Noble Prize | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: American Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Inspired by our very first collaboration project, Noble Prize Imperial Pilsner is brewed using a starkly simple recipe combined with a painstakingly complex brewing process resulting in an imperial pilsner of subtle elegance and delicately balanced contrasts. A grain bill composed of 100% Pilsner malt makes a clear, yet restrained statement, answered by Saaz hop bitterness, echoes of which linger in the dry, crisp finish.

Pouring brilliant golden in color, Noble Prize opens with aromas of bready, honey-like malt sweetness with subtle floral and black pepper notes from the use of Saaz and Mandarina Bavaria hops. With the flavor of freshly baked bread, the 100% pilsner malt base provides a crisp platform to showcase spicy herbal and earthy noble hop tones provided by first wort and end of boil hopping. The delicate, simple malt bill and cooler than normal fermentation temperature, 49 F as opposed to 55 F for KC Pils, result in an incredibly balanced, complex beer born from an amazingly simple recipe.

32 IBU

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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 84
Photo of Parmesan
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a slightly hazy lemon straw yellow with a small white head and some thin lacing on the glass.

S:. Sweet cereal malt and grain, nice floral hops.

T: Sweet cereal malt and grain, some bitter floral hops in the back end.

F: Clean and crisp medium to heavy body.

O:. This is a pretty solid pills.

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Photo of beercam
4.92/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A creamy, seltzery, champagne like brew. Peppery but balanced, crisp but very deep. A really cool direction for a strong pilsner. A small leap from incorporating some Belgian tasting notes.
Nimble, elegant, pleasant grain,
with a very relatable, reliable pilsner malt flowing through and through.

One to impress. Cheers !

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Photo of Strix
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear yellow with monster head and gobs of lace

Pretty standard pilsnery smell

Crisp bready notes, with lemon and black pepper. Lacking the somewhat grassy off-notes that often turn me off in pilsners.

Medium dense mouthfeel, highly carbonated

This was quite enjoyable. Clean but complex.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into glass. Date of '24NOV2017' is stamped on the bottle neck.
Pale gold colored body, cloudy. Long lasting creamy white head. Some spots of lacing.
Aroma of bready and sweet malts, with floral and peppery hops.
Sweet bread taste, along with spicy and floral hops. Very well balanced.
Enjoyable, medium mouth feel. Allows full expression of tastes.
The brewery description is on point. Well done all around. A beer to seek out again.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this one, but not as much as other Smokestack Series offerings. It's good, not great. The ABV is only 7.5%, fitting the lighter style of a pilsner, but I wish they'd bumped it up a bit with the imperial part of things. It's certainly crisp, as the description indicates, just not quite as flavorful as it could be in my view. I also had quite a bit of sediment in my two bottles, though I swirled thoroughly before drinking - I'm not sure if that's supposed to be there or not, but it didn't really affect the taste.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Bottle
Best By: 02FEB2018

Poured into a Trillium glass a pretty nice hazy golden yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy/foamy two-finger white head, which also leaves some nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, hoppy, yeasty, some lemon, bready, slight pepper. The taste is pretty nice, malty, hoppy, yeasty, with a nice touch of lemon, bready, nice little touch of pepper. Medium body, ABV hidden very nicely, slight dry/bitter finish. Overall, this one surprised me, very nice brew.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear golden yellow with a 1/2 inch of foam that sticks around for quite a bit. Smell is quite good cracker malts, subtle fruity hops and a nice husky corn like body. Taste is very IPA mirror very smooth hoppy bitterness meets a subtle malt presence. No weird skunky aftertaste very clean with a smooth medium body.

Overall I am floored I never seen this before and as not a huge pilsner fan this is one of my favorites!

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am going to start by saying that I am not anywhere close to a pilsner person. This caught me off guard. Hazy golden pour with a nice cracker aroma, even a touch of citrus hop. Very nice flavor, well balanced, tasty without to much bitter. Very clean. Then, as I am entering this I realize that it is an imperial Pils. End of the day, I am pretty sure this is my favorite pilsner and a beer I will look for, a first for me with a pils. Nice job Boulevard.

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Photo of DW78715816
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: hazy bright golden
S: I get a little hop citrus but mostly what I think some call biscuit. Smells good.
T: really good. Has that great bitterness I love in a good pilsner and a great crispness with hop character.
F: crisp and refreshing but bursting with flavor.
O: a great pilsner

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My old neighbor and good friend got me this one. It poured a hazy yellow with white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had hints of bread. The taste was boozy with cracker like base. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's ok.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Simply a phenomenally well done imperial Pilsner. Clean, crisp and spicy, nice bready malts. This pilsner takes such a delicately well crafted brew and gives the added bonus of little higher alcohol.

