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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Straw colored,malty lager with the aroma of mangos and citrus. Brewed using a beefed up czech-pilsner recipe, but hopped with American hops - amarillo and simcoe. 70 IBU's. Editor's note: Listed as 8% for the first batch, second batch 7%


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (9884) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2005
Golden pils with a thin white head. Pleasant saaz hops in aroma with light malt. In mouth, very pleasing czech style, with floral and resinous hops, reminding me of Cerna Hora in Mtl. Rich bodied. excellent pils. On tap at RB, Nov. 12, 2005.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7125) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2006
On tap at RB Chicago. Poured clear medium golden with a medium cap of creamy white head... some nice lacing ensued. Heavy and well-blended aroma of bready malts, floral hoppage, and lemon zest primarily. Flavor had lemon and alcohol laced throughout.. solid sweet bread & pils malt base, floral bitterness.. tacky lemon and floral bitter finish. Bitterness and alcohol notes were somewhat sharp and it could’ve flowed better toward the back-end.. but very good overall!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5473) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2007
My idea of a good lager, hopped out the wazoo. Good looking, a golden yellow body with tight bubbling and a big frothy head. Nice lacing. It took a while for this beer to warm up enough so that I could enjoy the aroma of grapefruit, lemon zest, pine, and wildflowers. A bit of the sweet pale malt squeaks through in the flavor, but mostly it’s a pleasurably lop-sided hop bomb, with a huge wave of bitterness (to which some earthy and grassy elements have been added) from start to finish. A good IPL - Imperpial Pale Lager!

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Earlier Rating: 12/4/2006 Total Score: 3.9
On tap at the brewpub as 11th Anniversary Imperial Pilsner and with an ABV of 6.8%, not the posted 8%. But I won’t dispute (although I feel the first posting for this year should have been entered as a new brew). This is not a Pilsener as named. This is not a European Strong Lager as posted. This is an IPL, an India Pale Lager. It pours a clear straw color with a creamy sustained head that laces in sheets. The aroma is seriously strong with the hops, delivering scents of grapefruit, pine, and lemon zest over a sweet bready malt. Forget the malts in the flavor. This is about some serious hop bitterness, solid PNW hop tastes chewing away at the tongue. The finish is a prolonged, sharp citric bitterness, a delight for this hop-head.

The current menu description for this 6.8% lager reads thusly:
Back by popular demand and to celebrate another year of good friends and great beer, this Pilsner is brewed with loads of German Pilsner malt and bigger loads of Pacific Northwest hops. A malty and straw-colored lager with aromas of citrus and tropical fruit.

In other words,
This is a new beer, people!
...but I’ve been slammed down on things like this before....

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2007
on tap at the brewpub. pours semi-hazed golden with white head. nose is very fruity and piney hops, pretty hoppy nose. flavor is fruity and bubblegummy, very hoppy but not bitter enough to balance it. a subtle toffee malt back bone. finish is clean and refreshing. i like it, but not quite bitter enough.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nuffield (3668) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Very clear, lightish yellow. Is this really an imperial pilsner as they claim? Dry, little dimensionality. Germany hoppiness, moderately bitter finish, fizzy tingly, very brewpub-ish. (on tap at brewpub on Labor Day weekend).

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Draught at the brew pub. Clear gold color with a white head that laced the glass. Attractive aroma of citrusy hops with distinct grapefruit and lime accented by occasional whiffs of what I suppose are Saaz hops. Hop flavor is also prominent, again primarily citrusy. There is also a light hop bitterness that is well balanced by a fresh malty cereal grain flavor. Great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 30, 2005
Draught: Clear yellow gold, with a wonderful stream of tiny bubbles feeding a bright white, fluffy head. Wonderful sweet hop aroma with fresh grains and cereal, lemon rinds and grass. Great carbonation, not fizzy, but still lively on the tongue. Biscuity and pale malts are a solid match for the fresh hop flavours, balancing this into a wonderful beer. I particularly enjoyed the long, clean hop finish laced with all the citrus character encompassed in this solid brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2005
Clear, golden body with a fluffy layer of foam sitting atop. Cool, hoppy nose that is in ways very reminiscent of a great pilsener. Strong, noble hop character, earthy floral perfume, but also pine resin, grapefruit juice, lemon zest, dry biscuits, grassy hay and yeasty, whole-grain bread. A nice, crisp, clean body with a soft, but active, carbonation. Crisp, hoppy bitterness with a nice bite. I’m not sure what the alcohol on this is, but I would imagine it’s fairly high. That comes based on the way I felt after a few pints, not because you can taste it at all. The biscuity malt is robust enough to handle all of the hops and is never lost. The blend of hops that seems to include Saaz and American C-style hops is rather unique. Obivously, this is a rather large departure from the traditional Pils style, but it’s still damn tasty. A fine anniversary offering.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2007
On tap at the brewpub, pitcher shared with Drewbeerme watching the bears f’ up against San Diego. Too bad their football team is as good their beer. Yellow with large white creamy head. Aroma is a lot of pine hops, and I mean a lot. Flavor is also very piney, light sweet with a very clean finish. Medium to thin body and mild carbonation. Comparable to any American IPA out there, strange for a Pilsner, so hoppy, so good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 19, 2006
On tap at RB Chicago as Imperial Pilsner. Pale golden colour with a fully lasting frothy white head. Fruity, lightly herbal aroma. Crisp grainy and cereal malt flavours with a juicy, herbal, and alcohol bitter finish. Light to medium bodied, juicy. I like.


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