STS Pils
Russian River Brewing Company

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Pilsner - German
Ranked #26
Ranked #11,874
3.95 | pDev: 11.39%
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
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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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snaotheus from Washington

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a big nonic glass. Dated 040621. Gift from my brother, retrieved last weekend in Vancouver, WA.

Pours clear golden with a big fluffy head that deflates slowly into a clumpy pile with chunks on the sides of the glass. Smell is grass, light toasty grains, just a hint of lager yeast, a little lemon.

Taste is grainy/honey sweetness for a bit, then a clean lemon zest and grass bitterness, rich and deep, lager yeast is a ghost in there, maybe a hint of breadiness.

Mouthfeel is medium, nicely carbonated, clean. Overall, this is hitting the spot on a sunny day.

May 31, 2021
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KT3418 from Colorado

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wouldn't say this is mind blowing but it is really good pilsner and I definitely recommend trying it, so many people come in and ignore this for Pliny and I definitely get it and it's 2 separate styles but I mean this is definitely worth picking up to try the next time you're heading out to get Pliny or other Russian River stuff

May 16, 2021
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lucius10 from California

4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sweet, lemon zesty malty, and hint of lemon-citrus hoppy nose on this one! Taste follows with light and sweet bready malts and a crisp lemon citrus bitter finish. Crisp and zappy on the palate...nice and clean and well-balanced. This is a beautifully crafted crispyboi...

Mar 12, 2021
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 1/15/21; consumed on 3/10/21

Pours a crystal-clear, golden straw body capped with multiple fingers of fluffy, rocky, eggshell-white foam; great head retention yields a finger of sudsy cap and a massive, frothy cap climbing up the walls of the glass to meet chunky rings of soapy lacing.

Aroma offers a light biscuit and lime twang tone upfront, slowly developing a wavering honeysuckle against a quaint minerality in flux with more defined notes of water cracker over the middle of the bouquet; the distinction of lemon zest and grassy hops is expressed into the back end as toasted white bread brings a slight heft to the close.

Taste first shows fresh bread dough laying a foundation for burgeoning honeysuckle and floral spritz, with the mid-palate refining an herbal hop tone in the form of dry moss as a mild minerality courses prominently through the background; the back end returns to a maltier focus with toasted cracker and hearty white bread, though musty lime peel comes through fading with the finish.

Mouthfeel features a light body elevated with a fluffy, spritzy, full carbonation peaking to a more rounded, even creamy texture into the mid-palate before steadily drying on the back end; a lingering, mild bitterness trickles through and tingles the palate on the finish; a mild body with impressively complex textures.

Lively initial impressions betray what develops as a modest and maintained hop profile, a firm cohesion with a distinctly delicate malt complexity; at equilibrium, a rounded and coyly expressive Czech pils.

Mar 12, 2021
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mothman from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Eggshell white head with lace. Clear golden color.

Great euro pils. Earthy, floral, grassy, and a touch of pine. Bready and biscuity malts. Very clean. Light bodied. Extremely easy drinking.

Feb 26, 2021
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kevanb from Illinois

4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, dated 01.15.2021, poured into a 16oz tumbler glass.

The beer pours a bright golden color, nice clarity with a tall white head, about two or three fingers with good retention and excellent lacing. The aroma is great, crisp noble hops, earthy and green, a hint of citrus peel with a nice breadiness and delicate mineral water. The flavors are great, soft cereal grains, really nicely expressed pilsner malt, green and earthy noble hops, light bitterness, nice grassiness with a lightly floral character and a touch of citrus peel. The mouthfeel is great, lively, well carbonated and coating lighter medium body that finishes with a crisp and dry bite.

Verdict: A really excellent Pilsner from Russian River. It's super balanced and inviting while being full of bright and clean flavors.

Feb 20, 2021
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entheos from California

2.87/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled 8.28.2020. It’s grainy for a Pilsner and has a heavy aftertaste. It’s not my desired Russian River brew, but goes well with an evening meal. Some kind of brightness in those hops though!

Sep 17, 2020
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gyorgymarlowe from Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy yellow with a fluffy white head. Smell is sweet wet cut grass with some hints of citrus. Doughy yeast, black peppercorn, sweet orange flavors. Snappy and clean.

Aug 09, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

510mL bottled 040920 (about 10 weeks old) poured into a pokal glass at fridge temp 5.35% ABV. The beer pours hazy in a soft peachy yellow color with prolific & sticky off white head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves big chunks of lace on the glass. The aroma is yeasty with pils malt and a hint of floral as well. The taste is sharp grassy / floral hops, strong & clean lager yeast and pale malt all rolled together tussling to see who can headline the next sip. Moderate bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with just above average carbonation and a dry finish. Absolutely clean. Overall, very good to excellent. I would consider this a kellerbeer, and an excellent example of the style. Not sure why it's labeled as a Czech style here. Numerically rated as a Keller, ie no points off for haze, yeast influenced taste etc.

Jun 27, 2020
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Gatch from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on: 040920
This was a pleasant surprise, as I was expecting it to be hoppier yet it really hits the Bohemian Pils style on the nose! The hop profile adds a bit of a kick in the finish and feel but the malt profile is truly delicious. Has that dry, yeasty, dough-like quality. Super drinkable and perfectly paired with a warm and sunny Coronado afternoon. My only gripe is that it’s priced exactly the same as Pliny, but that could be the store looking for high margins based on the hype of RR/Pliny.

