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Stoudt's Gold Lager | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudt's Gold LagerStoudt's Gold Lager

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
AKA "McGillin's Genuine Lager"

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2001

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Reviews: 256 | Ratings: 526
Photo of 57md
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw color with a finger of head. The nose is crisp and clean. This offering is fairly hearty for the style.

The highlight is the nice dry finish.

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Photo of Jimmys
2.89/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

review from notes. no bottled on date. 12 oz bottle.

A: very clear pale yellow. bright white head composed of fine bubbles. retention is fair as is the lacing.

S: a little sulfur/herbal hop aroma on the nose. light, but pleasant. perhaps a little vegetal as well? smells pretty inviting for the most part.

T: sweet malty flavor. too sweet. may have an oxidized/diacetyl flavor? finish is dry/papery/stale.

M: carb is mellow on a light body. would like some more bubbles.

D: i would take a guess and say something was a little off with this bottle/an old bottle. purchased at a Wegman's in PA not far from the brewery makes this a little disappointing.

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Photo of horshack7
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Pilsner glass is a pale golden with a slight haze. On top is a frothy head than leaves good lacing behind as it thins out.

Aroma: Lemon, light bready malts, dryness in the nose that has a citrus touch. Twinge of spice in the back end.

Taste: Buttery texture but a crisp mouthfeel and a floral hop bite. The malts are bready but do carry a little sweetness. Light lemon all through out this one. Minor notes of rye as well. the finish is nice and dry.

Notes: Such a tasty lager great for anytime of year. Cheers.

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Photo of A1Sports
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle.

A: Pour with a thin white head, cloud, but gold. Nothing outstanding.

S: Smell is kind of weak. Scent of fruitiness, but again, not overpowering.

T: Good beer. You quickly taste some spice with a bit of hops. Not overpowering the taste doesn't last. Flavor is good, needs a little more kick.

M: Good feel. Not overly carbonated and leaves a nice refreshing feel.

Overall, good beer. This would be a great beer on a warm summer night on the deck.

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Photo of Pahn
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Either the best by date got wiped off the bottle, or I'm too stupid to find it. Bought it from a reliable store though.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1 inch, lightly fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. Pours an almost translucent yellow and leaves small lacing streaks.

Smell: Malt with lots of character--assorted bready and grainy aromas, tinged with honey. Suggestion of noble hops in the background. Very pleasant.

Taste: As much malt character as in the nose. Surprisingly not-sweet, giving a kind of juicy, semi-dry impression, along with the (also surprising, given the 25 IBUs) highish perceived bitterness. Dryness and bitterness are really nice, they make each sip crisp.

This is really good lager. I would like to drink it fresh from the brewery. Tons of clean malt flavors, with a little bit of noble hops and a great balance of bitterness. No lagery tang, no sulfur, no skunkiness, just really palatable, straightforward malt goodness.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Slightly juicy, slightly creamy. High side of moderate carbonation. Semi-dry. Carbonation, dryness, and bitterness keep things crisp and refreshing yet still smooth.

Overall: Stoudts Gold Lager is a fine beer. No perceivable flaws get in the way of the malt flavor. I have no complaints; this beer is refreshing, full of clean flavors, with a great mouthfeel.

This beer and Southampton Keller Pils will be competing for the spot of "Go-to Summer Beer" for me (if Berkshire Brewing Company's Czech Pilsner came in 12oz bottles, it would also be in the running). This beer is crisper, with a better mouthfeel all around, while Keller Pils delivers more bold flavors. I think the bottled on date will be the decider between the two.

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Photo of NardiByNature
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It’s bright gold, exceptionally clear, with a pearly white head that refuses to quit. The crystal-clarity makes lively carbonation a spectacle. The looping and endless stream of mini bubbles is downright mesmerizing. Smell is zesty with cut grass, and there’s honey in the aroma as well. Taste some mild honey up front followed by delicate bitterness from the hops. Mouthfeel is light-bodied, slick, crisp, fresh, and delicious. Outstanding and subtle. Lately I’ve been appreciating session beers more and more and actively sought this one out because I have been so impressed with this brewer. Give me more.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Malty aroma has a strong yeasty overtone. It pours a clear solar yellow with a rather average white head. Crisp, malty flavor has a grassy overtone and a firm yeasty note. Smooth, crisp texture has just a little fizz, enough so that you know this is beer. Just OK, but pick up a bottle if you have a chance.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured an opaque pale golden yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, banana, and wheat. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, fruit, and wheat. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I really wish the flavor and aroma on this one would have been a little more complex. While I say this, the simplicity of this one is really what made it. All of the flavors and aromas on this one were really crisp and refreshing. A good easy drinking brew that you should take the chance to try yourself.

