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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Style:
German Pilsner
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
85
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 10.53%
Reviews:
186
Ratings:
432
From:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  5
Gots
  8
SCORE
85
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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4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Cusquena flute. Fat frothy cap of bright white foam that's constantly fed by countless streams of carbonation. Crazy spiderweb lacing; one of those magical combinations of beer and glass, appearancewise.

Big fresh grainy nose with hearty doses of citrus and grass. Flavorwise, it's got that slightly-rough-around-the-edges quality I love in a good pils. It fluffs up with carbonation into a rather robust brew midswallowy, yet finishes crisp and clean with a nice lingering graininess. Big 1-2 punch of grassy and earthy hop bite, but with a flash of citric juiciness as well. Crisp, bitter, a touch rowdy and delicious; this is pretty much what I'm looking for in a pils. Huge thumbs up. I'd buy this all the time given the opportunity.

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Photo of Brewsed
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of lnashsig
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#BOTG 112! a new one to Houston, SN Beer Camp. One of my favorite releases of the year, looking forward to this one.

Poured from bottle into NB Tulip glass. Pours a crytal clear golden color. Thick white head (about 1/2 a finger) sits on top of a billowing carbonation stream coming up from the bottom of the glass. Great looking beer. Smell- clean grainy pils aroma, some hoppy dank aroma. Overall, just a very clean aroma. Taste- up front some nice buttery and sweet malt flavors. This definitely has a nice malt backbone. Grassy hops, some citrus flavors play later on the finish, maybe a hint of orange peel. Nice dry, crisp finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. This is a super easy drinking and big pils that I could easily pound back on a summer day. Nicely done, I would drink it often and yr round if it was available.

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Photo of bubseymour
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of elec
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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

Poured on-tap and served in a pilsner vase, the beer is a pale, clear, mildly carbonated honey-gold coloring with a thin, sparse, filmy, white coating on the surface. Aromas of toasted grains, a floral hops highlight, and a touch of honey. Flavors are tangy and roasted, with a resiny hops character that keeps it all clean. Grainy, smooth backbone provides a solid, smooth flavor to match the body. Roasted, clean aftertaste. The beer has a smooth, crisp, and clean finish. Easy enough to drink, and light enough to drink a few.

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Photo of duff247
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of DCon
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a mix-12 "Beer Camp" pack of this from Payless Liquors in Fisher, IN for $14.99. Poured one of the 12 FL. OZ. bottles w/ a Blue Label and a Wooden Brew Kettle in a forest into a 16oz Pint Glass. Has 2168206:24 on the front of the bottle neck.

Aroma- Has a BIG German Malt and light corn like sweetness. Noble hops are evident and very clean throughout the whole smelling process. Close to perfect.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that slowly dies. Has a clear yellow colored body with tons of carbonation bubbles shooting to the top. Leaves good lacing behind.

Flavor- Very sweet with crystal malts and noble hops. Rice based? Not sure but seems like it. Smooth and finishes with the lightest bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Bit Creamy, and prickles the tongue with crystal malt.

Overall Impression- An impressive beer for my first one to try of this "Beer Camp" series. Very close to a German Pilsner but had more attribute. Enjoyed thoroughly as my first beer of the night!

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Photo of BryanK
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of tenacioustomato
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of raffy313
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of harrymel
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice and golden with a etched sheet of whites atop. Smells of corn, soft grains, some white grape, a bit of cut grass and a touch of soil. Flavor is plenty grainy, some hints of metal. Lots of fresh alfalfa flavor in there - nice flavor. The metallic flavor cuts into the palate a little more than I'd prefer. Medium bodied with smooth and fine carb and an off dry finish. Nice beer.

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Photo of Whimpers
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of metalgdog
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of RoamingGnome
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pilsner glassware. Served chilled.

A) Nice golden delight, good clarity, visual carbonation. A full finger of fluffy white head settled to a dusting. Nice lacing...

S) MMM.... BEER... Light malt sweetness, herbal, grassy, slightly floral.

T) Follows the nose, but has a little bit of fruit to it. I was thinking apple, maybe some pear. A very clean finish that is just a little bitter and grassy.

M) Light, but not thin at all. Pretty well carbonated. Very crisp and refreshing. Super easy drinking from a mouthfeel standpoint.

O) This is just really good knock em back on the patio beer right here. Think I enjoyed this as much as Home Town Blonde. Perhaps it's time for a side by side... Glad to recommend...

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.8/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 fl. oz. bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on day 168 of 2012 (June 16). 2012 Imperial Pilsner Beer Camp #43. Not sure what is imperial about a 5.6% ABV beer, but I guess we will find out.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful golden body with a decent frothy white head.

Smell: Aroma of citrusy hops. Sweet and sticky.

Taste: Wow! Probably the most citrusy hoppy pilsner I have ever tasted! I guess that is where the imperial label comes from. A lot of taste for such a low ABV lager. Grapefruity, floral flavor. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Appropriately dense, this beer coats the mouth like few, if any other, lagers.

Overall: I love this! What a great example of what an all-star American IPA brewer can do to a lager. As a lover of pale lagers, I wish Sierra Nevada would put out something like this year-round. I would commit to a case a week at least, just in case anyone is reading this...

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Photo of ZAP
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting take on a pislner...almost a west coast style pilsner....hops lend a nice citrus/tropical fruitiness...aroma is more floral and fresh...crackery maltiness that is a perfect back to the hops...never feels big or imperial....just a nice drinking, interesting take on the style....wouldn't mind seeing this in sixers in place of Summerfest...

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Photo of TEKNISHE
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow body, a bit of chill haze, topped by snow white rocky foam. Good dripping lace.

Fresh grass and hay aroma.

Mild soft sweetness. Bitterness builds to a minor bite at the swallow. Fairly crisp.

Smooth light mouthfeel.

Doesn't come off as imperial, but a very enjoyable pils.

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Photo of brotherloco
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Bitterbill
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a medium gold with a 2 finger head of foam and some nice lacing.

Nice notes of lemongrass and caramel malt in the smell. The grass wins out by a smidgeon.

Lemongrass up front, some sweet notes and a bit of spice move in, a light bitterness in the finish, and a brief aftertaste. A good taster.

Light bodied, lightish carbonation, the mouthfeel is on the thin side.

Overall, an enjoyable little "Imperial" Pils.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to standard pint glass

A: Light blonde color with superior clarity. Bubbly with a thick snow white foamy head that just sheets the glass with speckled lace at each sip.

S: Smells of spice hops, pine oil, and signature Pilsner malt. Has a sourdough bread quality to it. Nice and inviting.

T: Taste has a dense honey sweetness with some bread crust and peppery hops. There is a fair amount of grainy pilsner going on but it is smooth and never over bearing. I get a nice spike of bitters near mid palate and pick up some light grass and floral accents too. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden. A real nice Pils. Very drinkable. Almost an APA hybrid.

M: Very light and frothy feel. Smooth with a nice dry crisp finish. Appropriate to style.

D: A great quaff, especially for quenching the thirst in warmer climates. Nice hoppy bite with a distinctive honey sweetness and I found the actual Pilsner malt a little toned down here.
Again closer to an APA hybrid which I enjoyed thoroughly.

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Sticke Pilsner - Beer Camp #43 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Pilsner) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 432 ratings