Experimental Hop Pilsner | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Experimental Hop PilsnerExperimental Hop Pilsner
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3.81/5
Very Good
115 Ratings
Experimental Hop PilsnerExperimental Hop Pilsner
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,137
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
115
pDev:
8.66%
Bros Score:
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3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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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Photo of Treyliff
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

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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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

Photo of kitekid
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Delicious!

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3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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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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3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zeff80
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Poured out a crystal clear, straw yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of lemongrass, citrus and toasted caramel. Sweet toasted caramel with a citrusy, hop bitterness.

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4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

great beer ... very floral

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

Appearance: Clean golden with a huge white head.

Aroma: Floral and citrus hops. A hint of lemon somehow.

Taste: A tad bitter, this hoppy lager has a nicely light body but plenty of hoppy goodness, with an almost sour lemony hint. Citrus and floral hops dialed up here. Good brew.

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Experimental Hop Pilsner from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 115 ratings