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)

Brewed by:
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 argock
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Bottled on date 2168 stamped/lasered on bottleneck. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlotteville, VA).

A: Clear honey golden with 2-finger frothy off-white head with average retention and some thin lace forms.

S: Bready maltiness with some crackery aromas mix with herbal and noble-ish hops character.

T: Bready maltiness with clean malt and light grain character is finished with crisp herbal hoppiness. No alcohol flavor and just a nice clean lager with a bit more heavy maltiness.

M: Borders on overly heavy but low carbonation for a lager does give an interesting feel. Body is clearly heavier without higher ABV which is nice.

O: A nice lager that I wish felt a little lighter but still it brings clean lager flavor with a slightly stronger kiss of hops.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a crisp clear light golden/yellow with a nice inch+ of near white head, superior lacing. Solid retention.

S - Slightly sweet malt profile, bready. Grassy hops and an overall crispness.

T - Fairly intense for a pilsner. A classic pilsner for the most part but sierra definitely added a little extra for the hop lovers. Clean, crisp, grassy, and even slightly resinous/grainy

M - Light and refreshing, very drinkable, moderate/appropriate carbonation.

O - Very crisp, clean, easy drinking with a little bit of a bitter kick

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Bier Thirty... Poured into my slim tulip... very nice sticky white head... the brew is bright clear yellow... good spotty lacing.

Nose is pretty much a standard German pils but with a bit amped up hoppiness... very floral... doughy pils malt aromas.

Flavor mirrors the nose perfectly... crisp and balanced more toward the hoppy side of things... Very clean.

Body may be a touch high... but what do I know? Carbonation seems right on track.

I would by 6'ers of this one over damn near any micro lager any day.


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Photo of ToddT
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear pale straw topped with a thin off white head which leaves some spotty lace on the glass.

S- Clean, crisp floral hop notes and not too much else going on.

T- Notes of floral hops balanced out with a backbone of malt. Crisp and clean just like a pilsener should be and with a slightly bitter final note of hops.

M- Light in body and well carbonated, this is a refreshing summer beer, and very clean.

O- Good summer beer and a great representation of the style, I would never have guessed that it was 6.0% ABV even though it is an imperial, the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of Kromes
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A crystal clear yellow/straw color with a thin soapy head and a bit of lacing down the glass. There is a very strong resiny, floral and pine hop aroma coming off the beer with a toasted malt aroma way in the background. Has a very different taste than what the aroma suggests. There is a nice delicate resin, floral and pine hop flavor along with a sweet toasted malt. From the smell you would expect a huge hop flavor, but it is rather nice and tame. Light bodied and low carbonation make this beer very sessionable. When I was thinking Pilsener and I first tasted this beer, it put me off a little. But having a few sips, you get to become accustom to the delicate, albiet strong, hop flavors.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the recent Beer Camp mixed twelve pack. the box was dated 6/26/12 so this is about a month and a half old. Bright yellow color, clear, looks like a pils to me. Aroma is fruity, cereal, fruity pebbles cereal. Crisp feel to it. Flavor is fruity with a grainy finish that is so damn reminiscent of a bowl of cereal. This is a solid pils and one I would probably buy regularly if it was their summer offering or something.

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

Part of a SN Beer Camp 2012 12 pack, served chilled in a SN Pint glass

A - pours a clear golden yellow with 3 fingers of puffy white head that has some staying power, slowly fading to a thin lacing

S - barley and hops, a little bit of sweetness, and maltyness in the end

T - good balance of malt and hops, not too sweet

M - a little thick, not to "sticky," very refreshing. No hint of alcohol, little carbonation, very smooth.

O - For me, this was a great example of a pilsner, great for a summer night. My second tasting of this year's Beer Camp definitely does not disappoint.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
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 Proteus93
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very clear and clean blonde topped with a billowing white head that leaves sheets of lacing behind... a beautiful pour on a summer day

S + T: A nice balance of graininess with a modest hopping, somewhat grassy on the nose. Some spicy notes are more evident in the flavour.

M + D: Moderate carbonation, not super crisp, but pleasant... about 'just right.' A very clean and easy-drinking beer. If it were not for the alcohol content, I would be very content drinking these all afternoon. Then again, given the alcohol content, I may still be very content drinking these all afternoon.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2012-08-08 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear yellow with a 2-finger head and reasonable lacing.

S - Sourdough bread, light touch of citrus and a hint of hop floral. Not overly enticing.

T - Amplified pils-style flavors of malt, yeast and citrus with a goodly amount of hop bud flavor and bitterness. There's a stale tartness towards the end that I didn't love but this passed as it dried into a fairly citrusy and mildly bitter finish. I like their regular Summerfest Pils better.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Between crisp and creamy.

O - A decent but not extraordinary brew. I liked it but won't seek out more once I finish the rest of the bottles in this pack. I like their Summerfest Pils better.

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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 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 Bendurgin
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug. this one pours a clear golden color with lots of visible carbonation and about two inches of a pillowy white head.

Toasty grains on the nose with a bit of a yeasty background. Some hints on spicy hops in the back ground with a bit of citrus zest lingering. Lots of cracker malt flavors on the pallet with a big bitter finish. Floral notes with a doughy presence.

Medium body with medium soft carbonation. A bit heavier than I would prefer my pils to be.

Overall this one is enjoyable. Certainly a unique hop character. Certainly worth trying.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Recently released as part of SN's 2012 "Beer Camp" craft pack. (Noticed that the abv is 5.60%, not 6.00%)

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Crystal clear straw yellow with a 3/4 finger head of white fizz that disipated rapidly. Decent lacing of the smallest, finest, white bubbles.

S - Minimal aroma of yeast, and spicy hop. A tiny bit of citrus rind. Not much to write home about here; smells like a pilsner.

T - Very rich pilsner taste; Saltine cracker-like malt, and spicy hops up front. Hint of citrus rind in the nose present in the mid-palate. Bit of fresh cut grass in the finish. Extremely well balanced all the way through. Zero "off flavors" of stale yeast/piss that I have previously associated with many pilsners, and the overall flavor has a lot of depth.

M - Nice medium body with lively carbonation. This is where the "imperial" part comes in, as it's "fuller" than any other pils I have had. Impressive.

O - A VERY well put together pils by SN, and it murders their Summerfest. Coming from a guy that really isnt the biggest pilsner fan...I loved it. This honestly might take the title for best "hot day" beer I have sampled.

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Photo of flexabull
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another nice looking Sierra beer. Pours a bright and light gold color with a big bright white head. Good lacing too.

Aromas are spicy, floral, and doughy. Pretty typical pilsner nose.

Taste is grainy, doughy, spicy, with light creamy malt flavors. Finish is crisp, dry, floral and somewhat bitter.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full, on the heavy side, but it works here.

Overall, a pretty good Pils. A bit heavy, but it's certainly quite flavorful.

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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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Sticke Pilsner - Beer Camp #43 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Pilsner) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 432 ratings.
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