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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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186 Reviews
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Reviews: 186
Hads: 432
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mcallister on 02-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 186 | Hads: 432
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color pilsner with a nice big white head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of light hoppy fruity notes with light floral malt base. Taste is also dominated by loads of some light floral malt base with some medium residual sugar notes and some light dry hoppy notes with light fruity undertones. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well brewed though not imperial in any way.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and bright, pale hay color. Great bubbling, great head and residual foam. A little lacing too. This is a great looking pilsner!

Floral and grassy hop aroma dominate with some hay, unmalted barley, and lightly toasted water cracker backbone.

Bitter flower petals and some earthy grass hop bite grabs the tongue right away. The middle let some of the light cracker and hay like malt flavors mix with hops. The overall flavor and feel of this beer is crisp, bitter, bright, and refreshing. If you like hoppy pilsners, this beer is for you.

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Photo of Duff27
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent dark yellow/light orange color. Small but sense white head. Cap and collar stick around throughout. Sticky lacing.

Cereal grains with a bunch of bright citrus hops.

Hops shine right through the weak malt backbone. Light bitter follow-through. Drinks about its stated ABV.

Lower but biting, crisp carbonation. Medium to medium-low mouthfeel.

Very drinkable/refreshing. Not sure where they get "imperial" from bring only 5.6%abv but enjoyed nonetheless. Thanks egrace84!

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Photo of Mojo
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into pilsner flute

This beer pours up an extremely pale straw, absolutely clear, with a nice fluffy white head, and some lacing left over. Not much on the nose really. I mostly got a mild note of oranges. The taste was also pretty mild with some bitterness on the finish, but not a lot. Mouthfeel may be the best part as it is loaded with stinging carbonation. Not bad really, although it is quite mild.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks just like pils with a well retained head. Straw and white.

Std aromas of grains and malt.

Taste is Different. Major malt mid palate flavours and just like a pilsner but much much bigger. Alcohol well hidden but a warmth to palate.

Mouthfeel very medium bodied, carbonation moderate.

Nice example of style.

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Photo of wspscott
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass

A: Straw color and crystal clear, topped with a pure white creamy head, almost sparkles when held up to the window, I love the way a pils looks.
S: Floral and sweet like honey with an underlying resinous quality
T: Aggressive bitterness that quickly fades to sweet pils malt with a lingering sense of hops. There are definitely a lot of hops here, but I wish there was more flavor of hops vs. mostly bitterness.
M: Very crisp, high level of carbonation
O: An excellent pils, very well made and incredibly easy to drink. I'm not sure what makes this "imperial" given the 5.6% alcohol level, but I am not complaining. Probably the best beer in the Beer Camp 12 pack, but that may say more about me than the beer :) Worth trying.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows biscuity and grainy malt along with a lot of noble-like hops characters. Very Czech pilsner-ish.
Similar flavours. Bready, grainy, cardboard-like malt and spicy, grassy hops. Finishes with a bold, slightly metallic bitterness.
Good moderately high carbonation.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

seems strange to call a beer an imperial at under 6% abv, but what the hell do i know? the pour is a dusty pale straw color, with a short bone white head on top. the nose is really floral hops, dry hopped for sure thie beer is, nice and fresh and bitter. i was worried by the smell that itd be a hop bomb, because you could just barely smell the pilsener malt underneath the hops, but the flavor quelled my fears (not that i was worried exactly). the german malts definitely came out in the taste, up front, summery and light, but also hearty enough to stand up to the hops, which arent as intense as in the nose, but still quite robust for the style. alcohol is invisible. again, not sure what makes this an imperial, but i liked it a lot. it was plenty drinkable with a barely medium body and really bubbly carbonation. overall a nice beer, nothing too too standout about it, but a gracefully hopped german pils.

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Photo of MrKennedy
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to mulder1010, into a Brooklyn tulip.

Light golden colour, really compact white bubbles on top that lace as it falls gradually froma height of a couple of fingers. A little bit of haze, but otherwise good clarity. Very nice looking beer.

Smells sweet, a little herbal hop presence, very clean and clear. Some grass as well. Nice and well defined.

Taste follows on from the smell, herbal hop flavour and some sweet malt backing it. Enough there and not over the top. Seems typical for Sierra Nevada, good beer done well.

Not a huge body, nor should it at 5.6% ABV. Seems to suit the flavour profile pretty well. Hop bitterness is decent early and it gets sweet at the end but avoids becoming cloying.

