St. George Beer | St. George Brewery

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St. George Brewery

Style: European Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by KBomb on 06-18-2008

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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 31
Reviews by Melocollo:
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2.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
3.15/5  rDev +7.1%
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 dsauter
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.44/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)
(This is now brewed at Kombolcha after BGI bought out other breweries)
A- This beer has a bubbly snow white head that fades to a thin wisp of a cloud pretty quickly. It sits on a golden yellow crystal clear body that has big bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The sulfury sweet note of pale malt is clean but pleasant with a faint noble hop hint when it warms.

T- This beer has a soft dry green noble hop note that has a very faint spice quality as it warms. There is a dry honeycomb hint with some pale malt notes followed by a light watery taste. This is finished with a light dry hop bitterness that fades in an instant.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizz note at the finish.

D- This beer has a clean dry light flavor but there wasn't any corn notes, field or cooked, which I was glad not to see. There was hints of character which were also nice to see.

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Photo of richkrull
3.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dcbeers
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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 jcubz
2.05/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Gmann
2.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of bwood06
2.97/5  rDev +1%
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 JamLand
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Uconnelmo
3.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of MAUEX_MFA
2.98/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Beejay
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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 DeanFan
3.75/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of RMoeNay
2/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had at Disneys Animal Kingdom... Not impressed

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Photo of ArtZan
2.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Smakawhat
2.72/5  rDev -7.5%
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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2.8/5  rDev -4.8%
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 LiquidAmber
3.55/5  rDev +20.7%
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 mikebu
2.82/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of 100200300
3/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jereb83
3/5  rDev +2%

Photo of largadeer
2.52/5  rDev -14.3%
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 metter98
3.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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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