St. Peter's Sorgham Beer | St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd

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St. Peter's Sorgham BeerSt. Peter's Sorgham Beer

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St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Zorro on 06-28-2009

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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 51
Reviews by DKter:
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1.59/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Of the 14 gluten-free beers I've tried, this was the worst. It at least had a hoppy profile, but the bitterness just tasted... wrong. It smelled a little funky, making me wonder if I just had a bad bottle. I've had other St. Peter's I've enjoyed and other sorgham-based beers I've enjoyed, but this one didn't cut it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of irrevjim
3.06/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from a bottle to a beer tulip
look; golden, clear, much carbonation, huge head, good retention, foamy lacing
smell; herbs and spices, sage, oregano, big skunk, some citrus and barnyard, ginger ale, medicine, interesting and starts as a 4+ but consistently skunky from several sources over several years (i have a gluten free friend who leaves behind often)
taste; you can taste the herbs and some almost malty sweetness but it all comes together like a skunky lager
feel; light, a little bitter, a little over-carbonated
overall; this is tough, if i get past the overall effect of a skunky lager it has some interesting aspects which would make me drink it over, say, a glutenberg, if i were gluten free. I don't know if the 'skunk' is from traditional causes (it is a slow selling import in a green bottle) or the nature of what it's made of.

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Photo of marchnlv
3/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of tyleeis
1/5  rDev -63%

Photo of JIMTRK16
1.75/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of Griffith
2.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of augustgarage
2.34/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500mL botle into a pilsner glass.

This is not an ESB. There is a large family of African home-brewed sorghum beer (once popular in Benin, Togo, Burkina Faso, Mali, The Sudan, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Egypt), but since I've never had that, I can't evaluate this beer in terms of that "style" either. I think the best thing to do is call this a specialty ale...

In any case,

Liquid is a pale amber with perfect clarity. Thin fizzy head dissipates almost immediately.

Aroma is singular. Sugar, alfalfa, feedlot, diesel, some fruit. Very unusual.

Good balance between sorghum and hops, the latter offering a slight peppery flavor and a welcome bitterness. Rather sweet if thought of as a lager and not at all pissy. Slight maltiness in the finish.

Light-bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick yet watery all at once.

St. Peter's makes a point of saying that this brew contains no wheat or barley...all I can say is that I now have a MUCH greater appreciation of wheat and barley!

I'm sure this is an acquired taste, but not one I expect to acquire...maybe worth trying for fans of Maotai.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.85/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This baby looks a lot like carbonated apple juice, rolling over with fruity aromas, pear, apple, and white grape, as well tempting with a lingering hop note. There are two parts to the bitterness here. One comes at the front and is a traditional kind of bitter, then after about four seconds later an aftertaste bitter hits like cardboard glue. A lot of common pilsner flavor in here. Almost like a dry hopped Heineken. Interesting, yet not really my thing. Light medium body, helps the fruity tang come out in the bitter and a mild carbonation is enjoyable as well.

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Photo of ordybill
2.53/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16.9 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. The appearance is a clear gold color with a large white head. Not pleasant aroma. Overpowering taste. Not good.

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Photo of BrewViking
2.59/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

St. Peter's sorgham beer is a headless, laceless pale orange-brown. It has a mild hops smell. The taste is overwhelmingly bitter, but with little depth beyond that. It gives the impression of being highly alcoholic despite being having a low ABV.

I won't be trying it again.

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Photo of Ralphs66
2.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I know there's a market for these beers, and knowing someone with a gluten intolerance makes me aware of how miserable finding the right foods can be, but I figured I'd give this a try and see if it can be imbibed by those without celiac. It is not good. Very little head retention. Looks like one of my own bad home brews. Sweet apple candy smell. Very dry, with some of that same sweetness showing through. Not a lot of flavor. Carbonation is minimal. If you feel the need, try it like I did and move on. It'll be my first, and last, sorghum beer.

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Photo of EBeckett3
3/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of puboflyons
2.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle #1021-0. Sampled on Nov. 2, 2010. The pour is slightly hazy with a frosty, fizzy head that diminishes to a ring around the glass. There is a little bit of clinging lacing. The aroma is slightly skunked from the dark green bottle with malts, corn, and a bit of hops. The body is on the thin side as is the flavor. What flavor there is comes in tart and sour like a melon. It is lightly hopped at the finish. Nothing extraordnary here.

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Photo of macesq
4/5  rDev +48.1%

3.12/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours light orange-yellow. Very clear. The head is more or less non-existant. Fairly good lacing. The smell is weak. Maybe some spicy grain and a bit of citus/pine hops if you smell real hard-like. This taste is... unique. There's thin caramel sweetness at first with some citrus. There's a spiciness that tingles around the edge of the tongue and a taste similar to weak rye underlying it all. I guess that's the sorgham? It fades to a stale bitterness that gets kind of foul as the glass gets emptier. It's interesting, but I definitely don't think I'd call it good.

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Photo of JTahoe
3.6/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pale gold with peachy highlights. Almost non-existent white head that dissipates very quickly leaving no lace.

