Elsa Von Horizon - New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
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3.2/5 rDev -5.6%
No style puts the barley kernel on such display as the imperial pilsner with all of it's character, flaws, glory, and signature flavors. Even the bright and spicy hop character in this example seem to stand down to the unadulterated taste of malt.
Elsa pours with a bright lightly gold, lightly copper hue of brilliant clarity. The strong pilsner releases a firm and moderately statured head of white creamy foam. This is a very strong appearance, but expected from the concentration of malt.
Rich pilsner malt aromas rise with the scent of grain, cereal, and light corn and butter. The strong vegetable scent of malt is met with that of the hops for a spicy, earthy scent of mowed lawns and sassafras. Where the hop and malt complexes are both high, they seem to be a little disjointed; as if two beers in one.
The tale of two beers continue their dialogue in taste as the strong grain flavor of raw barley, sorghum, and cereal mash draw in the periphreal flavors of leaf, stem, and resin from the raw hop/fresh hop characteristics. The background of butter and corn come together with the taste of buttered popcorn and seem to resemble the taste of unfermented beer or that of non-alcoholic beers- odd for a beer that boasts 10% abv. The finish of malt is accompanied by the growth of sharp and spicy earth bitterness that's much welcomed, but carries a lot of vegetable bite that's not as clean or crisp as is needed.
Full bodied, especially for a pilsner as the beer carries and richer and somewhat fatter feel with the lasting residual malt sweetness, light oiliness, and lower impressions of carbonation. With it's semi-dry, lightly malty finish is partly due to lessening malt impressions, it is also aided by the spicy and lightly astringent hop bitterness.
04-20-2012 03:47:55 | More by BEERchitect
3.55/5 rDev +4.7%
This beer pours a bright golden yellow, with light cloudiness and a a light white lacing around the glass. It smells of pale malt, honey, and that's about it. It's pretty standard. It tastes good, but most imperial pilsners do. The flavors are pretty typical, pale malt, no hops, light honey, malty sweetness. It tastes good but it just doesn't hit for the style. The worst part though is the mouthfeel. This beer is really, really thin and light in body. It's kind of a turnoff. I know the style is lighter and everything but this beer could've been better, especially for the price point ($10.99 a bomber). It's ok, it's solid, but nothing special.
04-14-2011 05:59:27 | More by aasher
4.05/5 rDev +19.5%
On tap at Tomlinson Tap Room. Poured a very nice bubbly golden color with a bit of nice initial head and some decent lacing. Very nice huge malt aroma with a slight bit of spiciness in the nose. Good thick malt flavors, very clean and crisp, with a nice noble hop spicy finish that wasn't so thick that it was cloying. Went down very well for such a high ABV brew.
04-06-2012 13:47:53 | More by JamesS
3.73/5 rDev +10%
Poured on tap at Winterfest.
A- Pours a light hazed golden yellow color. One finger white head shows light retention. Spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.
S- While sniffing this beer I picked up a lot of noble hops along with some earthy hop tones as well. The pilsner malt seems to be stuffed in the bottom of the aroma profile. There is a sweet alcohol that is also coming through. Overall Sweet, earthy, and some alcohol hints.
T- The upfront of this has a sweet malt presence...more caramel than anything else. The alcohol already shows up for the first time toward the middle of the beer and never really leaves. Middle of the beer is really clean tasting with alcohol really driving the flavor. Ending is a bitter noble hop like crispness in the backing with some warming alcohol.
M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was crisp and good for the style. Light heat from alcohol and sweet malt left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly fading hop bitterness, warming alcohol, and faded malts. Flavors overall were lightly balanced and right for the style. The alcohol was a light annoyance at times leading to some small offness I thought. Medium-heavy drying on the palate from the alcohol.
D- This beer is good but the dryness and ABV make this just a one and done. I would drink a couple pints of these although to be honest I would be a little bored with the flavor profile.
