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Persephone Imperial Pilsner - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

Persephone Imperial PilsnerPersephone Imperial Pilsner

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BA SCORE
89
very good

59 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.9%


Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co. visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  8.76% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Persephone (pur-seff-uh-knee) Imperial Pilsner was brewed with one foot in the past and one in the present. We started by creating this beer in the German style, an offshoot of the original pilsner that features German noble hops and a lighter, crisper body than its Czech counterpart. We used a blend of domestic Idaho 2-row barley and imported German malts as well as German Hersbrucker hops for flavor and aroma. We then took a leap forward by making this brew twice the strength of a traditional pilsner (8.76% alcohol by volume), with a big hop flavor to match.

After fermentation using a German lager strain, we conditioned this brew for two months at freezing temperatures. This maturation process is known as lagering (from the German meaning “to store”) and the process lends its name to the broad category of beer known as lager. This long lagering period is essential to create the smooth and well-rounded flavor expected from a pilsner. We present this beer in the German kellerbier tradition, where beer is brought to the consumer without filtration or pasteurization, and recommend serving it at 40 degrees in a traditional pilsner glass.

Persephone Imperial Pilsner pours a pale, glowing yellow with a bright white and frothy head. A light aroma of dried hay lifts from the glass, but the flavor is marked by soft mint flavors with sherbet-like overtones. A strong, resinous bitterness lingers on and on, blending into each new sip and providing a strong backbone for this brew. Persephone features a light body, but softer and rounder than the mass-produced versions of this style.

70 IBU

(Beer added by: berkey on 01-13-2011)
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

grabbed this off the shelf at a local store and opened it up the other night. a decent beer that really turned the style around for me.

Nice notes of white coming over the top of the beer, with a settling down of the head into a subtle side glass profile. Nice carbonation could be seen coming up from the bottom of the glass as well.

The aroma was very light. Nice touches of citrus popping up throughout the profile. A definite touch of alcohol was visible from the very first whiff though, letting me know this one was going to be strong, and settling me back in the chair a bit I have to say. Light grains coming through now as it starts to warm up, the taste was very crisp, clean and transparent. This was definitely not a lager. Clean flavor of lemon, grapefruit, touches of grass as well. A nice base of white grapes almost and a strong grain profile in here. Notes of alcohol hinting in the mid palate as well as a nice bit of warming going on as well in here.

Overall I was very impressed with this. There is a good and a bad way to do this style, and this was definitely firmly in the good side of the spectrum.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 15:48:24 | More by mikesgroove
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MasterSki

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Russian River tulip. 2011 (and presumably only) vintage.

A - Finger of off-white foam that settles to a thick ring and patchy cap, leaving behind spotty lace. Hazed straw yellow body.

S - Fruity malt, lightly toasted cereal grains, grassy floral hops.

T - Sweet and biscuity pale and pilsener malts, some fruitiness, and a herbaceous bitter finish. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

M - Pleasant zesty carbonation, medium body, dry and very clean lager finish.

D - This is a pretty good imperial pilsner. The alcohol isn't present at all, and the noble hops impart a pleasant bitterness that isn't overly bitter or herbal. The weakest element is the nose, but I'm guessing the dry-hopping has faded a bit since February. In any case, it's something of which I could drink a lot on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 17:32:26 | More by MasterSki
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 bottle

Pours effervescent straw color with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Great head retention &above average lacing

S: Huge bready notes, soapyness & straw & some boozeyness

T: Follows the nose, much soapyness, lemons & grassyness up front. A grainy edge develops as this warms, to go along with some honey sweetness, lemony & soapy hops & a touch of golden delicious apple with a kiss of boozey pears. Finishes crisp & grainy

MF: Chewy, fairly soft carbonation, great balance for the style

Very good take on the style that would be great in a 4 pack format, are you listening Grand Teton??? Could be a touch more hop forward...

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 02:28:14 | More by russpowell
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to someone for sharing this bottle, I think it may have been thirdeye11.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of pilsner malt with some grass and earth from the hops. I also get some sugar notes which makes the beer smell sweeter than I expected.

The flavor is fairly sweet. I get a lot of the basic pilsner malt along with some grass from the hops. The bitterness is fairly low, making the beer sweet. The alcohol is well hidden.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 00:04:38 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

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

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of sudsy foam. It left thin trails of lace.

