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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 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 2012-2...best 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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Photo of acelin
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Beer Kitchen in KCMO. Poured into a 5 oz. tasting glass.

It pours a deep golden hue, although it's not opaque. Surprisingly clear for an Imp Pils, nothing wrong with that. Looks like a delicious pils. Could have been a little better with the head retention, certainly from an Imp pils.

It smelled of pale malt and noble hops. Not much to say here, however, it smelled great.

I'm not sure I like this being a smokestack. Please, Boulevard, make this a normal 6 packer! I love pilsners, and an Imp Pils is like a special version with even more pale malt and even more alcohol. Super malty, with a tangy hop presence that balanced it out quite well. Very sweet, almost juicy.

Mouthfeel was superb, very soft but not quite imperial. It was a bit light.

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Photo of dwilkins
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale yellow and cloudy - a bit too light for a pilsner. I have the impression that the cloudiness causes it to be more yellow than golden. A white, wispy, but minimal head persists during the entire glass - perfect for a pilsner head.

S - Cream corn with light maltiness coming through. A fault in anything but a pilsner, IMHO.

T - Very clean, very light malt flavor predominates. A little less hoppy than many pilsners. No citrus, fruit, kiwi/schwimi. A pilsner should be cleanly malty and this delivers. No hint whatsoever that it is boozy. I may detect just a bit of mustiness (some Tank 7 funk?).

M - Thick, chewy body as far as pilsners go. This is consistent with what I think I should find in an "Imperial" pilsner.

O - Wonderful. As a pilsner, it is ok. As an imperial pilsner, it is quite delicious and what I imagine it should be. I could easily get carried away with this as it hides its 7.7 ABV well.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch 2012-2. Best by 4-2013.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty but somewhat basic.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip/pokal like style glass. 2012 GABF gold medal winner in the Other Strong beer category. Minor pop off the cork. Batch 2012-2.

This beer is a real looker I think. A gorgeous orb glowing unfiltered lemon and brass like yellow, hints of green edges too. A real nice creamy head forms, wonderful pinhead even bubbles and consistency. Pours about three fingers, and settles slowly, always has a nice collar and even a minimal puck while consuming. This is one impressive looking animal, I am really digging this I could look at it all day, it looks like a killer Belgian pale ale, complete with the microscopic little pinhead bubbles rising up.

Nose is interestingly straightforward and simple. A bit of crisp malt, and some nice grassy hop like action. It's clean, not boozy, not sugary sweet or bursting with alcohol heat. While I like for bigger bread like action this is just simple and solid. Gives no hint a big beer is coming.

Palate hits with a nice simple body. Does not give any hint this is a big beer. Clean crisp malty finish, with grass. A good sense of carbonation that doesn't overpower, but a good non boozy taste. Finishes clean as advertised a little bit of honey. As the beer warms up there is a real nice fruit component to this. Hints of green pear and mild apple come out with a nice mild warmth.

Overall very impressed with this one, lots of fun, and more Boulevard win too.

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Photo of jjanega08
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch Number/Best by date:

A= Pours a nice hazy light yellow color with a nice thick bubbly white head that rises to a finger high and holds great retention and lacing on the side of the glass.

S= Smells like a strong grassy hop aroma with a nice grain and hay character. A little yeasty character to it as well.

T= The taste is a nice light but noticable flavor. A subtle grassy flavor with a nice hay character to it. The flavors are light and subtle but they make i fun and interesting to drink.

M= Highly carbonated.

O= This is a nice subtle beer that somehow works. A great grainy hay flavor and enough hop character to make it interesting. It works and it's tasty. Don't pay an arm and a leg but try this if you like pilsners.

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Photo of tigg924
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at Driftwood Tavern--Plymouth

Appearance: minimal head, high carbonation, gold in color, clear

Smell: grass, grain, and toasted malt

Taste: grass, light honey, some grain, and a decent hop in the middle

Mouthfeel: light body, sweet with a bitter middle, medium carbonation

Overall: I generally do not like this style but like Boulevard so I figured I would give this a try. The problem I have with most versions of the style is that the way breweries imperialize pilsners is by adding massive amounts of hops or alcohol. When that happens, the grassiness and some of the refreshing qualities I like about regular pilsners get taken away. Boulevard is the first brewery I have tasted that still has a lot of the pilsner taste I like in their imperial version. The alcohol is upped, but I do not feel like I am choking on it. This is a very good beer and one I will get again. If I was not grading to style, it is probably closer to a 4, but it blows away every other example I have had in the style.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a hazy straw yellow with 2 fingers of white foamy head which quickly dissipated.
very citrusy - lemon, orange, grapefruit. Bready, with a grassy bitterness in the finish
A very nice mix of tart citrus bitterness reminiscent of a grapefruit. A slight metallic taste in the background, with a sweet malty overtone. Bitter lemon peel type taste in the finish.
medium body, high carbonation, creamy on the lips, smooth and refreshing on the palate. 
a great beer overall, all of the alcohol is masked well by the great flavors. A very refreshing treat for any time of the year.

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Photo of beertunes
2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear, golden straw color with about an inch of white head that had good retention and light lacing.

There was a strong alcohol scent at the front of the aroma. Under that were some nice grains, but they were fairly buried. The taste was the same, the alcohol completely overpowered the malts and gentle hops.

The body was thick and sticky, exactly the opposite of what you look for in a Pils. Drinkability was OK, but I wouldn't have more than one at time. Overall, a decent, but unspecial, brew. Probably worth a shot if you see it on tap, but I don't about investing in a large format bottle.

I in general find Imperial Pilseners to be a style that's mostly unnecessary. This brew reinforced that opinion.

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Photo of stephens101
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An explosion of bubbles fills the Pilsner glass to the rim and continue unabated, keeping the huge white head in full effect. Color is pale yellow with golden hues. Smells of fresh squeezed lemon, grain and a hint of grass. Not much going on aroma wise. Flavorful light fruits and malt are quickly followed by a subdued hoppiness and an afterthought of caramel. A bit of spice lies underneath it all. Not as dry as expected, and actually has quite a creamy mouth-feel. The alcohol heat tickles the throat. Overall this one is quite balanced and drinkable. And while I'm not the biggest Imperial Pils fan, I'm thoroughly enjoying this one.

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Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer comes by way of cpolking, thanks. Poured from a brown 25.4 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit malty, some grains. Taste is the same, malts and grains, some alcohol is present, just a faint touch of hops, a bit mild. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Reverb Imperial Pilsner from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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