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Stiegl Pils - Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

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Ratings: 422
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 10
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 422 | Reviews: 156
Photo of vancurly
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.

Photo of DaveHS
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.


Photo of BEERchitect
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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

Photo of Brabander
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of xylophonica
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of Naugros
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of
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.

Photo of OzB33r
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of largadeer
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.

Photo of atlason
2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of chicagoabbot
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
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).

Photo of Knapp85
2.67/5  rDev -25%
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.

Photo of metter98
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.

Photo of goldbot
4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
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
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
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
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
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
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
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
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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
3.56/5  rDev 0%
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."

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.

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