Samuel Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Hallertau Imperial PilsnerSamuel Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner
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Samuel Adams Hallertau Imperial PilsnerSamuel Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Flyer on 06-18-2007

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Photo of APNumber3
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours golden orange with a thick, off white head. Alot of bubbles, came pouring out of the bottle upon opening. Drank this on Feb. 13. Best before date on bottle was January 2009. This may explain the lack of aroma. I detected some faint citrus and maltiness. But nothing even remotely strong. However, this brew is rather tasty. Very hoppy with some slight malt sweetness to even things out. Strong grapefruit like aftertaste which lingers quite a while. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy, with the aforementioned aftertaste very prominent (not in a bad way, though). Overall, I do like this beer. If Sam Adams were to get into the IPA game, this would be a good place to start for sure.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of SithLantern
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, hallertau hops stand out with a nice dry malt. In the taste, dry hops, dry malt which is quite balanced, with a small hint of alcohol. A smooth and medium to big bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, small hop and small alcohol hint in the aftertaste. Big hops and a small alcohol hint, quite IPA like, but you can tell it is a pilsner. Good nonetheless.

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Photo of paulcdc
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of dfillius
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass.
A: Aggressive pour yields 1.75 fingers of pillowy white head with terrific retention. Chill hazy light coppery gold.

S: Gummy peach rings, rich and tangy herbal hops, some light shortbread underneath it all. Do I detect a hint of cat pee? Hallertau is an interesting hop varietal, it has a very delicate aroma. A good alcohol aroma is present as well.

T: The alcohol is not hidden well unfortunately. Good hop bitterness: spicy. Cucumber, some citrus, some metallic :(. Tastes a little like apricot or apple hookah tobacco smoked out of an apple bowl I had once. Interesting and good flavor, but not outstanding.

M: Oily and syrupy and a bit phlegmy. A tad astringent. Bracingly bitter - surprising since the hop smell is so delicate.

D: Decent and tasty, but slightly harsh aftertaste makes me only want one more at most. It loses points on the latter quality.

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Photo of rydev24
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of baos
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Von den Anmerkungen

12 oz into bicentennial Mason jar.

A: Four finger head that sticks around a long time. Cloudy amber appearance.

S: Hops, hops, and more hops. Orange peelly and clovery.

T: Hop explosion. Like bitter orange zest that finishes super dry.

M: Nothing to freak out about but not too bad. It fits this type of beer.

D: Very bitter, but good to try. Give her a try! If you like super bitter you'll love it.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of aerozeppl
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my sam adams super pint glass.

A: Poured with a finger of white head. Spotty lacing. Nice slightly hazy golden color.

S: Hops right up front. Not really balanced and more of a bittering hop nose.

T: Very bitter up front. Goes into a little bit of a faded orange taste. A slight hint of graham crackers behind the hops.

M: Sticky mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little bit on the low side.

D: Fairly good. Not too many examples of the style out there so it is always nice to get to try one.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of generallee
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label reads best before Jan. 09 and it was sampled on 6-24-09.

Appearance: The body has a deep orange amber color with a few random and tiny bubbles of carbonation here and there. Its clarity is very good as well. The head is very thick and creamy with about a two and a half finger thick ness. It is light tan in color and very long lasting which makes for nice sticky rings of lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is really rich and full of leafy/spicy hops and pale bready malt.

Taste/Mouth: The flavor, like its aroma, has an intense spicy/leafy/herbal hop character. It is in you face with hops and bitterness. Under this heavy layer of hops is a simple and very modest pale bready malt flavor. There is just enough malt presence in there to remind you that this is a beer and not just a bottle of hop extract. It finishes with slowly with a strong hop flavor and bitterness that clings to tongue and feels like it is pulling the enamel off of your teeth. The palate has a full, thick body and slick texture with light carbonation.

Notes: This is a big, full hop bomb and I even sampled it a few months passed its freshness date. I love hops and the flavor was very good but I am not the biggest hop head in the world so for me the drinkability was low on this one. A little bit of this goes a long way.

