Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Pilsner - German
Ranked #23
Ranked #10,374
3.95 | pDev: 11.65%
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
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ordybill from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tap into a pint glass at the Khyber Pass in Philly. The appearance is a clear yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is a blend of hops and malt. The taste follows the nose.

Apr 16, 2018
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very tasty pilsner. It has all the trademarks of a good German Pils, with some nice bitterness and with a malty background that is just enough to provide some extra flavor. Very refreshing and enjoyable.

Sep 11, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from NC.
Pours with a clear, pale golden body that is topped with a reasonably durable white head.
Aroma: Hop forward
Herbal-fruity, hop forward flavor.
Light body and medium+ carbonation; dry.

Aug 29, 2017
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chrishiker1409 from New York

4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a golden yellow with a nice two fingers white head.

S: Bready, lemon .

T: Follows nose, finishes dry. Real nice.

F: Medium to light body, moderate carbonation. Very crisp.

O: This was well done. Easily one of the best pilsners I have had.

May 05, 2017
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citizencane from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale golden yellow but has some foam and leaves lacing: smells of bread and mellow hops. Taste is same. No normally a German pipe fan but, much like Pullman Pils this hits a good balance that doesn't turn me off. Quite tasty and drinkable actually. I haven't been too impressed with the other beers of theirs I've tried, but this is well done.

Mar 28, 2017
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into a snifter
Aroma – wet grain and faint hops
Head small (< two cm, slow pour), white, creamy, rapidly diminishing to irregular three to five mm ring and frothy partial layer
Lacing – poor. Few drag marks as the head recedes
Body – light yellow, clear
Flavor – distinct hop bitterness, very faint dimethylsulfide; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

Jul 15, 2016
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

(12 oz bottle, best by rubbed off, but it was Aug 2016... left out 30 min then poured into fluted goblet)

L: polished brass-hued liquid, brilliant clarity... somewhat tight, spongy, off-white foam, sudsy grip of lace... head pours high, takes its time sinking down... keeps a thin blanket of suds atop, and it left a thick Saturn ring of lace after one larger sip

S: lightly-doughy, toasted cereal malt... underbelly quite bready, almost like fresh crumb... delicate floral notes waft up, mild dusting of lemon zest... overall, very potent scent, very inviting

T: initial hit of bread crust, followed by an explosion of green, fabulously leafy-bitter hops - the bitterness rather tannic, invigorating, and lasting long through the aftertaste - this is prime noble hop beauty (reminds me of a cracking English bitter)... essence of lemon, maybe even a touch of grapefruit... not much residual sweetness of note, the hop bitter is at high volume... dry finish, with almost a nougat note

F: again, the finish is nice and dry... not entirely crisp as the carbonation tingles a little up front then rides a soft foamy wave down the back of the palate... perhaps a light film of hop resin left behind... bit of a warm, spicy hum from the hops, plucking at the buds... could be a touch glassier in its viscosity, but otherwise disappearing-dry and moreish

O: haven't had this in a long time but, when fresh, I can't say I've come across a more delectable American version of a German pils... bready, doughy malt with biting, herbal, leafy bitterness - just fantastic!

Jul 12, 2016
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JWU from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

A- A claer golden/straw color with a huge white head, great lacing.

S- fresh malt, and a big whack of grassy/floral hops.

T- a very nice, crisp malt note up front, but man do the grassy/floral hops whack your palette. Wonderful interplay of sweetness from the malt and bitterness from the hops.

M- lighter side of medium, ample carbonation. Crisp, dry finish.

O- Doesn't get much more German than this state side.

Jul 10, 2016
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Double Barley can-shaped glass. Bottleneck says Best By 08 24 16

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Yeasty aroma with some mild noble hops and an overall clean profile.

T- Bready malt with some moderate hop flavor and bitterness for the style. Slight sweetness plus some richness from the yeast. Goes down easy.

M- Crisp with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- A fine German Pilsner from a brewery that deserves more credit. Their old world styles are always outstanding.

