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Emerson - Alpine Beer Company

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87
very good

48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 06-17-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Inspired by owner/brewer Pat McIllhenneys travels to New Zealand, this beer uses imported New Zealand organic hops.
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Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 39
Photo of rand
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle to Pilsner glass

A: Golden-yellow in color, forms a frothy 2-inch head in the pils glass, leaving patchy lacing everywhere. A surprising amount of suspended yeast swirls about.

S: Floral and effervescent - do I detect of hint of champagne? Yep, it's there...something with the combination of New Zealand hops and biscuity bottom-fermenting yeast is reminding me of the bubbly stuff, although I can't detect anything distinctly grape-like. A touch of sweet malts, unprocessed grains linger.

T: The hops distinguish this Pils and jump out in front, which are more floral than citrusy. Almost tastes wet-hopped. This is quickly met with a cracker-y middle, carrying a sweet multi-grain undertone. The floral hop snap highlights the sweet notes of the brew, in what is otherwise a traditionally dry style, but that sweetness lingers a bit at the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied, but seemingly more viscous than many Pilsners. Carbonation is more foamy than crisp and cleansing.

Damn tasty, and if you feel like a pils with some hop-forward layering, you could do a lot worse. But it's not the most harmoniously rounded flavor profile and needs to be a little more crisp. I'm all for coloring outside-the-lines when it comes to beer styles, but a Pilsner loses a few points if it isn't relatively dry and refreshing.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this bottle a while back, just found notes.

A: Small bubbly head dies to nothing but a ring. A golden hued and semi clear beer.

S: Smells nice with a great dry hop presence typical of Alpine. Some sunflower seeds and grainy malts basically make up the malt profile, pretty solid aroma.

T: Has a lager like grainy bready malt base with some crisp dry grass hops. Some savory meat like tastes run over the palate and are tempered/disguised by lemon grass and more clean malts. Interesting.

M: Crisp and medium, a little spicy, nothing special.

O: Wasn't crazy about this but it is a good beer.

Photo of drabmuh
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Dan, thanks. At the time of this review, this beer is #35 on the Top Beers - German Pilsner list on beeradvocate.com. I really enjoyed this beer but seemed to be the only one, served in a Bruery tulip.

Beer is yellow with a mild haze, lazy wispy white head, small bubbles, low retention, some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet pilsen malt and some mild piny hop / earthy hop aroma, smells wet.

Beer is medium to light in body, moderately bitter on the finish, wet and watery in the front, decent mouthfeel and a nice finish. I had a second pour of this, I enjoyed it a lot.

Photo of mdfb79
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 010/02/11 notes. Poured into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat hazy pale yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of crisp floral hops, grapefruit, citrus, bready malts, and grains.

t - Tastes of bready malts and grain up front, follow by very light floral hops. Not much citrus like the nose, and the grain is dominant. A step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Crisp and easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent pilsener. I liked the citrus and floral hops in the nose, and wished they would have come through more in the taste. Worth checking out and would give another shot.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by mdfb79. Thanks Dan.

The beer is yellow and mildly hazy, with a thick, white head that leaves ample lacing on the glass. The aroma is really floral, with light spice and hop notes. Unusual for the style, though not totally unappealing. The flavor is odd, overly floral, and not what comes to mind when I consider the style. Still somewhat enjoyable, though not up to Alpine standards. This one needs improvement.

Photo of ibbjamin
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from Perry's in Livermore and pour into my Beck's stange to review.

White and very yellow beery looking head of about an inch in height. Transparent and yellow in color.

Grassy hops and pale malts scream hoppy pils to me in good fashion. Some lemony citrus comes into play.

Taste is of hop forward pils, bordering on pale ale to me.

Smooth, easy drinking, light to medium body, good carbonation.

My second offering from Alpine and yet again, the hype has not lived up to the taste for me. But I have not thrown in the towel yet, they have several others I want to try first.

Photo of Trilogy31
4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright light golden slightly darker than a typical bmc pilsner with a frothy finger of white foam. Nose has a very impressive array of bready and biscuity malts with a hint of yeast along with the slightest whiff of orange blossoms. The taste is what run bmc and other supposed imperial pilsners wish they could be. It is summed up as a really easy drinkable sessionable beer that is truly expertly made - it is simplistic perfection, bready malts, backed by a light bitterness and a slight hint that emerson and nelson are related with citrus and distant tropical fruits playing in the background. Oddly this beer had some floaties, but as udual i wish i had easy access to Alpine - this beer was perfection for a 6% pilsner.

