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 beer’s 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 haven’t 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 don’t 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 popery (2231) - 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 I’m fairly sure that my tongues is not refined enough to identify it as a pilsner without knowing beforehand. It’s close to a heavily hopped IPA or DIPA for me. The hops have a flavor that is unlike anything that I’ve tried thus far. The beer is a bit dark for a pilsner and has a stronger head than most. sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - APR 2, 2010
2007- Pours bright yellow/gold with medium white head. Aroma is bursting with hops and pine. Very faint citrus on the nose. Drinks with a sharp pine bitter lending into a more earthy hop and then into a mildly sweet malt. finishes with a solid bitter bite. misterbeer (528) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2010
12 ounce bottle A hazy orange pour small off white head . A floral, citrus,fruit taste nice not overpowering bitter finish. great beer philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Boston Beer Company--Samuel Adams--Hallertau Imperial Pilsner--2007 12 oz. Bottle. 8.80% ABV--85 IBU’s? (4.75 / 5.0) Pilsner--Imperial--Mild lace white head. Cloudy bright lemon orange color. Rich Hallertau floral Pils hop front. Spicy sweet thick clean Amped Pils body. Tangy clean balanced hop spice end. Amped Pilsner Urquell. Well Done! First Sampled 10/7/2007.
chicowv (477) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Incredible surprise by Sam Adams. Great citrus and hop flavors and aroma.
This was my favorite Sam Adams beer I have had. Linnet (1935) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2010
Golden colour, medium white head, lacing.
Ar: Hoppy , straw, grass beefed up lager.
F: Hoppy, big bite yet malts to balance it, noticable ABV.
M: crisp clean.
T: Like this one. reverendj (198) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2010
Thanks to my daughter for the gift! Very hoppy aroma and a nice hazy orange colour with little head. The taste is highlighted by a huge amount of hops and a stiff backbone of biscuit malt. The Hallaertau hops are much smoother than those coming from the Northwest. A very pleasing suprise from a major commercial brewery. MeadMe (1694) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2009
A: Pours a nice cloudy golden orange color with a nice head. Just a ring hangs around but it does provide some lovely lacing.
S: Very floral and citrusy, smells like an old womens perfume.
T: Very different flavor. I was expecting the overflow of hops, but its the malt taste that floored me. This beer is very malty. There is a great deal of biscuity malty sweetness. Then you are hit by the bitterness of the hops which are very unique in flavor.
M: Very smooth and very crisp. BigBeer45 (1585) - Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Hallertau Imperial Pilsner Bottle,
pours a clear orange gold with a white head that recedes (there is some haze from the sediment when the bottom of the bottle is poured), this beer looks viscous in the glass and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass,
has a big grass and floral hop aroma along with malt bread, Pilsner and malt sweetness,
herb and grass hops on the tongue along with a malt bread and sweetness flavors, just a faint touch of alcohol felt on the palate but it is way in the background – hidden well, I thought the hop bitterness blended in with the alcohol and tends to hide it, has a hop bitterness that almost gives a burn on the palate, similar to some Double or Imperial IPAs I’ve had, also, this does not have the sometimes overly sweet alcohol taste I get in some ESLs that can be nasty,
medium or more mouth feel, some creaminess on the tongue to,
same aroma of hops found in the SA Boston Lager just much, much more, if you want to know what Hallertau Hops smell and taste like get this beer, such a big hop and sweet malt presence that this reminds me of a Hoppy IPA, a blind test and I would be fooled into thinking this was a IPA, this ESL has IPA written all over it except for that there are no fruit or caramel flavors you found in IPAs, a nice drink.