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RATINGS: 986   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 thatís 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, weíre 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 Adamsģ 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 worldís finest hops. And we mean ďexplosionĒ 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.


DrGonzo's rating

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 7, 2006
Bottle. Hazy golden amber and medium off-white head. Huge hoppy aroma, with some wheat and grassy undertones. Even with the massive hop bitterness this beer is fairly drinkable, more so than other beers with 100 or more ibuís. Sugary malt body, firm, citrusy at times. Big warming finish. Stretching the limits of pilsener here...


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
smcolw (529) - 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 werenít 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ads135 (2579) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 30, 2013
This was easily one of the most assertive beers Iíd 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerenberger (1265) - 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

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EvanFriend (265) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
baraciisch (1523) - 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 Iím not a particularly big fan of the style...

3.5
   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, Iíd drink this again if it ever shows up in SC. (4/24/09)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerfest5 (1059) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnnniee (2033) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 23, 2011
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 wouldnít 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 didnít really do it for me. Very bitter as one would expect, but not a flavorful bitter. Maybe my pallet isnít ready for this beer, but I would have liked some grapefruit, or citrus flavors in with the bitter, but it just wasnít 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2011
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). Iím getting hints of some woodiness as well. Begins sweet with a bitter finish. Thereís actually a lot of sweetness, but itís a roller coaster ride from sweet to bitter with every sip. Not only is this beer unbalance, but itís 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 arenít up for the craziness. Itís 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

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (13348) - , 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.


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