LaFinca (6) - state college, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I have three favorite Pils: Sly Fox, Palaner Pils, and now I’ve added Stiegl to the list. I can change on a whim but as of this minute I have to rate Stiegl the best of the crop.
I seen a lot of bad ratings on this site for this beer but Pils is a delicate beer and depending on the freshness it can be either great or horrible. I have had Sly Fox and Paulaner that were somewhat old but not past their prime and both were very substandard. One had the aroma of smelly socks and the other just seem to have lost its hop flavor.
I was fortunate enough to be able to pick some some fresh Stiegl Pils at Pletcher’s in State College, PA and they were giving out free glasses to boot. What a deal.
I will say this, on almost every pour, the head was rich and creamy when poured into a clean Stiegl Cup (as they call it) and you have to wait a few minutes for it to die down before you can add anymore. For those who complained about the head, either you had a dirty glass or got some old beer.
This is the way German beer used to be until they started to lighten it up and water it down like the Bud’s and Miller’s of the world. Of course, this isn’t a German Beer, but an Austria and perhaps that partially explains why it is so good.
ogre71 (175) - Utah, USA - NOV 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a good pilsner pours a golden straw color with nice light head, Not overly malty or hoppy not bitter. Really good flavors easy to drink.
GRM (3421) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 24, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Glass, 0.5 l, at Pub Italia, savoured on October 23 2015; eye: golden, clear, lots of effervescence, nice white head, light lacing; nose: malt, caramel, light hops; mouth: malt, caramel, light hops, finale in malt with light presence of caramel, medium-light body, good carbonation, mildly sweet, slightly bitter, slick texture; overall: correct
Verre, en fût, 0,5 l, chez Pub Italia, savourée le 23 octobre 2015; œil : doré, limpide, très effervescente, belle mousse blanche, légère dentelle; nez : malt, caramel, léger houblon; bouche : malt, caramel, léger houblon, finale en malt avec légère présence de caramel, corps moyen-léger, bonne carbonatation, moyennement sucrée, très légèrement amère, texture coulante; en résumé : correct
Marduk (4500) - Reval, ESTONIA - OCT 11, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle. Pale yellow color. Medium size, white head, stays. Slightly metallic hops, malty, sweet, strudel in aroma. Spicy metallic hops, sweet strudel, mild rose pepper in taste. Spicy hops in aftertaste. Nice crisp palate. Hoppy brew.
FatPhil (11818) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 10, 2015
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
500ml bottle - thanks Marduk
Very citrussy - almost limey. Pale, nice tight frothy head, quite persistent. Wateryish palate, but not too thin, pleasant carbonation. Taste is thin too, not muh malt, but plenty of hops. Hops are noble, but a little sharp and spikey, citrussy. Has a harshness to it and a bit of acidity, so not so pleasant some of the time. However a fairly characterful lager, perhaps pils-heads might like it. A bit emasculated by being filtered.
Cthulhu (532) - MARSHALL ISLANDS - SEP 9, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2015 50 cl bottle. Aroma:-- App.Golden colour with minimal white head.Taste:High bitter.Palate:Long bitter with light body.
MarkoNm (1894) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - AUG 21, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a clear sunny golden color, topped with a fine white frothy head. Nice, fresh grassy hop aroma, some grainy malt notes as well in the back. Taste starts slightly sweet, nice grassiness and a bit of that sourish pinch. Nice bitterness in the finish. Crisp, drinkable. While it may not be the best pils, it certainly is a very decent one.
Darkmagus82 (2089) - - AUG 9, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a golden straw color with a puffy white foam head. The head has a great level of retention, very slowly fading to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is biggest of a bready smell mixed with some grain and a bit of a corn sweetness mixed within. Rounding out the aromas are some light grass and a little bit of lemon and caramel.
Taste – The taste begins with a light cracker taste mixed with a light showing of a sour lemon and a little bit of hay. As the taste advances some grainy flavors and a bit of grass join the tongue, all while a little more lemon joins the taste. With a bit of drying out of some of the sweeter flavors and even more grain, one is left with a crisp and somewhat clean and slightly sour taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the style, a little thinner body may have been slightly better to create a very crisp brew, but even with that said, the feel was rather nice overall.
Overall – A rather decent pils. Decently crisp and refreshing with a nice level of flavor and drinkability. Not a bad brew to at least give a try to.
kerenmk (3467) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 7, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Krah-Krah, Vienna, 23.7.2015. Clear gold with a clear white head. Extremely buttery-salty taste and butter, some bread and hay in the mouth. Medium body, soft bitter finish and lots of carbonation.
kalervo (896) - FINLAND - AUG 2, 2015
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pyöräkadulla 8/2015. Mild and boring pilsener, quite watery. Nothing really disturbing anyway. A bit grassy in a positive way.
shrubber85 (9452) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. Barley malt and hay aroma. Medium yellow with large white head. Lightly sweet lemon, barley malt, and moderately bitter herbal hay flavor. Decent.