Beertography and Review: Sierra Nevada Imperial Pilsner (2012 Beer Camp #43)

Brewed by: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Chico, California USA
Style: Imperial Pilsner
ABV: 5.6 %

Commercial description: Produced especially for the OBF, Beer Camp’s golden color and medium bodied sweetness comes from pale, Europils, Munich and acidulated malts. Magnum, Crystal and Pacifica hops provide a distinctly American bittering and hop flavor profile without going over the top. The result is a refreshing, balanced, crisp pilsner, easy to drink on a hot summer festival day – or to take with you to beer camp.


Pours a crystal clear golden yellow color with a two-finger head that slowly falls to spotty foam. Minimal lacing present.

AROMA (9/10)

Aroma of pils malt and noble hops with a touch of lemon. Backed by some zesty, slightly grassy hops as well.

FLAVOR (17/20)

Overall, the taste reflects the aroma, but more subtly, which is appropriate. The taste has mellow bready malt character. This quickly turns into zesty spicy hops with some decent grassy character. Sweet malt base, grass, some biscuit, and a bit of lemon zest is nicely balanced by a moderate bitterness.. Ends with a touch sweetness similar to raw honey.


Medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout with a bit of dryness late. Short lasting aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden.


This is a first rate pilsner. The feel is smooth, subtle and easy drinking.

FINAL SCORE  (44/50)


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