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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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Added by psugrad98 on 08-11-2002

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

a: poured into a snifter - all that' on hand at the moment, pale golden color, average head and retention

s: clean pilsner malt structure, just a touch of white bread sweetness, mildly sulfuric with a delicate touch of grassy noble hops

m: carbonation just under medium, light-medium body

t: crisp pilsner malts, mostly dry with only a light sugar presence that's quickly whisked off by a bright, grassy hop flavor, light but noticeable sulfur, well structured with a nice little bitter edge at the finish

d: good drinkability, a simple but enjoyable pilsner

single from Whole Foods - Short Pump, Glen Allen, VA

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Photo of bosox941827
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up as a single 12 oz bottle and poured into an imperial pint glass; poured cold, warmed as it was tasted.
A - Standard pils; light-colored, soapy-type head which mostly dissipates. Pours clear and sediment free.
S - Nice grassy, hoppy flavor right off the pour.
T - Wow. Solid, solid pils here. Malts are fairly muted here, lending just an undercurrent of sweetness. Pils hops play the leading role, lingering for quite a long time, more than most I've tasted. This is very reminiscent (for me) of the Sam Adams Noble Pils in that fashion; strong, prominent Pils hoppiness. WAY at the end there is a bit of light pepper as others have noted. Dry hoppiness hangs around for quite a bit....
M - Appropo for a pils; touch more than medium carbonation, adding to the....
D - Fantastic. Had this on a very hot summer day in NC (are there any other types down here?) and it was working it. Could drink these all day and will definitely pick up more of this to put it to that test....Highly recommended.

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

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is all pilsener goodness, showing honey, bread dough and light white pepper. On the palate, this beer is flat out delicious, showing light honey, grassy hops, more bread dough and black pepper in the finish. The hoppy bitterness in the finish gives an edgyness to this beer that I don't recall being nearly as prominent in the bottled version. Balance is excellent, with the light sweetness beautifully balanced by the peppery bitterness. Considering the low alcohol, it's really amazing how much flavor this beer packs. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, but with a lingering, bitter finish. Drinkability is exceptional... I could drink this all day and most of the night.

Given this as an alternative, it will always be a mystery to me why anyone would ever drink macro swill.

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Photo of JRed
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours bubbly, translucent orange with frothy white head on top. Subtle aroma full of floral notes, hops, wet grass, citrus, lemon zest. The taste caught me pleasantly by surprise: citrus, light fruit, fresh hops, floral, some light cereal, and oddly...marshmallow. Great creamy mouthfeel that goes perfectly with the flavors. Slight carb on the palate makes for good drinkin.

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Photo of bum732
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw yellow, decent head that dissipates. Smells of bready malt, some mineralness, some floral and grassy notes. Tastes of light bready malt, kiss of spicy bitterness. Some floral and sweet citrus components. Some mineralness on the dry finish. Nice crisp carbonation.

A solid pils, has all the classic pils components with some american hoppiness, i think. Really enjoyed it.

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Photo of letsgopens
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly I've never had this one before. I have high hopes though judging from my past experiences with Stoudt's. Pours a pure golden yellow with some bright highlights. The pearl-white, thick, frothy head holds its shape well. Some nice thick walls of lace disperse to a defined ring on the glass. Very nice indeed.

Mmmmm, toasty, husky pale malt and plenty of spicy, floral Saaz hops. The first notes of a quality pils IMO. A little bit of sweet, dry, buttered biscuit and faint yeastiness. Simple but strong and very pronounced. The ingredients literally resonate from the glass.

Crisp and malty with a very pronounced hop note. Sweeter and a lot less dry than the nose implied however. The hops are there up front but the spicy note is kind of hushed by some additional malt sweetness. Honey and buttered, lightly toasted, white bread. A slick finish rounds out a flavor that, I have to be honest, was a bit of a let down after the tremendous nose. Still tasy though; I guess I just had some unreasonable expectations.

Relatively low carbonation and a finish that's definitely on the slicker side. I prefer a dryer finish for the style and that may have done the hops some justice in this brew. Still a solid brew that's certainly worth a try.

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

Picked up a six pack of this brew at House of Brews in Clarksville, TN after hearing some hype about it. Fact is, I love the style and this beer does not disappoint -- starting with a frothy 3 inch head in my pint glass. Even before tasting it, I can detect spiciness from an aroma that hits me two feet away. Very refreshing after working a week in 90-degree plus heat and humidity. Lives up to the hype. Very satisfied. A very good brew.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw color with a one finger head which gives way to a little lacing. The aroma is of bread and grain malt with hints of lemon and grassy hops. The taste is of bread malts with pilsner malt as a backbone. There is grassy hops and citrus hops also present in the flavor. The mouthfeel is slightly low carbonation and is crisp and clean. The drinkability is good, for a pilsner it is very complex and has a great flavor.

