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Stoudts Pils | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by psugrad98 on 08-11-2002

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Photo of TTen
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Stoudts Pils

L: Crystal clear. Golden, yellow. White head with great retention. 4.75
S: Sweet malty, bready aroma dominates. Some floral, grassy hop. 4.5
T: Up front bitterness. Very clean fermentation. Malt is sweet and grainy and a subtle spicy, floral hop note. Getting a little cracker and black pepper. 4.5
F: Combination of maltiness, bitterness and carbonation make it feel more substantial than it's light body. 4.25
O: Great German Pils! Balance is spot on. I could drink this all day. I may like it better than Prima which is saying something. 4.75

Best by 9/23/2016

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Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- straw colored and light golden. A modest head quickly dissipates into a ring like lace that is thin but continuously bubbles with every sip. The spritzy carbonation is evident throughout.
Smell- Sweet and grassy. There is also a floral aroma.
Taste- Initially, grassy and sweet toasted malt hits the tongue. Mid palate, the herbal and floral hops take over and provide a bitter kick that is felt in the finish. Towards the end and as it warms, an undertone of malty sweetness returns to balance out the hoppy flavors.
Feel- Light bodied but close to medium. The carbonation has some prickliness and provides some zest.
Overall- Very solid and a good representative of the style.

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Photo of thebeers
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear straw-gold color with two fingers of thick white head. Clean, crisp floral hop aroma. Lighter tasting, with a good mix of light hop flavor, a little white-wine fruitiness, hop bitterness and biscuity malt. This is just what a German pils should be.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw yellow in color. A fingernail of off white to tan rests on top. Light lacing. The aroma is of light Saltine cracker like Pilsner malt and gentle Hallertau hops. The taste is of the very light Pilsner malt with the grassy Hallertau hops appearing in the fade. The mouth is creamy and smooth.

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Photo of rjd722
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Light straw color, clear with a constant flow of little bubbles rising to the top. One-finger white foam head that dissipates quickly and leaves a small coating on top.

Aroma: Pleasant grass and floral nose, great balance between the bready malts and hops. Very clean and fresh.

Taste: Bready malts, cracker, pear and citrus up front. Definitely get the floral bitterness from the hops on the backend.

Feel: Clean, crisp, and very refreshing. Light carbonation and a slightly bitter, earthy mouthfeel to finish.

An excellent pilsner, could drink this all day.

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Photo of VDJ104
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So this is the first real pilsner I have had. Outside macro lagers. I was quite impressed with it. It had a good hop characteristic but was not over bearing. Still easy enough to drink on a hot summer day or if you aren't in the mood for a heavy strong beer.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

L - light straw colored and clear. Little bubbles going up. Thin head on top.

S - a balance between malt and hops. Notes of bread, not too complex hop aroma.

T - full body malt up front, followed by a slight citrus taste with a bitter finish. Still a balance between malt and hops.

F - light and malty. Light in body and easy drinking. Classic pilsner feel.

O - this is a phenomenal local beer! Why can't the macros make a beer this good? Very well balanced for the malt and hops lovers around. Definitely a must try for PA beer geeks

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright yellow/straw color with nice steady carbonation and a frothy pure white head of foam that sticks around and doesn't dissipate.

S - Crisp, crackery honey malt, lemons, pears, light grassiness along with some earthiness, and floral aroma.

T - Follows the nose pretty much spot on. The honey malt is present all the way from start to finish with a complimentary blend of hops over the top: lemons, crisp pear, earthy grassiness, and some bitter floral at the very end. Finishes with a nice bitter bite that lingers for a good long time.

M - Medium body and IMO, actually a little heavier than most pilsners (but no complaints here), nice carbonation pricklies on the tongue, nice lemon floral bitterness with a slight sharpness rounding out the malt base to clean any sweetness of the palate for a crisp finish.

O - Stoudts is fairly local, why have I never tried this before? This is a really nice beer for warm weather and unlike several pilsners I've tried, this one lacks harshness and is well rounded.

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Photo of Pahn
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Stag's Head (minireview from notes).

Excellent feel (don't expect less from Stoudts). Middling pilsner malt flavor with little aroma. Decent noble hop influence. Easy to drink a lot of, yet unremarkable. Did the trick when I was waiting for some takeout on a hot day.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a Pilsner glass.

Straw with 1 finger of white head. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Cracker, pear, biscuit, and florals.

