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KillaPilz - Voodoo Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

369 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 95
Gots: 28 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  7.00% 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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Photo of brewandbbq
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle straight from the fridge.

Pours light gold with a chill haze, and a massive four inch head of stark white.
After a lengthy duration the dense foam retreated to reveal a rocky foam cap with plenty of jagged peaks, and torn clouds of clingy lacework.

Aromatics lead off with pungent, earthy hops. Quite spicy, with cut grass and lemon pith following through. Very light malt with a hint of dandelion greens.

On the light side of medium bodied, with a crisp, snappy mouthfeel. A hint of rounded, sticky honey trails off.

Drying, bitter, earthy hops right up front on the palate. Lemon pith and bitter greens. Plenty of peppery, resinous goodness. A trace of husky malt steps forward, with a pressing bitterness persisting thorughout.

Finishes with a lingering, drying bitterness, crushed lemon seeds, white pepper, and mulched grass.

Yum. What a bruiser. A massive Imperial Pilsner and tasting very fresh.

More mega-props out to BA RblWthACoz for another winner.

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

22oz bottle

amazing artwork. (would score a 5.0 if there was a seprate category)

Pours a slightly hazy deep yellow color with a huge creamy frothy white head and lots of sticking, a really great looking beer. Crystal clean, and quality, pale malt in the nose with a good helping of bitter, peppery and slightly lemon zesty hops. Strong presence leading up to the tongue, assertive and bright with carbonation, leafy hops, melon fruit notes mid palate, peppery hops and a clean malt backbone through out. Definitely bigger in body than i had expected but it really needs that boldness, a flat or watery body would not do good compliments to this beer. Damn good overall. Pilsner fans... meet Goliath.

Photo of tmoneyba
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Champane Wine, Warren, MI.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a large frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate spruce bitter hoppy and yeast aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration.

Above average drinkable beer.

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

I picked up a bomber for $5.99 at Champane's in Warren. The beer was pale yellow, hazy, with a thick rocky foam. The smell was all hops, very pilsner-esque. A little grass or musk mixed in, similar to Urquell. The taste was mostly slightly bitter hops, but with malt sweetness to counterbalance. There was a slightly biting after-taste, like from pepper. The mouthfeel was on the thick side for a pils, and the flavor kept me going at it until the bomber was gone.

Photo of grub
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Viggo shared this bottle. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled dec 14/08.

pours crystal clear yellow with a huge rocky white head. the head drops very slowly and leaves a ton of chunky lace behind.

aroma is good. touch of caramel. alcohol. grapefruit. cracker and white bread. touch earthy. bright floral character, almost perfumey.

taste is good. assertive fairly high bitterness level. grapefruit. orange peel. cracker and white bread. bit of grain and straw. touch of caramel. big floral character. nice herbal and slightly earthy component too.

mouthfeel is ok. the high carbonation level is a bit much and carries some sting. medium body with a bone dry finish.

drinkability is definitely harmed by the high carbonation, but gets better once it's been given a little time to settle. the bitterness also feels like a bit much. by half way through the glass the carbonation has settled a little and i'm growing a little numb to the bitterness, so it gets better. rough around the edges up front, but mellows out a little.

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

Big thanks to ClockworkOrange for hooking me up with this one.

Pours a clear light golden colour, touch of amber, huge thick soapy white head forms, lots of little bubbles coming up to the top, big pillowy head and lots of lacing, good retention. Smell is nice, very malty, bread and honey, wheat, caramel, citrus hops, some floral, earthy, grassy, sharp lemony sour note. Taste is nice and malty, caramel and bread, a bit sugary, heavy grassy and herbal note, citrus, oranges, floral, really neat hoppiness, very assertive grassy bitterness, nicely balanced still, the malts are really well done. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with high carbonation, very drinkable pils, although the carbonation is a touch rough. Just the right amount of bitterness, sessionable stuff. Thanks Jason!

Photo of srandycarter
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy straw, massive cotton head retention good. Sticky lacing.

S - Sharp malt and lemon zest.

T - Nice medium malt flavor, citrus twang and bitterness.

M - Medium to light, lots of carb, good mouth coating.

D - Not overtly complicated, but easy and nice. I would do this for a session EASY.

