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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 248   ABV: 8.25%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Gulpener Plato 18.25 is een goudblond en ongefilterde imperial lager. Het uitgesproken karakter is verkregen door de toegepaste techniek dry hopping, waarbij de hop na de hoofdvergisting wordt toegevoegd om het hoparoma te verhogen. Plato 18.25 heeft dankzij de dry hopping techniek en een blend van Europese hop variëteiten, een stevig, maar uitgebalanceerd hopkarakter.

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2.9
Mpuntmuts (283) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 7, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2017 Pours a hazy yellow with a fast dissipating head. Big peach aroma, malts and some yeasts. Malts for taste. Really sweet and sticky. Full bodied almost with medium bubbles. The sweetness overpowers the peach and bitters. Just fine.

2.2
Beerhunter111 (22550) - P´Castle, GERMANY - NOV 3, 2017
30cl bottle. A clear golden beer with a mid-sized most good lasting white head. Aroma of strong pale malt, corn, cereals. Taste of strong grainy malt, cereals, straw, not too sweet, mild bitterness, meh...

3.5
blariacum (203) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2017
Fles. Om de een of andere drogreden had ik een donker bier verwacht, maar het is heel licht van kleur. Sterke geurend. Vol van smaak, beetje wrang (lekker), met wat zoetige nasmaak. Smaak van alcohol wel (iets te) duidelijk aanwezig. Alles bij elkaar een prima bier.

2.9
DutchMark (404) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2017
Not bad for the style. Deep yellow with a small head and medium carbonation. A bit oily, a bit sweet and the alcohol is not very subtle. That said it has a nice malt and overripe citrus flavor.

2.9
Alengrin (5727) - BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2017
Bottle from an Albert Heijn supermarket in Hulst, southern Netherlands; according to the front label explicitly intended as an "imperial lager" so hopefully not the malt liquor rubbish that was their Gladiator... From a 30 cl bottle of which the back label tries to seek a connection between the great philosopher Plato and the name of this brew, which is likely more inspired by the old system of measuring alcohol strength in beer by means of degrees Plato. Medium sized, off-white, tightly 'papery' lacing head quickly dissipating in the middle but leaving an intricate pattern of flat 'islands', atop a pure and warm golden beer with vaguely ochre-ish hue, hazed by a 'fog' of yeast throughout. Rather weird, industrial but admittedly quite original aroma of limoncello, lemon-scented hand soap and "Napoléon" lemon candy, gin, candied banana, rubber, lavender, pineapple slices, washing powder, popcorn drenched in honey (or indeed 'Honey Pops'), plaster, kitchen towel, industrial lime juice from a plastic bottle, sugarloaf, peppermints, wodka, green tea, minerals. Neutral onset, sweetish with some residual 'blank' sugars, no fruity esteriness apart from a chewing gum-like thing, medium carbonated, supple and slick, soapy mouthfeel, feeling lighter than its ABV actually. Rounded cereally middle, simple and a tad popcorn-like with this oily thing continuing but eventually turning into plaster- or plastic-like sensations (unpleasantly so), while an aromatic 'force' tries to save the day by adding retronasal impressions of peppermint candy (utterly refreshing, I must admit, but in the completely wrong way), faint tulip and lime zest; meanwhile a thin but spicy, refined hop bitterness descends upon this malty and corny, frankly rather bland sweetness, a tad resiny and herbal (green tea!) but failing to wipe up that soapy, residual-sugary, corny and cereally sweetness that makes this whole thing less pleasurable than it could have been. Unsurprisingly, and I'm sincerely frightened to swallow, an obnoxious, wodka-like alcohol flavour and -heat jumps in at the end - rendering the aftertaste as simple as soapy sweetish grains plus 'white' alcohol, with only a trace - albeit quite persistently so - of that late, tonic water-ish hop bitterness remaining. Rather unpleasant for sure, but somehow less bad than I feared when I bought it for the sake of having another Dutch 'tick' - I would never ever order something like this in a pub, but admittedly, for a pimped, super-strength supermarket alcoholics' lager, this performs way above average, contrary to their Gladiator. But that still isn't saying a lot, is it... Summarizing: this is an 'imperial' lager indeed, in being a tad more refined and distinguished from its dreadful alcoholic - and cheap - brethren, but I am still failing to see the point in that whole "imperial pils" concept. Still, with that Gladiator of many a moon ago still fresh in mind, this could have been way, way worse.

3.5
MonsterMagnet (1570) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 31, 2017
Sweet, bit oily, malty, grassy and hetbal hops. Light phenols as if it had a touch of peated malt (not sure where i get that from..). Fine imperial lager, i quite liked this.

3.4
wilde_joost59 (291) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 31, 2017
Bottle at home. Pale yellow color, small white head. Doesn't look special. Not much aroma, but the taste is good. I think that's because the abv.

3.2
Bosskie (928) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2017
Opaque copper beer with a weak white head. Smell is sweet bitter, honey, flowers, chlorine, overripe fruit. Some maltiness and hint of citrus. Taste is overwhelming sweetness, mainly honey with a hint of caramel and alcoholic astringence. Might improve with age but not terribly nice right now.

3.2
Franksv6 (981) - Tiel, NETHERLANDS - AUG 8, 2017
Bright blonde colored beer with a small white cup, low carbonation. Taste: malty, pils taste, sweet, aroma hops: grassy, fruity. Light bitter aftertaste, alcohol is well hidden, light body.

2.9
mike_77 (7099) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - JUL 30, 2017
Clear blond colour with thin head. Aroma has a little grass and alcohol. Flavour has some malt and apple peel.


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