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Stoudts Pils - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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611 Ratings

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Ratings: 611
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 41
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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 oberon
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

oberon, May 28, 2006
Photo of clabaugh
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a pale straw color topped with a two-finger, fluffy white head. Retention is strong, and lacing is bold and chunky.

Smell: Piercing hop aroma in a piney sort of character. A wheaty, malty background aroma follows up. Some fruity sweetness; nectarine, melon.

Taste: Well-balanced brew. Piney hops, proportioned by some mellow, malty tones. Doughy, light, and pastry-like. Soft, fruity flavors; a tad citric. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, smooth, and refreshing. Ample carbonation. Coats well.

Drinkability: Eminently drinkable; especially well-flavored, light, and welcoming. Great sessioner; excellent depth in flavor profile. A fine job.

clabaugh, May 24, 2006
Photo of sinistrsam
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Newest try on my crusade for the perfect Pils. And I'll tell you this one was damn close. I happened upon it at a tasting at 3 dogs, sons and suds in Wexford, PA. The pourer and son-of-the-owner of Stoudt's was drinking it but not pouring it and urged me to grab a bottle and check it out, so I caved and did it. I don't regret it in the least.
Poured the typical pale hay-yellow, small white head, almost no lacing or retention. Smell was mild and subtle; floral hops, yes, but grassy tones, hay? Not much else.
The taste was very very good, just what I feel a pils should taste like. Grassy and floral, refreshing and clean. If there are malts in here they were blended in and well-masked. Not overwhelmingly alcoholic. I have to admit I tasted it next to the Victory prima pils, whic I take to be MY gold standard for American-made pilsners, and this was just as good. Different, yes, but just as well-crafted and interesting.
Great feel; dry and crisp, not very sweet, but didn't have that buttery feel I have gotten with different pilsners. Interesting.
Very drinkable, very enjoyable, and you better believe from now on I'll be watching Stoudt's more closely to see what other suprises they have waiting in the wings.

sinistrsam, May 19, 2006
Photo of bignick
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle from a 6-pack purchased at Wine Gallery in Brookline. Poured into a pint glass.

This is an extremely clean and refeshing beer. While isn't anything in the way of off flavors, the flavor is pretty mellow. There is a little bit of lemon citrus and grassiness that combines with a mild malt sweetness. The hop bite comes through at the end. The body is on the full side for a pilsner, but it is extremely drinkable due to how clean it is going down.

bignick, May 13, 2006
Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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

brentk56, May 11, 2006
Photo of maek228
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance: BY FAR the nicest looking pilsner ive ever seen... a clear gold yellow, with incredible cling and head retention. a fluffy head just stayed put on this and it clung to the glass all the way down....this one is beautiful

smell: like a BMC macro but cleaner

taste: not one off-taste. this is the definition of crisp and refreshing. some clean and fresh grain flavors and a wonderful hop finsh. truly amazing

mouthfeel: my mouth thanks this beer

drinkability: WOW. i dont know if i got a good bottle or what....im so impressed with this one. ive never seen a pilsner like this

maek228, May 05, 2006
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of Mitchster
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$1.80 for a 12oz bottle at Jacks. Pours out to an ever-so-slightly straw golden, forming a bone white head with a vigorous pour. Retention is average and lacing is good. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is as it should be...delicate pale malts with freshly mown hay and delicate floral, lightly skunky Saaz hops. No surprises. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a nice finish and light body. The taste is as expected...traditional Pils, and by traditional, I mean there is a definite moderately-strong Saaz bitterness lingering in the finish and offsetting the grassy malts. The aftertaste has notes of lemon, lemon pith bitterness, and pale malt husk. Cleanly fermented with no appreciable off-flavors.

A solid Pils, although the bitterness is a touch too much for me, and I would like to have more aroma hops. A competitor to Victory Prima Pils for authenticity, but not as drinkable. I like the slightly sweeter Pils akin to Steinlager.

