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Farmer's Tan Imperial Pale Lager - Southern Tier Brewing Company

Farmer's Tan Imperial Pale LagerFarmer's Tan Imperial Pale Lager

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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.34%

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cratez on 05-27-2010)
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Photo of bushbeer75


3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pt. 6 oz. brown bottle

Southern Tier Farmer’s Tan Imperial Pale Lager poured an orange gold color producing a minimal white head. The nose was floral; dominated by citrus, lemon and pine hops. The taste begins as the nose detected lemon, pine and citrus hops with a little malt in the background. The finish provided more lemon, and piney hops with a hint of spicy notes from the alcohol and lingering bitterness. Mouth feel is a little sticky but dry, with light alcohol heat.

Not being a hop head Farmer’s Tan Imperial Lager was a little too hop forward for me. If hops are your “thing” this American Double/Imperial Pilsner is for you.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 14:43:38 | More by bushbeer75


3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22fl. Oz. Bottle. Lager glass. Enjoyed on jan´12. Pale golden color. Chill haze. White color, close, dense froth. Lasting thin head. Floral fragancy, hints of licorice, subtle pine & cinnamon hues to the nose. Gentle malty upfront. Strong hop bitterness follows. Medium-full body, medium-high carbonation. Smooth lemon & fruity finish. Dry bitter aftertaste. Well balanced flavors with a nice mildy malt backbone. Flavorful, refreshing & drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 22:33:44 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of superspak


4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pilsener glass straight out of the fridge; bottled 6/22/2011. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a dense 1-2 finger white head with nice retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass; with a decent amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of biscuit, lemon, pepper, herbal, grass, clove, and orange. Nice and well balanced aromas with decent strength and balance. Taste of big lemon, biscuit, pepper, orange, clove, grass, pine, and herbal hops. Nice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, clove, pine, grass, and biscuit on the finish for a good bit. A ton of flavor present here, with great balance of bitterness and malt sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Drinks dangerously smoothly for 8.6%; with only a slight alcohol warming after the finish. Overall this is a great imperial pilsener. Plenty of hoppiness and flavor; and very smooth to drink for such a big beer. It has definitely held up great since bottling last year; and I picked this bottle up for 3 bucks in the discount bin so it was a great choice.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 03:13:02 | More by superspak
Photo of Fatehunter


4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall glass mug. It's a beauty; dark straw color with a thick three fingers of white head. The tall glass shows off the bubbles floating up and the tall head.

Quite fragrant for a lager. Strong malt/grain smell. A bit of ripe orange and pear.

Well, the taste is strong for a lager too; not up to an ale strong. Sharp bitterness from the hops. The pilsner malt is evident in a larger, strong quantity too. It's like a triple czech pils crammed into a normal glass. Lots of flavor.

Crisp texture, medium body and moderate carbonation.

A great job here. All the best of a normal pilsner brought out extra strong.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 00:36:57 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of jmdrpi


2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle, date of 6/22/11. luckily it was in the cooler at the beer store.

appears bright yellow in color, just a little head that fades. very sweet aroma, corn, not really any hops. taste is definitely grainy and sweet. earthy. no booze, but an off aftertaste. thin to medium body, medium carbonation.

overall - not real good, but I guess an interesting style.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 03:39:03 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an Imperial Strange)

A- The crystal clear bright orange body has a thick creamy head with a bubbly layer on top that leaves a sticky lace after each sip. There is a twisting column of microbubbles gliding through the body.

S- The green pine hops is slightly pungent with a dry yeasty pepper ester hint that grows as the beer opens.

T- The full green earthy hops is piny and resiny with some gentle bitter hops in the finish. The pale malt and a cream note come through a bit as the beer opens. The bitterness really grows in the finish and is overpowering with a pungent flavor lingers.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and a dry finish with a soft alcohol heat.

O- There is some nice pale malt and a nice alcohol warmth. The bitterness is a bit overpowering and not a lot of other flavors can compete.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 19:11:55 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of fwiz


3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pilsner glass. Third beer form Southern Tier I have tried.

