STS Pils
Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
German Pilsner
Ranked #45
Ranked #13,555
3.95 | pDev: 10.89%
Aug 31, 2022
Jul 26, 2014
Very Good
STS PilsSTS Pils
Notes: STS Pils is a classic German-style pilsner but with a Russian River twist because we dry hop this beer with a small amount of European hops. It is straw in color and will often have a slight haze due to the fact that there is a small amount of yeast left in the beer. This beer is hop-forward with a firm malt foundation, strong lager yeast characteristic, and a dry, bitter finish.

A truly great Pilsner is a difficult beer to perfect, as its light crisp flavor profile leaves little room for error. Modern brewing techniques (such as open-top fermentation) and old-world traditions create the distinct qualities in STS Pils.
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Rated: 4.02 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia

Aug 31, 2022
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Had on tap at Murphys Tap House in Louisville CO

On arrival a 1.5 finger soft finr head that leaves lacing was present then it slowly recedes to a thick rocky covering. The body is vaguely hazy, with mid to active carbonation.

Aroma has some nice sweet hops that mingle nicely with the light malts. Some traditional spicy German pils character is present on the nose, very clean otherwise.

Taste follows the aroma with just a hit of that russian river bitterness. Then a nice spicy German hop note hits before a traditional biscuity pils malt note kicks in. Again very clean.

Feel is effervescent, drinkable, and quite refreshing. Quite a lot of carbonation but it is balanced by the soft head. Mouthfeel is dry and not syrupy like some pilsners, despite that the finish is nice and long.

Overall this is a very good pils, and it seems pretty fresh. Aroma is lighter than everything else about it, but it's very clean, lightly hoppy, and just how a pilsner should be.
Aug 11, 2022
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Reviewed by DirtyDipa105

5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
People even "beer lovers" dont realize beer has changed both for the good and bad this is what bert used to taste like and thats not a bad thing so crisp bitter refreshing most berr is so sweet now bitter is a flavor a good one also crisp,dry so many berrs are winey and sugar filled yuk!
Aug 04, 2022
Rated: 3.87 by BarrelAgedG from California

Jul 27, 2022
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Rated by eluvah from New York

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours cloudy straw. Nice lacing on my he glass. A little floral on the nose. Has a bit of a pepper spice finish.
Jul 12, 2022
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Reviewed by draheim from Washington

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
500mL (bottled 6/7/2022) into an English pint glass. Pours a not-quite-clear, pale yellow with a nice clean white head, patchy lace building on the inside of the glass.

Aroma is classic Old World hops, clean pale biscuity malt, brewer’s yeast. Delicately floral, mildly spicy.

Taste leads off with pale bready malt, tempered by subtly bitter European hops. A touch of honey lemon. Really a great balance between malt and hops, with the delicate yeast character binding it all together.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light, again the word here is balance.

Overall a really nice rendition of the style, probably about as good as any Pilsner style beer I’ve had—at least of those made on this side of the Atlantic. Super drinkable and refreshing.
Jul 12, 2022
Rated: 4.2 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Jul 10, 2022
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Reviewed by Newbeergeek1 from Maine

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Glad I tried it and glad I had 2 so my palate got more than just one taste. Not a style that I particularly like but this, given the brewery I would think would a very good Pilsner. Again, for my tastes, it was decent, glad I had thm but wouldn’t likely get more.
Jun 30, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by Chris7482 from Illinois

Jun 28, 2022
Rated: 3.84 by hockeypuck from Maine

Jun 18, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by MrDarcy from Massachusetts

Jun 11, 2022
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Reviewed by Sparty1224 from Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Brief Review:

O: Famous name and label here with STS, but quite a simple beer on the inside. Doesn’t blow me away for the Pilsner style, yet when was the last time a Pilsner floored you? It’s good, it’s drinkable, it’s a crusher, but really doesn’t stand up with some of the better RR beers.

Recommendation: Not a must-try when it comes to RR beers, but a good thirst-quencher if you’re in the mood for something light.
Apr 29, 2022
Rated: 4 by DFred from California

Apr 21, 2022
Rated: 4.02 by cbcrunch from Wyoming

Apr 13, 2022
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Reviewed by gatornation from Florida

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pour a clear pale yellow color with a fresh thin white head. Sme;Luis floral hops with biscuit and grain malts . A noble floral hops start with lemon grass grain and cracker meal malts . Mouth feel is crisp and hoppy with a dry finish.
Feb 01, 2022
Rated: 4.19 by InfernoBoss from California

Jan 27, 2022
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Reviewed by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bright gold pour with an equally bright, foamy white head. Thoroughly authentic European crispness and flavor depth. Hoppy citrus bite with a strong malty backbone. Sensational thirst quencher, Germanic to the core.
Jan 24, 2022
Rated: 4.44 by guajolote from Oregon

Jan 16, 2022
Rated: 4.06 by jecro from Illinois

Jan 12, 2022
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Reviewed by Bluecrow from New York

