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Provisions Series: Run B.M.C.Provisions Series: Run B.M.C.

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The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by vacax on 07-13-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Stretch270
4.32/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from growler into Bruery tulip glass

Appearance - an intense light gold body with a sticky lingering cream white head.

Smell - intense fragrance that really comes through the nose. There is a lot of sweetness and spiciness that comes through. You can certainly tell that this will not be light in flavor and will be a great example of the imperial pils bold flavors.

Taste - a very bold bitterness from the hops goes straight to the tongue. This combines with very strong spicy malt flavors.

Mouthfeel - the bold flavors and strong alcohol content make a very creamy and full-bodied feel.

Overall - while this is not a style i am particularly well versed with, I think the strong and bitter, yet complicated flavors make fir a nice summer drinking experience.

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Photo of Overlord
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bar none, the best member of the pilsener family I can recall ... with perhaps the Sam Adams hallertauer being up there as well.

Pours a hazy gold with a minimal white head. The head is bracing, with the clean, earthy hop profile one expects from a pilsener giving way to a bold, almost tropical citrus hop bouquet and a bit of a ... malt? ... current. Interesting.

Incredibly drinkable. Definitely more earthy and zesty than expected, with a nice crisp finish to it. But, the rounding hops really make this stand out, as the tropical and sweet notes, along with the larger than expected malt presence, really add a lot to it.

Found myself totally looking forward to the next gulp. Will need to pick up more.

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Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Generously provided at Dyan's place the other night.

Run BMC pours a slightly cloudy, solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is really nice in this one, and is just all pilser goodness. I pick up considerable honey, cookie dough and a slight grassiness, which gives one the impression this beer might be a bit sweet. While there is some modest sweetness to this beer, it's nicely countered by the hoppy bitterness, leading to a well balanced, easy to appreciate and enjoy pils. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely otherwise, leading to a medium bodied, almost slick, long, smooth finish. There is just a hint of alcohol in the finish, which I guess is to be expected in a 7% abv. pils. Otherwise, this is just a delicious beer from Bruery, and one I wish was more readily available.

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Photo of Gilmango
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked up as a pre-bought Reserve allocation, still quite hoppy but would've loved to have tried it fresh in July/August 2011. That said, some of the old reviews cited a sweetness that I really did not find to be very present, so perhaps the bottle conditioned lager yeast took a bit of time to dry out the beer?

An exceptional pilsner, probably the closest Bruery has come to bottling their spectacular Humulus Lager. Nice rocky head left with some lacing in my Bruery tulip. Great aroma of citrus, grass, earth, spice; medium bitterness, nice earthy grain flavor with hints of sweet malt, dry finish. Great beer, even with 6 months age this had a nice hoppiness and was a wonderful treat to try.

Opened a 2nd bottle on 2/17/12 and was a tad bit less wowed by the hops - aroma and bitterness just slightly not as impressive as first taste. Still a very tasty pilsner, very clean, well balanced.

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Photo of Cavery
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml shared with Klym, poured into Stone Nonic.

A: Luminous golden straw body with a fluffy white ~2 finger head. The beer is fairly cloudy without any visible inconsistencies, but the glass is also quite cold! The color is best described as honey like with some inclusion of early morning sunlights.

S: A really forward mealy wheat sweet nose, with a complexity in the sweetness that is gummy like. Pineapple orange gummies are really present in the nose. A prickle of lemony sweetness makes for a zesty note. The sweetness is controlled by a subtly drying tartness. Not too sweet at all, very balanced notes.

T: A very clean hoppy flavor that blends with wheat malt for a complex granola of pine nuts, sunflower seeds, and light flax. Really quite good tasting with brief tastes of light colored quinoa. Complex seedy tastes that keeps away from typically cereal grain notes. Some sweetness of pear juices adds a lot to the overall flavor. Surprisingly delicious balance.

M: A very full pilsner body in the mouth where bubbles and alcohol blend for a very Ale-like feel. The bubbles sensitize the taste buds for balanced hop flavor and ripe non-citrus fruit juice. Love the balance of pear and pineapple juice over extremely well balanced hops. The alcohol really adds a level of smoothness that I haven't had in a pilsner before. Digging this mouth a lot.

