Stoudts Pils - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

645 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 645
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 45
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: psugrad98 on 08-11-2002

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Ratings: 645 | Reviews: 362
Photo of justintcoons
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a Pilsner glass.

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

Nose
Cracker, pear, biscuit, and florals.

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

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, clean, and easy drinking.

Overall
Damn balanced and easy drinking Pilsner.

Photo of classixIII
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of BB1313
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of Davidstan
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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.

Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +9%

05/07/14 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Pretty dry. Good body & a friendly ABV makes this a bona fide candidate for a session or two. Keep it cold.

Photo of malvrich
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.51/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Photo of barczar
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of IronLover
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of kcrosson492
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of Jacobob10
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of Hoppinchuck
2.82/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Photo of stakem
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance:
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.

Smell:
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.

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel:
Biting carbonation and bit medium bodied but not very crispy.

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

Photo of ppvora
2.99/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured a cold one from a 12 oz. bottle.

Apperance: Light golden or straw-like color. Plenty of aeration. Four-five fingers of head. Took their own sweet time to dissipate. Good bit of lacing.

Aroma: Mostly barley, a little whiff of hops.

Taste: After the gorgeous appearance, my expectation was that this beer was going to blow me away. It's a fine pilsner, but nothing to write home about. My standard for a really fine pilsner is the Victory Prima Pils (both Victory and Stoudts are within an hour's driving distance from my house). The Stoudts people could take a couple of lessons by driving down to Victory Brewing. While this is a fine beer, it had very little of the hoppy flavor that made Pilsners the favorite beers when they first started brewing them in Germany.

Mouthfeel: OK, not much change to flavor.

Overall: Beer looks nicer than it tastes. Too little of hops. No complex aromas or flavors here.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very good and satisfying beer.
Pours a brilliantly clear straw color leaning perhaps to golden. A tall head was produced and was a bright white but faded rather quickly. carbonation was lean also.
Aroma was tart and spicy. Malts had pils aroma while the hops were spicy or peppery. Smelled nice but more sutle then bold in it's bouquet.
Taste was very quenching with sutle assertiveness. A solid malt profile with hops that are assertive and confident. Hops have a spicy flavor from noble hops on doubt.
Smooth on the palate and clean in nature finishes with a tart bitter finish.
A very well made beer thats true to style.

Photo of boddhitree
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I was disappointed. I thought it was hoppy enough with Noble hops but the mouthfeel was not nearly up to par with even an Oettinger. It was "weak" and thin. The Pils malts also lacked something. I didn't take notes, so this is the morning after. Basically, a weak imitation of a German Pils.

Photo of FLima
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden color with a thin head with low retention.
Light aroma of bread and herbal and earthy hops.
Sweet malty flavor with a spicy sensation. Notes of minerals with some oxidation, oranges and herbs such as chamomile.
Light body with medium carbonation.
Very original flavor, amplified a mineral -herbal sensation you usually get from Czech pils, plus adding some sweet oranges citrusy.

Photo of Kadonny
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Review:

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: A light straw yellow color with a minimal whitish head and minimal glass lacing.

S: Bready malt with grain and grass and a slight citrus lemon smell.

T: Hoppy saaz flavor with grass, lemon and a hint of like tangerine or some other orange type citrus coupled with malt grain flavor. Nothing really outstanding here and the hops bitterness is a bit underwhelming. Finish really turns sweeter and squashes the bitterness on the finish.

M: Light, crisp and dry, but not overly so. Sweetness takes out the bitterness on the back end.

D: High, these go down pretty easily and they can be sessioned all day.

Overall another quality pils from a PA brewer, however I seem to measure all pils' against Prima and this one comes up short. I have yet to find a better tasting pils than that. A sweeter pils compared to our other PA pils. Still a solid beer, but it won't crack my top pils list.

Tap Review done 6/24/2013:

Poured from tap at home into a tall pilsner glass.

A: A hazy lighter gold color with a two finger fluffy white head. Glass lacing sticks.

S: Grainy with lots of fruits, lemon, baked bread, grass and some slight pepper.

T: Real grainy, grassy and some hay coupled with a decent amount of lemon. There is a read deep bready character that is almost sourdough like that throws off some sweetness. The finish turns a bit peppery but very dry and crisp. Not overly bitter on the finish, but very nice. This is a typical German style pilsner that is very good, but on the softer and sweeter side. Drinkable!

M: Dry, slightly bitter, no alcohol and super drinkable.

O: I think my palate had adjusted because this is a fabulous pils. I am really enjoying them out of a keg during the summer.

Props to Stoudts for producing a pilsner that is spot on. It does not do anything spectacular, is just does everything spot on. Props.

Photo of bmwats
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilnser.

A: Golden hue. Pours a 2 finger, bubbly white head. Craters slowly and dryly. Lots o' rising effervescence and plenty of cling to the sides of the glass. Plenty of dry residue remains as it settles. Much dry, sticky, beer ring lacing.

S: Sourdough, oregano, parsley, hay, and a bit of a floral note.

T: Tastes much like it smells. Unbaked sourdough bread prominent. Buttery and slightly sweet. Very nice balance.

M: Feels thick and is full bodied. Slightly pungent and buttery aftertaste lingers on the palate.

D: Uncharacteristic of the style, this is a savory brew.

Atmosphere is great. Great body, and head. A lot of lacing. Nose is really strong bread and savory spice and a little floral. Buttery, sweet, sourdough bread. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Photo of WissBrauSean
4.8/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It poured from the bottle a clear golden straw color with a nice white one finger head consisting of tiny bubbles and leaves a bunch of ancient African art stick figures on the side of the glass for lacing! COOOOL!

I was hit with an aroma of both sweet pale malt, earthy hops and white bread! YUM!

The flavour is pretty much the same way. It starts of pale malty sweet and releases some mild fruity notes as it moves across your tongue mixing with some bread then finally letting loose some really mild earthy and piney hops ending only mildly dry and peppery. WOW!

The mouthfeel is light creamy sweet moderate body and a bit of carbonation at first.

Overall I am going to say that this is my new favorite pilsner. It's really good and I highly recommend it to anyone! 5 out of 5! World Class!

Photo of HopHeadRyan
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A bottle from standard variety pack...freshness date showing until August 2013...decanted into pint tumbler...

A - Frothy 2 inch creamy white head...disipates to about 1/2 inch and hangs on...great lacing...champagne like bubbles...near clear/slightly hazy extra pale golden-yellow...

S - Herbaceous, piney, earthy noble hops, bready-biscuit-yeasty malt aromas...awesome!

T - Citrus, Pine, Biscuits, a kiss of sweetness, nice clean hop bitterness that isn't over powering...subperbly balanced...

M - A slight sting from the carbonation but not in a bad way...light mouthfeel...a little creaminess..

Ovearll - A delicious, crisp, clean and refreshing german-style pilsner...definitely in my top 5 pilsners...Pennsylvania has some great german style beers and this is right at the top...along with Stoudt's Gold Helles-munich lager which is not to be missed.

Other notable pilsners from PA...Victory Prima Pils, Slyfox Pikeland Pils, and Troegs Sunshine Pils, all of which are in the top 50 Pilsners on BA. A difficult style to get right and one that people often overlook or think about as generic...probably has something to do with all the Macro Garbage out there trying to pass themselves as german style pilsners/lagers. When you need a crisp and refreshing brew this summer, reach for a Pennsylvania-Made Pilsner!!

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Stoudts Pils from Stoudts Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 645 ratings.