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Stoudts Pils - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

639 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 639
Reviews: 361
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 44
Gots: 26 | 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:
Beer added by: psugrad98 on 08-11-2002

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Photo of Viggo
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like a good pilsner but they are hard to find.

Pours a slightly hazy golden, thick white head settles down into a pretty thick layer, nice lacing. Smell is sweet, fruity, nice floral/citrus hops, wow, smells very nice. Taste is sweet caramel up front, malty, floral/pine, some citrus, very clean piney bitterness in the finish, although slightly weak. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, very refreshing, maybe my favourite pils.

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

Looks very golden with a thick white head that went away slowly.Nice lacing on the glass.Leaves rings on the glass as you drink it.

Smells like grass.

Some hop taste and your typical pils flavor.

Mouthful attacks your tongue and goes down smooth.

Very good,I was looking forward to a Pilsner and this one is very good for the style.Im glad I bought it.Kudos to Stoudts for making this fine brew.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pilsner glass. The liquid is pale yellow, with the right carbonation. The head is a big fluffy white 2 fingers thinks cloud of goodness. It fades slow, very slow and leaves a good lace.

The smell is grainy, grassy and fresh.

The taste follows a nice grainy taste up front followed be a more bitter grassy taste. The finish is bitter hops.

The mouthfeel is very good, pure pills all the way. Great carbonation nice light body yet not watery.

The drinkability is good, Could be a bit more crisp. Prosit, MK

Photo of alexgash
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, bright, golden yellow with a pillow of powdery white head. Saaz hop aroma of sea air funk over light fruit, citrus, and biscuit malt. Nice. Fresh, spicy, Saazish hop bitterness right up front. Juicy honey malts burst forth, with careful sweetness. Crisp, toasted and bitter and floral and peppery hop bite takes over. Moderate body coats the mouth well. Superbly done!

Photo of MDekker
2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I poured this into a tall, slender glass I got from a cafe in Bonn, Germany. I let it go in a bit too hard and got a whole hand's worth of white head. The liquid was translucent with a straw yellow color. All the head laced nicely. It had a dry, lemony aroma. The taste was considerably sour and bitter - too much so. I know I opened this before the date on the bottle, so I'm assuming that it's not gone bad, but this is weird. The bitterness lingers considerably. I can't find any sweetness to offset the bitter. After some time passes, it begins to improve some. It's It feels OK in the mouth, except for the aftertaste. I've enjoyed all of Stoudt's other products, and unless I'm just missing something on the pilsener style, this isn't much fun. Maybe all that head was a sign of a problem. Darn.

Photo of Schwarzbart
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light straw color and very clear. Head was about a finger high when first poured and very light and foamy. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Dried malts and sulfur.

Taste: A nice malt flavor with a little hop to balance it out. A slight hop aftertaste gives it some bitterness, but also gives it a nice crisp feel to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp.

Drinkability: This would be a good summer beer for those days by the pool.

Photo of akorsak
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pils is a pale yellow color, clear with 1 finger of head on pour that dissipates.

S: The nose is earthy hops, coming across as very crisp.

T: The pils has a clear noble hop bitterness that is earthy and dirty. Malts are biscuity and add a bit of fruity character but the hops are the star here. They are not citrusy for floral, adding only a clean biting flavor to the beer.

M: The pale malts and crisp hops are paired together nicely.

D: The pils is very drinkable, an excellent representative of the style.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass at 40 degrees; a clear golden color with a somewhat (1.5 inch) thick head that didn't last too long.

S - Grassy hopps with little citrus activity; more hints of sourness than of citrus.

T - A hoppy feel to it, but a little too bitter for a german pilsener. Goes down crisp and dry, but finishes a little too bitter.

M - Bitterness wasn't accompanied by a pleasant hoppy taste, but it did go down well.

D - I wouldn't put it on the same shelf as Victory Prima Pils...this is a good starter pilsener. Refreshing, nonetheless, and I'd pick up another one if in the Adamstown area.

Photo of Boto
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle: This one pours a clear, straw yellow color with a bit of a head on it. It dropss off rather quickly to leave some lacing. The aroma is nice, with notes of malts, citrus and floral notes. Definitely a bit of bitterness to the taste. A medium malt body backing ot up. A somewhat dry finish. Not a bad pils at all.

Photo of waughbrew
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear best before date of 11/28/06. (Thank you Stoudt's - you rule.)

Verry light yellow with a seeming greenish tint. Lovely head of foam with oily splotches on the top and lacing dripping down the sides of the glass. Clean grass and white pepper ride above a thin dusty husky grain in the aroma. Crisp herbal flavor with mint and lime. Nicely assertive, yet melded, bitterness. Dry and crisp with lingering hops on the back and sides of the tongue.

Hell yes. This is one wonderful pils.

Photo of cproioi
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
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
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
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
3.47/5  rDev -11%
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
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
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 deserved. 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
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Stoudts Pils from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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