Stoudt's Gold Lager - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudt's Gold LagerStoudt's Gold Lager

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512 Ratings

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Ratings: 512
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 42
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2001

AKA "McGillin's Genuine Lager"
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 512 | Reviews: 256
Reviews by IronLover:
Photo of IronLover
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Honey yellow in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a short, bright white foam that quickly reduced to a thin wispy cap. Fresh grain, biscuit malt, fresh grass, and light herbal aromas. Medium bodied with a delicate lager feel up front followed by sharp, tongue twisting tanginess through middle and a clean, crisp, dry finish. Bready, biscuity malt flavors throughout with herbal hop tanginess through the middle. Finishes with a biscuity malt aftertaste. An awesome, refreshing, easy-drinking, malty, German lager.

More User Reviews:
Photo of drdiesel9483
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look - Golden color with a good head and lacing. Typical for a good lager.
smell - normal lager smell with good hop malt balance
taste - very tasty with a great balance
feel - crisp medium body
overall - for not being a lager fan because I think they are kind of boring, this is a pretty good lager!

Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice golden color with a light rocky head that left a little lacing,the aroma was very mild with some nice malty tones being dominat.Taste was nice and softly malty with a pretty good little hopsmack to finish.Real easy to drink a good summer brew.

Photo of ValpoExpo
4.76/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow! This IS the best session beer. If there is one beer I could drink for the rest of my life STOUDTS GOLD would be it. Simply a great refreshing beer with an unparallel taste. Picked it up in Pittsburgh and can't wait to grab some more next time I'm back.

Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist off long neck bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Pale yellowish golden with a nice frothy white head that leaves uneven rings of lace down the glass.

Smell: Suggestions of nutmeg and white pepper from a spicy hop and hints of raw honey from the malt make up the aroma.

Taste: Strong armed crispness washes over the palate with a thick malty and grainy flavour. Medium bodied. Malt is a touch toasted with a cracker like flavour, hops do a good job at balancing and leave a faded herbal flavour throughout. A ghost like grape flavour suggests the use of Munich malt and a faint alcohol jumps in at the end give some notice. Long flavourful lightly toasted grain flavour extends far into the finish.

Notes: This one is a bit in the raw and lovely at that. There are lagers then there are great ones and this is one of the great ones. Seek this one out, I’d have to have it say it is a must try if you like Munich style lagers.

Photo of jakester
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is from Stoudt's Variety case. I drank it in a pilsner glass. Date is clearly sprayed on the bottle. (Yay!)

Pours a beautiful gold with a very slight orange tint. With a somwhat rough pour, I got a three finger head of white foam. The head dropped to islands and a ring, with great lacing.

Aroma is very nice pilsner malt, along side a somewhat muted spicy hop smell. Smells are delicate, but very pleasant. Not as pronounced as their pils, but very nice.

The first flavor is pils malt, slightly sweet, with just enough hop bittering to make a difference. This tastes very fresh. Faint spicy hops are bringing up the rear of this one. Aftertaste is short and malty, maybe a little honey, with a late bitterness.

Mouthfeel is malty sweetness, with gentle carbonation. Finish is surprisingly crisp for the amount of sweetness.

I like their Pils better; it's drier and hoppier, but this one is right on style, as far as I can tell. Drinking beers like this fresh also makes a big difference. For a Munich Helles, this is pretty damn good.

Photo of Thrasher
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz contract brewed at Frederick. I've had a few Stoudts beers but I realize now they have all been from 12 oz bottles and I've never tasted anything in the bigger bottles actually made at Stoudts. Nevertheless, I love their beers and think they are worthy of more attention. This beer is no exception, a crisp, malty, clean quenching lager that is a perfect American representation of a German style beer. Lovely head that wisps into clouds, appealing musty aroma, full rich maltiness right off the bat, then tempered by flavorsome (not too bitter) hops. This beer will do for any occasion and you might be able to get that Bud-light-swilling friend of yours to drink a few of these under the right circumstances. A flawless beer, ridiculously drinkable. I think I shall have another.

Photo of yankeeheel
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's a hell of a lager.

Pours a clear and bubbly yellow with a plump airy snow white head. Smells slighltly of grain and a little citrusy like hops.

The taste is outstanding. The initial swig is full of malt sweetnees with a scant amount of bread. Medially the body is quite pronounced with the carbonation making itself known. The hops have a little bit of the bite but it is a lager and it balances quite well with the malt up front.

