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

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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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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mcallister on 02-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 186 | Ratings: 432
Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear crisp gold color with bright white head. Skunky earthy hops on the nose, some cereal grain. Big full carbonated mouthfeel. Sweet pale malted grain on the tip of the tongue rolls through to the hop profile which tries to balance things out but grainy buttery sweetness lingers.

The only thing imperial about this is the malt body, other than that hops are standard and abv is even a bit detectable at the measly 5 something abv.

Alright, but not worthy of the name or a second try.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.57/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Acquired as part of a Sierra Nevada beer camp variety 12 pack at the cap n cork in Los Feliz for $19.99 total. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average; the brewery is meh and many beers in the style are underwhelming.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm a bit. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger beige colour head. Thin and of bad retention. Little lacing. No real cream. Body colour is a predictable transparent pale yellow-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. So far so bad.

Sm: Overly hopped for the style; floral character abound. Bland straw barley grains. Hints of butterscotch. Clean malts. A mild to average strength aroma.

T: Overdone floral hopping, with even some bitterness creeping in on the climax. Clean bland malts throughout. Straw and barley lend it no body. Bland, boring, poorly executed. Not at all subtle or complex. Why brew this?

Mf: Dry on the finish, destroying the balance. Smooth and wet for the first two acts. Thin and pathetic. Light presence on the palate.

Dr: Drinkable but bland and boring. Little flavour. A crappy brew all around. Another disappointment from Sierra Nevada. I enjoyed the other beers in this variety pack far more.

Low C-

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Photo of corby112
2.63/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly cloudy, pale golden yellow color with a two finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy, floral hop aroma with resinous pine notes followed by light fruit and a pale malt backbone. Slightly spicy hop presence with straw and straw as well as some apple, bread and biscuit.

Medium bodied with a spicy hop bite up front that's countered by light fruit sweetness, bready yeast and pale malts. Sweeter than expected with a slight metallic presence and a surprising boozy flavor. Some earthy bitterness but it's cut mid palate by sweet fruit, biscuit, pilsnef malt and alcohol. Starts off okay but there's a really unpleasant flavor lingering in the finish that I can't quite put my finger on.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.66/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I grabbed a mixed 6 pack for ticking purposes... This seemed like a worthy tick (at least compared to the interminable dross the shelves held).

Bottle into dimpled mug.

What makes me think of spruce? Floral and spicy hops are quite prominent, and perhaps a touch of mint that reminds me of tea in a strange way...
Very very mild bitterness. Just a light touch of sweetness up front. Little boozy bite in the aftertaste.

Looks good: golden yellow body with a fizzy 2 finger head.

Decent feel, good carbonation level, little oily hop residue lingers.

Overall- looks and feels pretty good... Smells and tastes a little odd. I wouldn't buy this again.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A beer from the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp!

Pours out a bright yellow, with a lot of carbonation and a finger of fluffy, white head.

The aroma is slightly piney with malt and yeast.

The taste is a clean malt build up front and that compliments the piney hops with slight citrus notes even though they're subtle. A decent amount of yeast on the backend and a slight dryness.

The mouthfeel is crisp and the body is light. It's pretty refreshing.

Definitely not the worst Pilsner I have tried, but not the greatest either. Decent for a one-off brew.

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Photo of avalon07
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a big, creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: There was a somewhat faint aroma of hops, malt and citrus, but not much else.

T: Tasted of hops (a middling amount), a hint of citrus, and some malt in the finish. Too thin and watery to be remarkable. Not nearly powerful enough to be called an imperial pilsner.

M: Slightly undercarbonated, with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is one of those underdeveloped beers you come across every so often. Could have been better.

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Photo of mscudder
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint.

A - A crisp and clear gold with a fluffy pale head. I know it is a pilsener but I cannot help but identify the look as a bud light with a fine head. Above average retention.

S - Lemon, grass, wheat, some hops and some bready malts.

T - Starts with big dry hops. Not personally a fan of such a composition, however it does it well. Really weak to be considered "imperial."

M - Light to medium body with a fairly large malt backbone for the style. Carbonation is low for what I anticipated.

O - A pilsener that I really cannot get behind. Granted few have my stamp of personal approval this one is one that will be forgotten in a matter of days.