Jun 19, 2020
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arizcards from North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a 510 ml bottle from Small Batch Liquors in Denver 6-12-20 for $6.99. Bottled on 4-9-20; consumed on 6-16-20.

Beer poured pale yellow with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is crackers and bread forward.

Taste is bready with a touch of white crackers. Floral hops provide a nice light pepper finish; 4/10 on my bitterness scale.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and very refreshing after a 3 hour drive from Estes Park to Fraser.

Overall a tasty Pils, definitely hits the Bohemian style!

Jun 17, 2020
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bret27 from California

3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Lúpulo.
1 month old bottle Date.
Look: Mostly clear golden yellow. Fizzy, white fluffy head. Good retention. But then as it dissipated weird lingering foam blobs.
Smell: light hoppy. Honey.
Taste: bread. Kind of heavy on bittering hops. Piney. Bark. Grass.
Feel: crisp and clean. Slick and metallic.
Overall: Not Really bad, but I’ve had so many better pilsners lately. Even being fair to the style not impressed. Overly hopped and weird off-taste (metallic/corona skunks) being the biggest complaint. If this didn’t say “Russian River” no one would be impressed I hate to say, because I am a lover of their beers normally.

Apr 29, 2020
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Has anyone ever said Russian River has mastered brewing.., if not you heard it here first. This Pilsner is so clean and refreshing. Lots of flavor. Do yourself a favor, get some.

Feb 28, 2020
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pmoersch from California

2.56/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Being a huge fan of Blind Pig and both Pliny the Younger and Elder, perhaps I had too high of expectations. A bottle pour was light and crisp but the flavor was off and the smell very average.

Feb 23, 2020
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

17.25 oz bottle brought back from California by my best friend. Thanks Jesse!

Pale gold color with excellent clarity. Big, frothy white head that eventually settles to a thin layer. Nice looking Pils!

Heavy hops in the aroma. Bursting with lemon and peppery spice. A firm bready malt backbone upon tasting provides surprising balance given the bitterness. Dry finish with medium-light body.

Even for a Pils, the hops stood out in this one more than usual but I really enjoyed it. An excellent Pils to kick back with after a long day but not something I'd reach for every day.

Feb 20, 2020
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Anders91 from California

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: nice clean yellow, foamy white head

Smell: clean malt, although nothing else going on

Taste: very clean flavor, it could use more complexity

Feel: super smooth

Feb 18, 2020
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1/5  rDev -74.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

On the label it is described as being “hop-forward”. Boy I wish I had read that prior to purchase. “Hop-forward” IMHO is a vast understatement to describe this beer, which, to me, is really just a light-bodied IPA. A real shame, because hiding behind the impenetrable wall of hops were some really interesting and pleasing notes.

Am writing this while drinking a Pinkus Pils, a beer that is remarkably beautiful in its balance and subtlety.

Thanks Russian River, but if I buy a Pils, I want a Pils. If I want a hop bomb (which I rarely do) I’ll buy an IPA.

Feb 16, 2020
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had STS Pils from 17.25-oz. bottle, label stamped BOTTLED ON: “041719,” muled back south in cross-country drive from California, poured into pilsner glass.

This “hoppy Pils” has the appearance and aroma of a classic European pilsner, except it is nicely cloudy when the yeast is emptied from the bottle, and hoppy mainly means distinctly bitter throughout.

Feb 09, 2020
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Viaduck from California

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very pretty, slightly hazy gold colored body with generous fluffy white head. A whiff provides some Spivey hops for the nose. Salty with a touch of bitterness. Flavor: cracker, spicy hops, resin, malt. Medium viscosity with plenty of carbonation. Overall, tasty & refreshing.

Nov 16, 2019
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BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glorious bubbly golden elixir with a nice creamy head with prominent lacing around the glass. Aroma is both fruity and floral. Cracker malts. Just enough bitterness on the tongue to last a minute. Nice drying touch. This is a wonderfully refreshing beer.

Oct 04, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly foggy straw with a dense two fingers of white foam on top. Head retention is great. Aroma is herbal, spicy, resiny, zesty hops with crackery, wafery, biscuity, earthy malts. Hops jump out and then backed up by malts. Flavor profile carries forward the same qualities, with herbal, zesty, resiny, spicy hops at the forefront and remain until the very end, with resiny hops clinging to the tongue. Malts are biscuity, crackery and wafery adding a little dryness underneath the hops. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a little soft effervesence for texture. Overall, refreshing and clean with a very smooth profile despite having a good dose of hops.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 500mL bottle.

Sep 28, 2019
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sjdevel from Utah

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look - slightly hazy very pale yellow - nice 3 finger head - great retention
Smell - bread, biscuit, cracker, slightly sweet, slight citrus (lemon)
Taste - surprisingly hoppy upfront and tart, lemon and grapefruit rush in - also surprisingly sweet for a bit but backs off and left with some tart bread and crackers
Feel - thin bodied - a bit too thin it seems - but still decent carbonation and interesting
Overall - A really good beer - a bit hoppier than I like for a Pilsner - both in bitterness and also flavor - I wouldn't be afraid to buy one again - I have seen this for $5.99 and don't think I would pay full price (I got it for less than half of that).

Sep 15, 2019
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RyanK252 from California

4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Aug 07, 2019
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Jul 29, 2019
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FBarber from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Jul 15, 2019
STS Pils from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 406 ratings