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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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777 Ratings

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Ratings: 777
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 116
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-10-2007)
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out cloudy orange with two fingers of white suds that stick around. Some lacing.
Aroma is citrus. Orange peel/lemon peel hops are very abundant here. Honey and a wheat/clove smell. Very nice aroma.
Taste. This is a very fresh brew from SA. The floral hops and the bitterness of the drink make for a very dry pilsner experience.
Good dryness followed by a tangy sweet darkness that makes you want another drink. Don't know why this one isn't rated just a tad higher. Pretty nice drink all around.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2007 20:58:56 | More by peabody
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

05-13-2012 23:46:07 | More by claspada
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

07-07-2013 20:31:57 | More by MinorThreat
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

03-07-2014 03:43:41 | More by threedaggers
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

03-02-2012 02:35:51 | More by rydev24
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Von den Anmerkungen

12 oz into bicentennial Mason jar.

A: Four finger head that sticks around a long time. Cloudy amber appearance.

S: Hops, hops, and more hops. Orange peelly and clovery.

T: Hop explosion. Like bitter orange zest that finishes super dry.

M: Nothing to freak out about but not too bad. It fits this type of beer.

D: Very bitter, but good to try. Give her a try! If you like super bitter you'll love it.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2007 23:25:34 | More by baos
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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a nice grapefruit color with a big ole thick fluffy, pale-ale style head. Big hops in the aroma, grassy and oily hop resins all over the place. Taste is reminiscent of an IPA, though not quite as thick or sweet on the palate. Bready taste, semi sweet, but very bitter once the hops assert themselves, which is very quickly. Goes down smoother than your typical double IPA, though it is just as bitter.

Hell of a beer but it is not exceedingly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 07:42:26 | More by saintwarrick
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

06-04-2012 16:23:45 | More by PopnLoads
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-A hazy, glowing orange-amber beer, topped with an off-white head. Good retention, reduced to a thin, consistent bubble layer.

S-Intense piney hop aromas. A very floral hoppiness. Som bright fruitiness additionally, possibly partly from the hops, but also perhaps an estery fruitiness. Little to no malt aroma.

T-This is a hoppy one, appropriately described as "intense" on the label. The piney, floral hoppy flavors are prominent initially, which lead into a strong bitterness. There is a fruity sweetness in the background, seeminly a maltiness coming through the bitter. A bit of alcohol flavor on top of the clean, bitter finish.

M-Medium body, but it starts to feel almost heavy because of its intense bitterness. Medium-high carbonation. There's almost a grainy feeling to this beer.

D-Pretty OK drinkability. The bitterness seems to be borderline a bit much. However, that does seem to be in line with the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 19:58:38 | More by CHSLBrew
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

03-08-2012 03:30:08 | More by Nate
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

07-06-2012 22:52:27 | More by jbaker67
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3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Turbid apricot colored with a thin orangey-beige head that doesn't rise up much, and then settles out quickly to a thin layer of foam.

Low aroma of sweet malt, faint citrus, and some alcohol fumes.

Flavor is initally rough and pungent, somewhat hard-edged. Bitter orange rind jumps on the tongue all at once, followed quickly by an alcoholic astringency. The alcohol warms the tongue and cheeks, and masks the flavor from there. Hints of sweet malt and grapefrut and pine hops try to poke through, but the octane level pushes them back down. Not very balanced, not too complex.

Mouthfeel is full but also crisp and tingly. Average drinkability. Not as good as the '05 selection.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 03:32:18 | More by far333
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3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz picked up today at the Coop for about $2.40.. poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass.

2 finger head with lots of lace... nice cap.. brew is golden with a very soft haze.

Aroma is spicy citrus with some bready pale malts..

Big bitterness out of the gates.. followed by smooth pale malts with a little bit of sweetness.. the malts are only present long enough for the big hop presence to kick in... very hoppy.. big orangey hoppiness with some grassy/spicy hoppiness. finish sorta drops off for me though except for a long bitterness.. mildy metallic. Body is medium with abundant but smooth carbonation.. drinkability for me is not that high.. the big bitterness seems out of whack... and I like a great DIPA, but put into the Impy Pilsner category, and it just seems too much.


Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 03:56:54 | More by JohnGalt1
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3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsener-style glass from 12oz bottle. Hazy, orange-brown color, with a thin off-white head that quickly dissapear leaving plenty of lacing. Looks very pretty and full of mystery.

Smell is mild, with a sweet/sour citrus twang.

Taking a sip coats the mouth with bitter orange-peel as the alcohol vapors rise into the sinuses. Hops, hops and more hops. Did they put any malt in here? I'm not complaining! The finish hangs arround on the palate in a nice way inspiring a sipping approach. I wouldn't be drinking these on a hot humid summer day, but the cloying hop flavor is not offensive at all.

Thick on the tongue with a moderate ammount of carbonation for a pilsener. The alcohol and hops conspire to produce a syrupy sensation.

While I am a fan of pilseners, I'm not sure this is one I'd keep arround. Definately nice for a change of pace, but the price and complexity keep it from being a frequent visitor to my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 21:44:35 | More by FatSean
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New York

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my sam adams super pint glass.

A: Poured with a finger of white head. Spotty lacing. Nice slightly hazy golden color.

S: Hops right up front. Not really balanced and more of a bittering hop nose.

T: Very bitter up front. Goes into a little bit of a faded orange taste. A slight hint of graham crackers behind the hops.

M: Sticky mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little bit on the low side.

D: Fairly good. Not too many examples of the style out there so it is always nice to get to try one.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 23:44:08 | More by aerozeppl
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3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a hazy light yellow. The head was rich and white and left a nice amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell was very hoppy with good amounts of citrus, pine, and even a touch of spice.

Taste was very sharp and loaded with hoppy bitterness. Quite a bit more than I expected. Eventually I was able to detect a bit more of the subtleties of the citrus, pine, and malt.

Mid-bodied, crisp, and quite carbonated.

This was not quite the sessionable beer I expected but was the beer I had hoped it to be.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2007 19:06:38 | More by Monkeyknife
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3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into US Pint

A: cloudy orange with 1 finger head that dissipated quickly

S: Not as hoppy as I'd expected but definitely getting some peppery lemongrass like aroma

T: Bitterness hits lightly on the palette at first and then after about 5 seconds really sits down and makes itself known, a nice 2 punch combo. Chewing on a gulp really brings out pine needle astringent flavors from the hops

M: smooth a bit numbing from the bitterness and dryness after awhile

D: ABV, Cost, and Intensity make this a nice once in awhile beer but interesting none the less

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 02:58:41 | More by waldoiverson
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3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass.
A: Aggressive pour yields 1.75 fingers of pillowy white head with terrific retention. Chill hazy light coppery gold.

S: Gummy peach rings, rich and tangy herbal hops, some light shortbread underneath it all. Do I detect a hint of cat pee? Hallertau is an interesting hop varietal, it has a very delicate aroma. A good alcohol aroma is present as well.

T: The alcohol is not hidden well unfortunately. Good hop bitterness: spicy. Cucumber, some citrus, some metallic :(. Tastes a little like apricot or apple hookah tobacco smoked out of an apple bowl I had once. Interesting and good flavor, but not outstanding.

M: Oily and syrupy and a bit phlegmy. A tad astringent. Bracingly bitter - surprising since the hop smell is so delicate.

D: Decent and tasty, but slightly harsh aftertaste makes me only want one more at most. It loses points on the latter quality.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 17:33:04 | More by dfillius
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3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 16 oz. Guinness nonic.

A: Pours a clouded amber/copperish color with a 2 finger head. Little lacing and little retention.

S: Not very strong. IPAish, some hops.

T: Nice hop kick, not pine-ish but slightly citrusy.

M: Nice and bitter, dry, a real biter.

