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Regal Pilsner - Breckenridge Brewery

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Regal PilsnerRegal Pilsner

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92 Reviews

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Reviews: 92
Hads: 233
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 21.91%
Wants: 14
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rayek on 06-04-2010

A double Pilsner with distinct hoppy attributes and a pronounced malty backbone. It is strong in character and steadfast in its resolve to provide maximum drinking pleasure. All hail our Brewmaster and the fruits of his labor, Regal Pilsner!
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Reviews: 92 | Hads: 233
Photo of cjgator3
1.92/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a golden yellow/orange with a nice off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is surprisingly faint. The aroma consists of faint grainy malt and citrusy hops.

T- The taste isn't much of an improvement over the aroma. Granted there is more flavor than the nose would suggest, it just isn't very enjoyable. Faint grainy malt up felt with a strong medicinal alcohol warmth and metallic twang dominating the taste. I can barely palate this one, and I can't say that about too many beers.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, not a fan of this one at all. The taste is just a mess in my opinion. 

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.38/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear golden color with a slight haze. The head is a quarter inch in height, and recedes very quickly into nothing. The aroma is of faint bready malt. The taste has a the same bready malt, and a little bit of noble hops. It is still faint for a beer of its strength. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation that is way too low for a pilsener. Overall, this is a really bad beer that I will not be drinking again.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.61/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear gold with a finger off creamy head. A touch of lacing down the glass.

Smell is a bit of malt sweetness with a little cracker grainy aroma. No hops in the aroma.

Starts off with a little cracker malty flavor. Just a touch of hop spice in the finish, but it is quickly overwhelmed by an intense grainy sweet finish. Not too bad until that sickingly sweet finish.

A little bit thick and medium carbonation levels.

Whoa that aftertaste really doesn't work for me. I've had worse, but this is far from the best.

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Photo of chicagoish
2.65/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a Glass.

A: a bright, very clear, golden orange hue. No Head, Minimal Soapy Lacing

S: Faint Frutyness

T: Typical Pils taste with a mild Bite. Some Fruity Overtones

M: average carbonation on a medium body.

D: Not really impressed. Taste is muted. Dosen't jump at me like a truly great brew should do. Price on the east cost is a bit much for this brew..

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of John_M
2.66/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. I get next to nothing on the nose, just some very light honey and light orange. On the palate, this is flat out bizarre. This pils is quite sweet, with some sweet orange, ranier cherry and honey. Add to that the considerable alcohol on the finish, and you have the recipe for a disaster. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, which makes the noticeable sweetness and alcohol all the more apparent. Uggghhh.

Thanks, but I believe I'll pass on this one. This is not what I want from my pilsners.

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Photo of Schmittymack
2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at my watering hole, Old Chicago Westminster. Served with a nice finger plus of head that quickly disapated; lacing was pretty nice throughout. Couldn't really pick up anything on the nose. Taste? SWEET. That's the main description. Honey, some malt, SWEETNESS, no hop bitterness to finish. Left some kind of aftertaste I wasn't too fond of. I think I'll pass on this one if offered up to me; I definitely won't be purchasing it again. TOO sweet; no crispness that I like in a pilsner.

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Photo of Jimmys
2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into long-stemmed tulip glass. cant decipher this bottle dating.

A: a bright, very clear, golden orange hue. head is bright white and dense. retention is average and the lacing is good. thick.

S: chalky, earthy bitterness breathes in through the nose. mild bits of diacetyl? otherwise pretty hoppy and pleasant.

T: a little bit of buttered popcorn. diacetyl or was corn used in this brew...? the lingering sweetness of unfermented sugars. metallic flavor that i cant seem to shake.

M: average carbonation on a medium body.

D: too many negatives on the palate to really find this enjoyable or worth recommending. the metallic flavor is rather prevalent and therefore off-putting. pass.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Rackhouse had this one; the Breck tap handle said 'pilsner' and listed as double pilsner. It was neither one.
A light rust color pour with minimal head. Not off to a great start, thinking they've used the wrong malt. Aroma says the wrong hops, too. Malty, but light. Hops provide a bit of pine and earth, certainly nothing crisp and sharp.
Taste picks up the crispness a bit, but the malt overpowers it and not in a great way. Not sure what this is. More like an American Amber or Brown, but lighter. It's no pilsner...certainly not Imperial.

With all that said, it's not a bad beer. Drinkable, but with the choices given, certainly not one to select again.

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Photo of mothman
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a very light layer of white head. Color is a very clear golden yellow.

Aroma: Bready, pale malts. Grassy, noble hops. This reminds me a lot like the Odell double pilsner.

Taste: Ugh. It is like Odell, but way more bready and malty. It has the grassy hops with a bit of floralness. It is way to malty.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a bit of creaminess. Lighter bodied, but still tastes big with some alcohol showing. Medium carbonation. Ends really dry and bland.

