RATINGS: 992   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
2005 info:This lager is made with fresh Bavarian hops, straight off the vines from the 2005 harvest in Germany, and packs an 8.8 percent alcohol content thats twice as strong as most popular beers.
Boston Beer Co. is brewing only 60,000 24-oz. bottles, which are due to begin arriving in stores in November.

2007 release info:
Yes, were a little obsessed with hops. Every autumn for over twenty years, Jim Koch has traveled to one of the oldest hop-growing regions in the world, the Hallertau region of Bavaria in Germany, to hand-select Noble Bavarian hops, including the Hallertau Mittelfrueh variety. This special variety is considered to be one of the best in the world, prized for its unique taste and aroma. Samuel Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner is a celebration of these extraordinary hops. This beer is one of the hoppiest in the world, without being overly bitter. With the first sip, you will experience an explosion of some of the worlds finest hops. And we mean explosion in a good way. Brewed as a showcase for the hops, this bold brew highlights the spicy, citrus flavors and aromas of the Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops that are abundant in the recipe. The intense hops flavor is balanced with the slight sweetness from the malt. The brew remains pleasantly well-balanced from beginning to end, due to the quality of the hops, and continues to always be, well, "hoppy," providing hop lovers with an amazing beer drinking experience.
Available in 12oz. bottles.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9567) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2010
Pours hazy orange with white head, aroma of big, big floral, pine, resinous hops, with a touch of biscuit. Big aggressive pine and resin up front, leading into some biscuit, but then gets very bitter and piny at the end. Not balanced, but if you like hops, you will like this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mothman (120) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 16, 2010
12 oz bottle, best before Jan. 2009. Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a nice thick head. Great lacing observed. Color is a light autumn orange. Very good looking beer. Smell is of floral hops. No scent of mals are present. Taste is quite similiar. Many hops, obviously, are in this beer. There is a defintely a carmel taste also. The taste of alcohol is also present. Carbonation level is great. The mouthfeel is quite smooth, but leaves a dry mouth. Overall, I was expecting more hops than this. It had a lot, but it says an intense hop experiance on it. It was definately a great beer and I was happy that I bought it. I would recommend this to anyone who likes hops! Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-08-2008 02:30:56

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nickls (2501) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Bottle. Really quite aggressive hoppiness in both the aroma and flavor with a thinner, crackery malt backing. Bit of a thicker body, but to be expected with the imperial treatment. Lots of savory qualities, bit herbal. Pretty fun brew, and liked it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rubbishystuff (2487) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2015 I think this was the best strong pale lager I have had. It was quite tasty. They chose well to add a lot of hops to balance the increased sweetness. The bottle I got said "Intense" hop experience, it was not intense. I would say, "Strongly Apparent". Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2010
A Mes rate. Bottle thanks to Tom.
Hazy orange gold with a thin but lasting off white head. Pretty stonking Hallertau overload aroma. Almost pan handle territory, but not quite. Some great cheesey and funky malt behind it too. Not a patch in the mouth. Just rather one dimensional and predictable. Plenty of bitterness along with some faint booze and card. Some strange liquorice notes too. Hit of raw alcohol at the back of the throat in the finish. Blah. So close to greatness but so far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eells (64) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2010
Impressive pilsner. Incredible fresh hop taste from the outstanding hallertau hops. Best pilsner ive ever had, and no offense to Sam Adams (cause I appreciate what they do more than what they make) but easily the best of their beers ive ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SanfordBrewer (1537) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2010
lucent copper, thin white head, very effervescent.

aroma: pale malt, floral leafy resinous hops.

T1&T2= lots of bitter vinous(like green pepper stem or tomato vine) leafy herbal resinous hops, touch of sweet pale malt.
T3= oily hop resin.

sharp and bitter hop bite on the tip of the tongue.
not really any citrus, pine, tobacco, or floral notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (15951) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2010
Drank the Hallertau Imperial Pilsner bottle. Nice amber pour with whitish head. Resin, floral hoppy nose with a taste youd expect from the genre. Good beer. Rated 7/4/09.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2010
A- Hazy golden yellow body that pours with a 3 finger white head. Head slowly fades to 1/2 finger and has excellent retention. Plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass. I am pleasantly surprised with this beers appearance. S- Big nose of herbal and piny hops. Sweet pale malt in the background. T- Intense kick in the mouth of pine hop flavor upfront. This is great because piny hops seem to come out at the finish of most other brews. The piny hop flavor subsides (but only a little bit) in order for a sweet malt character to arise in the background to balance out the hops. A big residual hop bitterness lingers on the palate along with sweet malt and some hop flavor. Bitterness is high but not unpleasant. P- Medium to low carbonation and oily, phenolic, yet smooth body. O- This a decent beer overall and the 8.8% ABV is very well hidden. I havent reviewed a BBC in a few months and this one (like most-but not all of their brews) shows to be a very good example of the style. I did like it but I dont know if I will have another due to its price and availability. BBC is one of my favorite breweries because of their availability and wide range of styles. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-04-2007 04:27:53

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
popery (2143) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 7, 2010
Sam Adams succeeds with this big hoppy pilsner that shows off their ability to compete with smaller, specialty brewers. This pilsner packs a ton of great hop flavor, although Im fairly sure that my tongues is not refined enough to identify it as a pilsner without knowing beforehand. Its close to a heavily hopped IPA or DIPA for me. The hops have a flavor that is unlike anything that Ive tried thus far. The beer is a bit dark for a pilsner and has a stronger head than most.

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