Eight Pounder
Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.

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American Imperial Pilsner
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3.55 | pDev: 14.08%
Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Photo of Thorpe429
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a clearish golden color with a white head. A bit of lacing. Nose is some herbal and floral hops along with some grain and dough. A bit of alcohol. Taste really doesn't provide much other than some hot hops and a bit of light white bread. Feel is a bit thin with too much alcohol. Not the best-drinking beer I've had.

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3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very clear dark yellow body with a great head and lacing even out of the growler.

Hugely hoppy but a very sweet aroma as well, honey-like.

Hop flavor and bitterness is good throughout, a bit of cloying, honey-like sweetness again.

Sticky mouthfeel. Needs something to lift it. Maybe more CO2?

All in all, a good take on a style (?) not too many have tried.

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Photo of Durge
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A bit hazy this potent pilsner shows a yellowish amber color with a modest white cover and fair lacing. The aroma is very unique with a dusty doughy wheat, which I like. Reminds me of wet bread dough. The flavor is a sweet mango pineapple with some honey bread. Very unique although I can't say it's in my wheelhouse. It's medium plus bodied, silky in feel, mildly carbonated and not very drinkable. I pick up a multitude of fruit flavors like apricot and prune. Pretty intense flavor and alcohol is detectable although not a flavor detractor.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Natty Greene's 8-Pounder Imperial Pilsner, on tap at the brewpub, 01/03/09. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A hazy, yellow/copper-colored beer with a half-finger of bubbly, sudsy white head with average retention that leaves a thin sheen of foam and a crown of white, soapy lace. Little to no lacing.

Aroma: Fruity and very sweet, with bready, heavily roasted caramel notes mingling with sweet, canned pineapple and citrus. A little too heavily roasted for a pilsner.

Taste: Very, very sweet, with tons of doughy, malty notes and very little bitterness or, truth be told, hop character at all. What little bitterness is here is smooth and mild, and the hop notes - though varied, with light tropical fruit notes as well as a few leafy and piney notes - are sorely lacking in pungency. Malts are large and in charge here, honey-like, sweet, fruity, lightly roasted, though not very pilsner-like, Imperial or otherwise. Slight kiss of soap. Loses a little for being too sweet, and a little more for being untrue to style.

Mouthfeel: A little thick, with lots of residual sugars, doing a good job of making whatever prickle may be present from the effervescence, though also the alcohol.

Drinkability: Not true to style, but not unenjoyable either - if anything, this is a malty DIPA. Fortunately, the near-double digit alcohol wasn't too prominent, though everything's just a little too out of whack for me to recommend it.

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3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see the crew over Natty's take a foray into this style,poured a dull medium golden with a thinner white head (poured into a pint glass obviously not the right glassware).A healthy mix of leafy/herbal hop and toasty malt in the nose,a sweet fruity alcohol note came through more as the beer warmed.This beer seemed even bigger than the 8.5% abv. that it is,full slightly fruity malt hits up front,with a big leafy hop finish with the hefty sweet alcohol that became more prevelent as the beer sat for awhile.A good stab at the style but its pretty heavy,one or two and done.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.19/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A new and limited/seasonal offering from Natty Greene's. This Double Pils poured out of the growler with an enormous head, and bubbles are lively. Color is a hazed, hazy, haze-errific golden/rust. The big head thins to a crown after a bit. No real lace left on the glass, just a few scattered dots.

Eight Pounder doesn't carry a whole lot of aroma. It's mildly honey-ish, and obviously there are some pilsner malts in play, but overall it's mild and fails to leave a major impression.

Flavor is honey-sweet and butter-rich, maybe even up there with the best in this fairly new style. Butterscotch seems to be a key trait of the double pils, and there's plenty of it here. Piney bitterness from the hops gives some balance, with an unclear spiciness lingering in the background. White pepper, black pepper...not real sure, but that along with the hops balances out the pilsner malts and lager yeast, both of which are up front and present. Damn close to tremendous.

Appropriately creamy, full, smooth texture, probably smoother since it was tapped into the growler 5 hours ago. Buttery as all get out, sucka. Perfect.

I love this. My favorite Natty Greene's beer so far. Who would've thought Natty Green's could excel at big beer? But, like neighboring Foothills brewery, they do. The craft-beer world is ready for this style, and Greensboro should be ready for N.G.'s own version. I'd love to see this year 'round (and in bottles!). Why not? I'll savor the rest of the growler in the coming days...

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Eight Pounder from Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 6 ratings