überPils | Blue Mountain Brewery

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Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Summer

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 76
Photo of AgentMunky
2.86/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a pint glass at Brixx. From notes. Reviewed 11 July 2011.

A: Super-clear. No head. No effervesce. Some white foam on the edges. Bright yellow. A deceptively pretty colour.

S: Lots of grain. Very (American) lagery. Not my thing, but not entirely unpleasant either.

T: See smell. Not terrible, but I don't like it. Noticeable alcohol, lots of sweet grain, smooth. Almost dry on the endtaste? No. Too much grain.

M: Round, sweet-smooth, and not too much to bitch about.

O: I couldn't even finish it. Too strong, too lagery, too mediocre to recover from the immense graininess.

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Photo of Mattyb79
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml cork and caged bottle into my Heavy Seas pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice golden color with about 3 fingers head. Looks exactly the way I would expect for the style.

Smell: Sadly, this smells like any old adjunct, with a bit more alcohol. I get mostly sweet grains and a lot of alcohol smell coming through.

Taste: The taste is of sweet grain, a slight malt taste up front, but mostly alcohol flavor and burn. For a 7% brew, this packs a huge punch and reminds me more of a malt liquor than a quality pilsner.

Mouthfeel: I have to say that the mouthfeel was a little syrupy for a pilsner. Pretty rough.

Overall: I think this was definitely a miss for Blue Mountain. I really enjoy most of their beers, but getting through a full bomber of this was a struggle. Maybe I haven't grown accustomed to the style, but it tastes like a super thick, super sweet BMC beer to me. I don't completely hate the brew, but definitely wouldn't buy again at the price point this is sold at!

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewery. Review from notes.

A: clear bright straw body with a thin white head.

S: aroma is very light and I expected more from an imperial pils with typical musty grains and pale malts.

T: the beer has mildly bitter, almost noble hops with grains and pale malts. The finish burns from the alcohol but otherwise the alcohol is well hidden.

M: light body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: there are few good beers in this genre. This one isnt bad I just wanted more out of it.

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Photo of John_M
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Big Hunt last night.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light honey, some sweet malt and something of a biscuit or dough aroma. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but frankly, this beer is just too sweet for my taste. It makes the noticeable alcohol all that more.... well, noticeable. There's a hint of hoppy bitterness in the finish, but it's really not nearly enough to counter and balance the sweetness in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, sweet and alcoholic finish.


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Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by March 2013...no wonder it was marked down at Total wine.Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a slightly hazed orange tinged light to medium golden with a large blooming white head atop that settles oh so slowly leaving broken chunks behind in its wake.Graint and lightly toasted in the nosewith verly light leafy hops,pretty light in the aroma department.The flavors still seem pretty fresh with dryer malty tones and some toasted grain,a decent shot of herbal/leafy hops are there and the alcohol presence is not.A lighter double pilsner,it's not heavy and or sweet,I liked it but it won't knock your socks off.

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Photo of ZachKelly
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Pilsner glass from a pint bottle that was corked with a best by June 2014 stamp on it.

Looked like you would expect a pilsner, clean golden color with a foamy white head. The head retained well as it sat in the glass and laced the glass as it dissipated.

A very nice, malty smell as you breath it in. Not overpowering in any way.

A very clean mouthfeel, not as watery as a lot of American Pilsner, holds true to the flavor profile of the traditional German Pilsner. You can tell it is an 'uber' or 'imperial' as there is a lot more body to it. A very nice malty flavor accompanies the fragrance, yet is not overpowering. Has a nice bitterness to it that lingers in your mouth. Very crisp and drinkable.

I have had very few 'uberPilsners' and this beer definitely makes me want to explore the style more.

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Photo of argock
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a 16oz slender weizen-type clear tasting glass at Blue Mountain Brewery (Afton, VA).

A: Clear hooney-gold with 1-finger of big-bubbled white head with decent retention and a few lace fragments at the top of the glass.

S: Toasted maltiness and mineral qualities are there but on the weak side. Hops are also a little under the bar with some noble and grassy character.

T: Flavor punches through though with a clean, grassy hops, toasted maltiness with no detectable alcohol despite the 7.3% ABV. Delicious honey and crackery malts really make this a pleasure.

M: Medium-plus with a lively but thicker, imperial feel from the big maltload. Aftertaste is a little light with toasted malts, honey sweetness, and grassy,noble hops.

D: A very palatable imperial pilsener that would be a great hot weather brew. Another nice lager from BM and shows they can produce pretty much any style enjoyably.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Blue Mountain pilsner glass.

This ain't just any pils: it's an uberPils! *insert exhale-y cheering facsimile* It pours a clear pale straw topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose is rather faint and bland, comprising only some light wheat and florals. The taste improves on the smell, with notes of cooked wheat, light biscuit, and a nicely (and somewhat surprisingly) subtle floral bitterness. The body is light, with a lightly moderate carbonation and a crsp, dry finish. Overall, a solid imperial pils...if only it had some kind of nose...

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Photo of Jwale73
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up at Grapes & Gourmet in Virginia Beach. 750ml corked and caged bottle served in a pilsener glass - no freshness dating. Pours a lovely honey-gold with a translucent clarity and a fluffy 2.5 inch, buttermilk colored head. Head eventually settles into a frothy, quarter inch cap with semi-concentric bands of textured lacing revealed during the tasting. Not much to the nose; just a suggestion of lemon, noble hops and a light grainy quality - very clean. Taste consistent with nose; however, malt character is much more assertive in the flavor profile - there's a pleasant sweetness without being overly assertive and finishes with a delicate fruity character. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a texture that's not quite oily, but not quite silky. Carbonation is easy and even, but I'd like to see it be a little more crisp. Overall, I haven't had too many Imperial Pils; however, I did enjoy this beer.