Photo of beagle75
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, pale golden color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass. A few bubbles are observed to rise in the column while tiny floaties are plentiful, hanging motionless.

S: Very herbaceous and lemony, dank--bordering on skunky--at first but then turning minty. Malt presence is debatable, but does seem to serve a supporting role by contributing some light backbone.

T: Begins dry, with very honest grapefruit citrus flesh that begins to yield some of its initial intensity after a few minutes. Grass remains as soft pilsner malt appears, staying understated until late. Acidity is very pleasant, being both mild and uplifting. There is a slight vinous thread that seems to bleed from the middle into the beginning more as other hop aromatics fade. Bitterness is fairly mild, with some aromatic mint and citrus detectable to buoy interest.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, soft and refreshing on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Intriguing but not intense or extreme, this beer generates appeal from its unorthodox combining of pilsner grain with intensely aromatic hops. While the sensory profile is not unique among American-brewed experimental lagers, this beer has a drinkability edge on its contemporaries thanks to the mere 6% abv. Surprisingly, it benefits from the gradual warming that occurs in the glass; it seems simplistic when at its coldest, but nuances emerge as the beer warms and aggressive grapefruit fades.

Photo of bashiba
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very sedimenty dirty dark yellow with a big thick sticky white head.

The smell is very green, grassy, and floral. very fresh hop smelling.

The flavor has a nice combination of light grainy malts and fresh noble like hops. Simple and balanced, there are some sublte underlying difference in the hops with some hints of dark fruit and berries.

The mouthfeel has a nice creamy body with good levels of carbonation.

Very nice sessionable Pils, a bit off the classic style but in favorable ways.

Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ]light golden yellow with a dense creamy head that leaves slight lacing.

Aroma is surprisingly intense. Light fruit and fresh cracked pepper, with a good bit of yeasty funk.

Taste is pale biscuit malt along with nice caramel notes. Then the strong hop notes take over. Initially resinous grapefruit, then the grassy, spicy saaz hop funk takes over. Finishes crisp with a lingering spice warmth.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. Nice resinous hop oil coating.

Overall very crisp and flavorful. Plenty of light fruit and peppery funk to keep things interesting.

Photo of scottfrie
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into SN shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a light amber tinged golden with a large, dense, bright white head that slowly faded into a very thick and fuzzy film that left streaks of lacing down the glass. Carbonation looks very active.
S: Green hops dominant the light scent but they take some work to find. The smell is very light on this one, and besides hops I get just a touch of sweet citrus and bready malt.
T: I get flavors of melon and other sweet fruits, pale malt, a bit of bread and some citrus. The finish is lightly sweet yet spicy, and the aftertaste is very lightly bitter and full of pale crackery grains.
M: Heavier than I would like. The bubbly carbonation is almost nonexistent on my palate. The body is decently thick, and the mouthfeel is heavy and slick.
O: I still like Prima Pils better, but this was a pretty good beer. It’s a bit too thick on the palate and soft in the carbonation for me to call it refreshing though. I was expecting something lighter and more bubbly.

Photo of yourefragile
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle shared at Matt's by...someone.

Pours a mostly clear golden orange color with a foamy white head. Minimal lacing. Odd aroma for a pils; lots of citrus and tropical hop notes with some floral hops in the background with pale malt. Flavor has a stronger bready malt base, slightly dry and musty, with a unique strong hoppy blend for a pilsner; more floral than the nose, but citrus is still present. Fuller body than usual, with moderate carbonation. Not my favorite pilsner, but well done and a lighter less complex replacement for a typical Alpine IPA.

Photo of Nugganooch
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber to my Alpine pint glass

A: Emerson pours a classic crystal clear goldenrod straw color with tons of bubbily action. Fizzy 2 finger white soap-like foam head forms and has some decent retention with cascading lace.

S: Grapefruit and tangerine. Just a bunch of crazy exotic tropical fruits that really spike at the nose. Kiwi. Passionfruit? Sure and a touch of grainy Pilsner malts. Faint as it is.

