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Reviews: 580
Hads: 1,053
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 8.4%
Wants: 22
Gots: 91 | FT: 0
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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 Ford
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a New Belgium tulip glass.

Looks good... nice amberish color.... wow, loads of hops coming through when smelling it... I'm not a big hop head so we'll see...

Taste... yeah... there are hops.. I'm not sure if I have had an imperial pilsner.. are they always this hoppy?

Can't say I'm a huge fan of the taste of this beer... but that could just be the hoppy presence... it's good, just not great to me.

Came with my beer of the month club pack. Glad I tried it... probably won't pick anymore up. (517 characters)

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

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, best before Jan 2013. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange zest, pear, apple, bread, cracker malt, floral, herbal, and light peppery hops. Damn nice aromas with good strength and balance of malt/hop notes. Taste of lemon zest, pear, orange zest, bread, cracker malt, apple, floral, grass, and peppery hops. Good amount of floral citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pear, bread, cracker malt, apple, floral, grass, and peppery hops on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance with good complexity; with a nice malt/hops flavors balance; and zero cloying flavors on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial Pilsner! Great balance of hop/malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,188 characters)

Photo of alexipa
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep yellow-orange with a thick white head that quickly turns to a thin film.

S: Not much scent at all, what is there is dominated by pilsen malts.

T: Lots of clean malt taste, along with strong floral hops. Very bitter all the way through and is lacking a bready quality I'd expect from an imperial pilsner.

M: Very full bodied and smooth, with enough carbonation to keep it from being too heavy. Pretty nice.

O: Drinkable and pretty tasty. Very average example of this style and a little too on the hoppy side for a pilsner. (533 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with Sept 2012 notched out of the label. sampled on January 22, 2013 so that might have impacted my rating.

The color of the pour is light amber to copper with virtually no head and zero lacing.

The aroma is really nothing astonishing but there are pale malts, sugar sweetness, and the vaguest of hop crispiness lingering around the back end.

The body is medium and creamy.

The taste begins sweet and caramel-like but there is a kind of overripe fruitiness in there as well. The bitterness is mild at the end. Maybe a fresher bottle next time will result in a higher grade. (605 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear dark golden yellow with some amber highlights and a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall fluffy off-white head that slowly reduces to a moderate patch of thin film with some smaller patches of large bubbles and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts with some light notes of grassy and floral hops. Light amounts of alcohol can be noted.

T: Light to moderate flavors of bready malts with some light to moderate amounts of grassy and floral hops. There is a light amount of bitterness and some alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth with a touch of chewiness.

O: I wish the beer had a little less ABV - there are some notes of alcohol that I wish were more well hidden. I think this beer could have benefited from a little more hops but it was an enjoyable beer and paired very nicely with Spanish tapas. (1,014 characters)

Photo of mick303
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

7.0 %. Poured into a pilsner glass yielded a surprisingly small head, showed decent lacing though and plentiful carbonation. Colour is a mildly coppery gold.

Aroma - mostly biscuity malt, with some strong noble hop character. Crisp, almond note, some floral notes.

Taste is initially a semisweet fruity malt. Caramel malt, apples, dry citrus as hops come forward. Some roast bitter coffee also. Finish is dry, straw notes, plenty of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is moderate, carbonation is excellent making this refreshing but also slightly heady. Alcohol is a bit forward but incorporated nicely into the beer. Highly drinkable.

A crisp beer with plenty of fruit and fresh hop character. The alcohol can be a bit aggressive at times, but otherwise it's balanced pretty well. A bit of tart sourness also, makes for a really refreshing and surprisingly drinkable imperial pils. Could be a tad more integrated but has a ton of flavour and worth trying for the style. (967 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a tulip glass and got about three fingers of healthy, fluffy foam immediately. I like the lacing that the foam left behind on this one.

Off the top I get a moderate amount of hopping. There is a little bit of english hop and a little flowery.

This beer really tastes like a hoppy ale. You get a decent amount of the hops there, but I don't taste any of the pilsner. I'm not sure if this is a good or bad thing... I guess it just is. There is a lot of flavor there.

I recommend trying this beer out. This is probably a mildly polarizing beer. (569 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Clear golden yellow with two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted several minutes and left a nice film. Nice spotty lacing.

S: Bread and hops. Mild.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. The sweetness is up front and bread notes follow. Bitterness rounds it out.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth.

O: Solid Imperial Pilsner. A pleasure to drink this time of year. (438 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean golden, with thick 3-finger head of off-white carbonation. Beautiful lace.

Nose is grains, typically lager-like. Not bad, not outstanding.

