Summer Pilsner Fusion
Element Brewing Company

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American Imperial Pilsner
Ranked #26
Ranked #19,227
3.89 | pDev: 17.74%
Element Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
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Photo of Davepoolesque
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

2014 bottle. Mahogany in color. Fairly clear in appearance. There has a weird medicinal taste. Something akin to fernet branca with mint or star aniss.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

A - Wonderful packaging presentation by the Element team. Suggesting serving temps are in F, C and Kelvins. Pours a dark orange, slightly hazy, massive white/off-white head. Tight head that reduces quickly but never leaves entirely. Low level of lacing on the sides.

S - Light malt sweetness, spicy noble hops. Crisp clean aroma.

T - Complex. Clean, crisp, Pilsner around the edges surrounding a sweet meal middle. The oatmeal adds adds this all together. I would consider this to be the fusion. A little bit of the hops lingers.

M - Most notable is the smooth, slick character. Medium dryness, high carbonation.

O - An excellent, unique beer. Perfect as a summer alternative when you want a sipper, but don't want anything too heavy.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a white, bubbly, and frothy head that takes a while to dissipate and leaves quite a bit of very nice lacing on the walls of the glass. The beer itself is a clear brown with orange notes. The beer is also a little bit hazy but that's most likely due to the temperature difference between the beer and the glass. The smell has strong honey and graham cracker notes mixed with a bit of light oatmeal. The hops are a little bit buried beneath the other notes but provide a nice base with its bitter and grassy notes. The taste is a bit stronger with the hop notes and the oatmeal as well as the sweeter honey and oat notes are weaker. However, the mix is much better than in the smell because it's no longer so sweet. Additionally, there is a slight alcohol taste that is very faint and barely noticeable. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but on the thicker side and very light on the carbonation despite the good head retention. Overall, a very good beer that is worth getting if you haven't done so. Despite the odd pairing, the combination actually works very well in how one note offsets the other and prevents it from becoming too overwhelming.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cask pour at ACBF

A-Pours a cloudy golden color. Head from the pour fills the rest of my sample cup.

S- Upon first sniff, I am disappointed. It's very, very tame. I get hints of grass, honey and crackers.

T-Flavor brings more to the table. The grassiness of the hops is turned up. Sweet honey with some sweet cracker and grains.

M-Medium bodied. Flat and perhaps a bit too warm. Soft bitterness.

O-Wasn't bad but it failed to stand out against all the other beers I tried during my stay at ACBF.

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Photo of Dope
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fresh 2014 batch, just released. Bottle 872.

A: Pours a lightly hazy amber. Lots of very fine carbonation. Tall and frothy/fizzy tan head. Good head retention with a nice slow fade. Almost no lacing at all.

S: Lots of grass and light apple cider. Light fruity alcohol.

T: Taste is a lot stronger than the aroma. Big, big grassy notes up front. Light floral notes, lavender-like at times. Grainy oatmeal and that sharp, crisp pilsner malt backing it all up in the middle and finish. A bit of sulphur from that pilsner malt in fact. Light bitterness in the finish with more grass and some of that dry apple cider flavor kicking around.

M: Medium-heavy, sharp and crisp.

O: Basically a super pilsner. Very strong pilsner malt and grassy hops plus the grainy oatmeal for complexity. Decent bitterness for a pilsner too, but of course this not an IPA or something. Bright and sharp, tasty but I think I'm more of a fan of the lighter, more sessionable pilsners.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #67 (August 2012):

LOOK: Clear amber hue, high-reaching froth

SMELL: Spicy, mealy, dried grass, yeast, wildflowers, clean alcohol

TASTE: Medium bodied, creamy, peppery alcohol, warming, clean, grainy, grassy, bitter, herbal, bread, yeast, faint taffy, bitter, drying finish

A massive lager, being an “Oatmeal Pilsner” really rounds this brew out. While the malt backbone puts on quite a show, we had selfishly hoped that the hops would have been dialed up a tad more, which would have pushed this beer into a beer for the gods. We guess our palates can live with just great.

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Photo of kaelingirl
4.84/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a bright golden color with a tight white head. Non stop cascade of tiny bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. Smells sweet, slightly caramel and dough like. Malty sweet taste, very crisp and then a lingering warm alcohol finish. Very enjoyable on a dreary summer eve.

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Photo of Bounty628
2.85/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The SPF is a sturdy 8.8 ABV and just about every percentage of that ABV can be noticed in the offering.

The SPF pours a bright straw color with a bright white head rising to the top of the glass. There is the same white lacing noticeable throughout the pour and the SPF when poured into the glass cannot help but to invoke images of summer. There is a rich amount of carbonation in the pour that dances throughout the glass the entire time.

In the nose is a lemon matched to bready complexity that jumps out of the pilsner glass immediately. The nose brings up a very sweet nature that pairs itself to the grain notes brought about from the oatmeal in the brew.

