Stoudt's Gold Lager | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudt's Gold LagerStoudt's Gold Lager

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: German Helles

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
AKA "McGillin's Genuine Lager"

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Ratings: 541 |  Reviews: 260
Reviews by MehrBier:
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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Photo of HawkGP
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

My first round with this Lager was mediocre. However, after a great night at a German hall with great imported German Helles style lager, I came home a tried it again. I tasted the same great Helles style lager. I realized great care and attention went into making this Lager. Must have on hand. Always.

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Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist off long neck bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Pale yellowish golden with a nice frothy white head that leaves uneven rings of lace down the glass.

Smell: Suggestions of nutmeg and white pepper from a spicy hop and hints of raw honey from the malt make up the aroma.

Taste: Strong armed crispness washes over the palate with a thick malty and grainy flavour. Medium bodied. Malt is a touch toasted with a cracker like flavour, hops do a good job at balancing and leave a faded herbal flavour throughout. A ghost like grape flavour suggests the use of Munich malt and a faint alcohol jumps in at the end give some notice. Long flavourful lightly toasted grain flavour extends far into the finish.

Notes: This one is a bit in the raw and lovely at that. There are lagers then there are great ones and this is one of the great ones. Seek this one out, I’d have to have it say it is a must try if you like Munich style lagers.

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Photo of dd43
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Yes! I know how to make helles lagers sell better. Start calling them session beers. People seem to think that makes beer taste better. Whatever.

This is a really well made lager. I've not tried anything else by Stoudts but if this is any indication, I need to acquaint myself with their product line. Great looking beer in the glass, reminds me of Weihenstephaner in the color clarity and carbonation level. Yeah that's right I just dropped the big W.

This is a beer you can drink all night easily. Six pack material. Wonderful malt base, substantial despite being a lower ABV pale gold beer. That's my favorite Decepticon feature of a good helles lager. Way more malty than you would think just by looking at it. More than meets the eye.

Grassy overtones, kind of get a hay field vibe from this. Bready somewhat but more cracker crisp than that. I love the mouthfeel, again getting a big W feel here. The finish is superb, I just want another pint on deck so I don't have to wait for my next sip when this glass is empty. There is a subtle creaminess despite how effervescent this beer is. Helles lagers are magic.

Thank you Stoudts, I love this. Please make more

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look - Golden color with a good head and lacing. Typical for a good lager.
smell - normal lager smell with good hop malt balance
taste - very tasty with a great balance
feel - crisp medium body
overall - for not being a lager fan because I think they are kind of boring, this is a pretty good lager!

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Photo of Gajo74
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a straw color with decent head. Grain like aroma and a bit of hay. Toasted malt taste, fruity like green apples, moderate hops. apple. Very clean finish. Smooth and light. This was an excellent lager.

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Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice golden color with a light rocky head that left a little lacing,the aroma was very mild with some nice malty tones being dominat.Taste was nice and softly malty with a pretty good little hopsmack to finish.Real easy to drink a good summer brew.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ValpoExpo
4.76/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow! This IS the best session beer. If there is one beer I could drink for the rest of my life STOUDTS GOLD would be it. Simply a great refreshing beer with an unparallel taste. Picked it up in Pittsburgh and can't wait to grab some more next time I'm back.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of JC333
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jakester
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is from Stoudt's Variety case. I drank it in a pilsner glass. Date is clearly sprayed on the bottle. (Yay!)

Pours a beautiful gold with a very slight orange tint. With a somwhat rough pour, I got a three finger head of white foam. The head dropped to islands and a ring, with great lacing.

Aroma is very nice pilsner malt, along side a somewhat muted spicy hop smell. Smells are delicate, but very pleasant. Not as pronounced as their pils, but very nice.

The first flavor is pils malt, slightly sweet, with just enough hop bittering to make a difference. This tastes very fresh. Faint spicy hops are bringing up the rear of this one. Aftertaste is short and malty, maybe a little honey, with a late bitterness.

Mouthfeel is malty sweetness, with gentle carbonation. Finish is surprisingly crisp for the amount of sweetness.

I like their Pils better; it's drier and hoppier, but this one is right on style, as far as I can tell. Drinking beers like this fresh also makes a big difference. For a Munich Helles, this is pretty damn good.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz contract brewed at Frederick. I've had a few Stoudts beers but I realize now they have all been from 12 oz bottles and I've never tasted anything in the bigger bottles actually made at Stoudts. Nevertheless, I love their beers and think they are worthy of more attention. This beer is no exception, a crisp, malty, clean quenching lager that is a perfect American representation of a German style beer. Lovely head that wisps into clouds, appealing musty aroma, full rich maltiness right off the bat, then tempered by flavorsome (not too bitter) hops. This beer will do for any occasion and you might be able to get that Bud-light-swilling friend of yours to drink a few of these under the right circumstances. A flawless beer, ridiculously drinkable. I think I shall have another.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of yankeeheel
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's a hell of a lager.

Pours a clear and bubbly yellow with a plump airy snow white head. Smells slighltly of grain and a little citrusy like hops.

The taste is outstanding. The initial swig is full of malt sweetnees with a scant amount of bread. Medially the body is quite pronounced with the carbonation making itself known. The hops have a little bit of the bite but it is a lager and it balances quite well with the malt up front.

Nice job Stoudt's

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of briandaube
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a crystal clear burst of sunshine gold with a fluffy white head leaving a trickled lace. Aroma is full of delicate German hops are paired with a crisp sweet two pale malted barely. Taste is a crisp smooth sweet rolling malt profile that is mellowed by a nice bitterness. Very nicely done crisp lager can be compared to other great German lagers. Awesome summer beer one could easily go through a case of this brew. Mouthfeel contains a tingling sensation that runs through to the back of the throat with a lighter body this beer is one solid session brew. Drinkability can be explained as the most simplistic yet most amazing chalk full of goodness this beer is one that just keeps coming back to you.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a clear straw color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pilsner malts with good amounts of crisp floral hops and hints of biscuity malts.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Smooth pilsner malt flavors up front are integrated with slight biscuit malt flavors. Midway through the sip slight amounts of floral hop flavors enter into things and carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was a solid beer that did everything right. A good selection to keep in the refrigerator in the summer.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ST: 12oz poured into a flute.

A: Clear, bright gold with a thick white head that quickly settles, Stoudt's Gold Lager has beautiful steady large bubbles that continuously smack the roof of the beer.

S: Most of the aroma is that of the hops. Slightly spicy with citrus, there is also a bit of honey.

T: The beer starts with nice crisp citrus and follows through with spice. Towards the finish the malt subdues some of the crispness and a bit of honey and malt thickness take over, though the spice is still present.

M: On the lighter side, it is creamier towards the finish but still finishes dry.

O: With all the impressive and unique beers that exist in the world of mircobrews today, the classic types are often ignored or sub par. Every brewery, it seems, has a pale ale or lager because it is part of the line up (it is tradition). My point? That Stoudt's Golden Lager shows how excellent the classic types can be. Sure, it is amazing to have a rare beer aged in oak for two years with chocolate or roasted Hawaiian coffee beans before being blended with other casks and then, finally, reaching the shelf in very limited quantities (yes, I used a bit of hyperbole). After all, I am one of those people trying to buy that interesting beer. However, it is nice to buy something that reminds you that beer does not have to be brewed in unique (and sometimes unnecessary) ways for it to be good. We are fortunate to live in a world of beer were we have both.

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