Stiegl Pils | Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

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Stiegl PilsStiegl Pils

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Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Avagadro
4.75/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale yellow in color with heavy lacing and a frothy head of foam.

S: Bread, flowers, and spicy Czech hops blend well in this bold bouquet.

T: Just as the aroma had promised, but with extra emphasis on the hops. Bone dry.

M: Very light body with heavy carbonation.

D: Very refreshing, yet full of flavor. A perfect complement to almost any meal, but can hold its own in the solo realm as well. A great example of the Pilsner style, and worth seeking out for any fans of them.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.54/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Half liter poured into pokal.

Light amber body, vigorous carbonation!

Two finger off white head

Smells of wet grain, and lager yeast

Tastes: grassy, herbal, lemon, and a bitter sharp finish

Mouthfeel is moderate

Overall, this is a pilsner worth seeking out and having in your fridge. Buy some today!!

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Photo of K270
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Forgive me if the review seems vague.

I've had this beer several times and it's always good. It pours a light golden color with a small white head (about 1 finger thick. Maybe I poured wrong). To me the beer is smooth going down, a tad bit dry. No overpowering smells either. This is probably my favorite Pilsner I've had so far. I wish I could of given a more detailed review, but I'm still training my beer palette. Cheers!

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Photo of Ethanol4one
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at Chicago Brauhaus, seated right next to the owner, which did not color my review on bit. There's it's served on tap, perfectly. And it tasted like the gold standard of beer, clean, light, subtly balanced, absurdly drinkable.

You can talk talk talk, but these Germans don't play when it comes to beer. Everything I had there, including this beer was 4.5+.

All good.

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Photo of Csikic93
4.49/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was recommended this by one of the guys who works in the local beer store. He told me he had this in a gas station in Belgium. I decided to give it try and was blown away. It pours a light yellow with a foamy head.
It is refreshing, and almost feels hydrating.

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Photo of MNJR
4.46/5  rDev +23.5%
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 Auraan
4.37/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a gorgeous golden color with a two finger white head that stuck around for almost the entire glass and a wonderful amount of bubbles. An excellent looking pilsner. Scents of crisp lager yeast, grainy malt and flowery hops. A very crisp and clean aroma, a nice classic pilsner scent. Flavor begins with a crisp combination of herbal and floral Noble hops and some nice grainy malt. Moves into more herbal and floral flavors, some more dry grainy flavors and a slight hint of sweet pilsner malt. Finishes dry with a nice hit of floral and herbal Noble hop flavors. Aftertaste is floral and herbal Noble hops. A very nice, simple, one-note, clean flavor profile, just like a pilsner should be. It is refreshing and pleasant. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation and a semi-drying feel. A good, crisp, clean and refreshing mouthfeel. Very true to style. Overall this is an excellent German Pilsner. It is crisp and clean in aroma, flavor and mouthfeel, as the style should be. It isn't complex at all, but for this style that is a good thing, and for a nice refreshing lager it is amazingly well done.

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Photo of BWH3
4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A random pick up from the Foodery in Philly.

Little info on the bottle other than strict adherence to German purity law.

A: Straw yellow not golden like a Czech pils. Clean clear looks crowned by bubbly white head. Nice retention for a while but nothing tremendous. Very good for style but nothing to take it to exceptional.

S: The earthy, mineral tones of the noble hops are glorious. Just a slight amount of sweetness from German malts in the bouquet. The spiciness is toned down a bit but present, and of course a musty aroma typical to a Pils provides the undercurrent to the aroma.

T: For such a beautiful bouquet the taste was a let down. The taste follows the aroma almost exactly except the malt sweetness is a bit more prominent. The bitterness is perfectly smooth and quenches the palate well.

M: Light to low medium body. Appropriate for style.

D: I hate to beat the dead horse, but why oh why can american macros, or for that matter american micros, not generate such a delicate and sophisticated Pils. This is the type of quality session beer the masses should be imbibing at taverns across America.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had in a bottle at Spritzenhaus in Brooklyn, great spot for beer

A - Rich golden color, soft pillow of a head the retreats quickly that laces nicely throughout, decent activity

S - Grassy hops, light malt, fruity plums and berries

T - Sweet explosion but cut wonderfully by the hops. Great snappy finish. The mix of bitter and sweet is very unique, something I've never tasted in the variety. Delicious.

M - A bit heavy and rich due to the sweetness, but the snappy hop finish makes up for it

Overall a really great unique pilsener. Excellent summertime brew and something I will seek out again.

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Photo of loubar
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz can from Whole Foods. Pale golden yellow with a foamy white head. Taste of sweet cereal grains and freshly baked white bread up front. Floral hoppiness along with a grassy backbone takes over. The carbonation is lively. The body is light with a dry finish. The flavor is well balanced, creamy yet crisp and clean. An exemplary pilsener.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle poured into a flute.

Pours a nice orange color with a small white head. Nose is malty sweet and creamy, very nice.

Taste is really malty creamy and smooth. It reminds me of budvar. It's got a mellow full mouthfeel. Overall a super tasty beer. Worth trying!

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Photo of safaricook
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Had couple of them fresh from the tab at the Klosterhof in Linz. I loved every sip of it and was especially excited about its gently but distinct hoppy nose, bitter balancing finish and drinkability. A lager at its best

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy straw color with a huge white head, and a good amount of carbonation. Smell of light Pruitt and slight biscuit. Very easy drinking pilsner. Some hop bitterness with the sweet fruit, flowery malt. A thin body with a very smooth finish. Bitter hop sticks around, even resonates up the nose. I like!