S - It smelled of caramel and strong floral notes.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel with some booziness. It had a spicy hop presence.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied lager with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty nice imperial pils. It is more balanced than some that are out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 19:19:46 | More by zeff80
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a cloudy yellowish orange color with a one finger head that lasts a long time. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: biscuit and malt aroma is mild but pleasant.

Taste: grass, malt, some green apples, a decent bitterness, and a moderate alcohol tone.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Short lived aftertaste. Mildly refreshing.

Overall: a decent big pilsner, but one glass was more than enough in a session.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 02:24:03 | More by Gavage
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mactrail

California

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big and bitter pale lager.

Light golden color in the snifter. Nice head, plenty of carbonation in the mouth. Hint of sweetness and quite sharp. It really does taste like a Pilsner, but with a huge concentration of flavors. A touch on the harsh side. The Hersbrucker hops provide plenty of aromatics, more floral than resiny. Something like orange peel with lemon flavors. Quite fragrant in the nose with the citrus.

Quite different from the Double IPA styles, the big bitterness lingering without as much malt. Worth trying for the very distinctive hop flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 02:47:56 | More by mactrail
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a stemmed strange)

A- The clear yellow body has a snow white head that last while sticking to the glass with each sip. There is a matrix of tiny bubbles popping to the surface. The third and final pour of the bottle is a cloudy mix.

S- The soft dry pils malt has some flour note to it wit a nice smooth green hop finish. As the beer warms there is a field corn and cream note that turns just a bit buttery. The touch of green grapefruit pith comes through at the end aswell.

T- The clean soft pils malt has just a touch of sweetness and a leafy green dry hop finish. There is a soft Noble hop bitterness that lingers a moment. There is a cinnamon kind of heat to the hop spice in the aftertaste.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft scrubbing bubble carbonation and no real alcohol heat.

O- The nice green Noble hops are well supported by the pale malt and just a touch of sweetness. It does loose a bit of crispness because of the cream and slight sweetness and the alcohol is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 21:00:44 | More by rhoadsrage
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml brown bottle with a vintage date on the neck label.

LOOK: Clear golden yellow.

SMELL: Portuguese sweet bread, green peppercorn, dry shortbread, floral, lemon zest, waffles, dried grass.

TASTE: Dried hay, faint honey, clean alcohol, fresh herbs, floral, blonde tobacco, rose water.

A very intense brew as the alcohol pushes against the palate with each sip, not hot but very warming. The moderate body and sheer smoothness from the bottle conditioning makes it very easy to sip and with each sip this beer grows on me. This one oozes with greatness.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 00:43:25 | More by Jason
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a light, hazy yellow appearance, good head, white, extensive. Aroma was lemony, zesty, clean.

Taste, quite tart for a pilsner, lots of carbonation keeps it uppity, hides the alcohol very well. Reminded me of Trumer Pils, which is a good thing. Above average bitterness for this beer. I think you must like high carbonation, light body and lemon to be into this. I do, so it went well. Probably some saaz or noble hops to this, well done, bigger for the double style, but playing nicely with the faint pale malt(s).

Disappointing aspects would have to be the price ($9-10) and the simplicity of the beer. Straight forward, but I can't fathom why I would buy this again (although I guess I didn't buy this, GreenKrusty did) when I could get a 6 pack of Pilsner Urquell and have a buck or two leftover.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 20:17:35 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 picked up tonight at the COOP ... shared with inflatablechair... Poured into my Delerium snifter.. decent foamy white head... the lacing is there, but short lived... the head drops very quickly.... pretty clear golden brew.

Nose is pale malts with a nice grassy hop note... pretty clean and not much else going on...

Nice bitter balance up front that quickly melts into the pale malt and a minor toasty element... everything is there for a big BLONDE.... it is still very clean... I just don't get a Pilsner .... the malts are heavy and don't jive with the intended product.. sorta thick ... but the carbonation helps jump the brew off the palate....

I am having a harder and harder time with the random style guides .... an "Imperial Pilsner" is tough to make heads or tails.. I like this beer when I sprung for tap pours at Bitter Creek.. but in the bottle, I am having a hard time with the price and the lack of anything interesting...

