Reverb Imperial Pilsner | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reverb Imperial PilsnerReverb Imperial Pilsner

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

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

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 2/2014. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon zest, pear, apple, pepper, cracker, bread, light honey, floral, grass, herbal, and floral/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with bright and balanced notes of hop, malt, and yeast esters; with great strength. Taste of lemon zest, pear, apple, pepper, cracker, bread, light honey, floral, grass, herbal, and floral/yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, light fruits, pepper, cracker, bread, light honey, floral, grass, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of bright hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very crisp, smooth and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial Pilsner style. All around great balance of crisp and bright hop, malt, and yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big foam in the tall Pilsener glass, but not so much in the small one. In any case, plenty of suds and an agreeably carbonated tang. Warm and rich mouthfeel with a sweet malty flavor. This has a yeasty flavor like a Hefeweizen and a hint of appley fruit like a very mild Saison. A little cloudy toward the end of the bottle.

Interestingly spicy. The hops seems to be an appropriate choice for this stronger kind of brew. The slightly higher ABV makes for pleasant mouthful with all the malt and that hoppy tang. A very drinkable and flavorful brew that keeps the bitterness in the background, but it's still nicely balanced. From the 750 ml bottle bought at Olive Tree Market in San Diego for $9.75.

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Photo of chinchill
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bomber bottle into a small snifter, this pours a hazy light gold/straw color topped by a moderately durable head and average (at best) lacing.

Light body; crisp; medium-high carbonation.

This imp. pilsner is stronger and more yeasty than your everyday pilsner, but retains the malty base, Saaz hops and dry, crisp finish. Higher ABV is partially hidden.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best By 02-2014

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with 2 fingers of bubbly head that fizzles out within a minute

S: Pilsner malts, a light graininess, some breadiness, and lightly earthy and spicy Saaz hops

T: Starts off with a very light husk and the pilsner malts followed by a light bitterness accompanied by earthy and bready notes. Finishes with a light lingering bitterness and some grain

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid American imperial pilsner. An easy drinker for the summer months that provides just enough kick. Lager fans should seek this one out

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Photo of Chaney
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Batch No: 13149-3; best by 2/14.

I totally dig regular pilsners but haven't found an imperial version to be to my liking. I love Boulevard though, so here goes:

Served in a Port City tulip.

A: Looked very inviting: Poured very crisp and damn near clear, with a soft chill haze, and not much head to speak of.

S: Sorta smelled like a combination of honey, spent grains, and Cheerios. Not bad.

T: I appreciated the fact that this wasn't a syrup bomb and it was medium-bodied, but overall, this was kind of one-dimensional and infinitely forgettable. Very clean finish.

M: Low on carbonation, but not nearly as low as I though it might, but then again, this IS Boulevard, the king of the suds. No lacing left on the glass whatsoever.

O: I would have this again if it were shoved in front of my face, but wouldn't actively seek it out.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pale golden colored body looked very much like a typical Pilsner, but the carbonation was much more lively, and made it look like a club soda. The beer initially had little head, but the fizz formed it soon afterwards. The smell was clean and malt, with a hint of grass as well as lemon. The taste was much more intense than I expected, with a flavors of of honey, white pepper, banana, bubblegum, and a hint of lavender and blonde raisins. The beer was light in the mouth and had a peppery aftertaste. This was definitely quite interesting.

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Photo of bondjedi
1.96/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at the Tacoma Craft Brew Festival.

Perhaps there was something wrong with the CO2 at the Boulevard booth (I got a foamy pour), but this tasted god-awful, somewhere between skunk and fecal matter. I'm a big fan of the Boulevard IPA, so maybe I'll give this another chance. But for now, the worst beer I've had in a looong time.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note: I had just gotten over a cold when tasting this beer.

