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Pilsner - St. George Brewing Company, The

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54 Reviews

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 78
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
St. George Brewing Company, The visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Murph on 12-02-2002

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Reviews: 54 | Hads: 78
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a murky amber color. Now this is nothing like any pilsner I've ever encountered - it's far closer to a kellerbier in appearance. The head is a finger high and white in shade. It has an unusually creamy texture for the style, while retention is only good by aforementioned style standards. A thin but consistent ring of lacing clings to the glass. (2.5)

Smell: There's an unusual amount of caramel here for a pils. I pick up lots of bread and caramel (like I said), with only a touch of hopping providing some lemon, grass, and earth. Yeastiness appears as a faint fruity hint. Going by the nose, it definitely doesn't smell like it will have the crisp snap of a pils. (3)

Taste: It starts off with some lemon, along with twinges of fruit esters. Lemon lasts long into the finish and aftertaste, with some bread, earth, and caramel interjecting itself right before the swallow. This is quite complex, though the general amount of 'pop' is low. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: While it's respectably dry, it doesn't have the crisp finishing snap of a pilsner. Generally, the feel is somewhat hefty and unclean. Completely and totally wrong for a pilsner...but not for a kellerbier. Carbonation is high, at least. (2.75)

Overall: People expecting a regular pilsner are going to be in for a world of shock. People expecting a freaky-deeky keller pils will be a bit more understanding about this one. Seriously, how do I rate this? Even though it works far better as a kellerbier, I'm not finding it THAT enjoyable. I say it's worth trying a single bottle, but be warned: this is NOT anything like Urquell. (2.75)

3/5: Weirdest. Pils. Ever.

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Photo of slusk
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a nice golden with a thin prolonged white head. moderate lacing

S: Not much aroma. Somewhat earthy hop aroma albeit subdued. Some light caramel comes through but its not complex.

T: Little earthy hop flavor. Some slightly wheaty and nutty flavor up front. Moderate bitterness, a bit of a metallic flavor and a bit of over ripe apricot. Some mild English malt and a bit of citrus. Clean with a little bready tone in the dry finish.

M: light bodied, a bit thin with some light astringency. Moderate carbonation.

O: Not a terribly exciting beer but an easy drinking beer. It lacks a bit of the typical pilsner flavor I expect, leaning a bit more to an english malt character.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On draft at Whole Foods in Alexandria, VA.

The beer is transparent and bright golden with a half inch of pure white head. Aromas of grain, earthy hops, malt. Pale malts and grain. Decent flavor, but could be cleaner tasting / feeling. Some nice aromas and tastes, but basically, a middle of the road pilsner. This was ok.

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Photo of ckollias
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this beer our of a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a golden hue with a thin white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Grainy malt aroma

T: Similar to the smell there is a grainy malt flavor.

M: Medium body and minimal carbonation.

O: Just an ok pilsner

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Still in Portsmouth VA

Pouring a nice golden yellow with a dense, white head with solid retention and lacing, this looks pretty nice. The nose is rather profoundly hoppy, with a big, pungent German aromatic hop component. However, it doesn't smell particularly resiny, making seem rather flat. A pale, pils malt base is apparent as well. This smells particularly enjoyable, but not yet at the top level domestic or imported pilsners. The palate confirms this. Big hoppinesss up front with lemon, earth, grassy bitterness, a clean, crisp malt character and a drying, bitter finish. It does, however, lack that enjoyable mineral character that makes the best German pilsners shine, and add snap to the palate. A little bit more resin on the finish would do this beer wonders, but until then, it is a thoroughly enjoyable pilsner, one I would recommend if you find fresh.

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Photo of crossovert
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

It pours a sightly more amberish god than a typical pils. The head is nice, white, and fluffy and leaves some nice lacing.

The smell is pretty good. Nice noble hops, bready malt, slight metal.

The flavor isn't as great. It has a nice noble hop profile, almost perfect for the style, a bit overconcentrated but not too much, but it lacks malt depth and complexity and the yeast profile isn't as clean as I would like. The aftertaste is muddy and lacks the clean zip of a good pils.

A good pilsener considering it was brewed in the US.

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Photo of TechTriumph
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes on 02/25/12:
No freshness date; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Half inch of white, creamy head that disappears pretty quickly; Slightly hazy appearance with a golden/wheat color; Absolutely no lacing at all

S - Not a very strong aroma found here, but pleasant; Notes of spicy and herbal hops, bready and yeasty characteristics, and a bit of lemon zest

T - The same characteristics of the nose come out in the taste; Spicy and herbal hops make up a good portion of the taste and are balanced nicely by lemon zest; Bready and yeasty flavors also step forward; There's a bit of hop bitterness in the beginning of the taste with some syrupy sweetness coming afterwards

M - Plenty of carbonation; Light to medium bodied; Crisp and slightly syrupy mouthfeel with a lingering, but pleasant aftertaste

O - I really enjoyed getting to try this pilsner from St. George. It wasn't the most visually pleasing beer, but the taste, mouthfeel, and drinkability were better than most I've had for this style. The next time I'm in the mood for a few good pilsners, I'll know that I can't go wrong with this one from St. George.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful golden-straw color. The thin head (which has been a flaw in 3 of the 4 beers I've sampled from St George) is the only detraction.