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Photo of TH28
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. 10/26 best by date. Appearance: Golden and fairly clear with some haze and an aggressive, frothy white head. Aroma: Spicy hop atop a loaf of bread. Beautiful pils aroma. Taste: Rich bready malt sweetness, with a light spicy hoppiness that is muted against the strong malt base. Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied for the style, with a restrained moderate carbonation. Definitely some alcohol heat here. Overall: Definitely feels like a high ABV pils. Really standout aroma of spicy hops against the bready maltiness. The rich maltiness and heavier body throws off that typical balance against an aggressive spicy bitterness, and makes this a slow drinker. Can’t complain because this fits what you would expect from an imperial pils, but it definitely doesn’t have that typical high perceived bitterness of the style

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Photo of flagmantho
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a moderate haze, a strong effervescence and two fingers of frothy white foam. Hazier than a regular Pilsner should be, but I think it's OK in this case.

Smell: sweet malt with an almost pear-like aroma and a dash of noble hops. This smells basically like a cross between a really good Pilsner and a really good tripel -- I like it quite a lot.

Taste: much like the aroma, the big malt, pear character and hint of hops make this taste to me more like a triple than anything else. A very tasty beer indeed.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big carbonation and a pretty good creaminess.

Overall: this beer is outstanding. It's kind of odd for a Pilsner, but man, is it a tasty concoction.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a shaped IPA glass.

Cloud blonde. Lively carbonation. 2 fingers of loose white head.

Cracker, grain, bread dough, grass, and florals.

Cracker, grains, and doughy bread. Balanced noble hoppiness of grass, dried hay, and zesty florals. Touch of earthiness.

Medium-plus bodied, crisp, clean, and dry.

Clean, dry, and very much to style.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Boulevard Brewing Co. "Noble Prize Imperial Pilsner"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY... 26OCT2017" and sampled on 12JULY2017
$3.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: A majestic head of rocky white rises above a cloudy yellow-orange body. The aroma displays yeast with a mineral side to it, soft bready malt, and floral and lightly spicy hops. The flavor is of course fuller with more malt; and spicier, more floral, and even a bit orange-like. Pilsner malt is clear, and there's just a touch of grassiness to it in the finish. Imperial Pilsner? Yep. I was somehow hoping there'd be something a little more to it, more hops perhaps, but that's exactly what it is - a big pilsner. It's really well done though, clean, and very nicely balanced given it's size and strength - it would be easy to make it too bitter or too sweet - it's probably on the sweetish side as it is, but it's not "sweet", and never sticky or cloying. Hmmm... perhaps that's what I'm missing, a little more bitterness? Furthermore the alcohol never shows, although at just 7.5% I wouldn't expect it to, and there is still a 'presence' to it. I'm assuming it's doing a little bit to help dry the finish as there's not a whole lot of bitterness there. It's medium bodied with a soft, gentle caress on the palate from its fine-bubbled median carbonation. Looking back at it now I still have a solid surface covering and there are solid walls of lace along the sides of the glass. It's not the best head I've seen, nor the best lacing, but it's quite good. My only question on that point, the appearance, is should it lose points for lacking in clarity? I would guess yes, Pilsner should be clear. Another thing, although it's personal preference, is that I'd like more Saaz hops in the nose. On the other hand, I have no way of knowing how old this beer is. Maybe it was there to begin with and it's just faded. On the bottle in inkjet white above the "26OCT2017" date it reads "L012517" which might be the packaging date which would make it five and a half months old. Ah, I don't know. Given the price, which is twice what a regular pilsner or IPA or Belgian-style pale ale costs I guess I thought it'd be more special.

4/3.75/4/4/4.25 = 3.99

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

in my memory this is similar to a couple of other larger pils types these guys have done in the past, but for my money, its the best and most refined of them, a really great take on a style that almost never reaches this level of quality and enjoyment, at least for me. i love how its delicate while also being huge for the style. its absolutely crackling bone dry, which i a must for me in a stronger pils, and the alcohol is not there at all. the yeast keeps this feeling snappy and crisp, drinks way lighter than it is, and in the hot and humid kansas city heat, this could get some folks into trouble! it almost tastes like it has a champagne yeast or something to it, the slightest white wine flavor, and this perfect bursting effervescence. its also a great showcase of the saaz hops, bitter and grassy with a light lime zest note to it, truly european, but really bright and fresh at the same time. floral elements in the finish, elderflower or something, pollen, and a little more pils malt body and flavor than is common. sturdy but delicate, extremely minimal, nowhere to hide any flaws in this beer, it shows expert attention to detail and is about as well done as a strong pilsener can be. enormously impressed by this, its dialed!

