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 scottbrew4u
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden color with rising bubbles to a bubbly white head. The head settles out quickly to a thin layer.
A: Clean pilsner malt, light biscuits, fresh grain husks, light vegetal notes and a spicy hop presence.
T: Light roasted malt, husky grains, flaky biscuits and some herbal and peppery hops round out this beer. Classic pilsner dry finish.
M: crisp carbonation and light body with a dry finish.
O: Great representation of the style. Can imagine my grandfather drinking beer like this back in his Homeland Germany. Goes down easy.

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Photo of Hoppinchuck
2.82/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

It is not a bad drink, but it is not what it claims to be. It tastes more like a pale ale than a pilsener. It is not a German pilsener, but more like a Sierra Nevada Pale. I like Stoudts products, but i do not like it when companies get so creative that they lose the intrinsic flavour of the type of beer they are wanting to produce.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale golden straw; effervescent; big frothy white head, long lasting

Smell: sweet malt; light citrus with notes of cut grass

Taste: smooth, juicy malt with good balance of hops; very good Saaz flavor; leaves a crisp, slightly dry, hoppy finish

Mouthfeel: light bodied and zippy

Remarks: Well balanced and smooth; Pils isn't my favorite style, but this was pretty tasty; hops were kept in check to my tastes pretty well

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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 HattedClassic
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer creates a bubbly and white head that does not last long but leaves a constant thin surface. The beer itself is closer to a golden amber than anything else.

The beer has hints of hops and a sweet malt backbone. The hops are bitter with hint of floral as well. The malt slightly comes out as sweet and balances out the smell a little.

The taste has a stronger hop presence than the smell. The hops are bitter mixed with floral but leans more towards bitter than anything else. The malts are barely present and sweeten the drink a little bit but not by much.

Biting carbonation and bit medium bodied but not very crispy.

A certainly different Pilsner from Victory and worth sitting down for at least once.

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Photo of ppvora
2.99/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured a cold one from a 12 oz. bottle.

Apperance: Light golden or straw-like color. Plenty of aeration. Four-five fingers of head. Took their own sweet time to dissipate. Good bit of lacing.

Aroma: Mostly barley, a little whiff of hops.

Taste: After the gorgeous appearance, my expectation was that this beer was going to blow me away. It's a fine pilsner, but nothing to write home about. My standard for a really fine pilsner is the Victory Prima Pils (both Victory and Stoudts are within an hour's driving distance from my house). The Stoudts people could take a couple of lessons by driving down to Victory Brewing. While this is a fine beer, it had very little of the hoppy flavor that made Pilsners the favorite beers when they first started brewing them in Germany.

Mouthfeel: OK, not much change to flavor.

Overall: Beer looks nicer than it tastes. Too little of hops. No complex aromas or flavors here.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very good and satisfying beer.
Pours a brilliantly clear straw color leaning perhaps to golden. A tall head was produced and was a bright white but faded rather quickly. carbonation was lean also.
Aroma was tart and spicy. Malts had pils aroma while the hops were spicy or peppery. Smelled nice but more sutle then bold in it's bouquet.
Taste was very quenching with sutle assertiveness. A solid malt profile with hops that are assertive and confident. Hops have a spicy flavor from noble hops on doubt.
Smooth on the palate and clean in nature finishes with a tart bitter finish.
A very well made beer thats true to style.

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Photo of boddhitree
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I was disappointed. I thought it was hoppy enough with Noble hops but the mouthfeel was not nearly up to par with even an Oettinger. It was "weak" and thin. The Pils malts also lacked something. I didn't take notes, so this is the morning after. Basically, a weak imitation of a German Pils.

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Photo of FLima
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden color with a thin head with low retention.
Light aroma of bread and herbal and earthy hops.
Sweet malty flavor with a spicy sensation. Notes of minerals with some oxidation, oranges and herbs such as chamomile.
Light body with medium carbonation.
Very original flavor, amplified a mineral -herbal sensation you usually get from Czech pils, plus adding some sweet oranges citrusy.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Review:

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: A light straw yellow color with a minimal whitish head and minimal glass lacing.

S: Bready malt with grain and grass and a slight citrus lemon smell.

T: Hoppy saaz flavor with grass, lemon and a hint of like tangerine or some other orange type citrus coupled with malt grain flavor. Nothing really outstanding here and the hops bitterness is a bit underwhelming. Finish really turns sweeter and squashes the bitterness on the finish.

M: Light, crisp and dry, but not overly so. Sweetness takes out the bitterness on the back end.

