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Stoudts Pils - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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617 Ratings

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Ratings: 617
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 42
Gots: 18 | 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 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.

SupaCelt, Jun 28, 2006
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.

snilsen13, Jun 19, 2006
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.

ViveLaChouffe, Jun 12, 2006
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.

Phatz, Jun 07, 2006
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.

Kendo, Jun 05, 2006
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

DaggerEyes, May 28, 2006
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.

oberon, May 28, 2006
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.

clabaugh, May 24, 2006
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.

sinistrsam, May 19, 2006
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.

bignick, May 13, 2006
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

brentk56, May 11, 2006
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

maek228, May 05, 2006
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.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of Mitchster
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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 +0.8%
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 +6.4%
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 +5.9%
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 +15.4%
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 -5.6%
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 -15.4%
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 -10.3%
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 +4.6%
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 +14.6%
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 +2.6%
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 +2.6%
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
Stoudts Pils from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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