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Perla Chmielowa (Hop Pearl) - Perla Browary Lubelskie S.A.

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Perla Chmielowa (Hop Pearl)Perla Chmielowa (Hop Pearl)

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BA SCORE
79
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97 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Perla Browary Lubelskie S.A. visit their website
Poland

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2002

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Ratings: 97 | Reviews: 63
Photo of magpieken
2.33/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

500ml can. 10.04.15. Pours a pale gold colour. Very tall, frothy head which quickly disappeared and left absolutely no lacing. Aroma of green apples, grass and honey. Light/medium sweetness and light bitterness in the finish. Light body, thin texture. Not offensive but nothing special.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Can for $2 from New Seasons.

Pouring a clear golden yellow with a dense, white head with decent retention and minimal lacing, this looks solid. The nose opens with a big, dusty, lemony hop character, mildly doughy, and fairly clean. Honey and a mild buttery note are present, appropriately so. The palate opens crisp, moderately hoppy with lemon, earth, dust, wet twigs and a mild resiny bitterness. The mid palate is distressingly watery but as this beer warms up and the carbonation dies off, the doughy and mildly honey like malt character are noticeable. Drying on the finish with a mild bitterness and a perceptible alcohol character, this beer is medium light in body, highly carbonated and decent on the palate. Decent stuff.

Photo of Chris_Burton
3.37/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I'm not much of a lager drinker these days but I decided to try something new and this strong, Polish beer caught my eye.

The appearance is fairly typical for a lager: golden honey with a foamy head that disappears quickly. The aroma is sweet and malty, with hints of bread and honey and no obvious hoppiness.

The flavour is reasonably good. A little sweet for my tastes, but nice and malty with hints of honey, like the aroma. The mouthfeel is rather thin, but perhaps no more than one would expect for a typical European lager. I have to admit, I'd never guess it was 6%! Very smooth.

If you're a fan of lager I definitely recommend it. It's a decent beer. Not one that I'd go out of my way for personally, but better than many more well known brews.

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is widely available in corner shops in London now. Not as common as Zywiec, Tyskie or Zubr but still quite often to be seen in international shops.

It has a typical lager appearance and the can I reviewed had a good big head with lacing that was quite good. I poured it very aggressively as past cans have had poor head retention

The smell is sweet and malty with a bit of hoppiness and some boozy notes. Quite nice and better than most lagers.

Taste is really pleasant. Tangy and a little sweet with a bit of a munich helles kind of flavour. There's a nice noble hop type bitterness at the end which justifies the "pils" tag. The 6% alcohol is noticeable and well integrated into the overall flavour.

Mouthfeel is correct for a lager. Thin but a bit fizzy and refreshing.

This is a really interesting beer that may lack the refined character of German pilsners but has a subtle complexity all of its own that makes it well worth trying. It's also very cheap so makes a good way to offset a few more indulgent "craft" purchases in any session. Polish lagers almost deserve a category of their own in my view. They're industrial beers with flavour and clout that are way better than standard big name euro lagers but quite different to German or Czech Pils. Novel and interesting and pleasant. Try it if you see it.

My mark out of one hundred would be 80.

Photo of Spikester
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden with one finger of rapidly vanishing white head. My pour yielded no lacing whatsoever.
Smell is husky grain with a touch of apple peel. Taste is very mild euro hops with a big push of good malts.
Taste is sweet and malty with very little hop presence. Easy drinking smooth lager but a long ways from a good Pilsner. More like a Miller High Life brewed in Europe.
Mouthfeel was quite good with plenty of carbonation and a neutral finish. A bit of euro hops sneak in at the end but the malts will have none of it. Wet sweet finish.
Overall an easy drinking not very memorable beer.

Photo of Reidrover
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

500ml can from "Lifesource" in Salem. $2.79 Pours a nice clear corn golden colour small white head..dissipates but leaves lace. Corny,bready aroma hint of floral hops..OK. Taste very balanced between the bready hop and floral hops..blends remarkably well..at the end a bit of a spicy hop kick and malty cereal. Palate is fine and smooth for style..also low carbonation which works for me. Not a bad little lager..enjoyed!

Photo of BierStein711
2.08/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into pint glass!

Pale gold in appearance, four finger, fast reducing off-white head.

Heavy carbonation

Smells: skunk, wet grain, cereal

Taste: wet grain and grass

Mouthfeel: watery

Overall, this is a boring beer. Not too bad, but definitely not too good. I bought it for $2.50 at the local chain liquor store. This is not worth your time.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bomber this beer was a clear, rich golden color with a nice amount of rising carbonation. The whitehead did not retain very long and left minimal lacing. The aroma was of sweet malt, crystal malt, and a hint of citrusy hops and pineapple. The flavors were nice enough, lead by the crystal malt I then tasted the sweet malt, light graininess, sweet bread and the citrus hops ever so delicately on the finish. The body was light/medium, the carbonation good and the mouthfeel smooth and refreshing. A good example of the style at a very affordable price

Photo of Nerudamann
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - clear, light amber color, with about one and a half fingers' worth of off-white foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell - very cereal-like pilsner quality to the aroma.

