Beer Tastings: Imperial Pilsner — Park City Brewery

Beer Tastings - Utah Beer News

Welcome to Beer Tastings, a weekly series in which Utah Beer News highlights a particularly tasty local brew. This week, it’s Imperial Pilsner from Park City Brewery. What are you drinking? Let us know!

Note: This will be the last weekly “Tastings” column (see our previous articles). We’ll continue to share write-ups and tasting notes of beers, it just won’t be a regular feature of Utah Beer News. For more beer reviews and tastings, check out Utah Beer News on Instagram.

Beer Tastings: Imperial Pilsner

Tastings - Imperial Pilsner - Park City BreweryI’m generally not one to seek out a boozy pilsner. In fact, I’m a fan of a nice 4%-er that allows me to drink three while working in the yard.

But I had yet to really explore Park City Brewery’s offerings (other than its Hooker Blonde Ale, which is on tap at our neighborhood NBA arena).

So I picked up a can of Imperial Pilsner and must say, I enjoyed it. It pours a pale yellow with nice tight off-white bubbles racing to the top of the glass. Aromas are of the grass/bread family, as you’d expect.

Flavors are similar, though the boozy punch hit me hard. It took a few sips to reconcile in my mind that I was drinking a pilsner.

Park City’s Imperial Pilsner likely won’t replace my go-to beers when I’m in the mood for a Czech-style pilsner (Bohemian Brewery’s 1842 is at the top of the list), but it was worth trying.

Park City Brewery: Mountain Beer

Its tagline — Pairs Well With Your Next Outdoor Adventure — is apropos for a ski-town brewery. Park City Brewery, founded in 2015, features a taproom that’s open daily.

“Park City Brewery is steeped in the outdoors,” its website proclaims. “Our beers reflect (our) passion for the mountains, from drinkability to being packaged in aluminum cans.”

Its beers are readily available in grocery stores throughout the state and its higher-alcohol brews (such as Imperial Pilsner) can be found at Utah State Liquor Stores.

Imperial Pilsner — Park City Brewery
Tastings - Imperial Pilsner - Park City Brewery

Product Name: Imperial Pilsner

Product Description: From the Brewers: Czech style pilsner with an American twist. Crisp with a dry finish. BIG beer that goes down easy.

  • Aroma
  • Appearance
  • Flavor
  • Mouthfeel

Overall Impression

A 7.7% Imperial Pilsner from Park City Brewery is an interesting twist on a traditional Czech pils.

  • Aroma: Biscuits and some grass notes
  • Appearance: Pale yellow with effervescent bubbles racing to the top of the glass
  • Flavor: Bread and floral hops character; a boozy punch accompanies the first few sips
  • Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean

But you don’t have to take my word for it.

Notes: The tasting notes format is adapted from a Homebrew Academy Beer Tasting Mastery course I took in 2017. Utah Beer News is not compensated in any way for beers mentioned in the Tastings series.