T: Super hoppy with lots of citric zing. Tangerines. White wine grapes. Tropical. Light and Fruity like an IPA but just a touch of that German Pils malt character reminding you it's not. Lil bit of sugar tartness in the cheeks. Dry crisp finish. The epitomy of a sessiony Lawnmower beer. Very refreshing on a hot day.

M: Super dry and light mouthfeel with an increased bitterness level.

D: A super hoppy Pilsner. Well I can get on board with that. Drinkability is tops with this super light and refreshingly hoppy Pils.

Alpine has me convinced I love NZ hops! Very exotic in flavor and almost has the feel of a sparkling white wine. But this is a Pilsner dammit and it's pretty tasty.

Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Thirstybird for sharing. Pours a dull, hazy orange with a loose, half inch bright white head that dissipates into a thick cluster of tiny bubbles and a soapy skim. Nose is quite subdued and only expresses a citrus and an earthy quality. Taste is earthy, buttery and citusy with a distinct noble hops presence in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a lively carbonation and a semi-dry finish. All and all, not a bad brew, but a bit on the heavy side for the style. Not something I would seek out again.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear orange-yellow color with visible carbonation and a finger of frothy crisp white head. The head fades down fairly fast leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of lager yeasts and lemon scents with a background of hops mixing in as well.

T - Starts off with a mix of lemon and lager yeast with just a hint of citrus hops in the background. Through the middle, the hop flavor gets a bit stronger and the yeast deepens to a bready flavor. The finish is a mix of strong lager and yeast flavors that linger nicely.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate very lively carbonation. The beer feels very smooth and crisp and dry.

D - Very drinkable. Good balance of flavors with the hop forward taste. I actually really enjoy the hop flavor over what seems to be a really solid pilsner base.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a light orange with a nice white head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S - Citrusy, and a bit of yeast tones.

T - Wheat, slight citrus, and yeast again.

D - Good carbonation, lighter body.

O - Overall a nice light imperial pilsner that is very welcoming.

Photo of regspeir
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour into a pilsener glass revealed orange-lemon-colored brew with a a two-finger, white head which dissipated into a coating as it warmed. Nose was heavy with citrus, pine and earthy hops. Taste was a nice, light combination of citrus, toasted malts and mild spice with a refreshingly dry finish. I don't usually care much for pilseners, but this was VERY nice. I just wish Alpine distributed here because they just never seem to disappoint. Almost perfectly balanced, this is a winner.

Photo of ChadQuest
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am trying to decide of this will be biased, i haven't had a beer in many days, and i worked 11hrs at work and a pilsner is going to be perfect with dinner.

Color is a slightly hazy orange with white head/collar, looks like i need to drink it.
The aroma is clean with cereal grains and earthy hops.
The flavors are muted a bit as this one is chilled from the fridge, but is tasty and drinks way to fast i had to slow down to give it a chance to warm, dear lord i hate how that sounds, but it was enjoyable to drink chilled with my food, which was curried rice that was insanely packed with flavor...anyway. After i let it warm the flavors popped a bit more of those noble hops that exhibit a touch of citrus to brighten things up a bit, and clean bready malts. a clean and simple Pils good for doing what Pilsners are good at, being refreshing with a hop kick.

Photo of dechaffinated
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden hue with big pillowy white head that dissipated quickly. Very clear with tiny bubbles continuing throughout, as you would expect from a pilsner.

S - Light toast, pine, floral hops, grassy

T - When cold it was crisp, bitter, a bit grassy. As it warmed it opened up into mild grapefruit (mild compared to IPA), pine, toasted maltiness, mild spice in the mid palate, sweet & dry finish

M - Clean and crisp but definitely fuller and rounder than other pilsners I've had

O - I'm not a huge fan of pilsners in general, but it's important to note that Alpine calls this an Imperial Pilsner and I tried it because I like Alpine's other beers. I really enjoyed this beer and thought it was nicely balanced and fairly easy drinkability. I tend to drink a lot of hoppy beers, but this is a very nice & refreshing alternative to my usual as well as a great "summer beer".

Photo of GRG1313
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer, like almost all of my reviews, was tasted at room temperature which I personally believe allows the beer to show it's full character, good and bad.

Crystal clear medium amber orange with an initially thick pure white had that fades quickly, but very pretty while it lasts.

