KillaPilz - Voodoo Brewing Company

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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 101
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 07-05-2006

Formerly PILZILLA.

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!!
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Ratings: 392 | Reviews: 201
Reviews by RustyDiamond:
Photo of RustyDiamond
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No bottled date on label, 7% abv. Poured into a SA special lager glass. Slightly hazed orange with a lovely inch of white froth. Quite nice looking glass of beer. Aroma of freshly baked sourdough bread, wet cut grass and wheat crackers. Crisp and bready with a mouthful of resiny hops. The hop flavor leans towards piney, maybe even spruce tips. Malty yet fragrant.
Great looking webbed lacing. Finishes bitter and clean. Very nice.

More User Reviews:
Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow and has a slight amount poured with a thin white head that died down ever so slightly, leaving a thin head that nearly covered the entire surface.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of floral and spicy hops in the nose.
T: The taste has complex flavors of hops with notes of citrus and spices as well as bready malts. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with hints of chewiness.
O: This is a good lager with a complex and interesting taste.

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a cloudy slightly-darkened yellow that is very hazy. A nice, lofty white head forms and sits for quite some time. Nice and thick with good, sticky lace on the way down. The nose brings some light citrus notes along with light, sweet grain. The taste brings some Noble hops with a bit of flowers in addition to some light fruit, grain, and dough. Mouthfeel is nice and thin with good carbonation. This is a really good American rendition on an underutilized style.

Photo of oberon
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of quirkzoo
3.62/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Stigs
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.64/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent bier! Would seek this... very unique, balanced, flavorful, delicious... and just the right ABV @ 7.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TheChauffeur1
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of rmolledo
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Straw colored with a frothy white head. Great lacing. Cloudy.

S: Floral Hops and pils malt.

T: Grassy Earthy hop flavor that leads to a more floral hop finish. Sweet bread like malt flavor. lingering IPA like bitterness. Yeasty. Dry finish.

MF: frothy with moderately to high carbonation.

D: This is like a German Style IPA... but lagered. All in all very enjoyable.

Photo of mediumtommy
4.56/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A really amazing beer. The combination of hops and pilsner is great. The beer is not bitter at all and not overly hopped. Not a strong smell to it, but the hop flavors are definitely in there. Very crisp and refreshing with a little hop aftertaste. But again it is not bitter it is more of a floral/spice taste.

Photo of prototypic
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to guinnessdoc for this bottle. Another nice surprise from the legendary secret santa.

Appearance: It pours a very hazy, golden straw color. There's a slight orange hue to it if you hold it just the right way. It's capped with a white head that's a finger and a half deep or so. It stuck around longer than I expected and left an impressive sticky coat of lace clinging to the glass.

Smell: The nose is primarily earthy and very grainy up front. But, it quickly becomes apparent that it has a very deep, hoppy aroma. I'm clueless as to what the profile is, but suffice it so say that they're mostly floral. There's a light citrus element to them. It smells mostly like lemon. It is a little yeasty and biscuit-like. Alcohol is not noticeable at all.

Taste: The flavor is very good and satisfying. I like this beer quite a lot. It has a strong grassy, earthy vibe to kick it off. It's a little grainy. Hops are prominent and very flavorful. They're a little bitter and buzzy, but, for the most part, they're floral and add to the strong earthy character of this beer. There's a subtle spicy element to it that I can't identify. Perhaps it's just pepper. It is yeasty and biscuity on the tail. Alcohol is not at all noted. It finishes with a nice spicy-grainy-hoppy kick.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It has a lighter body that borders on medium. It's actively carbonated, but pretty smooth despite that fact. Carbonation is very crisp and refreshing. It's not exactly elite, but I like it. Drinkability is very high. Pilzilla goes down very, very easy and really does make for nice drinking. It's not very strong (at 6.7% abv) and is dangerously drinkable.

Pilzilla is excellent beer. This is my first beer from Voodoo and I'm extremely impressed. I'm anxious to try out more of their releases. This is also my first experience with the style, so I don't really have much to go on for comparison. But, I don't have any big complaints about this one. It's all-around very, very impressive. Highly recommended.

