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Stoudt's Gold Lager - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

504 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 504
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 41
Gots: 36 | 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"
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Photo of jbertsch
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Straw gold. Billowy white rocky head. Decent bubbling. Great lace.

Aroma:
I smelled very little. Faint malt and husk. But I did have a bunch of food around me at the time.

Taste:
Classic malt tones. Faint biscuit. Nice honey notes on the finish.

Mouthfeel:
Average for the style. More smooth than crisp. Not super carbonated.

Drinkability:
Thumbs up as expected.

A good all purpose lager to have with football food like I did. Could easily drink a handful of these.

Photo of Murrdogg
3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A Very clear and golden color, typical of a lager. slightly thicker head, maybe one finger tall

S Very slight 'typical lager' smell, but other than that I got almost nothing.. maybe some malt or lemon, but barely

T a light taste, I wrote "can feel head" .. not sure what that means, but.. this was very drinkable, and again paired nicely with dinner. A slight breadiness, if anything, but pretty much nothing.

M smooth, slightly hoppy. I kind of got a slight "typical/crap beer" taste that was reminiscent of the bad days in college :P

D It sure went down easy. It's very smooth and drinkable, but practically flavourless.

Photo of ThirstyBird
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden yellow with a fluffy white head that falls very slowly finally settling as a thick blanket. Lot's of lacing.
Rich sweet malt, grain, sour mash, crisp hops.

The taste follows the nose though the hops on the back end in has some peppery spice to it. The brew leaves my mouth dry on the aftertaste.

Heavy side of light. Nice carbonation - very pleasant mouthfeel.
Overall this is a tasty brew - one that I could tangle with over an entire evening.

Photo of philbe311
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery...

A - A fingers worth of clean crisp compact head... A bright golden yellow with distinctive glow... Loaded with swirling moderate paced carbonation...

S - Quite subdued... Some faint sweet maltiness... A touch of lemon... A touch of spicy grains...

T - Loaded with bready malts and grains... Lots of grassy notes... Some minor spice characteristics... A very subtle earthy hop kick on the finish...

M - Medium bodied... Sturdy... The very definition of clean and crisp... Refreshing... Excellent carbonation levels...

D - An insanely drinkable top-notch lager that is loaded with character... Absolutely delightful and a lager that I would drink on a regular basis and is more than worthy of being in the beer fridge every now and again...

Photo of pburland23
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Oyster House Philadelphia.

Pours a bright, clean yellow. Like a little glass of sunshine on a Wednesday afternoon. Ample (more than one 1 finger of head) that produces more lacing than I anticipated with a lager.

Smell is highlighted by German hops....Hallertau and Saaz, I would guess. The taste is similar...crisp and clean with a delightful balance of malt with hops bitterness. The carbonation was robust and provided some entire body to this medium bodied beer.

A delightful Munich Helles Lager. I can't believe I waited this long to try one. This won't be the last.

Photo of JAXSON
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Many 12oz bottles of this. Pours a clear light gold with a sparse white head. Cereal grains, light grassy hops in the nose. Flavor is dry and tight. Cereal like unsweetened Cheerios shines on this. Not as snappy as a pils but quite a balanced and refined offering. I'm a sucker for these light German style lagers when they're done right. This is good stuff and a great value.

Photo of BillyBob78
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought this at a 6 pack shop. Love Stoudt's Brewery.

Nice bright yellow/Gold appearance with a nice white head. Good lacing.

Smell some hops, yeast and bread. Nice carbonation.

Tastes nice and clean. Very drinkable. Nice Munich style lager. Bready malt, biscuity with some nice balanced hops. Nice and crisp.

Good session beer.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold in color with a small white head, and a small amount of lace.

Smell is okay, with a slight bit of spicy hop character and some malt breadiness.

Taste is slightly malty sweet, with rather pronounced, spicy hop notes.

Feel is crisp and smooth, with ample carbonation, and light in body.

This is a good solid example of the style. While not my most favored style, I do prefer a good helles as apposed to other lagers.

Photo of paulozanello
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Brewpub in Adamstown PA.

This beer pours a translucid straw golden color with a fluffy white head. Lacing is average.

Smell is a very typical light malt smell with a tad of grassy hops.

Taste starts with just the right amount of malt sweetness with a crisp touch of grassy noble hop varieties (Hallertau, Perle and Saaz).

Body is light, carbonation is medium/high and drinkability is outstanding.

This reminded me a lot of all the great Helles beers I had in Munich and I guess that's exactly what Stoudt's was going for. Probably the best example of this style made in the US.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 10/01/2010:

12 oz bottle served at 42* into a pint glass.

A: It pours a light, golden, straw color with nearly no head.

S: It sports notes of pale malts, light citrus, a little breadiness, and not much else.

