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895 Ratings
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Ratings: 895
Reviews: 573
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.2%

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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: farHillsBrewer on 03-12-2004)
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Photo of PubliusII


4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark, Golden pour. With a decent half-finger head. Good retention and a nice lace.

Smell- Apples, hops and alcohol.

Taste- Apples are complimented by the rich, hops and malty flavor.

Mouthfeel- A rather heavy body with a rich, frothy swill accompanied by heavy carbonation.

Drinkability- This is a great drink. Not too bitter and deceptively rich.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 19:56:06 | More by PubliusII
Photo of pezoids


4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This beer just erupted out of the bottle and into my glass. Highly carbonated to the point of looking like a golden colored spritzer. A beautiful creamy white head topped off the beer and had very good retention throughout. The aroma gives off a lovely sweet honey maltiness along with sweet and grassy floral hops. Well matched aromas with just a touch sour mash malt in there.

The taste is very nice. Bittersweet and robust. This claims to be an Uber-pils and it seems to be just that. Like a German Pilsner on steroids. Full bodied and hearty. Highly attractive and inticing. Overall, this is a beer with guts. Not your typical Pilsner, but an amped-up version that has an originality about it that I like. I felt like I tried something new here, and I like it. Well done and probably underrated.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2004 15:58:14 | More by pezoids
Photo of Tim460


4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a hazy golden color with a good head that turns to lacing that lasts after a couple minutes.
Smell- A nice floral hop smell balanced quite nicely by the smell of malt.
Taste- Excellent taste much better than what i was expecting. Malty up front with a hop bitterness in the back. Excellent balance.
Mouthfeel- Great carbonation and a light body. Beer feels great going down, very smooth.
Drinkability- alcohol is hidden well making this a dangerous brew. A real treat, I was suprised by this beer it's only the second clipper city offering that I've tried and I'm impressed.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2005 23:17:41 | More by Tim460
Photo of Osiris9588


4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out a 12oz bottle, pours a nice gold color with a slight copper tint. The three-finger head is creamy, with great retention and plenty of sticky lacing--a cap stiff foam remains almost until the beer is gone.

The smell is very pils like: grain and hops, with hints of malt, lemon zest, and grass, and a touch of sulpher. The taste is a well rounded blend of these aformentioned characteristics--the grain and malt form a slight sweetness, keeping the hops in balance, and are followed by a nice warming alcohol.

The mouth is light but complex, well carbonated and slightly creamy, but finishing dry and hoppy--though still leaving a little sweetness on the lips.

I couldn't drink six in a sitting, because of the surprising sweetness--but I could drink four. It would pair great with spicy or grilled foods. I'm glad I know where to get more of this, and I will.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 02:29:37 | More by Osiris9588
Photo of Duster72


4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden color with a little murkiness. Small head dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. Smell is spun sugar and bready malts. Taste is malty sweetness with an excellent hop component that gives just enough bitter to wash down the sweetness and make the finish clean and dry. Very pleasant light mouthfeel. Highly drinkable. I could probably drink these all night. Will buy a six pack next time I can find a fresh one!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 18:47:18 | More by Duster72
Photo of jsprain1


4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Gold body, with a creamy head that doesn't last all that well, leaving a ring around the edge of the body ultimately leaving a strand of lacing.
S- Spicy hops with a good touch of citrus aroma to it as well.
T- Pale malt, with a sweet touch in the beginning, fades to a spicy and and just slightly tangarine and lemon flavor. Finishes a bit light on flavor.
M- Just on the full side of standard, and just a tad undercarbed.
D- A soundly made beer that is simple enough that it doesn't require intense pondering, yet complex enough to allow such. I would gladly have another.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2011 15:44:36 | More by jsprain1
Photo of hosehead83


4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Clear, copper/gold in color, with a rather short head of white foam.
Aroma-Biscuit, and a citrus-hop note hovering in the background.
Taste-Toasted malt, biscuit, citrus zest, and a snappy hop bite. Very pleasant and flavorfull. A bit unexpected but very welcome. Label says "Golden Bock Lager", I say it drinks more like a tasty pale ale. Will please pilsner lovers and anyone who enjoys a tasty dose of hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 15:02:09 | More by hosehead83
Photo of Buggies


4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear yellow with an orange hue. Very minimal head. Aromas of light grain and slight fruitiness.

