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KillaPilz - Voodoo Brewing Company

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372 Ratings

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Ratings: 372
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 95
Gots: 29 | FT: 2
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: 372 | Reviews: 200
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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 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 brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale honey color with one of the biggest heads imaginable; it was a delicate balance pouring the beer while keeping the foam from gushing out of the bottle; the lacing is great, not surprisingly

Smell: Lots of noble hops waft atop the bready malts

Taste: It takes about a nanosecond for the hops to jump all over the malt and they don't let go once they have achieved supremacy; the noble hop flavors are grainy, grassy and a bit herbacious at the finish, with a white pepper edge

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Cut down a tad on the carbonation and this brew would be outstanding; as it is, it is not too shabby, at all

Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours out as a golden yellow color with a fluffy white head on it. The lacing isn't too bad. The smell is a lot like a pilsner but its also has a nice hop aroma too. The taste is hoppy enough to mask the grassy flavor. The mouthfeel is pretty carbonated and had a light body. Overall not a bad beer at all, I could drink this one again.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fogged lemon peel with the slightest orange tint imaginable. There was a huge escape of gas on crown cracking, along with a finger of foam that shot out the bottle neck and was barely corraled into the pint glass. The bright white crown is supremely stiff, ridiculously rocky and is depositing hunks and chunks of foam all over the damn place. The wild look matches the name perfectly.

The aroma is as expected for a lager that uses 9 different German, Czech and Polish hops. I can't name 9 different German, Czech and Polish hops, must less identify them by smell. Saaz is dominant. The beer smells... uh... pils-like. It's grassy and lemony and musky and white peppery. I love it.

If you think a jacked-up, hopped-to-the-hilt pilsner (okay... kellerbier) sounds great, then PILZILLA is for you. The malt backbone (pale with a little Vienna) is on the spindly side, but there's enough to take the edge off what could have been a withering alpha acid attack. The brewers need to continue to add more malt if they plan to increase the ABV and the hops each year.

The top notes belong to hops. The flavor profile includes freshly zested lemons, bitter greens, white pepper and assorted herbs and spices. This isn't stupendously complex beer, but it more than makes up for it by saturating the taste buds with an explosive amount of flavor.

Amazingly enough, the carbonation isn't a complete nuisance, possibly because the beer sat for a spell prior to the first sip. If anything, by midbottle, it could use a few more bubbles.

This Voodoo Company brew is probably best thought of as a double pilsner, despite what the brewery claims. Having said that, they do refer to it as a pilsner on their website and they obviously chose the name for a reason. In any case, PILZILLA is outstanding beer that would, no doubt, cause the same panicked stampede among Bud drinkers as Godzilla caused in Tokyo.

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

I grabbed this one in a trade recently, and BTW FINALLY, as I have been trying to hunt it down for what seriously seemed like forever. I immediately chilled one down in the cellar and grabbed it out to have with dinner last night. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass. This one was consumed on 09/24/2008.

The pour was magnificent, rich amber color came flowing out of the neck of the bottle, splashing down into the bottom of the glass. Lots of hazy amber going on here. Immediately a big head of off white came up and reached to a height of around two inches before finally settling down to a thin layer that hung around throughout the rest of the session.

The aroma was rich and hoppy, much like I thought it would be, though the I have to admit not as hugely floral and citrus filled as I would have thought. Has to be Amarillo in here and a lot of it as I was picking that up quite nicely. Nice biscuit like middle of the profile gave way to a nice bitter finish on the flavor. The initial hop attack was not terribly pungent as it appeared to sneak up on me. Started with a light bready malt that was highlighted with accents of pine, this quickly balanced out with the biscuit like middle before heading back to the hops to fill out the profile. Nice medium bodied ale was almost chewy at times, though the carbonation kept it to a minimum and really helped to keep it all well in line. Easily session able as I had no issue with throwing this one down during the course of dinner and move on to another when it was done.

Overall I was thoroughly impressed with this one for sure. It was much more balanced then I thought it was going to be and that was awesome. Smooth and rich, this was a very nice pale ale, or at least I think that's what it is, it kind of straddled styles more or less. Still though very solid and I could see myself in this one again.

