Collaboration No. 1 - Imperial Pilsner - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 186 | Reviews: 152 | Display Reviews Only:
4.13/5 rDev 0%
A big thanks to my friend Gavin for sending this to me in our most recent trade. I have no access to Boulevard so it is always a pleasure to receive them via trade. Very excited for this, so I quickly chilled and poured into a chalice.
A: After a struggle to remove the cork, a nice pop yields a nice hazy golden beer when poured. A nice two finger, creamy head envelopes the inside of the glass. Very creamy, long lasting, and awesome lacing. The body glows with its yellow hues and the head, with its lacing and creaminess, is near perfect.
S: Massive Saaz and varieties of German hops. Awesome German hop skunk mixed with some sour/musty/skunky cereal grains. Very peppery and skunky with some basic cereal grains. Very awesome.
T: Very nice and creamy with a basic German Pilsner malt taste with the skunk and bitter grass hops that are noticed in the scent. For 8 ABV, this drinks like it is 6, with absolutely no alcohol noticeable.
Overall, this is a great beer. Very flavorful for a pilsner, with an awesome Saaz and German hop background.
03-18-2011 01:07:40 | More by treyrab
4.43/5 rDev +7.3%
Sampled on 3-11-11
Best before 9/10
Pours an extremely cloudy and light yellow color, with a thick white head that quickly fades. Lacing is long-lasting and sticky.
Smell is all pine and citrus hops, with just the right amount of malt underneath. Tons of hops, but very clean and balanced.
Taste is lighter and more balanced than I expected, with lots of hop flavors but not overly bitter. Simple, but very well made.
Mouthfeel is good, right for the style and flavors.
Drinkability is very good, a great balance of interesting flavors makes it easy to drink.
Overall, not the most intense imperial pilsner I've had, but probably the most well-crafted.
03-12-2011 04:30:56 | More by BMoney575
4.1/5 rDev -0.7%
A- Pours a yellow hazy liquid with a thin but creamy white head that leaves decent lacing. Has some meat to it.
S- Smells like an imperial pilsner. Toast and hops. Straight to the point.
T- Toast, and some citrus and pine hops. Simple, but well done.
M- Very creamy and smooth with a bit of a carbonated bite at the finish.
D- A very enjoyable take on the style. Probably only behind Sam Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner
03-12-2011 04:29:18 | More by david131
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
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev -3.1%
Bottle shared by drabmuh on two separate occasions. Thanks Matt!
The beer appears slightly hazy and pale yellow in color. The head stands in at around half an inch thick and leaves a fair amount of lacing behind.
The aroma is of floral, citrus, with some light grassy notes.
Well balanced and pretty tasty. The hop component is definitely there, but not overly assertive. A subtle grassy character adds a nice touch of complexity to the beer. Overall, a simple beer and less daring than I was hoping / expecting from an international collaborative effort.
Nice feel and easy on the palate. Carbonation level is solid.
A decent beer, but nothing too exciting taking place.
03-08-2011 01:18:22 | More by Huhzubendah
3.93/5 rDev -4.8%
750mL bottle purchased in Houston for about $15 after tax. The label states it was made in 2-2009, best by September 2010. So I'm drinking it a little ripe, but it's worth the risk as this is a collaboration between 2 great breweries, Boulevard and Orval!
This pours a cloudy and murky pale golden color, with an initially thick head that recedes to a thin ring. The all pilsner malt construction leads to strong yeast and hops aromas, grassy and honey-like, with pear/apple fruit character.
These lead to the flavor, the fruity esters are a little similar to some of the lighter Unibroue beers, very yeasty, much more Belgian in character than Czech or German. Except for the Saaz hops, which lend their grassy flavors in a big way, second only to the yeast.
Medium carbonation and heavy bodied for a pilsner, not as easy drinking as most pilsners as the 8% ABV is evident in the body. Great stuff though.
03-06-2011 00:05:43 | More by TurdFurgison
4.13/5 rDev 0%
Thanks to Dale for this one.
Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a strong billowy white head which fades to clumpy lace and stringers. Smell is meaty malt and bready yeast with cracked pepper, grass, and floral qualities. Taste is a brightly malt/yeast body with lingering pepper and dry flower finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Started out thinking this wouldn't be very interesting, boy was I mistaken. Enjoyed and would certainly like to enjoy again and again.
01-14-2011 05:43:49 | More by wethorseblanket
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
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
4.25/5 rDev +2.9%
Appearance: A hazy, golden-straw body capped by three fingers of fluffy white head that burns off slowly but leaves patchy lacing.
