STS Pils
Russian River Brewing Company

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Style:
Pilsner - German
Ranked #21
ABV:
5.35%
Score:
89
Ranked #10,616
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 10.83%
Reviews:
106
Ratings:
454
From:
Russian River Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  34
Gots
  60
SCORE
89
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.
Reviews: 106 | Ratings: 454 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by tmbgnicu:
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tmbgnicu from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The groan beer when the list for wild friendship day was released turned out to be a nice surprise. A fresh, clean finishing pilsner with the hop presence you'd expect from Russian River. Would grab again for sure.

May 15, 2015
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ChrisMyhre from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Surprise of the day at Wild Friendship Blend. Well balanced, incredible aroma and a nice biscuity malt backbone. A little hoppy for style. Great Americanized pilsner.

May 10, 2015
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

510 ml bottle. Pours bright clean straw yellow, thick foamy fluffy head that won't go away, some suds cling on as it eventually recedes. Light grain n grass aroma. Light grain sweetness combined with some nice zesty lemon and grassy bitterness. Very clean dry finish. Great mouthfeel for the style, medium soft n slippery. Excellent pilsner, one of the best I've had so far.

Apr 23, 2016
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remingtonsteele1987 from California

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a 510 ML into a tumbler. Nice clear, pale yellow appearance with half finger foamy head. You get lemon rind and yeast in the nose with just a hint of menthol as it warms in the glass. Tasty lemon and dough flavors with the slightest of slight sweetness at the tip of the tongue. Has a creamy and smooth texture with just the right amount of carb. It finishes with a lingering citrus and mild bitterness. Wish I had some more. One per customer, unfortunately...

Mar 31, 2016
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MTKATL from Georgia

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 18, 2019
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Mxsluis from Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nov 07, 2017
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DOCRW from Washington

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

May 29, 2019
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

May 14, 2019
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xJMFCx from West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jan 26, 2015
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Marco_Gtz from California

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Jul 29, 2014
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jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 27, 2020
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ssgunbond from Belgium

3.85/5  rDev -3%

Sep 28, 2014
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Erik-P from Canada (BC)

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jun 22, 2015
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Mikemcgrath4 from North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jul 15, 2019
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BergBeer from Hawaii

4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 31, 2017
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robertjskelton from Florida

2.5/5  rDev -37%

Dec 08, 2014
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gelasin from California

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

Jun 10, 2016
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mmulebarn from Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dec 31, 2014
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Reidrover from Oregon

3.81/5  rDev -4%
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.
$7.00
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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Gkruszewski from New York

4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aug 21, 2021
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden straw color with a pillowy soft white head that provides maximal lacing. The nose features grassy hop notes and bready malt notes primarily, with a hint of lemon as well.

The lemon is more prominent on the taste, but there’s a nice balance with the grass and bread flavors. Really well done.

The mouthfeel is dry and crisp, on point for the style. A really nice summer beer for a day in the sun - totally crushable.

Aug 21, 2021
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Stum-pub from Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

May 12, 2015
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Gregaroo from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

6/5/17 - On tap at Monk's in Philly. Served in a classic pint glass. Looks and smells like any other pilsner. Little to no lacing. Taste, though. Spectacular. Smooth and malty. Some bitterness. I'll pass on every other pilsner until I can have this again. Get some.

Jun 05, 2017
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bsm80x from New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Jul 31, 2014
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
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
STS Pils from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 454 ratings