Beer Thousand
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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American Imperial Pilsner
3.77 | pDev: 13.26%
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of daliandragon
4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

So, one of my closest friends is a Guided by Voices super fan and he won some kind of raffle and won a case of these that was only a six pack really. He gave me this bottle a few yeas ago and I made it the centerpiece of my nascent cellar and opened it tonight after we saw GBV at the Black Cat in DC the other night.

This was heavy with fruit and boozy malt notes but also incredibly smooth after four years of rest. Wood and grapevine flavors with some smoke and dark chocolate. Really improves as it warms, as well. Worth the wait for me and my buddy.

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Photo of freemone233
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The BEST beer I ever had. Fortunately, I have more to consume. Delicious!
Look = light golden lager
Smell = a wonderful waif of goodness ready for my...
Taste = STRONG bite of power - armed me for a weight room slugfest
Feel = the bottle was cold until I put it down.

If one can find this beer, RUN QUICKLY and acquire it.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Perhaps another casualty of the Beer Backlog here at Chez Woody, I have had this poor devil in the door of my reefer ever since I purchased it. I am in the midst of a wonderful horizontal of DFH beers & this one just happens to be the next up.

From the bottle: "A right-lyrical lager brewed with ten varieties of grains and ten varieties of hops."; "Complex and rugged, 20 years in the making. And, much like Guided By Voices' Bee Thousand, better than ever. 10 grains x 10 hops x 10% = Beer Thousand."

I am coming to embrace the idea of Pop!ping the cap & proceeding with a gentle pour, rather than an aggro one. Less chance of a mess + it gives me the opportunity to conduct an in-glass swirl. In this case, I got just over a finger of foamy, rocky, bone-white head with modest retention, quickly falling back to wisps. Color was solidly Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of vanilla, grass, honey, orange Pekoe tea and light fusel alcohol. As to the latter, it may have smoothed out & become less hot than it was originally, but it was lurking just beneath the surface. Beware! Mouthfeel was lightly carbonated, but very dense, sitting on my tongue like a sumo wrestler. The taste was very evocative of Chai tea! Spicy, tea-like, with notes of milk and vanilla as well as honey. It was dangerously drinkable and very smooth. Warming, the spiciness became more prevalent as did the notes of sweet orange peel. It was kind of reminiscent of a Wit in that regard. Phew! It was clearly effective as I could suddenly feel it coming on like a runaway train. Finish was hot, dry, spicy, very tea-like & a clear indication to me to slow down & savor this one. It was not playing around by any stretch of the imagination.

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Photo of greshdoghophead
4.91/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 10-31-14 poured into a can shaped beer glass. Amazing aroma of champagne, wine, and port-like vapors. I'm not afraid to age anything; didn't even remember this as a lager. Was so much sweeter when fresh, Obviously the hops have laid down a bit, but so smooth and the tiny bubbles are barely discernable. ABV masked well, a minor candied sugar hint with just a solid backbone of malty layers. Highly drinkable all the way through. not boozy at all. Happy retirement 1000!

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Photo of stevoj
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Does not come across as a high ABV beer. Strong malt presence from the moment you open the bottle. Cereal grain through and through, no warmth or burn. Tasty lager

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"Complex and rugged, 20 years in the making. And, much like Guided By Vouces' Bee Thousand, better than ever. 10 grains x 10 hops x 10% = Beer Thousand." Available in 12 oz. bottled 4 packs and on limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a pale off-white color over a moderately hazy medium amber body with ample fine pulp sediment and abundant, lively carbonation. Retention is average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) A complex blend of malt notes forward, most evidently unmalted wheat and pilsner grain amongst more complex specialty malts and adjuncts that generate an enhanced and aromatic body. Potent herbal tea and honey characters pull the aroma in unusual directions. Hop character is mostly floral, grassy and slightly earthy with a moderate bitterness. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) The flavor largely follows the nose, with more malt body richness following, intense wheat and grain malts coalesce into a slick, flavorful but grainy malt biscuit of considerable complexity, rough with graininess, softly sticky with fermented honey flavor and creeping with phenols and esters around the edges. Faded hop flavor but a decent hop bitterness seems adequate to balance the softly exposed malt sweetness, especially when paired with the specialty malt's dominating earthy and grainy bitterness. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, modestly syrupy, lightly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation is brisk, generating a moderate frothiness and a sharply crisp finish. Body is medium/heavy for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly grainy and earthy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) An ambitious concept from Dogfish Head, but ultimately one very busy ale with a lot of exposed grainy roughness is more likely to be a put off than a turn on. It's an ale that I find difficult to categorize, but with many of Dogfish Head's projects, the results can be a surprise for better or worse. I likely would have been more impressed with something that had half of the ingredients and alcohol, but then we wouldn't have Beer Thousand, just Beer One Hundred Twenty Five, and that just doesn't roll off the tongue (nor fulfill the artist-album-tribute-pun) nearly as well. 3.5

