Regal Pilsner - Breckenridge Brewery
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4.43/5 rDev +23.7%
Snagged a bottle in a mix-a-6er at The Andersons in Toledo, Ohio! Soaked it up with a thin crust pepperoni, mushroom, and jalapeno pizza!
Appearance- Pours a brilliantly clear, rich golden color with bone white head.
Aroma- Curious mix of herbal, spicy, and floral hops with a slightly sweet, vinous-like character. Touch of cracker-like breadiness. Very intriguing and almost has the delicate complexity of a white wine. Fairly clean with little in the way of esters.
Flavor- Starts off with a slightly sweet bready maltiness and nice kick of spicy/herbal hops. Hop flavors intensify into middle and become almost sticky with a honey-like sweetness. A nice vinous character wraps up the finish with a great balancing herbal bitterness and a touch of bready malt. Herbal hop stickiness lingers, and is very nice.
Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, moderate CO2, great balance. Slight stickiness on lips from moderate residual sugars. Slight hop pungency makes for a lingering finish. Little bit of a warming feeling from alcoholic strength.
Overall- The combination of bigger alcohol and an excellent hop balance creates a delightful brew that reminds me a bit of a white wine! Very drinkable (maybe dangerously so) and one of those beers that you can sit and sip, or really have fun pairing it with food! Well done Breckenridge!
09-11-2010 21:13:10 | More by dudemuskie
4.3/5 rDev +20.1%
12oz, screen printed bottle.
Pours a brassy gold color, darker than a regular pils, with lots of bubbles floating steadily up towards the head. A nice little puff of white foam on top, sticking to the glass in lacy sheets.
Smells strongly of floral, metallic hops. Really green. Clean, with a grainy pils malt backbone. A bit of grass or hay.
The flavor opens up strong, with a lot of body and substance. Clean overall, a bit of grass and a touch of pear. Full bodied, like a 7% IPA. That carbonation is strong enough to compete, but it's readily apparent that this is not an ordinary pilsner. That malt retains sweetness, though the finish is all hops. Very floral, metallic, and almost a bit sour. A bit of a metallic bite lingers in the aftertaste. Smooth and well lagered, but assertive.
One of the best "double pilsners" I've had. Not completely over the top, this one remains well balanced, with the spirit of a pilsner intact. I'd think of it as a lager for IPA lovers. It's too bad this is an occasional, and the price point is so high, because I'd drink this all the time. I love hops, and really great hoppy pilsners, and this is exactly what I want in a beer.
09-15-2010 21:11:10 | More by UnionMade
4.29/5 rDev +19.8%
This is a real good one, and an example of why the American styles like this are so good. It is a pils on steroids. It has more aroma, more hops bitterness, and more malty body than you get with the European styles.
As soon as you open the bottle a nice hoppy aroma escapes. That aroma keeps on giving. The color is a pee yellow and it has a weak head with a little lacing.
The taste is very hoppy. It has a bitterness and hoppy piney taste, but it is unique. It has a great hoppy bitterness that stays on the tongue long after it is gone down the hatch. Overall this is a big win and a brew I would buy again when I wanted a big (or just good-sized) beer.
02-02-2013 20:03:12 | More by schoolboy
4.23/5 rDev +18.2%
Pours a honey golden color that is appetizing, with medium width head. Nose is certainly well within bock territory, nice and bready-malty with some hop zing in there too. Palate offers a big hearty malt profile, light hopping to balance it some, and is very drinkable. A little boozy but still very drinkable.
03-22-2012 03:36:25 | More by yemenmocha
4.22/5 rDev +17.9%
Poured into a MJ tasting glass.
Pours a nearly clear, deep gold, with orange highlights, and a thin white head that doesn't last. Anticipating some lacing on this one.
Aromas of toast, lemon, noble hoppiness, sweet malt.
Flavors of a jacked up Czech Pils, bready malt, noble hop bitterness, grassy, lemony. Finish is medium, with sweet malt starting out, then giving way to a firm bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium, a little sticky, smooth, but not crisp. Bitterness is mouthcoating.
Good drinkability, on the edge of being an imperial version of a euro pils. Not quite strong enough in bitterness or alcohol to quite make it there for me, but otherwise, a very good beer. Nice attempt.
02-20-2011 01:44:26 | More by JamnesCameron
4.1/5 rDev +14.5%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Clear, straw colored, with a short, bright white head of foam
Aroma-Musty grain, faint skunkiness
Taste-Subtle malt sweetness, grain, biscuit, and a nice sharp, spicy hop bite that lingers throughout. Crisp, well balanced and very drinkable. A good match with a plate of tacos.
