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Stoudts Pils - Stoudts Brewing Co.

Stoudts PilsStoudts Pils

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very good

560 Ratings

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Ratings: 560
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: psugrad98 on 08-11-2002)
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2.96/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2013 14:34:42 | More by ppvora
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2.46/5  rDev -37.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2013 10:19:40 | More by boddhitree
Photo of Kadonny


4.11/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2013 20:10:30 | More by Kadonny
Photo of BARFLYB


4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at The Memphis Taproom, served in a pint glass proper.

A- Stoudt's PILS pours a straw yellow color with some golden highlights. A loose foamy one inch head comes through before thawing down to a skim. Moderate lacing with this pilsner.

S- A decent aroma for a Pilsner with a bunch of pale malt and a German hop variety. Some grassy and floral aroma's come out with some warming. Some bready quality.

T- A very simple pilsner with a refreshing taste. A lot more bittering from the hops than what i was expecting from smell. Smells like a fresh cut lawn on a warm summer day. I'm going to have to drink this again while i'm gardening in the summer. A great lawn mower brew. The bready quality comes back from the malt addition. Earthy hop taste in the after

M- This one waqs a little on the light side. Light to mid medium bodied with crisp carbonation. After a big gulp a huge presence of earthy flavors stuck around. No alcohol presence with this light gravity brew. Finishes dry.

D- A true session beer clocking in at just under 5%. I would gladly drink a few of these on a hot summer day but it leaves something to be desired while i drink this in the dead of winter. Would love to try this on tap at some point. A great session brew by Stoudt's, nothing more nothing less.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2012 01:25:40 | More by BARFLYB
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3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mudville 9. We drank pitcher after pitcher of this stuff. Not the best Pils I’ve ever had, but pretty damn good and certainly easy drinking. Also quite traditional in the German style. Pours a very pale yellow; ample white head with decent retention and lacing. Good clarity. Crackery, grainy malt aroma with some assertive floral and grassy hopping.

Taste is spot on for the style; has a light, dry, subtly toasted malt character followed by a bitter hop note with aspects of grass, herbs, and flowers. Finishes crisp and dry and the hop bitterness lingers a bit in the aftertaste.

Medium-light bodied; crisp and lively carbonation. A refreshing and easy drinking beer great for putting away by the pint.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2012 13:18:11 | More by tobelerone
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North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2012 02:37:44 | More by tdm168
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice gold color with a billowing two finger head. Tons of sticky lacing that clung to the beer all the way down the glass.

S: I feel it has a pretty unappealing scent. A strong bitter scent mixed with pungent skunky grain. Kind of a turn off for me personally.

T: Very nice taste mixture of bitterness and malted grain. The grain taste is semi sweet but doesn't last very long as a bitterness takes over and sticks around for a long aftertaste.

M: Light bodied and medium carbonation. It's crisp and refreshing.

O: It's a pretty drinkable pilsener and the taste isn't bad. Could drink quite a bit of it, but I'd rather drink Prima Pils.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2011 00:11:48 | More by epicness
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4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright straw color. No hazyiness at all, quite clear. Provides a thick white foam head with excellenet retention. Leaves some patch lacing down the sides.

S: Ample amounts of crackers, grassy hops and some mild citrus.

T: The hop character hits the palate first. A nice combination of grassy and citrus hops. Not overpower at all. In the middle, the white bread and crackers come through that add some nice balance. Finishes up the same, very balanced..

M: Crisp, clean, dry and refreshing. A really nice light bodied beer.