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Photo of ShanePB
2.94/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on draft. Knowing this is a year old at this point, I figured for the style there would be some fall-off. Never had this fresh, so this is a review for a beer 1+ years old. Clear golden yellow with a tiny white head that settled out quickly. No lacing or retention. Aromas of stale grains, old hops, and sweet malt. Flavors are nearly identical. You can absolutely tell this has to be a shadow of its former self. Good, but at this point - pass.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one as a present from a friend, who had it in the fridge since a year. poured with a nice golden rich color. amazingly complex taste. I wish this beer would not be retired. I would buy this regularly

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Photo of Seejae
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An appropriate beer to celebrate an iconic album from an iconic band. The hop profile is profound for a lager, but the alcohol sweetness is the dominant trait of this beer ......long live Rockathon

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, golden, amber color, speckled with orange highlights, and a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into almost no head what-so-ever.

Aroma: Not much in the way of aroma, and what aroma there is, is very subtle. Some very subtle aromas of clove, orange and orange zest, a touch of pith and banana, and a touch of honey too, but almost nothing in the way of toasted moat or hops. Interesting and surprising, as this beer is purported to be brewed with ten varieties of malt and ten varieties of hops. To have no overt aromas of either hops or malt is strange indeed.

Taste: What this beer lacks in aroma, it much more than makes up for in flavor, which is really, really, fucking great! Lots of toasted malt up front, followed by lots of caramel-like sweetness, tons of lemon and orange-like citrus, as well as lemon and orange zest, some spices of black pepper, coriander, saffron and a touch of ginger. Due to all of the citrus and spice, this beer drinks more like a saison than it does a lager, but according to Dogfish, this is a lager. Actually what’s more amazing is that even this is purportedly brewed with ten varieties of hops, like the aroma, there is no hop whatsoever in the flavor! The hops are completely masked.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth as there is very little in the way of carbonation. With an ABV of 10.0%, this is an extremely dangerous beer in that there is no alcohol on the palate. The alcohol is utterly and completely masked, which means one could easily drink several of these and not feel anything…that is until they stand up, and then hit the floor.

Overall: Wow! What a beer! Drinks more like a saison than a lager, as there is so much spice and citrus. Delicious and highly recommended!

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Photo of orangebison
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tracked down a four-pack in December and stretched it all the way to mid-June. This one was worth both seeking out and savoring. This review is based on the last bottle, polished off 6/13/15. Deep golden color. Lightly sweet and grainy smell, almost no hop aroma. Remarkably complex in flavor: sweetness akin to white grape or honey, adjunct-y graininess (from the corn and rice among the 10 grains, I'd guess), medium floral hop character. Not much apparent bitterness. Smooth finish, doesn't linger long, with a final impression of sweetness and with less alcohol heat than I'd remembered from the rest of the four-pack. Doesn't seem to have suffered from being stashed at the back of the fridge waiting for a worthy occasion. Hope to see this one revived.

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Photo of MarcGetty
4.67/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had a 12oz bottle of what is purported to be "10 grains and 10 hop varieties and clocks in at 10% ABV" and is pretty near to a "10" rating in my humble opinion.

Beer Thousand is to lager as Heady Topper is to IPAs - Mega-multi-faceted and complex. This is the best lager I've had in ages!

