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PILZILLA - Voodoo Brewing Company

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346 Ratings

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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!!

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Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +12%

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.

06-12-2009 18:23:21 | More by timtim
Photo of Birdiebeagle


4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

06-09-2009 18:00:52 | More by Birdiebeagle
Photo of garymuchow


4.38/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

05-30-2009 02:15:48 | More by garymuchow
Photo of BARFLYB


4.3/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

05-17-2009 19:04:31 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.03/5  rDev +1%

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.

05-11-2009 16:44:19 | More by plaid75
Photo of maximum12


2.28/5  rDev -42.9%

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.

05-06-2009 01:55:01 | More by maximum12
Photo of scottoale


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
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +4.8%

Appearance: pours a cloudy yellowish orange color with a big fluffy 3" head that lasts a while.

Smell: grapefruit and floral hops rise easily from the glass and into the nose.

Taste: despite the big bitternness here this beer is nicely malty and a bit grainy. Lemon zest and grass round this big boy out.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Nice crisp from start to finish with a bit of dryness late. Aftertaste is long as the hop bitterness takes hold and glues itself to your tongue.

Drinkability: a nice beer that was quite quaffable. Big flavor will keep you interested for a while.

04-15-2009 22:53:23 | More by Gavage
Photo of seaoflament


4.43/5  rDev +11%

Big thanks to jasonm for sending this one along as an extra and knocking it off from my wants. I've had this one on my wants for well over a year and it feels good to finally be able to try this one.

Poured into a 0.5l mug. A bit of foam started to rush to the tip of the bottle so I quickly started pouring the slightly dull yellow liquid into the mug. A huge amount of head formed, about half the mug full of soapy white foam. Impressive head retention and lacing and it literally takes minutes for the head to fall down to a size where I can actually take a sip of beer and not just all foam.

Bready with hints of crackers and lemon citrus hops. Lightly toasted malts poke through the hoppy character of this beer. Mostly lemon, hints of herb and lightly spicy hops. In the background I can also get very little notes of orange and there is also a slightly "musty" aroma which I believe comes from the lager yeast and the fact that this beer is not filtered. A little more tropical fruits in the middle, some apple as well.

Bread crumbs, herbal and lemony hop bitterness and a crisp lager flavor in the finish. Seems like Saaz hops to me in the finish with some spicy notes. A few sips later there are some flowery hop flavors too. Flowery and earthy flavors in the aftertaste with bitter bread crumbs and a bit of lemon. Mineral flavors as well. Some subtle grassy flavors and hints of apple, pear, and pineapple develop later on. Very tasty beer.

Medium-low carbonation with a semi-dry finish, very easy to drink and quite refreshing. Would definitely like to have this again.


04-13-2009 23:55:26 | More by seaoflament
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +11%

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

04-10-2009 22:57:45 | More by brentk56
Photo of Biggness

New York

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%

This beer pours a very light and clear amber with a 1 fingered head, high carbonation and nice lacing. The smell is nice of malt and piney hops. The flavor is nicely balanced and for a hop head like myself the hop presence is very nice :) Big pine hop after taste balance with a really nice malt base. The mouthfeel is nice, the carbonationk level seems a little high. The only thing that holds this beer back on drinkablility is the carbonation, overall a good brew, worth a try!

03-24-2009 22:01:04 | More by Biggness
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

22 oz bomber bottle...
An extremely hopped, well-balanced beer... essentially a powerful pilsner, an extremely European beer with essences of German and Czech pilsner qualities...
Hops and pines dominate the aroma...
Lemon zest on the tongue, along with fragrant florals, citrus, and wild hops...
Rich, creamy mouthfeel...
Definitely one of the better depictions of the style I've come across...