Aroma: Lots of leafy, herbal, and spicy hops and peppery phenols over quiet pale malt body. Just a hint of alcohol around the edges as it warms. Reminiscent of a Belgian Pale so far.
Flavor: Up front, lots of typical noble hop flavors and moderate bitterness along with a very Belgian pepper and yeast combination. Underneath, the malt is more prominent than in the nose and grounds everything a little better. The malt is pale and cereal-grainy in character. Just a bit of spice from the booze as it warms. This has excellent balance, as you'd expect from the master. Cereal grains and leafy hops in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with prickly carbonation and a balanced finish.
Drinkability: This goes back quite easily, so keep the moderately-high alcohol content in mind.
Verdict: Much closer to a Belgian Pale Ale or Strong Golden Ale than anything related to a Pilsener, this is about what I expected from Jean-Marie. Balanced perfectly, tasty throughout, and criminally drinkable, this is something I'd come back to often if it was in regular production.
12-19-2010 00:46:52 | More by BeanBone
4.25/5 rDev +2.9%
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
BATCH NUMBER: 2-2009 BEST BY: 9/10
This is a golden yellow colored liquid with a slight hint of burnt orange tinting and a touch of haziness. The three-finger head of bone-white colored foam is thick and dense, hanging around for a decent amount of time. It recedes to about a 1/4 of an inch and stays through the rest of the glass. The lacing is fair, but pretty sticky.
Smells crisp and clean and loaded with pilsner maltiness. Big notes of grass/hay/straw. Hints of lemon/citrus notes. Mild touches of green apples, biscuit-y yeast notes and some hop-py spice notes.
Light bread-y malt notes. Nice belgian yeast notes, more citrus-like than banana. Hints of lemongrass, along with touches of honey and citrus sweetness. A mild spiciness, like white pepper.
This is medium-bodied and has a high level of carbonation, yet maintains a touch of creaminess, somehow. I like a big-bodied beer, but am surprised to find it in a pilsner. Interesting.
The 8.00%abv is kept in the background, quite nicely. As is the case with the pilsner style, this is crisp and easy-drinking.
Beyond that, it's fanatstic, as far as fizzy yellow beers go (which is how I view most pilsners). It's just not for me.
While they have certainly made something much more nuanced than most of the representatives of the style, I really expected something MORE from this collaboration.
Before drinking it, I thought that this might be the pilsner to win me over. Not so much. I'll keep trying though. Perhaps My Antonia will be the one...
[NOTE: As always, I try to rate to style, as much as possible. Therefore, sometimes my scores seem like I've enjoyed a certain beer, but I'm fairly certain that I won't be in a hurry to taste it again. This is definitely one of those beers.]
12-09-2010 01:21:46 | More by coldmeat23
4.35/5 rDev +5.3%
76th review on BA
Bottle to Goblet
Corked and Caged 750 ML
Best by 9/10
A BIG thanks to JeepCop for this one!
App- A straw colored yellow with a nice single finger head that left such a wonderful lace. Quite bubbly into my chimay goblet. Very nice.
Smell- I don't smell a pilsner at all. Instead I smell a belgian yeast strain that makes me very giddy. I get some fresh banana and some more citrus as well.
Taste- I get nothing of a traditional Pils, which I came to expect being a collaboration with Orval. Its so much more complex than I would have thought. The basic flavors of a pils are blended to make one great beer here.
Mouth- It's crisp, complex and big drinking IMO. It was a bit dry but was still a good beer.
Drink- A wonderul celebrational beer. If you can get your hands on one. YOU SHOULD!!!
12-01-2010 01:18:27 | More by FosterJM
4.55/5 rDev +10.2%
A 750ml caged/corked brown bottle - a much appreciated gift from a local bottle shop owner last summer. Maybe should have enjoyed it a little earlier (see batch below), but I'll take my chances, trusting the 'Imperial' nature of the recipe and the generally dark and cool cellaring. Poured toa pair of tall pilsner glasses and split with my wife over an incredible dinner of spiced soba noodles, shiitakes and seared hanger steak she (and I, the sous chef) whipped up.
A collaboration between Boulevard's Steven Pauwels and Orval's(!!!) Jean-Marie Rock. Batch Number: 2-2009; Best by Date: 9/10
A: Uncorks with a soft pop (good start) and pours a milky golden, haziness failing to obscure a bounty of boisterous bubbliness. Immaculate head, a thick 4-finger tower of snow-whiteness, standing firm then gradually dropping over 10 minutes to a dimpled veil (hmmm...Orval? great head? shocking!!!). Lace is flecks and pinpricks, vaguely clustering into pseudo-rings but vanishing in due time.
