Sticke Pilsner - Beer Camp #43 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Pilsner)
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sticke Pilsner - Beer Camp #43 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Pilsner)Sticke Pilsner - Beer Camp #43 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Pilsner)
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German Pilsner
3.8 | pDev: 10.53%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Sticke Pilsner - Beer Camp #43 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Pilsner)Sticke Pilsner - Beer Camp #43 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Pilsner)
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Reviews: 186 | Ratings: 432
Photo of bierdeflanders
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

S: very floral, citrus notes in the background

A: golden color

T: very hoppy pilsner lots of grapefruit/citrus notes with a mild bitterness

M: full clean body with good amount of carbonation

O: decent pilsner would have liked more floral hop character.

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Photo of gpogo
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Clear golden yellow body and a white foam cap of head. Constant stream of bubbles.

A- Clean malt light grassy hops.

T- Grainy sweet malt with a light bitterness that comes through more and sticks around in the finish. Not much in the way of hop flavor.

M- Medium body and smooth with an appropriate level of carbonation.

D- It's not bad, but there are better pilsners out there.

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Photo of Cresant
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured this 12 oz. into a Samuel Adams glass. 2012 Beer Camp release (from notes). The body was straw colored and clear. The head was thin and bright white.

The smell was grainy. Hay. Sulfur. Skunky in a good, noble hops way. Subtle aromas.

The taste was intense noble hops! bold and grainy. Really leafy and fresh.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied and carbonated. Very good.

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Photo of isualum12
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer....
I have had this beer for the second time this month and have really enjoyed it both times. This is easy one of the best pilsner I have had.

Look very light yellow glow in color. Low head with spider legs.
Smell is slightly fresh fruit or floral.
Taste iss refreshing.

Feel is classic pils.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

At 5.6% ABV, it's hard to call this an Imperial Pils, but I see that it's elsewhere been called the Sierra Nevada Sticke Pils. In any case, this is the 2012 Beer Camp #43 beer, which my bottle entitles "Imperial Pilsner". Purchased from Leura Cellars.

Pours a clear and pale yellow colour, with an initially rocky and foamy head of white, that settles down to some faint webbing and a mess of lace. Carbonation is fine and refined, leaving lovely silk gossamer threads of bubbles running through the centre of the beer. Overall, it's a pretty suitable look for a pilsener.

Nose is clean and fresh, but with an aroma that reminds me just how use to (and perhaps spoiled by) New Zealand pilseners I am. This is a leafy, clean but slightly vegetative European aroma (despite the fact that the label mentions Crystal and Pacifica as the hops), mixed with a pleasant clean malt tinged with a slight crystal sweetness. That's something of a surprise, and perhaps it's here that the extra body, or the "imperial" of the name is borne. It's decent enough, but I really expect something punchy and bold from an "Imperial", ABV notwithstanding.

Taste is very pleasant: clean malt character flecked with slight grainy overtones, balanced with a very crisply delivered whack of hop bitterness. Faint astringency towards the back, almost a suggestion of higher alcohol, with a lingering, dancing, volatile floral note on the finish. Indeed, on the aftertaste is a pleasant uptilt in sweetness: it gives a slight sherbet sugar character that mingles nicely with the residual hop oils to provide a crisp, bright ending. Very nice stuff.

Feel is light, fresh and pleasant, I wouldn't expect anything else from Sierra Nevada.

Overall, despite my worries about the aroma, this is a damn-good beer. It's clean, crisp, remarkably drinkable and very, very refreshing. Ignore the "Imperial" in the title though, and take this as just a damn-good Pils.

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Photo of Gmann
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden straw color, slight haze, with a pure white head that left some nice soapy lacing on the pils glass.

The aroma is weak, some grassy hops with a nice peppery spice. Perhaps a touch of honey from the malt.

The taste is bright. A crackery malt with a hint of honey. There seems to be a slight lemony note which is a bit odd for a pils. The hop flavor is light and grassy with some pepper notes. Could be a notch stronger.

Moderate feel with crisp carbonation. A bit sweet for the style and doesn't finish as clean as it should, some lingering sweetness. Needs a bit more hoppy bitterness. Drinks very well though.

