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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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rising carbonation bubbles in a medium yellow body, with soapy head. Good dirty Blonde yeasty aroma.Citrus taste, good Ibu, smooth, dry finish. I liked it as only a minority of saaz/mineraly element (in fact, Magnum, Crystal and Pacifica hops) and despite fresh assertive carbonation,

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: single finger head with poor retention on a perfectly clear bright golden body. beautiful beer.

S: the pale malts and grains are very evident from the time you open this one up. some lemon peel and light candy sugar.

T: heavy on the grains and pale malts but its not too musty or sour. Very full flavored and only semi sweet. Little citrus but enough to add some character.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: not bad for the style. The imperial part I guess is more for the fullness to the flavor as the ABV still is pretty low.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with some slight herbal flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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 BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The full and bright flavor of pilsner malt is on full display and decorated with the floral spiciness of some unsung hop varieties in Beer Camp #43.

The beer opens with a beautiful glowing gold color with strong carbonation. A frothy white cap situtates itself on the beer with an understated confidence, patient retention, and random lacing. There's nothing that's amiss in the eyeball test.

Bright malt aromas are partly of malt and partly of fresh barley grains, but both are accompanied by strong floral hop notes of honeysuckle with lemon and apple complexities.

Its medium sweet taste showcases pilsner malt flavor well with underlying flavors of freshly kilned barley, baking bread, and powdered sugar. With a little more sweetness than I expect from the style, it takes a firmer hop taste to balance. Smooth bitterness finishes the beer crisply and cleanly, but offer the taste of spicy pepper and straw to start.

Medium bodied, the beer's residual sweetness and associated weight seems more like bohemian Czech pilsners, but with its clean crispness and slight minerally textures the beer finishes decidedly dry and warm.

This imperial pilsner does little to promote its "imperial" moniker but is a fine German-style lager that's not as crisp or hoppy as more popular ones like Bitburger or Spaten Premium.

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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 Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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 zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, straw yellow color with golden highlights. It had a one-finger, white head of foam that left sudsy trails of lace.

S - It smelled floral with some bready notes.

T - Caramel and bread crust with a sweet backbone. There is a spicy bite of bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied beer with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice pilsener, but I expected more from a Best of Beer Camp brew.

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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 superspak
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, bottled 6/16/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some light spotty lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, bread, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, straw, cracker, and light earth. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance. Taste of lemon zest, bread, pepper, pine, herbal, floral, grass, light grapefruit, cracker, and light earth. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pepper, bread, pine, herbal, grass, and light earth on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of hop flavors; with a nice malt backbone as well. No cloying flavors at all; very clean and fairly dry. Medium carbonation and body; with a crisp and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn good Pilsner. Nice flavor balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. Really enjoyed this.

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Photo of nickfl
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves light lace.

S - Herbal hops with lots of bready malt and earthy honey in the background.

T - Bready malt up front with some pungent hops. Honey and more bread in the middle with a finish of musty hops, strong bitterness, and lingering herbal notes.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - I don't know quite how a 5.6% pilsner is "imperial" but it works pretty well as a standard pils. The hop character may be a bit more pronounced than in some others but other than that it is pretty average. The malt is decent up font but has a grainy note that doesnt work well as it lingers on the palate. Good, but not great.

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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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Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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 russpowell
4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an effervescent gold with 3 fingers of ivory colored head. Great lacing & average head retention

S: Grassy & bready notes,

T: Grapefruity notes mix with crackery notes, lemons, some sweet bready notes up front, plus a touch of dryness. Herbal hops mix with citrus, along with dryness. Crisp, dry finish

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, good balance

This is a great German Pils, the star of the variety pack IMO

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice golden color with a soapy white head on top decent retention with some pretty nice lacing.

S: Some earthy/mineral aromas, light grassy hops, and some biscuity malt.

T: Pretty tasty, a nice amount of hops in this one. Very grassy and floral and some light apple/pear going on. Pale malt mixes in nicely.