O: The flavor on this Imperial Pilsner is very solid, and it's greatly helped by the mouth-feel. There's an extraordinary balance here for the style; as I think flavors of pear, pineapple, seedy hops, and small texture grains make for a culinary forward light beer. While the feel and style may be traditionally light, this one has a very smooth alcohol characteristic. The integration of the alcohol takes this to the next level for me. Very smooth drinking full flavors over a full body for me; best imperial pilsner I've had, and I've had more than a few. There's still room for improvement, but quad hopping this brew wasn't a bad idea. Impressive balance on this one.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a hazy golden color with a fluffy white head. The lacing is nice there is a decent retention also. The smell of the beer is earthy and malty, subtly sweet. It smells nice for the style. The taste of the beer is malty and sweet. Not much hop bitterness but plenty of corn-like sweetness. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and medium bodied. Overall this is a pretty good brew.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes, 7-30-2011
Thanks for sharing Cam

A - golden yellow body, big white head, somewhat cloudy

S - light malts, light hops, some citrus and banana, a small nose

T - very smooth, crisp, light citrus and vanilla. pretty good

M - light, and smooth

O - nice and enjoyable. better than Bud.

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Photo of Hershdawg
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 into tulip

A:Hazy golden color. A little white head appears that makes a ring. It doesn't appear to make any lacing but it could be my glass.

S: Sweet malt, maybe a little corn. Noble hops. Interesting.

T: Sweet malt. Noble hops. Not as bitter as I was expecting but still good. I do detect some non barley wheat adjunct use. maybe corn.

M: good and creamy. Not quite to style but its imperial anyway.

O: This is how BMC company beers should taste like. Refreshing, creamy, the adjuncts don't detract. Good stuff.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was expecting an underattenuated mess, but this was quite enjoyable. Thanks for sending me this beer, Andrew!

Light yellow with a thin, white head with decent retention, this is a little hazy. The nose is really good! Rustic, grainy, bready pils malt backbone with a tone off hops, bright, lemony and herbal. The palate replicates these flavors, with the excellent pils malt backbone on which the perfumey, floral, lemony hops . The malt is really bready and raw, very nice. Overcarbonated, this beer is medium-light in body with an excellent finish. Color me impressed.

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Photo of Klym
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone nonic. Shared with Cavery.

A: Pours a pale yellow with some chill hazy. Microbubble white head with curtain lacing that fissures and mostly dissipates not too long after.

S: Not very aromatic but the smell is complex. Grains, some floral notes, citrus, and some green notes. A lot less of a traditional pilsner smell than I expected.

T: Not sure I've had anything quite like this before. It's like drinking the ghost of a strong, bitter ipa with an overhang of grainy, bready pilsner character. There is the *flavor* of strong hop bitterness without the feeling of great bitterness, as though it's been smoothed out entirely by the style. Less of the citrus/floral/green notes from the nose than I was hoping to encounter but they're still there.

M: More on the medium side of a medium-light body and even heavier bodied than other imperial pils I have had. Nice level of carbonation, mostly refreshing mouthfeel.

O: I'm not sure if I admire and enjoy this beer or it just frustrates me. The ingenuity of this beer is going big with a light style, but getting strong indications of both the light and heavy ends of the spectrum is both interesting and enjoyable, but also frustrating and a little confusing as I always find myself at some points during the drink wishing it would just accept its heaviness or lightness and stick with the direction. It's definitely original and honestly quite tasty with a solid mouthfeel, but I'm not sure if I enjoy it a great deal because of multiple personality disorder this beer seems to suffer from. Either way, I'd give this a try if you can get a hold of it, for sure. I really admire The Bruery for going out on a limb and doing beers like this.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of wheat, corn, and other grains, lemon zest, citrus hops, some spice, and a bit of yeast.

T - Starts off with a mix of wheat and other grains with some lemon zest, citrus hop, and some pineapple. Through the middle, some lightly spicy hop flavors come through with a touch of bready malt, bitterness, and some yeast esters. The finish is a mix of wheat and corn with some citrus and floral hops, a bit of spice, and some yeast flavor that lingers.

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

D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced Imperial Pilsner with a really nice hop profile.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy, bright golden color with a large white head that hangs around for quite some time. Scent is very hoppy and grainy with some grassy notes. Hints of bread and light skunk as well. Taste is better than any BMC beer I've ever had...but I can see where The Bruery was going with this. Cereal malt flavors with a hint of citrus. I get a lot of herbal flavors and grassy notes. Pretty nice hop profile as well. A bit of alcohol too. Mouthfeel is medium bodied any a little on the creamy side. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this is by far not my favorite Provisions offering, but it is pretty good. I love the concept and I find it to be very drinkable and should be liked among most of the beer-loving community.

