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Regal Pilsner - Breckenridge Brewery

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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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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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

Polished 24-karat gold with lemony highlights and a smaller aged ivory crown than was expected. In spite of an increasingly high-altitude pour, just one finger of foam was created. Lace is decent in the end, but isn't remarkable by any means.

The aroma is golden malty and earthy-herbal. Breckenridge decided against using Saaz, but instead went with American Sterling and Magnum because they wanted the beer to be floral rather than spicy. Probably not the best choice since pilsners and Saaz hops go together like peanut butter and jelly. Is there any other style and hop that are more closely associated?

Given the ABV, Regal Pilsner is more 1.5x pilsner than double pilsner. Since the beer has only been in the bottle for two months, bitterness is still considerable. Unfortuntely, hop flavor, both in terms of quality and quantity, is lacking.

Sorry, but without the spicy sassiness of Saaz hops, this just doesn't taste like a pilsner. More accurately, it does, but is doesn't taste like a well-brewed pils. More like a strong golden ale that uses non-C-hops. Warming takes the edge off the borderline buzzsaw alpha acidity, as the white bready pale malts come to the fore.

Mouthfeel might be the beer's finest feature, even though it isn't quite enjoyable enough to earn the next highest score. It hangs on pretty well throughout each mouthful, but the bubbles are too sparkly and don't seem to be losing steam as the ounces flow by.

There are a few Breckenridge brews that have gotten my attention over the years. Lucky U IPA and 471 ESB (a Scottish ale) come to mind. Sorry to say, Regal Pilsner doesn't have what it takes to be considered among this brewery's best. On a positive note, it has more character than much of what they brew.

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Photo of jampics2
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased as a single from Warehouse Beverage.

The Breckenridge Regal Pilsner pours a golden dolor with a minimal white head. There's some active carbonation visible through the transparent liquid, and some lace left behind.

The smell is OK, but it's certainly not a very hoppy American Double / Imperial Pilsner. Bready, cookie malt with a touch of hay and just a kiss of herbal, grassy hops. This is very earthy but I'm afraid the balance may be off.

This beer's taste was very underwhelming. It's very malty but not pleasantly sweet and the grassy hops have just an unbalanced presence. The things I associate with a American Double / Imperial Pilsner, namely hops, are not well integrated. It's not disgusting, just not on the mark in my opinion.

The beer is light to medium with a oily, sticky texture. Carbonation is average and the finish is abrupt with lingering bitterness. What can I say about a beer where the taste is the worst part of the experience? Rather than ponder or get verbose, I'll just say this: I won't be drinking this again anytime soon. If you want to appreciate this style in all its glory, seek out the Boulevard Orval collaboration or the Sam Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner.

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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 Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at the Fort Worth Flying Saucer Fall beerfest.

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is some grassy hops along with a lot of bready malt. Not nearly as hoppy smelling as a lot of the imperial pilseners that I have tried. The flavor is more of the same, with a lot of malt and a little bit of grassy and spicy hop character. The alcohol is present, but not too strong. Medium body and medium carbonation.

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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 Lillenk
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Richard for sharing this one on a few occasions now.

A: The pour is a clear copper color with an initially fluffy white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S: The nose is sort of odd to me. There are some good floral hop aromas, but a very strong metallic tinge to it as well. Some light grass and malt notes, too.

T: Luckily, an improvement in terms of the flavor. The hops are quite floral and pungent. A slight spice character to this one along with some fairly sweet malt, sugar, and apple juice.

M: The body is on the full side for a pilsner with a moderate carbonation.

D: The flavor of this was nice, but the nose was just not enjoyable. Not sure what happened there, but such is life.

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Photo of BierFan
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. ABV is listed on the label as 7.0%.

Appearance: One finger of white head on a copper colored body. It looks like a good German marzen. Good lacing and head retention.

Smell: Very floral and perfumey from the hops. Laid back and unassuming aroma.

Taste: Much like the smell. Floral hops. Moderate bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel with some hints of the alcohol in the finish.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

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

12 oz. bottle.

Clear golden apricot body. Finger of gauzy, light beige head. Some lacing. Nose of honey, biscuits, pepper, honeysuckle, and sea air.

Soft, sweet malts up front. Honeyish, with a nice biscuit backing. Herbal, peppery hops come in mid-palate. Bitterness gradually increases toward the finish. Notes of candy-ish fruit and powdered sugar. Dryish finish, with lingering noble-resin bitterness. Not bad. Medium-bodied with a slick feel. Lightly carbonated.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.02/5  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.

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Photo of dudemuskie
4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
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!

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Photo of HeightsEats
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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

Pours golden with grassy and lemony citrus hops. The flavor is similar; hoppy, peppery, grass up front with the Pale malt showing more in the finish, easing up on the dryness level a bit, but it's still fairly dry. It's stronger, but still maintains the flavor and hop character of a good traditional pils. Not bad.

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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 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 Rayek
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery. Served in a small shaker pint glass.

A: Deep gold with great clarity and mild carbonation. The beer arrived with a small, but dense white head that faded quickly to a patchwork film. Left a good amount of lace.

S: Quite boozy. Alcohol is very present in the nose. It's backed up by a heavy dose of pepper and a little bit of anise.

T: Starts with a honey sweetness that's quickly replaced by a spicy pepper and lemon bitterness. Alcohol comes next with a strong warmth that permeates the system. Finishes with an alcohol warmth and a lingering pepper bitterness.

M: The body is slightly syrupy and lighter than the beer's strength made me think it should be. The carbonation felt about right.

D: This was a nice offering, but a bit too boozy for my tastes on a warm June evening. The lightness makes it go down quick for a beer this strong.

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