FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Opaque honey gold, with no head. Malt and grapefruit aroma. Flavor is citrus hoppy bitter (lemon / orange zest) with no floral character I usually expect from beers like this. Finishes bitter but flavorless, if that makes any sense. I gotta echo the other reviewers, this is like a standard (though solid) micro IPA. It does a very good job of hiding its alcohol content though. Its not terrible (especially if you like IPAs), it just isn’t all that striking.
smcolw (529) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
ads135 (2539) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Beerenberger (1223) - Fischer, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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
EvanFriend (244) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
baraciisch (1487) - USA - OCT 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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...
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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)
beerfest5 (1015) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
johnnnniee (1936) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Review from notes, sampled 12/14/2007
Sampled this at the German Beer Festival and later out of a bottle.
Pours a cloudy golden orangey color with a fluffy white head that just wouldn’t quit. Carbonation on this one is a bit on the high side. Smell is overwhelming hops, but not the spicy or citrusy smell that one would expect from an ipa with "c" hops in it. Definitely a much more flower like smell. The taste didn’t really do it for me. Very bitter as one would expect, but not a flavorful bitter. Maybe my pallet isn’t ready for this beer, but I would have liked some grapefruit, or citrus flavors in with the bitter, but it just wasn’t there. Medium body with bitterness all around. I saved a couple of bottles of this and I think it will be really interesting to see how these hold up over time. As they are now, I think they are a bit harsh.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into a pokal.
4.5 A: Medium orange color. Clear, but not crystal clear. Two fingers of thick frothy head with good retention and lots of lacing.
4.0 S: Mainly citrus. A little earthy with freshly cut grass. A hint of sweetness.
3.5 T: Again citrus (grapefruit and mandarin foremost). I’m getting hints of some woodiness as well. Begins sweet with a bitter finish. There’s actually a lot of sweetness, but it’s a roller coaster ride from sweet to bitter with every sip. Not only is this beer unbalance, but it’s unbalanced twice because of what was already mentioned. Still, the sweet part is good and the bitter part is good as well, but my tastebuds aren’t up for the craziness. It’s like transfering fish from hot water to cold water and back again several times only much less torturous.
4.0 M: Medium body. Moderately creamy with good carbonation.
3.0 D: The brew is good, but one beer is plenty due to the crazy revolving taste.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-28-2009 02:37:22
madmitch76 (12964) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
4th February 2008
Golden hazy beer. Smooth palate. Lots of intense hop fruit and all round hoppy goodness. Delicious and hugely drinkable.