Collaboration No. 1 - Imperial Pilsner - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by TrippnFiasco:
4.13/5 rDev 0%
Poured from bomber into both a Pilsner glass and a snifter (Two people tasting)
Appearance: Large snow-white head, very clear, crisp, glowing yellow beer. It should be noted that this drastically changed as we went through the bottle. the last 2 glasses were the same color as the initial glass, but there was a definite increase in opacity and a decrease in head.
Smell: Not much to offer, typical pilsner scent. Slight alcohol aroma, slight hop smell with a separate floral aroma with a bit of a fruitiness. Did not change.
Taste: Very crisp, surprising amount of flavor for a pilsner. Mild Citrus and hops balanced very well on the tongue, with an interesting tartness very briefly on the finish. Taste dies off fairly quickly but mild maltiness lingers and leaves the mouth refreshed.
Mouthfeel: Initially very thin, crisp and carbonated. Thickened slightly through the bottle as carbonation decreased, while crispness stuck around.
Notes- Fantastic Pilsner, above-average overall beer. Not the best bang for your buck though, I much prefer other Boulevard Smokestack beers, but I look forward to future collaborations!
04-29-2010 03:06:57 | More by TrippnFiasco
More User Reviews:
4.13/5 rDev 0%
Pours golden but with some depth and a lasting head. Pretty much spot-on for an old-school pilsner with more flavor and body. The pilsner malt character is really clean and well defined with only a slight earthy/lemony hop kick in the finish. It also has a nice minerality that stands out and the alcohol is very well masked.
Overall, I guess i'm glad they didn't go with extreme hops in this one and it is a really nice beer. But I was hoping for something a bit more challenging or complex from these great brewers.
01-28-2010 00:31:51 | More by brownbeer
4/5 rDev -3.1%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #38 (Mar 2010):
Very pale golden yellow, true and clear with a decent lacing to boot. Aromas of candied sugar, faint honey, dried grass, fresh taffy, wildflowers, chalky yeast. Crisp and popping with a deep smoothness; lighter body than expected but still fluffy from the carbonation. Nutty, biscuity flavor takes hold and does not want to let go. Hop bitterness comes in aggressive but leaves room for everything else. Hint of bitter orange, wildflowers and sage. Clean warming alcohol is pleasant. Lots of dried grass on the palate.
Delicate, intricate ... let it warm up to dissect it. Yes, get that lager up to cellar temp and sip away. Delicious.
01-11-2011 02:00:48 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.18/5 rDev -23%
750ml bottle. Pours a clear fizzy light yellow gold with a big meringue-like white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is soft - some musty yeast, a little fruit and metallic hops. As it warms, some sweet honey and floral hops come out that are much more appealing.
The flavor is sweet, slightly vegetal, malts with a dry musty finish that has some metallic noble hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, pretty simple and restrained for an 8% beer. I didn't really care for all the parts individually of the beer, but overall it was nice. A bit too expensive for a repeat buy at that level though at $13.
02-15-2010 06:23:07 | More by Beaver13
4.22/5 rDev +2.2%
Pours a hazy straw color with a white head. The aroma is fairly faint, with some bready/biscuit malt, honey and light grassy hops. The flavor is better than the aroma, with honey, pilsner malt and some flower, grassy hops. Low carbonation and medium mouthfeel.
This is not near as hoppy as some of the imperial pilsners I have tried. This one retains the balance that I love in a classic pilsner while still being amped up a notch to the imperial level. A very good beer.
02-20-2010 23:01:49 | More by Mora2000
4.43/5 rDev +7.3%
750ml corked & caged bottle poured into a chalce.
Pours a very clear and golden yellow with a very white small head. Nose. Light and slightly hoppy with light booze.
Taste is slightly boozy but not too bad. Very crisp, dry and sharp with some real crisp and sulfur tastes. It's really good and drinkable. And an awesome beer from boulevard!
