Whole Hog Imperial Pilsner - Stevens Point Brewery
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Reviews by Vancer:
3.38/5 rDev -6.4%
This big bad boy starts off with a semi-hazy amber in the Corsendonk tulip, eggshell marshmallow 2'inches thick, even with such a big brew. Nice lace on the way down, but then...
Aroma is a strange pilsner bird, sweet citrus malt is the key ingredient. Quaff does not match it; unfortunately, a sour and raspy wood dominates the malt backbone. I know it's a strong brew, and the alcohol does not burn through, but the taste is just not right
Four pack for $8 ain't a bad deal, too bad the brews just don't make a better showing.
01-24-2010 20:00:32 | More by Vancer
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2.9/5 rDev -19.7%
(Served in a strange)
A- The crystal clear orange body has a sea of microbubbles launching to the surface that is a thin soapy white head that soon fades.
S- This beer has a soft clean green noble hop hint.
T- This beer has a soft sweet malt flavor with a dry green finish and a faint pungent hint.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel and a tight fizz with no alcohol heat.
D- This beer has a very soft hop profile and no pilsner qualities. It is easy to drink but a bit lack luster.
12-02-2009 22:56:34 | More by rhoadsrage
3.58/5 rDev -0.8%
Basically clear honey gold with a tight off-white head, though it gathers little rise, it throws some nice lacework around and down the glass.
Herbal and dried floral aromas, spiked hard with a pushy bubblegum sweetness and notions of candied orange. Some honey and golden raisin-like maltiness appears, especially as it warms.
Crackery up front, and dry, with a prevasive mien of barely damp hay that lingers for its entirety. Honey and peaches pop up and add sweetness. Bubblegum, again, flares up, and serves as a nuisance. The finish is full of pressed flowers and herb, iron, copper, and mint oil. Alcohol is hardly noted, but comes through a bit on the inhale.
The body is a fattened medium, rounded off a bit with a lively carbonation. It does get a bit sticky here and there, but for a brew this size, that's understandable.
This is drinkable far beyond it's listed strength, and has many things going for it. But- and maybe I'm over sensitive- the bubblegum esters on the nose and in the taste knock this one down a good deal. Subtract them, and you've got a nice, fat pils here....or at least a hoppy maibock.
06-03-2009 07:53:00 | More by cokes
3.33/5 rDev -7.8%
Picked this up in Wichita
Pour an effervescent apricot with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & average lacing
S: Grassy hops & orchard fruit
T: Pears, breadyness, grassy hops & honey malt up front. Some grapefruit comes through as this warms along with a touch of green banana???, weird; plus boozey warmth as this warms, starting to remind me of a weizenbock...Finishes boozey, fruitty with more green banana, & pineapple. Straying a bit off style, .5 deduction
MF: Chewy, fairly soft carbonation, fair balance
Drinks easy enough for the style & ABV, but not one I'll be seeking out
08-16-2009 01:57:31 | More by russpowell
3.13/5 rDev -13.3%
Pours a clear golden color with two inches of white head that had great retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Unfortunately the appearance is the best part of this beer. Very tame aroma. Immediately after the pour I thought I smelled cooked corn but it was just briefly. Then it is just faint hop herbal/floral aromas and some cereal grains. The flavor is not that big considering it is an imperial, until you get to the finish. Then it is bitter and boozy. Not my favorite combination. Extremely dry. The body is rather modest as well considerly the ABV and bitterness. But it does have nice carbonation. I think the brewer missed the mark. Need more from the hops besides bitterness and a bigger malt bill. Nothing unpalatable about this beer, it could be so much better.
07-13-2009 21:51:07 | More by morimech
3.65/5 rDev +1.1%
Appearance- Pours a slightly coudy copper color with a small white head that vanishes quickly and very little lacing.
Smell- Lots of alchohol, floral and citrus hops, fig. Very strong overall, almost fels like it could clear your sinuses.
