Pecker Wrecker | Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by assurbanipaul on 09-15-2005

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Photo of mjurney
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden-amber color, clear. Lots of bubbles screaming up. Head looks very nice. Lacing is awesome on the glass.

Spicy-herbal hops. Sweet malts, slight caramel. Orange citrus.

Spicy hops up front along with sweet malts at the end. Very hoppy, but not too aggressive like an IPA. I’m getting spicy, herbal, grassy hop character. Very nice malt backbone; sweet, biscuity, slight caramel. Very balance. Body is medium. Carbonation is soft in my palate.

Very smooth. A little crisp. Slight dry bitterness in the aftertaste.

My very first Imperial Pilsner. I’m really enjoying it!! Very good beer.

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Photo of army01
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a medium white head that disappears to an ultra thin, uneven lacing across the top of the beverage.

Grassy, hoppy aroma, as to be expected with a Pilsner, but includes mild citrus scents.

Taste is heavy heavier on the hops side, with slight maltiness.

Medium bodied, fuller than a typical Pilsner, much heavier than the American "Pilsner" style.

Overall, I like this beer. I first had it when the bottles were released last year. This is an aged bottle, that I think is better than the first time I had Pecker Wrecker.

Serving type: Bomber poured into a pint.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color, minimal head. Very light aroma, barely Saazy.

Taste is clean and dry with the barest hint of crystal malt in the background. Dry, very dry, mega-dry, scrape-yer-tongue dry. Nutty flavors, maybe even a little salty, with Saaz, Saaz and more Saaz, like an Urquell on steroids.

Very crisp, light mouthfeel, though slightly heavier than an Urquell with a puckering aftertaste and, oh, did I mention dry? Saazy burps throughout. It's about 6.5-7.0% ABV but extremely drinkable if you like the style and from our immediate impressions, that seems to be the concensus: If you like pilsners, this is great; if not, it's probably too much. OK, so I'm hooked -- too bad it's a seasonal thang.

Sampled at it's debut at the Fort Worth Flying Saucer, with the 1st Anniversary pilsner logo glass. No plans to bottle in the immediate future but that could change if it is well-received; it will probably be a fall annual, in any case.

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Photo of omnigrits
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a perfect pint glass.

A. Pale golden amber colour with a good strong off-white head that has plenty of retention.

S. Lots of grainy malts, some sweet caramel malts, earthy hops, very full.

T. Quite sweet up front and in the middle, with a dry, bitter finish. I'm getting a little citrus in the background, maybe some mango? It's well focused and balanced.

M. Pretty thick, for a pilsner, but then it is an imperial pilsner so I suppose it should be. No marks taken off for that.

O. Not bad at all. I've only had one imperial pilsner before (and I can't even remember which one), so I've got little to go on as far as the style is concerned, but I like this. It's got some character to it, and for a lager it bears more than a striking resemblance to an ale.

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Photo of Myotus
3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 650ml bottle (dated with no month no day, just 2015 for the year) into a pilsner glass.
LOOK: Pours with two fingers worth of off-white foam that only loses a half fingers worth after two long minutes. Purest of ambers in color. Rising bubbles are in abbundance. See them supporting that foam head! Lacing is very high and remains stuck to the glass.
SMELL: Mild aromas of cinnamon graham crackers (that is totally legit), buttered bread malts, spicy hops that combine beautifully with hints of earthy hops, bitter hops, rye and alcohol.
TASTE: Initial taste is of strong graham cracker with mild cinnamon flavors sprinkled on top along with mild spicy hop and buttered bread flavors. Mild bitter hop and rye and subtle earthy hop and alcohol flavors enter immediately after the initial taste as all previous flavors persist, but buttered bread flavors grow stronger. This results in an sexy symphony of malt flavors that easily overtake the hop flavors. But wait, there's more! As you think the finale ends, BAM! Mild caramelized malt flavors, which were previously undetected by the nose, enter and peform the final note in this exploding symphony.
FEEL: Heavy-bodied and very creamy and smooth with a subtle carbonation. An absolutely stunning combination for the nerves in my mouth! Unfortunately, it has a dry finish that is definitely not crisp. It's almost as bad as an IPA.
NOTE: None really. This malt bomb of a beer was great!

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Photo of GregSVT
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a snifter

A: The color is amber with a big white head that fades to a small layer and leaves a lot of nice lacing on the glass. This poured pretty thick like a full bodied stout or barleywine.