Crack and biscuity malts. Honeydew melon, pear, and lemongrass.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean, and easy drinking.

Damn balanced and easy drinking Pilsner.

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Photo of classixIII
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice surprise! Started out as yet another pilsener, but a hint of spiciness showed up with just the right amount of hops for clean refreshing finish. This could easily be a good back yard beer this summer.

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Photo of BB1313
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by 5/12/15. 12oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Pours a light golden with bubbles racing to the top; fluffy eggshell white head that leaves great lacing and retention. The aromas have hints of corn and lots of grass. Malts and grains are there. Smells like your typical pilsener. The flavors are pretty bold. Nice hop bite. Subtle spiciness. More grass. Malts and grains. Lots of earthy notes. Finishes dry and very clean. Mouthfeel is great. The body is on the fuller side of light. Nice crisp carbonation making this very smooth and drinkable. Very refreshing.

This is a great pilsener. It's not flashy, but it's well executed. Well done. Recommended.

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Photo of Davidstan
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

A- very light gold clear in color
S - not much aroma kinda sweet grass
T - tart and somewhat hoppy with a nice malt balance, finish is very clean and fresh
O - Very impressed, I like to buy from micros for quality so went back to store and bought another 12 pak! If you are into German Pilsners you will likey.

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Photo of malvrich
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown bottle into pilsner glass. No BB date.

A: Lightly golden brightish yellow with a good finger of jagged, well lasting head. Decent lacing. Carbonation seems to lesson quite a bit after a couple minutes.

S: Definite bready malts with a spicy note that I attribute to the hops but maybe sort of toasty too.

T: Much like the smell but the spicy hop character is much more fleshed out. The heavy bread/toast flavor has not died out though, creating a balance that I find both unusual and pleasant. There is a bottom note that I do not get in the nose, Which I'll say is pleasantly surprising.

M: Light as expected, but surprisingly "there" with a slight bitter oiliness that turns dry at the finish. Carbonation is a bit light but certainly passable.

O: Impressive! This is what I've been enjoying finding in the pilsner style. Straight simple and refreshing. Quite distinctive beer but not much to overcomplicate or muck up the taste. Refreshing as hell but way too good for the lawnmower! BTW: I like this much more than Victory Prima, which I had high hopes for but was a bit disappointed in . Too bad I love this so much cause it's damned expensive at $12/6.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear straw color. The head is about two fingers high, white shade, and very fluffy for the style. Retention is excellent, as well. Add in nice streaks of lacing left on the glass, and you have a genuinely attractive pilsner.

S: The hop/malt balance actually smells bang-on here. Its hop profile is subtle, but there. Ditto the malts: subtle, but there. Notes of sulfur, earth, grass, and bread appear. I'd even call it delicate.

T: There's a very defined grain taste that I pick up as soon as it hits the palate. It's also backed by some sugar cookie flavor. The hop profile here tastes mild: seemingly only there to balance the rich malts out. Actually, no - it coalesces with the malts to create a spicy character.

M: For a pilsner, this is quite soft and creamy. Perhaps, even full bodied. And in spite of that, it's still very easy to drink. It isn't effortless, but it's honestly savorable. Carbonation is just restrained enough.

O: The finesse of this beer surprised me. Blindfold me, and I'd swear it came from Germany - they even spelled pilsner ze German way on the bottle! I don't even remotely care that it doesn't bring the hop assault something like Prima Pils does, either. I'll have to return to this one ASAP, it's that good.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.51/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Extraordinary clarity. Bright lemon yellow with beautiful white head. Retention above average, and average lacing.

S: Very straightforward and true to style with grainy malts leading the way. Some light spice and floral notes from hops.

M: Underwhelming carbonation actually builds as you let it breathe to become medium-high. Slight astringency in the finish.

T/O: Grains, biscuits, well-attenuated maltiness, but high bitterness. Good hop flavor that can be a little harsh with its straightforwardness-arrowroot, herbal character. One of the more accurate American re-creations of the style. Good lingering bitterness, tart lemon aftertaste. No doubt a pils for those who appreciate Noble hops.

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Photo of barczar
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant lemony straw with a billowing ivory head that lingers.

Floral hops and crackery pilsner malt dominate the aroma. There's a hint of skunk.

Flavor reveals hop bitterness throughout. The base is crackery, dry malt. There's a slight sour/minerally note that is intriguing.

Body and carbonation are moderate. There's a bit of astringency in the finish.

