Perla Chmielowa (Hop Pearl) - Perla Browary Lubelskie S.A.
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Reviews by gonzo138:
3.7/5 rDev +6.3%
A- pours a golden color with a white head that retained ok but did lace well
S- little bit of malty sweetness at first, then a spicey pilsner hop aroma
T- matches taste, little bit sweet at first, then spicey saaz hop aftertaste
M- light body, high carbonation
D- could session this one, reasonably priced, easy to drink, pretty sure its a pilsner, will probly pick up again
04-05-2007 06:36:37 | More by gonzo138
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3.7/5 rDev +6.3%
Odd sized brown bottle with no freshness date.
Appearance: Bright yellowish golden that is nearly clear, sufficient white lace stays as long as it need to.
Smell: Crisp apple skin, cracker like malt and a slight grassy hop show a light but fragrant aroma.
Taste: Modest bready malt flavour, grassy hop bite with a twang of both pungent oil and herbal overtones. Faint alcohol is right below the radar but does seem to warm even after a few sips, hops play a bit on the sweet side as well with a quick drop of lemon and floral tones. Quick flash of apple skin. Clean drying pale grain in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Moderate body with a rolling crispness that cleans the palate. Just what I look for in a pils.
Drinkability & Notes: Not as clean as I am used to, all around easy to drink without taking away flavour. Certainly a beer I’d go back to here and again. An easy pairing would be some kielbasa, cabbage and a side of perogies.
01-13-2003 19:13:07 | More by Jason
3.7/5 rDev +6.3%
Transparent gold appearance, head is short but small-bubbled and decently persistant. Dripping punctuation mark laces. Honeyish aroma, some unripe pineapple. Medium carbonation, body is on the light side. Malts are a little non-descript, medium sweet with a bit of papery cellulose that may be the result of a long journey. The hoppiness strikes me well, tangy but with an attenuated crispness and lending a dryness and lemony tone to the finish. Sturdy at 6.2% ABV, but in a sea of eastern European Lagers, this one has some good characters and its flaws are forgiveable.
10-10-2004 18:57:48 | More by ADR
4.43/5 rDev +27.3%
This is my top rated Pilsner. It is quite typical in appearance being a light blonde color with a fine white head that has some texture, not just soap suds. There is a hoppy aroma that is average in intensity but it was consistent from the begining to the end of the glass.
I think what distinguished the beer is the mouthfeel. There is a lot of body for a pilsner in this brew, not so much that it is chewy but it just stands up well. Nice combination of malt and hops but the malt gives it the body.
It is a pilsner but not a lawnmover pilsner, have this one after your shower and it doesn't need to be or should it be ice cold.
09-17-2003 19:58:34 | More by DarrellK
3.43/5 rDev -1.4%
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
03-29-2010 22:05:21 | More by Magpie14
3.9/5 rDev +12.1%
Limp gold with a sturdy and lasting crown of white.
Wet dough aroma touched by basil and honey.
DryDryish up front, suggesting graham crackers, touched slightly with honey. Fruit hues exist in the distance, suggesting apples, pears, and pineapple. Peppery hops, with herbs -lemongrass and thyme, and oregano, carry this though a brish, clean flowing, well-lagered conclusion.
Light body, spritely carbonation. No trace of its somewhat elevate ABV. A truly great "food" beer, as the hops are brought forth even more.
Polish lagers always frighten me, but this has purpose, poise, and cohesion, and is aeons better than most of its countrymates.
11-15-2004 19:59:22 | More by cokes
3.23/5 rDev -7.2%
Poured from the 16oz can into a pint glass. Pale golden body is nearly devoid of head, with some light carbonation emanating from the bottom of the glass. Aroma of mildly sweet pale and adjunct malt, with a hint of Euro hops. Palate is moderately sweet up front from the adjunct malt, becoming more balanced from the hop flavor towards the rather dry finish. Body is pleasant, a little creamy with a smooth finish. Highly drinkable, this is a decent Eastern European lager.
09-06-2007 06:18:09 | More by ElGordo
3.43/5 rDev -1.4%
Poured from a 16 oz. can. Looks pretty nice, a pale golden color with lots of bubbles. As far as euro lagers go, this is pretty nice, but for a pilsner, which I think this really is, its just above average.There's a light, grainy flavor with a little bit of hops and sweetness. Fairly clean overall, but the flavor is a little too mellow for me. Worth a try if you like imports.
03-23-2007 22:23:05 | More by tempest
3.85/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
08-02-2011 01:58:14 | More by marcobrau
3.93/5 rDev +12.9%
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.
03-20-2011 15:51:49 | More by tone77
3.58/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
03-21-2011 02:00:02 | More by LacquerHead
3.53/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
12-15-2009 03:42:40 | More by emerge077
3.3/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
09-04-2013 07:30:35 | More by Spikester
3.15/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
01-19-2011 23:44:08 | More by Erish
3.15/5 rDev -9.5%
Funky bottle - if you crossed a stubby with a longneck, you'd get this - a short barrel section with a rather elegant long neck. The bottle notes "pils beer." Unlike any pils I've ever had - in a blind taste test, I'd peg this as some sort of light ESB. Aroma and flavor are dominated by caramel malt flavors. Hops don't make much of an impression, this is the maltiest lager I think I've ever had, and thumbs its nose at the style.
02-11-2004 03:54:24 | More by Brent
3.33/5 rDev -4.3%
Bright and distinct gold color on the pour with an impressive white head, frothy in texture, the lace in filmy sheets to cling to the glass. The malt, clean fresh and crisp dominate the nose, as they should, with a touch of citrus also present. A touch sweet at the start, the top lean in mouth feel, the finish is delightfully hopped, pleasantly carbonated, droughty long lasting aftertaste. Not a bad beer, just not one that trips my trigger, but worthy of a sample for the Lager/Pilsener fans.
11-30-2002 09:51:42 | More by Gusler
4.1/5 rDev +17.8%
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.
01-15-2011 03:53:57 | More by JamnesCameron
3.38/5 rDev -2.9%
Appearance-A nice golden pils color. The head formed and then did a quick disappearing act and there was no lace.
Smell- Grainy with yeast tones.
Taste- Plenty of hops and malt very equally balanced. Cereal like. No aftertaste.
Drinkability- A good beer for a canned beer.
02-22-2008 10:27:05 | More by MTNboy
2.5/5 rDev -28.2%
Poured this undated 16.9 oz. brown bottle into a pilsner glass. A healthy sized head sat on a golden yellow body. Chill haze remained throughout the drink.
Smell was lemony, grain. Grass. Rather bland.
Taste was tart/sour. A raspy hop bite was welcomed but there was not hint of complementing malt flavor. This one lacked any real sweetness. It was drinkable yet lacked any depth.
Mouthfeel was medium bodied with mild prickling carbonation.
12-16-2006 23:06:44 | More by Cresant
Perla Chmielowa (Hop Pearl) from Perla Browary Lubelskie S.A.
80 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.