3.5/3/3.5/3.5/3.5

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 06:25:10 | More by JohnGalt1
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.85/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light layer of white head. Color is a clear pale straw yellow.

Aroma: A muted citrus profile with some bready malts. It isn’t even grassy. I don’t get very much here.

Taste: Grassy and bready. Kind of bland. Some light citrus flavors. Alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and boozy. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends kind of sticky.

Overall, not worth it for a pils. I’d rather just drinking a regular and not an imperial in this case. Not much going on here.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 16:51:24 | More by mothman
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super clear straw gold hue crowned with an immense puff of starchy white foam that sits for great length. Spotty lacing in thick globules sticks about the glass.

Aroma is light of bready starches slighted with a bit of Pils malt spice to it. A bit of soapy residue floats about with some sweet bubblegummy esters, dryish floral hops, and cereal grains.

Taste is clean, soft, and sweet with a light airy maltyness that speaks to cereal grain and bigger floral ascents that are barely traceable in the aroma. Which is nice, as it spreads some nice mellowing spicey notes; Pils malt, dryish floral hops, and very tender warmth as it finishes. Quite subtle and slightly complex in taste.

Body is lightly dancing in a medium softness; very clean, tenderly soft and sweet, faintly warm, airy, and lightly spicey. Solid.

Overall this is a solid Pils in the Imperial side, whilst it could use a tweak i.e., boost in malt and another push forward in hopitude complexity. This is quite pleasant and very drinkable. Watch the pour as it foams up rather quickly...patience is a virtue.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 23:33:17 | More by tavernjef
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a pale yellow color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was big, creamy, bright white, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very sharp aroma of hops, malt, and a little citrus.

T: Tasted of citrus (a little lemon), mild hops, and some malt in the finish. From time to time the alcohol was noticeable, but not obnoxiously so. A good flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: On the whole, a well made, drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 13:13:39 | More by avalon07
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2011 bottle thanks to Alex... ugly beer, pours like a pinot grigo with a clear murky straw body, light white watery head... the nose is very vinous, grapes with some bitter hops, ok... not a fan of the taste, a little chalky, grains with some hops, easy to drink and hides the alcohol well, not my cup of tea

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 22:59:33 | More by jrallen34
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AgentZero

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't have tons of experience with Imperial Pilsners, but the few I have had I have not been a big fan of.

A - Looks like a nicely carbonated white wine. Little bit of a white head that left behind a nice ring. Little bit of stick on the sides.

S - Smells like white grapes, with some bready sweet malts. Very pleasant, and easy on the nose.

T - Unlike a lot of Imperial Pilsners (or all of them that I've had) this doesn't suffer from the sugar/alcohol burn that many of them do. Tastes like grapes, with sweet pale malts and a slightly bittering finish. This is quite pleasant and easy to get down. Alcohol is well-hidden.

M - Crisp, clean finish, lighter side of medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - Good beer, enjoyed drinking it and found it quite refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 18:28:39 | More by AgentZero
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

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

Was craving hops as I went to the liquor store down the street. Picked up a Ruination, but put it back to try the Persephone. Good choice.

Pours like a pilsner. Clean and clear light golden body topped with a very nice looking foamy white head. Looks great. Nice semi-sticky lacing.

The aroma is more German pils than Czech and sure enough that's what the little booklet around the neck states. Light sweet biscuit. Spice blends with alcohol to provide a burning/stinging sensation, but only slightly. hops are hidden a bit here.

Flavor is darn good.Soft malt backbone gives it some sweetness. And that's good given the amount of noble hops, German, in the end. Alcohol is noticeable for brief moment. The hops are spicy and somewhat bitter. A touch of resinous-ness enters, but fades quickly.

Overall, very nice beer. Good for a hot day, but the abv will catch up with you.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 03:53:07 | More by Mebuzzard
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle that a friend brought over to my house, thanks man! Yellow color, fizzy, looks like a pilsener to me. Smells like a bit of minerals but the aroma is not very strong. The taste was nice but seemed more like a strong lager than a pilsener though it did make me think of Mikkeller Draft Bear, though much less hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 01:53:32 | More by ArrogantB
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morimech

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, pale golden color with a thin head that settled quickly. The lack of head did not hinder lacing left on the glass as I worked my way to the bottom of the glass.

