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Samuel Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Hallertau Imperial PilsnerSamuel Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner

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BA SCORE
91
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776 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 776
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 111
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 09-10-2007)
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shirfan

New York

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picture perfect appearance, with a 4-finger head that refused to leave for several minutes, and a lightly hazy dark golden liquid below, accented by several bubble streamers from the bottom of the glass. Copious lacing for the duration.

Grassy, lemony aroma doesn't quite do justice to the taste waiting behind it.

Taste: A hops behemoth. Absolutely chock full of hallertau flavor, outshining pretty much all other aspects of the beer. That said, it's not insanely bitter -- there is a light sweetness from the malts, adding at least a small counterweight to the overwhelming hops flavor. Leafy, lemon zest, mildly floral, hints of pepper.

Mouthfeel is on the light, drinkable side, especially since this brew isn't very sweet. Probably the hoppiest non-ale beer I've had yet.

Serving type: growler

10-10-2007 17:09:15 | More by shirfan
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11-15-08
Just a few comments on what I notice about this beer than I did last year. While the hops are outstanding, they take on a much more herbally, rosemary, ginger quality than previously. Also the ester-rich malts give a tobacco-like / fig flavor than also went unnoticed.

10-10-07
I get tickled when I see the Sam Adams commercial that boasts of adding a pound of hops per kettle, as opposed to a few ounces by compeating breweries -- hell, I add a pound of hops to my homebrew starters. At any rate, their scale must have been off when brewing this beer, because there is much more than a pound in this beer. It screams hops in such a way to make Stone and Dogfish wimper. It's all about the Haullertau hops from the removal of the lid, until way past the last sip. An agressive boquet of floral, grassy, piney notes fill the nose while the pilsner character struggles for attention. Flavors of sweet pilsner malt hit up front, but the hop flavor dominates the tast. Pleasantly bitter in the feel, with a hop / alcohol dryness that cannot be overlooked. Hops linger for ever after the beer is finished, even gaining intensity at times. Yea, it's one dimensional, but what a dimension to have!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2007 13:38:00 | More by BEERchitect
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HoustonTX

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was extremely excited to see this in Texas. Hallertau is one of my favorite hop strains. Let's see how this one stacks up.

This beer pours a lovely murky orange, with highlights of light gold.
Frosty white head sits a top.

The aroma is extravagant. Loads of hoppy goodness with a very nice backing of malt. Malt/Halletau combination makes for one of the best smells in the industry. I just can't get enough of it.

A definitive hop bomb. Loads of juicy dry-hop rinds. Resiny, sticky, undoubtedly fresh hops caress the mouth. Lots of bitterness, with a healthy dose of pale malt backing. Orange peel and grapefruit are focus in the hop flavor. Hops so fresh, they came right off the field.

Sam Adams nailed this one. A wonderful, masterfully crafted Ale.
Definitely recommended.

Cheers to Hallertau!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2007 03:58:32 | More by HoustonTX
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iceball585

New York

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy golden yellow color, one finger thick head that faded down to a thin cover, tiny carbonation bubbles throughout

S- Citrus (mostly lemons and oranges), strong hops, alcohol, a range of spices

T- Strong taste of hops, lemons, pine, bitter, earthy, bready, grapefruit

M- Fairly light body, medium carbonation, strong dry hop bite finish, warming feeling of alcohol

D- Definatly worth trying but don't think I could have more than one

Really interesting beer. Definatly the most complex double IPA that I've have. Strong hops flavors but also hint of citrus and other flavors. This beer is definalty not for the weak at heart. You can definatly smell the Hallertau hops in this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2007 00:44:42 | More by iceball585
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burnstar

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky gold with a huge resiliant head. Aroma is sweet and very hoppy. Citrusy- lemons, and herbal. Taste starts with a dull sweetness. Plenty of herbal hops. Light bitterness. Sweet backbone throughout. This is probably what a double pils should taste like. The few other double pils I've had have been way too sweet. Nice creamy full bodied mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable for its strength. Very nice beer overall

