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Stoudts Pils - Stoudts Brewing Co.

Stoudts PilsStoudts Pils

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558 Ratings

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Ratings: 558
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:
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(Beer added by: psugrad98 on 08-11-2002)
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Photo of theghost3


3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 03:05:51 | More by theghost3
Photo of kevo237


3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 00:46:39 | More by kevo237
Photo of ebby82


4.38/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 00:24:57 | More by ebby82
Photo of IronCitySteve


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
Photo of champ103


4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 02:33:40 | More by champ103
Photo of rfgetz

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
Photo of EgadBananas


4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 16:56:10 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of thain709


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-29-2011 13:07:56 | More by thain709
Photo of metter98

New York

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 01:59:54 | More by metter98
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 16:04:01 | More by mikeg67
Photo of ryan1788a5


4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 15:44:12 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 00:34:24 | More by beer2day
Photo of NODAK


4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 00:37:43 | More by NODAK
Photo of DNICE555


3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 01:23:37 | More by DNICE555
Photo of MP72


2.55/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- poured into a dimple mug a yellow straw color with a white head a bit hazy looking.

S- grass and malts

T- Hoppy with an unsual aftertaste that all Stoudt beers seem to have. Sorry Stoudts not diggin this one.

M- medium body ,decent ccarbonation

O- Not what I would call a German pilsner,,compared to the real deal.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 15:55:53 | More by MP72
Photo of ZeroSignal


4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best by 8/11, poured into a SA Perfect Pint

A - Clear, pale yellow with a bright, vibrant, two inch head that sticks around for a while and clings to the edges of the glass.

S - Floral laden hop varieties with a malty edge; just a hint of some sweet fruits

T&M - Light and crisp, with various hop influences. Floral, spicy, and a bit of citrus all dance around on the palate. Malting is substantial as well, and plenty is present to balance the hop load with a toasty, somewhat grainy edge.

O - One of the better Pils that I've had, and one that I would happily keep around.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 03:58:16 | More by ZeroSignal
Photo of mdaschaf


3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 01:06:20 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of OneDropSoup


4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pilsner: Pale straw body, transparent with plenty of fast, tight nucleation under two fingers of white, dense head. Drops to a thin, bubbly coating & leaves a reef of lacing.

Crisp aroma with some grassy, herbal hops & a little snappy cracker malt, very subtle. There's a bready & sulfuric kind of fog over it, too. Nice, snappy smell, a little mineral.

That's a nice taste, too: refreshing herbal hop flavor, a little lemony, with just a little malt sweetness at the end, approaching tea with a little orange squeezed in. Again, crisp, light but flavorful. Nicely dry in the aftertaste.

Active mouthfeel, light-bodied but not without substance, dry & refreshing.

Pretty impressive here, I'm into this. Bright, spritzy, flavorful, simple but engaging. An easier drinker, I could spend lot of time with this.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 00:44:54 | More by OneDropSoup
Photo of Knapp85


1.68/5  rDev -57%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 02:13:38 | More by Knapp85
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 22:17:20 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of ExMachina1


4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the better (and freshest!) pils styles available to me. Far too few breweries are playing the lager game, and far too few of those go near this style, probably for fear of not setting themselves far enough away from BudMillerCoors.

The color is a beautiful, fiery yellow, crystal clear and a satisfying bit of white, frothy foam that jauntily accompanies the drinker to the bottom of his glass.

The aroma is of fresh, noble hops with a slight hint of corn and grain in the background.

Taste is a deliciously subtle blend of hop flowers and malty sweetness. The mouth-feel feeling is medium body with a full-rounded yet demurring presence. Definitely not shy but not overstated either. The beer does not wear out its welcome and the finish is crisp and nostalgic, making one immediately wistful for yet another taste.

This Pils is a delight to drink and has become my new, "go-to" pils. This is the beer that, if I ever find it on tap, will prompt me to immediately make alternate transportation arrangements for getting me home!


Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 00:59:10 | More by ExMachina1
Photo of KidsDoc


3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into standard pint glass

A: best feature - clear, crisp golden body with a one finger full white foam head that slowly fades out to settle with soft bubbles around the edge. moderate lacing

S: faint lemon grass, floral notes, honey?, and sweetened yeast aroma - inviting aroma

T: bit of a letdown. Does have some light citrus with a good combo of malt flavors and hint of bready yeast. However, there is an off-putting metallic taste in there that clouds the otherwise clean finish - Finishes with mild bitter, citrus hops.

M: light to light-medium with good carbonation. soft and clean up front with a bitter dry finish

D: nice to look at and great aroma but not so exciting to sit and sip on. Overall an average pilsener for me. Better pils out there to be had for a beer still I don't go to very often.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 21:38:48 | More by KidsDoc
Photo of wahhmaster


3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, very pale golden color. Has a thin, fizzy head that dissipates quickly but leaves some solid rings of lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of noble hops with a bit of a malty, bready smell.

Taste: Tastes strongly of peppery hops throughout. Has a bit of a grainy taste towards the back. A very clean pilsener flavor.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, and slightly dry.

Drinkability: A solid pilsener and very sessionable. I certainly wouldn't mind having this one again. It's true to the style and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 21:30:38 | More by wahhmaster
Photo of Mosstrooper


3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a plae golden color with a small, quickly dissipating white head that doesn't really leave much lace.

Smell: Smells of husky grain and a bit of malt sweetness with grassy notes.

Taste: Begins with a slight citric bite, which rounds out to grainy sweetness finishing a bit bready and very husky.

Mouthfeel: Lighter in body with sharp carbonation on the tongue and a refreshing, somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability: This is a solid beer, good for sessioning, but isn't the best example of its style. This is a brew I wouldn't mind much having again, but isn't something I would seek out- only a step or two above average.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 03:18:38 | More by Mosstrooper
Photo of Thorpe429


3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 14:45:41 | More by Thorpe429
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