S: Malty nose, the requisite Saaz hops and huge Pilsner toastedness. Lemon spray and herbalness like verbena. In strength, the 'Imperialness' bursts from the glass ~ very impressive.
T: A dried hay/grassy maltiness, big and fruity, resplendent with spices. Biscuits meet with a subtle pear and a not-so-subtle apple (like dutch applesauce, even apple butter...). A yeastiness that's kind 'witbier-like', drying and pepper-dusted, lingering after each sip.
M: Not as thick nor as sticky as I'd expected. Crisp mouth and dry and clean(er) finish; in between, a refined carbonation on the creamier side. Fine grainy coating, but (again) still not what I call 'sticky' at all.
D: 8%? No seriously, EIGHT PERCENT? I do not believe you. Well maybe I do, a toasty and engaging warmth snuggles in on a brisk fall evening. A definite winner for the both of us, an exquisite pairing with our dish and A MUST for a repeat performance. By far the best I've tried of the style.
11-17-2010 05:47:30 | More by msubulldog25
4.13/5 rDev 0%
Another awesome beer courtesy of BedetheVenerable.
A- This beer is gorgeous. Its a very bright, shining yellow. Only a moderate amount of haze. The head, in typical BLVD fashion, is huge, billowy and white. Some lacing but a little more stickiness would earn this a 5.
S- The smell is as equally lively and bright. Once the cork is popped aromas come creeping out. Lots of lemon and a distinct belgian style yeastiness. It has that tell tale earthy, chalky yeast smell with crisp lemony hops and light, almost skunky pilsner malts.
T- Very much like a Tripel with 100% pilsner malts and Saaz hops. Light lemon with orange blossoms, light, crisp malts and lots of Belgian style yeast flavors. Light flavors of apple and pear bring delicious complexity.
M- Light, drying and crisp.
11-11-2010 17:44:33 | More by MbpBugeye
4.5/5 rDev +9%
Poured a hazy yellow gold with a modest head leaving some spotty lacing on the glass. Only had a sample, so could not tell how well the head persists.
Aromas of pilsener malts and citrus hops, very clean and fresh.
Tastes great for a pilsener, with an uncommon depth of flavor, including biscuity malt and a lemon citrus, peppery hop profile.
Body was a tad beefier than a typical pilsner, with snappy, refreshing carbonation.
This is the best Pilsener I have ever had, thanks to two great brewers. The little extra alcohol is not prominent in the taste. I could enjoy a few of these.
10-11-2010 01:56:58 | More by Beerenauslese
4/5 rDev -3.1%
750ml from Supermarket Liquors in Ft. Collins. $12. Split into two Sam Adams Perfect Pint glasses.
A: Very pale gold in color, dare I say...yellow? Stark white head, and slightly hazy. Decent head retention and sticky gobs of lacing all over the sides of the glass.
S: Pilsner malts, a bit of an lemony hoppy profile, but it has faded a little bit, still smells nice. A faint alcohol burn in the nose, but its pretty small.
T: For a simple beer, this has a ton of great flavors. Nice pale malts provide a smooth base and the spicy/lemon profile of the Saaz hops add to the flavor as well. Not a huge amount of bitterness but enough to keep what seems to be a big malt profile at bay. Just a hint of alcohol in the taste. A few odd esters in there for a true pilsner, but they add to the flavor nicely.
M: Lighter body, excellently dry, and slightly warm alcohol as it goes down.
D: This is a damn tasty beer, the nose is a little lacking and that might be due to age, but still the flavor is great. The light crisp body and refreshing dryness make this very easy to drink. The alcohol warmth is present and slows me down a little, though. Still a nice beer. Very well done, especially for a style that I'm not generally a fan of. This one is done right.
09-21-2010 01:38:44 | More by pokesbeerdude
3.73/5 rDev -9.7%
Caged & Corked 750 batch #1 from 2009 - Hazy lemony yellow with a slight whitish hollow core. Tall and foamy rich white cap lift quickly to top the yellowy mass. Spotty and broken patchy lacing is lightly placed acorss the goblet.
Aroma is a bit light for what most other Imperial Pils may offer, but what is there is a nice blend to some obvious Belgian yeastyness that grabs the idea of a good Belgian Pale. Pretty high on the zesty peel aspect of lemon and some white grapefruit. Floral spices add some spike to it. Could be bolder on both malt and hops though. This seems almost all Golden/Pale Belgian?
