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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 Campís 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pras (577) - Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2012
This is by far my favorite of the 2012 beer camp sampler. Aroma is full of citrusy hops. Very little head. Taste is of hops, but not over poweringly bitter. Pilsnery malt shines through in balance with the bitterness. Very refreshing. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (390) - Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2012
This style is not for everyone but I love it. It is very hopforward, but in a grassy herbal kind of way that is definitely not an IPA. Really crisp and refreshing but with lots of flavor too.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - OCT 8, 2012
12oz bottle. 2012 Beer Camp 12pk, #43, Silver cap. Clear yellow. Thin white ring. Perfect nose, textbook Pils characters. Heavy straw scent, pale grains, grassy hops. Crisp, very clean flavors. Medium heaviness, dry body. Crisp pale grain flavors. Lingering spicy saaz hops flavor, tingling. Refreshing. Why hasnít Sierra Nevada made a Pilsner as a part of their regular lineup? This is great. Thanks to ellolovey for sharing. (3483)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
poisoneddwarf (2285) - Coeur dí Alene, Idaho, USA - AUG 17, 2012
12 oz bottle from the 2012 variety pack bought from work. Pours clear golden with a medium collapsing white head. Aroma is bready, grainy, citrusy hoppy, sour berries. Taste is biscuity, lightly sweet with faint bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy, carbonation is fine. Smooth and crisp. This is absolutely delicious. One thing I donít get--how is a beer with only 5.6% ABV considered "imperial"?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Poured a clear gold yellow with a fluffy white head. Aroma is grass, citrus, resin, and floral (really enjoyed the smell of this). Taste is zesty, spicy, and lemony with a crisp bitterness to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2012
does he greet them when they walk in? .. . great uplifting smell .. flowral and crisp .. . deep yellow gold .. . bill cís got a nice watch .. . i can kinda see why they call this imperial, because this is an awesome regular pils that is really tasty and super awesome!!! .. . . Endeavour flew over my house, twice- then i saw it on my way to g-town, i have photo evidence but it looks like a dot...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Sampled on 8/17/2012. This Imperial Pilsner pours a orange gold color from a 12oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head with decent retention and nice lacing. The aroma is fruity and sweet with some orange and orange peel, touch of bread as well. A medium bodied Imperial Pils. The malts are bready, fruity and sweet. The hops are spicy and herbal. Nice carbonation. Big full round carbonation. Very nice beer. Mouthfeel is very full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 19, 2012
A - Pours a clear golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of pilsner malts with lemon zest and citrus hops with some bread and bit of lager yeast esters. T - Starts off with a mix of pilsner malts with some lemon zest and citrus hops with a bit of bitterness. Through the middle, a bit more bitterness comes through with some floral hops, some bready malts. The finish is a mix of pilsner malts with lemon zest, citrus hops, a bit of lager esters. M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry finish. D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced and finish very nice crisp finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tennisjoel (1364) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2012
This is one heck of a pilsner. Not sure why itís labeled as imperial, but nonetheless, it has all of the characteristics of a good beer. Hops, biscuit, earthiness. Super drinkability. Up there with the best Iíve tried thus far. Easily my favorite from the beer camp series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2012
A steady pour into my Bruery tulip produces a two-finger thick, pale, off-white head that leaves a touch of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a bright gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright, yellow-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma has a smooth, mild herbal note, some light lemon notes, a bright spiciness, lots of straw and pale cracker like malt character. The hop character is quite smooth and mild for something labeled Imperial, but I actually like how smooth and balance the nose is overall. As the beer warms the nose gets even more aromatic and expressive, but still retains its smooth, rounded balance.

A bit prickly from the carbonation, and the beer has a very light body from what I was expecting. This has quite a bitter hop bite to it, and this is accentuated by soft hop flavors of lemon zest, peppery hop spice, and a light, sort of dried grass like herbal character. The malt character here is quite sublime; it has a deep maltiness in its pale gold depth; toasted pale malt, lots of cracker like notes, dry nutty grain character, ample hearty straw like notes, and something I can only describe as a field of wild-flowers and grain. The body here is nice and light, but has a rounded malt viscous quality to it that works quite well.

As a balanced, 5.6% abv beer, I have a really hard time figuring out how this is labeled as an ďImperialĒ beer; if that is all you are looking for you are going to be quite disappointed. Given that I wasnít actually looking forward to an actual Imperial Pilsner, I am quite pleasantly surprised by this beer. Before I know it this beer is long gone; quite tasty, and quite enjoyable, I wish I had a lot more. I love coming upon a beer like this, completely unexpected, surprisingly good, I wish this was year round, or at least available every spring / summer.

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