Stiegl Pils | Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

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Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Sabtos
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clean and crisp, this sparkling gold, large white foam-headed pils exhibits light corn, white buns, grassy allium, and a lightly skunky swallow all through a tingly medium-light body. Great with Neapolitan pizza.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a slightly hazy, light golden amber with a one finger white head with good retention and thick lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt, light lemon, grassy hops; a little spicy. Flavor is biscuit malt, apple juice, grassy hops, slightly sweet. Flavor tapers off into a grassy hop finish. Medium bodied with sharp carbonation. The aroma and initial taste are classic German pilsner, but the flavor kind of tapers off into the finish, leaving the hops a bit stark. It could be a little old; German imports seem to take a long time to get to the Northwest. Overall a satisfactory standard German pils, but nothing really sets it apart. Nice head, though.

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Photo of AdrianRP
4.84/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply put, this is one of the finest Pilsners I've ever drank...and I've drank plenty...most of the popular ones. This beer pours utterly clear, with a beautifully contrasting white, large head that becomes frothy and asymmetrically placed on top of the beer. It remains significant all the way down...which is awesome as well all know that a great deal of a beer's flavor is in it's head. Plenty, and I mean PLENTY of lacing adhering to my imperial pint glass. Now on to the taste. Exotic, period. The hops used to make this beer evoke a floral flavor that is unique and different from all other Euro Pils that I have tried. This is a very unique Pils. I love the Czech variety of course, as well as many of the German offerings, but this IS THE BEST.

Now, this beer, unlike, and unfortunately like many other beers, is available in half liter cans, (16.9 oz) 4 packs that are reasonably priced. This not only represents a great value, but it ALSO ensures you beer will be fresh and NOT like struck! I think on average here in my Chicago neck of the woods I can buy a 4 pack with tax for around $7.00..more in Chicago of course because of high sales tax, but in the burbs, much cheaper. If you do the math the you'll see the volume content is nearly the same as a 6 pack of 12oz bottles. This also equates to less > $1.50 per beer. Not bad AT ALL when you consider the outstanding quality of this brew, and it IS a brew... If you're a fan of Lager/Pils type beers this is a must try. Get the cans if available..pour into a nice clean glass and prepare to be hoppily entertained!

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Photo of monkist
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It's a German Pilsner so it's dry, bitter and sour - nothing really more to add. Mediocre and uninteresting. Would much more prefer a Czech Pilsener instead...

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Photo of huthuty
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy amberish yellow with a thick head
Smells very sweet with a sharp skunky smell and noticeable hops
The taste is strong of malt, like a dortmunder, with considerable hops
Overall a really tasty brew that's just a little ballsy

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Photo of whynot44
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw yellow color with a decent white head that lasts well.

The aroma is bread with notes of apple.

The taste is sweet malt, apple, pear, fresh bread, and some grassy notes with a somewhat metallic aftertaste.

Light bodied, smooth and very drinkable.

Overall a very decent pilsner, refreshing.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

File this one under "wow I'm surprised I haven't written a review of that beer I've had several times over the years."

Pours a familiar slightly stronger than straw yellow. Puffs up to around 3/4" white head. A little bit of grain and apple/pear to it. Lacks Euro skunkiness. Taste is also familiar, in that there isn't too much of it there. Its mild, as style dictates. Slight lemon bitterness, toasted pale pilsner malts. A mild dry and grassiness to it. Seems right in the wheelhouse for what German Pils is rocking. A little bit of sweetness makes you question about corn, but this is Germany, so prolly not.

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Photo of dave_ackbar
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sitting down on a warm Hawaiian night.

Tastes like a typical pils with a little bit of a bite. Leaves a nice pils after taste.

Not much smell to it.

Overall a decent pils.

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Photo of oberon
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light golden with a large white fluffy crown,nice look with good carbonation.Somewhat bland in the nose,lightly toasted grain and a metallic note mainly.There is quite a sweetness present on the palate like others have notes a tinge of honey,light toasted and metallic in the finish.A little sweeter than expected but useful for a grilling day like today.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a style-appropriate clear pale color with tons of effervescent bubbles spiraling to the top to supplement and keep the very tight cap going. It's a pretty world class appearance for a Pils.