04-17-2010 01:48:30 | More by kingcrowing
4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger bright white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of crisp pilsner malts with good amounts of lemon peel and light floral hops. Also present are good amounts of grassiness.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Light pilsner malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of lemon rind and light grapefruit flavors. Midway through the sip the flavor profile deepens a bit with the addition of grassy and slightly earthy hops. The earthy flavors carry through to a crisp and mildly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.
Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.
Overall I was impressed with this beer, as I have been with almost all of the Smokestack series. Well worth a shot.
07-29-2010 00:42:38 | More by glid02
4.22/5 rDev +2.2%
Served in the proper Smokestack Goblet.
Appearance: Poured with the expected copious head. 2 1/2 fingers of head, at least, of a white fizzy color. Leaves a little lacing, and reduced to a cm thick layer on top. The body is a nice golden yellow color, but not nearly as clear as I thought it would be. I know it is filtered, but it is not clear at all. I like it, seeing a pils that isn't like a piss stained window. Not the best looking smokestack however.
Smell: This is an interesting nose. The pils malts make a definite appearance in the nose here. The Saaz hops also blend in, to make a top notch smelling pils. But, this pils has some notes that smell disticntly Belgian. Some grassy, and estery smells. Rather pleasing.
Taste: Similar to the nose, just amped up a little. A strong traditional pils malty base, tasty barley. The Saaz hops, like the bottle says, add a crisp, dry finish. Also, they add to the Belgian grassy notes. Probably the best pils I've had, and a good introduction to the Imperial Pils.
Mouthfeel: A bright fizzyness, mixed with the thicker body is nice. Makes for a refreshing mouthfeel. Crisp and bright. Not too thick, but not thin...no where near thin.
Drink: For being a bit higher in ABV, this goes down smooth and refreshing. Mixed with the nice mouthfeel and the impressive flavors...this is a good drink.
02-02-2010 05:41:18 | More by turamarth
4.43/5 rDev +7.3%
Courtesy monsterfat (thanks!). Poured from a 750mL bottle into my pilsner glass. Batch 1 - 2009; best before September, 2010.
A careful pour still yields half a glass of rocky snow white stiff peaks - a visible Belgian influence. The hazy pale pear/chartreuse body emits a hornets nest of tiny bubbles. Rich, sticky, globules of lacing are left behind as the head finally begins to recede.
Pilsner malt and yeast combine very well in the nose - pear skins, green apple, hay, wildflowers - all very subtle and unified. Reminds me of some Belgian Pale Ales (e.g. La Chouffe) but much less sweet and overt.
Saaz hops are present but enveloped in a honey-like sweetness, with winter fruit and hints of baguette mid-palate. The profile grows slowly more floral and dry into the finish. A light bitterness keeps things crisp. Well balanced after-taste with hints of spice and clover in addition to an almost cracker-like malt. Clean, no off flavors at all.
High carbonation, almost creamy, refreshing and light, but with an impression of added body...perhaps from the ABV, which is otherwise invisible.
I'm not normally a huge pilsner fan, but this is so well crafted and again, compares well to many Belgian Pale Ales as well as Bohemian Pilseners - very subtle and impressive, just as worth seeking out as the better known Smokestack Series offerings.
Rating for style, this is near the apex of those examples I've thus far tried.
01-24-2010 21:45:12 | More by augustgarage
4.15/5 rDev +0.5%
Thanks to rudge75 at Half Pints for this.
Pours a pale yellow with a snow-white head.
Grain on the nose. Expecting alcohol, but you really just get classic pilsner.
A very surprising beer. A really well rounded pilsner. More full bodied than you'd get in a normal pils, a wider range of flavour to the malt. Hopping isn't quite as grassy as I like in a pils, but the continental flavour is certainly there. Nice crisp finish.
Nice and refreshing. Dangerous for an 8%'er.
