The St. George Brewing Company

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Lager - Helles
3.78 | pDev: 10.58%
The St. George Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 41 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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drabmuh from Maryland

4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was told by St. George that this is a "pre-prohibition lager" and when I asked them to elaborate they said that it had hops in it. OK.

Poured into a wine glass. Beer is yellow and mostly clear with a slight haze, decent head, some lacing, bad retention, low carbonation, looks like a beer sure enough.

Beer smells sweet with a little grain and some earthiness from some hops. Perhaps noble hops.

Beer is medium to light in body with a decent finish. Not too dry, the hop flavor is definitely there but subtle, the finish is also slightly bitter from hops. The forward is pleasing and mildly sweet, I like the beer overall. I'd even have it again.

Jun 21, 2011
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merlin48 from Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Second bottle from the Dragon Pack pours a hazy golden body with a one finger white head. The head quickly falls with minimal patchy lace. Aroma has fresh barley, floral and grassy hops, a hint of green apple, and some toasted grain. Light medium body is well carbonated. Taste has some sweetish grainy malt with a balancing floral and grassy hop bitterness. Finishes clean, but has a slight corn syrup aftertaste. Easy drinking lager.

Jul 10, 2010
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argock from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a clear nonic pint at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Glowing amber-gold with foamy 1-finger off-white head with good retention and nice lacing mainly at the top of the glass.

S: Fresh grassy hops and toasted malt aromas greet which leaves a spicy biscuity impression.

T: Excellent biscuity, crackery malt flavor with grassy, noble hops flavor bursting through.
Lots of toasted Munich malt flavor rounds out a very refreshing flavor -- this pint went down very enjoyable and easily.

M: Exceptional light-medium body for the style with even, active carbonation to leave a generous, mouth-filling quality which is top-tier. The aftertaste is noble hops and more toasted maltiness.

D: A top-notch lager which really hits the spot on this 100 degree day. There's nothing better than a locally made, fresh lager with excellent feel and superb biscuity malt and grassy hoppiness in one package.

Jul 09, 2010
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

The Dragon Pack is almost complete. This offering pours a clear pale golden straw topped by about a half-finger of white micro-foam. The nose is quite faint, nearly nonexistent to me, comprising light coriander, wheat, and slight hoppy florals. The taste holds notes of floral bitters, very light orange peel, and a blunt wheatiness. The body is fairly light, with a light carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, a decent light lager, refreshing enough to be one of those go-to local summer brews.

Jul 06, 2010
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MadTown1000 from Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a lightish yellow reminiscent of some Mexican macro-lagers - slightly more copper-toned than those, with more cloudiness as well. About an inch of foam, which settles down to maybe a quarter inch. The hops in the scent also remind me of a Corona or a Sol (that's not an insult from me, btw.)

Taste is clearly more full-bodied and more bitter than the Mexican beers I've compared it to so far. Hops are the core of its flavor. It's a good bitter, but it hits a little too hard at the back of the tongue for me - drinkability suffers to an extent.

This is a decent beer, but probably not one I'd pick. Compared to Esser's Best, the other beer of the style I've tried, this one is clearly more potent, but I don't really like my lagers potent. Your call.

Sep 19, 2009
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plaid75 from New York

4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a light sweet malt and a subtle hop spice.

The taste consisted of a grainy malt with a distinct noble spice.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style and clean.

Overall a tasty and highly drinkable lager.

Jun 17, 2009
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ClockworkOrange from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to chaz over on realbeer for this. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The lager appears a hazed amber color with about an inch of pillowy eggshell foam. Aroma and flavor are of lightly toasted grains, earthy, bitter hops, sweet malt, bread. Smooth bodied with ample carbonation for the style. Quite quaff able.

May 26, 2009
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Proteus93 from Virginia

4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A little bit of a disappointment in the pour. A pale golden, with a rather fizzly head - I could almost confuse this with ginger ale or something.

S + T: Fortunately, it redeems itself with both the scent and flavour. A nice, clean and toasted malt with a touch of hop flavour and aroma adding good character to it. Very nice balance between the two.

M + D: Crisp, clean, and refreshing... just as I would hope it to be. Drinks easily. I'd gladly go about trying it again in the event I merely gave it a bad pour for appearance.

