Private Stock Imperial Bohemian Pilsner - Narragansett Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 20 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by jondeelee:
4.01/5 rDev +5.5%
Private Stock Imperial Bohemian Pilsner opens to a sweet, bready nose, the initial aromas split almost evenly between sugar and grain. The former brings brown sugar and vanilla, as well as berry, orange, and apricot fruit esters, and the latter adds wet wheat, biscuit, cracker, floury baguette, and hints of rising whole wheat dough. There’s also a nice helping of pink grapefruit and lightly bitter grapefruit rind from the hops, adding a good sense of overall balance. Left open for a minute or so, and more berry and orange fruit esters shine through, joined by touches of lemon. As a whole, the nose is very nice, featuring a fine assortment of aromas in good balance, the sugars especially well selected, and the beer comes across as well made, aromatic, and compelling; an excellent Imperial Pilsner aroma.
On the tongue, the beer opens with a surprisingly hoppy blast, grapefruit rind and light pine mixing with fresh squeezed grapefruit juice at a medium-strong level, the rest of the beer almost rushing to keep pace. There are still some nice sugars in here, including brown sugar and an assortment of berry, orange, and apricot fruit esters, as well as a layer of cracker, biscuit, wet wheat, and floury baguette. Small hints of toasted nut add further complexity. But it’s the hops that take center stage, occupying perhaps half of the flavors, and singing the tongue in good IPA strength. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful, though slightly heavier on hops as the sugars die off, and lingering for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-strong.
Overall, this is very nice beer, though it would have been nicer had the flavors more closely matched the aromas, with stronger sugars and a more potent ester profile; as it is, the hops tend to take over much of the main mouthful, making the beer seem almost out of balance. This is not to say that the beer isn’t delicious, as there’s still quite a lot to enjoy, but the hops do prove to be slightly too strong.
06-05-2013 00:47:38 | More by jondeelee
More User Reviews:
3.51/5 rDev -7.6%
Had on tap at New World Tavern--served into a pint glass
Appearance: minimal head and carbonation, gold in color, clear
Smell: grass and toasted malt
Taste: pineapple, grass, alcohol, and slight amount of earthy hops
Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet start and end with bitterness in the middle, smooth
Overall: A slightly above average imperial pils. The alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering like some examples in this style. This is one I may revisit but would not rush out for.
05-24-2013 13:14:40 | More by tigg924
3.7/5 rDev -2.6%
22oz bottle poured into a flared pilsner glass. No freshness dating, but it was recently stocked.
A: Golden crystal. Super clear with appealing nucleation. Three plus fingers of bone white head. Generous lacing throughout. Unfiltered? Could've surprised me, although I do see some floaties near the bottom of the bottle.
S: Sweet grain and spicy/floral hops. Some light fruitiness.
T: Spicy noble hops interplay with a biting fusel alcohol presence. A fair amount of residual sweetness...plenty to prop up some of the alcohol flavor. Dash of diacetyl but nothing problematic. Finishes bitter and dry.
M: Almost creamy. Fuller body than you might expect for a pilsner, but that shouldn't be too surprising given the alcohol content. Starts on the sweet side then turns dry and fairly astringent.
O: An extreme version of a traditionally subtle style. Has the full flavor and bitterness that would satisfy most American craft beer drinkers, assuming they are adventurous enough to pick up a bottle.
05-01-2013 02:26:48 | More by mjtiernan
4.08/5 rDev +7.4%
I'm not usually a fan of Narragansett, but one of the salesmen for the bar where I work brought this by to try and sell it. It is very quaffable-- you can't taste the high alcohol content. However, it has more heft to it than the average pilsner which slows down one's drinking. In addition, it has a subtle hop aftertaste to it making it more interesting than the average pilsner.
04-04-2013 19:19:04 | More by Lauren
3.8/5 rDev 0%
From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on March 2, 2013.
The pour is a slightly cloudy straw yellow with busy carbonation leading up to a tremendous, puffy white head. The beer is bottle conditioned to make it a tad cloudy.
The aroma is alive with malts including pale malts and softer Belgian malts, which are used to brew this. The hop character is played down on the nose.
The body is medium and creamy.
Like the aroma the taste highlights the malty character but then a moderate hop bitterness comes up and surprises me on the tail end as it merges with the sweetness of the malts. The hop bitterness lingers just a moment and fades. The 8.6% ABV is well-integrated making this entirely drinkable and refreshing.
03-02-2013 20:33:27 | More by puboflyons
3.99/5 rDev +5%
22 oz bomber purchased at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.
Pours a golden yellow, flecks of orange. Visible carbonation. Half inch of head, not much lacing.
Smells like sweet malts and grassy hops.
The taste is pretty similar. The grassy, floral hop flavor is nice, there's also a bit of grapefruit. The sweet malt taste plays in on the back end, keeping this beer sweet without being very cloying. Some present alcohol gives the beer a bit of bitterness, but isn't very present. The hops don't give off much bitterness themselves.
Full, crisp body. Could be drier, pretty sticky due to the sweeter malts.
Didn't expect this one to be as good, considering the brewery and what they specialize in (adjunct lagers). I was pleasantly surprised here.
