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Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 124
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hazy yellow, looked almost like a wheat beer, the head was almost a whole inch, and the retention was impressive.

Other than that, this was mundane. Aroma couldn't decide where it wanted to go. Are you a highly hopped American imperial pils? Or Euro? Belgian? All over the place.

Same with the taste, the alleged high hopping just wasn't there. Expensive when it shouldn't be, unnecessary to have a beer like this in a 750ml format. This shit should be in 12oz cans type of vibe.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Boulevard tulip glass.

Given our shared love for old school rap, classic Golden State Warriors trios, and odd new beers, I had to share this one with VDubb. His reaction was similar to mine: "Cool name, but does it have to be an imperial pils?" Yeah... Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly-hazy brass topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises fresh non-flavored oatmeal, sweet corn, light wild rice, light sweet flowers, and a vague sense of greenery off in the distance, oasis-style. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a thankfully-mild-but-still-decidedly-perceptible vein of vinyl. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally fluid feel. Overall, one of the better imperial pilsners I've had, but still nothing I'd wanna go after again. Gotta love novelty, right?

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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 cpetrone84
2.65/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pour is hazy orange amber and deep orange center with a bubbly thin white head leaving a decent lace. Nose is heavy grain with some stale cereal. A cream and citrus behind with a cardboard paper underneath. Taste is the same, paper and cream, grain is faint, light citrus, more zest and notes of coriander. Everything is slightly muted and a bit disintegrated.
Body is crisp, grainy, and highly carbonated.

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky honey yellow with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain and some herbal hop and alcohol aromas. Taste is very much the same along with some slight nail polish remover flavors on the finish. There is a somewhat intense herbal hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is quite harsh with acetone and alcohol flavors.

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Photo of Koufax21
2.94/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a yellowish orange and carries a nice 1" of foamy white head. Smell is kind of bready. Taste is like a bud on steroids. Pretty much what I expected. Summer, I'm parched kind of beer. Not my thing but if it were priced similarly to BMC, I'd bring it to get togethers where people would be snaking beers out of the coola'.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.56/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Bruery tulip at last weekend's tasting.

Pours a slightly-hazy light orange color with a thin white head and just a touch of lacing. The nose brings forward a heavy pilsner malt presence and a touch of hops. Too bready and malty. The flavor is pretty similar. There's a lot of pilsner malt in this and it's far too heavy, even for an imperial version of the style. Bready throughout with a moderate hop bite to the finish. Just short of average.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 03/09/12 notes. Big thanks to Thorep429 for sharing this one, knocking off another Bruery want of mine. 750ml bottle into a Portsmouth tulip.

a - Pours a murky yellow orange color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, corn, grains, light spice, light fruits. aNot bad but a little bland...pretty average.

t - Tastes of grains, wheat, sweet corn, sweet fruits, and bready malts. A step up from the nose and some nice sweetness to the taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent imperial pilsner from the Bruery. The nose is a bit bland but the taste is better, and it's pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Poured into pilsner flute

Pours light straw with a huge white head leaving moderate retention and lacing.

Aroma consists of grainy malts with a spicy noble hop profile

Flavor profile follows closely. Cereal grains supported by a spicy hoppy characteristic. Very light bodied.

Light mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

I'm assuming Patrick is aping the big boys and showing you can do a pilsner that actually has taste. If so then bravo he succeeds. Not tremendous in any way, but is a great spicy light(er) lager. Went down very smooth.

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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 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 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 thagr81us
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a hazy straw yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, wheat, and banana. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, banana, spices, and very subtle alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The aroma on this one was pretty nice and inviting. The flavor unfortunately fell a little short of the aroma. It was just that the flavor wasn't very well balanced. It was okay, but not overly impressive. Worth trying, but that is about it.

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Photo of craytonic
2.61/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pour - peachy-golden=yellow with a bit of orange and a huge white head

Smell: Way too malty, with some citrus and pineapple floral hops. A bit sweet and yeasty also

Taste: Too sweet, almost like tropical candy. Only slightly bitter, maybe it was triple hop brewed. Decent amount of honey.

Mouthfeel: A bit lighter in body and mouthfeel than I expected, but loaded on the back end.

Overall: Too sweet, like malt liquor or something. They should spend more time on the beer and less time thinking up catchy names. Imperial pilsner probably isn't a good start for a beer.

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Photo of oline73
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden amber with lots of fluffy white carbonation and good retention.

Smell: Herbal up front with some citrus in the background and a floral fruity note as well.

Taste: Bitter hops with some light, bready malt. Fairly smooth overall with some of that signature pils taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a pretty good beer for the style. The hops were smooth and everything blended together well. I don't think I would search it out again.

