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

St. Peter's Sorgham BeerSt. Peter's Sorgham Beer
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Style:
German Pilsner
Ranked #779
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
67
Ranked #47,600
Avg:
2.72 | pDev: 25.74%
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
85
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St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
 
England, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  6
SCORE
67
Poor
St. Peter's Sorgham BeerSt. Peter's Sorgham Beer
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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 85
Reviews by popery:
Photo of popery
3.4/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A better than expected gluten free beer on par with a hoppy, relatively good lager. The beer pours a golden yellow color with a small white head. To be fair, the head doesn't entirely evaporate, though, like some bad macro lagers. I keep saying lager, and while it tastes like a pilsner, the brewer is calling it an ale. The aroma is fairly indistinct. Some hops come through, but it's mostly pale, nice (if not terribly complex) malt. The flavor is a bit better. The hops are fairly sharp and grassy. There's a light citric note in there, presumably from the Amarillo. I've heard that citric hops don't work well with sorghum, but the hop flavors here tend toward the grassy for me. It's a tad sweet in an unusual but not really bad way. There's almost a licorice note with some interesting spice. It's a fairly full flavor, though I can't say the same for the mouthfeel, which is a bit thin. The finish is particularly satisfying, in line with a quality pilsner. All in all, it's a much better gluten free beer than others that I've tried and quite the boon for those who can't have gluten and still like beer.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.31/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a one-finger white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Crystal clear light amber color. Grainy nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is sweet grains with balancing hops. Decent sorghum beer. $5.70 for a 500ml green, oval bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of Bitterbill
1.67/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

500 ml bottle bought locally for $6.49. Hmm, more expensive than the other 2 St. Peters beers that showed up in town and it has terrible ratings. Weird.

I still like the flask shape of the bottle.

It pours like a macro lager, light golden colour with lots of bubbles but a more substantial head of foam.

I don't know if I've ever smelled sorghum before but it must be the key thing I'm smelling. Grainy, very corn like. One dimensional.

No barley or wheat and from the first sip, I could tell. Grainy as hell with some lemon notes in between the grain. There isn't that much of a flavour of corn, though it is there. The finish has a nasty aspirin like bitterness that completely turns me off to this brew. I'm thinking about drain pouring it but I guess I'll stick it out.

Bottom line, I think the concept of a sorghum beer is ludicrous and its execution, with this beer, is proof.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright goldenrod with pale lemon edges and a smallish crown of ivory colored foam. The lid has an attractive texture, something that is not a foregone conclusion in beer of this sort. It does a pretty good job decorating the glass as well.

There is no hint of nasty in the nose, just a faint whiff of fruitiness thanks to the inspired use of Amarillo hops. This stuff has an excellent chance of being the finest non-barley, non-wheat beer to have ever crossed my palate.

Sorgham Beer is *exactly* that. How has St. Peter's Brewery succeeded where so many others have failed? In fact, this is the first beer of this sort that is the least bit enjoyable. Too bad it's so expensive ($4.79) for those who have such limited choices.

This offering tastes like a primarily pale-malted pale ale, with a suggestion of underlying earthiness for added character. Again, Amarillo was an outstanding choice, as was the decision to use a fairly generous amount of them. Interestingly, white grapefruit comes through more vividly than tangerine. SB has a refreshing, crisp, quenching quality that actually makes me look forward to the next mouthful.

Considering the 4.2% ABV, the mouthfeel does its job well. It's on the light side, but the energetic carbonation strikes just the right note.

Cream Stout is St. Peter's best beer. Having said that, given what other breweries have done (or, rather, not done) with non-barley, non-wheat, gluten-free beer, this is their finest achievement by a country mile.

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Photo of Zorro
1.42/5  rDev -47.8%
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 woodychandler
3.1/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

I had purchased this a while back, thinking that perhaps an article on gluten-free beers might be in the offing. When I could not find a taker, the beers got shunted to the side. I had a colleague who has issues with gluten and she was always curious about beers that were gluten-free. I usually eschew them since I am not gluten-intolerant and prefer to leave them for people who are. In the interim, I am purging my massive backlog of bottles this summer and lo and behold! this one popped up. They will now be part of The Great Bottle Purge of the Summer of 2014.

