arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy orange with white head, aroma of big, big floral, pine, resinous hops, with a touch of biscuit. Big aggressive pine and resin up front, leading into some biscuit, but then gets very bitter and piny at the end. Not balanced, but if you like hops, you will like this.
mothman (120) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, best before Jan. 2009.
Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a nice thick head. Great lacing observed. Color is a light autumn orange. Very good looking beer.
Smell is of floral hops. No scent of mals are present. Taste is quite similiar. Many hops, obviously, are in this beer. There is a defintely a carmel taste also. The taste of alcohol is also present.
Carbonation level is great. The mouthfeel is quite smooth, but leaves a dry mouth.
Overall, I was expecting more hops than this. It had a lot, but it says an intense hop experiance on it. It was definately a great beer and I was happy that I bought it. I would recommend this to anyone who likes hops!
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-08-2008 02:30:56
Nickls (2387) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Really quite aggressive hoppiness in both the aroma and flavor with a thinner, crackery malt backing. Bit of a thicker body, but to be expected with the ’imperial’ treatment. Lots of savory qualities, bit herbal. Pretty fun brew, and liked it.
rubbishystuff (2334) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2015 I think this was the best strong pale lager I have had. It was quite tasty. They chose well to add a lot of hops to balance the increased sweetness. The bottle I got said "Intense" hop experience, it was not intense. I would say, "Strongly Apparent". Serving: Bottle
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A Mes rate. Bottle thanks to Tom.
Hazy orange gold with a thin but lasting off white head. Pretty stonking Hallertau overload aroma. Almost pan handle territory, but not quite. Some great cheesey and funky malt behind it too. Not a patch in the mouth. Just rather one dimensional and predictable. Plenty of bitterness along with some faint booze and card. Some strange liquorice notes too. Hit of raw alcohol at the back of the throat in the finish. Blah. So close to greatness but so far.
Eells (64) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
SanfordBrewer (1505) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
lucent copper, thin white head, very effervescent.
aroma: pale malt, floral leafy resinous hops.
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.
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
popery (2006) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.