Overall, just no. This just isn't good. Too bready and too malty. This one just doesn't work and I don't want a lot of it.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

I can sense kingliness whilst in this beer's presence. Not sure why, though... It pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose is kinda plain, comprising sweet flowers and grass, with a touch of white bread. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a vague sweetness and some menthol. Things don't quite sit on my tongue all that well, frankly, what with this strange twang tossed in there at what I hope to be the last minute. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly drying finish. Overall, a pils that's a touch too thick and heavy, one with an odd flavor, and one that certainly ain't worth the cost, frankly. Not a fan.

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Photo of Minkybut
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this average beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a nice golden color. The beer smelled hoppy and also tasted pretty hoppy. There was nothing special about this beer and nothing terrible, but I will have to say because of the hoppy tast I will not buy again. If you like a strong IPA then maybe you will like it.

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

Picked this up at Goebbel's in Wichita

Pours honey colored with 2+ fingers of pearl colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Bready & grassy with hints lemons, all seem to fade as this warms

T: Bready, toffee like sweetness & slight pear fruittyness, some crackery notes as well up front. Soapy & grassy notes as this warms, along with some more crackery notes & a bit of green apple. Finishes semi-crisp with some leafy hops & a bit of butterscotch

MF: Fairly chewy, firm carbonation, so-so balance, some grainy notes

Overall this is run of mill for the style, not impressed. Would love to try a fresher sample, I believe the hops are tired in this bottle

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Photo of alleykatking
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at The Mark....

A- Pours a golden bronze color. One finger white head shows medium retention that caps the beer. Ringing lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Huge grassy hops with a very bready malt in the backing. Some light metallic aroma in this as well.

T- Some hops with a grassy flavor in the front. Bready malts in the middle shine with a bit of old sourdough in the flavor. Not clean tasting with a metallic hint that lasts through the rest of the beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is alright for the style. Bready malts last from the palate through the aftertaste with a hint of alcohol. Not clean tasting through whole beer. Bigger drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This beer I had to choke down. The higher ABV limits this beer to a couple of glasses. This beer I didn't like at all. Although, this seems to be a problem I have with this brewery.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Rackhouse Pub. I think it was just listed as Breckenridge Imperial Pilsner but whatever. I t was yellow and smelled like a pilsner with an unfortunate hint of wet dog at first. As it warmed up it was gone so I can't complain too much about the dog qualities. it had a fruity taste but also dirty and thick, not my cup of tea as far as a pilsner goes. Odell I think had this style nailed with their Double Pilsner but I would not get this again.

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Photo of champ103
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Gingerman in Houston, TX.

A: Pours a bright and clear yellow/orange color. Good clarity and color. Though a small white head forms and recedes to nothing. Light lace.
S: Dry biscuit malt up front. Spicy yeast and some fruity esters as well. Grassy and floral. A snap of hop bitterness. Very nice.
T: It falls apart here. Almost like it is a different beer. I get a lot of boiled sweets. Like hard candy. Lots of soapy hops as well. I am not enjoying this.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. This could be a bit more crisp and clean. Not hard to drink. Though not something I am coming back to soon.

This started out good. I really enjoyed the nose. Though it did not hold up after that. Overall another sub standard beer from Breckenridge. Not to mention I think this is a bastard style.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$2.99, single from the Village Pump.

Golden-orange with a dense, fluffy, off-white head, this beer is a touch hazy. Retention is decent, and lacing is quite nice. The nose is surprisingly solid. Grainy and cereal-forward, there's a fairly pungent hop resin character present. The hop character isn't your typical spicy Saaz, instead, it is moderately floral and with some grass as well. Quite green, I dig the hop character. There's some malt as well, more a simple sweetness to go with the grainy character that's present up front.

The palate opens with a blend of the grainy and cereal malt character with the resiny and pungent hops. Moderately floral, though not necessarily "bright" (to me, the floral character from, say, Centennials are bright, while the Americanized old world hops are more pungent and snappy), the hops are quite enjoyable. The mid-palate has a moderate malt sweetness, with some honey and graham crackers. The sweetness increases as this beer warms up, making it less pleasant. Mildly metallic and mineral-like on the finish, the combination of pungent hop resins, grainy malt sweetness and the mineral character isn't entirely pleasant. An occasional wisp of alcohol is also noticeable. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, this beer is decent. I doubt I'll go out of my way to drink it again, but if proffered a fresh pour, I will imbibe.

