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Stoudts Pils | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 706 |  Reviews: 378
Photo of tone77
3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mostly of malts, some notes of hops. Taste is crisp, a bit of hops, a touch of malts, not bad but nothing great. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall a pretty good beer.

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

Poured into a standard shaker pint glass right out of the fridge. The beer is a very pale straw yellow, with perfect clarity. The generous two fingered head has impressive retention. Some lacing noted on the glass.

Nose is a balance of noble hops, and malt. Its not a heady aroma, but it is quite authentic for a German Pils.

Taste is spot on with a crisp hop presence. I'm pretty sure there is Saaz as the aroma hop. This is well balance, with the hops taking the forefront. Subdued carbonation doesn't hurt the crisp mouthfeel, which is medium. Drinkability is way up there. This is a session beer which you can litterally drink all night long.

Stoudt's touts there German beer prowess, and it shows in their pilsner. Highly recommended to Pils fans. If you have a BMC drinker amongst your friends, turn them on to this.

Na Zdravje!

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Photo of Hoves
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have tried two different Stoudt's beers and have enjoyed both.

The Pils poors much like a light beers with a nice white solid head...the difference is the head dissipates like a good beer, slow and leaving the great flavor behind.

The smell of the beer when you open it is that of a sweet hoppy aroma, I hate to say it but it was a little weak of a smell...

The taste and mouthfeel are good, the only part of the beer that I don't prefer is that it is a tad overly-carbonated.

The aftertaste is that of a hop, not as strong as an IPA or EXB type of aftertaste but it is quite pleasant.

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Photo of Morey
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This fine brew pours a pale slightly cloudy yellow color with a nice fluffy white head which is very inviting. Some decent stick here too.

Smell is very fresh, clean, and slighty bready.

Taste- A nice quick bite from the hops and then it starts to round out nicely. Finishes pretty smooth, but there is a bit of lingering bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel is right on for the style (pretty thin). However, I do think that the carbonation level is a touch high.

This beer would make a great session beer. Especially for someone who desires a little more flavor than our American Macros tend to offer.

Morey's Bottome Line: I think Stoudt's is a somewhat underrated brewery. They make quality beer, and this Pilsner is no exception. Prima Pils is the only better Pilsner that I can think of. Good stuff, and a great gateway beer.

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Photo of Beerisgood3
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass:

A: Pale straw yellow with a foamy white head which lasts a little while leaving a thin film. True to the style. White sticky lacing left around the glass...even though i drank this a bit quickly.

S: Hops, citrus, grass. Has a nice aroma.

T: Hops, grapefruit, more citrus. Less bitter than i was expecting. There are definitely some malts in there to balance it out some. Clean finish. Not as hoppy as some other Pilseners.

M: A little bit watery but not too bad. Leaves your mouth wanting to take another sip

D: Extremely. Goes down smooth and finishes clean.

Overall, it seems sort of like pils-light to me...though not quite so boring. Drinkable because it feels on the light side while still having flavor. Perfect beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of HitokiriNate85
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Yellow-gold with ample carbonation parading up the glass. Frothy, rocky head that's lacing as it starts to recede. Great clarity.

S - Fresh grain leads the charge with a great noble hop aroma. Lemon, grassy, and herbal notes. Very clean.

T - Surprisingly forward, with tons of noble hops just flooding the taste buds. After the initial blast, pilsner malt comes into play, though a little lighter than I expected. Really refreshing, but it could use a slightly more assertive malt profile. Dry and bitter in the finish.

MF - Lively, and it has just enough body to it. Finishes dry.

D - It's fresh without any off flavors. Could pair well with a number of foods. I'm starting to really appreciate the amount of great pilsners that my state offers.

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Photo of Mavajo
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours your typical pale yellow with fluffy white head. No surprises here. Where this brew deviates a bit is with the hops - it's hop forward for the style, but it works. Pleasant, crisp aroma of hops, grass and lemon zest. Taste brings all the same qualities - there's an enjoyable hop kick, with subsequent bitterness, but it's not distracting or offensive. It works very well. The lemony zest is slightly more subdued than in many other pils, but that's likely due to the hops elbowing their way in. They have to share the stage, but it works.

Great mouthfeel - I found it a bit more full than is typical for the style, but it maintains the crisp refreshing quality you look for.

