Farmer's Tan Imperial Pale Lager | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Farmer's Tan Imperial Pale LagerFarmer's Tan Imperial Pale Lager

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by cratez on 05-27-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Macadoodles in Jane, MO

Pours honey colored with 3 fingers of fluffy pearl colored head, Great lacing & head retention

S: Faint grassy notes. breadyness picks up once warm

T: Honey malt, pears & apricot with grassy & herbal hops up front. Some grapefruit sneaks through as this warms, plus grainy crackery notes, honey notes mix with a hint of green banana as well. Finishes with woody hops, lemony & grainy notes, on some rough edges

MF: Very chewy, lightly carbonated. nice warming sensation, but turns too grainy at the end

I tend to like my Southern Tier stuff Uber Dark/Malty or uber hoppy; this is neither. Alright, not great. This needed more of both to win the day. Nice beer, but nothing to write home to Mom about...

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Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that slowly faded away and left some lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of floral hops in the nose along with some notes of pine resin.
T: The taste is quite malty and has some associated sweetness along with notes of piney hops and hints of alcohol. The taste of alcohol becomes more prominent in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is somewhat of a slow sipper given its strength and alcohol content.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

big old bomber into a pretty things pint glass

comes out a gorgeous straw color with a vivid pure white head. lacing is very good with decent retention. nose is bread and cracker malts with lemon zest pepper and a nice hop aroma. so far so good. taste is bread and cracker malts again with lemon and pepper. the hop bite is much more pronounced than i was expecting (not saying that critically). hop pucker lingers well carbonation is moderate to high. overall this is one very good pale lager.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 1.5" pretty golden head. Clear straw yellow in color yet noticably more radiant than BMC lagers. Smell is mild to moderately hoppy. Taste is almost an IPA yet it still has that light and crisp aspect associated with standard lagers and the bitterness of the hops is cut short. I'd love to hand this to a professed IPA hater and see if it walks the fine line to satisfy and yet turn them on to bolder beer flavors.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance started good, plenty of head on a nice light and clear tan brew, but didn't leave a whole lot of lacing.

Smell was a touch of sawdust (that's a good thing) and plenty of dry grainy aromas, with a nice addition of hoppiness.

In the genre of imperial pilsners, I've got to admit that I'm quite a fan, and this one doesn't disappoint. Thick and oily-rich, yet highly pilsner like and very drinkable all at the same time. It's got a good hops thing going, but that's not to be overshadowed by the ample citrus and grain happenings. A tinge of spiced peppery-ness leaves you wondering just a little. However, deliciousness is not lost, as the flavor lasts in a lingering bitter and slightly oily finish.

Body is pilsner-like yet full, great stuff.

I think I'll try to get this stuff stocked at my local store. Great job!

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a huge fan of the sty;e with only a couple I would ever revisit. but poured into a pint glass anyway

nicelight amber with a nice cap of white hanging over the top of the glass. Nice rich looking head of foam on the top of the glass here now as well, nicely done I have to say. Aroma immediately is a bit boozy with hints of grass, touches of hops, and a light fruit note that seems to pick up the warmer it gets. Interesting flavor profile as well here. Not at all what I was expecting. Hints of citrus, a touch of herbal, floral notes and a really nice and well laid out malty background. Quite nicely done I have to admit. Warming seems to bring out touches of pear and apricot flavor finishes it off rather nicely

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very fragrant pilsner of extreme proportions, Farmer's Tan exhibits the clean pilsner flavor that's fond to the rural workers on the land but in a strength and boldness that they deserve. I'm not one of them, but that's awful nice of the brewers of Southern Tier brewers.

The beer pours with a bright strong straw color with greater visual weight than a typical pilsner. A thin sheet of foam coats the glass but the disipates to a dainty decoration around the glass. No lace and fair retention speaks to the weight of the beer and is fairly standard for the style.

