Regal Pilsner | Breckenridge Brewery

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Regal PilsnerRegal Pilsner

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Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A double Pilsner with distinct hoppy attributes and a pronounced malty backbone. It is strong in character and steadfast in its resolve to provide maximum drinking pleasure. All hail our Brewmaster and the fruits of his labor, Regal Pilsner!

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a MJ tasting glass.

Pours a nearly clear, deep gold, with orange highlights, and a thin white head that doesn't last. Anticipating some lacing on this one.

Aromas of toast, lemon, noble hoppiness, sweet malt.

Flavors of a jacked up Czech Pils, bready malt, noble hop bitterness, grassy, lemony. Finish is medium, with sweet malt starting out, then giving way to a firm bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, a little sticky, smooth, but not crisp. Bitterness is mouthcoating.

Good drinkability, on the edge of being an imperial version of a euro pils. Not quite strong enough in bitterness or alcohol to quite make it there for me, but otherwise, a very good beer. Nice attempt.

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Photo of merlin48
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a mostly clear golden amber body with a small offwhite head. Speckles of spotty lace are left on the glass.

Aroma has floral and citrusy hops with a faint burst of ethanol and a hint of caramel.

Mouthfeel has a medium body and carbonation with some alcohol noted.

Tastes pretty nice and well balanced. Caramel sweet bready malts integrate well with herbal and grassy hops. A hint of citrus(lemon) underneath.

Good drinkability. Well balanced, overall.

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Photo of Brunite
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a Pilsener glass. A very clear golden yellow with a 3 finger off-white head.

Smell: Not your every day Pilsener. Heavy malt backbone and heavy hops.

Taste: As the smell...heavy malt and very bitter from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied...alcohol noticeable...medium carbonation...finishs very dry.

Drinkability: OK but not my favorite. Too much of a Ale/Lager hybrid. I want clean, crisp, refreshing from my pilsener. This was too much like drinking an IPA...but not as good as a standard IPA. Good as far as the style...but not something I'll be looking for.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden body with a light off white head billowing nicely above the rim of my glass, with fine even lacing. Aromatics contain pale cereal malts where are the hops, well they are here but not like other imperial pils. A bit of citrus grassiness, but the malts shine out a bit brighter here in the hop profile. Flavor has mineral water harshness with a touch of cereal grains light citric hops, really coatas the palate with a nice rolling biscuit malt sweetness with minimal alcohol showing up on the palate. Just enough herbal/citric/hops to balance really one of the better offerings I've had from Breckenridge. Mouthfeel has a nice full on creamy/airy carbonation going down smooth with each sip leaving behind a faint hop bitterness with streaks of hop oils evident. Drinkability is solid, I was surprised at how well this bigger pils drank and the lack of extreme alcohol and hop bitterness compared to what I have come to expect with this style. I really liked the bottle on this one as well super creative well executed I hope this one makes it back in 2011. If you couldn't tell this review is from notes when it was last released.

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Photo of thain709
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with a slightly hazy body...the body was golden in color with some amber highlights...a one finger head formed and appeared white in color with some quickly fell into a wispy cap and left some lacing

S - The hops are present in the nose...they are fruity and herbal with that noble hop presence...the malts come across as pale and cracker like

T - At first sip I'm getting th malts...they again are pale in flavor with just a touch of caramel to sweeten things up...the bready character comes out in the middle and pairs with some fruit like characteristics...the hops finish the beer with a sharp and crisp bite

M - Medium bodied...well carbonated with a nice bitterness

D - This beer is a step up from a normal pilsner but I would not go as far as saying it's an imperial pilsner...a decent beer but there was something missing for me...maybe it was the imperial part

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Photo of argock
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.80.

A: Not-quite-clear honey-gold with 1-2 finger ivory head with good retention and lacing.

S: Sour grain and herbal hops with a mineral edge. Alcohol not apparent on the nose.

T: Still pretty grainy but with more pale malt cracker character. Alcohol only evident with some warming. A bit thin and papery through the middle. Hoppiness is grassy and herbal with a very drying effect in the finish.

M: It shows its double pils qualities in the feel which is easily medium but still boasts active carbonation for a nice combo of firm heft but crisp.

