Perla Chmielowa (Hop Pearl) - Perla Browary Lubelskie S.A.
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3.63/5 rDev +4.3%
Poured out a clear golden color with a nice head that goes to lacing after a while.
Smell was somewhat light, but not bad. Some grassy notes in there along with some spicy hops. Slightly bready, but it's really tucked in the background.
Taste was good. Nice bready start along with some malts that give away to some grassy/spicy hop tones at the end and that last into the aftertaste. Not bad.
Mouthfeel was good. Light to medium body with a good crisp touch to it.
Overall, I gotta say this is pretty good. It acts more like a pils than a lager though. A good alternative to the Urquel perhaps. Give it a try.
12-30-2004 14:14:19 | More by necoadam
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
3.7/5 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
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
3.85/5 rDev +10.6%
Light pale golden pour with a fluffy white head and good lacing. A Saaz induced aroma with a litte bit of honey sweetness. Decent mouthfeel. Not a full flavoured beer but enjoyable anyhow. Pleasant hoppy aroma that wasnt overpowering. Slightly oily in the taste, with a medium bitterness that softens more so at mid palate and some floral notes. Good thirst quencher!
08-12-2004 02:11:15 | More by stoutman
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
3.15/5 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
3.78/5 rDev +8.6%
A nice alternative in the pils category. Taste won't knock you out, but has a bit more body (and quite a bit more punch) than the typical pils. Very bright and transparent yellow. Excellent lacing (as good as you'll see in this style). Grassy smell, somewhat watery taste. Won't make you forget Pilsner Urquell, but a unique offering (and a really cool, unique bottle to boot!).
02-06-2004 03:21:33 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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
4/5 rDev +14.9%
Really cool long-neck bottle! Gold with fine bubbles rising to a fairly long-lasting head and decent lace. A very beer-like damp aroma of malt, hops and alcohol. A light to medium malt body and perhaps a dash of corn. A good amount of citrus and lightly metallic bitterness. A mildly astringent taste can be detected under a light flavor of fruit syrup. There's a faint odd flavor that I just can't identify. It just created quite the nasty, wet burp. My ex-mother in law would have really appreciated that one! Will need to revisit this one.
05-18-2003 18:29:03 | More by BeerResearcher
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
3.33/5 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
Perla Chmielowa (Hop Pearl) from Perla Browary Lubelskie S.A.
80 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.