Taste - the taste is almost exactly like the smell. There's a cereal-like taste to it, and by that I mean cereal grains of course. Slightly musky taste toward the end of the tasting.

Mouthfeel - the texture is fairly well balanced actually.

Overall - not a bad tasting beer, but not very intriguing at all.

Photo of treque
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: nice deep amber color, traslucent, generates a good head which dissipates a little bit fast, but a small layer remains, some waste on the glass

S: storng and pervasive malt aroma, some alcohol

Bitter taste from the beggining till the end, medium light body, refreshing on mouth even though there is alcohol and is more perceptible for being not so high on the ABV

Photo of marcobrau
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with plenty of white foam that rises quickly and then slowly settles to a little less than a quarter-inch head. Light aroma of cotton candy at first that fades leaving traces of grass and mint. Very soft palate, fairly full body and lightly peppery (very Saaz-like), spicy hops. Bitter, yet smooth finish. Full-bodied, but still very quaffable for it's strength.

Photo of xylophonica
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear amber, slight head but quite creamy looking.

S - Hops & herbs primarily. Quite sharp and tangy on the nostrils.

T - Smooth & creamy with a slight undercurrent of bitterness. Sweet and herbal but still mild.

M - Very mild with heaps of creaminess.

O - Surprising, not at all what I expected. The aroma keeps making you think this is going to turn into one of those ultra-harsh hoppy pilsners but it never happens. It stays smooth and tasty until the last drop.. well worth a look!

Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had never even heard of this beer until tone77 laid a CAN of it on me, then a few days ago I spotted a single bottle at one of my local bottle shops and decided to use it to realign my bottle numbers with my CAN numbers. People worry that I am too immersed in CANs for my own good.

It certainly poured nicely enough, resulting in two fingers' worth of rocky, bone-white head with relatively low retention. Hey, next time, relax and hang around a while, why doncha?!? Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Man, I could look a fizzy yellow beers all day. I have no idea what gets Greg Koch's panties in a bunch. Nose had a pleasant lager sweetness, unencumbered by adjuncts. It is an example of the Law of Unintended Consequences, but I am REALLY tired of AALs from a CAN. I have nothing against lagers, per se, but a steady diet of adjunct-ridden lagers is really wearing me down. Mouthfeel was medium with an unexpected light anise flavor in the mouth. It was not bad at all, perhaps better than the CANned iteration I had a few weeks ago. Finish was on the dry side with a light anise/light sulfur flavor that lingered. Not bad, and for its price point, I could see drinking more of this.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a straw golden color with a big white cap of foam. The aroma is focused on pale malt and and a hint of grassy hops. Grainy pale malt starts the flavor profile. As the beer moves toward the center, it develops a diluted character. It finishes with a light bitterness. The mouthfeel is light, as expected. Par for the style.

Photo of LacquerHead
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear light gold color with a bubbly white head formation

Wow, this had a candy-like aroma mixed with bit of a generic beer smell.

The taste wasn't much different. I don't think I've had a beer with such a light appearance that had such a sweet flavor.

M/F: Very crisp, at time it was a bit gritty.

Conclusion: I liked it ... for a while! It got a little one sided. The caramel candy sweetness was unwilling to give up center stage. At times a dry hop flavor would attempt to come through but the sweetness kept saying no. It was a good for the price. It would be a good beer to pair with some sort of food item, or if you just wanted to get drunk on a rather inexpensive import. For the most part I was indifferent.

Photo of tone77
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks again to resi for sending this beer. Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has as golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is a bit sweet, some malts. Taste is crisp, refreshing, malts, some sweetness, a light bitterness at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall is very solid offering.

Photo of Erish
3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this 11.2 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: clear, bright yellow gold color, the off-white head is abundant, and quickly dies into a nice cap with decent lacing/

S: cracker-like malt, a bit of sulfur, a hint of floral/herbal hops. A bit too subtle for me, even for a lager.

T: it opens a bit yeasty/doughy, then the slightly herbal hops kick in, the finish leaves a bread-like aftertaste with just a hint of metallic and mineral bite. Not bad, not all that great.

M: light-bodied, a watery to silky, moderate to abundant carbonation. I give it a "meh."

D: An easy-drinking enough beer, but totally lacking in character. To be fair, I don't think this is a fresh bottle.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.11/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a clear golden hue with a big stark white head, made up of tiny bubbles. Two fingers of head, really stands up. Leaves nice lacing on glass.