D: A pretty good Imperial Pilsner which puts malt qualities up front and thankfully leaves the alcohol behind. It has some flaws but not a bad brew.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle a light clear yellow-gold with a thin bubbly white head.

Slightly sour grain aroma and saltine cracker.

Bitter tasting with grain, light fruit, pepper, floral notes and cracker.

Thin, watery and dry.

Nothing really stands out with this Imperial Pilsner from Breckenridge.

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Photo of champ103
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Gingerman in Houston, TX.

A: Pours a bright and clear yellow/orange color. Good clarity and color. Though a small white head forms and recedes to nothing. Light lace.
S: Dry biscuit malt up front. Spicy yeast and some fruity esters as well. Grassy and floral. A snap of hop bitterness. Very nice.
T: It falls apart here. Almost like it is a different beer. I get a lot of boiled sweets. Like hard candy. Lots of soapy hops as well. I am not enjoying this.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. This could be a bit more crisp and clean. Not hard to drink. Though not something I am coming back to soon.

This started out good. I really enjoyed the nose. Though it did not hold up after that. Overall another sub standard beer from Breckenridge. Not to mention I think this is a bastard style.

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Photo of tchenery
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is excellent. The beer pours nicely into a snifter and has a billowy head that slowly dissipates to a nice thin layer of bone white bubbles and has visible carbonation through the crystal clear, extremely bright, yellowish/orangeish body.

The first smell brings heavy malts. On the second and third whiff I'm picking up that distinct snappy hop, but it's faint. It smells very refreshing.

There's an initial drying bitterness to the beer followed by a mouth coating feeling. I definitely had the mouthfeel coming at me before the taste of the brew. When the taste does come thorugh it's very pale malt forward. The hop presence is a bit weak in my opinion, especially for a pilsner (imperial at that), but it's there. Typical Saaz type hop flavor. I may have an older bottle.

This beer would be wonderful on draft, but I highly recommend the bottled as well. Awesome packaging too if I might add.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from notes 12/19/10

A: pours dark gold and clear, half finger white foamy head.
S: bright hop and malt aroma, grassy sweet malty grain.
T/M: thicker than a normal pilsner, slightly coating. hops are grassy and balanced by the malt sweetness. yet also has a certain dryness.
D: personally like this pils mainly because its simple yet complex.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #45 (Oct 2010):

Part of Breckenridge's Small Batch Series. Bright, rich golden in color, crowned with a creamy white foam head with legs. Big hop nose that's a bit resiny and dank. Some grass and hay too. Super smooth and creamy with a slightly viscous and chewy body. Malty up front with fresh sweet grains and a touch of honey. Fresh, juicy apples. Spicy hops, with floral, some mild grapefruit, resiny herbal hits, and grass. Mild astringency and a bone-dry finish. Overall, one of the more drinkable Double Pils available. Less about heat (alcohol), more about balance and flavor.

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Photo of Minkybut
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this average beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a nice golden color. The beer smelled hoppy and also tasted pretty hoppy. There was nothing special about this beer and nothing terrible, but I will have to say because of the hoppy tast I will not buy again. If you like a strong IPA then maybe you will like it.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.38/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear golden color with a slight haze. The head is a quarter inch in height, and recedes very quickly into nothing. The aroma is of faint bready malt. The taste has a the same bready malt, and a little bit of noble hops. It is still faint for a beer of its strength. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation that is way too low for a pilsener. Overall, this is a really bad beer that I will not be drinking again.

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Photo of plfahey
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance-Deep burnished gold color, somewhat hazy. Moderately low head with fair retention

Aroma-Clean grainy malt aromas with hints of crackers and biscuits. Hops are floral and perfumy. Slight whiff of alcohol in the nose as well.

Flavor-Good balance between hops and malt. Malt is grainy/crackery and is more present up front. Hops are soft and have perfumy and floral notes. Hop flavor grows in finish. Hop bitterness is present, but not aggressive. There's a bit of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, amped up from a single pilsner, as you would expect. Carbonation is moderate, and I think the finish would be much crisper if they upped the carbonation a bit to give it some bite. Mild alcohol warming in the finish.