Taste is malty and nearly sweet at first, followed by a tangy, chewy, nearly boozy finish. I get a limited hops presence here.

While this is definitely an "uber-pils", it's not one I'd chase down again. (359 characters)

Photo of ShootingBull
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A = light to medium amber.
S= bready, and a little fruity
T= malty and fruity up front with a slight hoppy bite and dry finish.
M= slightly caramel/syrupy feel, light body.

I thought it was very pleasant and a bit surprising. I'm normally more of a PA or IPA drinker but this pilsner was quite a surprise. A friend of mine likened it to a "light" pale ale. I would drink it again, I think it would be great on a warm summer afternoon to have a couple of these. Unfortunately, those warm afternoons are gone for a few months... (531 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense and fluffy off white head that died down relatively quickly, leaving patches of bubbles on the surface, a thin collar and some lacing down the sides of the glass..
S: There are light to moderate aromas of bready malts and alcohol in the nose along with some hints of floral and grassy hops.
T: In contrast to the smell, flavors of floral and grassy hops outshine the bready malts, but only contribute a light amount of bitterness. There are also hints of alcohol that particularly linger through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth and thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems like it could use more hops and less alcohol in the taste. (823 characters)

Photo of Theheroguy
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Darker than one would expect from the average pilsner but then again this is an UBER PIlS.

The has a nice malt under tone but plenty of hop flavor. There are 6 types of hop in this beer that combine to make a wonderful array of flavors.

The finish on this beer is a bit too dry for my liking (293 characters)

Photo of malloyca
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle, Small Craft is a limpid amber showing steady streams of small, round bubbles. The aroma blends malt, yeast and some hops. This beer has a creamy mouth feel and a sweetness that is not a typical Pilsner flavor profile, and it brings bitter hops, sweet malt and a distinct alcohol note. It leaves a bitter hoppy finish. I don't think that Pilsner is as amenable to the "imperial" treatment as other styles (IPA, stout) and can come off overwrought, so I will tend away from this. (501 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a clear golden-amber color with a thick one finger white head. The head has fantastic retention eventually fading to give nice lacing.

Smell – The smell is bready and sweet. A caramel and toffee sweetness mixed with a biscuit maltiness. There is also a light hoppy aroma as well, although this is very light.

Taste – A smooth bready and doughy flavor meets the tongue. There is a lighter caramel sweetness up front that grows stronger more toward the middle of the taste. In the middle the sweet and bready taste create a rather smooth sweetness. At the end a very light hoppy flavor of an earthy and citrus nature as well as some alcohol flavor comes to combine with the rest of the flavors. While perturbing the smooth taste of the brew, it did bring an element of change and ended up leaving a somewhat pleasing

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was rather creamy with only a light carbonation level. Very nice for the smooth bready flavors of the beer.

Overall – It is a very tasty and soothing brew with some nice sweet bready flavors. One to sit back and enjoy. (1,136 characters)

Photo of soulfly1492
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: High malt aroma, mostly sweet. Lots of pils, maybe some pale and caramel in the mix. Some fruity esters, apricot and orange. Citrus hops, floarl also. Should have good balance in the taste.

Appearance: Light gold. Tons of small to medium sized particles in suspension, evenly distributed. Thin off-white head. Good retention. Some lacing. No sediment left in the bottle.

Taste: Sweet and bitter pilsner malt. Mild yeast helps to counter the malt bitterness. The mild to moderate hops are highly floral.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Nice and creamy. Low carbonation. Finishes about neutral.

Overall: 7% ABV? Well hidden. I could drink this all day. Very smooth considering the bold flavors present. Beautiful balance of malty sweetness and hop bitterness.

Note: Almost a year past the freshness date. The age didn't harm the brew at all. (844 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.09/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. It appears a clear copper color with a white finger of froth. Strings of patchy finger-like lace stick to the glass.

The nose is filled with buttery tones blending with noble hop attributes. A bit of caramel, toffee and herbs fill the middle. A light touch of solvent alcohol comes in from the back.

The taste is sweet with toasty caramel malt that includes some butter and fruity hints. A bit of herbs and earthy pine round things out. I am surprised by the residual sugar here but I guess that goes along somewhat with the imperializing of this style.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. A bit too much residual sugar is in the finish which ruins the expected crispness I look for in this style. Regardless, it is not bad. Worth trying but not particularly something I would buy again. (859 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewery prior to the tour.

A: minimal/thin head on a bright clear golden body.

S: grains, pale malts, fresh cut vegatables.

T: very light funky and mild grassy hop presence on the background of pale malts and grains.