D: Good beer, high ABV, be careful as it doesn't taste as boozy as the ABV would suggest.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 02:10:53 | More by guinnessfan
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3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly orangish straw color. Was unexpectedly hazy. This was my first foray into the Imperial Pilsner realm so I didn't know if that was normal, but when I see "pilsner" I think crystal clear. Still, had a beautiful, large, rocky, off-white head with great lacing so I went ahead and scored it slightly above average. Wonderful aroma, just an absolutely stellar hop scent. Some malt was in there too but the hops were front and center. About as good a smelling beer as you could find anywhere. Medium-full body. Very malty but lots of hop bitterness to balance. The bitterness lingered in the finish--just a bit too long, in fact, for my taste. Plenty of hop flavor as well. Relatively clean, though the hops were so intense that it was hard to really judge this. Mouthfeel was okay; not as harsh as might be expected given the massive hop presence. Drinkability was slightly above average, which was actually pretty good, considering.

Delivers what it promises. If you let it warm up a bit, the malt is more apparent. Try some of this just so you can smell it.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 02:16:44 | More by shererjt
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3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A little difficult for me to grade since it's a bit unique and I haven't had any of the small handful of imperial pils on the market.

A) Hazy orange beer. Billowy white head. Tight, tiny bubbles in the head.

S) Malty sweet and hoppy. So this is hallertau.

T) Big, syrupy sweetness. Hugely bitter that washes out most of the syrup. Monstrous. A little medicinal.

M) Medium Mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

D) Higher than expected. The big IBUs keep the malt in line.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 17:11:27 | More by esv
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3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Cloudy golden yellow, half finger head with decent staying power.

S- Strong spicy hop aroma, pale malts keep it from being overpowering.

T- Sweet pale malts up front, with a very powerful spicy hop finish.

M- A little too much alcohol dryness otherwise good.

D- I'm ususally good with one or two.

A great alternative to an IPA if you have a hop itch.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2007 20:19:46 | More by Pauly2X
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New York

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was excited to try this because I didn't have a go at it the last time Sam Adam's released it.

Pours with a hefty white head into my pilsner glass. The beer itself is a hazy orange yellow. Hops help to leave nice sticky lacing down the walls of my glass.

Smells of pure floral hops. The bottle does not lie. This is an intense hop experience.

Taste of hops, but they're delicious. It’s a hop head pilsner, but there is some malt flavoring even if this is an unbalanced beer.

Mouthfeel is borderline silky and carbonation provides an airy quality. It isn't the most drinkable brew given the abv and intense hop experience. One is good for me. This is definitely a beer I would recommend giving a try, but not something I'd recommend buying a case. It is really a pilsner trying to be an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 18:08:50 | More by Jmamay22
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3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Somewhat cloudy copper beer with one finger of sticky white head.

S - Toast, caramel, a sort of honey apricot flavor. Orange zest and spicy hop aromas.

T - Sweet caramel and toasty, nutty malts. Spicy and citrus rind hop flavor, with a long-lived bitter finish. Tastes much more like a very clean IPA than a pilsner.

M - Slick and full-bodied.

D - Fine-tasting beer, but not what I'm looking for in a pils. I enjoy it and would drink it again, but the color and sweetness are really off for the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 00:29:23 | More by trbergman
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New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A surprise find at ShopRite in Paramus, NJ at $8.99 a four-pack. Bottled on August 30, 2007, with a drink by date of January 2008.

Served in an inperial pint glass at fridge temperature.

Appearance- Juicy and enormously orange, this hazy monster of an ale carries an almost three finger off-white head. After several minutes of quiet settling, you could plan a vacation on one of the resorts located within the many large islands of lacing here.

Smell- This beer's hallmark, it's hard to imagine a more direct and outright hop attack... the Hallertaus are so hot they practically burn the nosehairs. It's a fat, wicked aroma that somehow incorporates the malt backbone as it opens up.

Taste- This beer isn't for most people. It is an orgy, an uninhibited, exhibitionist celebration of the humulus lupulus flower. After the initial mouth-gripping dry entry, the bitterness flows across the top and sides of the tongue where it captures and punishes the taste buds. There's no salvation in sight, so you'd better saddle up and ride this one into the sun.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Slick, coating, and much like a meal substitute... the hearty weight feels appropriate for the style. After getting through three-fourths of this beer, I just want to go to sleep. It's cool to experience a Category 5 atomic hop bomb at a level like this, but one will be enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 04:00:38 | More by yelterdow
Samuel Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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