Provisions Series: Run B.M.C. - The Bruery

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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 15
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: vacax on 07-13-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by Trilogy31:
Photo of Trilogy31
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a smoggy golden sunset with a nice fluffy head of foam leaving sticky lacing in its wake. The nose hits with hay and grassy hops, cereal malts, yellow corn with also a ever so slight sour funk. The taste brings more corn, light hopping and citrus along with a touch of alcohol that evokes a 40 of malt liquor. The beer tastes like a well made version other the other imperial pilsener Mickeys. I personally enjoyed it for what it is and its playfullness - well done for the style though i would take Emerwon any day, 7% abv just is a bit too forward in this beer and it would helped being a touched restrained.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ehammond1
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

Hazy golden yellow with a a medium sized white head. Spots and specks of lacing down the glass. Gorgeous lager.

Simple aroma mainly consisting of simple bread, sharp hop notes and grass, with a persistent adjunct/corn odor as well.

Bready malt and some sharp, floral, and grassy flavors from the hops. No alcohol presence.

Medium mouthfeel and a touch creamy--excellent for the style.

A simple, balanced, and easy drinking pilsner in the style of American adjunct lagers--in that sense, this is a great success, though all that being true, it probably won't be seeing much time in my fridge.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little bit of a blurry haze to the straw belgianesque appearance of a beer, nice head, good retention. Aroma had almost a belgian yeast aroma to it, a little bit of clove and fruity esters attributable to yeast instead of actual fruit.

Taste, more of that belgian-ness. Quadruple hopped must have been a play on the triple hopped Miller Lite commercials, because this doesn't taste 'hoppy' like their humulus series, not even close. A little bit of hop zest, but nothing worth mentioning quad hopped unless you're just ribbing on the other company.
Hoppy by BMC standard, sure.

Why did I pay $10 for this? It's an ok beer, until you think about what you paid for it, then it is subpar for the price. A rare miss from the Bruery.

Photo of thagr81us
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a hazy straw yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, wheat, and banana. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, banana, spices, and very subtle alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The aroma on this one was pretty nice and inviting. The flavor unfortunately fell a little short of the aroma. It was just that the flavor wasn't very well balanced. It was okay, but not overly impressive. Worth trying, but that is about it.

Photo of trappistlover
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Purchased at Bruery Provisions). Pours hazy yellow with a white head. Some nice lacing develops. Aroma has grass, bubblegum and florals. Taste is sweet with grassy/hay notes and a light bitterness. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Dry finish. I thought this was a pretty taste beer and quite drinkable. Abv was hidden well.

Photo of zep9865
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into new belgium snifter. Three fingers of soapy, white foam head that leaves generous lacing. Color is an orange-copper

Smell is very floral with lots of orange blossom. Alcohol is slightly detectable.

Beer tastes like a pilsner that's been modified more than anything else. Much sweeter than i expected with a nice hop kick. Little bit of bitter citrus, grass, and a nice sweet finish that i cannot describe.

Beer lacks carbonation that you would expect from a pils. The hops stay on your tongue after every sip. Beer is too sweet upfront to think it's a pils if you were blind tasting it.

I should probably rate to style but i enjoy this beer for what it is.

Photo of jsanford
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip Glass.

Pours a hazy gold with a thick, fluffy white head that settles to a thick cap, leaving spotty lacing as it recedes. Nice, crisp aromas of toasted pilsner malt, fresh-cut grass, and lemony hops. Flavors of doughy bread and toasted malt with more lemon and grass hops. Crisp mouthfeel, with a medium body and sharp carbonation. Overall a solid beer, but not my favorite Provisions offering so far.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Poured into pilsner flute

Pours light straw with a huge white head leaving moderate retention and lacing.

Aroma consists of grainy malts with a spicy noble hop profile

Flavor profile follows closely. Cereal grains supported by a spicy hoppy characteristic. Very light bodied.