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Photo of match1112
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: crystal clear bright golden amber body. head was half inch of bright white suds that lost their legs rather fast, no lacing to speak of either.

s: grass, lemon, cereal grains, touch of hops.

t: little citrus up front with a grassy malty body, pretty sweet flavor profile.

m: clean, crisp and thin. good carbonation. little dryness on the finish.

o: meh, good beer just not my thing.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ba Review #226
Served On: 09/26/2012
Glassware: Rolling Rock Pilsner Glass
Labeled ABV: 5.6%
Date/ Code: 2012 Release

Found this at Ye Olde Spirits Shop on 7th St. in Frederick, MD. From the 2012 Best of Beer Camp mixed 12 pack.

Look: Super clear pale yellow. Carbonation level was expectedly high. 1/2 - dinger of white rocky head. Very macro-lagerish appearance.

Smell: Lemon citrus aroma with some wet grass and cardboard. Also some fresh apple skin from the produce isle.

Taste: Hoppy citrus note at first. Then a sweet middle with some biscuit. The finish was fairly dry with the citrus returning along with a bitterness.

This one offered a very light palate, but still kept my interest. The citrus quality seemed to be the main theme of the brew. I can’t say I’m a huge pilsner fan, but this was not too bad. Very reminiscent of Victory's Prima Pills.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a crystal clear golden with moderate carbonation leaving a nice, rather dense white cap, bubbles and medium lacing

S: Light grains and a mixture of floral and grassy notes

T- Ahhh. Upfront is a little bit of cracker with a grassy and floral highlight which thens transitionsinto dry, bittering but muted flavor profile.

M- Light body, a little low on carbonation, fuller mouthfeel but is an "Imperial Pils". A good amount of grass and hop bitterness cling to the palate.

O: Not exactly sure why this is called a "Impy Pils" because stylistically it is closer to a sntdard German Pils of ABV 4.4 to 5.2 but I guess the 5.6 puts it into Impy class. As a traditional German Pils its drinkable indeed but wont be going back to it.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
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 harrymel
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
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 jsanford
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold with a dense white head that settles to a solid cap with sudsy edges. Crisp aromas of toasted grains, doughy malt, herbal hops, and just a touch of sweet corn. Nice flavors of grainy malt, noble hops, and clean Pilsner yeast. Crisp and clean, and very nicely done. Mouthfeel is sharp and crisp, with a medium body and very nice carbonation. Solid Pilsner, but not a style that really blows me away.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours from a 12oz short boy bottle into a pint glass. Emerges kind of dark in color, golden amber with a typically sized, slightly lemon colored head. Aroma is quite typical of the style. Malty and hoppy with caramel and toffee notes as well as a bit of buscuity flavors wafting my way.

I like the flavor here. More hop centric, which I like. Great balance between malt and hops on this one, which works for me. Hops are earthy and noble in quality; subdued yet apparently visible. A nice combination.

Nicely proportioned body. Nothing sticks out yet all remain balanced, which is what the Germans strive for. The mouthfeel was a little thin for me. It was crisp and clean but with the biscuity flavors and aromas, I was hoping for a little more chewiness. It is hard to have both biscuit and dry, clean finish, so maybe this is world class. Who knows. I liked it but wasnt blown away.

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Photo of bierdeflanders
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
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 tlazaroff
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light floral aroma on top of a bed of cereal grain. Not a lot going on the nose. Unlike most pilsner's, for me, this one is less harsh on the nose, so it gets a few extra points there.

Straw yellow in color and perfectly clear. Carbonation bubbles rising to the occasion to support a thin white-out head that laces extremely well down the glass.

Like most pilsners I taste the same flavors: flowers over grain with a touch of grass. A little bit like cheerios, a little bit like potpourri, it's average to me only because there are no real flaws and it's not offensive. Its easy drinking, smooth, light carbonation with a light body. Its really a great summer beer, I just wish I liked the style more than I do.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear golden, translucent, somewhat hazy. Leaves some foam on the top. Ring around the side. Pilsy smell. Taste is light pils, but with a firmer more present hop. Able to maintain the lightness while giving and end kick. Pretty good. Nice twist on a pils style.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw color, almost light-gold in the center; excellent clarity throughout the beer as a load of carbonation bubbles rush to the top where they meet a foamy and frothy white head. Decent lacing, although the retention wasn't much. Lots of malt on the nose at first; sweet pilsner malts, lightly toasted grains, mild bread. As it warms up, there's a very light "creamed corn" aroma that comes out; not vastly unpleasant, but sort of out of place and just "off" a bit. Nice, mellow hop aromas fill in the middle - floral, grassy, and earthy with a signature musty aroma to them. Light notes of lemon zest and fresh citrus brighten up the tail end.

