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Stiegl Pils - Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

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353 Ratings

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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 6
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 06-16-2008)
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4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had in a bottle at Spritzenhaus in Brooklyn, great spot for beer

A - Rich golden color, soft pillow of a head the retreats quickly that laces nicely throughout, decent activity

S - Grassy hops, light malt, fruity plums and berries

T - Sweet explosion but cut wonderfully by the hops. Great snappy finish. The mix of bitter and sweet is very unique, something I've never tasted in the variety. Delicious.

M - A bit heavy and rich due to the sweetness, but the snappy hop finish makes up for it

Overall a really great unique pilsener. Excellent summertime brew and something I will seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 23:54:09 | More by DrewSnyc667
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New York

3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the International Great Beer Expo, Rock Hill, NY.

Poured a light but hazy yellow, small head, minimal lacing. Unremarkable aroma.

A good, smooth pils. Nice start and finish. Medium mouthfeel. A very drinkable beer. Would definitely order another.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 19:57:50 | More by Nascartailgatefa
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3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 01:15:45 | More by TMoney2591
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3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Clear light yellow with a nice head.

S Not much going on here. Some slight citrus. Some hay.

T Malt and a little bit of hops. I'm not getting much else.

M Light, crisp and refreshing.

O It's an alright beer. I'm sure I can down a few of these on a hot day with no problem. Not bad but not great.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 03:00:01 | More by mikul93
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4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a golden clear. Ring white head with slight lacing.

Aroma is very crisp pils. Little more hop aroma than some. Bit of that pils malt.

Taste has a slight bit of honey to it. Nice crisp pils flavor. Nice slight bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Higher carb.

Overall maybe my favorite pils. I'm gunna need to out it up against Spaten but they are close for my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 01:10:21 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle with code, poured into a SA Perfect Pint

A - Clear golden color with a good two fingers worth of bright white head. Retention settles to a skim, decent lacing.

S - Very soft nose; lightly floral, lightly grainy.

T&M - This one has a very German/Austrian hop profile; lot's of spicy hops in the flavor with the signature coarseness in feel that can sometimes be found in these types of pils. Golden malts are present mostly in the finish, and seem to have some difficulty standing up to the hop bill.

O - Not bad...very German. I typically prefer the more floral and soft pils I can find stateside, but this is a nice change of pace. Worth experiencing, but nothing that's going to send you running for more.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 01:15:25 | More by ZeroSignal
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4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BB 02.Nov.11

a) Clear pale yellow/straw. 1" white head, settles well and hangs around. Nice lacing, good start.

s) Fresh grain husk, touch of henhouse. Hint of green apple.

t) Very well balanced. The fresh malt shines through, supported by saaz herbaceousness, giving a touch of chamomile. Good bitterness at the end.

m) Clean, light, and crisp.

o) A nice example of the style; the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. 500mL bottles are a good format.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 06:47:19 | More by vancurly
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3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First time I've seen this attractive red & white 16 oz can.

A-Pours straw yellow with nearly 2 inches of fine head, comprised of tiny bubbles.

S-Very clean and light, with a simple pale malt sweetness. Not very pronounced. Fairly nondescript.

T/M-Light and sweet, with low/moderate prickly carbonation. Body is slightly softer than I prefer in the pilsner style. Might be more successful if it had crisper, more assertive carbonation. Kellog's corn flakes graininess and pale malt sweetness is what this beer is all about.


Serving type: can

06-24-2011 02:15:03 | More by DaveHS
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3.95/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2011 15:19:35 | More by BEERchitect
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3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
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

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 00:12:45 | More by barleywinefiend
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3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer last winter when i was in Tirol, Austria. Stiegl is one of the bigger brewers in Austria, not the biggest but they brew some beer.

This is a German style pils. Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks pretty normal with it's lightyellow fluid and its two finger head. Very nice strings of carbonation after pouring the beer.

Fresh smell of citrus. Good beer for a warm day and when you are thirsty.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 08:39:41 | More by Brabander
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a weizen glass.

A - Faintly lemon coloured drink. Decent head but quickly subsiding. Touch of lacing.

S - Somewhat citric vaguely lemony smell.

T - Mildly sour, slightly off-putting flavour at first. Surprisingly soothing, sweet honey flavour coming through with some cheese overtones.

M - Not much happening, little carbonation and slight malty/cheese aftertaste.

O - Miles below the Goldbrau. Should've been better than this but severely lacking in character for a pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 12:22:48 | More by xylophonica
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New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I usually steer away from beer in green bottles, especially when sent from overseas due to the inability of green glass to inhibit skunking. But I've always wanted to try this beer and chanced it. I'm glad I did and they must take painstaking efforts to keep the bottles out of the sunlight.

The color is somewhere between straw and light amber and it shows a good amount of carbonation. The almost white head has little retention and disappears entirely.

The smell is wonderfully rife with grassy hops notes. If these aren't Saaz hops then they use a very similar variety.There's a tang to the nose that almost comes off as sour, making the malt character seem like sourdough.

This has the classic pilsner taste, full of grassy hops with a cracker malt backbone that does an excellent job of supporting while stepping out of the way of the star of the show...the hops.

This has a nice light body with a crisp initial mouthfeel and a clean finish, but not the cleanest finish. The wash is not perfect, but who is?

