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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5355) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 16, 2010
Sampled on 6/11/2010. This Imperial Pilsner pours a light orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Medium to large sized white foamy head. The aroma is cereal, grain, spicy and sweet. A medium bodied Imperial Pilsner. The malts are grainy, grassy and semi sweet. The hops are spicy and floral. Nice balance. Good carbonation. Nice Imperial Pils, lots of flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Riotbeard (107) - Birmingham, USA - JUL 7, 2010
Really nice pilsner courtesy of Wavers1. It goes "imperial" without loosing whatís great about a a pils. Aroma is dominated by the yeast with hints of barnyard and cheese. Appearence is very pale with a fluffy white head and good lacing. Taste is very clean but with a nice hop bitterness on the end. Palate is very crisp and clean. Nice brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (13823) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 3, 2010
Bottle from the Co-op in Davis, CA. Pours gold with a foamy white head. Aroma of noble hop. Medium body with creamy/foamy carbonation. Flavor is a bit bready with a lot of grassy/spicey hop. Itís pleasantly bitter and quite tasty. Thereís malt sweet but the bitter seems to stay on top without losing the sugar. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8314) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 22, 2010
Bottle. Golden beer with a whitish head. Grass and light malt aroma. Malt and light caramel flavor with light mineral. Medium bodied. Malt and light caramel lingers with light grass and light mineral.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 15, 2010
20th Anniversary Series Bottle. Pours with a clear pale golden body with a large white head that stays. Aroma is grassy, herbal, corn, bread. Taste is alcohol, DMS, grassy bitterness. Not too great. Lively bubbles. Dry.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
marcus (8894) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Bottle from Bevmo. Pours clear yellow with a nice white head and a faint floral aroma. Yes, there is probably enough ingredient to warrant an "imperial" label, but the flavor just isnít there. Some light malt and a sort of crisp bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2010
22oz bottle. Clear medium gold with nice white head. Nose of corn and light booze, ok.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 26, 2010
Poured pale golden yellow, smooth, corn, grassy hops, malty, little bready.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - MAY 24, 2010
Unhorrible, but not that great either. Has a nice lager yeast aroma - a little bit of butter in there but not much. Pours a clear golden with not much head. Notes of corn, and bitterness. Not something Iíd get again, but not horrible either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DYCSoccer17 (3611) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 23, 2010
16 ounce sample on cask at the Davis Graduate. Aroma is nice and spicy, grassy, and herbal. Plenty of noble hops present here. Some biscuit and cereal hints are also detected in the aroma. Moderately hazy straw-colored body with a fluffy white head and good lacing. Chewy, sticky, biscuity sweet malty start with some fusel alcohols coming through in the middle. Grassy, herbal, and mildly hopped in the finish. This basically tastes like a maibock with a little more hoppiness. Also has some malt liquor character, too. Could definitely use some more hops to balance out the large malt bill.

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