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Sticke Pilsner - Beer Camp #43 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Pilsner) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sticke Pilsner - Beer Camp #43 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Pilsner)Sticke Pilsner - Beer Camp #43 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Pilsner)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

431 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 431
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 02-18-2011)
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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.83/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 fl. oz. bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on day 168 of 2012 (June 16). 2012 Imperial Pilsner Beer Camp #43. Not sure what is imperial about a 5.6% ABV beer, but I guess we will find out.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful golden body with a decent frothy white head.

Smell: Aroma of citrusy hops. Sweet and sticky.

Taste: Wow! Probably the most citrusy hoppy pilsner I have ever tasted! I guess that is where the imperial label comes from. A lot of taste for such a low ABV lager. Grapefruity, floral flavor. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Appropriately dense, this beer coats the mouth like few, if any other, lagers.

Overall: I love this! What a great example of what an all-star American IPA brewer can do to a lager. As a lover of pale lagers, I wish Sierra Nevada would put out something like this year-round. I would commit to a case a week at least, just in case anyone is reading this...

JednoPivoProsim, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of russpowell
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an effervescent gold with 3 fingers of ivory colored head. Great lacing & average head retention

S: Grassy & bready notes,

T: Grapefruity notes mix with crackery notes, lemons, some sweet bready notes up front, plus a touch of dryness. Herbal hops mix with citrus, along with dryness. Crisp, dry finish

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, good balance

This is a great German Pils, the star of the variety pack IMO

russpowell, Sep 04, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

OoReFLuXoO, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of PDXHops
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Cusquena flute. Fat frothy cap of bright white foam that's constantly fed by countless streams of carbonation. Crazy spiderweb lacing; one of those magical combinations of beer and glass, appearancewise.

Big fresh grainy nose with hearty doses of citrus and grass. Flavorwise, it's got that slightly-rough-around-the-edges quality I love in a good pils. It fluffs up with carbonation into a rather robust brew midswallowy, yet finishes crisp and clean with a nice lingering graininess. Big 1-2 punch of grassy and earthy hop bite, but with a flash of citric juiciness as well. Crisp, bitter, a touch rowdy and delicious; this is pretty much what I'm looking for in a pils. Huge thumbs up. I'd buy this all the time given the opportunity.

PDXHops, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of Ryan011235
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Parkbrau Pils glass on 8/26/12

Very bright golden color; mostly clear. One thumb of white foam on top. Retention is thinner.

The aroma is loaded with grains; pilsner malt and hints of buttered biscuits. The grains are balanced by light, grassy hops and a soft floral note. Very clean aroma, overall.

The flavor is comparably clean, but gives more due to the hops. There's a nice grassy kick with hints of mild, juicy citrus. The grains are tidier here, offering a clean backdrop for the hops.

The body is fairly light without being overly crisp; it has an appropriate amount of heft to it. Moderate carbonation couples well with the body. Rather clean finish.

A full-flavored, highly drinkable, low abv imperial pilsner? Heck yeah. I'd drink this regularly if it were available.

Ryan011235, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of JEdmund
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich golden color with a foamy white cap; good streaming of bubbles throughout; thick lace curtains are left down the glass.

Aroma has a nice tea-like quality, as well as a pronounced bready maltiness and floral/grassy hops. Doesn’t scream imperial, just good standard pils. Slight melon or berry detectable (methinks the Pacifica hops) that adds a unique element to this standardized beer style.

Goes down nicely with really solid flavor. Again, not much screams imperial other than the body which does seem fuller than a standard pils. The Crystal and Pacifica hops employed lend a really nice and unique slant on the standard pils flavor. There’s that tea-like flavor found in the aroma, as well as some more standard grassy hops, but there’s also a slight strawberry-like fruitiness (not strong by any means though). Bitterness is appropriate for style, leaving a thirst-quenching dryness.

Overall the flavors are really working nicely here. This could be on par with Summerfest. And I would not guess this is actually imperial in ABV. It’s just different enough (probably due to the hops) to stand it apart from all the other pilsners out there. Yes, in fact I’m certain the hops are what’s really making this beer shine for me. I’d buy a six-pack of this without hesitation if it were an option.

JEdmund, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of isualum12
4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer....
I have had this beer for the second time this month and have really enjoyed it both times. This is easy one of the best pilsner I have had.

Look very light yellow glow in color. Low head with spider legs.
Smell is slightly fresh fruit or floral.
Taste iss refreshing.

Feel is classic pils.

isualum12, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of AdamBear
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-light golden with a nice white head

S-fresh hoppy grains. Smells quite good. Strong scent.

T-comes in with a very bitter taste of grassy grains. Some honey. The flavors are faint. The bitterness is strong. The after-taste is slightly off with some hint of plastic.

M-high carbonation with a bitter dry finish

O-this isn't terrible, but besides the bitterness it has an adjunct quality to it. Definitely one of the hoppiest planets I've ever had. I recommend others to at least give this a try.

AdamBear, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of acevenom
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date decoded from the Julian dating: June 16, 2012 at 3:07 in the afternoon.

Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours golden with a tall white head that dissipates slowly, leaving a thin cap atop the beer. There are plentiful tiny bubbles visible in the beer. Some lacing gets left behind on the glass. The beer smells of grain and grassy hops. The taste follows the nose. The beer has a nice pilsner malt profile that is bready and mildly sweet. That is balanced well by the hops that are floral and grassy in flavor. Those hop and malt flavors really play well together even more as the beer warms. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is dry and crisp. The drinkability is very high. This is a solid pils. It is an excellent beer.

acevenom, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of CHickman
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a slight hazy yellow color with a huge bubbly 2 finger foamy snow white head that faded extremely slowly and left good spotty lacing and rings coating the sides; the head was so thick that you could run your finger through it a minute after the pour.

Smells of sweet malt, grains, lemon zest, citrus hops, biscuit, grass, hay, husk, mild spices and herbs; has a little more to it's nose than most pilsners, which is what I expected from Sierra Nevada.

Tastes of sweet malt, roasted grains, lemon zest, citrus hops, orange peel, floral hops, biscuit, grass, hay, pine cone/piney hops, husk, mild spices and herbs like tea leaf; the hops are evident throughout, but not dominating as the malts are tasty, sweet and roasty, and provide near perfect balance. This is a big bold pilsner, and much more full of flavor than a "standard" pils.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing, with a very light body, tight fizzy carbonation and a smooth easy feel that went down with easy. High drinkability, to me this is a session beer that I'm glad I tried and hope Sierra Nevada will but into year round production.

CHickman, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of shand
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer Camp Imperial Pilsner pours a hazy golden color with a finger of head. The aroma is full of noble hops and pilsner malts. A bit bigger and heavier on the hops than a normal pilsner. The taste is excellent, with a strong noble hop addition over a normal amount of pilsner malt and body. The drinkability is excellent. Overall a great pilsner that I prefer to their Summerfest. Highly recommended for fans of the style.

shand, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of hosehead83
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear gold in color, with a big two-inch head of white foam,
Aroma-Piney hop note, pilsner malt
Taste-bready pilsner malt, nice dose of piney hops, well-balanced and sessionable. A fine match for tacos or bacon wrapped shrimp.

hosehead83, Aug 27, 2012
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Sticke Pilsner - Beer Camp #43 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Pilsner) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.