Stoudts Pils | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudts PilsStoudts Pils

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Brad007
4.88/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright golden color with a two-finger head that fades, leaving some lacing in my pint glass.

Aroma is similar to that of fresh baked bread, malt sweetness and only a tiny bit of hop bitterness in the nose.

Taste is very light with only a touch of malt sweetness, hop bitterness and breadiness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and fluffy with only hints of breadiness and hop bitterness remaining at the back of the throat. Goes down with ease and leaves no harsh flavors.

Smooth, drinkable and flavorful. This is an excellent pilsener that is also sessionable. Definitely up there as one of my favorites of the style.

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Photo of HopHeadRyan
4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A bottle from standard variety pack...freshness date showing until August 2013...decanted into pint tumbler...

A - Frothy 2 inch creamy white head...disipates to about 1/2 inch and hangs on...great lacing...champagne like bubbles...near clear/slightly hazy extra pale golden-yellow...

S - Herbaceous, piney, earthy noble hops, bready-biscuit-yeasty malt aromas...awesome!

T - Citrus, Pine, Biscuits, a kiss of sweetness, nice clean hop bitterness that isn't over powering...subperbly balanced...

M - A slight sting from the carbonation but not in a bad way...light mouthfeel...a little creaminess..

Ovearll - A delicious, crisp, clean and refreshing german-style pilsner...definitely in my top 5 pilsners...Pennsylvania has some great german style beers and this is right at the top...along with Stoudt's Gold Helles-munich lager which is not to be missed.

Other notable pilsners from PA...Victory Prima Pils, Slyfox Pikeland Pils, and Troegs Sunshine Pils, all of which are in the top 50 Pilsners on BA. A difficult style to get right and one that people often overlook or think about as generic...probably has something to do with all the Macro Garbage out there trying to pass themselves as german style pilsners/lagers. When you need a crisp and refreshing brew this summer, reach for a Pennsylvania-Made Pilsner!!

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearence: Pours a brilliant, glowing gold with a nice, creamy bone-white head that stays forever. Perfect clarity and loads of carbonation.

Smell: The smell is a wonderful mix of strong, bready malts and noble hops. Smells very authentic.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Perfect. This is the exact way a pilsener is supposed to taste. Strong, perfumy taste with strong hop character bittering in the finish, with a nice bready taste cleaning the palate. The subtle complexities are wonderful, and it's a hell of a thirst-quencher. The mouthfeel is smooth and crisp.

Drinkability and Overall: This is a highly underrated pilsener that really should be recognized more. One of the best American examples of the style. Clean, and pure. I think I'll have another.

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Photo of WissBrauSean
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It poured from the bottle a clear golden straw color with a nice white one finger head consisting of tiny bubbles and leaves a bunch of ancient African art stick figures on the side of the glass for lacing! COOOOL!

I was hit with an aroma of both sweet pale malt, earthy hops and white bread! YUM!

The flavour is pretty much the same way. It starts of pale malty sweet and releases some mild fruity notes as it moves across your tongue mixing with some bread then finally letting loose some really mild earthy and piney hops ending only mildly dry and peppery. WOW!

The mouthfeel is light creamy sweet moderate body and a bit of carbonation at first.

Overall I am going to say that this is my new favorite pilsner. It's really good and I highly recommend it to anyone! 5 out of 5! World Class!

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Photo of heirStaaden19655
4.71/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not a lot of experience with reviews,but I can say this was the best tasting ,clean pilsner I have tried in the past two years.

Poured a thick two finger head with lacing all over the glass and a half inch of foam at the bottom of my Sam Adams glass when I was done . Thought it might have been a fluke but was pleasantly surprised to the contrary on my next glass.

A clear bright Pils with a significant amount of carbonation,nice bubbling the whole way down. Complimented a dish of shrimp scampi quite well.

Superb , I will be thanking the freind who gave it to me , and now if I could only locate some myself....

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
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

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Photo of Cresant
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a pilsner glass. Best by date: 8/13/07 (I think, a bit smudged). The body was a pale yellow/white/gold and had a bit of a chill haze. Three fingers of white fizzy head left a fine lace sporadically down the glass.

Smell was WOW. Floral, aromatic spice, lemony fresh. Light grain, clean. Very nice.

Taste was of light malts which were well balanced with a grassy bitterness. Delicate yet very flavorful. Drying with a long finish.

Mouthfeel was medium to light in body with mild carbonation. I could drink this one all night. A great American made pilsner!

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Photo of droomyster
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear gold with a good amount of white head. This pilsener has lot of aroma (I love it when a pils doesn't aim to be mediocre!): lots of honey, lots of granola-like malts, with faint grassy and lemony hops. If there is one word to describe this beer it is "substantial." There a lot of aroma, lot of flavor, and body that's bigger than expected. This is the best pilsener I've every had. Flavors of mixed grains, clover honey, floral and lemon peel bitterness. The body is medium at minimum, very mouth-filling. The next time I have sushi, this beer will be there.

