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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
Photo of mschind
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Loose foamy head with no retention or lacing. Clear light gold color.

S- Grainy malt with a hint of grassy hops.

T- Nice balance of malt sweetness and bitterness. Clean and crisp.

M- This may be where the Imperial label comes in. More body than a regular Pilsner without the aggressive carbonation. Rich and smooth.

O- A good Pilsner. A little more hop complexity would take it to another level.

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Photo of Dat
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of JohnBender
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden yellow with a fomay 3 inch head, some decent sticky lacing.

Smell - Pilsner malts, some light farmhouse/ saison armoas. Hops, some lemon , spices, oranges, and wheat.

Taste - Wheat backbone, with malts and crisp, light hops. Grassy, farmhouse like with spices that add that classic pilnser/pepper flavor. yeast adds some sugars. Alcohol is slighty present, adds a little kick.

Mouthfeel - Still light and easy drinking, tounge gets hops, malts and spices. Palate gets more hops and a little alcohol warth.Aftertaste is crisp, clean and yeasty.

Overall - Nice beer,easy to enjoy and has more kick then standard pilsners. Still at 6% its sessionable and a nice beer to enjoy on a hot day. Worth a drink for sure.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a flute

A: pours a crystal clear light yellow honey color with a small amount of carbonation bubbles working their way to the top to support the fluffy pure white head which has large bubbles and lingers decently before dissipating and leaving spotty lacing on the glass
S: smells pretty spot on for the style, nice floral hop notes but with a wheat back bone which adds some nice depth to it
T: nice grassy hops up front and through the middle, not aggressive just well rounded, finishes out with nice cereal grains which linger nicely on the palate and level out the hop bitterness
M: medium carbonation tingle, nicely frothy which helps to coat the mouth in a nice bitter and dry feeling
O: quite delicious and refreshing, well rounded and what i would consider to be pretty close for the style, a great starting to the beer camp mix pack

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Photo of imbibehour
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
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 TwelveOunces
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Oz bottle poured into a pint

A- Pours crystal clear light yellow with a two finger white head. Lots of visible carbonation. Classic pilsner

S- I get a lot of grain up front. This kind of reminds me of fruit loops. Floral hops. I smell lager yeast, hope im right on that one. A nice clean smelling pilsner.

T- A crispy bitter feel up front. A good hop profile for a pilsner. A lot of floral notes and some citrus. Orange peel and lemon zest. A plain sweet malt backbone. A light grainy flavors. Rather plain but very refreshing.

M- This beer is easy drinking. Has a clean and dry finish. Leaves you refreshed and wanting more.

O- A solid pilsner. I really quite enjoyed it. It's very plain and simple. Also I have no idea why this is called and "Imperial" but I wont complain.

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Photo of peensteen
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly hazy pale blonde colour, about a finger of white head with some lace as well. Smell is mix of hops and grains, earthy and grassy, some lemon rind, a bit a citrus but a nice big balancing malt character. Taste is grainy with some cereal like malt, dry earthy hop flavours, mild bitterness and some grassy citrus in the finish and aftertaste. Medium carbonation, a bit prickly and dry, light-medium body. While this isn't outstanding stuff it drinks wildly fast and is a nice crisp hoppy lager that is the perfect company on a hot afternoon.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Aug. 18, 2012 (picked it up in the 2012 Beer Camp 12-pack for $19.99 at La Mesa BevMo on Aug. 18, 2012). Poured a golden, yellow pale with two full fingers of frothy, white head. Lots of bubbles. Head shrunk very quickly. Above average retention on top, average on sides, good for a pilsner overall.

Surprising got a big whiff of icy, wet, cascade hops up front. Then got corn, wheat, grass, hay and cereal.

Tasted a bit opposite than the smell. Got the pilsner notes first, then lemon grass, wheat, corn, hay and cereal. Bitter finish.

Light body. Thin texture. Below average carbonation. Bitter finish. Crisp and refreshing.

A very good pilsner. Was definitely digging this one.

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Photo of mscudder
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
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 jriggins6
2/5  rDev -47.1%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of pilsner malts with lemon zest and citrus hops with some bread and bit of lager yeast esters.

T - Starts off with a mix of pilsner malts with some lemon zest and citrus hops with a bit of bitterness. Through the middle, a bit more bitterness comes through with some floral hops, some bready malts. The finish is a mix of pilsner malts with lemon zest, citrus hops, a bit of lager esters.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced and finish very nice crisp finish.

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Photo of harrymel
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
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 DCon
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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 TheSevenDuffs
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 2168218 (June 16th). Poured in to Bruery tulip.

A - Pale straw yellow; translucent. Half a finger of white head.

S - Bready malts with a crisp bitter hop presence and floral hop aromas.

T - A big dry hop bitterness and sweet bready malts with a long, dry finish. Some floral and earthy hop flavours.

M - Medium body and very dry. Lots of sticky hop oils. Light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of avalon07
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
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 JohnnyMc
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%
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 BTurn5
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of busterwhite
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow/gold with a thin head and not much lacing.

Smells of malt and yeast with a hint of spiciness from the hops.

Taste follows the nose, malt up front with a bit off hop spiciness on the slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel a little on the thin side of medium but fuller than a normal pilsner.Carbonation is a little prickly and on the high side, but not out of norm for the style.

Overall a tasty pilsner, a little hoppier than most. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours perfectly clear. Body is a bit bolder than your standard Pils. Vibrant orange body as opposed to a blatant yellow. Head grows and dies. Good, thick lacing rings.

S-Honeycomb and Euro hops. Nose is obviously grassy. Malt stresses grain and honey buns. Yeah, this has a bit more bicep than a normal Pils. Balanced reigns supreme. Surprised that this is only 6% (although my bottle says 5.6%) and they have the gusto to call this an Imperial brew.

T-Better than the nose. I could actually argue that the malt dominates the hop here. The malt showcases sweetened cereal and corn bread. The hops are not very diverse. Plentiful amounts of dried grass. Like a lawnmower bag. The maltiness has more to boast about than the hoppiness.

M-Feels bigger than around 6%. Semi-sticky. Medium bubbles. Bitterness surprises me.

O/D-Nice brew. I could tell this would be my personal runt of the recent Beer Camp mixed 12 I tried. Still pretty good though.

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Photo of Hessian257
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Transparent pale-straw body with a big frothy and sticky bone white head.

S- Strong aroma of pilsner malt up front with a slight hop note in the back. Citrus, bread, grass and a herbaceous note are are also present.

T- Strong pilsner malt presence with some hops again in the back. Finishes with a strong malty/bready taste.

M- Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, smooth taste.

O- Hoping for a little more of a hop presence, but this is a good pilsner. Really just tastes like a stronger pilsner, which I guess is exactly was an imperial pils is supposed to be. I would have liked more of a hop punch, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of nkp765
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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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