Collaboration No. 1 - Imperial Pilsner - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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3.58/5 rDev -13.3%
Bottle picked up at City Wide in Mishawaka, IN. Served in a Bruery tulip.
Pour yields a very light yellow-to-straw-colored brew with a good bone-white head and a good deal of lacing. The nose brings forward some light herbal and earthy hops and a bit of spice. Mild bready yeast character there as well. The taste is mostly grain with some slight hops and a bit of bread. Noble hops in the finish, which is quite dry. Light body and good carbonation. There is also a bit of hay and straw toward the tail end. Really enjoy the dry finish. A bit pricey for what it is, but I'd certainly drink it again.
03-08-2011 13:11:04 | More by Thorpe429
4.2/5 rDev +1.7%
Batch 2-2009. Sun-faded lemon with a light yeasty blurriness and a large crown of ivory colored foam that is the best part of the appearance. The head has loads of character, lasts a long time, and is beginning to leave an underwhelming amount of scattered lace.
The nose smells like the ingredients say it will. 100% pilsner malt doesn't make much of an impression, but the Saaz hops deliver an aromatic cloud of meadow grasses, lemon zest and a light earthy spiciness. Here's hoping the brewery added enough of them.
Imperial Pilsner just showed up on local shelves within the last several weeks, despite the fact that newer batches are available. Oh well, it's still hoppy enough and is wonderfully crisp and refreshing big beer. The alcohol is masked very well, which helps.
It's a tough call between 'good' and 'very good'. In the end, the lack of a buzzsaw-like and tongue-tingling lupulin load tilts the score in a downward direction. Fresher beer probably would have pushed it in an upward direction. A 'best by' date of September 2010 is reasonable, though it will be a much different experience by then.
The malts add an untoasted white breadiness and a background sweetness that is right where it should be. Saaz hops (really the only reasonable choice) add a generous amount of flavor that mirrors the nose: grassy, lemony, white peppery. Simple isn't necessarily a bad way to go. Sometimes it's the best way to go.
The body/mouthfeel is close to excellent... without quite getting there. It has a pleasing combination of feathery softness and prickly carbonation, but could use a little more Belgian ale-like creamy expansiveness. Yeah, that's probably nitpicking.
Imperial Pilsner, with no negatives and plenty of positives, is another Smokestack Series beer that is well worth the asking price. Boulevard has a great thing going and I sincerely hope they continue to give us Midwesterners more of the same, in all sorts of different styles.
05-20-2010 14:37:33 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.93/5 rDev -4.8%
Appearance: Pours a hazy goldenrod with a massive head that leaves considerable lace behind
Smell: Bready malt aromatics dominate, though the noble hop and pineapple elements are also present; a bit less hoppy than I would have expected
Taste: Opens sweet, like a pineapple upside down cake, with a growing herbacious, noble hop character developing by mid-palate; somewhat piney, after the swallow, with the bitter herbal flavors countering the sweet elements
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation
Drinkability: A very nice beer, with considerable complexity and easily the best Impy Pils I have tasted; still a bit too sweet for my palate
03-09-2010 03:20:12 | More by brentk56
4.03/5 rDev -2.4%
Any collaboration between two great breweries such as these has be result in a world class beer.
The Belgian influence of this beer is immediately noticable with lemony, fruity, funky, acidic aromas that showcase under-rippened berries, crab apples, lemons, and pineapple. Not shy on hops, an earthy-spicy note comes through with a little note of lemon-grass and pilsner grains. Peppery and lightly medicinal notes round out the aroma.
Glowing and spritzy, the solid straw color shows a mystic haze, great head formation, retention, and lacing. Reminds me of Duvel.
And the comparisons to Duvel continue into the flavor. Decidedly malty with deep fresh breads, lightly cracker-like, and powder sugar sweet. Light grain flavors and husk show in the finish. Lightly musty and vinous, the beer has a salty/sweaty flavor that seems to amplify the acidic fruits suggested in aroma. But again, the medicinal/plastic flavor seems to over-ride other notes of white pepper, corriander, and curraco.
The beer drinks much more like a Belgian Pale or Strong Golden Ale than a big pilsner. Though maybe the beer is a bit mis-represented, it makes for one of the better beers in this intended style.
04-14-2010 19:00:41 | More by BEERchitect
4.47/5 rDev +8.2%
Bottle: Poured a slight hazy bright yellow color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of lightly sweet malt base with a solid dry hops aroma. Taste is a nice mix between some lightly sweet floral malt bill with nice notes of dry European hops. Body is quite full with average filtration and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very drinkable with nice complexities and nice balanced mix of hops.
08-22-2011 19:54:10 | More by Phyl21ca
4.22/5 rDev +2.2%
Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.
A: The pour is a nice straw yellow color with a very large fluffy white head.
S: The nose is somewhat mild but offers up some cracker malt and a earthy, grassy hop aroma. There's a touch of "wildness" to the beer in the sense that Orval has.
T: The flavor has quite a bit more than I was expecting. The pilsner qualities of the beer are subtle, such as the spicy hops. There's also a Belgian Pale Ale feel to the beer as there begins to be some fruity, yeastiness which I wasn't expecting.
