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 BrownNut
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - 4.0 - Classic pilsner appearance, gold with a thick and very white head of enduring foam. Very active carbonation.

S - 3.5 - A familiar pilsner/light lager aroma with a bit of honey sweet and a hint of hops.

T - 4.0 - Noticeably maltier than a typical pilsner. The honey sweet element from the aroma is there. At the back corners of my tongue there's something on the border between sour and bitter, which is nice. Makes the salivary glands want to squirt a bit.

M - 3.5 - Light, soft, ends slightly dry.

O - 3.5 - Very pleasant and very drinkable. The heightened malt presence and the touch of sweetness would make this a flavorful yet flexible accompaniment with food. Specifically I'm imagining roasted potatoes with a roasted chicken but it's very versatile. It would also be an ideal session lager. You could drink these all night and not get palate fatigue and not give the beer much thought yet each sip would be satisfying and not blend into genericness.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear golden brew with a small head.

S - Grass, white pepper and golden malt - a strong pilsner smell.

T - Grassy, slightly sweet, a strong grainy bitterness which lingers through to the aftertaste. A faint medicinal bitterness joins - really the only bad thing about the flavor. Overall very nice.

M - Smooth, refreshing, thick.

D - Great. Easily drinkable and pleasant. One of the best in the Beer Camp variety. At the reasonable price and premium quality, I will certainly make Beer Camp a mainstay (if it sticks around).

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

Beer Camp #43 Imperial Pilsner pours a beautifully clear, golden color, and atop the brew sits a bigger white head that leaves a good amount of lace. Aromas are spot on, with a sweet pils maltiness meeting slightly spicy hop notes. Crisp and clean, this brew begins slightly sweet with malt and grainy flavors dominating the pallet, and only the barest hint of hop bitterness pulling through the finish. Medium light in both body and carbonation, Beer Camp #43 is a solid brew!


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Photo of micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a pils no doubt.
Clear, golden in color and gentle carbonation. The head is tall and soapy looking.

Aroma finds aromas of pale and pilsner malts with a light spicy hop bouquet.

Taste has a tart lightly lemon feel with some spicy malts and yeast.

Drinks smooth and soft and gently rolls down the palette.

Not a bad beer in my opinion but not an imperial pilsner either.

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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 FickleBeast
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours bright yellow with a finger of foam that fades quickly. Aroma is full of noble hops, and a effervescent sweetness.

First impression is that this tastes like a pretty standard pilsener, albeit a tad on the hoppy side. Refreshing, drinkable, but rather unremarkable. Not sure why they have Imperial in the name.

This is a pretty standard decent beer. No complaints, but there are much more exciting things to drink.

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Photo of TheCrowsNest
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brilliant and golden with a medium sized white head. Apples, pears, grapefruit, very fruit aroma. Sweetness is balanced by a very clean bitterness and accentuated by more hop fruit in the flavor profile. Lager yeast characteristics are present and very clean. Great hop flavor achieved through dry hopping. Mouthfeel starts off creamy but finishes with a fantastic dryness.

At 5.6% ABV I don’t really agree with calling this an Imperial Pilsner, but this would make a great session beer on a hot day.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very bright gold color, clear, with a thinnish layer of foam on top. The nose is a bit weak for a beer labeled imperial, but offers a pleasant helles type malt and light floral hops. Flavor is better, giving a very dry taste (both from attenuation and from hops) that allows hops to speak with a nice floral voice. Malt is present but not a significant contributor. Very clean profile. Body is a bit heavier than a normal pils, but not significantly. Decent beer, though it doesn't really live up to the "imperial" note. I'd probably call it a maisbock if I tasted it blindly.

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

12oz bottle poured into a Surly pint glass.

A - Pours traditional pilsner color, light gold, perfect clarity with bubbles from the bottom. At the pour, it was perfect, about 2 fingers of head at the top of the glass that dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lacing on the glass as it goes down.

