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Stoudts Pils - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudts PilsStoudts Pils

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very good

587 Ratings

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Ratings: 587
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 36
Gots: 12 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: psugrad98 on 08-11-2002)
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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2005 04:43:12 | More by Sammy
Photo of DogFood11


3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear light straw meets water color. Medium sized carbonation that supports quite a frothy head. Lacing is above the mendoza line. Looks like it will be a great beer for this hot ass day we are having in October.

rather intense grainy smell but saaz hops comes out as well. citrus, lemon faintly in the background. Once again refreshing comes to mind.

Grain is evident but the hops take charge in this smooth drinker. there is a slight bitterness in the middle along with a spicey singe, and it finishes with a touch of citrus to cleanse. Easy on the palate and fairly easy to drink. Crisp and refreshing.

I would recommend getting a sixer of this brew. It grew on me over time. My first reaction was "this is gobble material for a party". After completing my last sample on tap at Naja's in redondo beach this has moved up to possibly in the esteemed Sunday Football status...

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2005 19:06:11 | More by DogFood11
Photo of santoslhalper


4.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearence: Pours a brilliant, glowing gold with a nice, creamy bone-white head that stays forever. Perfect clarity and loads of carbonation.

Smell: The smell is a wonderful mix of strong, bready malts and noble hops. Smells very authentic.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Perfect. This is the exact way a pilsener is supposed to taste. Strong, perfumy taste with strong hop character bittering in the finish, with a nice bready taste cleaning the palate. The subtle complexities are wonderful, and it's a hell of a thirst-quencher. The mouthfeel is smooth and crisp.

Drinkability and Overall: This is a highly underrated pilsener that really should be recognized more. One of the best American examples of the style. Clean, and pure. I think I'll have another.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2005 20:10:00 | More by santoslhalper
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


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

Presentation: Standard 12 ounce bottle sealed with a black crown cap which has Stoudt’s text on it. Main label has a mixture colorful fresh hop cones set against a black & white pencil drawing of the Brewery. Described as a German-Style Pilsener and a microbrewed beer. No strength but a Best Before 11/8/05 date is ink jet stenciled onto the top of the bottle neck.

Appearance: Pale gold meets watery yellow urine. Exceptionally clear from the off, the head rises into a bleached white wieldy Teutonic mass that sticks to the sides with all the virility of a freshly beaten egg white. Lazy carbonation.

Nose: Fresh nose, grainy streaks with some toasted malts and flowery tart crispness. Grass stains and some Hay too, clean though.

Taste: Lots of floral character with some mild biscuit malts. Grassy stains and some bitter Saaz feel. Unsoiled lines with a defined crispness. Bitterness is lawn-like.

Mouthfeel: Light body, sharp lines and discrete supporting soft carbonation all help this one put together a solid Pils.

Drinkability: Clean drinking, simple and yet attractive. Pleasant enough, goes well with a Chip Butty too.

Overall: Not bad, cost $1.69 for the pleasure of the single. Not sure I would pick up a 6-Pack of these, but I wouldn’t pass one up if it was passing by.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2005 04:10:30 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of hustlemuscle


3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tiny bubbles, in my beeeer.

Crystal clear yellow with a fat foamy head. Active carbonation of perfect little bubbles. Head left a thick chunky lace. Just looks refreshing.

Crisp and smooth, bready with that pilsner hop bite, and a touch of fruit, tending toward slightly watery. Proper amount of gentle tang in the back of the throat as it goes down.

Overall not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2005 20:15:28 | More by hustlemuscle
Photo of jakester


4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is from a new sampler case from Stoudt's. Date is clearly stamped on the bottle. (Yay!)

Pours a brilliant, clear straw yellow with a two finger head of white foam. Looks well carbonated. The head eventually drops to islands and a ring, with great lacing. I love that!

Aroma is a great combination of German pils malt and spicy Noble hops. Malt is bready and stands out well. Hops are black pepper and maybe a little citrus. Aroma is a little grainy, but very nice! I actually sat at my computer smelling my empty glass when I was finished reviewing this!

Flavor is crisp pils malt, bready and light. The hop bitterness is right up front, and the flavor of spices like pepper or lemon pepper from hop flavor come through really well. Aftertaste is slightly grainy pilsner malt and Noble hops.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, with a good carbonation bite. Just enough residual sugar here to be felt. Finish is crisp and on the dry side. Delicious burps!

I haven't reviewed too many German Pilsners, so I don't have that much to go by, but, damn! this is tasty. You could drink this an entire Sunday watching football and still go back for another. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2005 15:18:27 | More by jakester
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A pale straw yellow with a quickly vanishing one finger head. Left a spot of lacing behind.

Smell - Slight malt odor. Strong pine odor, but not exactly the typical pine hop odor, it smells like blue spruce.