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Photo of sergio1va
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a golden yellow color with a small white foam head. Notes of grains and wheat combined with a well balanced carbonation. Mild bitterness and hop profile makes this Pilsner a very pleasant sessionable beer.
This brand is not very common in the U.S. but a clear example of a good pils.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.19/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a golden clear. Ring white head with slight lacing.

Aroma is very crisp pils. Little more hop aroma than some. Bit of that pils malt.

Taste has a slight bit of honey to it. Nice crisp pils flavor. Nice slight bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Higher carb.

Overall maybe my favorite pils. I'm gunna need to out it up against Spaten but they are close for my favorite.

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Photo of jackterry28
4.19/5  rDev +16.1%
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 GratefulBeerGuy
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz Green bottle

A clear Gold, thin look but full of life with a thin, active white cap.

A sweet and bready malty aroma, garden greens, gentle veggie, earthy hops, green peppers. Simple but inticing for sure.

Oh, yeah, I'm all about these simple, yet complex flavor's, big time earthy-crisp and dry yeast, mildly sweet, green pepper hops, light flavor's all in perfect balance and very true to style.

A light, crisp, lively and fun mouthfeel, oh, and refreshing to the core.

Me like!

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

fresh on-tap, this beer is remarkably good. just decent via bottle. poured into it's branded pilsner glass at glunz adds to the experience. very place straw color, perfect clarity, with a snow white tight lasting head and lace. subtle nose of bready, cracker-like malts and grassy noble hops. taste follows suit, with light malt sweetness perfectly balanced by the underlying slighlty spicy hops. finish is dry and clean. light in body, effervescent, and crisp. very, very sessionable.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
4.14/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Straw color, with a thin white head that fades gradually.
Smell is lightly spiced, bready malts with a touch of grassy hops. Light, butter notes, as well as some very light cinnamon and clove.
Taste is spiced malts with a very slight toasted character. Hints of ginger, clove and nutmeg. Good, malty finish.
Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp on the finish, with a touch of dryness. Light body.
Drinkability is excellent. I could drink this all day. This was a surprisingly tasty beer.

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Photo of morimech
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale yellow with a large white head that leaves heavy lacing on the glass. I was going to lower the score because the lack of color but then thought better of it because it is a pilsner and it did have an impressive head and nice lacing. The smell is intense hop aroma. The noble hops are on full display. Earth, herbal, pepper, and floral elements from the hops. No malt comes through in the aroma. The hops dominate the flavor as well. Nice herbal and pepper hop flavor. The malt does lend a dry cracker quality in the finish. Light body with a very active carbonation. Nothing really special here. A very refreshing beer. I like pilsners on the dry side so this one really appealed to me.

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Photo of vancurly
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BB 02.Nov.11

a) Clear pale yellow/straw. 1" white head, settles well and hangs around. Nice lacing, good start.

s) Fresh grain husk, touch of henhouse. Hint of green apple.

t) Very well balanced. The fresh malt shines through, supported by saaz herbaceousness, giving a touch of chamomile. Good bitterness at the end.

m) Clean, light, and crisp.

o) A nice example of the style; the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. 500mL bottles are a good format.

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Photo of steveh
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On a Stiegl kick after enjoying one many years since the last one.

I'm afraid of the (apparent) Julian code dating on the label of this bottle -- this beer is probably 7 months old, but let's live dangerously.

A -- Pours a very pale, clear straw gold color with a dense, long-lasting white head.

S -- Good balance of spicy, herbal hops and bready malts with the scales tipping to the hops.

T -- Mildly citrus and herbal hops up front that fold into the lightest, bready malt and finishes with a dry, bitter hoppiness. Spicy bitterness lingers through the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is very soft with the lightest crispness and a light body.

O -- Another highly drinkable, enjoyable beer from Stiegl. The brewery is making some great light lagers that prove the style isn't inherently bland.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly clear gold, with a huge puff of white head, crowning out of a .5 liter Zywiec willibecker glass. Great lacing and head retention, with streamers of bubbles floating up rapidly.

Smells mostly of floral, grassy hops. Bready pils malt and a touch of hay. Very clean.

The flavor opens with crackery, bready maltiness, moving swiftly into an assertively hopped finish. Not super bitter, just lots of floral hop flavor with an almost sour, dry completion. A touch of hay. Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Super clean, with just a bit of breadiness in the aftertaste.

Maybe it's because it's been a while, but i forgot how good and drinkable german-style pilseners are. Because it's so ubiquitous, I feel like pilsener is often overlooked, even frowned upon by serious beer drinkers. I believe there's a reason this style became so popular, and this is a great example of a top notch pils.

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Photo of Newlife1984
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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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Photo of Naugros
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I usually steer away from beer in green bottles, especially when sent from overseas due to the inability of green glass to inhibit skunking. But I've always wanted to try this beer and chanced it. I'm glad I did and they must take painstaking efforts to keep the bottles out of the sunlight.

The color is somewhere between straw and light amber and it shows a good amount of carbonation. The almost white head has little retention and disappears entirely.

The smell is wonderfully rife with grassy hops notes. If these aren't Saaz hops then they use a very similar variety.There's a tang to the nose that almost comes off as sour, making the malt character seem like sourdough.

This has the classic pilsner taste, full of grassy hops with a cracker malt backbone that does an excellent job of supporting while stepping out of the way of the star of the show...the hops.

This has a nice light body with a crisp initial mouthfeel and a clean finish, but not the cleanest finish. The wash is not perfect, but who is?

I could drink this over and over, even over a few of the Czech classics. But this is still not quite up to snuff when compared to the masterful brews from the neighbors to the north.

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Stiegl Pils from Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
3.61 out of 5 based on 507 ratings.
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