Jan 04, 2009
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likethetaste from Virginia

2.18/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I got this from a variety 6 pack at farm fresh. I was looking forward to trying this lager but I don't know if I got a bad bottle or what because this was one of the worst lagers I have ever tasted. The appearance of this was nice but the taste was just off. Just a bitter metalic taste from the beginning to the end. I loved the st george's porter but this lager was just a big disappointment,

Dec 14, 2008
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Seanibus from California

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a vibrant yellow with small fluffy head and good carbonation. The aroma is clean and pilsner like. The flavor is grainy, slightly lemony and refreshing with a thin, unobtrusive mouthfeel. A good refreshing drinkable lager, tastes more like a Pilsner than anything else.

Aug 09, 2008
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Hojaminbag from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A golden/straw colored body with a slight white head.

Smells of pale malts with some floral/herbal nop notes in there.

A nice lager yeast/malt combo with some sweetness in the middle. Good hop balance. Good lager in general. A crisp smooth mouthfeel.

Very drinkable brew. Crisp, smooth and tasty.

Jun 22, 2008
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oelergud from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown 12oz glass bottle. Pry off cap and a green label.
Transparent copper body with low carbonation. Slightly off-white creamy head with good retention and lace.
Scent of light bread and golden grain.
The flavor is a light and pleasantly bready, vegetable, grain mix. Lots of sweet malts with a nutty element and an aftertaste of sweet hoppy goodness. Very well balanced.
Crisp and full body with good coating. After the initial mouthfeel a reluctant dry finish makes itself known.
Highly drinkable lager. I'll remember this one for those hot summer afternoons after mowing the lawn.


Jan 28, 2008
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Riverwarrior from Kentucky

3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very nice lager. It had a citrus aroma.

The taste was mildly sweet with the citrus notes coming through for a nice blend.

This brew was very crisp with medium carbonation.

This finish was clean with no perceived bitterness. Overall, this was an extremely drinkable and refreshing lager of which I could easily make this sessionable.

Jan 22, 2008
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tgbljb from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a alightly hazy golden color with moderate white puffy head. No lacing.
Smell is light fruity.
Taste is a bit sweet, mainly of fruit, with a profound bitter finish.
Leaves a nice refreshing taste in the mouth, and the dryness at the end beckons for another taste.
Easy drinking. Would be a nice summer beer.

Oct 31, 2007
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Gavage from Nevada

3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: hazy yellow in color with a short 1/4" head. No lacing develops.

Smell: grass is all that is detectable here.

Taste: mild malt profile, grass, hints of biscuit tones, bits of lemon zest, and very soft bitterness make up a rather dull beer. The malt levels are just a bit too thin here.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start to finish. Clean aftertaste. Light in body.

Drinkability: this is a rather dull and boring beer that was hard to finish. Not worth seeking out in my opinion.

Oct 06, 2007
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PhageLab from Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a Dragon Sampler pack and this is my second review for St George, I poured this 12oz bottle into a 14oz pilsner glass.

A - Decent mixture between a light gold and a near orange color. Decent head which stuck around for the ride.

S - Deep and flavorful aroma that was rather pleasant.

T - Lagers are not my specialty, but I was impressed with the range and profile of this one. It had a full flavor with a citrus-like aftertaste, quite nice.

M - Smooth and lingering, but nothing spectacular.

D - Very easy to drink, I think many beer drinkers would be able to appreciate this one. Everyone should give this a try at least once, and I myself may give it a second!

Sep 28, 2007
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JamesS from Indiana

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice lager, indeed! It had an excellent straw coloring, a very malty aroma, nice head and lacing for a bottled beer, and a great taste. Nice and malty, smooth, excellent carbonation. Lagers may not be my favorite beer, but this one from St. George's was worth its part of the sampler pack.

Sep 10, 2007
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Fish113d from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled into a pint glass, it pours a honey color with a thin (1 cm) whiteish surface layer with decent sustainance. Nice cascading on the pour as well.

Aroma is primarily malt with slight barley (grainy) aroma. Some slight hops also come through (flowery), but most of the nose is pale malts.

Sipping reveals a mild overall flavor. Malts are very apparant along with a citrus and peppery flavor. Leaves a grainy flavor on my palate. Decent.

Quite prickly carbonation hits the tip of my tongue, and a nice easy body helping drinkability. Alcohol is not there as it should not be, and I got what was expected. Not as sweet as expected.