03-23-2009 00:29:52 | More by dsa7783
Photo of Floydster


4/5  rDev +0.3%

22 ounce bottle received in a trade with JohnTravolta21, thanks for this interesting brew Sara, drank yesterday afternoon, poured into a slender mug, color is a cloudy golden yellow and has lots of light brown flakes in it that look like somebody sprinkled cinnamon in my beer, huge two inch soapy white head, good retention, and lacing, aroma consists of European hops that are pretty floral, lemon juice, lots of yeast that is typical of a lager, toasted bread, and earthiness, flavor starts of dry with hops that have a little citrus zestiness to them, middle is bready malt and a little sweetness, finish is very bitter with hops and yeast, both floral and citrusy later on when it warms and some of the dry bitterness mellows a bit, bitter beer lovers will enjoy this one, dry, bitter, and toasty mouthfeel, medium bodied, lots of carbonation, taste lingers a long time, could drink a lot of this stuff, alcohol is hidden very well, goes down easy and is smooth regardless of how dry it is, first beer from Voodoo and my first Keller Bier, both were good introductions, not much to go off on the style but it is similar to imperial pilsners I have in the passed along with heavily hopped lagers, would drink this again, look forward to seeing when they stop adding a different hop variety and bump up the alcohol content because they do both every single year this stuff is released, after awhile it is going to be a beast of a beer in both strength and bitterness, recommended

03-21-2009 16:21:47 | More by Floydster
Photo of csmiley


4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

Thanks goes to prototypic for the chance to try this one.

A - Pours a medium to light gold with a fair amount of haze. The white head looks to be about average and sticks around for a couple minutes. The resulting lace shows alot of promise. Overall a good looking beverage.

S - The aroma is odd. Really grainy up front with a touch of earthy hops that quickly follow - some pine and fresh cut grass. Cereal pushes through midway with a little honey. Alcohol is a little hard to pick out in the nose.

T - Also grainy in the flavor but in a good way. It's highly hopped to say the least. Earthy green bitter hops really stand out. They are all there...pine, grass, hay. Kind of reminds me of the spring season. Some bread dough flavors are present but stay in the background. Alcohol is strong on the back end and plays quite well with the hop bitterness.

M - This is on the light side of medium bodied. There is an active carbonation that works out well. This beer is amazing in how smooth it starts out. Eventually some bitterness comes through and sticks around for a while.

D - Drinkability is good. The Pilzilla doesn't really have any faults that can easily be pointed out. All categories come together to make a solid beer in my opinion. I could stick with this beer for a session and be totally content. Glad I got the chance to try it out.

03-15-2009 05:06:02 | More by csmiley
Photo of prototypic


4.33/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

03-15-2009 03:43:27 | More by prototypic
Photo of adamette


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
Photo of Yetiman420


3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured a really nice hazy golder color into a Unibroue tulip glass.

Hoppy aroma of noble hops rather than citrusy.

Tastes somewhat like a Belgian pale ale. Did a bit of research on Keller/Zwickel to understand the concept of the fullness of the lager.

Drinkability is good - not sure if I could put this down as a session beer.

03-10-2009 23:15:05 | More by Yetiman420
Photo of CrazyMacHarris99


4.22/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours a pale yellow with a huge chunky white head that leaves amazing lacing and completely covers the top for most of the tasting. The smell is crisp and clean with a hop bitterness, bready and doughy malt and a spice and lemon that almost hints of mint. The taste is very spicy upfront with a biscuit malt and a nice hop bitterness. This is my first time with this style and I love it. Obscure, German beers tend to be my favorite. The mint hits the back of the throat after a nice dry finish. The mouthfeel is creamy and thick. There is a lot of body to this beer. Voodoo makes some good beer and I think this is now my favorite from them. I could drink this one all night long and I will be looking for it on tap while I am out.

02-21-2009 06:50:30 | More by CrazyMacHarris99
Photo of hwwty4


4.45/5  rDev +11.5%

Thanks to hojaminbag for this PA gem.

I poured a 22oz bottle into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a crystal clear gold with a huge rocky white head. The aroma of this beer is pretty straight up noble hops. There is a great grassy aroma with just a bit of lemon zest. The flavor is much the same. Grass, lemon zest, and just a bit sulfur. Straight forward, not a lot of complexity but masterfully blended. Everything that goes into it fits perfectly together. The mouthfeel is light and crisp. I wish the carbonation was just a bit more, but that's really just a little complaint. This is a masterful lager. I would love to have access to this on a daily basis. Great beer.

