Samuel Adams Double Pilsner
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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From:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
Imperial Pilsner
Ranked #10
ABV:
8.6%
Score:
87
Ranked #16,787
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 8.48%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
36
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 19, 2021
Added:
Feb 25, 2016
Wants:
  3
Gots:
  12
SCORE
87
Very Good
Samuel Adams Double PilsnerSamuel Adams Double Pilsner
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Rated: 3.94 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 19, 2021
 
Rated: 3.25 by COBEERHUNTER from Colorado

Jul 22, 2018
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Reviewed by ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a semi-hazy amber color. The head is a finger high, with an off-white shade and a frothy texture. Retention is very good, and hints of lacing are left on the glass.

Smell: For a second, I'd almost think it uses American hops, given its grapefruit character. But immediately after, big notes of apricot, black pepper, and grass remind me of its noble nature. The malt backbone is fairly subdued, but not nonexistent. This isn't a style I usually favor, but I will admit that this smells really nice.

Taste: Hallertau is shown off quite well. It shows off a combination of grass, black pepper, and ginger; but more importantly, it provides significant notes of apricot and even grapefruit. The hop attack is balanced by its bready malt backbone, though a bit of grassy bitterness lingers past the finish. This isn't riddled with the off-notes I tend to get from imperial pilsners, ergo it's pretty damn good.

Mouthfeel: Fuller in body compared with other pilsners (duh), and sweeter, too. It's still a dry and easy to drink beer, don't get me wrong. Put it like this, it drinks the way an imperial pilsner should drink. Carbonation is fairly gentle, as well.

Overall: One of my main beliefs about the biggest craft brewery of them all (Boston Beer Company) is that their lagers are superior to their ales. Another belief is that the Hallertau Imperial Pilsner of days gone by was probably made out of the tears of angels and the nectar of gods. I wouldn't really use that to describe this beer I'm drinking, but I'm still enjoying this one a good deal. It shows off its single hop well without being moronic. Note to Sam Adams: this one is a keeper.

3.65/5: Nice example of a style I don't really like
Nov 01, 2016
 
Rated: 3.51 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Aug 27, 2016
 
Rated: 3.58 by chicagoish from Pennsylvania

Jul 28, 2016
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Having had the imperial pils with hallertau, I was very excited about this one. It seems to be a bit more malty and not have the huge earthy hop profile as the original. Still, bright, citrusy, and spicey.

Medium to full bodied. A big Pilsner.
Jul 15, 2016
 
Rated: 3.67 by Johnct from New York

Jul 12, 2016
 
Rated: 3.18 by thedifferencemaker from Ohio

Jul 09, 2016
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Reviewed by dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
DATE: July 1, 2016... OCCASION: Camp Week One, done...and done well... GLASSWARE: 22 oz. pilsner.... pours a staunch two-finger white head that showcases ample spongy froth and proper pock marks... the body is golden orange amber with reasonably sized and paced bubbles... rich Hallertau delivers a punch of flora and equally alluring spruce... lemon, orange peel, and even grapefruit can be detected, making this quite an inviting pilsner... first sip: thick, almost syrupy at the throat, coating the tongue in honeyed sweetness and resin... second sip: a crushing grapefruit and sourdough combination draws contempt from the overworked tastebuds... medium to full-bodied, with the 8.6 % ABV capable of adapting to the flavor profile appropriately... drinks well and swiftly for an Imperial... the hops make for a robust experience, while the bread malts balance the power and ground it at the throat... I like this mix-six, and in particular its bold, alcohol-forward offerings... I applaud Sam Adams for working this into their profile, though I will need to taste the other four before declaring a favorite...
Jul 02, 2016
 
Rated: 3.74 by wisegreensoul from Idaho

Jul 01, 2016
 
Rated: 3.49 by BigMike from Pennsylvania

Jun 29, 2016
 
Rated: 3.63 by MattMal88 from Pennsylvania

Jun 29, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by ta_hagen from Minnesota

Jun 28, 2016
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Reviewed by 57md from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a golden copper color. Earthy hops in the nose. More malty than hoppy. Still, this offering possesses a nice bitterness and is fairly drinkable for an 8.6%
Jun 22, 2016
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Rated by Dmod81 from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Deceptively light body for an 8% larger. Strong malt smell blends with generous hops. Slightly sweet aftertaste.
Jun 19, 2016
 
Rated: 3.85 by ChittyChambers from Maryland

Jun 14, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by rjp217 from Massachusetts

Jun 10, 2016
 
Rated: 3.93 by doobie77 from New Jersey

May 29, 2016
 
Rated: 3.71 by COR8RFAN from Colorado

May 22, 2016
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle poured into a tulip
Best by June 2016