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Photo of vacax
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This really cold quadruple hopped imperial pilsner is golden in color with an average in size yet somewhat sticky white head. Bottle conditioned, which I found interesting for a lager. Aroma has spicy and fruity hop notes with some husky malt mixed in there.

Flavor largely echoes the nose with some juicy fruity and spicy hops on the front with a sweetish cookielike malt finish that comes out as the beer warms. Of course, this one is best enjoyed "really cold." Some nicely done hop flavors, nothing too over the top on that front. This is going to finish crisper the colder it is, though as is typical for the style a bit of malt sweetness does come out on the finish.

I would have expected The Bruery to do something crazy with rice or corn or sugar or who knows what to result in a crisper finish. I suppose that would have been a different beer though. Carbonation is moderate-high, probably could go higher for a lager, and an easy drinking lighter body is completely on the right track. Nice beer overall, perhaps one of the less adventurous beers from The Bruery actually. A very solid example of the category.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-bubbly gold with a semi sticky white head

S-strong scent of grains and corn

T-comes in light with a bitter taste of spicy corn. there's a slight fruitiness to it, though very subtle. matching after-taste.

M-soft carbonation with a crisp finish

O-a great pilsner. its very complex. its just a bit too refined for me. its still something i'd recommend other to try!

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Photo of aknight
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a beautiful golden color. The smell is malty sweet. Some pineapple and peaches in the aroma but mostly bready malt dominates the nose. The taste is clean and on the sweet side. Definitely hoppier than your typical pilsner but not overwhelmingly so, a little unbalanced towards the sweeter malty side. There is a little bit of hop bitterness that lingers on the pallet which is very pleasant.

This is a fun beer, great for a sunny summer day. I'm glad the Bruery brewed it and I'm glad I picked up some bottles of it but I won't miss it when it's gone. I'd much rather have a Hottenroth on a summer day anyway. Still, for the style this was a success. Maybe not quite as agressive as Port's Panzer Pils but a fun and enjoyable imperial pils regardless.

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Photo of bs870621345
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up by dad last week and opened as we speak.

Pours a hazy golden color with a good amount of head. No lacing per say.

Smell is herbal, grassy, bready, slight metallic twang.

Taste is the herb and grass flavors followed by bread and finishing pretty clean.

Mouthfeel is a little thick for something I'd crave on a hot summer day.

Overall, its good. Think of it as an imperial Miller Lite- nothing more.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

sampled October 2011
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two-finger thick, pale tan , off-white colored head; the head leaves some lacing on the sides of my glass and it slowly subsides into a dense, creamy head that seems quite airy. The beer is a pale amber color and shows a hazy, yellow-straw color when held up to the light. The aroma smells like what an Imperial Pilsner might; dried grass (from mostly the hops, but also from the grain), hay, light notes of dried herbs or even more so dried wild flowers, and even a grain-huskiness are quite noticeable up front. These notes are backed by rounder notes of orange flower nectar, perhaps a touch of tangelo zest, an ample floral note that has a touch of spice to it as well as a touch of nostril warming alcohol spice once you really start to dig around in the nose.

A spritzy carbonation adds some liveliness to this creaming feeling beer. There is a sharpness to this beer that is contributed by bitter hop notes, a touch of raw hop astringency and some warming / spicy alcohol flavors that all come together in the finish. Up front the flavor is dry, hay like and somewhat bitter, but it picks up a roundness towards the middle that has some chewy pale-wheat cracker flavors to it as well as some slightly juicy fruit notes from the hop character; this hop character lingers through to the finish were it sticks around for a fair amount of time and contributes flavors of sweetened Meyer lemon zest, tangelo like notes, as well as some more exotic like flavors that are sort of evocative of kumquats, perhaps a touch of mango and some lychee hints too. This really has an ample dried grain quality to it that can be surprisingly toothsome; it makes me think of a concentrated pale malt, a white-whole-grain bread (if that makes sense), lots of cracker like notes, lots of dried straw and really just a round, fairly complex, pale malt character. There is almost a touch of musky hoppiness to this beer, it is definitely excessively hoppy, though the grain character still manages to come through; more because the particular hops integrate well with the grain character, than because they are at a low enough level that they don’t dominate the flavor profile of this beer.

