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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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Reviews: 54 | Hads: 77
Photo of brentk56
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice clear medium golden body with a decent little head that leaves a bit of lacing around the side of the glass

Smell: Somewhat restrained; a bit of floral hops and some sweet malty notes; nothing that you would want to spend a lot of time sniffing, however

Taste: A brief sweet sensation is quickly overwhelmed by a spicy, peppery bitterness that lasts a long time; very crisp

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability; Excellent example of the style; a nice quaffer for the hot weather (547 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 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 NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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! (636 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (780 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 Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a crystal clear gold color with a one finger head. Some mild lacing develops.

Smell: the nose sports grass, sharp bitterness, and a hint of sour grapes.

Taste: the flavor has a nice malt backbone with a sharp bitterness. Some corn, granny smith apples, and grass round out the flavor.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start and finish, even though there seems to be a lack of visible carbonation bubbles. Finish is also slightly dry and quite refreshing.

Drinkability: I found this to be extremely drinkable, as this pilsner is full of flavor. Worth seeking out. (586 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 plaid75
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (414 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 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 clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (495 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 blackie
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
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!) (716 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 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 merlin48
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - a bit of haze to this peachy, orangey tinted brew. A sparse cover and even less lace.

Aroma - basic grain, a light tartness to the Saaz smell. A bit crackery as it settles.

Taste - hearty grain, orangey and snappy hop flavor. Intense pilsner flavor, well done.

Mouthfeel - about average body paired with some crisp, high carbonation. Pretty nice combo.

Drinkability - a great session beer in a comfortable style for most. Tasty and enduring. (458 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 Hojaminbag
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pretty cloudy straw colored body and a slight white head.

Smells of both sweet and pale malts, a little bit of citrus.

Malty pilsner. Both the pale and the deeper sweeter malts. Slight citrus and even a little hop. A fairly thick mouthfeel for a pilsner, but still good.

Not bad drinkability. (297 characters)

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (842 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)

Photo of snaotheus
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (293 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 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)

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