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Reverb Imperial Pilsner - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reverb Imperial PilsnerReverb Imperial Pilsner

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65 Reviews
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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
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Photo of bondjedi
1.96/5  rDev -48.3%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.89/5  rDev -23.7%
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).

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear, golden straw color with about an inch of white head that had good retention and light lacing.

There was a strong alcohol scent at the front of the aroma. Under that were some nice grains, but they were fairly buried. The taste was the same, the alcohol completely overpowered the malts and gentle hops.

The body was thick and sticky, exactly the opposite of what you look for in a Pils. Drinkability was OK, but I wouldn't have more than one at time. Overall, a decent, but unspecial, brew. Probably worth a shot if you see it on tap, but I don't about investing in a large format bottle.

I in general find Imperial Pilseners to be a style that's mostly unnecessary. This brew reinforced that opinion.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of Chirpie
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Up front - I'm not really a Pilsner guy.

Or at least, I think that's what I'm starting to learn about my biases as of late. Every time I partake of Pilsner, I wish it was an IPA or a Farmhouse Ale.

This is a limited release with one of my favorite labels to come along in a while. (With a nice nod to Spinal Tap on the neck.)

Pouring into a Pilsner glass it poured about two fingers of head that disappeared fairly quick. (Though it stuck around longer than a few other Pilsners I've had.) It's crystal clear, pale yellow with almost no sedimentation.

Not much to be had off the nose, if only it doesn't have a slightly skanky aroma you'd have in the really cheap beers. Mouthfeel is good, it's medium to thin leaning.

The taste is a step up from other Pilsners in the middle section, at least for me. Don't sip it, gulp it, and you'll get a pretty nice smooth maltiness. That's probably the best take away here.

If you like Pilsners, I'd be surprised if you didn't like this.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.45/5  rDev -9%
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

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Photo of stephens101
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An explosion of bubbles fills the Pilsner glass to the rim and continue unabated, keeping the huge white head in full effect. Color is pale yellow with golden hues. Smells of fresh squeezed lemon, grain and a hint of grass. Not much going on aroma wise. Flavorful light fruits and malt are quickly followed by a subdued hoppiness and an afterthought of caramel. A bit of spice lies underneath it all. Not as dry as expected, and actually has quite a creamy mouth-feel. The alcohol heat tickles the throat. Overall this one is quite balanced and drinkable. And while I'm not the biggest Imperial Pils fan, I'm thoroughly enjoying this one.

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Photo of hardy008
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear gold with a 3 finger foamy white head with good retention and lacing. Smells like lemon, wheat, bread, and noble hops.

Tastes much like it smells, but sweeter than I expected. There is lemon, wheat, bread, noble hops, and some grapes. Sweet with some hops to balance things out.

Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and refreshing. A nice Imperial Pilsner. Worth trying if you have the chance, just like with other beers in the Smokestack Series.

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Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer comes by way of cpolking, thanks. Poured from a brown 25.4 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit malty, some grains. Taste is the same, malts and grains, some alcohol is present, just a faint touch of hops, a bit mild. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch 2012-2. Best by 4-2013.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty but somewhat basic.

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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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened 9.12.12.

A - Pours a slight hazy light yellow with a two inch near-white head, fizzy but fades fast.

S - Pilsner malt, alcohol, corn.

T - Sweet corn, light wheat.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Tasty pumped up pilsner.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like the idea of an imperial pilsner, but I haven’t yet tasted one that has justified my excitement for the style. Here’s hoping this is the first.

Brewed in 2012 with a best-by date of “04-2013,” three months after the date of this tasting.

A: Hazy straw yellow pour with the standard puffy pilsner head; this time, though, the foam has no staying power, leaving hardly any lace or retention.

S: Spicy hops in the form of lemon and white pepper, with a hint of ginger toward the end; a mild scent for a style famous for heavy hopping. Malts are in no way primary here, but saltine cracker, French bread crust, and banana aromas emanate a crisp, grainy base below the hops. Where’s the “imperial?”

