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Stiegl Pils - Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

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363 Ratings

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Ratings: 363
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 6
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 06-16-2008)
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2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a watered-down honey color. Completely transparent. Bubbly and frothy head is thin. The bubbly portion of the had leaves circular lace via bubble explosions, and the frothy part leaves consistent lace levels.

S-Sweet in principle. Lacks that German hop aroma I usually detect in the style. This one is pretty sweet. But there is a touch of grassy/Noble hop.

T-An off-putting mix of sweetness and slight skunkiness. Lacks the piercing Euro-hop flavor that usually defines the 'clean/crisp' description. Perhaps the sweetest Pilsener I have had. I am assuming that this beer isn't brewed to a specific style and has been lumped into such category. Still, this is too sweet for me. Lacks the underlying components that make a sweeter beer delicious.

M-Lighter body. Carbonation is good enough. Kinda has a syrupy feel.

O/D-Didn't like this beer much. Glad I bought a single. This beer runs about $10.00 a six-pack; which I find to be a rip-off. Just doesn't cut it in my opinion. That is all.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 03:40:59 | More by VelvetExtract
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Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

01-17-2012 16:02:32 | More by irishkyle21
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2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500mL can into 0,5L glass.

A: bright gold. pretty much clear, however, there is some particulate floating around in there. head is cloud-like and inviting. bright white. good lacing.

S: noble hops. grass. dandelion. moss. very earthy aromas. a little bit of grain back there, but this one is mostly hoppy.

T: starts sulfury with a pleasant dash of german noble hop. earthy and bitter. after that, goes right into metal. pretty metallic finish as well. lingers and makes me unexcited for the next sip. blah.

M: solid carbonation on this lager. light bodied for sure.

D: i hope this brew is better out of the bottle cause i really cant move past the metallic flavor here. everything else seems solid, appearance, smell, mouth, palate is my only real complaint. otherwise crushable.

Serving type: can

01-15-2012 23:14:04 | More by Jimmys
Photo of WoodBrew


3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: can

01-08-2012 14:58:26 | More by WoodBrew
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

01-06-2012 16:17:51 | More by ThinkAgain
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

01-01-2012 02:36:21 | More by FortSmithHops
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

12-31-2011 02:37:19 | More by Ezmunny
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-29-2011 01:47:46 | More by phantasm714
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-26-2011 12:28:42 | More by dbrauneis
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3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. Golden color with the bubbles going up to the two fingered head. Beautiful, just beautiful.

Great aroma of barley and wheat, a muted lemon scent too.

Mild bitter taste, honey and metallic.

Crisp and clean texture. Moderate to high carbonation. Light body. Perfect pils body.

Drinking this brings back great memories from traveling to and through Salzburg and Austria. Great looking and smelling, the taste was less than I remember at the source.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 19:26:18 | More by Fatehunter
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Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden yellow appearance with a small amount of white head that slowly settles down leaving little lacing. Smell is sweet, floral and grainy with a hint of hops and malt.

Taste consists of grass, corn, grain and earthiness with a hint of hops and bready malts. Refreshing and smooth combination so far. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is a lingering dry and sweet taste.

Overall, this is a decent Pilsner, crisp and easy to drink; as well as cheap and commonly available. Worth a try if your picking out random tall cans.

Serving type: can

12-24-2011 07:36:48 | More by CrazyMike
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Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is a fairly good amount of lacing. The head lasted for shorter than average.

Smell - Grains, bread, malts, hops, grass

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste grains, lemons, and hops. There is also a touch of corn and a light breadiness. It ends with a grainy aftertaste.

Overall – Better than average for sure. With so many run of the mill euro beers available in my area this one at least has a taste different enough to set it apart from the rest.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2011 15:00:00 | More by spinrsx
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

12-12-2011 20:27:23 | More by tbeq00
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -15.7%

12-11-2011 07:14:17 | More by djcreepshow
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

12-07-2011 02:20:19 | More by Allurex
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

12-03-2011 19:19:16 | More by sim0n17
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-01-2011 17:12:25 | More by dcurrin
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

11-27-2011 01:28:09 | More by supermeniscus
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3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow/orange color, and forms a decent sized white head.

Smell is a bit floral, I can detect malt and yeast, and some floral notes, and a touch of grass.

The taste is very much like the smell. Sweet maltiness at first, with a hint of citrus. There is just a hint of hop spice at the finish, seems to become more pronounced as I drink more.

Feel is about average, a touch thin, but probably about right for the style.

While not my favorite style, this one goes down easy, and is a nice pleasant one. This would be a great beer for a hot day, it's light, but has enough flavor to keep it from being boring. Not hard to see why this is a popular style.

Serving type: can

11-24-2011 00:16:15 | More by Vixie
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Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

11-23-2011 06:06:32 | More by Vandelayindustri
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New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz Green bottle

A clear Gold, thin look but full of life with a thin, active white cap.

A sweet and bready malty aroma, garden greens, gentle veggie, earthy hops, green peppers. Simple but inticing for sure.

Oh, yeah, I'm all about these simple, yet complex flavor's, big time earthy-crisp and dry yeast, mildly sweet, green pepper hops, light flavor's all in perfect balance and very true to style.

A light, crisp, lively and fun mouthfeel, oh, and refreshing to the core.

Me like!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 00:04:39 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 23:28:52 | More by zeff80
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

11-18-2011 06:33:12 | More by codynevels
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Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL can; best before May 2012. Decided to go with this as my 200th review instead of something fancier.

Pours a bright, clear golden-yellow colour, topped with just over a finger of foamy pearl-white head. Retention is good for the style; it takes more than a few minutes for the froth to completely dissipate and leave behind a creamy cap on the surface. Very clean, fresh aroma - light crackery grains, bready malts with a slight hint of grassy hay.

The first sip is enough to confirm that this is one of the better German pilseners I've had recently. Much like the aroma, the taste is quite fresh and enjoyable - more bready, cracker-like malts with their gentle sweetness, accompanied by subtle, grassy, bitter noble hop notes. Pretty clean finish without much aftertaste; maybe some faint dryness that lingers. Simple flavour (even for a pils), but very well-done and quite refreshing. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation levels that provide a nice, crisp mouthfeel. The drinkability on this is through the roof.

Stiegl Pils is a tasty, refreshing, to-style pilsener that I found quite enjoyable. Of the three Austrian beers I have now tried, this is the best by a comfortable margin. Not the best pils I've ever had, but I'll probably get it again at some point. Worth a try.

[Updated Feb. 21 2014]

I picked up another can, this time to compare it side-by-side with some other German pilsners (Beck's, Warsteiner and Holsten Premium). While I really liked Stiegl Pils the first time I tried it, this can just is not doing it for me - there is a lot of apple juice concentrate flavour, which I am really not enjoying and does not seem to be a freshness/QA issue. I might return to this again at some point to see if this was just a one-off problem, but for now I think Warsteiner wins the four-way pilsner showdown.

Final Grade: 3.53, a B grade.

Serving type: can

11-16-2011 04:58:26 | More by thehyperduck
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3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 16:59:14 | More by UCLABrewN84
Stiegl Pils from Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
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