Whole Hog Imperial Pilsner | Stevens Point Brewery

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Whole Hog Imperial PilsnerWhole Hog Imperial Pilsner
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by madtowndmb1 on 05-04-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
55
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
15.92%
 
 
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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 55
Photo of steveh
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imperial Pilsner doesn't have much of a benchmark, and isn't a recognized style (per se), so I can only go by the Bros' guidelines here. Only had one other, Sam Adams, and found that almost too harsh to enjoy.

Point has long been known as a bland regional in the Midwest, though it has a loyal following. Since trying their Maibock last year and finding a darn good interpretation of the style, I thought I'd throw 8 bucks at a 4 pack of the Imperial Pils.

A -- Very nice, clear golden color with a substantial, long-lasting, off-white head.

S -- Mildly fruity nose with bready malts and some hop spiciness and vague DMS back. Would be good for a straight Pils. Alcohol aromas with warming.

T -- First hit is mild, sweet and bready malt. Hot, peppery, alcohol spiciness follows and finishes. The vaguest of citrus fruit back. It's difficult to tell if the bitterness in the middle is from hops of the alcohol. The Point website says cascades (among others) are used in this -- difficult to tell. To the style and the clean, lager-like flavor, I have to vote high on this.

Others have mentioned metallic, and I can see the spicy alcohol being misinterpreted that way, or maybe an older bottle might get harsh, but there was no off character in my bottles.

M -- Soft to syrupy mouth-feel that finishes very dry. Light medium to medium body.

D -- At 8.5%, the drinkability of this beer isn't bad, though I think the hotness of the alcohol could become hard to get past after a couple. Otherwise, a mighty fine precision lager.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright golden color with a small white head that fades quickly to some "wispy" lace.
Highly carbonated as I watch the bubbles shoot to the top of the glass.
Nose of grainy malts, faint grassiness with some floral essence.
Taste is nice and smooth on the palate. Almost Belgianesque in nature. Pears, apple come to mind. Fruity with a nice hoppy snap to it.
Bitterness lingers...

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Photo of climax
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep gold with good clarity, this imperial pils offered a modest yet creamy tan head with excellent retention.

The nose, initially left some intensity to be desired. A slight tinny funk was somewhat hard to ignore as I dug deeper for dark sugars and citrus and candied orange.

The flavor was warming, as the high alcohol was well-masked by buttery tones, and appropriately more flavor than the nose. The hop bitterness was much more apparent, offering an especially herbal grassy finish.

The medium to thick body was creamy and smooth. The carbonation was crisp at most, which help bring out the viscosity. Very easy to drink given the strength of the alcohol and the thick body, a little more from the tasting senses would have helped round it out properly.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a St. Pauli Girl small wannabe weiss glass, a prefect pils glass by the way.

Pours a medium straw with a one inch head that fades immediately and leaves little for lace. Lets just blame it on the ABV.

Aroma is sweet malt, like honey tea, with a small amount of floral clover honey aroma, most likely from the hops. Slight lemon grass aroma and maybe a little orange in the nose.

Flavor is full bready and biscuity malt, sweet and clean at the same time. The middle is bittering hops with a mild floral backing. The hops don't scream nobles, but they say it quietly. Tannic tea like flavor on the finish, most likely from the water (I've said this before), as well as a smallish copperish flavor. Finishes very clean and almost biting, this is quite a hoppy pils. Wow the alcohol is VERY well hidden here, be careful with this one.

Mouthfeel is medium to thick and the carbonation is perfect to cut the sweetness of the malt. Nice.

Wow...not to experienced with "Imperial" Pils, but this is quite nice.

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Photo of nsmartell
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a straw yellow color with a thick off-white head and lots of carbonation. Despite the fat head the pilsner glass helped support, the head didn't stick around for too long.

Smell: Grassy hops and a hint of what I think are banana cloves. The bottle says it has a floral aroma, but I don't really smell that. Was expecting and hoping for more.

Taste: Bread-like malts and light citrusy hops. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, sticky, dry and nicely carbonated. Probably the best part of this beer.

Drinkability: Wouldn't want any more than probably 2 of these due to the mouthfeel. Was expecting a bit more in the aroma and taste categories, but was still a good brew. Kudos to Point for trying something outside of their normal offering.

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Photo of rabsten
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to East End pint glass. Good head that goes away but there's still lacing opportunities. Clear golden with solid carbonation. Workable.

Good floral pils aroma, somewhat amp'd up. Quite nice.

Clean, crisp flavor, with nice hoppy bite. Very similar to Rogue Morimoto Imperial, which I love, but at a steep, steep discount. Alcohol finish. Nice.

Somewhat dry finish. Drinkability is high but alcohol creeps, so it takes a hit.

Stevens Point - so far, so good. Looking forward to what else you're gonna bring to the Mountain State.

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Photo of ballewblake
2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into my Duvel tulip.

No head on aggressive pour, flat, clear yellow with some carbonation bubbles around the perimeter of the glass. Malts on the nose, ethanol. Flat tasting, oxidized, fully body though. Lacking any flavor really hurts its drink ability.