I am a little torn on this one. As a true pils, it misses some marks. However it has a wonderful bright flavor to it and is quite drinkable.

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

"Packing a big hop-forward punch and bright crisp finish, this golden pilsner features a hearty dose of "sticky" resinous Crystal and Pacifica dry hops, which balance the light-bodied yet complex malt backbone." Beer Camp #43 2012. Available in bottles as part of the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2012 mix pack as well as on tap at select locations.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Pint Glass. Served north of 46º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a thick frothy cream white head with thin spotty lacing over a slightly golden yellow body with high clarity. Very light carbonation, surprisingly low for any pilsner. Surface cover is consistent and retention is slightly above average- the beer is largely inviting. 4

(Smell) Aromas are very similar to my impressions of a German-style Pilsener. Clean crystal malt with a mild citrusy hop profile and some resinous grassy blends mesh together well. The hop presence isn't as forward as I had expected from the label but of what is here, it's bright and lively. A touch of honey and some lesser acidic notes are also present. Altogether it's a bright and enjoyable aroma- there are certainly no major flaws to be had here. 3.75

(Taste) A nice biscuity german malt, mild peppery spice and lightly toasted caramel blend create some mild body and sweetness. It isn't much unlike other German Pilsener options, although the sweetness is a little more forward. The beer is in very nice balance with substantial hop bitterness- the sweetness ultimately still comes out on top. A resinous piney hop finish is certainly a notable quality- whereas most other options are grassy and floral, this one certainly tastes resinous, lemon citrusy slightly herbal in spots, but it is a welcome variation for this style and works with the flavors. Despite coming out slightly sweet and short a notch on hop bitterness, the flavors are all enjoyable and the beer is highly drinkable. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Mildly peppery with a touch of sweetness and herb on the mild drying finish. Carbonation is a bit shallow for the style, very low participating relaxed crispness. Body is medium+ for the style and light+ overall. Alcohol presence is low. Again, the carbonation should be more spritely for the style regardless of how the recipe varies- this one is a bit muted in intensity. 3.25

(Overall) Some less common hop choices makes this a more interesting Pilsener recipe for the craft beer crowd, and I was able to pull out a few distinct hop notes that I don't often think of. Whether they were intentional or not doesn't matter, as they worked quite well for the beer. Despite a minor issue in balance (it was a touch sweet, which slightly hampered drinkability) and a less-than-energetic mouthfeel, I was pleasantly surprised by this first edition in the Beer Camp variety pack. Should you find this in a store, it's still good, so it's worth a try. 3.75

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company's
Beer Camp #43 2012: Imperial Pilsner

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Photo of spinrsx
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint on Tap at Cigar City Tampa FL for 5$

Appearance - Slightly hazy yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, noble hops, lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts and hops. There is also some noble hops and some lemon zest and some grassy notes. It also has a breadiness to it and a hint of ginger. It ends with a floral grainy aftertaste.

Overall – Quite refreshing and very drinkable, Sierra Nevada rarely disappoints. Not something I'd rush out to buy again, but still glad I tried.

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Photo of Briken
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden straw colored with moderate white head with good retention. Earthy, floral aroma with light citrus. Balanced sweetness with a bright, sticky floral bittering and light biscuit flavors. Moderate pilsner and hop linger. Crisp but slightly heavy feel.

I really think this is quite a heavy beer but the flavor is easy going and fairly complex. Even though it’s a low abv imperial, I really couldn’t drink more than 1 of these at a time.

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

Clear dark gold colour with a small, white head. Fair to poor head retention.

Sweet pilsner malt with an interesting herbal hop character. Nice.

Sweet malt with almost honey notes. Moderate bitterness. Light herbal character. Okay.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Crisp.

A nice beer but nothing particularly special.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color pilsner with a nice big white head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of light hoppy fruity notes with light floral malt base. Taste is also dominated by loads of some light floral malt base with some medium residual sugar notes and some light dry hoppy notes with light fruity undertones. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well brewed though not imperial in any way.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and bright, pale hay color. Great bubbling, great head and residual foam. A little lacing too. This is a great looking pilsner!