S - Skunky comes out up front followed by sweetness, biscuit, and grassy hops in the back. Interesting mix of smells...similar to a Helles lager to me...

T - Like this beer a lot. Very easy drinking. Sweetness up front, biscuit, and grassy hop flavors. Delicious.

M - Light-medium bodies with medium carbonation levels and a clean, crisp finish. Very refreshing and a nice dry finish.

O - Really liked this beer and was surprised i liked it as much as i did. Well done! Will drink again for sure.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P:  Crystal clear light golden straw body with active effervescence and a small short lives airy head. 

S:  Sweet honey, herbal hops, spices, timid mentholated aroma, zesty citrus tartness. 

T/M:  Zesty, sweet with spicy hops, citrus oils, fresh herbs, touch of honey, red delicious apples and dry straw.  Body is slightly coarse and flavors are a tad rough with stickiness as well as prickly carbonation. Finish is dry and lingers orange rind bitterness and herbs. 

O:  Fantastic German pilsner. This is a sweet sticky pilsner that delivers great flavors and aromas.  I was impressed with this and would love to have this year round. I could easily kill a six pack in no time at all.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.8/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 fl. oz. bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on day 168 of 2012 (June 16). 2012 Imperial Pilsner Beer Camp #43. Not sure what is imperial about a 5.6% ABV beer, but I guess we will find out.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful golden body with a decent frothy white head.

Smell: Aroma of citrusy hops. Sweet and sticky.

Taste: Wow! Probably the most citrusy hoppy pilsner I have ever tasted! I guess that is where the imperial label comes from. A lot of taste for such a low ABV lager. Grapefruity, floral flavor. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Appropriately dense, this beer coats the mouth like few, if any other, lagers.

Overall: I love this! What a great example of what an all-star American IPA brewer can do to a lager. As a lover of pale lagers, I wish Sierra Nevada would put out something like this year-round. I would commit to a case a week at least, just in case anyone is reading this...

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Photo of vkv822
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz : tulip

Golden yellow with a foamy white head, dissipates fairly quickly, leaves nice lacing.

Pine, grassy hops.

Pine and grassy hops again, with some fruity citric notes as well. Faint bready malt backing.

Medium body, with average prickly carbonation.

Quite hoppy for the style, but overall a very enjoyable "Imperial" Pilsner.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No known freshness dating.
Bottle neck has a stamp that reads
2168218: 04

A= Pours a light golden yellow color. THe brightness of the yellow is actually sort of unnatural looking it's such a bright yellow. It looks like piss when someone has too much vitamin B12. The head rises to a half finger and falls fast into a ring around the glass and leaves little lacing behind.

S= The smell is a full on grassy hop aroma with a little bit of a straw sort of smell to it.

T= The flavor matches the smell pretty well. A nice grassy hop punch to start it out followed by a nice straw flavor and a biscuity finish on it. It's not an over the top pilsner but it fits nicely into the style. I feel like pilsners should exhibit a bit of restraint.

M= Crisp and clean.

O= I actually like this. This may be my favorite of the series so far. A nice crisp hop flavor and finish highlighted by some nice straw buiscuity flavor. A solid beer.

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Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, 2012 date. This pours a clearish light yellow color with a large foamy white head which has good retention and leaves a lacing. The smells are of earth grass hops, some malts. The feel is medium. The taste is pretty good, some crisp hops, mild bitterness, and some malts.

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

Beer was one of the bottles in the newest Sierra Nevada Best of Beer Camp Variety Case.

Poured and reviewed from a DFH Pint Glass

A - Beer pours with an aggressive, fluffy, white, two finger head. The beer is a translucent, golden straw color. Curtains of sticky lacing left after drinking.

S - An earthy, malty, lemon-like aroma

T - A malty, rather sweet beer. Along with the sweet malts, a lemon-like and earthy/grassy taste as well. There is a tad of bitterness. A nice crisp finish. The ABV is barely noticeable. It does peak through just a tad as the beer warms.

