Gudenhoppy Pils - Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 136
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 6.85%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: adamette on 08-22-2009

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Reviews: 37 | Hads: 136
Photo of Ricochet
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of carbonation at the beginning with steady rise to the top. Small head but stayed with the beer. Had a scent like any lager but with fresh ingredients rather than the old stale smell of BMC's. Hops, yes. As advertised. A good bitter over the tongue, creamy and smooth without the bitter aftertaste you'd believe is coming. I'd say, it tasted as described. A good German Style Pils with an extra dose of hops. If I was in a beer hall with a tankard of this and some snausages, I'd be in a right good mood. Dry, with a good boost of hops that makes a decent sixer. (568 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a clearish gold color with some sediment floating around. The head is a finger high, and off-white in shade. Its retention is very good, too, with a consistent texture to boot. Not much lacing is left behind, though. (3.5)

Smell: It's certainly hoppy...but not in that traditionally bitter or grassy sense. I'm picking up strong notes of earth, apricot, and mild sulfur in particular. There is some malt coming through, with a mild sweetness. Very likable aroma here. (3.5)

Taste: Actually, it does seem grassier than the nose suggested - and I'm a-OK with that. It starts off slightly sweet with some bready malt, before gaining some slightly fruity hops in the middle, and a moderately grassy finish. No crazy complexity, just a damn good pils. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: The finish is a little sweeter than I like in my pilsners. Other than that, there is little to complain about. I even learn to enjoy its relative substantialness after a while. Carbonation is slightly low for the style - maybe that's why it seems a little big? (3.5)

Overall: No frills, no surprises, just a hoppier-than-average pilsner that works well. I really shouldn't be surprised that the guys who did Headhunter released a rock-solid beer in an entirely different style. I'd kill to try this one brewery fresh. (3.5)

3.5/5: The hoppiness is right, the maltiness is right...this pilsner is just right in general (1,439 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
3.34/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gudenhoppy Pils brewed by Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon, with an ABV 5.30% This brew pours out a nice amber color with a small white head. The smell is rich with grains and hops. You also pick up on a hit of sweetness in the smell of this brew. Now for the taste, it is bold with hops but this brew has a clean finish. The mouthfeel is bold at first with a clean finish. Fat Haeds did a nice job with this brew. Overall I'm giving Gudenhoppy Pils a 3.5 out of 5. (463 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 5/28/2013. Pours lightly hazy pale straw color with a nice 2 finger dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, pear, grape, cracker, bread, light honey, floral, grass, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, grape, pepper, cracker, bread, light honey, floral, grass, light pine, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy herbal/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, grape, pepper, cracker, bread, light honey, light pine, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; with good robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a really excellent German Pilsner style! Great balance and robustness of hop, malt, and yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,315 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into Oxbow glass, thanks Greg (uvm2003) for sending this. Date is stamped on bottle but smudged.

A. Pours a bright yellowish golden, thin white head forms that quickly subsides, minimal carbonation, faint lacing.

S- Lemons, pilsener malts, wheat, hints of grass, slightly on the floral side. About average aroma strength, definitely a little on the hoppy side for a pilsener.

T- Slightly bitter lemon juice with pilsener malts hiding underneath, slight hay and wheat, finishes with a slight lemon acidity and lingering lemon juice.

M- A little bit on the light side, fairly drinkable, a little bit low on carbonation, crisp but not nearly as crisp as a lot of pilsener's I've had (which is what I like best about the style).

O- This was a decent interpretation of a Pilsener that was slightly on the hoppy side with the lemon juice really coming out. Definitely worth trying, but there are some other pilseners that I'd much rather have. (961 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. The brew appears a hazed golden yellow color with a rich 3 finger white head. The cap slowly fades leaving a full curtain of lace sticking to the glass. A swirl effortlessly revives a finger back to the surface.

The aroma is grassy and herbal with a zesty noble kick that is somewhat lemony. A dry bready grain inclusion comes in across the back as it warns with a soft touch of fruity alcohol. As it warms, a swirl releases some sulfur and cheese to footy grain aspect.

The flavor is dry with plenty of zesty and pithy hop bitterness. Quite herbal to grassy with a grain backing that is fresh tasting but without any residual sweetness. Almost a lemony rind flavoring across the back as well. As it warns, minor sulfur and cheesy grain evolves with a hint of fruity alcohol.

This is a light bodied brew that is moderately carbonated. It is crisp, clean, easy drinking and overall just exceptionally done. Would drink again and really liked this considering the past couple pils I had were letdowns. (1,036 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a bright yellow gold, crystal clear, and with a rocky white head; moderate amounts of carbonation.

S - Lemon grass, crackery malt, and lightly spicy.

T - Lemon peel, light honey crackery malt, spice, light grass and a little floral on the back side, finishes with a lingering bitter lemon peel bite.

