Pils - Heater Allen Brewing
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4.86/5 rDev +18.8%
This is the best beer I have ever had. Period. It inspired me to create an account on BeerAdvocate for the simple purpose of spreading the positivity about this deliciously clean brew. Granted, I am partial to Czech-style pilsners, but this one knocked it out of the park. My only regret is trying it knowing full well it won't come near New York any time soon. Guess I'll be booking my next flight to Oregon sooner than I expected -- just for this beer.
03-13-2014 02:36:05 | More by awillick
4.83/5 rDev +18.1%
22oz bottle, no bottled on or best by date. Also, for some reason, I thought this was Heather Allen brewing, not Heater Allen.
A mildly hazy straw yellow with a dense off-white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing, this is a beautiful pilsner. The nose is stunning. Soft, doughy malts with a suffuse Saaz hop character, this beer has a soft, mineral character. The hop character grows, gaining a mildly herbal note. The malt character is fantastic. Yes, it's mildly doughy, but it's got a mildly fruity component, almost like honeydew melons?
The palate opens crisply bitter with a beautiful balance between the mineral notes and the crisp Saaz hops with a mild resin character. Along with it is the soft malt character, mildly doughy, and with a mildly biscuity pilsner malt character. Exceptionally clean, this beer reminds me of the New Glarus Unplugged Bohemian Lager. Drying and crisply bitter on the finish, this beer has a mild resiny character on the finish. The mouthfeel is fantastic, it's got the perfect combination of mellow malt, crisp hops with great balance between flavoring and bittering, and a beautiful fullness to the palate that I expect from the best Czech pilsners. *Just* a touch watery on the finish, I have to ding half a point here 'cos there's just one part of the back of my palate that isn't experiencing a post-coital glow.
This is about the most graceful beer I've had this year. It sashays over your palate, enchanting you with its beauty. Highly recommended, this is the best Czech pils that's still brewed (I'm looking at you, Dan Carey).
08-06-2011 02:23:34 | More by DefenCorps
4.61/5 rDev +12.7%
Golden, almost translucent. Thick & sudsy head adds to the overall mouthfeel. Lacing all over the glass. Sweet aroma with a very faint hint of apples/lemon, then earthy/spicy hops. Thick and sweet in the mouth with a very dry finish. Sweet like honey, lemon flavor adds nice acidity. Sharp hop bitterness at the end, perfect balance. Was excited to try this after loving their Hefeweizen last year. Heater-Allen really knows how to brew lagers. Try'em if you can find'em!
11-22-2013 04:28:38 | More by anarchia
4.59/5 rDev +12.2%
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
4.5/5 rDev +10%
Bottle purchased at Belmont Station recommended by maltmaster420. I poured this into my Moonlight pint glass. The beer appears straw golden with great clarity and apparent effervescence. The white head is frothy and about two fingers high. Retention is good and some thick lacing is left behind.
The aroma is biscuity malt with spicy, floral, and earthy hops. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.
The flavor is slightly sweet biscuity malt with a medium level of bitterness. The hops are spicy and the alcohol is well masked. The finish is clean.
The beer is light bodied with a medium - high level of carbonation and a crisp mouthfeel.
This is a pretty straight forward Bohemian Pilsner. Pretty damn enjoyable.
Updated score from 4 to 4.5. This beer is fantastic.
08-03-2009 08:48:36 | More by HopHead84
4.48/5 rDev +9.5%
22oz bottle from Belmont Station/maltmaster420. Served in Pilsner glass.
A: Clear straw color with a 1" slightly receding head. A drifting of bubbles. Spot on for the style.
N: Slight floral presence and some dry malt/biscuit. Pine and earth floor. It's very subdued and clean in the way I expect a fresh pils to be.
T: Straight forward hop bitterness with a pronounced spruce/pine and earth tone. Some black peppercorn. Biscuit. This is extremely clean and impressive.
M: Surprisingly full, maybe a tad too much for the style.
