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Reverb Imperial Pilsner - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

64 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 327
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
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
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Reviews: 64 | Hads: 327
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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 BeerAdvocate
3.86/5  rDev +1%

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%
AVAILABILITY: Seasonal

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 Offa
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

I am in general a big fan of so-called Imperial Pilsners as they are a lot like a hoppier, lighter maibock, and this is an excellent one.

Gold, it has a very big white head, airy and slowly shrinking.

Aroma is strong, lightly toasty, raisiny grain, white bread, apples, grass, fruit skins (apple).

Taste is nice raisiny breadiness, apples, grassy-fruit skin bitterness with hint of herb. Zesty zingy bitter hop character dominates after up-front sweetness up front, but lots of sweetness and bitterness. It's excellent with lingering sweet and bitter, bread and grassy herb. (579 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down and consistently left a thin layer if bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of bready malts and underlying sweetness are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of bready malts with hints of grassy hops but what really stands out are notes of a bready malty like sweetness that was probably a result of boosting this beer to a higher alcoholic content. Little if any bitterness or alcohol are perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Tjis beer had the bready malt aromas and flavors as one would expect from the style but it seems like the high amounts of malts pushed this beyond the typical flavors that one would expect from the style, which normally is not sweet. (956 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml caged and corked brown bottle purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA.

Pours a reasonably clear golden colour, with a big frothy head of coarse-bubbled white that seems to burn itself out almost as soon as it forms, leaving a flat, dead beer with no head or lacing whatsoever. Carbonation was effervescent and coarse to begin with, but soon it too runs out of puff. Not the wildest start.

Nose is fairly disappointing. Faint, chaffy grain characters with a hint of flour and a very, very mild, almost indiscernible organic hop character over the top. Maybe a slight hint of acetone from the booze comes through as well: but it's minor, if it's there at all. Mostly, this just smells weak.

Taste is a little better, mostly for the fact that it's relatively smooth and drinkable for 7.7% ABV. Mild, slightly grainy entry with a residual tingle of carbonation (and here's me thinking it had disappeared entirely), with a slight uptilt of bitterness towards the middle to back. There's a warmth on the palate as well from the booze, which leaves a slight spirit character towards the back. I'll admit it tends towards something like a Euro Strong Lager, but it's still pretty smooth overall.

Overall though, I'm not quite sure I get the point. A pils can be a wonderful beer expression, and an imperial one in my opinion should just accentuate the hops, the structure of the malt while maintaining that crispness. This has something of the crispness, but almost nothing of the flavour. Not poorly made, just boring. (1,519 characters)

Photo of aaron_bird_88
3.86/5  rDev +1%
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. (867 characters)

Photo of alphagnome
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
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.

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

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

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

Overall:
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 JuicesFlowing
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (1,297 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (701 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
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 BEERMILER12
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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 (595 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (838 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (546 characters)

Photo of bondjedi
1.96/5  rDev -48.7%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of srhoadsy
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of felix_the_beer_cat
4.56/5  rDev +19.4%
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 :) (381 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.89/5  rDev -24.3%
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). (881 characters)

Photo of scratch69
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (496 characters)

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. (375 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.86/5  rDev +1%
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... (462 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of DenverLogan
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (670 characters)

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Reverb Imperial Pilsner from Boulevard Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.