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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: farHillsBrewer on 03-12-2004)
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Photo of secondtooth


3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 14:36:38 | More by secondtooth
Photo of ShootingBull

4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2012 20:18:22 | More by ShootingBull
Photo of metter98

New York

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 01:35:00 | More by metter98
Photo of Theheroguy


3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 17:23:23 | More by Theheroguy
Photo of malloyca

District of Columbia

3.43/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 20:16:16 | More by malloyca
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 01:12:47 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of soulfly1492


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 02:38:28 | More by soulfly1492
Photo of stakem


3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 17:06:50 | More by stakem
Photo of kylehay2004


3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2012 00:09:14 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of BuxMontBeerLover


3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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.


Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 19:35:25 | More by BuxMontBeerLover
Photo of oldirtycaffrey


4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2012 21:00:24 | More by oldirtycaffrey
Photo of mvanaskie13


3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
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

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2012 02:00:20 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of BelgiumBill


3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 17:07:51 | More by BelgiumBill
Photo of Hopfenpeter


3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 02:42:00 | More by Hopfenpeter
Photo of enfield249


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 01:32:37 | More by enfield249
Photo of teromous


2.85/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 20:18:52 | More by teromous
Photo of Mitchster


4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 01:14:25 | More by Mitchster
Photo of jkrich


3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a freshness dated bottle: clear, deep golden with a small, fluffy white head that dissipated quickly; left some nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma was very spicy with nice flowery noble hops and a little fruit.

The entry is malty and a little rough around the edges with a somewhat harsh hop bitterness coming through in the background. A mellow fruity flavor finally settles everything. The small amount of yeast remaining gave a surprising butter taste. All in all, this was flavorful, but it is all over the place with conflicting flavors.

The mouthfeel is rather thick and a little dirty with a solid malty/fruity palate. I was pleased with the restrained carbonation.

One man's Double/Imperial pilsner is another's Helles Bock. There was really nothing about this lager that was pilsner-like. Rather, it tasted like a strong, somewhat coarse, pale bock. At least the bottle label does say in small print it is a bock. While I am certainly enjoying it, I am saddened that Sierra Nevada will no longer brew its Glissade Bock.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 01:42:48 | More by jkrich
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper amber with a good deal of foamy, white head that has great retention. The nose is grassy with lager yeast notes. The flavor is lightly malty with faint bready notes and has a nice grassy finish. There are some alcohol esters and warmth throughout. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

This is a good beer. It's not as bold as some Imperial Pilsners, but it is more forward than your regular pilsner. I don't know that I'd seek this out, but I'd never turn it down.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 00:29:15 | More by tdm168
Photo of riversider76

New York

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

Pours a hazy golden orange with a nice white head. Good retention, and nice laceing. Very nice nose, with citrus hops, and bready malts in the mix. Body is medium with some carbonation. Taste is has an element of malty sweetness, but with a nice balance of hops. Spicy too. Crisp and refreshing, yet packs a punch.Nice!!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 20:02:43 | More by riversider76
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pretty healthy looking pilsner. Super clear and light amber in color with a nice frothy white head. Nose is super subdued with bready malts present as well as earthy hops.

Wow thats good. Amazingly clean with well blended flavors. Crisp and refreshing. Nice sized body. No real malt sweetness but some biscuit like presence which is held together well with some grassy and herbal hops. Nice dry finish. Very very very good.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 04:17:23 | More by jtierney89
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imperial Pilsners have always been an enigma to me. Isn't a pilsner supposed to represent all that is cool and refreshing in the beer world?

I had this on tap over at the Hard Times Cafe in Springfield.

A: Poured a mild, hazy, mandarin orange color with about a finger or so one finger frothy head.

S: I definitely got the pilsener malts upfront along, with a substantial citrus component. Overall, this was not that potent.

T: As with most Imperial pilsners, this wasn't crisp or refreshing in the slightest. I got quite a bit of pepper on the finish, along with a fruit sweetness, which was muted by either thyme or white pepper.

M: Sweet, but not too... thick as hell overall. Okay on the palate with its low carbonation and malt heaviness and the lacing was somewhat ridiculous.

O: This was passable, but I dig traditional pilsners much, much better.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2011 12:28:44 | More by Chaney
Photo of HeavyCsOptician


3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am biased when it comes to pilsners. This is one of my favorite beers here recently. Tried it with some friends over Thanksgiving with mixed reviews.

Appearance is a little golden with a light head.

Smell and taste basically coincide with each other. Sort of a sweet taste and smell which I prefer. Both of the guys who tried it liked it overall but thought it was a little too sweet.

The APV is a little more than what is offered in MS. Therefore this pils packs a small punch. But you would not necessarily know it unless you observe the small print on the label. Not being drenched in an alcohol taste is very appealing to me.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 03:44:23 | More by HeavyCsOptician
Photo of Windigo


3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Does well with my Beer Geeks when they feel like something lighter than the IPAs, stouts and porters they can be given to drinking.

I prefer the lightness of "blonde" pilsners generally over the thicker more syrupy and spicy brews, so this fits my palette like a glove.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 19:50:10 | More by Windigo
Photo of seanwhite


2.73/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: golden color with a small head that fades to lacing.

S: Mild aroma of fresh grain with a bit of sweet/spice.

T: Nice malty sweetness with a subtle bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth with a nice balance. The 7.25% ABV is well hidden

O: An easy drinker to kick back with. A good pilsner with a bit of a kick.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 19:34:00 | More by seanwhite
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