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Photo of shererjt
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly orangish straw color. Was unexpectedly hazy. This was my first foray into the Imperial Pilsner realm so I didn't know if that was normal, but when I see "pilsner" I think crystal clear. Still, had a beautiful, large, rocky, off-white head with great lacing so I went ahead and scored it slightly above average. Wonderful aroma, just an absolutely stellar hop scent. Some malt was in there too but the hops were front and center. About as good a smelling beer as you could find anywhere. Medium-full body. Very malty but lots of hop bitterness to balance. The bitterness lingered in the finish--just a bit too long, in fact, for my taste. Plenty of hop flavor as well. Relatively clean, though the hops were so intense that it was hard to really judge this. Mouthfeel was okay; not as harsh as might be expected given the massive hop presence. Drinkability was slightly above average, which was actually pretty good, considering.

Delivers what it promises. If you let it warm up a bit, the malt is more apparent. Try some of this just so you can smell it.

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Photo of tsbuttry
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer is quite a mixed bag. A hophead should be able to squeal with delight for this one. It makes an excellent change of pace, especially if you're drinking some of the heavier German-style lagers or a stout that goes heavy on the malts.

Appearance: Pale, a bit cloudy, but excellent, foamy head that laces very well and is retained throughout the drink.

Smell: Fantastic. The nobel hops grab you and don't let go. Even though they tell you this is going to be a strong tasting beer, it's still a pleasant beer to sit and sniff at for a while.

Taste: Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy. I'm a minor hop-head, but I usually need a certain level of maltiness to balance things out. This is where the beer falls short. I've had good, malty Pilsners before, and this beer could stand some more, as it's hard to truly detect the malt profile of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Quite good. Finishes fairly clean, slightly oily but it has good carbonation and not much of an aftertaste.

Drinkability: This is the kind of beer that I can really enjoy one of, but it gets to be a bit much after just one.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up on a whim on my last beer run.

A - hazy golden yellow with a nice white head
S - for an intense hop experience (label notes) I was dissapointed I could not pick up more hops on this one. Light golden malt with a hint of grassy hops at the edges.
T - Hey, theres that intense hop experience. Hoppy bitter, spicy and a light grassy note dominate with a light biscuit sweet malt note rounding out the effect.
M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated lingering hop effect.
D - Engaging through the full glass. If I had paired this with a spicy dinner / appetizer I would thoroughly enjoy a couple in a session.

Glad I tried this one.

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Photo of Grandwazoo
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden brown with smallish creamy head

Surprisingly mellow nose with floral hops and slight malts

Not a lot of fruit, but the hops are very balanced, providing some floral flavors at the beginning and then dropping into a building hops bitterness thta does not get too dry. Itensity of flavor builds very nicely.

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Photo of esv
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A little difficult for me to grade since it's a bit unique and I haven't had any of the small handful of imperial pils on the market.

A) Hazy orange beer. Billowy white head. Tight, tiny bubbles in the head.

S) Malty sweet and hoppy. So this is hallertau.

T) Big, syrupy sweetness. Hugely bitter that washes out most of the syrup. Monstrous. A little medicinal.

M) Medium Mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

D) Higher than expected. The big IBUs keep the malt in line.

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Photo of dionisio
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

So, I read about this beer in the Sam Adams newsletter, and decided I wanted to try it. But then I never ended up seeing it in the stores I happened to go into, so it kind of slipped my mind. And then recently I was in a store and I saw it, and remembered I had wanted to try it, so I bought it. But then I had it for awhile, and I was avoiding trying it, because I wasn't in the mood for it. I've been mostly in a British/Irish ale mood these days, and thinking about a high alcohol pilsner wasn't turning me on. But today, I decided to bite the bullet and try it, and on my first sip, my reaction was, "Wow."

So yea, it's a tasty beer. However, after sitting with it for some minutes now, I wouldn't say it's a particularly unique beer. But it is good, no doubt about that.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-A hazy, glowing orange-amber beer, topped with an off-white head. Good retention, reduced to a thin, consistent bubble layer.

S-Intense piney hop aromas. A very floral hoppiness. Som bright fruitiness additionally, possibly partly from the hops, but also perhaps an estery fruitiness. Little to no malt aroma.

T-This is a hoppy one, appropriately described as "intense" on the label. The piney, floral hoppy flavors are prominent initially, which lead into a strong bitterness. There is a fruity sweetness in the background, seeminly a maltiness coming through the bitter. A bit of alcohol flavor on top of the clean, bitter finish.

M-Medium body, but it starts to feel almost heavy because of its intense bitterness. Medium-high carbonation. There's almost a grainy feeling to this beer.

D-Pretty OK drinkability. The bitterness seems to be borderline a bit much. However, that does seem to be in line with the style.

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Samuel Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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