STS Pils
Russian River Brewing Company

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Bohemian Pilsener
Ranked #9
Ranked #10,462
3.93 | pDev: 10.43%
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
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Notes: STS Pils is a classic European style Pilsner. It is straw in color and often times will have a slight haze due to the fact that it is unfiltered. STS Pils is a hop forward pilsner with a mild malt foundation, strong lager yeast characteristic, and a dry, bitter finish.
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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 349
Photo of RyanK252
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Spokeasy Public House

A: Pours golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and laces nicely.

S: Floral, peppery spice, a bit yeasty, crackery biscuity malt, and the faintest touch of sweetness.

T: Spicy, peppery, floral, nice yeasty presence, crackery biscuity malt, and a dry finish.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Just what I needed after a hot day.

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Photo of zeff80
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9oz bottle. Poured out a slightly cloudy, golden amber color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled malt and sweet with a touch of floral notes. Sweet biscuity malt with a subtle bitterness.

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Photo of FBarber
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Initially pours a brilliant bright gold color. Crystal clear, incredibly effervescent. Huge frothy white head collapses downward but never completely disappearing. Second pour provides a bit of cloudiness to the beer as the hazy sediment joins the beer in the glass.

Aroma is initially noticeable for being somewhat skunky. As it settles in, you get some light bready malts with bright citrusy hops.

Taste has notes of cracker-y malts with a bitter hop finish that has notes of grass, hay and lemongrass. The hops are quite pronounced in the flavor. The back end finishes with a marked bitterness.

Feel is light, crisp and bright. Vibrant yet gentle carbonation with a smoothness throughout. Semi-dry finish comes with the bitter back end.

Overall a really nice pilsner.

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Photo of RobertWichert
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my new go-to beer. Expensive, but worth it. Found it next to Pliny. Beats Pliny. No joke.

Very bright taste. Flavorful, but not harsh. Plenty of hop taste but no bitterness. If you want bitterness, move on. If you want clean clear hop taste and feel, welcome aboard!

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Photo of ajm5108
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

The yeast profile on this beer is pretty peppery / spicy which isn’t what you typically find in a Pilsner. Maybe from the hop profile? Good but too earthy for me

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Photo of Tucquan
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2019-06-05 in Portland, OR at the Horse Brass Pub on tap and on 2019-07-11 in Stockton, CA from a fresh bottle acquired at the brewery.

A - Clear straw with pillowy white head.

S - Lovely Pils malt and noble hops

T - Bread, lemon, grassy/pepper spice. Pleasantly bitter.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Pretty dry.

O - Top notch, true to style Pils.

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Photo of VoodooBear
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Draft, served in a Revival pint glass.

Appearance: The thick, one finger head settles down into a thin foam layer that stays until the end. It leaves a lot of thick lacing that covers the entire glass. It's a slightly hazy, pure gold color.

Smell: It's very faint. There's some earthy, grainy malt and a light hint of floral hops.

Taste: It starts with a clean, malty sweetness and finishes with a hint of bitter, earthy pine resin and citrus from the hops. Simple but very good.

Mouthfeel: It's medium bodied, crisp and refreshing with a dry finish and medium-high carbonation.

Overall: An excellent pils with a great hop-forward flavor and a heftier than average body while still being refreshing.

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Photo of rand
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle into pint glass

Brew displays a hazy, straw-yellow appearance, as a sudsy head quickly gives way to patches of sticky lacing.

Yeasty, biscuity aromas, snappy and grassy. Hop-forward, rendering the bouquet citrusy and dry.

Even more hoppy than the nose portends, flavors are zesty and grassy, with plenty of West Coast-style hop essence. Honeyed buscuits pop up mid-sip, as the brew closes with a quick, dry finish.

Tasty, refreshing pils. More West Coast-style (Pivo Pils) than traditional Czech.