Taste - Slight malty and pine flavor followed by a powerful hop bitterness that doesn't linger too long. Nothing spectacular.

Mouthfeel - Watery, medium carbonation, very refreshing.

Drinkability - Strong bitterness that doesn't linger leads for great food pairing. I had this with garlic pepper pork. Very good. The refreshing nature makes it go down easy.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2005 00:02:00 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of Fish113d


3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle, slightly chilled, I poured this into a crystal beer mug. It pours a pale gold color with a thin white head which leaves a decent edge layer, but no other retention there to note.

Aroma is of some citrus and pine hops along with a slight grapefruit arouma and a grainy, wheat malt...Nothing too impressive to note here.

Sipping, I notice some mild hoppiness up front. Much of the flavor of the body is a grainy cheerios flavor with a twang of lemon. Again, I am not a huge pils fan, so this one doesn't do much for my palete.

Feel is typical of a pilsner. Medium carbonation up front with slight tingling on my tongue, light body, making it very easy to drink.

Overall, a light refreshing pilsner that reminded me more of an adjunct rather than a craft brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2005 21:47:30 | More by Fish113d
Photo of scooter231

New York

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale gloden color with no ttoo much of head to speak of. Smells citrusy- lemony and orangey, and lightly floral. Tastes fruity- dry, crisp, with a hint of sourness at the end. A good balance of hops in there as well.
Mouthfeel is bubbley and a bit chewy, and overall, very drinkable- extremely refreshing and tasty. Goes down easy, and terribly tempting to grab another.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2005 00:28:57 | More by scooter231
Photo of PatandDavid


3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought a bottle of this last week, looks to have a best buy date of 8/22/05, very nice. Pour is a light golden, the head was of the beaten egg white quality and did a good job of sticking around. This beer was kind of a mixed bag for me, I popped it open while I started cooking, so I took sips every five minutes or so while I had a moment. Each sip was different. The first actually had a bit of a sour quality, and I thought, please get better soon. Actually, it's still evident 30 minutes later. There are some more pleasant things going on: it is pretty citrusy in the finish. I actually find it bit sweet too. Sitting here drinking this one in front of the computer, I have to say it's a bit of a mish-mash. I guess I need to get another bottle and see if there is a change for a better drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2005 23:22:11 | More by PatandDavid
Photo of beermanbrian


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear golden yellow color with a nice 1 inch white head. Left nice lacing on the glass. Nice steady flow of bubbles gives it a nice lively appearance. Smell is mostly of malt with a very mild hops smell. Taste the same with the hops bitterness showing up at the finish. Even though it appeared to have strong carbonation there was little of the carbonation feal on the tongue. Very smooth and clean finish. A very drinkable beer. This would be a good one to try on your macro loving friends.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2005 12:55:49 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of farHillsBrewer


3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Pils pours a light straw color with about an inch of snowy head. It has evident hoppiness in the nose which sets it up well. I drank one while hot and thirsty and it went down easily with a slight bite, though mostly clean. Easy to have another. The malt was just bit thin to me, although the mouthfeel was crisp. Nice summer beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2005 01:16:29 | More by farHillsBrewer
Photo of smcolw


4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flawless appearance: straw color, clear, excellent head with very good retention. The lace is spotty but far more extensive than most pilsners.

Fresh scent of light hops. The malt is light as expected. For the style, the aroma is quite nice.

A very nice pils, full bodied, slightly high carbonation. The hop tastes fresh and the malt is present and dry. The mouthfeel is "rounder" (as opposed to crisp) than I'd expect.

Although this is lighter than the usual microbrew fare, this is an excellent, flavorful beer. Too good to be called a lawn mower beer, yet it would be an awesome choice after the chores are complete.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2005 17:41:49 | More by smcolw
Photo of thinkbreakfast

New York

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lots of carbonation activity going on, but not apparent in the mouthfeel. The smell and taste both have a little more hops than I was expecting. The hops are more of the grapefruit variety than the pine variety. Aftertaste is all grapefruit bitterness. I am drinking this beer at a warmer than normal temp, which I suspect accounts fof the stronger than average hop factor. Enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2005 23:32:53 | More by thinkbreakfast
Photo of Bierguy5


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color. Lots of tiny bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass. Thick white fluffy head, with decent retention. Pale bready malt aroma, grassy, sulfur and slightly skunky. Bready malt flavor, dry on the palate. Nice amount of bitterness. Grassy hop flavor. Light body, crisp, high carbonation. Better than average. Good drinkability. Not exciting, but pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2005 12:38:16 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled a 12 ounce bottle, poured light straw, with a medium bubble white head, minor lacing observed. Nose is the expected and hoped for grassy saaz hop type stuff. Crisp, cleansing and clean tasting Pilsner. Nice take on the style , well worth enjoying a bottle or two, went nicely with some cheese, crackers and salad.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2005 23:54:01 | More by Billolick
Photo of crookedhalo


3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a brilliantly clear pale straw color with an eggshell colored head. Some wafts of grassy hops and some pale malt sweetness in the aroma and a mineral, watery background. Crisp and cleansing on the palate. The way a good German-style Pils (Jever in my book) should be, it has a good balance of bitterness to sweetness. It is very neutral; yet flavorful. A very nice U.S.-brewed version of a Euro-Pils. Fundamental and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2005 09:13:17 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of TinusTime


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah its a Moses Malone rating, but this is good stuff.