08-25-2010 20:45:15 | More by CanuckRover
4.18/5 rDev +1.2%
Appearance: Cloudy yellow that looks like a fresh glass of lemonade
Head: Big white head
Smell: Malty sweet grass
Taste: Floral hops with a clean maltyness and a hint of heat
Weight: Medium to heavy body for an Imperial
Pilsner with a low to medium carbonation
Finish: Clean light floral hops with subtle malts
03-29-2011 05:17:09 | More by Snow81
4.28/5 rDev +3.6%
750ml bottle, brought back from Andy's in Rochester
Best before 9-2010
split and paired with a zesty shrimp scampi
appearance: served in my hopleaf tulip - hazy straw-yellow body, nice beige foamy head with good retention
smell: grassy hops, grainy malts - possibly the first imperial pilsner i have ever had that smells like a pilsners
taste: Interesting brew - most imperial pilsners out there venture into the hop-bomb department, but not this one. Saaz hops evident - grassy, lemon, white pepper. The other half of the collaboration (Orval) adds a nice fresh yeast balance to the hops and grainy malt. Refreshing beer on a muggy summer night
mouthfeel: clean, well carbonated
07-15-2010 15:44:58 | More by dirtylou
4.15/5 rDev +0.5%
Share this corked and caged bottle with a friend. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised that this had a very Belgian feel for an imperial pils. It also reminded me of Bouldevard's Saison and Tripel for their mellow vanilla and pepper undertones. Otherwise there's a smooth doughy and cracker malt base and herbal candy yeast character followed by a spicy hop kick that stands up, but never overpowers. Check out this interesting take on the style.
07-26-2010 05:00:22 | More by tempest
4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
A: A cloudy, sunshine yellow with bubbly and high foaming head; pretty nice lacing
S: Typical grain and straw pilsner aroma but there is also a hint of floral and citrus that pervades through the end of each smell; there is also a slight sourness that is pleasant
T: A crisp and flavorful pilsner; the subtle hops hit the tongue up front and that citrus quality blends well with the malty graininess that coats the tongue on the way through the mouth; on the back end there is a slightly funky sour taste that numbs the roof of the mouth just a bit--this actually enhances the beer positively
F: Good mouth feel-a bit thin at first but it stays in the mouth longer than expected
D: Alcohol is well masked and this beer comes off as a delicous and flavorful pilsner--one of my favorites and definitely the most well made imperial pilsner that I've ever had. Kudos to Boulevard and Orval on this fantastic collaboration.
04-26-2010 00:46:11 | More by dbossman
4.03/5 rDev -2.4%
A - Poured out of a 750mL bottle into a pilsner glass. A cloudy, golden color. Lots of bubbles and a thick 3 inch, white head. The tall glass really shows it off well.
S - Smells like hops before they are tossed into the pot. Slightly floral, but not fruity. Fresh and clean.
T - Tiny malt, hops (not as crisp as I think a pilner should be), slight banana taste.
M - Light body and carbonation. Great feeling.
D - Very drinkable. Very simple overall, but done well. From a pilsner I was expecting more of the German/Berliner style, but this is good too.
12-20-2010 02:27:36 | More by Fatehunter
4.1/5 rDev -0.7%
750ml bottle from The Wine & Cheese Place (bought online).
Excellent bright golden color with a huge, foamy, lasting white head and great lacing.
Pale malt and grain on the aroma, very clean and crisp, with some slight grassy hop character.
Flavor is really nice, with sweet pale malt and grain, along with lots of fresh Noble hops.
Very dry on the palate, like Orval, with lots of hop oils and medium body.
Pretty drinkable with fairly high carbonation, although drinkability suffers a bit from the extreme dryness. Still though, this is about as fine an imperial pilsner as I've ever had.
03-04-2010 19:51:49 | More by nickd717
4.35/5 rDev +5.3%
Batch #1 BBD 9/10
Scored this at Macadoodles in Joplin last week, there weren't many bottles left from what I could see...