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Photo of eppCOS
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - see through golden, crystalline, proper
S - what a Pilsener should smell like - bread malt, yeast, hops, good malt in the back nose
T - where it's better than I expected, has the malt weight to carry through on this crisp cracker of a beverage. Lovely.
F - very good carbonation, not overly done, a little heavier than some Pilseners however...
O - one of RR's classics for a reason. I could drink this almost every day.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Apex.

A clear light orange with a dense, white head with great retention and lacing, this looks great. The nose is beautiful. Soft, billowy,hoppy and doughy, this is subtle, deep and delicious. Lightly floral and lemony hops with a touch of earth, a soft, doughy pils malt character. The palate opens softly but firmly bitter with lemon, earth, a mild floral flavor and a little mint. This is followed by a really good dough and pils malt flavor, clean and fresh with a real nice light honey and soft fullness. Drying, bitter, soft and clean on the finish, this is excellent. Light in body, crisply carbonated and wonderfully refreshing.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives clear and golden colored with a finger's worth of foam that leaves a few shards

Smell: Bready with a distinct grassy tone

Taste: Bready malt forward with the grassy flavors building, through the middle; crisp and clean finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Russian River shows they are not a two trick pony with this beer, branching out to show their chops with the German style

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4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On Tap - Tulip Glass
L: 4.25 golden straw, clear, small bubble carb, S: 3.75 small footprint, slightly toasted sourdough, refined grains, clean, quarter finger white head T: 4.25 fresh, crisp, slightly wheaty, one even beer goddam, sharp out of the gate, holds its own through the finish, refreshing, light, cold, F: 4.5 crisp, light, sharp and even finish, O: 4.25 so refreshing, great with pasta or poultry

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Photo of augustgarage
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rating to style:

Bottled 11/28/2018, consumed on 2/23/2019. Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Radeberger pokal.

Pale clear antimony body with a lasting off white cap. Light soapy lacing, excellent retention.

Distinctive, pungent aromatics suffused with grassy noble hops and a crackery malt backbone.

Rich, faintly bready palate entry, mild but persistently bitter with grassy/herbal and wildflower notes from the hops. Finishes crisp and dry with a lasting aftertaste presumably derived from the yeast.

Medium-light bodied, soft, with excellent carbonation and low ABV.

A straightforward, well crafted example of the style, though it is strange to see Russian River brew a lager, and it is not on par with the majority of their world class ales.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold body with a light, airy foamy head. Looks more filtered than unfiltered. Sparkling clarity.

Aroma is dough, cracker, grassy hops - the hoppy notes are layered atop the malt and are more prominent. Just a kiss of euro-pils skunk; nothing offputting or all that noticeable but it’s there.

Clean, crisp with a nice hop bitterness. Equal parts grass and cracker, which makes this pils more hoppy than most. Easy drinker in between those RR IPAs.

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Photo of GarrettB
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

July 27th, 2015 - The fourth beer on the Russian River is the STS Pils. Very light and pale in color like a light labrador's coat, it's also very hard to smell. Once again, the raucous aroma of the tasting room is playing havoc with my nose making good notes impossible to take. But the flavor is fascinating. It is buttery and ethereal, with the slightest hint of lemon and mascarpone cheese. There's even a solid overall dairy quality, which lends to a smooth and luxurious mouthfeel. I'm unsure what is happening but I love every angle of it.

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Photo of TheBrewsky
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 10/26/18.
L: Pours wheat yellow in color. Perfectly transparent. About 3 fingers of a loosely packed cap settled rapidly, leaving a uniform coating of lacing on the glass. Looks fantastic.
S: Grainy and florally on the nose, with notes of lemon, black pepper, coriander and bread.
T: Grainy with crackery yeast prominence. Flavor is very floral as well, and somewhat reminds me of tea. Finish is dry, with lingering notes of lemon and grains.
F: Light in body and weight. Moderate to high carbonation.
O: Crisp and refreshing. Gotta say, though while it's good, it is not one of my sought-after offerings from Russian River, by a long shot. However, I am enjoying it and I am grateful to have tried. Maybe I'll need to revisit when fresher. Cheers!

