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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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Reviews: 65 | Hads: 328
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 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 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 zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a two-finger, bubbly head of white foam. It left sudsy sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled floral with notes of caramel, toffee and grains.

T - Sweet up front with caramel and a bready flavor. Some grain-like taste with a nice spicy bite. Not very boozy for an imperial lager.

M - It was crisp, sharp and very smooth. A medium bodied lager with a subtle alcohol warmth and a clean finish.

O - This is very good. Often Imperial Pilsners are too sweet or too boozy. This is not the case with Reverb. Good balance.

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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 mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch#2 best by 04-2013

Pours an effervescent gold with 3+ fingers of pearl colored head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Breadyness, soapyness, hay, perfumy notes

T: Follows the nose, nice sweet breadyness, grass & soapyness up front, some lemon & grapefruit. Grapefruit, lemon, dryness & some grainyness as this warms. Finishes dry, with lemons, grassyness & grainy sweetness

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation, nicely balanced

A ramped up/amped-up version of their Pils with some American influence. I like this, would love to see this out in 4 pack next year

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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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 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 smakawhat
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip/pokal like style glass. 2012 GABF gold medal winner in the Other Strong beer category. Minor pop off the cork. Batch 2012-2.

This beer is a real looker I think. A gorgeous orb glowing unfiltered lemon and brass like yellow, hints of green edges too. A real nice creamy head forms, wonderful pinhead even bubbles and consistency. Pours about three fingers, and settles slowly, always has a nice collar and even a minimal puck while consuming. This is one impressive looking animal, I am really digging this I could look at it all day, it looks like a killer Belgian pale ale, complete with the microscopic little pinhead bubbles rising up.

Nose is interestingly straightforward and simple. A bit of crisp malt, and some nice grassy hop like action. It's clean, not boozy, not sugary sweet or bursting with alcohol heat. While I like for bigger bread like action this is just simple and solid. Gives no hint a big beer is coming.

Palate hits with a nice simple body. Does not give any hint this is a big beer. Clean crisp malty finish, with grass. A good sense of carbonation that doesn't overpower, but a good non boozy taste. Finishes clean as advertised a little bit of honey. As the beer warms up there is a real nice fruit component to this. Hints of green pear and mild apple come out with a nice mild warmth.

Overall very impressed with this one, lots of fun, and more Boulevard win too.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
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

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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 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 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 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.

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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 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 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.

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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 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 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.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a slightly hazy straw color into the pilsner glass with a nice thick, three fingered white head and lots of bubbly carbonation,

S - Lemons, spicy, mildly earthy, crisp malt aroma.

T - Follows the nose: earthy grassy spice, lemons, light honey, delicate and subtle pilsner malt appears midway through for a brief moment and disappears underneath another wave of grassy grassy spice, and lemons. Finishes with a crisp lemon citrus bitterness that hangs around for a few minutes before slowly fading. The bitter lemon finish leaves a slight tang on the palate. For a big pilsner, the alcohol is not a factor

M - Light medium body, dry and semi-crisp finish, light carbonation pricklies.

O - A nicely done Imperial Pils from Boulevard.

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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

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