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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Reviews: 258 | Ratings: 535
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 Kadonny
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I revisited this beer just recently, I did it some injustice the first time around. My review is updated to reflect the changes.

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: A lighter golden color that is clear as a bell. One finger white head that leaves not much lace.

S: Biscuit, fruity, floral, grass and grains.

T: Grassy, grainy, biscuity with some fruit flavors of lemon, peach and apple. A little bit of pepper and spice with a grassy and floral hop bite at the finish. Very, very dry finish that almost turns tart. Very nice.

M: Medium, not real coating and not overly lingering or lasting but very dry.

D: Pretty high, an easy drinker.

Overall a fantastic Helles that is easy to drink and a true representation of the style. There is a lot to be said for low alcohol but high taste solid drinkable beers, and this one falls squarely in that category. A fantastic Helles that should be rated as one of the best it the category.

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Photo of ppvora
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a chilled 12 oz. bottle.

App: Gold with a slight orange tint. Some aeration, 1 finger head which disappeared really quickly. No lacing.

Aroma: Barley and wheat with a slight hint of hops.

Taste: Wheat, barley with just a slight tinge of hops.

Mouthfeel: No significant change, no surprises.

Overall: A solid lager from PA. It would be a good introductory beer for someone who has not experienced hops in their beer.

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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 RacerX5k
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow this was really good probably better than my score. Had this one years ago, growler, and it's still outstanding. Much lighter than what I usually drink now, but just right this 4th of July am.

Yellow gold pale big aroma fresh lemony hops and bready malts. Crisp, refreshing, light mix of perfectly balanced malts and hops. This dissapeared in minutes. Great aftertaste. One helluva lager.

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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 dar482
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The color is a gold color, flowing carbonation all up the glass. Looks very much like a lager of the style.

The aroma has some grassiness, but a really wonderful bready malt.

The flavor follows slight sweet malt and grassy bitterness.

This really has good characteristics. The grassiness is towards a pilsner but not quite. Easily one of my favorite sessionable lagers.

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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 tdm168
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - clear, see-through, golden yellow with a thin, bubbly white head that fades to a thin lacing

S - light grains and a nice, pleasant grassy aroma

T - cereal grains, some faint breadiness, a very faint lemony presence, grassy, clean bitter finish

M - clean, crisp, well carbonated, light to medium bodied

This is a nicely built, well crafted, easy-to-drink helles lager. I'm impressed with the depth this beer has considering it's one of the more simplistic styles. This is a very, nice refreshing lager that I wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours pale golden wit short-lived, white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of grassy noble hops and pale malt. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is of grain, grassy hops and pale malt. Finish is clean, well balanced. Nice session brew.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp and peppery-spicy. Honey and cracker malt flavors, but lacking a bit in some malt body and yeast color for a Munich helles. Some Champagne-like fruitiness and somewhat surprisingly-bold hop bitterness, and flavor to a slightly lesser extent. A lil bit more malt richness and body and I could see drinking this more often. 'Twas a fine palate cleanser and flavor compliment for the fish chowder and salty pretzel I had with it.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Light straw colored gold. Great clarity. creamy white head retains well. Small delicate rings and small spots of lacing.

S: Grain, slight dough. Faint grape skin and a vague fruitiness. Earthy and grassy hops.

T: Grainy with a hint of husk. Well balanced. Hops are very earthy and grassy. Light fruitiness and grape skin character comes through. Hops go spicy eventually. Finish of dough and cracker and a fading grassy hop character.

M: Light bodied. Filling in the mouth. Creamy. Crisp bite of carbonation.

O: When a Helles is done right, it's a beautiful thing to experience. This one is done right. Great balance, flavor is simple but vibrant and bright. Flawlessly brewed. This is the best American made Helles I've ever had, and it tastes pretty damn authentic. Between this beer and their pilsner, Stoudts brews some truly top-notch lagers.

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Photo of SeamusDoyle
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a chill hazy yellowish golden with a foamy white head that settled into a thin bubbly lacing with a minimal amount of sticking. Aromas of honey grains and floral, spicy hops. Good carbonation and a crisp, dryish, creamy smooth medium bodied mouthfeel. Delicious tasting, honey spread over a grainy cracker, a cleansing spiciness from the hops, a subtle fruity flavor comes out in middle, and a grainy, spicy herbal finish. This is a really tasty and balanced Munich lager.