Taste- Isn't as overpowering as the smell. Citrusy hops jump out immediately. The bitterness stands out but it is complemented by a caramel sweet malt. Imperial pilsners like this are interesting because the bitterness of the hops and sweetness of the malts strangely work well together.
Mouthfeel- Thick. Almost a syrupy aspect. carbonation is well balanced.
Overall a good tasting Imperial. Smell and mouth fell might be a little overpowering at times but taste is well balanced.
12-07-2011 23:13:18 | More by Treyliff
3.63/5 rDev +0.6%
12 oz bottle poured into a 5 (or so) oz taster glass at the Saukville Beer and Wine Tasting.
A - The bottle pours out a lightly hazy golden yellow with a dense off-white head. Bits of lace left on the glass with moderate retention.
S - The aroma starts with a light pale malt backbone with a fair blend of noble and other hops that impart pine and citrus with a low level alcohol kiss.
T - Big pale and pilsner malt backbone with a crispness and overlapping hop flavor that's noble it seems. A thin dry and bitter finish.
M - Highly carbonated and smooth with a dry and bitter finish to this medium-bodied pilsner.
D - This pilsner falls darn close to a sessionable brew. The medium body and "imperial" boost in flavor knock the drinkability down slightly, but not by a whole lot.
02-02-2010 04:01:19 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.68/5 rDev +1.9%
Pours a deep gold color with a big white head. Head falls slow to a small one. Fairly decent lace.
Not bad aroma with sweet grainy malts and mild hops if you get your nose in it.
Decent taste. Rather full malts that are pleasant. Ends with the hops and a lingering bitter mild aftertaste.
Thin to medium bodied and rather smooth.
Nice beer. By far not the best imperial pilsner I've had (thinking of Golden Revolution) but nice for an old brewery like Point. I can see having several of these although deep down you can tell it's another WI lager.
12-30-2009 14:54:57 | More by dstc
4.9/5 rDev +35.7%
I should start by saying German Style Pilsner is my favorite kind of beer. This beer reminded me of what I had in Germany. It didn't let me down where other American attempts have. No defects. Clean crisp maltiness with a strong hop assertiveness. What a real pilsner is all about. Thick creamy head. Hallertau hop aroma. Taste was cracker crispness with a sharp bite. Pleasantly surprised. Other brewers should take note in this beer. How did they do this?
07-13-2009 21:54:14 | More by gobeer
1.7/5 rDev -52.9%
My friend bought a 4 pack of this while we were in Baraboo Wisconsin for a Geology Field trip. Let me start by saying I do not like pilsners, especially floral pilsners.
A. It was dark around the fire, but it was light yellow to orange.
S. It smelled pretty good actually. Nice floral and fruity aromas. I got excited at first.
T. When I took a drink it was almost more than I could handle. No malts. Just flowers. I thought that any minute a swarm of bees were going to come attack me.
M. It is a crisp moderately carbonated light beer. There wasn't much to this one.
D. This is one of the first beers I have ever had to pour out. It was miserable from start to finish. For some reason I couldn't stop belching while I was drinking this. It was like I ate a bowl of potpourri. I will say that the name was appealing but I could not handle the "Whole Hog" half of it was dumped onto the campfire. It was sad day.
10-21-2009 02:09:26 | More by Jae27
3.93/5 rDev +8.9%
Pours a deep golden honey boardering on orange color. Smells of corn, malt, grass, pear, and citrus with a noticable alcohol presance. The taste is a pretty straight forward clean bitter lager flavor at first. As it warms and I get more of it in me, I pick up a lot more complex bitter fruity hop flavors and a boozy aftertaste. This one will sneak up on you. Very easy drinking for a beer going on 9%. This is a very interesting style. It's a ratcheted up pilsner much like an IPA is a ratcheted up pale ale. I like it.
10-29-2010 17:11:37 | More by lester619
3.58/5 rDev -0.8%
A-Pours a hazy orange color with two and a half fingers of white, thick, dense head.
