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 Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow with a bit of head. Floral saaz hops. Dry bitter leaf, with some offset malting. Some lemon, more fruity than prima but not as delicate. Finishes bitter and dry. Well carbonated. Fresh, best before June 2006. Good with fish. Bold medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of Knapp85
1.68/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I've never been a big lover of German Pilsners so this low rating shouldn't reflect on this brew but it does reflect my tastes on this style. When a I come across this style and it's got the fresh cut grass aromas and tastes I just find it unwelcoming to me. I found this beer to fall into that situation. It's a clear yellow brew with the flavors and aromas mentioned above. Just not my favorite.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down yet consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of grainy malts in the nose along with some notes of floral hops.
T: Flavors of biscuit and grainy malts are present in the initial taste; the finish has a mild amount of bitterness and some peppery spiciness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a moderate amount of dryness, which particularly stands out in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and its crispness makes it particularly refreshing.

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a puffy head that leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: Crisp and floral with an aroma of fresh mowed hay

Taste: Starts out with a crisp, floral character, with a surprisingly citrusy hoppiness building madly by mid-palate; slightly herbal with a touch of graham cracker sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and well-carbonated

Drinkability: Refreshing, more of an American take on a pilsner, using noble aroma hops but untraditional bittering hops

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Mikasa pilsner glass. Thanks to ChrisPro for the bottle!

Pours a clear, golden straw color with a three-finger head and quite a bit of visible carbonation. Really nice retention and quite a bit of lacing as it falls. The nose brings forward a bit of light grain character plus some mild continental hops. Mostly grain, however. Taste starts out with a bit of straw and grain husk. There is a bit of earthy bitterness there as well. Overall, not terribly complex and doesn't follow through too smoothly. Body is light with higher levels of carbonation, though certainly within the normal range of the style. Mild bitterness in the finish. Drinkability is pretty nice. Light flavor and good finish, though a bit too much grain in the taste.

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Photo of superspak
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pilsner glass, best by 8/16/2011. Pours hazy golden straw color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with fantastic retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing on the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big lemon, grass, orange, biscuit, floral, and herbal hops. Very nice aromas with good strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, grass, floral, pepper, bread, light tartness, and herbal hops. Fair amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pepper, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a while. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly sticky and crisp mouthfeel. Very drinkable and smooth, with no alcohol in the taste or finish as expected at 5.4%. Overall this is a fantastic pilsner, and definitely one of the best I have had. Very drinkable, and full of nice hoppy flavors with good balance. This held up surprisingly well considering the bottle dating.

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Photo of nickfl
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Half a finger of white foam on a clear, golden body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Spicy hops with some weak pilsner malt character.

T - Grainy malt up front without a lot of pilsner sweetness. Spicy hops in the middle, some anise notes. The finish is grainy with moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - A decent pilsner, the malt character is kind of weak and lacking in rich pilsner sweetness. The dryness in the finish is a bit excessive and borders on astringency, which hurts the drinkability.

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Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass a light straw color with a nice fluffy white head that stuck like glue as it settled,very German in the nose toasted grain and mineral qualities with a touch herbalness saaz maybe?Very dry pils here dry toasted malt underneath a dry,somewhat herbal hop profile I do notice a s I drink more a freshly baked bread elemeant to it that adds to its subtle complexities of malt vs hop.A damn fine pilsner one of the better to come my way in a while for sure.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A crystal clear, bright gold body is capped by a short but creamy, bright-white head that holds quite well and leaves some minor lace about the glass. A fresh, grainy malt and brightly floral, grassy and somewhat spicy hops combine in the nose. The body is medium and it's crisp in the mouth.
The flavor is well-balanced between a semi-rich maltiness and lush hop flavors; and it's distinctly bitter but not overwhelming. It finishes dry and refreshing with some short-lingering malt and gently bitter hops. Crisp, clean,and full of flavor - this is one well-brewed and highly drinkable German-style pils!

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

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

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

S: The aroma is of lager yeast, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of lager yeast and grain. Then a decent hops bitterness comes in followed by a mild sweetness from the thin malt character. However, it's pretty well-balanced. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it's a decent beer overall, but there are several others in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a bright straw-colored yellow that's just a touch hazy. The frothy white head formed atop the beer like heavily whipped egg whites.

Smell: The lemony, floral hop aroma is a knockout. A bit of graininess in the nose as well.

