Samuel Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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5/5 rDev +23.2%
From the moment I first tasted this beer poured from the tap at the Sam Adams brewery in Boston, I knew I was in for a long, hoppy ride. The first thing I noticed is the dark, cloudy, orange'ish tint and thick head when poured into my Sam Adams special edition glass. Then, it hits you; the bitter sweet smell of the Noble Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops. To hop lovers like me, this was an exciting moment. According to the head brewer I spoke with, Sam Adams uses tons of this stuff (12 lbs per barrel) and with the cost of hops, he mentioned that Sam Adams must be losing money on this beer (avg $9 a 4 pk).
When the beer hits the lips, the burning and explosion of the hops can send you over the edge. The flavors are of citrus and spice (but only just enough) and stay with you long after each sip. After this beer of beers hits the back of the throat, the hint of sweetness from the malt balances the flavors out perfectly. It's true this beer has "drink by Jan 2008", and I actually first tried it when it was in its prime in fallwinter of '07. I recently bought out my local package store (eight 4 pk's) and while it may not be in its prime, it's still the most perfect beer I've ever placed my lips around. Seek out this beer and enjoy!
04-13-2008 19:06:01 | More by echohob
5/5 rDev +23.2%
Appearence: Orange/Amber: Loved the amber orange hue this brew gave off.
Smell: Citrus, grapefruit, floral hops.
Taste: Definite hops, crisp, dry, not like any pilsner I'd had in the past. The hops made my friend's dad buy a case!!!
mouthfeel: Creamy, It killed my premonitions of what a hoppy pilsner would feel like.
Drinkability: Smooth, tasty, crisp, and hoppy in a way that will smack you upside the head in a subtle way. Loved it!!!
10-04-2008 06:19:38 | More by Zippie9999
4.98/5 rDev +22.7%
This beer is sorely missed! It was the first hop monster I had, and I had it at a time when I was not keen on the hop--much more into the malty beers. But this was a home run with me right off the bat. I wish Jim Koch and team would make it again. Anyone know if they will?
In short, this beer is so dry and yet so creamy. Quite an amazing beer!
05-19-2013 01:18:17 | More by Icedogs
4.95/5 rDev +21.9%
Wow, just... wow.
Pours as a fantastically slightly hazy orange-blossom brew with a thick and supremely whitish-orangish head. Brew looks very appetizing. Cannot wait to dive into this.
Smell is glorious - mixture of floral and citrus aromas, a touch of pine, and possibly some apple thrown into there. It's all perceived though, but what an aroma. Instantly addictive. To solve the crystal meth scourge, simply start passing out these beers. The methheads would begin sniffing bottles of Samuel Adams Imperial Pilsner instead.
Taste is truly exceptional - I cannot describe it well enough - you can taste citrus, pine, pineapple, and a variety of other flavors. Truly complex and balanced at the same time. I can't even reach the depth of the flavor profile here and I finished the beer before I was able to discern every single flavor I could.
Mouthfeel was probably the only point that I could deduct points from. At times you could get a bittering hop kick - and the creamy head would lend it a smoothness. But the mouthfeel wasn't consistent. It'd be smooth, then bitter, then crisp and clear, then bitter again, then smooth. Might just be my confused mouth though.
Drinkability is outrageously high. I had to restrain myself from immediately fetching another bottle - with the high ABV. If Samuel Adams would make more of these (probably not possible), I'd buy a LOT more than the measly four-pack I got. And right now, I'll have to pace myself and see if I can bear to part with one of my remaining three bottles to share with my fellow men...
Verdict: Invest in these bottles. Drink. Repeat. It hides the alcohol very well - although the booziness may peek out once in a while - I can only recall it doing so once during this bottle though. Utterly amazing - definitely blew every other beer I've ever had out of the water.
12-17-2008 01:03:21 | More by xare
United Arab Emirates
4.93/5 rDev +21.4%
It doesn't get much better than this. It's got the bitter hop bite that will please any hop-head out there. I think Campbell's soup drink this before thinking of the slogan, MMMM MMMM Good. Man, that sums it up. I popped the top and poured into the Sam Adams glass received from being a founding member of the BA mag. You can't get aggressive with the pour, even being easy on it produces a monster head. The smell of hops pillow out as soon as you pop the top and as the head melts away, the smell continues to blow that hop scent in your face. Taste.... oh the taste... Great citrus hop punch to the back of the throat. It stays with you through the entire swallow and stays on your tongue long enough to make you crave another sip. Drinkability is exceptional. I only wish I could get this in 6 packs for $8, instead of a 4 pack for $9. I would stock up and keep this as my staple. Excellent beer, I suggest it to anyone that enjoys the DFH 90 & 120 min IPA's.
