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PILZILLA - Voodoo Brewing Company


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very good

325 Ratings

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Ratings: 325
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.25%

Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Pilzilla is a beer that I've been brewing for years. Each year it gets bigger and bigger. Nicknamed "The beer that took over Tokyo". It is an unfiltered Keller Bier. Nicley hopped at this point with 6 to 7 different kinds of hops and about 6.25 % ABV Each year we will add another variety of hop and bump the alcohol a bit. This is not your average pilsner, get it before we drink it all! Prost!!

(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 07-05-2006)
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Photo of tone77


3.41/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some hops. Taste is well hopped, piney, a bit spicy, some malts, not bad, but over hopped for the style. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 15:28:38 | More by tone77
Photo of MCain04


3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle with no freshness date, poured into a Speigelau stemmed pilsner glass, cold.

Pours an off-yellow, cloudy and murky body with a small white head with some retention and lacing.

Smells of dank hops and pils malts

Taste is bitter with a light soft bready component, very hoppy with agressive piney floral taste pattern, not as much of the citrus or tropical fruit flavoring. Bitter aftertaste lingers.

Medium bodied, smooth, crisp, dry finish, what the ideal lager should be.

I'd happily drink it again, but don't know if I'd seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 23:09:50 | More by MCain04
Photo of dar482

New York

4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a hazy honey orange amber color with a large white head.

The aroma has tons of floral honey, flowery hops, a light crackery malt, and lavender.

The flavor follows with a honey sweetness, a crackery malt, and then loads of piney green bitterness. It lingers with lemon and potpourri. It really is incredible on the flavor. For lager haters, this is perfect because of the beautiful bitterness.

The mouthfeel is lightly creamy with some carbonation.

An incredible American take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 03:19:53 | More by dar482
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice balance of citrus and grassy qualities.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 01:27:48 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a becker a dull medium golden with a large blooming white head that settles very slowly into a soapy-like mass leaving multiple broken rings of lace behind.Grainy with honey malt notes in the nose,a little grain alcohol is detected.Grainy and bready on the palate with some alcohol-like sweetness a leafy/herbal finsih dryes it out a little more.It seems bigger than what it is ut it's a nice lager beer and it goes well with some kassler and kraut.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 21:16:14 | More by oberon
Photo of Darkmagus82


4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into an pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy orange-amber color with a small half finger of fizzy white head. The head fades very rapidly, leaving a somewhat persistent level of patchy foam on the surface of the beer and only a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is sweet and hoppy with a nice bready background. The sweet is mostly of a caramel nature but contains some notes of tangerine. The hoppy aromas are mostly of a lemon and grapefruit nature with the malty flavors being a mix of a doughy and grainy smells. Overall a very pleasant aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a doughy taste upfront and a moderately strong caramel sweetness. Upfront there are some lighter notes of hops being predominantly of a light lemongrass taste. Some notes of grapefruit and grass begin getting more pronounced near the middle of the taste with a little bit of graininess and green tea flavor coming as well. At the end a strong dose of hop hits the tongue. The lemongrass and grapefruit grow stronger in intensity with a spicy and herbal flavor joining in as well. The sweet from the beginning mixes well with the big dose of bitterness that comes to the tongue at the end, leaving a satisfying leafy, bitter, and slightly sweet flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the medium to thinner side with a carbonation level that is average. The medium nature of the body is rather nice for maintaining the crisper taste of the beer while all the while still allowing all the nice sweet, malty, hoppy, and spice/grass/herbal flavors to be appreciated.

Overall – This is really one very enjoyable brew. It has a great flavor profile with a large degree of complexity, but yet is still very easy to drink and appreciate. This is one I am definitely going to seek out more often.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 00:50:08 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of justintcoons


3.31/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Slightly hazed gold with 1 fingers of white head that dissipates quickly. Low carbonation.

Pear, golden apple, sour dough and lemon.

Pear, golden delicious apple, grapefruit juice and lemon. Bready and doughy malts that carry wafts of booze. Finishes with some lemon zest, dried grass and earth.

Medium plus body, silky, bitter and dry.