Light mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

I'm assuming Patrick is aping the big boys and showing you can do a pilsner that actually has taste. If so then bravo he succeeds. Not tremendous in any way, but is a great spicy light(er) lager. Went down very smooth.

Photo of vacax
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This really cold quadruple hopped imperial pilsner is golden in color with an average in size yet somewhat sticky white head. Bottle conditioned, which I found interesting for a lager. Aroma has spicy and fruity hop notes with some husky malt mixed in there.

Flavor largely echoes the nose with some juicy fruity and spicy hops on the front with a sweetish cookielike malt finish that comes out as the beer warms. Of course, this one is best enjoyed "really cold." Some nicely done hop flavors, nothing too over the top on that front. This is going to finish crisper the colder it is, though as is typical for the style a bit of malt sweetness does come out on the finish.

I would have expected The Bruery to do something crazy with rice or corn or sugar or who knows what to result in a crisper finish. I suppose that would have been a different beer though. Carbonation is moderate-high, probably could go higher for a lager, and an easy drinking lighter body is completely on the right track. Nice beer overall, perhaps one of the less adventurous beers from The Bruery actually. A very solid example of the category.

Photo of camil1mj
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received as an extra from a great trader who lives near The Bruery. Chilled and poured into my Bell's tulip glass.

A: Cloudy yellow-orange with 2 finger whit head. Intermediate lacing.

S: This one has that off-base, funky Heineken smell to it but multiply it by 100.

T: Take your standard big pilsner taste and blow it up to the point that it is flat out too much.

M: The mouthfeel is comparable to other pilsners.

O: I do like the occasional pilsner, but this was flat out not good. I appreciate receiving from a generous BA, but would turn down drinking it again. In my opinion there is just no need for imperial pilsners.

Photo of oline73
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden amber with lots of fluffy white carbonation and good retention.

Smell: Herbal up front with some citrus in the background and a floral fruity note as well.

Taste: Bitter hops with some light, bready malt. Fairly smooth overall with some of that signature pils taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a pretty good beer for the style. The hops were smooth and everything blended together well. I don't think I would search it out again.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden color, big white fluffy head.

Lemony spice hits first in the aroma. Grassy lemony hops.

Semi-sweet malt coats the tongue then finishes quickly. Moderately hoppy with grassy lemony hops. Was hoping for a bigger hop kick or at least something more flavorful. Some adjunct-like flavors. Clean finish. Not a whole lot going on but not really a bad beer.

Photo of aasher
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was courtesy of BrewerB in a box I received on Friday. Thanks for hitting this want Brian!

First off, I love the name and that this is quadruple hopped. So, its got to be at least a little better than Miller Lite. It pours a light bodied cloudy gold in color with a poofy two finger white head. It smells of pale malts, corn, other grains, with just a touch of hop bitterness. I mean ESB subtle bitterness. It tastes of sweeter pale malts with a moderate amount of honey with a slightly bitter hop finish. The honey flavor seems to be authentic. I do still detect some corn in the after taste. My first thought is that this is a less refined My Antonia. It has nice flavor and I consider this style to be very drinkable. Overall this is a solid beer and good for the style. I'm sure a lot of people don't think a pilsner is worth the money but I enjoyed this one.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.56/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Bruery tulip at last weekend's tasting.

Pours a slightly-hazy light orange color with a thin white head and just a touch of lacing. The nose brings forward a heavy pilsner malt presence and a touch of hops. Too bready and malty. The flavor is pretty similar. There's a lot of pilsner malt in this and it's far too heavy, even for an imperial version of the style. Bready throughout with a moderate hop bite to the finish. Just short of average.

Photo of Gilmango
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked up as a pre-bought Reserve allocation, still quite hoppy but would've loved to have tried it fresh in July/August 2011. That said, some of the old reviews cited a sweetness that I really did not find to be very present, so perhaps the bottle conditioned lager yeast took a bit of time to dry out the beer?

