Wombata (583) - Kobe, - SEP 1, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Aroma: Fresh grass, hay, light yeast, citrus (lemon), grapefruit rind, flower blossoms, peach.
Flavor: Like the nose. Grass, hay, yeast, lemon followed by light peach, a little spicy apricot/stone fruit and bitter grapefruit rind on the mid-palate. Long, long persistent bitter finish.
Comment: I almost passed on this beer as the only previous IP that I had tried was Dogfish Head’s 11% alcohol IP and it just didn’t do it for me. So I am blown away at the outstanding aroma, flavors, appearance and palate of this beer. The mid-palate’s smooth mouth feel temporarily hides the iron fist of bitter hops that carry on into the finish. Easily one of the best beers I will drink this year. The complexity easily outshines most wines I’ve tried in the past 5 years.
JohnGalt1 (1213) - , Idaho, USA - NOV 18, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
decent foamy white head... the lacing is there, but short lived... the head drops very quickly.... pretty clear golden brew.
Nose is pale malts with a nice grassy hop note... pretty clean and not much else going on...
Nice bitter balance up front that quickly melts into the pale malt and a minor toasty element... everything is there for a big BLONDE.... it is still very clean... I just don’t get a Pilsner .... the malts are heavy and don’t jive with the intended product.. sorta thick ... but the carbonation helps jump the brew off the palate.
Brigadier (3405) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml bottle
I am not sure how this hid so long in the back of the cellar. By now it is less imperial pilsener and more biere de garde. If by some reason you have one laying around don’t wait any longer although most of the damage has already been done.
Aroma / Appearance - A caramel cloudy base swirls around the glass with creamy vanilla head for company. Melted Twix filling, walnut shells, and thick marmalade spread over warm toast enrich the air. Butterscotch hard candy indicates that its time has gone.
Flavor / Palate - The chewy mouthfeel contains rich cider, a brief yeasty bite, and then smooth caramel. By now it tastes more like a fall harvest than a bright open summer day. Much like the warmth of June this has faded to a shadow of itself.
SSSteve (4006) - - NOV 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
2011. bottle. hazy gold under a big, whipped, white head. a little peppery spice in aroma but mostly just old grassy hops. lightly buttery malt flavor with peppery, grassy hops and pineapple juice. dry finish, but with that buttery sweetness. safe to say this one is past its prime and i’m unsure why a 2011 pilsner would just show up on the shelf now, a bit peculiar if you ask me. ’slowrunner’ is right...this crap shouldn’t happen anymore. on the upside, it did turn into a pretty solid bier de garde!
slowrunner77 (8376) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
"strike this one up to me not paying attention, and Total Wine Reno just plain sucking. January 2011, really??!! This imperial pils was one day short of being a year and a half old! the aroma was more sweet malt than hops, and the flavor and feel was lacking the crisp hop bite I was hoping for, though there was some lingering bitterness. Time has not done any favors for the flavor, though I cant asy what it was like fresh. Tart and sweet, with little balance. Not very pleasant. Quit selling old sh--! I’ll try and remember to find a date next time."
hopdog (10491) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2011 Vintage. 750ml bottle. Poured a hazy golden color. Grassy, some yeast, toasty, and stale.
kayres (684) - , Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy golden pour. Thick white head. Wheaty sweet aroma and similar initial flavors. Bit winey, citrusy
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arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle that a friend brought over to my house, thanks man! Yellow color, fizzy, looks like a pilsener to me. Smells like a bit of minerals but the aroma is not very strong. The taste was nice but seemed more like a strong lager than a pilsener though it did make me think of Mikkeller Draft Bear, though much less hoppy.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-17-2011 01:53:32
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - OCT 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours hazy yellow with white fizz. The aroma is light lemony hopped with solid grainy pale barley. The taste is great, solid grainy lager with a very dry lemony herbal finish. Simple for the most part but really good. More drying but true to the earthy German hops and strong style. There is a nice baked bready German nature that is familiar and very tasty. To notch for the style.
Palidor19 (3111) - Brandon, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I love the look of a nice cloudy beer, the aroma is hints of apples and pears. the palate is nice and meaty, I getting a raw alcohol flavor through the beer. the hops are dominate but not over powering. its a unique take.
nick76 (4334) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
The aroma is slightly hoppy with citrus hops, cardboard, and grainy malt. The appearance is cloudy and golden with a nice head. The taste is like the aroma with an astringent finish. The palate is smooth. Overall this is not good.