Hops come through in the aroma with peppery and herbal notes. Malt contributes some cracker like qualities.

Flavor is dry which I look for in a pilsner. The hops are not as big in the flavor as I expected but do give herbal and spice influences. Almost phenolic and medicinal. Alcohol just barely influences the flavor with some warmth in the finish.

More than a typical pilsner in body depth which is what I was expecting. Carbonation is lively but not prickly.

Turns out to be one of the better Imperial Pilsners I have had. A nicely crafted brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 18:28:03 | More by morimech
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emmasdad

Colorado

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Schmittymack for sharing a bomber of this one with me last night. Poured a nice golden color with a rocky white head. Aromas of floral hops, grain and white pepper. On the palate, this one was light bodied and refreshing, hiding the alcohol quite well, with flavors of floral hops, grains and biscuit.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 00:58:46 | More by emmasdad
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Offa

California

4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This wonderful beer is a truly outstanding "Imperial Pilsner," so-called.

Gold, with white med-big head slowly shrinking to foamy ring and wisps, some nice foamy lace.

Aroma is strong hay, bread dough, apple, herb – very nice but a bit mild and simple.

Taste is nice raisiny grain & warming alcohol, lots of spicy herbal leafy bitterness balanced b ylightly sweet, raisiny grain. It has a lively, full feel, bitter and sweet both firm and lingering, making it nicely balanced. It is highly drinkable and overall excellent.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 01:27:58 | More by Offa
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arizcards

Arizona

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml bottle at Total Wine in late August for $8.49. Bottled on 1-13-11.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is big pils malts and some citrus, quite nice!

Taste is big pils malts, citrus zest, some grass. Alcohol was warming on the first few sips.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very smooth.

Overall this is another solid beer from the Cellar Reserve series. Check it out if it is still available.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 23:06:46 | More by arizcards
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazed straw color. Two fingers of bright white head left behind lots of sticky lacing.

Sweet malty grain aroma with candy sugar and honey.

Syrupy sweet with floral hops, lemon, pear, yeast and cracker. The 8.75% makes itself present.

Stick and dry with moderate carbonation.

A very good Imperial Pilsner but a bit too sweet IMO.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 17:18:02 | More by Monkeyknife
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For a pilsner this one looks damn fine. Great color, tan with an almost orange tinge to it, mostly clear with a slight chill haze, amazing head and great lacing, a model for pilsner beers in appearance!

Smells big and wonderful! Great citrus and outspoken summer grasses come off first, lovely hops aromas mix with a spicy, pungent lemon that tops off what's a damn fine example of why a pilsner can be a damn fine beer. Best smelling pilsner I've ever had.

Taste is quite bold and full-flavored, amazing for the style and damn fine for any style. Great spicy hops and bold grasses make up the bulk of the flavor, with a nice dry bitterness that embraces all the best flavors that pilsners have to offer.

Feel is light and highly carbonated, yet still refreshing and easy to drink, with a great lingering dry lemon-rind bitterness that goes on and on.

This is a damn fine beer. I love a great pils, and this is one of my favorites. It seems that pilsners are often left behind the big stouts and IPAs, but there's a lot of craftsmanship required to brew a pils like this one. The effort is not lost on me. Grand Teton is coming into their own with amazing creations like this one. Great job!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 20:19:43 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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augustgarage

California

4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled January 12th, 2011. Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Radeberger pokal.

Lightly cloudy aureolian body with a small ivory head. Nice sandy lacing. Vague legs. Decent retention.

Aromatics are subtle yet intense, filling the room with the fragrance of white tea, alfalfa, light floral notes, and hints of buttermilk, pear, and pale malt.

Very intense grassy noble hop notes - resinous, floral, and faintly grainy (triticale, oats), reminding me of a feed store. Moderate and increasing bitterness into the mid-palate, growing ever more potent until the finish adds a faint bread crust-esque dry note. The hops linger on in the aftertaste, evolving for a long long time.

Bright, zippy mouthfeel, medium-light bodied...sometimes domestic versions of classic styles take things too far, but this beer simply amplifies and expands everything that is good about a proper fresh Kellerbier. Reviewed to style, it's hard to imagine improving upon the flavor or aroma of this beer (though overall I prefer Boulevard's collaboration with Orval).

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 01:44:02 | More by augustgarage
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