T: Surprisingly sweet, this palate opens with malty tastes of vanilla cake, buttered bread, hay, and even honey. There’s a slight corn taste to it, too, especially in the front of the palate amidst the malts; thankfully, though, it’s short-lived. The hops are dry, but have enough fruit flavor to make them soapy in their mixture of nectarine pulp, ginger spice, and floral grass flavors. A slight taste of solvent alcohol augments the kick to something a little more intense, pushing the aftertaste to a slightly dry, lingering taste of pepper.

M: Not thin at all – you can tell a lot of malt went into this. And the carbonation is just right for the style, fizzing all the way down, but not in an offensive way.

O: A pilsner with a lot more malt than normal; that’s it. It’s a pretty one-dimensional drink that manages to hit on all the fundamentals of the style, but just barely. For the price-per-ounce, it’s pretty good, but I doubt I’ll get it again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy straw color (with a slightly green tinge) . Good head that settles slowly and lumpily. Some spots on the glass.

Earthy and sour smell. Little to no hop nose. Some yeast.

The flavor is a dramatic improvement to the smell. Starts with pale malt base (without any graininess). Pleasant hop bitterness balances this. The hop is like mild white pepper--gives a lengthy aftertaste. The body is predictable, the carbonation on the high side.

Overall, this isn't very pilsner-like, and with the muted hop and alcohol, not very imperial. But I would say it is a tasty beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Chaney
3.64/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is the first smokestack series brew i havent loved to death. its good, it just sint as unique and standout as many of the others from this series. it pours an almost perfectly clear pale straw color, with a hint of that yellow 5 mountain dew color to it, but just a hint. a frothy two inch head rests on top. the smell is alcohol right from the get go. a grassy hop profile and some crystal and pale malts are also present in to nose. the malts seem pretty substantial here, not heavy and sweet or bready, but just providing a solid backbone for the brew. the flavor is the same. light in color but not in flavor, the malts are dominant. the alcohol wins though, which i think is a detractor overall. it just kind of trumps what would be very interesting flavors. the feel is good though, perfect carbonation for the beer, and a lighter than medium body. its drinkable, just not supremely delicious. overall a letdown from the smokestack standards, but dont let that dissuade you, its a well made beer with a nice punch.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transparent gold, characteristic of a pilsner an inch of white head lays on top, bubbling down to a small island of head in the center.

Mildly malted, with grass and lemons in the nose. Doesn't smell near as big as you'd assume for an Imperial.

Big for a pilsner - much the opposite of the nose. Very grassy, some lemon, considerable malt, little lasting reverb on the tongue.

Super dry, relatively subtle carbonation.

Good for the style, but not my favorite style. Take it or leave it.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Reverb...as compared to other stack series is not amazing....however it is still a very smooth beer. The beer poured a bright clear yellow until some settlement interrupted the astetics. The head start nice and bubbly then dissappeared. The smell was grainy with hints of saaz. The taste started sweet then the nice malt/grain balance. The mouthfeel was medium body with smooth carbonation. Overall it was pretty darn good.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1505th Review on BA
Bottle to Smokestack Chalice
750 ml c/c

No batch or bottle date

Thanks to my mom for the gift.

App- When this poured out, it was similar to a butter gold. I felt I needed to eat some Lobster with it. It was a nice shimmery and oily looking pour as well. The head was about 3 fingers and almost a pure white head. Semi fast no cling. 1/8" ring.

Smell- A nice light malty aroma that was balanced out with some wheat, a slight dry grassy with a fresh melted butter and a little hops. Crisp and clean on the nose without taking the pils malts over the top.

Taste- Well I was a bit let down. The flavor was not as good as aroma. There is a lot going on in the glass, but what shocked me the most was the amplified thick buttery flavors. A small amount of a little smattering of hops. Taste was actually to use an adjective. Thick.

Mouth- When this settles and you keep drinking you are really greeted with a fuller medium body. The carbonation level borders on a fairly thin line between medium and full. A lot of residual butter and pils malts.

Drink- I thought this would be a couple things. 1. A little crisper and cleaner and 2. I just thought would be overall better.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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Reverb Imperial Pilsner from Boulevard Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.