Perla Chmielowa (Hop Pearl) - Perla Browary Lubelskie S.A.
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3.68/5 rDev +5.7%
Bought this on a whim the other day after the tall daddy can caught my eye. This brew pours a straight pale gold into my pilsner glass with a fizzy but frothy white head that stays long enough. Aroma is bready malt with a spicy twinge of lemon slice while the hops add a nice herbal quality. Smells of a good euro lager or pilsner. Taste is very clean with a lot of citrus while the hops lend an understated balance and bitterness to the brew.
It's not in Prima Pils' league, but this a very good clean brew for any setting. And from a can -- that's a plus.
04-11-2008 00:56:37 | More by saintwarrick
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
3.78/5 rDev +8.6%
500 ml bottle into favorite bicentennial Mason jar.
A: Looks a lot better than I expected. Nice golden color with 3 finger head that sticks around pretty good for this type of beer.
S: Fresh hay and a bit of hop in there.
T: Wasn't what I expected. Maybe a little wheat character and the faintest citrus. Sweet upfront then dry finish with the a bit of hops.
M: Not big on the mouth feel, but with this type of beer its not too bad.
D: I like this one quite a bit. It would be a great beer over an all night card game.
01-27-2008 19:13:44 | More by baos
2.68/5 rDev -23%
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.
12-19-2007 19:52:28 | More by armock
2.55/5 rDev -26.7%
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.
12-11-2007 23:15:51 | More by JBogan
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
3.98/5 rDev +14.4%
A- Very light golden color, perfect clarity, and four fingers of white head when poured into my pilsner glass, that drops to a half finger and lingers.
S- Malty, especially for a pale... smells of barley, light malt, and a hint of noble hops. Mmmm.
T- Initially that of a typical good pils, but then in comes the sweet, honey-like malt, which changes the character all together. Well balanced with the noble hops, and leaves a slight bit of tang along with the malty finish.
M- Clean, smooth, light, refreshing. Clean, dry finish.
D- You could drink several. It's very good, and the light body and inviting taste makes the alcohol content a bit dangerous. Give this to your macro buddies as a good intro to craft beer. cheers.
07-15-2007 00:48:01 | More by khiasmus
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
3.23/5 rDev -7.2%
Saw these 16oz cans sitting at my local booze supplier, picked a few up... they were cheap. Im 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, its 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 isnt all that great this is a fizzy, watery, weak beer with few aspirations. Subsequent sips, however, reveal that this isnt SO bad, after all. Its certainly weak and a bit bland, but has a certain addictive quality that keeps you coming back. Its 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 wouldnt necessarily seek Perla out, but I could certainly drink several if I wandered into a Polish bar. (And someday I intend to.) Id 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.
05-14-2007 01:30:20 | More by kkipple
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
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
3.53/5 rDev +1.4%
Presented in a 500ml bottle, no freshness date noted. Into the pilsner, a translucent golden-orange with vigorous carbonation. 2-finger head of solid white foam, good retention with slow fade and good lacing. Nose is quite pleasing with a good balance between hops and sweet malt. Slight floral/perfumy notes. Taste is again well balanced, good sweetish malt presence along with a mild hops bite, though the nose hints at more hops presence that the taste delivers. Slightly bready. A bit dry on the finish. Mouth is semi-viscous very smooth and satisfying. Drinkability is good overall, this brew is tasty and smooth.
Overall: Pretty good beer, though I was expecting more of a hop bite. Agreeable though unremarkable. Worth a try.
02-18-2007 17:00:26 | More by jettjon
3.98/5 rDev +14.4%
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Pours light golden crystal clear color with a faint white head that fades quickly with only spots of lacing.
An aggressive blast of crisp lemon-like aroma from a foot away when opened, settles down quickly to that classic pils smell.
To me the mouthfeel is on the lighter side and that perception is reinforced by 'prickly' hop, carbonation and light color.
The flavor is slightly tart with a hint of spice. It has a bit of a grainy after taste. It finishes quite dry.
It's a refreshing beverage that is quite drinkable. I intend to break it out as a gateway beer to serve when I have my AB-Buds over.
02-17-2007 16:34:23 | More by jjayjaye
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
3.1/5 rDev -10.9%
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. Dont know if Ill drink much more, but not bad for my first beer from Poland.
08-27-2006 13:53:47 | More by kimcgolf
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
4.1/5 rDev +17.8%
This is a darn fine brew!
Bright, light yellow body with a pearl white head and plenty f Saaz aroma. Taste is nicely balanced with no real outstanding part of the character, but nothing that stands out as needing to be improved on. Medium mouthfeel, clean aftertaste and nice carbonation make this easily drinkable.
06-19-2006 01:09:52 | More by DaveFL1976
3.25/5 rDev -6.6%
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
01-16-2006 20:43:26 | More by aforbes10
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
3.15/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
09-29-2005 04:56:17 | More by czechsaaz
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%
Wierd shaped brown bottle from Poland. The beer poured a very clear pale golden color with a thin pearl white head. Vigourous carbonation ran up from the bottom of my Gosser pilsner glass. It looked like champagne. Aroma is nice and clean with a little grassy, hay-like backbone. The taste is refreshing and smooth. There is a doughy body with a very smooth, semi-dry finish. It could be a great session beer on a hot day tailgate.
06-03-2005 23:58:50 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
3.95/5 rDev +13.5%
This is one of those loud-pouring offerings. The pour emmanates a crisp, crackling nose to accompany the well served bleach-white head. The body is straw-colored, not the most thrilling I've seen. The nose is decent, however, with a sweetly malted bouquet that is pleasant and refreshing. The smell accurately preceeds the mouthfeel, as it is a similarly light and crisp feel. As the taste sinks in, it actually exudes a very good creamy malt flavor that is complimented by a somewhat prickly and faintly lemony hop presence. The finish stays creamy and smooth and is mostly in floral. This brew really sits well and rank it quite high for sessioning purposes. Pleasantly surprised!
05-27-2005 21:46:28 | More by Hhawk06
3.75/5 rDev +7.8%
This beer pours golden-yellow has a one finger head with good retention and minimal lacing. The aroma is faint but of grassy hops. The beer is crisp and dry, it has a small bite of grassy hops and a slightly spicy finish. This beer is light bodied and easy to drink.
Reflection: Overall this wasn't a bad beer, I'm not crazy about the style but I would but this one again.
03-23-2005 00:19:23 | More by Kookiekwan
3.93/5 rDev +12.9%
16.9 oz brown bottle with a classic looking label & artwork.
The beer pours a slightly hazy gold with a huge initial head. The foam collapses a bit, but there is a good skimming the whole beer.
The beer has an aroma of fruit (plums & grapes), some grain and a nice smell of floral hops.
This is a sturdy pils! Nice thick grainy malt background with some subtle fruit flavors all set-off by some slightly peppery hops. This is one of the first Pils I have encountered with an almost oily feel. I get that feel mainly with heavily hopped IPAs & some APAs. Beer becomes slightly more grainy tasting as you get about 1/2 way through and that adds to the enjoyment. Very easy to drink with a nice creamy feel. Surprisingly low carbonation levels.
This is the finest beer I have had from Poland. It is worth searching out. $1.09 per bottle from Sals in Elmhurst and well worth the price!!
03-04-2005 01:55:29 | More by Redrover
Perla Chmielowa (Hop Pearl) from Perla Browary Lubelskie S.A.
80 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.