An exceptional pilsner, probably the closest Bruery has come to bottling their spectacular Humulus Lager. Nice rocky head left with some lacing in my Bruery tulip. Great aroma of citrus, grass, earth, spice; medium bitterness, nice earthy grain flavor with hints of sweet malt, dry finish. Great beer, even with 6 months age this had a nice hoppiness and was a wonderful treat to try.

Opened a 2nd bottle on 2/17/12 and was a tad bit less wowed by the hops - aroma and bitterness just slightly not as impressive as first taste. Still a very tasty pilsner, very clean, well balanced.

Photo of Hershdawg
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 into tulip

A:Hazy golden color. A little white head appears that makes a ring. It doesn't appear to make any lacing but it could be my glass.

S: Sweet malt, maybe a little corn. Noble hops. Interesting.

T: Sweet malt. Noble hops. Not as bitter as I was expecting but still good. I do detect some non barley wheat adjunct use. maybe corn.

M: good and creamy. Not quite to style but its imperial anyway.

O: This is how BMC company beers should taste like. Refreshing, creamy, the adjuncts don't detract. Good stuff.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Boulevard tulip glass.

Given our shared love for old school rap, classic Golden State Warriors trios, and odd new beers, I had to share this one with VDubb. His reaction was similar to mine: "Cool name, but does it have to be an imperial pils?" Yeah... Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly-hazy brass topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises fresh non-flavored oatmeal, sweet corn, light wild rice, light sweet flowers, and a vague sense of greenery off in the distance, oasis-style. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a thankfully-mild-but-still-decidedly-perceptible vein of vinyl. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally fluid feel. Overall, one of the better imperial pilsners I've had, but still nothing I'd wanna go after again. Gotta love novelty, right?

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Bruery

A: The beer pours a lightly hazed golden color with a hint of orange and a finger or so of white head.

S: For only utilizing traditional German hops, this has quite a bit of citrus and pineapple to it. After that, the more "normal" grassy, earthy, and floral hop notes come through. Some mild tropical fruits along with yeast, sweet malt, and sugar.

T: The flavor is pretty damn sweet, almost sugary. And that's my biggest problem with it. Some pineapple and tropical fruits are there as is some grass and floral hops. A moderate bitterness and some citrus peel, but not enough to balance the sweetness.

M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: This could have been good, but it is just far too sweet. Lots of nice flavors, but I couldn't get past all the sugar.

Photo of phiberoptik
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Urbancaver for this tasting. Pours a pale straw yellow, slightly hazy, with a nice airy head.

Smells of a bit of citrus, lots of grain, a bit of ripe banana as well.

Tastes of light grains, lemon notes, a bit of vanilla, but lots of grains.

This is very light, highly carbonated, and fresh on the mouth. Easy drinking.

Overall pilsners are not my cup of tea but I am glad I got to try this. This is the perfect time of year to drink it.

Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Generously provided at Dyan's place the other night.

Run BMC pours a slightly cloudy, solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is really nice in this one, and is just all pilser goodness. I pick up considerable honey, cookie dough and a slight grassiness, which gives one the impression this beer might be a bit sweet. While there is some modest sweetness to this beer, it's nicely countered by the hoppy bitterness, leading to a well balanced, easy to appreciate and enjoy pils. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely otherwise, leading to a medium bodied, almost slick, long, smooth finish. There is just a hint of alcohol in the finish, which I guess is to be expected in a 7% abv. pils. Otherwise, this is just a delicious beer from Bruery, and one I wish was more readily available.

Photo of FosterJM
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

725th Review on BA
Draft to goblet

App- A darker mix of some yellows and gold minus the haze of other double pils Ive seen. Had about 1 finger of head and very little cling.

Smell- You know right off the bat this is a big pilsner. Has a very refined earthy piney note. A little faint yeast as well.

Taste- Well in the scheme of things its a nice beer but its not the best I have had. This had a weird tinge to it with the pilsner yeast and the pine and resin, not working as one.

Mouth- Well I wasnt expecting such a light body but it was okay. Paired to a higher carbonation.

