Stoudts Pils - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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very good

363 Reviews
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Reviews: 363
Hads: 655
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 48
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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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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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. (260 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down yet consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of grainy malts in the nose along with some notes of floral hops.
T: Flavors of biscuit and grainy malts are present in the initial taste; the finish has a mild amount of bitterness and some peppery spiciness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a moderate amount of dryness, which particularly stands out in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and its crispness makes it particularly refreshing. (727 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Mikasa pilsner glass. Thanks to ChrisPro for the bottle!

Pours a clear, golden straw color with a three-finger head and quite a bit of visible carbonation. Really nice retention and quite a bit of lacing as it falls. The nose brings forward a bit of light grain character plus some mild continental hops. Mostly grain, however. Taste starts out with a bit of straw and grain husk. There is a bit of earthy bitterness there as well. Overall, not terribly complex and doesn't follow through too smoothly. Body is light with higher levels of carbonation, though certainly within the normal range of the style. Mild bitterness in the finish. Drinkability is pretty nice. Light flavor and good finish, though a bit too much grain in the taste. (751 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a puffy head that leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: Crisp and floral with an aroma of fresh mowed hay

Taste: Starts out with a crisp, floral character, with a surprisingly citrusy hoppiness building madly by mid-palate; slightly herbal with a touch of graham cracker sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and well-carbonated

Drinkability: Refreshing, more of an American take on a pilsner, using noble aroma hops but untraditional bittering hops (505 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
1.68/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I've never been a big lover of German Pilsners so this low rating shouldn't reflect on this brew but it does reflect my tastes on this style. When a I come across this style and it's got the fresh cut grass aromas and tastes I just find it unwelcoming to me. I found this beer to fall into that situation. It's a clear yellow brew with the flavors and aromas mentioned above. Just not my favorite. (397 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale haystack gold topped by three fingers of bone colored froth. The head has a quality look, is impressively persistent and is a lace generator of the highest order. This is pretty much how a German pilsener should look.

The aroma follows suit. The hop bill is Perle and Warrior (bittering) and Saaz (aroma). The nose isn't overly grassy, but is nicely well-rounded. Fresh cereal grains, lemon zest and herbal hop notes are present too.

Stoudt's Pils is good beer because the brewers paid at least as much attention to malt as hops. It tastes and feels like there's plenty of pale and wheat on board, which gives the beer a solidity, a balance, and an ease of drinkability that some versions lack.

Even though sugar-crusted malts are present in each and every mouthful, hops are what ultimately seal the deal. As in the aroma, hop flavor is multi-faceted (lemon zesty, herbal, spicy and grassy). The drying, quenching, bitter nip on the finish is especially nice. It isn't hard to see how Pils has earned a number of accolades over the years.

The mouthfeel is as expected given the generous quantity of malt. It's more full than most and is supremely smooth, with a moderate alpha acid raspiness to keep things interesting.

Other than Fat Dog Imperial Oatmeal Stout and Weizen, Stoudts has never bowled me over. Pils is a rock-solid version of the style and should be a great warm weather beer. And a cold weather beer. And a cool weather beer. And a rainy day beer. And a... (1,482 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice golden amber, a bit darker then I would have thought, and that is good. a nice fluffy pillow like white head graced the top to a height of about two inches before settling back down to just some lace ringing the glass, a touch of which stuck around for a while. Great visible carbonation evident in streams of bubbles filtering up from the bottom. Smell was light, lots of grain with some hints of maybe corn or an earthy cereal, but nothing spectacular. Taste was good, you typical pilsner. Light on the flavor, big on carbonation. Smooth crisp mouthfeel. Not a real lingering flavor, but what was there was lots of grain and corn maybe, something else but it was hard to place. Very sessionable, as it was very light. All together a good summer drinker, I have had better, but it is definatly not bad. Looking forward to hitting up some more. (858 characters)

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. (480 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a bright straw-colored yellow that's just a touch hazy. The frothy white head formed atop the beer like heavily whipped egg whites.

Smell: The lemony, floral hop aroma is a knockout. A bit of graininess in the nose as well.

