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Pilsner - St. George Brewing Company, The

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 2
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

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Beer added by: Murph on 12-02-2002

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Photo of argock
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of oelergud
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of Fish113d
3.14/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of mmmbeer
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. It pours into the pils glass a solid gold with light carbonation and is topped with an inch of white, foamy head. The aroma is lemony, with grains, husk?, grapes?, and grassy hops. It tastes soapy and perfumy, grassy, with spicy hops, light pine, lemons, grapes, and a sturdy bitterness with some toasty or grainy malts that seem to be there mostly for balance. The body is medium yet firm, with light carbonation and a medium finish, and overall it is a nice tasty pilsner that seem to have elements of both the German and Czech styles.

Photo of akorsak
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of FenwaySquid
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, no dating of any kind, poured into a conical shaped tall pilsner glass.

Appearance: Poured a pale golden color, a little cloudy. The head was white and creamy, formed about 2 fingers thick, and faded very slowly. Good start.

Aroma: Pilsner malts and a hint of some lemon. Very pleasant.

Taste: Mainly pilsner malts throughout. I got a hint of some bitterness, it left a faint metallic taste on the back of my tongue that lingered through the finish, but that was it.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and refreshing. Not as watery as I expected, almost creamy. The carbonation wasn't overpowering, which was perfect.

Overall: A great pilsner, defintely worth a try if you're a fan of the style. Even if you're not give it a chance.

Photo of AlexJ
2.7/5  rDev -26%
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.

Photo of Jredner
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. I’d say this one is way underrated.

Photo of asabreed
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of weeare138
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Photo of Jason
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

Photo of pentathlete
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale cloudy yellow with a small sticky head that hung around for a bit and left lacing as the beer went down. Has that lovely pils aroma which in the initial taste is joined by some vanilla flavors...odd, but interesting. Medium mouthfeel, probably due to the unexpected sweetness. A nice pils that is easy to quaff.

Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.76/5  rDev +3%
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

Photo of hustlemuscle
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of sweethome
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of winomark
2.38/5  rDev -34.8%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

Photo of Loki
4.29/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled in a 12 oz bottle on 5/23/03.

This Pilsner poured a cloudy dark, yellow-orange with very little head that faded to a thin top canopy. Respectable amounts of lacing were left while imbibing.

The nose released aromas of honey, DME, cotton candy, and vanilla.

Flavors of hops, processed sugar, and lightly roasted malt dominated the flavor profile. Very balanced and smooth. The texture of this St. George offering had a light-medium body that goes down very, very smoothly. This is a great session beer and a Pilsner to set the bar and judge others by.

Photo of Stubbie1
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark gold color with a white head. A nice mixture of hops and malt in the aroma area. More of a malt taste with a small hop finish. I would love to try this on draft. MHO, this ranks up there with BITburger. Enjoy!

Photo of Dogbrick
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of Murph
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Pilsner from St. George Brewing Company, The
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