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Stiegl Pils | Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

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Stiegl PilsStiegl Pils
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Brewed by:
Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
Austria | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by UncleJimbo on 06-16-2008

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold color with a 1/2 inch white head that fades to an oily film. Small streaks and dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt, honey, and some white grape juice aromas. Taste is of sweet malt, honey, white grape juice, and some floral hops on the finish. A mild bitterness on the palate quickly fades after each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. A bit too much carbonation in my opinion. Overall, this is a good beer that is very easy to drink.

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Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and poured with a finger high white head.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of bready malts in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of bready malts and floral hops. There are some hints of bitterness from the hops in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is quite sesionable.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.67/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A drinkable yet very average German Pilsner. Thishad a little hint of lemon in it which made this surprisingly better to me. Other than that, not much is special with it. It's yellow and crisp, Grassy to an extent but not 100%. Could be much worse. I would pick this up over most Pilsners out there.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A simple and stately lager with supreme cleanliness, crispness, and with terrific balance of herbal and floral hops. A well crafted beer that won't get the credit it deserves.

With bright clairity and a sparkling golden hue, the lager's ample carbonation fuels an airy white head that retains well with minimum lace. A very solid look.

Cracker-like pilsner malts, light breads and bread dough describe the aromas of barley and yeast. Lightly estery and sulfury for an apple-like combination that's complementary to the lemongrass character from hops. Lightly flowery and grainy, the nose is as clean as any lager can be.

Flavors seem consistent with aroma; crisp cracker taste with light grain and yeast. Pleasantly acidic and bitter growing from apple and lemon, gaining intensity as the beer closes in finish. More hop character than is expected makes the beer decidedly balanced toward hops and keeps the beer tasting clean and crisp throughout.

Medium bodied, may seem creamier due to carbonaiton, but the carbonic bite helps to scrub the palate, giving the beer a clean and zesty taste. Lightly astringent and grainy-bitter late and going into the aftertaste.

A solid pilsner with great balance and terrific freshness and cleanliness. Very refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Clear pale gold with a sticky, lasting head that leaves scattered lacing. Grassy, spicy aroma, quite hoppy with a clean lager yeast character behind the hops. Pils malt is faintly noticeable. Noble hops are strong on the palate, lending a big kick of spicy, herbal and grassy flavors. The malt base is light and dry, while the finish is strongly bitter and lingering, somewhat mineral. This is in the North German school, very dry and bitter. A great pils, Stiegl continues to impress me.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, a refugee from the ill-conceived Stiegl 'Advent' calendar released a few months ago around these parts.

This beer pours a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with two fat fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves a bit of streaky, low-lying cloud lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of grainy, doughy pale malt, a bit of wet breakfast biscuit, some subtle corn bread sweetness, a twinge of estery petrol, and soft earthy, leafy, and somewhat spicy grassy hops. The taste is more doughy, grainy Euro Pils malt, a fading biscuity character, weak pome and drupe fruity notes, and more genial leafy, earthy, and dead grassy noble hop bitterness.

The carbonation is quite light and barely effective in its disinterested-seeming frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight for the base style, and tacitly smooth, that gasohol essence sniffing around a tad too greedily. It finishes off-dry, just, as the gritty, grainy malt strives to persist, alongside the somehow amped-up lingering hoppiness.

Overall, not a bad German Pils, the malt and hops doing well to balance each other out, and the other sundry players making their mark (hah!). Easy to drink, though not particularly complex or memorable, but that's ok, hardly all offerings such as this need to be - I'm not the one selling the stuff.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear straw color with a pretty good white head with plenty of staying power. Nose is fairly aromatic with some good Noble hop notes as well as some very light grain. Taste is slightly bitter, earthy, and spicy with some raw grain underneath. Good, brisk carbonation on a light body. Drinks fairly well overall.

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Photo of zeff80
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a very clear, straw yellow color with a two-finger, fluffy head of white foam. It left sheets of lacing on the glass.

S - Aroma was typical of a lot of imports. Borderline skunky with a floral touch and some grain-like aroma.

T - Nice sweet caramel and grain flavor with a floral hop presence and a touch of bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and crackled on the tongue. A light bodied lager that is very easy drinking.

O - This is a nice pilsener. A nice value, too. Worth a try.

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Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, twist off... for a German beer that's sad! At least there's a somewhat bottle code on it, reading 03121 so not sure if that means drink by march 2012, or something else, but I imagine the year has to be 2012. And green bottle... come on! I'm not expecting much from this with all that jazz!

Pours a light super fizzy large bubbled head that fades fairly quickly to a light head covering then sticks around a bit longer, with the beer being a crystal clear golden almost honey colored (darker than I expected).

Nose actually comes out fairly nicely, with a nice cracked straw, plenty of pilsner malts, a nice robust malty character with some nice soft decoction like layered aroma, as well as some light fruity lager aromas, and a crisp demeanor, but i can't really get any hops. I also get a hint of a honey like aroma as it warms.