Pours an effervescent straw color with 4+ fingers of ivory colored head into my Paulaner Pils glass ( they recommend a a tulip, but this is an imp pils so I'll try it this way first, so maintain my baseline for the style. Stellar head retention & good lacing
S: Grassy & orchard fruitty, but a touch restrained IMO, almost pulled a 4.0
T: Apples, pears, lemony & grassy hops up front, plus serious breadyness & a touch of booze. Dryness, pears & lemony hops dominate as this warms along with more breadyness & grassy hops, along with a hint of honey & grapefruit. Finishes very crisp all things considered, although honey malt & breadyness make a great showing too, along with some herbal notes as well
MF: Fairly delicate for the ABV, slight carbonation, starts to get a bit chewier once warm, but maintains crispness on the finish, great balance
Drinks fairly very for the "style" & ABV, nice collaboration, gutsy call all in all, this is a beer where flaws would scream at you, I see none. Not sure how this will hold up over time, drinking fine now. If this was half the price I could drink this near year round, a nice indulgence, in my mind this is what more more pils need to taste like; forget the double or single labels.... Would love to try this on tap...
03-04-2010 05:57:32 | More by russpowell
4.22/5 rDev +2.2%
Appearance- Slight haze in this pale yellow lager. A large head that easily fills the top 1/3 of the glass. Excellant retention for a pilsner. Rings of lacing is left on the glass.
Smell- I pick up a lot of Saaz hops with their spice. Cracker like malt. And there is a distinct Belgian yeast funkiness.
Taste- Light, dry malt flavor with spicy Noble hops. A faint wisp of the Orval funk. Hop bitterness is low for an Imperial or Double beer and that lowers the score somewhat. Finishes dry and clean. No sign at all of the 8% ABV which is remarkable considering how light flavored this beer ends.
Mouthfeel- Outstanding mouthfeel. Everything you want in a Pils. Light, crisp, nicely carbonated, and dry.
Drinkability- The ABV hurts drinkability but the thing that hurts this being a regular purchase for me is the price. Too expensive and that may prevent me from buying this beer again.
03-27-2010 19:55:25 | More by morimech
3.8/5 rDev -8%
Thanks to my long-time trading parter, hwwty4, for this 750 mL corked and caged bottle. Batch 1-2009.
A: The pils looks like, well, a pils. It's delicate golden straw color is pale, hazed over because the bottle just came out of the fridge. A large head, over 2 fingers, didn't yield nearly as much head as I expected. After settling out, only a thin sliver remains.
S: At first the nose is rather ho-hum. Green apples, biscuit and crisp hops eventually emerge. The hops are grassy and herbal, not a big stand out though.
T: The nose was inauspicious. My first sip alleviated any concerns that I had. The hops are herbal, vaguely floral, with plenty of earthy dirt. Green apples are prominent, a nice mix with the pale pils malts. The earthy bitterness is strongest at the back end of each sip, but it isn't the intense hoppiness that I'd expect from a double pils. That's not to say that the beer sucks. It doesn't. I especially like the how the hops aren't so over the top. But it just doesn't seem like a pils squared. The intense yeastiness, the apples that I mentioned, I like also. I just can't give it a 4.0 based on the style. Believe me, I want to though.
M: Ahh, about time a subjective category comes up. The earthy hops and sweet appley yeast are the most enjoyable attributes.
D: I'll drink it all day long, a good beer with a storied tradition behind it. Call it a regular pils and I'm behind you 100%.
05-24-2010 01:06:53 | More by akorsak
4.13/5 rDev 0%
Into a Duvel tulip, it pours a hazy golden orange. Generous foam, a few fingers of billowing white foam rise after the second pour. It has a mellow, glowing sheen to the surface. Random crescents of lace hang around the walls of the glass.
Clean spring-like aroma of wet grass, milled grains.
Fresh tasting, snappy noble hops, dewy hay. Very crisp and clean, medium bodied yet still quaff worthy. Firm bitterness in the aftertaste. Vague fruity essence, sweet and somewhat dusty in the finish, drying the palate. Effortlessly drinkable, perfect for a spring or summer picnic. Reminds me a little of Saison Dupont.
Perfect pairing with some washed rind cheese, or probably just about any other foods.
03-24-2010 23:27:13 | More by emerge077
Collaboration No. 1 - Imperial Pilsner from Boulevard Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.