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Reverb Imperial Pilsner - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reverb Imperial PilsnerReverb Imperial Pilsner

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324 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 324
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | 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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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of TheCondor
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Party Place Liqours in Kearney. I didn't realize this beer was even out until I saw it there, but I haven't made a big run for a few weeks. Grabbed it up and drank it with my dad. Side poured from the bottle into a couple of pilsner glasses with standard vigor.

Appearance - Pours a nice straw yellow, hazy color with a foamy, thick white head about two fingers that recedes very slowly and leaves wicked lacing. Love the packaging on the bottle as well, especially the Spinal Tap reference. Carbonation can be observed inside the glass.

Smell - Not as strong as I would expect for something as powerful as this is supposed to be. Grassy with a hint of lemons, limes, and citrus and malts.

Taste - Much more pronounced than the nose would lead you to believe. With a malty, grassy, lemon flavor up front accentuated by a nice burst of bittering and flavoring hops, this is a pretty tasty brew. As it warmed, it grew more bitter and had a sharpness to it.

Mouthfeel - Finishes smooth and clean, just like you would expect from a pils. No alcohol can be detected in the taste. Good carbonation level. Very dry.

Overall - This is certainly a brew worth trying. Solid taste, good for almost any occasion. Pretty expensive though, but a good beer nonetheless. I'm not a huge pilsner fan, but I love Boulevard brewery, so I knew I was going to try this.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of mdcrouser
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Chirpie
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
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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4.75/5  rDev +27%

Photo of Reaper16
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle -- best by 04/13 -- served into a tulip glass

Before getting into this beer, I have to commend the label art. The label features an old tube amp, with "Reverb Imperial Pilsner" where "Fender" would normally be. There's an assortment of dials on the amp, but if you look closely those dials aren't labeled "volume" or "treble" or etc. They're labeled after the beer's stats! There's three dials on the "Kettle" section of the amp -- "water," "malt," and "hops." Then there's a "Ferment" section with the following dials: "Orig. Grav," "Final Grav," "EBC," "IBU," "ABV," and "Conditioning." Each dial is set to what the beer's approximate values might be on such a dial. Super cool.

Anyway, Reverb pours a somewhat hazy light golden yellow color. It doesn't look dissimilar to Hoegaarden. 1.5 fingers of rocky white head bubble up and the retention is pretty fantastic.

Reverb's aroma is much more nuanced and expressive than it was on the draft version I reviewed last night. Right away, this beer sends up notes of white flowers, pollen, lime peel, metal, plant stalk, and of course a whole lot of pilsner malt. Clean, nutty pilsner malt dominates this beer, but the hops -- what I can only presume is a ton of Saaz -- give off so many accentuating notes. The yeast doesn't get in the way (this is a lager, after all). It's lovely.

The taste of the bottled version doesn't live up to the aroma. This is definitely an imperial pilsner for fans of the pilsner style. Pound for pound, I'd say that Prima Pils or even Noble Pils are hoppier examples of the pilsner family. Reverb, while mostly balanced, ultimately lies on the side of maltiness. Tons of pilsner malt -- so much that this tastes luxurious or something, almost buttery. The Saaz brightens things up, especially on the finish, with its green and floral notes. It's definitely tasty, but I think additional hops would only heighten what is already strong about this beer.

The mouthfeel is also improved in the bottle. It's still a bit more flabby than I would prefer from a pils, but there's a good crispness and dryness to it just the same.

Overall, this is a very good imperial pilsner. It's tasty, refreshing, and nuanced. It shouldn't have replaced the world-class Two Jokers by any means, but Reverb is a beer that I'm glad exists.

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Reverb Imperial Pilsner from Boulevard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.