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Photo of rye726
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Up for review is a 12oz bottle of Regal Pilsner. Poured into a pint glass. Golden brown with a beige head. Pilsner malts and soem hops. Taste is quite malty for a pilsner. Body a bit thick, but drinks pretty well. More of a big American strong pale ale than a double pils though.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear straw color, maybe leaning slightly towards golden. The head is a finger high and white in shade. Its texture is just creamy enough, and its retention is pretty solid. Also, a consistent ring of lacing is left on the glass. Well, it certainly looks regal... (4.5)

Smell: I really notice the pilsner-y malt backbone first and foremost. There is a lot of grain, sweet bread, and sugar cookie on the nose. Touches of Saaz hops come through to break up the monotony. Mmmmmm, love Saaz. Could use more of its grassy, floral goodness, but ah well. This actually smells pretty solid, especially considering I don't like needlessly big pilsners for some reason. (3.5)

Taste: I'm immediately reminded why I don't like imperial pilsners - the hops, malts, and general 'bigness' of the brew don't mesh in any way. Individually, the notes are pretty solid: a decent sweetness opens it up (notes of sugar cookie, honey, and ginger come through), giving way to a finish loaded with floral, grassy Saaz hops. This just seems horribly imbalanced for some reason, with the first few sips coming off almost like a harsh cleaner. Then something funny happens - the more I drink, the more I enjoy it. It ends up being a pretty okay brew, actually. (3)

Mouthfeel: While it feels big and semi-sweet, it does have a crisp bite which gives it some drinkability. In addition, this is quite mouth-filling, thanks to its airy carbonation. Could be cleaner, though. (3)

Overall: At first, I didn't like this one bit. But my perseverance paid off: the remaining 2/3rds of the brew are fairly decent. I'm of the belief that pilsners shouldn't be imperialized; considering that (and considering Breckenridge hasn't made anything that's impressed me) it could have been FAR worse. (3)

3.18/5: Not regal, but not a peasant either

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle a light clear yellow-gold with a thin bubbly white head.

Slightly sour grain aroma and saltine cracker.

Bitter tasting with grain, light fruit, pepper, floral notes and cracker.

Thin, watery and dry.

Nothing really stands out with this Imperial Pilsner from Breckenridge.

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

Had this one on tap at the Rackhouse Pub in Denver. Don't really know much about it, but it was billed as an imperial pilsner. Maybe a little dark for the style, a dark gold/amber color, with a little bit of white foam. Some sweet malt/caramel aroma, almost like a strong adjunct lager. Not much flavor wise, similar to the smell. A decent beer, but I won't be ordering another one.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Average appearance with small head and pale orange color. Some retention.

Smell - very lager like and not very german pils

Taste - some spice and some booziness. Also a little hoppy and bitter. The noble hops come through slightly but its more spicy and boozy.

Mouthfeel - just ok

Overall - Just an ok pilsner. Not too keen on the boozy and spiciness to it.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a clear yellow/orange color. Minimal white froth and lace.

(S)- A light, albeit grainy cornmeal, lemon, and grassy aroma; crisp.

(T)- Heavier in the citrus department. Some solid pine too that hid the graininess from the smell.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A solid balance to it as well. Good combo of citrus, pine, and subtle sweet malts and grains.

(O)- Overall, an easy drinking imperial pilsner. Nothing done over the top either, just a crisp, enjoyable take on the style.

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Photo of drumrboy22
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Stone tulip glass. Beer was a cloudy, golden straw color with a one-finger, white head. Moderate carbonation and heavy, bubbly lacing around the glass.

Aroma was fresh grain, bread, pine hops and lemon.

Taste was grass, biscuit, apples, pears and hops.

Crisp and easy drinking. On the hoppier side for a pilsner. Not bad.

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Photo of budgood1
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out a lightly hazed gold colour. thin, bubbly off white head and sparse lace. malty, bready, and grainy aroma with a good deal of grass and floral spice from the hops. taste is reminiscent of white grapes, green apples and pears with a bit of earthen, herbal hop notes. rough bitterness in the back end, seeminly unwarranted due to the dry nature of the finish. thin alcohol burn. flavours don't mesh all that well. medium bodied with an oily, slick and chewy mouthfeel...weird in that it's not really overly sweet. some brackish bitterness adds (or detracts) to the mouthfeel. drinkability suffers because the overall sum of it's parts don't add up to a pleasurable and sublime drinking experience.

got my six pack at a steep discount so i didn't have to pay the overly ridiculous retail price. still...not good enough to warrant a recommendation. not a bad beer, just a substandard attempt at a perplexing style.

guessing that this would be better totally fresh and on tap.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Poured from a bottle into an Umphrey's McGee pint glass. Clear golden honey color with a thin, wispy layer of white head that leaves some streaky lacing before disappearing almost completely. Aroma is light, of pale malts, grains, and grass. Taste is similar: bready, light malt sweetness, grains, grass, a touch of citrus zest, with a decent balance of malts and hops. Smooth, light mouthfeel, and easily drinkable. It's not often I find a pils that I like.

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Regal Pilsner from Breckenridge Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.