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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mcallister on 02-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 432 |  Reviews: 186
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear gold in color, with a big two-inch head of white foam,
Aroma-Piney hop note, pilsner malt
Taste-bready pilsner malt, nice dose of piney hops, well-balanced and sessionable. A fine match for tacos or bacon wrapped shrimp.

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of match1112
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear as a bell - nice, clean honey gold with a finger of snow white head that shrinks but still retains and produces some lacing.

Fresh and approachable. Clean, wet grass hops and light malts. When I read "imperial pilsner" I was dreading something like Odell's double pils, but, clocking in at only 5.6% this one makes a lot more sense to me.

The first thing that comes to mind after the first sip is juniper. Not juniper berry... it tastes like you're transplanting an upright juniper in early spring. Very refreshing.

This is a perfect addition to this beer camp series - the other beers are just a bit too cloying to session and this offered a much appreciated break in the action.

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4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours straw with a medium white head, nice retention, some lace.

S: Real nice malt and straw, quite malty, bready notes.

T: Good Saaz like notes. Grassy, earthy flavours. Direct and tasty.

M: Medium-bodied, very crisp carbonation, very well made.

O: The bottle says 5.6%. In my opinion this is a true pils, not Imperial as the bottle says. This is quite a good beer and well made.

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3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer 1 of 4 in my quest to review all four in the mixed pack tonight. 12 oz bottle poured into Pilsener glass . Bottled June 17th (if my Julian math is correct).

A - Pours a totally transparent straw color. The thin, bubbly head fizzles to a halo almost instantaneously. Some lacing, but not much.

S - Blend of spicy Noble hops, lemon peel, and German malts; bread and corn flakes. Has a bit of a sugar character to it as well, but this is merely a backdrop for all of the other aromas. Complex blend of smells that melds really well and makes me anticipate the first sip.

T - Initially has a sweet corn flavor that is met with all the spicy hops of the aroma. Malt bill is diverse with that classic German Pilsener flavor. The spicy floral hops linger on the palate after each sip.

M - Medium body with tingly carbonation. Somewhat dry on the tongue.

O - This is not a style I typically drink, but I was very impressed. The flavor is complex and very well put together. No out of place or "off" flavors I usually find in pilseners. I had the lowest expectations of the four in the series, but if the others are this good, I will be a happy camper.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Rich gold with large white head which leaves sticky lacing.

Smell: Much more citrusy and tropical than any Pilsner should be (not a bad thing). Some light hay like graininess. The crazy hop smell dissipates a little quickly, and then it smells more like a standard Pils.

Taste: Typical Pilsner malt backbone of apple, straw and hay. The hops are a great counterpoint, with a little of the more American tropical flavor, but also some more spicy and floral German hop flavor.

Feel: More medium bodied, sticky and resinous than a standard Pils. High carbonation and a dry finish, but not as dry as the best Pilsners.

Overall: Interesting off-style take on the Pilsner. Quite delicious, but the Sticke Pilsner name should have used for the variety pack release. Imperial Pilsner is just stupid, as there is nothing Imperial about this. On the other hand, the Oatmeal Stout from the same pack is 9% and not labeled Imperial. Epic fail for Sierra Nevada marketing.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date decoded from the Julian dating: June 16, 2012 at 3:07 in the afternoon.

Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours golden with a tall white head that dissipates slowly, leaving a thin cap atop the beer. There are plentiful tiny bubbles visible in the beer. Some lacing gets left behind on the glass. The beer smells of grain and grassy hops. The taste follows the nose. The beer has a nice pilsner malt profile that is bready and mildly sweet. That is balanced well by the hops that are floral and grassy in flavor. Those hop and malt flavors really play well together even more as the beer warms. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is dry and crisp. The drinkability is very high. This is a solid pils. It is an excellent beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden straw color with a healthy finger and a half of head that dissipates quickly. The nose is grassy and yeasty. The flavor is that if a traditional pilsner. The malt is forward and there are some subtle hop notes as well. The finish is semi-dry. This is a solid pils, but I am unsure what makes it an imperial, as nothing is amped up in any apparent way.

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3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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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Sticke Pilsner - Beer Camp #43 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial Pilsner) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 432 ratings
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