The imperial pilsner is a different style to brew, and while this certainly isn't a perfect example, it's definitely a good one. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of mntlover
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy golden color with a small white head falls quick to ring some descent lace from small head.

Aroma is nice malty pilsner malts lightly bready with light citrus fruits notes mingles with floral notes.

Taste is nice malty bready sweet with a good dose of hops spicy floral notes that finishes with lingering lemon hints. Nice malt base sweet but held in check by the hops that bring it back from being to much.

Mouthfeel is pretty much medium with good nice level of carbonation.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable enough brew, not something i would really repeat purchase now that its winter. Make a nice tasty hot weather brew though.

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Photo of philbertk
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Breckenridge Brewery Regal Pilsner 471 Small Batch Series 12 oz. Bottle Sampled 11/22/2010 from 6-Pack purcahsed same day @ Colorados Liquor Outlet, Colorado Springs, Colorado. 7.0% ABV. 35? IBU's. Mild Noble hop front overwhelmed by sweet malt aroma and lightly flavored thick pils malt liquor body. Odd flavor and cloying mild hot thick end. Rich and smooth, but off balanced and somehow odd. (2.75 / 5.0). Lacy white head. Clear bright rich gold color.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. 7.0% ABV, no date.

A - Regal pours a golden honey maple color with fantastic clarity. A carbonation bubble trickles up here and there to the low skim of white foam. The initial two-finger head was poorly retained and left little lace.

S - The skunky Euro lager aroma which rushes out after the cap cracks open fades considerably. What's left is a sweet pilsner malt base with a fragrant hop overlay. A pinch of citrus with predominantly earthy notes following through. The sweetness seems like it'll be fairly big in the flavor.

T - I'm happy to be wrong about with my prediction of big sweetness in here. The pilsner malts provide more of a balance to the hop profile of light citrus and herbal notes. A little bit of mango follows through the finish.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth, this pilsner's furthest departure from the classic "single" style is a lack of crisp, refreshing drinkability. While it's not bad, this one is a little dry finishing with a balanced hop bitterness that eventually succumbed to a lasting sweetness after the swallow.

D - Again, it's a departure from the drinkability of a classic pilsner, something I understand because it's not the same style. This is a tad cloying through it's not offensive in any way. The hops have good flavor and balance. The alcohol isn't noticeable at all.

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Photo of BarrelO
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Light amber-orange body. Half-finger head leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Mostly bready malt with a bit of noble hops.

T: Heavily malty. Hops are pretty subdued. Slightly roasty notes. Quite a bit of alcohol burn.

M: Heavier than a lager should be with a bit of carbonation to lighten it up.

D: Feels like an inferior version of a souped-up helles. It would be much more interesting if they cranked up the hops.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice, clear, golden copper color. About average sized, creamy, frothy, soap, pearly white head. Average retention with a nice frothy lace left.

S - Slightly odd, but not off-putting, aroma. Floral and herbal hops come out along with a fair amount of apple/cider aroma. Some pale and biscuit like malt aroma also has a good presence.

T - Similar to the nose. Some floral herbal hops along with a spicy grassy flavor. These hoppy flavors are present, but they are not strong by any means. Mid-sip, an apple fruitiness comes out. Bready and pale malt provides a lot of the backbone to this beer. Minerally taste on the finish.

M - On the fuller side for a pilsner with a touch above average carbonation. Slick, oily feel with a sticky, sweet residue on the finish.

D - I don't necessarily want to drink many of these with sweetness and the lingering sticky feel being a little off putting. Not really enough hops and the apple flavor is just a little odd.

Notes: A little strange tasting beer. It is different from a pilsner in taste. Not a big fan of the way the apple comes out, and a little sweet (not necessarily in a nice sweet bready malt way that some of the great pilsners pull off). Probably not worth the price to get this, even though it isn't a horrible beer, there are better choices.

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Photo of drumrboy22
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Stone tulip glass. Beer was a cloudy, golden straw color with a one-finger, white head. Moderate carbonation and heavy, bubbly lacing around the glass.

Aroma was fresh grain, bread, pine hops and lemon.

Taste was grass, biscuit, apples, pears and hops.

