Pilsner | The St. George Brewing Company

PilsnerPilsner
BA SCORE
52.9%
Liked This Beer
3.65 w/ 85 ratings
PilsnerPilsner
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The St. George Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
stgeorgebrewingco.com

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Murph on 12-02-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,405
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
85
Liked:
45
Avg:
3.65/5
pDev:
15.62%
Alströms:
4.47
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 56
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

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Photo of Boone757
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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!

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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.

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Photo of atrocity
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Bring on the VA goodness! This one pours a clear pale straw topped by a healthy froth of white. The nose comprises light hoppy florals and light citrus peel. The taste showcases a healthy hoppy bitterness, leaning toward a citrus character. Some greenery sneaks its way in as well. The body is light, with a moderate carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. A nice, straightforward, not-too-flashy pils.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On draft at Whole Foods in Alexandria, VA.

The beer is transparent and bright golden with a half inch of pure white head. Aromas of grain, earthy hops, malt. Pale malts and grain. Decent flavor, but could be cleaner tasting / feeling. Some nice aromas and tastes, but basically, a middle of the road pilsner. This was ok.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I don't know what I'm getting from this that others are not, but did not enjoy this one. Not great, not terrible, but definitely the last time I will be having this one

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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.

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Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of plaid75
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
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 BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Latarnik
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Still in Portsmouth VA

Pouring a nice golden yellow with a dense, white head with solid retention and lacing, this looks pretty nice. The nose is rather profoundly hoppy, with a big, pungent German aromatic hop component. However, it doesn't smell particularly resiny, making seem rather flat. A pale, pils malt base is apparent as well. This smells particularly enjoyable, but not yet at the top level domestic or imported pilsners. The palate confirms this. Big hoppinesss up front with lemon, earth, grassy bitterness, a clean, crisp malt character and a drying, bitter finish. It does, however, lack that enjoyable mineral character that makes the best German pilsners shine, and add snap to the palate. A little bit more resin on the finish would do this beer wonders, but until then, it is a thoroughly enjoyable pilsner, one I would recommend if you find fresh.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a murky amber color. Now this is nothing like any pilsner I've ever encountered - it's far closer to a kellerbier in appearance. The head is a finger high and white in shade. It has an unusually creamy texture for the style, while retention is only good by aforementioned style standards. A thin but consistent ring of lacing clings to the glass. (2.5)

Smell: There's an unusual amount of caramel here for a pils. I pick up lots of bread and caramel (like I said), with only a touch of hopping providing some lemon, grass, and earth. Yeastiness appears as a faint fruity hint. Going by the nose, it definitely doesn't smell like it will have the crisp snap of a pils. (3)

Taste: It starts off with some lemon, along with twinges of fruit esters. Lemon lasts long into the finish and aftertaste, with some bread, earth, and caramel interjecting itself right before the swallow. This is quite complex, though the general amount of 'pop' is low. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: While it's respectably dry, it doesn't have the crisp finishing snap of a pilsner. Generally, the feel is somewhat hefty and unclean. Completely and totally wrong for a pilsner...but not for a kellerbier. Carbonation is high, at least. (2.75)

Overall: People expecting a regular pilsner are going to be in for a world of shock. People expecting a freaky-deeky keller pils will be a bit more understanding about this one. Seriously, how do I rate this? Even though it works far better as a kellerbier, I'm not finding it THAT enjoyable. I say it's worth trying a single bottle, but be warned: this is NOT anything like Urquell. (2.75)

3/5: Weirdest. Pils. Ever.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of rderedin
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of bubseymour
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

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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.

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Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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