4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
The clear, golden can pour hosts at tall cap of fine, white foam and grease aroma of grass, hay and woody hops.
The flavor is biscuit-like with clean grain influences and and earthy hop notes.
Flavor persists in the finish.
This is quite good.
Jan 11, 2022
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Reviewed by TheBricenator from Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look: Slightly opaque yellow with a dense, frothy white head that pillows up and holds before relenting, leaving great lacing behind
Aroma: A huge bouquet of floral hops, pilsner malt, soda crackers, and a light honey note
Taste: Pilsner malt sneaks in quickly up front before an onslaught of flowers pounds the palate – honeysuckle, Japanese aralia, spirea, and true jasmine amongst them. Soda crackers and light honey-like sweetness appear in the middle before floral hops return to close it out
Mouthfeel: Full but light, medium-high carbonation, clean and crisp throughout, and a mild dryness on the finish
Overall: This is delicious stuff. I figured these folks couldn’t and wouldn’t possibly make an uninspiring pilsner, though it doesn’t seem a style that they are known for, and am glad that I was correct on that assumption and happy for it. A very tasty and well-made German Pilsner with a ton of floral hop goodness and a tasty malt backbone. Hitting the spot after work on this Monday night and recommended
Jan 02, 2022
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Reviewed by ChipChaight from New York

4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle from the brewery in Santa Rosa, CA. Pours a clear straw gold with two fingers of rocky white head that sticks around, nice lacing, smell is doughy table bread, sour grains, and hint of grass, taste is lightly toasted sour dough bread, floral grains, grassy finish, feel is light, creamy carbonation, mild carbonic bite, dry finish. A beautiful crisp classic.
Dec 31, 2021
Rated: 4.27 by Blogjackets from Ohio

Dec 25, 2021
Rated: 4.03 by Budlum from Maryland

Dec 01, 2021
Rated: 4.36 by CMC73 from Oregon

Nov 23, 2021
Rated: 4.29 by Beerasaurus from Virginia

Nov 19, 2021
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Rated by littledogbigtrouble

4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Awesome beer. Tried it on draft at Sellands in Sacramento. Absolutely love this pils. One of the best beers I've ever had, period.
Oct 18, 2021
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This one pours a lightly hazy golden yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like doughy malt, spicy hops, black tea, grassiness, honey, and some graininess.

The unfiltered and slightly hoppier aspect of this pilsner is really nice - there's a raw but pleasant hop character - spicy, grassy, and almost tea-like, with a doughy and slightly sweet malt backbone, with a some sweet yeastiness as well.

This is light bodied, clean, kind of creamy, with a very good drinkability.

I've been wanting to try this one for a while now, and it was worth the wait. This was quite good.
Oct 15, 2021
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Reviewed by Reidrover from Oregon

3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
510 ml bottle purchased to go from Westside Taphouse in West Salem OR.
Pours the traditional bright gold body..head is rather handsome ..thick and white.
Aroma very German..noble hops and bready malts. Simple but great.
Taste same..quite traditional despite the blurb. Really authentic. North German pils!
NIce smooth yet well carbonated mouth feel..
A really nice pils.
Oct 08, 2021
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
on draft, served in shaker pint glass

clear, golden straw colored, white foamy head. aroma and taste are mild grainy malt, some grassy earthy hops, well balanced. thin to medium bodied.
Sep 17, 2021
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Mostly clear yellow body with visible carbonation and white head, lacing is consistent and moderate. Standard pilsner with floral and grassy hops and a touch of paleness in the nose. Taste drops flowers and lemon on the palate with the bread yeast, from this point it dries out with mild cracker malt before the grassy hops round out the finish. The most remarkable part of the feel is the super clean and dry finish, the carbonation is pretty high that while crisp I think cuts into the depth of what this one could have been. Good pils for warmer times
Sep 16, 2021
Rated: 3.98 by kuhndog from New York

Sep 03, 2021
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1+ finger finely pored white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; nice thick rings of lace;

S: light malt; a hint of breadiness;

T: nicely balanced between light malt and breadiness from start to finish; mild to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish; crisp;

O: easy drinking; refreshing; the dry finish brings you back for another sip;
Sep 01, 2021
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Rated by Manta200 from Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Lager fest in cyberspace 2021 session 1
has a subtle sweetness to it, I like it!
Sep 01, 2021
Rated: 3.8 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

Aug 31, 2021
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
From the pint can, it pours a very slightly hazy yellow color with a nice long lasting white head. Scent is light malt aroma with some hops. Taste is slightly bitter with a solid malt base. Decent American Pils.
Aug 31, 2021
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Reviewed by BFCarr from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Hazy yellow with a thick white head. Aroma is hoppy and sweet. Taste is hoppy bitter and excellent. Feel is very good for the style. Overall, a very easy drinking tasty pilsner. Highly recommend.
Aug 29, 2021
Rated: 4.1 by Haybeerman from Colorado

Aug 27, 2021
Rated: 3.77 by Holderness from Massachusetts

Aug 26, 2021
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a one finger head of puffy white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is strong of a grainy smell mixed with a bit of herb and some aromas of apple and a bit of pear. There is a little bit of a caramel and some smells of hay and grass.
Taste – The taste begins with a grainy cracker flavor that makes the base flavor of the brew. Along with this flavor comes some notes of a light caramel and a hint of earthy and herbal hops. As the taste advances the hops get a bit stronger while the caramel fades a bit. At the same time the grain becomes more pronounced, with a touch of peach/apricot like flavor coming in at the very end, leaving one with a grainy and crisp taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is medium in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average. For the flavors and the style, the feel is good and makes for a flavorfully simple, but refreshing and tasty brew overall.
Overall – A rather nice Pilsner overall. Easy to drink with a good flavor and nice accents of light sweetness and hop.
Aug 24, 2021
STS Pils from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 478 ratings