M: The body is a bit on the lighter side with a smooth, full, creamy carbonation.
D: I liked this one quite a bit. I was a bit hesitant seeing as I'm not always the biggest lager fan, but this had a lot of depth to it and some really nice flavors.
04-03-2010 08:57:59 | More by womencantsail
4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
The label states Batch #1 with a 'Best By' date of 9/2010.
Appearance: Pours out a cloudy, sufficiently yellow-hued body underneath a tall, dense, near white head with steadfast retention. Why, it's positively elegant-looking.
Smell: An aroma evincing its 100% pilsner malt and 100% Saaz hop composition with notes of French bread dough, honey, cut apples, moist-damp grass, and spice.
Taste: Soft pilsner malt taste with a delicate flavors of sliced quick bread and wildflower honey. Medium-low sweetness. Floral, peppery, lightly grassy Saaz hops with a reserved level of bitterness. A bit of apple and standard lemon fruitiness tucked in the background. All the while, there's an understated funky wildness to it. A bit more spiciness and sweetness remains for the amply carbonated finish. It is subtle, but it's got an air of sophistication about it.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.
Drinkability: Not only a fantastic, well-balanced beer, but it puts all others in its class (save the more hop intense Sam Adams offering) to shame! I shared this with TheLibrarianGirl, and even she was kind enough to agree that it makes every other Imperial Pilsner appear to be peddling brewed bottles of monkey feces.
07-10-2010 16:22:07 | More by ChainGangGuy
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
4.35/5 rDev +5.3%
A - Poured out a slightly hazy, straw yellow color with gold highlights. It had a huge (3 finger) head of white, bubbly foam that left behind thin, patches of lace.
S - It had a very yeasty nose with floral notes and a strong grain/caramel malt blend. There was a touch of spice and funk.
T - A fascinating taste. It has all the great pilsener qualities of caramel malt with floral hop notes but brings a funky, farmhouse saison quality and a fruity, tripel kick.
M - It was very dry, crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied lager.
D - This is one of the best (and certainly most unique) pilseners that I've ever had. It's a great collaboration beer that I wish could become a staple.
02-03-2010 01:12:00 | More by zeff80
4.18/5 rDev +1.2%
Nickd717 shared this one about a month back, reviewed from notes. Golden body with a slight haze. High levels of carbonation feed a frothy, sustaining head. Bright and crisp aroma, crackery with noble hops, hay, faint pepper. Tastes of spicy, peppery noble hops and grainy pilsner malt. Hints at honey like sweetness up front but transitions into a dry, peppery, herbal, lemony flavor. Nice subtle level of hoppiness. Finishes dry and crisp with no hint of alcohol. Light bodied and easy drinking, I'd never guess this was over 6%. The hop character reminds me of fresh Orval. I really liked this one.
04-05-2010 00:01:09 | More by largadeer
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
3.9/5 rDev -5.6%
Split this with a couple of people the other day. Beer is yellow and appears thick. It has a mild haze to it. Forms a big white head of medium bubbles and carbonation is steady. Not a lot of lace, looks good.
Beer's aroma is mildly sweet and some graininess overall a moderate aroma level but smells pretty good.
Beer is medium body and kind of sweet with an aftertaste at the backend. There is some bitternes at the back but its mostly from the grain. Its pretty good for an imperial pilsner. I enjoyed it overall.
06-08-2010 15:33:37 | More by drabmuh
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
3.98/5 rDev -3.6%
Poured from a bottle into a goblet.
Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy yellow/golden color with two fingers of white foam. The head fades to a layer on top of the pour and leaves some lacing.
Smell: Sweet malt with some mild herbaL notes as well as some citrus. Very pilsner like.
Taste: Not a whole lot of sweetness, maybe a bit in the finish. Pilsner malt with some mild citrus notes. Some alcohol and a bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: One of the better examples of the style I have had. I'd have another if I ever get the chance.
11-24-2011 19:25:12 | More by oline73
3.13/5 rDev -24.2%
From 5/21/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.
a - Pours a pale golden color with light carbonation and 1 inch of white head.
s - Smells of pale malts, a little bit of sweet sugar, and grain
t - Tastes of sweet malts, and grain or wheat. Not much here.
m - Light body and light carbonation.
d - I wasn't a fan of this pilsner. I thought it was too weak in the smell and taste, and that that was there was just sweet sugar or malts. Wouldn't want to have again.
06-08-2010 23:54:20 | More by mdfb79
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
3.53/5 rDev -14.5%
Picked up this bottle from 99 Bottles Federal Way, Wa
A: Poured a bug straw yellow color much like any other pils, good carbonation and a nice white head
S: Some hops, grains and thats about it
T: Some grains, booze not overbearing with good amount of hops. Some spice and still throwing off CO2 which seems to be a common theme among many Smokestack brews these days
M: This beer was missing that extra crispness and mouthfeel I look for on a good pils
05-29-2010 02:53:16 | More by barleywinefiend
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
Collaboration No. 1 - Imperial Pilsner from Boulevard Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.