Jun 01, 2016
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Gajo74 from New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- straw colored and light golden. A modest head quickly dissipates into a ring like lace that is thin but continuously bubbles with every sip. The spritzy carbonation is evident throughout.
Smell- Sweet and grassy. There is also a floral aroma.
Taste- Initially, grassy and sweet toasted malt hits the tongue. Mid palate, the herbal and floral hops take over and provide a bitter kick that is felt in the finish. Towards the end and as it warms, an undertone of malty sweetness returns to balance out the hoppy flavors.
Feel- Light bodied but close to medium. The carbonation has some prickliness and provides some zest.
Overall- Very solid and a good representative of the style.

Feb 01, 2016
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear straw-gold color with two fingers of thick white head. Clean, crisp floral hop aroma. Lighter tasting, with a good mix of light hop flavor, a little white-wine fruitiness, hop bitterness and biscuity malt. This is just what a German pils should be.

Jan 22, 2016
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw yellow in color. A fingernail of off white to tan rests on top. Light lacing. The aroma is of light Saltine cracker like Pilsner malt and gentle Hallertau hops. The taste is of the very light Pilsner malt with the grassy Hallertau hops appearing in the fade. The mouth is creamy and smooth.

Jan 21, 2016
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rjd722 from Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Light straw color, clear with a constant flow of little bubbles rising to the top. One-finger white foam head that dissipates quickly and leaves a small coating on top.

Aroma: Pleasant grass and floral nose, great balance between the bready malts and hops. Very clean and fresh.

Taste: Bready malts, cracker, pear and citrus up front. Definitely get the floral bitterness from the hops on the backend.

Feel: Clean, crisp, and very refreshing. Light carbonation and a slightly bitter, earthy mouthfeel to finish.

An excellent pilsner, could drink this all day.

Dec 17, 2015
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VDJ104 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So this is the first real pilsner I have had. Outside macro lagers. I was quite impressed with it. It had a good hop characteristic but was not over bearing. Still easy enough to drink on a hot summer day or if you aren't in the mood for a heavy strong beer.

Dec 06, 2015
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ctylinebeer from Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

L - light straw colored and clear. Little bubbles going up. Thin head on top.

S - a balance between malt and hops. Notes of bread, not too complex hop aroma.

T - full body malt up front, followed by a slight citrus taste with a bitter finish. Still a balance between malt and hops.

F - light and malty. Light in body and easy drinking. Classic pilsner feel.

O - this is a phenomenal local beer! Why can't the macros make a beer this good? Very well balanced for the malt and hops lovers around. Definitely a must try for PA beer geeks

Oct 17, 2015
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright yellow/straw color with nice steady carbonation and a frothy pure white head of foam that sticks around and doesn't dissipate.

S - Crisp, crackery honey malt, lemons, pears, light grassiness along with some earthiness, and floral aroma.

T - Follows the nose pretty much spot on. The honey malt is present all the way from start to finish with a complimentary blend of hops over the top: lemons, crisp pear, earthy grassiness, and some bitter floral at the very end. Finishes with a nice bitter bite that lingers for a good long time.

M - Medium body and IMO, actually a little heavier than most pilsners (but no complaints here), nice carbonation pricklies on the tongue, nice lemon floral bitterness with a slight sharpness rounding out the malt base to clean any sweetness of the palate for a crisp finish.

O - Stoudts is fairly local, why have I never tried this before? This is a really nice beer for warm weather and unlike several pilsners I've tried, this one lacks harshness and is well rounded.

Jun 07, 2015
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Pahn from New York

3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Stag's Head (minireview from notes).

Excellent feel (don't expect less from Stoudts). Middling pilsner malt flavor with little aroma. Decent noble hop influence. Easy to drink a lot of, yet unremarkable. Did the trick when I was waiting for some takeout on a hot day.

May 31, 2015
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a Pilsner glass.

Straw with 1 finger of white head. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Cracker, pear, biscuit, and florals.

Crack and biscuity malts. Honeydew melon, pear, and lemongrass.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean, and easy drinking.

Damn balanced and easy drinking Pilsner.

Mar 30, 2015
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classixIII from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice surprise! Started out as yet another pilsener, but a hint of spiciness showed up with just the right amount of hops for clean refreshing finish. This could easily be a good back yard beer this summer.