From the bottle: "Beer made from Sorghum (contains no wheat or barley)"; "Sorgham Beer (TM) [-] A clean, crisp beer with a pilsner style lager finish and aromas of citrus and mandarin from American Amarillo hops. Made from Sorghum, not wheat or barley. Brewed with skill and patience on one of Britain's finest malt breweries."; "Historical Notes [-] St. Peter's Brewery is located in a medieval hall in a remote and beautiful corner of Suffolk. There our beers begin their lives deep below the brewery with water drawn from a pure source - as it has been for over 700 years, essential for the full flavour and pure character of all St. Peter's beers."; "Our beautiful flask-shaped oval bottle is a faithful copy of one produced c. 1770 for Thomas Gerrard of Gibbstown, just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia. The original is now kept at St. Peter's Hall and is a rare example of an oval Eighteenth Century beer bottle."; [depicted -] St. Peter's Hall, circa 1280 AD".

Having learned that these gluten-free beers have no lees, I proceeded with an aggro pour, creating two bubbly, fizzy fingers of bone-white head with decent retention. Nose had a soft apple vinegar scent, not as sharp as with most of the others that I have tried. Color was a yellowish-gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was thin and watery. The taste had a salty, grassy quality. like a cross between a Gose and Samuel Smith's Organic Lager, possibly due to the water they are using. This was oddly pleasant, which I realize is another instance of my damning with faint praise. I have come to realize that I am not a fan of these gluten-free beers, but neither am I really their intended audience. Finish was semi-dry with a light sweetness beginning to emerge. I did not really perceive citrus or mandarin, but at least it was palatable.

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Photo of drpimento
3.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hmm, actually for a sorgham beer, this isn't too bad! Poured a small, soap bubble, off-white head that almost totally faded quick and no lace. Color is a clear yellow gold. Aroma is mostly sweet malt and - I guess it must be sorgham. Flavor is where this beer stands out: actually has some hop flavor. Body is a bit thin and has low carbonation (although for the Brit ESBs that's fairly common). Finish is a bit hoppy chewy and decent. Not bad.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.09/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It is common knowledge that most grain-free beers don't carry the same quality of maltiness or flavor that makes grain-rich beers so popular. But when a world-class brewery decides to create one, we have to take heed. Right?

A crystal clear pour brings a medium golden color. Mild carbonation is short lived. With no protien to retain the carbonation, the head formation, retention, and lace are all very short lived. Intermitten pockets of light white foam hold on for half a session.

Surprising aromas of apple cider, white grapes, and mild vinegar hit the nose first. Its not until much later that the residual sorghum sweeter notes arise and take on any resemblance to malt. Light maple and caramel are hard to find through all the fermentation yeasty character.

Weak flavors of sorghum give a grainy/grain husk flavor along with the raw sorghum taste. Cider/vinegar/grapy flavors seem to be more zinfindale like than beer. Throw in a raw tobacco taste and we have a unique set of flavors working for us. A beer that is supposed to take on a Pilsner profile is struggling to do so.

The body is equally as weak as the taste. No real body or creaminess exists, which further reinforces the notion to white and fruity wines. Thin and watery throughout with that uncharacteristic grainy astringency.

Even compared to other gluten-free beers this one fares quite weak. Anyone looking for a Pilsner taste won't find it here.

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Photo of irrevjim
3.06/5  rDev +12.5%
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 beerbart
3.59/5  rDev +32%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sholland119
2.33/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Blind BIF #5, Beer #5 from abraxel.

A-Pours a hazy peach with a very little bit of off white head, nor much retention. No lacing. Carbonation is very light.

S-Malty with what seems to be a strong whiff of corn. Cream ale?

T-Sweet with a rather light maltiness and again some corn notes. Little to no apparent hoppiness. Not a lot of flavor here.

M-Light bodied. The low carbonation makes the flavors even more ephemeral.

O-My first sorghum beer, and I hope my last. I really feel for beer lovers who develop an intolerance to gluten.

HV

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Photo of zavenx
3.53/5  rDev +29.8%
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 nickfl
2.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours with half a finger of white foam that settles down quickly and leaves little lace. The body is a very clear, deep golden color.