02-17-2009 03:43:32 | More by hwwty4
Photo of Lepley


4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours hazy gold/blonde with white head, good lacing.
S: Hops, floral, grassy, citrus, spicy.
T: Wow, I've never had a pilsner this hoppy. Also, citrus, spiciness, orange, lemoney, dry, pine, boozy, pretty bitter too. It's like a flavor assault on your tongue.
M: A lot of carbonation.
D: This is really interesting and different beer, though I would say it's not very well balanced, just an explosion of flavors. I wouldn't be able to drink too many of them at a time either. Other than that it's definitely interesting, like I said, there aren't too many pilsners as hoppy as this. I really liked this beer and would recommend trying it.

02-09-2009 23:00:01 | More by Lepley
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%

It pours an especially hazy, carbonated and vibrant lemon yellow. A finger of fine white head settles to a smooth frothy mat. Tongues of lacing lick the inside of the glass.

The aroma carries the light berry sweetness of pale malt. Spicy Euro-hops boast pepper and a marked crispness. A bready dough note goes mildly to golden biscuit.

Upon tasting, the malt is rich and aptly sweet with light fruity sprinkles and golden brown bread crust. The hops are zesty with pepper and a more general spiciness that turns quite dry. A mere hint of lemon peel precedes a very yeasty bread dough coda that's slightly sweet only until a poignantly crisp bitterness dries and cleans as it lingers long in the finish. This is one big lot of plentiful pils flavor.

Between light and medium bodied, it has a smooth creaminess that joins a very crisp, clean character.

Besides a fairly fetching name, it has a wealth of pilsener flavor that pushes a bit and impresses nicely for the effort. Yet you never lose track of its identity. The notably crisp nature and self-cleaning utility make it a joy and a breeze to drink. It's fun, it's brassy, and it's a done-deal definite do-over.

02-03-2009 21:11:12 | More by Foxman
Photo of jwc215


3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours clouded golden with a thin white head that becomes patchy. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is grassy with orange (rind) and slight cedar.

The taste is grassy, orange-y and cedary. Bitter with a sweet touch and some bready yeast. Finishes dry. I can see a combo of pils styles put together here.

Pretty crisp - medium-bodied. Pretty big for the style - something of an imperialized keller - There are imperial pilsners out there, and this one is like one, but unfiltered, fitting imperial keller quite well.

Alcohol and sharpness show a bit as it progresses.

There's an interesting combo of pils flavors - staying on the hoppy side of things - An interesting brew, for sure - and a very nice one, at that!

01-23-2009 04:18:54 | More by jwc215
Photo of cpn920

New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Opened the bomber and foam started erupting gently out of the bottle. Poured a hazy golden yellow. Smelled grassy and of lemon with a hint of pine. The taste was awesome. It was peppery and refreshing with a mildly bitter aftertaste. The way the beer opened I thought the beer was going to be overly carbonated, it wasn't at all. This is an excellent beer that I will be enjoying again and again.

01-22-2009 15:20:31 | More by cpn920
Photo of CoolJosh


3.18/5  rDev -20.3%

Well I've heard so many great things about this beer, and I have to admit that I am not a huge fan of the style but I figured I'd give this one a shot due to how renowned it was on this site. Thanks Zeno's, you guys never let me down with your selection of quality beer.

Poured out of a 22 oz bomber and split with fellow BAer treyrab. Very hazy dark yellow, with a really nice low carbonated white head that contrasts well with the body.

The smell is of tart white grapes, grapefruit, and a lot of alcohol that produces an extremely "off" smell.

Once splashed on my tongue, a lot of alcohol and some grains are immediately noticeable and overpowering enough to provide a very off taste that corroborates well with the smell, but poorly on the taste buds. Really bitter and tart, and not really for me.

01-20-2009 23:37:40 | More by CoolJosh
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%

A: Nice hazy orange color. Poured with a finger of white head with excellent lacing.

S:Nice biscuit malt nose. I also picked up a nice clean lager smell via the yeast.

T: Very grainy with a nice solid dosing of continental hops. Very bitter in the finish.

M: Light body with a crisp mouthfeel.

D: Really different beer. Totally enjoyable. Glad I was able to try this.

01-11-2009 16:47:14 | More by aerozeppl
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