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PILZILLA - Voodoo Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

346 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 346
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 96
Gots: 23 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Pilzilla is a beer that I've been brewing for years. Each year it gets bigger and bigger. Nicknamed "The beer that took over Tokyo". It is an unfiltered Keller Bier. Nicley hopped at this point with 6 to 7 different kinds of hops and about 6.25 % ABV Each year we will add another variety of hop and bump the alcohol a bit. This is not your average pilsner, get it before we drink it all! Prost!!

(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 07-05-2006)
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cracker

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%

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...

07-27-2008 23:04:01 | More by cracker
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largadeer

California

4.15/5  rDev +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.

06-19-2008 22:48:19 | More by largadeer
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +12%

Big hiss of carbonation as I crack this one but the pour is manageable. Pretty clear straw yellow color, not as hazy as I expected maybe given that it's unfiltered (although the 2nd pour is hazier than the first), with lots of bubbles racing quickly to the top and a big, chunky white head. Head retention is excellent and it leaves lots of stick. Looks about as good as it gets.

Nose is very hoppy but also has a light malt sweetness. Hops are grassy but also quite fruity, lemon and orange in particular, and there's a bit of peppery spice to it, as well.

Where the nose is very fruity, it tastes much more herbal and bitter. Very grassy and herbal hop flavor, again with a light sweetness and as it warms there is a bit more citrus hop flavor, as well. Aggressively bitter for sure, but nicely balanced and very tasty.

The carbonation is a bit aggressive in terms of the mouthfeel, as the medium body is a little too spritzy.

This is one hoppy ass lager and I love it. This is hoppy in the realm of imperial pilsners. It's also a damn good beer. A must try.

05-26-2008 19:08:02 | More by number1bum
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%

Picked up a bomber from Abe's in Bethlehem. It's nice to see some Voodoo in the Lehigh Valley.

Watch out, this is a bit of a gusher. Once the beer settles down it's a slightly hazy straw yellow with a big fluffy white head. The aroma and flavor are rich with big herbal and earthy hops. This immediately reminds me of Rogue's imperial pils for having a drinkable intensity (unlike the Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner). I get a touch of light, biscuity grains in the background, providing a nice platform for the hops.

This is like taking Pilsner Urquell and turning the volume up to 11. Get this beer if you love a good pilsner.

05-10-2008 14:50:10 | More by tempest
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wheelinshirt

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

22 oz bomber purchased from Abe's in Bethlehem for $6.50. Seems a bit steep but with brewing and distribution costs going through the roof i guess I can't really expect it to be cheaper. Great name and graphic, excited to try out a new PA brewery.

Anyway, popped open the cap--already can tell there is a lot of co2 in there. The foam was climbing up the bottle so i poured quickly, which was a big mistake. The glass was almost completely full of foam--tons of big bubbles, white in color, eventually receded but didn't disappear and left absurd amounts of lacing, like puffy clouds clinging to the side of the glass. Color is like a slightly cloudy lemon peel. Points off for too much head, though.

Smell is very bold, lots of grass, earth, citrus, spice--tons of hop character from all the different hops used.

Taste is pretty bitter, lots of hop flavor--like a big pils on steroids. The mouthfeel was light, dry and thin but the carbonation was too much. If they had cut down the carbonation by about a third I think this would have been amazing. Drinkability is limited by the huge hop character and the way over the top carbonation. Very good and if you happen to see it, definately pick it up.

04-23-2008 02:44:31 | More by wheelinshirt
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drunkmonk

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +1%

22oz Bottle. No bottled or best by date. Love the label graphic.

A- Quite a pffft when I open this puppy. I already know I better pour this with caution. Im glad I do, because there is a pillowing, rocky 1/3rd of the glass head. This meringue like head takes a while to settle down. Clumpy sticking all the way down. Extreme amount of carbonation seen. Nice hazy golden yellow color.