S: The nose is rich caramel malts and earthy hops. There's defintely a nice balance between the malt and the hops.

T: The taste is mostly grainy malt with caramel and a slight hop flavor in the form of pine. The hops are definitely more prevelant on the finish but this tastes more like a slightly hoppy amber than an Imperial Pilsner.

M: The feel is on the thicker side of medium and the carbonation is very nice. For the style I think it's a bit much but I like thicker Imperial beers.

O: This one didn't blow me away but it was a solid offering. I may go grab a few more bombers to enjoy over the summer but at around $9 a pop they aren't cheap.

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Photo of JMad
3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a tall pub glass...

It is a clear burnt orange color with a thick and lofty tan colored head that spilled over the glass. The smell is sweet grain and alcohol with lemon and pine. The taste has sweet woody flavor with some pine and lemon, there is a lot of sweet malt. The beer is thick and soft and smooth, has a nice bitter bite that kicks in mid-swallow, there is a very dry finish. This is the first I have had of this style and was very impressed by Rahr.

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Photo of stephens101
3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fluffy tan head bursts out of the pils glass off a medium pour. As much as the pale orange brew begs, the damn thing nearly refuses to go away. After a long standoff the froth relents, but leaves a sticky, thick and pocked lacing behind.

Light fruits, lemon, malts and hops all to the nose as expected. Tangy on the tongue up front with sweet malts, lemon, grass and spice all loving it up without a care.

A little creamier than expected, but with a residual edge.

Drinkable and tasty, although the "Imperial" could be easily lost without detriment.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky orange-amber with two fingers of eggshell head. Mild aroma with a touch of grain, caramel, and a hint of earthy hops.

Moderate carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Sweet, biscuity caramel up front followed by hints of lemon and grassy hops. Just a touch of booze on the finish.

Pretty solid brew...nicely balanced, maybe just a touch sweet.

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Photo of DavidST
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pilsner glass unknown freshness date. This pours a light golden color with a massive off white head. The smells are a little light but I get grassy hops with a little malt. The feel is medium to light. The taste is pretty good, I get a load of hop bitterness with a little malt, even though I think this is older, it seems to have more hop bite than other imperial pilsners I've had.

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Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dcloeren for this interesting beer, at least in name.

Big fluffy head, nice lacing, semi clear golden color.

Nose of sweet malts and candy, candied citrus, hint of fruity esters, caramel toffee like.

Taste fluffy malts, light booze, sweet candy, syrupy, malts, light bitter hops hint citrus, gritty and fairly bitter, not really a pilsner but decent beer overall.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, decent carb, bit of booze.

Overall not quite what I expected. Nothing really resembling a pilsner at all, some booze, lots of sweet syrupy malts and candy flavors, some hops, decent tasting but not nearly a pilsner like beer, even a "double pilsner".

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Photo of fatmcb1
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into its namesake, a pilsner glass.

Pours a light golden color with huge, dense 2 finger head that is very sticky down the glass.

Sweet, bready malt is up front, with hop balancing. A bit of citrus shows up at the end.

There is a really unusual combination of malt and hop that I can't completely figure out. Sweet caramel maltiness is definitely there, but the hops keep is consistently in check throughout. There is a lingering bitter effect that is surprising.

This has a very rich, creamy mouthfeel with excellent carbonation. It is very drinkable.

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Photo of roblowther
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, an old friend come home at last.

It pours light copper with a thick off-white creamy head. Doesn't look like a <anything> pilsner, but that's fine by me. Smell is caramel malt with rose-like hops coming on as the beer settles and the aromas have a chance to get going in the glass. Taste is assertive, with the hops and the malt vying for attention. The hops seem to be mostly about the bittering, not too much in the aroma, bringing out some leather-like tastes and...onion? Mouthfeel is tingly but slick, making me feel funny like when I climbed the rope in gym class. Overall good but the hops start building up in the aftertaste for me, kind of an accumulative effect. Those whose heads are hoppier than mine will enjoy this better. Still, an interesting brew and a great different take on a pilsner.

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Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Looks like a pale ale, with a clear amber color capped by three fingers of foam; the head turns rocky and leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Graham cracker malt with just a hint of Germanic hops

Taste: Graham cracker malt flavors dominate from the front end to the finish; not much hop balance but what there is tastes rather grassy

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, almost syrupy, with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: This bottle must date from the 2011 release so it is no wonder that the hops have faded; it now tastes more like a Bock than an Imperial Pilsner and it is rather tasty, if you think of it that way

Thanks to the forgotten BA who sent this to me as an extra

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a surprisingly dark gold/light copper color with a gorgeously dense off-white head. Nice retention and lots of lace.

