KillaPilz - Voodoo Brewing Company

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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 94
Gots: 26 | 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:
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!!

(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 07-05-2006)
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Photo of Beertracker
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
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 OrangeCharlie
2.8/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

After a good impression from Voodoo's Love Child, this was the second beer from Voodoo I tried.

A: Poured a slightly cloudy, golden color with a nice foamy head.

S: Up front with spicy Saaz hops and some slight biscuity malt in the background.

T: Dry, malty, biscuity, and rich with an overwhelming amount of Saaz. Perhaps it was my expectations that let me down, but I felt that these flavors, while balanced, were too intense. I'm a Saaz lover, but this was too much for me.

M: Crisp, medium to light body.

D: I felt this beer was too heavy for the style, which rendered it tough to get down towards the end of the glass.

Overall I really didn't care for this at all. Maybe I'll give it another chance in the future and update this review if my impressions change.

Photo of Stigs
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
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 paco1029384756
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to thebouch01.

Pours a golden orange color with a massive white head that settles into a rocky form and is retained like that for a nice amount of time.

Scent of spicy hops, lemon zest, earth, yeast, and light sugars. A light and spicy aroma, balanced nicely, but I was expecting a stronger hop presence.

Taste of spicy hops, yeast, lemon zest, and a hint of earth and caramel in the finish with a bitter resiny flavor beyond that. This is one damn fine tasting Pilsner.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, a bit of a disappointment.

Photo of Ezekiel81923
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 12oz bottle at the Hawthorne Cafe grand opening in Philly. Poured into a pint glass. Had this last year but didn't review it, so here's a review.

Appearance: Hazy golden color. Finger tall white head that recedes pretty quickly. Minimal lacing.

Taste: A very zesty lemon scent is the first thing that finds my nose, and it's a strong aroma. It's a little spicy, some pepper I think. Some bready malt and some grass. Can't find much else in this, that's pretty much it.

Taste: Lemon zest, orange peel and white pepper. Someone else said it finished somewhat mentholated and I would agree with that. Probably a product of the hop bitterness and spiciness in the finish. Lots of hops for a lager, I like it.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and bitterness with some minty aftertaste. Pretty interesting.

Drinkability: Light-Medium body, no hint of the 7% ABV. Not overly spicy either. Certainly an interesting brew worth trying each year as the recipe is always changing.

Photo of DIM
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 12oz bottle indicated an abv of 7.0% Isn't this an imperial pilsner?

a: This was a slightly cloudy golden color. It poure with a big rocky head that faded to sheets of lace.

s: Big yet balanced, like a pils concentrate. Bready, biscuity malts plus a huge hop presence that smells of lemon zest.

t: Lightly sweet biscuity malts and huge lemony, herbal hop flavors. The finish is quite dry with a lingering mineral tingle.

m: Slick, slightly viscous body and crisp, fizzy carbonation.

d: By far the best big pils I've tried, though I haven't tried many. It manages to maintain its pilsner roots while becoming something bigger and all together different.

Photo of dmamiano
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this "bomber' at The Blue Canoe in Titisville!
Split with the wife...really excited about this one.
Bottle conditioned beer poured a crystal clear in one and a bit muddy in the second.
Will call it nice..wasnt expecting the "lees".
Big, pillowy white head with thick, spider web lacing.
The nose was very faint..slight grainy malts, possible metallic note with spicy hops.
Taste was superb, malts dominating but hops fighting hard. Spicy hops leaving a strong bitter bite on the swallow.
Really appreciating this beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a flat cloudy orange with lemon highlights. The head was dirty white in color and initially 2 finger high, with a solid spongey nature but quickly dissipated to a undesirable soapy/foamy appearance that left soapy, spotty patches both on the glass and surface. The visible carbonation was light, and random composed of tiny tightly knitted bubbles that rose at a moderate rate to the surface.

S: rather light overall in strength composed of lemon grass and slightly dry orange peels. I didn't detect much spiciness here, only a slight breadiness that comes in late.

T: The flavor was semi-dry orange peels, dried lemons with a wheaty dry taste (though there is reportedly no wheat in the grain bill here). A dry grassy and hay flavor comes in midway through the palate while a dash of grapefruit peels adds some dry citsusy hints. The hoppiness was medium-strong overall, dry and flowery while finishing with whole dry grains. Overall I liked the dry grassy hopping and dry malting which makes for a good backbone, but the overall perspective I thought lacked the bright, crispy and spicy nature I was expecting and hoping for. The label claims 9 types of hop varieties, though any one is hard to distinguish individually. To many spices (hops) in the soup only muddles up the finer qualities and ends up homogenizing the flavor into a generic taste.

M: fairly crisp with a good deal of carbonation. A dry grassy hop fade of moderate length with a medium body and slightly creamy nature rounds things out.

D: Decent drinkability with fairly good regards here but wouldn't go to far out of my way for this one. Dry, grassy but lacks crispness and the spicy saaz hops which get muddled in with the other 8 varieties. Overall this beer is probably worth checking out but doesn't do much for defining the style. Much more suited for 6 packs and sharing with friends then a single bomber. Not a bad beer to kick back with for a summer quencher that drinks more like a hoppy wheat in my opinion.