S- Citrus, lemon peel, and grassy notes. Some light bready malt tones as well.

T- There is a crisp and sharp bitterness upfront, leading to some nice citrus and doughy malt. Finishes with a zing of gassy hops and crisp lemon like flavors. An almost tart like feel left on the tongue along with some residual hop bitterness.

M- This could use just a bit less carbonation, my tongue feels as if it's being scrubbed with each sip. Just a tad bit distracting. Otherwise it right in line with the style.

D- This is a very refreshing and crisp Pils, really nice for the warmer weather days. I could drink more than a few of these. I only wish I had more around.

Not sure what style pils this leans toward, but I really enjoyed the hop profile and bitterness to this one. Not your typical Pilsner, but not a bad thing.

Recommended.

04-20-2008 17:41:39 | More by drunkmonk
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.6/5  rDev +15.3%

22 oz bottle poured into a mug.

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

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

Iowa

4.45/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

03-28-2008 14:18:53 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +13.5%

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

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

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

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

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

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

03-11-2008 14:19:33 | More by Hojaminbag
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WeisGuy

New York

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

a - pours a copperish amber color, quite cloudy with very fine sediment, two or three finger billowy white head, great lacing and retention

s - some grain and lemon on the aroma, slight soap smell, citrusy hops, no alcohol

t - sweet maltiness up front with a good deal of lemon peel, mid-palate has some graininess and more citrus, finish is bitter from the hops with lingering hints of lemon, not much evidence of alcohol

m - surprising amount of body for a lager, medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, moderately dry on the finish

d - very drinkable, fairly easy on the palate and interesting enough to keep on drinking

My second Keller/Zwickel beer, and it's a good one. Very easy drinking, somewhat complex, and unique as far as lagers go. My only complaint would be the price, which at $8 is a bit high for a good, nearly sessionable beer. Worth seeking a bottle out.

02-24-2008 22:24:55 | More by WeisGuy
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Seanibus

California

4.83/5  rDev +21.1%

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

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

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +13.5%

I like this...thanks to jasonm for the assist!

Pour is gorgeous. Cloudy, light golden. Persistent carbonation with tiny bubbles that flow upward like they're on crack and the top of the glass is where it's at. There's this little hole where the last bit of liquid poured through and it forms a place in the head that looks like lips...of...some...sort. Alright, that's vivid enough.

Smell is very clean and crisp. Bready yeast, some spice. Earthy hops. Grains, wheat.

Taste is much of the same. Very clean tasting. Fruity, lemon zesty hops. Again, bready yeast. Very refreshing!

A light, clean, and crisp mouthfeel. Just like it should be.

Great drinkability. Basically perfect. Fuck...it really is when you think about it.

Simple, yet effective. Get this, and your vitamins!

01-13-2008 01:49:25 | More by ncvbc
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

01-12-2008 02:35:42 | More by RblWthACoz
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flexabull

California

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%

Love the label on this bottle. I really like the crude looking drawing of the "Pilzilla" and the font as well.

This is also my first try of a "Keller / Zwickel" style.

Bottle pours a cloudy yellow color with a faint head.I am glad it didn't foam over like the 4 Seasons IPA I tried a few days ago...

Aromas seem similar to a Pilsner. But maybe pumped up a few notches... dusty and sour with a very lemony citrus like hop quality.

Beer tastes very clean and crisp. A lemon tart zing, with lots of bright snappy hop flavors. A slight underlying malt profile, that is subtle, but leaves a very nice caramel like sweetness lingering in the mouth. Finish is dry, with a pretty strong mineral like hop bitterness. A very tasty and interesting beer.

Mouthfeel is nice, all the flavors meld together well, and the fullness and carbonation are spot on.

Drinkability is good. An interesting beer that reminds me a bit of a strong Pilsner. I like it, and will enjoy this bomber a lot. My only complaint is that I paid way too much money for this bottle. But with that said, will someone else buy me another?

