Imperial Pilsener - Beer Camp #43 - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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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
3.3/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
01-19-2013 09:03:52 | More by Lawl3ss
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
3.35/5 rDev -5.9%
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
3.73/5 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
3.55/5 rDev -0.3%
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
3.5/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
09-30-2012 00:31:40 | More by Apellonious
Imperial Pilsener - Beer Camp #43 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.