A: clear golden with almost no head, little carbonation visible
S: not too strong - grainy with some floral - little like an open, unmowed grass field. Maybe a slight sweet apricot note.
T/M: crisp opening yielding to a mossy middle (somehow I don't mean that in a bad way), trying to tend towards grassy; the taste isn't too dry though. Little aftertaste seems kinda minty, and the malt coats the tongue a bit.
O: not a bad offering, little note of the extra alcohol in the imperial. It seems like its struggling to have a nice hops finish and comes up slightly flat.

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Photo of srhoadsy
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served well chilled into a fluted tulip.

Pours a deep golden blonde with an inch plus of white, airy head that quickly recedes leaving moderate surface layer with little to no lacing.

Aromas of biscuits and honey.

Strong bready flavors with honey and just a hint of lemongrass.

Medium bodied and sweet, nice effervescence and a fairly crisp, dry finish. Lingering aftertaste, reminiscent of a saison. Little to no alcohol burn.

Overall, I was very impressed with this beer. Was surprised to see some of the lower scores on this one. Will definitely get again.

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Photo of felix_the_beer_cat
4.56/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Feeling like a Pilsner lately.
Went to Whole Foods and picked up a Reverb bottle.
Chilled it for a few hours - popped the cork - poured out a glass... wow!
The Beer Cat is looking at his wife and ready to pounce on her!

Seriously, I drink cause it makes me horney and this beer is it! Other then Delirium, Reverb is the one! Will report back after the coitus has taken place :)

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.89/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Backward, it spells "Brever". Yeah. Mindblow. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild biscuit, flowers, light grass, and wild rice. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a strong vein of straight plastic, as though I licked the cheap bag my groceries came in. This not only tastes bad on its own, but it also mixes strangely with the breadiness of the malt, leading to a rather off-putting flavor on my tongue. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, I've been searching for a really nice impy pils and thought Boulevard would be the brewery to deliver it. Alas, this was not the case. Instead, theirs stands as a fairly middling version at best (I've had some absolutely horrid ones in my day).

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Photo of scratch69
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance- Clear golden color with two fingers worth of head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Bready malt and cracker aromas with some grassy hops.

Taste- Sweet cracker-like malt flavor that is balanced out with some grassy, floral hops. I detect just a slight hint of citrus also.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with an average amount of crisp carbonation.

Overall- Pretty good pilsener. I am glad I tried this and would buy it again if the price is right.

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Photo of MickeyD
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured into a clean tulip glass

A: light yellow, translucent with tons of carbonation, thick three finger foam, airy and dissipated fast

S: Slightly bready with balance of hops typical of a pils

T: slightly bitter, very light almost citrus

M: light, carbonated and lively

O: very good pils, I would have liked it more bready but still very good, light and true to style.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear sunny color, with a bright white finger of head. Aroma was biscuits and pilsner malt, crackers, grassy hop notes. Tastes of crackers, and biscuits, sweet malts, grassy hops and a fruity yeast note. Body has a creaminess to it, medium body, adequate carbonation, not too airy, not to slick.

Imperial pilsner s can vary, but I like this light and super drinkable boulevard . Wish I could remember how similar this might be to the collaboration 1...

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Quick to non-existant head. Mild haze to its golden sunshine color. Mediocre bubbling.

Sweet, mildly toasted cereal grains and crackers. Some grass and hay hop aromas. There's also an alcoholic hint as well.

Sweet toasted cracker flavor is pretty thin. Strong alcohol presence. Finish is a bright, boozey earth flavor. Toasty malt, yeasty dryness. Boozey warmth throughout. Not bad, but seems like a par beer for an awesome brewery. Glad I tried this brew though.

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Photo of DenverLogan
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From corked bottle...batch by 2013-4.
Poured in Stone Impy Stout tulip glass.
Modest cork pop.
Straw yellow with big head.
Aroma of amber malts, honey, straw, saison herbs, grassy and grapefruit hops.
Significant carbonation and medium mouthfeel.
Flavors are effervescent, robust...citrus, grassy hops, peat, earth, slight flowers and herbs...let me give this 5 minutes...
OK...small head remains, aroma of wheat, grass, light lemon citrus and malt. Full flavors of lemon, grassy hops, roasted malts, some bitter notes from esters and hops. Overall rich, full bodied, lots of grassy hops, some citrus, some malts...decent but not something I would crave.

