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Abita Select Imperial Pilsner | Abita Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Imperial Pilsner is similar to the Czech original, but all of the flavor characteristics are increased. Thus, the beer will be slightly darker, more malty, and have more hop aroma. Also, because our water table in Abita Springs is remarkably similar to that in Pilsen, we do not have to artificially adjust our water to achieve a similar taste. Our Select is made with Pilsner, Munich, Cara Munich, and Cara Pils malts. It is hopped and dry hopped exclusively with Sterling hops. The resulting beer will be a dark golden color with a sweet malty taste and floral hop flavor and aroma.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-13-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 3
Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
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3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The latest of the Abita Select series to be served up at the local Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a deep copper-hued body with notable clarity and topped with a thin, white head that soon settles into a ring.

Smell: ASIP presents a medley of various notes: toasted breadcrusts, grainy pils malts, sugar-coated berries, brown sugar, and spicy hops giving a delicate impression of nutmeg powder.

Taste: Toasty Munich and pilsner malts giving off a staunch graininess. Sweet touch of brown sugar, perhaps a hint of caramel. As with the aroma, it has a fruity berry-like character. Sterling hops yield an earthy spiciness with a decent, crackling snap of bitterness. A modest amount of hop bitterness remains for the warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Has a small touch of stickiness in the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The Munich malt contained within gives it a particularly toasted breadcrust taste, which doesn't really scream "pilsner" to me. Still, for one of these hefty, heavy lagers (which always seem to be cruelly released during the dog days of summer) it's okay.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this a few times on tap, and reviewed from notes, but I went and got me a growler filled with this at the pub before it was all gone, since the Impy. Kolsch Select was already available as well.

This looks wonderful. It looks like a slightly dark IPA; a rather dark amber. Pillowy head adorns the top, and it laces beautifully.

Smells crisp and citrusy with a hint of alcohol, letting you know this pils means business. Hops are well pronounced, but don't over stay their welcome. Theres a slightly syrupy malt taste that rounds it out. All in all, it's a fine double pilsner.

The feel is medium bodied, slightly crisp and perfectly lingering.

I'm going to kill this growler tonight, because it's fucking tasty as all hell. By far, the best I've had of Abita. I'm glad this isn't the first time they have done the Imperial Pilsner Select.

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Photo of BurnsTau
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap in Hattiesburg, MS. Pours a clean gold with a small head that doesn't stay for long. The smell isn't anything outstanding, mostly of malts. The taste is of a pretty balanced pilsner, mostly malty but with a good balance of hops. Think Pilsner Urquel with a bit more defined flavor. The name imperial is a bit misleading in this brew as the taste is not that strong or unique, however this is not a bad brew at all.

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Abita Select Imperial Pilsner from Abita Brewing Co.
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