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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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BA SCORE
81
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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.41%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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 metter98
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

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.

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.

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of beertunes
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of ccrida
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of jfcaa193
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of gtermi
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of ncstateplaya
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Hanzo
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of mrebeka
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of brez8791
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Kopfschuss
3/5  rDev -15.3%

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.

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.

Photo of Beerlover
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

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.

Photo of dgherm
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of NYR_Rob
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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Imperial Pilsener - Beer Camp #43 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.