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Stoudts Pils - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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363 Reviews

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Reviews: 363
Hads: 662
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 16.41%
Wants: 50
Gots: 42 | 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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Reviews: 363 | Hads: 662
Photo of epicness
2.67/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

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

A: Nice, golden color, with a strong head and good carbonation.

S: Hops, but nothing overwhelming.

T: louder than a normal pilsener, with a little bitterness and some light fruit notes.

M: Good carbonation.

O: An excellent example of a pilsener, and one of the better I have had this year. Picked this up in a mixed six, but will pick it up as long as the weather is appropriate.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure what Saaz hops are… but I know the name. I have heard that around a few times, and I am excited to see what this pils brings to the table. I am a BIG fan of the pils from Victory. I like the high IBUs and love the aftertaste. This one promises to be crisp and clean, though… so we will see if it holds weight. I do love the story, though… the fact that the owners had to pretty much split their business in half when they started to make beer.

Let’s see what this beer smells like.

I am hit with the hops right off the bat. But that’s a good thing. Hops smell dry, and that is all I can hope from a beer like this. I am curious though, if a beer that smells this dry can in fact have such a high IBU… we will see.

The beer explodes on the palate, and quickly diminishes down the back of your throat. But then the dryness hits you. It’s not too dry, and you almost have to sit there and suck your tongue for a second to get the true dryness that you expect from that nose. But when the book calls “crisp”, that’s a fair statement. This beer would be enjoyed better cold, on a hot summer day.

This brew does taste a lot better than it smells. After a second and third sip, the dryness that you experience toward the end of your experience starts to creep to the middle of the palate. That’s a good thing, and the bigger gulps you take the more your tongue is just overwhelmed with the hops. It’s a good beer, and I’d totally drink this again. Bottoms up people!

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

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. No best by date, but I bought this at the Stoudt's Brew Pub, so I'm going to assume it's relatively fresh.

Appearance: Picture perfect golden body with a thick white head. Nice, sticky lacing.

Smell: Muted, hoppy grass notes.

Taste: A moderate spicy bite of a good pilsner, but not nearly as hoppy or dry as Victory's Prima Pils. The dryness is what indicates a German pils to me, this tastes more like a Czech version. Definitely flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly carbonated, rich, and refreshing. A spicy hop aftertaste.

Overall: A solid pils, no doubt. Overall, I am impressed by Stoudt's.

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Photo of Francepants06
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

it pours a light yellow straw beer with a small to medium size head that quickly dissipates. It smells like bitter hop, citrus, grapefruit. I tasted some bitter hop in the beginning, some citrus notes, grass, veggie. It was light body, easy drinking, great summer beer.

Overall there is nothing "German" about this "Pilsener", what you are drinking is actually a blonde/pale ale. Please stop calling it german style. It's really embarrassing for German beer makers.

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

Bottle poured into a standard Grandma's Saloon and Grill pint glass from Duluth.

A: Nice appearance for a Pils. Beautiful transparent gold color with a decent head and little lacing throughout the drinking of the beer.

S: The smell of this beer is nice. Bitter mixed with a pungent skunky grain smell. Delicious Pilsener smell.

T: The taste on this beer is a nice blend of bitterness with malted grain. The flavor is akin to spoiled fruit (only a light detection if this flavor) and sweet grain that last only moments before the nice hop bitterness takes over and leaves a lasting aftertaste.

M: The MF is very crisp and carbonated. This beer is more carbonated than I usually prefer but I think this level of carbonation fits this brew pretty well. The body of the beer is very light.

O: A fine Pilsener. This is very drinkable, tastes wonderful, and nice and light. The lingering hop bitterness is most definitely noticeable and very enjoyable (and much different than a lingering hop bitterness from an IPA or similar beer.) A wonderful beer that I will seek for once the few I have are gone.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this one was interesting and quite deceiving from the nose to the palate. pop with a beautiful pour of golden clear with a continuous generation of bubbles. nose of wafer and honey. quite doughy that is back with a lot of sweet. but still not average. somewhat rich for a lager. palate doesn't follow suit. tastes exactly like the smell of fresh toasty two row with a hint of saaz at the end. doesn't fall off but has the mineral that isn't harsh and leaves you dry. great for food or on a hot day. will have again in hopes of a fresher bottle.