Aromas are very floral, perfumy, and fragrant with the boquet of flowers, herbal grasses, and honeysuckle. Very appetizing with the mix of hops giving the floral, grassy, and spicy scent; but then with the background bready, grainy-sweet scent that rounds out the full aromas.

Flavors start with the floral perfumes found in nose, just before the taste of raw barley, fresh baked breads, and yeasty bread dough round out the early and mid palate flavors. A slightly phenolic, soapy taste jumps in right before the finish but then abandons ship just before the finish. The hop flavors that delivered all that aroma and initial taste fades into a crisp and sharply and pleasantly grassy finish.

Medium-full in body, the beer carries a heavy weight compared to ordinary pilsners. Slightly oily and robust in texure, the weight is lifted as the carbonation disipates and the hop bitterness and alcohol set in. Never completely dry, crisp, or clean (as is expected in classy lagers), the beer only hits the moderate range in each of these catagories which lead to a prefered feel, but hurting overall drinkability.

A very good pilsner of the imperial style, but the confussion of hop intensity, which interferred with the balance, helps aroma but hurts flavor and feel. Also that soapy taste could be done without. Regardless, this is a solid beer and is worthy of a transition from a lighter lager and into a stronger ale.

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Photo of BurpingtonDC
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A -Clear as bell Golden color white a white 1-2 finger head. Dissipated quickly leaving a lasting thick lace on the glass. It's a pretty lager.

S - Smells of cereal grains, yeast, and bread. A very discernible alcohol scent but not overwhelming. Light tropical fruit smell.

T - Sweet malty taste with a fair amount of booze. Finishes with a bitter hoppiness on the back of the tongue. The grains used include barley and wheat, but I don't really taste the wheat, which is usually pretty lite tasting anyway. 8.6 pack a kick. Maybe because I've been designing all day and rushed to an awesome store in my new neighborhood in Baltimore to pick up something interesting to quaff. To hell with food! The Wine Source!!! A paradoxical name for sure.

M - mouthfeel is good. Medium carbonation, medium body, slightly cloyish on the tongue.

O - Overall this lager is a little too sweet for me, but not to shabby. I wouldn't mind trying it in a pinch, but might not pick it up in opposition to something new.

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Photo of baconsausage
3.22/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says 8.6 abv. Pours a nice golden with a crisp white head that laces down the glass. Slightly lemony, hoppy and sweet corn aroma. Something seems a little off in the aroma. A bit sweet with a good hop kick to balance it out. Tates a little to much of corn, and a bit like hotdog. Like a corndog. I dont find this very appealing, but maybe it needs some mustard... Alcohol iis well hidden, and this is smoth, goes down easy, but leaves a corny taste in my mouth. Overall its not bad, but not great, and I wouldnt want it again.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-very pale gold with a thin white head and fairly good lacing. lots of bubbles

S-smells like crisp grains and grass with a certain tropical fruits scent to it. mango, papaya, and the classical grapefruit scent. smells unique. medium strength.

T-hits the tongue with a crisp and slightly bitter grainyness. then comes a good splash of those tropical fruits i mentioned. those flavors extend out long and form a great after-taste accompanied only by a bit of bitterness. this is a really unique and good tasting pilsner. i wish the flavors were stronger, but they are nice.

M-medium carbonation that is soft, with a dry finish

O-well this has got to be one of the best imperial pilsners i've ever had. i'm confused by the other reviews. this isn't bland at all, in fact this is quite amazing. this really impressed me. a whole bomber is easily consumed by one's self/ i really hope to find this on tap somewhere at some point. i imagine it would be world class.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No freshness date. 8.6% on this bottle.

Pours pale orange with thin white head. Nose is all about cereal grain and fruit loops! Pale is crisp and juicy with mixed citrus flavors and pleasant bitterness. Doesn't feel like 8.6%. Tasty big lager, nothing elegant to be found here, but lovely hops!

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Photo of Brad007
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold color with a one-finger head into my glass. I have to admit that I didn't know about this example until today.

Sweet malt with a hint of alcohol heat in the nose. All too familiar to this nose. The hops are obviously where they should be though.