I could drink this over and over, even over a few of the Czech classics. But this is still not quite up to snuff when compared to the masterful brews from the neighbors to the north.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 02:21:31 | More by Naugros
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3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - crystal clear yellow-gold with a thin, lasting head that leaves spotty lacing.
Aroma - bready malt, slighly sweet, nice earthy, spicy hops aroma.
Taste - clean, crisp malt with noticeable noble hops presence and just a touch of bitterness on the end.

Serving type: can

04-20-2011 22:34:41 | More by
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3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle from the "try me" box I have full of beers I haven't sampled yet.

A: Poured golden with very little head, dissipated quickly. Minimal scattered lacing on the glass. Medium to low carbonation.

S: Somewhat malty/leafy on the nose in my opinion. Smells like a classic pils.

T: Quite bitter, crisp and rather refreshing. Fantastic if your thirsty.

M: Smooth, very drinkable and quite light.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 11:14:44 | More by OzB33r
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4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2011 22:26:39 | More by largadeer
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New York

2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from tap to a Stiegl half liter glass at Cafe Katja, NYC.

A: Pours a clear gold with low head, low retention and no lacing.

S: Malty with slightly sour yeast

T: Heavy malt favor with slight yeasty notes. Hops are mild but sulfuric in their bitterness character.

M: Highly attenuated yet smooth, not overly crisp. Quite drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2011 03:08:26 | More by atlason
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3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can into a snifter...purchased as a 4 pack. Nice golden color with a big fluffy head. Body carbonation is a little light, but that's really my only complaint. Appearance is closer to a Vienna style lager in many ways than a pilsener. Good funkiness in the aroma and the aroma is overall very clean, nothing objectionable at all. Drinks very easy too, it's clean on the tongue and very refreshing. Mouthfeel is also good, it's quite crisp. Overall, I recommend this beer--it proves once again that many of the basic brews of Europe are made with more care than the American adjuncts. (most--note that there is still a lot of crap from the Continent too).

Serving type: can

03-29-2011 01:55:30 | More by chicagoabbot
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2.65/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 01:05:26 | More by Knapp85
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New York

3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 03:45:09 | More by metter98
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District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, pale yellow color, lively carbonation. Thick, fluffy white head. Good head retention. Grainy malt aroma with some fruit notes and floral noble hops. Bready malt flavor, moderately sweet with some caramel. Floral and fruity hops. Totally smooth mouthfeel, perhaps could have been a bit crisper/more carbonated. Overall a great, drinkable pilsener.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 20:45:23 | More by goldbot
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North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of this at a local market known for german food and beer.

Appearance - Pours bright yellow and fills my stella goblet to the rim with a 2 and a half inch head. It was lightly carbonated, but stayed carbonated through to the finish of the beer.

Smell - The smell reminds me of Italian Lagers like Peroni and Birra Moretti.

Taste - The taste even reminds of both Peroni and Moretti. A nice hoppy presence, yet lacking some backing flavors to get it over the hump. Maybe Sam Adams has ruined the Pils style, but i was a fan of the citrus flavor being present in a decent amount, and I thoroughly expected something to back up the hops.

That being said though, what this beer lacks in fruity undertones and spicy accents, it makes up for in sheer simplicity and style accuracy.

Mouthfeel - I do like the aftertaste of the Pils. The hoppy aroma lingers for a second or two in your mouth then dissipates to leave a clean finish without the skunk that others have written in their reviews.

Drinkability - I wouldnt drink more than 3 of these things. Although it tastes simple and leaves no bad lingering aftertaste, I am sure it will catch up to you in no time.

If you are looking for a decent, simple Pils with no fruity tones and just simplicity linked to style, this is your beer of choice. A summer beer at its simplest.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 03:21:35 | More by VncentLIFE
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Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light clear golden yellow with nice head retention and lacing.

The aroma is bright and light, with some lemon and pale malt and husks and grains. Very subdued.

Tastes fresh and yet cardboardy at the same time. Some sweet pale malts play against a floral bitterness. A little bready in the middle. Finishes quick with very little aftertaste.

Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Very easy drinking and satisfying in a no nonsense, light beer kind of way.

Serving type: can

02-19-2011 00:14:16 | More by MeisterBurger
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3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: clear/yellow, big bubbly 2 finger head, no lacing.

S: malt, grain, hint of sweetness perhaps honey.

T: same as the scent, but mild grain + malt body, hint of bitter finish.

M: light/med. body, dry finish

D: decent pilsner, could have a 6 pack with ease. fine gateway beer for timid newbies. There are better Pilsners from Czech Rep. and many in the USA. Not a must try.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 16:15:07 | More by BeerLover99
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4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly clear gold, with a huge puff of white head, crowning out of a .5 liter Zywiec willibecker glass. Great lacing and head retention, with streamers of bubbles floating up rapidly.

Smells mostly of floral, grassy hops. Bready pils malt and a touch of hay. Very clean.

The flavor opens with crackery, bready maltiness, moving swiftly into an assertively hopped finish. Not super bitter, just lots of floral hop flavor with an almost sour, dry completion. A touch of hay. Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Super clean, with just a bit of breadiness in the aftertaste.

Maybe it's because it's been a while, but i forgot how good and drinkable german-style pilseners are. Because it's so ubiquitous, I feel like pilsener is often overlooked, even frowned upon by serious beer drinkers. I believe there's a reason this style became so popular, and this is a great example of a top notch pils.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 21:38:36 | More by UnionMade
Stiegl Pils from Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
81 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.