About Imperial Pilsner

About Imperial Pilsner
Imperial pilsners are light amber to deep gold in color and range in alcohol from 7.5-8.5%. These beers are medium to full-bodied and are characterized by a sweet malty flavor and subtle hop character. Although the name implies this beer is an “imperial” version of the pilsner style, beers in this category are actually closer in character to maibocks/hellesbocks. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Rogue Morimoto Imperial Pilsner, Rahr & Sons Pecker Wrecker Imperial Pils, Stevens Point Whole Hog Imperial Pilsner and Dogfish Head My Antonia.

Top Picks for Imperial Pilsner

Rogue Ales Morimoto Imperial Pilsner
93 points
Gold color. Toasty, green aromas and flavors of fresh herb baguette, caramelized citrus, chocolate, and roasted root vegetables with a supple, racy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, distinctive, very long finish that exhibits notes of pepper, rapini, and herbal honey finish. A rich and wonderfully bitter IPL with a satisfying, chewy malt backbone.
Indeed Brewing Co. Mexican Honey Imperial Lager
92 points
Brilliant light gold color. Inviting aromas and flavors of Italian loaf, coriander, dried olives, and rustic herbs with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, long finish revealing notes of melon sorbet finish. A superbly balanced Imperial Pilsner; both warming and refreshing.
Full Sail Brewing Co. Capsize Imperial Pilsner
81 points
Old gold color. Roasted, green aromas and flavors of honey roasted sweet potatoes, toasted herbs and bread, veggie omelet, and grass with a supple, tangy, spritzy, sourish medium-full body and a rapid finish with impressions of succotash, mustard greens, peppered jicama and lemon finish. A dry, dank, and somewhat vegetal IPL for the table.