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Photo of cpolking
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark honey gold in color and slightly cloudy. Aroma of fresh grain and grass with a hint of sweetness. It is sweet and bitter at the same time with a heavy undertone of malted grain and a bracing pilsner hop finish. Not as sweet and alcohol laden in flavor as many imperials.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weak head, golden color which is maybe just a tinge cloudy.

Thick warm bready hops with a fresh bitter hop aroma.

Nice malt background and a bitter hop presence up front. Not overly harsh, but nicely balanced beer. The alcohol is also not notable. The taste is the redeeming quality of this average beer.

Smooth, nice body to this beer. It is quite pleasent to swollow and for 8.5 ABV! nice! It is quite drinkable for the style. I like it :)

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Photo of CPeterson
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A -- A bright clear golden beer pours and produces a nice head that calms quickly leaving light bits of lacing on the glass.

S -- Sweet grain, detectable hop aromas of citrus and flora.

T -- Sweet graininess, grapefruit, dry and hoppy.

M -- Medium bodied with a residual stickiness that is punctuated with a dry note.

D -- I can't see sitting and drinking several, but very nicely done in the style. Unassuming yet bold, worth the $ (I paid $3.49 / 4 pk), but not amazing.

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Photo of lester619
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden honey boardering on orange color. Smells of corn, malt, grass, pear, and citrus with a noticable alcohol presance. The taste is a pretty straight forward clean bitter lager flavor at first. As it warms and I get more of it in me, I pick up a lot more complex bitter fruity hop flavors and a boozy aftertaste. This one will sneak up on you. Very easy drinking for a beer going on 9%. This is a very interesting style. It's a ratcheted up pilsner much like an IPA is a ratcheted up pale ale. I like it.

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Photo of larsenju
2.82/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Very pale orange with a thin coating of white head, not much at all.

S-Orange peel, coriander, lemon, and just a hint of pepper.

T-Caramelized pineapple and a little juicy orange up front, biscuit and honey sugars. I got a pretty good amount of almost rubbing alcohol like heat, it was pretty rough. Moving back I got a little fresh cut grass and pepper.

M-light to medium carb, slick but finishing slightly dry.

D-Its kind of a mess, I have trouble thinking of this as any relation to a Pilsner because I don't get any of the characteristic hops that I love in Pilsners. Instead I got very strong citrus flavors mixed with a bready muddled mess of grain. I feel like some direction with the hops could save this beer, the bottle says they use four varieties, keep it to Saaz and step up the quantity significantly.

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Photo of Fartknocker
2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, no date

A- solid golden color with a decent white foamy head, lots of effervesence
S- fairly standard malty/lager smell
T- fairly strong malt flavor with a hint of alcohol, leaves a somewhat bitter aftertase that lingers for a short while
M- plenty of carbonation
D- Not too impressive, no more than a few for drinkability

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Photo of al3
4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - golden orange, good lacing

S - faint citrus, bread and butter.

T&M- sweet malt, slight grapefruit, finishes with a mild hop flavor. Medium feel, with a buttery characteristic.

D - All night....or day..

Overall a very well balanced beer, not very complex, but an easy drinker that is worth seeking out. One I'd like to try on tap.

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Photo of Rmason104
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: hazy, dark golden, thin head w/ moderate retention & lacing

S: slight floral hoppiness

T: starts w/ a mellow, almost a wheat taste @ the beginning, subtle hint of the underlying alcohol. Finishes with a moderate hop bite. Drinks a bit like a pale ale

D: pretty good. The hop finish moderates the alcohol well

Not bad, my first experience with this style. The hoppy finish was a nice surprise that kept this one clean & crisp.

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Photo of Jae27
1.8/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

My friend bought a 4 pack of this while we were in Baraboo Wisconsin for a Geology Field trip. Let me start by saying I do not like pilsners, especially floral pilsners.

A. It was dark around the fire, but it was light yellow to orange.

S. It smelled pretty good actually. Nice floral and fruity aromas. I got excited at first.

T. When I took a drink it was almost more than I could handle. No malts. Just flowers. I thought that any minute a swarm of bees were going to come attack me.

M. It is a crisp moderately carbonated light beer. There wasn't much to this one.

D. This is one of the first beers I have ever had to pour out. It was miserable from start to finish. For some reason I couldn't stop belching while I was drinking this. It was like I ate a bowl of potpourri. I will say that the name was appealing but I could not handle the "Whole Hog" half of it was dumped onto the campfire. It was sad day.

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Photo of gobeer
4.88/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I should start by saying German Style Pilsner is my favorite kind of beer. This beer reminded me of what I had in Germany. It didn't let me down where other American attempts have. No defects. Clean crisp maltiness with a strong hop assertiveness. What a real pilsner is all about. Thick creamy head. Hallertau hop aroma. Taste was cracker crispness with a sharp bite. Pleasantly surprised. Other brewers should take note in this beer. How did they do this?

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Whole Hog Imperial Pilsner from Stevens Point Brewery
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