Taste comes bright and crisp, again loaded with pilsner malts, cracked straw, lightly toasty, and a bit of the layered decoction complexity. A light lager fruit flavor comes forward but also seems to bring the slightest hint of a metallic twing. I think I get a touch of oxidation as well but hard to tell. A little bitterness comes through this time, barely any hop taste but what is there is a light grassy hop, but it brings a light but decent bitter kick. It's the slightest sweetness at first, but moves towards dry and crisp, and overall quite dry, but does leave a slight sticky feel on the finish. The finish brings a slight bit more of the grassy hop bitterness, as well as more toasty straw pilsner malts. As it warms I'm getting the faintest hint of skunk thanks to the lame green bottle.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied but typical, decent carb.

Overall not bad, I had low expectations with a screw top and green bottle, which seemed to affect it a bit with a slight oxidation and hint of skunk, but not completely sure on that. As it warms and the more I drink it the more a slight bitter skunky flavor comes through that gives it a bit more of a macro lager flavor, but still worlds better than most macro lagers. The malts and decoction-like layers were pretty nice, hops could have been a bit more pronounced overall too. Drinkable, crisp, and fairly tasty. I could pound quite a few of these back to back no problem.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stiegl Pils
,5L can

Stiegl, from Salzburg, is Austria's largest privately owned brewery.

Appearance: Standard crystal-clear yellow-gold body beneath a creamy, average-sized head.

Smell: Malt aroma dominates but there are some hops present. Basic.

Taste: A well-rounded, balanced beer that pretty much starts and finishes the same way. There are some floral and grassy hops threaded through but they don't particularly stand out. Very firm bitterness. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium to medium-bodied with a gently crisp, moderate carbonation.

Overall: Basic beer. Accessible. Clean and well-made but unexciting.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, light caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast, grain and a thin malt character. Then some mild sweetness comes in. The hops presence is decent for the style and brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: A little smooth and not very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Not too flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s definitely not one of the better beers I’ve had in the style.

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Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz (.33L) bottle served in pint glass

A - normal for style: clear yellow amber like apple juice. White head with limited retention but lasting ring.

S - nice malty aroma with some caramel and no off odors.

T - normal for type. Clean malty flavor with some mild hop bitterness.

M - smooth and dry

A good pils with no flaws for style.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Apparently, I had some of this during my German trip back in 2000, so I figured I'd give it another go to get some idea of what I had way back when. It pours a clear lemony straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises musty wheat, flowers, light honey, and a touch of green apple skin. The taste holds notes of light grass, flowers, wheat, light banana, and green apple flesh. I'm actually a little surprised at the fruitiness here. It's not a negative, but I'm not entirely convinced it's a positive, either. The body is pretty light, with a moderate carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Overall, a nice pils, worthy of a trip down a decade-long Memory Lane.

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Photo of russpowell
2.91/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours from a can, an effervescent light gold with 3+ fingers of fluffy pearl colored head. Stellar lacing & above average head retention

S: Slight metallic scent

T: Slight sweet breadyness, slight grassiness, but mostly cloying sweetness & a whisper of herbal hops. A little white grape & a ton of bready sweetness, hops are all but AWOL in this one, just a glimmer of herbal hops, plus a little grassiness. Finishes too sweet with a it of crispness

MF: Medium body, soft carbonation, skews too sweet

Drinks easy, but not a good pils, would try again if in Austria, otherwise I don't think their beers travel well

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a very pale straw golden hue, basically like watered down apple juice golden. Carbonation has fine bubbles streaming upward from the bottom of my 16 oz Gordon Biersch glass. Head forms thick and dwindles down leaving behind even thin lacing with each sip. Labeled a pils but definitely hits more along the lines of a Euro lager or pils than a German or Czech style. Aromatic starts off with a snappy skunky hop flow with grapefruit peel Saaz and herbal tones galore, light pale malt doesn't offer much sweetness here. Only clean mineral water notes with a touch of metallic character coming across my senses. Flavor wise this beer is clean with a crisp bitterness and dry finish, definitely a mass produced Austrian beer. Herbal skunk weed hop notes run rampant I can't even say pure Saaz here more cluster hops than crisp classic Noble hop flavors. Bone dry on the mouthfeel carbonation is crisp carries this light bodied pils well, but this just can't compete with the likes of Penn Kaiser Pils, Troeg's Sunshine Pils, or Stoudt's Pils. Drinkabiltiy, overall I could enjoy this occasionally but with Prima Or Pikeland in PA, I don't have to consider not so fresh imports from Germany or in this case Austria.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent pilsner, though it's heavy on the malts, which gives a sweeter tone to it. Fairly one dimensional, but it's consistent. A nice enough beer that goes beyond the typical yellow fizzy stage. Kind of a small bottle though, which doesn't make too much sense for such a low abv beer, imo.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

How odd that I have not reviewed this one before. It is my approved pic on file & tone77 credits me with getting a CAN to him. It is just more proof that The CANQuest (tm) CAN sometimes move in mysterious ways.

