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: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2001

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Photo of ValpoExpo
4.76/5  rDev +21.4%
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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Photo of FatSean
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It certainly is gold! Poured from 12oz bottle into a 12oz mug. Beautiful color, appropriate head and some lacing.

Bread, biscuit malts dominate the smell, hops are definitely there but the yummy malts stand out to me.

Malt flavors are right there as the smells indicated, and the hops comes along for a nicely integrated ride. A pleasant sweetness on the finish, makes me thirsty for another sip.

Simple flavors combined with minor carbonation make for a decent mouthfeel. Nothing crazy here, but quite good for the style.

Drinkability? The ultimate. If these weren't $9/sixpack near me I'd drink them all spring summer and fall! I really have to make a trip out to PA to visit these guys.

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Photo of HopHeadRyan
4.74/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A superb Helles! Decanted into pint crisp and refreshing...the ultimate session lager...why would you ever mess with some macro-adjuct-crap when, for a few bucks more (and well-worth-it) you can have this!

A - Pale straw gold...1 inch head...awesome lacing...a thin coating of head sticks around...

S - Earthy-herbal hops...biscuits and yeast...excellent!

T - Perfectly balanced...just enough bitterness to keep the malts in check...a little citrusy-lemon peelish tang...creamy bready yeastiness...

M - Smooth and silky...but also crisp and clean...

Ovearll - Reach for this the next time you want a good, easy drinking brew when your watching a game, sitting outside, grilling, or just want a great pennsylvania lager! Enjoy! Cheers!

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Photo of Theheroguy
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bright yellow with generous stark white head. This is decently but not overly carbonated.

Classic grainy lager and malt smell, similar to what one would find with adjunct lagers or sapporo reserve but noticeably missing the sickly elements. It smells very nice.

Taste wise this is a what one would expect from a stereotypical lager except for done exceptionally well. Mostly malt flavor but hop bitterness is present with a noble hop spice undertone.

I feel strange comparing this great lager with lesser lagers but its the best way to describe this in my opinion.

I would buy a six pack of this anytime.

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Photo of DerekP
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stoudt's Gold. The name says it all in appearance. Poured into a Stella Artois chalice glass, the egg white head slides down to a steady rim. Fairly translucent body. Both floral and fruity hops up front. Clean light grains in the middle; biscuity. A bit of booze. Bright notes in the nose.

The Nutty/roasted malts melody is both tasty and non-lingering. Flash of bittering hops is well received. Spicy/peppery hops flavor is very subtle, but a nice touch.

This brew is an excellent example of a light style of beer, not to be confused with America's incessant deference to diet beer. Flavor, character, aroma and ceaseless drinkability is exemplified by this one! Top notch.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.66/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured brown bottle into a clear pint class.

Brilliant pale yellow color. Big bubbled head (eggshell) that dies quickly.

Granny smith apple scent. Very nice. Nothing off.

Very nice beer. Malty, sweet, full of flavor. Nice hop taste in the finish. Makes you want to drink more. Very drinkable.

Definitely a session beer.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now this is what I am talkin' about!

This is easily one of the best American Helleses that I've had, and it ranks right up there with the respectable German ones. Wow.

Nice, fully, rich and malty. Lots of good, fresh bread notes here. There is also a nice blast of earthyr hops in the forward section of the beer, but no bitterness to be found. It is a nice, rich, malty pilsner -- which is precisely what a Helles ought be!

Especially for an American brewery, there is no flaw to be found here. It compares favorably to brews like Weihenstephaner Original and Spaten Lager. Indeed, it even manages to reach towards the heady heights of Weltenburg Barock-Hell. Put this in a biergarten in Munich and no one would say it is out of place.

If you are looking for a crazy Americanized take on the style, you are barking up the wrong tree. However, if you want a nice, traditional lager this is it. Period. It is even better than the Capital Bavarian Lager, and that is saying something! A fantastic brew.

Stoudt's is very much on my radar when it comes to traditional German brews. I'm going to have to seek out some of their other offerings.

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Photo of champ103
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a perfectly clear golden/straw/orange color. A pillowing two finger white head rises with excellent retention. Rings of lace are left behind.
S: Very subtle, but excellent. Toasted malts, bread, biscuit, and cereal. Just a touch of honey and light vanilla sweetness even. Fresh cut grass, and a lingering bitterness that is just perfect.
T: Follows the nose. Toasted malts, bread, biscuit. Husky grains. A light sweetness. Grassy and floral hops lingering. Just excellent.
M/D: A light body that is perfectly crisp. So clean, bone dry, and smooth at the same time. Pretty much as easy drinking as it gets. All day with this one.