Taste is bit light as well. Missing some malt girth and richer, thicker body. Again, more Belgian sided and a bit light with a good dance to some yeasty floralness and spice. But where's the Pilsner side? There's a smidgeon of Saaz in there and some Pale malt dryness and even lighter doughyness. But this comes across for more like a Belgian then a Imp. Pils. Seemingly simple, which is fine, I get the collaboration idea and its a good one, but its not coming across so well in the end result for me.
Body is a lighter medium without much depth. Has a nice sweetness playing underneath as it warms which helps gain some malty weight. Stays mostly floral and dry and stays fairly clean with a certain Belgain zip and flare on the palate that is quite nice. Just lighter then most Imp. Pils. Definately serve warm; recommended around 45 to 40.
Hmmm...wonder if they would've went with calling this a Belgian Pale instead would help me get by the fact that its nothing like the Imperial Pilsner its been labled. Cuz this is nothing like them. Don't get me wrong, this is still a pretty damn good brew and enjoyably drinkable with a simple sublte play of light sweetness and floral dryness.
09-07-2010 00:21:31 | More by tavernjef
4.3/5 rDev +4.1%
Poured from 750mL bottle into the newer smokestack glass.
Appearance is hazy, not exactly what one would expect from a pilsner. Smell and taste are excellent for the style with a prominent Saaz hop profile drying out the finish. Mouthfeel is good. It goes down very easily, maybe a little too easily with the 8% abv. It is easily the best Imperial Pilsner I've had yet.
09-02-2010 04:13:23 | More by seth72104
4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pilsener glass.
A: Pale straw yellow in color with slight chill haze. Head is thin and white, ad settles quickly to a thin film on the surface.
S: Aroma consists of some grainy malt, honey, along with hops lending a slightly grassy, fruity character.
T: Very balanced flavor. Biscuity, grainy malt melds with notes of grass, spring flowers, and a hint of citrus. Even at 8%, alcohol is almost non-present.
M: A big, full-bodied brew. As it warms, the mouthfeel becomes even bigger and creamier. Finish is quite clean and dry.
D: Hell yes! Collaboration No. 1 is an amazing example of this style. Not too little. Not too much. It's easy to drink, and very tasty!
09-02-2010 03:33:17 | More by WYVYRN527
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
4.38/5 rDev +6.1%
Poured at the soon to be legendary Meat Meet in Buford, GA at the home of Jyounger30. Thanks to Exiled for the trade! Batch 2-2009.
A. Hazy unfiltered pale gold, fine spotty, lacy varied-size bubbled head, sticks around for the duration.
S. Definite Noble hops (Saaz), fine big pale malt Pils nose, crisp, clean, simple, big, aromatic. REAL beer. Not too sweet. No booze - at 8%, not bad.
T. I hate Imperial Pilsners... but THIS is the first one I've enjoyed. It really does taste like a more malty, perfectly attenuated and hopped German pilsner. Totally refreshing, even at 8%, the hoppy bitterness lets you down gently and fades slowly in the finish ,the malt is sweet in all the right places and the yeast has done great work here, drying it out enough to be "just right". I don't know how you could improve on this beer given the ingredients. Really, truly great.
M / D. Think of your favorite Pils, then just big it up a little. Medium body, fine, snappy carbonation, long Noble hop bitter and sweet pale finish falls down slowly. Yes, you could easily drink a whole 750.
This is the best Imperial Pilsner I've had by a long shot, and a delightful beer all around. The Boulevard magic is in full force here, paired with the Orval juju, this is making a believer of me out of a previously disliked style. These brewers get it. Try this beer!
08-21-2010 20:30:20 | More by kkipple
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
4.3/5 rDev +4.1%
750 mL cage and corked bottle poured into a pint glass.
The Collab 1 Imp Pils pours a hazy color with a very big pure white head that never fades. Smells of bread, soap, lemons and some yeast. No hops or alcohol are noticed. Taste is dominated with bready yeast and a malt backbone. Some citrus fruits are also present. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Drinkability is pretty high. A great tasting brew and even with the fairly high ABV the entire 750 goes down very easily.
07-28-2010 04:42:24 | More by abrand
4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
Poured a cloudy yellow into a Duvel tulip with a massive, slow-receding head. Mild aroma with a touch of lemon and pepper. Very familiar pilsner character.
Sweeter than expected with a full mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. A bit of caramel malt up front followed by sweet citrus hops and a dry pepper/yeasty bitterness on the finish. Extremely drinkable and flavorful while maintaining the clean, light pilsner character. Wonderful for a hot summer evening.
07-27-2010 03:16:05 | More by grittybrews
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
Collaboration No. 1 - Imperial Pilsner from Boulevard Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.