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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: 15.83%
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Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: madtowndmb1 on 05-04-2009

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Photo of botham
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a light amber color with golden highlights and one and a half fingers of tight white head. Good retention and light lacings on the glass.

Aroma is of floral hops up front (mildly rich), with a pale malt base and notes of cereal grain and a bit of bready yeast. Nicely composed in the nose with a fresh quality.

Taste follows the nose with an alcoholic tinge and a bit more of a malt presence, albeit small. Finishes on a dry floral hop note. Taste profile is true to an imperial pilsner; all that a great Pilsner should be only dialed up in intensity.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mild bite from alcohol and a dry finish. An alcoholic tinge comes through as the brew warms a bit, but does not take away from the rest of the profile.

As already said, this brew is exactly what an Imperial Pilsner should be. Floral and lightly malty, with a satisfying quality and crisp finish. All this is present, only the brew is very flavorful and carries an 8.5% APV tag. Very well crafted and pleasant to drink. It is a wonder that more of this style has not been seen. Cheers!

Photo of samie85
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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 swgwilt
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ssjkyle
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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 Beezee
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of scootercrabb
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of ZimZamZoom
2.97/5  rDev -17.5%
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 dmamiano
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright golden color with a small white head that fades quickly to some "wispy" lace.
Highly carbonated as I watch the bubbles shoot to the top of the glass.
Nose of grainy malts, faint grassiness with some floral essence.
Taste is nice and smooth on the palate. Almost Belgianesque in nature. Pears, apple come to mind. Fruity with a nice hoppy snap to it.
Bitterness lingers...

Photo of madtowndmb1
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer as a sample with a friend the other day.

A: Poured a hazy straw color with a 1/2" foamy white head.

S: Smelled of grassy hops and had a very clean smell about it, but not in a bad way!

T: Very enjoyable! It had a nice malt backbone and just enough hops to add a touch of bite to it. The hops had a grassy taste but not like chewing on your lawn clippings, more of that enjoyable smell of the hay at a pumpkin patch or something.

M: Very clean finishing beer and had a good little lingering after-taste.

D: It would've been a 5 but it is 8.5% beer and I take a little away from that since it is so high. I'd recommend trying this beer even if your not a fan of the style!

Photo of steveh
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of climax
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
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 Chaz
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber-golden ("dark straw") in color, topped with a puffy one-fingered off white head which recedes very gradually, leaving behind a good bit of lace. Coarsely-filtered, but otherwise quite clear.

Pungent, rich blend of malts and plenty of Noble hop presence. Musty/yeasty, and rather Bock-like; this one very much reminds me of certain strong European lagers (Hevelius Caper from Poland, to name just one).

Insistent malts and a light booziness on the first sip, this initial impression fades to a blend of grainy malt character and lingering bitterness after a minute or so.

Not-quite soft on the palate, there's a depth and complexity to this one which is due in no small part to the malts used in the grain bill; hop use is obviously consistent as per the 'Imperial' aspect if the style, and yet there's less and less of them (aside from the bitterness alone) throughout the drink.

I'm not big on the idea of an unfiltered imperial pilsner, but I've enjoyed a handful of zwickels and Landbiers with plenty of character due to the fact that thy were unfiltered, and as such this beer hews close to these stylistic characteristics while also being based on an American stylistic invention: mouthfeel is better than average, to say the least, and the drinkability is very nearly exceptional.

---End Note---
I first tried Whole Hog Imperial Pilsner at the brewery, and shortly after its initial release. It was a real eye-opener at the time! The bottled version (and this sample in particular) has held up quite nicely considering the time it has spent in the bottle. This is especially poignant considering the fact (or my opinion, rather) that the Six Hop IPA did not hold up as well. Of course, we all know that the hop profile of Imperial or Double IPAs diminishes with the consequence being that the overall flavor profile diminishes, too, but these were interesting beers from a heritage brewery, and make me wonder whether you can't teach an old dog new tricks!

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a St. Pauli Girl small wannabe weiss glass, a prefect pils glass by the way.

Pours a medium straw with a one inch head that fades immediately and leaves little for lace. Lets just blame it on the ABV.

Aroma is sweet malt, like honey tea, with a small amount of floral clover honey aroma, most likely from the hops. Slight lemon grass aroma and maybe a little orange in the nose.

Flavor is full bready and biscuity malt, sweet and clean at the same time. The middle is bittering hops with a mild floral backing. The hops don't scream nobles, but they say it quietly. Tannic tea like flavor on the finish, most likely from the water (I've said this before), as well as a smallish copperish flavor. Finishes very clean and almost biting, this is quite a hoppy pils. Wow the alcohol is VERY well hidden here, be careful with this one.

Mouthfeel is medium to thick and the carbonation is perfect to cut the sweetness of the malt. Nice.

Wow...not to experienced with "Imperial" Pils, but this is quite nice.

Photo of WestHam973
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of nsmartell
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
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 rabsten
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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 cpolking
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark honey gold in color and slightly cloudy. Aroma of fresh grain and grass with a hint of sweetness. It is sweet and bitter at the same time with a heavy undertone of malted grain and a bracing pilsner hop finish. Not as sweet and alcohol laden in flavor as many imperials.

Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weak head, golden color which is maybe just a tinge cloudy.

Thick warm bready hops with a fresh bitter hop aroma.

Nice malt background and a bitter hop presence up front. Not overly harsh, but nicely balanced beer. The alcohol is also not notable. The taste is the redeeming quality of this average beer.

Smooth, nice body to this beer. It is quite pleasent to swollow and for 8.5 ABV! nice! It is quite drinkable for the style. I like it :)

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 lester619
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TimRasmussen
5/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of larsenju
2.82/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Very pale orange with a thin coating of white head, not much at all.

S-Orange peel, coriander, lemon, and just a hint of pepper.

T-Caramelized pineapple and a little juicy orange up front, biscuit and honey sugars. I got a pretty good amount of almost rubbing alcohol like heat, it was pretty rough. Moving back I got a little fresh cut grass and pepper.

M-light to medium carb, slick but finishing slightly dry.

D-Its kind of a mess, I have trouble thinking of this as any relation to a Pilsner because I don't get any of the characteristic hops that I love in Pilsners. Instead I got very strong citrus flavors mixed with a bready muddled mess of grain. I feel like some direction with the hops could save this beer, the bottle says they use four varieties, keep it to Saaz and step up the quantity significantly.

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.