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Photo of farrago
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Large, frothy head, bleached white, mostly big, loosely knit bubbles, leaves a good deal of delicate lacing behind, moderate retention overall. Clear orange color, deeper in hue than expected with only slight yellowing at the outer reaches, transparent, few visible bubbles, certainly no beads. Hyper-crisp nose of rye, dark bread, quinine, lemon peel, celery, pepper, very little soft or giving, minimal apricot, peach, apple fruit scent presence. Full-bodied, even kind of heavy for its type, the carbonation churns steadily, if not for this it might paste itself to your tongue. All the tonic water, quinine, lemon peel, sourdough bread, pepper here too, crisp but not exactly refreshing as the weight is too much and there's no real lift off the palate. Pear, apple, peach fruit doled out meagerly. Pretzel salt and bitters finish things up. Stylistically, this does ape the German approach, however, it lacks the finesse and drinkability to be considered top notch.

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

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear goblet-style tasting glass. Best by 6/9/10 stamped on bottle neck. Purchased as 6-pack at Piggly Wiggly (Hilton Head, SC) for $9.99.

A: Honey-gold with frothy white 1-2 finger head with good retention and a nice crusty line of lacing around the top of the glass.

S: Delicious cereal grain and noble hops combination with the sweet grain carrying the day but the hops are sharp, herbal and grassy to deliver a wholesome, slightly mineral grainy nose.

T: The flavor is a prototype for the German pilsener style with mouthfuls of sweet pale malts layered with grassy, herbal noble hops. There is a nice mineral note to this beer steers clear of astringency and provides a sharp, crisp, moderately dry finish. A wonderfully flavored beer -- I only wish I had tasted a fresher batch.

M: The mouthfeel picks up where the aroma and flavor leave off with a light-to-medium body and crisp, dry aftertaste that is equal parts pale malt and sharp herbal hops.

D: I am glad I found this and picked it up. Stoudt's has an excellent reputation for its German-styled lagers -- this one does not disappoint and would give any German-made pilsener a run for its money.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of johnmichaelsen, thanks John! Pours a slightly hazed yellow color with a billowing cap of white head that initially fades pretty quick, but slows down and forms some nice rocky mounds of foam. Lacing is nice and sticky.

Nose is bright and lemony with a bit of sweetness and jasmine flowers. Having this side-by-side with the Troegs, it is amazing the vast differences just in the aroma. This one is softer, more buttery.

Malts are crackery and not as grainy as many pilsners, still has some sweetness to it though. Hop flavors are more abound than actual bitterness. Saaz does not seem as prevalent in this beer as most German versions and has more of a clover honey feel to it. Quality brew...I wish there were more fresh, local pilsners down here.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New to the TN market so I picked a sixer up recently...

Pours an absolutely terrific clear light golden with a huge creamy white head... Lots of active carbonation adds throughout...

A bright citrusy aroma leads the way here... Lemony and fresh with a nice solid malt backbone...

this is a little maltier and meatier than the normal pils... The hops are definitely present and have a citrusy earthy aspect to them but the malts really jump out here... Very nice...

Overall a nice solid pils that ranks right up there with the ones I've had thus far... Very very nice..

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to djrn2 for sending this beer my way.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is lemon, pilsner malt and grassy hops. The flavor is spicy hops with medium bitterness. There is a nice malt backbone and some citrus notes. The flavor is also slightly metallic. Soft mouthfeel and medium-high carbonation.

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

pours a clear straw color with plenty of white head that stays around a while but laces minimally.

lemony hops strike my nose first, then plenty of bready and doughy malts

a bit bitter with lemony hops and a bit of pepper along with biscuity malt.

light and crisp with plenty of carbonation and a bit of bitterness lingering on the tongue.

goes down pretty well. refreshing, and has some flavor.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a pilsener glass. No freshness dating indicated on the bottle. Poured a translucent gold with a perfect, two inch bright white head that settles into a solid quarter inch cap. Delicate, cloud-like bands of lacing are revealed during the tasting and exhibit excellent retention. Noble hops aromas and a hint of skunk. Taste consistent with nose, but I also get a hint of caramel malt in the mix, as well as a little citrus acidity. Mouthfeel is light-bodied, with an assertive carbonation; acidity slightly stimulates the salivary glands. Not my favorite pils, but very respectable and refreshing.

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

Poured 12oz. bottle into pilsner glass.

A: Pours a clear straw color with huge and aggressive head of foam.

S: Pilsner malt, bready/doughey with some lemon and piney hops, and very clean.

T/M: Nicely balanced pale malts with piney hop bite. Very clean and crisp. On the lighter-side of medium bodied.

D: This is definitely not my favorite style of beer, but been trying to find ones that I really like. So far, Victory Prima Pils has been tops, and I think this one belongs somewhere up there, too. Big fan and one I'll definitely get again.

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Photo of bcm119
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light straw color, very clear, bright white head. Subtle pils malt aroma, a bit doughy. Pils malt, grain, and lemony hops. A touch of honey-toast sweetness. Hops are soft and lend a slight flowery hint along with lemon. Falls just short of being completely crisp in mouthfeel, still clean but slightly soft. Another great Pils from PA, although I like the Prima a little more.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. A generous extra from chcfan. Thanks, Chris!

A: Pours a clear straw body with great retention of its off-white cap. It recedes into a thin collar and leaves no lacing behind.

S: Pilsner malt, bread, leafy hops, dough, lemon. A hint of pepper. Not the strongest nose, but quite enjoyable.