Really, really enjoyed this brew. I believe it instantly became my favorite German pils.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass on 11/29/09
Best by 3/16/10

A - Clear, slightly pale yellow. ½ inch head dissipates to a thin layer pretty quickly leaving thin retention & decent lacing.

S - Earthy aroma - grains, hops & grass. The nose is on the thinner side; not exactly muted, but not very crisp either.

T - Similar to the nose though more pronounced. Again, very earthy with notes of grain, wheat, grass & hops. The hops offer decent sizzle but I was hoping for more of a kick. Spiciness on the finish.

M - Fairly light-bodied. Carbonation is prickly without being overly zesty. It generally comes across as more clear than muddled. Residual flavors linger; I wouldn't mind a cleaner finish.

D - Pretty good drinkability. I could go through these with ease, though it wouldn't be my first choice. Still, not bad.

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

On tap at Track 84 in Warwick RI
Appears a light yellow with off white head that falls slowly. Nice lacing.
Smells of light sweet malt and slightly bitter hops.
Taste follows the nose. Grassy and bright with slight bitter hops ending.
Light body with medium carbonation that is bright and effervescent.
Easy drinking pils. Very good American rendition.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass

A very light haze prevents this from being completely transparent. A golden yellow body with a huge, billowing paper white head that had some serious staying power and left a good amount of lace.

The aroma is of fresh grain and lemon peel with just a tough of grassiness. Well-rounded nose. Clean, sturdy grain and a hearty hop profile.

Lightly sweet malts, with nice use of bittering hops. This is a spot on example of the style. The malt bill is very sturdy and gives this guy some added oomph and a good platform for the hops to shine.

Light bodied, crisp and refreshing with a dry, bitter finish. The carbonation is near perfect.

This is an easy drinker by nature, but the balance and flavor profile make this top notch for the style.

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

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. It pours a pale, , hazy gold with a sticky 2 finger white head. The nose is bready, grassy, ever so slightly sweet. The beer is light crisp and clean. The finish is dry, but it leaves a funny aftertaste. A solid, but not great pilsner.

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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 njmoons
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer, but 'way out there' on the aroma hopping!

Pours a nice golden color, with about 1 finger of foam that held up well.

Smell, clean heavy aroma of noble hops over take. Nice hoppy smell but over whelming for the style.

Taste, traditional pilsner taste, clean and crisp maybe a little sweeter than I might have expected. The aroma hops take over very quickly, and over power the beer.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are good. Well made beer, and easy drinking.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Situation: First week of school completed....
Glassware: Paulaner pilsner...
Appearance: Thin, golden cascade of bubbles that build a snow-white two-finger head--reminiscient of the Dortmunder...
Aroma: soft Saaz and a punch of maltmake the aroma agrreebale but leave it short of distinguishable (which may be the point of all pilsners anyway...)
Palate: immediate throat interaction--crisp and dry, medium-bodied with a lingering aftertaste...
Taste: a pilsner all the way, with more lagerish flavor to give it weight; a bit a bit sweet but refreshing, with a bit of banana involved...
Overall: This sits rather appropriately among the others in the case, and has some brilliant moments for its freshness and proximity to its drinking...

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Photo of corby112
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark golden yellow with some ripe banana hues and a two finger frothy, pillowy white head that has great retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves chunks of soapy lacing.

Slightly earthy aroma with lots of pilsner malt and a decent floral hop presence. There's also a bit of straw and grass aroma and very subtle light fruit.

Pretty hop forward for the style with a very clean crisp medium body. Slightly bready yeast presence with a huge Pilsner malt backbone. The earthy grass and straw notes found in the aroma shine through nicely. Very well balanced with just enough hop bitterness without going overboard and overpowering the nice pilsner malt presence. Slight biscuit and graham cracker maltiness and slight crisp light fruit notes, mostly apple. Very quaffable tasty session beer. Perfect for the warmer months but good anytime.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was a leftover at the Bolton beerfest that someone handed to me.

Poured it into my pilsner glass.Incredible crystal clear yellow with a thick 2 inch thick eggshell colored heading that foamed up way past the rim of my glass. Very alive looking action of bubbles slowly drifting to the surface gasping for air. Leaves leg's with ring's all the way down the glass.

Smell is slightly lemon zest, with a slight dank hop aroma that compliments the zestiness and lightness to th beer. Sweeter malty aromas kick in towards the end.

Taste is light and crisp and again a very dank taste of hops in this that lingerie's throughout the tasting and a bit afterwards. There is the slightest bit of metallic tasted in this.