Definitely worth trying if you can get some. Definitely.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Quick review. Big, bold, unique take on a pils. The exceptionally mellow but well-defined hop character puts this a cut above for me. I like the fact that on paper this is a big beer, but once it hits your lips it still reads like a pils.

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Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Imperializing pilsners kinda seems to defeat the purpose of a pilsner, but at least this could be fun. Bottled 10/31/14.

Pours a decent fizzy bubbly almost 1 finger head that fades semi quickly, light messy lacing, crystal clear tan slight orange colored beer.

Nose is about what I expected, big lager pilsner notes but lots of minerals and hardness, big grainy and even a little sulfury like, lager yeast is not meant to ferment this heavy and strong. Crackers, doughy a raw sourdough like aroma, touch of fruitiness and some herbal spices like, grape skin, etc, weird but interesting hops.

Taste brings more of the same, starting with sweetness, doughy cracker malts, pilsner malts and toasty bread, and some lemony cereal notes, etc. With more of the pilsner lagering, minerals, hardness, faint sulfury note, again that lager yeast that was stressed out a bit too much. Then into hops, fair bitterness, weird hops, a little fruity, some grapeskin and musty note, a light herbal spice note etc. Lots of minerals though, chalk and talc powder. Finish is dry, very very dry, and a little bitterness, more chalk and minerals, a little booze warmth, more of the strange hop characters also lingering.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb, just a little booze warmth.

Overall OK, but not really meant to exist. I do love DFH experimenting, and Sam is such an awesome guy, but this one wasn't quite there. The lager yeast was just not meant to make a beer this big.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A bready and earthy balanced aroma of malts and hops. Bready malt hints of biscuit, grains, cracker, wheat, caramel, and lager yeast. Floral and earthy Noble hops with some hints of grass and spice. Subtle fruit hints of apple, lemon, white grape, and banana. Also some sweet hints of honey. An interesting and solid smell.

Taste: Like it smells, a bready, earthy, and fruity balanced taste of hops and malt. Big malt notes of biscuit, grains, wheat, caramel, cracker, and lager yeast. Floral and spicy Noble hops along with some earthy notes of grass. Subtle fruit notes of green apple, white grapes, lemon, and slight banana. Sweet notes of honey and sugar. A pretty decent taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and fairly drying on the finish. Alcohol heat is masked well.

Overall: A pretty interesting and solid twist on a Pilsner. It comes across like a Barleywine with its big balanced blend of malt and hops.

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Photo of arizcards
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 750 ml bottle from Whole Foods Camelback in late November for $12.99. Bottled on 10/30/14.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head upon my initial pour.

Nose is noble hops and a boatload of malts.

The taste is pretty well blended considering the number of ingredients going on. Peppery, grainy, malty with a nice lemon pepper zing to finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but pretty light and crisp considering the 10% abv.

Overall this is a pretty good brew although I believe I overpaid given the price point. Nonetheless I a m glad I gave it a shot.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.96/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

i love the idea, i dont like the beer. 10 grains, 10 hops, 10 percent, beer thousand, and it comes with music, all good things. the beer though, is pretty bad, it smells like a can of high gravity homeless beer, steel reserve or something, sweet and corny and adjuncty and boozy in all the wrong ways. pilsener types that get this strong are always a little disagreeable to me, so maybe that is part of it, but this is easily the worst dogfish beer i can remember, its bright in color, crystal clear, and with a little orange to its color, well carbonated and relatively heady, but the attraction stops at the appearance. it smells so sugary and tinny, and the taste is the same, with the booze so exposed it almost hurts. it was hard not to dump this, and i may have if it wasnt for thebrewo pushing me though it, refusing to drainpour anything. very little redeemable about this one, unless you are looking for a quick and easy buzz, less calories, and a nasty hangover. no thanks.

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Photo of John_M
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bier Stein the other day.

The best thing about this beer (or maybe the worst thing, depending on your point of view), is how well the alcohol is integrated into the flavor profile. While it certainly tastes a bit stronger than your typical Czech or German pils, I never would have guessed the abv was at 10%. Otherwise, this beer has your typical cookie dough and light bread aroma and flavor, but with a bit more honeyed sweetness than I normally enounter.