M: light to medium body which isnt quite up to par for the style for me and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: the bitterness is just right and this is a nicely flavorful pils. (417 characters)

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer was included in a Heavy Seas Variety Pack

Poured and enjoyed in a DFH pint glass

A - Beer pours a mostly translucent deep golden color. An impressive two finger, foamy head on the initial pour. Decent lacing.

S - A malty, slightly fruity smell

T - The beer is just what the style implies. A rather aggressive take on the standard pilsner with much more bitterness and more fruit-like sweetness. Nice backbone of malts. The alcohol is present but overall this beer goes down real easy with a nice crisp bite at the end.

M - Medium body. Medium carbonation.

O - Not a style I've ever had before nor am I a huge pilsner fan. But that aside, I enjoyed this beer. Not a style I would necessarily gravitate towards but it was easy drinking and was tasty.

Cheers! (769 characters)

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium dark copper with a 2/3 inch foamy off-white head. LOTS of lacing left along the glass. Smell was bitter, crisp, slight hint of floral hops. Really nice. A delicious beer -- not too bitter, packs a slight punch, perfect amount of carbonation, and a solid finish. Good till the end. This goes down pretty easy, but with it's 7.25% ABV, be careful not to make it a "session" beer! (393 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 2nd street brew house, poured into pint glass, color is gold, head is huge but subsides and clings.

Smell is mild pilsner malt, subtle hops.

Taste is pretty crisp, simple easy malt, pilsner,I think, mild strong crisp hop flavors, something towards saaz but cut off

Mouthfeel is too bitter, I think this might be over hopped, it's not too sweet though which could be why the bitterness is surprising

Overall, easy drinking brew that could be very good need some hop balance (486 characters)

Photo of BelgiumBill
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I treated this beer all wrong by throwing it in the freezer for about an hours to chill it, then poured it into a Guinness pint glass. With that in mind I had nearly no head, just some white bubbly around the edge with a bit of stickiness.

The color was an awesome 24kt gold with hint of copper.

Fragrance was hoppy for a pils, floral, with some sweet malt notes.

Flavors were classic pils just more intense and extracted with added hopiness that lingers and bites for a while. It was much fuller in the mouth than the typical pils - like a light pale ale.

Overall I liked it a lot. Refreshing and the amped up pils was appreciated; Uber pils is a good description. (669 characters)

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was not poured into the proper pils glass, but I honestly do not think it would have made a significant difference. The color is a clear deep gold and there is really not the expected pilsner head, a rather lame one finger high white head, which has not the proper pilsner retention
The smell was only hinting some fruity hops.
Tasting the beer, I was surprised at the sweetness. Fruity hops and a strong malt backbone are in harmony. Finally at the end there is some expected hop bitterness for balance.
Not much carbonation in there for a pilsner. (559 characters)

Photo of enfield249
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours the color of a light pale ale, very light amber, slightly cloudy, with a thick white head.

S - Nobel hop aroma, slight malt smell.

T - It's like a double pilsner, funny that? Twangyness is turned up, and even the hop flavor is higher than you would normally see in a pilsner, but tastes like continental hops.

M - More bitterness than I have ever tasted in a pilsner. I get that bitter feeling right down the middle of my tongue, and slightly on my cheeks.

O - Nice beer, and the first double pils I have ever had. Tasty. (536 characters)

Photo of teromous
2.89/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Burnished gold color, thick and fluffy head with good retention and lacing. It is very transparent and good visible carbonation.

S: Not much smell, just a faint dank hop aroma and lager smell.

T: Very light in flavor, with sparse biscuit notes. Good bitterness, but underwhelming on flavor. Some yeast flavor.

M: Fairly clean. Light bitterness, and light bodied.

O: Overall I thought it was mediocre for an imperial pils. I would have liked a more pronounced malt character. The hops are spot on, and the appearance is nice. I guess I just expected more. I won't be drinking another, because I've had regular craft pilsners with better flavor. (650 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$9.99 for a 6'er at Bevco. No ingredients listed per the bottle or website.
7.0% ABV.

Pours out to a brilliant orange golden, forming a tall peaking whipped meringue-like white head with amazing retention and beautiful lacing, owing to it's brisk carbonation. The aroma is nice and dry with floral hops, most likely Saaz sitting on a delicate pilsner malt background. Suggestion of tea biscuits and orange marmalade. Mouthfeel is spritely with a medium rich body. The taste is very nice...clean, with a well balanced bitterness that doesn't obscure the malt. Even though it is an "uber pils", it is a little sweeter than the style would suggest, but it's still quite a nice beer. Very well made. (696 characters)

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