Stoudts Pils - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudts PilsStoudts Pils

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650 Ratings

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Ratings: 650
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 45
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: psugrad98 on 08-11-2002

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 650 | Reviews: 363
Reviews by IronLover:
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass a light straw color with a nice fluffy white head that stuck like glue as it settled,very German in the nose toasted grain and mineral qualities with a touch herbalness saaz maybe?Very dry pils here dry toasted malt underneath a dry,somewhat herbal hop profile I do notice a s I drink more a freshly baked bread elemeant to it that adds to its subtle complexities of malt vs hop.A damn fine pilsner one of the better to come my way in a while for sure.

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

Appearance – This Pils is a light, highlighter yellow in color and very clear with a nice, white, fluffy retentive head.

Smell – The aroma consists of light, husky grain with the smallest sugar aftersmelll.

Taste – The grain really opens up at the taste. It is very smooth and like I said earlier full of husk. The sweet flavor comes on much bigger as well. It is sweet like the sugary flavor you get from vegetables.

Mouthfeel – This is good and big for a Pils, much bigger than what I’d call light-bodied if not quite medium-bodied. It is incredibly smooth in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – This is one of the few truly drinkable examples of a German Pilsner I’ve had made here in the US. Well done, Stoudt’s!

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #39 (Apr 2010):

Pours a bright, clear, pale golden color, topped with a creamy head and full of lively carbon- ation. Fresh malt nose with a gentle touch of flowers. Crisp and refreshing up front. Light bodied, but very smooth and creamy. Snap of citric rinds, some saltiness, a bit of peppery herbal flavor-- quite bitter. Thin layer of grape fruitiness beneath, followed by a base of fresh biscuity malts; a bit toasty, but dry overall with just enough sweetness and malt char- acter to keep the hops in check, while also allowing them to assert themselves. Finishes very clean with mild bready and herbal lingers, and a touch of steel.

WTF. We're in Germany! Translation: a spot-on example of the style and a damn solid Pils.

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

This beer stands out to me among the usual pleasant-but-forgettable everyday beers I have, so I chose it to be my first review back in a long time.

After drinking six of these, the most noticeable characteristic of this Pilsner is the sheer BITTERNESS. This is without a doubt the most bitter pils I have ever had. There's none of the usual "touch of sweetness" or "light-bodied" to be found here. This is a bold, strong, full-bodied, bitter pils.

The bitterness somewhat limits the drinkability, so having several of these in a row would be a bit too much to handle for most people. Stoudt's Pils isn't the best I've ever had (that honor goes to Troegs' Sunshine Pils) but it definitely takes a strong #2 position.

Photo of shapudding
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the pint bottle a clear golden with light white head that settled down to a nice little ring. (bought from Stoudts) Scents of champagne, white grapes, maybe a little honey... very nice. Lots of carbination hits your tongue right away with a slight bite. Very light moutfeel, very thin but not watery. Slight citrus, little bit of grapefruit, chardonnay... Decent beer, little light for me though.Very drinkable.

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled a 12 ounce bottle, poured light straw, with a medium bubble white head, minor lacing observed. Nose is the expected and hoped for grassy saaz hop type stuff. Crisp, cleansing and clean tasting Pilsner. Nice take on the style , well worth enjoying a bottle or two, went nicely with some cheese, crackers and salad.

Photo of tigg924
3.07/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: bright yellow, clear, 1/4 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: malt, caramel, bread, and grass

Taste: a grassy malty start that is not overpowering with abrupt big hops at the end

Mouthfeel: super smooth, sweet with a bitter middle to end, light

Drinkability: After tasting several pils lately I find this one to be just average. This beer is very two note a weakish start followed by a bigger hoppy explosion. I could have one more, but I would just as soon turn to another pils.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to djrn2 for sending this beer my way.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is lemon, pilsner malt and grassy hops. The flavor is spicy hops with medium bitterness. There is a nice malt backbone and some citrus notes. The flavor is also slightly metallic. Soft mouthfeel and medium-high carbonation.

Photo of Byeast
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a paler straw , with lots of fast carbonation rising to the solid inch of bubbly white foam.

Smell: Pale maltiness and spicy , green noble hop scents.

Taste: Malty straw , with a nicely assertive , bitter , and fresh hop kick. Some soapiness to the hops as well.

Mouthfeel: Fluffy and light , effervecent.

Drinkability: A nice american pils in the german style. Quite Drinkable.

Photo of jakester
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is from a new sampler case from Stoudt's. Date is clearly stamped on the bottle. (Yay!)

