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Whistler Imperial Pils - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

37 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 4
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 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 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 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
Photo of DoubleJ
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There seem to be more and more brewers entering the market with an imperial pilsner. If it's good, keep it going. From a 22 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Dark golden color with a thick creamy head on the pour. The head drops little by little but stays around leaving some creamy lacing on the glass It smells like a pilsner, which is good, but the aroma is much weaker than anticipated. Whispering grassy and pilsner malt crawl out and greet the nose. Not bad at all, I just expected more.

It tastes just like a multiplied pilsner. While I admire the huge punch of hops I get in Double IPA's, a punch of extra malt and grass, bigger but controlled, is a somewhat refreshing change of pace from the more popular imperial styles. The big sweetness from the malt sticks out, leading to a smack of honey on white bread. Grassy and floral notes attempt to level out the malt, as does a big dripping kiss of freash hop leaf. Alcohol is buried, and the creamy smooth texture of this full bodied beer make a happy mouthfeel.

I've wrote off Karl Strauss beers in the past (beers with little character), but a recent change in the bottle lineup has got all these new, big flavored beers on the market, and after trying this and Big Barrel Double IPA, I'm rethinking how I view Karl Strauss.

DoubleJ, Jan 14, 2011
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 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 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 DennisD
4.88/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: golden/straw color, nice head

Smell: spicy, floral hops with a touch of tasted malt

Taste: toasted malt flavors followed by floral, spicy hops

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a crisp clean finish

Drinkability: Great beer. Well done. An enjoyable Imperial Pils.

Serving type: 22 oz bottle

DennisD, Aug 20, 2010
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 crvcac
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an Imperial Czech style pilsner. It has a pale golden hue and a nice head retention. The aromas I picked up were grassy and floral with a slight hint of toasted malt. Slight hope character, however, not too prominent. Body:medium, standard... Finishs crisp and dry. A bti of lingering booziness due to the high alcohol content. Overall, a good beer; and in my opinion a nice step outside of the traditional box.

crvcac, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant malty ale with some roasted flavors.

Nice golden amber in the glass. Drinks very smoothly with nice subtle carbonation and a solid feel in the mouth. Aroma is "different" without the common blast of hops. A flowery rather than resiny hop. Malty without particular sweetness. Overall winey character with the nicely bitter twang of a very well balanced beer.

The slightly roasted hop flavor is extremely pleasant to me. Doesn't have the hyped-up malt liquor taste of some Imperial Pilseners. Score one for Strauss on this one.

mactrail, Jul 18, 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 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 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 hoptrip619
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.

hoptrip619, Jun 23, 2010
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 jjh19
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.

jjh19, Jun 19, 2010
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Whistler Imperial Pils from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.