Crisp and easy drinking. On the hoppier side for a pilsner. Not bad.

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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Abe's Cold Beer. Poured a brilliant gold with a short head a sudzy lacing. The aroma is a touch catty as it warms, but otherwise there's an enticing fruity, floral mix under big woodsy spice. The flavor has a crisp and toasty malt background under big kick of those spicy hops and before a big (but not a huge) biting bitterness. It reminds me of a more reasonable version of the old Sam Adams Imperial Pils. Check it out if you're a fan of the style and big Euro hops.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Polished 24-karat gold with lemony highlights and a smaller aged ivory crown than was expected. In spite of an increasingly high-altitude pour, just one finger of foam was created. Lace is decent in the end, but isn't remarkable by any means.

The aroma is golden malty and earthy-herbal. Breckenridge decided against using Saaz, but instead went with American Sterling and Magnum because they wanted the beer to be floral rather than spicy. Probably not the best choice since pilsners and Saaz hops go together like peanut butter and jelly. Is there any other style and hop that are more closely associated?

Given the ABV, Regal Pilsner is more 1.5x pilsner than double pilsner. Since the beer has only been in the bottle for two months, bitterness is still considerable. Unfortuntely, hop flavor, both in terms of quality and quantity, is lacking.

Sorry, but without the spicy sassiness of Saaz hops, this just doesn't taste like a pilsner. More accurately, it does, but is doesn't taste like a well-brewed pils. More like a strong golden ale that uses non-C-hops. Warming takes the edge off the borderline buzzsaw alpha acidity, as the white bready pale malts come to the fore.

Mouthfeel might be the beer's finest feature, even though it isn't quite enjoyable enough to earn the next highest score. It hangs on pretty well throughout each mouthful, but the bubbles are too sparkly and don't seem to be losing steam as the ounces flow by.

There are a few Breckenridge brews that have gotten my attention over the years. Lucky U IPA and 471 ESB (a Scottish ale) come to mind. Sorry to say, Regal Pilsner doesn't have what it takes to be considered among this brewery's best. On a positive note, it has more character than much of what they brew.

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Photo of jampics2
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased as a single from Warehouse Beverage.

The Breckenridge Regal Pilsner pours a golden dolor with a minimal white head. There's some active carbonation visible through the transparent liquid, and some lace left behind.

The smell is OK, but it's certainly not a very hoppy American Double / Imperial Pilsner. Bready, cookie malt with a touch of hay and just a kiss of herbal, grassy hops. This is very earthy but I'm afraid the balance may be off.

This beer's taste was very underwhelming. It's very malty but not pleasantly sweet and the grassy hops have just an unbalanced presence. The things I associate with a American Double / Imperial Pilsner, namely hops, are not well integrated. It's not disgusting, just not on the mark in my opinion.

The beer is light to medium with a oily, sticky texture. Carbonation is average and the finish is abrupt with lingering bitterness. What can I say about a beer where the taste is the worst part of the experience? Rather than ponder or get verbose, I'll just say this: I won't be drinking this again anytime soon. If you want to appreciate this style in all its glory, seek out the Boulevard Orval collaboration or the Sam Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner.

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Photo of mothman
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a very light layer of white head. Color is a very clear golden yellow.

Aroma: Bready, pale malts. Grassy, noble hops. This reminds me a lot like the Odell double pilsner.

Taste: Ugh. It is like Odell, but way more bready and malty. It has the grassy hops with a bit of floralness. It is way to malty.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a bit of creaminess. Lighter bodied, but still tastes big with some alcohol showing. Medium carbonation. Ends really dry and bland.

Overall, just no. This just isn't good. Too bready and too malty. This one just doesn't work and I don't want a lot of it.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at the Fort Worth Flying Saucer Fall beerfest.

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is some grassy hops along with a lot of bready malt. Not nearly as hoppy smelling as a lot of the imperial pilseners that I have tried. The flavor is more of the same, with a lot of malt and a little bit of grassy and spicy hop character. The alcohol is present, but not too strong. Medium body and medium carbonation.

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Regal Pilsner from Breckenridge Brewery
3.56 out of 5 based on 233 ratings.
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