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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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of uno99
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well I rarely bother to review a pilsner, but in my opinion this is right up there with the best classic and easily available examples from Europe.

Appearance: I love the label/can design. 3 colors. Minimal design. No bullshit that we as craft beer drinkers are used to being bombarded with. Reminds me of a KMFDM album cover. Beer is fairly pale straw but more amber than a weaker pilsner variant. Head sticks around a good while in my Carlsburg stange glassware.

Smell: Nice bright crystal malts. Reminiscent of a cream cracker. A little bit of minty hops. No euro lager swill skunk and funk going on. Very clean on the nose even when allowed to warm to near room temp.

Taste: The malt is the hero here. very well balanced though near the finish with some decent hop presence. Once the beer warms up the taste lingers for a good while and it is very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Nice acidic apple upfront. Rather bitter middle and semi juicy on the finish. Would like it to be a bit drier. Finish goes on and on though.

Overall: You can't do much better for a European Pils. Don't overlook this one - Right up there with Budvar and Pilsner Urquell

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I came across this beer at a quirky Austrian café, in downtown Lisbon, on a searing hot end of morning. As the waiter, stumblingly but proudly tried to nuance out the differences between the limited range of Austrian lagers available, the scientific description of 'Sweetest of the bunch' grabbed my attention as it's often the case that testimonies of the sort will point to the most interesting beers of a bunch.

The undescriptive, laconic label left me in doubt as it could be interpreted as both a half-ass commercial lager or as a endearingly amateurish label that could point to some kind of regionality and hence, untouched big-business hands.

The brew had a deep golden color with semi-persistent foam and low perceived carbonation while the aroma is subdued and skewing towards noble hops character, cooked vegetables and grass.

By now I'm tepidly reassured, as this is most likely a heller (or at least something brisk with
some hop character) and will provide some flavor and plenty of refreshing qualities needed to ease the kilning i was being subjected to. It's somewhat chewy, but relatively effervescent; medium light bodied, but with decent kick of hop bitterness. Low in alcohol, but graceful in the was that it lets the ABV show through the other 'layers'.

The taste is evergreen-ish, minty with notes of honey sickle and the ubiqutuous cooked vegetables, denouncing the probability of corn or just slack brewing procedures. Nonetheless, regardless of what central European lager category it belongs to, it's still a pretty unremarkable beer.

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3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The 33cl bottle is the same label as pictured, but the bottom of the label states "goldbrau premium lager", which BA has listed separately as a marzen, which this most certainly is not...poured into my Straub pils glass, Stiegl is a spritzy gold with a small white head leaving zero lace.

Smell is cereals and a little doughy. A kiss of skunky hops overcome by sweetness.

Taste is on the sweeter side, clean cereals, and a slight hint of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is dry, spritzy but not sharp, light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, classic and well executed. Not much here, it's good, but simple, leaning on the sweet side, but not cloying.

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in a .5 brown bottle unlike the one in the picture, at Total Wine in De.
Pale yellow and crystal clear, white head that fade quickly. Lots of carbonation.
Light malty aroma.
Taste is sweet and lemony, very small hop bite, but that is what dominates the aftertaste.
Light and refreshing, easy drinking.
Now I need to go to Austria and drink a real fresh one.

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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

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3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL can from the LCBO, BB(13/3/2013). Pours a good head of soapy foam, leaving a slight film and good lace. Colour is medium straw gold.

Smell has fresh straw and crisp pilsner hoppiness. Slightly floral and light, with a slight citrus note.

Taste is initially fruity, with red fruit, citrus and apples, before crisp dry hops come through. Develops nicely on the palate, very drinkable. Hops are fairly underplayed, form a good part of the body of the beer, but not too bold.

Mouthfeel is crisp, carbonation is good. Light-medium bodied, with a smooth body and good drinkability. Quite dry on the finish.

Much more smooth and palatable than some in this style. All of the typical pilsner character, without too much to distinguish it. Good, crisp and dry, with a nice initial fruit character. Sessionable and quite refreshing.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of McStagger
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours the standard pilsner yellow. Good, two finger white head with nice retention and great lacing. Ample carbonation. Looks just about perfect.

S: Clean malt bill. Touch bready, metallic, grassy. Touch of sulfur, lemon.

T: Thick (for the style) layer of malt in this one. Earthy hop presence overtakes about mid swig. Bit of doughiness from the yeast. Tart lemon. Subtle bitterness that is accentuated with a mineral/metallic edge Fairly dry, with a touch of citric hoppiness (lemon peel) entering the fold at the end.

M: A bit heavier bodied than many pilsners I've had. Not a bad thing. The carbonation, though ample, does struggle to keep up with the mouthfeel and this beer feels a tad heavy for a pilsner.

O: Beer looks great. And it has some complexity. It just falls short of pilsner greatness. Miss that zingy hop edge that pilsners bring, I guess.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent pilsner, though it's heavy on the malts, which gives a sweeter tone to it. Fairly one dimensional, but it's consistent. A nice enough beer that goes beyond the typical yellow fizzy stage. Kind of a small bottle though, which doesn't make too much sense for such a low abv beer, imo.

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

A - Pale yellow. Small amount of white head.

S - Bready malts with some sweetness. Saaz hops profile evident with light to moderate hopping and floral aroma.

T - Same as nose. Some sweet bready malts with light sazz-like hopping. Good overall balance.

M - Light body. Moderate carbonation.

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3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a craft pint glass.

Not too much head with this one, no lacing, clear deep golden colour.

Citrus and metallic are what I smell.

Taste is much better than what I expected from smell and look of it, was expecting just another pilsener but this is good. Very clean, a bit of spice and definite hops present.

A bit watery on the finish and light carbonation.

Overall would definitely go back to this one.

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Stiegl Pils from Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
3.61 out of 5 based on 519 ratings.
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