BMan1113VR (7377) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with a clear golden body and a large white head. Aromas of bitter, spicy, herbal noble hops. Very pungent hoppiness. Light sweetness, and breadiness. Some fruit coming from the hops as well (I guess, it isnít the lager yeast). Taste is bready, nutty, herbal, grassy, spicy, sticky noble hops. Very abrupt and clean finish. Finishes [thankfully] nice and dry, with a lingering delicate malt profile. Well crafted, but I donít absolutely love it. Not bad though. Lively bubbles.
bb (5888) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Amber beer with a cream colored head. Malt and mineral aroma. Malt and light caramel flavor with mineral and light grass. Medium bodied. Malt and light caramel lingers with light grain, light mineral, and light grass.
KimJohansen (10342) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden with a tiny off white head. Aroma had quite a few grassy hops, pale malt and hints of caramel. Flavour had loads of grassy hops, pale malts, caramel and a solid bitternes towards the end. Dry and clean. Lovely take on the style.
ChazMania (639) - Pasadena, California, USA - JUL 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Iím normally not a Pils guy, but I like to try new stuff. Iíve tried a few different Imperial Pilsner styles, and this one is very good! The stuff coming out of Karl Strauss lately has been very good. The nose is light, the color is dark yellow to orange, and the taste is great. Huge flavors of herbal goodness with some earthy and yet hoppy bite. I like it and will buy it again.
LtDan (1676) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 12, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Pours a clear amber tinted yellow gold. The head is large, beige and fluffy.
Aroma: Crisp mixture of biscuity malt and euro hops. Nothing like a cheap beer, but more like a fresh, hoppy pilsner.
Taste: Biscuits with honey, big spicy hops. Alcohol is well hidden.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, slightly creamy and moderately carbonated.
Overall: Fresh, this beer is beautifully balanced, slightly sweet, and the driest hoppiest imperial pils Iíve had to date. What a great beer.
Snojerk321 (2970) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from BevMo. Pours a crystal clear deep gold with a nice frothy 2 finger thick white head, some sheeted lacing was left on the glass. Light flesh fruits in the nose followed by some lightly roasted malts with a kind of lemon grass like finish. Damn tasty and very drinkable.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler to go from the Sorrento Mesa location: Rich golden color with a medium, fading white head .Aroma is fruity (peach) and slightly grassy. Flavor starts starts lightly fruity sweet followed by some grassy hops and a long, lightly dry finish with hints of orange peel. Medium body is spicy with lively carbonation. Nice.
hoptrip619 (10) - California, USA - JUN 23, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this on tap at Small Bar on Fatherís Day. Poured a deep golden color into a nonic pint glass. Upfront there are some grassy saaz hops, lots of toasted malt, and decent amount of the crisp slightly sulfury lager yeast character. Not as dry as I would have hoped for but definitely crisp and refreshing. Worth a shot, especially as the weather heats up.
jjh19 (35) - California, USA - JUN 19, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tried the Whistler Imperial Pils on tap at Small Bar during rollout pint night Thursday night. This just looked good. Poured a dark golden color with a 1Ē frothy head that dissipated rather quickly. I smelled toasted malts, definitely a grassy hop presence. Was it dry-hopped? I tased crisp and clean toasted malts with a lot of grassy hop flavor and a pretty decent bitterness that lingered through the dry finish. Nothing heavy-handed. Medium bodied and very easy drinking. This was the best stab at a Czech-style pilsner that Iíve tried. Strong recommendation.
StefanSD (1795) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2010 650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours a translucent copper color with a big white fluffy head that has good retention and some lacing. The aroma is mild and indistinct with grains, yeast and some saaz hops. The flavor features biscuit, dough, yeast, nutty hops and mildly funky hops. The palate is a bit light but builds to a malty conclusion. The finish is short and dry. Overall: I find this pils a very refreshing choice. Much more like a good English biter than a pils--whatever the hell this it was the right beer at the right time.