Hands down one of my favorite lagers from the first bottle. I love this. Stoudt's nailed the style. In fact I don't know of a better American made version. Something I would highly recommend.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is it: one of the most drinkable, tasty, lagers in the world. This beer pours a lovely golden amber colour, with a fluffy, white head. The aromas are malts and hops in perfect harmony with eachother. Each sip is absolutely balanced to a "T" with the sharp hoppy taste going up perfectly with the smooth, malty base. The mouthfeel is just excellent and this beer absoluteley slides down your throat, sip after sip.

One of the best german style lagers ever!



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Photo of woodychandler
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Transcribed from undated notes.

This arrived with a finger-and-a-half of thick, bone-white head with excellent retention. Nose had the now-familiar slightly honey-like sweetness indicative of a quality lager. Color was a gorgeous deep-gold with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium with a slight sweetness on the tongue. Finish was solid lager - slightly sweet, slightly dry, simply terrific!

Since my initial review of this beer, I have become much more familiar with lagers and this review more accurately reflects my feeling about this beer. A sixer of it can usually be found in my refrigerator.

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Photo of pbr85
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a golden yellow, with a nice inch head that slowly diminshes.
S: Sweet malty wheat, earthy hop tones, smells good. There is a sweet, almost apple like smell that I can't quite put a finger on.
T: Great taste. The best lager that I've ever had, by far. Very well balanced and very flavorful. Sweet wheat flavors cling to the tongue. A slight bite of earthy hops hits quickly after you sip. The hop flavor stays on the mouth as the beer finishes.
M: Perfect level of carbonation. Goes down slick and smooth.
D: Everything about this beer makes me want to drink another one. I want to go get a case of it now...go out and get some of this if you like lagers.

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Photo of metalitool
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I decided to buy this on a whim not knowing much of what a Munich Helles style lager was, as I am traditionally a fan of Strong IPA's and Stout/Porter.

For someone that typically heads straight for the heaviest beer in sight, I decided to try this out of pure curiosity. Really not a hoppy beer, it was SUPER smooth with a sweet taste that I have not encountered before.

I've tried a couple different beers from Stoudt's brewery and i think i found a new staple brand, to put alongside my other favorite breweries Dogfish Head and Victory. Very pleased with this beer makes me want to continue to try different samplings from this brewery.

I have to give them a thumbs up if nothing else for pursuing many different styles, as opposed to some breweries that, while producing a solid beer, everything seems to taste quite the same (sorry Rogue brewery).

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Photo of keithmurray
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - light straw color with white head

Smell - honey, wheat, baked bread

Taste - impressive, honey is upfront with wheat and fresh baked bread.

Mouthfeel - lighter end of medium bodied, ample carbonation, slightly sweet, crisp and clean finish

Overall - this is a very impressive beer, crisp and refreshing yet flavorful. I could knock back a few of these on a nice summers day. Wish I had gotten more of these.

Price point - $2.19/12 oz. single

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Photo of jkrich
4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle with an "enjoy by 9/04/07 printed on the glass of the bottle neck; not very easy to discern.
Poured a clear, golden color with a white, sustained quarter inch head.
Open opening bottle, I could smell the European saaz and hallertau hops. Despite this beer being only a week from the enjoy by date, the smell was extremely fresh.
The taste was equally fresh with a soft maltiness followed by the restrained hop flavors - just what you would expect from a helles. The beer is silky smooth on the palette.
I can recall stopping at the brewery in 1997 and purchasing a case of six 26 ounce bottles of this brew unpasterized. What a joy to drink. I would very much like other brewers to attempt to brew this style of beer. It is an excellent everyday beer with subtle complexities.

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Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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 clabaugh
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pristine, clear, and radiant gold topped by a frothy white head inflected with a spot of sunshine. Retains well. Lacing is stout.

Smell: Inviting malty aromas complimented by a bit of floral hoppiness. A tad yeasty, with some sumptuous sweetness; apple and peach.

Taste: Excellent flavor and well-balanced. Rich, pastry-like maltiness balanced by some floral hops. Nectar-like taste that is exceedingly pleasing. Touch of honey, and some melon. Fine taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth. Very simple sensations on the tongue. Nice.

