Panzer Imperial Pilsner | Port Brewing

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Panzer Imperial PilsnerPanzer Imperial Pilsner

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Port Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow pour, weird to see a pilsner this cloudy, but the vibrant color and 1" white head with uniform lacing down the side still make for an above average attractiveness in the beer.

Aroma was boozy and hoppy at the same time. The massive amount of noble hops are staggering. Can be quite bitter and astringent at times, I don't think you're supposed to have a pilsner this big. Mouthfeel just a tad too hot for my tastes, neat in concept, but in execution, given its in a bomber, not a repeat purchase.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a style that you find a lot of, so I'd hope that Port delivers on this. Unfortunately, it misses the mark for me. A bit too much booze and not enough character. Drinkable, sure. But the whole thing could be a lot better. One of my least favorite from Port.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head atop. Head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some light lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of bread and grain with some citrus hops, some sweetness, and a touch of pine.

T - Starts off with some sweet grain and bread with some citrus hop and bitterness. Through the middle, some more sweet malt comes through with a touch of pine. The finish is a mix of sweet malt, grain, biscuit, bitterness, and a touch of booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Pretty drinkable. Feels a bit rough and a bit warm. Needed some more flavors to balance out the body and booze.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Lost Abbey
San Marcos, CA

Hazy golden orange and a thin white head. Spots of lace down the glass, though this beer looks heavy, thick, and substantial.

Muted aromas of bread and grain, some alcohol, and a touch of citrus.

Simple bitterness, bread and grain, a mild citrus, and a burning alcohol finish.

Medium to thick bodied. Ample carbonation.

A big, thick, and heavy imperial pilsner. There's nothing here I particularly liked, and I didn't finish my pint, though this is not at all a bad beer.

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Photo of mltobin
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bomber of this while in Mass.

Appearance is a deep yellow with a 1/2 finger head, that leaves some lace after a few sips. It has a smell of sugar, hops, lemon and bread. The taste has grass, hops, lemon and a bit of grapefuit, a sweet beer. MF is light-medium, with moderate carbonation. A good imperial pilsner, which cloacks its` abv well, so be sure to sip.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just popped the top of a stinger of Panzer Pilsner from Port Brewering and poured in to my new fish bowl thick chalice style glass!!! The beer pour a orange cloudy color with very thin white head. The scent carried alcohol and sweetness from an orange peel. The taste is heavy with alcohol and the attempted balance of malt and hop. The body is full making this a big beer. The mouthfeel is slightly downgraded due to teh alcohol. I am glad to have tried it tho.

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Photo of armock
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Downtown Johny Brown in San Diego, CA

A - Poured a golden color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet pale malt with a good bit of hops

T - Follows the nose with sweet malt up front with a bitter hop finish

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - As much as I think this is a dumb style I really do like this beer and most others like it as they liven up a boring beer and add flavor to it this is a very easy to drink beer and ont thats worth getting if you see it around

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Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper color with an average frothy white head that was lasting and produced excellent lacing. Good moderate to heavy earthy leather hop and small malt aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth dry slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy bittersweet flavor with with a moderate to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout beer and best of style I have had.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow pour, somewhat hazy, big white head and lacing. Aroma was heavy on the hops and alcohol for style.

Big bitterness, big hops, warming alcohol on the palate, about the biggest pilsner anything I've ever had, drinks like a hazy yellow ipa with noble hops. Mild sweetness. Dry, astringent at times, can be a nice change in a drinking lineup, as I had been drinking sours and stouts most of the day, this was a nice revitalization.

Would be a very good beer if the alcohol heat was tamed a little bit, but nonetheless, still likeable.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy yellow body, nice 2 finger head, good lacing

S: light malt, biscuit, piney, hint of citrus

T: citrus, malt, boozy action, light spicy finish

M: med/light body, big carbonation

O: Solid beer, I enjoy Port and want to try more.
Quite good; big sipper here.


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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.48/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Port Brewing Panzer Imperial Pilsner 9.5%

A: light orange with some bright amber hues. Good carbonation without much lacing. Not a lot of transparency which, for a pilsner is also a good trait in my opinion.

