Reverb Imperial Pilsner | Boulevard Brewing Co.

very good
335 Ratings
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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Ratings: 335 |  Reviews: 66
Photo of videofrog
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a a Courage IRS tulip. Bottle indicated Batch 3 from 2012. Best by date of Apr-2013.

A: Clear, light orange with a frothy white head that dissipates quickly.

S: A bit muted, but as it warms up more comes out with a little agitation. Sweet grains and faint lemon/citrus.

T: Spicy hops are there balanced with cracker. Hop bitterness accumulates and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. Dry finish. Slight peppery alcohol, but not much.

M: Light bodied and crisp. Carbonation is lively as expected from a pilsner.

O: Wish I had been able to try this a little fresher, but as is I think this is a solid beer, as is every other offering from the Smokestack Series. I like the simplicity of the single hop-single malt recipe. Very refreshing and worth trying.

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

Pours cloudy straw color (with a slightly green tinge) . Good head that settles slowly and lumpily. Some spots on the glass.

Earthy and sour smell. Little to no hop nose. Some yeast.

The flavor is a dramatic improvement to the smell. Starts with pale malt base (without any graininess). Pleasant hop bitterness balances this. The hop is like mild white pepper--gives a lengthy aftertaste. The body is predictable, the carbonation on the high side.

Overall, this isn't very pilsner-like, and with the muted hop and alcohol, not very imperial. But I would say it is a tasty beer.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P:  Slight hazed effervescent golden straw body with a creamy froth if white head with good retention. 

S:  Pilsner malt, lemon zest, orange peel, Orbit bubble mint gum, up front saaz, lemongrass, fresh grains, honey and acidic phenol aroma.  Refreshing and clean. 

T/M:  Taste follows the nose but is sweeter. Sunny grains, orchard fruit, herbal bubble mint, grapefruit, black pepper, wheat, lemon dish soap, and a balanced acidity.  Carbonated body that tingles the tongue and finishes dry. Lingering grapefruit, sourdough and timid booze.  Once the bottle was gone I had a lingering in my mouth of sharp cheddar. 

O:  I list for this beer. It's so balanced, fresh, and complex all at the same time. This 750 went quick. I want to grab more of this right now. Too bad it's too late. Oh well i can grab more in a few days and you can be sure I will. Stop what your doing and go get Reverb. 

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Photo of hardy008
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear gold with a 3 finger foamy white head with good retention and lacing. Smells like lemon, wheat, bread, and noble hops.

Tastes much like it smells, but sweeter than I expected. There is lemon, wheat, bread, noble hops, and some grapes. Sweet with some hops to balance things out.

Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and refreshing. A nice Imperial Pilsner. Worth trying if you have the chance, just like with other beers in the Smokestack Series.

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Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of bump8628
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliantly clear gold with a perfect dollop of pure white foam. Harmony between a soft, clean, elegant graininess and slightly aggressive Saaz. Honey, lemon zest, black pepper, and barley husk. Great balance, which seems to be difficult to achieve in this style. Great flavors, but what really makes it stand out is that the brewers managed to maintain that lean pilsner dryness. Four packs of this would be nice to see in the future

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Photo of freduardo
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of russpowell
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch#2 best by 04-2013

Pours an effervescent gold with 3+ fingers of pearl colored head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Breadyness, soapyness, hay, perfumy notes

T: Follows the nose, nice sweet breadyness, grass & soapyness up front, some lemon & grapefruit. Grapefruit, lemon, dryness & some grainyness as this warms. Finishes dry, with lemons, grassyness & grainy sweetness

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation, nicely balanced

A ramped up/amped-up version of their Pils with some American influence. I like this, would love to see this out in 4 pack next year

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Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall lager glass at 45 Degrees, Batch #1 of 2012.

Appearance: Pours a clean golden gold body with a white one finger head that dissipates into a ring around the glass and moderate carbonation. A classic looking pilsner.

Aroma: Sharp, toasty pilsner malts, lemongrass, lemon, mild floral hops, dried rice, and that astringency of flavors directly to the nose.

Taste: Right off the bat I get a lot of malt. The grain/malt bill is the star attraction here from beginning to end. The bitter/floral hops are there but very subtle here and I was a little letdown that they weren’t showcased along with the malts. I also get characteristics of wheat, lemon, herbs, corn and rice, a buttery flavor, and that astringency/funk that all pilsners seem to have. I have to state that when I started getting down to the bottom of the bottle, the beer started to change a bit, and the flavors (especially the hops) became a lot more prominent. I enjoyed this the most when I got to the second half of this bottle.

Mouth Feel: Very clean, crisp, refreshing, and very drinkable. The alcohol is well hidden, and the body and carbonation is moderate.

Overall: Pilsners are not one of my favorite styles of beer and I rarely stop and buy them at bottle shops. I have to say that this would be best to have on a hot day sitting on the back porch barbequing and sharing with friends. I did enjoy this, especially when I got to the second half of the 750mL bottle. It was nice to have a hand-crafted pilsner for a change brewed with quality ingredients. This is definitely a giant step over all the other massively produced adjunct brews available out there. I’m a real big fan of Boulevard’s line of Smokestack series beers and I when I heard that they were going to make an imperial pilsner I realized that I haven’t had a craft brewed pilsner yet and I just had to purchase a bottle and give it a chance. This beer was well crafted and moderately well-balanced, and if you a fan of pilsners, I would recommend picking this up while it’s sticking around and still fresh.

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Photo of mattafett
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of GbVDave
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Boulevard tulip.

Batch Number/ 2012 - 1
Best By Date: 04 - 2013

A: Pours a nicely hazed pale gold color with 1 1/2 creamy fingers of bright white foam on top. Perfect carbonation and lacing.

S: Bold and bright, lemon-y noble hops take center stage with supporting help from mildly toasted malt. Very crisp and clean. I couldn't keep my nose out of the glass!

T: See above. Very tidy and tasty.

M: Full and coating. Good staying power. Hints of white pepper in the finish.

O: Glad to see this one hit the shelves again under a different name. I'd love to try this on draft sometime.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of grumpygerman
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Deivos
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a light straw color with a thin white head.

Aroma was malty grains along with white grapes and herbal notes.

The taste was classic pilsner. Herbal notes, malty grains, grass, light white grape and finished with a moderate bitterness.

Clean and crisp mouthfeel and carbonation.

I enjoyed this Imperial Pilsner quite a bit. Will definitely have again.

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

750mL (batch 2012-2; best by 04-2013) into a tall weizen glass. Pours a clear greenish pale yellow w/ a big fluffy white head, sticky lace, ample carb.

Aroma is floral Old World hops, sweet grainy Pilsner malt. Elegant and balanced.

Taste follows nose. Light and lemony, refreshing, with a sharp bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, balanced, dry finish.

Overall a drinkable, refreshing Pilsner. Well done Boulevard.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened 9.12.12.

A - Pours a slight hazy light yellow with a two inch near-white head, fizzy but fades fast.

S - Pilsner malt, alcohol, corn.

T - Sweet corn, light wheat.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Tasty pumped up pilsner.

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Photo of TheBishopco
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Hellpop65
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of kew
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of mkh895
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of JVan
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of BeerNDoggerel
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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