O: This is one of my favorite pilsners. Quite refreshing and easy to drink. If you enjoy a german pils and can get your hands on this, do it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2011 00:50:56 | More by IronCitySteve
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New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden straw color, good cap of dense white foam, moderate retention. Scent is of white bread, floral and lemony hops, honey like sweetness, light mustyness that throws me off a bit. Taste is pretty straight forward - commercial white bread, lightly floral and lemony with even a touch of herbalness. Lightly sweet finished lightly musty and grassy. Medium Light bodied, feels lightly oily, moderate carbonation. Didn't do much to wow me - just decent.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2011 13:47:39 | More by rfgetz
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2010 05:15:25 | More by Soonami
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4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is all pilsener goodness, showing honey, bread dough and light white pepper. On the palate, this beer is flat out delicious, showing light honey, grassy hops, more bread dough and black pepper in the finish. The hoppy bitterness in the finish gives an edgyness to this beer that I don't recall being nearly as prominent in the bottled version. Balance is excellent, with the light sweetness beautifully balanced by the peppery bitterness. Considering the low alcohol, it's really amazing how much flavor this beer packs. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, but with a lingering, bitter finish. Drinkability is exceptional... I could drink this all day and most of the night.

Given this as an alternative, it will always be a mystery to me why anyone would ever drink macro swill.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2010 20:04:22 | More by johnmichaelsen
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3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw color with a one finger head which gives way to a little lacing. The aroma is of bread and grain malt with hints of lemon and grassy hops. The taste is of bread malts with pilsner malt as a backbone. There is grassy hops and citrus hops also present in the flavor. The mouthfeel is slightly low carbonation and is crisp and clean. The drinkability is good, for a pilsner it is very complex and has a great flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2010 16:08:40 | More by goblue3509
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4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery in pils glass.
Bright clear gold in color with a finger of head. Retention and lacing are adaquate. Smells very fresh. Hops give off a nice inviting floral scent. Palate is nearly perfect. Herbal and floral hops compliment the malts beautifully. Finishes crisp, clean and bitter. Somewhat light in body with a dry mouthfeel. Simply put, this is a killer pilsner.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2010 22:07:52 | More by JunkYardJake
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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Track 84 in Warwick RI
Appears a light yellow with off white head that falls slowly. Nice lacing.
Smells of light sweet malt and slightly bitter hops.
Taste follows the nose. Grassy and bright with slight bitter hops ending.
Light body with medium carbonation that is bright and effervescent.
Easy drinking pils. Very good American rendition.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2010 17:36:28 | More by ThirstyBird
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4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was an unbelievably pale golden color, quite clear. It was served to me with a short, fizzy white cap.

s: Clean smelling overall with bright, spicy hops and muted biscuity cereal.

t: Mirrors the smell, with the addition of a nice, mineral flavored finish.

m: Crisply carbonated, pretty much spot-on for the style.

d: A great local session option. When fresh, I could drink these all day.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2009 13:21:55 | More by DIM
Photo of m1ked


3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at d.b.a. for NYC craft beer week.

A- Ironically this was poured into a Stone pint glass with their moniker "Fizzy yellow beer is for wussies". Perfectly clear straw golden color with brief bone white head no lacing. Nada 1 streamer noted.

S- Metallicy grain...I really struggle to get any aroma here.

T- Light grainy with some medium bitterness in the middle that lingers. A faint bright lemon zest. There is a bit of metallic twang in there.

M- Crisp and dry for sure. Definetly my favorite part of this beer.

D- Try as I may, I just can't get "into" Pilsners in general. This beer is not bad, its just a pilsner.... go-hum.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2009 01:13:35 | More by m1ked
Photo of BravoTwo


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

A - Nice crystal clear golden yellow, with a white head.

S - Noble hops in the nose, criap and clean smell.

T - Soft, silky noble hops with a beautifully clean flavor profile. Tight german pils.

M - Well carbonated and clean on the tounge.

D - Easily drinkable pils.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2009 19:05:46 | More by BravoTwo
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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this On tap at the American Flatbread Burlington Hearth.
Served in a large pilsner glass it had a large white head that lasted. The brew had a clear straw colored body with ample carbonation showing up in the tiny bubbles.

