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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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
J_man (917) - Tustin, California, USA - AUG 5, 2010
Starts off with a nice crisp pilsner aroma of clean cereal malt. Crystal clear and medium yellow with a foamy white head. Nice pale malt flavor with a heavier body than a normal pilsner which is part of the "Imperialization". The alcohol is well hidden and perfectly matched to the flavor, and there is an estery quality to it. The hops are pleasantly bitter without overwhelming the malt. Definitely more European in character than American. Very enjoyable, unique beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - NOV 15, 2010
If you are into Pilsners I believe you will love this. I found it to be exceptionally hearty and delicious. This is a brewery you can count on to deliver quality beer time and time again.

   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 what’s 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 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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Bomber from Healthy Spirits. Very nice cloudy golden pour, with a vigorous, lasting carbonation and a thin, prim head. Nose is very inviting, dry Hallertau and some fruit and pepper. The taste is scrumptious, and very dry indeed, retains pils characteristics even though pumped up a bit.

   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 15/20
ben4321 (5571) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11986) - 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.

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