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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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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.37%
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 Apellonious

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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
Photo of Jmick28


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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


3.18/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

09-25-2012 10:44:11 | More by jimmah120
Photo of kaelingirl


4/5  rDev +12.7%

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


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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


3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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


3.6/5  rDev +1.4%

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!

09-12-2012 20:54:14 | More by Humulus85
Photo of buzze40


3/5  rDev -15.5%

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


3.95/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

09-11-2012 03:36:41 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of SawDog505

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

09-08-2012 17:33:43 | More by SawDog505
Photo of tommyd313


3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

09-08-2012 00:23:32 | More by tommyd313
Photo of Tap25


1/5  rDev -71.8%

09-02-2012 22:10:52 | More by Tap25
Photo of ccrida


3.28/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

09-02-2012 02:36:44 | More by ccrida
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

08-31-2012 02:32:03 | More by dcook11
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

08-30-2012 23:17:04 | More by wo87810
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

08-21-2012 02:01:08 | More by JimmytheSaintPSU
Photo of phishsihq


3.78/5  rDev +6.5%

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!


08-19-2012 00:59:10 | More by phishsihq
Photo of schoolboy


4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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.

08-15-2012 23:59:31 | More by schoolboy
Photo of HalfFull


3.85/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

08-08-2012 04:34:30 | More by HalfFull
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

08-05-2012 05:54:02 | More by marct
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

07-31-2012 15:38:17 | More by jfcaa193
Photo of andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

07-31-2012 03:38:33 | More by andrewinski1
Photo of Hanzo


3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

07-29-2012 13:36:17 | More by Hanzo
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

07-29-2012 00:47:34 | More by Kopfschuss
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

07-27-2012 21:26:48 | More by Gavage
Imperial Pilsener - Beer Camp #43 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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