Aromas of bread, sweet malt, and a light earthy hop note.

First sip is of grainy malt, some caramel sweetness, and a light hop bitterness. More malt forward. Lingering finish is sweet and grainy.

Mouthfeel is light, not watery, with some chewiness.

Overall, nice drinkable beer. Good session beer, but sweetness builds over time.

Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, grain, slight yeast, hint of hops, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of an Euro Pale Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight grain, hint of hops, hint of sweet malt, and hint of citrus. Overall, about average for an Euro Pale Lager.

Photo of Magpie14
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: vibrant bubbles rushed to the top and formed a bone-white airy cap. Retention is rather nice as it started with a full two finger layer of icing and slowly dissipated down to a thin cap. The body is light yellow and watery gold in color with minimal lace

S: definite variety of noble hops. Prominent smells are full of grassy notes and mild malty sweetness. Some floral and earthy notes augment the experience

T: full of grains, a few morsels of corn, and some watery barley make up the bulk of this brew. This may not sound very appetizing but it is not as bad as my description entails. A nice hint of sweetness envelops every sip and is in the range of raw honey and sucrose. A slight mineral taste completes a fairly refreshing brew. I feel that the hops and overall profile is on the light to mild side. For instance, the hops have a bit of spice and the sweetness melds softly within but both remain withdrawn and reserved. This allows for a sharp (both taste and carbonation) and clean type of finish that harkens a tart apple essence

M: the feel is of a good lighter lager. Body is still full of bubbly activity and crisp when consumed in big gulps. Still, the feel is nice for the flavors and as one would expect for a Euro Pale Lager...which means it is on par

D: this should find its way back into my fridge. An overall positive experience for a type of beer that I usually skip over when at the beer cooler. A good warm weather and frisbee tossing beer. I would say pretty darn drinkable

Photo of emerge077
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another green and white can, another night out on the curb...

Perla is serviceable, that's what i've decided. PBR Polskie.
Wet grain with a dry noble hop bite. No skunk or cooked veggies this time around. Clean and dry, easily drinkable. Really nothing more nothing less. Despite all the suggestions of hops (label, can, etc), i've yet to experience any true hop flavor in this. I think hops are a marketing gimmick for this beer unfortunately, unless the fresh bottle I had once was a mirage...

03-11-2008 - can

16oz. tall boy can, $.99 from Avondale Armanetti.

Into a slender Weizen glass, Perla pours a high clarity golden color. Two fingers of foam recede slowly, leaving thick lacing on the walls of the glass. Head retention is very good.

Aroma of cooked veggies and wet stone, this doesn't bode well.

Light papery malt flavor, with a vague fruity undercurrent. Unfortunately the hop presence has diminished completely. Dry at the end, although the alcohol is masked well. Tight, ever-present carb gives this beer some life, although ultimately the flavor is a letdown. As I stressed in my previous bottle review, a very fresh bottle is key, the subtle nuances of the Lublin hops are lost otherwise. Then you are left with a dull cardboard lager, and no one here wants that.

Photo of gatornation
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pured from a 16.9 bottle ..it poured a clear yellow color with a fluffy head..it smelled of noble hops like a pilsner..the taste was a crisp pilsner with noble hops grass and hops and malt flavors that balanced to a quite drinkable lager..this one is quite tasty when you are in the mood for a pils /lager that is crisp and tasty it will not diissapoint you will buy more if you like the style as i do

Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden color. Poured with a thick head that quickly dissipated. It appears well-carbonated.

Smell: slightly sweet aroma with gently floral smelling hops. Smells quite nice; not as pungent as an adjunct lager.

Taste: nicely bitter, with a distinct floral quality to it. There is also a very mild fruitiness; all in all makes for a refreshing beer.

Mouthfeel: it has a thicker body than I'm used to for a lager, but I like it. It's not too highly carbonated; I think this brew could call for a little more CO2.

Drinkability: this is a nice lager that is quite drinkable, although I think the big 6.2% ABV might slow me down a little. Quite refreshing, however.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 16 oz can of this for $1.29

A nice, solid pils here. It's higher ABV than usual for the style at 6.2% but it goes down wicked smooth and easy. Nice and crisp and snappy in the mouth with a the European hops being present. A nice little find here, very similar to a Bitburger,

Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale golden color with massive white puffy head.

Smell shows a signifcant amount of fruity malt with a nice floral hop presence.

Taste has a firm malt background with some hops, but less than I usually find with this beer style.

Nice finish with a great refreshing ending.

So easy to drink, it was gone before I realized it. A superior offering from this brewery.

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Perla Chmielowa (Hop Pearl) from Perla Browary Lubelskie S.A.
79 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.