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Whole Hog Imperial Pilsner - Stevens Point Brewery

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Whole Hog Imperial PilsnerWhole Hog Imperial Pilsner

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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 16.11%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: madtowndmb1 on 05-04-2009)
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Photo of dstc
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Treyliff
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of cokes
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of samie85
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of climax
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of paco1029384756
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color with one finger of foamy white head.

Scent of fading hops, light caramel, earth, sugar, some fruit and sharp alcohol. Not bad, but not great.

Taste of strong grain, caramel, light fruit, and some alcohol. A bit boozy, the other flavors fail to hide that, it isn't an unpleasant taste though.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good bite of carbonation, very enjoyable.

Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of nsmartell
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a straw yellow color with a thick off-white head and lots of carbonation. Despite the fat head the pilsner glass helped support, the head didn't stick around for too long.

Smell: Grassy hops and a hint of what I think are banana cloves. The bottle says it has a floral aroma, but I don't really smell that. Was expecting and hoping for more.

Taste: Bread-like malts and light citrusy hops. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, sticky, dry and nicely carbonated. Probably the best part of this beer.

Drinkability: Wouldn't want any more than probably 2 of these due to the mouthfeel. Was expecting a bit more in the aroma and taste categories, but was still a good brew. Kudos to Point for trying something outside of their normal offering.

Photo of alexgash
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Very clear, clean, medium brass body. Small, short-lived, cottony white head. Fruity malt on the nose, with spearmint, pine, floral, and resinous hop notes. A little alcohol burn as well. Honey and toasted malt up front. Becomes fruitier and sweet, with notes of hay and cooked vegetables. Solid hop bitterness comes in midway through. Herbal, floral, and mildly citrus. Honey sweet finish with lingering herbal hops. Medium body with a slightly slick, oily feel. Not bad, but not the best imperial pilsner I've had.

Photo of Mdog
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Gold, lots of particles, good head.

Smell: Bready, tea-like aroma.

Taste: Similar to the smell, bready, with an interesting bitterness that I can't quite describe. Not really what I'd expect from a big pilsner.

Drinkability: More of a sipper or nightcap style beer.

There aren't a lot of imperial pilsners around, and every one I've had has been different from the rest. This one was interesting, but maybe a little old as I don't get the flavors other reviewers note. Let the experimentation continue!

Photo of Vancer
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of russpowell
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Hellpop65
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of morimech
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of stephens101
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours reddish-orange with a flurry of bubble activity that results in a diminutive off-white head which fades quickly leaving little to no lace behind. Smells malty and grassy with a little fruitiness in the very back. The palate is nearly overwhelmed by a huge spicy alcohol heat, but a few notes of malt and citrus emerge just before a nice little hop bite shows itself. After a while some sour notes emerge as well. Goes down crisp with more alcohol brutality on the throat, and felt immediately in the stomach. Don't get me wrong. I like to taste the alcohol a bit in my big beers, but this one really doesn't have much going on in the balance department. That being said, as it warms up, and I get used to it, it doesn't seem as harsh. The Imperial Pilsner, as a style, doesn't seem to be doing it for me, and this one doesn't help the cause.

Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of CPeterson
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A -- A bright clear golden beer pours and produces a nice head that calms quickly leaving light bits of lacing on the glass.

S -- Sweet grain, detectable hop aromas of citrus and flora.

T -- Sweet graininess, grapefruit, dry and hoppy.

M -- Medium bodied with a residual stickiness that is punctuated with a dry note.

D -- I can't see sitting and drinking several, but very nicely done in the style. Unassuming yet bold, worth the $ (I paid $3.49 / 4 pk), but not amazing.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(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.

Photo of ballewblake
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into my Duvel tulip.

No head on aggressive pour, flat, clear yellow with some carbonation bubbles around the perimeter of the glass. Malts on the nose, ethanol. Flat tasting, oxidized, fully body though. Lacking any flavor really hurts its drink ability.

Photo of Fartknocker
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, no date

A- solid golden color with a decent white foamy head, lots of effervesence
S- fairly standard malty/lager smell
T- fairly strong malt flavor with a hint of alcohol, leaves a somewhat bitter aftertase that lingers for a short while
M- plenty of carbonation
D- Not too impressive, no more than a few for drinkability

Whole Hog Imperial Pilsner from Stevens Point Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.