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Reverb Imperial Pilsner - Boulevard Brewing Co.

Reverb Imperial PilsnerReverb Imperial Pilsner

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very good

283 Ratings
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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
With its classic recipe and impeccable craftsmanship, this summer seasonal is a study in delicately balanced contrasts. Up front, Pilsner malt makes a clear yet restrained statement, answered by the steady, harmonious hum of Saaz hops, traces of which linger in the dry, crisp finish.

32 IBU

(Beer added by: Reaper16 on 08-18-2012)
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Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a growler at Breeze In, Lemon Creek location, Juneau AK.

Into a pilsener glass.

A: somewhat clear golden yellow colored body with a nice two fingered white foamy head that dies within about thirty seconds. What lacing there is tries to cling but slides for the most part, but there really isn't much lacing at all to be honest. I do see some carbonation rising at a decent pace

S: nice combination of peppery spices playing with a slight citrus/lemony of sorts, some white grapes with a floral aspect show up as it warms

T: slightly bitter to begin with and as it starts to warm a nice grassy maltiness comes out; floral yet grassy aftertaste with a quick dry finish

M: sits light on the body with a good carbonation for an American Double Pilsener leaving enough harshness but not overly doing it, decent sessionability

O: Nice American Double Pilsener that I would have again and would definitely put it up with its respected food. Personally, I think I could do this with a nice big juicy steak right off the grill.

Serving type: growler

03-18-2014 20:08:48 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of aaron_bird_88


3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked 750ml into pilsner glass.

A: Pale honey, clear, bright golden yellow. A lot of large bubble carbonation. Airy head that dissipated quickly, soapy lacing, pencil thin after resting. A good example of the style.

S: Slight citrus, peppery, lime, hoppy presence, white grapes, light malt tones.

T: Starts with a bitter citrus, hoppy, pilsner malt flavor. Floral and grassy. Finishes sour and lemony with a small alcohol tinge.

M: Light and effervescent. Dry finish.

O: Good for the style but nothing to particularly write home about. I would drink this again if I was looking for something drinkable on a hot day but not something that I would go for in sessions. Overall, not something I'd crave but paired well with the applewood bacon BLT I had it with. Would pair well with lightly flavored pizzas, lemon/citrus grilled chicken or a good BLT as I had.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 17:05:34 | More by aaron_bird_88
Photo of alphagnome


3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Boulevard tulip, this is one good looking beer! Rich, golden hue with a thick, porous white head. Miles of carbonation but hardly any head retention. Incredibly clear body.

Thick and nicely spiced. Grains and crackers. Pepper and other earthy spices. Smooth malt. Notes of honey.

Follows the nose... Bitterness is up front. Plenty of spicing and noticeable alcohol at the end warms things up.

Plenty of alcohol and carbonation. Heavier body than expected. Dry finish.

I was surprised by this one... I wasn't sure what to expect going in, but I walked away happy I picked this one up. Aside from the warming bite of alcohol's presence, everything else highly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 01:12:53 | More by alphagnome
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass.

The beer is a clear golden color with a fizzy white head that slowly recedes. Light spots of lacing stick to the glass initially. The aroma has a faint notion of malts before really getting into some lemongrass and black pepper, notably. The taste is like the aroma in that a real black pepper body takes over. Traces of banana, grains, and Saaz hops can be found. The mouthfeel is fairly light and dry. Overall, there's a bit too much pepper in this for me to really enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 00:06:52 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of Zorro


3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden colored beer with a small white colored head, yes looks like a Lager.

Smell is mild biscuit malt and noble hop aroma. Slightly spicy scent. Scents of grass and flowers with a touch of saffron.

Starts out clean with a strong wheat biscuit taste. Mildly sweet with a strong grass and floral flavor. Bitter in the back of the throat but it isn't very aggressive. Alcohol is undetectable. Very mild for the style.

Mouthfeel is about right.

