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St. George Lager - St. George Brewery

St. George LagerSt. George Lager

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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 12.54%


Brewed by:
St. George Brewery
Ethiopia

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: KBomb on 06-18-2008)
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DefenCorps

Oregon

2.15/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle, $2.99. Obscure Ethiopian tick = awesome.

A light golden yellow with a dense white head that falls off leaving what is actually nice-looking lacing, this looks pretty good! The nose is an acceptable blend of light cereal sweetness, doughy malts, a mild hop character that's got notes of dust and earth and a mild vegetal note as well. Nothing patently offensive here.

The palate is crisply carbonated, lending an acidity to an otherwise insipid palate. A little bit of cereal and grain sweetness is present, but this is carbonated and watery to a fault, lending a seltzer-like feel. On the bright side, it does scrub the vegetal notes, but that's not particularly a good thing as there is no flavor here. The flip side is that there are no off-flavors here, which is more than I can say for a lot of breweries these days. Light, watery, seltzer-like on the palate, this is pretty forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 02:10:40 | More by DefenCorps
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.63/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear, yellow body with a thin, white head. Oh, and very fine, tiny particles suspended in the beer.

Smell: Simple nose of light pale malts and corn. Wait, what's that? Could it be? It couldn't. No, wait, it is! It's Saint George leading a charge of flavor and beer-based enjoyment. Hooray!

Taste: Light pale malts and a sturdy handful of corn stirred up with a light sweetness. Faint floral hop character with an equally faint bitterness. Finishes dry with a final taste of cereal grains.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: A bit under par, but, ultimately, it's pretty bearable considering it's a refugee from an impoverished nation.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 18:07:19 | More by ChainGangGuy
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured into pint glass jan23 2010

A clear straw yellow with some tiny particles being moved around by a couple big bubbles that float up to a fast falling fingers worth of head that leaves a single patch of lace

S not much some corn perhaps and a little lemon

T what I smell but with a hint of skunk

M pretty thin even for the style and could use some more carbonation

D just a little off but nothing gross

not worth looking for but one way to knock off a country

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 04:18:23 | More by wordemupg
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samie85

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden color with a 1/4 finger of white head.

Light hints of grainy malt with a slight hint of hops.

Light grainy notes with a hint herbal hops.

Light and drying feel with moderate amount of carbonation.

The drinkability isn't terrible but this one doesn't exactly wow me.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 02:08:13 | More by samie85
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nick76

Florida

2.85/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is malty with hay and is somewhat perfume like. This is hops, I am guessing and not something I was expecting. The appearance is pale gold with a slight white hue and a small head that fades fast. The flavor is like the aroma and sweet. The palate is thin and this finish is soapy. This is not what I would call a good beer but it is actually better than what I was expecting and is drinkable without being nasty in any way.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 05:36:28 | More by nick76
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TJBAIHWL

Virginia

2.85/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had it on tap when I was in the mood for something light and drinkable. From what the bartender told me, this fit the bill.

A- The appearance didn't bode well. Clear straw yellow reminiscent of a generic American lager

S- Weak smell. Some corn and a little bit of alcohol came through.

T- Pretty average. There's sweet malts and corn here, along with some hops on the finish. I can't help feeling that the malt is too weak to balance out the hoppy bitterness though.

M & D- Goes down easy, but I couldn't see drinking too many of these at a time.

Overall fairly average lager. Worth checking out at least once, but don't expect anything spectacular.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2009 04:50:32 | More by TJBAIHWL
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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Puffy two finger head. Golden-yellow color with a touch of amber in it. Head settles to a nice cap and generates spotty lacing.

S - Lots of sweet malt and some grassy hop undertones. Primarily still the usual corn and grain aroma, but at least I can easily pick out something encouraging here. There's also an ever so slight hint of cinnamon and spice here.

T - Toasty malt and some light caramel. I'm sure I taste pea soup in here as well. There's a citrusy characteristic present here as well. Although this lager boasts a bit more complexity in it's flavor profile than the average macro-lager, I'm not so sure I like it. Once again, most of what this lager offers is the usual corn & grain feel.