Floral and grassy hop aroma dominate with some hay, unmalted barley, and lightly toasted water cracker backbone.

Bitter flower petals and some earthy grass hop bite grabs the tongue right away. The middle let some of the light cracker and hay like malt flavors mix with hops. The overall flavor and feel of this beer is crisp, bitter, bright, and refreshing. If you like hoppy pilsners, this beer is for you.

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Photo of Duff27
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent dark yellow/light orange color. Small but sense white head. Cap and collar stick around throughout. Sticky lacing.

Cereal grains with a bunch of bright citrus hops.

Hops shine right through the weak malt backbone. Light bitter follow-through. Drinks about its stated ABV.

Lower but biting, crisp carbonation. Medium to medium-low mouthfeel.

Very drinkable/refreshing. Not sure where they get "imperial" from bring only 5.6%abv but enjoyed nonetheless. Thanks egrace84!

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Photo of Mojo
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into pilsner flute

This beer pours up an extremely pale straw, absolutely clear, with a nice fluffy white head, and some lacing left over. Not much on the nose really. I mostly got a mild note of oranges. The taste was also pretty mild with some bitterness on the finish, but not a lot. Mouthfeel may be the best part as it is loaded with stinging carbonation. Not bad really, although it is quite mild.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks just like pils with a well retained head. Straw and white.

Std aromas of grains and malt.

Taste is Different. Major malt mid palate flavours and just like a pilsner but much much bigger. Alcohol well hidden but a warmth to palate.

Mouthfeel very medium bodied, carbonation moderate.

Nice example of style.

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Photo of wspscott
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass

A: Straw color and crystal clear, topped with a pure white creamy head, almost sparkles when held up to the window, I love the way a pils looks.
S: Floral and sweet like honey with an underlying resinous quality
T: Aggressive bitterness that quickly fades to sweet pils malt with a lingering sense of hops. There are definitely a lot of hops here, but I wish there was more flavor of hops vs. mostly bitterness.
M: Very crisp, high level of carbonation
O: An excellent pils, very well made and incredibly easy to drink. I'm not sure what makes this "imperial" given the 5.6% alcohol level, but I am not complaining. Probably the best beer in the Beer Camp 12 pack, but that may say more about me than the beer :) Worth trying.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows biscuity and grainy malt along with a lot of noble-like hops characters. Very Czech pilsner-ish.
Similar flavours. Bready, grainy, cardboard-like malt and spicy, grassy hops. Finishes with a bold, slightly metallic bitterness.
Good moderately high carbonation.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

seems strange to call a beer an imperial at under 6% abv, but what the hell do i know? the pour is a dusty pale straw color, with a short bone white head on top. the nose is really floral hops, dry hopped for sure thie beer is, nice and fresh and bitter. i was worried by the smell that itd be a hop bomb, because you could just barely smell the pilsener malt underneath the hops, but the flavor quelled my fears (not that i was worried exactly). the german malts definitely came out in the taste, up front, summery and light, but also hearty enough to stand up to the hops, which arent as intense as in the nose, but still quite robust for the style. alcohol is invisible. again, not sure what makes this an imperial, but i liked it a lot. it was plenty drinkable with a barely medium body and really bubbly carbonation. overall a nice beer, nothing too too standout about it, but a gracefully hopped german pils.

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Photo of MrKennedy
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to mulder1010, into a Brooklyn tulip.

Light golden colour, really compact white bubbles on top that lace as it falls gradually froma height of a couple of fingers. A little bit of haze, but otherwise good clarity. Very nice looking beer.

Smells sweet, a little herbal hop presence, very clean and clear. Some grass as well. Nice and well defined.

Taste follows on from the smell, herbal hop flavour and some sweet malt backing it. Enough there and not over the top. Seems typical for Sierra Nevada, good beer done well.

Not a huge body, nor should it at 5.6% ABV. Seems to suit the flavour profile pretty well. Hop bitterness is decent early and it gets sweet at the end but avoids becoming cloying.

