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Stoudts Pils - Stoudts Brewing Co.

Stoudts PilsStoudts Pils

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very good

559 Ratings

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Ratings: 559
Reviews: 353
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%

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

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: psugrad98 on 08-11-2002)
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Photo of kcrosson492


3.83/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 19:08:58 | More by kcrosson492
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 22:31:28 | More by scottbrew4u
Photo of Hoppinchuck

South Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 18:47:00 | More by Hoppinchuck
Photo of IchLiebeBier


3.94/5  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

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 01:23:23 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of stakem


3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 19:34:00 | More by stakem
Photo of HattedClassic


4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 22:56:01 | More by HattedClassic
Photo of micromaniac129


4.2/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 14:04:03 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of FLima


3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 00:34:19 | More by FLima
Photo of bmwats


3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 08:10:31 | More by bmwats
Photo of WissBrauSean


4.83/5  rDev +23.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 02:02:48 | More by WissBrauSean
Photo of HopHeadRyan


4.86/5  rDev +24.3%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 20:08:04 | More by HopHeadRyan
Photo of BWED


3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint.

A- Pours a straw yellow, clear body with a small amount of carbonation rising to the top, and a two finger, fluffy white head. Retains slightly, slowly dying to a thin layer, and some lacing here and there on the way down the glass.

S- A sweet grainy backbone carries a citrusy/earthy hoppiness, and a dash of fruit, maybe apple.

T- Biscuity up front with a bitter balance of hop, and again a slight fruity flavor.

M- Quite a light bodied beer, with medium light carbonation, giving a good tingle. Bitter in the mouth, but the finish is a faint dull bitterness and slightly dry. A lot less bitter than I expected.

O- I enjoy that this Pils doesn't have an overwhelming amount of the generic dull and very bitter hop character that most do. This will be refreshing in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 04:02:15 | More by BWED
Photo of dar482

New York

4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not much of an aroma, but it’s refreshing though. Hoppy and comes with an initial rush of bitterness. It is less watery and more packed in flavor compared to the Czech pilsners I’m used to. Quite drinkable and you just keep wanting another sip. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 20:37:48 | More by dar482
Photo of flagmantho


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with a light haze and a strong effervescence. Head poured two fingers of frothy white foam with decent retention and a little bit of foamy lace. Quite good.

Smell: a little light but sweet and quite malty with a creamy lager character and a balancing aroma of noble hops. I like it.

Taste: at first taste it is drier than the aroma, which is nice. As flavor develops we get a little bit more graininess and a little bit more sweetness as well. Hops start out fresh and noble with a hint of lemon, and later develop into a slightly more herbal flavor and bitterness. I think this is a very well-developed Pilsner.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a nice creaminess, especially for the style. Good stuff.

Overall: I personally love the dynamic qualities of the flavor and the creamy, satisfying aroma. For me this is a top-notch Pils with great drinkability. I will definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 03:43:10 | More by flagmantho
Photo of Mister_Falcon


4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light-medium straw/gold color into a pint glass with an initial head of maybe a 1/4 inch. The head stayed around for at least the minute that I allowed it to stand and then held it up to the light.

I was a little stuffed-up when I sniffed the beer so it took me a few minutes for it to make an impact. My thoughts of it were that it had almost a wine-like scent, just the slightest hint of the typical malty and hoppy notes that I am accustomed to were evident, but the scent that was there could be due to the understated ingredients and brewing.

The taste is just perfectly balanced and understated, right now I feel like I could polish off at least four of these without batting an eye before I would need to make special travel arrangements home if I were to continue after that. Has a noticeably fruity flavor that is otherwise well balanced aside from that. Stoudt's Pils has an immensely drinkable, effervescent mouthfeel that may help this beer supplant Victory Prima Pils as my favorite Pilsner available in my general area.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 00:32:42 | More by Mister_Falcon
Photo of Tucquan


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

Had this on 2012-07-06 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear pale yellow with a 2.5-finger fluffy white head and good lacing.

S - Pale malt, grass, lemon, a little spice. Nice.

T - Light biscuit, lemon, grass, slight white pepper, nice amount of lasting lemon zest bitterness. Dries nicely.

M - Light body and medium-high carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O - Compares favorably with a Victory Prima Pils but I don't like this quite as much. It's a little maltier and less lemony than the Victory but quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 22:26:37 | More by Tucquan
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours completely clear yellow. Bubbles rise in a beautifully intense manner. Head is a finger's width and white. Head retains for the beer's entirety. Great lacing too.

S-Nice aroma. Grassy Pils hops are the headliner. Cracker malt. Light spice and an almost apple juice note. The herbal and grassy hops are quite aromatic.

T-The hops are more herbal than grassy. The hops are intense for the style which is a plus. Clean and fresh. Cracker malt with light Belgian spice. Apple juice flavor in some areas of the flavor. A Pils with enough gusto.

M-Goes down clean and swift. Massaging carbonation. Lighter bodied. Good Pils feel.

O/D-One of the better Pilseners I have come across that I can remember. Hoppy enough but has proper balance. Plenty to like about this brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 04:28:48 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of microbrewlover


3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew pours a beautiful golden staw color with a nice head which sticks around for several minuets. Lacing stays on the glass throughout.