Mitchster, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of plaid75
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light straw hue with a one finger foam head. There was some retention and pretty good lacing.

The aroma was very balanced. A nice malty base with secondary presence of hop.

The taste was very balanced as well. It had a nice hop bite, which I look for in a German Pils. Finished very dry.

The mouthfeel was a lttle thick for a pils. It would be fine for a micro lager or amber, but a little full for a German pils. Overall not bad.

This is a very drinkable craft pils.

I very much like German Pils and am glad to see more and more craft adaptations. Very enjoyable - much like Samuel Adams and Saranacs' Golden Pils.

plaid75, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of TheDeuce
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Up there with Sunshine and Prima for great hoppy style pilsners, strong yet refreshing, it poured into the glass with a strong yellow color and a decent sized fizzy head. Hoppy in all the right places, not overbearing and perhaps lacking the sheer power of Prima but still perfectly balanced and refreshing and a great choice for any pils fan in any weather.

TheDeuce, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of cubedbee
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Undated bottle poured into a pint glass, pale crystal clear straw yellow with a thin white cap of head that sticks around for a while and leave some scattered lacing. Aroma is nice and malty overlaid with fairly spicey hops. Taste is a nice slightly sweet malt, a bit of fruitiness, with a nice dry finish with some spicey lingering hop bitterness. This is a really good pilsner, right up there with the other great examples from PA--the Prima and the Sunshine.

cubedbee, Apr 06, 2006
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drink by 7/1/06... better get started.
Still way up there in my mind with Prima Pils... number two on my top two pilsner list thus far.
Just about everything that Bud commercials say about Bud but it happens to apply to this brew.
Clean, crisp, refreshing. Has a nice hops bite. Lead the way to a nice hops burp. Has a pleasant citrus (probably lime?) twang to it.
Laces my weisse glass like a gay frenchman on a bender... as any good hoppy pilsner should.
A bit of an underscored style, in my opinion, considering that the most consumed beers on the planet are based on this style.
Be underwhelmed if you must... I like the stuff.

ommegangpbr, Apr 06, 2006
Photo of rajendra82
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New arrival at my local package store, in a six pack of 12 oz. brown bottles featuring hops on the label. To see the flowers of the Humulus Lupulus vine always a good sign to me. The beer looked appropriately pale and very clear. The clarity proved a showcase of the highly bubbly nature of the beer, which produced a foamy white head that was bigger than typical for a Pils at nearly two fingers thick. The aroma was that of restrained, spicy, noble hops, and the sweet honey like Pilsner malt with just a touch of vegetal DMS. The taste was clean and balanced with sweet malt with a hint of corn just edging out the hops. Due to the lack of bitterness this one wasn’t quite flawlessly crisp, but was flavorful enough to overlook the bit of muddiness. The beer felt quite full in the mouth considering the style, and a spicy aftertaste. I would pick this any day of the week over the swill being foisted on the uneducated public, but there are other better microbrewed Pilsners out there.

rajendra82, Apr 06, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stoudt's Pils

Appearance- light yellow almost clear with a huge billowy white head. Serious lacing going on thru a head that lasts.
Smell- Apple vinegar?! Vey sweet, whatever it is?!
Taste- fruity- apple/ pear. Tastes like a cider.
Mouthfeel- watery with a dry finish. A watered down pear cider.

Overall- an easily drinkable Pilsner with a light, enjoyable flavor. Just a little too weak/ watery for me. I don't drink Pilsner's but this is a good 1 for those of you who do!

NJpadreFan, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

feloniousmonk, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of Mark
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the palest colored beers I ever have seen. I think friggin Bud light has more color. However the lacing raised the appearance up a bit as it was quite plentiful from the well reataining head. Nice malty aroma, inviting. Good balance of malt and hops made this one enjoyable beer. If it was available in this area mighjt be the Pils-Lager of choice for the dog days of summer. Not a bad beer at all. Thanks to Rkhaze for the sample.