O: Perhaps a tad too malty for a Pilsner. Some traces of booze can also be found. I used to really love this stuff...so either this beer has changed or I have changed.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 20:21:47 | More by justintcoons
Photo of UncleJimbo


3.54/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. 6.7% ABV. 50 IBU

This beer poured a hazy, golden, light-amber color with white foam that was moderate in height and settled to a thin layer but clung to the glass leaving some lacing. The smell was modest but with a sweet malt aroma and light aromatic hops. The taste was sweet up front followed by some aromatic noble hops flavors. Modest bitterness as it is overpower somewhat by the sweet maltiness. The flavor of alcohol could also be discerned. The finish left the taste of hops together with some grainy malt. The body was medium to medium-full with low overall carbonation feel and a sweetness throughout. Hops lingered in the finish. This was not an unpleasant beer, but unlike any German Kellerbier I have had in Germany, and too strong and sweet to be a Pils, though it could fit into the Imperial Pilsner category. I had this beer on my Wants list for over 5 years, and I am glad I finally got to drink a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 04:46:35 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of micromaniac129


3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden colored and hazy. A small frothy foam head sits on top but fades rather quickly.
For all the carbonation here it does nothing to invigorate the head. A taller denser head would do wonders for the appearance.

I was expecting a better nose. Something along the lines of hoppy spicey pils but I don't get that. Instead it's more of a muddle. Some hops can be percieved butnot much. It's malty and has a sutle toasted malt smell.

The flavor is kinda of flat and muddled too. I was hoping crisp and sharp.
It is hoppy and it is malty and it is bitter but seem like they don't work together.
Drinks thin and flat. Border line lame.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 11:08:47 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of BEERchitect


3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Registering at 7%, the Voodoo pilsner isn't your father's lager. But it is a scaled-up German-style lager that doesn't back off of the proportions. High malt means high alcohol, and high hops to balance. Ya gotta bring your drinkin' shoes for this one!

Pouring a very un-lager-like medium amber color, the tinge of burnt orange and honey may better suggest IPA. It's building head yields a broken sheet of transparent foam to skirt the surface. But where head formation is light, its retention and fishnet lace is quite sexy.

Grain sweetness and earthy character captivate the nose with its mild caramel, raw honey, tobacco, and leafy aromas. Other attributes of lemongrass herbs, sandalwood, and grain must offer muted nuances before the woody hops set in. Fresh shaven bark, light pine, and an overall herbal and minty overtone speaks to the complex hop complements.

The part-grain, part malt taste kicks things off with an even-keel balance that's both sweet, spicy, and rustic in a slightly rye-like kinda way. Immense malt contributions easily bridge bread, dough, and yeast and nearly reach honey-like taste. Stopping shy of pale ale, the beer allows a strong hop presence to steal the show. Minty, woody, grassy, spicy, tea leaves and earthen- the beer is all Saaz-this, Tettnang-that, and with a sprinkle of Speltm, Haullertau and a host of others to create the tobacco, leather, and sassafras flavors that lead into bitterness to signal the beer's finish.

Surprisingly light, yet the Kellerbier registers medium on the palate due to its relatively large body for a lager. But the beer has a slow and lumbering fade from early sweetness and mild creaminess toward a finish of earthen spice and semi-dry warmth.

Compared to the traditional lagers of Germany, this upscaled and asserted version tramples the taste buds and never apologizes for it. It's bold for its own sake and dares you to revel in it. It's a seriously taste lager that will find favor with any fan of IPA- just remember this beer has European roots.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 05:22:06 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Cylinsier


4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a mostly clear gold with fine white head.

Nose is light grassy malts with citrus hop undertones.

Bitter grassy malt with citrus hops and mildly bready malts.

Medium body with a tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Very drinkable flavorful lager, easy to enjoy, would go good with food or on its own, would definitely have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2013 14:05:15 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of johnmichaelsen


4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Piper's Pub the other day.

The beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with good head retention and considerable sticky lacing all around. The nose is impressive as well, as I pick up considerable cookie dough and white pepper, with some underlying honey and fresh grass as well. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this hoppy beer, and it just seemed as if everything was magnified in this beer. The flavor profile starts out as if the beer will be fairly sweet, with considerable cookie dough and honey. Then the hops kick in, and so the finish is dry, peppery and bitter. Mouthfeel is a bit lean, but I think that works fairly well in this beer. The finish is long and bitter, with some noticeable alcohol as well.

