Stoudts Pils - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

629 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 629
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 43
Gots: 20 | 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 cproioi
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a light yellow body that has ever present carbonation, with a white head that crowns it leaving nice lacing. The smell and taste where at first very floral hoppy but it also had a very nice malt backbone. It's as complex as a lager can be. the beer was a very refreshing drink that finished extremely dry. One of my new lawn mowing beers.

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

Stoudt's Pils poured straw yellow, bright and clear, topped by a tall white head out of an oldtime beer commercial. Floral aroma was bright and resinous. Aggressive bitter start, followed by bread and a little grapefruit. Fairly high carbonation, light in body with a clean finish.

This pils had multi-level bitterness. Just as it started to fade, it pushed forward again. It nearly overpowered all the other flavors at times. I think I'll have to revisit this Stoudt's brew.

Photo of number1bum
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear and straw-colored with a huge foamy head that dissipates to a thin lace. Big floral nose, also a bit of corn and spice. Hops jump out at you on the tongue, with a bit of spice and a lot of hoppy bitterness, with a lingering bitterness that stays long on the palate. This is an easy drinking and enjoyable Pils.

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

Appearance – This Pils is a light, highlighter yellow in color and very clear with a nice, white, fluffy retentive head.

Smell – The aroma consists of light, husky grain with the smallest sugar aftersmelll.

Taste – The grain really opens up at the taste. It is very smooth and like I said earlier full of husk. The sweet flavor comes on much bigger as well. It is sweet like the sugary flavor you get from vegetables.

Mouthfeel – This is good and big for a Pils, much bigger than what I’d call light-bodied if not quite medium-bodied. It is incredibly smooth in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – This is one of the few truly drinkable examples of a German Pilsner I’ve had made here in the US. Well done, Stoudt’s!

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

A - Bright crystal clear gold with bright white head.

S - The saaz hops are apparent, but its more of a sulfry smell than it is fruity.

T - The taste is a different story, it has a nice clean flavor that is balanced nicely. Nice crisp malts are complimented by the bready yeasty sulfur, and balanced out by the bitterness.

M - sharp carbination and bitterness are the only downfall to this beer. It bites the tounge and make sit a little too sharp.

D - For the style it is on target....but just a little off. Of course, this is my opinion.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straight out of a bottle I saved from the Stoudts variety pack just to review.

Color is a great golden-yellow, perfect for a pilsner. Pours out with a nice white head with light carbonation.

Smell is very hoppy, suprisingly so for a pilsner.

Tastes just like it smells, very hoppy, again for a pilsner.

Mouthfeel is little bitter, but the hops make it interesting.

As for drinkability, this beer is great. I tasted it after one of the hottest days of the year and it was perfect. Refreshing, may be too hoppy for some, but could easily be a saturday afternoon drinking beer.

Photo of Liquids
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a greenish? yellow hue, not ultra pale or clear around the edges, though. Holds a thick head that I have to let settle due to intense carbonation. Smells resinous and spicy, mostly of hops, but not intimidatingly so. Taste is again ultra hoppy, fairly good hop profile, tastes salty, the malt being overshadowed all around. Resinous and this is what lasts on the tongue. In the same flavor profile as Prima Pils... Mouthfeel is light in a pils way--not water--so good in this regard, but it's so carbonated, it's just overkill. Drinkability wise, it's too hoppy to apreciate the other things going on here. I'm saddened by the reoccuring need for beers to be extreme or take a mellow but flavorful style like a pilsner and try and make it what it's not. The name of the good brewing game is balance, and this does not achieve it. But if your a hopehead, this or Prima Pils are the kind of pils you may shoot for as they will blast you with a different style of not-too-malty hop water for your apreciation of all the varieties of hops. For me, no thanks.

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

12 oz. bottle. Perfectly clear, straw yellow in color with a great big head. The smell was of malt and flowery hops, light DMS. The taste was primarily driven by the hops, which provided good bittering. Malt was definately taking a back seat. Body was light, carbonation was moderate, and it was fairly drying. A very drinkable beer, crisp and refreshing.

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

This is a solid, "4's all around" brew from Stoudt's.

It pours a slightly hazy golden yellow colour with a pillowy head that lingers for a while and fades into a nice, moderately sticky lace.

The aroma is grassy and grainy, a touch hoppy and a tad sweet as well from some fruit (citrus) notes.

The flavour echoes the aroma, but there's a bit more tartness seeping through from the citrus which is quite welcome. Grassy/grainy flavour still dominate throughout for the most part. Mouthfeel is nice and light bodied, and very crisp.

This was an enjoyable pils, a style which I've never really gotten all too crazed about. It's simple, to the point and well crafted and tasty. Try it.

Photo of kimcgolf
2.58/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very hoppy aroma and taste. Excellent appearance on the pour, almost clear yellow, with a frothy whire head and good lacing. I could not detect much flavor outside the heavy hops. This actually grew on me after a couple, but my beer is how I rated it. An okay-good, middle of the road pilsner.

Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: Nice golden straw color but with minimal head. Some lacing though.
s: Light malt and floral hops with faint fruity esters.
t: Bitter biscutes. Pointless bitter after taste.
m: Medium body with little to no fizz.
d: Too bitter for my tastes, but does goes down easy.

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

Assertive, but herbal, hop aroma with some hay and very mild orange peel notes. Color is light yellow and the body holds a fluffy white, two finger thick head that diminishes slowly. Fore is grainy tasting and has grapefruit accented hop notes. Very clean middle and finish leaves grapefruit and floral hop flavors lingering on the tongue. The malt base is noticeable, but the hops are running the show flavor wise.

Photo of SupaCelt
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have passed this one up many times for no good reason. The summer solstice has visited upon us again, and pilsners sound so delightful. This one displays a nice golden hue. A head as white as the driven snow frothed up off the pour and fell into nothingness with only a ring left in its memory. Lacing is minimal. The beer is nicely carbonated with bubbles of different sizes that go bludgeoning upward. The smell is sharp with nobility. A bit of corn impression and peppery spiciness comes to mind. Herbal and dry grass tones spring forth as well. The flavour is very tasteful. It is utterly pleasant and appealing without so much as a challenge to the palate. It has great hop bite. It tends to be dry but wet enough to be greatly refreshing which was exactly what I was looking for in this beer. The mouthfeel is light and tingly. It is superb from a drinkability standpoint. I am compelled to go to the fridge repeatedly and grasp yet another bottle but alas, my stash is nearly depleted now. This is an easy recommendation. I only wish I had delved into this beer's splendor in a more timely fashion. Nice work.

Photo of snilsen13
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like an average pilsner. Smell/taste are more hoppy than expected, but pretty close to the mark if German Pils is more hoppy than Czech Pils. The crispness that is expected with a good Pils is there, so I think it gets the highest mark in mouthfeel. It's drinkability is also outstanding, just get yourself started and they keep pouring down pretty easy.

This one has won numerous awards, well desreved. Wish I didn't know that when I tasted it. My Czech friend concurs though, it's very good for an American brewed pils.

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

Pours a crystal clear bright yellow gold with a froothy 1/4 inch head. Fizzy and quite lacy. Smells grassy with strident herbal noble hops.

Tastes grassy with a strong presence if noble hops. Herbal and strong. Tasty. Crisp mouth, some light aftertaste of sour malt and noble hops. Good drinker. Nice summer beer. A new fave.

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

Appearance: Pours a transparent lemon yellow color with a huge foamy head. The head has amazing retention and even when it fades to 1cm thickness it remains there thick and sudzy the entire duration of the beer. The glass is coated with layer upon layer of sticky lacing.

Smell: The smell is mostly clean undertones of toasted malts, plenty of grains and subtle suggestions of grassy green hops.

Taste: Very nice for a German pilsner style. This beer seems to have more taste than some but it is pretty straightforward (apropos for the style). The flavor seems to showcase a gentle malty character followed by a hint of grain and lemon hops. the finish is remarkably dry and lingers for a long time.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. It is a bit watery thin through the middle but it is appropriate for the style. The hops keep your lips smacking and your palate busy so you usually don't notice the watery center.

Drinkability: Fantastic! I found this to be one of the best German Style Pilsners I have had to date. It is not generally my favorite style but this one is very easy to drink, refreshing and sessionable.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of Kendo
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2nd out of 3 pilsners I tried this weekend; it followed the Victory Prima Pils and couldn't quite keep up, though I felt it too was a very good version of the style.

An aggressive pour into a pilsner glass yielded a 3-finger, foamy white head over a pale yellow body. Sparkly carbonation continued throughout. Only a small amount of lacing remained behind.

A slightly sweet, husky smell was noted, but florally hops were the most dominant scent.

As for taste: all in all I described the taste similarly to the body, with words like "light" and "crisp" coming to mind. The dry hoppy bitterness finishes the flavor, leaving a slightly sour taste lingering on the mouth, demanding that you take another sip.

Mouthfeel: again, light, dry and crisp, but perhaps a tad bit too carbonated for my taste.

Drinkability: this one is highly drinkable, especially for the summer or with BBQ. You won't get bored with the flavors, but it won't bog you down. Very sessionable.

Photo of DaggerEyes
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle "best before 6/18/06" poured into a pint glass

poured a light yellow with a fizzy white head. a few beaded rows of carbonation rise to the surface.

Earthy nose, grassy almost reminds me of fontina cheese or a goat cheese in some ways. Almost smells a little skunky in some ways...

Bitter hoppy taste, earthy not too much sweetness from the malts but a bit is detected.

Light bodied with active carbonation spicy and active on the tongue with a crisp finsih.

Not totally blown away by this beer but it's a solid brew...it could easily be my "budwiser" just a solid pilsner that is easy to drink

Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of clabaugh
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of sinistrsam
4.33/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of bignick
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +11%
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

Photo of maek228
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
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

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Stoudts Pils from Stoudts Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 629 ratings.