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Stoudts Pils | Stoudts Brewing Co.

very good
369 Reviews
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Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by psugrad98 on 08-11-2002

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Reviews: 369 | Ratings: 681
Photo of JMWEB2
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brighter straw yellow/ gold, with a thick pillowy white head. It dissipates leaving behind a thin white head, and lacing.

S: As soon as I opened this one I got hit with grassy/ earthy hops, some sweetness, not sure what, maybe honey.

T: Grassy citrus hops up front... very nice. Followed by that biscut like malt, very well done.

M: Light body, good carb, crisp, and refreshing.

O: Very enjoyable pils, as expected from Stoudts.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stoudts Pils has a thick, white head and a hazy, yellow appearance with some bubbles and a bit of lacing. The aroma is of lightly-toasted barley malt, sweetness, and clean water, and the flavor is also of light malts, pronounced, yet pleasant bitterness, and water. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Stoudts Pils finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and mostly dry. Overall, this is very good.


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Photo of jmarsh123
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy straw with a nice finger of white head.

A little bit grainy aroma with some sharp spicy hop presence.

Starts out with a nice crisp pilsner malt taste. A slight spicy hop bite leads to a very nice dry and crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonation levels are high.

One of the better pilsners I've tried. I may seek this out again next summer.

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Photo of brewskifan55
2.85/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter

Appearance: very pale yellow, one fourth finger head that dissipates rather quickly. Good lacing

Smell: Citrus, lemon; summery

Taste: Light hops, grass stains, citrus, with a dry finish

Mouthfeel: light, watery

Overall: Thought this one would have more of a kick, but it just never got off the ground. A bit better as it warmed. Just not impressed.

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Photo of Valmor88
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear gold pour with 1 finger of white foamy head with lots of lacing.

S: Grainy skunk aroma and some citrus hops. Nothing too impressive.

T: Grainy and grassy flavors are predominant, with a bitter hoppy finish. Very nice balance between the malts and hops, especially for the style.

M: Light bodied, with good carbonation.

O: Crisp, drinkable beer. Pilseners aren't my favorite style, but I think this one is done quite well.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Like the other beers the head looks nice and sticky. Another half inch foam capping a nice golden yellow beer. Nice.

S - Smells pretty balanced actually. By looking at the label I bet some think this would be a hop bomb but I only smell slight citrus hops and a bit of skunk grain.

T - Actually very grassy in the taste, leaving a bitter hit of hops or grain on the back of the palate. Flavors clash pretty well but I guess I would like it a bit sweeter.

M - Light to medium but not really my favorite style to session.

Overall it's OK but I would take the "Golden lager" or pale ale over this any day. Still a pretty good beer if your a fan of the style.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a robust pils in every respect except aroma. It has dark (forhe style) taste, with lots of malt and hops coming through. A bit of yeast lets itself be know too.

I wish the aroma were more pronounced. It might interfere with the taste then, but I still would prefer more finishing hops. Overall this is a petty good pils, and if I were in the mood I might buy it again.

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Photo of epicness
2.67/5  rDev -31.7%
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.

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Photo of cneville
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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 -23.3%
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 +9.5%
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 -13%
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 +4.3%
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 +3.8%
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 -3.6%
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 +7.4%
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 +7.4%
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 +17.1%
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%
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 -5.9%
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 +11.3%
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 +10.7%
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 +18.2%
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 -5.4%
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 +6.9%
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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Stoudts Pils from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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