Photo of JamesS
4.88/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy lemon yellow with a thick rocky bright white head leaving a sticky lacing.

The aroma is bright with lemon, bread, earthiness, and floral hops.

This is another case of taste totally matching the aroma. Bright lemon, bready malts, floral hops, and white pepper with a light mentholated cough drop twang to the finish.

Lighter bodied, dry, and moderately carbonated.

A nice beer to toast the impending end of summer.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  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 cooncat
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving on tap from a new beer store in Erie, UPICK6 beer store.

Served up in a nice tall pilsner glass, this a beautiful looking brew. Light lemony yellow in color, with a strong rocky head that holds up a long time. Lacing is incredible ... all down the glass in huge splotches.

The nose is lightly lemony, with perhaps a touch of white pepper spiciness. It's not huge, but its very pleasant.

Taste follows the nose, and is hop forward. Classic hop flavors, such as Saaz are dominant. A light maltiness provides just enough balance. The carbonation level is high, providing for a tingly and zesty refreshing bite. Mouthfeel is medium-light, but the carbonation makes it feel very adequate. Drinkability is high ... I could see myself quaffing these all night long. Its very refreshing, with enough hop punch to keep me coming back for more.

Matt and the crew of Voodoo have consistently produced really first class brews (I've had them all). This is a fine example of a pilsner, especially if you like one which 'pushes the envelope'. Seek this one out ... a must try!

Na Zdravje!

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, off-white colored crown of foam. The beer is a rich copper color that shows an almost clear, gold-copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of grassy hops, hay-like grain and fresh crushed pale grain. This is solidly balanced between the hop character and the grain; much of this is due to this having aged for a bit. This smells exactly like I would expect from a good, Bohemian version of a Pils (this doesn't have even a hint of diacetyl though); a touch herbal, a hint of lemon zest and maybe even some nettle notes are noticeable here in the nose as well. The nose isn't perhaps as big as I was expecting, the age could account for that, but it is spot on with what I would expect for something in the Pils genre.

Pretty dry tasting as it first hits my tongue; the beer picks up a pale malt sweetness though that lingers in the finish. The sweetness is well tempered by an herbal, grassy, almost wild-flower like weed character that comes from the ample hops. There is a nice, lingering bitterness here that at times can provide quite a bit of a bitter bite. I wouldn't characterize the bitterness as clean as there is lingering, menthol like character that intermingles with the hop bite. While this has a bit more zing than you typical Pils, this is still down-right quaffable; the body wouldn't be out of place in a traditional example of a Czech Pils (though perhaps a touch on the full side), as this is certainly not light bodied like a German Pils typically is. A touch of butter-scotch like malt character adds a nice dimension to this beer. The malt sweetness at times disappears completely for some sips; the hope character with a firm herbal hand just takes over, but the clean malt character is able to regain its composure during subsequent quaffs of this beer. The malt character can produce, in concert with the hops notes, a herbal-honey like note that lightly accents the flavor

I am not sure of the age of this, but I got it in November of 2008, but it is still drinking quite nicely; the hop character is still quite vibrant, and there is a nice malt character that is just noticeable so that this beer achieves some balance. I wouldn't be surprised if this beer is close to peaking (though I wouldn't necessarily guess that a Pils type beer should be drink any way except as fresh as possible). This is a nice beer that is quite enjoyable.

Photo of RonfromJersey
2.65/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Impressively hazy. Orange-gold color. Soft snow white two finger froth. Very good lacing quickly evident.

Surprisingly light, bready aroma, with a hint of pine. Have to sniff very hard though.

Solid sweet river of malt glides down the center of the tongue. Juicy hops splash in from the sides. Finish is a combination of sweet malt and juicy hops, though I'm unconvinced that they are as integrated as they should be.

Firm mouthfeel, big and solid. Very imperial.

Drinkability compromised by confusion.

Too big for a keller. Too confused for an imperial pils. Needs a little tinkering but not without hope.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, 6.7% ABV. Pours a cloudy, pale gold color. White fluffy head goes down to a thin layer after a minute or two. Good spots of lace.

Herbal hop aroma, with some lemongrass. Pale malt in the nose as well. Not as pungent as I expected.

Pale malt, with some cereal grain flavor to it. Good herbal hop flavor, along with some lemon notes in there. Fair amount of bitterness. Not as crisp as I thought it would be. Hint of metallic taste at the end.

Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty easy to drink. Overall, not bad.

Photo of TheChauffeur1
3.35/5  rDev -16%
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 ColForbinBC
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into an imperial pint

Pours a super hazy golden yellow with a dash of orange through the center of the body. A fluffy, paper white cap rose two fingers and hung around for a while. A good amount of spider web lacing was left on the glass. This one fits the style to a 'T', a very pretty beer.

Lots of grassy, herbal hops with lemon overtones and some earthy musk to round things out. A cereal-like breadiness holds things down on the back end. This guy smells like a winner.

