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Pils - Heater Allen Brewing

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 84
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 30
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Heater Allen Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 12-15-2007

Formerly known as "Pale Lager Beer".
1.012 BG, 5.0%, 38 IBU, 3.8 SRM
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (602 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
2.56/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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 drinkable: goes down easy and goes well with food. Attractive and drinkable for the style, just really not my thing. (835 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (776 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (893 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
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). (1,589 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of popery
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (653 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (392 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a half finger of head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is bright honey and dry grains. Clean.
The taste starts smooth sweet, then mild moving to moderate bitterness, finishes long dry bitter. Nice profile and balance.
The texture is crisp and bubbly.
Excellent. (266 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (1,765 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.08/5  rDev -24.3%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of jdense
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Belmont Station Fringe Fest during OBF week.

Finger and a half big bubbled white head, a bit rocky, medium dissipation with some lacing. Deep gold clear body, multiple streams of carbonation. Clean nose, a bit floral, with some sweetness. A really clean tasting pilsener, a bit on the dry side, not too sweet, slightly bitter floral and grassy notes on the backend. Smooth mouthfeel, medium, not sticky. A tres drinkable beer. (437 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a stately banana yellow. Soft and yellow like a lemon. Very hazy with a fat creamy head of foam that left rings of lace. Just gorgeous . The head never ended on this. I am all the way down into the bottom of the glass and there is still a layer on tip.

Nose is sensual with a bit of malt presence that is a surprise. This pils malt had a bit of depth that was round and fat but not like honey. Just a bit more prominent than usual and i loved it. It had a lovely herbal, sweet grass and a faint bit of lemon grass. Spice and the grainy sweetness you come to expect from a pils.

Taste is outstanding. Refreshing crisp dry and everything I said about the nose. I am convinced that when the taste of a beer matches the nose you have a brilliant lager. Ticklish carbonation and a bit of spice. beautiful with sweet grass a bit of spice and an earthy lemon to finish this one dry and satisfying.

Holy moly. (911 characters)

Photo of Spikester
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.
Update: 03/23/09...
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. (579 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (586 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (719 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (574 characters)

Photo of udubdawg
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

love this beer. absolutely beautiful hop character, clean profile; only slight fruitiness seems to be lemony from hops. no sulfur, bready pils, and moderately rich in both nose and flavor. the sharpness of the bitterness, which manages to balance malt after a few sips, is probably not quite soft enough for Czech pils, and the beer is cloudy - however this is in appearance only; there is no protein creaminess or anything robbing the crisp clean nature of the beer. An American take that comes in somewhere between german and Czech in both flavors, sharpness, and balance. again, love this beer. (602 characters)

Photo of freed
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
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. (1,360 characters)

Photo of djbreezy
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
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 (452 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (720 characters)

Photo of KDawg
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (401 characters)

Photo of rinhaak
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pilsener glass.

The nose is a subtle blend of biscuit, earth, and grass. Flavors of lemon, hops, and a hint of honey. Lightly sweet and floral at the outset, it morphs into a dry, hoppy finish that is excellent. Much more body than the typical Pilsener, it is full of carbonation that spritzes the tongue.

This is an excellent Pilsener: not anything overly fancy or overwhelming, but tremendously well balanced, refreshing, and nicely flavorful. A beer I could certainly enjoy again and again.

Thanks to OregonMonster for the trade! (556 characters)

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Pils from Heater Allen Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.