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Penn 25th Anniversary Imperial PilsnerPenn 25th Anniversary Imperial Pilsner

Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by goblue3509 on 09-04-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by nukem5:
Photo of nukem5
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a creamy golden color with a great foamy cap on top and lots of lacing around glass.

S: Sadley the aroma was not what I expexcted from color a very faint malt presence with a very light citrusy hop note on the back end .

T: Taste is a very light malty presence as well, i had expected a more pronounced malt character but it is ok none the less. Some light hop in back as well same as Smell/Aroma.

M: Mouthfeel is creamy and rich silky smooth nice carbonation level in here.

O: Overall everything works well together and is quite a balance of light flavors and aromas but the feel of this one is really good.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerIsland
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a handsome beer; pale gold, nice head, and ongoing bubbles coming up through a slight haze. There doesn't seem to be much aroma. It tastes very much like a pils with just a tad of alcohol in there. In fact, the most "normal" of any imp pils I've tasted. Unfortunately, aside from the heft, this beer's qualities are somewhat subtle. Still, an impressive package.

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Photo of frenchblood21
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance- Good looking beer. One finger of off-white head. Lacing throughout.

Smell- Very different, grainy with just a hint of lemon. Straw/barn smell at the end.

Taste- Close to the nose, but way more hoppy. Just a hint of other fruit, maybe orange or strawberry.

Mouthfeel- Thicker than a normal pilsner. Leaves a slightly bitter but sweet taste in your mouth.

Overall- I bit of a let down for a 25th anniversary beer. Still very good, but I was hoping for more. Buy some if you see it, but not worth a stop at the brewery.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery a bigger more bitter version of the Kaiser Pils, do we really need that from my favorite German style American be the judge. Still floating around in bottles at 8.00% abv and who knows how many IBUs I'm guessing it's still a bold beautiful golden color with big herbaceous leafy hops and bit grassy bitterness going on. A bit boozey filled my belly with warmth, I did like the extra malt and hop combo that goes with this imperial version. I'm glad I didn't shy away from this beer, does it need some fine tuning of course. Still a bit harsh but I think that most Imperial Pils out there have been for the most part pretty harsh. Sturdy carbonation with slick hop oils and lingering hop bitterness going down with each sip. Overall I'm going to pick up a couple bottles hell at four something a bottle you can't go wrong, definitely still tasting great, I'm sure. Giant Eagle had 22 ounce bottles tonight at least at the Market District in Robinson.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.99/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color, minimal head, does leave some small bits of lacing on the glass as it empties though.

Smell actually has a bit of an onion aroma mixed in with a grassy hop aroma, the onion characteristic is off putting, bit of sweetness likely from the malt.

Taste is fortunately lacking the onion, hops are a bit subdued though for an Imperial Pilsner, their regular Pilsner had a bigger backbone in my book, the sweet malt actually has a stronger presence than even the nose indicated, it does have great carbonation levels with a smooth body.

This one is kind of all over the place, it actually makes me wish BBC still made their Imperial Pilsner since it's a style that is sorely lacking in choice.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very surprised this one doesn't have more reviews! Found at the Shadyside Giant Eagle for $4.99! Score!

A - Looks like a hazy golden color with a half inch of white head. Head is lacy with some stickiness.

S - Smells of strong pilsner malts and mild hop bitterness. Slight biscuit notes as well.

T - I made the mistake of expecting ST "Farmers Tan" and got a strong bit of bitterness from the pilsner malts and just a slight bit of bittering hops with a sweet biscuit like finish. Less hops than expected but it did conceal the ABV well.

M - Medium bodied but by the second glass it was drinking good.

Overall I tend to like sweeter pilsners but this one was a pretty good take of an imperial of the style and it was more like a pilsner than an IPA which was OK.

Far from an expert since this is only the second time I had the style but it was still very drinkable. Nothing to seek out again though.

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Photo of AWS2111
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of foureyedgeek
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of hustlesworth
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- mostly clear golden. just like the kaiser pils (though not quite as clear) and with a more viscous look. loose soapy white head with spotty lace.