M: Light to medium bodied, very crisp and easy drinking. Moderate carbonation.

O: Surprised it was only 5.6% for an "Imperial" Pils, but it doesn't really bother me at all.

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

On-tap at Taps Brea

This beer was brewed by the Taps brewing team at Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp. It's a pils that makes (generous) use of New Zealand hop varieties.

A: The pour is clear golden straw in color with a couple of fingers of white head.

S: A very nice citrus hop aroma is immediately noticeable. Big time lemon and lemon zest with some nice grapefruit. A bit of a pale malt aroma, perhaps some pine, and a little bit of yeast.

T: Starts off with an almost candied lemon flavor. A hint of soap along with the intense citrus flavors. A fair amount of pine which gives a nice bitterness to the beer. Mild bread and pale malts.

M: Medium in body and perhaps low-medium in carbonation.

O: At first I thought this was some random German beer they had as a guest tap, but this was quite nice. Taps stepping it up with three pretty solid lagers on this trip.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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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Photo of woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a recent trip to The Foodery (Northern Liberties) to load up on CANs for outstanding debts. I am not huge on bottles, but this and the IPA were enticing.

From the bottle: "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."

My pour created a beer that could have easily gone in a TV commercial from the 1950's or 1960's! It had a big (two-plus fingers) off-white head with great retention and a deep golden-yellow color that would have made King Midas sit up and take notice. The NE-quality clarity and abundance of CO2 bubbles would make Greg Koch scoff and call me a "sissy", but I will take that sobriquet if this is what I get to drink in return. Nose was, ahem, pungent with grassy hops. Mouthfeel was medium with an initial oily slickness on the tongue to get the hops rolling. Finish was dry and grassy and pleasantly hoppy.

I am a self-avowed hophead and for a long time, I eschewed lagers in favor of AIPAs until my FerMentor, Lew Bryson, turned me onto (especially) Czech Pilseners. Since then, I know a good one when I taste it and this was just the ticket. I assume that It will be a limited release, so you might consider trying it before it is gone.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer appears light golden and transparent with a half inch of foamy, white head. The aroma brings some bready malts, German lager scents, floral hops. Clean and easy drinking. I'm a big fan of this style. The beer leads with malt and finishes with some bitterness from the hops. Earthy tones in both the aroma and flavor come to life as the beer is allowed to warm a bit. Tastes a bit like Saaz hops. Well balanced and flavorful. Light to medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of tdm168
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - bright yellow with some carbonation rising to the top and a thick, dense, white head with great retention

S - grainy, spicy, herbal

T - grainy, spicy, herbal, a bit grassy, a hint of lemon

M - medium bodied, warm, smooth, well carbonated

This is a decent, easy to drink beer. The hop character keeps things interesting though it's a bit spicier than most Pilsners. It's also a bit grainy but nonetheless, it's definitely worth a try.

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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 Billolick
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle purchased as single from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. No freshness or bottling info.

Pours super clear and light straw in color. Off white head stays at about the half a finger level. leaves some thicker strands and bits of lacing.

Lemony nose with some honey, grass and malt.

More lemon on the palate, with a moderate helping of tea infused hops.

Light body wise, with moderate crispness and snap.

Ehhh, not really doing a lot for me. Would work as a warm weather brew to wash down a meal. But beyond that not really anything special going on here.

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Photo of jwc215
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a thin fizzy white head. A bit of lacing slides down the glass.

The smell is floral/grassy with grainy malt. It is slightly aspiriny and musty.

The taste is dry - hops have a floral/herbal character. The malt gives a honey-ish sweet and nutty backbone. Well-balanced. Very refreshing.

It is smooth, and on the fuller side of light-bodied. Crisp.

An "Imperial" taste with a relatively moderate abv, this is a nicely balanced brew. Another winner from SN!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Duff27
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Sticke Pilsner - Beer Camp #43 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Pilsner) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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