Brotherly Suds (BS2) | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Slatetank on 06-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 10
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

This is a collaboration beer between the big time Philly area brewers: Yards, Stoudts, Nodding Head, Victory, and Troegs. And to top it all off, it uses the old Schmidt's yeast strain. That about as Philly as you can get without being the Liberty Bell or a cheesesteak.

Poured into a pint glass, a pale, golden yellow with a minimal head, that laced well nonetheless. Aroma wasn't too strong, but it is a light beer after all. Scents of pale malts and noble hops, crisp and light. Crisp taste, pale malts, leafy hops, nice and refreshing. Light mouthfeel, easily drinkable, and quite nostalgic.

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4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a quite bright gold color with solid cap of dense white froth, great retention and lacing. Scent was dominated by earthy hops, fair amounts of spice and some herbal qualities, sweet fresh malted grain backbone and some bready qualities. Taste felt more like a pale ale in construction with a good bite of hops that range from earthy and floral to lightly citrusy and spicy. Malt backbone melds bready and freshly malted and is perfectly sweet. Body is smooth and creamy with a little bite remaining on the tongue. Quite a suprise, when ordered I anticipated a mild lager, then confused myself thinking i got a pale ale... a lot of good going on here.

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Photo of corby112
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Draft at Good Dog.

Pours a clear pale golden yellow color with almost clear light straw colored edges and a 1.5 finger frothy white head.  Good retention slow fade lasting ring.  streaks and spots of lacing left behind.  Really clear, watery and pale looking but has a substantial head and retention.  

Slightly spicy, earthy hop aroma with lots of grass, straw and pilsner malt.  Faint light fruit notes, mostly apple.  Not impressed so far.  Peppery spice and faintly earthy.

Fuller bodied than expected with a surprisingly hop forward character.  Dry earthy bitterness up front that lingers over the pale malt flavors, earthy grass, straw and hay notes into a slightly sweet, dry finish.  Very easy to drink with only faint alcohol and a dry spicy touch toward the end of the palate.  

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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Capone’s (Norristown, PA) on 6/9/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, with roughly a finger of bright-white head. This retains with some foamy edges and thin wisps across the center of the surface, leaving back some spotty foam that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells grassy and spicy, with a touch of earthy must. Some ripe citric fruit character and lightly toasted grains add a supportive sweetness underneath which compliments those hops.

Sweet grains and a distinct green fruity bitterness form the base here in the taste, with notes of dry pine and pithy citrus peel making an impression on the finish. This has an all around musty mineral character to it that while not unpleasant, still really stands out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lively sharpness to the carbonation that keeps this crisp, smooth, and very accessible to the palate.

The was just an all around nice Pilsner experience, with this having some force from the hops, yet still keeping a refined sense of balance to itself that kept me coming back again after each sip. Plus that particular yeast strain added a little something different to this. This was a worthy collaboration between some great local breweries.

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4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Troegs on 6/15/11.

A - Clear, light golden body with minimal carbonation and a sturdy, rocky white head that retained quite well and deposited strands of lace around the glass.

S - Clean lager aroma with an assertive backing of aromatic hops. Subtle but pleasant with notes of crisp apple, fresh cut grass, citrus and a hint of spicy yeast.

T - Delicious blend of lager yeast, sweet and grainy malt and fairly assertive hops for the style. Like the aroma, the flavor releases tones of grass, citrus fruit and apple, as well as a faint sweet grape presence. Finishes with a spicy flair and a bittersweet hop bite.

M - Light bodied with subtle carbonation and a mild syrupy texture. Finishes with a crisp, dry hop bite and some residual sweetness on the palate.

D - Brotherly Suds is a highly sessionable, hopped-up pale lager that exceeded my expectations. Sometimes, too many cooks in the kitchen ruin a collaborative effort. Not this time. I enjoyed this brew quite a bit.

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3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing the growler. Poured into a standard pint glass, this brew appears a perfectly clear golden yellow color with 2 fingers of white head. Strong retention to the fluffy cap which recedes slowly to a thin, uneven film. Thick patches of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma is fruity alcohol notes with a light touch of sulfur and grassy hop inclusion. Some biscuit grainy sweetness is present which rounds out the nose. Overall well balanced and slightly more hoppy than my other experiences with this style.

