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Imperial Pilsner | Chattanooga Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Chattanooga Brewing Company
Tennessee, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by firkinhophead on 01-24-2012

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 38
Reviews by sapper1252:
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3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer I've tried from this brewery. Powerful hop nose from the get-go, crystal clear pale golden malt. Delicate sweetness, well-balanced with hops (Hallertau I think, though it could have been Saaz). Impressive enough to give these guys another shot down the road.

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. IBU - 30.

Excellent clarity in the golden body; good head and very good lacing.

Aroma: spicy baked bread.

This is malty for style (the "imperial" part?) despite a normal hop load. Hints of toffee and baked fruits.

O: a fine looking, very malty pilsner.

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Photo of javlin624
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of themonk
1.51/5  rDev -56%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.25

On tap at Drafting Table in Atlanta. I am only reviewing this beer because it was surprisingly terrible. In fact, I only finished 3 ounces of this beer and sent it back. Although I would not consider myself a Pilsner expert, I have had enough to know what they ought to taste like. I strongly suspect that either the keg or line was bad at the bar. It tasted of wet cardboard and a bit of funk in the worst way possible. Maybe a hint of soggy grass and butter. There was no trace of hops nor the usual, slight pilsner bite. There was zero head retention. I completely understand that this is an "imperial" pils but it didn't resemble anything close to a drinkable beer. Based on my conversations and research, this beer could have a case of the "too much diacetyl" problem. I am definitely going to seek out this beer in a different medium and hope that it is better because no brewer would knowlingly sell that thing I drank this past weekend.

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.02/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of JohnBender
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of highwayempire
3.37/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jakethal
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.24/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of firkinhophead
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours straw colored yellow with minimal head. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma is mild grass, hay, with a hint of corn sweetness. Slightly sour biscuit note, as well.

Taste of pale malts and cornbread upfront with a pleasant grassy bitterness rising in the finish. A bit of chalkiness and mineraly tang lingers. Very nice. Not particularly peppery. Sweetness starts to get a bit heavy near the end.

Mouthfeel is spot on. Round and solid without being thick or sweet. Malt is definitely there, but clean and smooth. Moderate carbonation and no peppery bite might leave true pilsner lovers complaining, but as an American interpretation it holds up well.

Very impressed with this one. Not imperial in the sense of high gravity, but in terms of a solid malt presence. Called a flagship brew that pays tribute to the original Chattanooga Brewing, which made an imperial pils (although I am sure it was not called that). Well made American lagers are hard to come by and this one fits the bill. An everyday beer worthy of the craft label. Look forward to trying more of their creations.

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -34.4%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of heerboth
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Beerstorian
3.64/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This has a nice appearance, with a good straw/gold color to it.

Smell is a bit thin, with some corn tortilla notes, and a big of malt.

Little head retention, in fact it was non-evident by the time it arrived at the table. Soapy glass?

Taste was full of cooked corn and corn tortillas. It wasn't unpleasant, but it wasn't great.

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Imperial Pilsner from Chattanooga Brewing Company
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