Pours a brilliant, clear straw yellow with a two finger head of white foam. Looks well carbonated. The head eventually drops to islands and a ring, with great lacing. I love that!

Aroma is a great combination of German pils malt and spicy Noble hops. Malt is bready and stands out well. Hops are black pepper and maybe a little citrus. Aroma is a little grainy, but very nice! I actually sat at my computer smelling my empty glass when I was finished reviewing this!

Flavor is crisp pils malt, bready and light. The hop bitterness is right up front, and the flavor of spices like pepper or lemon pepper from hop flavor come through really well. Aftertaste is slightly grainy pilsner malt and Noble hops.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, with a good carbonation bite. Just enough residual sugar here to be felt. Finish is crisp and on the dry side. Delicious burps!

I haven't reviewed too many German Pilsners, so I don't have that much to go by, but, damn! this is tasty. You could drink this an entire Sunday watching football and still go back for another. Highly recommended.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into my tall Penn pilsner glass from 12oz brown bottle with a crimped cap.

Slightly hazy golden/straw color with a 2" thick creamy white head with very good retention leaving rings of lace all the way down the glass. Well carbinated constiant streams of tiny bubbles stringing and racing to the surface.

Strong to Moderate great hop nose very spicy,also floral and grassy with toasty to burnt carmell aromas. Wonderful aroma.

A light carmell taste followed by some burnt/toasty and tart tastes,then the hops kick in with some good spicy/woody tastes. Some grassiness with a slight metallic edge thats not offensive. Finishes clean and crisp with a nice citrus rind bite. Very good taste and a nice balance to match.

Light mouthfeel,with a bit of a grainy roughness and a nice tanginess.
Very easy drinking and enjoyable could drink lots of these on a summer day.
A very pleasing beer,would reccomend this beer. I going to have to pick up a case of this beer this summer,would be great out on the deck.

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

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Pours a very light clear yellow with a ton of bubbles. It's got a nice big fluffy white head, looks very nice! Nose is sharp, sulfury and a bit biscuit-y.

Taste is very raw, sharp and hoppy. There's a distinct sulfur finish to it, really crisp and clean. It's clean and easy drinking and has a lot of flavor, I'd say it's right on par with Prima Pils

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

I had Stoudt's Pils on-tap at Sampan to go with some inspired izakaya grub. The clean, snappy bitterness and well-rounded pilsner malt was a good complement to fatty kobe beef sliders and korean bulgogi. The color was a pale straw with perfect carbonation providing a full white head. At $12/pitcher, this was a nice happy hour deal for an above average pils.

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

Appearance: Pale golden slightly hazed body paired with bright white nice sized head dwindles slowly leaving specks of lacing. Aroma: Nice noble hop bouquet Tettanag and Halletau paired with a crisp pale malt sweetness very nice biscuit malt presence to note as well. Taste: Very good German style pils floral and herbal hops with the slight biscuit toned malts blend into one insanely refreshing pils. Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied crisp mouthfeel carbonation was a bit high but didn't hurt drinkability. Drinkability: Nice easy going flavorful lager pairs nicely with food glad to see Stoudt's finally deliver this offering in bottles.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer has a crystal clear deep golden yellow body with a spongy snow-white head that last for a few sips. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles trialing to the surface.

S- The crisp dry smell of Munich malt and pale malt have a light honeycomb quality that increases as the beer warms. There is a mellow sulfur note to the finish.

T- The soft sulfur note gives way to a green hop prick that becomes more of a hop flavor as it lingers but still remains dry in taste. With a few more sips the faint pale malt qualities come through with a nice crisp freshness that balances the hops.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight little fizz that finishes the beer and enhances the hops.

D- This is a tasty beer. The sulfur flavor is smooth and takes a back seat to the crisp fresh malts and smooth green hops. This is really a great beer and it improves and develops as it warms a bit.

Photo of Brenden
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one I asked for in a trade with BeerlovinGrl. Many thanks to her.

The color of this brew is a clear, deep gold. Poured into a pokal, the head was pretty deep, tight and dense, leaving pockets of rocky lacing down the glass. As is typical, either I pour too aggressively or others not enough.
Hops and malts, albeit light, make up the nose, with grains and a light spice rounding out the aroma.
The grains come out more aggressively in the flavor. Hops and malt balance for the backbone. There isn't much sweetness, and an odd herbal spice lingers. A gentle bitterness lingers in a semi-dry finish.
The body is medium and carbonation is on the high side of moderate. It's fairly crisp.
This is a good pilsner, though it could have used a bit more sweetness and a little more nip from the spice. The odd flowery / herbal flavor I detected seemed out of place.