T: Quite tasty! I enjoy the interplay between pilsner and bread malts and leafy, lemony Noble hops. The leafy flavors pull into the finish along with bread flavors, leaving just a touch of graininess and bitterness behind. Otherwise, a clean flavor.

M: Crisp, mostly clean flavor with just the lightest lingering bitterness, as noted above. Light-bodied. Carbonation is a bit low.

D: Guzzled the thing. It's a hot day and this really hit the spot. Very flavorful and refreshing at the same time.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a superbly clear straw color. Nice white head w/good foam stability & decent carbonation. Head lingers for quite awhile.

S: Has a light grainy character, but hop notes seem to be either pretty well hidden or virtually nonexistent. A nice clean tasting beer with maybe a hint of DMS.

T: This is a clean, crisp tasting pilsner with a dry taste. Light grainy and Pils malt present. Moderately bitter, but again the hop character seem to be missing. Very clean tasting beer.

M: Medium-light body with very good carbonation.

D: This is an above average beer, but I only wish they added enough hops to give it the right touch, and the perfect balance, to make this truly a favorite. A solid beer on any occasion.

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Photo of jonziefle
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a slightly cloudy golden straw color. Little visible carbonation. Two finger foamy/pillowy head. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Very malty/biscuit with some lemon citrus.

Taste: Moderate sweetness and maltiness, but less so than the nose. Some mild hops and lemon citrus flavors toward the end. Slightly peppery. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a decent carbonation bite. Smooth and somewhat creamy.

Drinkability: Very easy drinking pilsener that goes down smooth. Good flavors and good balance.

Buy Again? Yes.

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Photo of wspscott
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass (no date)

A: Pale yellow/straw color, one finger white head that leaves a bit of lace. I would like to see a fluffier, longer lasting head.
S: Floral hops with a little bit of lemon, some hints of very light grain, a little bit of sweetness.
T: Sharp floral hops, the lemon is more apparent, a little huskiness from the malt, some breadiness.
M: Very crisp with a lot of tingly carbonation (almost belgian like).
D: A very good example of a classic pilsner, very refreshing, nice summer beer and a great change of pace from APA/IPAs. Highly recommended.

* After starting with Prima Pils first (see that review) for explanation. The Stoudt's seems to have a little more malt sweetness and a little less huskiness in the nose. This seems a little more "refined" in taste as well, a little sweeter, but only a little bit. Interestingly, the hops seem a little less sharp (more smooth) compared with the other day. This also seems to be less crisp/attenuated compared with the other day (moving the score from 4.5 to 4). Regardless, this is a great beer, anyone who likes Prima Pils should give this a try.

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

Nice although not quite comparative to a genuine German or Czech Pils.

A- nice clear clean golden yellow, healthy head dissipating quickly to almost nothing and scant rim.

S= pleasant hops florals, some esters, nice sweet malts. More scent after it sets for a few minutes.

T= light fresh hops, decent sweet malts, modest but balanced carbonation, slight bitters, clean, nice.

M= clean, a little dry, green fresh hops.

D= refreshing, very drinkable with probably most anything, worthy of trying or maybe a session.

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Photo of Stunner97
2.89/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- golden yellow in color with small bubbles streaming the glass, with a fading white foamy head

Smell- the problem I had with this smell is i just couldn't get much smell, very faint hop and malt but overall not much going on in the nose

Taste- the taste is light up front and then you are hit with a strong wallop of hops on the back end, leaves a long bittering finish on the back end, lacks a bit of balance for my tastes as the bitterness is to much for a pilsner to me, lacks balance

Mouthfeel- very light with crisp carbonation and overwhelming dryness

Drinkability- this beer may actually be the cup of tea of some people and even at some point this may have very much been to my liking but the thing is its very one demensional now to me and over hopped but not in a good way, some german style american pilsners i have had i enjoy it but to me it really pulls back the drinkability due to the fact its just so bitter and lacking much else, not terrible but not something i would seek again

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Photo of JunkYardJake
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery in pils glass.
Bright clear gold in color with a finger of head. Retention and lacing are adaquate. Smells very fresh. Hops give off a nice inviting floral scent. Palate is nearly perfect. Herbal and floral hops compliment the malts beautifully. Finishes crisp, clean and bitter. Somewhat light in body with a dry mouthfeel. Simply put, this is a killer pilsner.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-transparent pale yellow with a lot of bubbles rising inside. The head is frothy, pretty thick, pure white. Dissipates quickly and leaves nothing on the glass

S-the nose is fair in strength and brings a lot of grain, a touch of caramel malt, faint toasted bread notes, lemon, light floral esters and a touch of citrusy hops

T-there is a lot of grain in the taste with a backbone comprised of a touch of caramel and toasted bread. Hints of lemon with a light hop finish, floral, slightly herbal.

M-lighter bodied and extremely smooth and actually quite creamy. Nice carbonation to give it a clean crisp finish.

D-great mouthfeel and easy to drink, decent flavors and a fair amount of balance especially for a pils, good attention to the hops.

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Stoudts Pils from Stoudts Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 708 ratings
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