O: An excellent representation that's worthy of its accolades. Clean, balanced, and shining. A showcase for the style, and an important reminder how important freshness is for Pilsners.
11-09-2012 17:36:39 | More by writerLJBerg
4.43/5 rDev +8.3%
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
4.43/5 rDev +8.3%
A: pours out a clear, light gold color, with a fluffy white head.
S: light malts, graham cracker. nice mix of spicy, earthy, and floral hop character. has a slightly sweet aroma, but quite a complex malt aroma.
T: a lot like the aroma. great malt character, sourdough bread, graham crackers, and light malt come through. some honey in there. has a great spicy hop flavor. starts out with just a touch of sweetness, and finishes dry and slightly bitter.
M: medium-thin body, with medium carb. still quite smooth.
O: this is a great pils. I wish i would have picked up more.
10-23-2011 03:26:40 | More by ottovon
4.38/5 rDev +7.1%
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
4.35/5 rDev +6.4%
Served from the bottle into a pilsner glass.
A- Poured a clear light golden color with visible carbonation, big soapy bright white head that left chunky lace.
S- Very clean and crisp pilsner with floral,lemon, bready, grassy, pepper, and pilsner malt notes.
T- Floral, bready, pilsner malt, lemon, grassy, peppery,spicy notes, with a hint of a vanilla and caramel sweetness on the finish.
M- Semi-dry, smooth, prickly carbonation, crisp, refreshing, and medium to lighter body.
O- A very clean and crisp pilsner with a big traditional noble hop character with moderate bitterness.
04-28-2014 02:22:40 | More by Hoptometrist
4.33/5 rDev +5.9%
Note: ***This beer has been renamed 'Pils'***
Update request submitted...
Another of the bottles delivered by brewer Rick Allen; this 22 poured to a pint at "Beer Thirty", the end of Friday's workday...
From the H-A website: "This is our take of the renowned European Pilsner-style lager that you would find in Bavaria or the Czech Republic. Ours is a little more golden, rounder, and a little more malt driven than many other versions. The beer possesses strong hop character that is balanced by its rich, round, malty palate. Refreshing and balanced, this beer is a favorite of our winery friends during harvest. (1.013 BG, 4.8%, 40 IBU, 4.3 SRM)."
A: Pours a lovely, warm golden-orange. Gentle creamy white head sits atop briefly, 1/2 finger at the most, then fizzles away quickly to a scant film. Clarity is good, though the filtering leaves it just short of brilliance. Loads of rising carbonation.
S: Bold bready aroma and crisp hops, grassy and spicy. Smells like a Bohemian pilsener should...
T: An excellent full-flavored pilsener, loaded with big biscuity malts and fresh Saaz (floral, grass, tingly spice and lemon zest). Terrific balance shown here; this is already one of the best pils I've had.
M: Crisp, generally clean, quite refreshing. Malts are present upfront, with a bit of lip-smacking stickiness. They're followed by a creeping, sublime hopping that takes several sips to get the building effects of.
D: A very fine beer and something the Northwest really could use more of - bright, fresh and flavorful pilsners. The definition of 'drinkable' ('session beer' is an understatement at under 5%). Kudos to Heater-Allen for crafting this one; I'll definitely enjoy this one again and would recommend it highly to those who can find it.
12-15-2007 01:12:21 | More by msubulldog25
4.3/5 rDev +5.1%
Pours a light golden shade. Slightly hazy liquid. Big white head with excellent retention and lots of bubbles sticking to the walls of the glass. The aroma has a delicate, fresh malty flavor, spicy, floral hops and a touch of sulfur. It's all quite pleasant. Some citrus and resin in the mix. Similar taste. Gentle and tasty. Light malt character. Very fresh. Clean lager yeast flavor. Light bitterness. Nice hop flavor. Good mix of spice, grass and citrus. Excellent mouthfeel, light and creamy. Very easy to drink. This is a tasty pils. One of the best that I've tried.
06-05-2014 06:29:28 | More by popery
Pils from Heater Allen Brewing
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