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RATINGS: 987   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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2005 info:This lager is made with fresh Bavarian hops, straight off the vines from the 2005 harvest in Germany, and packs an 8.8 percent alcohol content that’s twice as strong as most popular beers.
Boston Beer Co. is brewing only 60,000 24-oz. bottles, which are due to begin arriving in stores in November.

2007 release info:
Yes, we’re a little obsessed with hops. Every autumn for over twenty years, Jim Koch has traveled to one of the oldest hop-growing regions in the world, the Hallertau region of Bavaria in Germany, to hand-select Noble Bavarian hops, including the Hallertau Mittelfrueh variety. This special variety is considered to be one of the best in the world, prized for its unique taste and aroma. Samuel Adams® Hallertau Imperial Pilsner is a celebration of these extraordinary hops. This beer is one of the hoppiest in the world, without being overly bitter. With the first sip, you will experience an explosion of some of the world’s finest hops. And we mean “explosion” in a good way. Brewed as a showcase for the hops, this bold brew highlights the spicy, citrus flavors and aromas of the Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops that are abundant in the recipe. The intense hops flavor is balanced with the slight sweetness from the malt. The brew remains pleasantly well-balanced from beginning to end, due to the quality of the hops, and continues to always be, well, "hoppy," providing hop lovers with an amazing beer drinking experience.
Available in 12oz. bottles.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eells (64) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2010
Impressive pilsner. Incredible fresh hop taste from the outstanding hallertau hops. Best pilsner i’ve ever had, and no offense to Sam Adams (cause I appreciate what they do more than what they make) but easily the best of their beers i’ve ever had.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2010
lucent copper, thin white head, very effervescent.

aroma: pale malt, floral leafy resinous hops.

taste:
T1&T2= lots of bitter vinous(like green pepper stem or tomato vine) leafy herbal resinous hops, touch of sweet pale malt.
T3= oily hop resin.

sharp and bitter hop bite on the tip of the tongue.
not really any citrus, pine, tobacco, or floral notes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (8015) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2010
Drank the Hallertau Imperial Pilsner bottle. Nice amber pour with whitish head. Resin, floral hoppy nose with a taste you’d expect from the genre. Good beer. Rated 7/4/09.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2010
A- Hazy golden yellow body that pours with a 3 finger white head. Head slowly fades to 1/2 finger and has excellent retention. Plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass. I am pleasantly surprised with this beer’s appearance. S- Big nose of herbal and piny hops. Sweet pale malt in the background. T- Intense kick in the mouth of pine hop flavor upfront. This is great because piny hops seem to come out at the finish of most other brews. The piny hop flavor subsides (but only a little bit) in order for a sweet malt character to arise in the background to balance out the hops. A big residual hop bitterness lingers on the palate along with sweet malt and some hop flavor. Bitterness is high but not unpleasant. P- Medium to low carbonation and oily, phenolic, yet smooth body. O- This a decent beer overall and the 8.8% ABV is very well hidden. I haven’t reviewed a BBC in a few months and this one (like most-but not all of their brews) shows to be a very good example of the style. I did like it but I don’t know if I will have another due to its price and availability. BBC is one of my favorite breweries because of their availability and wide range of styles. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-04-2007 04:27:53

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
popery (1365) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 7, 2010
Sam Adams succeeds with this big hoppy pilsner that shows off their ability to compete with smaller, specialty brewers. This pilsner packs a ton of great hop flavor, although I’m fairly sure that my tongues is not refined enough to identify it as a pilsner without knowing beforehand. It’s close to a heavily hopped IPA or DIPA for me. The hops have a flavor that is unlike anything that I’ve tried thus far. The beer is a bit dark for a pilsner and has a stronger head than most.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - APR 2, 2010
2007- Pours bright yellow/gold with medium white head. Aroma is bursting with hops and pine. Very faint citrus on the nose. Drinks with a sharp pine bitter lending into a more earthy hop and then into a mildly sweet malt. finishes with a solid bitter bite.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
misterbeer (312) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2010
12 ounce bottle A hazy orange pour small off white head . A floral, citrus,fruit taste nice not overpowering bitter finish. great beer

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Boston Beer Company--Samuel Adams--Hallertau Imperial Pilsner--2007 12 oz. Bottle. 8.80% ABV--85 IBU’s? (4.75 / 5.0) Pilsner--Imperial--Mild lace white head. Cloudy bright lemon orange color. Rich Hallertau floral Pils hop front. Spicy sweet thick clean Amped Pils body. Tangy clean balanced hop spice end. Amped Pilsner Urquell. Well Done! First Sampled 10/7/2007.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicowv (455) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Incredible surprise by Sam Adams. Great citrus and hop flavors and aroma. This was my favorite Sam Adams beer I have had.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Linnet (1091) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2010
Golden colour, medium white head, lacing. Ar: Hoppy , straw, grass beefed up lager. F: Hoppy, big bite yet malts to balance it, noticable ABV. M: crisp clean. T: Like this one.


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