Appearance: Golden color with just a little head, maybe only a half a finger.

Smell: Sweet malt with a nice floral hop backbone. Not over powering citrus in this one.

Taste: Same as the smell. Good hops with a candy like sweetness. Not what I was expecting.

Mouth feel: Medium body with nice carbonation. Very smooth on the way down. Slight dry finish. Nice.

Overall: Again not what I was expecting in a pale lager, but it was very good. Sweet with a nice hoppy punch in the taste buds and a nice dry finish. Good worth picking up when you get the chance.


Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 20:37:38 | More by fwiz
Photo of CTbeerboy


4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Farmer's Tan pours just like any other lager (pilsner style) beer that I have ever seen. Beautiful golden color with two fingers of a bright white head. I got large bubbles in the middle of the glass and smaller ones around the edges with quickly dissappating alcohol legs.
S- Bready and yeasty with a very clean hop punch (which sets this beer apart from alot of other Pilsners). Lots of lemony grassy notes reminiscent of a Pale.
T- Sort of like Heiny with a strong hop-punch. Very floral and west coast piny tasting. Refreshing as well.
M- Nothing that surprising here. Aftertaste is mild, but you do get the hops on all sections of the tongue.
O- Farmer's Tan is a good take on a calssic style. I was pleasantly surprised by what I encountered when I enjoyed this beer yesterday evening.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 22:37:13 | More by CTbeerboy
Photo of oline73


3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass. This was opened during our New Years Eve tasting.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a half finger of white head that leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: This beer is a bit fruity with some sweet malt. The smell kind of reminds me of apple juice. There is a strong yeast presence as well.

Taste: There is a stronger hop presence than I expected. Sweet and fruity, the apple juice from the smell is definitely there. The finish is bitter from the hops.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer is just alright. The apple juice notes were something I could have done without. A bit odd, I don't think I'll have another.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 02:45:50 | More by oline73
Photo of NODAK


4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma smells a lot like most pilsners...toasted grain, grassiness and Noble hops. Nothing really makes it stand out as "imperial" as far as the nose is concerned.

Pours bright golden in the glass, true to style...decent head that doesn't last very long.

Initially the taste seems quite peppery, intermingled with some grassiness. This is where it departs from a more traditional pilsner...that, and the mouthfeel certainly is thicker than your usual pils. That said, the booze is hidden very well and I wouldn't have guessed as to its 9 percent ABV. On the finish, there's a nice Noble hop bitterness that asserts itself, which I would say is more strong than most pilsners, but not off the charts. Has a pretty good bite and lasts a little bit. This sort of falls in like with Southern Tier as a brewery, I suppose.

Pretty good and tasty, as a fan of the style I can appreciate that they tried a different take on it. In the end, it isn't THAT different from a standard pils....but it definitely packs a punch.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 02:22:05 | More by NODAK
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear solar yellow with a typical white head - average, but not off-putting. Aroma is strong and malty with a yeasty overtone. Edgy flavor has a malty core with a strong alcohol bite and fruity and yeasty tones plus a bit of a metallic zing. Body is average, and texture is edgy and a little fizzy. OK, I'm not a big fan of lagers, but this is acceptable.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 02:12:34 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of chickenflea


3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass. A vigorous pour shows a clear medium golden brew with a fluffy white head that laces a bit. The aroma is sweet, refreshing American hops with a nice pale malt backing. Smells a lot like a golden ale. Some apple and peach notes in the aroma. The flavor is big sweet with a metallic bitterness. Texture is a little light for an imperial. This beer is good for the style, but is an imperial pale ale really necessary. Still I enjoyed it and I loved the chicken on the front since I have some of those. But even if you don't like the style, Southern Tier produced it well.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 19:25:21 | More by chickenflea
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear yellow color with almost no head

