RATINGS: 972   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 that’s 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, we’re 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 world’s 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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FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Bottle. Opaque honey gold, with no head. Malt and grapefruit aroma. Flavor is citrus hoppy bitter (lemon / orange zest) with no floral character I usually expect from beers like this. Finishes bitter but flavorless, if that makes any sense. I gotta echo the other reviewers, this is like a standard (though solid) micro IPA. It does a very good job of hiding its alcohol content though. Its not terrible (especially if you like IPAs), it just isn’t all that striking.

Bill Becker (1908) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 27, 2017
From Sep 2007

This pours from 12oz bottlebest before January 2008) a cloudy orange with a small but firm head of foam and it has some lacing.

The smell is of citrus hops, grapefruit, and I'm also getting a bit of pine.

The taste is very hoppy! I'm getting the citrus, grapefruit & orange, but I also can taste some floral and some spicy flavours. In the background, I can just taste some caramel malt but it's on the light side...man, the finish is *very* bitter but *very* tasty. The mouthfeel is medium, the carbo is medium light, and boy, for it being 8.8%abv, it's hidden pretty well.

Also, the aftertaste lingers on like forever. A good feature if you like what's going on in this brew, a bad feature if it's not one that you favour all that much.

Bottom line: A fine tasting Imperial Pilsner; If I were to make any suggestions about it, I'd say I'd like to see a bit more of a malt profile to give it more balance. Still, it's a winner.

wlajwl (7120) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 6, 2017
Aroma and flavor is spicy hops, citrus and a mix of mild malt sweetness and bitter in the finish.

GoatRider (3) - AFGHANISTAN - SEP 13, 2016 does not count
This beer makes me wnat to thrust my hand into fire as I drink it. At first you are getting hops with a hint of wool and the aroma remindes me of the time I wrestled a bull and it messed itself over me. The after taste is slightly wood and earwig with a fine hint of fuel. I’m liking it a lot and will probably bathe in several gallons of this fine brew this evening.

BeerRenter76 (1041) - Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2016
Rating this as i drink my second, it looks and smells like a IPA or IIPA. An almost burnt orange body with average carbonation and a yellowish tinged head that leaves plenty of good lace. Aroma has floral and some citrus notes, flavor is dominated by the hop tartness, with a dry finish. I am not normally a big fan of pilsners and this was my first Imp. pilsner, but i liked this stuff. Originally rated on 11/24/08.

oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2016
Pours a deep golden yellow. Nice aromas of hops/citrus/peppery. Nice hoppy flavor, spicy/pepper, alcohol shows up in the back end. And once again I love the bottle.

slowrunner77 (12995) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"definitely hoppy, and definitely strong. the hop variety isn’t one that i’m crazy about...smells better than it tastes, but this is a well done beer. recomended for hopheads."

ttutony (944) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2014
Light copper color with minimal off-white head. Spicy hop aroma. Fairly thick, rich mouthfeel with more earthy, spicy hops on the palate. Potent hop bitterness.

generallee08 (778) - New York, USA - JUN 24, 2014
The body has a deep orange amber color with a few random and tiny bubbles of carbonation here and there. Its clarity is very good as well. The head is very thick and creamy with about a two and a half finger thick ness. It is light tan in color and very long lasting which makes for nice sticky rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is really rich and full of leafy/spicy hops and pale bready malt. The flavor, like its aroma, has an intense spicy/leafy/herbal hop character. It is in you face with hops and bitterness. Under this heavy layer of hops is a simple and very modest pale bready malt flavor. There is just enough malt presence in there to remind you that this is a beer and not just a bottle of hop extract. It finishes with slowly with a strong hop flavor and bitterness that clings to tongue and feels like it is pulling the enamel off of your teeth. The palate has a full, thick body and slick texture with light carbonation.

smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Two finger head with good lasting power and nice lace on the glass edge. Very cloudy with a darker gold color

Hoppy aroma as expected, but more muted than the "intense" monicker might indicate.

Creamy body with an equally high carbonation. Very bitter flavor; could even be an extreme IPA if weren’t lagered. The hop is fresh and long lasting, well after the swallow.

This would not be a regular drinking pilsner, but it is special and extreme in its flavoring. You will never get bored of it.

ads135 (5053) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 30, 2013
This was easily one of the most assertive beers I’d had from Sam Adams. The first time I had it, when it was called the Hallertau pilsner, I could barely stomach it. As my taste developed, so did my appreciation.

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