Mouth is thin and bubbley that finishes very crisp,clean,and hoppy. Lightier bodied and most definitely very drinkable.

This is one of the best pilsners I've had.A nice light, refreshing, crisp, hoppy beverage for anytime of year or day of the week.

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Photo of DIM
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was an unbelievably pale golden color, quite clear. It was served to me with a short, fizzy white cap.

s: Clean smelling overall with bright, spicy hops and muted biscuity cereal.

t: Mirrors the smell, with the addition of a nice, mineral flavored finish.

m: Crisply carbonated, pretty much spot-on for the style.

d: A great local session option. When fresh, I could drink these all day.

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Photo of m1ked
3.07/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at d.b.a. for NYC craft beer week.

A- Ironically this was poured into a Stone pint glass with their moniker "Fizzy yellow beer is for wussies". Perfectly clear straw golden color with brief bone white head no lacing. Nada 1 streamer noted.

S- Metallicy grain...I really struggle to get any aroma here.

T- Light grainy with some medium bitterness in the middle that lingers. A faint bright lemon zest. There is a bit of metallic twang in there.

M- Crisp and dry for sure. Definetly my favorite part of this beer.

D- Try as I may, I just can't get "into" Pilsners in general. This beer is not bad, its just a pilsner.... go-hum.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.98/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a four finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Crystal clear pale yellow color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Straw nose. Flavor is sweet straw that fades to grapefruit hops. Lingering hoppy aftertaste. $2.00 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's been one of the cooler summers in memory here in Cincy town, but as the last month of the season starts, it's high time to write up this fine pils.

Appearance - a faint haze to the light straw
brew. Some good sticky head and plentiful lacing, thin but pretty.

Aroma - clean and with a pleasant enough grain, a light Saaz aroma but fairly standard.

Taste - good grain opening, slightly sweet, the hops come in mid-palate with a light lemony dryness and medium Saaz presence. Very level and tasty, the good balance is key. The finish is a clean residual hop flavor, nice.

Mouthfeel - to the thin side of medium, good crispness, feels like a refreshing pils!

Drinkability - good session beer for the German pils fan.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, half finger bright white head faded kinda quick, great lacing, bubble ring around the glass, trail of head on the glass on the way down, clear golden yellow color, looks totally refreshing.

s- sharp tang of grain in the nose, almost grapey, nice undertones, grassy notes.

t- really nice pils, tangy, grassy, sweet floral grains, mellows out towards the back.

m- nice, not thin but fills the mouth well.

d- great, this is a go to pils for me, super refreshing, easily sessionable.

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

Brilliant straw color, nice lace of bubbles around the glass.
Malty, bready aroma, slight hints of biscuit.

Bready taste with a noble, herbal bitterness.
Slight metallic taste. Good mouthfeel, easy drinking beer.
Overall respectable decent drinking beer. Stoudt's does a fine job in holding true to the style.

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

A - Nice crystal clear golden yellow, with a white head.

S - Noble hops in the nose, criap and clean smell.

T - Soft, silky noble hops with a beautifully clean flavor profile. Tight german pils.

M - Well carbonated and clean on the tounge.

D - Easily drinkable pils.

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

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours pale straw with just a hint of haze, with a big fluffy white head that left gobs of lacing as it receded. Left a fairly thick foamy white cap on top. Great looking pils.

Nose has a nice firm spicy/grassy hop note, with a bit of sulfur and some light grains in there as well.

Taste is floral, grassy hops up front, delicious, with a bit of honey-kissed grains underneath. Finish is long, refreshingly bitter, very clean. Bitterness never builds out of control, sitting right at the perfect level for the whole glass. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light, perfect level of carbonation bite on the tongue, dry and lingering bitterness on the long finish. Just a bit full bodied for a pils, but very nice overall.

Drinkability is perfect - I can't imagine a more perfectly balanced or easier to drink pils with this much flavor. Possibly my favorite PA pils, and that's high praise.

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Photo of deaconoflove
3.17/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice clear golden color with a thick white head. The head didn't last long.
Unfortunately, it does not have a pleasant smell. It smelled like cheap beer or beer spilled two days ago. I was very surprised by the taste...caramel, sweet and tart at the same time, not too bitter. It feels good in the mouth, smooth and filing.
I could drink a couple of these, as long as I don't smell it first.

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Stoudts Pils from Stoudts Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 706 ratings
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