Not a bad example of the style, but the sour character is out of place. Bitterness is certainly dominant.

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Photo of IronLover
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow in color with perfect clarity. Poured with billowy, bright froth that maintained throughout as a steady stream of bubbles continuously migrated upward. Fresh biscuity malt and earthy floral hop aromas. Incredibly soft, delicate feel throughout with a light tanginess through the middle. Biscuity malt flavor up front followed by tangy, but gentle spicy hops. Spicy flavors transition to herbal hop flavors toward the end. Finished clean and crisp with a light biscuit malt aftertaste and herbal bitterness on the edges. Super easy drinking. If not the best, one of the best pilseners I've ever had.

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Photo of kcrosson492
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Yellow and honey-like color. Bubbles continually rise from the bottom to the surface keeping a small head.

S-Has a hint of honey.

T-The taste takes your mouth on a ride from bitterness to a smooth honey-like flavor.

M-Empty but fulfilling.

O-If you want a pilsner that has a decent flavor I would highly suggest this one.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rating of a 3.75 on 3/9/2014. Reviewed on 5/8/2015.

Best by date 9/19/2015.

12 oz can. Beautifully clear light gold color with a tall, fluffy white head. Pils malt aroma with some light spice from the noble hops. Clean, crisp, bitter, and slightly dry. Light bodied without sacrificing flavor.

Was pretty excited to find a fresh six-pack of cans sitting on the shelf. Much better than I previously remember from the bottle. One of the best American pilsners I've had to date.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden color with rising bubbles to a bubbly white head. The head settles out quickly to a thin layer.
A: Clean pilsner malt, light biscuits, fresh grain husks, light vegetal notes and a spicy hop presence.
T: Light roasted malt, husky grains, flaky biscuits and some herbal and peppery hops round out this beer. Classic pilsner dry finish.
M: crisp carbonation and light body with a dry finish.
O: Great representation of the style. Can imagine my grandfather drinking beer like this back in his Homeland Germany. Goes down easy.

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Photo of Hoppinchuck
2.82/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

It is not a bad drink, but it is not what it claims to be. It tastes more like a pale ale than a pilsener. It is not a German pilsener, but more like a Sierra Nevada Pale. I like Stoudts products, but i do not like it when companies get so creative that they lose the intrinsic flavour of the type of beer they are wanting to produce.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale golden straw; effervescent; big frothy white head, long lasting

Smell: sweet malt; light citrus with notes of cut grass

Taste: smooth, juicy malt with good balance of hops; very good Saaz flavor; leaves a crisp, slightly dry, hoppy finish

Mouthfeel: light bodied and zippy

Remarks: Well balanced and smooth; Pils isn't my favorite style, but this was pretty tasty; hops were kept in check to my tastes pretty well

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Photo of stakem
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a standard pils glass. The brew appears a hazy light yellow color. A pillow of fluffy white head rests atop with solid retention supported by constantly rising bubbles. A full wall of lace sticks to the glass with a ladder-like effect that leaves a line on the glass with every sip thats taken.

The aroma opens up with sulfur mixed with bright noble hops that are herbal, grassy and spicy with a slight floral aspect. A faint touch of fresh bready grain is also present closer to the back. This has a nice arrangement of balanced character. Perhaps my only gripe would be to turn the sulfur down a few notches.

The taste is lemony fruit that blends to zest that is more bitter, rindy, grassy and herbal. A touch of sulfur blends with a bready to biscuit grain inclusion that doesnt really provide any sweetness but does impart a freshy bready note.

This is a light bodied brew with an effervescent level of carbonation that is lively. Quite crisp, snappy, clean and refreshing. This is balanced quite well and a pils I could throw back repeatedly with no issue. Again, if the sulfur was not such a leading role in this, I would score it much higher but im leaving it as is.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer creates a bubbly and white head that does not last long but leaves a constant thin surface. The beer itself is closer to a golden amber than anything else.

The beer has hints of hops and a sweet malt backbone. The hops are bitter with hint of floral as well. The malt slightly comes out as sweet and balances out the smell a little.

The taste has a stronger hop presence than the smell. The hops are bitter mixed with floral but leans more towards bitter than anything else. The malts are barely present and sweeten the drink a little bit but not by much.

Biting carbonation and bit medium bodied but not very crispy.

A certainly different Pilsner from Victory and worth sitting down for at least once.

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Stoudts Pils from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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