Nose is pretty faint actually. Has less hop aroma than it should, and the malt is right up there matching it. Alcohol is the most prevalent aspect of the smell.

Taste is interesting, and better than I envisioned after sniffing. Imperial pilsner would be one of my last guesses for this beer blind. Nutty, grainy and light toffee flavors lead the way with a floral hop bitterness on the finish. Alcohol helps dry things out as well. Yeast is not quite as boastful as an ale, but is assuredly more notable than most lagers. Interesting beer, has a decently enjoyable malt/hop interplay and the mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Dont think of this as an imperial pilsner and you'll probably enjoy the quaff.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 650ml bottle pours an apricot colored brew. The head is unimpressively frothy, the color of playsand with a hint of red. It dissolves fast and leaves patchy spots of uneven foam.

The nose is pleasant but not as bold as you would expect for an imperial pilsner. There is gobs of malt but a thin mask of hop character. The hops smell stale and earthy while the malts have a fresher aroma. All together there is a hint of boozieness.

The taste is much like the nose. Again malts edge out the hop and not in a good way. Sweet, slightly roasted with a melon like flavor is the malt backbone while the hops tend to be a mix of pine resin and mild citrus. Again the theme of this brew is lackluster. The flavors aren't bold like an imperial should be but not entirely unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is the best part of this beer. The hops finally kick some booty with a crisp bite and sharp pinch of the tongue. Thin carbonation and a warm malt finish round out this slightly average beer. I've got to say I'm unimpressed but happy to see Rahr moving in this direction. This beer is worth trying just to support your local brewery.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow! Am I the first to review the new bottle version of this beer? What a treat! I just saw this beer at the Downtown Spec's in Houston a couple days ago, so I gave it a couple days to sit since it made the trip on my motorcycle...that way it could settle down again. Let's give this latest offering a try, shall we?

Appearance: Pours a clear deep yellow golden that has a small 1/8" head of active white bubbles on top that didn't really stick around all that long (~20 seconds). There are lots of bubbles lazily making their way to the top indicating that this beer has some residual viscosity. The bubbles don't really stick once they find their way to the top. There is some lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: In the cold beer, the aroma is reserved as you would expect for this style. There are some toasty notes from the European malts that I would consider essential, and there is some hops noticeable up front, though I don't pick up the Saaz you would expect for this style. Instead there is hops seeming to interplay with the water a bit to bring out the sulfates in this beer...though that may be a product of the yeast that I am misinterpreting.

Taste: The beer is very heavy on the palate and comes across quite syrupy. There is also a defined sharpness to the grain that I really can't appreciate and assume that it was something that happened in the mash...such as too high of a sparge temperature or something that was reacting with the water as well, but the first sip of this beer was pretty harsh. The subsequent sips are getting easier to take, so I am assuming that part of this astringency is due to high bittering, but it is getting muddled up for me. The hops are coming out a lot more as the beer warms up and is definitely the major contributing factor to this palate sensation that I am getting. The water isn't helping either. The body of this beer is full with low carbonation for what you would want for a beer like this. If the CO2 was at least double what it is now, it may help to take the edge off of the bitterness and sharper malty notes.

Opinion: I was really wanting to like this beer. I like the Rahr group, but I have been out of the loop for a couple years, so I don't know if Mark and Fritz are still calling the shots there. If so, this beer is falling short IMHO. At least the carbonation needs to be higher, but it really seems like there is something off with both the water and the mash schedule on this one. Not to mention the fact that the bittering is really high...which almost indicates a longer boil than intended or something. I will drink my whole glass, but I won't go back to this one unless I know that there was some major process change to improve the drinkability and to a lesser extent, the flavor.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the newest release in the breweries To Thee series.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the bread with some grassy hops. The flavor is more of the same. I get some low bitterness from the grassy and earthy hops as well as some toffee and bready malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not as good as the last two releases: Bourbon Barrel Winter Warmer and Snowmageddon.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark golden hue with a 1 inch head that slowly settles. The aroma of grass, grains and there is a bit of citrus hidden in there.

Sip after sip begins with a strong gain flavor along with some hop bitterness. This feels a little heavy and to me a bit sweet. The alc was hidden when I first started the bomber but once this warms some it gets more of a bite. One of the most enjoyable parts of this was the finish. I like the hop dryness and the light oil like coating on the tounge. This was fairly drinkable and a nice shot at the style.