10-24-2007 17:31:37 | More by beeroclock
4.9/5 rDev +20.7%
Hazy, peachy-gold in hue with a slight orange influence; the color is wonderful! Poured into the Sam Adams Boston Lager Pint the head was a healthy two fingers tall; off-white in color. Excellent head retention, the foam is very slow to collapse. A modest cap lasted the entire consumption. The lacing was widespread, somewhat disorganized but awfully damn fulfilling to look at. Overall, this is a dandy beer to gaze at. Eye candy beer porn if you will.
Huge hoppy nose! I *LOVE* how hoppy a pilsner can beer and still retain the aroma of a pilsner. For example, Rogue Morimoto Imperial Pilsner smells Belgian to me (it is a lovely beer, BTW). The Hallertau hops are rockin! Grass, hay, earth, weeds, flowers, pine, resin, juicy lemon, wood, and hints of herbal spiciness. Amazing. I get hints of cracker/toasted bread maltiness, while secondary these aromas add great complexity. The alcohol is vaguely noticeable but I consider it very well hidden. I just adore the nose. I could smell it for hours but the invitation to take a sip is to strong. Mouthwatering. Perfect. So boastful and yet articulate!
Regardless of style, this is one of the best beers I have ever had the pleasure to try. Amazing hoppy flavors upon taking a sip; grass, hay, earth, resin, pith, pine, citrus, and orange peel are the most vocal flavors. I get hints of wood as well. Bready/cracker maltiness, sort of dry but quite flavorful. BAM!!! The bitterness really arrives after a couple sips. My word, this is bitter and so pleasantly so! Screw DIPAs give me SA Impy Pils! The nearly 9% ABV adds warmth and some vague spiciness (and mental glee). I love the complexity of the flavors and the reward of tongue coating bitterness. This is a truly amazing beer; my taste buds crave for another sip as soon as I swallow the previous. I am addicted.
Medium/medium-full in body, moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is perfect for this beer. It is not sluggish or too full; it has pilsner qualities to it. My tongue is numb with hoppy flavors what a great aftertaste.
Drinkable? Shit yeah!! The three 4-packs were not nearly enough. I should have bought a case. I wish Nebraska had received more than a half pallet. Anyway, this is a World Class beer. It is a must try. Honestly, I might be understating how terrific this beer is. What a joyous quaff
11-20-2007 18:00:03 | More by bditty187
4.9/5 rDev +20.7%
A- fiery glowing orange with bright golden highlights, the lightly hazy color of this brew is amazing. foam is perfect as well, cream colored with an orange-ish tint. ridiculous retention and lace is no surprise, and i can tell already that this bottle speaks the truth.
S- citrus grapefruit, some lemon, pine, and the background toasty sweetness of some pale malt. quality reefer, pineapple, and other unimaginable tropical fruits converge into a bitter slurry of delight, and i don't believe i've ever smelled a noble hop in this way.
T- fresh piney citrusy burst right away, grapefruit and orange peel, tangerine, lemon zest, apricot, pineapple, white pepper, with aromatic underlying woodsy and somewhat sweet pale malt flavor. clearly the showcasing of hallertau hops has resulted in something of a glorious magnitude. the fundamentally simple flavor profile seemingly uses each element in perfect harmony. a bit of chalky earthy yeast flavor, beneath toasty caramelized grain sweetness, beneath pungent herbal citrus bold brash unrelenting hop flavor. true to the marketing, it is insanely hoppy without being overly bitter. finishes with a touch of sweetness and a sharp bite that recurs with every slight move of a mouth muscle.
MF- evidence of this baby's viscosity is revealed as it is poured showing off some slo-mo cascade action. mildly powdery, and carbonation is nestled perfectly at medium rare, dispersing alpha oils around the palate and achieving a resinous, slightly dry medicinal feeling that almost has me stoned. and by medicinal i mean high-octane codeine cough syrup. roll me away.
D- hallelujah, a savior is born, and i would like to hereby express my sincere christmas gratitude to mr. koch and the good folks at BBC for putting forth this endeavor, and to nate for being ballsy enough to grab a few cases. entirely drinkable for any hopster, 10 seconds after each sip i'm clutching the glass like a humulus fiend as i tremble whilst bumping up to revisit my fix. deserves a perfect score here but i don't think i could drink more than a couple before experiencing the feline feeling of catnip. incredible.
12-22-2008 16:02:08 | More by hustlesworth
Samuel Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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