An interesting enough beer, but I prefer the lower alcohol, more drinkable versions from the Vaterland.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2013 17:08:15 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of slammo

New Jersey

4.61/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pilzilla is very delicious. It's like a pils on steroids and I guess could be called an Imperial Pilsner. I like the smooth character and the lagered taste yet it is much more robust. The head sticks around for a good long time and plenty of lacing clings to the side of the glass. I wish there were more around like it.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 01:34:21 | More by slammo
Photo of woosterbill


4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, now up to 7%. Big thanks to my buddy Drew for sharing this one - probably the lager I've been wanting the longest.

A: Clear amber body under a thin, wispy off-white head. Rather weak.

S: Intense and well-balanced, with high doses of everything: crackery malt, herbal hops, and mineral-laden yeastiness. The hops are particularly impressive. Excellent.

T: Toasty malt up front, fruity yeast midway through, and some earthy, herbal hop bitterness on the finish. Definitely on the heavy side for the style, but really enjoyable.

M: Light-to-medium bodied with moderate, swelling carbonation. Quite nice.

O: I like it. Not quite great, but very good indeed.


Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 01:52:51 | More by woosterbill
Photo of mjmbeer


4.83/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So finally got my hands on some Voodoo Brewing beer
Right out of the bottle this lovely sticky little burnished gold brew is a delight to see. Decent lacing ok head retention but that might be because the poor little thing had to travel all the way from PA to Chicago before I could taste it. The aromas were a bit subdued compared to the taste, which was FANTASTIC! Cream feel on the tongue but an explosion of flavor! Great work on this one gentlemen! I am sure glad I scored a taste case back in PA!

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 18:31:58 | More by mjmbeer
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nebulous peachy gold with only a fine layer of white creaminess on top. Aromas are floral and grassy...hay, melon, oranges, spicy hops, cereal grain sweetness. Softly sweet, doughy flavor upfront. Citrus, honey, and plenty of floral hops quickly balance the malt. Drying, bitter, and crisp which increases the drinkability, despite the heavier-than-usual mouthfeel. Not quite as good as I hoped it would be, but still pretty tasty and interesting. I'd like to try it on tap sometime.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 03:46:42 | More by wedge
Photo of TheMultiYeast


4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy pale yellow with a bit of white head.

Smell is pungently hoppy, grassy, a bit spicy. Lots of citrus, some other fruity characters...green apples.

More citrus hops, fruitiness, well balanced sweetness, big bitter finish.

Crisp, hoppy, bitter, dry, clean finish. Love it.

Great hoppy beer that breaks out of the IPA category.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 05:25:55 | More by TheMultiYeast
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall thin and fizzy white head that reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts with stronger aromas of spicy and floral hops.

T: The beer starts out with a moderate flavor of bready malts that then leads to the complex hop flavors. There are notes of citrus, spicy, and floral hop flavors. Additionally, there is a light amount of lingering bitterness but it does fade.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Lightly chewy.

O: Very enjoyable, easy to drink, and a very nice pairing with spicy foods (in my case Malaysian). I have tried a previous year's years and like the fact that it changes a little bit (subtly) each year.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 17:44:17 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of RedSpecial1


4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pale straw yellow with several fingers of thick white foram.

S: Lovely aromas of spicy hops with notes of toasted grain underneath.

T: A soft, pleasant hop bitterness dominates the beginning of the flavor profile with those same spicy Noble hop characteristics. This is balanced by a faint malt character that gradually fades into a mild hop bitterness that lingers.

M: Light and crisp, with almost a softness to the feel.

O: Not quite within style parameters for a pils, but tasty nonetheless. I definitely enjoyed it, and wouldnt hesitate to drink it again should I come across it.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 04:21:37 | More by RedSpecial1
Photo of popery


4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Centennial.

Pours glowy amber. It's mildly hazy. The head is white and relatively small for a pilsner-ish beer. Little to no lacing.

The aroma is quite nice. It's all fruity, grassy hops with an undertone of fresh grain. There are peaches, apples, pears, pineapple, fresh cut grass and lemons. There's some nice, light caramel sweetness to the malt. Hop forward but balanced.