Overall a tasty and mild beer. Super easy to drink and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 02:10:19 | More by Zorro
Photo of superspak


4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 2/2014. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon zest, pear, apple, pepper, cracker, bread, light honey, floral, grass, herbal, and floral/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with bright and balanced notes of hop, malt, and yeast esters; with great strength. Taste of lemon zest, pear, apple, pepper, cracker, bread, light honey, floral, grass, herbal, and floral/yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, light fruits, pepper, cracker, bread, light honey, floral, grass, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of bright hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very crisp, smooth and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial Pilsner style. All around great balance of crisp and bright hop, malt, and yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 05:11:13 | More by superspak
Photo of mactrail


3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big foam in the tall Pilsener glass, but not so much in the small one. In any case, plenty of suds and an agreeably carbonated tang. Warm and rich mouthfeel with a sweet malty flavor. This has a yeasty flavor like a Hefeweizen and a hint of appley fruit like a very mild Saison. A little cloudy toward the end of the bottle.

Interestingly spicy. The hops seems to be an appropriate choice for this stronger kind of brew. The slightly higher ABV makes for pleasant mouthful with all the malt and that hoppy tang. A very drinkable and flavorful brew that keeps the bitterness in the background, but it's still nicely balanced. From the 750 ml bottle bought at Olive Tree Market in San Diego for $9.75.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 04:42:37 | More by mactrail
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South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bomber bottle into a small snifter, this pours a hazy light gold/straw color topped by a moderately durable head and average (at best) lacing.

Light body; crisp; medium-high carbonation.

This imp. pilsner is stronger and more yeasty than your everyday pilsner, but retains the malty base, Saaz hops and dry, crisp finish. Higher ABV is partially hidden.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 16:37:39 | More by chinchill
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best By 02-2014

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with 2 fingers of bubbly head that fizzles out within a minute

S: Pilsner malts, a light graininess, some breadiness, and lightly earthy and spicy Saaz hops

T: Starts off with a very light husk and the pilsner malts followed by a light bitterness accompanied by earthy and bready notes. Finishes with a light lingering bitterness and some grain

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid American imperial pilsner. An easy drinker for the summer months that provides just enough kick. Lager fans should seek this one out

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 05:02:46 | More by BEERMILER12
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District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Batch No: 13149-3; best by 2/14.

I totally dig regular pilsners but haven't found an imperial version to be to my liking. I love Boulevard though, so here goes:

Served in a Port City tulip.

A: Looked very inviting: Poured very crisp and damn near clear, with a soft chill haze, and not much head to speak of.

S: Sorta smelled like a combination of honey, spent grains, and Cheerios. Not bad.

T: I appreciated the fact that this wasn't a syrup bomb and it was medium-bodied, but overall, this was kind of one-dimensional and infinitely forgettable. Very clean finish.

M: Low on carbonation, but not nearly as low as I though it might, but then again, this IS Boulevard, the king of the suds. No lacing left on the glass whatsoever.

O: I would have this again if it were shoved in front of my face, but wouldn't actively seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 22:37:18 | More by Chaney
Photo of rajendra82


4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pale golden colored body looked very much like a typical Pilsner, but the carbonation was much more lively, and made it look like a club soda. The beer initially had little head, but the fizz formed it soon afterwards. The smell was clean and malt, with a hint of grass as well as lemon. The taste was much more intense than I expected, with a flavors of of honey, white pepper, banana, bubblegum, and a hint of lavender and blonde raisins. The beer was light in the mouth and had a peppery aftertaste. This was definitely quite interesting.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 06:34:22 | More by rajendra82
Photo of bondjedi


1.94/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at the Tacoma Craft Brew Festival.

Perhaps there was something wrong with the CO2 at the Boulevard booth (I got a foamy pour), but this tasted god-awful, somewhere between skunk and fecal matter. I'm a big fan of the Boulevard IPA, so maybe I'll give this another chance. But for now, the worst beer I've had in a looong time.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2013 22:51:58 | More by bondjedi
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District of Columbia

3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note: I had just gotten over a cold when tasting this beer.

A: clear golden with almost no head, little carbonation visible
S: not too strong - grainy with some floral - little like an open, unmowed grass field. Maybe a slight sweet apricot note.
T/M: crisp opening yielding to a mossy middle (somehow I don't mean that in a bad way), trying to tend towards grassy; the taste isn't too dry though. Little aftertaste seems kinda minty, and the malt coats the tongue a bit.
O: not a bad offering, little note of the extra alcohol in the imperial. It seems like its struggling to have a nice hops finish and comes up slightly flat.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2013 22:01:53 | More by cjgiant
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4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served well chilled into a fluted tulip.

