Pilsner - St. George Brewing Company, The
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Reviews by rugerj:
3/5 rDev -17.6%
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.
07-07-2009 15:28:51 | More by rugerj
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3.6/5 rDev -1.1%
Pours a light golden with a little chill haze with a bone-white head but was expecting more of blooming type head seemed rather thin for the style.Malt dominated aroma some baked bread with a touch of orange,taste as well is more malt tilted some bread dough and a touch of iron a light hop bitterness in the finish to keep this pretty clean tasting.A solid offering nothing stands out but a easy quaffer.
04-15-2005 23:44:06 | More by oberon
4.47/5 rDev +22.8%
12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.
A- Nice lacing effect as it leaves a trail down the glass, shimmering yellow-gold hue shines in the light.
S- Fresh malt in the nose, lemony herbal hop is in the aroma as well.
T- Hard-line sharp bitterness cuts through the malt. Waves of toasted malt and hop bitterness surround the palate.
M- The crispness has a snap to it which I really like, moderate body with a fluffiness.
D- With the crispness and hop bitterness cleaning the palate with every sip this makes for a very refreshing pils.
Its hard for me to compare this to a Pilsner from Germany as most of those are pasteurized and bittered with hop extracts. I personally prefer this over its German counterpart. Kudos to St. George Brewing Co. for this beer.
07-27-2005 02:43:43 | More by Jason
4/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
07-10-2010 21:45:50 | More by merlin48
2.15/5 rDev -40.9%
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.
01-02-2009 23:43:40 | More by NJpadreFan
4.22/5 rDev +15.9%
12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. From the Dragon Pack which I purchased today.
Appearance: A light golden yellow color, lots of surprising lacing sticking to the glass all over, and the head's stays about 1/2" as I drink. Lots of nice bubbles floating toward the top of the glass. Much more than I expected for sure.
Smell: Lots of quality malt, sugar, and fruitiness (apple's definitely in there), with some lemon and citrus, a bit of earthiness and grass, and some hop bitterness. Again very impressive.
Taste: Big malt upon the first sip, with some hop bitterness coming in near the end. Those work very well, but it's the subtleties that come through, some lemon, the apple comes through, and the malt flavors are huge. The finish is dry, with some sharp hop bitterness before it mellows out and coats the palate with more malt.
Mouthfeel: Good and crisp with awesome carbonation. Almost has some creaminess to it and is fairly moderate in the body.
Drinkability: Damn, what a surprise. This is an excellent example of a pilsner. I always think, like an IPA, a pilsner isn't hard to make, but a good one is extremely hard. This is the best of the style (for an American version) that I've had. This certainly is in a league of its own as far as the style goes. Bravo, St. George.
01-14-2006 01:22:01 | More by asabreed
3.98/5 rDev +9.3%
A hazy, deep-gold body is capped by a short head of creamy white foam that drops fairly readily to a razor thin surface covering and leaves only spotty lace. The nose offers a hay-like malt that's just slightly nutty and oddly candyish-sweet backed by grassy hops. It's crisp in the mouth with a medium body and a very fine, median carbonation. The flavor is more straight-forwardly malty than the nose suggests with it's candy-sweet note, although there is some minor sugar in the aftertaste. Grassy and lightly spicy hops round the flavor, and a firm bitterness anchors it, leaving it to finish dry. A decent beer, but not their best!
11-25-2003 21:40:56 | More by NeroFiddled
3.48/5 rDev -4.4%
This is a 12 oz bottle from St. George's Dragon Pack (variety six pack) served in a Troegenator seidel.
A: The pils is a goldenrod color with a thick head and good lacing.
S: The beer has a grainy malt base that is spiced up by hints of crisp hops.
T: The pils has a firm malt base that has a good nuttiness component. The hops are not as robust as I'd like, but they do provide clean crisp bitter flavors when they appear.
M: The mouthfeel is average as the hops are a little too toned down.
D: Very drinkable, this beer is lower in strength and has a decent flavor.
08-29-2006 13:27:47 | More by akorsak
3.85/5 rDev +5.8%
Aroma is grassy with a hint of hops. Transparent gold in color with a fluffy thumb thick white head. Very nice plump malt fore. Nice and round with some citrus hints and an almost cream like finish that still remains properly bittered. Id say this one is way underrated.
01-19-2006 03:44:16 | More by Jredner
4.13/5 rDev +13.5%
Pours an orangish straw color with a smallish white head that sinks down to a thin film. Nice grassy nose with a good spicy hop quality, also a thin adjunty/light malt aroma in the background. Good Saaz hop bite to it with a very nice malt balance to it as well. The malt is a bit indistinct and light but that fits in perfectly for this hot weather style. Light, crisp and refreshing on the palate, great brew for a hot Virginia Beach summer. I will definitely be looking for this stuff on draught next summer in hopes to quell the heat. An enjoyable pilsener indeed.
12-02-2002 17:28:58 | More by Murph
3.85/5 rDev +5.8%
Lips smacking crispness, even from a bottle that is admittedly past it's drink me time (after spending a few months in a 'fridge)
But from my notes, of a fresher bottle:
Good looking beer, yellow with a fluffy head that died out and left thick ragged lace from top to bottom as the beer left my glass.
Has that cruel sort of smell you expect from a Pils. Like taking the nice out of any kind of hop smells, just leaving the overall feeling you get from it. Hard to explain, but it smells crisp, slightly hoppy, maybe with a touch of corn.
Crisp and very drinkable, with the mildest of hops, balanced in turn with the mildest of malts. A very nice, even beer with enough carbonation to tickle the toungue a bit. A kick backer and relaxer for the summer.
01-08-2005 21:07:42 | More by hustlemuscle
4.33/5 rDev +19%
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!)
02-12-2009 03:28:13 | More by blackie
2.58/5 rDev -29.1%
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.
01-04-2009 02:00:34 | More by Proteus93
3.4/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
07-26-2014 17:01:29 | More by slusk
4.08/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
06-16-2009 22:35:36 | More by plaid75
4/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
04-02-2011 22:19:31 | More by damndirtyape
3.13/5 rDev -14%
Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a light orange with a small white head that quickly fades into a mild film and small collar. Streaky lacing is left behind.
Smell is of a definite pilsner malt with sweet and Pils malt coming through. Some grassyness and lemons coming through
Mouthfeel is of bitter and mildly sweet malt that come through and fade to the bitter with mild sourness.
01-13-2006 02:25:31 | More by weeare138
3.6/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
09-15-2009 01:46:16 | More by MadTown1000
3.8/5 rDev +4.4%
Pours straw colored - fluffy white head that lingers. Grassy nose. A little sweet malt, balanced by noble hops that build well. Grassy flavors build late. A very dry finish. A flavorful pils. True to style. A very nice lawnmower beer.
These guys seem to do things well.
09-12-2004 02:34:31 | More by sweethome
Pilsner from St. George Brewing Company, The
83 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.