The taste is grassy hops which provide a very mild contrasting and enjoyable bitterness. Sulfur is included along with fruity clean alcohol esters. Some fresh biscuit grain flavor is evident countered by hoppy bitterness that is herbal which keeps the fruity alcohol quality in check.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is well rounded and easily approachable. Not bad but also not something I would seek out again. Having this once was enough. I understand the brewers desire to brew a traditional offerings that is off the grid or goes against the grain of what is "popular." I also can appreciate a brew that is well made without fault even if it is not a style that I frequently enjoy. However, I'm a bit at a loss on this one. I'm split right down the middle and indifferent of this brew, it is not at fault to warrant a bad score but it is also not good enough to get the praise and high review score. Just because a bunch of noteworthy regional breweries came together to collaborate on their take of Schmidts doesn't impress me all that much. Perhaps if I lived in Philly this brew would have more sentimental meaning to me?

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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at McGillin's Olde Ale House 6/8/11
$4.09 for a small glass ??? Must be some good stuff...

Appearance: Great looking lager. Crystal clear deep gold with a fluffy bright white head. The head retention and lacing were very good.

Smell: Crisp lager beer with a fair amount of noble hops. Floral, spicy, and a touch lemony/citrusy. Clean and bright.

Taste: Solidly bitter. Fairly hoppy. Nice golden malt base. There's a lot of flavor to it, but none of it's overdone and it remains rounded and well-balanced. Similar to a Dortmunder export-style lager. I think both Victory and Stoudt's were mentioned in the production of this beer, and that pretty much fits the bill: it's got some of the bolder character of the Victory lagers and all of the refinement of the Stoudt's lagers. Nicely done.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp.

Overall: You can't go wrong with this lager if you like a little flavor in your beer but you're still OK with a straightforward golden/hops arrangement.

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4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Capone's.

Pours a clear golden color with a single-finger white head and some nice sticky lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward a bit of straw and grain along with a strong thrust of floral hops. Lots of nobility in this one. Some herbal characteristics as well, though mostly floral. The flavor is a really nice split between light straw-like grain and a robust bouquet of Noble hops. Really, really beautifully done. Light and crisp with a moderate-to-heavy bitterness (for the style) in the finish. Really excellent. What an example of what this style could be. Very, very well done, sirs.

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4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I appreciate the generosity of petesuphi for bringing me this growler to share with tenderbranson69 and carlos-wonderful consdering it survived the heat in my cars AC until we decanted and enjoyed on porch in York in 95+ degree weather.

Enough intro...on to the lager. Poured chilled from the growler into several pints.

Appearance is very good, straw golden with great clarity and ample albino cap which has good retention and small bead. lace sticks very well. The aroma is good, lots of noble hop odors with slight lemony tinge and earthy, almost 'dirty'toasted bready scent from the pilsner malt and Schmidt's yeast a nice blend of malt yeast and hops to give a pretty good amount of complexity for an American style lager. The feel is resinous and mildly bitter, clean for the most part with some musty mineral elements and hint of sweetness from the malt but the finish is pretty dry and gentle bitterness lingers.

The flavor is really good -so much hops at first that you don't notice how the yeast and 'stinky' floor malted pilsner is interacting and providing a nice backdrop to the noble hops slight floral and herbal elements. The slight earthy flavor is hard to describe not really funky just has a kind of husky graininess and the gentle yeast accent leads you back to the hops which stand up well to the low alcohol which is not apparent at all, no diacetyl that I can pick up or any flaws really a pretty refreshing finish in this hoppy lager. Overall I was overjoyed at the opportunity to enjoy this tasty beverage on my than 1 occasion and a growler with my bro and friend JC was a good chance to delve into this lager a little deeper to see there are nuances I might not have picked up the first time around.

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4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had some of this at Nodding Head and a big mug at the Hop Angel.

A- Brotherly Suds 2 is a very light pale golden color with some yellow shine seeping through. It's very clean looking beer with no cloudiness at all. A nice amount of white soapy suds on top with minimal stick good retention.

S- Fresh off the boat, Brotherly Suds is a hop forward lager showing off hops aroma and some alpha acid type musk. some grains in the scent plus a pale malt bready scent coming at ya.

T- This is real easy drinking, I can tell it's a lager and it's hopped up real nice. A real earthy type hop with some small floral arraingments with slight fruit, not much. Towards the end the hops really work their magic and stick to my tounge.

M- Very light bodied and this is the perfect beer for a summer beer week, hell all summer. Feel is light and the carb is noted and there is a certain crispness. Hop tastes coats the mouth, but I only noticed it towards the end.

O- This is one outstanding lager that I hope gets put into bottles one day, cause i need this in my life.

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Brotherly Suds (BS2) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 17 ratings
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