doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 1, 2010
Another mediocre offering. Pours clear amber with a medium sized white head that leaves good lace. Smells of sweet, sugary malts with a good dose of resiny, astringent hops. Tastes about the same. Sweet and malty with a dash of hops and a lingering sweet, cereal malt flavor. Medium body, subdued carbonation. Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 6, 2011
On tap at SDBrewing co. Warm honey amber looking pour with petri dish head and lace. Nose is sweet hay and flat malt/yeast. Rather pale aleish. Taste is big alcohol and sweet grass hay. Rather strong in it’s lightness. Hops and malt in back. Lotsa sweet candy thickness. Just ok. papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 2, 2010
Growler to go from the Sorrento Mesa location: Rich golden color with a medium, fading white head .Aroma is fruity (peach) and slightly grassy. Flavor starts starts lightly fruity sweet followed by some grassy hops and a long, lightly dry finish with hints of orange peel. Medium body is spicy with lively carbonation. Nice. Thisis12ptfont (1192) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAY 17, 2012
Aromas of yeast, dough and subtle lemon. Appearance is a deep gold with a decent foam top. Flavors of sweet yeast and oats with some caramel malts. Lightly carbonated with a light texture on the palate. Overall, this is a decent beer with fairly simple flavoring and a nice alcohol warming feeling. I’d give this a C+ rating. J_man (997) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Crystal clear golden color with a thin white head. Cereal and corn on the aroma with a hint of sweetness. Sticky on the tongue with a clean and fairly bitter taste. Karo syrup and corn on the follow through. Finishes smooth and silky, leaving a lasting impression on the palate. I think this could have benefited by being a bit more "Imperial" (i.e. more alcohol) to cut through some of the sweetness.
rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - JUN 5, 2012
Bottle: pours blond with a medium sized white head and a slight haze. Aroma is bready with some dry grass, light honey, and a little citrus. Flavor is bready malt with hay and other soft tart/bitter grass notes, a little doughy yeast, and a touch of honey. Palate has a mouthfull of sweet malt mingling with some nice grassy bitters. Nice flavors, a bit heavy, but well balanced. ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 13, 2010
Bomber. I’m normally not a Pils guy, but I like to try new stuff. I’ve tried a few different Imperial Pilsner styles, and this one is very good! The stuff coming out of Karl Strauss lately has been very good. The nose is light, the color is dark yellow to orange, and the taste is great. Huge flavors of herbal goodness with some earthy and yet hoppy bite. I like it and will buy it again. Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - APR 14, 2012
Nice, but confusing. Light amber with hops on the nose. Medium bodied and it drinks like a sweet malty English ale or a bock. Great finish. I’d never guess a Pilsner if served blind. ManvsCity (183) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2010
The easiest to drink bomber I’ve ever consumed. Pour is honey amber in color, decent white head, zero lacing. Aroma of bread and maybe faint cloth band aids with apricot. Light on the tongue, but more rich with nuts, honey, melon, and pronounced resinous hops. Very slight dryness to the finish, but fades quickly. Really nice on a hot summer evening. jjh19 (63) - California, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Tried the Whistler Imperial Pils on tap at Small Bar during rollout pint night Thursday night. This just looked good. Poured a dark golden color with a 1” frothy head that dissipated rather quickly. I smelled toasted malts, definitely a grassy hop presence. Was it dry-hopped? I tased crisp and clean toasted malts with a lot of grassy hop flavor and a pretty decent bitterness that lingered through the dry finish. Nothing heavy-handed. Medium bodied and very easy drinking. This was the best stab at a Czech-style pilsner that I’ve tried. Strong recommendation.