Provisions Series: Run B.M.C. | The Bruery

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

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:
No notes at this time.

Added by vacax on 07-13-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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 ehammond1
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

Hazy golden yellow with a a medium sized white head. Spots and specks of lacing down the glass. Gorgeous lager.

Simple aroma mainly consisting of simple bread, sharp hop notes and grass, with a persistent adjunct/corn odor as well.

Bready malt and some sharp, floral, and grassy flavors from the hops. No alcohol presence.

Medium mouthfeel and a touch creamy--excellent for the style.

A simple, balanced, and easy drinking pilsner in the style of American adjunct lagers--in that sense, this is a great success, though all that being true, it probably won't be seeing much time in my fridge.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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 FosterJM
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

725th Review on BA
Draft to goblet

App- A darker mix of some yellows and gold minus the haze of other double pils Ive seen. Had about 1 finger of head and very little cling.

Smell- You know right off the bat this is a big pilsner. Has a very refined earthy piney note. A little faint yeast as well.

Taste- Well in the scheme of things its a nice beer but its not the best I have had. This had a weird tinge to it with the pilsner yeast and the pine and resin, not working as one.

Mouth- Well I wasnt expecting such a light body but it was okay. Paired to a higher carbonation.

Drink- Eh, it was tasty and piney but something just didnt work for me. Probably wont come back to this one.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
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 beagle75
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy, pale golden color with one finger of persistent white foam head that has a texture like sourdough starter. Light lacing remains on the glass. Frequent bubbles cling to the sides of the glass and rise in the column at first.

S: Grassy, with a sharp mineral snap and balanced light toast.

T: Begins off-dry, with pilsner malt that is assertive but balanced and hop flavors that are understated, even concealed, by edgy and metallic carbonic acidity. Soft bready malt matures in the middle. The finish features moderate bitterness that it is slightly sulfurous and forgettable.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly syrupy and acidic on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: From the makers of the peerless Humulus Lager, this beer is a much less accomplished take on the imperial pilsner style. It is traditional in its approach, but struggles with continuity issues early. Flavors become pleasing during the too-brief middle, but fizzle in the finish. The label on the bottle insists on the service of this beer only at its coldest, but it is a let-down at any temperature.

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Photo of camil1mj
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received as an extra from a great trader who lives near The Bruery. Chilled and poured into my Bell's tulip glass.

A: Cloudy yellow-orange with 2 finger whit head. Intermediate lacing.

S: This one has that off-base, funky Heineken smell to it but multiply it by 100.

T: Take your standard big pilsner taste and blow it up to the point that it is flat out too much.

M: The mouthfeel is comparable to other pilsners.

O: I do like the occasional pilsner, but this was flat out not good. I appreciate receiving from a generous BA, but would turn down drinking it again. In my opinion there is just no need for imperial pilsners.

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Photo of eyeenjoybeer
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Thick white head that subsides in about 30 seconds. Body is a hazy golden color

Smell: Mediciny hops...I am not sure which ones, but it is not too strong.

Taste: Perhaps this beer has a short life span, but it is very one dimensional. Up front, I taste light notes of citrus and noble hops. However, these are very muted. The middle flavor is soft pilsener malt notes...again, not much. I taste notes that remind me of a lighter hefe, such as light banana and spice. The aftertaste is lightly bitter and not too pleasant.

Mouthfeel: This is a bit heavier as it is an imperial version. It is lightly coating but fades fast.

Overall: I am very underwhelmed with this beer. It was generous extra from a great trader, but I would not seek this one out again.

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Photo of Overlord
4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
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 phiberoptik
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Urbancaver for this tasting. Pours a pale straw yellow, slightly hazy, with a nice airy head.

Smells of a bit of citrus, lots of grain, a bit of ripe banana as well.

Tastes of light grains, lemon notes, a bit of vanilla, but lots of grains.

This is very light, highly carbonated, and fresh on the mouth. Easy drinking.

Overall pilsners are not my cup of tea but I am glad I got to try this. This is the perfect time of year to drink it.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
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 brew3crew
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-clear yellow with a whispy head that stays around for awhile

S-some banana and maybe a little note of cloves

T-eh. OK. Very clean and really no taste to it. Just ok

M-light body and crisp

O-clever little play on the label and title. Beer is OK. For the money I would rather buy the real thing

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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 domtronzero
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy golden yellow colored with a massive, long lasting whitish head. Tons of lacing left throughout.

S - Grainy, corny, sweet pilsner malts. Piney, earthy hops. Otherwise very clean.

F/M - Sweet bready malts. Quite grainy. A touch of fruity esters, but otherwise clean. Piney and earthy hops are prominent, with a nice firm bitterness. Medium light bodied with moderately high carbonation. Lingering grainy malt flavors.

O - A nice refreshing beer, perfect for camping or an afternoon by the pool just like it says. Flavorful, clean and dry, this is a welcomed change to the Provisions Series bottlings.

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Photo of snpub540
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A friend of mine picked this one up for me as I don't get to The Provisions store as much as I want to.

Poured a nice slightly hazy gold hue with a fluffy white head. Nice sticky lacing left on the glass and there was lots of fizzy bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell was of grain sweetness, a sweet whiff of alcohol, and then a nice generous amount of floral hops. That was pretty much all.

Flavor was a clean, crisp dry maltiness that had a touch of sweetness to it and a nice dry hop bite in the finish. Hops were both floral and spicy in flavor.

Thinner body than medium. Nice drinkability as it goes down smooth.

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Photo of Cavery
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
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 Klym
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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 Stretch270
4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
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 aknight
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
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 womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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 Hershdawg
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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 Halcyondays
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
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 trappistlover
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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 vacax
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
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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