M - Bubbly carbonation and a rather light body.

D - Some funky flavors in here for sure. Something cool to try once, but I don't see myself revisiting this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 23:51:42 | More by Converge
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WillCarrera

Ohio

3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a stange.

A- Pours a clear golden color with a thin, fizzy white head, leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

S- Sweet grain and corn, some mild floral hoppiness. Pretty simple but nothing bad.

T- More slightly-sweet grain and corn, has a bit of floral hops and bitterness, again pretty standard.

M- Light-bodied, smooth and crisp feel.

O- A solid light lager, it's not my favorite style of beer but is definitely on par with many of the light lagers you'll find from the US and Europe.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 07:22:30 | More by WillCarrera
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teromous

Virginia

3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't have a highly analytical review for this beer. It's a simple light lager. I was drinking it and I didn't notice anything particularly bad about it, and at the same time it didn't have a whole lot of flavor (even for a light lager). It was just an average beer to have with some food. It's not something I'd look forward to picking up, but it's a good alternative to drinking a soda. It's cool to have an Ethiopian beer, but beyond that it's just another light lager. I felt it was pretty "okay" across the board.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 19:36:31 | More by teromous
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Second beer of the night at Addis Red Sea Ethiopian restaurant in the South End. Poured into a glass, and a thin white head formed. Lots of carbonation. Very clear yellow color. Slight corn like smell. Taste was run of the mill. Mellow, nondescript lager. Slightly sweet aftertaste. Easy to drink and pair with a variety of foods on the table. Not a horrible beer from Africa.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 23:57:52 | More by morebeergood
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jmosier

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had at Demera Ethiopian Restaurant in Chicago. Nothing earth shattering, but a clean, pleasant, easily drinkable brew that went well with the mildly spicy (and tasty) Ethiopian dish I had -- when in Rome, y'know (or Addis Abiba, in this case). Don't know what this retails for, but at the restaurant it was $5/12-ounce bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 17:52:05 | More by jmosier
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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

3.13/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From a twelve ounce brown bottle - Pours pale/straw color with no carbonation or head. Smells of sweet corn adjuncts with some light hops in the aroma. First sip is malty sweet and a whole lot better tasting than I thought it would. Pretty good for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 19:18:15 | More by ATLbeerDog
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spointon

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at Demera Ethiopian Restaurant in Chicago today. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a tall lager glass.

A= This beer poured a medium gold color with a 3/4" white head. The head dropped to zero pretty fast and did not leave any lace. Modest carbonation release.

S= Sweet grain, only the slightest whiff of sulfur, and not much else. Very clean overall.

T= Like the smell indicated, this beer tasted malty sweet with only a hint of DMS. Hops were never a taste factor, but the bitterness was there enough to balance the sweetest aspects. Finished clean with very little aftertaste.

MF= Light bodied with a lightly crisp feel.

D= Easy to drink, but also not very interesting. I would rather have a well made German Helles anyday, but this did pair well with the Ethioppian food so I guess it did its job!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 04:45:55 | More by spointon
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KBomb

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a nice artistic label. Beer was a bright gold, but produced a minimal head that disappeared almost immediately. The first smell is promising with bright hop and malt aroma, but upon tasting I found the beer to be more plain and a little grassy. Watery and a tiny bit salty. St. George lager is quite light, and goes down easy.

All in all, its a slightly better than average macro-lager in that it tastes fine, but not very good, but not very bad either. It was adequate accompaniment to spicy and salty Ethiopian food.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 22:46:05 | More by KBomb
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chickencoop

California

3.48/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked one of these up at Alcatel Liquores in Oakland, by the way, pretty solid beer selection.
Poures a golden brew with a bit of a white frothy head. Smell was pretty similar to any euro-lager, faint malt and corn. Taste was surprisingly solid, a little more carbonated than expected but very pleasant. It is a clean refreshing brew, adding to it's drinkability. I would recommend this if you can find it, compared to the other beer from this region that I have had, this is the best, and better than drinking a Heineken.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 01:58:30 | More by chickencoop
St. George Lager from St. George Brewery
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