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Stiegl Pils | Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

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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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Reviews: 170 | Ratings: 490
Photo of Brenden
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A clear and very bright yellow gold, this pils develops an bone-white airy head to about half a finger that falls somewhat slowly to a layer on top that puts down a mixture of spotting and patching on the glass.
Leaf and grass have a very light peppery spiciness to it in the hops, balanced by a somewhat honey-like sweetness and some fruity esters that are a little more tart than I expect. Breadiness in the malts, not quite as dry as some, leads to a little bit of a graininess sliding in underneath before going more crackery, as expected. The hops bite a little stronger on the tongue than I think, which is a pleasant surprise.
It's crisp and creamy with a high carbonation and, interestingly, a bit too much to the medium body. It's clean up front, something building lightly but just.

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Photo of joe1510
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz Can
$6.99 4-Pack
Binny's - Bolingbrook

Stiegl is straw golden with clarity enough to read a book. Carbonation is small stature but in large number and streams to the surface. A fizzy white head grows easily to a couple fingers before crackling down to a solid head with staying power. Patchy lacing is left behind.

Freshly husked grains aggressively lead the way, a little musty, with a touch of cereal grain sweetness. Floral hoppiness runs from front to back while a grassy edge pops up in the back. A drizzle of honey adds depth. It's clean, crisp, and makes me salivate immediately. Simple and precise.

The flavor, again, is crisp and clean. Fresh grains upfront before segueing into the softly sweet cereal grains. White bread, freshly baked runs through the middle before the crisp graininess returns. Floral hoppiness has its fingerprints all over this pilsner along with a grassy backbone that grows through the drink, eventually taking over on the swallow. Delicious!

The carbonation is lively, pushing the beer through at a good clip but not harshly. The body is on the light side of medium with a finish that's dry before I even swallow. A sturdy grass bitterness is accentuated by the dryness. With the crispness and dryness the drinkability is high as a kite.

Stiegl's Pilsner is a classic, in my opinion. One that's easy to find and, when fresh, amazingly satisfying. It's all things a good pils should be; precise, clean, refreshing, dry, hoppy, and immensely drinkable. It's a shame this beer doesn't get the love it deserves. Either way, I recommend buying some.

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Photo of barczar
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great crackery pilsner malt character, nice bittering hops, slightly earthy, but there's a touch of citrus that is very welcome. Crisp and refreshing, this is a great example of the style. Floral hops are subtle, but noted. Very well constructed and clean.

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Photo of Auraan
4.37/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a gorgeous golden color with a two finger white head that stuck around for almost the entire glass and a wonderful amount of bubbles. An excellent looking pilsner. Scents of crisp lager yeast, grainy malt and flowery hops. A very crisp and clean aroma, a nice classic pilsner scent. Flavor begins with a crisp combination of herbal and floral Noble hops and some nice grainy malt. Moves into more herbal and floral flavors, some more dry grainy flavors and a slight hint of sweet pilsner malt. Finishes dry with a nice hit of floral and herbal Noble hop flavors. Aftertaste is floral and herbal Noble hops. A very nice, simple, one-note, clean flavor profile, just like a pilsner should be. It is refreshing and pleasant. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation and a semi-drying feel. A good, crisp, clean and refreshing mouthfeel. Very true to style. Overall this is an excellent German Pilsner. It is crisp and clean in aroma, flavor and mouthfeel, as the style should be. It isn't complex at all, but for this style that is a good thing, and for a nice refreshing lager it is amazingly well done.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Stiegl-Pils has a thick, foamy, almost permanent, white head, a mostly clear, somewhat bubbly, golden appearance, and very heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, biscuit, barley malt and grassy hops. The flavor is the same, with a nice, sharp, but not harsh, hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Stiegl-Pils finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and highly drinkable.

RJT

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Re reviewing this as I happened to receive a can as a gift. Wasn't impressed last time Itried this but wondering how this will grade out with a full review. 500 ml can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear dark golden color that is rich looking as far as pilsners go. Few effervescent bubbles and 1 + fingers of head white head with pretty good retention. Very golden color is worth reiterating and some sparse lacing is left around the glass.

Smell - Grassy notes, some grain, aromatic yet subtle. Pretty good for a Pils.

Taste - Clean and refreshing, some light grainy flavors that don't linger on the tongue through to the aftertaste. Clean but a bit bland by Pilsner standards.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation, medium bodied and very nice in the mouth overall. Good feel.

