Pilsner - St. George Brewing Company, The

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 77
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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St. George Brewing Company, The visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Murph on 12-02-2002

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Photo of Seanibus
2.03/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

You really have to wonder what these guys were thinking. With all of their otherwise excellent beers, including the excellent Munich Helles-style lager, I am sure they know what a good Pilsner should look and taste like. But what they have produced here is shockingly off base.

Pours an amber yellow with good carbonation and a quick falling head. The aroma is surprisingly and unpleasantly sour. The Flavor is everything a Pilsner shouldn't be - buttery and carmel-like, with strong elements of cucumber and butterscotch. The mouthfeel is thick and viscous. This beer was clearly not skunked, but is clearly not a good Pilsner either. Puzzling. (646 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.18/5  rDev -39.3%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of likethetaste
2.36/5  rDev -34.3%
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. (312 characters)

Photo of winomark
2.38/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a pale gold with a thin, short-lived head.

Aroma: Slightly skunky aromas dominate. Some hop bitterness. Typical lager nose.

Taste: Slightly sweet upfront, with hop bitterness and a clean, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Very light and somewhat bland. No flavors jump out. Kinda boring.

Drinkability: Nothing special in my book. Reminds me of a macro brew. Very one-dimensional and unexciting. Won't try again. (432 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
2.56/5  rDev -28.7%
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. (662 characters)

Photo of engagechad
2.62/5  rDev -27%
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. (277 characters)

Photo of AlexJ
2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale yellow pour with a sizzling white head that falls to a thin ring.

Aroma is very understated; pilsner malts, dry floral notes, faint lemon, and yeast.

Flavor follow closely. Pilsner malts, golden grain, and some sloppy hop bitterness that leaves a metallic taste in my throat.

Body is between light and medium, with a harsh, extremely fizzy texture like a fresh club soda. Not my cup of tea. (405 characters)

Photo of ckollias
3/5  rDev -16.4%
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 (278 characters)

Photo of rugerj
3/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (425 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (1,671 characters)

Photo of Fish113d
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled (50 degree F) into a pint glass, it pours the color of honey with a cloudy, honey-like body. About 1 finger thick of eggshell colored head sits atop the body but then dissipates to a surface layer with just a bit of lacing around the edge of the glass.

Aroma is quite mild. Some slight malt hits the nose, but by hitting I mean hitting like "a girl".

Flavor is quite sweet malt with a nice hoppiness coming through on the finish to help balance it. HOwever, this is mostly watery and not very flavorful.

Body is a little chewy for a pilsner, but thirst quenching and quite easy to drink. i wouldn't drink this if I wanted to drink something with boisterous taste, but I'd drink it for hours on a hot summer day. (737 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (388 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of slusk
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (686 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade. I love getting my hands on micros like this. Pretty autumn color with a thin white head. Vanilla and figs in the aroma which I liked. This is one of the better Pilseners I have tried to date. Hoppy and fresh-tasting. (236 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (582 characters)

Photo of bkilpatr
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 07/22/08.

Pours a hazy golden-straw color with about a finger of off-white head. The head dropped pretty quickly and didn't leave much lacing. Aroma is a hint of citrus (lemon) with some hoppiness.

Taste is more hops along with citrus, mostly lemon and grapefruit. A bit of malt but mostly hop flavor. Nice bitter finish. Not the most balanced pilsener, could use a bit more malt.

Feel is pretty good. Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Very crisp and clean finish. Drinkability is decent, though it's a bit thick and heavy for a pilsener.

Pretty good and tasty, though probably a bit too heavy for those hot summer days. (676 characters)

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a mug at 50 degrees; part of the mixer 6 pack.

A - Pours a cloudy, pale yellow with a large foamy head that had very good retention...3/4 inch lacing throughout the life of the beer.

S - Smells of grassy malt with a grapefruit background.

T - Hoppy malt with strong grassy flavors. Typical foamy finish with some bitter crispness.

M - Very creamy finish and a medium body. Finishes crisp.

D - Definitely a good session beer...I'm very pleased with St. George thus far. I'd recommend picking up any of their selections. (575 characters)

Photo of MadTown1000
3.59/5  rDev 0%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (405 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (879 characters)

Photo of argock
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Hazy golden hue with ample fizzy white head with specks of lace throughout the drink.

S: Bready, yeasty scent with faint citrus tang.

T: Bready and malty with a combination of spicy and floral hops flavors. The citrus in the aroma is pretty small.

M: Crisp and dry in the finish with medium body and long aftertaste of both malt and hops.

D: Good flavor and feel -- another soild St. George brew. (479 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (551 characters)

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