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

Nice clear light, lemony yellow is topped with two fingers of craggy and loose bubbles. Turns to sticky lace on the sides as it melts.

Aroma is biscuits and faint citrus.

Taste is lemon peel bitter hops with bread-flour dustiness. This all adds up to a very clean and quenching Pils. Nothing overpowers, there is no 'nasty' lager yeast in the aroma or taste, and the beer leaves your mouth cleanly.

This would be a very drinkable summer brew.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikesgroove for sending this one my way!

A: Poured a slightly hazy light orange/yellow with a one finger fluffy head. Decent retention leaving some spotty lacing.

S: Grassy hops, a little bit of citrus, and some graham cracker and caramel malts.

T: Lots of grain, some biscuity malt, and some nice grassy hops.

M: Very crisp and fresh, light bodied with full carbonation.

O: Pretty good, extremely easy drinking, will be a good one to have in the summer out BBQing.

Photo of dacrza1
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Situation: First week of school completed....
Glassware: Paulaner pilsner...
Appearance: Thin, golden cascade of bubbles that build a snow-white two-finger head--reminiscient of the Dortmunder...
Aroma: soft Saaz and a punch of maltmake the aroma agrreebale but leave it short of distinguishable (which may be the point of all pilsners anyway...)
Palate: immediate throat interaction--crisp and dry, medium-bodied with a lingering aftertaste...
Taste: a pilsner all the way, with more lagerish flavor to give it weight; a bit a bit sweet but refreshing, with a bit of banana involved...
Overall: This sits rather appropriately among the others in the case, and has some brilliant moments for its freshness and proximity to its drinking...

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stoudt's Pils

Appearance- light yellow almost clear with a huge billowy white head. Serious lacing going on thru a head that lasts.
Smell- Apple vinegar?! Vey sweet, whatever it is?!
Taste- fruity- apple/ pear. Tastes like a cider.
Mouthfeel- watery with a dry finish. A watered down pear cider.

Overall- an easily drinkable Pilsner with a light, enjoyable flavor. Just a little too weak/ watery for me. I don't drink Pilsner's but this is a good 1 for those of you who do!

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle > Pilsner glass

This is a classic look, clear, white gold color, rushing, streaming bubbles form a 1" deep, light, kinda creamy head, crispy looking overall.

The nose is very bold for this style, herbal vanilla, dried corn, white rice, hearty, earthiness from the yeast and musty herbs. sour dough bready malt, but with a crisp edge. Very nice.

The flavor is Right on! ultra-clean and crispy malt, simple but full of flavor. A bready malt and big, earthy herbs, barn-yard delights of dried corn and clean wheat. The yeast and hops dance around eachother in perfect harmony, green beans in the hops and black pepper spices. amazing balance that is sublime as hell. This is a classic for the style, the flavors are bold but refined perfectly. big flavor, very clean finish. classicly understated! Light, crispy and clean!!

This is a bit more clean and simple than it's famous counter=part the vicroty Prima Pils, i think the Prima has a bigger musty, wheat effect, The Stoudts version is cleaner and brewed closer to style. This is now my go-to Pilsner. sorry Prima!

Photo of jmz62565
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with a giant white foamy head. The lacing is good,but the color for this pilsner is very good. The smell is light with "bisquity" aromas along with sweet malt and some floral hints. The taste has a bitter hop blast then "bisquity",sweet malt, and earthy floral flavors. The m/f is light with all flavors mixing well. An excellant pilsner almost on par with Victory's. This could be an everyday beer.

Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow with a bit of head. Floral saaz hops. Dry bitter leaf, with some offset malting. Some lemon, more fruity than prima but not as delicate. Finishes bitter and dry. Well carbonated. Fresh, best before June 2006. Good with fish. Bold medium mouthfeel.

Photo of tdm168
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Village Draft House.

Pours a transparent gold with a thick, foamy, soft, white head that has good retention. The nose has faint notes of malt but a robust aroma of grassy, earthy hops. The flavor is lightly malty up front with intense, grassy hops in the finish. The bitterness of the hops lingers for quite a while. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with mild carbonation and a smooth finish.

This pilsner was a little on the bitter side making come across unbalanced. It was however drinkable and ultimately enjoyable. It's worth checking out.

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Stoudts Pils from Stoudts Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 650 ratings.