St. George Beer
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Style:
European Pale Lager
Ranked #250
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
69
Ranked #47,347
Avg:
2.97 | pDev: 16.5%
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
95
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St. George Brewery
 
Ethiopia
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  19
SCORE
69
Poor
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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.55/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a three finger white head that dissipates slowly, leaving great lacing. Aroma of grainy biscuit and lightly bready malt, grassy hops and a hint of lemon. Flavor is mild grainy malt, a little adjunct corn sweetness developing into a grainy, grassy hop finish; mild throughout. Light to medium bodied with sharp carbonation. A typical Euro style pale lager with a little American style corn sweetness in the middle of the sip. The malt is a little on the sharp husky grain side and the grassy hops are Continental, but subdued. The slight sweetness in the middle actually redeems this otherwise lackluster lager, cutting some the of the sharpness of the grain. A hot weather, light pale lager that would do in a pinch and a satisfactory way to tick another Ethiopian brewery, which is pretty amazing when you think about it. Really nice frothy head and overall look. Amazingly, this is date coded and has a BB date a few months in the future, so a satisfactorily fresh bottle. Probably arrived from Ethiopia faster than most IPAs from Oregon.

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Photo of Suds-MacKenzie
3.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Got a good head on the pour and surprisingly decent lacing. Rich golden color. Very malty and sweet, stood up very well to strong flavors of berbere infused Ethiopian food. I can see how it would be overbearing in another situation.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
1.41/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Review: 33cl bottle of St. George Beer: ABV: 4.7%

The beer has an interesting cover on its bottle. We get to see a medieval type knight slaying a dragon. Plus there is funny looking writing on the label which I’m led to believe is the Amharic language, the ancient language of Ethiopia. Overall it is a nice stand out distinct design and in a lovely looking brown bottle.

On appearance we get a nice golden colour and a nice big head on the pour. A lot of nice carbonation going on. Overall it looks a good beer, very clear and a decent head but colour and head both fade a little and there is no lacing.

Aroma is faint but I got a sweet malty smell and some barely, bit tinty and lagery as well.

Taste: Has an off taste, initial taste of cardboard? Not nice at all, like unprocessed straw. Not nice at all. Very sweet grain flavours and sweet malted barely tastes.

Second pint, slightly better but still not great to be honest, very sweet, too much so, and very corny. Not a session beer for sure, or for anything to be fair.

I so wanted this to be a good beer. but I guess its a long way to Ethiopia, and I’m sure it tastes better under an African sun……………

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Photo of metter98
3.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle at Massawa, New York, NY

A: The beer is crystal clear dark yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger white head that died down, leaving a narrow collar around the edge and a small patch of bubbles on the surface.
S: Sweet aromas of corn adjuncts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of corn adjuncts and a bit of associated sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't overly exciting, but pairs well with spicy Ethiopian food.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of daliandragon
3.47/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yes, a beer from Ethiopia. I will be honest, that is the only reason I bought it. My bottle has a green dragon on the front but otherwise looks mostly like the label. Pours with a relatively impressive head. Nose is fresh and malty but loaded with adjunct notes as well.

Flavor is sweet and corny but also bland and inoffensive, with a clean finish. Not that you are likely to strart seeing this regularly in your local haunts, but you could do much worse. This does what all light lagers are suppossed to do, and does it better than most

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Photo of bwood06
2.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap into a pint glass

A - Beer arrives at the table with a white frothy head that is 2 fingers in height and dissipates rather quickly to a thin lacing. The beer itself is clear and golden with a slight amber tint to it. High carbonation based on massive amount of bubbles rising very quickly towards the surface. 3.5/5

S - Very subdued aroma but there are some light notes that are distinguishable. Buttered white bread comes to the forefront along with a very slight bit of caramel. Noble hops seem to make up the hop profile and provide a very clean aroma. 2.75/5

T - Much more flavor than aroma, luckily. Once again buttered white bread really stands out along with a slight note of corn and caramel sweetness. A slight grassiness pairs with a noble hop flavor creating just a light bitterness and clean tasting profile with no lingering flavor or bitterness. 3/5

M - Creamy at time reminiscent of a Czech pilsner with a light carbonation tickle, almost like a soda. Light to medium light in body and slightly dry but no lingering dryness. Crisp when not creamy. 3/5

O - Not a lot of flavor here but due to it's light flavor it does pair well with spicy and flavorful Ethiopian food, as it should. Easy drinking beer that sits very light and is well balanced between sweet and bitter. 3/5

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Photo of tigg924
3.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear, gold in color, with 1/3 inch head. Taste and smell are sugar and grass. Overall this is a typical light lager. Very clean, and slightly above others in the style, but nothing I would rush out for.

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Photo of teromous
3/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
2.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My first Ethiopian tick, wahoo.

Pale clear gold with surprisingly decent head retention for a macro lager. Nose is unsurprisingly awful, with a big sulfur aroma that overwhelms the pale malt and corn-like sweetness. It's slightly better on the palate, reasonably crisp and refreshing with a doughy malt flavor. Slightly mineral in the finish with little bitternes, though it's at least dry and relatively clean. Not exactly a good beer, but I've had worse.

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Photo of WillCarrera
3/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.19/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

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Photo of samie85
2.67/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of Smakawhat
2.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Another Ethiopian beer? why not.

