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RATINGS: 990   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicowv (477) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Linnet (1653) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
reverendj (185) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2010
Thanks to my daughter for the gift! Very hoppy aroma and a nice hazy orange colour with little head. The taste is highlighted by a huge amount of hops and a stiff backbone of biscuit malt. The Hallaertau hops are much smoother than those coming from the Northwest. A very pleasing suprise from a major commercial brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MeadMe (1602) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2009
A: Pours a nice cloudy golden orange color with a nice head. Just a ring hangs around but it does provide some lovely lacing. S: Very floral and citrusy, smells like an old womens perfume. T: Very different flavor. I was expecting the overflow of hops, but its the malt taste that floored me. This beer is very malty. There is a great deal of biscuity malty sweetness. Then you are hit by the bitterness of the hops which are very unique in flavor. M: Very smooth and very crisp.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBeer45 (1423) - Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Hallertau Imperial Pilsner Bottle, pours a clear orange gold with a white head that recedes (there is some haze from the sediment when the bottom of the bottle is poured), this beer looks viscous in the glass and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass, has a big grass and floral hop aroma along with malt bread, Pilsner and malt sweetness, herb and grass hops on the tongue along with a malt bread and sweetness flavors, just a faint touch of alcohol felt on the palate but it is way in the background – hidden well, I thought the hop bitterness blended in with the alcohol and tends to hide it, has a hop bitterness that almost gives a burn on the palate, similar to some Double or Imperial IPAs I’ve had, also, this does not have the sometimes overly sweet alcohol taste I get in some ESLs that can be nasty, medium or more mouth feel, some creaminess on the tongue to, same aroma of hops found in the SA Boston Lager just much, much more, if you want to know what Hallertau Hops smell and taste like get this beer, such a big hop and sweet malt presence that this reminds me of a Hoppy IPA, a blind test and I would be fooled into thinking this was a IPA, this ESL has IPA written all over it except for that there are no fruit or caramel flavors you found in IPAs, a nice drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Pours a cloudy orange with a nice thick head. Aroma is lots of citrus hops - lemon, orange, grapefruit. Sweet malt present as well. Taste is initially sweet malt and caramel ollowed by bitter grapefruit, leaving a huge bitterness in the finish. Very nice imperial IPA essentially.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aboutabeer (11) - Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2009
Wow. The aroma is hoppy, fruity. copper color, cloudy. big flavor. malty, some bitter fruit. very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2009
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label reads best before Jan. 09 and it was sampled on 6-24-09. Appearance: The body has a deep orange amber color with a few random and tiny bubbles of carbonation here and there. Its clarity is very good as well. The head is very thick and creamy with about a two and a half finger thick ness. It is light tan in color and very long lasting which makes for nice sticky rings of lacing on the glass. Smell: The aroma is really rich and full of leafy/spicy hops and pale bready malt. Taste/Mouth: The flavor, like its aroma, has an intense spicy/leafy/herbal hop character. It is in you face with hops and bitterness. Under this heavy layer of hops is a simple and very modest pale bready malt flavor. There is just enough malt presence in there to remind you that this is a beer and not just a bottle of hop extract. It finishes with slowly with a strong hop flavor and bitterness that clings to tongue and feels like it is pulling the enamel off of your teeth. The palate has a full, thick body and slick texture with light carbonation. Notes: This is a big, full hop bomb and I even sampled it a few months passed its freshness date. I love hops and the flavor was very good but I am not the biggest hop head in the world so for me the drinkability was low on this one. A little bit of this goes a long way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
kuphish (381) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2009
Bottle. Pours an average, white, dense, creamy head. Honey golden, hazy body. Head is lasting, patchy and clingy. Nice, big (without being overpowering) noble hop (herbal and spicy) nose. Sweet, caramel malt dominates the body. Definitely malt forward. Hallertau is equally strong. Some citrus coming through now. A bit of raisin and bread in the malt profile. Full bodied, sticky and resinous. A little oil slick on the tongue. Malty sweet up front with a big bitter finish. Moderate, warming alcohol lingers on the back of the tongue with the hop bitterness. Average carbonation. Overall a pretty weird beer. I love the concept, but I think the Pilsener would be better served (and would better showcase the Hallertau) if the Imperial nonsense were dropped. Or at least if the beer were less imperialized. As it stands, this tastes like an American Strong Ale and doesn’t resemble a Pilsener in the least. Better attenuation, less crystal and a smaller overall grainbill would make this a more attractive beer for me. As it stands, it gets lost in the shuffle with other imperialized nonsense. Disappointing, because I love Hallertauer Mittelfrüh.

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