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Photo of fx20736
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pilsener glass.

Pour yielded a billowing head that that formed a stiff meringue cap that stubbornly clung to the beer all the way down the glass leaving a lattice work of lacing. Beer is a pale gold with faint barely discernible bubbles.

Aroma: An amazing, complex aroma which far exceeds any other Pils aroma I have smelled. Lemony, peppery, summery, yeasty and malty all zipping around my nose.

Mouthfeel: nothing special going on here.

Taste: doesn't live up to the aroma but isn't bad. Restrained Noble hop bitterness with a slight citric sourness. Slight peppery-bitter aftertaste with an echo of lemony sour that is not overwhelming.

Notes: Not bad, much better than Victory Prima Pils.

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Photo of horshack7
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a clear golden with a marshmellow fluffy whit head that is two fingers thickeness. Bubbles continue to rise to keep the head well intact.

Aroma: Floral hopiness from the start with a great touch of dryness in the nose. Grassy and graininess as well. From the malt end of it is only a very small amount of sweetness.

Taste: Wow what a smooth buttery mouthfeel it's as if my palate has been coated. Floral hop goodness all over this beer. As for the malts they are there but they only give a little sweetness to round it out. There is a little bit of dryness but it's a very small amount.

Notes: This is one fantastic German Pilsner I highly recomend picking up this one. Cheers.

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Photo of John1985
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow with a two finger head. Bready aroma with hops prominent.

Wonderful buttery malt flavor up front with plenty of hops to balance in middle and in the finish. Finishes dry. Full flavored and refreshing. Could drink several of these on a warm evening.

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Photo of biggmike
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden color with a nice white two-finger head that dissipates very slowly. Not a whole lot of aroma. Taste is sour, bitter, and grassy. Mouth feel is outstanding and has proper carbonation. This is an outstanding beer that I could drink all day.

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Photo of theghost3
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a see-through light golden with a 1-finger white head that quickly dissipates. Minimal lacing.

The smell is sour yeast, grain, and slightly floral hops. The taste is sour, slightly bitter--yeast, bread, and grassy hops. The mouthfeel is crisp & dry; light-bodied as it should be.

This is a fine example of a Pilsener. The head could be a little thicker, and the aroma could be more apparent, but still very refreshing.

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Photo of kevo237
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer looks clear and clean. Nice head and rising bubbles. Smell is sweet at first then earthy and hoppy. Taste is very crisp and clean which leads to slight hopiness that dissipates nicely on the palate. Mouthfeel is smooth and just right on carbonation. Smooth drinking and very refreshing beer.

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Photo of ebby82
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light gold into a pint glass.

The aroma is of nice herbal hops. Smells like a pilsner should.

The taste is smooth and clean. A very nice hop presence. A pronounced hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Smooth, clean, crisp and refreshing. Only the Prima Pils is superior in my experience.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.33/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of champ103
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a perfectly clear golden/straw color. A two finger white head forms with good retention initially. Then slowly fades to a ring. Lots of lace is left behind.
S: A honey sweetness up front. Quickly followed by some husky hay and some yeast. Floral and grassy hops in the middle that gives this a nice bitterness. Perfectly balanced with toasted and biscuit malts.
T: Follows the nose with more of a hop bite. Light honey sweetness with some yeast. Big grassy, floral, and even herbal tea like hops. Again, balanced perfectly with biscuit malts. This is great.
M/D: A lighter body that has excellent carbonation. Effervescent, crisp, bone dry, smooth, and very refreshing. Pretty much the definition of clean. I can drink this all day. Awesome.

