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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Samuel Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner

Hello Fellow Beer Lovers,

Ian and I wanted to post some information about the Samuel Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner. Yes, it's strange that I am mentioned Sam Adams here, but once we sampled this offering, we knew it was a home run. I have added our official review and information from Sam Adams. If you are interesting in reading additional reviews, please use the links below.

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P.s. This offering is only available in a 4 pack. It's a little pricey, but definitely worth it. This will last for quite some time, so if you want to start your own "Beer Cellar", we recommend starting here.

Official 2Beerguy Review:

With great anticipation, we crack the top and see that it pours a hazy golden color with a massive, frothy off-white head with fantastic retention. Super sticky lacing clings to the pilsner glass, residing over the still hazy body below that has settled into a beautiful gold.

As the beer has had a chance to sit, the first impression provides an intense hop aroma, with grass, straw, and hay notes giving a farm/field scent. The more it develops, a slightly sweeter, citrus hop aroma reveals itself. The first taste is an awesome blend of bitterness and sweetness, with a creamy bitterness with citrus notes.

As the taste grows, it becomes significantly more bitter with a pine/spruce characteristic. Remarkable progression through the senses of the tongue. Medium bodied with a creamy texture, it has gentle carbonation that provides a very pleasant mouthfeel.

Reviewed on September 27th, 2007.


Official Description:

An amazing treat for hops lovers.

Samuel Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner is a celebration of the extraordinary Hallertau Mittelfrueh hop variety. This rare Noble Bavarian hop, considered to be one of the best in the world, is prized for its quality and aromatic characteristics.

The beer, which is a deep golden color with a rich, creamy head, gives off an intense and complex Noble hop aroma unlike any other brew. With the first sip, beer enthusiasts will experience an explosion of hop flavor. The intensity of deep citrus, spicy Noble hop flavor is balanced with the slight sweetness from the malt. Due to the quality of the hops, this beer remains balanced and smoothly drinkable from beginning to end. The lingering "hop signature" is an amazing treat for hops lovers.

Official Announcement from Sam Adams

As I am sure you know, we love our hops around here. And Jim and our brewers have a certain obsession for our Bavarian Noble hops, specifically the Hallertau Mittelfrueh variety, prized for its unique flavor and aroma. It is the soul of our Samuel Adams Boston Lager. In 2005, we released Samuel Adams Imperial Pilsner 2005 Harvest, a beer that showcased the Hallertau Mittelfrueh hop. It was a truly amazing beer that took these hops to another level.

Well, I am pleased to announce that we are putting these hops on a pedestal again with Samuel Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner. This one-of-a-kind brew uses enormous, almost reckless, quantities of Noble Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops from the Bavarian region in Germany, 12 pounds per barrel to be exact, which give the beer an unmatched flavor dimension and complexity. To put that in perspective, a barrel of Samuel Adams Boston Lager contains about 1 pound of hops and ordinary beers contain about an ounce and a half. So that's about a hundred times the hops of an ordinary beer!

This is a seriously hoppy beer, but very different from other "hop-bombs" you may have tried. The Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops are coveted for their aroma and unique flavor, making Hallertau Imperial Pilsner incredibly fragrant and "hoppy", but not too bitter. For all the hops thrown into this beer, it is amazingly balanced.

This is one of the most unique beers we make and I am thrilled it is back! Enjoy it... because who knows when we will do this one again.


I have also attached two 3rd party reviews for a comparison:

* Bruce Owens
* Lew Bryson


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