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Stiegl Pils | Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

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Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
Austria | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by UncleJimbo on 06-16-2008

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Photo of uno99
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well I rarely bother to review a pilsner, but in my opinion this is right up there with the best classic and easily available examples from Europe.

Appearance: I love the label/can design. 3 colors. Minimal design. No bullshit that we as craft beer drinkers are used to being bombarded with. Reminds me of a KMFDM album cover. Beer is fairly pale straw but more amber than a weaker pilsner variant. Head sticks around a good while in my Carlsburg stange glassware.

Smell: Nice bright crystal malts. Reminiscent of a cream cracker. A little bit of minty hops. No euro lager swill skunk and funk going on. Very clean on the nose even when allowed to warm to near room temp.

Taste: The malt is the hero here. very well balanced though near the finish with some decent hop presence. Once the beer warms up the taste lingers for a good while and it is very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Nice acidic apple upfront. Rather bitter middle and semi juicy on the finish. Would like it to be a bit drier. Finish goes on and on though.

Overall: You can't do much better for a European Pils. Don't overlook this one - Right up there with Budvar and Pilsner Urquell

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Photo of endovelico
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I came across this beer at a quirky Austrian café, in downtown Lisbon, on a searing hot end of morning. As the waiter, stumblingly but proudly tried to nuance out the differences between the limited range of Austrian lagers available, the scientific description of 'Sweetest of the bunch' grabbed my attention as it's often the case that testimonies of the sort will point to the most interesting beers of a bunch.

The undescriptive, laconic label left me in doubt as it could be interpreted as both a half-ass commercial lager or as a endearingly amateurish label that could point to some kind of regionality and hence, untouched big-business hands.

The brew had a deep golden color with semi-persistent foam and low perceived carbonation while the aroma is subdued and skewing towards noble hops character, cooked vegetables and grass.

By now I'm tepidly reassured, as this is most likely a heller (or at least something brisk with
some hop character) and will provide some flavor and plenty of refreshing qualities needed to ease the kilning i was being subjected to. It's somewhat chewy, but relatively effervescent; medium light bodied, but with decent kick of hop bitterness. Low in alcohol, but graceful in the was that it lets the ABV show through the other 'layers'.

The taste is evergreen-ish, minty with notes of honey sickle and the ubiqutuous cooked vegetables, denouncing the probability of corn or just slack brewing procedures. Nonetheless, regardless of what central European lager category it belongs to, it's still a pretty unremarkable beer.

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Photo of ccrida
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The 33cl bottle is the same label as pictured, but the bottom of the label states "goldbrau premium lager", which BA has listed separately as a marzen, which this most certainly is not...poured into my Straub pils glass, Stiegl is a spritzy gold with a small white head leaving zero lace.

Smell is cereals and a little doughy. A kiss of skunky hops overcome by sweetness.

Taste is on the sweeter side, clean cereals, and a slight hint of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is dry, spritzy but not sharp, light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, classic and well executed. Not much here, it's good, but simple, leaning on the sweet side, but not cloying.

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Photo of confer
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in a .5 brown bottle unlike the one in the picture, at Total Wine in De.
Pale yellow and crystal clear, white head that fade quickly. Lots of carbonation.
Light malty aroma.
Taste is sweet and lemony, very small hop bite, but that is what dominates the aftertaste.
Light and refreshing, easy drinking.
Now I need to go to Austria and drink a real fresh one.

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Photo of mick303
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL can from the LCBO, BB(13/3/2013). Pours a good head of soapy foam, leaving a slight film and good lace. Colour is medium straw gold.

Smell has fresh straw and crisp pilsner hoppiness. Slightly floral and light, with a slight citrus note.

Taste is initially fruity, with red fruit, citrus and apples, before crisp dry hops come through. Develops nicely on the palate, very drinkable. Hops are fairly underplayed, form a good part of the body of the beer, but not too bold.

Mouthfeel is crisp, carbonation is good. Light-medium bodied, with a smooth body and good drinkability. Quite dry on the finish.

Much more smooth and palatable than some in this style. All of the typical pilsner character, without too much to distinguish it. Good, crisp and dry, with a nice initial fruit character. Sessionable and quite refreshing.

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Photo of McStagger
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours the standard pilsner yellow. Good, two finger white head with nice retention and great lacing. Ample carbonation. Looks just about perfect.

S: Clean malt bill. Touch bready, metallic, grassy. Touch of sulfur, lemon.

T: Thick (for the style) layer of malt in this one. Earthy hop presence overtakes about mid swig. Bit of doughiness from the yeast. Tart lemon. Subtle bitterness that is accentuated with a mineral/metallic edge Fairly dry, with a touch of citric hoppiness (lemon peel) entering the fold at the end.

M: A bit heavier bodied than many pilsners I've had. Not a bad thing. The carbonation, though ample, does struggle to keep up with the mouthfeel and this beer feels a tad heavy for a pilsner.

O: Beer looks great. And it has some complexity. It just falls short of pilsner greatness. Miss that zingy hop edge that pilsners bring, I guess.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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 -3%
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 -10%
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 +0.3%
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 +13.6%
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 -33.2%
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 +16.3%
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%
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 -10%
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 -0.8%
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 -9.1%
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 -14.1%
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 -0.8%
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 -3%
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 +6.6%
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 -24.9%
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 -18.3%
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 -14.4%
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 +3.9%
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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Stiegl Pils from Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
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