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Stoudt's Gold Lager - Stoudts Brewing Co.

Stoudt's Gold LagerStoudt's Gold Lager

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BA SCORE
88
very good

444 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 444
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.1%


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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ZAP

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A real nice Helles...pours a somewhat cloudy gold with a bit of a reddish hue...nice maltiness emerges on the nose and invites you in....taste starts with the malt but then a real nice snappy hop presence closes the deal....this is sweet, and malty, but finishes crisp, and clean...I like Dortmunder Gold better but this is a nice Helles in the next tier...

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2003 21:10:19 | More by ZAP
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ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice golden orange pour with a good sized covering of white foam on top. Aroma is mostly a nice mix of german malts. The hops also stay true to the style.

A nice crisp drinking lager that has a great german feel to it. Well balanced with good malt backround and a very nice hop balance. Excellent session beer. This one could really be a great summer work brew, but it is a bit hard to come by in my area. Nothing amazing here, but a good one none the less.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2003 05:35:41 | More by ElGuapo
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

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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Jarod

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Label very simple just states the company name and what you are drinking.

This beer poured a yellow gold color that had a slight cloud to it, you could still see the carbonation bubbles if you held it to the light. The head that it produced was a creamy/beige colored that was good in size foamy and creamy in nature, and it seemed to last for quite some time. It left a sheet with rings at the end lace behind a good portion of the way down the glass and then broke off into a patchy lace. The aromas that came from the glass were sweet and spicy like a peppercorn. I nosed fresh hops, sweet malts, citrus fruit, peppercorns, fresh grass and some caramel. The tastes were much like the aromas. Flavors of fresh floral hops, sweet malt, a light pepper, citrus lemons, kind of a watery presence, fresh grass, caramel and a tad alcohol. The aftertaste was a mix of hops and a fresh clean water feeling that balanced the hop right out. Medium bodied. Stoudts did a good job in balancing the hop bite with the sweet malt IMO, the two flavors complimented each other and did not overpower one another. It is a refreshing beer that is clean and crisp. Not a super beer but very good to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2003 07:15:35 | More by Jarod
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frank4sail

New Jersey

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

Sharp malty nose. Gold colored with lots of tiny bubbles. Nice fluffy white head. Smooth solid mouth especially for a lager. Quite an even handed malty earthy taste. Slight marshmello sweetness to the finish. A very good lager. The beer is solid and well crafted. A great lager for the fall months.. malty, smooth, and good lookin'... It won't knock your socks off.. but it will give ya a smile.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2003 13:06:47 | More by frank4sail
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fes1

Pennsylvania

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

A guy handed me a bottle of StoudtsGold at a beer swap, he had accidently grabed one of his own. Never one to pass up a free beer I stashed it in my car and popped the beer in the fridge when I got home.

The beer was very good, Nice vibrant color, and a strong aroma.
Strong smooth beer taste, not for a light beer drinker thats for sure.
This was a beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2003 17:42:28 | More by fes1
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Thrasher

Oregon

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

12oz contract brewed at Frederick. I've had a few Stoudts beers but I realize now they have all been from 12 oz bottles and I've never tasted anything in the bigger bottles actually made at Stoudts. Nevertheless, I love their beers and think they are worthy of more attention. This beer is no exception, a crisp, malty, clean quenching lager that is a perfect American representation of a German style beer. Lovely head that wisps into clouds, appealing musty aroma, full rich maltiness right off the bat, then tempered by flavorsome (not too bitter) hops. This beer will do for any occasion and you might be able to get that Bud-light-swilling friend of yours to drink a few of these under the right circumstances. A flawless beer, ridiculously drinkable. I think I shall have another.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2003 20:23:59 | More by Thrasher
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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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bierman2000

