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 WesWes
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a lacey white head. The aroma is sweet and fruity. It has banana smells with light crystal malts. The taste is good. It has a slightly malty flavor with a real golden taste. It's clean and fruity. The mouthfeel is good. It's a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent lager, but not great. I think I'll have another.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Redbones (and previously at AOBF and at The Cosmic Cafe).

This lager poured a clear, golden color with white foam that settled but left some lace on the glass. The smell was subdued malt. The taste was dominated by floral hops, but with malt, bread and yeast present. The hop bitterness came through in finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium body and modest carbonation. The floral hops flavors lingered nicely as an aftertaste. This was a good, German style Helles lager.

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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 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 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 Shiloh
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very Impressive.
Pours a very clear medium golden. The crown is short and the lace minimal. The glass cling reaches for the top and is successful.
Aroma is crisp and clean.
Carbonation is light and the body is medium.
The taste is exceptional as their is no sweetness, only a malt presence which leads to this hop heads delight.
Exellent brew....wish I had more!

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Photo of Scooter77
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is very nice a great tasting brew from Stoudt’s. It pour a clear golden color, topped of by a thick froth which fades away slowly, leaving a sticky web-like lave on the glass. The aroma is slightly sweet from the malt with mild hop undertones. The taste is also sweet and slightly bitter, finishing off with a mild pepper spiciness. This is a very well balanced brew, not too bitter, not too sweet. I will definitely seek this one out again.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very clear golden lager with a small white head and minimal lacing. Very nice full nose of malt. The taste is very even and clean; full of malt and grain, with enough bitttering hops to balance everything out. The feel is smooth and creamy with a strong crispness in the finish. This went down very well and it would have been easy to order up more. A very nice lager indeed.

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Photo of ZAP
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A real nice Helles...pours a somewhat cloudy gold with a bit of a reddish hue...nice maltiness emerges on the nose and invites you in....taste starts with the malt but then a real nice snappy hop presence closes the deal....this is sweet, and malty, but finishes crisp, and clean...I like Dortmunder Gold better but this is a nice Helles in the next tier...

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice golden orange pour with a good sized covering of white foam on top. Aroma is mostly a nice mix of german malts. The hops also stay true to the style.

A nice crisp drinking lager that has a great german feel to it. Well balanced with good malt backround and a very nice hop balance. Excellent session beer. This one could really be a great summer work brew, but it is a bit hard to come by in my area. Nothing amazing here, but a good one none the less.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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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Photo of Jarod
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Label very simple just states the company name and what you are drinking.

This beer poured a yellow gold color that had a slight cloud to it, you could still see the carbonation bubbles if you held it to the light. The head that it produced was a creamy/beige colored that was good in size foamy and creamy in nature, and it seemed to last for quite some time. It left a sheet with rings at the end lace behind a good portion of the way down the glass and then broke off into a patchy lace. The aromas that came from the glass were sweet and spicy like a peppercorn. I nosed fresh hops, sweet malts, citrus fruit, peppercorns, fresh grass and some caramel. The tastes were much like the aromas. Flavors of fresh floral hops, sweet malt, a light pepper, citrus lemons, kind of a watery presence, fresh grass, caramel and a tad alcohol. The aftertaste was a mix of hops and a fresh clean water feeling that balanced the hop right out. Medium bodied. Stoudts did a good job in balancing the hop bite with the sweet malt IMO, the two flavors complimented each other and did not overpower one another. It is a refreshing beer that is clean and crisp. Not a super beer but very good to drink.

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Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sharp malty nose. Gold colored with lots of tiny bubbles. Nice fluffy white head. Smooth solid mouth especially for a lager. Quite an even handed malty earthy taste. Slight marshmello sweetness to the finish. A very good lager. The beer is solid and well crafted. A great lager for the fall months.. malty, smooth, and good lookin'... It won't knock your socks off.. but it will give ya a smile.

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Photo of fes1
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A guy handed me a bottle of StoudtsGold at a beer swap, he had accidently grabed one of his own. Never one to pass up a free beer I stashed it in my car and popped the beer in the fridge when I got home.

The beer was very good, Nice vibrant color, and a strong aroma.
Strong smooth beer taste, not for a light beer drinker thats for sure.
This was a beer.

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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 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 bierman2000
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A lager that is more towards a Yuengling, except for color and taste. Where it is a lighter gold color and the taste is a bit more hoppy. It's an above average lager that is good after long day. The alcohol is not present and it is a beer that can go well with just most blander dishes. It is not one of the best lagers out there but it's better than any Macro made. A beer rookies leap to the big leagues, in a small way.

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Photo of pezoids
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There's a strong sweetness to this lager. It pours an bright orange-gold color with a dense white head. Detected some hop bitterness which blends well with the sweetness of the malt.
I can smell a fruitiness - possibly peaches on the nose. Some lingering sweetness. A very unique and flavourful lager beer.

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Photo of allboutbierge
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely awesome sweet smell. Light gold color with rapidly disapating head. Appearance isnt the best but taste is excellent. Light and smooth with a light grace of hops with a shadowy background of light malts. Easy to drink in mass quanities. Well balanced mouthfeel not bitter or sweet and has a very silky quality on the palate.

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

Rich golden color topped by a tight white head that fades to a layer of thin foam. A very light and loose lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is light, with a bready malt character accented by a touch of peppery hops. The taste is also very light and crisp, with just a touch of malt evident. The hop bitterness is a bit more prevalent than I expected. The beer has decent bitterness on the finish, but a slight metallic note detracts from the flavor. Mouthfeel is crisp and fresh, with decent carbonation. The drinkability is good, and would be better with a bit cleaner finish. A decent brew, but not the best Stoudt's has to offer.

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

Pours pale golden color, huge white frothy head that clings to my glass. Spicy hop aroma, nice balanced bready flavor, crisp and clean, finishes dry. Light body, a little harsh mouthfeel, a great beer and very drinkable, I like this one.

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

Well to honest, when they told me it was a lager, I was a bit hesitant. But I was presently surprised. It was a light gold color and formed a bubbly white head. Some carbonation was present. An aroma of malt and grain was present. A flavor of matl and grain with a bit of a tartness to it possibly brought on by the carbonation. A nice finish to it. All and all, a very nice beer for this style.

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Photo of MAB
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's been a while since I've been able to buy this beer, and I wish I could get more.
I first sampled it in 1997 at a beer show and it was my "best of show" vote. I've bought six-packs several since.
This is definitely one you can give to people who have never had the nerve to try an ale. Golden yellow and a malty nose, smooth and very tasty.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

765 ml bottle purchased at the brewery. Bright gold body stopped by a fluffy white head, with enough carbonation it sounded like Rice Crispies when I poured. Nice lacing. Very classic looking. Fresh hay in nose, with a whiff of malt sweetness. Strong malt body wonderfully balanced by hop zing. Excellent beer to serve to a mixed group of craft fans and Bud drinkers.

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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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Stoudt's Gold Lager from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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