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Pilsner - St. George Brewing Company, The

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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Murph on 12-02-2002)
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derricksmalls

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-15-2011 11:30:59 | More by derricksmalls
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 01:33:08 | More by Arithmeticus
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engagechad

Virginia

2.6/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 17:12:38 | More by engagechad
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damndirtyape

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 22:19:31 | More by damndirtyape
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StoneTSR

Colorado

4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 22:24:35 | More by StoneTSR
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merlin48

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 21:45:50 | More by merlin48
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 18:42:28 | More by TMoney2591
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 14:04:46 | More by clayrock81
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snaotheus

Washington

4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 02:12:21 | More by snaotheus
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MadTown1000

Virginia

3.6/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 01:46:16 | More by MadTown1000
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eljefe21

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 00:52:37 | More by eljefe21
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rugerj

Virginia

3/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2009 15:28:51 | More by rugerj
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plaid75

New York

4.08/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 22:35:36 | More by plaid75
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blackie

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +19%
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!)

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 03:28:13 | More by blackie
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Proteus93

Virginia

2.58/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 02:00:34 | More by Proteus93
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

2.15/5  rDev -40.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 23:43:40 | More by NJpadreFan
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likethetaste

Virginia

2.3/5  rDev -36.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 23:40:36 | More by likethetaste
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Seanibus

California

2.03/5  rDev -44.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 21:38:11 | More by Seanibus
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bkilpatr

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 02:25:46 | More by bkilpatr
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 20:24:23 | More by Hojaminbag
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PhageLab

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Cloudy golden yellow, not crystal clear as I had anticipated, thin bit of froth that stuck on top all the way down. Laced quite well.

S - Sweet enticing citrus aroma, with some grain, corn, and a touch of yeast even. Great nose on this one.

T - Bold lemony profile coupled with pale malts and a nice but very subtle hop backing. Fairly yeasty and surprisingly complex for a pils. Well balanced and finishes slightly dry.

M - Sharp carbonation causes a hit here, otherwise crisp, refreshing light body.

D - Outstanding, this one is going to be a staple in my fridge over the next few months I guarantee it. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 14:46:09 | More by PhageLab
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argock

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 05:50:32 | More by argock
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oelergud

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown 12oz glass bottle. Green label.
Golden transparent body with low carbonation. Slightly off-white creamy/small bubbled head of decent retention and good looking lace.
Bready, grain and grass scent.
Slightly yeasty flavor along the classical pilsner flavors of bread and grain. Some floral notes and hops embracing a malty background. Nice and mellow aftertaste of mild hops again with a good malt backdrop.
Medium body with good coating and a slick sensation. At first hydrating but then a dry sensation takes over.
Great drinkability. Delicious, easy going beer.

-Oelergud

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 02:20:05 | More by oelergud
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2007 16:51:56 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2007 19:08:32 | More by Fish113d
Pilsner from St. George Brewing Company, The
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