St. Mungo | West Brewing Company

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St. MungoSt. Mungo

Brewed by:
West Brewing Company
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by darklordlager on 12-03-2008

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 26
Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color. It poured with a short bright white head that died down, leaving some patches of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and bits of lacing running down the edges.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grassy hops are present in the nose along with notes of bready malts.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that it is a little maltier and it almost seems like there is a bit of skunk (although this does not come from a green bottle).
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Hints of dryness are noticeable in the finish.
O: This is a good representation of a German style by a Scottish brewer - it reminds me a little like a Bitburger.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Spike
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours gold with plenty of carbonation and a thick, foamy head that leaves plenty of lacing.
Nose is rich malt and noble hops.
Classic pilsener taste cuts through the sweet malt.
Rich mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a clean, dry finish.
Overall a fantastic pilsener produced in Glasgow. I would drink this when available. It's a completely different product to most lagers on offer in the UK.

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Photo of MisterBanks6
4.6/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Not going into detail. This hybrid is simply delicious. The most popular and best selling beer in my department at Wholefoods in Giffnock, this lager is very easy drinking, smooth and just pleasant to drink. It's a bit difficult to find pubs that do pour this around Glasgow but I have found quite a few now and even a couple in Edinburgh. In my personal opinion, this is a 5/5 and my favourite.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

330ml Bottle: BBD 7th May 14, poured into a Veltins badged stemmed tulip during a lager/pilsner tasting session with the wife, this was the last of the five beers we tried.

Pale yellow to gold with a mini haze, the head pure white that started deep and even began to fade instantly before settling down as a wisp and collar.

Mild aromas, mixed esters from both grassy hops and semi-sweet malty molasses: had to sniff deeply to find anything.

The taste was a pleasant blend of lager-like flavours: malty front with a more bitter, dry hop finish.

Nothing special about it, but better than all the mass produced beers around the world in this style.

Nicely carbonated, appeared fresh and scored well compared to some on the night.

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Photo of Hanglow
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a re-rate, of a bottle rather than pint. Previous rating was 4.25 which was a bit too high, although that was a banging pint

Pours golden, nice head

Lager malts, sweetness and some fruity pear comes through on the nose. Quite pleasant.

All quite light in flavour, but some nice lager malts and fruity and grassy hops. Mild bitterness, semi-dry finish. . Good carb, medium body

A very easy lager to drink, have preferred it on tap before over the bottle. You could drink plenty of these

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2011. Picked up a while back from Waitrose. Label states that this was brewed in accordance with the Reinheitsgebot (not that I consider it to be an indicator of quality).

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A slightly hazy, deep-golden hue with fine carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy white foam with decent retention; this lasts for a couple of minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of light malt with faint notes of grain, cooked hops and yeast. Mild background staleness with a subtle whiff of apples.

Tastes of light malt with a dry finish. Notes of faint grain and stewed hops. A subtle hint of overcooked veg. Slightly bitter upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is crisp, tingly and dry. Somewhat astringent. Weak aftertaste of stewed hop bitterness.

A fairly average lager. A very fine cut above industrial macro output, but that isn't saying much. Relatively bland and uninteresting - doesn't justify the price. Pass.

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Photo of wl0307
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from the Waitrose supermarket chain, coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle; BB 08/11/2011, served lightly chilled in a pilsner glass. Notes: the back label describes this beer as following the German Purity Law of 1516, and it was awarded Gold Medal by Deutche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft.

A: pours a light yellow golden hue with light haziness, more like a Czech premium lager for the similarity of colour level; coming with an off-white foamy pillowy head settling slowly to a thin carpet to last above the mild yet constant carbonation.
S: slightly metallic, sour fruity and clean doughy notes upfront with a very light background of grainy malts, while a swirl brings out the type of malt-hop mixture definitely more akin to the Czech lager tradition, for the combination of grassy notes and caramely maltiness.
T: light caramely & rough-grainy malts and sour-ish yeasty flavours at presence upfront, followed by nicely dry-ish, grassy undertones of hops that quickly wrap up each sip along with residual aromatic light-coloured malts; very few flavour elements seem to stand out, but overall the palate is clean, the taste integrated, and not a single trace of cheap ingredients shows itself in the form of thin graininess or lingering syrupy mouthfeel.
M&D: the carbonation level is decent and healthily effervescent, the body holds up well, and an integrity is reached on the whole; however, the lack of more distinct flavours makes this beer somewhat disadvantaged. I suspect the beer condition (possibly roughly filtered and non-pasteurised, judging by the haziness) is not great, since the BB date is approaching in 5 months’ time, which might explain the reason for the somewhat neutralised flavour profile. I wouldn’t mind trying it again should it go on sale, otherwise £1.80 is too much for such a small bottle.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straw coloured with a very nice, two finger sized dome head that lasted really well. The head also left some nice lacing on the glass.

Similar to a lot of pale lagers but with a fuller smell. Notes of biscuit, corn & grassy hops.

Again similar to the aroma with a really nice lager taste that is really well balanced & finishes with a fruity aftertaste that is very pleasant.

Light to medium bodied & quite full in flavour as well as being very smooth with solid carbonation.

A very good lager that is well balanced & highly drinkable, possibly one of the nicest I have ever tried.

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

In the bottle this has all the usual enticing Continental lager aromas though once in the glass the nose becomes more awkward and harder with traces of almost unripe apple. A deep yellow this beer is crowned with a very light very thin wispy head. Feels very cardonated and there is a sourness to the taste which is neither fresh or clean.
More style over substance as far as I am concerned.

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Photo of aidanskinner
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the standard craft lager in Glasgow now, it has decent distribution throughout the city - notes are from most recent pint at the three judges but WEST are very consistent.

A - Clear light gold, decent head that fades to persistent lacing as you get further down

S - vaguely biscuity, slight flowery and grassy hop notes

T - similar to the smell, but more so. Nice round malt body carrying the hops through. Not over powering, nothing that makes you go humminahummina and bang the table in ecstasy but a well balanced, smooth and interesting taste.

M - clean, crisp, light but not overly gassy or watery.

D - Very drinkable. Great on a hot afternoon you could easily drink this all night and not get bored or overwhelmed.

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Photo of darklordlager
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Offering from 'West Brewery'...'The UK's only brewery to produce all [their] beers according to the Reinheitsgebot'.

Pours a light golden colour, with a magnificent bright white fluffy head which leaves some lacing as it goes down the glass. The head just sits there sticking to the sides of the glass...

Smell is of lighter malts, with an evident hop aroma underlying them....very delicate.

Taste is some malt up front and then some nice hop flavours that round it out.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied.

Very sessionable beer.

Clean, light, refreshing, easy to quaff.

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St. Mungo from West Brewing Company
3.59 out of 5 based on 26 ratings.
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