The beer pushes the boundaries of flavor, according to Sam Adams, with 12 pounds of hops per barrel of Bavarian Noble Hallertau Mittelfrueh Hops.
“Samuel Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner is brewed for the hungry-for-hops beer lover and the entire community of great beer connoisseurs who are always on the hunt for a brew that unabashedly pushes the boundaries of flavor,” said Jim Koch, founder and brewer of Samuel Adams(R) beers. “Each fall, I travel to Bavaria and personally hand select the highest quality Noble hops used in the Hallertau Imperial Pilsner to ensure every bottle is bursting with the distinct bitter taste and floral aromas typical of Noble hops from this region, and necessary to support the bold, extreme flavor found in this beer,” Koch added.
Just as different grape varieties lend distinct characteristics to wine, hop varietals offer their own distinguishing flavor and aroma character to beer. While average beers use an ounce and a half of hops per barrel and a big, full-flavored beer like Samuel Adams Boston Lager uses a full pound, Samuel Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner — one of the “hoppiest” beers available — is brewed with approximately 12 pounds per barrel of Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops. These prized hops are only grown in the Bavarian region in Germany, considered one of the best hop-growing regions in the world.
Samuel Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner will be available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles at select specialty beer retailers beginning late September 2008, for a suggested retail price of $9.99.