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RATINGS: 312   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Produced especially for the OBF, Beer Camp’s golden color and medium bodied sweetness comes from pale, Europils, Munich and acidulated malts. Magnum, Crystal and Pacifica hops provide a distinctly American bittering and hop flavor profile without going over the top. The result is a refreshing, balanced, crisp pilsner, easy to drink on a hot summer festival day - or to take with you to beer camp.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wittales (761) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Appearance was clear light gold with rocky whitish 1 finger head spotty at best. Aromas are pils crystal malts, floral noble style hops profile and clean yeast nose. Taste are sweet pils backbone yet subtle. Hops slightly citrus lemon, orange, and hints of dank. Palate was soft smooth CO2 with meduim body, then average length soft American hop kick finish. Good different imperial Pils.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (17352) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2013
Bottle at Exmouth Arms Finsbury. Clear gold lasting white head. Lager aroma. Thats a pretty solid lager. No puke. Wasy drinking some easy hop sting and hop flower finish. Pretty good. Thats damn good lager. Yep tasty and drinkable. Maybe just a touch too hoppy. Wld prefer the noble hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blackflag321 (643) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Bottle pour to pint. Part of a Beer Camp 12-pack that I enjoyed in deer camp. Bready and slightly sweet. Nice finish. Holds it own with the others in the assortment pack.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MacDouglass (88) - Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Aroma: something citrusy and a crisp, appetizing hop boquet; Appearance: light golden w/ sediment (unless my glass was unclean; I got the glass as a Christmas present this year and didn’t wash it before I used it...), a slightly off-white head that quickly dissipates after the pour; Taste: malt actually slightly predominates the hops, very well balanced between the two though, some booze, and a bit sweet, all you’d expect in something that calls itself "imperial"; Palate: hops might linger a little longer than desired, my wife mentioned that its a little heavier than she expected for a pilsner; Overall: very enjoyable overall, my wife and I both really like it, and its always nice to find a beer that we can both really enjoy, I’d recommend it to any pilsner fan, way to go SN

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emeister84 (2162) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Aromas of bread and herbal, earthy hops. Pale gold, white head, decent retention. Tastes dry, with faint hints of honey-like sweetness, bitterness is well balanced with the malts. Light-medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and finishes clean with biscuity and floral flavors. A very nice pilsner, just not very Imperial.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ComradeK (1145) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2013
355ml bottle. Pours a clear medium gold, with a smallish white head, which lasts well and leaves reasonable lacing. Floral, resin and spice hops plus some white bread malt notes make up the aroma. Spicy sap and bitter herbal hops notes dominate up front, with some more approachable floral notes soon coming through. White bread and faint caramel make up an incredibly light malt body, with more resin hops coming through in the finish. This is one of the better imperial pilseners I have had. Whilst, like every beer of its style, it lacks any real body to back up its hops kick, it does have some very enjoyable hops flavours, and is certainly an extremely refreshing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5723) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Crisp golden coloured body with a thin, one centimetre tall white head. Aroma of pale malt, a bunch of german and very light alpha acid hops, some cardboard and a bit of yeast. Light to Medium-bodied; Pungent and assertive hoppiness with some grass, herbs and resin noticeable, all with a potent malt backbone, some light sugars and a good fresh, dry flavour. Aftertaste shows a lot of herbal and grassy notes with a solid hop bitterness, some light alcohol and a hint of earth. Overall, a very nice pils with slightly more body and flavours than a typical pils, but not enough to make it difficult to drink - very well done and definitely worth trying, if you can find it! I sampled this stubby twelve ounce bottle purchased from Westover Market in Arlington, Virginia on 23-November-2012 for US$2.69 sampled at home in Washington on 16-January-2013.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle from the new Eastchase Specs. Light pour with a big white head. Aroma is spicy, grainy, and pleasant. Taste is almost citrus, bitter, grassy, and a little more grain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (5808) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2013
One of the best bottled American made pilsners you will find, particularly with wide distribution. Appropriate gold cold and carbonation with a tall white head. Good hop aroma, saaz for sure, and a malt balance. They really nailed the pilsner flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maris (1390) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JAN 10, 2013
From a 355ml bottle (2012 edition) on 10/1/2013. Pours a clear light golden with a medium head. Has a light fruity aroma with some honey notes. The flavour is sweet fruit (apple and grape) and honey set off against a light bread and biscuit malts. Finishes with slightly vinous medium hop bitterness. The palate is slightly sticky. A very enjoyable beer, albeit a little more subdued that most SN offerings.

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