Brewery: Stoudts Brewing Co.
Country of Origin: United States of America
City & State: Adamstown, Pennsylvania
Style: German Pilsener
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.4%
First Brewed: 1988
Stoudt’s Pils is a bright clear pale golden color with a generous, pillowy white head. The nose has a beautiful signature noble hop aroma that’s very traditional. The flavors are rich, clean, and well balanced, with great hop character and a long, dry finish.
Not sure what Saaz hops are… but I know the name. I have heard that around a few times, and I am excited to see what this pils brings to the table. I am a BIG fan of the pils from Victory. I like the high IBUs and love the aftertaste. This one promises to be crisp and clean, though… so we will see if it holds weight. I do love the story, though… the fact that the owners had to pretty much split their business in half when they started to make beer.
Let’s see what this beer smells like.
I am hit with the hops right off the bat. But that’s a good thing. Hops smell dry, and that is all I can hope from a beer like this. I am curious though, if a beer that smells this dry can in fact have such a high IBU… we will see.
The beer explodes on the palate, and quickly diminishes down the back of your throat. But then the dryness hits you. It’s not too dry, and you almost have to sit there and suck your tongue for a second to get the true dryness that you expect from that nose. But when the book calls “crisp”, that’s a fair statement. This beer would be enjoyed better cold, on a hot summer day.
This brew does taste a lot better than it smells. After a second and third sip, the dryness that you experience toward the end of your experience starts to creep to the middle of the palate. That’s a good thing, and the bigger gulps you take the more your tongue is just overwhelmed with the hops. It’s a good beer, and I’d totally drink this again. Bottoms up people!
We are back at home again tonight, trying a beer from our fridge. Tonight’s beer looks very yellow, almost a lemon yellow. It didn’t have much head when Ricky poured it into the glass, but it is very cloudy and slightly carbonated. It doesn’t have a very strong scent to it, but what I can smell smells kind of like bread. Let’s see what it tastes like!
It tastes… very fruity, fruitier than I had imagined since I really can’t smell much fruit in it at all. It actually tastes almost as lemony as it looks. My first sip didn’t have too much aftertaste, but the next one does. It’s got a little bit of hop to it at the end. The next few drinks are actually not as fruity as the first, but taste more carbonated. It’s not a bad little summer beer, and although the taste is pretty different, in a way it reminds me a bit of Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy (which is a great summer beer!). I wouldn’t mind buying this one again sometime if I was in the mood for it.
944 bottles of beer on the wall…