Solid offering from an unknown brewery to me.

Aug 15, 2007
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atsprings from North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy pale orange with a thin quickly diminishing head. The aroma is of some sweet malts with some very subdued hops, just not that strong. The beer has a unique sweet flavor to it that is surprisingly enjoyable for the style. It's just above the flavor of a macro lager, more complex and enjoyable, and just short of the flavor of a bock. The beer is certainly crisp and refreshing. This would likely be enjoyable on a blistering summer afternoon.

May 30, 2007
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Based on notes:

Pours honey with 1/4" of white head. Good head retention & lacing

S: S,ome grassy notes

T: Some maltyness & herbal hop notes up front, then grainy with sweetbread. Finishes sweet with some floral hops

Good drinker, not very interesting

MF: Medium-bodied, good carbonation & balance

Apr 17, 2007
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RBorsato from Virginia

4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazed yellow-ish straw color with a wispy white head and decent carbonation. LIght grainy aroma and flavor but a bit more grainy on the finish. Nicely balanced ... not sweet in any way but no hops really noticed. Medium bodied and smooth with a nice dry grainy finish.

Nice American Helles !

'6177' lasered on the bottom
Tasted: 03/14/07

($9.99 / mixed 6-pack "Dragon Pack")

Mar 29, 2007
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MaltyGoodness from Pennsylvania

3.12/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Pours a slightly hazed pale straw color. Very small white head forms and disappears. No lacing on the glass.

Aroma is fresh and malty with just a hint of hops. Smells light and crisp.

Light malt flavor upfront, leading into a mild bitterness and faint hop flavor. Finishes clean and bland.

Light body, low carbonation.

It's drinkable and unoffensive, and that's as good as it gets. Otherwise, it's a rather bland and boring brew.

Mar 14, 2007
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arguemaniac from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

When I first sat down to review this one, I really wasn’t impressed. I thought it was a bit watery and thin. But as I continued to sip, I slowly began to really appreciate this rather well crafted, but very delicate lager. The flavors are light, but exceptional: a soft grain flavor and mellow caramel notes blend together effortlessly and are complemented by a very slight, almost imperceptible hop bitterness.

You really have to sit and drink this one for a while to really get the full experience. The flavors are clean and flawless and it’s exceedingly drinkable. You know, it occurs to me that if the Macro breweries are out to make light, easy-drinking beers that people can just suck down, why don’t they brew beers like this one, a light beer with a bit more character. I guess it’s just cheaper and easier to throw some rice or corn in there, but it certainly isn’t better…

Jan 25, 2007
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JohnnyM2002 from Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a mug at 50 degrees. Part of the Dragon Pack (1/6).

A - Pours a clear golden color with a mild-to-medium, short-lasting head. Nice carbonation.

S - Biscuity malt with a fruity backdrop...maybe raspberries and citrus.

T - Malt with a little hint of caramel is the flavor forerunner. Fruity accompaniment neither strengthens nor diminishes the malty-lager taste...the extra sweetener isn't really necessary, but it made for a different aftertaste (different not being bad). Finishes a little bitter, but not from any hop action...more of a tart bitterness.

M - Medium body with a good bubbly feel. Finishes tart but crisp.

D - Not quite what expected, but still enjoyable. I think I was actually expecting less than I received. I have a feeling that if I have another one in a few months, I'll rate it higher. Pick one up if you have the chance....get the whole dragon pack for that matter.

Jan 03, 2007
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Phocion from Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sitting at home munching on leftover hors d'ouvres from New Years I felt like trying something a little light to quench my thirst. Thanks to MotoRacerX36 for this one..

Pours a thick gold with a foamy white head that quickly recedes into a thin crown with moderate lacing.

Nose is grainy and very sweet almost honey-like and breaded malts. Faint floral hops trying to make their way up..

Dry breaded malts dominate, but luckily it is not nearly as sweet as the smell. Perfect amount of subtle floral hops to provide a nice refreshing kick to the finish.

Excellent mouthfeel and drinkability. Very clean and refreshing and well-carbonated, yet incredibly smooth and somewhat silky and oily at the same time. Overall this is a good solid brew that definitely has its place, but really nothing that stands out. Worth a try.

Jan 02, 2007
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