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Pilsner | St. George Brewing Company, The

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Brewed by:
St. George Brewing Company, The
Virginia, United States | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Murph on 12-02-2002

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Reviews:
54
Ratings:
80
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
18.46%
 
 
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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 80
Photo of Jason
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

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Photo of blackie
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
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!)

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Photo of oelergud
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
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

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Photo of Loki
4.29/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Photo of asabreed
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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Photo of PhageLab
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of Murph
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
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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Photo of plaid75
4.07/5  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.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

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Photo of damndirtyape
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful golden-straw color. The thin head (which has been a flaw in 3 of the 4 beers I've sampled from St George) is the only detraction.

S: Pilsners aren't known for a powerful nose, and this is no exception. I detect some malt, citrus, and maybe some pine notes, but they're fleeting.

T: A fairly simple marriage of light malt up front and medium hops in the finish. The balance is nice, and better than most pilsners I've had (although that may not be saying a lot...)

M: Very crisp and refreshing. A few more bubbles, and I'd have given it a "5"

O: Nice balance and full flavor for a pilsner. Not complex, but it doesn't need to be. I may visit this refreshing beer again when the weather gets hot.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.87/5  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.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of hustlemuscle
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Jredner
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of sweethome
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
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

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