S: not a lot of huge notes stand out, some dry sweetness, mild citrus hops

T: Nice sweetness to it like buttered cornbread, crisp and refreshing, it is unbelievable that this is a 9.5% beer and the balance is outstanding. The light hops roundout the finish.

M: great mouthfeel, carbonation follows through with a fantastic body, just enough coating for the taste to linger but not enough to be overpowering.

D: This beer already has strong traits throughout and the drinkability is what carries the day, it is scary how drinkable this beer is relative to its high abv. Even its abv aside, it has a great light crispness that could easily replace the average domestic lager any day of the week. Another awesome factor is its affordable price, $6.00 for a bomber of beer that is basically the equivalent of 4 other beers that are likely to be far inferior.

Narrative: She just swerved out into the road, her eyes in the headlights, oh god! WHY DIDN'T I JUST DRIVE THE SPEED LIMIT! Her body laying mangled in the road, do I call the police? No..I..I just cant think! Oh wait, what's my motivation in this scene? "Line?" "Your line is..'life will never be the same again.'" The gravity of this scene just seems to be escaping me, I am just far too relaxed and enjoying thoughts of the beach to be thinking about this old homicide re-enactment seems so petty. "Sorry, just having a tough time focusing on how serious my character should be what with it being such a nice day outside...does anyone else notice that light breeze?" "Jennings, you need to focus we have to shoot this while we still have the light, now pull it together." Deep down I know there's a serious situation but I am too busy enjoying this moment to care.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

445th review on BA
bottle to pilsner

App- This is what I always hoped a pilsner would look like.. It's a fading orange to yellow with a two and a 1/2 finger head. Very slow receding as well.

Smell- Very wheat like with a lot of sugary malts. Its got a subltey sweet characteristic and is pretty aromatic and balanced.

Taste- This has a huge taste for a fizzy yellow beer as some would say. It's got a kind-of spicy, malty taste with a little bit of booze on the back. A little bit of lemon peel as well.

Mouth- Medium bodied and a medium carbonation to it. A very malty aftertaste.

Drink- This was a nice beer. Tasty and flavorful and pretty balanced. A bit of a leaner to the malty side. I might not come back to this one. Was a bit thick for me in terms of style.

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Photo of farrago
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Totally out of control head easily fills half the glass with an average pour, just off-white with a loose construction, you really feel it pop against your lips as you sip, more hills and vales than dimpling, lacing all but completely slides down the glass sides. Lightly filmy yellow to orange colored liquid, achieves a full translucent depth, few bubbles visible but they are large and move slowly. The nose retains that pretzel dough, crusty quality with salt and pepper notes, however, more raw herbaceous bite than might be expected, peat and earth, then dried orange and lemon peels, briefly passing peach and apple scents, stiff and penetrating, allows few moments to relax. Full-bodied with a plush and creamy mouth feel, the carbonation is sneaky in how it covers ground cheek to cheek to add further fluff. At first much sweeter than the nose might suggest, grapefruit and orange as much pulp as zest. Aided and abetted by pine sap then appears milk chocolate and some pressed flowers. Apple, peach, apricot fruit competent, still, gets successively drier towards the finish. Offers less yeast, dough, bread than in the nose, maybe it’s the dryness. Keeps the hoppy bite while avoiding bitterness. Just leaves you feeling it’s more of a DIPA than anything else. That said, it’s fun albeit more “interesting” than mindlessly enjoyable.

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Photo of meeekyh
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

In order to celebrate the completion of a semester I got this beer. From a 22oz into a belled beer glass.

The beer is a very pale golden and mostly clear with a fluffy white head.

Smells are tangy citrus and not much else while cold.

Taste is tart and alcoholic with a sweetness. I am not too surprised considering the 9.5% ABV but I miss winner Imperial Pilsners like DFH's Golden Shower and the first round of the Morimoto from Rogue. This one is OK though.

Carbonation is high and mouthfeel is on the light side of medium. Finish is dry.

I would rate drinkability as high in spite of the alcoholic taste as the balance is good and the finish is clean.

Overall this is a good beer and a decent IP. I may never find another I truly love but I will keep looking.