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Photo of zep9865
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into new belgium snifter. Three fingers of soapy, white foam head that leaves generous lacing. Color is an orange-copper

Smell is very floral with lots of orange blossom. Alcohol is slightly detectable.

Beer tastes like a pilsner that's been modified more than anything else. Much sweeter than i expected with a nice hop kick. Little bit of bitter citrus, grass, and a nice sweet finish that i cannot describe.

Beer lacks carbonation that you would expect from a pils. The hops stay on your tongue after every sip. Beer is too sweet upfront to think it's a pils if you were blind tasting it.

I should probably rate to style but i enjoy this beer for what it is.

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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 MrTopher
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this little gem when I picked BT ’11 allocations for myself and a few others a few weeks back. Shared with the wife and served in Duvel tulip glasses.

A – Pours a hazy golden/straw color and the haziness never really goes away. Nice thick 2-3 finger head develops and dissipates rather quickly, the head leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S – Lots of Earth/funk characters, some lemon zest, some biscuit/bread presence also.

T – Similar to the nose, fresh lemon zest flavor, a mild hop profile that then develops into a sweet malt profile at the end. This has the earth/funk flavors, a yeastiness similar to a Belgian saison or triple, interesting flavor profile for an Imperial Pilsner.

M – Thicker side of medium, great carbonation on this also. Pretty refreshing.

O – Didn’t know what to expect from this, and I wasn’t disappointed. Was expecting something a little more hop forward and a little more cleaner and less Belgain/farmhouse funk, but it’s just the Bruery’s style and you can’t dismiss that. Would be cool to see this in the regular line up or a seasonal offering into distribution.

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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 HuskyinPDX
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into my Bruery Tulip glass.
Thanks goes out to Jordan for this bottle.

A - Pours a light, cloudy, orange, that is almost a very dark yellow. A huge near-white head forms. Great retention and lacing as well.

S - Lemons, Wheat, slight hoppiness.

T - Lemons again, some tart tangerine,light wheat, some yeast.

D - High carbonation, light body.

O - Good summer lager/pilsner, but it works in November as well.

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Photo of jsanford
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip Glass.

Pours a hazy gold with a thick, fluffy white head that settles to a thick cap, leaving spotty lacing as it recedes. Nice, crisp aromas of toasted pilsner malt, fresh-cut grass, and lemony hops. Flavors of doughy bread and toasted malt with more lemon and grass hops. Crisp mouthfeel, with a medium body and sharp carbonation. Overall a solid beer, but not my favorite Provisions offering so far.

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Photo of Retsinis
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Split the bottle with my wife, and poured into a Bruery tulip glass. A solid one inch plus of frothy, pillowy white head rose, and retained for abit, leaving some lacing. The beer is a semi hazy, light copper, or dark straw hay in color.

S: Complex scents of grains, fresh cut grass, and some tropical fruit notes from the generous hop addtions, notes of citrus, pineapple, and lemon.

T: Layered flavors of bread or biscuits, lemon zest, touch of orange rind, semi sweet lighltly toasted malts. Kick of alcohol though, bit distracting, makes it a slow sipper.

M: Light to medium, light dryness. Lacks the crisp drinkability of a regular Pilsner though.

O: Decent summer beer, but pretty strong though. Yes it's an Imperial pilsner that has all the flavors right, but the alcohol kick drags down that crisp drinkability for me. Certainly a complex offering, but hard to crave to have another. Maybe if they are able to ditch the Imperial part, and just make in a 5.5% pilsner, they would have something pretty good here.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden color, big white fluffy head.

Lemony spice hits first in the aroma. Grassy lemony hops.

Semi-sweet malt coats the tongue then finishes quickly. Moderately hoppy with grassy lemony hops. Was hoping for a bigger hop kick or at least something more flavorful. Some adjunct-like flavors. Clean finish. Not a whole lot going on but not really a bad beer.

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Photo of LSUPT
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured to a pint glass and red cup as requested but this review comes from a Bruery tulip, thanks Brian.

Pour yields a 2" white head that has excellent retention and a 1/2" stays throughout. The head and lace from this beer is some of the best I've seen from a bottle pour. Rings with webbing between as it slowly dissipates and rings left after every sip. Nice yellow/orange color, but it's quite hazy and cloudy.

Smells of fresh bread, yeast and orange peel. Very grassy, herbal and earthy in the taste though. Slight breadiness, lemon, and orange peel but a lingering aftertaste that is somewhat unpleasant. Mouthfeel is pretty standard pilsener, medium carbonation and medium-light body.

Fairly drinkable despite the odd aftertaste, and ultimately a fairly enjoyable beer especially considering it's from The Bruery.

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