Jan 22, 2015
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by 5/12/15. 12oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Pours a light golden with bubbles racing to the top; fluffy eggshell white head that leaves great lacing and retention. The aromas have hints of corn and lots of grass. Malts and grains are there. Smells like your typical pilsener. The flavors are pretty bold. Nice hop bite. Subtle spiciness. More grass. Malts and grains. Lots of earthy notes. Finishes dry and very clean. Mouthfeel is great. The body is on the fuller side of light. Nice crisp carbonation making this very smooth and drinkable. Very refreshing.

This is a great pilsener. It's not flashy, but it's well executed. Well done. Recommended.

Jan 10, 2015
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Davidstan from Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

A- very light gold clear in color
S - not much aroma kinda sweet grass
T - tart and somewhat hoppy with a nice malt balance, finish is very clean and fresh
O - Very impressed, I like to buy from micros for quality so went back to store and bought another 12 pak! If you are into German Pilsners you will likey.

Nov 21, 2014
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malvrich from North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown bottle into pilsner glass. No BB date.

A: Lightly golden brightish yellow with a good finger of jagged, well lasting head. Decent lacing. Carbonation seems to lesson quite a bit after a couple minutes.

S: Definite bready malts with a spicy note that I attribute to the hops but maybe sort of toasty too.

T: Much like the smell but the spicy hop character is much more fleshed out. The heavy bread/toast flavor has not died out though, creating a balance that I find both unusual and pleasant. There is a bottom note that I do not get in the nose, Which I'll say is pleasantly surprising.

M: Light as expected, but surprisingly "there" with a slight bitter oiliness that turns dry at the finish. Carbonation is a bit light but certainly passable.

O: Impressive! This is what I've been enjoying finding in the pilsner style. Straight simple and refreshing. Quite distinctive beer but not much to overcomplicate or muck up the taste. Refreshing as hell but way too good for the lawnmower! BTW: I like this much more than Victory Prima, which I had high hopes for but was a bit disappointed in . Too bad I love this so much cause it's damned expensive at $12/6.

Jul 18, 2014
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear straw color. The head is about two fingers high, white shade, and very fluffy for the style. Retention is excellent, as well. Add in nice streaks of lacing left on the glass, and you have a genuinely attractive pilsner.

S: The hop/malt balance actually smells bang-on here. Its hop profile is subtle, but there. Ditto the malts: subtle, but there. Notes of sulfur, earth, grass, and bread appear. I'd even call it delicate.

T: There's a very defined grain taste that I pick up as soon as it hits the palate. It's also backed by some sugar cookie flavor. The hop profile here tastes mild: seemingly only there to balance the rich malts out. Actually, no - it coalesces with the malts to create a spicy character.

M: For a pilsner, this is quite soft and creamy. Perhaps, even full bodied. And in spite of that, it's still very easy to drink. It isn't effortless, but it's honestly savorable. Carbonation is just restrained enough.

O: The finesse of this beer surprised me. Blindfold me, and I'd swear it came from Germany - they even spelled pilsner ze German way on the bottle! I don't even remotely care that it doesn't bring the hop assault something like Prima Pils does, either. I'll have to return to this one ASAP, it's that good.

Jul 08, 2014
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.51/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Extraordinary clarity. Bright lemon yellow with beautiful white head. Retention above average, and average lacing.

S: Very straightforward and true to style with grainy malts leading the way. Some light spice and floral notes from hops.

M: Underwhelming carbonation actually builds as you let it breathe to become medium-high. Slight astringency in the finish.

T/O: Grains, biscuits, well-attenuated maltiness, but high bitterness. Good hop flavor that can be a little harsh with its straightforwardness-arrowroot, herbal character. One of the more accurate American re-creations of the style. Good lingering bitterness, tart lemon aftertaste. No doubt a pils for those who appreciate Noble hops.

Jul 05, 2014
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barczar from Kentucky

3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant lemony straw with a billowing ivory head that lingers.

Floral hops and crackery pilsner malt dominate the aroma. There's a hint of skunk.

Flavor reveals hop bitterness throughout. The base is crackery, dry malt. There's a slight sour/minerally note that is intriguing.

Body and carbonation are moderate. There's a bit of astringency in the finish.

Not a bad example of the style, but the sour character is out of place. Bitterness is certainly dominant.

May 05, 2014
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