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Whistler Imperial Pils - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

37 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jjh19 on 06-19-2010)
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Photo of Halcyondays
2.45/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours orange with a creamy moderate white head, good lace.

S: Definite Saaz character which I'm always a sucker for, sourdough bread.

T: Good bready malt flavour, with a big earthy, grungy hop flavour. I've tasted this before, and it's not very nice. The malt needs to be bigger to contain this.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, creamy, good heft. Nowhere as close to as clean as this style needs to be.

D: This is OK. Pils can't hide the problems, and this has its fair share. A good Impy Pils has the strong hop character checked by the malt, everything is in a balance. I don't see a balance here and the flavours aren't particularly good.

Halcyondays, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
2.68/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From 10/28/11 notes. Thanks to nmann08 for sharing this one. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a clear straw yellow color with two inches of fluffy white head and mdoerate carbonation evident. Some spotty lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of sweet corn, biscuity malts, and bready malts. A little bit adjunct-lager-like and bland, not the best.

t - Tastes of corn, grain, biscuit malts, wheat, lightly sweet. A slight step up from the nose, but again, not that great.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink but the sweet corn takes a little bit away from it.

o - Overall a below average pilsner. Somewhat bland and reminded me a little bit of an American Adjunct Lager, wouldn't really seek it out again.

mdfb79, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of RoyalT
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - This poured an eerie-looking florescent orange in color with a puffy white head that showed zilch retention.

Smell - The nose is very light for the style. There are some grassy, semi-European hops and an uncharacteristic caramel malt base but really this nose is quite blah.

Taste - Yeah, I don't get this at all. The flavor is sharp, sugary malt that has more the characteristic of a red or amber ale than a pils. The hops are overran on all counts and consist of some light, leafy notes.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied and again uncharacteristically bitter at the end. The middle is sweet, sugary malt.

Drinkability - I have only one good thing to say about this beer: I couldn't stop drinking it - hahaha! When I pick it apart it's hard to find one positive quality and Lord knows it has nothing to do with style but the hell with all that for some strange reason it hit the spot.

RoyalT, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of JustinQ
3/5  rDev -16.4%

JustinQ, May 23, 2012
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -16.4%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of elos
3/5  rDev -16.4%

elos, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was 50% off at my local supermarket, so I figured why not?

1cm white head on top of a slighty hazy yellow body. Loopy sporadic lacing.

Smells sweet, corn? Little bit of cereal malts too.

Icky, overly sweet on the palate. Alcohol bite sneaks up on you at the end, and is not pleasant. Did this beer ferment out completely?

Carbonation is adequate. Beer hangs around on the palate though. I think a crisper finish would help it out.

Definitely won't be trying this beer again.

AWolfAtTheDoor, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of rawfish
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours very dark for a pilsner, apple juice gold with a substantial chill haze. Dense cap of off white froth that maxes out at 1 inch but stays through the drink depositing curtains of lacing.

Sweet malt, doughy with honey and a white grape and apricot fruitiness. Some grassy Saaz in there too. Had to get my nose in there and those fruit aromas are not typical for a lager.

Pale malt that follows the nose with a steady does of doughy malt and overly sweet with honey, apricot and peach puree and white grape to follow. Hops push back a bit with some pine and straw but just can't over come the sweet malt that sticks around in the after taste, some grain and adjuncts appear as the beer warms. Odd for a lager, but this profile would be great for a blonde ale.

Thick gooey viscous over the palate, perhaps under carbonated and sticky rather than crisp, all completely the opposite of what I look for in a lager. But to say that the beer is not drinkable for a 7.5% abv would be a flat out lie.

Much too sweet and sticky for a lager even if it is an imperial beer. The color alone was telling of how much malt was laid down in this beer. Rather easy to drink once you dismiss this as a lager.

rawfish, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of rand
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From bottle to pilsner glass

A: Pours a light golden-tan which impedes little light. Carbonation seems moderate but a sudsy head forms leaving lots of lacing

S: The nose is sweet, bready malts, corn, and a touch of lemon in the distance. Nothing really stands out here; it almost smells like a decent macro lager with a more pronounced bouquet.

T: Improves on the smell some, but only a bit. The first part of the sip is the sweet, lightly toasted malts, followed by a very mildly bitter hop spice. The taste has a really sweet, biscuity flavor, like biscuits and honey. And that's about it, the flavors are balanced but rather unremarkable.

D: The beer may not be memorable but it goes down easy. Again, there's nothing wrong with the flavor, I've just had a lot more interesting double pils. The 7.5% ABV is barely noticable, so some points there.

Overall, not a beer I'd pass up, it's fairly pleasant, but I'll probably forget all about it during my next brew.

rand, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to a generous individual for getting this bottle out to me. Served in a tulip.

Pours a clear light apricot color with a thin white head that quickly falls down into a few bubbles. Thin collar throughout. The nose is lightly grainy without too much depth. Some bready malt and not much in the way of hops. The flavor is bready with some light grain in the background. Hop bitterness comes through on the backend, though isn't really present in the flavor. Medium body with high carbonation and a bit of an alcohol bite in the finish. Decent enough, though not my favorite.

Thorpe429, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of srandycarter
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Clear Light honey, near white head, leaves fast to disk. Some spotty lace.

S - Not much. Some light lemon. Some light malt.