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A lager that is more towards a Yuengling, except for color and taste. Where it is a lighter gold color and the taste is a bit more hoppy. It's an above average lager that is good after long day. The alcohol is not present and it is a beer that can go well with just most blander dishes. It is not one of the best lagers out there but it's better than any Macro made. A beer rookies leap to the big leagues, in a small way.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2003 14:10:55 | More by bierman2000
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There's a strong sweetness to this lager. It pours an bright orange-gold color with a dense white head. Detected some hop bitterness which blends well with the sweetness of the malt.
I can smell a fruitiness - possibly peaches on the nose. Some lingering sweetness. A very unique and flavourful lager beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2003 00:10:05 | More by pezoids
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allboutbierge

Austria

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely awesome sweet smell. Light gold color with rapidly disapating head. Appearance isnt the best but taste is excellent. Light and smooth with a light grace of hops with a shadowy background of light malts. Easy to drink in mass quanities. Well balanced mouthfeel not bitter or sweet and has a very silky quality on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2003 17:22:29 | More by allboutbierge
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rich golden color topped by a tight white head that fades to a layer of thin foam. A very light and loose lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is light, with a bready malt character accented by a touch of peppery hops. The taste is also very light and crisp, with just a touch of malt evident. The hop bitterness is a bit more prevalent than I expected. The beer has decent bitterness on the finish, but a slight metallic note detracts from the flavor. Mouthfeel is crisp and fresh, with decent carbonation. The drinkability is good, and would be better with a bit cleaner finish. A decent brew, but not the best Stoudt's has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2003 08:03:08 | More by aaronh
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maxpower

Missouri

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

Pours pale golden color, huge white frothy head that clings to my glass. Spicy hop aroma, nice balanced bready flavor, crisp and clean, finishes dry. Light body, a little harsh mouthfeel, a great beer and very drinkable, I like this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2002 14:19:05 | More by maxpower
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Wildman

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well to honest, when they told me it was a lager, I was a bit hesitant. But I was presently surprised. It was a light gold color and formed a bubbly white head. Some carbonation was present. An aroma of malt and grain was present. A flavor of matl and grain with a bit of a tartness to it possibly brought on by the carbonation. A nice finish to it. All and all, a very nice beer for this style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2002 20:39:44 | More by Wildman
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MAB

Alberta (Canada)

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

It's been a while since I've been able to buy this beer, and I wish I could get more.
I first sampled it in 1997 at a beer show and it was my "best of show" vote. I've bought six-packs several since.
This is definitely one you can give to people who have never had the nerve to try an ale. Golden yellow and a malty nose, smooth and very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2002 07:54:58 | More by MAB
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

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

765 ml bottle purchased at the brewery. Bright gold body stopped by a fluffy white head, with enough carbonation it sounded like Rice Crispies when I poured. Nice lacing. Very classic looking. Fresh hay in nose, with a whiff of malt sweetness. Strong malt body wonderfully balanced by hop zing. Excellent beer to serve to a mixed group of craft fans and Bud drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2002 20:32:03 | More by RonfromJersey
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psugrad98

Pennsylvania

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

Very true to its German Heritege. Pours rich and clear medium dark amber. Brussles lace clings to the side and all the around the glass. Thick rich and frothy head stays an above average time frame.
Smells hoppy with a hint of spice and sweetness. Rich malt flavor with a good hop bite. Goes down exceptionaly smooth with a hint of spice. Good session beer An outstanding lager.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2002 12:58:19 | More by psugrad98
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John

New York

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold color, creamy head with great looking lace. Very smooth, luxurious mouthfeel, but equally refreshing. Precisely balanced malt and hop character. Seems to me this brew blends well the traits of the various European lager/pils styles. Definitely a beer that could easily become a regular in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2002 11:45:51 | More by John
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Jason

Massachusetts

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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WilliamPhilaPa

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear golden color with a nice fluffy head with deep pockets. Aromas of saaz hops gives off a peppery smell and taste. There is a very good balance between the Munich-style malt and the saaz hops. Overall another good brew from Stoudt's and a very good Munich-style Helles lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2002 15:59:19 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
Stoudt's Gold Lager from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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