Imperial Pilsener - Beer Camp #43 - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ESPNman:
3.75/5 rDev +5.6%
A - Pours a near-clear golden yellow with one finger of fluffy white head. Not much retention.
S - Much more hops than I would expect from a pilsner, but the hops are balanced nicely with a solid wheaty malt nose. It's like smelling a grapefruit that's rubbed all over with rolled oats.
T - More citrus hops and bready malts. Superbly balanced brew that doesn't stray too far into the bitter, and manages to avoid being overly bready or sweet.
M - Relatively thin for an "imperial" pilsner. It drinks like the 5.6% ABV, easy and with a fairly dry finish.
O - A solid addition to the beer camp line. I definitely enjoyed this one, and would gladly pick up a 6-pack to bring to a poker game or a tailgate. A beer that can be enjoyed by both beeradvocate regulars as well as light beer lovers.
12-29-2012 01:14:00 | More by ESPNman
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3.73/5 rDev +5.1%
12 oz 2012 bottle served in lager glass.
Pours a yellow gold color with a proportionate white head. The head is reasonably durable and partially coats the glass with lacing. Clear with visible carbonation.
Flawless (but see below) execution of style, with excellent hop/malt balance in keeping with style, albeit more hoppy than average.
M: rather lively and crisp with a semi-dry finish. Near medium body
A very fine pilsner, but not as bold or strong as expected for an "imperial" pilsner.
11-02-2012 23:59:22 | More by chinchill
3.85/5 rDev +8.5%
Pours a clear deep straw in color into a pint glass. A robust cap of foam settles slowly to a thin cap which maintains nicely as a steady boil emanates from the bottom of the glass.
Aroma of pils malt and noble hops with a touch of lemon. Notably neutral grain aroma with a classic Pils profile. With warming the pour does reflect a bit more of its heft, yet with subtlety and nuance.
Tasste of grain and a light citrus component. The Imperial nature of this brew is well hidden. Touch of chalky grain yet lacking the sweet and viscous component typically found in an Impy Pils.
Feel is smooth and subtle. Easy drinking though a bit gummy with warming as for a yeast profile which keeps this one in check.
08-08-2012 04:34:30 | More by HalfFull
3.55/5 rDev 0%
A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down and left lacing on the surface.
S: There are aromas of floral hops and bready malts in the nose along with some notes of herbal hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of floral and grassy hops along with some hints of bready malts and a light amount of bitterness. There are some hints of alcohol in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and somewhat clean on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an average pilsner, although I would have enjoyed it more if I didn't taste any alcohol.
10-29-2012 17:03:39 | More by metter98
3.61/5 rDev +1.7%
A: Pours a clear medium golden yellow in color with a very light amount of fine visible sediment in suspension, light amounts of visible carbonation, and some medium yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall bright white head that reduces to a very large patch of very thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate aromas of bready malts with some floral and herbal hops.
T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of bready malts with some light to moderate notes of grassy and herbal hops. There are some lighter flavors of floral hops. All of the hops contribute a light amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly. Light hints of alcohol in the finish.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Clean.
O: It is a little surprising that the taste of alcohol is not more well hidden considering the ABV on this beer is not really that high. I would have enjoyed it more if the alcohol was more well hidden, otherwise this is an average beer for the style.
04-26-2013 22:34:56 | More by dbrauneis
3.35/5 rDev -5.6%
This beer is the first imperial pilsner I've ever had.
I picked up the Beer Camp 12pk from the local store, seemed pretty interesting.
Pour: not overly carbonates, golden color, not much foam.
Smell: Not a really strong smell, took quite a few sniffs. Pineapple notes as well as citrus notes.
Taste: Definitely taste the citrus followed by a refreshing bitter after taste (not too overwhelming or anything)
Mouthfeel: light carbonation
I like this because its easy to drink...after all its a pilsner. What distinguishes it is the taste. Overall, nothing really special about it. But easy to drink...
12-03-2012 09:34:19 | More by vinhgoh
3.83/5 rDev +7.9%
Appearance: pours a crystal clear golden yellow color with a 2" head that slowly falls to a spotty foam.
Smell: grass, grains, and a decent hop presence rises from the glass.
Taste: follows the nose as a mildly grainy and sweet malt base, grass, some biscuit, and a bit of lemon zest is nicely balanced by a moderate bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden.
Mouthfeel: meium bodied beer. Crisp throughout with a bit of dryness late. Short lasting aftertaste.
Overall: a decent imperial pilsner that doesn't go over the edge as some do. Easily drinkable and mildly refreshing.
07-27-2012 21:26:48 | More by Gavage
3.6/5 rDev +1.4%
Going to Beer Camp today! Reviewing all four of 2012's SN Beer Camp. Up first #43 Imperial Pilsner. 12 oz bottle into my tasting snifter.
Pours a crystal clear straw yellow. About a finger and a half of bone white head displayed nice retention with some great lacing.
Very clean, very light in the nose. Grassy/herbal noble hops blend with pilsen malt.
Follows the nose. Very crisp and clean. Noble hops upfront, bready pilsen malt in the middle, finishes slightly bitter. Tastes like a good Pilsner, but lacks the depth and amount of flavor I expected from the term "Imperial".
Classic Pilsner. Light in body, well carbonated, slightly dry, no alcohol, finishes clean.
Overall this is a very tasty beer, but far from extraordinary. Hits all the right notes, but doesn't wow. If it was a regular offering I probably wouldn't seek it out, to many better Pilsners out there. Cheers!
09-12-2012 20:54:14 | More by Humulus85
3.18/5 rDev -10.4%
12oz bottle no date into pint
Look is pale gold orange with a sudsy head that fades to a slightly sticky film. Smell is saltine crackers, muted earthy hops, some clove, dry leaves. Taste is earthy floral hops, medicinal in their bitterness, dry crackers, dust, dry leaves. Slight 7-Up flavor I'm probably imagining. Feel is light medium well carbonated and easily drinkable.
Tasty beer, but with some odd, off-putting notes of metallic dry bitterness, and dry leaves. Still remains extremely drinkable.
09-25-2012 10:44:11 | More by jimmah120
Imperial Pilsener - Beer Camp #43 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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