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 23:56:04 | More by burnstar
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Durge

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hazy amber color with big white head and very good lace. The aroma is a tangy/sprite flowery hops with a little buttery hint noted. The taste is again a bit tangy at first, seems to be more grapefruit hops now with a black pepper finish. A sturdy body feel that is fairly drinkable. A bit of alcohol but not much, just a nice blend, quality in each sip. Very much recommnded.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 23:36:03 | More by Durge
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redneckchugger

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a proper pint.
pours a golden , beautiful tan, with 2 inchis of white fluffy head, rings of lacing down the glass.
smells of hops, hops hops, grapefruit, lemon peel, maybe some toasted bread
taste is a hop assualt, as much as any dipa, grapefruit, pine, some lemon some alcohol in the background, with that toasted bread , bit of caramel there too.
feels bit thicker than i expected, kinda creamy from the carbonation, slight alcohol burn, in a pleasent way, mouthfell is my favorite part of this beer.
a good beer, very interesting take on a pils, my first impy pils so so far i am impressed, i just would have like to have seen more malt.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 20:37:41 | More by redneckchugger
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Foxman

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy and lazily carbonated honey golden orange, reminiscent of an IPA. Two fingers of frothy light beige head dip to shallow dunes of surface foam. Isthmi of lacing jut along the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, well, there's hops, with deep-seated black pepper, white pepper, green pepper, and pine and grapefruit as a kicker. Beneath the stringent crispness is mildly sweet caramel malt, and maybe, just maybe, a whisper of alcohol.

Upon sipping, surprisingly, the malt actually makes a fairly sweet assertion, yielding creamy caramel and toffee. Then the hops go into after-burner and blast a dry zephyr across the palate, with black pepper, general spice, pine, and dusty grapefruit. The venerable crispness joins with a stripe of alcohol to evaporate the mouth's moisture. Still, a thin tendril of biscuit malt wriggles through before the dry bitterness sands the tongue to a blank slate in the finish. It's a hoppy beast with a touch of manners.

Medium bodied, the malt is sinuous and slick, and the electric glow leaves a zappy tingle behind for some time.

There's a central character in most stories, and the Hallertau occupy that niche here with a controlled frenzy. The bitterness borders on savage, but they exhibit enough culture and refinement, thanks to the pertinent flavors, to remain civilized. The ABV is well cloaked despite its size, so it comes off as sneaky, and it warrants some notice. Yet it drinks like a refreshing hoppy pilsner. It slides down smooth, says please and thank you, then says you're welcome once you've finally regained some saliva.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 19:49:35 | More by Foxman
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NCBeernut

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden orange with a nice big head that settles to a thin layer, leaving plenty of lacing down the glass. Wow..a slew of smells I can't even sort through. Grapefruit-like bitterness, but with an orange-citrus taste from the hops, with a piney taste that came through every so often. On the finish a little caramel. Oily and sticky mouthfeel, but for a hoppy beer, thats what I like. Surprisingly drinkable. A good beer. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 18:43:18 | More by NCBeernut
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klewis

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden with a big bubbly head.

S: Big hoppy smell - mostly vegetal but with some nice citrus notes. Good sustain and lacing.

T: Big taste. A bitter and spicy hop flavor, but with a somewhat sweet honey taste in the finish. Remarkably different from anything else I've had. To sum it up: bitter, complex, and intense.

M: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Quite sticky and thick.

D: This one caught me off guard. I wasn't expecting it to be this good or this unique. Frankly, I find it too intense to have more than one, but it's excellent nonetheless and worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 04:09:56 | More by klewis
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HardTarget

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Not a lot going on. Speaks of Hallertau Mittelfrueh, 8.8% abv. and a best by date of January 08 (sampled October 07). I’m glad to see the stylistically incorrect, but legally required “Ale” that keeps us Texans safe from terrorists.

Aroma: Like sticking my nose in a bag of Hallertauer hops. It smells fresh and wet. Further sniffing only brings other hop smells, leaf, oil, and cone.

