Stoudt's Gold Lager | Stoudts Brewing Co.

very good
538 Ratings
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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Ratings: 538 |  Reviews: 258
Photo of TopherBreski
1.31/5  rDev -66.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Watered down Miller lite? I can't believe this was on the craft beer shelf.

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Photo of javlin624
1.5/5  rDev -61.7%

Photo of microbrewlover
1.96/5  rDev -50%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This brew pours a pale gold/straw color; it starts cloudy then becomes almost completely clear.

The smell is of straw/hay, peppery hops some malt and some orange.

The mouthfeel is this and watery.

The taste watery with a few peppery tasting hops, a little orange light malt I could not detect anything else.

Perhaps I don't understand this style and perhaps this taste and mouthfeel are normal for this style and hence the hight ratings by some however I have to say that this beer is not for me. Even without understanding the style I still would say that this brew is weak and watery tasting.

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2/5  rDev -49%

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2/5  rDev -49%

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2/5  rDev -49%

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2/5  rDev -49%

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2/5  rDev -49%

Photo of Damian74
2.25/5  rDev -42.6%

Photo of Knapp85
2.3/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very German indeed. This brew is a clear yellow color Very fresh looking and not overly hoppy in anyway. The brew has the aromas of a pilsner which bums me out. The flavors of a tradional German pilsner are in there too. It's not a bad beer for those who like this style,

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Photo of MP72
2.48/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- hazy gold with almost no head
S- Smelled of hay or something similar
t- unusual hay aftertaste, lager in the raw is an understatement.
D-not so much the odd aftertaste is what takes drinkability down for me.

I dont like to slam a beer without a good reason so I wont ,, this just for some reason was not for me. Compared to the german helles lagers I've tried this bears no resembelence.
I'm mystified by the hype ,,will try Victory's version next.

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Photo of RD1163
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
2.53/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A very appropriate golden colored beer with a nice white pillowy head.

Smell: The smell was subtle - faint traces of wheat and yeast. A gentle sweetness that I couldn't place.

Taste: This beer tastes like a lager hidden in a giant glass of water. There are elements of bitterness, yeasts, hops, and even that sweetness I smelled. But its all super watered down.
As of today, I have had 4 of these - so I'm pretty set on my feeling of the taste.

Summary: When you buy a sampler case from a brewery, there is always that one beer that you feel like they are trying to get rid of by putting it in with other (better) beers. This is that lesser beer.

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Photo of brantadid
2.6/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Beer poured bright and clear. Remarkably clear, actually. Yellow in color. Almost no head. Faint malt on the nose, not much hop. Taste is very yeasty. With mild malt and hops on the back palate. I might have gotten a bad bottle. Very yeasty. Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Very tiny bubbles. Overall, I am disappointed. But it think I might have gotten a bad bottle. I will update this review upon further tastings.

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Photo of PatandDavid
2.68/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well, after one sip, my initital thought was: this beer is like eating a bowl of cereal. Totally grainy taste. Medium yellow in color, with a slight head. Smell was fresh, but very reminiscent of a grain mill (I used to live on a farm, it was reminded me of the smell of grain). Taste is also reminiscent of refined grain, with some hop bitterness in the finish. Would not have again. pat

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Photo of jdhilt
2.71/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a white two-fingered head that fades to clumps and leaves a lot lace. Light, clear amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Lightly hopped mixed with some malt. Not a lot bitterness, seems watery, some sweetness. Brewed by Frederick Brewing for Stoudt. $1.45 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

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Photo of barleyroad
2.89/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is gold and clear, nice. Smell is none eventfull, there is a slight fruity aroma. Mouthfeel is clean and sits well in the mouth. This brew feels good on the tongue. Taste smooth refreshing lager with no bit upfront or in the back. Nothing special, overall, quite uneventful but it is refreshing. Not the best we have had, not fridge worthy.

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Photo of Jimmys
2.89/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

review from notes. no bottled on date. 12 oz bottle.

A: very clear pale yellow. bright white head composed of fine bubbles. retention is fair as is the lacing.

S: a little sulfur/herbal hop aroma on the nose. light, but pleasant. perhaps a little vegetal as well? smells pretty inviting for the most part.

T: sweet malty flavor. too sweet. may have an oxidized/diacetyl flavor? finish is dry/papery/stale.

M: carb is mellow on a light body. would like some more bubbles.

D: i would take a guess and say something was a little off with this bottle/an old bottle. purchased at a Wegman's in PA not far from the brewery makes this a little disappointing.

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Photo of classixIII
2.96/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Got this in a sixer exchange. Nice, but not memorable.

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Photo of dmamiano
2.96/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours amazingly cleat..straw in head at all.Hmmmm
Smell is very nondescript...hints of metallic.
Taste is a bit bitter, with a fair amount of sweet malts coming through.
Mouthfeel is ok.
Not super familiar with this style, but this one is just fair.

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Photo of weeare138
2.98/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tom Decapolis for this...
Appears a light gold with a small cap. No lacing.
Smell is of light maltiness with a bit of corn syrup standing out.
Taste is of light malt and corn syrup mixed with honey.
Mouthfeel is slightly sweet with average carbonation.
Drinkability is not bad. A good change of pace from the norm lager.

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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