S-Smells of fruity white wine notes with some light malt and herbal hop notes.
T-Tastes like a sweet, fruity, slightly corny with some piney and herbal hop notes reminiscent of an old IPA.
M-On the light side of medium bodied with relatively low carbonation and a slightly drying wine-like finish.
D-Pretty easy drinking... I was expecting more of a German hop punch in the face with some corn and graininess in the background. An interesting beer and a style that I'd like to try again.
12-13-2010 01:24:08 | More by samie85
4/5 rDev +10.8%
Poured from the bottle a clear gold with three fingers of rich off-white head.
Aroma of big floral hops, lemon, cereal grains, and bready malts.
The taste is classic pilsner. Rich floral hops, sweet lemon, and malty cracker and bread notes. Finishes clean, and the 8.5% alcohol sheds a touch of heat but is pretty well hidden.
Medium bodied, crisp and clean, with a sharp carbonation.
I really enjoyed this Imperial Pilsner from Stevens Point. So drinkable, and what I look for in a quality pilsner.
09-06-2009 18:39:23 | More by Monkeyknife
3.58/5 rDev -0.8%
Deep gold with good clarity, this imperial pils offered a modest yet creamy tan head with excellent retention.
The nose, initially left some intensity to be desired. A slight tinny funk was somewhat hard to ignore as I dug deeper for dark sugars and citrus and candied orange.
The flavor was warming, as the high alcohol was well-masked by buttery tones, and appropriately more flavor than the nose. The hop bitterness was much more apparent, offering an especially herbal grassy finish.
The medium to thick body was creamy and smooth. The carbonation was crisp at most, which help bring out the viscosity. Very easy to drink given the strength of the alcohol and the thick body, a little more from the tasting senses would have helped round it out properly.
08-16-2010 00:39:11 | More by climax
2.42/5 rDev -33%
Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.
Nice random find at a local shop. Never saw it there before, but figured it'd be worth a shot. It pours a clear orange-amber topped by a short-lived finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises mandarin orange, caramel, and a touch of flowers. The taste holds notes of mandarin orange syrup, orange peel, caramel, hard water, and a stiff backbone of flowery booze. Man, does this kind of hurt going down... The body is a stolid medium (almost hefty-leaning), with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta syrupy feel. Overall, this beer did not sit right with me. There was very little pils character: It came off more like some kind of amped-up imperial amber or something, just poorly done. Boo this.
08-31-2011 18:45:37 | More by TMoney2591
2.95/5 rDev -18.3%
12 oz. twisty poured into a pint glass. Imperial or not, I like my pilsners nice and clear. This one fails, coming in a pretty hazy looking light orange-amber color. Thin white head fades to a ring that hangs around for a bit.
A bit of a piney hop spice in the aroma, and there is the promise of a big malty presence in the background. Overall there is balance but aroma is very subtle. Taste is big on alcohol, which overpowers the hops though there is some noticeable fruity spice present. Alcohol owns the middle of this as well, though some malt roundness sweetens things up a bit. Briefly reminds me of a tripel with an interesting bubble-gum flavor...then hops bite bitter in the end as the mouth dries out with alcohol.
Big bodied but really just too much alcohol to make for a nice mouthfeel. Some beers hide the alcohol well...this is not one of them. Not a very drinkable impy pils.
01-02-2011 19:32:14 | More by ZimZamZoom
3.5/5 rDev -3%
A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a two-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It was short-lived and left little to no lacing.
S - It smelled floral and of some sweet caramel.
T - It was fairly boozy tasting with sweet caramel maltiness. There was a subtle spicy hop profile.
M - It was crisp and fairly sharp. A medium bodied lager.
D - This is an okay imperial pilsener. A little boozy and lacking balance.
09-16-2010 02:06:56 | More by zeff80
3.9/5 rDev +8%
Acquired as a special from Big Top liquors.
Presents as in impressively big American-style lager. Strong malt character of American lager style and actually fairly subdued hops.