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Photo of BumpkinBrewer
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into two shaker pints

A - Pours a hazy yellow, like a hefeweizen. A thick creamy white head sits on top with an abundance of frothy lacing.

S - Malty, biscuity with a bit of lemon peel rounded out with grassy hops

T - Complex maltiness in the front and bitter on the back end with the grassy/spiciness of the hops coming through in between. Tthe booze is also prevalent.

M - light to medium bodied with high carbonation

O - Good beer but will probably wait till next year to drink again

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4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on 3/17/11 in a Pilsen glass. Egg yellow color. Foggy almost opaque body. Headed with a very dense, close & lasting foam. Thick layer, yellowish center & lemon yellow circle. Subtle malty but intense hoppy aroma, kind perfumed. Heavy & dry bitterness all over - feel the chains of a Panzer tank rolling on your tongue. The aftertaste keeps the dry bitterness but refreshing flavor. Excellent drinkability no matter alcohol level.

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Photo of aknight
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 22oz bomber into a Bruery tulip. Pours with a big white head which quickly dissipates leaving a lovely honey gold colored beer. The smell is sweet with noticeable hop bitterness on the nose. The taste is a nice balance of malt and hop with the hops slightly outpacing the malt. The alcohol is very noticeable on the first sip and lingers briefly. This is a well carbonated beer, pleasantly so and has a sort of creamy mouthfeel to it.

Panzer is a nice change of pace from an IPA or DIPA. It's a pleasant beer but after finishing it I kind of wish I would have grabbed a Mongo instead.

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Photo of hickmancase
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from Total Wine poured into Samuel Adams perfect pint.

A: Very slight haze in a thick looking fizzy yellow. Thick, three finger, sticky head.

S: At first not much. Didn't really start smelling until about halfway through the glass.

T: Hoppy. Astringent. Imperial pils or double IPA? Unique deliciousness. Where's the 9.5% ABV?

M: Good carbonation considering the huge head. Still made me burp though. Sticky thickness.

D: Nice beer to have again. Went well with my burrito from Juan Pollo. Would have went better if it didn't make such a huge contribution to my indigestion.

Like Pliny.


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Photo of maximum12
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to stormking47 for providing me with two months worth of hops in a single box. That's service!

Poured with great anticipation, as everything light & bunny fluffy from Port trips my Tigger. Screamingly carbonated, the dual dumps into our New Holland glasses foam like boiling Mac & Cheese. Wait for it. Smell is pale malts, fresh bread, green growing grass. Only the far-off whiff of metal inhibits the pleasure.

Panzer Imperial Pilsner reminds me of Sam Adams Noble Pils...a lot, with a little more hop bite. A very hop forward imperial guy; hops of the earthy, bitter, pine box, & grapefruit variety entertain the palate. Alcohol is more present than any pils, royalty or no, that I've ever sampled, leaving moonshine on the breath. Sweet spiciness, almost rye-like, envelopes the senses on the back end, mingling with the leavings of hop bitterness.

Honestly, I didn't think I was too wild about this, but my left hand won't stop lunging for the glass. Fall crispness, hyperactive carbonation, smoothness, all conspire to lure me back again. At 9.5% this would be a blackly dangerous beer to find on tap with keys jingling in your pocket.

Very good beer, highlighted by the drinkability of water after a 40 mile bike ride. Port? Any time you want to branch out to Minnesota, & bring your hops with you, I'm game. Thanks.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #46 (Nov 2010):

A lively pour that induces a very thick, white foam head. Hazy gold that drops bright as the beer warms. Fresh, dank hops in the nose with plenty of floral notes. Smooth. Creamy. Up front bite of alcohol, heat and spice. Bready, biscuity malts. Sugary sweet. Suggestions of honey. Fruity; apples, tropical. Hoppy, bitter and assertive with decent doses of citrus, herbal and resins. Coarseness and astringency. Bone-dry, bitter finish with alcohol fumes on the breath. Perhaps a bit too hot and sweet, and could use some cleaning up, but other than that, it is what it is ... a big American Pils, brewed like a tank, hopped-up and ready to kick your ass.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy straw/light orange color. Nice fluffy white head with excellent retention.