02-15-2011 23:12:01 | More by alleykatking
3.63/5 rDev +7.1%
a murky orange in color with lots of white fluffy head. lots of carbonation is present. smells of bread with some mild fruit notes (light strawberry).. lacking overall in smell. the taste on the other hand is a bit more pleasant. you get a slight hint of floral flavor up front.. rose petals, strawberries, with a bready sweet malt, and a nice hoppy bitterness in the finish. medium body with high carbonation and a sticky feeling is left behind on the lips. this beer doesn't have much to offer aside from a really good flavor for a pils, and well, the abv is a big plus. figure in the low cost per bottle, and this is a pretty decent find!
12-20-2012 21:53:52 | More by facundoCNB
3.4/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a large Sam Adams glass. No date, but I know this was part of the first batch released in bottles. The body was a rich gold color and clear of sediment. The bright white head faded rather quickly leaving a little film on the sides.
The smell was sweet, hard candy-like. The nose deceives the mouth.
The taste was briefly sweet with a bit of butteriness. However, the Nobel hops take over and stay a long time. There was some cracker quality in there too. Alcohol was present as well.
The mouthfeel was full but it had adequate carbonation. Some silkiness. This is not my favorite style but this seemed pretty solid.
05-21-2011 14:48:47 | More by Cresant
3.9/5 rDev +15%
This Imperial Pilsner pours from the bomber semi-cloudy golden, with a thick and sudsy head. Stunning and boldly detailed lace cascading down the glass. Beautiful.
Nose is grainy and lagery, with a hint of floral hops. Nice.
Taste is malty and lagery an first, followed by a nice, heavy dose of floral hops. Faintly bitter upon tongue at finish. The heavy alcohol presence (a whopping 10%) is masked quite well by this delicious and well-hopped pilsner. Delicious and well-done.
11-17-2012 13:43:06 | More by secondtooth
3.63/5 rDev +7.1%
The style is a bit new to me, but I don't typically care for pilsners. However, and I realize this is an imperial, it's got a nice, darkish pale ale look to it. It's an orangey amber color with the faintest skosh of haze...just hazy enough to not be clear. The head is an attractive finger thick, but doesn't stay long.
Again, I don't usually like much about any sort of pilsner, but the slightly fruity smell works for me. Slight yeast smell, but little in the way of the malts. Regardless, my nose likes it.
The taste is where I start seeing it as a pils. The Saaz hops, Vienna and pilsner malts dominate. Very biscuity, peppery taste, with some alcohol in the finish.
It's not really crisp like I expected, moreso savory than anything. Bready and spicy. Bitterness throughout.
It's a bit better than I'd hoped for, but different at the same time. It's a manly pilsner and while it's not something I'd make a habit of drinking, it is a beer I'd like to have one of in the fridge for nex time, whenever that happens to be.
10-14-2012 02:59:15 | More by RickS95
3.53/5 rDev +4.1%
Pours a damn ugly cloudy yellow-orange. A slightly off white head crowns the beer and quickly dissipates. Aroma is rather weak with more malt than hops in the nose. First sip shows some age as I have no clue how fresh the bottle is but it was refrigerated since purchased. Body is thicker than most pilsners but then again…this is an Imperial. Carbonation is spot on. A tad disappointing.
07-10-2011 04:15:20 | More by ATLbeerDog
3.33/5 rDev -1.8%
This Imperial Pilsner pours about a 1 finger head, which dissolves quickly.
The colour is a bit cloudy.
The aroma is that of noble hops, honey and alcohol.
Although the flavor of noble hops is very present, it certainly isn't "hoppy". The presence of alcohol warmth is also very present as it is 10%. It is bitter but does have a hint of honey I would say. It does seem a bit thin in your mouth but goes down dry.
All in all, pretty much what you would expect from an Imperial Pilsner. I do like it, but nothing really stands out enough that I would run out and buy more. I would say this is a good bomber to start your night out with.
05-28-2011 22:35:46 | More by tigerbass
Elsa Von Horizon from New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
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