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

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Flyer on 06-18-2007

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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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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of PopnLoads
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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Photo of Nate
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of jbaker67
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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Photo of hero27
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.
8.8% abv

The bottle says it is an "Intense Hop Experience", and they weren't kidding.

Pours an extremely hazy peach..with a soft, modest head of off-white foam.
Slight aroma of earthy malts & soft Hallertau hops.
Enormous floral hop taste with a good stinging bitterness and a warm, biscuit malt backing. There's a light citrus flavor that mixes in well and keeps it from being too overwhelming & heavy. The alcohol is slightly noticeable, but not distracting, and the lingering floral bitterness lasts for minutes after each sip.
Thick mouthfeel, but goes down pretty damn well considering.
This beer is certainly approaching double IPA territory..I know it's an Imperial Pils and expected to be pretty hoppy, but the hops in this rival 99% of the beer out there.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an extremely hazy starburst orange color. Decent fluffy off-white fine-bubbled creamy head. Good retention and excellent lacing. Looks like a dark wit beer.

Hoppy smelling? Yea, ya think!? Very grassy and to a lesser extent, floral bouquet. Malt notes are present, clean and biscuity. Some mild hints of some darker fruits like raisins, which is surprising for such a light colored brew. Overall, a very nice smelling beer.

More of an earthy and grassy hop bomb than the typical citrus west coast IPA. Bitterness is very high, but still has some undertones of light malty sweetness. It's a bit on the pricey side, but overall, a pleasant drinking experience. A nice change of pace hop bomb with the hallertau....very un-Sam Adamsy feel to it. Might revisit again next year, but splitting a 4-pack would be fine with me.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a hazy light yellow. The head was rich and white and left a nice amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell was very hoppy with good amounts of citrus, pine, and even a touch of spice.

Taste was very sharp and loaded with hoppy bitterness. Quite a bit more than I expected. Eventually I was able to detect a bit more of the subtleties of the citrus, pine, and malt.

Mid-bodied, crisp, and quite carbonated.

This was not quite the sessionable beer I expected but was the beer I had hoped it to be.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer looks very cloudy inside of the bottle before I poured it. The beer pours a nice golden hue, but very hazy. A decent finger of head started the beer off, and the head retention was great on this beer. Heavy lacing on the walls of the glass and a good blanket of head stayed on the beer the entire time. The nose is full of mostly of hops with some some sugary sweet malt. Biscuity malt is actually my first real flavor that I can pick out easily with heavy complex hop flavor trying to overpower the malt, but that never really happens. The taste is actually a bit on the sweet side but is still fairly balanced with the bitterness of the hops. The beer finishes slightly dry and doesn't coat very well. While a neat offering I wasn't really impressed with drinkability and wouldn't come back this again most likely.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz picked up today at the Coop for about $2.40.. poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass.

2 finger head with lots of lace... nice cap.. brew is golden with a very soft haze.

Aroma is spicy citrus with some bready pale malts..

Big bitterness out of the gates.. followed by smooth pale malts with a little bit of sweetness.. the malts are only present long enough for the big hop presence to kick in... very hoppy.. big orangey hoppiness with some grassy/spicy hoppiness. finish sorta drops off for me though except for a long bitterness.. mildy metallic. Body is medium with abundant but smooth carbonation.. drinkability for me is not that high.. the big bitterness seems out of whack... and I like a great DIPA, but put into the Impy Pilsner category, and it just seems too much.


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Photo of FatSean
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsener-style glass from 12oz bottle. Hazy, orange-brown color, with a thin off-white head that quickly dissapear leaving plenty of lacing. Looks very pretty and full of mystery.

Smell is mild, with a sweet/sour citrus twang.

Taking a sip coats the mouth with bitter orange-peel as the alcohol vapors rise into the sinuses. Hops, hops and more hops. Did they put any malt in here? I'm not complaining! The finish hangs arround on the palate in a nice way inspiring a sipping approach. I wouldn't be drinking these on a hot humid summer day, but the cloying hop flavor is not offensive at all.

Thick on the tongue with a moderate ammount of carbonation for a pilsener. The alcohol and hops conspire to produce a syrupy sensation.

While I am a fan of pilseners, I'm not sure this is one I'd keep arround. Definately nice for a change of pace, but the price and complexity keep it from being a frequent visitor to my fridge.

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Photo of far333
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Turbid apricot colored with a thin orangey-beige head that doesn't rise up much, and then settles out quickly to a thin layer of foam.

Low aroma of sweet malt, faint citrus, and some alcohol fumes.

Flavor is initally rough and pungent, somewhat hard-edged. Bitter orange rind jumps on the tongue all at once, followed quickly by an alcoholic astringency. The alcohol warms the tongue and cheeks, and masks the flavor from there. Hints of sweet malt and grapefrut and pine hops try to poke through, but the octane level pushes them back down. Not very balanced, not too complex.

Mouthfeel is full but also crisp and tingly. Average drinkability. Not as good as the '05 selection.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy golden colour with a thick frothy head that has decent retention time and leaves a smattering of chunky residue on the glass.

The aroma is a nice blend of sweetness from a good caramel base that is complimented by a heavy dose of hops: pine and grass lead the way. There's a bit of a biscuit/bread feel here as well.

Flavour hits you with a typical Pilsner bit at first, i.e. sharp, bold hops that are a bit subdued, then those hops kick it up a notch for a dirtier breadier flavour that even has a bit of juice to it. The finish of each sip has a nice bite to it which compliments the light crisp carbonated mouthfeel.

This one is pretty good, but no where near as good as I remember the original 2005 Harvest Pils to be. No idea if it's the same recipe or not, but this one definitely seems different. Good stuff overall, but not as good as I was anticipating.

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Photo of tiger88
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-amber and sets off a light and fluffy white head. Smells strongly of hops and citrus noted. An intense hops experience is what is says and I agree. Taste is strong with hops and an extreme unexpected bitterness. Caught me off guard but I acclimated. Mouthfeel is smooth and light.

I bought a 4 pack in April and have one left. To me, the hops seem more pronounced now than they did in April and June. I'll be interested to see how it ages another couple months. the first sip was a little "in your face." I don't remember this from the first two. It was almost too bitter. maybe it was a lot more bitter than I was expecting, who knows. Anyone else had this experience? I figured the hops would have laid down a bit.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A surprise find at ShopRite in Paramus, NJ at $8.99 a four-pack. Bottled on August 30, 2007, with a drink by date of January 2008.

Served in an inperial pint glass at fridge temperature.

Appearance- Juicy and enormously orange, this hazy monster of an ale carries an almost three finger off-white head. After several minutes of quiet settling, you could plan a vacation on one of the resorts located within the many large islands of lacing here.

Smell- This beer's hallmark, it's hard to imagine a more direct and outright hop attack... the Hallertaus are so hot they practically burn the nosehairs. It's a fat, wicked aroma that somehow incorporates the malt backbone as it opens up.

Taste- This beer isn't for most people. It is an orgy, an uninhibited, exhibitionist celebration of the humulus lupulus flower. After the initial mouth-gripping dry entry, the bitterness flows across the top and sides of the tongue where it captures and punishes the taste buds. There's no salvation in sight, so you'd better saddle up and ride this one into the sun.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Slick, coating, and much like a meal substitute... the hearty weight feels appropriate for the style. After getting through three-fourths of this beer, I just want to go to sleep. It's cool to experience a Category 5 atomic hop bomb at a level like this, but one will be enough for me.

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Samuel Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 82.1% out of 100 with 788 ratings
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