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Regal Pilsner - Breckenridge Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

173 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 23:56:25 | More by Rifugium
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John_M

Oregon

2.6/5  rDev -27%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2011 21:06:54 | More by John_M
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 19:13:06 | More by budgood1
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 04:53:10 | More by russpowell
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stckhndlr

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.4%
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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JamnesCameron

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
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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merlin48

Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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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Brunite

Illinois

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

Appearance: Poured into a Pilsener glass. A very clear golden yellow with a 3 finger off-white head.

Smell: Not your every day Pilsener. Heavy malt backbone and heavy hops.

Taste: As the smell...heavy malt and very bitter from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied...alcohol noticeable...medium carbonation...finishs very dry.

Drinkability: OK but not my favorite. Too much of a Ale/Lager hybrid. I want clean, crisp, refreshing from my pilsener. This was too much like drinking an IPA...but not as good as a standard IPA. Good as far as the style...but not something I'll be looking for.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 05:29:05 | More by Brunite
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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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thain709

Pennsylvania

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

A - Poured with a slightly hazy body...the body was golden in color with some amber highlights...a one finger head formed and appeared white in color with some creaminess...it quickly fell into a wispy cap and left some lacing

S - The hops are present in the nose...they are fruity and herbal with that noble hop presence...the malts come across as pale and cracker like

T - At first sip I'm getting th malts...they again are pale in flavor with just a touch of caramel to sweeten things up...the bready character comes out in the middle and pairs with some fruit like characteristics...the hops finish the beer with a sharp and crisp bite

M - Medium bodied...well carbonated with a nice bitterness

D - This beer is a step up from a normal pilsner but I would not go as far as saying it's an imperial pilsner...a decent beer but there was something missing for me...maybe it was the imperial part

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 14:19:43 | More by thain709
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argock

Virginia

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

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.80.

A: Not-quite-clear honey-gold with 1-2 finger ivory head with good retention and lacing.

S: Sour grain and herbal hops with a mineral edge. Alcohol not apparent on the nose.

T: Still pretty grainy but with more pale malt cracker character. Alcohol only evident with some warming. A bit thin and papery through the middle. Hoppiness is grassy and herbal with a very drying effect in the finish.

M: It shows its double pils qualities in the feel which is easily medium but still boasts active carbonation for a nice combo of firm heft but crisp.

D: A pretty good Imperial Pilsner which puts malt qualities up front and thankfully leaves the alcohol behind. It has some flaws but not a bad brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 03:47:09 | More by argock
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 19:51:27 | More by Monkeyknife
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champ103

Texas

3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2011 01:56:39 | More by champ103
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tchenery

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is excellent. The beer pours nicely into a snifter and has a billowy head that slowly dissipates to a nice thin layer of bone white bubbles and has visible carbonation through the crystal clear, extremely bright, yellowish/orangeish body.

The first smell brings heavy malts. On the second and third whiff I'm picking up that distinct snappy hop, but it's faint. It smells very refreshing.

There's an initial drying bitterness to the beer followed by a mouth coating feeling. I definitely had the mouthfeel coming at me before the taste of the brew. When the taste does come thorugh it's very pale malt forward. The hop presence is a bit weak in my opinion, especially for a pilsner (imperial at that), but it's there. Typical Saaz type hop flavor. I may have an older bottle.

This beer would be wonderful on draft, but I highly recommend the bottled as well. Awesome packaging too if I might add.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 00:51:38 | More by tchenery
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rootbeerman

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +12.4%
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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Minkybut

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 23:09:23 | More by Minkybut
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

2.4/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 23:06:29 | More by KarlHungus
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plfahey

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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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mntlover

Tennessee

3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy golden color with a small white head falls quick to ring some descent lace from small head.

Aroma is nice malty pilsner malts lightly bready with light citrus fruits notes mingles with floral notes.

Taste is nice malty bready sweet with a good dose of hops spicy floral notes that finishes with lingering lemon hints. Nice malt base sweet but held in check by the hops that bring it back from being to much.

Mouthfeel is pretty much medium with good nice level of carbonation.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable enough brew, not something i would really repeat purchase now that its winter. Make a nice tasty hot weather brew though.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 23:13:56 | More by mntlover
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philbertk

Washington

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

Breckenridge Brewery Regal Pilsner 471 Small Batch Series 12 oz. Bottle Sampled 11/22/2010 from 6-Pack purcahsed same day @ Colorados Liquor Outlet, Colorado Springs, Colorado. 7.0% ABV. 35? IBU's. Mild Noble hop front overwhelmed by sweet malt aroma and lightly flavored thick pils malt liquor body. Odd flavor and cloying mild hot thick end. Rich and smooth, but off balanced and somehow odd. (2.75 / 5.0). Lacy white head. Clear bright rich gold color.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 02:44:45 | More by philbertk
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. 7.0% ABV, no date.

A - Regal pours a golden honey maple color with fantastic clarity. A carbonation bubble trickles up here and there to the low skim of white foam. The initial two-finger head was poorly retained and left little lace.

S - The skunky Euro lager aroma which rushes out after the cap cracks open fades considerably. What's left is a sweet pilsner malt base with a fragrant hop overlay. A pinch of citrus with predominantly earthy notes following through. The sweetness seems like it'll be fairly big in the flavor.

T - I'm happy to be wrong about with my prediction of big sweetness in here. The pilsner malts provide more of a balance to the hop profile of light citrus and herbal notes. A little bit of mango follows through the finish.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth, this pilsner's furthest departure from the classic "single" style is a lack of crisp, refreshing drinkability. While it's not bad, this one is a little dry finishing with a balanced hop bitterness that eventually succumbed to a lasting sweetness after the swallow.

D - Again, it's a departure from the drinkability of a classic pilsner, something I understand because it's not the same style. This is a tad cloying through it's not offensive in any way. The hops have good flavor and balance. The alcohol isn't noticeable at all.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 13:28:14 | More by BeerFMAndy
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BarrelO

Virginia

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Light amber-orange body. Half-finger head leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Mostly bready malt with a bit of noble hops.

T: Heavily malty. Hops are pretty subdued. Slightly roasty notes. Quite a bit of alcohol burn.

M: Heavier than a lager should be with a bit of carbonation to lighten it up.

D: Feels like an inferior version of a souped-up helles. It would be much more interesting if they cranked up the hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 02:37:53 | More by BarrelO
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FreshHawk

Illinois

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

A - Nice, clear, golden copper color. About average sized, creamy, frothy, soap, pearly white head. Average retention with a nice frothy lace left.

S - Slightly odd, but not off-putting, aroma. Floral and herbal hops come out along with a fair amount of apple/cider aroma. Some pale and biscuit like malt aroma also has a good presence.

T - Similar to the nose. Some floral herbal hops along with a spicy grassy flavor. These hoppy flavors are present, but they are not strong by any means. Mid-sip, an apple fruitiness comes out. Bready and pale malt provides a lot of the backbone to this beer. Minerally taste on the finish.

M - On the fuller side for a pilsner with a touch above average carbonation. Slick, oily feel with a sticky, sweet residue on the finish.

D - I don't necessarily want to drink many of these with sweetness and the lingering sticky feel being a little off putting. Not really enough hops and the apple flavor is just a little odd.

Notes: A little strange tasting beer. It is different from a pilsner in taste. Not a big fan of the way the apple comes out, and a little sweet (not necessarily in a nice sweet bready malt way that some of the great pilsners pull off). Probably not worth the price to get this, even though it isn't a horrible beer, there are better choices.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 06:11:08 | More by FreshHawk
Regal Pilsner from Breckenridge Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.