Taste: Oo! An abrupt, snap of puckering lemon greets the tongue. Grainy, with some lightly sweet malts in the mix. Finish is customarily dry with a lingering spiciness. All the flavors mesh well.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Clean and Crisp. The two c's that please.

Drinkability: Yes, I enjoyed it. At work, even! A tasty pilsner from Stoudt's.

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

Pale haystack gold topped by three fingers of bone colored froth. The head has a quality look, is impressively persistent and is a lace generator of the highest order. This is pretty much how a German pilsener should look.

The aroma follows suit. The hop bill is Perle and Warrior (bittering) and Saaz (aroma). The nose isn't overly grassy, but is nicely well-rounded. Fresh cereal grains, lemon zest and herbal hop notes are present too.

Stoudt's Pils is good beer because the brewers paid at least as much attention to malt as hops. It tastes and feels like there's plenty of pale and wheat on board, which gives the beer a solidity, a balance, and an ease of drinkability that some versions lack.

Even though sugar-crusted malts are present in each and every mouthful, hops are what ultimately seal the deal. As in the aroma, hop flavor is multi-faceted (lemon zesty, herbal, spicy and grassy). The drying, quenching, bitter nip on the finish is especially nice. It isn't hard to see how Pils has earned a number of accolades over the years.

The mouthfeel is as expected given the generous quantity of malt. It's more full than most and is supremely smooth, with a moderate alpha acid raspiness to keep things interesting.

Other than Fat Dog Imperial Oatmeal Stout and Weizen, Stoudts has never bowled me over. Pils is a rock-solid version of the style and should be a great warm weather beer. And a cold weather beer. And a cool weather beer. And a rainy day beer. And a...

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikesgroove for sending this one my way!

A: Poured a slightly hazy light orange/yellow with a one finger fluffy head. Decent retention leaving some spotty lacing.

S: Grassy hops, a little bit of citrus, and some graham cracker and caramel malts.

T: Lots of grain, some biscuity malt, and some nice grassy hops.

M: Very crisp and fresh, light bodied with full carbonation.

O: Pretty good, extremely easy drinking, will be a good one to have in the summer out BBQing.

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

Poured a nice golden amber, a bit darker then I would have thought, and that is good. a nice fluffy pillow like white head graced the top to a height of about two inches before settling back down to just some lace ringing the glass, a touch of which stuck around for a while. Great visible carbonation evident in streams of bubbles filtering up from the bottom. Smell was light, lots of grain with some hints of maybe corn or an earthy cereal, but nothing spectacular. Taste was good, you typical pilsner. Light on the flavor, big on carbonation. Smooth crisp mouthfeel. Not a real lingering flavor, but what was there was lots of grain and corn maybe, something else but it was hard to place. Very sessionable, as it was very light. All together a good summer drinker, I have had better, but it is definatly not bad. Looking forward to hitting up some more.

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Photo of smcolw
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flawless appearance: straw color, clear, excellent head with very good retention. The lace is spotty but far more extensive than most pilsners.

Fresh scent of light hops. The malt is light as expected. For the style, the aroma is quite nice.

A very nice pils, full bodied, slightly high carbonation. The hop tastes fresh and the malt is present and dry. The mouthfeel is "rounder" (as opposed to crisp) than I'd expect.

Although this is lighter than the usual microbrew fare, this is an excellent, flavorful beer. Too good to be called a lawn mower beer, yet it would be an awesome choice after the chores are complete.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This arrived with a big, foamy, bone-white head which eventually produced great lacing throughout. The color was a straw-yellow with NE-quality clarity. There was a mild nose of Saaz hops. The mouthfeel was thin, but the hops were definitely evident on the palate. The finish was beautifully dry and lingering with that special tang that Saaz imparts. 'Tor Lew keeps hyping session beers and I'll concede a well-made Pils every time. Highly recommended.

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

Appearance: Pale golden slightly hazed body paired with bright white nice sized head dwindles slowly leaving specks of lacing. Aroma: Nice noble hop bouquet Tettanag and Halletau paired with a crisp pale malt sweetness very nice biscuit malt presence to note as well. Taste: Very good German style pils floral and herbal hops with the slight biscuit toned malts blend into one insanely refreshing pils. Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied crisp mouthfeel carbonation was a bit high but didn't hurt drinkability. Drinkability: Nice easy going flavorful lager pairs nicely with food glad to see Stoudt's finally deliver this offering in bottles.

