Whistler Imperial Pils - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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3.98/5 rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Missed the release night at Small Bar but had it on tap at their brunch on Father's Day.
A: Poured a deep golden color into a nonic pint glass. Head doesn't stick around long.
S: Upfront there are some grassy saaz hops, lots of toasted malt, and decent amount of the crisp slightly sulfury lager yeast character. I wish there was a little more hop aroma but it's definitely more prevalent than say their Woodie Gold.
T: Chewy toasted malts flavor upfront with a very noticeably herbal and grassy hop bitterness. Not as dry as I would have hoped for but definitely crisp and refreshing. Very similar to what an amped up Pilsner Urquell or Budeweis would taste like. The toasted malts and grassy hops also linger in the finish.
M: Medium bodied, very refreshing, but could stand to be a little crisper and dryer in the finish.
D: I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. Not a lot you can do to dry out an imperial pilsner but the flavors were definitely on. Reminded me of some of the pilsners I've had in central Europe. I wasn't 100% sold but definitely enjoyed this beer more than a few other Imp Pils that I've tried. Worth a shot, especially as the weather heats up.
Serving type: on-tap
06-23-2010 16:34:34 | More by hoptrip619
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-23-2010 06:44:27 | More by Halcyondays
4.35/5 rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Tried the Whistler Imperial Pils on tap at Small Bar during rollout pint night Thursday night. This just looked good. Poured a dark golden color with a 1" frothy head that dissipated rather quickly.
Smell: Toasted malts, definitely a grassy hop presence. Was it dry-hopped?
Taste: Crisp and clean toasted malts with a lot of grassy hop flavor and a pretty decent bitterness that lingered through the dry finish. Nothing heavy-handed.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very easy drinking.
Drinkability: This was the best stab at a Czech-style pilsner that I've tried. Strong recommendation.
Serving type: on-tap
06-19-2010 20:15:34 | More by jjh19
Whistler Imperial Pils from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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