Stiegl Pils - Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

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Ratings: 407
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 9
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH visit their website
Austria

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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Photo of VncentLIFE
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.

Photo of MeisterBurger
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.

Photo of BeerLover99
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.

Photo of UnionMade
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of headbucket
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a bright, light straw color. A nice, white, one inch head formed on the pour. Nice carbonation bubbles rising to the top throughout the glass. Nice white patches of lacing left above the level of the beer as it recedes.

S: Light, grassy, and a bit spicy.

T: straw and grass flavors with spiciness on the end and a lingering bitterness afterwards.

M: on the thicker end of the spectrum, for being such a lighter colored beer. it feels thick in the mouth and goes down the same way, without being very heavy.

D: very good. I haven't had too many pilseners but am enjoying the various aspects of this. It is a full and flavorful beer without being very "heavy". Could enjoy quite a few over the course of a warm afternoon, or just as a starter to an evening, like I am doing right now.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light gold with a white fizzy head. Some spotty lace, good clarity, rising bubbles.

Green bottle lightly skunked at first, leading to honeyed grassiness and light grain.

Nice light malt, some sweet and lightly bitter green grass, some light sweet grain, balanced with clean hop bitterness. Good pils.

Lighter bodied, with the right carbonation.

Pretty easy to drink. Not super complex, but is what a German Pils should be. The skunk is a bit of a turn off, but not overdone. Worth trying.

Photo of kwjd
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Twisted Kilt in Toronto. Poured into a branded pilsner glass. Pours a straw-yellow colour with a finger of white head. Head dissipates slowly, leaving some small lacing down the glass. Smells of grassy hops and grains. Mild aroma, but pleasant. Mild bitterness in the flavour. Nice medium bodied carbonation. A very decent pilsner.

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of Lucklys
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a good solid beer, but I think my tastes are changing and I feel myself craving something heartier, more complex, that will challenge my picky taste buds. Regardless, it is unbelievably yellow and light with good carbonation and a fabulously thick head of foam. It doesn't look like there's much to it, but that bright gold is really eye-catching, especially when held up to the light. There was very light lacing along the glass for the amount of foam, surprisingly.

The smell is rather bland, and I found myself looking for more than there was, thanks to all the other complex brews I've been trying. In a nutshell, it smells like a light beer. A little bit of hops, a little malt, a few grains and a pinch of yeast, mix with a tiny bit of lemon way at the bottom, a blade of grass, and just a hint of musk. Beer. After being slightly disappointed in the simpleness of it, I decided to read a few reviews of the beer elsewhere and found that many people were able to step back and relish in the fact that this was a pure brew. There weren't any hidden gimmicks, no false flavors, special quirks...it was what it was. One review particularly caught my eye, and I have to quote it here for the sake of it helping me to better understand why some people love beer so much:

"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."
-biegaman

In the end, my eyes were opened to the grand adventure of simplicity, and it further reinforced my original love for the paler pilsners and lighter brews. After my revelation, it was much easier to enjoy the Stiegl Pils for what it was: a German pilsner. The taste was light, smooth, crisp and barely dry throughout each sip, leaving a refreshing emptiness in my mouth, which was ready for more instantly.

With nothing more useful to say, if you need the perfect summer afternoon beer, this is it.

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml (11.2 oz) green bottle into a pilsner glass. The bottle looks like a 30's style soda-pop bottle, with a simple red and white label that looks like it is straight off a mimeograph machine. Way retro!

The beer is a clear straw yellow, plenty of carbonation, with a white fluffy head that puffs up in the center before collaping down into the beer.

Has a wet grass/sour straw smell that I associate with many imported German beers. Some would call it a "skunk" smell, but that is not, in my opinion, a fair or accurate description of such a smell. Barley malt and grains also present in the nose.

Light and crisp in taste, with a light malt, grain and barley taste, ending with a slighty sour note. Easy drinking.

Mouthfeel is thin, light and crisp.

Fairly drinkable, as long as it stays cold. Warmth is not doing this beer any favors.

Photo of Natural510
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, no dating listed.

Pours a pale, hazy gold with a brilliant bone-white head which recedes to a sturdy lacing coating the glass.

Nose is malty-sweet with a corn bendt.

Initially sour yeast presence, giving way to a corn-like note, with a pine-like kiss of hops. Corn note adds a creamy sweetness, not unlike a cream ale. Mineral-like finish.

Crisp finish, full in body for the style.

Not your typical pils. Easy-drinking and hoppy-dry with a good body, aided by the malt and corn. One of my favored go-to pilsners .

Photo of EPICAC
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear, straw-golden color, and is topped by a white head that fads to a ring, but is fed by streams of bubbles. The aroma is a bit richer than a lot of other Pilseners. It's grassy and has a bit more of a pronounced malt character that other examples of the style.

A mild, malty sweetness upfront moves into a dry, crisp finish with grassy hops, which leave a nice lingering bittereness. This beer is crisp, and clean with good carbonation.