S: Malty and slightly sweet, no lager yeast which is a good thing. Some earthy hops. Alcohol. Possibly a little wheat in there as well

T: Grainy, with definite wheat. Not overly malty or sweet, but definitely drying and bitter towards the end and into the aftertaste. The hops have almost no effect on the taste, but man are they bitter. Fairly bland in the flavor department aside from the initial grains

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drying and leathery, which is odd for a pilsner

O: A very bland and odd tasting pilsner to be honest. I'm not sure if it's because it has gone past the best by date or what, although that's tough with the abv as high as it is. Not sure what ST was aiming for with this one, but at least it's the first beer from them I haven't cared for, and I've tried almost all of their line-up

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 04:28:56 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of GPHarris


4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a three-fingers dense, white head into a weizen glass that left nice lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was a bright and bubbly gold color.
s - floral and sweet with a hint of orange peel.
t - floral and spicy with a crisp hop bite in the finish.
m - thick and viscous, slick.
o - i've only had a couple imperial pilsners (other being good people's) and i haven't been disappointed either time.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 14:52:35 | More by GPHarris
Photo of Brent


4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brief label tribute to farmers and their tans seemed a bit odd. Poured a surprising clear and very light straw color - all the more amazing given the big flavor within. Up front mouthfeel is a little then and the a forceful whallop of hops lands on the tongue like a truckload of bricks. Unlike other imperial pilsners I've had, there was very little malty sweetness, giving this beer a decidedly hop-centric character. Bittering was blunt and the only criticism is that a little more depth of the profile would have been nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 13:31:32 | More by Brent
Photo of Mitchster


3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed with 2 row pale malt, european pilsner malt and white wheat. Hopped with magnum and mount hood in the kettle, and dry hopped with santium, sterling and mount hood.
8.6% ABV, OG=19P, 7.3ºL.
"Serve at 38F". Funny.

Pours out to a clear pale straw golden, forming a small white head with poor retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is of fresh piney hops and some crackery pale malts. Not much else there, but it's still good. Mouthfeel is crisp with a medium-dense body. The taste opens with fresh piney hops, followed by a pleasant but firm bitterness which lasts quite a long time in the aftertaste. Very cleanly fermented, with no appreciable off-flavors or aromas.

Basically, this tastes like a IPA with a lager yeast. It's a good beer, but I probably won't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 03:35:03 | More by Mitchster
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a pure, clear gold with 1" of head. Great retention. Obvious carbonation bubbles. Hops are noticeable up front in the smell. There's a little yeasty smell as well. The head smells a little soapy. Taste is a traditional pilsner taste, however, the hops are far more intense and there's an added warmth from the alcohol. The lager yeast is also noticeable in the flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth, warm, and medium bodied.

The warmth from the alcohol limits the drinkability here. Though it may not be a sessionable beer, it's not a bad offering.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 18:51:59 | More by tdm168
Photo of gatornation


3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from 22 oz bottle

A- pours a non descript clear yellow color with a 1.5 finger head with a touch of lacing

S- really nothing but boozy malts and faint citrus some bread and grass

T- a touch better with some pale malts and biting citrus hops with a touch of lemongrass

M- medium carbonation with lots of alcohol heat which dominates this PA

O- a boozy PA which offers mostly a high ABV..not much PA qualities like caramel malts baked bread and citrus/floral hops..will not buy this one again

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 22:57:31 | More by gatornation
Photo of russpowell


3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Macadoodles in Jane, MO

Pours honey colored with 3 fingers of fluffy pearl colored head, Great lacing & head retention

S: Faint grassy notes. breadyness picks up once warm

T: Honey malt, pears & apricot with grassy & herbal hops up front. Some grapefruit sneaks through as this warms, plus grainy crackery notes, honey notes mix with a hint of green banana as well. Finishes with woody hops, lemony & grainy notes, on some rough edges

MF: Very chewy, lightly carbonated. nice warming sensation, but turns too grainy at the end

I tend to like my Southern Tier stuff Uber Dark/Malty or uber hoppy; this is neither. Alright, not great. This needed more of both to win the day. Nice beer, but nothing to write home to Mom about...

