Reverb Imperial Pilsner | Boulevard Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
85
very good
335 Ratings
Reverb Imperial PilsnerReverb Imperial Pilsner
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
With its classic recipe and impeccable craftsmanship, this summer seasonal is a study in delicately balanced contrasts. Up front, Pilsner malt makes a clear yet restrained statement, answered by the steady, harmonious hum of Saaz hops, traces of which linger in the dry, crisp finish.

32 IBU

Added by Reaper16 on 08-18-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
335
Reviews:
66
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.37%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The label states Batch #1 with a ’Best By’ date of 9/2010.

Appearance: Pours out a cloudy, sufficiently yellow-hued body underneath a tall, dense, near white head with steadfast retention. Why, it’s positively elegant-looking.

Smell: An aroma evincing its 100% pilsner malt and 100% Saaz hop composition with notes of French bread dough, honey, cut apples, moist-damp grass, and spice.

Taste: Soft pilsner malt taste with a delicate flavors of sliced quick bread and wildflower honey. Medium-low sweetness. Floral, peppery, lightly grassy Saaz hops with a reserved level of bitterness. A bit of apple and standard lemon fruitiness tucked in the background. All the while, there’s an understated funky wildness to it. A bit more spiciness and sweetness remains for the amply carbonated finish. It is subtle, but it’s got an air of sophistication about it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Not only a fantastic, well-balanced beer, but it puts all others in its class (save the more hop intense Sam Adams offering) to shame! I shared this with LibrarianGirl, and even she was kind enough to agree that it makes every other Imperial Pilsner appear to be peddling brewed bottles of monkey feces.

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Photo of Zach136
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bogdawg
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LuckyLemans
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Too bitter

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Photo of Bearman13
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cbcb
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 ounce cage and corked bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date 02-2014, I really should pay closer attention to bottle dates.

APPEARANCE: pours a hazy, straw color with less than one-finger, white head that quickly dissipated until just a ring of bubbles remained around the glass, highly carbonated, there is almost no lacing to be seen on the glass.

SMELL: faint to the nose, bread, lemon, grass, some pepper.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet, apples, faint lemon, assertive hops for a pilsner, finishes clean, the 7.7% ABV is barely perceptible and has a pleasant warming effect.

PALATE: highly carbonated, medium body.

OVERALL: this is my first Imperial Pilsner, I bought an old bottle but for this style it's not a big deal, I may update my review if I buy a newer bottle and it tastes different/better, I really enjoyed this beer even though it's a year past the "best by" date, it's a pilsner on steroids, every thing you like about the style but more of it, I love Boulevard Brewing Co. and the entire Smokestack Series, I would buy this again and recommend to anyone who enjoys beer, I hope to visit this brewery when I'm in town to watch the world champion Royals.

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Photo of jpuetz
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Matt141
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewSTL
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ovaltine
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy straw under a fine 1” bone white head that slowly dissipates to a thick film that produces good lace. Spicy nose with light grains. Bread and grainy malt lead the palate to a drying, crisp finish with a touch of tartness. Medium body and medium to medium high carbonation. Full flavored but well balanced with a pleasant bitter hop accent on the finish.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Basoos1
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of shelby415
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of BostonTheseus
4.8/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of RavenForBeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #69 (October 2012):

One hop, one malt … Saaz & Pilsner respectively, a lot of noise on the palate from those two. Very rich with a lot going on as the complexities open up. Very drinkable, we had to remind ourselves at first that this is a 7.7%abv brew. Perfect for anyone wanting to taste a Saaz only beer, hoppy enough to satisfy a weathered hophead.

STYLE: Imperial Pilsner
ABV: 7.7%
AVAILABILITY: Seasonal

LOOK: Bright yellow, dense foam, glass stickage

SMELL: Floral, faint lemon zest, fresh grass, crackers, spicy, clean, mildly yeasty, peppery, faint alcohol

TASTE: Deep crispness, dried grass, bready, nutty, yeasty, peppery, balanced hop bitterness, goaty, vegtal, very malty, herbal, spicy hops, warming alcohol, very dry finish

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Photo of Offa
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

I am in general a big fan of so-called Imperial Pilsners as they are a lot like a hoppier, lighter maibock, and this is an excellent one.

Gold, it has a very big white head, airy and slowly shrinking.

Aroma is strong, lightly toasty, raisiny grain, white bread, apples, grass, fruit skins (apple).

Taste is nice raisiny breadiness, apples, grassy-fruit skin bitterness with hint of herb. Zesty zingy bitter hop character dominates after up-front sweetness up front, but lots of sweetness and bitterness. It's excellent with lingering sweet and bitter, bread and grassy herb.

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Reverb Imperial Pilsner from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.8 out of 5 based on 335 ratings.
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