S- more balanced and sweetly malty aroma. somewhat akin to a light IPA but not very intense. very floral and grassy and lemony with apple, pear, jasmine, white grape, and sugar cookies.

T- full balanced taste with lasting bitterness. grassy and herbal, lemony, puckering hoppiness, malty sweet flavors are wiped away by the load of hops. finish is long and citric bitter with some cracker like malt. bitterness in the throat puts the zeeee in zesty.

MF- fullER body, but not full bodied.. medium prickly carbonation. astringent. otherwise clean except for the lingering hop oils.

D- i don't know what to think about this beer. over the top hallertau makes this a real pils for hop heads. there's plenty of malt in there but is pretty much drowned out by the green. fresh and tasty and definitely hoppy, but one is enough.

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Photo of gjrey
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.31/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a small malt and a small note of alcohol. In the taste, actually there is not much flavor, just notes of alcohol. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry note of banana in the aftertaste. Lack of flavor/ aftertaste, eh, note worth it.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an A-B flute on 2/28/12

Golden/tangerine in color; dulled like pineapple juice. Rather cloudy, but not on the level of said juice. Two finger, off-white head drifts down slowly to a 1/4th inch layer. Impressive rings of lace.

Aromatically, pilsner malt and toasted grain are in no short supply. There are notes of grass, hints of orange peel, and undertones of herbal hops and dusty yeast. On the whole, the aroma is tame.

The taste is similar in terms of the malt profile, toasty and grainy, and is moderately plump in terms of flavor. The herbal hop notes are ramped up considerable while the orange peel and, to a lesser extent, grass are toned down. Very dry. The latter half finds a harsh bitterness that lingers. Splashes of light fruit as it warms.

Medium-light body with a somewhat crisp feel. Carbonation is vigorous but keeps a rolling cadence instead of a bristling attack. Finishes dry with residual bitterness and grass.

Despite some downsides, I find myself enjoying this beer regardless. Perhaps it's because this suits my nostalgic fancy more than the other Penn bottles I've tried lately. Pretty much average.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Penn 25th Anniversary Imperial Pilsner

Pours a light but murky unfiltered straw with a soapy, frothy foam. Retention is strong, as the inch of fluff stays, and laces rings around the glass in an impressive display.

Aroma of bread and a little grassy, earthy hop notions. Small malt sweetness and a suggestion of alcohol.

In the taste, a balanced pilsner with bready malts and herbal, bitter hops mixing. More or less even balance with a nice bite and a biscuity malt character that provides some sweetness. Still more hops with some oily, grassy tendencies and a touch of citrus. Alcohol is not strong in the taste. Tastes like a pilsner of half the ABV.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, a bit slick, but crisp, carbonation is adequate for the style.

Overall: Essentially an imperial version of the Kaiser Pils, this is a worthy brew to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Penn Brewing. Solid, authentic German beer, but now a flair for the American, extreme side of things.

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Photo of goblue3509
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow color with a one finger white head which gave way to some lace. The aroma was of pilsner malt with a earthy hop smell. The taste has a pilsner malt backbone with a nice floral hop and earthy hop bite. The bite is there but not overly stated. The mouthfeel was moderately carbonated. Overall it was a decent beer but it wasn't a great imperial pilsner. The hop characteristic and balance left me wanting more.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of jzeilinger
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear golden yellow color, a one fingered head that dies down and levels off at a thin, thick, white creamy layer that sticks around, carbonation is gentle and steady.

S - Grassy, slightly earthy, crackery caramel malt, light herbs, and very distant lemons. and slight floral bouquet.

T - Up front is grassy, herbally, and slightly earthy hops with crackery sweet malt underneath. Halfway through, a wave of grapefruit bitterness provides a slight puckering and then rides the rest of the wave all the way to the proverbial bitter end.

M - Medium light body with a "bone dry" finish. The grapefruit and floral bitterness blends and coats the mouth for a long lingering finish.