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Photo of WalrusJockey
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into Celebrator glass.

A- very bright, clear light straw color, with a white head.

S- light hops aroma, along with a bright, sweet, sugary malt aroma. Combined, it actually smells a bit like Corn Flakes, or something.

T- light, crisp, sweet flavor, which quickly meets it's hoppy mate, and the entertwine to form a very balanced, yet very flavorful sweet-hops flavor. Swallow is clean, into a sweet-starchy flavor, again reminding me of a breakfast cereal.

M- light, crisp, refreshing on the swallow, everything you could ask for from a pils.

D- pils are, by type, very drinkable beers, and this is a very drinkable pils. Smooth and refreshing; flavorful and delicious, this is an excellent example of the style.

Notes- is there corn in this? Because it smells like corn to me. (edit: actually, as it warms over the course of the glass, the corn in the nose and aftertaste both go away)

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Photo of ExMachina1
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the better (and freshest!) pils styles available to me. Far too few breweries are playing the lager game, and far too few of those go near this style, probably for fear of not setting themselves far enough away from BudMillerCoors.

The color is a beautiful, fiery yellow, crystal clear and a satisfying bit of white, frothy foam that jauntily accompanies the drinker to the bottom of his glass.

The aroma is of fresh, noble hops with a slight hint of corn and grain in the background.

Taste is a deliciously subtle blend of hop flowers and malty sweetness. The mouth-feel feeling is medium body with a full-rounded yet demurring presence. Definitely not shy but not overstated either. The beer does not wear out its welcome and the finish is crisp and nostalgic, making one immediately wistful for yet another taste.

This Pils is a delight to drink and has become my new, "go-to" pils. This is the beer that, if I ever find it on tap, will prompt me to immediately make alternate transportation arrangements for getting me home!


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Photo of champ103
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a perfectly clear golden/straw color. A two finger white head forms with good retention initially. Then slowly fades to a ring. Lots of lace is left behind.
S: A honey sweetness up front. Quickly followed by some husky hay and some yeast. Floral and grassy hops in the middle that gives this a nice bitterness. Perfectly balanced with toasted and biscuit malts.
T: Follows the nose with more of a hop bite. Light honey sweetness with some yeast. Big grassy, floral, and even herbal tea like hops. Again, balanced perfectly with biscuit malts. This is great.
M/D: A lighter body that has excellent carbonation. Effervescent, crisp, bone dry, smooth, and very refreshing. Pretty much the definition of clean. I can drink this all day. Awesome.

Just like the Helles, one of the best American made lagers I have had. This is a bit more bitter than the Helles, which fits with the style. I wish more breweries could make lagers like these guys. Highly recommended.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm a man who likes a good pils, and this is a very fine pils!

It manages to have a full grain flavor and plenty of earthy noble hops without taking on the vegital, tomato-y taste that some American takes on the style have.

It is a pils, so waxing poetic doesn't work very well. It is just a delicious, straightforward beer that holds up to German examples of the style. Plenty of hops up front, a wonderfully clean finish -- really, what more could one want in a beer?

It reminds me a lot of Bitburger, actually. It has that nice, bitter finish that I dig. Yeah, if this were distributed locally, I could see myself drinking a lot of this. I really like it.

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Photo of drtth
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Clear, bright golden yellow with lots of streams of bubbles rising to the 1 ½" thick foamy white head. The head recedes slowly leaving a layer of foam, a thick rim of foam and lots of thick lacing on the glass. Sipping leaves behind nice patterns of lacing for most of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is of soft, grassy, floral/herbal hops with an undertone of light malt.

Taste: The flavor is what you'd expect from the aroma, subtle, light, floral and grassy, balanced by upfront light sweetness of the malt with an underlying bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Mouth feel is light bodied with a lot of smooth carbonation and a long dry slightly bitter finish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Think subtlety and balance. This is a fresh tasty pilsner style beer that could serve well as a summer thirst quencher but I can drink it anytime of year and typically alternate cases with Prima Pils and other SEPA Pils style beers.

Note: Some months after writing this reveiw I had a chance to have one of these on tap at the brewery/restaurant. For this beer "on tap" is better.

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Photo of biggmike
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden color with a nice white two-finger head that dissipates very slowly. Not a whole lot of aroma. Taste is sour, bitter, and grassy. Mouth feel is outstanding and has proper carbonation. This is an outstanding beer that I could drink all day.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
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!

