Boulevard Smokestack Series: Reverb Imperial Pilsner

RATINGS: 414   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
How can a style as elegant and refined as pilsner be "amped up" to imperial status? The answer, as Spinal Tap guitarist Nigel Tufnel might say, is simple: you go to eleven. With its classic recipe and impeccable craftsmanship, Reverb Imperial Pilsner echoes our Collaboration No. 1 Imperial Pilsner, produced in 2009 with esteemed Belgian brewmaster Jean-Marie Rock. Like its predecessor, this summer seasonal is a study in delicately balanced contrasts. Up front, Pilsner malt makes a clear yet restrained statement, answered by the steady, harmonious hum of Saaz hops, traces of which linger in the dry, crisp finish. Rock on.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Bottle thanks to beastifan2k. Clear golden color/ frothy white head. Big grassy, spicy hop aromas with pils malts. medium body. Nice lightly sweet pils malt flavors with mild burnt rubber/ sulfer, spicy grassy hops. good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (4597) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 4, 2010
750ml bottle from The Wine & Cheese Place (bought online). Excellent bright golden color with a huge, foamy, lasting white head and great lacing. Pale malt and grain on the aroma, very clean and crisp, with some slight grassy hop character. Flavor is really nice, with sweet pale malt and grain, along with lots of fresh Noble hops. Very dry on the palate, like Orval, with lots of hop oils and medium body. Pretty drinkable with fairly high carbonation, although drinkability suffers a bit from the extreme dryness. Still though, this is about as fine an imperial pilsner as Ive ever had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Stiff pop to the cork, pours hazy pale gold, strong carbonation and a thick fluffy head that receded very slowly and left rich, spotty lacing. Dry grassy aroma, some light perfume. More perfume in the sip along with granite, honey and white pepper. Honey notes come out more as it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 2, 2010
Aroma is mainly pilsner malt with hints of yeast and a spicy citrus presence from the Saaz. Flavor is both malty and hoppy (same as aroma), with some cereal notes from the Pils malt. Finish is dry and clean. Overall a good take on the style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nartan (8) - Missouri, USA - FEB 26, 2010 does not count
This is a great beer and one of my favorite Pilsners so far. Overall great taste. If you can find it you should pick it up for yourself I know have a few for myself.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9314) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2010
bottle. hazed golden body with a soft and fine white head. dense yeast in the nose - salty sea foam, dried grass, light herbs, sweet honey and wheat. dense and hefty body, soft and sublime natural carbonation. nice play of sweet and dry, if somewhat a little too heavy and corn-like, as most imperial pils tends to be. still, much better than nearly every example Ive tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Bottle from Crown #6, thanks for the recommendation Ben! Pours cloudy pee yellow with thin foamy white head. Nose is striking sour, wild yeast, and rich pilsner malt. Taste is crisp, carbonated, light, smooth and satisfying. Accented by fresh juicy fruits and slightly sour pilsner malt, then backed by fresh floral slightly citrus hops that turn the finish into something spectacular and reminiscent of a champagne. This is something very different than my usual suspect, and I was not dissapointed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12386) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2010
750ml bottle @Suttrees Nothing else to do TN Gathering. Thanks Phil-pours a tight white head and hazy straw color. Aroma is yeast, grass, bready. Taste is sweet grass, bready-light malt, yeast. Dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
heemer77 (5351) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2010 Slightly hazy medium gold colored body with a fluffy large white head. The nose is sweet with lots of dough and some sweet potatoes. There is also some earthy citrus from the hops. The taste is sweet potatoes covered with white sugar. There is also a little hint of almond shells and leafy greens in the finish. Overall, a strange mix of bitterness and sweet character. This package just does not come together for me. A big let down, but that is typical for most beers I have had that are called Imperial Pilsner. Certainly not worth the price tag and step down for the Smokestack series. Slightly smoother, but not much better than your typical European strong lager. I had thought that is what it reminded me of before I saw the style designation. Now if only the price was comparable to other Euro strong lagers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Bottle shared by CanIHave4Beers. Thanks. Poured a clear gold color with a white head. Pleasant aroma of yeasty bread dough, pale mat and distinct Saaz. Light to medium bodied and slightly sweet with a touch of alcohol. A hint of bitterness emerged at the end. Noble hops and cereal grain flavors. Good stuff.

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