S: Pilsners aren't known for a powerful nose, and this is no exception. I detect some malt, citrus, and maybe some pine notes, but they're fleeting.

T: A fairly simple marriage of light malt up front and medium hops in the finish. The balance is nice, and better than most pilsners I've had (although that may not be saying a lot...)

M: Very crisp and refreshing. A few more bubbles, and I'd have given it a "5"

O: Nice balance and full flavor for a pilsner. Not complex, but it doesn't need to be. I may visit this refreshing beer again when the weather gets hot.

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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, part of the Dragon Pack. Poured into a pint glass, it is golden yellow, a little bit of chill haze, about a half inch white head, recedes quickly to a thin ring.

Nose is fairly non-existent, but I think I have a little trouble in this area. I am getting some lemon zest and a little hay or grassiness.

Taste brings the lemon/citrus rind along with a very pronounced hop bite, more than I was expecting, but not inconsistent with the definition of the style. A little more malt presence as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is good, light-bodied, medium carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing, slightly dry on the finish.

Overall a very refreshing beer. I have gravitated toward much more complex beers the last few years, but this is an easy drinking change of pace. Thanks to my friend Joey for bringing this one back from Virginia.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: cloudy golden yellow; thin head; lacing minimal
S: surprisingly like a macrolager; not inviting
T: much better than the smell; slightly grassy pilsner; more spicing than other pilsners; hints of Vienna lager in its depth of spicing

The flavor is a redeeming feature of this lager.

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Photo of engagechad
2.62/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased as a part of a "dragon pack" from World Market in Charlottesville, VA - Pint

Pours a heavy carbed urine yellow with not much head. Smells of danky pils but faint hop in there. Taste follows, thin and funky for the most part and not nice on the tongue.

Overall. no.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (no date anywhere on bottle) poured into a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: A clear golden yellow with hints of orange. Bright colored beer. White head was 1/4" thick upon pouring, but died down to a consistent thin head across the top. Islands and strands of lacing noted. Good number of bubbles (not too many) coming up through the beer. Good looking pilsner.

Smell: With a swirl - some skunky hops, but once the foam dies back down, it's a clean malt with some German-style floral and herbal hops in the background. Definitely smells like a good pilsner.

Taste: Clean malt sweetness with a crisp bitter finish. I don't know how else to describe it - it's a perfect example of a Pilsner. Maybe some lingering bitterness at the end but even that goes quickly. Simple and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation that gently scrubs the tongue, but I am noting some oil and clinging to the teeth. Despite that, it's still a crisp finish going down.

Overall / Drinkability: An all-around good pilsner. I could easily have another for a variety of reasons; it's pleasing to look at, tastes good, and I think would pair really well with a lot of different foods. Drank it down quickly which is a sign of a good beer. Not a sipper and savor beer though - more like a good standard beer to have in a large stein, but I wonder if it would be better in a pilsner glass where some more of the smell could come out.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Poured a brilliant yellowish-orange with a thin white head. 12oz. bottle poured into a 10oz. Jameson rocks glass.

SMELL: Nice floral and citrus-like smell. Orange peels come to mind. This beer smells refreshing and appetizing.

TASTE: Much smokier than I expected, and not quite as sweet, but it is intensely bitter - a plus in my book. The bitter aftertaste leaves the palate wanting more after each sip.

MOUTHFEEL: Sparkling and crisp fit nicely with the bitterness. This is a very refreshing beer that gets easier to gulp down throughout the glass.

OVERALL: My first experience with The St. George Brewing Company (IPA) was a major disappointment, but I am very happy I gave them another try. The Pilsner is very drinkable and at 5.0% is certainly sessionable, especially for a seasoned IPA drinker. It is an excellent example of the style and when I find myself in Virginia again I will certainly hunt some down.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a St George Dragon sampler box. Pours a slightly hazed pale golden body with a large white head. Good retention and plenty of patchy lacing.

Aroma is lemony citrus with floral and spicy noble hops and a hint of crackery malt.

Light medium body has an appropriate high medium carbonation.

Taste has a lemony bite, with a solid floral and spicy/earthy hop bitterness. Biscuity malt presence is a bit crackery and not overly sweet. Finishes clean with a lemon rind and black pepper aftertaste.