Taste: Oo! An abrupt, snap of puckering lemon greets the tongue. Grainy, with some lightly sweet malts in the mix. Finish is customarily dry with a lingering spiciness. All the flavors mesh well.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Clean and Crisp. The two c's that please.

Drinkability: Yes, I enjoyed it. At work, even! A tasty pilsner from Stoudt's. (600 characters)

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

A - Half a finger of white foam on a clear, golden body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Spicy hops with some weak pilsner malt character.

T - Grainy malt up front without a lot of pilsner sweetness. Spicy hops in the middle, some anise notes. The finish is grainy with moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - A decent pilsner, the malt character is kind of weak and lacking in rich pilsner sweetness. The dryness in the finish is a bit excessive and borders on astringency, which hurts the drinkability. (584 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A crystal clear, bright gold body is capped by a short but creamy, bright-white head that holds quite well and leaves some minor lace about the glass. A fresh, grainy malt and brightly floral, grassy and somewhat spicy hops combine in the nose. The body is medium and it's crisp in the mouth.
The flavor is well-balanced between a semi-rich maltiness and lush hop flavors; and it's distinctly bitter but not overwhelming. It finishes dry and refreshing with some short-lingering malt and gently bitter hops. Crisp, clean,and full of flavor - this is one well-brewed and highly drinkable German-style pils! (607 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lager yeast, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of lager yeast and grain. Then a decent hops bitterness comes in followed by a mild sweetness from the thin malt character. However, it's pretty well-balanced. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it's a decent beer overall, but there are several others in the style that I would choose first. (767 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw with no head. Nose is a bit metallic with a grain like attribute. The metallic character seems to come out stronger and stays. Feel is standard with a good bubble over the tongue. A good brew, I just think the metallic tone could go on vacation. (265 characters)

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. (633 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flawless appearance: straw color, clear, excellent head with very good retention. The lace is spotty but far more extensive than most pilsners.

Fresh scent of light hops. The malt is light as expected. For the style, the aroma is quite nice.

A very nice pils, full bodied, slightly high carbonation. The hop tastes fresh and the malt is present and dry. The mouthfeel is "rounder" (as opposed to crisp) than I'd expect.

Although this is lighter than the usual microbrew fare, this is an excellent, flavorful beer. Too good to be called a lawn mower beer, yet it would be an awesome choice after the chores are complete. (628 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Haze, pale yellow/green, pearish coloring, fine white head, thin, but lasting.

Aroma is lemony and slight, vinegary with shades of straw. Bits of spice. Not terrible, but not to my liking.

Smooth sailing once in the mouth, slick and smooth, absolutely quenching. Not much depth or body, but there's not supposed to be, I wager. Very light, with an agreeable, if minor, flavor. There's a little bit of grainy malt texture that creeps in, but not too much. Actually, I like more as I drink it...decent.

Being wet and no trouble down the throat is the order of the day and Stoudt's Pils fills the bill. (610 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (962 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pils glass:

Pours golden straw yellow with a two+ finger head that thins to a lasting cover.

The smell is mild, but clean and what's there is nice - some grainy malt with a hint of grassiness and underlying fruitiness.

The taste is of prominent Saaz-like hops that emerge on the first sip, but soon balanced by a sweet grainy malt. An underlying leamony/applish fruitiness adds complexity to the fresh, grassy hops. Balanced, leaning towards bitter. Crisp with a bittersweet, rather dry, finish. The taste lingers well.

The body is light and refreshing. It approaches medium while remaining appropriately light.

There is enough refreshing smoothness and a nice taste to make this a fine "session" brew. (729 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a clean pale malt and Czech hop scent. It is a bit grainy, but good. The taste is good. It has a grainy pale malt flavor with excellent hop notes in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good as well. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine pilsner. It's simple in it's approach, but it has all the elements of a quality brew. (465 characters)

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. (484 characters)

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. (335 characters)

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. (1,200 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (453 characters)

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. (567 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (1,287 characters)

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Stoudts Pils from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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