A nice, loud Crack! usually signifies that an inverted Glug will follow, but being that this was a 500-ml (16.9 fl. oz) CAN, I decided to CANtrol it with a gentle Glug, instead. A finger of fizzy, bone-white head developed briefly and then slowly dissipated into wisps. Color was Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2) with NE-quality clarity. Lots of CO2 bubbles were in evidence. Nose had a grassy hoppiness along with a biscuit maltiness. I generally prefer the Czech Pilsners, but this smelled right for a German Pils. Mouthfeel was medium, actually kind of soft in the mouth. The taste was a bit sweet for my taste, hence my preference for the Czechs, but it was clean, allowing the grassiness of the hops to accompany the malts in a way that was easy to discern. Finish was semi-dry with the hops becoming a little more assertive to leave a grassy flavor at the end.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a Weizen glass.

Has a very pale color. Huge head after pouring but doesn't stay for too long. Leaves almost no lace. Just a few bubbles rising now and then.
Has a pretty strong and malty smell.
Standard lager taste. I find the aftertaste more interesting, hoppy and quite bitter for a pilsner.
Body feels light to medium, crisp and refreshing. It leaves your mouth dry and makes you want another sip.

Overall this beer is not outstanding in any way but it isn't bad either.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.09/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found a 500ml can of Stiegl during a trip to Canada. The beer pours a clear pale/golden yellow copper with a fair size foamy white head. The smell had malt, hops, slight citrus. The taste starts somewhat dry and then finishes with a slight bitter hop taste. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with decent carbonation. Overall it is a decent beer that is definitely sessionable.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I finally picked this one up after by-passing it many times. It's labeled a Pils, and I can see that, but it's a bit tame. While it has the notes of spicy hops and pale malt, they aren't all that strong. But it's more so a Pils than a Euro or adjunct lager. The malt is and sweetness are light. It looks good, a pale color with dense white head. A bit of lacing as it drinks.
A mild crispness as it finishes, fairly refreshing.

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

A - Pale yellow. Small amount of white head.

S - Bready malts with some sweetness. Saaz hops profile evident with light to moderate hopping and floral aroma.

T - Same as nose. Some sweet bready malts with light sazz-like hopping. Good overall balance.

M - Light body. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first beer of the day at Green Week in Berlin on 18th Jan 2014.

Draught half litre shared with my wife served by a guy in national dress and inside a wooden beer garden type of set-up within the Austrian area of the festival.

Regular looking lager/pils golden, bright and clean: standard white head which lasted longer than most beers of this type.

No great aroma or taste, refreshing and crisp enough but nothing stands out or separates this from the thousands of other lagers/pils in the world.

Mr average in all aspects.

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Photo of Zorro
3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear yellow colored beer with a smallish white colored head.

Smells mild and of hay with a floral and fruity hop aroma. Mostly I get saffron and herbs.

Starts out malt and yeast with a grassy aftertaste. Medium level of bitterness the grassy hop gets stronger as you drink it. Basic Pils taste it hit all the right points.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a good solid pilsner that is certainly worth a try.

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Photo of biegaman
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

If I were walking days on end in a desert, going delirious with thirst, this is exactly the mirage I'd end up seeing: a brilliantly golden beer with a chilled complexion, casual bubbles and a light sheet of white head. Appearances like this one, on hot summer days like this one, flick the flip-switch of my saliva glands; if I wasn't thirsty before, I sure am now.

The smell isn't nearly as enticing, but it's nothing unappetizing. It is the unadulterated smell of pale malts and, even without the hops I was hoping for, it smells pretty darn fine. It may be just about as simple and plain as possible, but it's also just about as pure and clean-smelling a lager can be (and it's pretty uninhibited volume wise).

Where cleanliness and unhampered maltiness pay off the most is in the taste. This beer, short of actually describing it, is a dream if you're thirsty and in the mood for some deliberately unbridled drinking. Its tidy, untainted malty taste hits the spot flavour wise but parts quickly on the aftertaste, forcing you to take another gulp to repeat the sensation.

For a beer whose only texture is that of a dry, almost cardboard-y malt, whose only flavour is that of a (barely) sweet and (hardly) toasted pale malt and whose body weight is only slightly heftier than a paper clip, this is one gratifying, surprisingly likable beer. Is this my ideal pilsner? No, far from it. But is something I can take pleasure in drinking? Yup. And besides all that, I actually could believe I was in Salzburg for a minute there.

Pale lagers, pilsners or otherwise, will not reinvent you the wheel. If you're expecting the moon for your nose and the stars for your mouth, you're drinking the wrong kind of beer. To me, these lagers come down to one question: is it clean, unadulterated, palatable and pleasurable? If 'yes' then I'm happy with it - which means I'm sure as hell happy with this.

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Photo of tone77
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, grains, a bit of grass. Taste is malts, some grains and a touch of sweetness, refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a good thirst quencher on a warm night.

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