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Photo of stakem
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a standard pils glass. The brew appears a hazy light yellow color. A pillow of fluffy white head rests atop with solid retention supported by constantly rising bubbles. A full wall of lace sticks to the glass with a ladder-like effect that leaves a line on the glass with every sip thats taken.

The aroma opens up with sulfur mixed with bright noble hops that are herbal, grassy and spicy with a slight floral aspect. A faint touch of fresh bready grain is also present closer to the back. This has a nice arrangement of balanced character. Perhaps my only gripe would be to turn the sulfur down a few notches.

The taste is lemony fruit that blends to zest that is more bitter, rindy, grassy and herbal. A touch of sulfur blends with a bready to biscuit grain inclusion that doesnt really provide any sweetness but does impart a freshy bready note.

This is a light bodied brew with an effervescent level of carbonation that is lively. Quite crisp, snappy, clean and refreshing. This is balanced quite well and a pils I could throw back repeatedly with no issue. Again, if the sulfur was not such a leading role in this, I would score it much higher but im leaving it as is.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received in trade from mdaschaf, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a crystal clear golden yellow color with a good two finger bone white head that slowly recedes but leaves much lace as she fades. Smells of sweet bready husky pilsner malt with just enough spicy grassy hops to keep this from cloying. Sweet bready pilsner malt flavor balanced with spicy grassy hops. Very dry finish with sharp spicy bite. Medium to thin body with a spirited level of carbonation and sweet honey like mouthfeel. The greatness here is in the subtlety of the flavors and how well the hops and malts contrast each other. Nice nice drinker here.

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

Pours a clear straw with no head. Nose is a bit metallic with a grain like attribute. The metallic character seems to come out stronger and stays. Feel is standard with a good bubble over the tongue. A good brew, I just think the metallic tone could go on vacation.

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Photo of tdm168
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Village Draft House.

Pours a transparent gold with a thick, foamy, soft, white head that has good retention. The nose has faint notes of malt but a robust aroma of grassy, earthy hops. The flavor is lightly malty up front with intense, grassy hops in the finish. The bitterness of the hops lingers for quite a while. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with mild carbonation and a smooth finish.

This pilsner was a little on the bitter side making come across unbalanced. It was however drinkable and ultimately enjoyable. It's worth checking out.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass. No bottling date present.

A wonderfully even and very uniform perfect white head off the pour with some minor retention, and a crystal clear just golden shining body color. Some rising carbonation that goes at a normal speed, not too fast, and lots of lacing while finishing the beer.

Nose is very buttery though, what's up with all the butter of late for me? It's luckily not overpowering, mixing in with a simple malt body.

On the palate, very dry and crisp finish almost ashen with a very arid lemon feel. Crisp body and what seems to have a very sharp hop sting on the aftertaste. Carbonation is solid and not jarring,

Overall, pretty solid, but I am just not gravitating towards this or going crazy for it.

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Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pils glass:

Pours golden straw yellow with a two+ finger head that thins to a lasting cover.

The smell is mild, but clean and what's there is nice - some grainy malt with a hint of grassiness and underlying fruitiness.

The taste is of prominent Saaz-like hops that emerge on the first sip, but soon balanced by a sweet grainy malt. An underlying leamony/applish fruitiness adds complexity to the fresh, grassy hops. Balanced, leaning towards bitter. Crisp with a bittersweet, rather dry, finish. The taste lingers well.

The body is light and refreshing. It approaches medium while remaining appropriately light.

There is enough refreshing smoothness and a nice taste to make this a fine "session" brew.

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

I sampled a 12 ounce bottle, poured light straw, with a medium bubble white head, minor lacing observed. Nose is the expected and hoped for grassy saaz hop type stuff. Crisp, cleansing and clean tasting Pilsner. Nice take on the style , well worth enjoying a bottle or two, went nicely with some cheese, crackers and salad.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Haze, pale yellow/green, pearish coloring, fine white head, thin, but lasting.

Aroma is lemony and slight, vinegary with shades of straw. Bits of spice. Not terrible, but not to my liking.

Smooth sailing once in the mouth, slick and smooth, absolutely quenching. Not much depth or body, but there's not supposed to be, I wager. Very light, with an agreeable, if minor, flavor. There's a little bit of grainy malt texture that creeps in, but not too much. Actually, I like more as I drink it...decent.

Being wet and no trouble down the throat is the order of the day and Stoudt's Pils fills the bill.

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