This things tastes good to me. A little too high ABV for a session, so be careful you will get in trouble. Slightly sweet with light grains coming through. The subdued fruitiness is also there which I love. Also a slight bitter finish which cuts things off to a slightly dry finish.

I could sit and drink these all night.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 23:13:53 | More by Buggies
Photo of Hefe


4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on 3/24/04 at R.F.D. (Beer's of the Mid-Atlantic Tasting with Micael Jackson)

Appearance: Fluffy white head sits atop a golden luminescent brew.

Smell: Bold fruity punch with a yeasty, hoppy bite.

Taste: Malt and banana and citrus fruit up front are quickly overtaken by a hop smackdown, floral-citrusy-piney on through a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with crisp hoppy acidity.

Drinkability: 6.2%? Then I'm in trouble, cause this rolls down smooth as hell.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2004 02:23:33 | More by Hefe
Photo of waughbrew


4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had not heard about this one before buying it, but seeing an "uber pils" with not only a date code, but also bottle-conditioned and a great label, I could not pass it up. I am very glad I took the chance.

Light gold with fine-bubbled carbonation rising continuously. Huge white head is mostly creamy but some big bursts in there too. Clumps of foam cling to the glass. Smells leafy and spicy, with a little crushed aspirin (amarillos?!) also limey and mineral-like. Taste is again leafy spicy hops, minerals (a bit salty), and honey. Very tasty. The only things I would ask for is a little bit more flavor from the malt (more graininess perhaps) and skip the aspirin-like amarillo hops that bother me in the aroma and flavor. Starts medium-bodied and sweet, but quickly dries out and finishes wonderfully balanced but flavorful. Well-carbonated and alive. Hell yes, this is a nice beer. In fact, until going to review it, I had no idea that it was 7.5%. Look out, it is hidden!! This is a dangerous one. Very very good.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2005 19:58:39 | More by waughbrew
Photo of rowew


4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck. Nice looking label with an illustration of a pirate on raft in heavy seas. Best by date and ABV clearly marked.

Appearance: Just a bit more red than a typical pils, thin head but good retention.

Smell: Tons of malt - bready and a bit of biscuit. Just a bit of noble hops in the finish.

Taste: Medium mouthfeel, lowish carbonation. Taste is very malty without being sweet. Lots of bready malt flavors, with a fair amount of hops balancing things out.

Overall impression: Dangerous - this one tastes good, highly drinkable, and higher than average ABV. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2007 18:37:07 | More by rowew
Photo of cabsandking


4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden with a pinky of off-white creamy head. The aromas are floral hops, some fruit, light spice, esters jumping around, and a honey sweetness. Roasted malt and dry straw straw grains in equal amounts. A firm hop bitterness without overloading on the fruity or pine side. Some lightly metallic alcohol heat in the back but still really good for a 7.25 abv. Candy sugar sweet with a touch of honey and caramel character that builds as it warms. Medium to full body with a smooth sometimes oily mouthfeel, creamy carbonation although I was looking for thinner and crisper. Some pine, dry grains, and an herbal spice faintly like juniper for a finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2007 17:22:16 | More by cabsandking
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Always loved the labels on Clipper City's Heavy Seas brews, but as their Oxford Raspberry was my first C.C. brew, I felt it best to steer clear for awhile (didn't like it). Glad I picked this up. [Incidentally, it says 7% on the label.]

Pours a clean sunset yellow/orange with a foamy, bubbly head that's fed with a zillion bubbles. Noticed some tiny specs of yeast hanging around on the sides of the bottle after the pour, but no real haze or anything. Lace is abundant. Looks nice.

Lively hops dominate the aroma, they're a bit fruity and are backed up by a light grain foundation. Slight bit of caramel creeps through ever so slowly.