Photo of womencantsail
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Curt for this one.

A: The pour is a hazed golden orange color with almost no head; just a thin ring of white foam.

S: There is a pronounced sweetness to the aroma which is consists mostly of apples. A fair amount of malt and bread to it with a light yeastiness and some floral hop notes. There is a bit of biscuit malt that comes through on the back end.

T: Floral and spicy hops with a slight bitterness to it and some grass. Green apple peels and a mild sweetness. There is sort of an aspirin aftertaste to it, unfortunately. Some light citrus notes come through, too.

M: Light to medium in body with a low to medium level of carbonation.

O: The aroma was quite nice, but the flavor fell short, especially with the bitterness and aspirin notes.

Photo of largadeer
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A gentle pour into a pils glass left me with about six inches of foam and a hint of beer beneath it. 15 minutes later this one is drinkable, though the head is still enormous. The liquid itself is a pale straw color, hazy and almost opaque toward the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: Hoppy as hell, they must have used a motherload of saaz in this stuff. The hop character is herbal and slightly earthy with that signature noble hop aroma.

Taste & mouthfeel: Immensely hoppy, it took me a few sips to actually pick out any malt flavors here. The hops have a biting herbal quality to them, almost tea-like with undetones of lemon peel and resin. Malt is present, but barely; this stuff is incredibly imbalanced and makes no amends for it. The finish is - you guessed it - hoppy and bitter. Oily and sappy are two words that come to mind.

Notes: Got this one from Darkerthebetter as an extra - thanks a ton! Very interesting stuff here, unique and well-crafted. It's good to see American breweries experimenting with these obscure styles.

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 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 oline73
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Holy head, Batman. Pours a slightly hazed gold with a massive creme head. Nose is clean and mild. Flavor is heavier on dough than anything with a decent earthy edge and too noticeable a sweet tone on the start. Feel is typical. It is easy to drink and certainly over-carbonated. A bit more hoppy than I would expect, but it's nice enough.

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 Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Al's of Hampden - served chilled in a standard pint.
4 4 4.5 4 4.5
The color is mildly hazed golden with visible carbonation and thin white cap w/ tight bead. There is a semi-thin film of lace that collects. The smell is very good with the fragrance of noble hops and some subtle malty aromas which conjure pilsner and some toasted elements with mild spice in the aroma and light floral accent w/ mild bready notes from the yeast. The feel is relatively high in resinous hop texture w/ mildly bitter w/ slight nutty back and semi-dry finish. The light alcohol adds to the complexity and gives a slight pils texture with moderately high carbonation.

The flavor is like a hybrid keller/Imperial pils with strong hops and light spice with mild floral elements and light lemony aspect. The taste is mildly acidic and gently bitter with herbal qualities pretty prominet. and slight tinges of yeast in the flavor give a gentle musty taste which blends fine with the tangy/leafy hop flavor and toastiness of the malt. There is a mellow fruit element in the background. The pils is highly drinkable to me, Keller, Imperial or otherwise it has the things I enjoy from standard pilsners only moreso.

edit -re-review 3-28-15
A - 3.75 S -3.75 M -4 T- 4 O-4

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of MasterSki
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BrewerDan23 for this extra. This version clocks in at 7% and has nine types of hops, as per the label. Served in a stein.

A - Pours with a thin off-white foam that quickly dissipates to a thin cap. Not much in the way of lace. Body is a hazed white-flesh peach color.

S - Big noble hop aroma, with a interesting combination of herbs, lemon zest, pine, peppery spice, and a touch of cattiness. Not much obvious malt character, with some light sweet grain peaking through.

T - Taste has a zesty kick to it, with some moderate lingering bitterness. Again, malt is in the periphery, contributing some nebulous sweetness and grain. Finish is peppery.

M - Moderate carbonation that is active but soft. Body is medium, and appropriate for the mid-level ABV. Finishes slightly chewy, with some residual enamel-coating oils.

D - I'm not sure how fresh this bottle was, but it was quite good. Would definitely have this one again. Very easy to drink, with the perfect levels of carbonation and bitterness.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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KillaPilz from Voodoo Brewing Company
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