Aromas of sweetbread, apples, pears, and light barley starch.

Flavor is much of the same which is a very positive thing. Tons of fruity flavors underneath a great bready, malty profile. Apples, pears, and light watered down melon sit atop bread and bread crusts, and some leafy qualities with a slight metallic presence which seems to be its only flaw. I imagine in Austria there's no time for it to sit in a container being shipped overseas so that metallic presence is probably not there. This is really, really good.

Feel is crisp, creamy, and smooth. Just crushable.

Overall, I have no problem doting on a beer if it's blowing my mind. This one is. It's a solid pilsner and worthy of attention. Best of class?

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Photo of reddfoot
2.81/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Light golden yellow colour, smells like a typical euro pils - which is good. The best thing about this is the smell. Tastes surprisingly watered down, poor flavour overall. Now I get what people say about piss beer taste. Not much aftertaste, pretty bleh though. Not buying this one again.

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11-23-16 - On tap at Distrikt Steakhouse in Vienna. Our waiter teased "when in Austria....", so I got a .31 liter. Clear, crisp, and surprisingly smooth. Clear straw/golden color with oh-so-white head. Little lacing. So tasty and made me feel like a local. When my filet arrived, I allowed the wife and kids to finish the bottle of red and I ordered another. Yes, I'll get it again when I get back home.

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Greenish hued, cloudy light gold color. Nice head from a vigorous bottle pour. Some streaky spots on the glass.

Soft aroma of very pale malted barley. It's almost fruity like banana. Light flowery hop.

The flavor is straight forward with a light berry fruitiness. The hop provides good balance. The body and carbonation are what I expected it to be. Crisp and refreshing with enough complexity to keep this interesting.

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Photo of spoony
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 16.9 oz can (code on bottom says 02136) to a pokal glass. Reviewed from notes dated July 1, 2016.

A-The beer is lightly hued and yellow-golden in color. It is clear and the carbonation is active in the liquid. A healthy white head sits on top and hangs around for a while. Nothing special to look at, but it does look like a pils.

S-The aroma is a mixed bag of yeast, cooked corn, honey, and just a hint of grass, straw and spice. It is quite sweet smelling.

T-The taste is also on the sweet side of things. There is some honey and just a bit of lemony hops to open. The beer suggests biscuits and dried grass on the finish. I detect a slightly skunky, funky note.

M-The body is lighter than average, but in range for the style. Carbonation is soft but voluminous on the palate.

O-I can't say this is my favorite pils. It does pack more flavor than a typical AAL, but it is too sweet for my liking and the strange skunky flavor is a bit of a turn-off. Cool can art though!

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Golden yellow, bright, clear. Head has super fine bubbles and amazing retention, Seriously impressive.
S: Pretty light aroma. Sweet honey notes, biscuits, and floral hops. Pretty standard.
T: Repeat of the nose. Overall not enough bitterness, could use just a dash more to balance out the sweetness. But certainly not bad.
F: Light body, good carbonation.
O: A solid pils. Might add this into the rotation when I want something a little less hoppy than other commonly avaiable German pils.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From Hipercor Sevilla Este. In Bavaria glass. Playing Bleed. A german pilsner just how I like them. Very drinkable, malty and tasty, without anything offplace

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Photo of MFMB
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light yellow/straw color, good carbonation. Smells of yeast, grains and bread like with a tad bit of sulfer. To my surprise there was a bit of citrus taste to this and while a bit flawed it didn't over power or detract from the yeast/bread like taste of the beer. Medium to light mouthfeel. Good beer, was about to order a Pilsner Urquel when the bartender suggested this. Haven't had Stiegl Pils but was nice to try.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours an extremly light honey, almost looks like white wine, nice head
S: Yeasty, bready, notes of bitter hops
T: Light bready flavor, notes of honey, very simple
F: Smooth feel, low to medium carb
O: A normal beer, a step up from your AAL, its nice on a hot day but would prefer something a little more flavorful

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Photo of TerryW
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A decent quality pils. Grainy, grassy, not too sweet from malt with a decent enough bitterness that keeps it from being too doughy or puffy feeling. Clean drinking, nicely balanced in character.

