Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Reverb Imperial Pilsner - Boulevard Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Reverb Imperial PilsnerReverb Imperial Pilsner

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

65 Reviews
very good

(Read More)
Reviews: 65
Hads: 328
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 27.7%
Wants: 11
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: Reaper16 on 08-18-2012

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: Reviews & Ratings
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 65 | Hads: 328
Reviews by match1112:
Photo of match1112
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #69 (October 2012):

One hop, one malt … Saaz & Pilsner respectively, a lot of noise on the palate from those two. Very rich with a lot going on as the complexities open up. Very drinkable, we had to remind ourselves at first that this is a 7.7%abv brew. Perfect for anyone wanting to taste a Saaz only beer, hoppy enough to satisfy a weathered hophead.

STYLE: Imperial Pilsner
ABV: 7.7%

LOOK: Bright yellow, dense foam, glass stickage

SMELL: Floral, faint lemon zest, fresh grass, crackers, spicy, clean, mildly yeasty, peppery, faint alcohol

TASTE: Deep crispness, dried grass, bready, nutty, yeasty, peppery, balanced hop bitterness, goaty, vegtal, very malty, herbal, spicy hops, warming alcohol, very dry finish

 778 characters

Photo of mojohawk21
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jono0101
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of joemetric
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of tigg924
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at Driftwood Tavern--Plymouth

Appearance: minimal head, high carbonation, gold in color, clear

Smell: grass, grain, and toasted malt

Taste: grass, light honey, some grain, and a decent hop in the middle

Mouthfeel: light body, sweet with a bitter middle, medium carbonation

Overall: I generally do not like this style but like Boulevard so I figured I would give this a try. The problem I have with most versions of the style is that the way breweries imperialize pilsners is by adding massive amounts of hops or alcohol. When that happens, the grassiness and some of the refreshing qualities I like about regular pilsners get taken away. Boulevard is the first brewery I have tasted that still has a lot of the pilsner taste I like in their imperial version. The alcohol is upped, but I do not feel like I am choking on it. This is a very good beer and one I will get again. If I was not grading to style, it is probably closer to a 4, but it blows away every other example I have had in the style.

 1,028 characters

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of tednkelly
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of dankjohn
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy straw under a fine 1” bone white head that slowly dissipates to a thick film that produces good lace. Spicy nose with light grains. Bread and grainy malt lead the palate to a drying, crisp finish with a touch of tartness. Medium body and medium to medium high carbonation. Full flavored but well balanced with a pleasant bitter hop accent on the finish.

 368 characters

Photo of chinchill
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

 371 characters

Photo of valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of timontheroad
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of cmwilliq
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of sgttibbs
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 2012-1
(Served in a teku)

A- The clear dandelion yellow body has a slow carbonation with a thick bubbly snow white head. The second pour is full on hazy.

S- Herbal Noble hops have a cream aroma to them and are full but very mellow.

T- The big pils malt has a slight sweetness to it that adds to the freshness taste followed by a mellow green Noble hops with a soft dry field corn note in the finish.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a great full flavor of Pils malt with just a hint of sweetness to make it fresh and nice full rounded hops without becoming bitey and no sulfur harshness either.

 652 characters

Photo of Schlafly33
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of bigolwilly
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of rye_so_serious
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Mnewcomer1219
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of alphagnome
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

 732 characters

Photo of dougieboy
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reverb Imperial Pilsner from Boulevard Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.