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Photo of TTen
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Stoudts Pils

L: Crystal clear. Golden, yellow. White head with great retention. 4.75
S: Sweet malty, bready aroma dominates. Some floral, grassy hop. 4.5
T: Up front bitterness. Very clean fermentation. Malt is sweet and grainy and a subtle spicy, floral hop note. Getting a little cracker and black pepper. 4.5
F: Combination of maltiness, bitterness and carbonation make it feel more substantial than it's light body. 4.25
O: Great German Pils! Balance is spot on. I could drink this all day. I may like it better than Prima which is saying something. 4.75

Best by 9/23/2016

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a very good pils. It's a tough call regarding whether I like it better than Prima, but it's damn good. Dollar for dollar, however, I would choose Prima.

The beer pours a nice clear yellow. Has a nice collar of white head that sticks around at a film after it recedes from its original inch and a half. Has a good lacing, though it is spotty in parts.

The smell is wonderful. Very nice spicy, herbal, and floral noble hops bouquet. Has a nice clean aroma of pilsner malt underlying the hops. Great stuff.

The taste is just as great as the aroma. Nice dry, crisp and clean pils malt up front with just a touch of sweet. This is followed immediately by a sharp noble hops bitterness, and as it dries out it shows off the floral notes of the hops. Very clean finish washes the palate.

The body is thin, but has a nice crisp carbonation. Very easy to drink. Quite an exceptional pils.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #39 (Apr 2010):

Pours a bright, clear, pale golden color, topped with a creamy head and full of lively carbon- ation. Fresh malt nose with a gentle touch of flowers. Crisp and refreshing up front. Light bodied, but very smooth and creamy. Snap of citric rinds, some saltiness, a bit of peppery herbal flavor-- quite bitter. Thin layer of grape fruitiness beneath, followed by a base of fresh biscuity malts; a bit toasty, but dry overall with just enough sweetness and malt char- acter to keep the hops in check, while also allowing them to assert themselves. Finishes very clean with mild bready and herbal lingers, and a touch of steel.

WTF. We're in Germany! Translation: a spot-on example of the style and a damn solid Pils.

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Photo of JWU
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stoudts Pils pours out a very nice,golden tan color capped by an effervecent foamy head that sticks around for quite some time. lots of nice sticky lacing. Picture-perfect pils.
Aromas of grassy lemony hops, light toasted barleys, pils-bitterness. smells divine, havent smelled a pils this good since I was actually in Germany
Flavor is spot-on. Light, grassy, lemony sweetness up front, cut by a light hoppy bitterness. Light mouthfeel, effervescent carbonation.
Victory Prima Pils was my go to German pils, but Stoudts takes the cake.Prosit!

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drink by 7/1/06... better get started.
Still way up there in my mind with Prima Pils... number two on my top two pilsner list thus far.
Just about everything that Bud commercials say about Bud but it happens to apply to this brew.
Clean, crisp, refreshing. Has a nice hops bite. Lead the way to a nice hops burp. Has a pleasant citrus (probably lime?) twang to it.
Laces my weisse glass like a gay frenchman on a bender... as any good hoppy pilsner should.
A bit of an underscored style, in my opinion, considering that the most consumed beers on the planet are based on this style.
Be underwhelmed if you must... I like the stuff.

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Photo of inebrius
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brilliant yellow under a drift of fat-bubbled foam. Aromas of citrus drizzled scones and wet matchsticks. So easy and soft this beer, a gorgeous mingling of toast lightly lathered with apricot jam and river stones. I could drink this all day then crack one at sundown to celebrate my day of drinking. A fine American Pils that should be available everywhere. Like iron filings to my electromagnetic lips.

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Photo of coachdonovan
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

love that clean pilsner look. it's so clear i can still read the score of the basketball game through the full glass. pale straw yellow (reminds me of a Bud commercial) with a crisp white cloud on top. more hop presence than i was expecting in the nose, but again it's clean.

taste and finish are pretty dry. there is a little bit of zing there, as there should be with this style. a little grainy, a little peppery. not overly complex, but again- that's how it should be. it's the kind of beer that i could drink several of, and it makes me want to just enjoy it without trying to describe the flavor. i'll go do that now.

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Photo of fromage
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best pilsners out there that I've ever tried. Straw yellow with a decent head. Left some good lacing and maintained a head throughout. Started off rocky and ended up creamy. Tons of bubbling throughout the glass.

Doughy, spicy, grassy, lemony smell. A bit of pears. Tons of grapefruit.

Fruit becomes much more intense upon drinking. What's that taste? I think MaltyGoodness identified it for me: grapes! Even slightly sour and quite tart. Dry, but occasionally metalic and astringent aftertaste. Very crisp.

Mouthfeel is fine for the style. Medium thin.

Goes down quite smooth. Lots of "rechargeability" so there's nothing to get sick of and there's always some taste left in it. Crisp, refreshing, and lots of hop taste.

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