The taste starts sweet with sugary malt, but the hops quickly bring a crisp dose of bitterness. It's a just a tad sweeter than I'd prefer, though I can't say if that's a style preference or an issue with this specific beer. At any rate, it's good stuff and very easy to drink.

Carbonation is relatively low and mouthfeel is relatively full for this family of styles. Bitterness lasts throughout the mouth in a sort of puckery manner.

It's a rather enjoyable beer. For some reason, I didn't expect a ton, but I'll admit to ending up very pleased. If this were available around here, I could see drinking it regularly. Tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 04:20:51 | More by popery
Photo of WMEugene


4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a humongous amount of pillowy head, a hazy yellow golden color and great lacing.

S - A nice mixture of light lager hops, lager yeast and a little bit of pale biscuity malts.

T - Nice clean lager taste with a good mixture of floral and citric hops and biscuity malts.

M - Nice medium body, great carbonation, slightly hoppy and spicy finish. Well-rounded and very drinkable.

O - Voodoo's PILZILLA is an enjoyable and hoppy lager that is a great beer for hopheads who want a lager. Prosit!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 23:37:05 | More by WMEugene
Photo of quirkzoo


3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ericdixon for tossing in this extra.

Pours a slightly cloudy, straw color with one finger of tight white head. The aroma is really nice. I get a very clean lager yeast and bread/biscuit malt flavor with a nice array of hops behind it. The hops stray towards the herbal, spicy spectrum and complement the clean malt aroma. The taste is okay. Both of the elements of the aroma are still present but I just didn't feel like they integrated very well. Still good, just not as integrated as I was hoping for. The mouthfeel was good, like a good lager it was very drinkable. Overall this was an interesting beer, glad I got to try it and I will give it another shot next year when they tweak the recipe again.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 22:00:14 | More by quirkzoo
Photo of FosterJM


4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1120th Review on BA
Bottle to Mug

Thanks to Cpabeer and StormKing47

App- A hazy looking light orange with wheat colors and some yellows. Only about a 1/4 in of head without cling or lace.

Smell- A very nice and aromatic bit of lemon and wheat and caramel. Big and malty without much bitter notes. More citrus and sweet than I thought.

Taste- This was way better than that the first Zwickel I had. More vibrant and citrus than the 1st one. This was more of a caramel sweetness and had a layered wheat base with some lemon and just a touch of pepper.

Mouth- A wet medium body with a low/medium carbonation level with a good malty caramel sweetness

Drink- Much better than the moosacher version. Much more alive and vibrant and polished. Sweet, savory and rich. A very good version of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 06:03:44 | More by FosterJM
Photo of LaCoursiere


3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to trxxpaxxs for this one. No bottled-on or best-by date that I can see. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours dark yellow with orange tint and slightly murky. It formed a 1/2-finger off white head of tightly packed bubbles. There is a bit of lacing and a nice thin patch of head remained.

S - Bread and biscuits from the malt and herbal fragrance from the hops. There are subtle floral and fruit notes that I can't decipher in the background. Nice aroma.

T - A bit of honey sweetness on top of the clean malts and an intense herbal hop bitterness that is light on the citrus and pine. Definitely a bit grassy. There are lemon notes in there as well. The bitterness lasts and lasts.

M - This is the best part about this beer. Great feel that is medium bodied, nice and smooth up front with med-light carbonation and great hop oil coating.

O/D - This beer was good, but the hop profile doesn't quite do it for me. Too much herbal and grassy quality. It's definitely a unique beer, easily the hoppiest lager I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 02:10:20 | More by LaCoursiere
Photo of PappyVanWink


5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


A- Lots of Head which is always a good thing! a little hazy but isn't everything in life just a little hazy?

S- Great! like waking up & eating fresh Biscuts in the middle of a Hop field.

T- Citrus, Bread, & Beer all mixed up in one awesome bottle.

M- It's got bubbles! What more do you really need....

O- Slowly working through all the VooDoo Brews, Everyone has been Great so far. Including this one.

Drink It! It's Good!
Pappy Says So....

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 15:08:30 | More by PappyVanWink
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PILZILLA from Voodoo Brewing Company
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