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The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by vacax on 07-13-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 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 kojevergas
1.95/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Served on-draught at the Bruery provisions store in Orange, California as part of a taster. Serving volume was 2 oz. At the time, I thought the serving temperature was entirely too warm, but they're The Bruery, so this can't be attributed to barstaff error. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of fair thickness, bad cream, and decent retention. Colour is a cloudy transparent dirty straw-yellow.

Sm: Full-bodied straw, barley, and a light PBR-esque faux cream note. Mild in strength.

T: Bland simple garbage. Barley and water. Simple crap build is "complemented" by a wretched balance. No layering, subtlety, or complexity is present here. Feels almost like a poorly executed homebrew.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but just short of watery. Mistake!

Dr: Repugnant. It's drinkable, but you wouldn't want to have it repeatedly on account of its low quality.

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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 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 womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Bruery

A: The beer pours a lightly hazed golden color with a hint of orange and a finger or so of white head.

S: For only utilizing traditional German hops, this has quite a bit of citrus and pineapple to it. After that, the more "normal" grassy, earthy, and floral hop notes come through. Some mild tropical fruits along with yeast, sweet malt, and sugar.

T: The flavor is pretty damn sweet, almost sugary. And that's my biggest problem with it. Some pineapple and tropical fruits are there as is some grass and floral hops. A moderate bitterness and some citrus peel, but not enough to balance the sweetness.

M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: This could have been good, but it is just far too sweet. Lots of nice flavors, but I couldn't get past all the sugar.

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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 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 johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly cloudy straw color with a fluffy white head that sticks around for a bit. Smells of sweet pilsner malt, honey, grassy, grainy, earthy hops, and a hint of ethanol. Malt liquor in spades. Tastes is sweet grainy malt with a bit more of the alcohol bite. Earthy hops cut through the honey like malt sweetness but still allow it to shine. Long lingering malt sweetness after every sip. Medium body and carbonation level with a sweet sticky mouthfeel. Hmm I'm torn on this one. I love what they did here, but think its got a bit to much residual sweetness and alcohol bite. Good but not great.

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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 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 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 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 Halcyondays
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at The Bruery,

A: Pours yellow with a light white head, some lace, fair retention.

S: Pineapple, apricot, some grassiness, a tad herbal.

T: Lots of sweet malt with a generous hopping. Very American hop-style flavour with pine and citrus, hint of tropicality. It's fairly boozy which makes it akin to a Euro strong lager or malt liquor though there is no adjunct flavour apparent.

M: Full-bodied, too boozy, thick, creamy, cloying at times.

O: For me kind of an all-malt malt liquor if you will. Not really my style and comparing it to Humulus Lager is a laugher. The Humulus is considerably drier and much more direct and full-flavoured. Not a terrible beer in the end, though I clearly wanted more attenuation.

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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 HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


On tap at The Bruery. Snifter.

A: Slightly hazy yellow gold with a finger of creamy foam. Lacing is scattered on the glass.

S: Orange and lemon with a pronounced floral bouquet. Grass blends with light tropical notes. Malt is bready and alcohol is evident in the nose.

T: Lemon and grass with herbal and floral notes. There's a good deal of alcohol in the flavor. Malt is bready and lightly sweet Bitterness is at a lower moderate level. The finish is clean.

M: Lower medium body with upper moderate carbonation.

Overall: A pretty good hoppy Imperial Pilsner, though a little too much alcohol in the flavor. I would have liked to try this right when it was released.

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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 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 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 Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little bit of a blurry haze to the straw belgianesque appearance of a beer, nice head, good retention. Aroma had almost a belgian yeast aroma to it, a little bit of clove and fruity esters attributable to yeast instead of actual fruit.

Taste, more of that belgian-ness. Quadruple hopped must have been a play on the triple hopped Miller Lite commercials, because this doesn't taste 'hoppy' like their humulus series, not even close. A little bit of hop zest, but nothing worth mentioning quad hopped unless you're just ribbing on the other company.
Hoppy by BMC standard, sure.

Why did I pay $10 for this? It's an ok beer, until you think about what you paid for it, then it is subpar for the price. A rare miss from the Bruery.

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

750mL bottle poured into tulip - thanks to gcphilli

Pours a hazed light orange color with some golden hues. Fluffy white head bubbles up and fades into some wispy film. Some spots of lacing on the glass.

Fairly hoppy on the nose, a bit floral and citrusy. Crackers and straw with some light fruit sweetness. Lighter notes of honey as well.

Slightly bitter up front with some citrusy hops. Notes of orange with peel, as well as a touch of apricot. Lighter malt base with biscuit and some faint caramel. A bit sweet but balanced by hoppiness. Finishes a little dry and warm.

Lighter medium body, decent carbonation, pretty creamy and smooth on the tongue. A tasty version of the pilsner, and I liked the balance of sweetness and bitterness.

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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 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 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 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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