T - Solid simple malt, good bitter end. Nice.

M - Good carb, fair balance. Not terribly exciting.

D - Quaffable. For sure.

srandycarter, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of Zorro
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chill hazed dark gold colored beer with a small white head.

Sweet with no identifying malt type, sweet like corn syrup. Flowers and grass hop scent.

Starts out sweet with a wheat cracker and grass flavor. Gets a little spicy as you drink it. One of the milder flavored Imperial Pils I have tasted. The one word that pops in to my head as I drink this is "Soft" this is like a strong beer buffered to prevent anything offensive from hitting my tongue.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is just an OK beer. It;s not bad but I really don't think I will buy another bottle.

Zorro, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a light orange color with a fluffy white head on it.

S: This is very sweet on the nose with a sugar character and a bit of bread. The hops are appropriate for a pilsner, floral and a bit of spice.

T: The flavor is incredibly short lived, absolutely unlike any other beer that I've come across. Sweet and bready with a hint of coconut and then...nothing.

M: Medium bodied with a smooth, medium carbonation.

D: Not a bad tasting beer, but the shortness of the flavor baffled me. I'm not sure what caused that, but it at least made this beer more interesting.

womencantsail, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fizzes quite heavily on the pour, leaving a rather flat looking brew, deep golden in colour, with a lot of weight to the body and a lot of haze. Really looks disappointingly flat when held to critical appraisal, but the colour looks fine and the heft is appropriate; it looks chewy enough, but still flows smoothly.

Nose is deep and slightly sweet, with more heft and more booze than I expected. In some senses, it gets this slightly sweet-acidic orange note, which reminds me of an IPA, but the thickness and sweetness suggests something more like a dessert wine. There's certainly minimal crispness, which I'd like to see in an pilsener, even an imperial one.

Taste taste has a little more bitterness, but again, lacks crispness. Instead, the big body gives it a slick, gooey sweetness that only subsides when the onrush of boozy heat comes through on the back. This, in its way, is a type of crispness, in that it startles the palate in to wakefulness, but it's still not ideal.

I'll admit I've still never found an Imperial Pilsener that matches up with what I think the style should be like, and unfortunately, this follows the trend. I'd love more crispness, more directness, and sharper, brighter palate, but still bursting with enormous flavours

Some day....

lacqueredmouse, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of SheboyganJake
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

SheboyganJake, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light orange with a 1 inch white-orange head that fades to a small cap. Random spotting and splotches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smells of toasted malt, grassy notes, and herbal hops. Taste is of toasted malt, bread, and grassy/herbal hops. There is also a definite alcohol flavor with this beer. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly thick and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and the first of the style I have had. However, I am not too sure I would get this one again.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of heresy22
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

heresy22, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

t0rin0, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of Devinph
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Devinph, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a respectable head; the retention wasn't great but the lacing was above average

Smell: Biscuity malt with a vaguely grassy hops

Taste: Biscuity malt, up front, with an understated grassy hop flavor developing by mid-palate; rather malty on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I have never been thrilled by the Imperial Pilsner style, more because I dislike the malt character of so many of them; in this case, I really like the malts but the hops aren't up to the task; still, it is easy to drink

brentk56, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up on a recent trip to San Diego. Pours a nice golden-amber color, with a fairly substantial rocky white head. Good bready/biscuity aromas, with a just a hint of hops. Solid pilsner character on the palate, creamy, with a subtle alcoholic punch near the end. Good.

emmasdad, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of Xul
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a perfectly clear golden, capped by a frothy two finger off-white head. Retention is moderate and it leaves some light lacing in its wake.

S: Bready base with some light funk, balanced by floral, earthy hops and some light spice notes. Lemon zest floats around in the background.

T: Very sweet up front with a bready characteristic, transitions into moderate floral bitterness with a biting earthiness. Some peppery and lemon zest notes swirl around near the finish, yielding a sweet and spicy after taste.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, feels creamy as it glides across the tongue.

D: The ABV is rather well hidden and it goes down way too easily. Not one of the best imperial pilsners I've had, but there are no major flaws and it's good to see Karl Strauss taking some risks with their bottled offerings.

Xul, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

fresh bottle from Texas Liquor (in Carsblad, Cal.) Very easy to drink hoppy beer. An understated bitterness that was most pleasant during a long luncheon. Mild hoppy aromas. Some citrus, medium mouthfeel, and one-quarter inch of retained head on cloudy lightly orange body. Satisfying, not heavy, sure not a double IPA and cannot be held up to that sort of hop assault.

Sammy, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of armock
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a light copper color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet malt with a grassy hop nose
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T - Like the smell sweet malt upfront with grassy hops backing it up

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I enjoyed this beer quite a bit its easy ti drink with a good taste to it this was a good take on the style worth picking up sometime

armock, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber no freshness date.

Lacing has pretty damn amazing, an art form from this beer I say! Fresh baskets of biscuits in my nose, alcohol sure ... but very clean. Smooth and a bit creamy with a slick mouth feel. Toasty toast ... graininess is clean but has a heavy footprint here. Maltiness is thick with a big and clean biscuity tone, hops ring in with some balance as does the alcohol. Clean throughout. Finishes with more malt than expected but loving it. A sippin pils, very tasty.

Malt bomb wins.

Jason, Feb 19, 2011
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Whistler Imperial Pils from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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