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PILZILLA - Voodoo Brewing Company

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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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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +25.3%

12-14-2011 23:31:56 | More by Neffbeer
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Elfastball7

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +25.3%

01-23-2012 17:34:46 | More by Elfastball7
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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +25.3%

11-17-2011 13:54:05 | More by sideshowe
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PappyVanWink

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +25.3%

PILLZILLA vs MOUTHRA

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....

02-04-2012 15:08:30 | More by PappyVanWink
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jackrodgers77

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +25.3%

11-22-2011 01:40:28 | More by jackrodgers77
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BelgianDip

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +25.3%

11-18-2011 19:14:47 | More by BelgianDip
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jdl55

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +25.3%

12-05-2011 03:45:27 | More by jdl55
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chcfan

California

5/5  rDev +25.3%

11-28-2011 13:27:46 | More by chcfan
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whallgren

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +25.3%

12-04-2011 17:52:24 | More by whallgren
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JamesS

Indiana

4.88/5  rDev +22.3%

Pours a very nice semi-cloudy golden straw color with fantastic head and lacing. Very nice scent, sweet and malty without being cloying, with a nice butterscotch/bubble-gum aroma and slight spice in the nose. Fantastic taste; smooth and sweet with a great near-wheat semi-butterscotch/bubble-gum flavor; tiny bit of spice and a nice pelt of hops at the end to make it wonderfully balanced. Extremely smooth. A wonderful beer!

09-06-2009 21:54:58 | More by JamesS
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mjmbeer

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +21.1%

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!

12-26-2012 18:31:58 | More by mjmbeer
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Seanibus

California

4.83/5  rDev +21.1%

I love this beer. This is a pilsner that ale-obsessed hopheads will love as much as pilsner fans. I had it in a 22 oz bottle. It pours a beautiful hazy golden with a light, lacy head. It has that delicious, crisp lagery aroma, but it has a surprisingly meaty mouthfeel and an unexpected hop bite - not a lot of hop aroma, but a nice bitterness on the back end. It's crisp, with a good, light, refreshing taste of grain, which will please the pilsner fan, but a sneaky tingle on the back edges of the tongue that will please the hophead. Unexpected and delicious all around. I look forward to trying this beer again (and seeing of I can come even close to replicating it in my home brew tanks).

01-30-2008 00:37:00 | More by Seanibus
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lpotter

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +19%

11-14-2011 18:47:19 | More by lpotter
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scottoale

California

4.63/5  rDev +16%

22oz. bomber poured into a German-Czech-Polish Pils glass, a murkish burnt yellow-gold with a thick and creamy two-finger white head. Great head retention with tons of sticky lace left clinging.

A sweet, very floral and fruity nose. Almost perfumy. Orange, lemon, honeysuckle and some sweet floral aroma i can't quite put my finger on. Smells very interesting and unusual, in a good way.

Wow, tropical sweetness! Nice light malt with tons of exotic hop notes from start to finish. It starts off sweet and flowery and turns tropical fruity through the middle. All kinds of hop flavors bursting out here and there, from sweet to spicy to flowery, etc. It finally winds down to a most pleasant bittery finish that's crisp and somewhat dry. Awesome lively flavor.

Perfect carbonation, medium body and the alcohol so well masked in every aspect. A truly remarkable beer that I would drink weekly if only it was available. A great offering from Voodoo, can't wait to try some of their others. And yet another big thanks to Aaron, for making this possible...Cheers!

04-17-2009 20:08:24 | More by scottoale
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dar482

New York

4.63/5  rDev +16%

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.

11-18-2013 03:19:53 | More by dar482
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joepais

Maine

4.63/5  rDev +16%

I received this one from Scott in the 666 BIF Thanks this bad boy had been on my wants for a while
Bottle poured into a dimple mug produced a big white marshmallow looking head that lasted a while. The body of the brew was a slightly hazy pale straw colored yellow.

The aroma is very a fragrant floral hop, grassy with some nice bready yeast thrown in. The flavor is to say the least is hoppy. It starts out bitter then I got some grassiness to the flavor followed by some pepper spice. The mouthfeel is light and crisp plenty of carbonation for your tongue. The after effect in my mouth is towards the dry side.

This is a great brew I wish I had a pizza to go along with it but I'll settle for a nice sunny day instead. It is incredibly drinkable; I already wish I had another. Voodoo has done it again another fine beer in my book

06-20-2009 15:18:05 | More by joepais
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mediumtommy

New York

4.61/5  rDev +15.5%

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.

04-26-2014 22:21:54 | More by mediumtommy
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slammo

New Jersey

4.61/5  rDev +15.5%

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.

01-20-2013 01:34:21 | More by slammo
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.6/5  rDev +15.3%

22 oz bottle poured into a mug.

A: Hey now, someone's a little too excited. Immediately some foam pushes out upon opening but is quickly poured into glass. Let this sit for a little to calm down as it a little overly carbonated but eventually pours a massive, fluffy, rocking white head with ridiculous retention and and thick, clumpy lacing. Liquid is a hazy golden lemon color with a lot of active carbonation.
S: Great smell for a lager/pils, lots of citrus, lemon rind, a little orange, grass, earthiness, and hint of some pepper.
T: Despite ridiculous carbonation, I let this sit for a while and mouthfeel is remarkably smooth. Medium bodied with high carbonation, but very pleasant. Starts off slightly bitter but by finish is surprisingly mildly sweet. Very earthy, citrus lemon, pepper, herb, floral taste in body. Great malt backbone to this. Overall, exceptionally drinkable and am happy I know have easy access to Voodoo beers.

