Experimental Hop Pilsner | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Experimental Hop PilsnerExperimental Hop Pilsner
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A new take on the Pilsner style
We got access to two new hops that could change the way we think about adding hop flavor to pilsners. These hops, Nug-033 and Steiner 04190, reflect some of herbal and spicy character of their European predecessors, but with a new twist. Notes of lemongrass and citrus are balanced by a slight honey flavor and a smooth, chamomile-like hop aroma.

Added by Bier82 on 01-27-2018

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Ranking:
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Reviews:
47
Ratings:
127
pDev:
8.66%
 
 
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Photo of jtnord
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of arizcards
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from the Kings Beer & Wine cooler on 5-25-18 for $1.89. Canned on 1-30-18; cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head that has some good hang time.

Nose has hints of grass and noble malts.

Taste is interesting, the malt baseline is a traditional Euro Pils malts combined nicely with a combo of herbal, floral, and grassy hop characteristics.

Feel is soft as opposed to crisp but that could be attributable to age.

Overall i like the western spin on a traditional European style of beer! Too bad i did not catch this fresh!

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Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of bpkrippner
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of monkist
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Okay now I'm a great fan of the Czech pilsner (and not of the German), and even though the American ones tend to follow the German tradition, they are much more drinkable.
Here we are talking about a craft Pilsner (which is already a good thing) that is made by Sierra (which is even better) and the icing on the cake is that it is a part of the Experimental series, made with these new hops. The end result is a super drinkable, super fresh pilsner with a light body but with full characteristics (not dry), smells really fresh fruity and tastes refreshing and pleasant to drink. To me this was the perfect session pilsner, I could have backed down a couple of more, feels reassuring to know there are two more left in the box. The thord beer from the Experimental Box Set, so far I'm pretty satisfied - but seriously, what else could I be with anything from Sierra?

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Photo of Maillard
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mandpasbury
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Another selection from the Sierra Nevada 12-pack of experimental hop Brews. I am generally not a fan of pilsners, as I find they are a bit boring for me & remind me of the commercially brewed, big beer pilsners. That being said, this was not bad. Very clean and crisp with enough hop flavor in it to keep it from being a traditional Pilsner. It poured a very clear golden yellow color with about 1/2 Finger of white foam head. As is thr case with a lot of pilsners in my opinion, it was light on my palate. I would try this again, but would like to see a stronger hop presence... But then I guess it would be an IPL. Overall pretty good.

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Photo of jak
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IronLover
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful, light golden yellow in color with perfect clarity aside from the tight bubbles swimming to the surface. Poured with a tall, soapy, rocky, bright white foam with very good retention. Clean pilsner malt aroma with light, earthy hop aromas and hints of lemon. Medium bodied with soft, delicate, medium high carbonation and a light, creamy smoothness. Malty flavors up front followed by earthy and lemony notes and hints of bread crust. Medium, mellow, herbal hop bitterness through the middle followed by pilsner malt on the back end. Finished cleanly with herbal and light bitter hoppiness surrounding the light dryness. Hop aroma was a little light. Body, feel, malt character and mellow, herbal hoppiness were fabulous. Smooth, tasty, and easy drinking.

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Photo of white_pony21
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Initial impression from a can:

Grassy. Slightly yogurty. Faint melon. Floral character.

Chamomile? Sure, when I look for it.

Far from traditional, but generally well-executed. This tries to showcase hops, which makes it feel less like a pilsner than an IPL.

Low B- / WORTHY

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Photo of petewheeler
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StJamesGate
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

CAN
Bright gold with puff; grass, melon, and hay; clean grain then grapefruit peel, a hint of pear, and a ton more grass. Snappy with ruthless linger

4 4 4 4.25 4.25

Nug-033 and Steiner 04190

OK, Nug-033 has a name: Triumph. Unfortunately; not much info for that one (Stone says: “dank/onion character mixed with green pepper and lime peel.”). 04190 is “green tea, floral, light pear.” Both seem Noble/good for lager. Sierra’s notes say: “lemongrass and citrus.”
In the event, it’s the “I’m such a pils, brah; not a lager” character than impresses: the body and the bite. A cut above, and maybe the best of the multipack.

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3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12ozcan

Pours goldenccolor with a foamy white head.smells herbal and grassy,with a hint of citrus. Tastes of herbal, grassy andcitrus hops,pilsener Malt, crisp finish.medium-light body and carbonation.

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3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dcall384
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rdoggg
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

12oz can dated 010918. Pours pale straw yellow with moderate white foam. Mostly clear, but relatively turbid compared to Sierra Nevada's baseline. Aroma is mild, with the usual grassy pilsner smell mixed with green apple and an unexpected fruity, melony hop aroma. Flavor has some edge to it. There's definitely some alpha on the middle of my tongue. But the flavor is decidedly pilsner, or at least not IPA/IPL. I do pick up the honey/chamomile profile, and it's a really interesting match with this style.

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3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of adam36
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jtransel
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Experimental Hop Pilsner from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 127 ratings