Photo of Voonder
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jac5084 for this! It's a great beer.
Pours cloudly pale yellow with pretty thick white bubly head. Smell is hoppy, a bit floral and bready. Alcohol is noticable. Taste - lots of hops, hint of citrus, some nice bitterness is there as well. Very complex, alcohol is also noticable, but is inoffencive. Smooth and somewhat thick, good carbonation. It is drinkable, but i found it pretty filling, so I'd do no more than couple of those at the time. And start over next day:) It is delicious brew. Definately recommended!

Photo of Wasatch
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to soulfly967 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a hazy golden pale yellow color, nice carbonation, huge two-finger foamy white head, which leaves tons of foamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with tons of hops, very slight citrus, with some spice. The taste is slightly malty, hoppy, bitter, very slight citrus, and spicy. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very nice brew, different, recommended.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 22 oz. bottle poured to pint glass. Like the label, depicting the somewhat-menacing 'Pil-zilla', a reptilian behemoth formed from nothing but hop cones. Mmm, tasty...enjoyed after a morning of running and an afternoon of leaf-raking; now preparing for Game 7 of the NLCS.

Big thanks to sholland119 for bringing this from PA to OR.

A: A reasonably gentle pour yields a mound of white head, over 3 fingers at its peak. Firm and tight, it drops slowly over several minutes - lumpy, meringue-like. Hazed wheat-yellow color, hints of deeper orange. Carbonation is short of 'bountiful', but rises consistently in small bubbles throughout the glass. Lots of sticking lace in jagged sheets.

S: Bready aroma, a modest 'sourdough' yeasty/lemony mix. Hops are a bit subdued, a little spice and a little herbal grassiness.

T: A hard one to decipher: loads of varied hops make for an interesting, yet hard to describe, flavor experience. Dry, almost salty, cracker-like malt meets a hopping that has some bittersweet lemon zest, a big dose of spice, lots of grass and a surprising grapefruit tang. Mint and vague tea leaves, even a musty woodiness(?). A really intriguing 'hybrid' brew, keeps the taste buds guessing.

M: A mellow sort of carbonation, a little chewy in the mouth and sticky around the lips. Medium (or a bit heavier) weight and a general creaminess.

D: Remarkably drinkable, one of those beers that disappears quickly as sips turn to gulps without much awareness. Love this style for the maltiness, but this beer enlists a plethora of hops to boost the flavor exponentially. A tasty lager I'd love to have again - my first Voodoo brew is a winner!

PS: I appreciate the warning about the carbonation, Scott - no spills. And thanks again for the chance to try this one.

Photo of SaucyA
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - I'm rating this lower than I probably should for the sole fact that, ON A VERY SOFT POUR, well over half the glass ended up foamy. This is a half-liter Bitburger glass, and while I tried to be as careful as humanly possible, it still ended up a foamy monster. I'm nervous that it may be infected. Aside from that, it's a beautiful golden color with over a hands worth of soapy white head. Lots of lacing.

S - The aroma is very nice. Euro hop abundance. Slight citric, almost lemon vibes. A definite underlying sweetness as well. Just for a reference, the head is still over three fingers thick. After the drink, it becomes more flowery, almost a soapy smell.

T - The head is settling... to two fingers. I'm gonna take a swig. Quite sweet up front, and finishes particularly big for a "Pils". Major floral hops, with a bitter finish. Alcohol is present and not necessarily a good part of the mixture. All around a good, yet not GREAT brew.

M - Creamy, rather thick, medium carbonation.

D - This isn't something I'd normally reach for, but a bomber isn't gonna be too much.

Notes: I can't help but rate this as a "good" brew... it's nothing super standout, but it's definitely not gross. For a big lager, this hits the spot. After hearing so much about Voodoo, I'm glad I was able to go to the beer store and grab this.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured a hazy, thick, pilsner yellow with a foamy white head that caps off at about 3 fingers. Subsides to 2 fingers very slowly...but does not fade at all from there. Lacing all the way down the glass. Impressed with the hazy body also.

S- Smells like a good german pilsner, but with a more complex profile. Pilsner and Vienna malt are definately noticable along with a little bit of piny, earthy and floral hops.