Just like the Helles, one of the best American made lagers I have had. This is a bit more bitter than the Helles, which fits with the style. I wish more breweries could make lagers like these guys. Highly recommended.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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

Crisp and clear appearance. Golden/Straw color, white two finger head, good lace and bubbles. Aroma was pleasant, with some earthy grassy hops, and a nice bread crust maltiness. Big grassy, slightly citrus, floral hop notes and bitterness, with a great light bready sweetness. Finishes clean, nice light body, good solid bubbly carbonation with a touch of creaminess on the texture. Drinks easy as this is a very wonderfully sessionable beer. Very refreshing, and I see myself drinking this a LOT this summer!

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Photo of thain709
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bright, golden yellow body with a billowing, two finger, white head...the head showed nice retention as the carbonation bubbles were alive for the whole beer...sticky lacing

S - Pale malts, biscuit malt, very grainy and earthy

T - The flavors showcase what was present in the nose...its very grainy with a slight buttery biscuit flavor in the middle of the beer...pale malts start the beer off...there is a pleasant earthy hop finish the lingers just a little

M - Light bodied...crisp, clean, and refreshing...just like a pilsener should be

O - This is a very easy beer to drink...I could easily have three of these on a hot day or just sitting on the porch...this is what you look for in a pilsener

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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.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with a white, long lasting foamy head. Aroma is of biscuit malt and herbal hops.
Medium, crisp body. Taste is clean, biscuit malt balanced by hops. Long, dry finish. This is not my favorite style, but I enjoyed this brew a lot.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a footed pilsner glass.

A: Clear, pale straw yellow. Big foamy white head. Good retention, patchy lacing.

S: Pilsner malt, fresh biscuits, an even, lemony citric scent, fresh grass clippings, and grape leaves.

T: Green grass clippings open with modest bitterness, followed closely by zesty, citrusy lemon. Floral/perfumey grape taste. Malt backbone manifests itself in the form of biscuits and dried grains. Hoppy tastes of dry grass just before the finish. There's a bit of that sulfur-like phenolic taste that you sometimes get in a pilsner at work here too. Finishes dry, but not bone dry, with grass clippings and some grain.

M: Light bodied, but full and creamy in the mouth. Moderate carbonation provides just the right amount of crispness. Great.

O: This is one great pilsner. A shining example of the style.

Notes: I may have to revisit Troegs Sunshine pils. Until now, that was my favorite American-brewed pilsner. This one, however, might just dethrone it.

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Photo of beer2day
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Frothy, 1 finger cap of white head sits atop a pale gold pour. Very active carbonation. Surprisingly thick, sparse lace all around the glass. Excellent head retention.

Light biscuit and overall strong malt presence in the nose. Touch of lemon zest, but barely there.

Nice mix of malt and light fruit. Lemon and a hint of overripe banana. Big malt flavor and a solid, sour finish for a pils.

Very heavy for the style. Must be a lot of malt in the recipe.

Definitely would drink this again. I could see this becoming a mainstay in my beer fridge this summer for outdoor drinking.

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

Aroma is grassy, with a touch of hops and some citrus popping up as well.

Taste comes through with a grassiness and grain throughout the body...very tasty and exactly what I like in a German style pilsener. There's a nice, firm but pleasant Euro hop bitterness that stings the sides of the tongue on the finish. Some grain hangs around after the swallow. Just pleasant and all around good for style.

Stoudts seems to get it...unlike another pils from a well-known PA brewery, this one doesn't try to dominate the beer with hops. It's well balanced and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of DNICE555
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pilsners are for cinco de mayo right??

A: Slightly hazy orange yellow. White head that lasted throughout the beer. Pretty impressive.

S: Grass hops, citrus, bread.

T: Grain, bread, malts, grassy hops.

M: Light, crisp, fresh, good carbonation.

O: Easy to drink. Nice one in the warm weather. Reminds me of my PA trip when we visited the brewery.

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Stoudts Pils from Stoudts Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.