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Stoudt's Gold Lager - Stoudts Brewing Co.

Stoudt's Gold LagerStoudt's Gold Lager

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very good

441 Ratings

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Ratings: 441
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%

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 Bouleboubier


4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp and peppery-spicy. Honey and cracker malt flavors, but lacking a bit in some malt body and yeast color for a Munich helles. Some Champagne-like fruitiness and somewhat surprisingly-bold hop bitterness, and flavor to a slightly lesser extent. A lil bit more malt richness and body and I could see drinking this more often. 'Twas a fine palate cleanser and flavor compliment for the fish chowder and salty pretzel I had with it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2013 04:02:34 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of ryan1788a5


4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Light straw colored gold. Great clarity. creamy white head retains well. Small delicate rings and small spots of lacing.

S: Grain, slight dough. Faint grape skin and a vague fruitiness. Earthy and grassy hops.

T: Grainy with a hint of husk. Well balanced. Hops are very earthy and grassy. Light fruitiness and grape skin character comes through. Hops go spicy eventually. Finish of dough and cracker and a fading grassy hop character.

M: Light bodied. Filling in the mouth. Creamy. Crisp bite of carbonation.

O: When a Helles is done right, it's a beautiful thing to experience. This one is done right. Great balance, flavor is simple but vibrant and bright. Flawlessly brewed. This is the best American made Helles I've ever had, and it tastes pretty damn authentic. Between this beer and their pilsner, Stoudts brews some truly top-notch lagers.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 19:55:50 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of SeamusDoyle


4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a chill hazy yellowish golden with a foamy white head that settled into a thin bubbly lacing with a minimal amount of sticking. Aromas of honey grains and floral, spicy hops. Good carbonation and a crisp, dryish, creamy smooth medium bodied mouthfeel. Delicious tasting, honey spread over a grainy cracker, a cleansing spiciness from the hops, a subtle fruity flavor comes out in middle, and a grainy, spicy herbal finish. This is a really tasty and balanced Munich lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 22:50:42 | More by SeamusDoyle
Photo of superspak


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

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly clear golden straw color with a nice 1-2 finger dense fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, grape, apple, pepper, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and earthy spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good strength, balance, and complexity. Taste of cracker, bready grain, apple, pear, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, light clove, and earthy spiciness. Lightly tart earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of bread, light fruits, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice amount of flavors with good balance; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very excellent Helles lager! Nice amount of flavors with good balance; extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering as expected.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 05:08:37 | More by superspak
Photo of Theheroguy


4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bright yellow with generous stark white head. This is decently but not overly carbonated.

Classic grainy lager and malt smell, similar to what one would find with adjunct lagers or sapporo reserve but noticeably missing the sickly elements. It smells very nice.

Taste wise this is a what one would expect from a stereotypical lager except for done exceptionally well. Mostly malt flavor but hop bitterness is present with a noble hop spice undertone.

I feel strange comparing this great lager with lesser lagers but its the best way to describe this in my opinion.

I would buy a six pack of this anytime.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 19:32:29 | More by Theheroguy
Photo of acevenom


4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours clear golden with a tall white head. There's a moderate amount of tiny bubbles rising in the beer. The bear smells of grain with some floral hops. The beer is mildly sweet up front and then bready from the barley malt. It takes on a nice biscuit flavor. The floral hops provide some nice balance to this beer. The body is light with moderate carbonation. The finish is crisp, clean, and dry. The drinkability is very high. This is an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 00:58:18 | More by acevenom
Photo of TheHoppiest


4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours a clear pale gold color, with a 1/2" white head that soon dissipates. There's tons of active carbonation dancing from the bottom of the glass up, making this an attractive beer to watch.

Smell is grainy, almost biscuity, with hints of aromatic hops, straw, and floral notes. Clean and easy smelling, like "beer" should.

Slightly sweet tasting, with hints of lemon, bready malt, and just a nip of spicy hop to finish. There's a slight "metallic" taste on the back end that is my only real knock against how this tastes.

Light bodied and pretty crisp, this is a clean, very easy drinking beer. Light on the mouth, with just the slightest tang as it hits the tongue, everything about the feel of this beer makes you want to take another sip.

A great lager, I could easily drink this all day. It is as if the beer is evaporating from the glass, each sip becoming a greedy pull, leaving you thirsty for more. A definite try if you've got Stoudt's in your area.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 01:36:08 | More by TheHoppiest
Photo of Jimmys


2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 00:51:16 | More by Jimmys
Photo of horshack7


4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 03:10:24 | More by horshack7
Photo of A1Sports


3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 22:52:49 | More by A1Sports
Photo of Pahn

New York

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 23:10:06 | More by Pahn
Photo of NardiByNature


4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 21:32:54 | More by NardiByNature
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 02:15:39 | More by Cyberkedi
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South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2012 15:40:32 | More by thagr81us
Photo of microbrewlover


1.95/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 00:48:50 | More by microbrewlover
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 02:17:33 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of HollandTunnels


3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 22:14:31 | More by HollandTunnels
Photo of DerekP


4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 00:17:57 | More by DerekP
Photo of chefhatt


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 05:04:17 | More by chefhatt
Photo of happy4hoppybeer


3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 00:07:37 | More by happy4hoppybeer
Photo of barleyroad


2.85/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 00:06:26 | More by barleyroad
Photo of xnicknj


3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2012 05:46:30 | More by xnicknj
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
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.


Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 15:50:32 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of JerseyKirk

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 00:29:27 | More by JerseyKirk
Photo of jmarsh123


3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 21:12:00 | More by jmarsh123
Stoudt's Gold Lager from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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