I thought that this was a pretty tasty Pils.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light, clear, straw yellow body with a creamy white head.

Aromas are earthy, musty, herbal, and almost dirty.

Toasty, sweet, almost corny malt flavors. Damp, earthy, grassy hops on the finish.

Crisp, smooth, dry and light.

Glad to have tried it, its a nice beer, but pretty average.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle poured into a flute.

Pours a nice orange color with a small white head. Nose is malty sweet and creamy, very nice.

Taste is really malty creamy and smooth. It reminds me of budvar. It's got a mellow full mouthfeel. Overall a super tasty beer. Worth trying!

Photo of biegaman
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Parrotbeak
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Straw color, with a thin white head that fades gradually.
Smell is lightly spiced, bready malts with a touch of grassy hops. Light, butter notes, as well as some very light cinnamon and clove.
Taste is spiced malts with a very slight toasted character. Hints of ginger, clove and nutmeg. Good, malty finish.
Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp on the finish, with a touch of dryness. Light body.
Drinkability is excellent. I could drink this all day. This was a surprisingly tasty beer.

Photo of HalfFull
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle into a pilsener glass. Shows a bright and clear light straw with an inch of white foam. Decent retention is in order along with light lacing. Settles to a light film and is quite light in color.

Nose is full of hay and light grain along with some lemony hops. Flavor follows and has a decent body as predicted by the nose. Full and a bit grainy with a touch of musk, yet not overly coarse or bready. Clean and smooth on the feel yet without offering too much character either, yet well balanced for what is there. This alllows for an easy drink as the feel is fuller than the pour might suggest and it never becomes sweet in nature. An easy drinking pils with a good balance of flavor and texture.

Photo of sfprint
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I try not to rate beers when I didn't obtain them from the region (for freshness), but this one I had in California.

Appearance: Very neon yellow, basically no head, with very subtle carbonation rising from the bottom.

Smell: Clean and sweet, a caracature of a lager, which makes it not as lagerish.

Taste: A tad tart, but excellent taste. not so lager like.

Mouth feel: mild to moderate carbonation.

O: Great, different and refershing clean lager.

Photo of ruckus232
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 Ounce green bottle poured into a mug

Appearance: Clear yellow with a little bit of white head that fades fairly quickly

Smell: Slightly skunky smell that also has a somewhat sweet corn scent

Taste: It is a little lacking in flavor but what is there is somewhat sweet but it doesn't leave the sweet taste in your mouth (which I think is a good thing because sometimes it is too sweet).

Note: Nothing exceptional but not really bad either, just an OK beer. Would probably be a good beer if you were looking for something cold and refreshing is summer.

Photo of BucBasil
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on my trip to Austria and reviewing from notes.

Kind of skunky, sulfury smell and taste that dominates... somewhat like a Grolsch. Other than that, not too exciting - you have your typical grainy taste here and a good hoppy taste in the end. Pretty good beer.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A half liter of Stiegl Pils from a brown bottle with a white label. The beer pours a very pale golden color, but with solid foam hovering overhead.

Biscuit and grain dominate the nose. It seems that there is some sulfur notes lurking underneath. The taste is a bit surprising; the first thing I noticed was the grassy bitterness. The beer starts with plenty of biscuit malt and grain. As the beer moves toward the center an off-flavor (adjunct?) is noticeable, but it doesn't last long. The beer finishes with a pleasing grassy hop bitterness.

This is a balanced beer. A little sweet here, a little off there, but overall not bad.

Photo of ChrisCage
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours with a nice clear golden color, with a three inch thick head that settles down into a puffy quarter inch thick foam. There is lots of big burly bubbles rising to the top quickly along with the finer carbonation that lumbers its way up. Thick sticky lacing clings to the side of my pint glass.

S- Sweeter and maltier than I would expect...is somewhat biscuit or bread like. Alsol, I can detect some floral esters and some mild tropical fruitiness....very mild banana comes to mind. I don't really smell anything resembling hops, at least in the aroma. An overall mild aroma though.

T- The taste follows the aroma fairly close, but is more balanced. It is very malty, with biscuit/ritz cracker undertones. It is full of grains and has somewhat of a corn flavor, but it's mild. On the finish, the spicier hop bitterness comes out and balances the overall flavor of the beer. The overall taste becomes more down to earth towards the end.

M- The body of this brew is medium, and surpisingly the carbonation is much more mild than the looks let on. It's creamy on the palate and the leafy earthiness come through really well and is quite savory.

D- I'm almost done drinking this pint of Stiegl already so it is a very drinkable beer! I'd probably find myself getting happy with this brew rather quickly. The malty sweetness hides the alcohol really well and the flavor is rich. I think anyone getting into Pilsners would like this as an entry into the style....not the most accurate version but it's good!

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear golden color with a big white head that left lots of lacing.
S - spicy Euro-hop aroma.
T - the taste is well balanced with grassy hops and malty sweetness but it is a bit on the light (not quite watery) side.
F - light, crisp and refreshing.
D - easy drinking bier.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Stiegl Pils from Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
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