The malt backbone is definitely present but the 9 different kinds of hops are where its at. The pale malt does a good job of keeping this from being too bitter. The flavors range from lemons, grass, white pepper and a slightly medicinal spice profile.

I thought the carbonation was right where it should be with a solid medium body. Very crisp and packs a flavor punch. Slightly bitter finish.

Excellently drinkable with a manageable abv. Perfect for this time of year. The flavors really do not get old and offer refreshing bursts of flavor with every sip.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally review this great brew after a few conversations with the brewer. A big pil with grassy, grainy notes. So floral smell crisp clean easy too drink with the taste of corn. About an inch of lace and foam clings to the side of the glass. Absolutely a favorite.

Photo of joepais
4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of timtim
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hazy straw color w a nice white head that held well and left good lace. if no one told me, i wouldn't have guessed keller beer, but i can definitely see it. nose and taste were very well balanced mix of grassy, herbal hops and a sweet(ish) bready maltiness. i swear i was even getting something like grass flavored bubblegum. nice, creamy medium body with a long finish. supremely drinkable and a lovely early summer evening beer.

Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Pours a cloudy straw color with a big creamy white head. The head lasts well and laces nicely. Has a nice aroma of grain, earthy, bread, and some floral. Has a high carbonation. The flavor is sweet but kind of grainy. Not bad but a touch differnt. Has a dry texture. A light medium body. The finish is good and the aftertaste lingers well. This is a fairly good beer.

Photo of garymuchow
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been sitting on this for 6 months. I hope it's not too old.
Pours with an enormous bright white head. Somewhat cloudy yellow gold with lots of bubbles to enjoy visually.
Rather tight aroma of light clean pale malt. Virtually no hop aroma. In time a stronger malt aroma appears with a growing yeast quality.
Interesting flavor. Never tasted a beer quite like this. With strong lager drinking with potent hop flavor and bitterness. Neat variety of flavors. So unusual to have a lager that drinks differently with each sip. I like that. Rather strong metallic taste at time, which is not so good. Tasty sweetness. Actually carries an enhanced flavor of an American lager, the malt flavor, but not like malt liquor, fortunately. Yeast flavors increase as warms.
Rather heavy for a lager. Full mouth feel for a lager, without passing to syrupy. Lower carbonation especially for the level of head when poured.
Highly drinkable. Settles in nicely. The long mild dryness and laying of the malt on the tongue leaves me wanting another drink. I don't recall a lager with so many interesting flavors and such a variety of flavors in each drink. Such a yeasty lager. Nice.
Obtained in trade with Scott Holland. Many thanks.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass fresh off the tap.

A- PILZILLA looks great. A bright yellow color with some golden spots interweaved. A dense foamy white head seemed to be building in height as it sat in front of me. It eventually faded some leaving sticky lace, quite nice.

S- Not really sure of the style as some call it a keller other's a pilsner but either way it smells great. A huge hop bouquet with more than five varieties. The hops give off a nice floral vibe. Some yeast and bready malts as well.

T- Pilzilla is off the chain. I was not expecting such a flavor blast but I sure recieved it. The hop additions and yeast work well giving off both floral and citrus qualities. Some grassy tastes as well. Im not sure why I love this stuff as im unfamiliar with the style, but whatever it was inclined me to order another pint.

M- Pilzilla holds a medium body with a lot of carbonation. The carb is a touch high for my liking and could be toned down a notch but im not complaining. With over 5 hop varieties there is a touch of bitterness but nothing to make you cry. A expertly balanced beer.

D- As i said I ordered more after having it for the first time. I always passed this up when browsing the beer store isles but that's not the case no more, Pilzilla is officially on my radar, this truely exceeded my expectations.

Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Brazen Head, Brooklyn, NYC.

Poured a slightly hazy medium straw hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a powerful herbal noble hop and a soft doughy malt.

The taste consisted of a heavy and nasaly full herbal hop. The grainy malt was the perfect compliment and played a decidedly supporting role.

The mouthfeel was toesrs the fuller side of the style.

Overall an interesting and tasty go forward unfiltered lager.

Photo of maximum12
2.28/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to sholland119, a true BA who replaced my first bottle of Pilzilla, which was decapitated by the cruel Minnesota winds. First, & hopefully last, casualty I've ever had coming or going. Thanks for the love, Scott!

Brew is murky & orange, looks like a hefe with the bottom crap stirred into it with a piece of hay. Smell is weird, & not entirely pleasant, like a nice damp morning - after you've stepped in a bunch of earthworms in the driveway.

Taste is unique, I'll give it that, this tastes like a pilsner, a big pilsner. Grassy, grainy, earthy, with a little bit of bitterness at the end. The taste is pretty good; the aftertaste is something else, & again, isn't very impressive. The bitterness & the graininess gives it a biting, dusty character that leaves me thirsty but unsatisfied. Dry, beyond dry, Sahara without a camel dry.

Voodoo for me has been a hit or miss brewery, with a couple of excellent beers & a couple of swings & missed like Dave Kingman at a Charlie Hough knuckler. This is one of the latter, unfortunately. Too many moving parts to this one that aren't just average, but actively disagreeable.

KillaPilz from Voodoo Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.