12-29-2007 05:36:08 | More by flexabull
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +11.5%

Thanks to charlesw for a bomber of this, I've been wanting to try this one for a while so here goes.

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a foggy bronze with a huge fluffy two finger white head that never seems to die down. Stickiness is a thick layer that stays forever. Lots of bubbles racing to the top of the glass. Smell is a spicey yeast aroma with a nice blend of noble hops. Pepper and lemongrass tickle the nose as well. Some buttery biscuit scents make an appearance too. Very complex smell, fresh and clean. Floral hops up front with an underlying yeast flavor. A white bread like taste as well as some citric hop flow over the tongue. A honey sweetness emerges as well as a bit of malt which helps balance this monster quite well. Aftertaste is spicey noble hops, very enjoyable. Medium bodied mouthfeel with a strong carbonation that leaves a dry feeling. I can't say I've ever had a beer like this before. I had New Glarus' Yokel, but Pilzilla has way more flavor. Definitely seek this one out.

12-14-2007 00:55:40 | More by BeerTruth
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aforbes10

Iowa

4.47/5  rDev +12%

Pours a very light yellow and slightly watery looking at first, but then some of the sediment falls in and makes it look cool and exciting. Patchy white head, not very Godzilla-like, but a lot like a pils. Odor is soft, of light malfs and lightly spiced hops. Some sweetness on the nose as well, but not detectable alcohol. ooh, but the taste is great. I was expecting a massive, overhopped high alcohol mess of a lager, one of those "American's are awesome because they can make beer styles CRAZY" type of beers. But this is not really that at all. Here, you have a fantastically crafted and tremendously tasty spin on your classic European Pils. Sure, is slightly hoppier and slightly higher in alcohol than your average pilsner, but that's what it claims to be. What it's not is over the top, and i like it. Nicely spiced malt backbone melds supremely well with the hops. Creamy quality and somewhat lemony. Hops linger, but not harshly. Medium bodied. Very drinkable and and extremely pleasant surprize.

12-04-2007 16:17:36 | More by aforbes10
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IntriqKen

California

4.47/5  rDev +12%

I was expecting an "Imperial Pils" and am pleasantly surprised at what this really is.
Pours a cloudy lemon golden color with a small white head that quits quickly but leaves enough of a ring to lace the glass faintly.

Aromas are lager yeasts, bread, sweet malt and a bit of lemon.

Taste is so well blended it is hard to single things out....bready yeast is in there along with a bit of grain...the sweet pale malts are not cloying in the least and the citrus hops are bright and clean.

Very refreshing in the mouth with an aftertaste of just a bit of white pepper to go with the citrus peel hop.

12-02-2007 00:46:02 | More by IntriqKen
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BWH3

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +12%

Pilzilla Voodoo Brewing Co

22 oz bottle in Pint Glass at 50 degrees F

I just went to a tasting of this brewery at a Philly beer emporium. I was very excited. This is a young brewery whose website really captured their enthusiasm for this new adventure. Unfortunately, the rep didn't show up so no free samples for me. I made a purchase regardless because I couldn't wait any longer to indulge in these artisan brews.

This one is described as a bastardization of German, Czech, and Polish pils. Oddly, I thought these beers had some characteristics that were mutually exclusive. For example, German pils has light malt character while Czech pils is more robust maltiness. German pils has no fruitiness to its hops palate yet the Czech pils Saaz hops can provide some fruit aromas in the nose. German Pils is very effervescent and Czech is not. You get my point.

The concept actually is to blend the hops of these three varieties into a single well crafted American Pils. The ingredients listed states 9 varieties of hops were utilized from these three countries to tally a grand total of 50 IBUs. As an aside - thanks for including the OG and FG and IBUs on the label. I consider this a welcomed gesture of respect to the legions of homebrewers enjoying your craft beers. Gentleman congratulations on your new brewery. After this first beer, I am very impressed by your ambition and execution. I hope someday to do the same.