M - Medium consistency. Nice tingle on the tongue from the carbonation.

O - A decent, good tasting beer. This is the first review of the beers from the variety case and it was a good start. Not necessarily my go-to style but a real easy beer to drink. Recommended.


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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent. Served in a Sierra Nevada shaker pint, I haven't purchased a tulip glass yet.

Beer is yellow and clear with a white head of small bubbles. Some lacing decent retention.

Aroma is grainy yeasty lagery.

Beer is medium in body, nice finish, mildly bitter on the back, decent overall. I enjoyed it but was expecting something more than a decent German pilsner. It is a fine beer and I'd have it again but I wouldn't get a six pack of it.

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Photo of GeckoPunk
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer last night, but didn't have time to do a full review.
(Going off my memory for an abridged review)

A - Golden yelow, small bubbles, 1 finger white head
S - Subtle tones of hops and a light malt body
T - Tastes just like a pilsner should taste...
M - Crisp and smooth
O - Overall, this makes an awesome Summer beer. I had 2 of these within 15 minutes as they were extremely easy to drink and were extremely light and delicate on the palate. Great beer for a Barbeque or when it's hot outside and you need something refreshing. This is more of a July beer than a September beer (from where I'm at - CT).

Would certainly drink again, but not at this time of the year.

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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 Nugganooch
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to standard pint glass

A: Light blonde color with superior clarity. Bubbly with a thick snow white foamy head that just sheets the glass with speckled lace at each sip.

S: Smells of spice hops, pine oil, and signature Pilsner malt. Has a sourdough bread quality to it. Nice and inviting.

T: Taste has a dense honey sweetness with some bread crust and peppery hops. There is a fair amount of grainy pilsner going on but it is smooth and never over bearing. I get a nice spike of bitters near mid palate and pick up some light grass and floral accents too. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden. A real nice Pils. Very drinkable. Almost an APA hybrid.

M: Very light and frothy feel. Smooth with a nice dry crisp finish. Appropriate to style.

D: A great quaff, especially for quenching the thirst in warmer climates. Nice hoppy bite with a distinctive honey sweetness and I found the actual Pilsner malt a little toned down here.
Again closer to an APA hybrid which I enjoyed thoroughly.

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Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a tiny hint of haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy white foam. Not a bad look.

Smell: light, sweet malt with a good dose of earthy, noble and slightly spicy hops. Not bad.

Taste: big whack of noble hops with a nice, spicy character on top of a slightly sweet malt base. Nice lagery yeast character here, too. I like it!

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big carbonation and a good creaminess, especially for the style. Good stuff.

Overall: I like this beer. It's tasty, refreshing and way drinkable. I'll definitely have this again.

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

Served in a FFF shaped-glass.

A: Poured out a crystal clear, solid gold color with a finger or so frothy white head that clung to the glass and then some. About as pilsener-esque and you can get appearance-wise.

S: Sweet bready malts, with a touch of bread yeast thrown in for safe measure. Really good!

T: Straight forward German malt component which is great. The sweetness is definitely in the "American" end of the spectrum, but I still dug it.

M: Not syrupy,and the sweetness was played very well with the German contribution hitting all the right notes. The lacing was ridiculous.

O: The style concept "Imperial Pilsener" has always been an anomile to me. Isn't a pilsener supposed to be crisp and something you can drink a lot of? Nevertheless, this was a nice example of the style. One more note: I wouldn't consider a brew clocking in at only 5.6% "Imperial."

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 9.14.12.

A - Pours a golden light orange with a foam one and a half inch off-white wheat head that slowly fades.

S - Sweet pilsner malt, lots of corn.

T - Similar to the nose, but the malt is much heavier up front, sweet finish.

D - Silk smooth body with good carbonation.

O - A pretty good pilsner, did I just say that?

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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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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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