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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 RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent pilsner, though it's heavy on the malts, which gives a sweeter tone to it. Fairly one dimensional, but it's consistent. A nice enough beer that goes beyond the typical yellow fizzy stage. Kind of a small bottle though, which doesn't make too much sense for such a low abv beer, imo.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale yellow. Small amount of white head.

S - Bready malts with some sweetness. Saaz hops profile evident with light to moderate hopping and floral aroma.

T - Same as nose. Some sweet bready malts with light sazz-like hopping. Good overall balance.

M - Light body. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of NV9
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a craft pint glass.

Not too much head with this one, no lacing, clear deep golden colour.

Citrus and metallic are what I smell.

Taste is much better than what I expected from smell and look of it, was expecting just another pilsener but this is good. Very clean, a bit of spice and definite hops present.

A bit watery on the finish and light carbonation.

Overall would definitely go back to this one.

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Photo of Converge
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can poured into a 22.3oz pilsner glass.

A - Pours a vibrant golden-yellow, with a color much more bold than the average lager. Frothy bone-white head rises up and out of the glass off the pour. Not much head retention, but a nice frothy cap. No lacing.

S - Surprisingly, this smells really great. Clean pale barley malt upfront, with some grassy noble hops and honey aromas giving it some character. There's a sweet apple presence here too, almost like honey glazed apples. No skunk whatsoever in the smell, and I thank this nice can serving for that!

T - A sweet and simple profile overall. Pilsner malt upfront gives it a much more grainy taste than the aroma had me thinking. Notes of subtle honey sweetness, crisp apples, and mild noble hops make up the flavor. Not as sweet or as clean as the smell was, with some off metallic/skunky flavors coming through as well.

M - A bigger body than most lagers; I'd pin this at about medium bodied. Carbonation is high, but not fizzy, it's just right. Appropriate feel for the style, but nothing great.

D - Unspectacular, but also unoffensive for the most part. I'm not overly familiar with German Pilseners, but to me this seems like a decent, drinkable representation of the style. It may be a patio beer at best, but there's certainly worse ones out there than this.

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Photo of steveh
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On a Stiegl kick after enjoying one many years since the last one.

I'm afraid of the (apparent) Julian code dating on the label of this bottle -- this beer is probably 7 months old, but let's live dangerously.

A -- Pours a very pale, clear straw gold color with a dense, long-lasting white head.

S -- Good balance of spicy, herbal hops and bready malts with the scales tipping to the hops.

T -- Mildly citrus and herbal hops up front that fold into the lightest, bready malt and finishes with a dry, bitter hoppiness. Spicy bitterness lingers through the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is very soft with the lightest crispness and a light body.

O -- Another highly drinkable, enjoyable beer from Stiegl. The brewery is making some great light lagers that prove the style isn't inherently bland.

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Photo of Maxwell
2.41/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow fresh pressed apple juice, with a nice eggshell white head that dissipates quickly and leaves at best a light lacing. Very light carbonation

Smell: Smells almost wheat-like with a very bready up front kick. There’s almost an apple juice like tinge to the back of the smell.

Taste: Taste is bready with malts, yet crisp and clean, and again there is a slight tinge of sweet apple juice and a slight caramel feel. After taste is a lingering sweet on the edges of the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Very watery with little to no carbonated tingle. Very clean and smooth on the tongue, I suppose, but over all just very watery.

Overall: This is a meh beer. The malty/apple-juicey taste is strange in a lager and the mouth feel, while extremely drinkable, isn’t very compatible with the heavier feeling that the lager leaves in the stomach.

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Photo of sergio1va
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a golden yellow color with a small white foam head. Notes of grains and wheat combined with a well balanced carbonation. Mild bitterness and hop profile makes this Pilsner a very pleasant sessionable beer.
This brand is not very common in the U.S. but a clear example of a good pils.

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Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at New World Tavern, Plymouth

Appearance: 1/4 head, medium carbonation, gold in color, clear

Smell: grass and honey

Taste: big dose of honey, grass and light hops in the background

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness in the finish, moderate carbonation, light bodied

Overall: Nothing too complex but a nice and light pilsner that I could have several glasses of. An excellent summer beer. Happy to have found this on draft.

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Photo of timtwoface
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I tried this for the first time last night, poured into a Stiegl glass from a 500mL can.

This beer tastes very much like the other pilsners I've had from central European countries. It's light, yet refreshing, and still has that ever so mild skunkiness that I come to expect with these particular beers. Not a favourite but still definitely drinkable - I must have enjoyed it enough, since I had 3.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale yellow body, excellent white cap of foam that settles slowly. Lace is good. Malty aroma, somewhat sweet and bready, with the anticipated aroma of Saaz hops, floral and a bit grassy. The taste is close but a little unbalanced in my view; the malt is a bit too sweet for me, less bready and cracker-like than I’d hoped, and the hops tend towards the plainly bitter, with much of the floral subtleties a bit buried. There’s a touch of honey to the taste which I found covered up the other flavor aspects too much. Would have liked a slightly drier flavor overall.

The finish ends up dry enough, however, with just a little bit of lingering bitterness. Body is medium light, carbonation is moderate enough but still crisp; draft gives this an appealing mouthfeel that’s both smooth and clean. A highly drinkable Pils but for me, not a standout.