Pours a deep golden blonde with an inch plus of white, airy head that quickly recedes leaving moderate surface layer with little to no lacing.

Aromas of biscuits and honey.

Strong bready flavors with honey and just a hint of lemongrass.

Medium bodied and sweet, nice effervescence and a fairly crisp, dry finish. Lingering aftertaste, reminiscent of a saison. Little to no alcohol burn.

Overall, I was very impressed with this beer. Was surprised to see some of the lower scores on this one. Will definitely get again.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 00:10:47 | More by srhoadsy
Photo of felix_the_beer_cat


4.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Feeling like a Pilsner lately.
Went to Whole Foods and picked up a Reverb bottle.
Chilled it for a few hours - popped the cork - poured out a glass... wow!
The Beer Cat is looking at his wife and ready to pounce on her!

Seriously, I drink cause it makes me horney and this beer is it! Other then Delirium, Reverb is the one! Will report back after the coitus has taken place :)

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 02:14:32 | More by felix_the_beer_cat
Photo of TMoney2591


2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Backward, it spells "Brever". Yeah. Mindblow. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild biscuit, flowers, light grass, and wild rice. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a strong vein of straight plastic, as though I licked the cheap bag my groceries came in. This not only tastes bad on its own, but it also mixes strangely with the breadiness of the malt, leading to a rather off-putting flavor on my tongue. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, I've been searching for a really nice impy pils and thought Boulevard would be the brewery to deliver it. Alas, this was not the case. Instead, theirs stands as a fairly middling version at best (I've had some absolutely horrid ones in my day).

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 04:08:12 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of scratch69


3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance- Clear golden color with two fingers worth of head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Bready malt and cracker aromas with some grassy hops.

Taste- Sweet cracker-like malt flavor that is balanced out with some grassy, floral hops. I detect just a slight hint of citrus also.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with an average amount of crisp carbonation.

Overall- Pretty good pilsener. I am glad I tried this and would buy it again if the price is right.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 16:19:00 | More by scratch69
Photo of MickeyD


3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured into a clean tulip glass

A: light yellow, translucent with tons of carbonation, thick three finger foam, airy and dissipated fast

S: Slightly bready with balance of hops typical of a pils

T: slightly bitter, very light almost citrus

M: light, carbonated and lively

O: very good pils, I would have liked it more bready but still very good, light and true to style.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 03:17:35 | More by MickeyD
Photo of EgadBananas


3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear sunny color, with a bright white finger of head. Aroma was biscuits and pilsner malt, crackers, grassy hop notes. Tastes of crackers, and biscuits, sweet malts, grassy hops and a fruity yeast note. Body has a creaminess to it, medium body, adequate carbonation, not too airy, not to slick.

Imperial pilsner s can vary, but I like this light and super drinkable boulevard . Wish I could remember how similar this might be to the collaboration 1...

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 02:38:29 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of scruffwhor


3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Quick to non-existant head. Mild haze to its golden sunshine color. Mediocre bubbling.

Sweet, mildly toasted cereal grains and crackers. Some grass and hay hop aromas. There's also an alcoholic hint as well.

Sweet toasted cracker flavor is pretty thin. Strong alcohol presence. Finish is a bright, boozey earth flavor. Toasty malt, yeasty dryness. Boozey warmth throughout. Not bad, but seems like a par beer for an awesome brewery. Glad I tried this brew though.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 02:52:47 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of DenverLogan


3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From corked bottle...batch 2012-2...best by 2013-4.
Poured in Stone Impy Stout tulip glass.
Modest cork pop.
Straw yellow with big head.
Aroma of amber malts, honey, straw, saison herbs, grassy and grapefruit hops.
Significant carbonation and medium mouthfeel.
Flavors are effervescent, robust...citrus, grassy hops, peat, earth, slight flowers and herbs...let me give this 5 minutes...
OK...small head remains, aroma of wheat, grass, light lemon citrus and malt. Full flavors of lemon, grassy hops, roasted malts, some bitter notes from esters and hops. Overall rich, full bodied, lots of grassy hops, some citrus, some malts...decent but not something I would crave.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 07:12:52 | More by DenverLogan
Photo of DelMontiac


4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a couple of these at the end of Summer 2012. Drank one right away and put the other back because I love drinking beers out of season. Love the label - reminds me of an old classic Fender amp. The neck ring label depicts a knob turned up to 11.

