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

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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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Photo of bosco7
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper color with a voluminous cloud like head. Lacing that is as thick and chunky as the head. I was expecting a crystal clear straw colored beer.

Lemon, orange zest, wildflowers, and some spicy mint like aromas. Smells like an IPA....almost.

Sweet, malty, and fruity upfront. Honey, some caramel, biscuit, grapefruit, orange marmalade, and some mango. Very fruity for a lager...all of this flavor came from the hops? Wow. Finishes with noble hop spice and a lot of it. High level of bitterness.

Very tasty brew that I plan on having again. Recommended.

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Photo of peabody
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out cloudy orange with two fingers of white suds that stick around. Some lacing.
Aroma is citrus. Orange peel/lemon peel hops are very abundant here. Honey and a wheat/clove smell. Very nice aroma.
Taste. This is a very fresh brew from SA. The floral hops and the bitterness of the drink make for a very dry pilsner experience.
Good dryness followed by a tangy sweet darkness that makes you want another drink. Don't know why this one isn't rated just a tad higher. Pretty nice drink all around.

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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 Franchise
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This new version of their imperial pilsner pours a dark orange leaving a thick yellowish head that sticks with this beer. The aroma is flowers, peppery spiciness, honey, bread, citrus, great nose a lot going on. The taste start bitter but not overly shocking just powerful enough to let you know this is no ordinary pilsner. The bitterness moves to a malty caramel, honey, sweetness that helps balance the bitterness a bit but it is still a hoppy beer and hops dominate the palate.

The finish is silky smooth, just goes down very easy. This has a lot of similarities to the one I tried in the bottle in 2005 and on the limited release kegs SA had in 2006 but there is slight change in appearance and a bit in flavor at least from what I remember. I paired this beer with some roasted salmon the fatty fish really goes well with this hoppy pilsner.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Sam Adams Beer Summit Oktoberfest in pint glass tankard.

Pours orange amber with a bit of haze, making a modest off-white head.

Aroma is fullsome with hops, but with less bite on the nerve endings, and a bit less rich and floral, than the bottled version.

Taste is sweet and buttery, not as clean, nor as citrusy, as the bottled version. Maybe such a big beer needs to age longer before serving, so that it can come into balance.

Mouthfeel is great, slick and bitter, goes down easy.

Drinkability is great or sinister, depending on how you look at it. 8.8% ABV is completely concealed, this beer is too quaffable for your own good! Overall, keg version suffers from being insufficiently aged compared to the bottled version, which I scored quite a bit higher.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Twelve-oz bottle, poured into a Bernardus chalice. It's an orange-amber color, hazy, with a frothy head that fades after a minute or so. The smell is dominated by very fresh-smelling hops. It's not overwhelming, but it's pretty appetizing. There's some sweet malt lurking in the background of the aroma as well. Hop flavor is apparent from the very start, richly citrusy and floral. Bitterness is high but not imperial-IPA-type bitterness. Some sweetness of the malt comes through but not much malt flavor. Dry finish. It has a very nice creamy texture, as well.

A definite improvement over the 2005 Harvest Imp. Pils from SA. This one's taste is much more balanced, not the raw medicinal hoppiness of the earlier version. Very nice job!

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Photo of cjgator3
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. Pours a hazy golden orange color with a nice sticky white head that leaves a lot of lacing all around the edges of the glass. The aroma is slightly buttery malt with a good dose of hallertau hops. The taste is smooth and creamy malt upfront with an explosion of hallertau hops in the finish. I knew this was going to be pretty hoppy, but I did not expect it to deliver the punch that it did. I am quite impressed with this offering from BBC. Overall, this is a highly recommended brew. I wish this was available year round, and not just as a special release.

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Photo of Hautacam
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy light amber with a big off white head that hangs around for a while in the new SA Boston Lager glass.
Smells like I just opened a ziploc bag of Hallertau hop pellets on brew day. Nice earthy noble hop aroma.
This starts off hoppy and then pretty much stays hoppy ...I'm going to be deaming of hops. It is bitter, but not ridiculous...well, close to ridiculous until it warms and degasses a bit. Earthy and grassy citrus-rind hop flavor dominates. Not very complex , but who cares. If you like this type of hop flavor and you don't care if it's balanced or not , then this is a good one to get. Actually reminds me of DeRanke XX Bitter , but more intense. Not much malt flavor , but there is an attempt at balance make this more than just bubbly hop tea. Mouthfeel is medium to full...carbonation lively. This is a really nice one to sip slowly and picture fields of tall trellised in the SA commercials. I'm going to enjoy the rest of these one at a time.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle from Florian's in Auburn. Hazy amber-golden body with a half an inch of off-white head that sticks around and leaves a fair bit of lacing. Smells orangey, grapefruity, pithy, and somewhat spicy - the hops definitely dominate the aroma. Grapefruit and orange dominate with pith and spice in the background and just the slightest hint of malt in the background. Not as clean a finish as expected for a lager, with the hops lingering Medium to full in mouthfeel with only a moderate amount of carbonation. Becomes less harshly bitter as it finishes, becoming more sweet, but still maintaining the citrusy character. A pretty solid beer and a good one to have when in the mood for hops. Not as syruppy as a lot of these sort of "big beers" making for a drinkable and tasty beer. Far and away one of the best Samuel Adams beers I've ever had.

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Photo of mnapier
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 40 degrees. Glassware, 12 ounce German Balloon.

Appearance, is light orange & without clarity, while producing a medium tan head & a curtain of lace.
Aroma, can be described as mild citrus, with a pine of hops wafting across.
Taste, can be felt as a nice mild citrus with a dance of pine and some cloying, along with an unexpected hop backend. Mouthfeel is mild to medium but not unexpected.

A nice release, although part of me feels it might be lacking something from the '05 release.


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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 umustdrink
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy opaque dark orange color. Rocky white head fades to a quarter inch. Lots of lacing.

S - Very hoppy, citrus and grapefruit hops but also with very warm and spicy malts, sweet, bready and cinnamony.

T/M - Starts out with a sharp carbonation bite and an intense hoppy bite, but with a thin lager body. Hops are very piny and last with great intensity until ingurgitation. Aftertaste is smoky and skunky, lasting for a long time as well.

D - A very interesting beer, lots of intense hoppy flavor but with some definite pilsener flavors. Try it if you see it.

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Photo of Flyer
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the ABF Night of the Lagers. I generally feel it's unfair to rate a beer based on less than a full serving, but I was too enthusiastic about this to take a pass. This is the best beer I've had from Sam Adams by far. It had a translucent apricot color and an intense, slightly grassy hop aroma. The taste is sweet, almost like corn bread, but citrusy too, with some pine and grassy notes thrown in. But lurking under the sweetness is an intense hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was surprisingly creamy. The bittersweet hoppy aftertaste reminded me of Pilsner Urquell on steroids. Recommended.

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