beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2010 Pours a pale yellow wih a full thick head but dimi ishes quickly. Smells of grass, hay, is a bit earthy, even musty. As it sits, it takes on nuances of lemon citrus fruits. Lively carbonation on the mouthfeel. Very hoppy, bright flavors of lemon and citrus, a bit of grass, and the finish lingers with bitterness.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle, batch 2-2009. Pours mostly clear at first, with an increasing amount of haze after each glass. The golden hued body is crowed by a gorgeous head of eggshell colored foam that settles slowly to a thin, swirly film. A soapy wash leaves minimal spotting behind on the glass. The nose is just about as clean as it gets, showing beautifully crisp, cracker-like pils malt base that is accompanied by notes of dry, peppery grass and dried lemon esters. Hardly an inkling of alcohol is detectable, something I was worried about going in. Flavors continue the dry, clean theme, as bready, crackery yeast and pristine pils malts set the tone. Perfect balance is achieved with the influx of peppery citrus peel and dried, grassy hops. Dryness is intensified on the palate, which is substantial and lively, yet simultaneously creamy and soft. This beer is all about subtlety, contrast, and congruence. A fantastic interpretation of a seemingly simple style that so few can do well. Excellent stuff.
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750, batch 2-2009. After I finally wrestle the cork out with the aid of a corkscrew, it pours a very clear light-gold, with an airy white head. Nose is definitely bready and doughy, with some tones of freshly-cut grass, herbal hops, mild citrus. Flavor starts out rather sweet, with cereal tones, pepper, and lemon, then finishes quite dry. At the finish there’s definitely a grassy/funky note reminiscent of brett, although I’m not certain if any brett was used in the brewing process. The ingredients in this beer are extremely simple - 100% pilsner malt and, presumably, 100% Saaz hops. I think it’s a nice example of the cleanliness and clarity that can be found with such a simple bill, and the brewing process seems to have been spot-on. If I were a pilsner purist, I’m sure I would be very happy with it. Still, though, it’s almost a little too simple for me - there aren’t many layers to peel back and explore in this one. WYSIWYG. It would be very enjoyable with a meal, I think.
jefcon (1595) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quite a good imperial pils -- enough to stand up to an imperial anything in my book. Very dry, save a juicy plummy center that also introduces the bitterness of good hops. Aromas like a champagne, very dry, with sweat and floral yeast.
cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle served in a lager glass. Pours watery yellow with a slight haze and a massive white head. Decent lacing and retention. Aroma is bready and pilsner-esque though you can detect a higher abv. Also a little bit of belgian funk. Light-medium body, good carbonation, oily texture, and a long, doughy, dry finish with a hint of bitterness.
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - APR 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a pale straw/gold with a large, pillowy, white head that leaves a patchy web of lace upon the glass. The nose is probably the purest, cleanest example of a perfect marriage of Pilsner malt and Saaz hops that I’ve ever encountered. Simple yet incredibly pleasant, the aroma is like putting on a warm, cozy sweatshirt on a cool fall day. It just makes me smile. Soft and silky on-the-tongue, it features uber-soft carbonation at the swallow and concludes somewhat dry; nice. The flavor more-or-less follows the nose: solid, doughy pils malt up front with soft, complimentary notes of grass, hay and slight herbal earthiness. Simple and simply sublime.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to beeronmypants and CanIHave4Beers. Thanks, kids! Pours and attractive pale golden with a lovely active white head. Nice, crisp pilsner hops on the nose, with hints of pepper and grass/grain, but a nice fullness and malt balance as well. Herbal and bready notes really come out more on the taste an a slight bit of citrus. Quite good.
beerguy101 (5351) - Newark, California, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on 3/5/2010. This Imperial Pilsner/European Strong Ale pours a slightly hazy orange gold color from a 750ml bottle. Medium to large sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity, cereal and sweet, orange and orange peel. A medium to full bodied Imperial Pilsner. The malts are fruity and sweet, some cereal and some orange peel. The hops are spicy and herbal. Nice carbonation. Good balance. Kind of fruity for an Imperial Pilsner, might be the yeast. Did they use an Orval Yeast? Hides the alcohol well. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
aroma is wet cereal and quite grassy, lightly peppery. yeast comes from behind. spiciness and yeast bring this damn close to a saison but the lagering process shows through with a slow smoothness that is briefly disputed by a pleasant booze note. funk is low, nothing like an orval, actually more ’clean’ yeast in my book.
Tejas (973) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Interesting beer. Huge white head. At first taste just like a regular pils but then turns and finishes dry and crisp and a tad funky like a Belgian. Alcohol is well hidden but you can tell this is no regular pils.