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Photo of microbrewlover
1.96/5  rDev -50%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This brew pours a pale gold/straw color; it starts cloudy then becomes almost completely clear.

The smell is of straw/hay, peppery hops some malt and some orange.

The mouthfeel is this and watery.

The taste watery with a few peppery tasting hops, a little orange light malt I could not detect anything else.

Perhaps I don't understand this style and perhaps this taste and mouthfeel are normal for this style and hence the hight ratings by some however I have to say that this beer is not for me. Even without understanding the style I still would say that this brew is weak and watery tasting.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip.
Pours a golden hay; ever so slight haze.
Smells of typical helles bready malts, slight pepper and fruit.
Taste is of crisp bready malts, hay, melony, and maybe pear? Slight pepper notes as well.
Really nice helles. Crisp, refreshing, and mild. Nice every day brew.

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Photo of HollandTunnels
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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

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Photo of DerekP
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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Photo of chefhatt
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer when poured into a pint glass, has a nice straw yellow body with a nice white creamy 1" head that hangs around for a while. The smell is grains coming through in the smell. The taste is a little fruity with some grains coming through, The mouth feel is crisp and clean well carbonated with small bubbles. Overall this is a good drinkable lager.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw very light golden yellow, very clear light in color, a fluffy good creamy and puffy white head, leaving a good thick fluffy and sticky white lacing.Very bubbly,sparkly bubbles rise up like champagne.

A nice clean nose of grains, light barley/malt, super crispness and a refreshing very faint hops and carbonation. What a good lager should be.

Crisp, clean and refreshing mouth, with light notes of grains, light malt. No hop notes to speak of here. This is a lager, after all. Not very exciting, but what lager is?? Speaking of German lagers, this does not quite come close to a good German lager, let alone pilsener.

Overall, a good if just another bland and boring lager. Certainly miles better than the mass-produced BMC swills of the world, but those wanting more flavor and substance should look elsewhere. Victory's Prima Pils is a lot better than this.

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Photo of barleyroad
2.89/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is gold and clear, nice. Smell is none eventfull, there is a slight fruity aroma. Mouthfeel is clean and sits well in the mouth. This brew feels good on the tongue. Taste smooth refreshing lager with no bit upfront or in the back. Nothing special, overall, quite uneventful but it is refreshing. Not the best we have had, not fridge worthy.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at khyber

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a thick crop of foamy white head. Retains for a bit before leaving patchy lacing on the glass.

Biscuit malts in the nose with faint hoppy spice. Light sweetness and herbal tones.

Soft hops mix with biscuit and bready tones. Mild malt backbone with light sweetness. Citrus peel with a touch of lemon. Finishes crisp and refreshing.

Lighter medium body, decent carbonation, tingly and brisk on the palate. A refreshing lager with a pretty streamlined flavor - something I'd probably drink again.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stoudts Gold has a sweet, biscuity, clean aroma and a slightly hazy (sediment at the bottom of the bottle) golden appearance, with lots of streaming bubbles but zero lace and a super-thin, white head. The taste is of sweet, lightly-roasted barley malt and a little zing of hops at the end of the sip. This beer is very nicely balanced, and the mouthfeel is light and watery. Stoudts Gold finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and easy drinking. Overall, this is an excellent beer, and I strongly recommend it.


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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden yellow. White 2 finger head. Good carbonation.

S: Nothing really except slight bready/pretzely vibe. Faint maybe czech/noble hops. No fruitiness.

T: Malty, slight fruity and crisp/clean.

M: Thin and carbonated.

O: This would be an anytime session beer but its not all that impressive. Due to the style which isn't bold.

*Paired with Sesame BBQ chicken and twice baked potato with cheddar, broccoli and bacon.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a fairly clear gold with a wispy white head.