Drink it down and here comes the malt! It has a toasty character, with hints of butterscotch and rum. Caramel, whipped butter, lemon, pear, and yeah, some hops, which are just as well-balanced as everything else going on. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky, nicely offsetting the active carbonation and liveliness it provides. Round and buttery too, yum! Nice long finish on this, leaving you with the toasty, bread-ier elements, as well as a dose of hops. And...errr...it burps quite nicely.

Heck yeah. This is really good, tons of character and something new every sip. Gonna track down the rest of the Heavy Seas bunch, they're fairly common around here and I'll ignore them no more.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2007 23:52:32 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly fogged amber gold. Basically no head. Nose is like slightly old apples, in a very mild way. Evident metallic edge. Flavor is very meaty. Firm malt tones. Bitter overall character. Metallic back tone. Robust. Evident alcohol. After getting halfway through, I suddenly said to myself: is that vanilla?? Feel is fairly full bodied with a somewhat subdued bubble. Overall very drinkable. Well worth trying. Especially since it is such a rare style. Hard to believe that after so many beers, I would get to a style I have not tried yet.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 17:16:39 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of oscplayr25


4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a great caramel golden color. The froth of the bear also has a golden coloring to it.

S- nice hoppy floral smell not to sharp like some hoppy beers.

T- From the smell you think hoppy, from the look you think an amber, but the taste is a nice blend of hops and malts to make this bock lager really pop on the pallet.

M- Not carbonated like most beers when it hits the mouth it stay pretty smooth the whole way.

D- I could drink this beer all day long but im not sure if my liver or my body could handle it. I say about 2-3 beers a night would do it is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 02:55:14 | More by oscplayr25
Photo of abrand


4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into pilsener glass

A- pours a cloudy topaz. Approximately 1/2 inch head that dissolves quickly. Good lacing along the glass.

S- lots of hops and malts in the aroma along with some hints of caramel and fruits.

T- this is a very smooth drink for the ABV. Sweet with plenty of bitter hops with a nice after taste.

M- medium bodied and very smooth

D - pretty drinkable beer but may be a little too sweet for my liking

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 05:09:36 | More by abrand
Photo of BeerCon5


4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orangish, amber color with about 1/2 inch of foamy off white head.

There is a scent of citrus, some biscuity malts.

The taste is of citrus/fruit, slight taste of honey, dry hoppy finish.

Light and crisp feel, very lively carbonation.

Easy drinker. This is a very interesting beer, I could definately have a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 17:51:33 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of iceball585

New York

4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Light golden color, semi-clear, one finger thick fluffy head that faded slowly, lots of tiny bubbles rising

S- Light citrusy hops, pale malts, sugary, grapefruit, bready

T- Pale malts, biscuits, grassy, earthy, citrus, rice, herbal hops

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, chewy, sweet, slight oily finish

D- Worth trying

Nice light sweet flavor and great auroma to match. You definitely need to give this one a try if you haven't already.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 23:23:30 | More by iceball585


4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint glass. Best before March 2010. The words "bock lager" are on the label as well as 7% ABV.

A: An average size, foamy, white head diminishes into a ring around the glass and some floating islands. The body has medium value and leans more toward orange than yellow. Slightly hazy. No lacing.

S: There is a strong malt presence of sweet toasted grains, straw and a touch of caramel. Light hops of grass and pine.

T: Light alcohol comes through slightly plus flavors of green apple & corn. There is an oaky character to this brew that leaves a small vinous impression. Lightly sweet and lightly bitter.

M: Full mouthfeel (given the style), creamy texture and a perfectly fizzy effervescence. Crispy clean on the palate.

D: I'm not really a pilsner guy but this is an awesome pilsner. And it drinks really well. Would work well as an introductory brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 14:36:07 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Photo of Jarod


