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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
85
very good

428 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 428
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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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-29-2013 00:37:09 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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runlikeakenyan

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-28-2013 11:51:21 | More by runlikeakenyan
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

04-09-2013 00:28:37 | More by randylangford
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured this 12 oz. into a Samuel Adams glass. 2012 Beer Camp release (from notes). The body was straw colored and clear. The head was thin and bright white.

The smell was grainy. Hay. Sulfur. Skunky in a good, noble hops way. Subtle aromas.

The taste was intense noble hops! bold and grainy. Really leafy and fresh.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied and carbonated. Very good.

03-31-2013 15:56:32 | More by Cresant
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DMc8ride

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

03-28-2013 22:25:31 | More by DMc8ride
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Chucker17

South Dakota

3.25/5  rDev -14%

03-19-2013 18:18:58 | More by Chucker17
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5.8%

03-13-2013 05:38:28 | More by Zachtheporter
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CEDAMA

California

4.5/5  rDev +19%

03-12-2013 01:55:11 | More by CEDAMA
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His_Royal_Hoppiness

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

03-10-2013 21:50:37 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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jamiecoppin

North Dakota

3/5  rDev -20.6%

03-10-2013 17:35:06 | More by jamiecoppin
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SenorHops

Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -14%

03-06-2013 20:31:02 | More by SenorHops
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bubseymour

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.8%

03-01-2013 12:19:16 | More by bubseymour
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-19-2013 04:28:55 | More by Blanco
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DIPAFAN

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-18-2013 20:45:18 | More by DIPAFAN
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Thedrizzle

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-16-2013 00:46:56 | More by Thedrizzle
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JohnnyFire44094

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-15-2013 03:48:36 | More by JohnnyFire44094
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tsco7

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

02-13-2013 18:58:26 | More by tsco7
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robertrunner

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

02-11-2013 03:27:35 | More by robertrunner
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isualum12

Idaho

4.39/5  rDev +16.1%

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.

02-10-2013 03:59:27 | More by isualum12
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-07-2013 21:24:09 | More by Haybeerman
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%

At 5.6% ABV, it's hard to call this an Imperial Pils, but I see that it's elsewhere been called the Sierra Nevada Sticke Pils. In any case, this is the 2012 Beer Camp #43 beer, which my bottle entitles "Imperial Pilsner". Purchased from Leura Cellars.

Pours a clear and pale yellow colour, with an initially rocky and foamy head of white, that settles down to some faint webbing and a mess of lace. Carbonation is fine and refined, leaving lovely silk gossamer threads of bubbles running through the centre of the beer. Overall, it's a pretty suitable look for a pilsener.

Nose is clean and fresh, but with an aroma that reminds me just how use to (and perhaps spoiled by) New Zealand pilseners I am. This is a leafy, clean but slightly vegetative European aroma (despite the fact that the label mentions Crystal and Pacifica as the hops), mixed with a pleasant clean malt tinged with a slight crystal sweetness. That's something of a surprise, and perhaps it's here that the extra body, or the "imperial" of the name is borne. It's decent enough, but I really expect something punchy and bold from an "Imperial", ABV notwithstanding.

Taste is very pleasant: clean malt character flecked with slight grainy overtones, balanced with a very crisply delivered whack of hop bitterness. Faint astringency towards the back, almost a suggestion of higher alcohol, with a lingering, dancing, volatile floral note on the finish. Indeed, on the aftertaste is a pleasant uptilt in sweetness: it gives a slight sherbet sugar character that mingles nicely with the residual hop oils to provide a crisp, bright ending. Very nice stuff.

Feel is light, fresh and pleasant, I wouldn't expect anything else from Sierra Nevada.

Overall, despite my worries about the aroma, this is a damn-good beer. It's clean, crisp, remarkably drinkable and very, very refreshing. Ignore the "Imperial" in the title though, and take this as just a damn-good Pils.

02-04-2013 05:53:55 | More by lacqueredmouse
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ste5venla

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-02-2013 21:11:48 | More by ste5venla
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Gmann

New York

3.49/5  rDev -7.7%

Pours a golden straw color, slight haze, with a pure white head that left some nice soapy lacing on the pils glass.

The aroma is weak, some grassy hops with a nice peppery spice. Perhaps a touch of honey from the malt.

The taste is bright. A crackery malt with a hint of honey. There seems to be a slight lemony note which is a bit odd for a pils. The hop flavor is light and grassy with some pepper notes. Could be a notch stronger.

Moderate feel with crisp carbonation. A bit sweet for the style and doesn't finish as clean as it should, some lingering sweetness. Needs a bit more hoppy bitterness. Drinks very well though.

I am a little torn on this one. As a true pils, it misses some marks. However it has a wonderful bright flavor to it and is quite drinkable.

02-02-2013 20:16:28 | More by Gmann
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.71/5  rDev -1.9%

"Packing a big hop-forward punch and bright crisp finish, this golden pilsner features a hearty dose of "sticky" resinous Crystal and Pacifica dry hops, which balance the light-bodied yet complex malt backbone." Beer Camp #43 2012. Available in bottles as part of the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2012 mix pack as well as on tap at select locations.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Pint Glass. Served north of 46º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a thick frothy cream white head with thin spotty lacing over a slightly golden yellow body with high clarity. Very light carbonation, surprisingly low for any pilsner. Surface cover is consistent and retention is slightly above average- the beer is largely inviting. 4

(Smell) Aromas are very similar to my impressions of a German-style Pilsener. Clean crystal malt with a mild citrusy hop profile and some resinous grassy blends mesh together well. The hop presence isn't as forward as I had expected from the label but of what is here, it's bright and lively. A touch of honey and some lesser acidic notes are also present. Altogether it's a bright and enjoyable aroma- there are certainly no major flaws to be had here. 3.75

(Taste) A nice biscuity german malt, mild peppery spice and lightly toasted caramel blend create some mild body and sweetness. It isn't much unlike other German Pilsener options, although the sweetness is a little more forward. The beer is in very nice balance with substantial hop bitterness- the sweetness ultimately still comes out on top. A resinous piney hop finish is certainly a notable quality- whereas most other options are grassy and floral, this one certainly tastes resinous, lemon citrusy slightly herbal in spots, but it is a welcome variation for this style and works with the flavors. Despite coming out slightly sweet and short a notch on hop bitterness, the flavors are all enjoyable and the beer is highly drinkable. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Mildly peppery with a touch of sweetness and herb on the mild drying finish. Carbonation is a bit shallow for the style, very low participating relaxed crispness. Body is medium+ for the style and light+ overall. Alcohol presence is low. Again, the carbonation should be more spritely for the style regardless of how the recipe varies- this one is a bit muted in intensity. 3.25

(Overall) Some less common hop choices makes this a more interesting Pilsener recipe for the craft beer crowd, and I was able to pull out a few distinct hop notes that I don't often think of. Whether they were intentional or not doesn't matter, as they worked quite well for the beer. Despite a minor issue in balance (it was a touch sweet, which slightly hampered drinkability) and a less-than-energetic mouthfeel, I was pleasantly surprised by this first edition in the Beer Camp variety pack. Should you find this in a store, it's still good, so it's worth a try. 3.75

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company's
Beer Camp #43 2012: Imperial Pilsner
3.71/5.00

01-30-2013 21:01:02 | More by Jadjunk
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M1A2

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

01-30-2013 19:52:39 | More by M1A2
Sticke Pilsner - Beer Camp #43 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Pilsner) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.