Experimental Hop Pilsner | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Experimental Hop PilsnerExperimental Hop Pilsner
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Experimental Hop PilsnerExperimental Hop Pilsner

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

Style: German Pilsener

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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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of Beaver13
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours slightly hazy straw yellow with a medium frothy white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet straw malt with a little fruit and grassy hops.

The flavor is sweet grainy malts with some fruit and a noble hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a nice pils - a bit on the sweet and fruity side.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The brew pours a clear golden amber color with a one finger head of foam. The head fades relatively quickly to leave light lacing on the sides of the glass .
Smell - The aroma is a nice mix of floral and herbal hops with some cracker and bready smells as well. Along with those aromas comes some yeast and some light citrus, producing a very inviting aroma overall.
Taste - The taste begins with a bready and cracker flavor mixed with some of the citrus fruit that was in the nose. The cracker dies out as the taste advances with the bready and fruit being met with some caramel and hop. The hop start out as citrus upfront, but are joined by hop flavors of grass and herb later. In the end one is left with a rather pleasent moderately hopped sweet, yet crisp taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel - The body of the brew is crisp but somewhat chewy, producing a rather nice media for the hop, cracker, bread, and sweeter flavors of the brew to be appreciated.
Overall - This was a very flavorful, and easy drinking brew with a crisp yet "Thicker" feel while only clocking in at 5.5%. Quite tasty!!

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Photo of schoolboy
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Here comes a pilsiner that is a little something extra but still true to the style. A winner.

It pours pale yellow with medium sized bubbles that continuously refresh from the bottom. The aroma is appropriately of finishing hops - well balanced aroma. The taste is slightly bitter from hops, yet sweet enough. Again, a great balance. The aftertaste is extra bitter and slightly biting, from great hops. A very satisfying pils.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of nodder
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of slhuggy
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of teromous
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottom of the can: "PKGD 010918C12:28"

Appearance: The body is a pale amber color with just a light bit of haze. There is a lot of visible carbonation flowing to a short white cap that has very good retention.

Aroma: When smelling the empty can there is a nice aroma that comes from freshly processed hops. The glass dissipates a lot of the aroma. There is a touch of what smells like cereal grain and just a hint of what smells like a noble, herbal hop aroma. It's about average for what you would expect.

Taste: Up front there is a very nice herbal hop flavor that has a bit of a cedar character. Towards the finish it picks up a bit of a peppermint character which is interesting. While drinking the beer it starts to pick up more of that "fresh hop" flavor that is a bit earthy and raw.

Mouthfeel: It is crisp in the beginning and middle of the beer. The end contains a strong bitter finish that has a bit of rasp. It has a light body and very good carbonation. While the beer does have a crisp beginning and middle, it just doesn't feel clean overall.

Overall: The beer could use more aroma and it could be a bit cleaner feeling. Otherwise the beer has good flavor, the bitterness is enough to satisfy any hop lover, and it looks great in a glass. I am on the fence with this beer because it does have some redeeming qualities but it just doesn't feel complete. It's one of those beers that you could pick up and enjoy but it isn't good enough to prompt me to buy it again.

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Photo of StArnoldFan
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Unreal. Best Pilsner I’ve had in awhile.

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Photo of Tone
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of floral hops, slight citrus hops, pale malt, hint of spice (nutmeg), hint of alcohol, and a hint of piney hops. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation an elevated bitterness. Tastes of slight citrus hops, pale malt, hint of alcohol, hop resin, and a hint of piney hops. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and blend.

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Photo of Beejay
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy yellow with a small white head.

S: Herbal with lemon flavor and honey. And also a touch of noble hops.

T: Grassy, with some herbal character, and a sweet light honey flavor in the finish. Some light grapefruit, and a touch of stone fruit.

M: Medium light, with fairly aggressive carbonation.

O: Overall an interesting tweek on the style. The honey flavor is perhaps a bit too pronounced for the style, but I do like the interesting twist.

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Photo of morimech
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Squire
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light gold color with small white cap.