The smell is of grass, lemons, spices and little hoppy.

The mouthfeel is full and biscut like. A little chewy.

The taste is good for a Pilsner. There is a floral hop taste throughout from start to finish; clean and refreshing. The malts come in after the hops however the taste finishes with hops. There is also lemon, grapefruit, pepper and biscut. The hop and pepper taste remains on the tongue after swallowing.

Overall I would recommend this brew. It is a well balanced pilsner. A great beer for welcoming the Summer.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 21:12:53 | More by microbrewlover
Photo of kc44


4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is absolutely pristine pale and clear shade of gold. Big white head that sticks around and leaves a generous amount of lace. I wouldn't change a thing about how this beer looks. The smell is mostly spicy Teutonic hops, with a little bit of graininess as well. Tastes great, really comes out and bites with the hops and snaps closed with a dry finish. The hops are a little much - don't get me wrong, I'm loving it, but I expected a little more balance, and the scales are tilted in favor of the hops here. Good, easy drinking mouthfeel on this one, clean as a whistle, but it could be a little livelier. Overall, an absolutely brilliant refresher, just about everything I want out of a German Pils. However, if the hops are going to be so strong for the style, I could do with a little more depth to their character, they're a lot more spicy than floral. A little more maltiness for balance would have been welcome. Really, though, the complaints pale in comparison to the achievements of this astonishingly well crafted and authentic beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 00:58:16 | More by kc44
Photo of superspak


4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pilsner glass, best by 8/16/2011. Pours hazy golden straw color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with fantastic retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing on the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big lemon, grass, orange, biscuit, floral, and herbal hops. Very nice aromas with good strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, grass, floral, pepper, bread, light tartness, and herbal hops. Fair amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pepper, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a while. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly sticky and crisp mouthfeel. Very drinkable and smooth, with no alcohol in the taste or finish as expected at 5.4%. Overall this is a fantastic pilsner, and definitely one of the best I have had. Very drinkable, and full of nice hoppy flavors with good balance. This held up surprisingly well considering the bottle dating.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 05:39:14 | More by superspak
Photo of Sharkophile

New York

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass. Appears a shimmering, clear golden straw color with a pristine white head that has some nice retention.

S: Smells very clean with herbal and grassy hops and a sweet malt backdrop.

T: Clean sweetness at the beginning, with herbal, floral, grassy hop flavors building to a nice, crisp, drying finish. Slightly bitter. Nice. There's a funky flavor in with the hops that I striggle to describe, but it's in the background and actually doesn't taste bad at all.

M: Medium body with relatively high carbonation, which equates to a good mouthfeel.

O: A very nice pilsner. Very drinkable and has a deeper hop character than most I've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 07:29:23 | More by Sharkophile
Photo of smakawhat


3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass. No bottling date present.

A wonderfully even and very uniform perfect white head off the pour with some minor retention, and a crystal clear just golden shining body color. Some rising carbonation that goes at a normal speed, not too fast, and lots of lacing while finishing the beer.

Nose is very buttery though, what's up with all the butter of late for me? It's luckily not overpowering, mixing in with a simple malt body.

On the palate, very dry and crisp finish almost ashen with a very arid lemon feel. Crisp body and what seems to have a very sharp hop sting on the aftertaste. Carbonation is solid and not jarring,

Overall, pretty solid, but I am just not gravitating towards this or going crazy for it.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 23:32:50 | More by smakawhat
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received in trade from mdaschaf, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a crystal clear golden yellow color with a good two finger bone white head that slowly recedes but leaves much lace as she fades. Smells of sweet bready husky pilsner malt with just enough spicy grassy hops to keep this from cloying. Sweet bready pilsner malt flavor balanced with spicy grassy hops. Very dry finish with sharp spicy bite. Medium to thin body with a spirited level of carbonation and sweet honey like mouthfeel. The greatness here is in the subtlety of the flavors and how well the hops and malts contrast each other. Nice nice drinker here.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 02:46:53 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of chefhatt


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

When i poured this beer into the glass, it has a nice golden color body with a nice white fizzy head. The smell is sweet(grape smell) and some earthy hops,grains. The taste is crisp, the nice bitter earthy hops on the tongue. The mouth feel is great, good and carbonated, and overall is a really good pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 21:36:43 | More by chefhatt
Photo of DerekP


4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hay-golden body with a slim, but reliable white head, which splashes upon the glass and pulls back at a gentle speed. Glad to see it's not over-carbonated.

Clean in the nose with sweet, but subtle grape notes, grains, yeast and pistachios.

Not at all shy in taste, with bittering hops up front, hop flavor in the middle--akin to a premium European pale lager, but more robust--and a roasty nuttiness in the back end. Yeast flavors kick in after the overall taste and feel of the brew is established upon the tastebuds.

Finishes slightly sweet, tart and clean. I wish I could see this on-tap or at the very least in bottles at bars around my area. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 00:20:35 | More by DerekP
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Stoudts Pils from Stoudts Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 559 ratings.