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Photo of DelMontiac
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a couple of these at the end of Summer 2012. Drank one right away and put the other back because I love drinking beers out of season. Love the label - reminds me of an old classic Fender amp. The neck ring label depicts a knob turned up to 11.

Poured into my Eskimo Joe's pilsner glass from a 750ml corked/caged bottle dated best by April 2013. Fills the glass with a hazy lemony golden hue with 2-3 fingers of snow white foam. Head subsides in a few minutes and leaves scant lace.

Aromas are subdued - grassy/floral hops are more pronounced when this beer is fresh. Biscuit dough is more pronounced after a few months due to the receding hop aromas, I'm sure. Sweet lemon remains the same.

I like pilsners and this one has great flavor. Fresh crisp peppery hop bite balances out with the sweet malty biscuit dough backbone. A wisp of lemon makes it very refreshing.

Medium mouthfeel with that sparkling crisp pilsner carbonation.

This is a great pilsner that I will seek out next Summer as well. Another win for the Smokestack Series.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Corked and caged 750ml with really cool labeling. This is supposed to be much like Collaboration no. 1, which was great. Best by April 2013. Poured into my Black Sheep half-pint snifter.

Appearance: Rich straw-gold hue with a fluffy white cap that fades just a bit quickly for my liking. Still, with medium-high levels of small-beaded carbonation, this is a pretty nice-looking beer.

Smell: A bit plain, actually. Some light malt, with some light grassy/herbal hop notes, and a bit of candy sugar sweetness. Not unpleasant, if a touch simplistic.

Taste: This gets things back on track a bit. Light grain and sugar sweetness, a bit of crisp, white-wine ester character, and some grassy, floral hops. A soft, if firm, alcoholic backbone. Delicate, but firm bitterness. Very well-balanced, with an overall soft palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with soft if sprightly carbonation.

Overall: Granted, it's not fresh-fresh, so the hop character might be a bit muted compared to when this was first released, but it's well within the 'drink by' date. That being said, while this is plenty tasty, there's not a ton of depth here, though the alcohol is hidden wonderfully and the flavors are straightforward and dead-on. Tasty, yes, but not quite up to the level of the Collaboration no. 1.

B = 83

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to FTowne for this bottle...

A: Pours a completely translucent yellow with about a finger and a half of frothy pure white head. The foam settles quickly, leaving a thing ring along the edges of the glass.

S: The nose is typical of a great pilsner. I get light malt, white pepper, grass, and very mild citrus.

T: The beer starts out light and sweet, with a bunch if malt up front. I get that mild pepper, and grass. In the middle I get some berry sweetness, some mild citrus, yeast, and malt. The finsih is a mix of berry sweetness and light malt.

M: Light bodied beer. Good carbonation, light on the palate with a big malt sweet note. Finsihes smooth and refreshing.

O: Good beer. Not great. I would have no idea that this Imp Pilsner is 7.7%. I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another Smokestack Series Bully Beer that doesn't disappoint.

A deep straw, pale golden color pour. Has a bit of an orange tinge to it. White fluffy heads develops to about 2 fingers then relaxes.

A quick release of corn on the aroma, but then settles to a light cracker and biscuit maltiness. Some spices and fruit comes and go, with white pepper being the most noticeable

Flavor has that corn undertone, but it doesn't play very hard, which is nice. The malt is dominant with cracker and biscuit. The hops play an important fruity/ spicy role so as to not let the malt dominate and have the corn come back around.
Sharp and dry finish, a bit boozy. Very nice

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like the idea of an imperial pilsner, but I haven’t yet tasted one that has justified my excitement for the style. Here’s hoping this is the first.

