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Imperial Pilsener - Beer Camp #43 - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Imperial Pilsener - Beer Camp #43Imperial Pilsener - Beer Camp #43

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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

Duplicate of  http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profi ... /140/66425 

(Beer added by: beertunes on 07-23-2012)
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Photo of schoolboy
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

schoolboy, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of KFrank729
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

KFrank729, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of Beerlover
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Beerlover, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of wo87810
4/5  rDev +13%

wo87810, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of Nage37
4/5  rDev +13%

Nage37, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +13%

kaelingirl, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of runlikeakenyan
4/5  rDev +13%

runlikeakenyan, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of soze47
4/5  rDev +13%

soze47, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of dcook11
4/5  rDev +13%

dcook11, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of SawDog505
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

SawDog505, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of StaveHooks
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

StaveHooks, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of HalfFull
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

HalfFull, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of Gavage
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Gavage, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of phishsihq
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Cheers!

phishsihq, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of gtermi
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

gtermi, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of ESPNman
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

ESPNman, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of WoodburyMN
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

WoodburyMN, Oct 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

tommyd313, Sep 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Leinie, Jan 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

chinchill, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of andrewinski1
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

andrewinski1, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

dbrauneis, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of Humulus85
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Humulus85, Sep 12, 2012
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Imperial Pilsener - Beer Camp #43 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.