The pilsner malt is heavy in the taste, showing lots of tamed sweetness; bread, grains, barley. The weird corn flavor comes back, maybe even a little bit stronger on the palate. Still isn't enough to make this beer unenjoyable, though, it just has a strange pungency to it. The hops provide a crisp bitterness, chock full of grass, earth, must, and floral notes, complete with a light citrus peel and lemon zestiness that leaves your mouth feeling refreshed after each sip. Bitterness is low, but pretty on-point for this style of beer. Makes itself known without wearing out its welcome - this isn't an IPA, after all. Thin-medium bodied, maybe even a bit heavier than expected, dry and crispy finish with a slick mouth feel and medium carbonation.

I've never really been disappointed by Sierra Nevada, I just wish I wasn't getting that strange corn aroma/flavor. I feel like it shouldn't have been there. That was essentially one of the only things holding this back from being a great pilsner.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big white head settles into a nice long lasting lacing above a clear bright and shiny golden colored beer.

Aroma is kind of light and consisting of floral, pine, and light grassy hops.

A light bitter bite in a light floral, pine, and grassy hops taste.

A light dry aftertaste that holds a light hops with it on this light bodied pils.

This beer has a nice light taste, if you are into big pilsner taste this beer is not for you, I would consider this more of a gateway to pilsners beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass.

A real nice looking body and crystal clear dark honey gold color. Good slow rising carbonation, and pin head size, simple good white shocking head, some retention, real nice looking beer.

Sticky malt smell, light brown sugar, mild earth hop bent. Interesting, almost soda cola sensations. Interesting...

Palate just doesn't hit the right notes. A good body behind this beer with some solid density, but mostly flavorless malts. The taste is all in the afterfinish, mild honey sweetness, good lip smacking coating on the teeth, but the flavors hinted on the nose don't seem to come forward.

Overall, missing much of the malt and grass in the flavor. Just about everything is going right for this beer, except the taste.

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Photo of gatornation
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a clear golden yellow color with a bright whight head that fades fast and leaves no cap or lacing

S-floral hops and baked bread pale malts

T- floral crisp hop notes with pale malts bread and caramel

M- crisp slight hop bitterness low carbonation

O- its average easy to drink with good crisp hops

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Photo of blackcompg
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle from their 2012 beer camp 12ver...

Appearance - Almost 2 fingers of white eggshell sudsy head, body is a perfectly translucent golden yellow straw color, head dissipates quickly and leaves very minimal lacing.

Smell - Big bready aromas, lite pear & apple, crackers, lite white pepper.

Taste - A good complexity of noble hops right off the bat, giving crisp floral and herbal bitterness on the front, slight tart appleskins, a nice bready flavor midsip to balance, then some slight minerals finishing with very dry and bitter hops, and a touch of bitter peach pits, and a dash of white pepper.

Mouthfeel - This has a pretty light, airy and dry mouthfeel, carb is on the higher side and definitely scrubs the palate, with some sharp edges on the sides and back of the tongue, and leaves a bitter dryness at the end of the sip.

Overall - While I personally don't prefer the style, this seems to represent the style extremely well for both flavor and mouthfeel. This would probably go well with heavier, higher fat/carb dishes. I would think this would be a great brew for pils fans.

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Photo of Mdog
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, yellow, ok head at first but poor retention.

Smell: Grassy, standard pilsner.

Taste: Not much different from Summerfest. Bready, grassy hops add a nice crispness. Hint of grape underneath.

Overall: Since the bottle said Imperial Pilsner I was intrigued. I should have looked at the back which says 5.6% ABV, which is by no means Imperial. I suppose as a standard pilsner it fits the bill, but is missing the extra malt flavors of an imperial pilsner.

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Photo of Gmann
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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 mactrail
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yellow and fizzy in an attractive way. Plenty of carbonation and a decent white head. Mellow and interesting with a pleasant balance of malty richness and hoppy bite, but fairly low-key on both counts.

Thoroughly drinkable beer of a not-quite definable style. I suppose with the more generous malt and body this could be an Imperial something. The modest hoppiness is rather nice, given the more exuberant bitterness of some "single" Pilseners. Crackers and grainy flavor, a touch of roasted malt. Some resiny taste from the hops and a pleasing bitter twang for a finish.

From the 12 oz bottle in the annual Beer Camp 12-pack.

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