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Photo of arizcards
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml caged and corked from the brewpub last Sunday. Best by July 2014 per the cork.

Beer poured deep golden with a nice two finger ahead upon the initial pour.

Nose is typical pils, sweet malts with hints of lemon.

Taste is well balanced with the malt base not being overly sweet as the German style hops balances and refreshes nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium carbonated and pretty refreshing considering the gravity of this brew.

Overall this is a solid representation of the impy pils style, definitely not as overwhelming as others i have tried. Give it a shot if you see this brew.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blue Mountain Brewery's new überPils, enjoyed at BMBs gorgeous mountainview tasting room in Afton, VA, on July 3rd. 7.6% abv and 40 IBS. Served in a fitted pint.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden sunset-hued body, marred not in the least, and capped by one finger of dull white foamy head. The retention is average for the style - with the usual retention-aiding side effects of high hop content being contradicted somewhat by the higher-than-usual alcohol level - but the head does leave a persistent dusting on the surface, a thin and flat collar of fizz, and some stalactite-esque and erratic blobs of lacing throughout the drink. Slow, large-bubbled carbonation is also well-distributed throughout. A solid beginning.

Aroma: A strong grainy, bready quality is at first noticeable - probably what happens when you use 2,000 pounds of Pilsener malt as Taylor did with this one - with a few dryer, biscuity notes behind the sweet upfront. A grassy, sharp hop note is present, but largely hides behind some fruity, estery overtones, lightly citrusy but mostly nondescript.

Taste: Again, a strong, estery presence mixes with a mild bitterness, a grassy presence, and a sweet, faintly honey-like, biscuity backbone. For the breakdown, I'd say hay, lemon zest, cloves, graham crackers, honey, water crackers, and perhaps apricots?

Mouthfeel: True to the style, this one's incredibly soft, reasonably light, and very smooth, with average-sized carbonation in a body of medium-thickness making for a moderately fluffy and even mouth.

Drinkability: I'd been looking forward to this one and wasn't disappointed. It's definitely not BMB's best brew, but it fits the time and place perfectly - a strong and flavorful beer that is still light enough on the palette and crisp enough in the mouth for a warm July afternoon in Nelson County, Virginia. The abv%, truth be told, isn't really that high for an American DI Pilsener, just enhancing its drinkability a little more. Another welcome (hopefully) seasonal to BMB's already impressive rotation, and one I'm looking forward to trying again as the summer presses on.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before June 2014 on the cork. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 2-3 finger dense white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, pepper, floral, bread, honey, cracker, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with great balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, pepper, floral, bread, cracker, honey, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, pepper, floral, bread, honey, cracker, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and good complexity of earthy hops, malt, and fruity ester flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick, smooth, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Imperial pils! All around nice balance of hop, malt, and fruity ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: yellow in color wait a 2" head. Some lace paints the glass.

Smell: grass, lemon zest, and some earthiness comes through to the nose.

Taste: big malty sweetness here with some grass, lemon zest, and a spicy hop bitterness which nicely balances out the sweetness. Alcohol is well hidden here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from the start, crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long as the flavors remain on the tongue.

Drinkability: this was one of the my favorites during my visits to the brewery on my trip. Easy to drink and satisfying.

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Photo of blackie
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: uberPils is served in a curvy glass and capped with a negligible layer of white carbonation, the beer itself is a sunny, rich golden color

s: the nose is thick with bready pilnser malts and carries a delicate honeyed sweetness, saaz adds grassy and pulpy candied citrus aromas with just a touch of spice

m: crisp medium carbonation and a body on the full side of medium, maybe a bit slick and while I'd like it a touch livelier there's not much to complain about here

t: big body of pilsner malts, honey grain sweetness rounded out with a pulpy saaz hop flavor that carries with it some herbal spice, progresses towards a crisp finish, very nice

d: just fine, a pleasure even on this hot afternoon

16 oz. serving at the BMB brewpub

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Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +13%

08/22/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. A great pils. A touch spicier than most. Thoughtful brew. Only caveat is the 7.6% ABV. Session-able taste & body, but treacherous kick. God bless us one & all.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Floyd Fandango beer & wine festival. Got a decent tasting size, so decided to review it.

Poured a white head, like blinding blizzard white, and the body is a glimmering golden with just a touch of haze.

Aroma was mostly flowery and honey, just a trace of sulfur very far back.

Flavor is where this thing really impresses, and being my first-ever Blue Mountain beer, I went back to try a few of their other offerings and wasn't disappointed. UberPils is a sweeter pils, candy-like even, although not at all cloyingly so. A nice thread of honey in there, a generous helping of bready/grainy malt, and a very pils-ish mineral/sulfur vibe, which follows into the finish.

While this is crisp to a point, it's more wet than dry, if that makes any sense. A succulent, even juicy feel.

This is a double pils that doesn't forget what a pils should be...and then expands on all the right facets of the style. A fantastic beer, one I hope Blue Mountain will consider brewing year-round.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

semi hazed dull golden color with a super active big craggy and off white head. Tropical fruits and overall grassiness on the nose. Sweet breads and faintly peppery.

Very dry beer and also pretty clean for the size of the beer but not a super clean beer. Smooth creamy body from the bottle conditioning. Nice and full too, doesn't thin out anywhere. Grassy with faint citric fruits and peppery bitterness on the backend which is rounded out by the thick malt body. Balance is impeccable with layers of flavors. Grassy, citrusy, toasted graininess, rich hearty breads, all layered to create a wonderful balance. I like it.

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