Pours a light straw colour with a very nice fluffy white head that looks like new clean snow. Aroma is a bit grassy, with a touch of biscuit. Taste is crisp with light biscuity malt upfront with nice crisp dryinging hops at the end. The finish is crisp with a bit of bitter and cleansing notes. Mouthfeel is Very nice with good carbonation that cleanses the palate. Drinkability is high. Even though i sampled this in the winter, I can imagine that this would be a perfect summer quencher.

I had written Stoudt's off, but their new line up and tweaking has produced two great beers. This one and the sublime Double IPA

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2005 04:12:19 | More by TinusTime
Photo of inebrius


4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brilliant yellow under a drift of fat-bubbled foam. Aromas of citrus drizzled scones and wet matchsticks. So easy and soft this beer, a gorgeous mingling of toast lightly lathered with apricot jam and river stones. I could drink this all day then crack one at sundown to celebrate my day of drinking. A fine American Pils that should be available everywhere. Like iron filings to my electromagnetic lips.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2005 02:52:50 | More by inebrius
Photo of sparkydoyle


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle (Now that Stoudt's has installed a state-of-the-art bottling line, I'm retasting the the whole line.)

Sample exhibited a small-thin head and light straw color. Nose was citrusy and fresh, but lacking in a refined floral quality. Some light malt notes build as the beer warms.

Flavor is balanced and assertive--slighty sweet malty notes work in harmony with a tangy citrus hop flavor, and a hop finish that's sharp but not big. Mouthfeel is thin and refreshing. The hopping is more likely to make you think of California beers than the Budweis, but it's enjoyable nonetheless. A nice summer refresher.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2004 22:27:14 | More by sparkydoyle
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass, clear yellow in color with a 1/2" head. Some mild lacing develops. Carbonation levels were just right. The aroma was of grass and mild hops. The flavor was a nice balance of malt, sharp bitterness and grass. There was some graininess to the texture too.

Mouthfeel was crisp and refreshing at the start. The finish was clean and crisp. This is extremely drinkable as the flavor and refreshing crisp quality makes your tastebuds very happy.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2004 21:09:47 | More by Gavage
Photo of HappyHourHero


3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mild spicy hop aroma. Foamy, brilliant white colored head fed by dozens of streams of medium sized bubbles. A few strings of lace sit atop the clear, pale yellow colored beer. Light malt flavor is quickly overtaken by a solid bitter bite. A light sweetness makes its way in towards the end cutting the bitterness before all the flavor fades fast in the fairly dry finish. Light bodies beer, easy drinking, the bitterness goes away after a 1/4 beer or so.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2004 23:02:16 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of donnebaby

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like beer with the see-through light gold body and slightly tenuous head. Nose is generous in flavorful cereals, which seems to be ubiquitous in Stoudts' brews.

Medium pils flavor, medium malts and grains with a roasted character, which get caught up in the carbonation. Sweet notes of apple-cinnamon. Sharp, bitter hops, bitter to the point of being mineraly, arrive sneakily and sear the throat.

Good, medium, soft carbonation. I liked the hop presence alot in this pils. A well-made version of a standard.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2004 04:31:49 | More by donnebaby
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa


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

Bottle label is different then the picture currently on the BA website….it now has a painted picture of the Stoudts Brewing Company with hops and barley around it. BB date stamp is smeared on the bottle but starts w/ 11/17/ probably 04 because I think they just started putting these is bottles somewhat recently. Appearance: Pours a pale golden color, slightly hazed body and the head is bright white in color Aroma: Nice noble halletau hops and a crisp pale malt aromas. Taste: Very good German style pilsener with floral and herbal hops and there is a very light biscuity malt presence that bring a nice sweetness…very refreshing pils. Very crisp and refreshing offering by Stoudts.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2004 21:28:22 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a clean pale malt and Czech hop scent. It is a bit grainy, but good. The taste is good. It has a grainy pale malt flavor with excellent hop notes in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good as well. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine pilsner. It's simple in it's approach, but it has all the elements of a quality brew.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2004 00:43:33 | More by WesWes
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