Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Imperial Pilsner
Ranked #10
Ranked #16,541
3.89 | pDev: 12.08%
Oct 16, 2021
Jul 15, 2008
Very Good
Notes: None
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Rated: 3.74 by mltobin from Connecticut

Oct 16, 2021
Rated: 3 by Mikeking99 from Florida

Mar 21, 2021
Rated: 3.31 by mmmbeerNY from New York

Aug 17, 2020
Rated: 4 by MJSFS from Florida

Dec 07, 2019
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Reviewed by mothmanscott from Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
From notes 2/18/14: Pours a clear deep amber (strange for a pilsner, at least in my experience) producing 2+ fingers of off-white, frothy, somewhat lasting head that leaves thick, heavy webs of chunky lace behind. Aroma is sweet bready lager malt, thin grain, fruity with grassy hops and some honey. Taste is sweet, toasty lager malt forward, fruity raisin, dried apple and spice notes with a big hop (Noble?) lemony, grass bitterness kicking in at the finish. Bittersweet aftertaste. Alcohol presence while low in the nose is moderately prominent in the mouth. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation, oddly prickly with pepper spice, somewhat sticky and lightly drawing on the middle and back of the tongue.
Oct 23, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Aug 06, 2019
Rated: 4 by lccrunchy from Pennsylvania

Jun 02, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by bigschoolrecords from Pennsylvania

Jan 06, 2019
Rated: 4.3 by Reggie_Dunlop from Pennsylvania

Dec 15, 2018
Rated: 3.83 by Richie_C_Johnson from Minnesota

Feb 15, 2018
Rated: 3 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 03, 2018
Rated: 3.52 by TheCrowsEye from California

Dec 11, 2017
Rated: 3.7 by Octoberist from Pennsylvania

Dec 06, 2017
Rated: 4.04 by _nickg_ from New Jersey

Aug 14, 2017
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

2.3/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle to glass. Pale yellow orange, medium head. Pine aroma, some barley and hops. A bit . Taste is not great. Just a raw strong, in your face beer.

Nothing special. Certainly not a holiday beer.

Aug 05, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This was poured into a pilsener glass. The appearance was a soft burnt caramel to amber color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Clingy white foamy lacing sticks around the glass. The smell started off with sweet bready to biscuity notes sliding over some grassy hops. Light lemon and a little bit of pine rounds out the aroma. The taste was moderately sweet with the bready to biscuity notes gracing all around the flavor. A sweet bready aftertaste runs into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a sweet smooth rolling texture over my tongue. Overall, as a Munich Helles Lager, it fits, not sure why it's an Imperial Pilsner on here.
Jun 27, 2017
Rated: 3.14 by Shafaegalo from Texas

May 25, 2017
Rated: 4.19 by JonSchwartz from North Carolina

May 19, 2017
Rated: 3.92 by mojohawk21 from Missouri

Apr 23, 2017
Rated: 3.32 by Lochnessmonster from Florida

Apr 12, 2017
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Reviewed by Raime from Korea (North)

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Another from the neighbors mixed box. A craft beer? Holy shit. Figured they would all be generic and randomized lager brews from here there and everywhere.

Pours an amber to my surprise for being a pilsner. Head is a decently frothy two fingers of off white that linger around for awhile and eventually die down to nothingness. Carbonation appears rather low.

Smell is pretty booze forward which I did not expect. I've never actually had an imperial pilsner so I don't quite know what to compare it to. Not getting the grapefruit rinds mentioned by the previous reviewer. Malty, some pine, but mostly alcohol.

Taste becomes more pine forward and melds pretty nicely with the alcohol giving it that illusion of spiciness.

Feel is thick like a syrup, swallows with moderate alcohol and a lingering finish.

Overall this wasn't too shabby. I definitely don't think it's as bad as the ultra awesome manly man a few reviews below with one review to his handle describing it as a beer for us apparent hipster whom feel vastly superior for drinking ultra hipster beer which is by no means manly man considering it isn't a generic yellow 'Merican swill. Maybe some rocky mountain water as a mass brewing complex will do it some good, right guy?. Haha. Anyway, it's good but I'm not sure id specifically go out and buy it.
Feb 24, 2017
Rated: 3.66 by Kinney1989 from Pennsylvania

Feb 17, 2017
Rated: 3.71 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania

Feb 06, 2017
Rated: 3.59 by Timtac from New Jersey

Feb 05, 2017
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Reviewed by CarolinaCardinals from North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead yesterday for $5.49. Bottled on 10/11/16.

