Stoudt's Gold Lager | Stoudts Brewing Co.

very good
541 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: 541 |  Reviews: 259
Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap as a guest tap at The Mad Brewer. Good carbonation, hops. Light yellow colour with lace. Decent enough lager for the summer. Neutral aroma, average mouthfeel. A bit drying in the finish, it's still a nice one for Summer. Its the style, but not the best representation of the style.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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 nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours clear and golden colored, capped by a frothy head; decent stickage and lacing

Smell: Crackery and slightly toasted, with a hint of grain and grass

Taste: Crackery and slightly toasted malt flavors, up front, with grassy hops arriving to provide some balance through the middle; the finish is crisp with a hint of sulfur

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp, moderately high carbonation

Overall: Not a style that craft brewers tackle often (and it takes more skill than one would think around here), this is a first class Munich Helles; would make a lager drinker out of me if I were so inclined

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly clear golden straw color with a nice 1-2 finger dense fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, grape, apple, pepper, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and earthy spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good strength, balance, and complexity. Taste of cracker, bready grain, apple, pear, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, light clove, and earthy spiciness. Lightly tart earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of bread, light fruits, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice amount of flavors with good balance; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very excellent Helles lager! Nice amount of flavors with good balance; extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering as expected.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As this bottle was brewed at the Lion Brewery in Wilkes Barre, PA.... this is obviously an older sample as their contract operations have been moved to the Frederick Brewery in Maryland. It pours a clear, deep golden body with a frothy white head that leaves some nice lace throughout the glass. The nose displays some lightly peppery/spicy hops over a gently sweet malt. The body is medium with a fine, median carbonation that leaves it crisp on the tongue before warming to become a touch creamy and smooth. The flavor delivers a rounded malt that obviously includes a good percentage of Munich malt. It's just lightly toasty and a tad sweet, but very well-balanced by lightly floral and gently herbal hop flavors and firm bitterness. It finishes dry but with a lingering maltiness. Quite nice, and highly drinkable. It's refreshing, but also offers enough character to make you want another. A good example of the Munich helles style at a very nice price. Well done, and certainly worth trying!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to ChrisPro for this as part of the Blind BIF (Round 4). Served in a tulip.

Pours a light, clear straw-yellow color with a good white head. Decent retention and the head eventually falls into a short cap. The nose is slightly fruity with a bit of grain. My guess after these two elements was that this was a kolsch. The taste brings a bit of bitterness and floral notes plus some grain and hints of fruit. Light boddy and good carbonation. This drinks really well.

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Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, grain, some hops and some spice.

T: The taste is bready and a little spicy up front with a grainy but light malt flavor and a mild sweetness. There's a mild hops presence that provides a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice lighter beer to drink for a long time, but I would normally look for something more flavorful.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear light gold color. Small head that settles to rim bubbles. Good rim lace on the initial sip, becomes spotty thereafter.

Smooth, pleasant pale semi-malted grain smell. No hop, not that I was expecting any.

Round and grainy. A very good example of the style. On the thin side as it should be but it has ample carbonation making this very spritzy. Grainy finish with a whiff of hop pepper. Short grassy aftertaste.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, bright yellow body with a fine, pillowy white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, grainy pale malt aroma with a bright floral hop presence.

Taste: Sweet, grainy flavor with more floral, soapy hops and a light touch of yeast. The finish has a mild snap of hops, but it still finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad for a soft, sweet lager.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, light golden color with a one finger white head upon pouring. The head quickly reduced to a very thin layer of white on top. Sheets of thin lacing remain on part of the glass.

S: Light malt and grain, a little bit of grassy hop, and some spice. There is a little bit of apple that comes through.

T: Slight bready flavor, but rather light, with a little bit of spice and some grainy malt. Slightly sweet on the finish and a mild hop presence.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinks crisp and clean, goes down easy.

O: Easy drinking, could relax with this beer on a hot day for sure. Would be a good sessionable beer. Flavor is solid, despite being a lighter beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich golden amber with the barest hint of orange, topped with a cream-colored, reasonably firm cap of foam. For all intents and purposes, this beer looks like an amber ale. Pretty good nose with the sharp olfactory 'bite' of German noble hops and a wee bit of citrus.

This is good stuff. It's at once more malty, more sweet, more complex and more rounded than many Munich Helles. The noble hops aren't overpowering, but are well integrated with the toasted malt base. I also pick up the same citrusiness that I appreciated in the aroma; more orange than anything else. The somewhat full (for the style) body makes me like it even more.

Stoudt's Gold Lager is a pleasant surprise and is more than solid in all respects. I haven't had too many good non-German Munich Helles Lagers, but this one is a winner.

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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 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 mikesgroove
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not really sure what possessed me to try this one, but for some reason it was calling me. Maybe the fact that it was just tapped mere moments before I got there, I was in the mood for a super fresh light lager.  Served cold and in a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/26/2010.
The pour was very light. Golden yellow with loads of carbonation streaming up through the glass which led to a big head of white foam that capped it gracefully. This settled quickly though and left behind a broken, almost rocky crown that barely disguised the liquid underneath. Aroma was light, very light with touches of grain and almost corn. A hit of wheat and light bready notes dominated. I searched for something more but really just did not pick it up. Wish I had. The flavor was more of the same, it was clean and crisp, with a nice level of carbonation but really just seemed to be lacking in power. Nice bready touches, muted grains but that was about it. Just did not have the punch to push it over the edge. Certainly drinkable, but flavor was not doing it for me.
Overall while being fairly solid and well rounded it really does not stand out in the pack. Needed a little bit more follow through and a richer, deeper profile to really peak my interest.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Slatetank
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this chilled from the 12oz into my willybecker.

A - A very clear golden straw w/ 3 fingers of fresh shiny white cream cap. The lager has a tight bead and the carbonation is vigorous and visible in the liquid

S - A grainy malty nose w/ mild sulfur and hints of hay-like earthy notes w/ slightly toasted cereal notes

M - Mild sweetness and crisp carbonation slightly creamy body and hint of spice, but lacks any other hop textures. The malt has toastiness that is higher than usual w/ slight coarse feel, but smooth and refreshing overall

T - The taste is creamy up front w/ grainy toasted cereal qualities and light yeast flavor w/ the German mustiness. The hops accent the light malt flavor very well w/ a gentle spice in the clean tasting dry finish

D - A drinkable helles which lacks some malt sweetness and is toaster than expected w/ a light flavor/body that is pretty easy to quaff. The beer is sessionable, but not my first choice in helles'

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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