I had never heard of this brewery before and found this sampler box at an obscure beer store in the southwestern tip of Virginia, near Cumberland Gap. One of the better American pilsners I've tried so I'm looking forward to the rest of the sampler.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Bring on the VA goodness! This one pours a clear pale straw topped by a healthy froth of white. The nose comprises light hoppy florals and light citrus peel. The taste showcases a healthy hoppy bitterness, leaning toward a citrus character. Some greenery sneaks its way in as well. The body is light, with a moderate carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. A nice, straightforward, not-too-flashy pils.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with good head that dies slowly and leaves some lacing on top of a dry, clean-malt (not veggie or skunky) smell that is pleasing. Simple beer, with a crisp hop bitterness that cuts through on the palate with some bready, toasted malts that while isn't complex just makes me want to keep drinking. Light-bodied beer that is easy to drink and is more of a thirst quencher than a beer to "experience", but I recommend anyone to have one of these as it is quite an enjoyable pils.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow with medium head and surprisingly nice lacing. Smell is mild and malty, hay and sweet.

Taste is thick chewy and malty, surprisingly rich, nice bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Quite drinkable. I like it.

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Photo of MadTown1000
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat cloudy, surprisingly dark gold into a pint glass with about an inch of slow-receding creamy white foam. Smell is not strong - mostly the mild grain you'd expect for a pils. Flavor is mild as well, but more full-bodied than some other pilsners, with a solid note of hop bitterness in the finish. It sticks around for a while, but not obnoxiously. All in all, a solid beer with some substance to it - Miller Lite it ain't.

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Photo of eljefe21
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dull pale golden color. Pours to a massive three-finger head. A constant flow of bubbles rises from the bottom of the glass.

S: Spicy German hops and malts.

T: Malt, hop, crisp dry taste. Satisfying and straight forward.

M: Silky mouthfeel over the tongue to a dry satisfying finish.

D: Nice crisp satisfying beer perfect for a warm summer session.

Served: in a standard pint glass.

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Photo of rugerj
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer pours a straw yellow color with a half finger white head that dissipates quickly, not much lacing left in glass. Smell is very faint but consists of sweet malt and a citrus hop nose. Taste is of sweet malt with some graininess; citrus hop presence is noticed. Carbonation was good and beer was light in body.

I was a bit underwhelmed by this beer. Better offerings in this style are available locally here in Virginia.

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Photo of plaid75
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured doughy malts and a spicy hop.

The taste consisted up an upfront musty noble hop followed by a soft grainy malt. There was a strong residual hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style and clean.

Overall a tasty pils. very easy drinking and seemingly authentic.

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Photo of blackie
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: into a tyranena pint, gives a nice bone-white head with decent retention, the beer is a clear golden in color

s: spicy, mildly sulfuric noble hops compliment the crisp pilsner malt body, grassy, nice

m: carbonation on the high side of medium, light body, refreshing and easy on the palate without a watered-down feel

t: clean pilsner malt with an excellent crisp, grassy hop note, subtle citrus, simple but with enough malt flavor and hop bite to keep my attention, a high quality lager from St. George...one of the most solid breweries in the state

d: way high, an easy session

single from Total Wine, Newport News, VA...enjoyed after a tense Wolfpack win over Wake, and during a close Duke-UNC match (ABC!)

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Photo of Proteus93
2.56/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Straw yellow, almost no head, but what does appear has a reasonable little retention... that's not saying all that much, though.

S: Not a great deal of aroma noted at all. Some slight hints of hops, but barely... a little bit of lemon citrus, too. Again, it's light.

T + M + D: Flavour is more noticable than the nose, by far. It's still a bit watery, though, and the mouthfeel doesn't help a great deal with that. It feels thin and lacking in some ways. Some bitterness of citrus (predominantly lemon) peel without much of a balance. To date, I have reasonably enjoyed brews from St. George. This one didn't go over too well with my palate, unfortunately.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.18/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

St. George- Pilsner

A- Light golden orange with a small soapy head. No head and little carbonation.
S- Light lemony hay/ straw with a touch of grainy malt. Very light.
T- Light sweet hay/ straw with a dash of lemon. Light toasted malt pokes through. Slight metallic finish.
M- Very light, touch of sweet dry malt. Lifeless.

Overall- Very watery, bland! Avoid this and try their other offerings.

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Photo of likethetaste
2.36/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this in a 6 pack variety pack from Farm Fresh. I must say I have been very disappointed in St George's Pilsner and their lager. The taste was just off. Nothing enjoyable about it. I very bitter taste that did not fit with a Pilsner. I like St Georges Porter but this Pilsner will not be one I will buy again.

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Pilsner from St. George Brewing Company, The
82 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.