Nice fun beer to drink. Just like every other Sierra Nevada beer i've had, it has no real faults, very good all round and worth getting. One of the better Imperial Pilsners i've stumbled upon.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found an imperial pilsner in my parent's fridge so I figured why not

A- a crisp straw yellow with rapid carbonation bursting towards a frothy head of white foam. The white foam is very thick and hearty

S- a grassy hop scent with a bit of grainy presence as well. Even slightly sweet with a little herbal component

T- a complete grassy taste combined with some sweet malt flavor that is very carbonated throughout the tasting. Pretty thick with flavor and a sticky dry aftertaste

M- carbonated and actually thick with flavor for a pilsner

O- certainly is not prima pils but this is still a full flavored pilsner that has good flavor. Good grass notes on this sticky pilsner

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A crisp clear looking beer that is yellow and bubbly. The head is white and large but fades quickly to some simple suds.

The smell is of fresh malts with hints of a grassy earthiness. Simple clean and almost understated, I'm not entirely sure what makes this anything more then a pilsner.

Taste like the nose and look is clean crisp and satisfying. The lightly toasted grains are sweet and pie toy balanced with a light hop spice. Simple and perfect just like a German pils should be.

Mouthfeel has a great sharp carbonation that nicely balances the sweetness of the malts. This is a tasty brew but not much of an imperial. Very worth checking out if your a fan of a good drinking pils.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a clean golden pour with a finger of head which quickly diminished. decent retention, visible carbonation, no lacing.
smells of lemongrass, jasmine flowers (hmm), honey, bready yeast.
slightly grassy hop flavor up front followed by a slightly bitter earth/dirt flavor. a nice sweet malt profile, quite a bready taste on the finish.
light body leaning towards a medium mouthfeel.. slightly creamy with a medium amount of carbonation, yet still goes down very easy and has a crisp finish.

not a bad beer, very refreshing.. but the least favorite of the beer camp box so far. also, i feel like the abv should be higher for this to be an imperial pilsner..

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Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into my Russian river glass. Clear and golden in color with a half inch of bubbly foam filling the top of the glass. Nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a crisp fruit and herbal, peppery hop character to it. It's got some sweet graininess to it as well. Pretty flavorful and balanced and probably one of the better smelling imperial versions of the style I've had.

The taste follows through with more of a bold European hop presence with a herbal peppery flavor up front and a little bitter citrus rind in the finish. The sweet graininess is a little more reserved in it, but it's still noticeable along with some crisp fruits. It feels a little less balanced than the aroma though with the hops overshadowing the other flavors some.

Feels heavy for the style, but it is an imperial version so ill cut it some slack. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, a pretty decent beer. I don't typically think this is a style that works well when it gets "imperialized", but this one was pretty good. They managed to still keep it relatively crisp easy drinking and pretty well balanced. Pretty good overall.

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Photo of danieelol
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Porters Northwood. Great little shop, btw.

Pours a clear yellow, just textbook lager. Fine head/lacing.

Smells a textbook lager smell- lots of grain. Then there's some punchy citrus behind that. Leaves me thinking of SA Noble Pils.

Taste is, again, citrussy grain. Has a nice malty orangy flavour which I associate with both Boston Lager and Noble Pils, so I presume it's the lager yeast working its magic again. Is pretty much balanced between bitter and sweet- not particularly dry but balanced.

Mouthfeel does reveal a bit of residual sugar which does hint at the "Imperial" nature of the Pilsener.

Not sure of the IBUs on this one but to be honest I wouldn't mind another 10 or so just to really dry you out at the end. Pilseners are a man's beer! Especially ones whose "Imperial" claim is as spurious as this 5.6% lager's is.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

The conclusion to my experience with this year's variety pack. it pours a clear straw topped by a couple o' fingers of white foam. The nose comprises grass, rice, light wheat, and a kiss of biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a general metallic sense, but one that somehow doesn't lead this to taste poorly. I am actually in mild awe of this fact. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this is the weakest in the pack, but it's a surprising not-terrible imperial pilsner. Not bad.

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Photo of shand
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours from a 12oz short boy bottle into a pint glass. Emerges kind of dark in color, golden amber with a typically sized, slightly lemon colored head. Aroma is quite typical of the style. Malty and hoppy with caramel and toffee notes as well as a bit of buscuity flavors wafting my way.