Nice job Stoudt's

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a crystal clear burst of sunshine gold with a fluffy white head leaving a trickled lace. Aroma is full of delicate German hops are paired with a crisp sweet two pale malted barely. Taste is a crisp smooth sweet rolling malt profile that is mellowed by a nice bitterness. Very nicely done crisp lager can be compared to other great German lagers. Awesome summer beer one could easily go through a case of this brew. Mouthfeel contains a tingling sensation that runs through to the back of the throat with a lighter body this beer is one solid session brew. Drinkability can be explained as the most simplistic yet most amazing chalk full of goodness this beer is one that just keeps coming back to you.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a clear straw color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pilsner malts with good amounts of crisp floral hops and hints of biscuity malts.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Smooth pilsner malt flavors up front are integrated with slight biscuit malt flavors. Midway through the sip slight amounts of floral hop flavors enter into things and carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was a solid beer that did everything right. A good selection to keep in the refrigerator in the summer.

Photo of ianjsullivan
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ST: 12oz poured into a flute.

A: Clear, bright gold with a thick white head that quickly settles, Stoudt's Gold Lager has beautiful steady large bubbles that continuously smack the roof of the beer.

S: Most of the aroma is that of the hops. Slightly spicy with citrus, there is also a bit of honey.

T: The beer starts with nice crisp citrus and follows through with spice. Towards the finish the malt subdues some of the crispness and a bit of honey and malt thickness take over, though the spice is still present.

M: On the lighter side, it is creamier towards the finish but still finishes dry.

O: With all the impressive and unique beers that exist in the world of mircobrews today, the classic types are often ignored or sub par. Every brewery, it seems, has a pale ale or lager because it is part of the line up (it is tradition). My point? That Stoudt's Golden Lager shows how excellent the classic types can be. Sure, it is amazing to have a rare beer aged in oak for two years with chocolate or roasted Hawaiian coffee beans before being blended with other casks and then, finally, reaching the shelf in very limited quantities (yes, I used a bit of hyperbole). After all, I am one of those people trying to buy that interesting beer. However, it is nice to buy something that reminds you that beer does not have to be brewed in unique (and sometimes unnecessary) ways for it to be good. We are fortunate to live in a world of beer were we have both.

Photo of HollandTunnels
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very clear and fresh appearance like all Helles

S - Citric or flowery

T - I slight taste and heavyness above all of the lites out there

M - Nice medium mouthfeel. Coats the palate nicely

O - I love the helles as I just started drinking beers othere than Miller Lite, i can drink these all night

Serving type: bottle

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, light golden color with a one finger white head upon pouring. The head quickly reduced to a very thin layer of white on top. Sheets of thin lacing remain on part of the glass.

S: Light malt and grain, a little bit of grassy hop, and some spice. There is a little bit of apple that comes through.

T: Slight bready flavor, but rather light, with a little bit of spice and some grainy malt. Slightly sweet on the finish and a mild hop presence.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinks crisp and clean, goes down easy.

O: Easy drinking, could relax with this beer on a hot day for sure. Would be a good sessionable beer. Flavor is solid, despite being a lighter beer.

Photo of dacrza1
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Situation: First day of school--step one of 180...
Glassware: Samuel Smith lager glass...
Appearance: Foamy, frothy resistant white head; straw gold color with a thick bath of effervescent bubble, slow and steady...
Aroma: Sharp bitter pilsner malts release a bouquet of fragrant floral notes--fresh and robust...
Palate: solid, even, medium-bodied but engaging the mouth with strength; drinkable...
Taste: crisp malt balanced by enough hops to keep all parts of the mouth appreciative; solidly in line with the style....
Overall: Stoudt's does lagering right, and Lew Bryson is right to celebrate this offering, with its spring/fall versatility and its by-the-six pack drainability...

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stoudt's Gold Lager

Appearance- golden yellow borderline orange with a thin but nice lacing head.
Smell- Sweet malt and light grain/ hops.
Taste- Lemony and sweet. Decent malt presence with a slight metallic taste.
Mouthfeel- light and sweet. Easy to drink but tastes much better the colder it is.

Overall- a Lager that gets my thumbs up. I don't like the metallic twang in the back end of this beer but otherwise its a respectable Lager!

Photo of KenC
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice, clear amber/golden color. Two fingers of perfect, white head. Good retention and moderate lacing.

S: A little odd for a lager, a mix of citrus, pepper, grains and grass. I was expecting German hop smell.

T: Lightly tastes of citrus and spice, then came the German hops I was expecting in the smell.

M: Thin, light refreshing beer, without an obnoxious note in a glassful. Smooth and crisp.