Drinkability: Really great flavor and complexity keeps one coming back. I could drink these all night and be in bliss. Liquid contentment. I'm very impressed.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. Best before date illegible. Munich style helles.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful yellow golden with a thick white head. Fluffy traces of lacing. What a beer should look like!

Smell: Metallic grassy hop notes of a Euro lager. Smells very rich.

Taste: Outstanding! Very bready and biscuity. Slightly sweet malt. As full flavored a lager as you will ever find.

Mouthfeel: Appropriately thick and satisfying with the slightest biscuit aftertaste. It tastes like liquid bread!

Overall: I have been looking forward to sampling this for awhile and I am not the least bit disappointed. If not for price and availability, this would be my daily drinker!

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up just because it's a Pennsylvania brew, I'm all about the locals, now.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow color. Head was initially big and fluffy white, but is now a thin layer. Lacing is quite nice.

Smell: Hints of raw honey (one thing I actually know the smell of, I have a big piece of cut comb honey in my kitchen), also a bit of a malty/grainy aroma.

Taste: Sweet, malty, long lasting finish on this one that kinda evens out the taste.

Mouthfeel: Not a big, chewy mouthful of a beer, I think that's more the style than anything. Carbonation is spot on, alcohol is subdued, but noticeable.

Drinkability: I'm going to get a few more of these, not just cause its a PA brew, but because this is one tasty beer. Very nicely done. I'm going to be sad when this glass is empty.

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Photo of psugrad98
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very true to its German Heritege. Pours rich and clear medium dark amber. Brussles lace clings to the side and all the around the glass. Thick rich and frothy head stays an above average time frame.
Smells hoppy with a hint of spice and sweetness. Rich malt flavor with a good hop bite. Goes down exceptionaly smooth with a hint of spice. Good session beer An outstanding lager.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic and Pale yellow with a welcome frothy white head. Great lacing down the sides of the glass. Aromas of spicy hop and hints of raw sweetness from the malt in the nose. Crisp and snappy on the palate, thick malty and grainy flavour. Light-to-medium in body. Toasty malt goodness with some biscuit tones, good balance with the hops. Stellar use of the Munich malt. Incredible yet simple in flavor and aroma. Perhaps my favorite domestic Helles.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
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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Photo of Brad007
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright yellow-gold color with a thin head into my pint glass.

Aroma is light and bready with a tinge of hop bitterness in the nose.

Taste is light and bready as well with malt sweetness and a bit of chewiness in the middle, followed by a mild hop bite at the back of the throat. Very smooth.

Mouthfeel is full of the breadiness and mild hop bite. Again, smooth and not harsh aftertaste.

Very drinkable for the style. Goes down smooth, it's flavorful and best of all, you could drink a couple and enjoy it without worrying about getting drunk. Very nice.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a perfect light gold in my German pilsner glass with a nice aroma that is nice and floral, citrusy with an herbal quality. Very clean refreshing taste with a touch of hops but this brew is pretty well balanced, lemon pepper and herbs dominate the taste with nice citrus kick.

A thirst-quenching brew that is what an everyday beer should be. Near-perfect in every facet.

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Photo of horshack7
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Pilsner glass is a pale golden with a slight haze. On top is a frothy head than leaves good lacing behind as it thins out.

Aroma: Lemon, light bready malts, dryness in the nose that has a citrus touch. Twinge of spice in the back end.

Taste: Buttery texture but a crisp mouthfeel and a floral hop bite. The malts are bready but do carry a little sweetness. Light lemon all through out this one. Minor notes of rye as well. the finish is nice and dry.

Notes: Such a tasty lager great for anytime of year. Cheers.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a nice creamy to foamy white head that was about a finger thick. It did thin out fairly quickly but a thinner head did remain throughout the time I drank the brew.

There was a good deal of visible carbonation and large amount of lacing that remained in the glass.

Good looking beer,

Aroma was very pleasant and also what I describe as fresh. A slight peppery aroma along with some grassiness and note of hops.

Flavor is very smooth and quite refreshing. A subtle peppery flavor to the beer that is either a part of the hops or a combination of flavor and the carbonation felt on the tongue.

Nice light malt flavor that is very well balanced with slight hop bitterness. The finish is very clean, crisp and slightly bread like. (Very light roasted malt flavor which is nice. Does not dominate)

I sense a creamy mouth feel and that is generally light in body, but does not lack body.

Very drinkable and a very nice Helles indeed.

If you are fan of this style you need to seek this one out.

Very nice effort.

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