S - Strange, spicy notes of clove and oregano with a bit of musty hop character in the background.

T - Sour, toasty malt up front with some musty hop flavor. More of the same in the middle with some notes of grapefruit to the hops and a really harsh bitterness beginning to come out. Things finish up with dry malt and strong, pithy bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry, harshly bitter finish.

D - Wow, this is really, really bad. They seem to have tried to cover up the lack of actual malt by dosing the beer with the worst, most harsh hop character that they could conjure up. It tastes like salt and battery acid with some old bread thrown in for depth. This is a true drain pour and it was a struggle to drink enough of it to write a review. I don't think that there is anything wrong with this particular bottle, it is just monumentally bad.

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Photo of metter98
2.63/5  rDev -3.3%
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 dinomite
2.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pour is very light golden, small head that dissipates quickly. Smell of hops with a bit of skunkiness. The taste is fairly strongly of hops with a bit of malt and a slight floral flavor--the taste is right in line with the smell. Not very bitter despite strong hops, pretty classic pilsner flavor. Light bodied mouthfeel.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this funny looking beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. I noticed right off the bat there was no head at all. The beer did have a beautiful gold color to it though. The beer had a slight hop smell. This brew tasted flat and stale and bitter. I will not buy again.

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Photo of bobhits
1.83/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a rather non existent head that slowly builds into a bit of a white top. Rather unimpressive color, a bit of slow moving bubbles and it leaves a touch of lace on the glass.

My first though on this was SKUNK, but I think I just didn't know what it was and had that smell in mind based on the green bottle. There are some skunk like elements here, but I'm getting some white grape like notes and a good bit of really really low carb nasty bread like notes from the yeast.

The body has a rice cake like...the awful food the fat women eat thinking they'll get skinny stuff. I'm at a loss for words to describe this, it isn't so terrible in a beer, but the flavor doesn't conger up positive feelings. A good bit of hops but something is off. I'm not sure if it is a result of the hop variety or what. Very earthy and off putting.

Given the lack of whte and barley the body is pretty decent. Well carbonated on the mouth and certainly no alcohol comes through here.

I'm join the masses in complete thumbs down on this one. That said I've had worse and less flavorful beers.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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2/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of Brad007
3.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mild golden color with a one-finger head into my fluted tulip. Bland color.

Aroma is full of hops and/or bubblegum essence with an interesting sweetness.

Taste is full of bitterness (not sure if it's the hops) with a mild, fruity taste to it that's grainy and reminds me of a non-alcoholic brew.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweetness/bitterness and graininess. Not that offensive. Different.

I wouldn't call it crap. It's certainly not to the style and a separate category should exist for gluten-free beers. Regardless, it's not horrible.

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Photo of Griffith
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of augustgarage
2.34/5  rDev -14%
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 Amalak
2.36/5  rDev -13.2%
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 armock
3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a light nose not much there but some fruit scents

T - Like the nose the taste is light but what is there is a little fruity with some hoppy bitterness

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I think this is the first Sorgham that I've had and its an interesting beer thats pretty decent its worth having sometime just to experience the style

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Photo of hwwty4
3.25/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As having a spouse that is gluten intolerant, any new gluten free beer is a worthy buy especially when its made by such a solid brewery like St. Peter's. Poured a old style green 500ml green bottle into my Hennepin globe glass. This beer pours a peachy straw with a decent 2 inch head that quickly dissipates into just a thin line around the inside of the glass. The aroma is starts off pretty sulfuric from the green bottle funk. Underlying that come the grainy sweetness that comes with all sorghum based beers. While no wheat or barley were actually used, I'm always surprised that sorghum based beers have a distinct graininess to them. Also on the nose is some citrus based hops, lending to juicy oranges and a bit of lemon zest. The flavor is remarkably similar with Sorghum sweetness leading the way. It really is a distinctive sweetness. Citrusy hops come next and just a little bit of grass. The mouthfeel is light and nicely carbonated finishing with just a subtle dryness. Overall, this is a rather good gluten free beer. In terms of beer, its just average.

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St. Peter's Sorgham Beer from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
Beer rating: 67 out of 100 with 85 ratings