The chewiness of this beer is really getting more into the hoppy, pale bock territory than that of a standard Pilsner; this is certainly unsurprising as they are really the same thing, for me though a Pilsner is so much about the light, quenching, quaffability that I really don’t think the name Double / Imperial Pilsner ever really works from a purely stylistic perspective. Still, stylistic considerations aside, this does not affect my enjoyment of this beer, which is quite nice; this definitely works as a fall beer as it is a little more than I would be looking for on a hot Summer’s day.

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Photo of gford217
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours a completely hazy yellow orange with a big fluffy white head that leaves some really nice lacing along the sides.

Aroma has lots of lemon zest and some typical German hop aromas including earthy grass notes and some spiciness. There is a sweet malty character underneath but this is one has a pretty bright nose for an impy pilsner.

The light citrus also kick off the taste with some lemons and pineapple. There is a sugary malt backbone underneath but this is definitely one of the hoppiest imperial pilsners I've encountered.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and spritzy for the style. I was definitely expecting more sugary sweetness on the palate.

This isn't one of my favorites from the Bruery but I do think it is one of the better impy pilsners I've had. I like the fact that it's really hoppy and not cloyingly sweet like many in this style.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a golden straw yellow in color with pale yellow highlights and had a finger of head leaving a good amount of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of citrus was noticeable on the first whiff with some bready malty, grassy hops, and some grain notes. it did have a faint booze aroma as well.

T: the citrus pretty much dominated the flavor too alongside grassy hoppy, grainy, and sweetness from the bready malts but with a touch of booze.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, grassy, hoppy, citrusy, and mild boozy finish.

D: really easy drinker and could definitely take down plenty of it on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellowed hazy golden colour. Lots of frothy white head . The pour looks like a typical Pilsner. Smells fairly bland. Some corn and light booziness. A touch of yeast on the nose. Overall nothing special on the nose. Tastes light and corny. Some nice light sweetness. A touch of hops. Smooth, sweet, thick. This is pretty solid! Wow!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer served in a Bruery tulip, it's called having a plan, you should try it.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a wispy white head, lots of lacing, moderate retention.

Aroma is sweet and a little fruity, almost pineapple.

Beer is medium in body, quite sweet. Beer has a nice finish, it is decent throughout, a little odd in the midpalate, has that Bruery sweetness taste to it that I come to expect from a lot of Bruery beers.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Purchased at Bruery Provisions). Pours hazy yellow with a white head. Some nice lacing develops. Aroma has grass, bubblegum and florals. Taste is sweet with grassy/hay notes and a light bitterness. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Dry finish. I thought this was a pretty taste beer and quite drinkable. Abv was hidden well.

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Photo of aasher
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was courtesy of BrewerB in a box I received on Friday. Thanks for hitting this want Brian!

First off, I love the name and that this is quadruple hopped. So, its got to be at least a little better than Miller Lite. It pours a light bodied cloudy gold in color with a poofy two finger white head. It smells of pale malts, corn, other grains, with just a touch of hop bitterness. I mean ESB subtle bitterness. It tastes of sweeter pale malts with a moderate amount of honey with a slightly bitter hop finish. The honey flavor seems to be authentic. I do still detect some corn in the after taste. My first thought is that this is a less refined My Antonia. It has nice flavor and I consider this style to be very drinkable. Overall this is a solid beer and good for the style. I'm sure a lot of people don't think a pilsner is worth the money but I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Bruery Tulip glass:

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with thick white head that lingers for quite some time.

Smell: Hoppy, fairly citrusy, grassy with notes of grapefruit and honey.

Taste: Agressively hopped, biscuit malt profile, with notes of grapefruit, grass and orange peal.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, somewhat creamy.

Overall: A good, well balanced imperial pils.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle (thanks Vitese) poured into a tall tulip glass

A: Pours pale, hazy yellow with over 3 fingers of white head, very fluffy and moderately tight. Great retention and lacing.

S: Earthy and lemon hops, sourdough bread, slightest funk.

T: Lemon grass and mellow hop flavors up front with a little crystal malt sweetness. Big pilsner malt body with a chewy sourdough quality, toasted rolls, and a little hay. There's a touch of funky yeast in the middle through finish. Slightly bitter.

M: Medium side of light, fairly smooth, moderately carbonated (a little flat for the style). A little thicker and bigger than most pilsners, has a smooth mellow finish rather than crisp and clean.

O: A solid imperial pislner that is fairly tasty, though it could be a lot better.

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