A decent enough beer, but when I want to drink a pils, a beer with a 10% abv. is just not what I'm looking for. Will likely not be visiting this one again.

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Photo of Extrajoker00
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed: 2/21/15

Beer Thousand by Dogfish Head

poured from a 12oz. bottle into my beer fav mug

P- some mirrored print on a very plain Dogfish label 3.5

A- fuzzy gold with very little head or lacing 3.25

S- faint yeast and pear 3.25

T- bitter apple, yeast, touch of butterscotch and alcohol 3.75

M- nice. A little thin but still substantial 3.75

D- this light and smooth with a ABV of 10% is just scary 3.25

O- Dogfish continues to expand our vocabulary 3.75

bought based purely on brewery's reputation. very interesting style.
---- J

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a signature DFH (rounded) pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy gold color with heavy bubbles to the body. Head is thin(coming off a white color), maybe 1/4" at best with a vigorous pour.

Smell: Has a heavy hop scent. Raw even, like that wet hop scent when beer is fused.

Taste: Rich creamy feel, very tasty but doesnt deliver anything really new. Very easy to like because DFH re-introduces ourselves to the type of beer we all first started drinking.

Mouth: Chewy, and malty finish that comes off a bit dry. not as sticky as I would like it to be.
Overall: As good as it tastes it is simply not enough. to make you want to think this is the best lager you ever had. Very good, but there are some European counterparts that give you a lot more for half the money.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden pour with a white one-finger head. Grainy and malty aroma with a hint of apple. Taste has grain and a slightly boozy flavor upfront backed by a good bit of yeast. There’s a slightly sweet taste that starts to come out as the beer warms that has some fruity and candy notes. Boozy flavor also builds. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Can also taste a touch of biscuit. Finishes with some herbal and grassy hop notes and alcohol.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up a few weeks back up in Totowa, having never had this before. Thought the idea was cool but given that Dogfish Head hasn't brewed many beers along these lines, I was wondering how good this would be. As others have alluded to on here, there is so much going on that the hops and malts seem to cancel each other out, resulting in a brew that's part Pils, part Kolsch, part Mead, and totally discombobulated. While not a drain pour, I felt that there was so much more that this could have been, instead of something that I couldn't quite figure out.

This had a good pour to it as the golden hue, frothy head, and soapy lacing all were in harmony with each other. Lots of carbonation and bubbles coming up in streams from the get-go as this remained light in taste because of them. Grape and grain were in the nose as the various malts and sour grass came through in the taste. There was a bit of honey here as well which gave a stickiness, sweetness, and body to this beer that it needed from becoming just another Pilsner. Slightly grainy, this was manageable without the having the fruit flavors take over too much. The apple really kicked in in the aftertaste, which was a bit of a deterrent.

The booze was strong but not terribly noticeable, thankfully. This was an Imperial Pilsner stylistically but when it came to the taste and body, there was just too much going on here for this to fall nearly into that category. It's been a while since I had a beer that tailed off from the initial sip to the aftertaste that lingered but that was the case here. Props to Dogfish Head for going outside of the norm with this but I wasn't quite feeling it and can only hope that Beer Two Thousand stands a bit more above the crowd when it comes out.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

bottled 10-30-14. big bottle.

A: was hoping this lager would be a bit brighter, but there is definitely some chill haze in there. if they in fact used 10 different malts in here, they were all very light in color. and probably light in use.

S: smells malty, like a mega bock bier. a little bit of DMS? yeah I think there is definitely some DMS in there.

T: a mild fruitiness I would imagine comes for the large variety of hops used in this brew. vegetables. malty sweetness. not getting any heat which is nice. not hoppy at all.

M: big bodied brew, moderate amount of carb.

D: not bad, but needs some fine tuning. turned off by the DMS and seems like it could have been a little more fine tuned before publishing.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.85/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Bottled on 10/31/14.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, and candied citrus fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, honey, candied fruit, pear juice, and garbage flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with an odd and fairly jarring garbage can flavor that only gets worse as the beer warms up.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of GregBarleycorn13
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Golden. Good head retention and some lacing. Smelled of apples and pears to me. Tasted a little of the same. Enjoyed the abv. It added to the flavors.

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