Appearance: Very hazy sunset orange glass holds a two finger white head that settles down to a full finger after giving up heavy lacing on the glass.

Flavor: All about the hops baby. They are a bit leafy, but the sweet malt combines to give a mild citric orange note. This beer shows off why Hallertau Mittelfrueh is one of the noble hops. Tons of hop flavor, only a modest (in comparison) bitter burn in the finish. I was surprised to see the 8.8%, this hides it like a prized jewel.

Mouthfeel: Massive oil in a heavy body triggers smacking chews. Low carbonation only intensifies the oily feel.

Overall Impression: Took this in with long, thirsty, appreciative draws. This is a great beer to school non-brewers on Hallertau hops, the backbone of most German beers. I’ve never encountered a beer that highlights a hop as well as this does, West Coast IPAs included. I started the bottle as a doubter, and finished as a believer. Rock on Sam Adams, Great Beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 03:12:57 | More by HardTarget
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Atron67

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a heavy fluffy white head with a slightly cloudy golden body

S- noble hops provide the base of the scents, a strong malt base is present

T- A solid bitter hoppy malt base, as the hops flavor fades, the malt finish provides a nice smooth finish. Seems more like a pale ale than a pilsner but its a solid lager.

M- a smooth lightly carbonated body with a light body.

D- a great drink

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 01:41:20 | More by Atron67
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tweeder263

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a superhazy gold brew with a huuuge head.surprised me.

Smells o fresh hops,,very much reminds me of the fresh hop scent from when i am brewing,,,awesome.

Taste veerrry hoppy,,but definitely not overbearing,,not the citrusy typical taste i would be thinking it would have,,sweetness also lingering in the background. Very earthy grassy hop..i like it.

Mouthfeel is nice slight thickness,,beautiful..
Towards the end i start to feel the slight alcohol tingle,,hidden well behind the hops.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 01:01:20 | More by tweeder263
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MarkSCCOT

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle (Vintage 2007) into a pint glass.

A. Orange/yellow hazy brew with a 1/2 inch head and some residual lacing.

S. Strong citrusy, flowery hops.

T. Big piney hoppy beer.

M. Decent carbonation and body.

D. Hard to tolerate more than one in a session.

An ok Imperial Pilsner, but not up to all the hype it received. DFH Golden Era is a much better Imperial Pilsner, hands down.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 00:10:15 | More by MarkSCCOT
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours almost like a nice Hefe-Weizen: cloudy straw color with generous, thick white head that retains well w/ nice lace.

Nose has a delightful grapefruit/tangerine citrus core. Somewhat prickly too, but good.

Palate is medium bodied and isn't as "extreme" as I was expecting for an Imp Pils. Finish is crisp, dry, and reveals more of the fresh hop vine funk that is sooo yummy.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 04:49:59 | More by yemenmocha
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plaztikjezuz

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours hazy, big chill haze, but is hazy golden color with a fluffy white head.
the aroma is spicy, herbal, there is a hint of malt, but this is very intense hallertau aroma.
the flavor is very complex, spicy, malt sweetness, herbal, biscuits, there is a lot of hop spicyness, i can smell the hops in my nose.
this beer is very good, but i do think i will lay a few down to try in a year or so.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 02:14:46 | More by plaztikjezuz
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GRPunk

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

A- This beer poured a beautiful hazy orange color. It had a smallish 1/2 inch head that stayed as a light lace that gently stuck to the glass. Carbonation appeared to be medium.

S- If you've ever wondered what Hallertau hops smelled like, take a whiff of this beer. It was almost like putting your nose in a bag of pellet hops. It wasn't an offensive scent, but very intense in hops.

T- The flavor was more complex than the aroma may suggest. The hop flavor was definitely the most aggressive, however there was definitely a suggestion of breadlike or biscuit malts too.

M- The mouthfeel was quite thick. The amount of hops gave some oily tones in the mouth. The carbonation was medium allowing for a smoothish thickness on the tongue.

D- Within the style it seemed pretty drinkable. However, based on the ABV and IBUs, I wouldn't be drinking more than one or two in a sitting.