Poured into my Eskimo Joe's pilsner glass from a 750ml corked/caged bottle dated best by April 2013. Fills the glass with a hazy lemony golden hue with 2-3 fingers of snow white foam. Head subsides in a few minutes and leaves scant lace.

Aromas are subdued - grassy/floral hops are more pronounced when this beer is fresh. Biscuit dough is more pronounced after a few months due to the receding hop aromas, I'm sure. Sweet lemon remains the same.

I like pilsners and this one has great flavor. Fresh crisp peppery hop bite balances out with the sweet malty biscuit dough backbone. A wisp of lemon makes it very refreshing.

Medium mouthfeel with that sparkling crisp pilsner carbonation.

This is a great pilsner that I will seek out next Summer as well. Another win for the Smokestack Series.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 23:24:11 | More by DelMontiac
Photo of BedetheVenerable


3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Corked and caged 750ml with really cool labeling. This is supposed to be much like Collaboration no. 1, which was great. Best by April 2013. Poured into my Black Sheep half-pint snifter.

Appearance: Rich straw-gold hue with a fluffy white cap that fades just a bit quickly for my liking. Still, with medium-high levels of small-beaded carbonation, this is a pretty nice-looking beer.

Smell: A bit plain, actually. Some light malt, with some light grassy/herbal hop notes, and a bit of candy sugar sweetness. Not unpleasant, if a touch simplistic.

Taste: This gets things back on track a bit. Light grain and sugar sweetness, a bit of crisp, white-wine ester character, and some grassy, floral hops. A soft, if firm, alcoholic backbone. Delicate, but firm bitterness. Very well-balanced, with an overall soft palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with soft if sprightly carbonation.

Overall: Granted, it's not fresh-fresh, so the hop character might be a bit muted compared to when this was first released, but it's well within the 'drink by' date. That being said, while this is plenty tasty, there's not a ton of depth here, though the alcohol is hidden wonderfully and the flavors are straightforward and dead-on. Tasty, yes, but not quite up to the level of the Collaboration no. 1.

B = 83

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 02:55:49 | More by BedetheVenerable
Photo of trxxpaxxs

New York

3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to FTowne for this bottle...

A: Pours a completely translucent yellow with about a finger and a half of frothy pure white head. The foam settles quickly, leaving a thing ring along the edges of the glass.

S: The nose is typical of a great pilsner. I get light malt, white pepper, grass, and very mild citrus.

T: The beer starts out light and sweet, with a bunch if malt up front. I get that mild pepper, and grass. In the middle I get some berry sweetness, some mild citrus, yeast, and malt. The finsih is a mix of berry sweetness and light malt.

M: Light bodied beer. Good carbonation, light on the palate with a big malt sweet note. Finsihes smooth and refreshing.

O: Good beer. Not great. I would have no idea that this Imp Pilsner is 7.7%. I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 21:34:56 | More by trxxpaxxs
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another Smokestack Series Bully Beer that doesn't disappoint.

A deep straw, pale golden color pour. Has a bit of an orange tinge to it. White fluffy heads develops to about 2 fingers then relaxes.

A quick release of corn on the aroma, but then settles to a light cracker and biscuit maltiness. Some spices and fruit comes and go, with white pepper being the most noticeable

Flavor has that corn undertone, but it doesn't play very hard, which is nice. The malt is dominant with cracker and biscuit. The hops play an important fruity/ spicy role so as to not let the malt dominate and have the corn come back around.
Sharp and dry finish, a bit boozy. Very nice

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 23:47:15 | More by Mebuzzard
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Reverb Imperial Pilsner from Boulevard Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.