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Regal Pilsner - Breckenridge Brewery

Regal PilsnerRegal Pilsner

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BA SCORE
81
good

164 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%


Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Rayek on 06-04-2010)
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dudemuskie

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 21:13:10 | More by dudemuskie
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UnionMade

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 21:11:10 | More by UnionMade
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.29/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 20:03:12 | More by schoolboy
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 03:36:25 | More by yemenmocha
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 01:44:26 | More by JamnesCameron
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2010 17:43:15 | More by ffejherb
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hosehead83

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 16:08:55 | More by hosehead83
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SupaCelt

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 03:29:01 | More by SupaCelt
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 15:30:33 | More by WVbeergeek
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biggred1

Indiana

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 23:11:51 | More by biggred1
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 18:34:28 | More by BeerAdvocate
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-light yellow color no head and slight amount of lacing

Smell-sweet smell slightly floral but no real hop smell

Taste-very sweet can't really taste the alcohol at all

Mouthfeel-very smooth and pleasant

Drinkability- I could easily drink several of these in a session

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 23:40:59 | More by ejimhof
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Abe's Cold Beer. Poured a brilliant gold with a short head a sudzy lacing. The aroma is a touch catty as it warms, but otherwise there's an enticing fruity, floral mix under big woodsy spice. The flavor has a crisp and toasty malt background under big kick of those spicy hops and before a big (but not a huge) biting bitterness. It reminds me of a more reasonable version of the old Sam Adams Imperial Pils. Check it out if you're a fan of the style and big Euro hops.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 02:38:08 | More by tempest
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ChrisPratz

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours to a nice cloudy amber color with 3 fingers of head that dissipates down to a pillow of foamy head across the top that sticks around and clings all the way down.

S: Very aromatic. Lots of nice sweet malt aromas coming up with citrus, apple and pear. Some other dark fruit aromas as well. Very enjoyable.

T: Nice sweetness from the get go with the hops flavor mixing very well with the fruit flavors. Citrus and piney but definitely not overbearing. Biscuit like flavors coming thru as well with some very nice and mild bitterness that makes its presents known within kicking over your palette.

M: Light carbonation works well with the flavors. Slight dryness on the tongue at the end but nothing that takes away from it.

O: Very nice double pilsner here. Everything balances out nicely and nothing takes over on the tongue. Very good brew here.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 06:00:51 | More by ChrisPratz
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EJMcC

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a six pack (12oz bottles) today ($14/pack). I like the label.

Color is a medium golden, with a some haze. Head starts out rocky but thins to light white with some lacing as I finish my second bottle. Nose is subtle, some malt toasty sweetness with a floral hops smell. Body is medium to heavy but at times is slightly cloying in sweetness.

Flavor is sweet, biscuit-like with a distinct malt backbone mixed with a hops bitter finish. Hopping is unique, almost a hop-burst character that is both bitter and floral at the same time with a short noble hops bitter finish. A good beer overall but the price was steep by comparison. Has some of the characteristics of Victory Prima Pils but finishes sweeter and not as complex in the hops finish. I'd order it again and buy it again but it's not my go-to Pils.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 04:58:53 | More by EJMcC
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HeightsEats

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't sure about this at first, but it grew on me as I made my way through the bottle. Smell is fairly mild, a hint of bready malt with subtle hop aroma. This seemed watery and a bit sweet on the first sip, but a definite hop backbone comes through in the aftertaste. Well-balanced, full-bodied (but not heavy) and pleasantly strong. I got this as a single but would be happy to have another one.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 02:06:37 | More by HeightsEats
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DoubleJ

California

3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is it smart to drink a pint of beer after being at a beer festival for 4 hours? I'm still wondering, as this pilsner was consumed at an Irish Pub in Denver after GABF. On to the beer:

The beer is lighter golden in color with a head that sports middle of the pack retention and spots of lace around the glass. Its nose is respectable too, with notes of lemon and grassy aroma, and a touch of biscuit. Then I was in for a little surprise with the nose...well, relative to what I was anticipating. Not knowing what the ABV was, it tasted like a good pilsner without a kick of alcohol. Biscuity and lemongrass flavors, and some notes of simple crisp hops make this pilsner worth a go. And that's before we had in a body which is a lighter medium with agreeable carbonation and one that's easy to drink despite the alcohol. I don't normally understand the concept of taking pilsners to a higher alcohol, but I think Breckenridge has done well here.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2012 04:51:50 | More by DoubleJ
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at the Breckenridge "World Headquarters" in a tulip glass. The beer has a hazy, golden color. The head is minimal and short lasting. No lace on the glass.