D: High, these go down pretty easily and they can be sessioned all day.

Overall another quality pils from a PA brewer, however I seem to measure all pils' against Prima and this one comes up short. I have yet to find a better tasting pils than that. A sweeter pils compared to our other PA pils. Still a solid beer, but it won't crack my top pils list.

Tap Review done 6/24/2013:

Poured from tap at home into a tall pilsner glass.

A: A hazy lighter gold color with a two finger fluffy white head. Glass lacing sticks.

S: Grainy with lots of fruits, lemon, baked bread, grass and some slight pepper.

T: Real grainy, grassy and some hay coupled with a decent amount of lemon. There is a read deep bready character that is almost sourdough like that throws off some sweetness. The finish turns a bit peppery but very dry and crisp. Not overly bitter on the finish, but very nice. This is a typical German style pilsner that is very good, but on the softer and sweeter side. Drinkable!

M: Dry, slightly bitter, no alcohol and super drinkable.

O: I think my palate had adjusted because this is a fabulous pils. I am really enjoying them out of a keg during the summer.

Props to Stoudts for producing a pilsner that is spot on. It does not do anything spectacular, is just does everything spot on. Props.

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Photo of bmwats
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilnser.

A: Golden hue. Pours a 2 finger, bubbly white head. Craters slowly and dryly. Lots o' rising effervescence and plenty of cling to the sides of the glass. Plenty of dry residue remains as it settles. Much dry, sticky, beer ring lacing.

S: Sourdough, oregano, parsley, hay, and a bit of a floral note.

T: Tastes much like it smells. Unbaked sourdough bread prominent. Buttery and slightly sweet. Very nice balance.

M: Feels thick and is full bodied. Slightly pungent and buttery aftertaste lingers on the palate.

D: Uncharacteristic of the style, this is a savory brew.

Atmosphere is great. Great body, and head. A lot of lacing. Nose is really strong bread and savory spice and a little floral. Buttery, sweet, sourdough bread. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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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 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 BWED
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint.

A- Pours a straw yellow, clear body with a small amount of carbonation rising to the top, and a two finger, fluffy white head. Retains slightly, slowly dying to a thin layer, and some lacing here and there on the way down the glass.

S- A sweet grainy backbone carries a citrusy/earthy hoppiness, and a dash of fruit, maybe apple.

T- Biscuity up front with a bitter balance of hop, and again a slight fruity flavor.

M- Quite a light bodied beer, with medium light carbonation, giving a good tingle. Bitter in the mouth, but the finish is a faint dull bitterness and slightly dry. A lot less bitter than I expected.

O- I enjoy that this Pils doesn't have an overwhelming amount of the generic dull and very bitter hop character that most do. This will be refreshing in the summer.

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Photo of dar482
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not much of an aroma, but it’s refreshing though. Hoppy and comes with an initial rush of bitterness. It is less watery and more packed in flavor compared to the Czech pilsners I’m used to. Quite drinkable and you just keep wanting another sip. Great stuff.

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

On Tap at The Memphis Taproom, served in a pint glass proper.

A- Stoudt's PILS pours a straw yellow color with some golden highlights. A loose foamy one inch head comes through before thawing down to a skim. Moderate lacing with this pilsner.

S- A decent aroma for a Pilsner with a bunch of pale malt and a German hop variety. Some grassy and floral aroma's come out with some warming. Some bready quality.

T- A very simple pilsner with a refreshing taste. A lot more bittering from the hops than what i was expecting from smell. Smells like a fresh cut lawn on a warm summer day. I'm going to have to drink this again while i'm gardening in the summer. A great lawn mower brew. The bready quality comes back from the malt addition. Earthy hop taste in the after

M- This one waqs a little on the light side. Light to mid medium bodied with crisp carbonation. After a big gulp a huge presence of earthy flavors stuck around. No alcohol presence with this light gravity brew. Finishes dry.

D- A true session beer clocking in at just under 5%. I would gladly drink a few of these on a hot summer day but it leaves something to be desired while i drink this in the dead of winter. Would love to try this on tap at some point. A great session brew by Stoudt's, nothing more nothing less.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with a light haze and a strong effervescence. Head poured two fingers of frothy white foam with decent retention and a little bit of foamy lace. Quite good.

Smell: a little light but sweet and quite malty with a creamy lager character and a balancing aroma of noble hops. I like it.

Taste: at first taste it is drier than the aroma, which is nice. As flavor develops we get a little bit more graininess and a little bit more sweetness as well. Hops start out fresh and noble with a hint of lemon, and later develop into a slightly more herbal flavor and bitterness. I think this is a very well-developed Pilsner.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a nice creaminess, especially for the style. Good stuff.