Smell: Not much of an aroma here. Slightly grassy and grainy, with a hint of bitterness.

Tatse: Wow, this packs a punch (guess that's why they named it Panzer?). One of those things where there's not a whole lot going on, but you get distracted nonetheless. It has some hops and spice and lots of grasses. But after that, it gets... not quite skunky, but that's the closest single word I can think of. More like Panzer fuel dumped on weeds in the frozen Russian tundra. That, and some bitterness (and later some alcohol alcohol) persists through the finish & aftertaste. The more that I drink it, that skunky flavor also reminds me a bit of barnyard funk.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Somewhat grainy.

Drinkability: Strong alcohol? Yes, but manageable. However, combined with the flavor it is a bit much.

While there are some good things going on here, the bad parts become way too much and way too soon. Thankfully I'm fixing some food, so hopefully I can manage to finish this bottle.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First beer of the night on Christmas eve. Paired with a salad at dinner. Served in a pilsner glass. Pours with a very light yellow golden body, and lots of carbonation. Heavy white head forms atop the glass. Smell was very malty and bready. Taste was on the hoppy side for a pilsner. Also, this beer had a very clean and crisp taste, which I enjoyed. Mouthfeel was smooth and the drinkablility was easy. Surprised to see an abv of 9.5% on the bottle - dangerous; would never guess that. Highly drinkable and high in alcohol might be an interesting combination.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Port Brewing Panzer Imperial Pilsner, 22 oz. bomber

Pale yellow/golden coloration, intensive carbonation, huge, billowy, lace leaving head.

Grainy aroma, sharp, and slightly skunky. Hops show up and smother that, but overall I'm not crazy about it.

Taste: hoppy and spicy at first sip, then lean and smooth. But a sharp, pungent, cat pee-like flavor continues to rise up in the profile. Not terribly pleasant. Getting a little rough in the throat, and then it's soft going down. A schizophrenic bottle, this one.

Another sip, some skunk and funk rises up, then the slightly rough malt rolls over, and it's mostly smooth going down. The alcohol gets in the way of drinkability, and smoothness. Light bodied, short finish.

I can feel the buzz already (9.5%!) at the end of this bomber (duh!), and the lack of redeeming flavors fails to make this the imperial pilsner to make me like imperial pilsners.

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Photo of soze47
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found some great, recently bottle Port offerings at a local shop. Was happy to try them out as I am usually afraid to spring for brews who had lost their pop.

Appearance: Honey orange in color. Very vibrant. A lot of carbonation initially, but the body catches up and slows down their speed progressively while I enjoy.

Aroma: Very bready, with almost a yeasty tang to the nose. Raw dough-like with some herbal qualities. Not sure what to think.

Taste: Malty for sure, but not sweet. The hops do a good job of providing a herbal and spicy quality to a secondary taste. For a 9.5, there is a low amount of pure heat to this, but I can see how it may boost the spiciness.

Mouthfeel: This is thick and malty, but it is not cloying. For such a malt heavy beverage, the high carbonation keeps this from being cloying.

Drinkability: Somewhat high for the ABV. I guess that is a testament to this hard to define style. This is a heavy beer by all accounts that goes down lighter than it should.

Overall: This beer is a bastard. It is a little too big to play in a realistic sandbox. Pilsners are light and bubbly by nature. Simply put, it tried a little too hard and got a powerful, not unpleasant tasting result. This, however, is not a pilsner in any way, shape or form.

Here is my 33 Beers Wheel Chart (5 high to 1 low):
Alcohol/Solvent: 3.5
Dark Fruit: 2
Citrus Fruit: 2
Hoppy (pine): 2
Floral: 3
Spicy: 4
Herbal: 3.5
Malty: 4
Toffee: 2
Burnt: 1
Sweet: 2
Sour: 1
Bitter: 3
Astringent: 1
Body: 3.5
Linger: 3

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, citrus, light caramelized malts and some lager yeast.

T: The taste starts out with a strong bite of alcohol followed quickly by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Next comes a strong hops bitterness that tempers some as the beer sits. Then some bready flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character come in and provide a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's a decent beer but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

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