Pils - Heater Allen Brewing

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72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 16
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 UCLABrewN84
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on: 8/25/14.

Pours a hazy light orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, earth, grass, and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of earth and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with nice assertive grass and herbal qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

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.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ejimhof
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap during the Belmont Station fringe fest.

The beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with a good size, rocky, pillowy white head. Head retention was quite good, and the beer left a considerable amount of sticky lacing. The nose is a bit reticent, but is otherwise pretty classic pilsener, showing light honey, cracker and considerable white pepper. Happily, the beer delivers a lot more flavor on the palate, and I really enjoyed the amount of hoppy bitterness I picked up on the finish. Without overdoing it, the hops really dominate and counter the light sweet honey and bread dough flavors. The beer comes across as a biy yeasty (which I don't think is a bad thing), and mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Drinkability is exceptional, and I found this pils to be crisp, mouthwatering, and completely refreshing. Delicious, and another very nice effort from the folks at Heater Allen.

Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

2/22/2013

Updated score from 4 to 4.5. This beer is fantastic.

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of kscaldef
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of DefenCorps
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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).

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.

Photo of popery
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of anteater
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Kopfschuss
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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Pils from Heater Allen Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.