O - 25th Anniv is a nice tribute to Penn's first 25 years of brewing, fitting since the regular pils is one of their signature beers along with their German brewing influence. For a pilsner style, this beer is crisp, aggressive, and assertive. As the beer slowly warmed, the bitter crispness eroded and the beer became more balanced. When it was colder, the hops definitely took the drivers seat. I'm not a big Pilsner fan but I am enjoying this beer and will be pairing it with Sushi.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Penn 25th Anniversary Imperial Pilsner has a bright, clear, golden body. There are a ton of carbonation bubbles that move quickly the the frothy white head. The bubbles never really slow down, which leads to very good retention and some nice lacing.

The aroma has a lot of floral notes from the hops and a big, pale, sweet malt base as well.

This pilsner starts out with a lot of hops that provide both flavor and bitterness. Lots of earthy flavors and some lemongrass, with perhaps a bit of citrus, but not much. The bitterness is quite biting. The pale malts have a lot of sweetness to them, and are a bit bready. The finish is a bit harsh, with warmth and a little bit of fusel alcohol.

A little warm from the booze, with a big body and a solid amount of carbonation.

This isn't a bad imperial pilsner, despite being a little bit harsh. I think most of the imperial pilsners I've had are harsh though, so that doesn't really set this one apart. Not too bad.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Holy pilsner malts! Sweet and a bit bitter. Maybe some pale and caramel malts in the mix as well. Some alcohol. Some citrus. Definitely some hops, probably where the citrus is coming from.

Appearance: Pale stray in color. Super tall frothy head. Takes forever to dissipate. Good retention, below average lacing.

Flavor: Hardly and sweet, straight to the slightly bitter pilsner malts. Pleasant though.

Mouthfeel: Full to medium body. Very oily upfront, turns a bit dry towards the end from the hops and alcohol. Still has that oily mouthcoating feel to it.

Overall: Not very sweet, but I guess that's the thing with pilsner malts. Hops are good in quantity and flavor

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Photo of jaredtuk
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of NardiByNature
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

“Brewed in celebration of 25 years of craft tradition. Twice the hops and nearly double the malt of our original Penn Pilsner.”

A: Clear and golden with a sticky white head of two-fingers width. Tons of circular lacing, as one would hope for with “twice the hops”. Tight retention that doesn’t quit. Bubbles move slowly up the glass not in streams but individually. The second pour (2/2) from the bottle is much cloudier with some visible sediment.

S: Fresh earthy/grassy hops off the bat and crisp cracker malts; a little of that summer-time-fresh mowed lawn.

T: Starts with floral and aromatic hops, followed by some toasted light malts (toasty) backed up with much earthier hop bitterness.

M: Clean, crisp, Medium-bodied with a long and bitter finish; slightly sweet. This is exceptionally well balanced. With virtually no alcohol taste, this beer is wildly drinkable.

O: Outstanding. I think this is a delicious craft brewed pilsner, and I would challenge (love) someone to find me a better beer in the style. EDIT 12/22/12: Kiwi Rising is amazing, but this is more of a pilsner IMO.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, pale amber color with an immovable white head. Ice cream float-like lacing.

Lemony citrus hops in a pilsner. A little floral, even. Bready malt support. Smells rich, yet brisk.

Sweet and hoppy for an imperial pils. Nutty malts and floral hops with some orange citrus. Some mustiness. Impressive that this is a lager.

Easy-drinking. Eventually becomes a little heady. High carbonation and a medium body.

Great Impy Pils. Better on-tap than my previous experience with the bomber. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of randylangford
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Looneybiz
4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow this beer took me by surprise. By the appearance and smell, I was not expecting the bite that this thing gives ya.

A very nice bitterness that doesnt make you cringe but instead makes ya want to take another sip.

Very enjoyable and I would love to have another one.

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Photo of jeanphony
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of misternebbie
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%

Penn 25th Anniversary Imperial Pilsner from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 25 ratings