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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64 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 64
Hads: 100
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Perla Browary Lubelskie S.A. visit their website
Poland

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2002

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Photo of BierStein711
2.08/5  rDev -40.7%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of magpieken
2.33/5  rDev -33.6%
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. (286 characters)

Photo of JBogan
2.49/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light golden color with a large foamy head which disappeared shortly after and left no lacing.

Uh oh, there's that skunky smell. Maybe some grains in there too.

Tasted better than it smelled. Very hoppy with a bit of wheat, and something floral I can't quite place.

Mouthfeel wasn't too exciting. Light bodied with nary carbonation. A bit flat really.

This was a somewhat drinkable beer. Not too offensive as the smell led me to believe, but then again it's not a beer I plan on purchasing anytime in the future. (525 characters)

Photo of Cresant
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (450 characters)

Photo of armock
2.68/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a golden color with a bubbly white head that quickly dissipates

S - Malts with some slight hops

T - Grainy upfront then a hoppy finish

M - Theres a lot of carbonation in this brew

D - This beer is doesn't have all that much going on but its better than most macros and is also pretty cheap so I'd say its a good macro replacement. (345 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
2.8/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells light on pilsner malts and light on sweetness. Fruity-lemony, citrusy, pineapple. Slightly spicy. Bohemian earthy and bitter. Yeasty, acidic and tart.

Looks slightly murky yellow to straw. High carbonation. Slight head, loosely knit that quickly fell to a trace.

Tastes grainy-sweet. Again, Light on malts. Light body. Notes of cirtrus and petter. Sharp bitterness and flavor for balance. Light vegetable flavors of corn late. A bit grainy.

Finishes bitter, bitey, and grainy. Disipates quickly. Medium-low mouthfeel. Otherwise, crisp and refreshing.

A little hoppy and bitter for a pils. Lacks creamyness that I expected. A good beer to start an evening. (666 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
2.97/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not exciting, but drinkable and worth sampling. Appearance is typical clear lager-yellow. Aroma is strongly malty with yeasty overtone and a hint of fruit. Flavor is mainly malty, but it has a strong hoppy undertone that lends a little pleasant bitterness. Finish is smooth, a teeny bit on the thin side but still a good call. (326 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of kimcgolf
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle to a golden yellow with medium white head that lingered, but little lacing. Aroma was faint, but what I got was hints of grass, and fruit, possibly with spice. A decent tasting beer, with a slightly hoppy flavor, but not much more. Decent finish to this beer. Don’t know if I’ll drink much more, but not bad for my first beer from Poland. (363 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
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! (421 characters)

Photo of czechsaaz
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very grainy aroma. Just a hint of hops and whats there is pretty stale smelling. Otherwise, clean lager aroma.

Pale yellow and clear. Fast fading head. Not much rising carbonation.

Very light on flavor. A little bit of malt, some sugary sweetness and a good dose of bittering hops. Really have to swish it around in your mouth to get the flavors. A quick sip is pretty neutral, not terribly interesting Pils-type beer.

Light bodied, carbonation is higher than appearance would lead me to beleive. There's a pretty good carbonic bite to it.

Very easy drinking beer. Pretty typical Central Europe lager. Nothing wrong, but nothing remarkable. (652 characters)

Photo of Erish
3.16/5  rDev -10%
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. (686 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (432 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
3.22/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (473 characters)

Photo of aforbes10
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle given to me as part of a Christmas gift:

Pours golden and bubbly with a massive tope-colored head.

Smells like kegged miller lite, fruity and skunky

Taste is strong for a pils, bitter , tart, malty and kind of metallic.

Mouthfeel is bubbly and tongue stabbing but it goes down nicely.

Drinkable and knocks you flat with a well-hidden 6.2 ABV (370 characters)

Photo of Spikester
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (594 characters)

Photo of kkipple
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw these 16oz cans sitting at my local booze supplier, picked a few up... they were cheap. I’m going to get through this review without a single Polish joke too, you just watch.

A generous pour produces a cloudy, fizzy light yellow beer with a wonderful rocky, soapy white head that fills the last 2 inches of my Weizen glass. When it begins to collapse, it’s sudden and you can literally watch the foam fold into itself, leaving a big crater in the middle. Most amusing!

Smell is rather good, sweet floral notes and light malts tease the nose, while minimal hop bitterness rounds it off. Has something that reminds me of mineral water in the nose, not metallic, but perhaps sulfur? Not really sure…

A small sip reveals that this beer is made for quaffing, so I take a large gulp. My first impression isn’t all that great… this is a fizzy, watery, weak beer with few aspirations. Subsequent sips, however, reveal that this isn’t SO bad, after all. It’s certainly weak and a bit bland, but has a certain addictive quality that keeps you coming back. It’s smooth, honey-sweet and has a pleasing grainy aftertaste. No skunk or off flavors, just not much to write about. Even so, I rate the drinkability quite high.

I wouldn’t necessarily seek Perla out, but I could certainly drink several if I wandered into a Polish bar. (And someday I intend to.) I’d say this is a good blue collar drink, and infinitely superior to the macro swill you find at most bars here. Serve to your PBR loving friends and see if they like it. (1,540 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (502 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.3/5  rDev -6%
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. (734 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a straw color, a white bubbly head is pretty good-sized initially, but the large watery bubbles pop down to a scant cover in no time. Tiny stuff in suspension amidst several slow trickles of beading.

Aroma - a light doughy, soapy aroma. It does remind me of a pils but it's a lighter intensity.

Taste - mildly sweet and grainy up front, a bit floral from the hops even. Has a nice lightly fruity presence to it. The hops have a more noticeable bite in the beginning and fade to just a balancing note as the palate adjusts. Aftertaste shows better balancing as the hops dry out the palate and leave a mildly bitter residue. Not as hoppy as some of my favorite pilsners, but one of the better Euro Pale Lagers I've had.

Mouthfeel - fairly crisp, average body, standard stuff.

Drinkability - easy enough beer to drink, it stays interesting with a sweeter front and small hop finish. Thanks to kkipple for this barely pronouncable beer. (955 characters)

Photo of MTNboy
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Mouthfeel- Thin.

Drinkability- A good beer for a canned beer. (293 characters)

Photo of Chris_Burton
3.37/5  rDev -4%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of Magpie14
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
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 (1,506 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.44/5  rDev -2%
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 (560 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (378 characters)

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Perla Chmielowa (Hop Pearl) from Perla Browary Lubelskie S.A.
80 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.