I like the flavor here. More hop centric, which I like. Great balance between malt and hops on this one, which works for me. Hops are earthy and noble in quality; subdued yet apparently visible. A nice combination.

Nicely proportioned body. Nothing sticks out yet all remain balanced, which is what the Germans strive for. The mouthfeel was a little thin for me. It was crisp and clean but with the biscuity flavors and aromas, I was hoping for a little more chewiness. It is hard to have both biscuit and dry, clean finish, so maybe this is world class. Who knows. I liked it but wasnt blown away.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with some slight herbal flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served cold in a pint glass.

Imperial Pilsner is a pale golden yellow color with great clarity and fizzy sticky head.

Aroma is nice and hoppy with a hit of lemon and spice.

Flavor is punchy and bitter. It has a great deal of hoppiness without being overpowered. Light malt base lets the spicy German hops shine.

Mouthfeel is light in body and nicely carbonated.

Overall a good pils but, as others have mentioned, too light in ABV and flavor to be called imperial.

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Photo of Mdog
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, yellow, ok head at first but poor retention.

Smell: Grassy, standard pilsner.

Taste: Not much different from Summerfest. Bready, grassy hops add a nice crispness. Hint of grape underneath.

Overall: Since the bottle said Imperial Pilsner I was intrigued. I should have looked at the back which says 5.6% ABV, which is by no means Imperial. I suppose as a standard pilsner it fits the bill, but is missing the extra malt flavors of an imperial pilsner.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazed, otherwise bright golden color. The medium sized, white head has a fairly frothy texture and decent retention. An irregular ring of lacing sticks to the glass as the head fades.

S: Some pale malt aroma - a bit doughy and crackery. Hop notes are brightly herbal and somewhat floral/perfumey. A bit of fruitiness is also present in the background.

T: Reasonably malty up front, with some moderate sweetness. Doughy and bready notes. Hop bitterness is firm. Herbal/noble hop notes are prominent, with some lesser fruity/perfumey character.

M: Medium-firm body. Carbonation is perky. Hoppiness fades into a lasting, dry aftertaste.

D: This is a nice, drinkable pilsner. There are more exciting versions, but this has solid balance and good hop character.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle from their 2012 beer camp 12ver...

Appearance - Almost 2 fingers of white eggshell sudsy head, body is a perfectly translucent golden yellow straw color, head dissipates quickly and leaves very minimal lacing.

Smell - Big bready aromas, lite pear & apple, crackers, lite white pepper.

Taste - A good complexity of noble hops right off the bat, giving crisp floral and herbal bitterness on the front, slight tart appleskins, a nice bready flavor midsip to balance, then some slight minerals finishing with very dry and bitter hops, and a touch of bitter peach pits, and a dash of white pepper.

Mouthfeel - This has a pretty light, airy and dry mouthfeel, carb is on the higher side and definitely scrubs the palate, with some sharp edges on the sides and back of the tongue, and leaves a bitter dryness at the end of the sip.

Overall - While I personally don't prefer the style, this seems to represent the style extremely well for both flavor and mouthfeel. This would probably go well with heavier, higher fat/carb dishes. I would think this would be a great brew for pils fans.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear, pale golden. Head is frothy, two fingers, white. Good retention and some lacing.
S- Aroma is "green," noble hop heavy. A bit of pepper, just a hint of breadyness.
T- Big noble hops up front. A hint of green apple, a touch of honey and a bit of apricot as well. Big flavors up front but the finish is a bit of a drop off.
M- Very, very, very dry finish. Medium body, medium light carb.
O- A good imperial pilsner and one of the better beer camp beers that I have had.

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Photo of hdofu
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not usually a pilsner fan, but this one is one of the better pilsners I've encountered, not enough to make me want more but hey it was easy to drink and I wouldn't turn it down. It had the amound of head you'd expect with a pillsner. It was pale/goldenish. It smelled medicinal and had other spices in the nose. These were very noticeable when drinking the beer. If you like pilsners with flavor, this one has more flavor then most which is a good thing to me.

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Photo of jsanford
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold with a dense white head that settles to a solid cap with sudsy edges. Crisp aromas of toasted grains, doughy malt, herbal hops, and just a touch of sweet corn. Nice flavors of grainy malt, noble hops, and clean Pilsner yeast. Crisp and clean, and very nicely done. Mouthfeel is sharp and crisp, with a medium body and very nice carbonation. Solid Pilsner, but not a style that really blows me away.

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Sticke Pilsner - Beer Camp #43 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Pilsner) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.