S - I smelled a bit of skunkiness when I popped the cap, but it vanished once I smelled the poured brew. Very neutral with something in the background... it took a while, but I figured out that I was getting a whiff of roasted coffee.

T - Interesting, like nothing I have ever had, yet so much familiar flavor. It's almost as if someone poured a pilsner and a traditional English bitter together, and then stirred in a bit of ESB for added flavor. Flavors of alfalfa, very mild fruit and soft citrus, Just a fleeting hint of that roasted coffee smokiness from the nose turns up adding an earthy depth. Quite clean overall.

M - Light, crisp and a bit dry with very low carbonation.

D - An interesting beer, and pretty drinkable. This is my first sorgham beer, so I don't have much to compare it to, but considering the lack of grain and malts, this was pretty surprising. Interesting and worth trying, especially for those interested in historic beer styles.

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Photo of Amalak
2.36/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A. It's clear gold with some bubbles, a foamy head and mild lacing.

S. Kind of smells like weed.

T. True to the smell, there's a weed taste there, too. But it's bland overall and then turns sour. Has a slight watermelon test.

M Just a weird, stale aftertaste.

O. Not very good, but not horrible.

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Photo of metter98
2.63/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is crystal clear dark yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that quickly died down and left a wide collar consisting of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sorghum are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by sorghum flavors but these seem to be muted a bit by the hops, which contribute a slight amount of bitterness and faint hints of citrus. The sorghum flavors linger through the finish and aftertaste and seem to be a little rancid.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little clean and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has lots of aromas and flavors of sorghum, so if you are accustomed to gluten-free beers, this might not be a bad selection. It seemed to have a nicer mouthfeel compared to some of the other gluten-free beers that I've tried.

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Photo of BuzzCP
2.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of megahurts4
2.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

St Peters Sorgham Beer

Appearance: champagne dark yellow, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: sorgham and fruit.

Taste: sorghum flavored cough medicine.

Mouthfeel: light and smooth.

This looked and smelled nice, but the flavor is not that great. It really just tastes like cheap cough medicine.

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Photo of drinksandeats
3.15/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The latest purchase from the beer and wine store included a bottle of St. Peter's Sorgham Beer. To drive the point home, beneath the name on the label were the words "beer made from sorghum." Years back I did try Redbridge, Anheuser-Busch's attempt at a sorghum beer, and walked away unimpressed. I hoped for better result with St. Peter's.

This beer poured a warm yellow-orange, with very little foam, similar in appearance to a flat ginger ale. The aroma alluded to a hint of apple sweetness.

This beer was not just crisp, but actually dry. Slight fruit and floral tastes accented the cleanliness of the lager. However, the lack of carbonation made for a flat drinking experience -- the accent tastes didn't have a great opportunity to shine.

Overall, this was much better than Redbridge, but still did not live up to its potential. I believe a little more fizziness is key for this beer to show off the strong flavor profile hinted by its aroma.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
1.82/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.25

Poured into a pils glass.

3.25 A: This is carbonated like mad. First pour gave me over two hands of head. Several pours later I discovered a clear medium yellow color. Three plus fingers of foamy white head. Retention lasts seemingly forever as bubbly reinforcement from below keep it maintained. Lots of lacing.

1.75 S: Smells of perfumy doughy sweetness with notes of ginger ale. Strange and I don't really care for it.

1.5 T: Sweet doughiness. No much in terms of hops. Perfumy ginger ale. Not much else to say - doughy overly sweetened ginger ale.

3.5 M: Medium body. I swirled this enough to get the carbonation down to an acceptable level. Moderately creamy. Not bad here.

1.25 D: All I need to say is that I wouldn't drink beer if I had to drink sorghum beer. Stuff is horrible.

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Photo of zavenx
3.53/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Just sipped some of this pilsner style wheat free, gluten free beer. This was pretty interesting and wish it wasn't so expensive because the was really refreshing and quenching. I am usually not a pilsner guy but I found this pilsner-style to be to my liking. Citrus elements are strong which i think adds to the freshness and soothing mouthfeel. There was virtually no head or lacing present. I think i would enjoy this very much in quantity on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Zorro
1.42/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Deep green colored bottle labeled "Sorgham Beer" might be an alias for St. Peter's G-Free, no ABV on the bottle.

Clear yellow beer with next to no head, looks like Bud Light in the glass.

Smells of unidentified grain that would be the sorghum. Amarillo hops scents of aspirin, cooked cabbage, and frankly cat piss. Can't describe the weird odor in this one any other way, cat pee on carpet, that is what that smells like.

Starts out bitter and watery with an aspirin and strong tea flavor. Dry and woody, not a single stray molecule of malt or any other carbohydrate is left. Thin biting taste, not good.

Mouthfeel is water.

Tried to think of ten ways to say this frankly sucks without using those words but I can't. This one is downright vile and a genuine drain pour. Brand new at the local shop and quite frankly far worse than a skunked corona without a lime. Nasty enough to fear it damaged this beer glass; I'm not exaggerating how nasty this is.

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Photo of Beer-Zombie
4/5  rDev +48.1%

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