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Photo of Tone
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, sweet malt, alcohol, citrus hops, hint of pine, and coriander. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Pilsner. Tastes of strong pale malt, sweet malt, alcohol, citrus hops, hint of pine, and coriander. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, and body.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an excellent gold color though the head runs away a bit quickly. Aromas of lemon, white pepper, and floral notes are all very present with just a hint of pure hoppiness. The flavor is skewed malty/sweet, with honey on the tongue pretty strongly at the start, but there is just enough citrus and hoppiness to balance it out. The booziness is not necessarily unwelcome, but it does impart a somewhat medicinal background note. The mouthfeel is, as always, outstanding in a Boulevard brew, and remarkably dry and light.

Overall this is a pretty darn good imperial pils, but perhaps half a point too high on the booze. Still, a fine beer to drink on a warm night.


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Photo of daledeee
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a nice bright cloudy yellow with great foam.

Nose is hoppy. Taste is some grain with strong yeast and lemon. Mouthfeel is nice and bubbly. This is a very satisfying beer overall.

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Photo of superspak
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 1/25/2017. Pours slightly hazy pale golden straw color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with insane retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts the whole glass. Thick foamy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Incredible appearance! Aromas of big lemon, cracker, biscuit dough, lightly toasted bread, herbal, pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance of pale malt and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, cracker, biscuit dough, lightly toasted bread, herbal, pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate herbal/grassy/spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, cracker, biscuit dough, lightly toasted bread, herbal, pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness and carbonation, increasing through the glass. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 7.5%. Overall this is a fantastic imperial pilsner style! All around awesome robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink for the ABV. Absolutely wonderful example of the style, perfectly balanced. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.27/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, served in a willi becher glass. Pour is slightly hazy golden yellow body, one and half finger white head, thick and frothy, lots of retention, bits of lacing. Smell is zest, biscuit, bread, grainy sweetness, a bit of sunflower seed sorta floral. Straightforward, nothing particularly special. It has a bit of a sharp sweetness. Flavour is kinda bothersome; up front there is biscuit, bread, grains providing an overall sweetness and minerality; however it seems to level off midway, replaced with a strange, astringent bitterness. It's like licking a shaved lemon peel, but without the lemony part of it. It's got a strange, somewhat unpleasant bitter character to it. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, good carbonation, again with the strange aftertaste that doesn't agree with me. Not sure why, but this just didn't work very well for me.

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Photo of bump8628
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A difficult beer for me to rate. While almost everything about it says absolute pilsner perfection, there is one glaring issue - the inflated ABV. Is there a reason this beer could not have been brewed in the 5-6% range? I think not.

High marks for appearance - brilliant straw gold, lively carbonation, and a thick a cap of sticky white foam that lasts forever. Those noble European hops are vibrant, sweetly floral, peppery, and spicy - yet soft somehow. And perfectly complemented by a clean yet complex malt body, rich graininess, newly cut grass, freshly baked bread, a warm spring day.

So far, so good: here's where it somehow, inexplicably turns south, that lingering alcohol burn on the finish. A hint at that unnecessary ABV.

ABV to build malt complexity, to build a backbone for a barrage of hops, that's understandable. Here the added sugar and alcohol lends nothing positive, but merely detracts from an otherwise wonderful beer. A near perfect pilsner with an unnecessarily high ABV. Drop this around 6% and it's a perfect. As is it has that "ugly American" high ABV for the sake of high ABV, stigma.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Classic pour with sharp pale golden color & frothy head. Aroma is a traditional pilsener quaff, robust grain & earthiness. Taste is also, again, very classic & traditional, with vintage German grains, grass, hay, wheat chaff, etc. A little Bavarian hops adds a dry stonefruit note. Not an exciting beer, but well done & I think could hold its own against some of the European standards.

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Photo of tempest
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A lovely pilsner, but no need for the imperial strength given the average intensity of the flavor and aroma—quite pleasant but doesn't jump out of the glass. The hops are very floral with a hint of fruit at the end of the nose. The body's quite drinkable with a mild bready malt backbone.

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Photo of stephens101
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A vigorous off-white froth tops this fizzy, hazy and golden brew. Smells of straw, fresh pear and grain. Taste is potent and invigorating with more fresh pear, a squirt of lemon, sugar covered grapefruit and beer bread. Light to medium and goes down just as easy any lesser gravity pils our there.

A substantial beer that knows exactly what it's about and provides enough flavor to keep your torch lit but not too much to blow it out.

Boulevard has a new hit on their hands.

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Noble Prize from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 84 ratings