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 13:49:47 | More by russpowell
Photo of metter98

New York

3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that slowly faded away and left some lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of floral hops in the nose along with some notes of pine resin.
T: The taste is quite malty and has some associated sweetness along with notes of piney hops and hints of alcohol. The taste of alcohol becomes more prominent in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is somewhat of a slow sipper given its strength and alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 04:29:53 | More by metter98
Photo of celticfutblclub


3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

big old bomber into a pretty things pint glass

comes out a gorgeous straw color with a vivid pure white head. lacing is very good with decent retention. nose is bread and cracker malts with lemon zest pepper and a nice hop aroma. so far so good. taste is bread and cracker malts again with lemon and pepper. the hop bite is much more pronounced than i was expecting (not saying that critically). hop pucker lingers well carbonation is moderate to high. overall this is one very good pale lager.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 20:45:30 | More by celticfutblclub
Photo of MoreThanWine


4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 1.5" pretty golden head. Clear straw yellow in color yet noticably more radiant than BMC lagers. Smell is mild to moderately hoppy. Taste is almost an IPA yet it still has that light and crisp aspect associated with standard lagers and the bitterness of the hops is cut short. I'd love to hand this to a professed IPA hater and see if it walks the fine line to satisfy and yet turn them on to bolder beer flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 08:52:46 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance started good, plenty of head on a nice light and clear tan brew, but didn't leave a whole lot of lacing.

Smell was a touch of sawdust (that's a good thing) and plenty of dry grainy aromas, with a nice addition of hoppiness.

In the genre of imperial pilsners, I've got to admit that I'm quite a fan, and this one doesn't disappoint. Thick and oily-rich, yet highly pilsner like and very drinkable all at the same time. It's got a good hops thing going, but that's not to be overshadowed by the ample citrus and grain happenings. A tinge of spiced peppery-ness leaves you wondering just a little. However, deliciousness is not lost, as the flavor lasts in a lingering bitter and slightly oily finish.

Body is pilsner-like yet full, great stuff.

I think I'll try to get this stuff stocked at my local store. Great job!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 22:58:00 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a huge fan of the sty;e with only a couple I would ever revisit. but poured into a pint glass anyway

nicelight amber with a nice cap of white hanging over the top of the glass. Nice rich looking head of foam on the top of the glass here now as well, nicely done I have to say. Aroma immediately is a bit boozy with hints of grass, touches of hops, and a light fruit note that seems to pick up the warmer it gets. Interesting flavor profile as well here. Not at all what I was expecting. Hints of citrus, a touch of herbal, floral notes and a really nice and well laid out malty background. Quite nicely done I have to admit. Warming seems to bring out touches of pear and apricot flavor finishes it off rather nicely

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 12:53:12 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of BurpingtonDC


3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A -Clear as bell Golden color white a white 1-2 finger head. Dissipated quickly leaving a lasting thick lace on the glass. It's a pretty lager.

S - Smells of cereal grains, yeast, and bread. A very discernible alcohol scent but not overwhelming. Light tropical fruit smell.

T - Sweet malty taste with a fair amount of booze. Finishes with a bitter hoppiness on the back of the tongue. The grains used include barley and wheat, but I don't really taste the wheat, which is usually pretty lite tasting anyway. 8.6 pack a kick. Maybe because I've been designing all day and rushed to an awesome store in my new neighborhood in Baltimore to pick up something interesting to quaff. To hell with food! The Wine Source!!! A paradoxical name for sure.

M - mouthfeel is good. Medium carbonation, medium body, slightly cloyish on the tongue.

O - Overall this lager is a little too sweet for me, but not to shabby. I wouldn't mind trying it in a pinch, but might not pick it up in opposition to something new.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 22:51:00 | More by BurpingtonDC
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Farmer's Tan Imperial Pale Lager from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.