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Stiegl Pils - Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

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Reviews: 159
Hads: 455
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 15
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
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Austria

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer 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. (536 characters)

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. (413 characters)

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. (341 characters)

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. (299 characters)

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. (1,275 characters)

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. (518 characters)

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. (500 characters)

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. (719 characters)

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. (623 characters)

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. (2,274 characters)

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. (784 characters)

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. (299 characters)

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. (1,218 characters)

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. (345 characters)

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. (531 characters)

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. (428 characters)

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. (407 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a tapered green bottle 330ml bottle with a pretty cool looking bold red label.

Pours a very nice golden yellow colour, with a wonderfully foaming head of miniscule white, sticky bubbles. The beer clears after a while to a brilliant burnished hue, with a slick of thin white on the top. Lacing is brilliant - this is just exactly what you want to see in a German pils.

Pleasant vegetative hoppy character on the nose, crisp and clean, with a honeyed back-note to it. Light metallic kind of zing that's maybe a little reminiscent of a Euro generic, but we can probably forgive that. Slight hint of pepper, green grass and grain. Nice. The sort of nose you expect from a pils, if somewhat subdued.

Taste is clean and crisp, without being exactly exciting. There's a very pleasant hop bitterness forward on the palate, with a dry but refreshing character that stays later. No hint of grain or malt, the sweet character on the nose has gone awol, but that's ok; we're left with a crisp, light bodied beer that is exceptionally drinkable. Mouthfeel is sharp and crisp. Spot on. Clean, refreshing and drinkable.

For a beer which looks a lot like a generic Euro Pale Lager, this actually delivers. This is a very decent German-style pils, almost verging into the sharpness of the Czech style. While there's only so much you can do with the style, this is pretty much a spot-on example. (1,394 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured your expected fizzy golden yellow ith good carbonation leaving a nice white cap and some bubbles

S: Floral hops, hint of grains

T: Pretty average. Sweetness, lighter floral hops, some dryness and then flavor fades away

M; Dry, somewhat crisp

O: Ok (261 characters)

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. (1,896 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a footed strange)
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a swirling microcarbonation and a creamy antique white head that takes up half the glass.

S- The clean aroma has some touches of green sulfur and a pils malt note that comes through as it opens up.

T- The green slightly dry hop taste has a slightly sweet sulfur note in the finish.

M- The light mouthfeel has a slight creamy texture as long as the head last.

O- The nice clean character has just a touch of sweetness which compliments the pils malt and a hint of hops. There are no off flavors and everything is balance making this very easy to drink. (642 characters)

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. (295 characters)

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. (377 characters)

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

Clear pale yellow body, excellent white cap of foam that settles slowly. Lace is good. Malty aroma, somewhat sweet and bready, with the anticipated aroma of Saaz hops, floral and a bit grassy. The taste is close but a little unbalanced in my view; the malt is a bit too sweet for me, less bready and cracker-like than I’d hoped, and the hops tend towards the plainly bitter, with much of the floral subtleties a bit buried. There’s a touch of honey to the taste which I found covered up the other flavor aspects too much. Would have liked a slightly drier flavor overall.

The finish ends up dry enough, however, with just a little bit of lingering bitterness. Body is medium light, carbonation is moderate enough but still crisp; draft gives this an appealing mouthfeel that’s both smooth and clean. A highly drinkable Pils but for me, not a standout. (858 characters)

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. (350 characters)

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Stiegl Pils from Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
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