04-03-2008 04:00:01 | More by yourefragile
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +14.8%

Poured into a mug.

5.0 A: Lightly hazed dark yellow to orange in color. Two fingers of incredibly creamy and dense white head. Really, it looks like you could rest your head on it and it wouldn't lose form. Excellent retention and plenty of lacing. Perfect.

4.0 S: Pretty hoppy for the style. Grassy, lemony and earthy hop aroma. Malts are grassy and a bit doughy. There's also a nice spicy yeastiness in there. Peppery and something similar to corriander, though not corriander.

4.5 T: Taste is delightly tasty. Moderate bitterness even though this has plenty of hops in it. Lemony, orange citrus, grassy, and earthy. Malts again are doughy with plenty of neutral malt flavor underneath. The hops are definitely on display here, but the malts are assertive enough to give a good overall balance. Again good spiciness with lots of pepper and other nondistinguishable leaves and roots.

5.0 M: Medium to heavy medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Insanely creamy and smooth. Very nice.

5.0 D: Overall this is one hell of a beer. There isn't a damn thing wrong with it and so much right. Goes down super easy as well. This is only my second Voodoo beer (BBVD is one of my favorite beers, period) and I have no idea why it took so long to get to this second beer. If I'm not stupid, I need to try to whole lineup ASAP.

10-15-2010 23:24:41 | More by DavoleBomb
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adamette

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +14.8%

Live review. Poured from the 1 pint 6 fl. oz bottle that I purchased in Meadville this past weekend along with 5 other voodoo beers. I became interested in them after attending the frozen falls beer fest in Garrestville, Ohio 1 31 09. I actually had this beer on tap that day but only in a sample and had been wanting to get some in bottles for a tasting/rating since then. Poured into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass.

A Menringue generous 4 inch head dissipates quickly on the edges but slowly in the middle, leaving a dome of head in the middle of my pint glass. Body is a hazy yellow brown and almost translucent.

S A nice, unexpected grape (not raisin) sweetness hits the nose along with maybe some distant hops. Very inviting.

T Sweetness hits me first and then that is washed over quickly by a hops bitterness that takes over within the first one third of this beer and then stays through to the finish and well into the aftertaste (several minutes later). Brewers notes online suggest that every year the beer gets "bigger and bigger" as they experiment with adding different hops. I can certainly taste those hops but they are NOT in the nose and are actually in the final 2/3 of the taste and beyond. All of this is interesting to me.

M Light to moderate with initial light, sweet tastes followed by the bigger hops tastes. True to the style.

D Really quite good. I finished off the bomber without hesitation. I do believe that this is supposed to be quite drinkable.

Notes: Such a treat to try this beer from true artisans, Matt and co. at Voodoo.

03-11-2009 02:39:27 | More by adamette
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enjoythestuff

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +14%

This is just a great brew overall, I poured it out of a 22oz bottel into a standard 16oz glass, it had a great head on it that lasted until it was almost gone. It has a floral and hoppy smell and the taste is the same but stronger. It has a very easy to drink mouthfeel which made it no problem to refil the glass and polish off the bottle.

Overall this is a great beer, one of the best I have ever had. Will get it again in the future without a doubt, will probably make the rounds for upcoming christmas gifts too.

11-21-2011 18:29:23 | More by enjoythestuff
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +14%

22 oz bottle. no bottled on date.

A: hazy pale straw yellow body. head is impressive. and lasting. great lacing left behind. there are whole bits of head stuck to the top of my glass.

S: very piney hops. green tea. or maybe white tea. some kind of tea. a little bit of black pepper. reminds me a little of poperi. a little bit of heat.

T: the first sip starts very bitter. an almost menthol cooling aspect to the hops. pretty different from most citrus-forward american hoppings. the malt is there, providing balance but that is about it. not a discerning malt flavor in my opinion. finish is bitter and dry.

M: moderate carbonation on a medium body.

D: i could CRUSH these. what a great showcase of european hops in an unfitered lager.

01-22-2012 23:38:15 | More by Jimmys
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

4.53/5  rDev +13.5%

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!

02-12-2010 19:33:52 | More by Beertracker
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +13.5%

Poured from a bomber with a sweet label (the pilzilla). This is my first "Keller/Zwickel," so not sure what to expect.

Hazy yellow body with a huge (4 inches) white head that reminds me of whipped cream. The head takes awhile to dissipate enough for me to drink. Even then there is a tower of foam in the middle of my drink. The body is pretty and I liked the head because my friends and I got a good laugh about it. Lots of carbonation bubbles that last throughout. Unfiltered, so particles are noticeable. The body is permeated with them, and they are caught in the giant foamy head. Super thick and sticky lacing.

Smells slightly lemony, and reminds me of pale pilsner malts.

Tasty. Up front is a nice clean lemon flavor with some hops. I notice a yeasty character that tastes like Belgian yeast to me. Finishes a little dry and hoppy. Nice underlying malt backbone. Very well balanced, reminds me of a pilsner that has been hopped up, as hops are the focus of the flavor.

Mouthfeel is good, carbonation lasts throughout the entire drink. Medium bodied, which is a pleasant surprise.

I could drink this beer all night except for two things: It would take forever to wait for the foam to go away, and it is 8 bucks a bottle.

03-11-2008 14:19:33 | More by Hojaminbag
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PILZILLA from Voodoo Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.