Imperial Pilsner | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of ckaufman
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap at Stoudt's on 08-09-2008...

Served in a stemmed glass... golden amber in color with a medium-bodied head. Acceptable lacing and retention. A little on the cloudy side for a Pilsner.

Nice hop aroma... citrus and floral hints mixed with malt overtones.

Good tasting beer... stronger hop taste than their standard pilsner. Crisp upon first tasting, then fades to a mellow malt undertone.

Slightly thicker than a normal pilsner... perhaps more like an IPA... hence the "Imperial" in front of the name.

Another good quality beer from Stoudt's... Perhaps this one should find its way into a bottle sometime so as to reach a few more folks out there!!!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on draft at Stoudt's Black Angus Restaurant after our homebrew club-the Lancaster County Brewer's trash pick-up. Served in a cervoise chilled.

A - Golden w/ excellent clarity and thick white foam that measures over an inch. Lace coats the glass in rings of thick foam and the foam is comprised of dense amounts of finely beaded bubbles

S - Fabulous aroma, sweet odors that are hop focused. The nose is floral w/ a subtle boozy aroma and gentle herbal odor w/ a hint of alcohol. The aroma is sweet and spicy w/ mostly fragrant aroma hops drawing me in

M- Lightly malty, boozy w/ subtle carbonation that allows the lager to spread out across the palate. There is mild sweetness and clean fruity notes w/ an overall dry feel in the finish and subtle spice/acidity

T - The delicate sweet taste of floral hops w/ a hint of spice followed by pale malt sweetness and pilsner flavor- A delicate yet substantial malt that has sweet notes w/ a floral herbal hop filled and crisp dry taste from the alcohol. The flavor is full and yet, very nuanced w/ a light touch of sweet and clean malts that make this a fitting tribute to the Legacy of Michael Jackson, the Beer Hunter. I love the subtle, yet intense taste - full of flavor w/ the blessed taste of noble hops

D - I could not stop ordering this beauty - It is very drinkable and I ordered three back to back. It is one of the best Imperial Pilsners I have had. This is particularly full flavored for a relatively moderate abv. The taste is mild, nuanced and well balanced a top notch example.

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Photo of HugoGrim
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Stoudt's in s stemmed glass.

Transparent golden body with notable visible carbonation. Quite a nice thick and bubbly head. Excellent thick wall of lace covering the entire inside of the glass.

Crisp, clean, fresh floral hop aroma.

Intense bitter spicy hops balanced by biscuity malt. Lemony citrus is notable, as well as hints of grainy malt. This went quite well with one of Stoudt's classic German sausage platters.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours clear gold with a finger of brite-white foamy head that has great retention that leaves a sticky latticework of lace behind. The aroma is a pungent mix of citrus and hops with some bready malt sensations behind it.

The taste is a nice tingling hop bitterness up front with crisp citrus characteristics and sweet bready malts balancing things out. Hop bitterness lingers long after the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of alcohol heft to it but still has good carbonation and a crisp, clean taste.

This wasn't bad. It's risp and refreshing with a pretty nice drinkibility, considering it's beefy body. Good stuff from Stoudts!

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Photo of Boppar
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tria.

First, I've gotta say that if I were to brew a beer in honor of Michael Jackson, it wouldn't have been a pilsner. That being said, at least it was a really good pilsner.

A: Golden color, big white head.

S: Alcoholic warmth, spicy hops.

T: The first sip lef tme with a "meh, another pilsner" sensation. Subsequent sips proved refreshing and a little more complex. Decent malt backbone and well-balanced hop bitterness.

M: Creamirer and thicker than a normal pilsner. Well-played, Stoudts.

D: Pretty sessionable.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Known as the Big Brother Pils brewed in honor of Michael Jackson for Philly Beer Week.

Poured a clear golden yellow color with 1/2 inch of creamy white head, good retention and nice lacing. Smells of crisp floral hops, citrus, biscuit, honey, and a slight alcohol tinge. Tastes of honey and sugar, fruit, lemon, cut grass, and a nice hint of alcohol in the finish. Medium in body, low in carbonation, smooth with an alcohol warmth, but seemed a little thin with only a mildly crisp finish. Easy to drink, good for a try, but not as prominently flavorful as some of their other beers.

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Photo of dashirey
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had it on-tap 3/14 at Stoudt's brewpub, but had to wait until someone added it since I don't have 20, but I'm working on it.

A - Golden in color with a huge head on it when it arrived. Almost had to dig through it to get to the beer, but after the first sip the head disappeared. There was plenty of lacing.

S - I was having trouble smelling, but I could get some sweetness. In fact my wife said she thought it smelled like apple cider.

T - A little sweet at first with a hop kick in the back of the tongue & throat. I couldn't pick out the fruit flavors, but there was a mix of them, but the alcohol taste pervaded the drink more than anything else.

M - Pretty full bodied. Light on carbonation, I think a bit more would have been better.

D - Even though it is listed as 7.4 ABV I think the alcohol taste was a little too much. In the end I would have it again, but I don't think I would drink more than a couple.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the brewery in Adamstown, PA.

A: The pils pours with a crystal clear golden body, strong on yellow hues. The pour took a rather long time due to a voluminous head that required several minutes to settle down.

S: The nose is bitter, touched by a hoppy citrus sweetness that just barely gets through the bitterness and booziness.

T: The bite of the citrus hops is evident from the first sip. I was expecting the muted, grassy taste of a European hop, so the citrus was a surprise. A general booziness pervades the pils, warming and creating a big mouthfeel. The bitterness is not as overpowering as other double pilsners and the result is a well-balanced drink that manages to show off a grainy malt side. The hop flavors finish very long, lingering for a good 10 minutes after the glass was gone.

M: The mouthfeel does the hops well, allowing the citrus flavors to emerge without going too strong or biting. The finish was great, allowing me to enjoy the beer long after it was gone.

D: The booziness is evident in the full bodied taste but the impact of the alcohol is fairly well hidden. A good American-ized pils.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Stoudt's on 3/21/08.

A - Clear pale golden body with two-finger fluffy white head packed with bubbles. Lots of frothy lacing abounds. Very minimal carbonation.

S - Lots of lemongrass notes, as well as a pretty big waft of alcohol. Malt is kind of biscuity. A bit of sweet fruit is also present.

T - Bitter lemon with some spicy fruitiness and a bit of biscuity malt. Just a touch of alcohol pushes through as well.

M - Pretty thin body with somewhat of a slick mouthfeel. Kind of watery, actually. Mild heat from the alcohol. Finish isn't too crisp, but it's certainly bitter. Carbonation is almost non-existent.

D - Highly drinkable for an imperial pils. Not as harsh as others I've had. However, it's lacking the crispness of a classic pils that I love. Still, this is a very smooth brew that goes down quite easily.

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Photo of DIM
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a clear pale golden color. It was served to me with a medium sized white fluffy head, with decent lacing.

s: Smells of muted piney hops with hints of lemon and pepper. The alcohol was noticeable but not obtrusive. The malts lent a candied sugar aroma.

t: I was surprised by how much I liked this. It wasn't as hoppy as I expected, they tasted mostly of pine with some nice citrus undertones. The malts had a caramel, grainy taste to the them. The alcohol might have come on a bit too strong, but I welcomed it on a cold rainy day.

m: I couldn't believe how thick this was! It almost had the body of barleywine, very thick and silky. The carbonation was spot-on as well.

d: This was a pretty good one-off beer from Stoudt's but I think I'll stick to the regular lineup next time.

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Imperial Pilsner from Stoudts Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 10 ratings