The taste seems off though. So sweet, it borders on cloying. The hops are there though with a grassy quality. Gotta give it credit though. It could be worse.

Lingering sweet malt, hops and alcohol. Not much else. Just right.

Having a hard time with reviewing tonight so I will call it a night with this one. Farmer's Tan isn't too bad though. I do want more bitterness and less of an alcohol bite as well.

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Photo of ryanonline
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a very, very, clear and golden with a thick billowy white head. lots of lacing.

smells fruity and piney, somewhat citrusy and very earthy as well. clean but has an underlying funk.

taste is the same but much more sweet. has a very malty flavor, reminiscent of honey and a bit of caramel, with a strong resiny pine bitterness at the finish. a light toasty flavor is also present.

the beer has a fairly thick mouthfeel, as well as an extremely sweet aftertaste. the carbonation is soft and subtle, though maybe a touch foamy.

drinkabily is hurt a lil bit here by the extreme sweetness and thickness, though it isn't all that bad.

overall its a good beer, but is somewhat lacking in certain areas, in my opinion. a bit to thick and sweet, but otherwise quite nice and a good combo of flavors, making for a decent example of the style.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy yellow, one finger head with some lacing left behind.

S-Some citrus with wheat as well.

T-Some lemon and not much bitterness.

M-Light with some carbonation

O-Slightly disappointed. Would have liked to have seen more bitterness and sweet flavors. Does not stack up to ST's other Imperial Pilsner, Krampus.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass at refridgerator tempts.

A - Pours a light pale, hazy orange with a foamy, cream colored head. Good Retention.

S - Wheat and oranges.

T - Wheat, creamy malts, and a slight citrus.

D - Good carbonation, smooth and creamy.

O - Good after a long day.

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Photo of babaracas
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light amber color with one finger creamy white head, settles to a quarter inch, a few rings of lace on the glass. Smell: pale/pils, some spicy and grassy hops, fruity for a pils like a white grape + apple juice mix. Taste: grassy, grainy, sweet, white grape juice blend. Too sweet, not dry, crisp, or bitter enough. Alcohol is pretty well hidden though.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tried this at the 2010 ACBF and found it to be a little boring. The color was a golden yellow color with a thick white head. The smell was like a typical lager with some additional alcohol on the nose. The taste of the beer brought along the same qualities as the nose did. The mouthfeel wasn't much thicker than a regular lager in my opinion. Overall, wouldn't need to have this one again. Some beers just don't need to be Imperialized.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden straw colored slightly hazy and with a desent foamy white head.
Aroma is light pale malts in the style of pils and lagers but there also is a big boozy aroma in there that takes away a bit from the aroma.
A good tasting lager but the extreme alcohol presence deters alot from the taste so much so that it was extremly difficult to finish this bomber.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.84/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 22oz bomber to pint glass on 4/6/11
*From notes

A: This is a good looking Pils - it's slightly cloudy and pale golden. A good pour yields a massive and fluffy 2+ finger head. Spotty lacing remains.

S: Rubbing alcohol. It's prevalent through and through. With this being such a delicate style of beer, all of the little nuances that I look for are completed demolished by the high gravity and EXTREME nature of this brew.

T: Solid nothingness, just flat. Until that ol' so and so Mr. Alcohol shows up. It's a 9% ABV beer, there is simply no way to hide the brash nature of this alcohol bomb. It scorches the palate from the early mid on through to the finish and beyond.

M: I will say that this is one of, if not the creamiest Pilsners/Pale Lagers I've had. It's rich and thick, making me wish that some of the big boys would take note.

O: I'll be honest - this is not my favorite beer. In fact I had a hard time getting through it. I like the idea of Southern Tier's Farmer's Tan, but I genuinely feel this gimmick beer is disrespecting the foundation of what a Pils should be. All of the subtlety is thrown out the window in favor of what, exactly?

I guess the real question is: who was clamoring for an Imperial Pils anyway?

