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Sudwerk Signature Series #2: Imperial Pilsner



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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
The 2nd creation in the 20th Anniversary Signature Series is a salute to the loyal customers who have supported Sudwerk over the past two decades. While conducting "field research" at a Brewhaus in Bavaria, our wise Brewmaster, Jay Prahl, decided to craft this rare style of Pilsner. Our Brewmaster began with one of our most celebrated, award winning brews - the Pilsner - and "imperialized" it. He increased the hops and malts to bring you a bolder, stronger, hoppier Pilsner that packs a subtle punch. Brewed using royal Hallertau Perle Hops and Pilsner Malt, the Imperial Pils is a harmonious mix of crispy malt and fresh hop flavors. This gilded elixir has a rich golden color, a fluffy body and a pillowy head - creating a perfect bed of grainy goodness. From tailgate parties to Aristocratic soirees, this brew is great for any occasion. Surrender your sense to the Imperial Pils...sip, savor, and enjoy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
r464 (2254) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Very crisp and dry. A bit of hoppiness in the finish that adds some bitterness, but not too much. Very drinkable given the strength.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (6656) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Bottle. Clear golen color with lingering white sheen. White bread, honey, berry fruit, lagered yeasty aromas. Medium body. Dusty pale malt, honey slathered white bread flavors with earthy, fruity hoppage--not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
lightandrhythm (63) - - MAY 16, 2012
Crisp yet balanced malt compliment the slightly forward hop bitterness. Light and refreshing with a rich flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 10/29/2011. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. My pour has a ruby brown color with a tan sea foam froth. The beer retains some of the head, but mostly just a collar. There is a bready note that gets lost among some fig, banana, spice, fig, and a strong cranberry tartness. The tartness is what is most interesting about this beer. A bready malt starts soft and sweet, with some dark fruits. A bit of banana, clove, and all spice hide behind tart cherry and cranberry flavors. The finish is a bit sour. The sour kind of creates a puckering dryness that detracts a bit from the flavor. The front is medium-full bodied and a bit sweet. The carbonation is on the bubbly side. This was interesting, even though I don’t think it was intended to be tart.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (5565) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2012
Location: 22 oz bottle from Colonial Wine and Spirits, 1/9/12

Aroma: The nose is heavy on malts, with grains, cereal, bread, earth, herbal notes, spice, and grass
Appearance: Pours a clear, bright golden-yellow color with a thick, foamy white head, and light-mid lace
Flavor: The taste is pretty well balanced between the fairly heavy, but not overly sweet, bread/cereal/grain malts, and the light-medium bitterness that comes from the earthy/herbal/grass hops as well as the spice
Palate: It is medium-full bodied with a well-rounded, a highly drinkable feel, and an average carbonation
Overall Impression: This turned out to be a really interesting offering. It actually surprised me how much I liked it. I found it to be a well-made, fairly complex, extremely balanced, and highly drinkable offering. I liked what they did here. This is the first thing I’ve had from their "Signature Series" and it is a clear step-up from their regular 12 oz offerings. I would happily try more from these guys, I find they do a pretty good job of incorporating some nice flavors into these standard German styles, without moving too far from the traditional flavors of those style. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11180) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2011
This brew pours a somewhat cloudy straw color with a medium white head that recedes steadily to an outer ring. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of grassy hops and bready malt. Medium body with a moderately bitter hops character that has notes of pepper and citrus, with some malt behind it. The finish retains a citrusy, spicy hops zing. Above average overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12113) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2011
on tap-pours a dissipating white head with trailing lace and hazy yellow color. Aroma is fruit, light malt. Taste is fruit, some spice, light malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11973) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 26, 2011
Tap. Pours clear gold with an average, creamy white head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (grain, meal, cereal), light hops (spicy), and notes of dust, sweat, and corn. Flavor is heavy malt, lightly spicy and bitter hops, clean lager with vegetable notes. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hayduke (4629) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 6, 2011
From a bomber poured a clear gold color with a foamy white head and moderate lacing. Nose of floral hops. Medium body with creamy/ mouthfeel. The flavor is grass and floral hops. The finish is a nice bitter. Nice balance between malts and hops, and quite drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IrishBoy (4085) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 5, 2010
Bomber from Ledgers. Nose is sweet honey, and a little grassy hops. Clear yellow with a big pale yellow head. Flavor is lightly sweet caramel with a small bitterness.

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