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PILZILLA - Voodoo Brewing Company

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PILZILLAPILZILLA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

346 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 346
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 96
Gots: 23 | FT: 3
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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Reviews by RedSpecial1:
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RedSpecial1

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +9%

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.

08-11-2012 04:21:37 | More by RedSpecial1
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oberon

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -5%

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.

09-29-2013 21:16:14 | More by oberon
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bsideone

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.3%

06-29-2014 16:31:31 | More by bsideone
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.3%

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:

Slightly hazy dim golden color, excellent head retention as the lacing drops a white veil on the glass. Soft but thick herbal and grassy hop with a clean graininess and a hint of sweetness to make up the nose. The crispness give the smoothness a lot of depth in the moderate-size body. Sweet floral hop flavor surrounds the sharpness of the bitterness. Faint breath of alcohol is clean and a little warming. More herbal flavor seeps in middle to end, lots of hop flavor going around. Sweet kernel of malt sweetness in the middle then a cracker-like graininess in the end. Nutty yeast is present. Hops stick around for a long time in the drying finish.

Long live American Craft Brewers! Raw, flavorful and a little complex, yet very drinkable. This is proof that more brewers need to bring a hoppy lager to the table.

08-01-2010 14:45:31 | More by BeerAdvocate
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6%

05-24-2014 17:39:22 | More by TimoP
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

11-21-2012 21:27:06 | More by reitzbrewing
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.3%

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a great mix of pilsner malt with some peaches and grass from the hops mixed in. The flavor is also very nice. I get a lot of pine and grass notes from the hops, as well as some biscuit and pilsner malt. There is also a nice spice component that really adds to the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

09-29-2011 04:13:33 | More by Mora2000
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dogfishandi

New York

4.3/5  rDev +7.8%

thanks to PittRooney for this little gem!

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into an SA perfect pint glass. no freshness date. listed as 7% alc., 50 IBU's, 9 varieties of hops.

pours out a very nice clear golden color, just a trace of haze. big fluffy, pure white head, great retention, left a thick layer. lots of sticky lace. looks like a great pils.

not as big of an aroma as i was hopeing for. your usual mineral, somewhat sulfer like lager yeast is most noticable, next would be some lemony citrus, leafy hop balanced by some grains.

the hops show up more in the taste. lots of lemony citrus, earthy, floral, somewhat spicy hop flavors with some mineral lager yeast, and some grains. mostly hop forward. finishs with a decent amount of lingering bitterness.

super clean, crisp, and refreshing mouthfeel. lots of sharp biterness left on the palate. light on the palate, i wouldve guessed more like 5%. drinks very easily, exspecially during the summer.

im not really a huge fan of pilsners or lagers in general, but i definatly have respect for this one. has a very nice hoppy bite too it. definatly try this if you can find it. just as good if not better than pilsner urquell IMHO.

04-02-2011 22:21:26 | More by dogfishandi
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Appears an unfiltered golden haze beautiful thick white head chunk even lacing with each sip. Aromatics contain lucious layers of grassy hop bursts mild pine with upfront citrus hops mild skunk but not in an off way. Pale biscuit soft malt tones bring mild sweetness to the party but the hops are shining, a touch of perfume mild honey flow. Flavor mild sweetness flows nicely with a touch honey, sturdy hop bitterness fresh cut grass with citrus peel accents such a well structured pils bigger than most I welcome the kellerbier style this beer brings adding both flavor and texture. Mouthfeel carbonation is adequate flows nicely hop crispness leaves a dryness on the palate, slightly sticky with hops oils. Drinkability by the bomber for sure something that I would love to imbibe on in number, and I plan to.

10-14-2007 03:03:08 | More by WVbeergeek
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tallfellapgh

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

01-05-2013 23:15:22 | More by tallfellapgh
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dsauter

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -6%

02-11-2014 00:46:39 | More by dsauter
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quirkzoo

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

03-17-2012 22:00:14 | More by quirkzoo
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b2611

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.3%

01-29-2012 00:53:05 | More by b2611
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IntriqKen

California

4.47/5  rDev +12%

I was expecting an "Imperial Pils" and am pleasantly surprised at what this really is.
Pours a cloudy lemon golden color with a small white head that quits quickly but leaves enough of a ring to lace the glass faintly.

Aromas are lager yeasts, bread, sweet malt and a bit of lemon.

Taste is so well blended it is hard to single things out....bready yeast is in there along with a bit of grain...the sweet pale malts are not cloying in the least and the citrus hops are bright and clean.

Very refreshing in the mouth with an aftertaste of just a bit of white pepper to go with the citrus peel hop.