4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by dated: 08/04

Poured a crystal clear mix of gold and straw colors, with super carbonated dancing bubbles that lasted to the last sip in the glass. The head was thick and compact composed mostly of tiny tightly packed bubbles and after a semi-vigorous pour about 1 ½ inches high. It was off white/cream colored and the surface was sticky and sheet like. The head lasted to the last taste and was creamy on the tongue. There was light lace present, spotty in some places. The aroma was fairly light, crisp, fresh and at times on the sweet side, only down side was that at times hardly noticeable after it sat for some time. I nosed a mix of grassy, citrus and floral hops through out some malt and a bready yeast in the finish. The tastes were more pronounced and seemed to only blend and mellow as the temperature rose. Flavors of hops (spicy, floral, and citrus) all were very pronounced as well as fresh cut grass, along with those flavors, a light leafy presence was noticeable in the mid swallow and it finished with a sweet bread and yeasty taste as it finished. The aftertaste was mostly of dry hop leafs. Which gave it a semi dry finish that was left in the mouth. I would say that it was medium bodied. All and all a refreshing, clean beer that when first tried was a little on the dry side but as the temp. rose it mellowed and seemed to become less dry and more on the watery side. One thing I did notice was that the alcohol content of this beer was very sneaky, no presence in the taste, but will hit you after a few. Side note from the bottle and nice was that on the bottom there was a nice coating of yeast, probably not a beer that could be cellared for a long time, but I am sure it would improve more with a few months. A fine example of an American styled pilsner beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2004 00:29:52 | More by Jarod
Photo of scruffwhor


4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this in a Heavy Seas 12-pack sampler at Kahn's in Indianapolis.

Appearance- Pours a mix between bright and slightly hazy, maybe even banana skin colored yellow with good pilsy carbonation. A little concentric lacing helps this suped up pils even more. Good head and an even film for sipping.

Smell- Light carameled malts swim with alcoholic fruits and some crystal malt dry yet sweetness at the end.

Taste- Starts with hints of murky sweetness. But its a palbablley dry sweetness. Hints of caramel and sweet toasted bread mix with light fruit liquer.

Mouthfeel- A little dry but very cohesie with foods. Went well with both leftover roast beef and chicken panini with rice.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 03:15:43 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of argock


4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass

A: Beautiful golden with foamy off-white head

S: Citrusy hops with yeast, earthy malt aroma

T: Malt backs this excellent flavorful brew, but there is plenty of spicy hops to balance the earthiness

M: Carbonation is even and the body is very substantial. Aftertaste is malty without being overly sweet or astringent

D: Another exceptional creation of Clipper City -- well balanced, great mouthfeel, and thoughtfully presented. A very underrrated beer and brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 01:33:35 | More by argock
Photo of canoehornpoint


4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep gold to light brown. Little to no head. Spicy hop aroma migngled with malt. Definately a pils, noble German hops dominate but not overpowering, nicely balanced. Starts and finishes clean, feels nice on the palate. Very drinkable. I should buy this for my macro friends who sometimes get daring and are willing to experiment.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 01:11:52 | More by canoehornpoint
Photo of scoobybrew


4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - super clear with the exception of some bottle conditioning yeast, thick tall head that settles into a clinging lace

S - European-like floral hop with pilsner/pale malts supporting

T - moderately strong Euro-hop flavor from the start to the crisp finish, which has a moderate bitterness; malt is strong but doesn't overpower the hop flavor; yeast is clean and free of esters or phenols; amazingly alcohol is barely detectable for its strength

M - medium body, moderately high carbonation

D - This is probably one of the better imperial pilsners that I've had. It's incredibly well balanced for an extreme beer. Typically the malt overpowers the hops flavors or (less typically) the hops are very strong and the malt can't support it. It's also very clean and the alcohol is very sneaky. Well done - I'd have a couple if I didn't know how strong it was.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 00:50:51 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of rajendra82


4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow appearance was very attractive due to a high clarity, active carbonation, and a one finger thick classic looking head. The aroma was less cleanly hoppy than a regular Pilsner, and had hints of tropical fruits creeping in, which although attractive, don’t normally belong in the style. The taste was sweet and minerally-dry with more than a hint of spicy noble hops. The mouthfeel was silky smooth, and flawless. The 7.5% alcohol was masterfully hidden. Hidden behind what, I can’t tell. The only thing that slightly hindering high drinkability was the sweetness that got a little heavy handed. I am glad these are available here in Georgia now, as I can see going to this well quite often to quench my thirst.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2005 01:07:03 | More by rajendra82
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