Appears heavy in the glass and is mostly clear with some rising bubbles. Dense white head settles with a few big bubbles in a small thin layer of white small bubbles. Also leaves considerable lacing as the drink proceeds downward.
Taste is heavy on malt flavor although there is a prominent bitterness which is fairly short-lived as a green hop flavor and contributes a small dry finish. Hops are more noted in taste and then in aroma and blend nicely with the malt characteristics.
A heavy body for a lager with carbonation that blends nicely.
This beer drinks nicely. As noted previously it's a big old American-style lager that is hopped up with some significance.
03-23-2010 01:15:08 | More by garymuchow
3.93/5 rDev +8.9%
A: pours a pale straw yellow color with a 1 finger head, leaves plenty of sticky lacing, clear
S: nose consists of lemon, grassy hops, toasted bread, caramel, and flowers
T: the flavor begins with a pretty big malt presence in the form of bready grains and follows up with grassy and lemony hops, very well balanced and well hidden alcohol
MF: suprisingly smooth and creamy, medium body, nice
D: this one sure beats the Whole Hog 6-ipa...overall a well constructed brew and a good representation of a pils
03-11-2010 04:25:25 | More by homebrew311
4.33/5 rDev +19.9%
Bottle to East End pint glass. Good head that goes away but there's still lacing opportunities. Clear golden with solid carbonation. Workable.
Good floral pils aroma, somewhat amp'd up. Quite nice.
Clean, crisp flavor, with nice hoppy bite. Very similar to Rogue Morimoto Imperial, which I love, but at a steep, steep discount. Alcohol finish. Nice.
Somewhat dry finish. Drinkability is high but alcohol creeps, so it takes a hit.
Stevens Point - so far, so good. Looking forward to what else you're gonna bring to the Mountain State.
11-11-2009 23:57:37 | More by rabsten
4/5 rDev +10.8%
Imperial Pilsner doesn't have much of a benchmark, and isn't a recognized style (per se), so I can only go by the Bros' guidelines here. Only had one other, Sam Adams, and found that almost too harsh to enjoy.
Point has long been known as a bland regional in the Midwest, though it has a loyal following. Since trying their Maibock last year and finding a darn good interpretation of the style, I thought I'd throw 8 bucks at a 4 pack of the Imperial Pils.
A -- Very nice, clear golden color with a substantial, long-lasting, off-white head.
S -- Mildly fruity nose with bready malts and some hop spiciness and vague DMS back. Would be good for a straight Pils. Alcohol aromas with warming.
T -- First hit is mild, sweet and bready malt. Hot, peppery, alcohol spiciness follows and finishes. The vaguest of citrus fruit back. It's difficult to tell if the bitterness in the middle is from hops of the alcohol. The Point website says cascades (among others) are used in this -- difficult to tell. To the style and the clean, lager-like flavor, I have to vote high on this.
Others have mentioned metallic, and I can see the spicy alcohol being misinterpreted that way, or maybe an older bottle might get harsh, but there was no off character in my bottles.
M -- Soft to syrupy mouth-feel that finishes very dry. Light medium to medium body.
D -- At 8.5%, the drinkability of this beer isn't bad, though I think the hotness of the alcohol could become hard to get past after a couple. Otherwise, a mighty fine precision lager.
12-21-2009 22:34:22 | More by steveh
2.6/5 rDev -28%
Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a nice head; the retention and lacing were good but the color is all wrong for a pils
Smell: Very malty, with sweet caramel; little hop presence
Taste: Sweet caramel malt, up front, with the sweetness growing, like a malt liquor, through the finish; a lot of fusel alcohol in this one
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet
Overall: Not sure what the brewery was targeting with this but it appears that this may be discontinued from the series - certainly understandable
Thanks, chocosushi, for the opportunity
09-18-2011 21:36:21 | More by brentk56
Whole Hog Imperial Pilsner from Stevens Point Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.