Brewed in 2012 with a best-by date of “04-2013,” three months after the date of this tasting.

A: Hazy straw yellow pour with the standard puffy pilsner head; this time, though, the foam has no staying power, leaving hardly any lace or retention.

S: Spicy hops in the form of lemon and white pepper, with a hint of ginger toward the end; a mild scent for a style famous for heavy hopping. Malts are in no way primary here, but saltine cracker, French bread crust, and banana aromas emanate a crisp, grainy base below the hops. Where’s the “imperial?”

T: Surprisingly sweet, this palate opens with malty tastes of vanilla cake, buttered bread, hay, and even honey. There’s a slight corn taste to it, too, especially in the front of the palate amidst the malts; thankfully, though, it’s short-lived. The hops are dry, but have enough fruit flavor to make them soapy in their mixture of nectarine pulp, ginger spice, and floral grass flavors. A slight taste of solvent alcohol augments the kick to something a little more intense, pushing the aftertaste to a slightly dry, lingering taste of pepper.

M: Not thin at all – you can tell a lot of malt went into this. And the carbonation is just right for the style, fizzing all the way down, but not in an offensive way.

O: A pilsner with a lot more malt than normal; that’s it. It’s a pretty one-dimensional drink that manages to hit on all the fundamentals of the style, but just barely. For the price-per-ounce, it’s pretty good, but I doubt I’ll get it again.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

A - Pours a semi clear yellow with 2 fingers of stark white head. Average rentention and lacing.

S - Lemons, green hay, honey, sweet grains, grassy herbal hops.

T - Lots of sweet pilsner malt, bright lemon citrus, clean grains, grassy hops are spicy with low to medium bitterness, some herbal character as well. Gets slightly doughy as it warms, finishes crisp and dry with some medicinal notes.

M - Moderate prickly carbonation, medium full bodied, crisp and clean finish.

Good stuff. Clean flavors, solid noble hop profile, full pilsner malt backbone, with good carbonation. No alcohol presence with high drinkabilty makes this go down smooth and quick.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 2012-1
(Served in a teku)

A- The clear dandelion yellow body has a slow carbonation with a thick bubbly snow white head. The second pour is full on hazy.

S- Herbal Noble hops have a cream aroma to them and are full but very mellow.

T- The big pils malt has a slight sweetness to it that adds to the freshness taste followed by a mellow green Noble hops with a soft dry field corn note in the finish.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a great full flavor of Pils malt with just a hint of sweetness to make it fresh and nice full rounded hops without becoming bitey and no sulfur harshness either.

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

A - Poured a slightly hazy straw color into the pilsner glass with a nice thick, three fingered white head and lots of bubbly carbonation,

S - Lemons, spicy, mildly earthy, crisp malt aroma.

T - Follows the nose: earthy grassy spice, lemons, light honey, delicate and subtle pilsner malt appears midway through for a brief moment and disappears underneath another wave of grassy grassy spice, and lemons. Finishes with a crisp lemon citrus bitterness that hangs around for a few minutes before slowly fading. The bitter lemon finish leaves a slight tang on the palate. For a big pilsner, the alcohol is not a factor

M - Light medium body, dry and semi-crisp finish, light carbonation pricklies.

O - A nicely done Imperial Pils from Boulevard.

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Photo of beergoot
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light straw body sporting a thick, chunky white head. Soft, grassy hop aroma riding a very light malt scent; slight tang overall. Biscuit-like malt flavor with a steadily developing hop bitterness; alcohol notes are evident but buried in the background of the malt and hop components. Medium-bodied with a crisp, dry finish.

A nicely done imperial pils that keeps the ABV under control while emphasizing excellent pilsner qualities. I see another reviewer called for this to become a regular four- or six-pack release from Boulevard. I second that suggestion...

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Reverb Imperial Pilsner from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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