Imperial Pilsener - Beer Camp #43 - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.5/5 rDev +26.4%
This is a first rate pilsner. The hops have a somewhat unconventional aroma - like a floral IPA smell. It works. Finish hops are so important in this style and they did a nice job.
Overall, the taste reflects the aroma, but more subtly, which is appropriate. I wish there were more in the pack, and I will seek out more beer camp packs.
08-15-2012 23:59:31 | More by schoolboy
4/5 rDev +12.4%
Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a straw yellow, with a one inch foamy head, that leaves some lace. Smell is earthy hops, citrus, grass, lemon, and flowers. Taste is all of that, with more bitterness than the smell would have you expect. Body is medium for the ABV, plenty of carbonation, a little dry, and good drinkability. This is a wonderful addition to this awesome 12 pack, calling it a Imperial Pilsner is a stretch.
09-08-2012 17:33:43 | More by SawDog505
3.95/5 rDev +11%
12oz served into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint
A - Pours a clear golden straw with a rocky 2 finger head that sinks to a wispy cap. Little to no lacing.
S - All the goodness of a Pilsener. Grassy noble hops, grainy pilsener malt, nutty cereal grain, clean lager yeast.
T - Toasted grain malt kissed with honey, almost like a light graham cracker, grassy and floral hops create a light spicy bitterness, lemon backdrop, leafy hops sine on the crisp but wet finish.
M - Medium full bodied, medium carbonation, crisp wet finish.
Tons of flavor packed in a 5.6 ABV. Big props for that. But I would have liked a little drier finish. A solid session lager packed with lots of flavor.
09-11-2012 03:36:41 | More by StaveHooks
3.85/5 rDev +8.1%
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
3.83/5 rDev +7.6%
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
3.78/5 rDev +6.2%
Beer Camp #43 Imperial Pilsner pours a beautifully clear, golden color, and atop the brew sits a bigger white head that leaves a good amount of lace. Aromas are spot on, with a sweet pils maltiness meeting slightly spicy hop notes. Crisp and clean, this brew begins slightly sweet with malt and grainy flavors dominating the pallet, and only the barest hint of hop bitterness pulling through the finish. Medium light in both body and carbonation, Beer Camp #43 is a solid brew!
08-19-2012 00:59:10 | More by phishsihq
3.75/5 rDev +5.3%
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
3.73/5 rDev +4.8%
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
3.63/5 rDev +2%
Poured into a tulip. The color is nice light golden and clear. There is a thick foamy white head with decent lacing.
The aroma is distinctly malty with typical pilsneresque aromas that emphasize zesty, slightly grassy hops as well.
The taste has mellow bready malt character. This quickly turns into zesty spicy hops with some decent grassy character.
This is medium to full bodied, with crisp carbonation to keep this pilsneresque.
This is pretty good. The hops aren't too over the top but are definitely prominently displayed. Tasty.
07-31-2012 03:38:33 | More by andrewinski1
3.61/5 rDev +1.4%
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
3.6/5 rDev +1.1%
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
Imperial Pilsener - Beer Camp #43 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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