Overall - Note a bad pilsner, but I don't see how this is vastly better or worse than most. Although in retrospect this was better than I had remembered it.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: clear gold, 1/4" white head w/ no retention - disappears almost immediately... nifty-looking art deco style label.... dumb green bottle

S: immediately strikingly similar to Heineken.... champagne-like aromatics.... old grain, oxidation.... typical honey-ish malt aroma from older Euro lager bottles

T: as expected.... mild sulfur overtones.... oxidation not as bad as anticipated.... healthy pop of hop and carbonic bitterness up front, lasts part way through the aftertaste.... lightly grainy-sweet.... overall, dominated by yeast character, champagne notes

M: really clean, moderately dry... some residual slickness, film left on palate.... mild effervescence

O: all about the bottle label? i don't know why you'd want to drink this otherwise.... tastes like Heineken or any other similar pale Euro lager

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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 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 bamberger603
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Admittedly, I'm not the biggest pils fan, but this was a solid beer that is an above average representation of the style. I did drink it straight out of the bottle, but it was a very cool commemorative 2013 holiday bottle. As soon as it was opened, a half inch of large bubbled foam appeared on top of the beer. The smell was actually quite pleasant; strong piney-hop smell. The taste of this beer is pretty standard for a pils; if anything it is a bit on the weak side, but I do appreciate that it is less harsh in the mouth than many other brews in the style. Overall, I would say that as far as pils go, this is a solid choice and very drinkable, but there are many superior Austrian brews to choose from.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.22/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 mL into a large beer mug.

A- Pours pale yellow, crystal clear, and with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing to be found on the glass.

S- This brew smells quite grainy with a hint of citrus and a minuscule note of hops . Nothing too extraordinary here but it is pleasing nonetheless.

T- Bread-like malt, grassy hops at the initial taste with a skunky, mildly citrus finish.

M- The mouth feel is light and crisp with low-medium carbonation. A prime example of a summer refresher!

O- For me, this Pils isn't something that stands out from the pack but it is a fine example of the style that deserves a solid recommendation. I would definitely like to give Stiegl another taste in the future!

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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 magictacosinus
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Albany Taproom while looking to kill some time. Works for me - I always love German-style pilsners. Poured into a half pilsner flute pint glass.

Pours a typical golden-yellow color, complete with a good deal of frothy white foam. I always argue that these kinds of delicate beers are far superior on tap than they ever will be in the bottle, and I feel that they always look far prettier as well when they're closer to the source. Champagne-like bubbles, nice lines of carbonation gliding upwards from the bottom of the glass, and decent lacing in its wake. Rated to style, this doesn't deliver anything new, but is top-notch.

Smells quite good as well, with a crisp, malty and grainy sweetness with slight grass - always a refreshing and inviting aroma after a long week of consuming stronger and heavier beers. Notes of white grapes, raisins, and slight white peaches are most predominant, alongside notes of grass, tarragon, and lemon peel. There's a sharp cane sugar sweetness from the grains at hand, and everything is pretty green and balanced overall. I could tell that this was a fresh keg, as well - there's a lot of room for the grains to open up, but I feel that consuming this at a faster rate than one does with the average beer is perhaps the best plan in mind.

Tastes pretty good as well - nothing spectacular, but all of the flavors are as well presented as they were in the aroma, with the exception of seeming wetter and sweeter overall. White grapes, peaches, slight banana and pineapple, with notes of grass, citrus peel, and light pine. For a mass-produced beer straight out of Austria, this is ridiculously easy to drink given the refreshing flavor profile, and the balanced bitterness between the grains and hops at hand. Quite moist, yet crisp enough to prevent this from becoming fully watery in feel. Not very complex, but definitely a well made pilsner in its realm.

I always look forward to good quality pilsners on tap, and this one definitely did the trick for me recently. It provides everything I expect a German-style pilsner to carry without taking too many risks. I'd imagine this is dramatically inferior in the bottle, but at least this is easy to find on tap if I'm looking for a good session beer that is tasty, as well as taking a break from offerings that usually plummet my ass to the ground.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very sudsy. Has the soapy look that a good pilsener tends to have, including a decent body.

Smell: Lemon soap. Lots of minerals.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tastes like it smells. Pretty solid lemon flavor, but I wish the hops were a bit more upfront. Could use some floral notes to balance. Superbly crisp.