T- Upfront is some hops (described above) with a nice balanced pale malt backbone. Finish is pretty much the same with a bit of piniess in the backof the throat. Overall pretty clean and crisp.

M- very nice. One of the nicest I have ever come across in a lager. Its light, smooth, and oily with enough carbonation to give it a fresh crispness.

D- This is a very nice beer. Not a style that I am all to familar with-but I would nescribe this as a more complex pilsner. This would make a great summer beer.

Photo of koopa
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received a 22oz bomber in a trade with JohnTravolta21. Thanks for the opportunity and for being a great trader!

Appearance: Very hazy straw colored yellow beer with a creamy white head of foam. Lots of lacing, some head retention, and oily looking due to the crazy amount of hops in this left field pilsner.

Smell: A delicious mixture of hops, sweet malts, straw, hay, dare I say bubblegum? Very subtle, complex, and intriguing.

Taste: Lemon and spice up front followed by a brief sweet malt transition into hay then a hop finish. Not as subtle, complex, and intriguing as the smell.

Mouthfeel: well carbonated, full, but oily.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable.

I'd have no objection to drinking this beer again. Good session beer that would probably also be a great candidate for a hoppy pils fan with a kegerator.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
2.28/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours with a look almost like a hefe, with about 1 cm of head that sits on top of the beer for what seems like forever. Looks like there is an appropriate amount of carbonation for a lager/pilsner.

S: Smell is a bit sour with a definite aroma of hops. I can also find some pale malts in there.

T: I don't know if I got a bad beer on this one, if my expectations were way off, or if this just isn't my style, but I was not impressed by the flavor. The overwhelming taste was sour with a little bit of hop bitterness in there. There was also what seemed to be a really weird alcohol flavor, and I couldn't put my finger on what it was. I couldn't even make it through half the bottle. Good thing I had someone to split it with.

EDIT: Tried this one again, and it turns out, I just don't like this beer. It was the same experience the second time around. I guess I just don't really like the style, but it was a drain pour the second time around for me again.

M/D: Mouthfeel was good, it was really smooth and slid down the palate. However, the taste just killed the drinkability component for me.

Photo of hero27
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber.
6.7% abv, 50 IBUs

Bottle courtesy of DrJay, thanks again!

Sweet bottle art. Pours a cloudy, pale yellow. Sticky lacing clings to the sides of the pils glass.
says this has 9 different varieties of German, Czech, and Polish hops..I can believe it.
a menagerie of floral hops in the aroma..flavor is a cascading tour of European hop fields..in the background is a soft bready malt presence. The oily hop bitterness here is impressive even for a modern-day pils, but it doesn't distract from the drinkability of this one bit. A big, agressive pils for sure, but i like the direction this brew is headed..i've had enough "extreme" stouts and ipa's... more imperial browns, imperial pils, imperial macros!! ok..i may have gone a bit too far.. that being said, this is a damn fine creation from Voodoo Brewing..

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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 DrJay
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy yellow with a big, pillowy white head. Great head retention with lots of chunky lace. Crackery malt aroma, maybe a bit of toasted bread, with lots of hop character (lemony, grassy, spicy, just a hint of sulfur). Really fragrant and smells great. Strong bitterness that wasn't harsh, but was also reigned in by some sweetness mid-palate. Notes of bread and crackers were light compared to the intense hop flavour, lots of lemon and freshly cut grass, a bit spicier towards the end. Hoppy bitterness lingered. The ample carbonation gave it a fullness of body that wouldn't have been there otherwise, though the beer itself was not thin by any means. The texture remained creamy throughout. This stuff tastes great and was a pleasure to drink. I'm glad it came in a bomber, because 12oz would have left me wanting more.

Photo of Kolsch
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
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!

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poursa hazy yellow color with a big, yeasty white head. In the aroma, balanced European hops and a sweet maltiness. In the taste, nice big European hops, saaz, with a balanced maltiness. A bitter and lighter mouthfeel, with a semi dry, hoppy, yet clean aftertaste. A pils with big hops, a nice sweet malt and a decent balance.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hojaminbag for this one.

A - Golden orange with a thick chunky off white head. Slowly recedes and leaves a 1/2 inch lumpy head. Decent lacing.