Nice fun beer to drink. Just like every other Sierra Nevada beer i've had, it has no real faults, very good all round and worth getting. One of the better Imperial Pilsners i've stumbled upon.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found an imperial pilsner in my parent's fridge so I figured why not

A- a crisp straw yellow with rapid carbonation bursting towards a frothy head of white foam. The white foam is very thick and hearty

S- a grassy hop scent with a bit of grainy presence as well. Even slightly sweet with a little herbal component

T- a complete grassy taste combined with some sweet malt flavor that is very carbonated throughout the tasting. Pretty thick with flavor and a sticky dry aftertaste

M- carbonated and actually thick with flavor for a pilsner

O- certainly is not prima pils but this is still a full flavored pilsner that has good flavor. Good grass notes on this sticky pilsner

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A crisp clear looking beer that is yellow and bubbly. The head is white and large but fades quickly to some simple suds.

The smell is of fresh malts with hints of a grassy earthiness. Simple clean and almost understated, I'm not entirely sure what makes this anything more then a pilsner.

Taste like the nose and look is clean crisp and satisfying. The lightly toasted grains are sweet and pie toy balanced with a light hop spice. Simple and perfect just like a German pils should be.

Mouthfeel has a great sharp carbonation that nicely balances the sweetness of the malts. This is a tasty brew but not much of an imperial. Very worth checking out if your a fan of a good drinking pils.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a clean golden pour with a finger of head which quickly diminished. decent retention, visible carbonation, no lacing.
smells of lemongrass, jasmine flowers (hmm), honey, bready yeast.
slightly grassy hop flavor up front followed by a slightly bitter earth/dirt flavor. a nice sweet malt profile, quite a bready taste on the finish.
light body leaning towards a medium mouthfeel.. slightly creamy with a medium amount of carbonation, yet still goes down very easy and has a crisp finish.

not a bad beer, very refreshing.. but the least favorite of the beer camp box so far. also, i feel like the abv should be higher for this to be an imperial pilsner..

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Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into my Russian river glass. Clear and golden in color with a half inch of bubbly foam filling the top of the glass. Nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a crisp fruit and herbal, peppery hop character to it. It's got some sweet graininess to it as well. Pretty flavorful and balanced and probably one of the better smelling imperial versions of the style I've had.

The taste follows through with more of a bold European hop presence with a herbal peppery flavor up front and a little bitter citrus rind in the finish. The sweet graininess is a little more reserved in it, but it's still noticeable along with some crisp fruits. It feels a little less balanced than the aroma though with the hops overshadowing the other flavors some.

Feels heavy for the style, but it is an imperial version so ill cut it some slack. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, a pretty decent beer. I don't typically think this is a style that works well when it gets "imperialized", but this one was pretty good. They managed to still keep it relatively crisp easy drinking and pretty well balanced. Pretty good overall.

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Photo of danieelol
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Porters Northwood. Great little shop, btw.

Pours a clear yellow, just textbook lager. Fine head/lacing.

Smells a textbook lager smell- lots of grain. Then there's some punchy citrus behind that. Leaves me thinking of SA Noble Pils.

Taste is, again, citrussy grain. Has a nice malty orangy flavour which I associate with both Boston Lager and Noble Pils, so I presume it's the lager yeast working its magic again. Is pretty much balanced between bitter and sweet- not particularly dry but balanced.

Mouthfeel does reveal a bit of residual sugar which does hint at the "Imperial" nature of the Pilsener.

Not sure of the IBUs on this one but to be honest I wouldn't mind another 10 or so just to really dry you out at the end. Pilseners are a man's beer! Especially ones whose "Imperial" claim is as spurious as this 5.6% lager's is.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

The conclusion to my experience with this year's variety pack. it pours a clear straw topped by a couple o' fingers of white foam. The nose comprises grass, rice, light wheat, and a kiss of biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a general metallic sense, but one that somehow doesn't lead this to taste poorly. I am actually in mild awe of this fact. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this is the weakest in the pack, but it's a surprising not-terrible imperial pilsner. Not bad.

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Sticke Pilsner - Beer Camp #43 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Pilsner) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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