Overall- A beer I'm glad I tried and I would have again. It paired really well with the curried dinner I had. The flavor cut right through the spicy dishes.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 13:08:50 | More by GRPunk
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AustinBeerLvr

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a "Boston Lager" glass.

A: Poured right down the middle, with a huge head. Body of this brew is a distinctive orange/yellow haze. Very substantial lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is hallertau hops all the way! This brew has so much of them, I imagine smelling the flower itself wouldn't be much different.

T & M: A very slight drop of sweetness immediately takes the back seat to an the wonderful hallertau hops. The thing is, these hops aren't overly bitter, but rather are packed with a very distinctive floral, citrus, oily flavor that is truly one of a kind. Just like in the Boston Lager, the hops perfectly compliment the malt sweetness. The bitterness kicks in at the end along with a touch of alcohol as well. Mouth-feel is very substantial, almost kind of firm, as it literally fills your whole mouth with a lot of body. Not even a touch of thin body in this brew.

D: This is obviously a sipping brew, if nothing else, due to the high ABV. However, this beer is highly drinkable. The funny thing is, this beer is rated at 110 IBUs; which, to put into perspective, is about triple the strength of a Sam Adams Boston Lager. However, Hallertau hops are so distinctive and full of flavor, this beer is not your typical "hop bomb" you might find in a IPA, as Hallarteau hops are not overly bitter, but rather, full of character. This beer is simply a fantastic representation of my favorite hops I have ever had, a must have for any hop lover out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 05:25:19 | More by AustinBeerLvr
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1fastz28

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a 4 pack, this is the first time i've seen this line of sam adams yet. out of the bottle is has a hefe' type of look to it, very cloudy and light , but with tons of lacing. very piney scent, no yeast or malt presence. only hops. taste is robust with spicy hops prevalent, very good though, well balanced and yummy. top notch. moutfeel is good and so is drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 04:02:32 | More by 1fastz28
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IntriqKen

California

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very pretty pale golden yellow topped with a fluffly white 2 finger head that melts to an incredibly sticky lacing.

Aromas of soft pale malts, bready yeast, and sweet citrus peel hops.

Taste is a smooth combination of the sweet pale malts and a definite double dose of bitter citrus peel hops...grapefruit and orange peel and pine oils....finished with an alcohol flavor and warmth.

Aftertaste is bitter hop grapefruit peel and mouthfeel is creamy but not cloying.

Possibly the best Imperial Pilsner I've ever had...nope...definitely the best attempt at this style.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 03:33:53 | More by IntriqKen
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy glowing orange pumpkin hue with a strong sea of tiny bubbles and a thick off-white head with a yellowish hint. The head last and last through the full beer.

S- The notes of brie rind is covered by a big green hops smell that is blended with a sweet sugary malt hint and some caramel notes. The finish of the smell is a soft green noble hop nose.

T- The taste of sweet caramel malt with a slight floral flavor and a butterscotch note is quickly overpowered by a green grassy with a bitter dandelion hop flavor at the finish. There is a bitter hoppy pucker that lingers after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noticed.

D- The dry pungent hop don’t have much depth but are pretty big as is the sweet malt flavors. It was great to taste how the individual hops profile taste but it is not that interesting on its own.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 03:00:29 | More by rhoadsrage
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erosier

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden Color with a creamy white head. Pours clean with a small head. Very fresh and hoppy aroma. Taste is exceptional if bitter hoppy beers are your taste. It tastes alot like an IPA, but the hops are of a low AAU which does not give it the same acidy aftertaste of other very hoppy beers. Very citrisy and smooth. Hallertau is a low alpha acid unit that really adds to the pilsner underbody. Very smooth going down and finishes clean but a little dry.
This beer is drinkable, but only for one or two, which may be why it only comes in a 4 pack. This beer does though deliver on its slogan of an intense hop experience.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 00:52:21 | More by erosier
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Halcyondays

California

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip, have been really anxious to try this, served at approximately 50 degrees Fahrenheit,

A: Pours a hazy, light orange, not gold as I expected, with a thick great white head, which is legitimate in height with great retention all through the drink, great lacing as well, the higher alcohol brew just coats the glass when drunk, certainly a great looking beer.

