Home >

Samuel Adams Imperial Pilsner



on tap


Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 989   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
Share this beer with friends!
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.

vtmobile's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
vtmobile (43) - Alabama, USA - JAN 7, 2006
this is a VERY hoppy brew, I would call it an IPA. The somewhat fruity tones are overwhelmed by bitterness and a bit too much alcohol. If you are one of those people who genetically lacks the ability to taste hops, consider yourself lucky in this instance. The bitterness, at first a nice surprise, gnaws on you and lingers in the mouth likethe bad breath from an Italian meal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"definitely hoppy, and definitely strong. the hop variety isn’t one that i’m crazy about...smells better than it tastes, but this is a well done beer. recomended for hopheads."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ttutony (737) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2014
Light copper color with minimal off-white head. Spicy hop aroma. Fairly thick, rich mouthfeel with more earthy, spicy hops on the palate. Potent hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
generallee08 (717) - New York, USA - JUN 24, 2014
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. The aroma is really rich and full of leafy/spicy hops and pale bready malt. 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
smcolw (567) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Two finger head with good lasting power and nice lace on the glass edge. Very cloudy with a darker gold color Hoppy aroma as expected, but more muted than the "intense" monicker might indicate. Creamy body with an equally high carbonation. Very bitter flavor; could even be an extreme IPA if weren’t lagered. The hop is fresh and long lasting, well after the swallow. This would not be a regular drinking pilsner, but it is special and extreme in its flavoring. You will never get bored of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ads135 (3216) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 30, 2013
This was easily one of the most assertive beers I’d had from Sam Adams. The first time I had it, when it was called the Hallertau pilsner, I could barely stomach it. As my taste developed, so did my appreciation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerenberger (1551) - Fischer, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Pours great - nice tan head with a deep orange amber unfiltered appearance. Strong orange/coriander flavor. Probably would be good beer with food. . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EvanFriend (342) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Imperial Hallertau Pilsener-I had this a few years ago, the rating is based on what I remember. Overpowering hop bitterness, I believe the flavors were mostly pine, some citrus. Malt was in the background. A great beer for a hophead like me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
baraciisch (2193) - California, USA - OCT 17, 2011
Had this beer a long time ago, hard to remember it, but I remembered it being a very solid crisp beer.... A lot better than I expected for a pilsner, considering I’m not a particularly big fan of the style...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Quite the looker, pouring a hazy orange with a lasting thick head. Aroma is bland, though, malty and nondescript. The taste explodes with thick toffee and caramel malt sweetness, only to have this sugary front swept aside by a thick, floral, resinous swipe of Hallertau hops. The finish lasts for days, but is tempered by the honeybun-like malts that stick around for the finale. Solid, smooth, perky texture, I’d drink this again if it ever shows up in SC. (4/24/09)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerfest5 (1199) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 26, 2011
i think they road tested this one before coming out with their noble pils to see if they could replace their white ale for the spring seasonal. draft selection, clear yellow with no head or lacing, sterile abv flavor with some hoppy floral characteristics. macro carbonation but with some spiciness that makes it a little more enjoyable than i thought, but overall, another so-so effort from sam adams.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page    1  2 3 4 » 99

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50