I have no idea where I got this can of Salzburger Stiegl Pils from, but I've been saving it for a sunny day and finally they have arrived, you just can't drink lager in winter can you? I don't know much about the brewery either other than what pops up on their website, which is impressive. Stiegl have been brewing away in Salzburg Austria since 1492, and they've remained a privately owned business the whole time, so they really must be doing something right. The brewery looks really pretty in the pictures too so if you ever go to Salzburg give it a look. It doesn't look like they have a huge selection but there's a wheat beer in there so I'll try to find that one day.
Stiegl Pils comes in a red and white 500ml can which nicely matches the colours of the Austrian flag, and I assume that's what it's meant to do. I can honestly say the can gives very little away other than that this is a lager. I can also honestly say I've never seen a can with the ingredients translated into so many different languages, presumably this is why there's no room for any other information. Anyway the beer contains 5% alcohol which is pretty standard for a pilsner these days and I'm really hoping it'll cool me down as at 24 degrees this is the hottest day of the year so far.
The beer pours a clear golden yellow with a nice white foamy head which lasts a reasonably long time. I can safely say this looks like a pretty good lager, it's just a shame that other than massively citrus based IPA's lagers are probably my least favourite beer variety. The aroma is fairly promising too, there's lots of lemon and grassy hops in there with some apple scents thrown in for good measure, this really could be a half decent beer you know.
The texture is slightly heavier than I expected but that's not a bad thing and the taste matches the smell nicely. There's some lemon in there, possibly some lime and just a few malts. I'm not going to go overboard, this is a very good lager, but it's still a lager. Salzburger Stiegl does everything you'd expect it's fairly crisp, light and refreshing and it has a little bit more taste than a lot of generic lagers. I'm going to give Salzburger Stiegl 6.5 out of 10. It's a big step up from the likes of Foster's, Grolsch, or Carlsberg but it's not a spectacular drink and doesn't offer anything you wont have had in lagers before.