T: It tastes of lemon, grapefruit, pale malts, grass, and some pepper.

M: It is light, fruity, and refreshing.

D: It's super drinkable.

Photo of Jmamay22
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This lager pours a pale yellow with a light voluminous foamy white head. Smells of hay, citrus, wheat, and a funky hop scent. Very clean and straightforward smell.

Again a very clean and fresh palette. The German hops come through on the taste more so than in the nose. A light clean mouthfeel with noteable fizziness that goes down easy. A very enjoyable summer beer.

Photo of Nordicsk8er
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft serving @ Stoudt's Brewery. This is my second tasting following a small sampling in May @ a beer fest. It was one of my favorite samples at the fest and so I was more than happy to make a detour to the brewery in my travels to give it a try.

A slightly cloudy light golden honey color with a bright white one finger head. Moderate carbonation. Layers of stickly lacing remained in the glass long after the finish.

Smell was rather faint. Light maltiness and not much else.

Taste was super crisp with a solid backbone and just a touch of bitterness in the finish. A tad grassy. More dry than sweet but a good balance and showcase for the malt. I enjoyed this sipped on its own; and it stood up well to kielbasa and sauerkraut too.

Mouthfeel was quite smooth and a bit stickier than most lagers I've tried.

Drinkability is excellent. This could be enjoyed over and over and is versatile with food or on its own. A great warm weather brew but could also be a year round staple.

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

It would have been smarter to write about the appearance first - I'm only five sips in and already only one away from the bottom. This thing hardly lasted long enough to garner a proper visual inspection. Fortunately there's enough of the yellow liquid left that I can observe its light chill haze, witness its bubbles and observe its total lack of head.

Munich Helles is one of my most favourite styles of lager to drink... but not necessarily to smell. This particular example is authentically and perfectly crafted but even it doesn't give much to sniff at. It is pleasant though; it's sweet, almost cookie-like maltiness attracts and arouses the senses in the same manner as a pie cooling on a windowsill.

A good Munich Helles is built like an Olympic gymnast: mega lean but super muscular. There isn't much meat on this taste, but that doesn't mean there isn't a lot of it. The simple, straightforward pale malt flavour is bare as bones but every bit as tough and unbending. It's also garnished by the skimpiest trace of green, lemony (definitively German) hops.

To imagine a world before mass industry consolidation and industrialization, before adjuncts and advertising execs that encouraged the diluting and emasculation of lagers, to imagine that lagers this wholesome, flavourful and finely crafted were just expected of breweries. Every Gold Lager out there seeks to set the world right again...

So many American brewers malign and mistreat German lagers - not Stoudts. They treat their lagers right; they brew them clean, wholesome, tasty and with an obvious (and rightful) sense of pride and integrity. Anybody who wishes to drink mainstream, commercial beer should be required to drink a bottle of this first to know what they are missing out on.

Photo of elgiacomo
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle best by Nov 20, 2010.

Pours clear pale gold/yellow with a one and a half finger white head that leaves some rings of lacing.

Aroma features noble hops, grassy, floral, somewhat spicy and musty, yeast and bread, a little banana and other fruit.

Flavor is somewhat malty and sweet, earthy, grassy hops, some grain and bread, dry finish.

Mouthfeel is low to medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Easy drinking, refreshing beer, but nothing spectacular.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle to pint glass. Best by date of 9/10/10. Sampled 2-3 months ago.

A: The 3 1/2 finger frothy white head has large bubbles on the surface that create small pockets when they rupture forming a very clumpy head. Retention is mediocre. The light yellow, pale gold body beneath the cap has excellent clarity. Lacing is fair to good.

S & T: Average malts of toasted grain balanced by noble hops. Its clear that the malt and hop selection is purely German or, at the very least, influenced heavily by German tradition. The faintest hint of sweetness comes through on an otherwise mildly spicy nose and palate. Restrained bitterness on the finish. While the nose was exactly average, I have to say that the flavor was perfect and has secured a spot in my top 3 Munich Helles Lagers of all time.

M: Medium body. The texture was a little thin, particularly on the back end. The carbonation was a hair less than average in intensity causing a smoother mouthfeel than I would have liked.

D: Drinkability is perfect. Stylistically speaking, this beer is phenomenal. I buy Gold Lager by the case in the summer.

Photo of hdofu
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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

Photo of zoso1967
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear pale golden with a bright white head. The head has superb staying power and leaves very nice lace. The aroma is sweet and clean with pale malt, honey and gentle grassy herbal hops. There is also a pleasant toasted/slightly buttery aroma. The flavor is very clean, smooth and well constructed. Much like the nose, it definitely has a bit of a toasty character. The hops are soft and herbal with a pleasant grassyness that accentuates the grain character of the malt. It is very well balanced and enjoyable. The mouthfeel is light with a definite smoothness to it and a slightly drying finish. Very drinkable and refreshing. This is a great American brewed Helles, and was also enjoyed by the non-beer geeks that I shared the growler with.

