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PILZILLA - Voodoo Brewing Company

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PILZILLAPILZILLA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

356 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 95
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 NittanyBeerFan
2.17/5  rDev -45.6%
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.

NittanyBeerFan, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of hero27
4.35/5  rDev +9%
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..

hero27, Sep 30, 2008
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.

mikesgroove, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of DrJay
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

DrJay, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of Kolsch
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
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!

Kolsch, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

OWSLEY069, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

ckeegan04, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of Damian
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Damian, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of tpd975
3.75/5  rDev -6%
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.

tpd975, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of Zorro
4.43/5  rDev +11%
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.

Zorro, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of cracker
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
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...

cracker, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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.

largadeer, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of number1bum
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

number1bum, May 26, 2008
Photo of tempest
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

tempest, May 10, 2008
Photo of wheelinshirt
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

wheelinshirt, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of drunkmonk
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

drunkmonk, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of yourefragile
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

yourefragile, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

BuckeyeNation, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Hojaminbag, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of WeisGuy
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

WeisGuy, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of Seanibus
4.83/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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).

Seanibus, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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!

ncvbc, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

RblWthACoz, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of flexabull
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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?

flexabull, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

BeerTruth, Dec 14, 2007
PILZILLA from Voodoo Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.