09-13-2010 16:08:55 | More by hosehead83
4.1/5 rDev +14.5%
On tap at the Breckenridge brewpub in Denver, CO on 8/12/10.
A - Clear sun-baked golden liquid with subtle amber tones and a thin bright white cap on top that deposited some rocky crags of lace around the edges of the glass.
S - Initial aroma is quite fruity and not overly alcoholic compared to other Imperial Pilsners I've had in the past. Nose is vinous with a white grape aroma and some fleshy fruit sweetness. While there is a dash of fresh grass clippings, the aroma is primarily sweet and fruity with faint alcohol notes only becoming noticeable after the liquid warmed up a bit.
T - The flavor tends to mimic the aroma with a juicy fruit character suggesting not only grapes but also crisp apple. A backing of sweet malt and grassy hop bitterness ties it all together. Even though this drinks like a pils on 'roids, the alcohol remains restrained throughout, taking a good while to really push through. Finishes with a fruity hop bite on the tongue.
M - Medium bodied with an oily texture and a quick burst of carbonation on the tongue. Finishes bitter but with plenty of residual sweetness and a hint of dryness on the palate.
D - I found this to be one of the more drinkable Imperial Pilsners I've come across in my travels. This one swaps flavor for warm alcohol notes, making it one of my favorite examples of the styles I've sampled thus far.
08-23-2010 17:43:15 | More by ffejherb
4.03/5 rDev +12.6%
Pours a pale golden body with a light off white head billowing nicely above the rim of my glass, with fine even lacing. Aromatics contain pale cereal malts where are the hops, well they are here but not like other imperial pils. A bit of citrus grassiness, but the malts shine out a bit brighter here in the hop profile. Flavor has mineral water harshness with a touch of cereal grains light citric hops, really coatas the palate with a nice rolling biscuit malt sweetness with minimal alcohol showing up on the palate. Just enough herbal/citric/hops to balance really one of the better offerings I've had from Breckenridge. Mouthfeel has a nice full on creamy/airy carbonation going down smooth with each sip leaving behind a faint hop bitterness with streaks of hop oils evident. Drinkability is solid, I was surprised at how well this bigger pils drank and the lack of extreme alcohol and hop bitterness compared to what I have come to expect with this style. I really liked the bottle on this one as well super creative well executed I hope this one makes it back in 2011. If you couldn't tell this review is from notes when it was last released.
02-14-2011 15:30:33 | More by WVbeergeek
4.03/5 rDev +12.6%
The pour is clear and clean with a honey colour. No head formation despite a hard dump into the pils glass. Little carbonation.
The smell is noticeably aromatic before the glass is even hoisted noseward. Pilsner malt aloft on some Sterling hop floral aromas throws a nice and inviting waft at the ole snot locker.
The taste is nicely arranged with Magnum bittering hops coming in at the finish making it crisp and cutting any lingering detractors. Fresh. The "double" credential could be omitted without so much as an eyebrow raise as this brew is not over the top compared to standard pilsner varieties. Very enjoyable to the palate.
The mouthfeel is perhaps lighter than expected, yet sufficient to carry the load of flavours.
This is a very drinkable brew that would likely pair wonderfully with many dishes. A worthy small batch production.
09-12-2010 03:29:01 | More by SupaCelt
4/5 rDev +11.7%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #45 (Oct 2010):
Part of Breckenridge's Small Batch Series. Bright, rich golden in color, crowned with a creamy white foam head with legs. Big hop nose that's a bit resiny and dank. Some grass and hay too. Super smooth and creamy with a slightly viscous and chewy body. Malty up front with fresh sweet grains and a touch of honey. Fresh, juicy apples. Spicy hops, with floral, some mild grapefruit, resiny herbal hits, and grass. Mild astringency and a bone-dry finish. Overall, one of the more drinkable Double Pils available. Less about heat (alcohol), more about balance and flavor.
01-11-2011 18:34:28 | More by BeerAdvocate
4/5 rDev +11.7%
Clear, copper with a sudsy cream colored head that leaves sheets of sticky lace on the glass. Fruity american hop notes and untoasted grain with a slightly floral perfumey quality in the aroma. Clean and dry flavors with plenty of fresh spicy hop bittering and a slightly warm alcoholic finish. Full bodied with nice heft and smooth carbonation. This is a strange brew for sure..clean and grainy with a boozy kick and plenty of hop flavor, kind of like a small batch, hoppy malt liquor. I dig it.
09-10-2010 23:11:51 | More by biggred1
Regal Pilsner from Breckenridge Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.