Appearance: Beautiful yellow, gold pour with bold white head. Head lasts appropriately long and clings to the glass as you drink it as well as forming islands in the center. Little effervescence. Unfortunately cloudy, but not excessive and this is somewhat foregivable for a bottle conditioned beer (I personally value the complexity offered by bottle conditioning over beer clarity). Also color could be a bit darker gold for a Czech style (4.0)

Smell: Excellent subdued yet unmistakable musty, skunky odor and floral notes from the noble hops. Could have a bolder hops bouquet. The robust malt sweetness is a perfect contribution to the aroma. (4.0)

Taste: The scent translates flawlessly to the palate. Soft is the word I thought of the whole time enjoying this beer. The flavors are full but not excessive and compliment one another well. The bold maltiness doesn't overwhelm the palate but rather tantalizes it before the flavoring hops deliver a delicate floral flavor to the taste buds. The bittering hops roll in and cleanse the palate and linger just long enough to make the beer subtly powerful. The best American made pils I have ever had. (4.5)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with mild gas content. Appropriate for Czech style. Feels like a big meaty lager on the tongue yet does not weigh you down after a 22 oz bottle which leads me to drinkability. (4.5)

Drinkability: Easily would have enjoyed a second 22 oz. Easily would have enjoyed buying a six pack. Easily would have enjoyed paying less, but certainly worth it. (5.0)

11-09-2007 03:13:33 | More by BWH3
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

10-14-2007 03:03:08 | More by WVbeergeek
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LeftyBWS

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured from a 22 oz. brown bomber into a mug.
A: Hazy straw/yellow in color, on the darker yellow side. Pours with a medium amount of white, creamy head that leaves lovely rings of lacing down the glass. Looks very tasty.
S: Strawy and bready, mostly, with a nice tinge of sweetness to it. Pleasant blend of yeasts and crisp hops.
T: Crisp and grainy with a sweetish yet bitter hop flavor. Bready towards the finish. After warming, I get a slight fruity taste that really rounds out the finish. Overall, quite simple but very effective; perfectly balanced for a pilsner-style beer.
M: Very crisp and satisfying, but strangely drying and almost sticky in the mouth afterwards.
D: Pretty good. After this bottle, I could even have more. The dryness in the mouth is a bit tough, though.
Overall, a great pilsner-type beer; in fact, the label calls it a "bastardizded German, Czech, Polish Pils." Highly recommended.

10-12-2007 05:01:35 | More by LeftyBWS
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jasonm

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +13.5%

22oz bottle. 9 varieties of German, Czech, and Polish hops and 6.7%abv according to the label. Served in a pint glass.

A - A picture perfect pils (Holy alliteration Batman!). Beautiful sunny gold color with a touch of haze and topped with 2 fingers wide of mortar dense white foam. Gooey streaks of lacing litter the glass. The label art with the hop monster is classic.

S - The aroma is light and hoppy. Lemony citrus combine with earthy floral hops. A slight sweet biscuit aroma and a touch of red grape fruitiness adds a touch of sweetness.

T - A beautiful cornucopia of old world hoppiness. Pilzilla attacks with bitterness that surrounds you but doesn't destroy your palate. The hops swim in and out with florals, green grassiness, lemon zest, and spicy black pepper. Underlying sweetness of sweet bready malt and grape skins brings in the right amount of balance. Finish is dry and pleasantly bitter of grapefruit.

M - It has the smoothness associated with a well-lagered beer but still a healthy amount of carbonation to accentuate the hops. Nice dryness on the finish.

D - Near perfection. The 6.7%abv not noticeable at all. I would call this beer dangerous as I could easily finish this bomber and reach for another. Highly recommend beer and another winner from Voodoo.

10-01-2007 01:15:47 | More by jasonm
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PILZILLA from Voodoo Brewing Company
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