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

510ML with a bottled on date of 112818 (opened 2-1-19).
Clean, clear, pale golden pilsner with active carbonation and a 1 1/2" white head. Great retention and sudsy lace.
Hay, fresh cut grass, big spicy hops and bready malt. Smells great!
Mmm-mmm-mmm, this is tasty! Bready/crackery and spicy - some faint herbal flavors.
Long finish full of subtle spicy hops.
Medium bodied, medium-high carbonation and crisp. Great length.
Delicious pilsner.

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Photo of mactrail
3.22/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Clear yellow in with plenty of foam in the Rodenbach Grand Cru goblet. Aroma is musty with that hint of skunk the Europeans seem to like in Lagers. The perfumey hop taste and smell is overpowering. There's even a hint of bergamot (Earl Grey tea) in the nose. Bready flavor with some sweetness.

Mineral taste with a lingering pineapple and aspirin note. Very bitter aftertaste. This is quite flavorful in a highly dialed up way, but hard to drink very much of. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in North Park.

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Photo of sjrider
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This here is some fizzy yellow beer - nose is grainy and floral. Taste is crisp and fairly clean. Noticeable carbonation with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Draft. Slightly hazy golden body, one finger white head, effervescent one finger white head, great retention, bit of lacing. Smell is clean crackery pilsner malt, slightly toasted grain, herbal and floral notes throughout, baked biscuit also. Flavour is a really nice and refreshing medley of slightly toasted grain, touch of mineral, pilsner malt, hoppy floral and herbal notes throughout with a mild bitterness. It's so clean with more than enough going on that I really enjoyed drinking several pints of this. This would make for an excellent local pilsner in terms of how much it has going on without deviating much from the pilsner norm.

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Photo of Zorro
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear yellow colored beer with a small white colored head. So pretty much what it should look like.

Smells mostly of roasted grain. Nobel hop, mostly grassy with a little floral scent. Smells slightly woody.

Starts out tasting mildly sweet and tasting of roasted grain and hay. Medium level of bitterness. Floral noble hop flavor. Tastes drier than it smells. Very refreshing and pretty much what it should taste like.

Mouthfeel is medium and not thick like some other styles.

Overall very tasty and refreshing. If it was more available I would buy it by the case.

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Photo of beergoot
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright and clear pale yellow body with a thick, fluffy white head. Strong herbal and grassy aroma. Big flavor with a crisp, bright malt presence and a huge hop bitterness. Medium body; dry and tingly on the palate.

A well-made pilsner, crisp, clean and delicious.

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Photo of JamFuel
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Monks in Philadelphia.

Pours a clear yellow with fine, thick head.

Smell is bready and floral with some pepperiness. Nice and clean.

Taste is clean and crisp with floral notes and a pretty powerful bitterness. Dry, peppery finish.

Mouthfeel is thon to medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a really nice pilsner with the customary, American bitterness.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(on tap at Pinocchio's 9th anniversary event... served in a shaker pint)

Just the crisp, cutting, palate-cleansing agent I was seeking in between big bruisin BA stouts... Pale golden, crystal-clear liquid; fluffy sponge of sturdy white foam atop... initial scent is of old dirt weed... on the palate: dirty, grassy, green-weedy, undercut with a clean, lightly-toasted fresh malt; slow-emerging bitter snap in the aftertaste... light, crisp, refreshing... would've probably had another if I wasn't trying to hit all my marks

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Photo of kingpinjefe
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Not the clean and crisp Pilsner I was expecting.
Beautiful looking poured in a Pilsner glass, and the scent is solid, with buiscuity aromas met with herbal hops. Taste is a bit bitter however. I love bitter, but just not what I was looking for here.

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STS Pils from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 349 ratings