Pils - Heater Allen Brewing
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Reviews by freed:
3.45/5 rDev -15.9%
A surprise sunny day dictated my choice of beer. A local pils is hard to find, and this brewery's offerings showed up at my market this last week. The bottle sports a small, subtle label as if someone from a winery was involved. I half expected a comment about containing sulfites.
Anyway, I poured the beer in to a pint glass since I was splitting the 22oz bottle with 2 other people and didn't want to make extra dishes. The beer is a deeper golden with a slight haze to it. A quick, transient white head leaves just a thin rim after a few minutes. The carbonation seems a little low, though the beer isn't flat.
The aroma is rather more subdued than I was hoping for. There's the pleasant breadiness of the pilsner malt, but it's sweeter than usual, almost pilsbury crescent roll-like. The hop aroma is so mild that I'd consider it absent. I realize American pilsners have no bitterness, but it would be nice to break that mold.
The taste is again, pleasant, though the abundant and unbalanced sweetness could really use a tad more bitter. There's some bitterness , but it's so passive that this comes across as an American lager rather than a Czeh pils.
Still, it drinks really well and there's nothing that is the slightest bit unpleasant. I'd really like to try this beer again with Thai food, as it could readily replace a Singha in that situation.
03-30-2009 00:15:56 | More by freed
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4.38/5 rDev +6.8%
Thanks to kscaldef for the bottle, been wanting to try this for awhile.
A - Pours a pale straw color, the first pils I've had (even craft) that's cloudy, maybe a good sign.
S - Spicy hops behind a toasty buscuit maltiness
T - Nice bit of hop bitterness balanced with a malitness that is not overly sweet, finishes clean and dry
M - This is less carbonated than most other pilners I'va had and works much better and I think adds to the drinkability.
This is a great pilsner, up there with Prima Pils and Dortmunder Gold, if I had regular access to this it would be my staple session beer.
04-10-2011 01:25:24 | More by Bay01
4.59/5 rDev +12%
From the undated 22oz bottle into a pilsner glass produces a very pretty bright golden body capped by a thin head of foam, lots of bubbles race to the top keeping the beer lively, there is lots of lacing.
Aroma is subdued, very clean cracker/yeast and a slight spicy hop. Smells just like a Pils should.
Taste is crisp cracker with a very pronounced floral bitterness that lingers, there is also a very prickly effervescence that is very satisfying and causes the beer to finish dry.
This is a lovely pilsner, the brewer should be justly proud of achieving this high a quality in such an unforgiving style.
06-04-2014 23:22:09 | More by mudbug
4.03/5 rDev -1.7%
poured from bomber into glass. Pours a great clear straw color with a small head.
Crisp and pristine with really good aromas of crackers, noble hops, and grains. Very good depth and very aromatic.
Really good light body with a delicious crisp feel and flavors of crackers, biscuits and noble hops.
This was a spot on pilsner. Wonderful lighter body and real crisp. It was a real good night capper.
06-28-2012 04:20:36 | More by KDawg
4.1/5 rDev 0%
Pours clear amber from the 22 ounce bottle with one finger white head. Few lacings. Aroma is light malts. Taste is bitter hops with a good amount of sweet malts. Mouthfeel is perfect carbonation and a bitter dry finish. Overall a fabulous Pils with just the right amount of NW punch to make it a must have Pils. Sessionability is exceptional. I would like to see this beer in a face off with Prima Pils. I think H-A Pils would win.
Body has become darker, almost a brown color. Still a nice Pils. Not a match for Czechvar PILS. So drink it fresh is my advice.
02-03-2009 08:56:08 | More by Spikester
4.43/5 rDev +8%
Thanks to pecorasc for sending me one of the best pils I have ever had.
A: Pours a nice golden color. Nice foamy head that is cloud-like. Dissipates very slowly.
S: Nice blend of mellow aromas. Picking up some yeast and bready malts as well as nice hop smells and a tough of honey.
T: Nice malts up front which are perfectly complimented by hops. The honey I smelled in the aroma is also present with a touch of sweetness up front. Hops create a grassy, slightly spicy, bitter finish.
M: Well carbonated and nice light body.
D: Absolutely perfect drinkability. Super refreshing beer that I could drink all day. I was extremely impressed with this pilsener.
08-09-2010 03:50:57 | More by boothbeer
3.98/5 rDev -2.9%
22 oz from Roth’s Sunnyside Market, S.Salem. $4.49 Typical bright golden lager,slightly hazy with a small frothy white head. Very nice pilsner,cracker,biscuit aromas..some hop. Taste is similar to the aroma with a nice hoppiness to balance the eep malts. Very nice mouthfeel..kinda on the thick side for the style perhaps, but I liked it. Overall an excellent pilsner and so very drinkable.
05-07-2011 02:14:21 | More by Reidrover
2.53/5 rDev -38.3%
First had: bottle from Beermongers, Portland, OR
Poured into a pint glass at home (this beer traveled a distance indeed), a crystal clear golden yellow; an aggressive pour yielded a huge four finger head, which receded to about one finger, then to a thin patchy layer that retained throughout the session; nice crusty lacing on the glass. Smell of grains, pils malts (surprise!). Taste of sweet pils malt, clean fresh floral hops, grassy, a touch of spice in the aftertaste. I was told this was a highly desirable pils that is unique from many of the others I may be used to, but really it's about the same as any run-of-the-mill Czech pilsner. Not bad, but really not my style. Light mouthfeel, crisp, and definitely highly drinkable: goes down easy and goes well with food. Attractive and drinkable for the style, just really not my thing.
01-08-2012 00:48:04 | More by Rifugium
3.08/5 rDev -24.9%
22oz bottle into tulip pint.
Pours a clear, golden yellow with a fizzy, foamy white head.
Grassy hops and light cracker malt backing in both the aroma and taste. The hops are a bit more prominent in the nose, while the malt is the focal point in the taste.
Medium body, with average carbonation.
A good beer, but I was hoping for just a bit more complexity.
04-07-2012 08:14:18 | More by vkv822
4/5 rDev -2.4%
Bottle thanks to goryshkewych. Thanks Man!
Review to style.
Pours a Very light yellow/orange with a nice healthy 2-3 finger head, that clings to the glass like a champ.
nose is a bit weird, from far away I get melon, and close up I get a LOT if wheat and some pilsner malt. Smells like a wheat beer.
Taste is a lot more bitter than I expected. Light pilsner malt flavor with the wheat from before mixed with a grassiness. The bitterness is the surprise here. It is a nice addition, and almost overpowers it, but it is only on the finish. Makes for a crisp clean finish. It is also a bit sweet on the front of the palate, which is also a nice surprise. Very nice clean crisp Pils that would definitely hit the spot on a nice hot summer day. I am not a big Pilsner fan, as I assume a lot of you are not. As stated reviewed by style. Great Pils... mediocre beer when compared to other styles.
06-03-2011 23:34:16 | More by crusian
Pils from Heater Allen Brewing
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