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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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Gmann
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden straw color, slight haze, with a pure white head that left some nice soapy lacing on the pils glass.

The aroma is weak, some grassy hops with a nice peppery spice. Perhaps a touch of honey from the malt.

The taste is bright. A crackery malt with a hint of honey. There seems to be a slight lemony note which is a bit odd for a pils. The hop flavor is light and grassy with some pepper notes. Could be a notch stronger.

Moderate feel with crisp carbonation. A bit sweet for the style and doesn't finish as clean as it should, some lingering sweetness. Needs a bit more hoppy bitterness. Drinks very well though.

I am a little torn on this one. As a true pils, it misses some marks. However it has a wonderful bright flavor to it and is quite drinkable.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

"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." Beer Camp #43 2012. Available in bottles as part of the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2012 mix pack as well as on tap at select locations.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Pint Glass. Served north of 46º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a thick frothy cream white head with thin spotty lacing over a slightly golden yellow body with high clarity. Very light carbonation, surprisingly low for any pilsner. Surface cover is consistent and retention is slightly above average- the beer is largely inviting. 4

(Smell) Aromas are very similar to my impressions of a German-style Pilsener. Clean crystal malt with a mild citrusy hop profile and some resinous grassy blends mesh together well. The hop presence isn't as forward as I had expected from the label but of what is here, it's bright and lively. A touch of honey and some lesser acidic notes are also present. Altogether it's a bright and enjoyable aroma- there are certainly no major flaws to be had here. 3.75

(Taste) A nice biscuity german malt, mild peppery spice and lightly toasted caramel blend create some mild body and sweetness. It isn't much unlike other German Pilsener options, although the sweetness is a little more forward. The beer is in very nice balance with substantial hop bitterness- the sweetness ultimately still comes out on top. A resinous piney hop finish is certainly a notable quality- whereas most other options are grassy and floral, this one certainly tastes resinous, lemon citrusy slightly herbal in spots, but it is a welcome variation for this style and works with the flavors. Despite coming out slightly sweet and short a notch on hop bitterness, the flavors are all enjoyable and the beer is highly drinkable. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Mildly peppery with a touch of sweetness and herb on the mild drying finish. Carbonation is a bit shallow for the style, very low participating relaxed crispness. Body is medium+ for the style and light+ overall. Alcohol presence is low. Again, the carbonation should be more spritely for the style regardless of how the recipe varies- this one is a bit muted in intensity. 3.25

(Overall) Some less common hop choices makes this a more interesting Pilsener recipe for the craft beer crowd, and I was able to pull out a few distinct hop notes that I don't often think of. Whether they were intentional or not doesn't matter, as they worked quite well for the beer. Despite a minor issue in balance (it was a touch sweet, which slightly hampered drinkability) and a less-than-energetic mouthfeel, I was pleasantly surprised by this first edition in the Beer Camp variety pack. Should you find this in a store, it's still good, so it's worth a try. 3.75

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company's
Beer Camp #43 2012: Imperial Pilsner

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Photo of M1A2
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Roger85
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Gregwa
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of gr0g
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of spinrsx
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint on Tap at Cigar City Tampa FL for 5$

Appearance - Slightly hazy yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, noble hops, lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts and hops. There is also some noble hops and some lemon zest and some grassy notes. It also has a breadiness to it and a hint of ginger. It ends with a floral grainy aftertaste.

Overall – Quite refreshing and very drinkable, Sierra Nevada rarely disappoints. Not something I'd rush out to buy again, but still glad I tried.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Briken
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden straw colored with moderate white head with good retention. Earthy, floral aroma with light citrus. Balanced sweetness with a bright, sticky floral bittering and light biscuit flavors. Moderate pilsner and hop linger. Crisp but slightly heavy feel.

I really think this is quite a heavy beer but the flavor is easy going and fairly complex. Even though it’s a low abv imperial, I really couldn’t drink more than 1 of these at a time.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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

Clear dark gold colour with a small, white head. Fair to poor head retention.

Sweet pilsner malt with an interesting herbal hop character. Nice.

Sweet malt with almost honey notes. Moderate bitterness. Light herbal character. Okay.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Crisp.

A nice beer but nothing particularly special.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of scruffwhor
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and bright, pale hay color. Great bubbling, great head and residual foam. A little lacing too. This is a great looking pilsner!

Floral and grassy hop aroma dominate with some hay, unmalted barley, and lightly toasted water cracker backbone.

Bitter flower petals and some earthy grass hop bite grabs the tongue right away. The middle let some of the light cracker and hay like malt flavors mix with hops. The overall flavor and feel of this beer is crisp, bitter, bright, and refreshing. If you like hoppy pilsners, this beer is for you.

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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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