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

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50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.33%
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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Lawl3ss

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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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Newbiebeer

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

01-19-2013 01:56:15 | More by Newbiebeer
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Leinie

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

01-13-2013 01:45:34 | More by Leinie
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KFrank729

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

01-02-2013 19:34:01 | More by KFrank729
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ESPNman

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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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sendbeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-15-2012 05:58:02 | More by sendbeer
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runlikeakenyan

Indiana

4/5  rDev +12.4%

12-13-2012 12:04:19 | More by runlikeakenyan
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stabbingcontest

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

12-04-2012 01:34:56 | More by stabbingcontest
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vinhgoh


3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
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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chinchill

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

10-21-2012 01:49:30 | More by tizride
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WoodburyMN

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

10-11-2012 14:51:47 | More by WoodburyMN
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Nage37

California

4/5  rDev +12.4%

10-07-2012 22:30:27 | More by Nage37
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Apellonious

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Jmick28

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

09-26-2012 04:56:25 | More by Jmick28
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
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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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +12.4%

09-21-2012 02:24:15 | More by kaelingirl
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mrebeka

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

09-18-2012 02:57:58 | More by mrebeka
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

09-16-2012 15:06:19 | More by brez8791
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Humulus85

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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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buzze40

Illinois

3/5  rDev -15.7%

09-12-2012 01:42:34 | More by buzze40
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.95/5  rDev +11%
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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SawDog505

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +12.4%
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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tommyd313

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

09-08-2012 00:23:32 | More by tommyd313
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Imperial Pilsener - Beer Camp #43 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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