Mark, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of fromage
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best pilsners out there that I've ever tried. Straw yellow with a decent head. Left some good lacing and maintained a head throughout. Started off rocky and ended up creamy. Tons of bubbling throughout the glass.

Doughy, spicy, grassy, lemony smell. A bit of pears. Tons of grapefruit.

Fruit becomes much more intense upon drinking. What's that taste? I think MaltyGoodness identified it for me: grapes! Even slightly sour and quite tart. Dry, but occasionally metalic and astringent aftertaste. Very crisp.

Mouthfeel is fine for the style. Medium thin.

Goes down quite smooth. Lots of "rechargeability" so there's nothing to get sick of and there's always some taste left in it. Crisp, refreshing, and lots of hop taste.

fromage, Jan 19, 2006
Photo of Citadel82
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delightful and drinkable Pils, thank you Kevin for sharing this one with me. Pours a crystal clear pale straw with a delightful white head that leaves scant lacing. Head lasts til the last of the brew is consumed. Aroma of floral hops, ripe fruit and doughy malt. Taste is spicy hops, scant pale malts and a ;ong sharp dry finish with just enough bitternes sto make it ever so interesting. a nice counterpoint to Randy Newman's Baltimore with the Eagles on Background.

Citadel82, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear straw color with a white head that thins. Decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma of crisp pilsner malt, hops, and what I can only describe as a hint of fresh grapes.

This has a very fresh and unique flavor. A nice crisp maltiness upfront that with a fresh grape taste intewtwined. This is followed by a crisp hop bitterness and then finishes dry and clean. I can't figure out what is causing this grape flavor, but it's very tasty.

Body is good for the style.

This is a nice refreshing pils and makes for a great session beer. The grape taste sets it apart and makes it a unique offering in this style.

MaltyGoodness, Jan 06, 2006
Photo of Naes
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This has a pale golden straw color with a frothy white head.
The aroma is grainy, grassy and has a slight amount of hops.
The flavor is just as it smells. It’s grainy, grassy and has a nice toasted malt character with a mild hop presence to balance things out a bit.
Mouth feel is light bodied and actively carbonated.

I’m not a pilsner fan, but this is a quality brew.

Naes, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of GnomeKing
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is similar to Troegs Sunshine Pils and Victory Prima Pils--Clean, a tinge hoppy, grainy/biscuity, and drinkable as hell. Among those three, Stoudt's Pils might come in a little behind, coming up just a bit thin in the mouthfeel and a wee bit less interesting in taste. But those are relative judgments next to two standouts--Stoudt's is a really good brew too. Have one or four.

(Drunk with good conversation at Grace's Tavern in Philly)

GnomeKing, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow-gold pour with a thin white head that sticks around and leaves a little bit of lace.

Smell is toasted grain with a light hoppiness that comes through nicely against the malt. A little bit of citrus in the nose as well.

Taste is quite nice and subtle. There's a substantial hoppiness in the front and a clean toasted malt underneath that comes through as some fairly clean grains. Hops are a bit grassy and a little floral.

Mouthfeel is clean, crisp and refreshing.

Overall: A very nice pils, and one that I'll be drinking again.

whartontallboy, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of peterittenhouse
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Atypical German style Pils. Nice straw color with fresh,grassy aroma. Nice crisp hop bite with clean aftertaste.This is a great dry appertif that keeps you wanting more.

Nice malty backbone that balances well with the snappy hop bite.

Nice clean mouthfeel .

Not quite on par with Victory Prima Pils but a good representation nonetheless.

peterittenhouse, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a slightly hazy yellow color with monstrous white puffy head. Smell is spice, piney and hoppy.Very enjoyable. Taste is a great mixture of crispness, sweetness, hoppy bitterness. Many floral notes also present. Finishes dry and with a bite. Nice sweet malt also to be found. Very good complex beer that brings many different textures together to form an above average drink.

tgbljb, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Sammy, Oct 06, 2005
Stoudts Pils from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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