S: Lighter than I expected, very hoppy though, lots of pine, some citrus and earth.

T: Taste is quite hoppy, some pine, a lot of earthy grassiness, there is a bit of toasty malt, but the showcase of Hallertau noble hops steals the show. The aftertaste is interesting, the hops last on your tongue for a long time, with a hint of ripe cheddar cheese, or a light gouda, sublime.

M: Very creamy, rich carbonation, a bit phenolic and medicinal, a bit alcoholic, metallic, medium-bodied.

D: An interesting beer, I've never had a Double/Imperial Pilsner, so I didn't know what to expect. The hoppiness is not extreme about the same as an average IPA, I would wager about 50-70 IBUs, but that is a guess. Definitely the hoppiest Sam Adams beer I have ever had. A satisfying beer, to be sure, glad I bought it and that it came to Southern California.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 04:49:34 | More by Halcyondays
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joe1510

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$9.99 4-Pack
Binny's Orland Park

Sam Adam's Hallertau Imperial Pilsner pours a deep golden with some faint orange highlights. Turns more straw golden when backlit. A huge amount of carbonation bubbles rush to the two finger head that formed on the pour. The head turned out creamy white and left a solid amount of lacing down the glass.

Aroma is pretty straight forward but delicious none the less. Pale somewhat biscuity malts are the backbone but Hallertau steals the show. The musty damp grassiness takes over in a big way but there seems to be a squeeze or two of lemon juice.

Honey sweet maltiness upfront that fades but lasts throughout. The hopping on the palate comes through much more spicy than the grassiness that was in the aroma. Mid-palate comes a spicy, peppery, somewhat sweet hop character that acts like a buzzsaw slicing through the pale malts.

Medium bodied with a slightly sweet and sticky mouthfeel. The body is light enough to keep this beer from being to sticky or cloying. Lingering peppery hop bitterness with a dry finish.

This bottle is going down pretty easy. The dryness leaves you thirsty and wanting more. The bitterness is right up my alley.

I drank a few of these before this review and for whatever reason I wasn't at all impressed with this beer. I sat down tonight, cracked this bottle open, sat down for a review and my mind is totally changed. Great big on the hops which is just the way I like my brews.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 03:00:32 | More by joe1510
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Muddied pale sorrel colored with a modest off-white head the sinks quickly but stays the duration as a skimming. I don't mind an unfiltered lager, but the press says all the obscurity is from hops. I don't believe that at all, because there's quite a bit of yeasty sediment in here too.

As far as I can tell, this is simply a reissue of their previous Imperial Pilsner. Regardless, it's intriguing as a case study in hallertau.
Musky, murky, reedy bitterness on the nose. It's like cutting open and inhaling prairie stalks. Or like huffing hay bales slathered in honey, as some malt is present in very simple, sweet form.
Across the mouth, it manifests with a graham cracker maltiness that devolves towards spare honey, but manages to glint out a ghost of pear before it is all succumbed by the hops. No lagered interlude, and the yeast seems in play with notes of wet concrete. Hops are mouth-bindingly huge. Pulpy, resinous, wet leaves and resuscitated dried herbals. Prigs of mint and sloppy lime rinds. Acridness arises with alum, discarded metals, and chewed pills, but its minor in relation to the other hop-associated hues.
Leaning full-bodied given pep and lift by the persistent carbonation. It's an Imperial India Pale Lager. Or a ridiculously over-hopped kellerhellerbock. In some ways, it starts to drink like a succession of hallertau jello-shots. I like it still, but the bludgeoning starts to take a toll in mouth.
For me, this has a rating variability. Somedays, it might be absolutely perfect, others its blatant disregard for pils sensibilities and wanton hoppiness would doom it. But, again, I love me some hallertauers, so I'm destined to enjoy this most of the time.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 08:30:25 | More by cokes
Samuel Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
91 out of 100 based on 776 ratings.