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Pils - Heater Allen Brewing

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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 14
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Heater Allen Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly known as "Pale Lager Beer".
1.012 BG, 5.0%, 38 IBU, 3.8 SRM

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 12-15-2007)
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Photo of Rifugium
2.53/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Rifugium, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of VanKieft
2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

VanKieft, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of fitius5150
3/5  rDev -27%

fitius5150, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.03/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Attractive big pile of foam in the Peroni lager glass. Thick and long-lasting suds, bubbles streaming. This is more thick-bodied than crisp. Plenty of carbonation in the mouth.

Flavor is jammy and tastes like it's flavored with something. Resiny hop bitterness. Dank finish with a quite bitter aftertaste. There is something gummy about it. Cereal taste with some acidic notes.

This does not seem like a very good example of a Pilsner. It's a nondescript light beer that fails to be refreshing. Price was an eyebrow-raising $6.69 for the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

mactrail, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of vkv822
3.08/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

vkv822, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of freed
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

freed, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of Rick778
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Rick778, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

nmann08, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of jklecko2
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

jklecko2, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of PDXHops
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber, poured into a shaker pint glass.

Slightly hazy light gold body with a white head that struggles to fluff up to a half finger. Head retention isn't great, but the lacing is surprisingly decent considering the lack of bubbles involved.

The nose is fairly muted without a substantial head to pass anything along, but it's pleasant. A general clean light crisp maltiness and cut grass are the primary aromas. Tiniest hint of hops.

Much more lively in the mouth. A nice 1-2 punch of Saaz spiciness and light grains is backed up by cut grass and some bready sweetness. A somewhat surprising, but ejoyable level of lingering lemony bitterness in the finish.

Overall impression: Pretty nice pils. Good session brew.

PDXHops, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of djbreezy
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours golden and clear with a one finger head, light traces of lacing as the head settles

Smell - yeast, floral aromas dominate, fresh smell

Taste - light floral and spice, with slight alcohol tinge, the taste lingers a bit in the finish, the flavors are all fairly subtle, has a clean taste

Mouthfeel - light to medium mouthfeel, some carbonation on the tongue

Drinkability - a good session beer but not a lot of flavor coming through

djbreezy, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

acurtis, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of Eighty
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Eighty, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of anteater
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

anteater, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of Lobina
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Lobina, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap @ Belmont Station poured into Pint glass.

Pours a pure golden that glows in your glass and has a fluffy white head that never fully dissolves. The aroma is yeast, earthy hops, some nice honey malt aromas and a little biscuit. The flavor has much of the same with the malts being in the forefront and the earthy hops rounding it out. Its flavor is nice and sweet and finishes dry. Its light and very well carbonated. I am by no means a lager-lover but this stuff was damn enjoyable. It wasn't complex but simple and certainly quenched my thirst and then some.

DiabolikDUB, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of Murrhey
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a standard pressure-cap bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- One-finger white head. Fluffy and decent retention. Semi-cloudy straw-colored body. Clarity is relatively high. Sticky white lacing. Fine looking beer.

S- Some fragrant floral hops and tad of grassiness. Floral and fruity. Best pilsner aroma I've ever had.

T- Slightly fruity and biscuity. Not super complex flavors, but some bitter hop backbone. Pretty nice, I would enjoy this on a hot day.

M- Surprisingly full-bodied and wet. Carbonation is pronounced.

O- Best Pilsner I've ever had.

Murrhey, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of cpetrone84
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is lightly hazed golden color with a tight white head. Nose has a gentle grain, some sweet biscuit malts, fairly assertive hop presence with a good bit of lemon, some herbal grassy notes, and a hint of citrus. Taste is a touch more sweet than the nose, grain is cleaner and malts are more forward. Hops are a bit more balanced and more grassy and earthy. Sweet biscuit malts with assertive grain up front, honey maltiness mid palate with grassy herbal hops in the back. The lemon shrinks a bit, carbonation is moderate and finish is clean.

cpetrone84, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of RedDiamond
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Heater Allen's Pils has a delightfully refreshing taste of lightly toasted cereal grains with secondary, punctual bittering. It is warm golden yellow with a light yeasty aroma enhanced by Saaz spice. But as with other HA beers, it is stubbornly reluctant to throw up any real suds, and the potentially spry effervescence of a lager is notably absent beyond an initial release of CO2. This compromised visual presentation zaps the body and detracts from the beer's overall enjoyment even as its refreshing flavor profile still makes it worthy of repeat visitations.

Well composed, balanced, and fresh though some aspects struggle to survive the bottle.

RedDiamond, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%

Rochefort10nh, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of Reidrover
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Reidrover, May 07, 2011
Photo of chossboss
4/5  rDev -2.7%

chossboss, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of switzer
4/5  rDev -2.7%

switzer, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -2.7%

mdaschaf, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of rogerthegill
4/5  rDev -2.7%

rogerthegill, Apr 01, 2012
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Pils from Heater Allen Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.