Drink- Eh, it was tasty and piney but something just didnt work for me. Probably wont come back to this one.

Photo of eyeenjoybeer
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Thick white head that subsides in about 30 seconds. Body is a hazy golden color

Smell: Mediciny hops...I am not sure which ones, but it is not too strong.

Taste: Perhaps this beer has a short life span, but it is very one dimensional. Up front, I taste light notes of citrus and noble hops. However, these are very muted. The middle flavor is soft pilsener malt notes...again, not much. I taste notes that remind me of a lighter hefe, such as light banana and spice. The aftertaste is lightly bitter and not too pleasant.

Mouthfeel: This is a bit heavier as it is an imperial version. It is lightly coating but fades fast.

Overall: I am very underwhelmed with this beer. It was generous extra from a great trader, but I would not seek this one out again.

Photo of beagle75
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy, pale golden color with one finger of persistent white foam head that has a texture like sourdough starter. Light lacing remains on the glass. Frequent bubbles cling to the sides of the glass and rise in the column at first.

S: Grassy, with a sharp mineral snap and balanced light toast.

T: Begins off-dry, with pilsner malt that is assertive but balanced and hop flavors that are understated, even concealed, by edgy and metallic carbonic acidity. Soft bready malt matures in the middle. The finish features moderate bitterness that it is slightly sulfurous and forgettable.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly syrupy and acidic on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: From the makers of the peerless Humulus Lager, this beer is a much less accomplished take on the imperial pilsner style. It is traditional in its approach, but struggles with continuity issues early. Flavors become pleasing during the too-brief middle, but fizzle in the finish. The label on the bottle insists on the service of this beer only at its coldest, but it is a let-down at any temperature.

Photo of Cavery
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml shared with Klym, poured into Stone Nonic.

A: Luminous golden straw body with a fluffy white ~2 finger head. The beer is fairly cloudy without any visible inconsistencies, but the glass is also quite cold! The color is best described as honey like with some inclusion of early morning sunlights.

S: A really forward mealy wheat sweet nose, with a complexity in the sweetness that is gummy like. Pineapple orange gummies are really present in the nose. A prickle of lemony sweetness makes for a zesty note. The sweetness is controlled by a subtly drying tartness. Not too sweet at all, very balanced notes.

T: A very clean hoppy flavor that blends with wheat malt for a complex granola of pine nuts, sunflower seeds, and light flax. Really quite good tasting with brief tastes of light colored quinoa. Complex seedy tastes that keeps away from typically cereal grain notes. Some sweetness of pear juices adds a lot to the overall flavor. Surprisingly delicious balance.

M: A very full pilsner body in the mouth where bubbles and alcohol blend for a very Ale-like feel. The bubbles sensitize the taste buds for balanced hop flavor and ripe non-citrus fruit juice. Love the balance of pear and pineapple juice over extremely well balanced hops. The alcohol really adds a level of smoothness that I haven't had in a pilsner before. Digging this mouth a lot.

O: The flavor on this Imperial Pilsner is very solid, and it's greatly helped by the mouth-feel. There's an extraordinary balance here for the style; as I think flavors of pear, pineapple, seedy hops, and small texture grains make for a culinary forward light beer. While the feel and style may be traditionally light, this one has a very smooth alcohol characteristic. The integration of the alcohol takes this to the next level for me. Very smooth drinking full flavors over a full body for me; best imperial pilsner I've had, and I've had more than a few. There's still room for improvement, but quad hopping this brew wasn't a bad idea. Impressive balance on this one.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into my Bruery Tulip glass.
Thanks goes out to Jordan for this bottle.

A - Pours a light, cloudy, orange, that is almost a very dark yellow. A huge near-white head forms. Great retention and lacing as well.

S - Lemons, Wheat, slight hoppiness.

T - Lemons again, some tart tangerine,light wheat, some yeast.

D - High carbonation, light body.

O - Good summer lager/pilsner, but it works in November as well.

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