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Stoudts Pils - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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88
very good

641 Ratings
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Ratings: 641
Reviews: 361
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 44
Gots: 29 | 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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Ratings: 641 | Reviews: 361
Photo of loosey
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

clear, pale straw gold, creamy foamy head forms and laces, but recedes pretty quickly

smell is robustly malty and a strong spicy hop variety

taste is somewhat grassy up front, light mouthfeel, malty, slightly sweet, toasted, 'wheaties' middle with a moderate amount of carbonation, just right actually to bubble away the bitter hop at the tail end of a sip, bitter dry finish, slightly crisp.. simple and pleasant

good, not great, drinkable in all situations not requiring complexity... like when talking to someone and you couldn't care less what they are saying ... its a genuine pils though... thats what my girlfriend's mother calls the birth control pill, 'are you on the pills?' she says, im sure its an uncomfortable conversation for her...

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

L: Pours a nice golden yellow with a tall and medium sized white colored head that laces the glass alot on the way down.
S: Smells of some lightly toasted malts and then a decent amount of piney and citrisy hops.
T: The taste is pretty much the same as the nose - nice toasted malt base underneath a big piney and a bit of citrisy hop flavors.
M: Pretty light, smooth, and refreshing with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer with a light characteristic to it to make it a very sessionable beer.

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

A golden yellow color with bubblesof carbonation traveling up the glass. A two finger thick, white colored head, that laces slowly down the glass. A malty, bready frgrance and it finishing with a spicy, grassy hop aroma. The breadiness stands out in the flavor, with at touch of maltiness halfway. It all blends to a spicy, grassy flavor and finishes with a mild earthy flavor. A smooth and consistant mouthfeel, the carbonation cleanses the palate with dry, clean finish. A very drinkable beer, smooth and refreshing, this is a great summertime quencher.

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

Stoudts Pils pours out a very nice,golden tan color capped by an effervecent foamy head that sticks around for quite some time. lots of nice sticky lacing. Picture-perfect pils.
Aromas of grassy lemony hops, light toasted barleys, pils-bitterness. smells divine, havent smelled a pils this good since I was actually in Germany
Flavor is spot-on. Light, grassy, lemony sweetness up front, cut by a light hoppy bitterness. Light mouthfeel, effervescent carbonation.
Victory Prima Pils was my go to German pils, but Stoudts takes the cake.Prosit!

Photo of yourefragile
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Clear, pale yellow color with a massive foamy white head that leaves sticky clumps of lacing and hangs around forever.
S: Grainy, grassy hops, slight sweet fruity smell, very nice and strong.
T: Smooth, medium body with light carbonation but sharp hop bite. Body has a grainy, malty sweet flavor. Grassy, earthy hops appear in the finish and ends very clean and dry. Solid beer from Stoudts, not best pilsner, but nice session beer.

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

12oz bottle, best before 8th Sept. Into my Trumer Pils glass

A: Clear yellow with a massive white head that fills the rest of the glass. As the head recedes, it leaves some nice lacework. Plenty of visible carbonation and this is decidedly appealing, fizzy yellow beer or not.

S: Grassy and lemony hops up front. Sweet, biscuity malt present in a very small amount. Delicious

T: Starts off mildly hoppy with a grassy note that finishes earthy (and I mean earthy - kinda like petrichor). Mild bready malt backbone is present but this finishes crisp, hoppy and dry

M: Well carbonated, nice dryness and bitterness on the finish

D: Very drinkable, I'll be picking up more of this

Photo of marcpal
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As part of the tour de pils kick Ive been on lately, this is my first effort at the style from the fellas at Stoudts.

12oz bottled poured into pint glass.

A: Brightest of shiny golds, the bubbly cloudiness of a proper pilsener. Very thin head that stayed on darn well and lacing was wallpaper sticky.

N: Nice aroma dominated by fruity hops. Malts are there but dont offer sweetness. This is the strongest aspect of the 12 ounces.

T: Lemony flavors and fruity hops. Each oily mouthful brought the earthy hops as well. There surely is a biscuit flavor of this one that I dont notice often, unique in that aspect.

M: Pretty thick for the style and creamy. Definitely flavor and oil that last in you mouth after each sip, a solid bonus.