Photo of tempest
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber from Abe's in Bethlehem. It's nice to see some Voodoo in the Lehigh Valley.

Watch out, this is a bit of a gusher. Once the beer settles down it's a slightly hazy straw yellow with a big fluffy white head. The aroma and flavor are rich with big herbal and earthy hops. This immediately reminds me of Rogue's imperial pils for having a drinkable intensity (unlike the Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner). I get a touch of light, biscuity grains in the background, providing a nice platform for the hops.

This is like taking Pilsner Urquell and turning the volume up to 11. Get this beer if you love a good pilsner.

Photo of nickd717
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber via trade thanks to G311.

Pours hazy copper with a lasting two-finger white head.

The aroma is grassy and floral hops, sweet malt, and green apple.

Flavor is maybe a little faded, but it's hard to tell with no date. Grainy pale malt and grassy and earthy hops.

Medium body with average carbonation.

Good but not great overall. I expected more. Maybe it's not too fresh.

Photo of morimech
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, pale orange color with a large white head that had excellant retention. Patches of merange type lacing. Quite a bit of European hops in the aroma. It smells spicy, floral, and earthy. A little cracker-like malt as well. The hops give more of a bitter quality than adding much of a flavor component. Dry qualities from the malt with some lemon and pepper in the finish. It has good flavor, just wish a little more hop flavor from the 50 IBUs. With the 7% ABV, alcohol is well masked and barely detectable. The body is light and crisp. Nice carbonation. Good lager qualities. A different take on an European lager that is very good. Would definately like to try this again.

Photo of bum732
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

S: A pronounced floral component, yeasty quality, raw pilsner grain.

L: Clear straw yellow, white dense, creamy head with great retention and amazing lacing.

T: Sweet pilsner malt with a slight cracker component. Medium herbal bitterness leads to some spicy hoppiness. Finishes fairly dry with an almost spicy, roasty component. Roastiness may be from some mineralness. Very interesting hop component.

M: Meidum full body, medium low carbonation.

Too sweet and missing that crispness with a creamy body that doesn't feel right in a pils. Unique hop flavor that i enjoyed, but not sure if i enjoyed the malt component.

Photo of Beertracker
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

PilZilla pours up sublime with an incredibly lacy, creamy white head that completely envelopes the glass & nicely crowns the deep straw-golden sunset body. Some haziness as expected per style. Aroma is slightly spicy (lemon pepper, coriander, white pepper) with a moderate citrus (lemon chiffon, pommelo, white grapefruit) character supported by a lovely soft graininess followed by some earthy (cilantro, grassy, lemon grass) character. The supporting flavor starts off with some pilsner malt graininess and a touch of tupelo honey sweetness that's quickly underscored by a pronounced spicy bitterness that dominates the bready, off-dry, lightly warming finish. This medium-bodied specialty beer is highly quaffable and a delightful showcase for all those wonderful Czech, German & Polish 'Noble' hops. PilZilla is "The beer that took over Tokyo!" and it's easy to see how... now. Here's to the Voodoo Crew for doing that voodoo that you do so well! lol

PROST! Beertracker

*Trader's Note: Many thanks to msulinski for hooking me up with this fine elixir!

Photo of VMWhelan
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale orange with a finger and a half of fluffy white head.

Nose is dominated by piney, resiny German hops and lemon zest. Slight lager yeast is the nose, but the hops overpower.

Taste is dominated by the hops as well. Some bready pilsener flavors come through underneath, followed by a nice sweetness. The citrus from the hops really comes out in this one.

Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. Easy to drink, with no noticeable alcohol, and quite tasty.

Photo of Kolsch
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber.

Appearance is pale and clear.

Smell is very nice and clean.

Taste is a little on the sweet side as I would expect from an imperial pilsner. Drinkability is just awesome for 6.7%ABV. Upfront Hops becomes sweet as it warms though not cloying at all. If you ever had Clipper City Imp Pilsner, taste is very similar though this is much smoother.

Matt makes some very unique beers and this is no exception. Cheers to Voodoo!

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