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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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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
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

11-25-2011 17:50:43 | More by mdillon86
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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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-23-2011 04:30:35 | More by jmdrpi
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-23-2011 01:04:28 | More by PittBeerGirl
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-22-2011 04:30:09 | More by corby112
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-22-2011 00:48:15 | More by RoryOMoore
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

11-22-2011 00:37:05 | More by JSkone09
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

11-19-2011 13:56:23 | More by bacher468
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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
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-18-2011 20:54:52 | More by touchmeimsac
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

11-17-2011 04:42:39 | More by jeffthepony
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

11-16-2011 13:37:57 | More by chcfan
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

11-16-2011 05:25:10 | More by Neffbeer
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-15-2011 02:10:48 | More by loupap
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-14-2011 18:11:41 | More by Jspriest
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3.8/5  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.


Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 21:28:59 | More by woosterbill
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3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 05:20:34 | More by CowsCanBark
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3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 00:35:54 | More by HosP
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3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 01:08:21 | More by DrDemento456
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 02:02:21 | More by mdaschaf
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4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2011 00:23:41 | More by drtth
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is pretty light, but what's there is a wet grain, somewhat vegetal aroma. But again, not too much on the nose.

Taste is rather clean as well, starting off a little cereal grainy with the predominant tastes on the body of this beer being a bit of sweet malt with a decent dose of biscuit. In fact, I'd say this beer is more biscuit-y than anything. Somewhat of a surprise for the style, actually.

It's very drinkable and smooth, but also isn't all that remarkable. While the tasting notes surprised me for the style, they still do taste good.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 01:33:14 | More by NODAK
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with "Best By 12/29/11" stamped on the bottle.

Pours golden in color as promised. It does have an orange hue to it as well. Good clarity with an ever-so-slight haze. One finger of white foam settled to a thin lace rather quickly. Minimal head retention.

Smell very clean aroma consisting of fresh baked biscuits and grain.

Very light on the palate with some mild hops and bready malts up front. That classic Lager smoothness rounds things out on the back end making for a crisp and refreshing finish.

A good helles overall. This has summer beer written all over it.

Morey's Bottom Line: If you're looking for something on the lighter side, Stoudts Gold might just be your beer. Perfect for summer days like this one (90 degrees)!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 23:23:31 | More by Morey
Stoudt's Gold Lager from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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