D: Easy to go down, lacking the character of a 'great' pils. Cant put in same regard as Pikeland, Brooklyn or Victory though.

Good pils, worth having. Not great though.

Photo of changeup45
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color topped with a moderate head. Aroma is slightly fruity, wheaty, and grassy. The taste is slightly sweet and malty with citrus notes and a crisp, clean, hoppy finish. While it's not going to blow you away there is quite a bit of flavor in there, especially for the style. Very well balanced. Easy drinking and refreshing.

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part 3 of 4 of Stoudt's variety pack whilst camping in Copake NY this past weekend. It had been several months since I'v had a Pilsner, usually Becks and occasionally a Warsteiner so I was intrigued to see an American version.

A: Poured into highballer glass with bright color, see-through golden and straw accents. Two finger plus foamy white head with very respectable lacing, in half crescents.

N: Nose was mellow as yellow as the color but I think i deteced Saaz hops along with some hay. Overall, I didn't get much out of the scent but I chalk that up to my neophyte nose in this category.

T: Small bite of the hops, gentle malts, grains and buscuits, perhaps lemon dashes. Got sweeter as I nursed this one longer than most beers.

M: Very light, dry and saaz hops coming in last with a smile.

D: At first I was put off by the hops but my pallet warmed as did the beer in time. A classic session beer for my tastes.

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

Thanks goes out to JoeyBeerBelly for this brew.

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, very nice foamy white two-finger head, with lots and lots of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, very nice hop profile, and some spices. The taste is bitter, slightly sweet, malty, with some hoppyness, and a touch of spice. Light-medium body. Drinkable, a very nice German Pils.

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

I had this bottle from a mix a six that I did.

Poured the Stoudt`s Pils into a pint glass.
The appearance is a light golden tone with a decent sized white head to it.
The smell is light and straw like, like I am sitting in a field in Kansas or something.
The taste is easy and refreshing, a good tasting pilsner.
Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, no funky after taste.
Drinkability is very solid, pleasantly surprised with this pilsner.

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

A : Pours a golden yellow color with a good white head that leaves some good lacing behind on the glass

S : Earthy aroma with a nice hop smell to it

T : Starts with a good sweet malt flavor with a nice hop bitterness at the finish. A good balance overall

M : Crisp and light. A little on the dry side

D : A good pilsner from an American brewery. Well worth drinking.

Photo of ffejherb
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of perfectkaos
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy yellow color with a good head that leaves lace down the glass. lots of bubbles. i think the haziness might be due to this beer having the same fate as the brooklyn pils i bought from the same store... mystery born on dating.

smells bready... typical pilsner

very light beer some hop bite up front a little malt sweetness afterwards.

this is a very light, crisp beer thats very drinkable, but not too much on taste. id probably drink this before a macrobrew, but i wouldnt really seek it out.

Photo of Matty1918
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no freshness date.

Poured into a pint glass...pours a golden yellow with a good white head. Nice lacing.

Aroma is sweet at first..earthy....nice malt tones. A hint of citrus is there also.

Taste is light. A slight dry bitterness that is followed up by a sweetness. This pilsner is very well balanced. It has a nice blend and is very drinkable.

The mouthfeel is also good....nice carbonation that you can feel on your tongue. Not too watery...well made pilsner

Photo of AltBock
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle that has a real life picture of some hop buds in back of a black and white picture of the Stoudt's Brewery. In front of the brewery are barley stocks and a few more hop buds. On the neck of the bottle is a best before date, but min was partly scratched off, so I only know that it's before 2008.

When poured into a Stoudt's pint glass, this Pils was an average looking straw/lemon yellow color with a less than a 1/2 inch head of white foam. What saved the appearance was the great retention of this head of foam by leaving behind a spotty white film and a decent amount of white spots of lace.

All I can say about the aroma was that it was very simple and basic with some toasted malts and a nice amount of bitter floral hops behind it. That's it for the aroma folks!

What kind of taste was I expecting from a Stoudt's German Pilsner? This crispy taste of toasted malts and plenty of bitter floral hops. It would have been nice to taste some fruits as well, but this average Pilsner taste was good enough for the style.

The mouthfeel was light and crispy with an aftertaste of toasted malts and bitter floral hops. All this beer was was toasted malts and bitter floral hops. I can say that this beer stuck to its guns.