Overall: I personally love the dynamic qualities of the flavor and the creamy, satisfying aroma. For me this is a top-notch Pils with great drinkability. I will definitely have this again.

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

On tap at Mudville 9. We drank pitcher after pitcher of this stuff. Not the best Pils I’ve ever had, but pretty damn good and certainly easy drinking. Also quite traditional in the German style. Pours a very pale yellow; ample white head with decent retention and lacing. Good clarity. Crackery, grainy malt aroma with some assertive floral and grassy hopping.

Taste is spot on for the style; has a light, dry, subtly toasted malt character followed by a bitter hop note with aspects of grass, herbs, and flowers. Finishes crisp and dry and the hop bitterness lingers a bit in the aftertaste.

Medium-light bodied; crisp and lively carbonation. A refreshing and easy drinking beer great for putting away by the pint.

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Photo of Mister_Falcon
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light-medium straw/gold color into a pint glass with an initial head of maybe a 1/4 inch. The head stayed around for at least the minute that I allowed it to stand and then held it up to the light.

I was a little stuffed-up when I sniffed the beer so it took me a few minutes for it to make an impact. My thoughts of it were that it had almost a wine-like scent, just the slightest hint of the typical malty and hoppy notes that I am accustomed to were evident, but the scent that was there could be due to the understated ingredients and brewing.

The taste is just perfectly balanced and understated, right now I feel like I could polish off at least four of these without batting an eye before I would need to make special travel arrangements home if I were to continue after that. Has a noticeably fruity flavor that is otherwise well balanced aside from that. Stoudt's Pils has an immensely drinkable, effervescent mouthfeel that may help this beer supplant Victory Prima Pils as my favorite Pilsner available in my general area.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2012-07-06 and again on 2014-05-10 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear pale yellow with a 2.5-finger fluffy white head and good lacing.

S - Pale malt, grass, lemon, a little spice. Nice.

T - Melba toast, lemon, grass, white pepper, nice amount of lasting lemon zest bitterness. Sourdough and bitter finish. Dries nicely.

M - Light body and medium-high carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O - Compares favorably with a Victory Prima Pils and a Troegs Sunshine Pils but I don't like this as much. It's not quite as smooth as the other two. Good though; and worth having again.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours completely clear yellow. Bubbles rise in a beautifully intense manner. Head is a finger's width and white. Head retains for the beer's entirety. Great lacing too.

S-Nice aroma. Grassy Pils hops are the headliner. Cracker malt. Light spice and an almost apple juice note. The herbal and grassy hops are quite aromatic.

T-The hops are more herbal than grassy. The hops are intense for the style which is a plus. Clean and fresh. Cracker malt with light Belgian spice. Apple juice flavor in some areas of the flavor. A Pils with enough gusto.

M-Goes down clean and swift. Massaging carbonation. Lighter bodied. Good Pils feel.

O/D-One of the better Pilseners I have come across that I can remember. Hoppy enough but has proper balance. Plenty to like about this brew.

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

This brew pours a beautiful golden staw color with a nice head which sticks around for several minuets. Lacing stays on the glass throughout.

The smell is of grass, lemons, spices and little hoppy.

The mouthfeel is full and biscut like. A little chewy.

The taste is good for a Pilsner. There is a floral hop taste throughout from start to finish; clean and refreshing. The malts come in after the hops however the taste finishes with hops. There is also lemon, grapefruit, pepper and biscut. The hop and pepper taste remains on the tongue after swallowing.

Overall I would recommend this brew. It is a well balanced pilsner. A great beer for welcoming the Summer.

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Photo of kc44
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is absolutely pristine pale and clear shade of gold. Big white head that sticks around and leaves a generous amount of lace. I wouldn't change a thing about how this beer looks. The smell is mostly spicy Teutonic hops, with a little bit of graininess as well. Tastes great, really comes out and bites with the hops and snaps closed with a dry finish. The hops are a little much - don't get me wrong, I'm loving it, but I expected a little more balance, and the scales are tilted in favor of the hops here. Good, easy drinking mouthfeel on this one, clean as a whistle, but it could be a little livelier. Overall, an absolutely brilliant refresher, just about everything I want out of a German Pils. However, if the hops are going to be so strong for the style, I could do with a little more depth to their character, they're a lot more spicy than floral. A little more maltiness for balance would have been welcome. Really, though, the complaints pale in comparison to the achievements of this astonishingly well crafted and authentic beer.

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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 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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