Aroma waifs in as if riding on a Early Spring Breeze carrying the scents of soft citrus tree blossoms touched with fresh Honeysuckle flowers. Smells simply divine.

Oh man, I was liking everything about this beer until I tasted it. Aw com'on guys, this isn't a Pilsner, it's a Session Ale under another name and an undeserved one at that. The actual hop flavor is strongly piney/herbal in that West Coast style that solidly smashes flat the beautiful aroma like a heavy asphalt steam roller. Then like an angry bull circling for another charge there is just enough time to notice the malt is actually like the brewer suggests, mildly rich and slightly honeyish, before herbal bitter hops are back like a tide and that's the end of it.

Medium full texture with balancing carbonation.

It's like I ordered chocolate cake and was served something different being told it was "the restaurant's interpretation of chocolate cake being lovingly created in the traditions of chocolate cake displaying the robust richness of chocolate cake in the restaurant's unique way of presenting this extraordinary desert" at which point I interrupt to say this is mocha. Yes sir, it's mocha. Well I ordered chocolate not coffee take it back. I'm just glad I didn't buy a six pack of this Pilsner labeled product under the mistaken belief I was getting something like, say, a Pilsner.

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Photo of jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear yellow with a massive white head that dissipates quickly leaving minimal lacing. The aroma is lemony with a bit of grass. Flavor is sweet citrus with a hint of noble hops. Great carbonation for a crisp feel. Overall a pleasant beer.

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Photo of Allurex
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stignacious
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of krome
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrMindbender
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spikester
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold with four fingers of white head. Rings of lace as the head descends.
Smell is noble hops with cracker malts.
Taste is herbal noble hops with cracker malts.
Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. The finish is lightly bitter and soft.
Overall an easy drinking Pilsner.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a pale gold with a large head. The aroma is crisp but also resinous, with black pepper, cumin, lemon peel, sesame seed, melon rind, and a hint of pine and cannabis. The flavor bitter for a pilsner, with black pepper, black tea, pine, and a coarse wood characteristic. The mouthfeel is light with solid carbonation and minor astringency. Overall while in is an interesting beer, it seems to stretch the pilsner style, and I am not sure I love the result.

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Photo of rangerred
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Tucquan
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2018-02-27 in Bolingbrook, IL from a 12oz canned on 2018-01-08

A - perfectly clear yellow with a three finger white head

S - Nice dose of Pilsner malt, floral and noble spice

T - Lightly bready, noble and grassy spice, light touch of citrus and pine, moderate bitterness. Fairly dry.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation.

O - Very enjoyable. Will have again.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gotta say I think this was the best of the bunch. There was a Saturday last week that was the last nice day of weather we would have for awhile, so I knew it was time to crack the pilsner while golfing on the front 9. Pours a very light color, looks pilsner appropriate with its straw yellow appearance and good degree of clarity, soft white 1/2" head. Aroma hit the lemon/lime Neomexicanus vibe.

Taste is more of that lemon-lime thing from the hops. Mildly bitter. Low malt content. This one lets the hop shine, and it does seem most appropriate for lighter bodied beers in comparison to the ipa/dipa. Its just wave after wave of lemon and lime on top of a pilsner cracker body.

I would totally bang these in the summer. Better than Summerfest.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; 1+ finger pillowy white head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: very nice aroma - pilsner malt comes through well; grassy, a bit of spice, some lemon as well;

T: pilsner malt and grass from start to finish; honey and lemon come out toward the end; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: a solid pilsner with a bit of a different twist;

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale golden color, looks like the beer I recall my father drinking waaay back when. A solid, white head that sticks around for the party. No pronounced aroma, just beery. Ah, the taste is where things start coming together...it has stepped beyond the ordinary. A quick bite of pine and citrus spice notes which fades to a mild and pleasant bitterness. We think the beer has a 'foreign' , taste, such as when you take in a local beer in a far-off land. A very nicely made lager.

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Photo of calebc10410
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Experimental Hop Pilsner from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 59 ratings