S - Smells like a strong pilsner. Very spicy hops with hints of grain and grass.

T - Very spicy bitterness up front with a grassy taste following. Pale malts as well. The hops are definitely the star of this beer.

M/D - Medium bodied and very well carbonated and crisp.

Photo of Damian
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
2008 vintage (6.7% ABV)
Served in a pilsner glass
Acquired in a trade with mikereaser

First and foremost, I have to applaud the Voodoo Brewing Co. for putting the most amazing label on this beer. The illustration on it depicts a kitchy looking monster, created from an assemblage of hop cones. In front of the monster is the word "PILZILLA," scripted in a hokey yet trendy font. If only they made a poster of this!

As for the beer, it poured a slightly hazy, pale straw yellow with an enormous, bright white, billowing head. As other reviewers have noted, I too had to pour, then wait, then pour, then wait over and over again. By the time the glass was filled with beer, approximately twenty minutes had passed. Intense threads of carbonation streamed up from the bottom of the liquid. The head eventually settled to enormous, chunky clumps of froth that resembled snow capped mountains. Huge blocks of lacing stuck all down the glass.

The aroma was very pilsner-like. Super powdery and dry. Some bready, semi-sweet, German-style malts came out as the beer warmed.

The taste was similar to that of a hopped-up, yet smooth and well balanced, pilsner. Crisp, grassy, flowery hops hit hard but were well matched by the solid, German-style, malty backbone. Somewhat bready and biscuity with a semi-sweet honey-ish note. Smooth and flavorful. A bit of lemony tartness came through as well. The lingering finish was crisp and clean. Hoppy and bitter with just a touch of alcohol. As the beer warmed, the bitterness on the finish became much pinier and more pronounced.

Mouthfeel was light, airy and crisp on the palate. A bit thinner than expected with a bubbly, champagne-like effervescence.

This was a smooth, clean, refreshing and rather easy-drinking brew. If you are a fan of hoppy or imperial pilsners, you will likely enjoy this beer as well.

Photo of tpd975
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Egledhill (I think) for this brew.

A: Pours a bubbly fizzy mess. This is the second Voodoo brew that is an absolute pain in the ass to pour. You pour, foam, let it die, more foam, it takes 30 min to pour this one and by the time you scrape off layer after layer of foam your 22 oz is barley 16. Enough of that. Once poured it is a murky light yellow hue with tons of floaters. Head, yeah I think I mentioned that. The retention is ridiculous. Lace none.

S: Enough of the bad, now for the good. Lots of green hops married to a nicely toasted malt. A touch of citrus comes in and out in waves as well.

T: This is one big and bold pils. Tons of grassy green hops with some roasted malt. I have never tasted a pils quite as aggressive as this one.

M: Light to medium in body, very spritzy.

D: Not bad if you like lots o hops in your pils. That being said I am sort of tired of pouring these fizzy nightmares.

Photo of Zorro
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A bonus from leftmindedrighty.

A hazy yellow colored beer with intense head formation, pour this one slow and careful. Massive white colored head. If this beer has a flaw it is the intense head forming properties.

I can't smell much malt in this due to the massive amount of Nobel hops used. Toasted grain is almost obliterated by herbal, spicy and down right soapy Nobel hop scent.

Taste starts out grainy and lots of spicy lemon hops. Strongly herbal and spicy with a bitter and ever so slightly soapy aftertaste. Quite a bit of toasted grain and Pilsner malt flavor after you adapt to the hop level. Quite Tasty stuff, I want more.

Mouthfeel is quite full, as you would expect from this beer style.

About as drinkable as it gets if you ask me, I could go for a keg of this stuff, it's damn tasty stuff. A permanent add to my wants list.

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

This is an exceptional beer once you get over the immense frothy head (it's a gusher man!!!). Smells very grassy and herbal. Very, very bitter up front, much more so than your typical pilsner. But the crisp, dry, and clean aspects of a pilsner are there.

It reminds me a lot of Small Craft Warning Uber Pils by Clipper City in Baltimore and Old Domininion's Spring Brew. For those hop head ale drinkers who don't like most lagers, give this one a try. It may suprise you...

Photo of largadeer
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

KillaPilz from Voodoo Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.