Perla Chmielowa (Hop Pearl) - Perla Browary Lubelskie S.A.
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2.78/5 rDev -20.1%
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.
06-18-2005 22:03:41 | More by BEERchitect
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
3.7/5 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
3.53/5 rDev +1.4%
Clear, golden hue, fresh, chalk-whitet, hick head of foam.
Nose is clean, somewhat floral, rosey, nice enough...
Taste: again, clean, smooth, no hops, adequate malt, brisk, and breezy. Tasty, almost, with a light body, that does not lack in character. Significant flavor, easy drinking, no flaws whatsoever, just a downright capable lager.
Pretty good actually, can't find a thing wrong with it.
The first Polish lager I've liked!
05-17-2004 04:20:34 | More by feloniousmonk
3.9/5 rDev +12.1%
The beer pours a gold color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pale malt scent along with a dry lager yeast aroma. There is a light hop bitterness present. The taste is good. It has a nice malty flavor that boasts of pale and some Munich malts. It's smooth with a clean finish. It also has a mild hop flavor that is quite enjoyable. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking Euro lager. It's a bit on the malty side and that's cool with me.
07-08-2006 21:47:38 | More by WesWes
3.9/5 rDev +12.1%
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,
11-22-2008 22:14:39 | More by oriolesfan4
3.95/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
04-19-2011 21:38:43 | More by woodychandler
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
3.5/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
08-02-2010 15:07:39 | More by Tone
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
3.85/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
07-30-2009 02:48:13 | More by flagmantho
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
2.98/5 rDev -14.4%
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.
06-04-2007 23:56:22 | More by Cyberkedi
3.53/5 rDev +1.4%
Presentation: Half Litre brown glass bottle with a colorful dark green, white and gold label which has a red band across it proudly displaying the word PERŁA, underneath which are the words Chmielowa Pils Beer. Color coded crown cap and neck label complete the presentation. Listed at 6,2% ABV.
Appearance: Soft iridescent golden color which is perfectly clear, some streamers. Decent sized white head laces nicely and fills a good 1 of the glass for some time. Settled down the head lasts throughout and never drops below a finger thick. Average levels of conditioning which are just right.
Nose: Nice crisp nose, delicate hints of grassy hops amidst the pilsner malts.
Taste: Clean start looses its way a little in the middle but rescues an amicable Pilsner finish. The finish is fresh and crisp with some grain, but the middle is a little muddled with a soft yet metallic feel, I couldnt ignore it, it wasnt big in profile and was more of a hint but it still detracted a little. Nice enough though.
Mouthfeel: Medium feel with a lightly wavering conditioning which rises and rolls start to finishes but is always clean and crisp throughout.
Drinkability: Easy enough to work through the half litre with little in the way of any draw-backs, but this does not have much to compel me to crack open another one though.
Overall: Not the Pearler it professes to be, but apparently this is the best selling beer in Lubelszczyzna .
10-17-2005 02:20:33 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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
3.15/5 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
3.53/5 rDev +1.4%
Sampled from a bottle.
This pils poured a clear, golden yellow color with puffy, white foam that persisted a bit and left some lace. The smell was lightly malty with a hint of sweetness, a touch of grain, and some hops. The taste had a hint of a metallic taste in the foam, and the beer tasted malty with a touch of grain and a light hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and hoppy with medium light body and good carbonation. The hoppiness lingered on the palate. This was an easy drinking, light pils.
08-28-2004 20:02:55 | More by UncleJimbo
4.03/5 rDev +15.8%
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.
07-03-2008 22:55:32 | More by tgbljb
3.14/5 rDev -9.8%
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!
09-01-2013 23:15:01 | More by Reidrover
3.35/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
06-03-2008 03:53:40 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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
Perla Chmielowa (Hop Pearl) from Perla Browary Lubelskie S.A.
80 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.