Sudwerk Signature Series #2: Imperial Pilsner

RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
The 2nd creation in the 20th Anniversary Signature Series is a salute to the loyal customers who have supported Sudwerk over the past two decades. While conducting "field research" at a Brewhaus in Bavaria, our wise Brewmaster, Jay Prahl, decided to craft this rare style of Pilsner. Our Brewmaster began with one of our most celebrated, award winning brews - the Pilsner - and "imperialized" it. He increased the hops and malts to bring you a bolder, stronger, hoppier Pilsner that packs a subtle punch. Brewed using royal Hallertau Perle Hops and Pilsner Malt, the Imperial Pils is a harmonious mix of crispy malt and fresh hop flavors. This gilded elixir has a rich golden color, a fluffy body and a pillowy head - creating a perfect bed of grainy goodness. From tailgate parties to Aristocratic soirees, this brew is great for any occasion. Surrender your sense to the Imperial Pils...sip, savor, and enjoy!

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
haddon90 (1634) - Newport Beach, California, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear golden color with little head. Grassy aroma with a hint of hops. Hint of citrus. Light tangy taste. Some hops and a dry finish, with a light lime kick. At least I think. Very confusing package, but very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - NOV 15, 2010
If you are into Pilsners I believe you will love this. I found it to be exceptionally hearty and delicious. This is a brewery you can count on to deliver quality beer time and time again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2010
Light straw colored pour with a small ivory head. Aroma and flavor show subtle grassy notes and a little hop bite. Medium mouthfeel. Definitely didnt see this as an imperial and wasnt even a very good traditional pils at that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Bomber from Healthy Spirits. Very nice cloudy golden pour, with a vigorous, lasting carbonation and a thin, prim head. Nose is very inviting, dry Hallertau and some fruit and pepper. The taste is scrumptious, and very dry indeed, retains pils characteristics even though pumped up a bit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 3, 2010
22oz bottle. Rating #16. Pale golden color with a decent white head. Light malty aroma, a little grassy. Sweet flavor, did not expect that, light and crisp, an ok beer. (1380)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 31, 2010
Shared bomber thanks to guardyloo. Pours clear gold, white head. Aroma is malty and grassy. Flavor is hoppy and quite bitter. The bitterness lingers which is nice. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - AUG 20, 2010
Draught at the brewery. Clear light gold with a lasting white head. Thick pils malt aroma with some herbal German hops as well. Thick pils malt flavor as well. Bitterness is medium and balances the lightly fruity alcohol well. Medium bodied and still close to dry in the finish though not quite there. Very much a big traditional pils and not the hop monster that you get from some California breweries. That being said, doesnt bring too much to the table and Id just stick with their great pils or lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
notalush (5853) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Thanks to bhensonb for this one - clear gold - effervescent pour - soapy ring of lace - medium bitter, medium dry aroma, with quite a bit of herbal and grassy character - faint honey sweet maltiness - some noticeable alcohol detracts a bit from enjoying the aroma - lively mouthfeel, medium-full carbonation - fairly sweet, but strong, spicy noble hops are certainly the star of the show here - the beer dries out somewhat through the middle, but an unwelcome sweetness returns and lingers through the finish, - some alcohol warmth arrives and tries its best to work with the spiciness of the hops - a bit too heavy and sweet on the tail end, never delivering the crisp, dry finishes it hints at through the middle - there are some good things here - I feel like, if they made this a regular pils at about 5%, it would have been a phenomenal beer - alas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
J_man (992) - Tustin, California, USA - AUG 5, 2010
Starts off with a nice crisp pilsner aroma of clean cereal malt. Crystal clear and medium yellow with a foamy white head. Nice pale malt flavor with a heavier body than a normal pilsner which is part of the "Imperialization". The alcohol is well hidden and perfectly matched to the flavor, and there is an estery quality to it. The hops are pleasantly bitter without overwhelming the malt. Definitely more European in character than American. Very enjoyable, unique beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2010
bottle thanks to bhensonb. poured a clear yellow with a white head. aroma was lemon, citrus, grassy, and herbal. flavor was sharp citrus, grass, and a pleasant bitter. body medium with medium-high carbonation. very pleasant overall.

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