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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (13821) - 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. It’s pleasantly bitter and quite tasty. There’s malt sweet but the bitter seems to stay on top without losing the sugar. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12106) - 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 (11964) - 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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11164) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (9600) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
"lots of cereal malts and grassy hops in the nose and flavor. a pretty nice beer, but i’m not quite sold on a Sudwerk beer at a premium price. they do nothing poorly, but nothing great either."

   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 isn’t there. Some light malt and a sort of crisp bitter finish.

   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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Golden, thin sudsy white head, little lacing.   HUGE grassy nose.   Getting straw, hay, and maybe even alfalfa.   I have never smelled anything so... well... grass like.   Nice sweet grassy malts up front.   Lots of sweetness.   Not as strong as the nose suggested, and thankfully not dank or musty.   Bright on the tongue, yet sweet.   Body and mouthfeel are full bodied.   Soft dry grassy finish.   Very minor honey and pale bready notes.   Smells a bit offputting, but thankfully the sweetness and lack of ubergrass helps this beer out.   Still, happy to share this bomber as I am unsure I could do it by myself.

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