Beer poured orange with a smaller white head that is leaving some lacing.

Nose is floral and citrus hops, very nice.

Taste is light grapefruit over a huge malt base finishing with a touch of pine.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but has some definite light and refreshing aspect like a lager would.

Overall this is one fine IPL albeit a bit pricey. Definitely seek it out if you enjoy hoppy lagers!
Jan 29, 2017
Rated: 4.02 by ahommell from Mississippi

Jan 29, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by nstygles from Pennsylvania

Jan 26, 2017
Rated: 4.53 by RBorsato from Virginia

Jan 15, 2017
Rated: 4 by thoglund from New York

Jan 15, 2017
Rated: 3.87 by DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

Jan 13, 2017
Rated: 4.64 by burnstar from Pennsylvania

Jan 10, 2017
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Reviewed by Honest_Beer_Drinker from New York

1.73/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25
I was really excited to try this. The label says Imperial Helles lager. Which made me interested since it is supposedly lager.
It's not. It's an extra bitter IPA. The label says Pine notes. That's understatement. It smells like pine cleaner and taste like terpentine with bittering agent added to it. the 22oz. bottle was a chore to drink down and was like a visit from Krampus himself in his full anger and wrath.

This is one of those "cool guy" hipster bitter as hell beers that people drink because it's so awful they feel "cultured and defined" drinking it while pretending it taste good. In reality it taste like piss. Kinda smells like piss but if you bottled it with pine cones. It literally had me reaching for my sisters Keystone Ice ( blech) to wash the awful taste of Pine-sol and aspirin out of my mouth. It also gave me and the other person drinking it an awful hops headache.

Have a British guy eat Christmas tree needles for a week and have him urinate in a bucket and you have Southern Tiers Krampus. Again, it literally taste like urine with a pine note and aftertaste.

This beer is a shame on the name Krampus. For starters it taste terrible. Second, it's a British style bitter beer, not a lager by any real definition. Three, Krampus being a Bavarian, Austrian, Alpine character you would think it would be some sort of German style, it's not at all. It's an overly hopped IPA. It's disgusting and I can't stress that enough.

The look, pour, and color are all fantastic. The smell and taste is a big FAIL.
Jan 05, 2017
Rated: 3.49 by Rick778 from California

Jan 03, 2017
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a completely clear burnt golden color. Thick white head dissipates leaving sticky white lacing but no head. Smell is tons of hops - touch of citrus, pine, cracker malts. Taste follows the nose with those flavors - citrus, pine, cracker malts, finishing with some sweet grassy bitterness. Feel is crisp, heavy from the sweetness, yet drinkable. Overall an interesting beer - its well done - but skews very hoppy.
Dec 28, 2016
Rated: 4.59 by mkh895 from Arizona

Dec 24, 2016
Rated: 3.79 by philbe311 from Pennsylvania

Dec 23, 2016
Rated: 3.98 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania

Dec 22, 2016
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Reviewed by ordybill from Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear bright golden orange with a small of- white head. the aroma is full of hops and malt. The taste is floral hops and a nice blend of malt.
Dec 18, 2016
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Reviewed by BethanyB from New York

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75
Look: A soft, foamy head of light gold holds itself together on top of a clear-as-day body the color of warm honey. A slender tornado of bubbles swirls below the surface.

Smell: Lots of hops, for even an imperial lager. Apricot, tropical fruit, and a smudge of resin mix well with bready malt and sweet orchard fruit, namely golden apples and pears.

Taste: Surprising medium bitterness lasts from sip to swallow, accompanied by a slight overload of resinous and piney hop flavors. The malt makes a fine attempt to soothe and balance the brew, presenting as sweet, sticky, homemade biscuits. In the end, however, the hops win out. Something special waves from the bottom layers, a bit of cinnamon perhaps, as a secret ingredient.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and a smooth finish counter the bitterness. Alcohol warming is comforting rather than prickly, actually helping to emphasize the beer's gentler, sweeter side. The texture is luxurious, and cozy in its soft creaminess, a satin/cashmere mix.

Overall: Both creative and balanced, this is a pleasing imperial lager which gives a nod to tradition while also presenting some festive surprises. But the bitterness brings it out of balance, making it more difficult to appreciate the melanoidins and malt complexity.
Dec 17, 2016
Rated: 3.68 by bb-magic from Florida

Dec 17, 2016
Krampus from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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