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Photo of Morris729
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a foamy light tan head that fades into a nice lace. Nose is a bit subdued but there are notes of spicy hops. There are notes of sweet honey malt in the taste, though this is overpowered by an earthy mineral quality as well as a very pronounced bitterness. The hops do not provide much in the way of fruity citrus or spicy flavors, but rather just a strong bitterness leading to a very dry finish. An interesting beer and certainly worth a try.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on tap at the Rahr brewery sponsored Iron Mash award dinner

Aroma: Light overall aroma with spicy peppery hops and a slight honey aroma. There was also that “water” smell that I can’t seem to describe any better.

Appearance: Dark gold glass with a hint of red crowned with a fair white cover that left a couple spots of lace.

Flavor: Deep bittering hops. The beer has a soak your chops bitter aspect to it and some caramel sweetness that tries to bring it back into balance, but fails. I put this into the “hop bomb” category.

Mouthfeel: Bone dry finish, moderate carbonation.

Overall Impression: A very dry, very embittered beer. Overall I found it just a touch harsh between the bittering hops and a noticeable alcohol flavor. That said, it was well made, just not quite my personal cup of tea. I learned they only made 100 kegs, and there are only about 33 left. You might want to hurry if you want a sample, they weren’t sure they were going to make this one again.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

650ml brown glass bottle with uninterestined label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local bottle shop.

Served cold into a pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live as an imperial pilsner per the label. Side-poured withs tandard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Two fingers wide. White in colour. Great frothiness. Nice creaminess and thickness. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is excellent - easily 10+ minutes.

BODY: Clear translucent copper with gold hues. Above average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a nice looking pilsner, but has no stand-out characteristics.

AROMA: Honey, golden malts, graham cracker, a hint of bubblegum hop character, grassy hop character, and German malt aromatics.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable. The dominant graham cracker is a highlight, and gets me excited to try the beer.

Overall, it's a pleasant aroma of above average strength.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Graham cracker melts into the pilsner, Munich, and distinctly German malts. It's not as grassy as you'd expect a pilsner to be; the hop flavours are more of the bubblegum and floral variety. Honey malt adds needed depth and complexity, but also bolsters the body, making this a surprisingly full-bodied pilsner.

Has some caramel notes without ever feeling too sweet. There's a bit of piney hop character in the third act.

It's well balanced for what it is, but it leaves a lot to be desired in terms of complexity/intricacy, subtlety, and nuance. It's a pretty standard build for an imperial pilsner, aside from the graham cracker - which is fantastic.

Thick for a pilsner, without feeling overbearing. It's smooth, wet, slightly creamy, and overcarobnated. Mildly refreshing.

OVERALL: It's a nice little imperial pilsner with some interesting graham cracker flavours, but I can't see myself buying this again - at least not so long as it's only offered in the 650ml format. It's a product much better suited to 6-packs. I'll enjoy finishing the bottle, but I can't say it's a world class brew and I'll likely have forgotten it within the week. Pretty pedestrian stuff, but also very drinkable. Worth trying if you dig the style.

High C+

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Photo of kerklein2
3.11/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber into a snifter

A: Orangish amber color. Slight head that didn't last. Some lacing.

S: Earthy, musky, a littly fruity. Really not that pleasant.

T: It's well balanced, but that's about where it ends. Just not digging this at all. Some caramel notes, and some earthy as well. Good hop bitterness but nothing in the taste or aroma.

M: Definitely pretty thick and a little sticky on the tongue. Sticks around in your mouth for a while. Nice carbonation.

O: Can't say that I've ever had an Imperial Pilsner before, so it's hard to compare it, but I just didn't enjoy it. Tasted like a light pilsner they just upped the grain bill on and didn't really add any backbone to or anything interesting.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden, slightly hazy, not a lot of head.

Bread, biscuit malt, sweet caramel like notes.

Taste follows smell. There is some bitterness on the finish.

Full bodied, grainy, well carbonated, a bit creamy.

Meh, nothing special really, but nothing really wrong with it either.

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Photo of beerdiablo
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting seasonal introduced by Rahr.

They've turned up the recipe a bit with the malt, hops and alcohol content which has made a special brew for a once a session tasting.

I do not recommend it for people inclined to Ales or prefer malt as
this beer is not for everyone.

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