12-02-2007 00:46:02 | More by IntriqKen
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +1%

Thanks to mikesgroove for this one! Made it easy to get this style off my list.

A: Pours a hazy orange/light amber color with a one finger slightly off white head full of very fine bubbles. Head settles down to a thin layer of bubbles along the top. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Very grassy with a nice hop aroma, slightly citrusy, but not over the top at all. There is also some lemon and a little but of peppery spice.

T: Starts off with a little bit of a bready malt taste. Overall it has a very pilsner like flavor profile with a nice hop addition. Very grassy and floral hops, some lemon and a little bit of orange. The pepper shows up again on the finish.

M: Slightly higher than medium bodied, definitely a little thicker than expected, but very crisp.

O: Really liked this one, has a nice mouthfeel and tasted very fresh. My first sampling of this style, and it came off kind of like a hoppy pilsner, sort of similar to DFH My Antonia, but certainly not as hoppy.

03-31-2011 23:36:28 | More by mdaschaf
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prdstmnky

Vermont

4/5  rDev +0.3%

06-28-2013 01:05:41 | More by prdstmnky
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HeyJim

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

03-24-2013 01:43:49 | More by HeyJim
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Griffith

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.3%

02-26-2014 16:21:03 | More by Griffith
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -8.5%

22oz bottle poured into a DFH snifter

A - gushed upon opening. after the small cleanup, poured a HUGE 4-5 fingers of big bubbly pillowy foam. sitting there mocking me...the beer itself is a very light gold, tons of bubbles (surprise) and sediment falling to the bottom. probably shouldnt have used a foam contributing tulip for this. ah well.

S - super crisp hops up front, filled in by grainy malts and a slight peppery spiciness. some yeast and citrus (lemon, grapefruit) also peek in.

T - citrus hits first for a flash, then strong hops bite the entire tongue. stays crisp with some grainy (corn & grass). a weird kind of banana-like funk as it warms up a little bit. lots of stuff going on (good and bad) for a pils.

M - tons of carbonation, delivers nicely. also an odd amount of creaminess for the style.

D - really crisp and clean. would be better in 12oz for a summer session.

again, Voodoo offers another interesting take on a style. i appreciate the uniqueness and look forward to many good things coming out of this somewhat local brewery in the future.

11-22-2009 20:43:42 | More by Stigs
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geodonnokepyo

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

10-31-2013 16:05:36 | More by geodonnokepyo
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BamfBacon

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.3%

02-11-2013 21:28:28 | More by BamfBacon
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whatname

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.3%

04-19-2012 12:19:18 | More by whatname
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%

On tap at the South Philly Tap Room, Philadelphia, PA. 08/07/2009. From notes:

Hazy golden with orange highlights. Frothy bright white head settles rather quickly. Limited lacing. (Possible dirty glass).

The aroma is kind of non-descript as far as hop varieties go. With a name like PILZILLA I was expecting Saaz, but I don't really get that. It's kind of grassy and leafy with a hint of citrus(?), but it's not really even that bright. And to be honest, given the name I'd expect it to be much hoppier in the nose.

The flavor toddles down the same path, and it's not the crisp and clean maltiness that I was expecting of a Pils (or a big Pils), but more of a flabby and caramel-tinged base. That is then injected with hop flavors that are: grassy, leafy, herbal, and citrusy (lemon). It's solidly malty, solidly hoppy, and solidly bitter - balanced!!! - but somehow not spectacular. It almost seems like homebrew in that there's kind of a mish-mosh going on, and focus is lacking. - One point, be it malt or hops or yeasty fruitiness or bitterness, has to slightly stand out, and that's not happening. - So, I can say it's rounded, but to be honest, it's not really that rounded, it's just all lumped together.

It finishes OK, and there are some hops present to be sure.

Perhaps I was thrown by the name and expecting more, but what I find is a hoppy lager that clocks in at around 70 IBUs and 7% abv without much pedigree. It's OK, but refinement and focus are needed.

08-19-2009 03:17:34 | More by NeroFiddled
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socon67

New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

01-12-2014 03:37:40 | More by socon67
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TheChauffeur1

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -16%

On tap a Capone's, this one comes out with an ample white head lacing ok and a ton of carbonation. Color is on the yellow orange side. When you bring this to the nose you will smell hops and a lot. Many different hop smells from grapefruit to grassy pine. The taste is hoppy at first and then seems to calm down some, had a hard time tasting the grains. This is a hopped up Pils to say the least. Good mouth feel except for the slight over carbonation. I enjoyed this beer but would limit myself to one at a time. Later

07-06-2009 14:02:52 | More by TheChauffeur1
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PILZILLA from Voodoo Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.