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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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (30680) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2009
12 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy orange with a small off-white head. Aroms is mild citrusy and crisp grassy. Bitter and fruity hops flavour. Subdued malt flavour. Bitter and slight grassy flavoured finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29070) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2007
Bottled. An unclear orange beer with a thick orange head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of caramel and hops as well as light notes of prunes and dust. The flavor is sweet with a powerful malt and alcohol note as well as a light salt note, leading to a very bitter finish. The body is thick. Not as clean as a pilsener should be - more like an ale in its expression.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2007
(Bottle 72 cl) Vintage 2005. Hazy, amber golden with a small, off-white head. Tart, citrusy nose. Full-bodied with a very solid malt base, a bit oily and an odd, salty edge. Very distinct bittering hops. But an interesting experience. 160607

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20493) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2007
Bottle. Hazy orange coloured with an off white head. Aroma of fruits, hops and grape fruits. Flavour of fruits, hops and grape fruits. Hoppy finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (20217) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 3, 2009
Bottled@Bishops Arms Vasagatan, Stockholm. Golden colour, big white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and earthy hops along with some wooden and sappy notes. Flavour is brutally bitter fruity and grassy hops along with some hints of fruits. Dry grass in finish too. Wellbalanced and quite pleasant.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (19192) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2006
[Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm] Pale amber, average head. Hoppy aroma of resin, pine needles, strawberries and grapefruit. Sweet and densely malty. Very hoppy. Resiny finish with salty licorice and piney bitterness. Like a bottm fermented IPA, but closer to a sorghum beer or a sahti than a pilsener.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (16250) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2007
Bottle. Pours a hazy pale amber color with a large longlasting off-white head. Very hoppy bitter malty aroma with hints of grapefruit. Malty hoppy bitter flavor with some piney hints. Malty alcoholic warming bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14298) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2011
4th February 2008
Golden hazy beer. Smooth palate. Lots of intense hop fruit and all round hoppy goodness. Delicious and hugely drinkable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2009 2009-11-09, bottle at Bishop’s Arms, Vasagatan, Stockholm, 8-4-7-4-15=38
Cloudy deep blond color. Deep hoppy aroma, a bit sweaty and honeyish, and some fusel; light fruits too. Toffee flavor, with dry edges; strong bitterness, with dry resins. Unbalanced.

2007-11-07, 8-5-7-5-16=41
Beautiful hazy copper color. Powerful hoppy aroma, more resiny and fruity than expected. Strong body, with a strong caramel-toffee flavor and an extreme hopping; the hopping is quite resiny; compared to an IPA it has less body and less fruitness. Very good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (13227) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 25, 2008
Bottle at Bishops Arms, Malmø - as Hallertau Imperial Pilsner. Cloudy yellow - white head. High hoppy, cirtus, grassy, grape, cactus, resin, light malty ,light white sugar, sweetness. OK.


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