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Stoudt's Gold Lager - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudt's Gold LagerStoudt's Gold Lager

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461 Ratings

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Ratings: 461
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 30
Gots: 18 | 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:
AKA "McGillin's Genuine Lager"

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2001)
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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2008 03:54:42 | More by Sammy
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

11-30-2011 20:21:19 | More by djrn2
Photo of Thorpe429


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to ChrisPro for this as part of the Blind BIF (Round 4). Served in a tulip.

Pours a light, clear straw-yellow color with a good white head. Decent retention and the head eventually falls into a short cap. The nose is slightly fruity with a bit of grain. My guess after these two elements was that this was a kolsch. The taste brings a bit of bitterness and floral notes plus some grain and hints of fruit. Light boddy and good carbonation. This drinks really well.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 21:04:41 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich golden amber with the barest hint of orange, topped with a cream-colored, reasonably firm cap of foam. For all intents and purposes, this beer looks like an amber ale. Pretty good nose with the sharp olfactory 'bite' of German noble hops and a wee bit of citrus.

This is good stuff. It's at once more malty, more sweet, more complex and more rounded than many Munich Helles. The noble hops aren't overpowering, but are well integrated with the toasted malt base. I also pick up the same citrusiness that I appreciated in the aroma; more orange than anything else. The somewhat full (for the style) body makes me like it even more.

Stoudt's Gold Lager is a pleasant surprise and is more than solid in all respects. I haven't had too many good non-German Munich Helles Lagers, but this one is a winner.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2004 16:04:16 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not really sure what possessed me to try this one, but for some reason it was calling me. Maybe the fact that it was just tapped mere moments before I got there, I was in the mood for a super fresh light lager.  Served cold and in a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/26/2010.
The pour was very light. Golden yellow with loads of carbonation streaming up through the glass which led to a big head of white foam that capped it gracefully. This settled quickly though and left behind a broken, almost rocky crown that barely disguised the liquid underneath. Aroma was light, very light with touches of grain and almost corn. A hit of wheat and light bready notes dominated. I searched for something more but really just did not pick it up. Wish I had. The flavor was more of the same, it was clean and crisp, with a nice level of carbonation but really just seemed to be lacking in power. Nice bready touches, muted grains but that was about it. Just did not have the punch to push it over the edge. Certainly drinkable, but flavor was not doing it for me.
Overall while being fairly solid and well rounded it really does not stand out in the pack. Needed a little bit more follow through and a richer, deeper profile to really peak my interest.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2010 14:01:42 | More by mikesgroove
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +9%

11-25-2011 03:05:44 | More by nmann08
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3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, bright yellow body with a fine, pillowy white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, grainy pale malt aroma with a bright floral hop presence.

Taste: Sweet, grainy flavor with more floral, soapy hops and a light touch of yeast. The finish has a mild snap of hops, but it still finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad for a soft, sweet lager.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 20:32:33 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

07-19-2013 00:28:41 | More by Texasfan549
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North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2003 17:25:49 | More by oberon
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2.28/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very German indeed. This brew is a clear yellow color Very fresh looking and not overly hoppy in anyway. The brew has the aromas of a pilsner which bums me out. The flavors of a tradional German pilsner are in there too. It's not a bad beer for those who like this style,

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 00:53:09 | More by Knapp85
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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2003 14:35:30 | More by NeroFiddled
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Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, grain, some hops and some spice.

T: The taste is bready and a little spicy up front with a grainy but light malt flavor and a mild sweetness. There's a mild hops presence that provides a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice lighter beer to drink for a long time, but I would normally look for something more flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 01:30:50 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems like there is peach on the nose? Nuts on the end. It's smoky on the end for sure, like roasted leaves. A real earthy brew that you can tell is definitely a craft brew. You can tell care has been made with this one. Definitely worth trying. Very well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 03:18:48 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2002 06:30:30 | More by Jason
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4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another blind bottle shared by Thorpe. This beer was assumed by the group's mind that this beer was a kolsch.

Beer is yellow and clear with a wispy white head of tiny and small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate. Looks good.

Aroma is good! Especially since this is a lager and not a kolsch. There is no hint of sulfur or diacetyl, it is clean, pilsen and mildly grainy.

Beer is thin and wet and has an insanely smooth finish. I thoroughly enjoy the beer. The flavors fall away in the late palate but the lead off and midpalate are nicely sweet and mild, it's an adult soda pop.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 19:40:17 | More by drabmuh
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West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2003 17:42:12 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this chilled from the 12oz into my willybecker.

A - A very clear golden straw w/ 3 fingers of fresh shiny white cream cap. The lager has a tight bead and the carbonation is vigorous and visible in the liquid

S - A grainy malty nose w/ mild sulfur and hints of hay-like earthy notes w/ slightly toasted cereal notes

M - Mild sweetness and crisp carbonation slightly creamy body and hint of spice, but lacks any other hop textures. The malt has toastiness that is higher than usual w/ slight coarse feel, but smooth and refreshing overall

T - The taste is creamy up front w/ grainy toasted cereal qualities and light yeast flavor w/ the German mustiness. The hops accent the light malt flavor very well w/ a gentle spice in the clean tasting dry finish

D - A drinkable helles which lacks some malt sweetness and is toaster than expected w/ a light flavor/body that is pretty easy to quaff. The beer is sessionable, but not my first choice in helles'

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 17:55:41 | More by Slatetank
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a lacey white head. The aroma is sweet and fruity. It has banana smells with light crystal malts. The taste is good. It has a slightly malty flavor with a real golden taste. It's clean and fruity. The mouthfeel is good. It's a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent lager, but not great. I think I'll have another.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2003 22:15:07 | More by WesWes
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4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours straw yellowwith a large foamy head that stays around and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

The smell is clean - floral and honeyish.

The taste is of a crisp bitterness balanced by a honeyish sweetness. Slight grassiness. Nice balance in a medium body. Sweet, fairly dry finish. Fairly creamy and smooth.

This is a nice, easy drinking "sessionable" lager. Tasty, clean, crisp and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 21:41:26 | More by jwc215
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3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear light gold color. Small head that settles to rim bubbles. Good rim lace on the initial sip, becomes spotty thereafter.

Smooth, pleasant pale semi-malted grain smell. No hop, not that I was expecting any.

Round and grainy. A very good example of the style. On the thin side as it should be but it has ample carbonation making this very spritzy. Grainy finish with a whiff of hop pepper. Short grassy aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 16:47:07 | More by smcolw
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New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a golden yellow color with a nice 2" head. The head lingers a while, and some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: hints of lemon zest and grass. Some sugary sweetness is detectable also.

Taste: mild malt backbone, light grassiness, very soft lemon tones. Overall mild dryness. Very simple but well done.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start, mildly dry and crisp at the finish. Very refreshing and has a fairly clean aftertaste. Light to medium in body.

Drinkability: as good as you can get. A simple and refreshing brew that can be quaffed all day.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2006 11:42:02 | More by Gavage
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

12-18-2013 21:13:23 | More by mendvicdog
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-22-2011 04:30:09 | More by corby112
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3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tom Decapolis for this...
Appears a light gold with a small cap. No lacing.
Smell is of light maltiness with a bit of corn syrup standing out.
Taste is of light malt and corn syrup mixed with honey.
Mouthfeel is slightly sweet with average carbonation.
Drinkability is not bad. A good change of pace from the norm lager.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2005 17:30:50 | More by weeare138
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3.9/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 23:29:03 | More by tempest
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Stoudt's Gold Lager from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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