A- pours a clear deep golden color with a one finger foamy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some lacing behind

S- citrusy and spicy hop aroma, with herbal & earthy notes, along with orange peel. Clean malty undertones

T- spicy citrusy hop flavor follow the nose up front, with highlights of orange marmalade, tangerine peel, along with some peppery notes. Mid-palate brings slightly sweet malt that continues through to the finish, leaving a longer if more spicy citrus

M- medium thick body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a viscous finish, light longer of alcohol

O- bold Pilsner with a nice showcase of the Hallertau hop
May 22, 2016
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Reviewed by WesMantooth from Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
A cloudy orange gold that you can see through just a bit. Big off white cap has good retention.

Smells very sweet and malty with some spicy hops and some stale alcohol.

Tastes syrupy/candied sweet with honey, tangerine, lemon, and mango. Pungent floral hops. Solid resiny bitterness. Noble hops are very spicy. Almost rye like. Malts are doughy. Better than it smelled for sure.

Body is syrupy and heavy with some stickyness.

This beer is a lot closer to a lagered American Barleywine or a Triple IPA than a Pilsner. Either way I am not a big fan.
May 22, 2016
 
Rated: 3.82 by wafers from New York

May 10, 2016
 
Rated: 3.97 by Rawwie from Minnesota

May 08, 2016
 
Rated: 3.88 by hermit990 from Illinois

May 07, 2016
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Rated by Lingenbrau from Oregon

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Rich and full, but crisp. Sweet, floral, and a bit perfumey, but an enjoyable "double" pilsner. Prost!
May 05, 2016
 
Rated: 4.21 by WickedBeer from Alabama

May 03, 2016
 
Rated: 4.28 by Johncnh from New Hampshire

May 02, 2016
 
Rated: 3.81 by DarthVorador from Pennsylvania

May 01, 2016
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Reviewed by tempest from New York

4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Yum. Grassy herbal orange aroma and a juicy tangerine pine flavor. Quite drinkable for the strength and not too bitter. This bee could get me in trouble.
Apr 27, 2016
 
Rated: 3.57 by monkeybeerbelly from New York

Apr 18, 2016
 
Rated: 3.39 by jsh420 from Illinois

Apr 17, 2016
 
Rated: 4.52 by dpgoblejr from New Hampshire

Apr 16, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by Lucular from Maryland

Apr 16, 2016
 
Rated: 4.18 by jkermitj from Mississippi

Apr 16, 2016
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Reviewed by t2thebro from Iowa

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
A- gold, clear, sticky lacing.
S- honey, melon, hints of mango, flour.
T- sweet pale aleish. Green tea, peach, mango, honeydew, slight peppery spice.
M- low to mid carb. Wet and a bit sticky,
Much like an hopped up pale ale.
O- great beer, seems like they took an ipa type recipe toned it down a bit and added a super clean Czech lager yeast. Maybe some grains of paradise. Gotta give it to them they know their Lagers.
Apr 14, 2016
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Reviewed by HiWire from Florida

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a light amber with 1 1/2 finger head. Smells of light hops and sweetness. Tastes sweet and earthy with a medium bitterness that outpaces any malt. Finishes with mostly bitter. Good mouthfeel and lacing.
Apr 10, 2016
 
Rated: 3.74 by MrUse from Minnesota

Apr 09, 2016
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Reviewed by Beerdrinkin88 from California

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I enjoyed one tonight. Had the Noble Pils before..very good..thought this would be better. Enjoyed it but was not blown away by double. Still a good beer from SA. Been drinkin SA since the early 90s always enjoyed their beer. Got this beer from mix pack at Costco. Happy so far with mix pack..6 styles..3 beers deep 3 more to try. Over all a very good beer once again from SA. Happy theres 3 more left.
Apr 07, 2016
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Reviewed by trevorpost from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Slightly hazy golden yellow/orange in appearance
Aroma is big lemony grassy noble hops. Subtle hints of orange and grapefruit as well.
Flavor is honey and citrus mingling together in a lovely way.
Medium body with a perfect level of carbonation. Not too bitter, but still retaining a big hop punch. Rather dry
In some respects this reminds me of some of the "triple ipas" that people rave about. It has much of that alcoholic sweetness that gets balanced by the lack of residual sugar and bitterness. I'd prefer this to most of those for my money. A very well crafted beer, with a very traditional in approach yet surprisingly modern feeling result with the hops. Best Sam beer I've had in ages.
Apr 07, 2016
 
Rated: 4.41 by PatGreer from Massachusetts

Apr 06, 2016
Samuel Adams Double Pilsner from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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