Photo of morimech
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden color topped by two fingers of white head that hung on for a long time. The head settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. The only thing limiting the appearance score is the very pale color. Even for a Helles it is pale. I was not so impressed with the aroma and flavor. Almost no hop presence. I want some Noble hops in my Helles. The malt gives a nice semi-dry bready element. Finishes dry, crisp, and clean. Nice body with lively carbonation. Good lager elements. Easy to drink but not really interesting after the first pint.

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

On Tap at Whole foods a few times.

A- This lager is pretty much light golden with a nice frothy head on top with some legs, small lace spots on the sides. Looks pretty thin and drinkable.

S- Smell is nothing to shake a stick at, it's pretty simple beer with some earthy and grainy scents. Some hops with a underlay of bread from some malts, small yeast, extremely minimal. Simple.

T- Pretty tasty stuff. Im getting a German earthy hop taste with small amounts of regular hop taste that really is not tropic or pine, it's light as can be. The malt is pale and I think overpowers the hops very subtle like. Small bread quality.

M- Thin, crisp, refreshing, not much of a aftertaste, it comes and goes.

D- I enjoyed it, very easy drinking beer with enough flavor to keep you going. Im enjoying basic styles more and more these days.

Photo of woodychandler
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Transcribed from undated notes.

This arrived with a finger-and-a-half of thick, bone-white head with excellent retention. Nose had the now-familiar slightly honey-like sweetness indicative of a quality lager. Color was a gorgeous deep-gold with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium with a slight sweetness on the tongue. Finish was solid lager - slightly sweet, slightly dry, simply terrific!

Since my initial review of this beer, I have become much more familiar with lagers and this review more accurately reflects my feeling about this beer. A sixer of it can usually be found in my refrigerator.

Photo of bum732
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Very bready malt, yeasty, some floral notes, some grassiness.

L: Clear light yellow, decent head that dissipates.

T: Bready malt with a nice grassy and slight earthy hoppiness. Finishes fairly clean with some leftover grassy hops.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

I liked this beer, something i could drink a lot of. Very similar to their pils in many ways, with the exception of the bready malt. A nice take on a German classic.

Photo of jwhancher
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Have had this plenty of times previously. Just got around to reviewing it. Pours a crystal clear gold color. Nice thin white head with good carbonation. No DMS or other off flavors present. Has a faint floral hop aroma. For whatever reason, I get a faint walnut, or nut, smell and taste. Extremely clean tasting beer. Dry tasting with just enough bitterness to tinge the tip of your tongue at the end of each taste. A very nice, light easy drinking beer.

Photo of TheDeuce
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stoudt's Gold Lager....

Appearance-pale gold color, nice carbonation with a large whispy white head that sticks around long after the beer settles, nice looking beer.

Smell-whiffs of honey, grain, hops, other small smells, pungent.

Taste/Mouthfeel- not as clean as you might expect, honey and grain again, surprising alcohol hit, layers of flavor, smooth more filling than you might expect.

Drinkability-refreshing yet filling and flavorful.

Overall-great Helles, Stoudt's nails it again. After drinking so many pale imitations it's great to see a faithful version by a microbrewery. Great work.

Photo of argock
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. No freshness date.

A: Straw-colored with big-bubbled 1-finger off-white head with short retention and no lace.

S: Soft grassy and grainy aromas permeate but overall not attention-grabbing

T: Good Helles flavor with pale and lightly toasted Munich-style malts to leave a nice toasted grain backing followed with grassy, herbal hops for nice balance.

M: Light-bodied and crisp with low graininess in the clean finish.

D: Good-tasting brew, but I'll forget about this one pretty quick.

Photo of Stunner97
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- lots of beautiful bubbles of all different sizes big and small stream nicely up the glass, golden yellow in color, with moderate tan head up top, to me for this style its absolutely beautiful

Smell- corn, grains, husk, slight faint hop, and a nice very sweet malty nose,

Taste- nice mix of sweeter malts and some drying crisp hops on the finish, good amount of hop bitterness more then i would have expected, slight grain up front and good amount of malt but nicely checked by a firm hop back end,

Mouthfeel- light to moderately bodied, crisp heavy carbonation

Drinkability- Very drinkable and has a very nice balance and very strong hop finish, its a very nice combination of still having the light refreshing nature of a lager but with a sharp hop backbone, certainly refreshing, a nice example of a german style lager albeit with more hops then most i have tried,

Stoudt's Gold Lager from Stoudts Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.