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Photo of MNJR
4.46/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I only drink this on draft at Huettenbar in Chicago. So, I can't rate the canned or bottled versions, but from the keg this is a delicious and easygoing beer with excellent crispness and flavor. It has a delicate feel and refreshing flavor that I keep going back to because I can't find a better German pilsner. Smooth and lightly hoppy with some lemon flavor and fresh, clean carbonation. To me, this is the the benchmark German pilsener beer and I go back to it even after trying the newer pils beers and always enjoy it. The low ABV is great for a session of 2-3 pints.

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Photo of jackterry28
4.19/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a very stable Austrian pilsner. Overall the taste of the beer is very full, balancing bitterness and sweetness perfectly. A comparable is hard to find. Czech beers like Pilsner Urquell have full flavour however are sometimes too bitter (depending on the tap). There is very nice sweetness in the drink with notes of grain and fresh grass. The bitter flavours are not too strong with some sharp corn aftertastes. If you enjoy pilsners however are looking for something with a depth of flavour, this is a good fit. The carbonation comes out as mild with subtle popping. The overall taste of the beer is somewhat doughy with a full flavour. One word to describe the drink: full.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

How odd that I have not reviewed this one before. It is my approved pic on file & tone77 credits me with getting a CAN to him. It is just more proof that The CANQuest (tm) CAN sometimes move in mysterious ways.

A nice, loud Crack! usually signifies that an inverted Glug will follow, but being that this was a 500-ml (16.9 fl. oz) CAN, I decided to CANtrol it with a gentle Glug, instead. A finger of fizzy, bone-white head developed briefly and then slowly dissipated into wisps. Color was Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2) with NE-quality clarity. Lots of CO2 bubbles were in evidence. Nose had a grassy hoppiness along with a biscuit maltiness. I generally prefer the Czech Pilsners, but this smelled right for a German Pils. Mouthfeel was medium, actually kind of soft in the mouth. The taste was a bit sweet for my taste, hence my preference for the Czechs, but it was clean, allowing the grassiness of the hops to accompany the malts in a way that was easy to discern. Finish was semi-dry with the hops becoming a little more assertive to leave a grassy flavor at the end.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight "4's" across the board. Sampled back on 3/3/16. Comes in a single .500ml (16.9 ounce) bottle for around $4.00. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a .5L thumb-print handled-glass German "HB" stein.

Brew pours a pretty apricot-honey in color with a good 2-finger foamy white head. A decent amount of lacing was seen when sipped that stuck to the sides of the glass. Aroma is of yeast and grains for the most part. Taste is close to the nose with some malt-like sweetness also. Crisp but smooth and goes down easy. Medium-bodied with close to normal carbonation. Overall a really good brew.

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Photo of russpowell
2.91/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours from a can, an effervescent light gold with 3+ fingers of fluffy pearl colored head. Stellar lacing & above average head retention

S: Slight metallic scent

T: Slight sweet breadyness, slight grassiness, but mostly cloying sweetness & a whisper of herbal hops. A little white grape & a ton of bready sweetness, hops are all but AWOL in this one, just a glimmer of herbal hops, plus a little grassiness. Finishes too sweet with a it of crispness

MF: Medium body, soft carbonation, skews too sweet

Drinks easy, but not a good pils, would try again if in Austria, otherwise I don't think their beers travel well

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Photo of Newlife1984
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you like Pils beer, you have to try this one. Tastes very different to f.e. Stiegl Goldbräu because of its really hoppy flavour. Fits perfectly with spicy curry dishes, also with certain kinds of medium-dark Zotter chocolate. Light color, fresh and hoppy taste, but not too bitter. Highly recommended!

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