Nose is full of appealing fresh fruit, rich green grape, light citrus notes with undertones of fresh grass, green apricots and "carnuba wax" esters. Most pleasant and "fresh."

Mouthfeel is big, rich, creamy and fulfilling. You want more, which is about as good a test as I have for mouthfeel; i.e., it's very inviting. Moreover, this beer is in perfect balance as it is currently drinking.

Taste is full, rich, assertive and bold. This is one of the nicest Alpine brews I've had. It is complex and layered in toast, pine, grapefruit and green stone fruit. The bitterness is bright, appealing, bold and with a "sweet" undertone. Good to drink alone or a really great flavor profile for almost all foods.

Finish is strong in bitter pine, lime skin and undertones of cooked lemon.

This is an excellent Alpine release.

Photo of stakem
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN for gifting me with this bottle, I really appreciate it Brett!

Poured from a bomber into a shaped pint glass, this brew appears a very hazed golden color with nearly 2 fingers worth of thick white froth for a head. The cap slowly fades leaving leggy patches of lacework on the glass. It remains constant across the top o the brew with a creamy layering composed of large bubbles around the edge.

The smell of this brew is pungent with fresh hops. Such a very bold arrangement of fruity hop characteristics for the style that was unexpected but pleasant and welcomed. This brew smells fruity, minorly reminiscent of tropical fruits initially before turning a little grassy with some biscuit grain scents and a touch of sulfur across the back. Very complex and interesting arrangement straight across the board. As the brew warms up, some of those sulfur notes transform into a mildly stinky scent perhaps an inclusion from floor malted pilsner?

The taste is boldly bitter for the style. The flavor initially is heavy with an herbal hop quality that moves towards grassy which brings out some grain character that tastes a bit like straw. For as bold as the hop inclusion is, it is not overdone, it is met with a strong presence of biscuit grains that provides just enough sweetness to really balance this brew out and let more of the hop flavors come forward after the initial shock of bitterness. As this brew warms up, more fresh toasted grain flavors come out.

A fruity inclusion of alcohol esters accents the hop flavors and really drives home it's presence. This brew hits the back of the throat with much more warmth than expected for the listed 6%. This is a medium to full bodied offering which was much chewier than expected for the style. Modestly carbonated overall. The hops linger inside the mouth with an oily cling that provides a pleasant lasting quality. Overall not a bad offering but for the style it lacks the dryness and crisp finish I look for. If in the mood for a typical pilsner brew, this one could really catch you off guard.

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a few bottles and on tap, review is from bottle.

A- Pours a bubbly yellowish orange with a frothy white head.
S- Citrus, grass, pine, grapefruit.
T- Apricot, bitter sweetness, pleasently sweet and bitter balance, pine.
M- Medium-soft body, lubricating, residual hop bite.
O- Keeping in mind the style this is probably the best I have had, granted well done pilsner seems fairly hard to find for some reason.
Just noticed its listed under German Pilsener, curious why its not under Imperial Pilsner.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a bright yellow, white head, thin. Aroma was a little lemony, less hop aroma than expected for an Alpine, of any style.

Taste, eh, what is the deal with the wet cardboard?, was my first thought. The word diacetyl was mentioned by a novice homebrewer, but once the lazy 'buttery' description accompanied it (most frequent association you can read and then project as if your own), I knew there were at least two things wrong going on. Found it strange, I purchased this from the brewery just 3 weeks prior to drinking it.

Just didn't have that hop snap, bite, didn't really have any characteristic of a pilsner either. What the heck Alpine? Most disappointing beer ever (from Alpine).

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very enjoyable summer hoppy lager. Fairly complex and tasty with funky yeast, big pilsner malt/Saaz aroma. Cloudy grapefruit coloured body with over an inch of retained white head in my Sam Adams glass. Lots of lace down the glass's curves. Above average mouthfeel though the carbonation is assertive. Very good drinkability, seeing I finished the bomber forthwith. Thanks Ryan.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to badboyrsl84 for sending this bottle out my way. Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip.

Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head and only a spot or two of lacing on the way down. Very thin collar throughout. The nose carries floral hops and a bit of a tropical character in the background. There's some light bready malt as well. The flavor is malty with bread, and there's actually a surprising amount of alcohol. Hops are there, with the floral ones dominating. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Dry finish with a bit of bitterness. Not bad, but not something I'd go after again.

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Emerson from Alpine Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.