O: This is a prime example of the style. If you need in-your-face hops and boldness all the way around, skip it. If you want a great craft lager, good choice.

Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap as a guest tap at The Mad Brewer. Good carbonation, hops. Light yellow colour with lace. Decent enough lager for the summer. Neutral aroma, average mouthfeel. A bit drying in the finish, it's still a nice one for Summer. Its the style, but not the best representation of the style.

Photo of tdm168
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - clear, see-through, golden yellow with a thin, bubbly white head that fades to a thin lacing

S - light grains and a nice, pleasant grassy aroma

T - cereal grains, some faint breadiness, a very faint lemony presence, grassy, clean bitter finish

M - clean, crisp, well carbonated, light to medium bodied

This is a nicely built, well crafted, easy-to-drink helles lager. I'm impressed with the depth this beer has considering it's one of the more simplistic styles. This is a very, nice refreshing lager that I wouldn't mind having again.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As this bottle was brewed at the Lion Brewery in Wilkes Barre, PA.... this is obviously an older sample as their contract operations have been moved to the Frederick Brewery in Maryland. It pours a clear, deep golden body with a frothy white head that leaves some nice lace throughout the glass. The nose displays some lightly peppery/spicy hops over a gently sweet malt. The body is medium with a fine, median carbonation that leaves it crisp on the tongue before warming to become a touch creamy and smooth. The flavor delivers a rounded malt that obviously includes a good percentage of Munich malt. It's just lightly toasty and a tad sweet, but very well-balanced by lightly floral and gently herbal hop flavors and firm bitterness. It finishes dry but with a lingering maltiness. Quite nice, and highly drinkable. It's refreshing, but also offers enough character to make you want another. A good example of the Munich helles style at a very nice price. Well done, and certainly worth trying!

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 8/11/08

Man, there just aren't enough good Helles lagers available. This one keeps a nice, short head for the duration with a bit of lacing. The aroma is a bit mild, with lager character and sweet bread. The flavor follows that with more bready and biscuity malts, tasting a touch creamy, and finishing with a pepper and spice hops bite. Not too much bitterness or sweetness, just a well-balanced flavorful beer.

Photo of metalitool
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I decided to buy this on a whim not knowing much of what a Munich Helles style lager was, as I am traditionally a fan of Strong IPA's and Stout/Porter.

For someone that typically heads straight for the heaviest beer in sight, I decided to try this out of pure curiosity. Really not a hoppy beer, it was SUPER smooth with a sweet taste that I have not encountered before.

I've tried a couple different beers from Stoudt's brewery and i think i found a new staple brand, to put alongside my other favorite breweries Dogfish Head and Victory. Very pleased with this beer makes me want to continue to try different samplings from this brewery.

I have to give them a thumbs up if nothing else for pursuing many different styles, as opposed to some breweries that, while producing a solid beer, everything seems to taste quite the same (sorry Rogue brewery).

Photo of ebby82
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden hue into a pilsener glass. A significant three finger head.

The aroma is of a very slight hop presence with a nice bread like presence.

The taste is great. A slight bready/ malt presence, with a mild hop taste. Crisp Clean, and highly drinkable. A really great example of what a lager can be. I

Photo of DerekP
4.67/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stoudt's Gold. The name says it all in appearance. Poured into a Stella Artois chalice glass, the egg white head slides down to a steady rim. Fairly translucent body. Both floral and fruity hops up front. Clean light grains in the middle; biscuity. A bit of booze. Bright notes in the nose.

The Nutty/roasted malts melody is both tasty and non-lingering. Flash of bittering hops is well received. Spicy/peppery hops flavor is very subtle, but a nice touch.

This brew is an excellent example of a light style of beer, not to be confused with America's incessant deference to diet beer. Flavor, character, aroma and ceaseless drinkability is exemplified by this one! Top notch.

Photo of benmiliron
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid $1.39 for a single bottle. This is a surprisingly good lager. Malty in the Helles style, with subtle supporting light hop character. Bubbly but not too sharp, very light drinking but enough flavor and none of the skunk taste that you always get with the American lager.

I'm not usually impressed with Stoudt's brews, but this is an exception. Well done!

Photo of hdofu
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I never thought I'd find a beer classified as a lagger I'd really like, but this one comes as close as any I've tried and its actually quite drinkable. Taste is very very wheaty with a crisp finish, it pours clear gold with a white head. The beer smells strongly of honey. The effervesencts from the bubbles is just right, this beer is what a good summer beer should be, drinkable, light and having a nice appearance

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Stoudt's Gold Lager from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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