Straw colored gold body, crystal clear with lots of rising carbonation and some cola sticking bubbles. Head is shocking white, barely manages a finger and slowly falls. Out of the bottle it pours incredibly pale.

Nose is macro smelling sweet, a hint of cellar dampness and musty aromas. Maybe even a little salty. Sort of the usual here, nothing to get excited about.

Simple lager tasting, sweet finish and light bread malts. A very grainy sweet finish that lingers on, quite sweet lingering and a little husk.

Overall, it is what it is, nothing that gets me real excited. I think I 've had worse, but this doesn't exactly fill me with enjoyment.

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Photo of Converge
3/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.12/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

1st Beer in my random tasting evening of 12 Aug 2011. The brown 33cl bottle (best before 11/2011) was poured into a 'Paderborner Pilsner' badged stemmed flute.

Regular lager look, clean, clear, light golden body, crowned with a snowy white head of bubbles, the head left some good lacing on the flute.

Sadly it went down hill somewhat after the initial pour and stare. The smell was of wet cardboard, some dried cut grass and rotting grains.

The taste wasn't there, it was bland and boring, even by 'mass produced' lager/pilsner standards. This is my second beer from this brewery and most likely my last.

Usual lager spritzy carbonisation, but being tasteless it was just like a fizzy thirst quenching watery pop rather than a refreshing beer.

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Photo of JLeege
3.55/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Let’s be honest, I had never heard of this, and I bought it for the label. A knight, riding a horse, killing a dragon gator!!! Awesome.

Best by Oct 18th, 2011

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear golden color, with 2 fingers of fizzy white head. Head fades rather quickly, a little lace. Lots of active carbonation.

Smell- Sweet pale malts and a bit of grassy hops. (Not grainy or metallic, how ‘bout it)

Taste- Sweet malts throughout, fairly bready. A hint of grape, slight honey. Some grassy hops towards the finish, even a bit zesty. Nice clean aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Light body, medium carbonation. Rather refreshing.

Overall- One of the better of the style I have had. Flavorful, not watery, not metallic, not skunked; and still tastes rather fresh (a best by date even included on the bottle!). Paired nicely with my Chipotle burrito and chips n salsa.

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Photo of jhtipton
3.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a sampler pack from vendor in Djibouti, Africa. Was looking forward to this after reading some of the reviews. Pours a relatively light to medium golden into my Tusker pilsner glass. Plenty of carbonation which lasts throughout. Surprised by the lacing, not something you usually see in a lager. Smell is a bit malty and sweet. I really do like the label with the knight slaying either a small dragon or large crocodile. Taste is rather eurolagerish, nothing too spectacular but also better than some-no metallic aftertaste or skunkiness. Malt are predominant. Mouthfeel is nice, light bodied refreshing taste with plenty of carbonation throughout. Overall, an above average euro lager, not too pale, and so far, my favorite Ethiopian beer.

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Photo of Beejay
2.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Yellow in color, crystal clear and a good head on top. Lots of large bubbles in the head.

S: Clean and light bready aroma. Almost a touch of corn like sweetness.

T: Light with bready undertones. Perhaps a touch of vegetable flavor in there, or perhaps a touch of a metallic flavor. Not amazing, but certainly not the worst beer of the style that I have tried.

M: Medium in body, carbonation actually seems a touch low.

D: Not one I will be buying again, but not bad. Interesting to see so many countries representation of this style of beer.

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Photo of wordemupg
2.65/5  rDev -10.8%
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

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Photo of biboergosum
3.35/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. The second new Ethiopian beer to show up locally, after Bedele. Nice, elegant label, with two banners, the text rendered in what looks like Amharic.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden straw colour, with two thick fingers of bubbly foamy off-white head, which leaves some inconsistent curtained lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells faintly of pale, mildly sweet malt, creamed corn, and musty noble hops. The taste is more softly bready barley malt, a mild corn and rice huskiness, generic and bland orchard fruit, though none in particular leap out at you, weedy honey, and an earthy complement of barely adequate bitter hops.

The carbonation is moderate, and generally not all that noticeable, the body medium-light in weight, more substantial that I was expecting, and smooth enough, with a small cloying pithiness. It finishes off-dry, the wan malt and stunted hops plodding along.

A decent enough pale lager, I suppose, the hops, while weak overall, were still a nice surprise, and not a trace of skunkiness - that brown bottle is key! That's not to say that I would choose to drink this regularly, but it's nice to see a quaffable offering from this part of the world.

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Photo of spointon
3.25/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.2/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I wanted a Bedele Special, but they were out. So I got this beer instead. Good move on my part...

A - It looks like a typical pale lager. Hue of pale golden straw, with a little white head.

S - The smell is pretty inviting: slight metal and the slightest belgian malty funk, not bad for the style.

T - It tastes very good, slightly more complex than the average euro lager. Very, very understated flavors of ripe fruit, slight nuttiness, and barnyard banana make for a very interesting and delicious brew.

M - It is slightly under-carbonated, but still sharp enough. Perhaps it lost some of it's vigor on the boat trip from Africa.

D - St. George's Lager is excellent; I am shocked at how delicious this was. And it makes a very nice compliment with Ethiopian food.

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Photo of TJBAIHWL
2.8/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of chickencoop
3.45/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of jmosier
3.1/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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