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Photo of ckollias
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 11.2oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear golden-orange hue with a thin, 2-finger, white, head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace leaving a semi trail down the glass..

S: Skunky pilsner aroma with hints of grains and bread.

T: Crisp and clean and slightly bitter. Similar to the smell a there is a little bit of a skunky flavor with hints bread in the background.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This was a decent pilsner – a little skunky – but interesting flavors and aromas.

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Photo of cbutova
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Light golden hue poured into a pint glass. Small white head forms with a bubbly texture and fizzes down fairly quickly. A few small webs of lace.

S- Just a touch of grassy, floral hops above a light malt backbone. Not a ton of aromatic strength, gotta search for it. No skunking even with the green bottle.

T- Hops are there for me right away and they have a Pils feel for sure, I want to say they have a "green" grassy feel but I am not sure if that is the right descriptor. Grassy, herbal and a bit piney overall hops with a light cracker, caramel malt backbone. Yeast bread and light fruit character also comes into play.

MF- Foamy light body with a somewhat creamy overall feel. Bitterness on the palate in the finish.

Not a bad Pils when it comes down to it. I would drink this over many BMCs and other lighter imports.

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Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, twist off... for a German beer that's sad! At least there's a somewhat bottle code on it, reading 03121 so not sure if that means drink by march 2012, or something else, but I imagine the year has to be 2012. And green bottle... come on! I'm not expecting much from this with all that jazz!

Pours a light super fizzy large bubbled head that fades fairly quickly to a light head covering then sticks around a bit longer, with the beer being a crystal clear golden almost honey colored (darker than I expected).

Nose actually comes out fairly nicely, with a nice cracked straw, plenty of pilsner malts, a nice robust malty character with some nice soft decoction like layered aroma, as well as some light fruity lager aromas, and a crisp demeanor, but i can't really get any hops. I also get a hint of a honey like aroma as it warms.

Taste comes bright and crisp, again loaded with pilsner malts, cracked straw, lightly toasty, and a bit of the layered decoction complexity. A light lager fruit flavor comes forward but also seems to bring the slightest hint of a metallic twing. I think I get a touch of oxidation as well but hard to tell. A little bitterness comes through this time, barely any hop taste but what is there is a light grassy hop, but it brings a light but decent bitter kick. It's the slightest sweetness at first, but moves towards dry and crisp, and overall quite dry, but does leave a slight sticky feel on the finish. The finish brings a slight bit more of the grassy hop bitterness, as well as more toasty straw pilsner malts. As it warms I'm getting the faintest hint of skunk thanks to the lame green bottle.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied but typical, decent carb.

Overall not bad, I had low expectations with a screw top and green bottle, which seemed to affect it a bit with a slight oxidation and hint of skunk, but not completely sure on that. As it warms and the more I drink it the more a slight bitter skunky flavor comes through that gives it a bit more of a macro lager flavor, but still worlds better than most macro lagers. The malts and decoction-like layers were pretty nice, hops could have been a bit more pronounced overall too. Drinkable, crisp, and fairly tasty. I could pound quite a few of these back to back no problem.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ML bottle poured into a Bittburger glass

A-- Pours a clear straw gold color. Not a lot of visible carbonation. Just a bit of small carbonation bubbles. Big, fluffy white head that slowly fades away to a small, soapy collar that clings to the glass well at the top of the glass

S-- Lots of grassy hop notes and sweet bread.

T-- Highly carbonated. Grassy, metallic notes and more sweet bread.

M-- Highly carbonated and quite creamy. Pleasant feel even with a metallic feel from the hops. Crisp, clean sweet bread finish.

O-- Too carbonated to my palate but a good beer. Got a fresh bottle so none of the skunky notes that others seem to get. A little metallic in places but nothing too bad. A well done mass produced beer.

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Photo of Domingo
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally grabbed a bottle of this that wasn't caked in a massive layer of dust. Cheers to Mile High W&S for having some fresh bottles.
Pale straw yellow with steady carbonation that never dies. I poured a traditional 1/2" head and found the beer did a fine job of keeping the head steady and lacing the glass.
The nose reminds me a bit of a Czech pils with the saaz character, but minus the creamy malt note.
The flavor comes from three directions at once thanks to this being west Austrian. The hops are floral and lightly bitter, and the malt is somewhat dry. However it's not as dry as most northern German pilsners and the light honey-like malts creep in here and there. There's clearly a Bavarian, Czech and Rhine influence here, creating a nice mix of pilsner characteristics.
A tasty pils with a lot of flavor while remaining something you can drink pint after pint of.
Austrian pilsner...I think I like it!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.71/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

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Photo of Jimmys
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Vixie
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
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!

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Photo of zeff80
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 Jan 24 2016]

I originally gave this lager a very high grade, but after the last can I picked up in 2014 tasted a little off (like apple juice), I've avoided it ever since. This can - best before Jul 28 2016 - is reminding me more of why, at one point, I thought so highly of this beer. The mouthfeel is lively yet soft, and the grainy, pale barley malt flavour is remarkably simple, clean, and appealing. Not exactly the top of the heap, but still a pretty good imported lager.

Final Grade: 3.63, a B grade.

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