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Stiegl Pils - Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

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Reviews: 164
Hads: 475
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 22.78%
Wants: 16
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
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Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
Austria | website

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 Bouleboubier
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
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 -16.7%
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%
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 -3.9%
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 -10.6%
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 -23.6%
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 +11.9%
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 +9.2%
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 +7.8%
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 -4.7%
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 +3.3%
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 +11.1%
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 +2.5%
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 +26.1%
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 +3.1%
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 +13.6%
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 +25%
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 -24.2%
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 -16.7%
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 uno99
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well I rarely bother to review a pilsner, but in my opinion this is right up there with the best classic and easily available examples from Europe.

Appearance: I love the label/can design. 3 colors. Minimal design. No bullshit that we as craft beer drinkers are used to being bombarded with. Reminds me of a KMFDM album cover. Beer is fairly pale straw but more amber than a weaker pilsner variant. Head sticks around a good while in my Carlsburg stange glassware.

Smell: Nice bright crystal malts. Reminiscent of a cream cracker. A little bit of minty hops. No euro lager swill skunk and funk going on. Very clean on the nose even when allowed to warm to near room temp.

Taste: The malt is the hero here. very well balanced though near the finish with some decent hop presence. Once the beer warms up the taste lingers for a good while and it is very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Nice acidic apple upfront. Rather bitter middle and semi juicy on the finish. Would like it to be a bit drier. Finish goes on and on though.

Overall: You can't do much better for a European Pils. Don't overlook this one - Right up there with Budvar and Pilsner Urquell

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Photo of endovelico
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I came across this beer at a quirky Austrian café, in downtown Lisbon, on a searing hot end of morning. As the waiter, stumblingly but proudly tried to nuance out the differences between the limited range of Austrian lagers available, the scientific description of 'Sweetest of the bunch' grabbed my attention as it's often the case that testimonies of the sort will point to the most interesting beers of a bunch.

The undescriptive, laconic label left me in doubt as it could be interpreted as both a half-ass commercial lager or as a endearingly amateurish label that could point to some kind of regionality and hence, untouched big-business hands.

The brew had a deep golden color with semi-persistent foam and low perceived carbonation while the aroma is subdued and skewing towards noble hops character, cooked vegetables and grass.

By now I'm tepidly reassured, as this is most likely a heller (or at least something brisk with
some hop character) and will provide some flavor and plenty of refreshing qualities needed to ease the kilning i was being subjected to. It's somewhat chewy, but relatively effervescent; medium light bodied, but with decent kick of hop bitterness. Low in alcohol, but graceful in the was that it lets the ABV show through the other 'layers'.

The taste is evergreen-ish, minty with notes of honey sickle and the ubiqutuous cooked vegetables, denouncing the probability of corn or just slack brewing procedures. Nonetheless, regardless of what central European lager category it belongs to, it's still a pretty unremarkable beer.

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Photo of ccrida
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The 33cl bottle is the same label as pictured, but the bottom of the label states "goldbrau premium lager", which BA has listed separately as a marzen, which this most certainly is not...poured into my Straub pils glass, Stiegl is a spritzy gold with a small white head leaving zero lace.

Smell is cereals and a little doughy. A kiss of skunky hops overcome by sweetness.

Taste is on the sweeter side, clean cereals, and a slight hint of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is dry, spritzy but not sharp, light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, classic and well executed. Not much here, it's good, but simple, leaning on the sweet side, but not cloying.

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Photo of confer
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in a .5 brown bottle unlike the one in the picture, at Total Wine in De.
Pale yellow and crystal clear, white head that fade quickly. Lots of carbonation.
Light malty aroma.
Taste is sweet and lemony, very small hop bite, but that is what dominates the aftertaste.
Light and refreshing, easy drinking.
Now I need to go to Austria and drink a real fresh one.

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Photo of mick303
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL can from the LCBO, BB(13/3/2013). Pours a good head of soapy foam, leaving a slight film and good lace. Colour is medium straw gold.

Smell has fresh straw and crisp pilsner hoppiness. Slightly floral and light, with a slight citrus note.

Taste is initially fruity, with red fruit, citrus and apples, before crisp dry hops come through. Develops nicely on the palate, very drinkable. Hops are fairly underplayed, form a good part of the body of the beer, but not too bold.

Mouthfeel is crisp, carbonation is good. Light-medium bodied, with a smooth body and good drinkability. Quite dry on the finish.

Much more smooth and palatable than some in this style. All of the typical pilsner character, without too much to distinguish it. Good, crisp and dry, with a nice initial fruit character. Sessionable and quite refreshing.

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Photo of McStagger
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours the standard pilsner yellow. Good, two finger white head with nice retention and great lacing. Ample carbonation. Looks just about perfect.

S: Clean malt bill. Touch bready, metallic, grassy. Touch of sulfur, lemon.

T: Thick (for the style) layer of malt in this one. Earthy hop presence overtakes about mid swig. Bit of doughiness from the yeast. Tart lemon. Subtle bitterness that is accentuated with a mineral/metallic edge Fairly dry, with a touch of citric hoppiness (lemon peel) entering the fold at the end.

M: A bit heavier bodied than many pilsners I've had. Not a bad thing. The carbonation, though ample, does struggle to keep up with the mouthfeel and this beer feels a tad heavy for a pilsner.

O: Beer looks great. And it has some complexity. It just falls short of pilsner greatness. Miss that zingy hop edge that pilsners bring, I guess.

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Stiegl Pils from Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
82 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.