, Meh...Another Pale Lager. I was expecting more from the great country of Belgium, but even they can make a sub-par Pale Lager.

2.6
jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2006
Straw color; faint golden color. Small head. A sweet aroma. A sour mash, bittersweet flavor. Hmm.... Fairly decent. Nothing to go out of your way for.

2.8
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2006
500 ml bottle. Pale golden with a thick white head. Aroma of pale malt, fresh grassy hoppiness. Noble character is apparent. Flavour is well-balanced, crisp pale malts and a slightly bready finish. Decent bitterness. Much better than most in the category.

1.7
TBone (17524) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 8, 2006
Bottled [BB 03/2007]. Golden color, decent white creamy head. Light aroma of grain and corn. Quite standard malty, a bit sweetish till the aftertaste, which is harsh bitter. Not very "Indian" but as boring as real ones.

2.3
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - JUN 4, 2006
This had a great head.Color typical budweiser,coors,corona light straw.Aroma of hops.Body was a bit light.I thought it was maybe a step above the standard beers.will pass by next time.

2.4
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one pours pale yellow gold with a 2 1/2 finger thick head. Aroma of sweet malt, citrus, yeast. Flavor weak, sweet malts, carbonated, slight bitter finish. Not great, but drinkable.

1.4
Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2006
Nice head and lacing. OK, that’s about it for positives. Yellow colored, very clear liquid. Not much aroma, citrus flavor (no indication of citrus on the label - but then there isn’t much on this label); very crisp, champagne-like carbonation. This is definitely a pilsner but not a very good example.

1.2
Likeburning (149) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - APR 25, 2006
Alarmingly clear yellow color that.. oh crap, it is a pale lager. Bitter aroma a little skunky. No hops, but the rice is noticible. If I had read pale lager on the label, I wouldn’t have bought it.


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