It had a great grain aroma with a light hop note as well. This had nice and refreshing flavors of grains and hops. Crisp and light in your mouth it went great with the flatbread.

An extremely drinkable pilsner I would gladly have it again

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2009 00:20:25 | More by joepais
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New York

3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap poured into pint glass

a: golden straw yellow color, 1/2" creamy white head with pretty good retention. Light lacing cap.

s: light malt, grassy, spicy and floral hop aroma

t: spicy and floral hop prevails, light malt trys to balance but can not out slug the bitterness. One of the more bitter Pils I have had and i enjoy it.

m&d: light bodied, crisp mouthfeel. Very drinkable and def a session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2009 10:44:19 | More by UDbeernut
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New York

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at the Blind Tiger on Bleeker and Jones in the West Village.

Poured a light straw yellow with 1/4 in lacing.

Not too complex in the nose. Picked up on the bitter hops and mild malts, with a faint wheat aroma.

Good representation of a German Pilsner. Nothing too fancy. Good balance of malts and hops with a definite wheat aftertaste. A faint sour cirtus finish.

Crisp and dry and definitely a great session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2009 15:53:48 | More by Moxley
Photo of PhillyStyle


3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Black Angus/Stoudts Brewery:

Appeared a clear yellow with a thin white, light head that was well retained. A lot of noticeable carbonation flowing to the top. A thin cap was retained throughout. A nice lacing effect as well.

Aroma is kind of weak, grainy and maybe some lemon, but it was fresh.

Taste follows but with a malt aftertaste, but good. Also hops are present. Good balance.

Light, fairly smooth, crisp, dry and pretty easy to drink. The beer had good carbonation and overall this is a nice pils. I would definitely order again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2009 16:16:34 | More by PhillyStyle
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4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear straw yellow, no imperfections.
Nice head retention, lace the whole way down the side of my Pilsner glass.

Smell: grassy with some hop and slight pepper tones

Taste: Hop taste upfront, then a mellow malt kick. Not sweet at all, but just enough so.

Excellent example of a German Pilsner and one of my favorites.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2008 22:31:29 | More by Kolsch
Photo of ffejherb


4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Corvette Grill, Annville, PA on 7/9/08.

A - Hazy golden/straw-colored body with one finger of tightly packed, bubbly white head. Average amount of carbonation present. Decent amount of lace with some foam sliding down the glass. Excellent head retention.

S - Clean pilsner nose with a grassy hop aroma and some citrus rind. Malt profile is light with a bit of graininess.

T - Slight toasted grains and biscuity malt base with plenty of grassy hops and a bit of lemon rind. Crisp hop bite in the finish that seems to get more assertive with each passing sip.

M - Medium body with quite a creamy texture and pretty mild carbonation for a pils. Moderate bitter finish that lingers for a bit on the palate.

D - Great thirst quencher. Surprised I haven't reviewed this one yet. Certainly up there with its Pikeland and Sunshine counterparts. Solid effort from Stoudt's, providing me with a slight deviation from my usual Sunshine Pils.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2008 13:28:37 | More by ffejherb
Photo of HugoGrim


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

Served on tap at Stoudt's Brewery in Adamstown, PA.

Transparent gold body with a huge foamy head. Tons of visible carbonation. Great lace.

Aroma is muted and not really impressive. Some sharp hops and a slight sweetness.

Flavor of crisp biter hops mixed with biscuity malt. Crisp, clean, and bitter. I could drink many of these.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2007 23:56:17 | More by HugoGrim
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4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This arrived with a big, foamy, bone-white head which eventually produced great lacing throughout. The color was a straw-yellow with NE-quality clarity. There was a mild nose of Saaz hops. The mouthfeel was thin, but the hops were definitely evident on the palate. The finish was beautifully dry and lingering with that special tang that Saaz imparts. 'Tor Lew keeps hyping session beers and I'll concede a well-made Pils every time. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2007 10:09:34 | More by woodychandler
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