In the end, this Pilsner is nice and crispy with a good average taste of toasted malts and floral hops. There's no denying that this would make an excellent choice for a summer session beer. If I was ever in the mood for another Pilsner, I would seriously consider buying this beer again.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, best by 9/29/08, served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear, light golden yellow with a good sized white head that left some sticky lacing. the carbonation bubbles were continuously flowing from the bottom of the glass.

S - earthy, saaz hop aroma.

T - sweet malt flavor upfront with a very nice touch of bittering on the finish.

F - light bodied with a crisp feel.

D - a very easy drinking, good tasting brew.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear golden yellow color. Tons of tiny bubbles rising up to create a nice one finger clean white head with excellent retention. Excellent lacing as well.

S - Faint aroma of malty sweeteness. Light biscuity aroma and some floral hops as well. Hints of lemon zest linger underneath.

T - Sweetness up front with a nice floral hop bite on the backend. Very crisp taste. Not as spicy as expected.

M/D - Medium bodied, very clean. Crisp mouthfeel and excellent drinakbility. Pilsners certainly arent my style of choice, but this a a darn good one.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this bottle into a pilsner glass.

The beer had and appearance that was slightly hazy, light golden color and one finger of foamy white head.

The beer had a spicy fresh aroma that was very typical for nice pilsners.

Spicy, slightly grassy earthy start with a burst of hop bitterness, then transitions to a nice mineral finish with a lingering hop that I believe is Saaz.

Very nicely balanced.

Nice mouth feel with good carbonation.

This is the silver medal to Victory Prima Pils Gold Medal.

Excellent beer. Try it if you have not.

Good session beer.

Photo of shbobdb
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm a man who likes a good pils, and this is a very fine pils!

It manages to have a full grain flavor and plenty of earthy noble hops without taking on the vegital, tomato-y taste that some American takes on the style have.

It is a pils, so waxing poetic doesn't work very well. It is just a delicious, straightforward beer that holds up to German examples of the style. Plenty of hops up front, a wonderfully clean finish -- really, what more could one want in a beer?

It reminds me a lot of Bitburger, actually. It has that nice, bitter finish that I dig. Yeah, if this were distributed locally, I could see myself drinking a lot of this. I really like it.

Photo of philbe311
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Yellow hue... Slight haze... Head quickly dissipates... Thin lace... Coats glass well...

S - Malt and grain... A very subtle scent...

T - Grain and malt with hints of fruit... Hops quick during the finish... Quite a bite for a pilsner

M - Dry... Taste maintains and follows through well... Coats well... Nice body for a pilsner...

D - Refreshing, but more reminiscent of an IPA than a pilsner...

Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer had a bright yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a small amount of head - though it was long-lasting - and some decent lacing.

S: The aroma was sharp, with some hops and a citrus quality in it.

T: You get the citrus taste up front (probably some lemon) and some hops after that to give it some bite. Not the most complex pils taste, but good.

M: A fairly high carbonation rate and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a pretty enjoyable beer, though I couldn't say exactly why. It's not overly complex, but it has an endearing quality to it.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kegatron for this one.

A - Pours a clear bright pale yellow with 2 fingers of white head and sticky lacing.

S - Strong pale/pilsner malt aroma with a touch of a mineral characteristic. I searched for the noble hops I get in the flavor and just couldn't find them in the aroma.

T - Nice malt backbone that matches the aroma, with a touch of honey, spicy noble hops and a hint of lemon.

M - Medium mouthfeel due to the heavy malt flavor with good carbonation and a dry finish. Slightly heavier than other German Pils I have had.

D - Another tasty German Pils from the East Coast that I can't get here in IL. If I am looking for a slightly maltier Pils this would be my choice.

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...

Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz single bottle copped from Gary's in Madison...
Almost every sample I've tried from Stoudt's has been top-notch...
This was also a great depiction of the style...
An aggressive pour resulted in a golden, light amber-colored appearance with no head and minimal lacing...
Strong Pilsener aroma bursting through with grains, and caramel...
Taste complemented the aroma, with a strong suggestion of slight hops, grains, caramel, vanilla, honey, and sugars...
Smooth, crisp, clean, clear mouthfeel...
Drinkability was very easy with a low ABV... Went down smoothly and cold...
Good stuff...

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Stoudts Pils from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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