The taste is good, but strikes me as being a bit too complex and not focused enough. There is a bit of an oaky element to beer which seems a tad off for a summer pilsner style offering. The hopes and pale malts certainly are present the taste and there is a sharp citrus taste that is a bit too much and throws off the balance. The high ABV can definitely be picked up in the taste and though I enjoy imperial style brews I prefer them when the alcohol is not so in your face as it is here. Though I enjoy several of the aspects of this beer, the taste to me is trying too hard to pack too much into the taste and the flavors don’t align with one another in a symbiotic way.

The mouthfeel is what you would expect from an imperial pilsner style and the crisp, smooth mouthfeel makes the taste a bit more enjoyable. There is a light and airy mouthfeel within the SPF and the beer works its way across the mouth quite easily.

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Photo of ComputerBeer
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I like some of these new styles where ale type hops are added to a pilsner. The solely Hallertau Hersbrucker influence is also a great new approach.

I got a short glass of this in my local bar. The beer was a hazy, straw color. There was a couple fingers of very white head on top. The foam was very rocky.

The smell was kind of different. It was kind of flowery off the top. I got some sweetness, and the bouquet had fruitiness. I didn't expect this blend of smells.

The flavor was HUGEt. I would say that this would fit in on a warm spring day. The blend of flavors were very interesting. I feel like I get some white grape. It was almost like a soft kiwi. On the back end I got some strong malty goodness.

This is a very good beer. It was a different experience from any other beer I have had.

Serving type: on-tap Blind Pig

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Photo of Opportunivore
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a great summer beer. A Pilsner based on Oatmeal grain. A nice combination. Refreshing and smooth. Just a little more bitter than a hefeweizen. For a seasonal it really puts a lot of other beers to shame.

Pour is more like a Belgium Beer (say Duval). If you don't tilt you will get a lot of head. It settles down quickly and smells delightful.

Overall a very successful beer. To bad it is not sold in Texas.

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Photo of Ommy
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

SPF pours golden brown with a fairly large foamy head.
On the nose I get a sort of lemon and sweet smelling mix. A hint of banana also.

The taste is bitter but also sweet. There is almost a banana bread taste to it, with a bit of honey.

Overall this is an interesting beer, and quite tasty!

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Photo of jbertsch
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle from the brewery.

Enjoyed at cellar temp. About 55 degrees.

Poured a gold color with 1-finger white head.

Aroma was mild at first, as I couldn't get much of anything right away. Just some biscuity malts and very faint herbal hops. But as I drank it and made room in the glass, I was able to swirl more and it smelled better and better the closer to the end. Vanilla and oak came to mind, along with some heat.

It's flavor offers up woodsy notes. Oak is there, vanilla bean is there, as well as lemon and light hay. The warmer this got, the bolder the flavors became, and the better it drank. Little bit of a rum note to it near the end. I poured in all the yeasties as I like them. Provided just a little kick of bitterness and chewiness. Love it.

Overall, this was great. It went well with sausages and sweet potato fries. It takes like a pilsner, but with the flavor amped up, some heat, and some nice earthy, wood notes. The vanilla notes are nice, too.

Hope they make it again next summer, but I also hope they try something else because I don't think this brewery does anything wrong. It would be exciting to see what else they do.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

SPF pours an opaque honey yellow, with a thick, frothy head on top. The foam dissolves very slowly and leaves behind a coating of lace on the glass.

The aroma is light with notes of lemon citrus and pale malt. A touch of flowers is also detected.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft, creamy with mild carbonation. The flavor is nicely balanced between sweet pale malt and citrus hops. It begins with bread and pale malt before lemon citrus and flower notes (rose or lavender I'd guess) move in. The hop/flower flavors are not very strong. It finishes mildly bitter and dry. Once gone the bread and citrus notes linger on the palate.

This is a well balanced beer with a great mouthfeel. Easy to drink for nearly 9% abv.

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Photo of Nashvillain
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared by Thegordianknot, same bottle stats. Thank you sir.

Pours a ruddy, dark gold into the glass. I guess the color is borderline brown. 1/4" head sits on top like it owns the place.

Smell is pilsner and dark malts, a pretty unusual combination. I guess almost like a black lager. It's like a pilsner ale. There's some fruit on the nose, crisp but dark.

Taste is odd. Don't really know what's going on here. It's pils-like but at the same time creamy (oatmeal) and dark-ish. Finish is metallic, like licking a penny. Not a fan. Mouthfeel is decent but doesn't seem to fit. One of the more confusing beers I've had in my day.

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Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Mark – much obliged!

