I’ve been working away from home a lot lately – painfully separated from the delicious Mrs P. On the plus side (as if I need another), I’ve been getting more than my fair share…of beer, that is. Not that I would overindulge, no sir. There’s nothing worse than scooping up all night then working a 12 hour shift the following day with the mother and father (and extended family) of hangovers…so I’ve been told. Actually, I’ve always thought a red-hot, rusty needle poked in the eye might be even worse, but I’m only guessing.
Back to the beer and one of the many I’ve been sampling during the long, dark, lonely evenings is Tuborg Gold Label.
Tuborg Gold Label was first brewed back in 1895 and is now available in over 100 countries worldwide. Apparently, it’s the top imported beer in Germany and the most popular beer in Denmark. The Tuborg brewery started life in Copenhagen back in 1873 but is now under the umbrella of Carlsberg. It’s probably the best umbrella in the world, incidentally.
“Tuborg Gold beer is a light amber coloured premium lager with an unexpectedly soft, slightly sweet taste. It is wonderfully refreshing and easy to drink.”
This beer pours a pale and clear, golden-yellow colour with masses of tiny rising bubbles rising to form an unfeasibly tall dollop of clumpy white foam. The head lasts pretty well and leaves intermittent rings of whispy lace all the way down the glass.
The aroma is somewhat grassy with a very light herbal tone. There’s a faint whiff of cooked veggies, but almost nothing from the malt – perhaps a crumb of biscuit flavour, but not enough to dunk in yer tea. All in all, the nose is very subtle (a polite way of saying there’s not a lot going on).
It has a surprisingly thin and watery mouthfeel, although there’s a suggestion of crispness there too. The taste is grainy and sweet up front, with a mild dose of honey before the hops turn it dryer and tarter. Some leafiness, but again it’s all very subtle. There’s a late flourish of floral hops near the finish, but it’s a case of too little, too late. The aftertaste is slightly metallic and very dry.
At 5% ABV, this beer is pretty average. There’s nothing offensive about it, but there’s nothing to get excited about either. Pretty standard stuff, it would be hard to distinguish this from a whole range of euro-lagers in a blindfold taste-test (why you’d want to drink beer blindfolded is another thing, but each to their own).
It’s very averageness means that it won’t clash with many types of food – particularly smørrebrød, or even haggis, neeps and tatties.
An OK beer, but I wouldn’t cross the road to seek it out.