*Paired with a steamed Italian sub

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Photo of SkunkWorks
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle with a cool looking, sunburnt chicken on the label poured into a pint glass.

Look: lightly orange, kind of yellow, with some haze with a good amount of lace left behind sticking to the glass.

Smell: the Magnum hops really stand out to me. Full aroma of hops but nothing much else.

Taste: aggressive hop character, which is oddly reminiscent of Arrogant Bastard. Behind that, there's some pale malt and as I let it warm up, it picks up a bit more complexity and is almost saison like in taste, if you're looking at a saison without much funk.

Feel: medium bodied, a bit of alcohol warmth, prickly carbonation, I still found it fairly easy drinking but probably would not session this.

Overall, I don't know what to think of this beer. At first I hated it but then it grew on me as I drank. I think I am just not a fan of Imperializing a style that's supposed to be light, crisp and refreshing as Imperializing pilsners takes away all those good qualities and I don't think I get enough in return to make it worth it. Not the best from Southern Tier but if you really like Southern Tier, maybe give it a try. Cheers!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden with a nice honey orange haze effect going on, big foaming off white head looks like rising bread daough. Chunky sporadic lacing lines the sides of my pint glass. Aroma has a citric/grassy hop profile with big biscuit malt undertones. Aggressively bitter hop profile with citrus/grassy tones and a bit of a floral finish. Alcohol is there but pretty well hidden compared to most of the Southern Tier offerings. Seems like there's a bit of age on this bottle, proabably not ideal for the style but still an enjoyable experience. Body is medium bodied as it warms the malts seem less dry than the initial sips at cooler temps. Carbonation is even nothing cloying definitely drinks well for such a big beer. Hop oils are evident this is a big imperial lager, more than just your typical malt lager this has character.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 50% opaque gold. Light grade honey. Low head with ok lace.

S - Brown sugar, malt. There's a subtle backdrop of soap though - just a touch.

T - Bitter herbal hops up front. Malt mid profile has rye bread character. Light honey on the backend with a bitter tarragon like hop.

M - Medium-light body. Lightly sweet through the finish.

D - Touch boozy.

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Photo of keepersj12
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Why doesn't Bud taste like this. Bud is a lager right? And a lot cheaper. This poured a pale yelloe with a small but lacing head. Malty sweet aroma that gives way to a bit of hops. The flavor is quite nice, sweet malt and then a nice hop bit. A bit of a kick as well. Good stuff.

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Photo of RichScherle
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a gorgeous IPA like lager that really showcases hops from the noble line.

A - Beautifully bright pale golden which is nicely cloudy. The head is meringue like foam very thick and persistent.

S - Subtle yet powerful aromas of noble hops - most of the hops used in this beer are descendent of hallertau and it shows - a wonderful slightly grassy/piney nose.

T - This beer tastes like heaven I say. Nice frontal sweet malty notes (but not cloying)which transition into tropical fruit notes - possibly pineapple-like or passion fruity. Then the noble hops take over and leave a supremely refined bitter finish that is to be savored. Piney and grassy as opposed to citrusy imo. To my taste the alcohol is there but in a good way - adds nicely to the way the hop and malt flavors glide on the palette. Very dynamic in the way the beer starts and ends with the taste - first with the fresh barley notes then a juicy middle of tropical fruitiness, then fades to dryness with noble hop character dominating. A+

M - wonderful texture in the mouth. Nice full bodied feel.

D - I found the alcohol to be fairly well hidden - poking out only where it should to add in flavor. Also, I managed to get 6 of these bombers at $4/bottle which is outrageous for a beer this great! I'm not complaining - extraordinary value for the price.

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Photo of FollowedMyFolly
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pilsner is a great summer beer. The color has a little bit brighter orange to it than some of the other pilsners I have tried. It is very drinkable and has a light crisp ending. Perfect for higher temperatures outside. People love the name and Southern Tier is a great company.

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Farmer's Tan Imperial Pale Lager from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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