Cracker bready malt that I associate with the style in the aroma.

Starts out with a crisp cracker taste. Rounds into a little bit of sweetness in the aftertaste. Spicy noble hop presence throughout more in the beginning of the palate. A little tangy finish.

Medium mouthfeel and good carbonation.

Nothing bad about this one, but nothing overly great either.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the clearance table: best by...2/5/08!?!? Let's see what a 4year old Helles tastes like.

A: Cloudy pale orange body with a solid one-finger cap of dense off-white head. Nice retention and lace. Solid, but greater clarity would have been nice.

S: Wow - I was not expecting such rich, oxidized maltiness (well, oxidation yes, richness no. There's bread, caramel, sherry, and raisins. Strange and enjoyable.

T: Sweet malt opens things up, followed by sherry, a touch of cardboard, and some borderline-rancid fruit. The age is a bit less delightful here, but it's by no means undrinkable. I kind of like it, actually.

M: Lively medium body. Very nice.

O: I expected this to be laughably bad, but it really wasn't. Obviously a well-made beer. If it weren't so expensive normally, I wouldn't have waited for it to be on clearance.


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Photo of CowsCanBark
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a standard pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance: Pours a light-golden yellow hue, with a half-finger head that quickly dissipates into nothingness. No lacing is left. Not impressed.

Smell: Smells of malts and hops, maybe a little bit bready? I also catch perhaps a hint of citrus.

Taste: Wow, the taste really changed my mind about how horrible this beer might be. You can taste the malts and hops, as well as the citrus backbone. All of these flavors, however, are intertwined very well and just mingle perfectly. The flavors burst into your mouth at first, and then subtly mingle in the aftertaste. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and medium carbonation, crisp finish. A definite drinkability candidate.

Overall: Do not judge a book by its cover, or a beer by its appearance. While this beer pours out looking horrible, and smelling average, the taste and overall refreshment factor makes it a very nice beer.

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Photo of HosP
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into Ballast Point Pint glass.

A- Pours golden, straw color. White head with little lace left on the glass. Slight haze to it.

S- Sweet aromas to this beer. A little bready, maybe subtle hop smells at the end.

T- Like the nose, starts with sweet malts up front. Bitterness starts to creep in at the middle. Some floral, grassy hop flavors in the background and hold up the bitterness for a bit. Ends on the sweeter side, maybe some bready malt flavors too.

M- Light body, moderate carbonation. Crisp in the mouth.

O- Easy drinker, crisp, bit refreshing. Not as bad as I was expecting. Not my favorite style, but still not bad.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Second Stoudts of the night and I love a good helles lager.

A - Golden hue in color with a bit of haze. Poured a bit aggressive and got a half inch of white foamy head. Again settles to a fine lace ring with sticky goodness.

S - Slight bit of grain, touch of hops, and some lager yeast.

T - Comes off sweet with sort of a touch of wheat and grain. Moves to a bit of bitter hops and again finishes sweet and balanced. Almost has a sweet apple tone to it.

M - A very nice light to medium body. Easy drinkin'

Overall I liked this offering and kudos to being PA brewed. Light, toasty with a touch of hops and sweetness make a good brew.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of drtth
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a rich golden amber color with a ½” thick smooth, finely bubbled off-white head that begins to recede visibly but leaves a bit of lacing, a nice ring around the glass and a thin layer of foam on the liquid. Sipping leaves some scattered lacing and for most of the beer there is a ring of foam and some speckled lacing.

Smell: The aroma is filled with a nice bready malt and an underlying touch of floral hops.

Taste: The flavors are clean and crisp and include lightly sweet and bready malt with a background or undertone of earthy bitterness. The blending is subtle and inviting.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and nicely smooth with on going light carbonation. The finish is on the long side of medium and starts in the sweetness of the malt and gradually transition to a lightly bitter dryness that invites the next sip.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I have had this beer several times before and, as in the past, I found this one quite drinkable. One sip follows easily from the last and invites the next. I could have more than one of this and find it a nice beer for an evening including dinner and a good conversation with friends. My overall impression is that this is a first rate example of the style and once again Stoudt’s has displayed their mastery of German style beers.

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Stoudt's Gold Lager from Stoudts Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.