RATINGS: 992   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
misterbeer (313) - 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

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Boston Beer Company--Samuel Adams--Hallertau Imperial Pilsner--2007 12 oz. Bottle. 8.80% ABV--85 IBUs? (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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicowv (478) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Linnet (1753) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
reverendj (185) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MeadMe (1635) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBeer45 (1456) - 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 Ive 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Pours a cloudy orange with a nice thick head. Aroma is lots of citrus hops - lemon, orange, grapefruit. Sweet malt present as well. Taste is initially sweet malt and caramel ollowed by bitter grapefruit, leaving a huge bitterness in the finish. Very nice imperial IPA essentially.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aboutabeer (11) - Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2009
Wow. The aroma is hoppy, fruity. copper color, cloudy. big flavor. malty, some bitter fruit. very nice.


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