Clean, fresh pale malt aroma with a pinch of hop in background.

More "round" than crisp, particularly for a pilsner. The malt is rich as is the body, which belies the style. Still, it holds its own with spicy BBQ food. The hop is stronger than the smell suggests, making this a well-balanced profile. Very clean.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2012 16:28:04 | More by smcolw
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a light carrot orange, or a hazy light copper color. A light cream sudsy head sits on top for a few moments then dissipates to a wisp of bubbles. Some sticky lacing. Smells bright and slightly hoppy, a hint of a grassy presence. This beer tastes really clean for a 7% ABV beer. Hint of hops, grass, and citrus with a malty undertone makes this beer finish clean. The mouthfeel is just about right. Overall, a clean, bright pilsner that goes down smooth. But the 7% ABV can sneak up on you. The beer is not boozy at all. Another great offering from Breckenridge.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 11:59:48 | More by JuicesFlowing
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plfahey

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance-Deep burnished gold color, somewhat hazy. Moderately low head with fair retention

Aroma-Clean grainy malt aromas with hints of crackers and biscuits. Hops are floral and perfumy. Slight whiff of alcohol in the nose as well.

Flavor-Good balance between hops and malt. Malt is grainy/crackery and is more present up front. Hops are soft and have perfumy and floral notes. Hop flavor grows in finish. Hop bitterness is present, but not aggressive. There's a bit of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, amped up from a single pilsner, as you would expect. Carbonation is moderate, and I think the finish would be much crisper if they upped the carbonation a bit to give it some bite. Mild alcohol warming in the finish.

The imperial pilsner is a different style to brew, and while this certainly isn't a perfect example, it's definitely a good one. Quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 05:15:44 | More by plfahey
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rootbeerman

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from notes 12/19/10

A: pours dark gold and clear, half finger white foamy head.
S: bright hop and malt aroma, grassy sweet malty grain.
T/M: thicker than a normal pilsner, slightly coating. hops are grassy and balanced by the malt sweetness. yet also has a certain dryness.
D: personally like this pils mainly because its simple yet complex.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 02:10:32 | More by rootbeerman
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a mostly clear golden amber body with a small offwhite head. Speckles of spotty lace are left on the glass.

Aroma has floral and citrusy hops with a faint burst of ethanol and a hint of caramel.

Mouthfeel has a medium body and carbonation with some alcohol noted.

Tastes pretty nice and well balanced. Caramel sweet bready malts integrate well with herbal and grassy hops. A hint of citrus(lemon) underneath.

Good drinkability. Well balanced, overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 21:57:24 | More by merlin48
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stckhndlr

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- light head clings well. Slight hazy golden color.

S- Nice citrus and floral hops

T- light sweet citrus. Hits the back of the tongue with a light hop flavor.

M- Light carbonation with a bit of creaminess.

O- Needs a little more carbonation in it. Goes down smooth. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 00:57:53 | More by stckhndlr
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought two 12oz bottles of this last week at The Drinkery ($2.50 each). Has a nice, painted-on label, but I have to laugh at the "malt liquor" notation. Starting the day off with these while watching some college football before heading out with "the Birds" for some partying.

Color is a medium/light golden, with a very light bit of haze. Head is thin, wispy and white, with a little lace here and there. Nose is a bit light, but there is some toasty malt and a hint of spicy hopping. Body is medium all the way, and it has light carbo, making for a smooth tongue-feel.

Flavor has a touch of light sweetness, almost honey-like. It has a little crackery malt as well. Hopping is interesting, at it has both some bitter, pithy qualities as well as some grassy, spicy, almost pepper-like notes. Rindy bitterness lingers a short spell before fading. Overall? Not bad; I'd have this again, though I wouldn't go out of my way to find it. Prosit!!

3.8 rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 19:09:10 | More by Bierman9
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Lillenk

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Very nice looking beer. Beautiful golden color no cloudiness. Little head that didn't last too long.

Taste was a little lacking. Lots of flavors way more hops than expected.

Very drinkable a lot lighter than i was expecting but I could see myself drinking more than one.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 02:29:37 | More by Lillenk
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Regal Pilsner from Breckenridge Brewery
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