Pours a hazy golden color with a white head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of crisp pilsner malts with good amounts of light citrus and earthy hops and light hints of oats. Also present are mild amounts of floral hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth pilsner malts up front are joined quickly by light herbal and citrus hops. Midway through heavier earthy hops come into before mild oat flavors sweeten things up a bit, fading into a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with a nice thickness and grainy carbonation.

Overall this was a really interesting beer, the thickness was somewhat expected but still foreign, even in an imperial pilsner. Worth a shot.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased at Atkins Farm, Hadley, MA. Cool informative paper wrap, corked and caged.

Poured into a glass stein, formed a 2 1/2" eggshell head over the slightly cloudy golden amber brew. Pillowy head holds height for awhile, bubbles popping balanced by bubbles generated, with chunky sticky lace. Aroma is lemony and crisp, with an undercurrent of sweetness.

Taste begins sweet and earthy, spicy and citrus in the middle, with a lightly crisp close. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue and smooth, and drinkability is very nice. Not as Sazz-heavy as I would expect from a Double Pils, but just an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Liquors 44 in Northampton, MA. Bottled 4/12/2011. 750mL brown glass cork & caged and paper wrapped. Bottle #247 of 653.

Pours a hazy medium amber/golden with thin, fluffy white head. Nose is really interesting and hard to pin down. Smells really sweet and floral. Can't quite think of it...maybe orange blossom honey, or some type of citrus candy...hmmm. Keeps me coming back for another whiff. Lavender?...

Palate is both full and rich while being clean and bitter. The carbonation is really fluffy and there's a nice bitterness there too on the finish that keep the large mouthfeel moving along. Flavors of pale malt, wheat, white flowers, lavender, preserved lemon, orange blossom honey, and on and on and on...

Wow. There is a lot going on in this beer. Perhaps one of the most complex and interesting beers I've had in a long time. Unique and delicious, I can't wait to try the other 4 Elements that I picked up. (Thanks to DarthKostrizer for bringing these guys to my attention!)

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Photo of steve8robin
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love how Element lives outside of style guidelines. This philosophy helps produce some of the most interesting beers around. When I saw "Oatmeal Pilsner", I had to see what this was all about. 750ml bottle, bottled on April 12, 2011, bottle 455 of 653...

A: A hazy super golden color with a humongous 2+ inch off white head that fades at a decent pace but never completely disappears. Very good.

S: I get a very malty / grainy scent upfront with a mild citrus in the middle. A very mild oatmeal with a mild very light hop. Decent.

T: Wow, very VERY smooth tasting for the high ABV. You cannot even taste the alcohol. A medium bitterness upfront blended with some nice grainy malts. Some nice oatmeal in the middle with more hop bitterness on the backend. Good.

M: Medium body with a very good carbonation. A nice bitter and creamy finish. Good.

O: All in all, this is a very solid beer. This is a beer that will quench your thirst like a pilsner, but give you a buzz like a barley wine without any bit of cloying. Definitely try if you a like a good light beer that still has a good kick for you. Good job to Element!

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Photo of rudzud
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been waiting for this one for a while. Just when I'd all but given up on Element's seasonal releases, this one reminds me of why I enjoy Element's staple brews. Picked up at Julio's and immediately drank, definately a few degrees warmer than Element suggests (they reccomend 45degrees). Its worth noting that this cork actually came off like a normal cork should...easily.

"Summer Pilsner Fusion. 'Oatmeal Pilsner' combines the smoothness of an oatmeal stout and the pale golden color of a German Pilsner. An enormous helping of Nobel hops impart aromas of a fresh cut field whilst English oats and our house yeast give this ale a surprisingly rish finish". Bottled on April 12, 2011; bottle number 313/653

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a wonderful almost crystal clear pour with a nice, fluffy slightly more than two finger head that receeds to a nice creamy blanket leaving hardly any side lacing.

S - Getting some nice slightly sweet malty backbone with a lil bit of spice and a nice alcohol nose, which I expect due to the ABV. I do get a little oat on the nose but, unfortunately, I only get the slightest hint of grassy fields. Its above average on the nose, but not by much.

T - Now we're talking. Some really nice sweet up front following by that light oat flavour and then you're hit with the hops. Slightly spicey, slightly grassy yet nicely bitter this is definately a pilsner. Element's house yeast adds that oh-so-element kick at the end too.

M - I can't believe I'm writing this about a limited Element but surprisingly well carbonated. Every other limited released had been so low carbonated and flat feeling this actually is nicely carbonated but smooth, having a good crisp, dry hop, refreshing finish to it.

O - This is probably the only limited release Element has done that I felt was actually worth the money I spent on the bottle. While it is still very steep ($17.99) atleast its a really good offering. I like the outside of the box combination here, the oats really works well with the pilsner qualities. While I wouldn't buy it again (due to the cost) I can actually say I'm glad I spent the money on this.

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Summer Pilsner Fusion from Element Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 52 ratings