08-28-2013 01:52:16 | More by GreesyFizeek
4.08/5 rDev +7.4%
Appearance: Deep gold, with some straw and orange tones - big, creamy, white head - wispy head, leaves streaks of lacing - mostly clear but some chill haze
Smell: Holy biscuits, Batman - freshly baked bread, lightly sweet biscuits, toast - nice variety of malts, some pale, something that smells like wheat - some grassy and spicy hops, in moderation - a sweetness that is reminiscent of light fruits
Taste: Unexpectedly good (and I typically have a positive bias towards Narragansett beers) - a nice malt profile, with some interesting depth - pale malts, something that tastes like a blonde ale, and a spiciness that is either wheat or the hops - lightly grassy, nicely spicy hops - very low bitterness, just enough hops to balance the malts - malts are big, but far from heavy or syrupy - lightly sweet, with some malty sweetness, some light fruits, and some honey - virtually no trace of alcohol
Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, nicely carbonated
Overall: What the hell did I just drink?
Honestly, I picked up a bottle of this just because I want to have a review of every Narragansett beer. I thought, perhaps pessimistically, this would be an imperial version of Narragansett Lager. Not even close. This is very interesting, surprisingly complex, and very drinkable. I will be buying at least another bottle of this while I still can.
04-18-2013 06:05:44 | More by angrybabboon
3.8/5 rDev 0%
A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color (with slight hues of amber) and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down a bit but never completely faded away.
S: Light aromas of floral and spicy hops are present in the nose along with some faint hints of alcohol.
T: The taste resembles the smell but is dominated by flavors of bready malts. Little if any bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather drinkable for its strength and hides its alcohol rather well, except for some hints of alcohol in the smell.
05-19-2013 00:10:23 | More by metter98
3.96/5 rDev +4.2%
I've always been a Gansett fan, so even though imperial pilsners are wildly hit or miss for me, I had to give an imperial from Narragansett a try. Imperial Bohemian Pilsner has a beautiful pour, a highly carbonated golden color with a large, well-retaining head. The aroma is honey-sweet, with a strong noble dry hopping on the nose. The taste is smooth and sweet, with honey sweetness and a big dose of pilsner malts leading. The hops aren't extremely strong, especially for an imperial pils. There's just enough hop presence to round off the pilsner malts. A bit sweeter than I'd like, but still tasty. The mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium and very smooth, and the drinkability is solid. Overall, Narragansett's Imperial Bohemian Pilsner is a solid stab at an imperial pils.
05-17-2013 15:13:15 | More by shand
3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.
A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains citrus, floral fops, lager yeast and caramelized malts.
T: The taste starts out with a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness that is quickly followed by a strong caramel and citrus sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a decent balance. There’s also a bit of an alcohol sting that comes though. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid and flavorful stronger beer worth drinking for a while.
06-01-2013 20:22:07 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.85/5 rDev +1.3%
22oz bottle. Pours a clear yellowish golden color with an inch of head. Some lacing. Aromas of melon, floral hops, sweet malts, and some spicy hops. The taste is floral and spicy hops followed by some melon and malts. Some cut grass as well. The alcohol presence is well hidden. Pretty quick drinker with a slick and creamy mouth feel. Fair amount of bitterness. Overall, pretty decent take on the style.
04-05-2013 17:54:51 | More by PicoPapa
3.81/5 rDev +0.3%
A: Pours a clear light to medium golden yellow in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation and some lemon yellow + apricot highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium sized patch of slightly thicker film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate aromas of bready malts. Light aromas of floral and spicy hops.
T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of bready malts. There are also light amounts of floral and spicy hops that contribute a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.
O: I found this beer to be easy to drink with the alcohol rather well hidden. I was happily surprised by how good this beer was and I generally thick well of the offerings from this brewery. I would grab another one of these.
05-19-2013 00:11:41 | More by dbrauneis
2.96/5 rDev -22.1%
Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, almost opaque, orange-yellow coloring with a frothy, bubbly, tall, off-white head that settles in around an inch in height. Aromas of semisweet esters, a light toasted grain backbone, and some floral highlights. Flavors are tangy sweet, with a butterscotch backbone that has a tangy quality to it. The toasted character is limited, but does help to cut the tangy sweetness a bit. There is also a bolt of sharp, resiny hops that blasts across the palate, with a hint of tropical fruit attached to it, providing enough bitterness to cut through. Tangy, unbalanced sweetness in the aftertaste, with a lingering, sweet and bitter finish. This seems a bit jumbled and messy compared to what Gansett has been putting out as of late...not sure on this one.
04-19-2013 22:28:15 | More by GarthDanielson
4.11/5 rDev +8.2%
Imperial Pilsner pours a hazy honey yellow with a big, fluffy head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind clumps of lace on the glass.
The aroma has nice notes of lemon and pale malt . Somewhat bready and leans towards the malty side.
Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth with mild carbonation. The flavor begins with light lemon notes. Bready malt and a touch of cereal takes over quickly. It finishes mildly bitter with lingering lemon when gone.
This is a nicely balanced beer that's very drinkable. It's tasty and hides it's 8+% abv very well.
03-30-2013 22:52:23 | More by WanderingFool
District of Columbia
3.63/5 rDev -4.5%
Pours a honey gold color, light on the carbonation, minimal soft off-white head.
The aroma is light. Floral hops, bready malts. Sweet fruit comes through at the end.
The flavors are very similar to what you get on the nose. Bread hits you on the front end, then balances with the hops. The finish is a bit spicier than I anticipated and dry.
The mouthfeel is good. A bit thicker for a imperial pilsner, but not in a bad way. This is refreshing, but at almost 9%, not a "let me have a nice session beer." The alcohol hides well.
Overall, its a decent imperial pilsner.
05-30-2013 22:24:56 | More by nmann08
Private Stock Imperial Bohemian Pilsner from Narragansett Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.