A couple weeks ago I visited the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, Illinois with some friends for a couple pints. One of the beers they had on tap was Steigl. I was looking for a light European Lager for my second round and this beer fit the bill. I enjoyed this beer fresh from the tap, but the bottled rendition left wanting.
A close cousin to the Pilsner this beer has similar qualities, yet distinctly different. While both use Pils malts I did not get the same light malty sweetness in this lager as I did with Pilsners past. There was a pungent skunky aroma classic of Euro lagers. The color had a nice straw-gold glow about it, but he head was lacking and faded quicker than I had hoped. The carbonation was bubbly for a couple minutes then stopped. Currently I just have a skunky, gold, non-carbs, cold beer in front of me. Don’t get me wrong I’ll drink it, but the quality is lacking. The bottle is green so maybe during storage and shipping the beer was “light struck” causing it to decay (light and beer to not mix).
The flavor typical and made me long for a glass from the tap. It was crisp and clean, but the aftertaste was…well, a little skunky. It did have a light body and thankfully the carbonation lifted some of the taste of my palate. You could tell that German/Bohemian hops where used (Saaz, Spalt, or Hallertau), but they played a minor roll in the overall taste.
While I might recommend this beer fresh on tap, I would suggest avoiding from the bottle. The logo on the bottle has stairs ascending upwards. Unfortunately, if they were trying to convey that their beer climbs to new heights or is top quality I would beg to differ. I’d say it did even make it to the first step.