Overall Drinkability: One of the better commercial European pilseners.

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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.

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Photo of greenmtn1111
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass goblet.

Light yellow and crystal clear with a small head. It looks like there’s a lot of carbonation being released. No lacing at all and only a very slight retention of the head. The aroma is of crackery malt and a little orange peel. Light, crisp and refreshing as I drink. Very slight bitterness and slight pungent hop characteristic to it as well. The mouthfeel is pretty decent with good carbonation. Overall, this is an enjoyable pilsner but nothing about it stands out.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at Top Hops last week, not having a Pilsener in a long time and never having a beer from Stieglbrauerei before. I almost thought that this was a European Light Lager when I saw the green bottle but thankfully, this was much more solid, normal-smelling, and easier to enjoy than any beer of that style and this turned out to be a great example of how crisp and hopped a good Pils should be!

The pour to this was a nearly-clear straw hue with a moderate amount of head and just a bit of lacing. Not a lot of aroma here but the taste more than made up for it. Lots of grass, straw, and lemon with a bit of sourness in the back. Somewhat bready but not as full as a Dortmunder or as starchy as a Macro Lager or mass-market beer, but the finish was crisp without being cloying.

I never considered a beer of this style to be one for a long session but this would have fit that bill perfectly. The carbonation was just right and there was just enough of a floral and earthy feel to this to keep it light while never feeling watered-down. This was a great example of the style and maybe the best beer that I've had out of a green bottle in quite a long time.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a straw color with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin layer of foam.

S-skunky, malty, grassy-like Noble hops

T-Grassy hops (Noble) and some caramel, with a skunky flavor to it.

M-Nicely carbonated, but more on the creamy side.

D-Very drinkable as the flavor is good and it is quite refreshing.

Overally, this is a solid German Pilsener that I would recommend others trying.

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Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can't get very much more classic than this iteration of a German Pilsner. Tons of head & lace.

Grassy and sort of a clingy mouthfeel; I thought the nose was a little catty, but nothing that would put me off it. So much better than the Grolsch-Heineken business that too often overshadows this stuff.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.54/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Half liter poured into pokal.

Light amber body, vigorous carbonation!

Two finger off white head

Smells of wet grain, and lager yeast

Tastes: grassy, herbal, lemon, and a bitter sharp finish

Mouthfeel is moderate

Overall, this is a pilsner worth seeking out and having in your fridge. Buy some today!!

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Photo of silverking
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- pale gold with a fluffy white head. Head retention is good, and lacing is inconsistent. Lacing improves once the head has receded a bit.

S- grassy, biscuity. floral hops.

T- Bready malt with a sharp hop bitterness. The finish is off-dry with the aforementioned hop bitterness.

M- Light and refreshing. Carbonation is light and prickly.

O- It's a nice representation of the style

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Photo of kvnstfrd
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The picture above IS NOT STIEGL PILS! That picture is the new label for Stiegl Goldbräu. (Read the rear label.) This review is for the Stiegl Pils, NOT the beer pictured above.

Pours a slightly hazy, straw-yellow with a white, foamy head and lots of sticky lacing . Smells of cereal grain, spicy hops and fresh-cut, wild flowers. Tastes of clean and sweet, malty flavors followed by a subtle, but unmistakable dose of Saaz hop bittering. Mouthfeel was surprisingly full-bodied and low carbonation with a nice buttery feel after swallowing. Long bitter-sweet aftertaste. Sweet, malty flavours are even more pronounced after it warms up a little. Overall, one of the best German-style Pilsners I've ever had.

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Photo of Ethanol4one
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at Chicago Brauhaus, seated right next to the owner, which did not color my review on bit. There's it's served on tap, perfectly. And it tasted like the gold standard of beer, clean, light, subtly balanced, absurdly drinkable.

You can talk talk talk, but these Germans don't play when it comes to beer. Everything I had there, including this beer was 4.5+.

All good.

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Photo of dictatorial
2.73/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall it is... alright. The initial smell and taste were bitter, but after one drink it got better. The appearance, smell and taste were all ultimately average, with nothing really special to note. Really it was not bad, and not really great - just beer. I couldn't help think of Hugo Stiglitz every time I saw the name of the beer, which made for a fun time :-)

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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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Stiegl Pils from Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
82 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.