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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 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 acevenom
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours clear golden with a tall white head. There's a moderate amount of tiny bubbles rising in the beer. The bear smells of grain with some floral hops. The beer is mildly sweet up front and then bready from the barley malt. It takes on a nice biscuit flavor. The floral hops provide some nice balance to this beer. The body is light with moderate carbonation. The finish is crisp, clean, and dry. The drinkability is very high. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours a clear pale gold color, with a 1/2" white head that soon dissipates. There's tons of active carbonation dancing from the bottom of the glass up, making this an attractive beer to watch.

Smell is grainy, almost biscuity, with hints of aromatic hops, straw, and floral notes. Clean and easy smelling, like "beer" should.

Slightly sweet tasting, with hints of lemon, bready malt, and just a nip of spicy hop to finish. There's a slight "metallic" taste on the back end that is my only real knock against how this tastes.

Light bodied and pretty crisp, this is a clean, very easy drinking beer. Light on the mouth, with just the slightest tang as it hits the tongue, everything about the feel of this beer makes you want to take another sip.

A great lager, I could easily drink this all day. It is as if the beer is evaporating from the glass, each sip becoming a greedy pull, leaving you thirsty for more. A definite try if you've got Stoudt's in your area.

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Photo of 57md
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw color with a finger of head. The nose is crisp and clean. This offering is fairly hearty for the style.

The highlight is the nice dry finish.

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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 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 A1Sports
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle.

A: Pour with a thin white head, cloud, but gold. Nothing outstanding.

S: Smell is kind of weak. Scent of fruitiness, but again, not overpowering.

T: Good beer. You quickly taste some spice with a bit of hops. Not overpowering the taste doesn't last. Flavor is good, needs a little more kick.

M: Good feel. Not overly carbonated and leaves a nice refreshing feel.

Overall, good beer. This would be a great beer on a warm summer night on the deck.

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Photo of Pahn
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Either the best by date got wiped off the bottle, or I'm too stupid to find it. Bought it from a reliable store though.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1 inch, lightly fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. Pours an almost translucent yellow and leaves small lacing streaks.

Smell: Malt with lots of character--assorted bready and grainy aromas, tinged with honey. Suggestion of noble hops in the background. Very pleasant.

Taste: As much malt character as in the nose. Surprisingly not-sweet, giving a kind of juicy, semi-dry impression, along with the (also surprising, given the 25 IBUs) highish perceived bitterness. Dryness and bitterness are really nice, they make each sip crisp.

This is really good lager. I would like to drink it fresh from the brewery. Tons of clean malt flavors, with a little bit of noble hops and a great balance of bitterness. No lagery tang, no sulfur, no skunkiness, just really palatable, straightforward malt goodness.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Slightly juicy, slightly creamy. High side of moderate carbonation. Semi-dry. Carbonation, dryness, and bitterness keep things crisp and refreshing yet still smooth.

Overall: Stoudts Gold Lager is a fine beer. No perceivable flaws get in the way of the malt flavor. I have no complaints; this beer is refreshing, full of clean flavors, with a great mouthfeel.

This beer and Southampton Keller Pils will be competing for the spot of "Go-to Summer Beer" for me (if Berkshire Brewing Company's Czech Pilsner came in 12oz bottles, it would also be in the running). This beer is crisper, with a better mouthfeel all around, while Keller Pils delivers more bold flavors. I think the bottled on date will be the decider between the two.

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Photo of NardiByNature
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It’s bright gold, exceptionally clear, with a pearly white head that refuses to quit. The crystal-clarity makes lively carbonation a spectacle. The looping and endless stream of mini bubbles is downright mesmerizing. Smell is zesty with cut grass, and there’s honey in the aroma as well. Taste some mild honey up front followed by delicate bitterness from the hops. Mouthfeel is light-bodied, slick, crisp, fresh, and delicious. Outstanding and subtle. Lately I’ve been appreciating session beers more and more and actively sought this one out because I have been so impressed with this brewer. Give me more.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Malty aroma has a strong yeasty overtone. It pours a clear solar yellow with a rather average white head. Crisp, malty flavor has a grassy overtone and a firm yeasty note. Smooth, crisp texture has just a little fizz, enough so that you know this is beer. Just OK, but pick up a bottle if you have a chance.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured an opaque pale golden yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, banana, and wheat. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, fruit, and wheat. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I really wish the flavor and aroma on this one would have been a little more complex. While I say this, the simplicity of this one is really what made it. All of the flavors and aromas on this one were really crisp and refreshing. A good easy drinking brew that you should take the chance to try yourself.

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Stoudt's Gold Lager from Stoudts Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 535 ratings.
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