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

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

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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.37%


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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schoolboy

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 23:59:31 | More by schoolboy
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 17:33:43 | More by SawDog505
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 03:36:41 | More by StaveHooks
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HalfFull

California

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 04:34:30 | More by HalfFull
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 21:26:48 | More by Gavage
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phishsihq

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 00:59:10 | More by phishsihq
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ESPNman

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 01:14:00 | More by ESPNman
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 23:59:22 | More by chinchill
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 03:38:33 | More by andrewinski1
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 22:34:56 | More by dbrauneis
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Humulus85

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 20:54:14 | More by Humulus85
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metter98

New York

3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 17:03:39 | More by metter98
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Apellonious

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz from beer camp 12 pack.

A - pours a clear golden yellow, with one finger head.

S - bread, pine

T - taste of mild biscuit, malt

M - decent for a pilsner, which tend to be overly thin. Carbonation is mild.

O - A good, if not noteworthy, pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 00:31:40 | More by Apellonious
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vinhgoh


3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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...

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 09:34:19 | More by vinhgoh
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Lawl3ss

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Somehow this one ended up on my imperial shelf instead of the drink-this-soon area; whoops. Should have known, that blue label was out of place. Well, let's see how it's held up.

Chilled 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint.

Look- Deep straw with two fingers of frothy white foam that settles quickly. OK lacing.

Smell- Bready, melon rind, something of an adjunct wheaty feel. Strongly reminds me of Middle Age's Swallow Wit.

Taste- Definitely hoppier then your average pilsener, crusty French bread and floral notes. Finishes clean, faintest hint of honey.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, crisp feel. Average drinking for 5-6% ABV, chewier than expected. On the whole, it feels a bit heftier than I recall from a few months back.

Overall- It's actually done pretty well, but again it's been in the fridge for the last six months. Certainly not bad, but not something I'd gravitate towards.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 09:03:52 | More by Lawl3ss
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ccrida

Oregon

3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my Straub pils glass, Beer Camp #43 is a spritzy pale yellow with a small white head leaving nice, scattered lace.

Smell is soft, a bit phenolic, not the "resinous" aroma the label touted. Sweeter. A little floral.

Taste is living a bit more up to the billing with a decent hop finish, bitter, a bit pungent, but really not exaggerated like I'd expect from an "imperial" pils. Classic Czech, no, but a little underwhelming.

Mouthfeel is finely carbonated and light bodied, but there is a watery quality to this that comes off thin.

Drinkability isn't too high for me. The advert doesn't match the goods, it's got an odd little plasticy phenol note, a bit more than usual hops, albeit of a non-traditional variety, and is watery. Oh, and 3 times the cost of all the other pils at the shop.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 02:36:44 | More by ccrida
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 10:44:11 | More by jimmah120
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beertunes

Washington

3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 9oz pilsener glass. Poured a clean, clear bright yellow color with 1/2 inch of white head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma had some grain notes and some mellow hops, but was generally just kind of bland. It lacked the crisp grain and bright hops that I look for. The flavors were pretty much the same story, all the flavors were kind of blurry, not crisp and well defined, and the beer was noticeably sweeter than I'd like in the style.

The body was thicker than typical and a bit on the cloyingly sticky side. Drinkability was OK, I liked the bottle I had, but I'm not sure I'd seek out another. Overall, kind of a meh, unremarkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 21:03:15 | More by beertunes
Imperial Pilsener - Beer Camp #43 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.