M - Sprightly carbonation on the tongue and crisp.

O - Lives up to the name, nicely hopped for a pils. (417 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Man is this great pils pretty in the glass. It comes out as one of the prettiest ever, although less than clear, a pretty light yellow with loads of head and lace.

The aroma, taste and aftertaste cannot live up to that act, but they try admirably. The arom is correct, but it could be more aromatic. The taste is a little off, but good. It has a malty aftertaste that dings it down from perfect. It would have been cool if they would have loaded this with extra hops and then loaded extra malts in for a bigger beer. Instead it is not that ambitious, but it still is very good.

The aftertaste is also a little off, but still good. It lingers bitter on the tongue long after it is gone. Overall, I think this is a very drinkable and satisfying. A good beer. (759 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

P- Thanks to Jim in Pittsburgh for this brew.

A- clear pale straw color with a nice one and half finger head retention. Head is the best part of the appearance.

S- lemon peel and floral hop aroma, yeasty malt as well. pretty basic pilsner

F- Lemon and peppery with floral flavor. this is quite different from the typical pilsners I have had. It is actually pretty tasty.

M- floral hops coat the inside of the mouth. Malt is laid back and not as dominant in the pilsner.

O- not bad and I genuinely pleased. This is an above average pilsner. (545 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pilsener glass, the beer pours a mostly clear straw gold color with an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like bready malt, floral hops, and some lemon peel. It tastes like bready malt, floral/grassy hops, lemon peel, and some green grapes. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's smooth and goes down easy. I thought this was a good overall brew, I wouldn't mind picking up this one again. $1.99 for a single bottle. (482 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale straw color with a tall but whispy white head. Pretty standard for the style.

Cracker and grainy malts with a hefty dose of cut grass.

A hoppy pils it is... Grassy with a little spice on the finish. Delicate cracker and grains for the malt.

Crisp and clean body. Very light. It's a good summer beer.

Overall, and enjoyable hoppy pils and a vet good representation of the style. (390 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a slightly golden, dull, clear straw yellow topped by an inch of fluffy white head. The nose has a subtle graininess and a touch of bitterness. Similarly the taste presents with grain sweetness upfront followed by a slightly fruity yeast in the middle and a floral, hoppy finish. This beer definitely gives prima pils a run for its money. The mouthfeel is relatively mild and grainy, with initial sweetness that transitions into a slightly fruity, floral, semi-dry finish. It's well carbonated/attenuated and packs a very delicious floral hop bite that lingers. I'm definitely satisfied with this purchase and think it carries the Fat Head's reputation well. (673 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden yellow, 1/2 inch head that fizzy out rather quickly. Nice lacing.

Smell - Classic pilsner aroma, yeasty, straw, barnyard funk. Some lemon, white grapes, and spices also.

Taste - First sip is rather hoppy bitter mixed with pils malts and yeasts. Loads of grassy/floral flavors mixed with some spices and lemon. Fruits like grapes, pear and even a lemon/lime mix really come out at the finish. Alcohol is near non existent.

Mouthfeel - First sip is overload of bitter hops and pils malts. But soon mouth adjusts and more fruits and sugars come out. Palate gets a load of fruits, spices and more pils malts and hops. The aftertaste is dry, bitter and lemon sweet.

Overall - Very solid, and a lot of hops for a pilsner. Might be a little to bitter/sour for a beginner pilsner drinker but its for sure a winner. A must try for fans of the style. (888 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at hawthornes in philly - served in chalice (weird)

Mostly clear auburn pour with a thin layering of white head with some toasted edges. Thin layer of film retains while drinking, leaving a few spots of lacing behind.

Intense grassy noble hops with spicy notes in the nose, way out of bounds for the style but incredibly exciting. Toasted malts and soft sweetness.

More big time noble hops singing right up front, amplified with fresh cut grass and spicy bitterness. Pleasant malty backbone, toasted grains with minimal sweetness. Refreshing, crisp finish.

Lighter medium body, decent carbonation, clean and dry on the tongue. Essentially a hopped-up pilsner, but this one was on point for me. This reminds me a little oh Humulus Lager, just not quite as amazing. (777 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Yep. It's a hoppy pilsener alright. Can't really get much off of it besides a bit of a grassy tone. There is a noticable hop spice tone, of course. It's kind of earthy and tastes like soil somewhat. I guess that's what this one comes down to: rustic and earthy with hop character a plenty, considering the style. A nice easy drinker. (333 characters)

Photo of BB1313
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on-tap a couple times over the years, so it's nice to see them throw this one in a bottle. 12oz bottle poured into a flute. Pours a transparent light golden, huge fluffy white head and leaves nice lacing. Looks great. The aromas are full of sweet malts, breads, crackers. There's a subtle touch of fruity hops in the aroma. This truly is a hoppy pilsener. This one will slap you in the face with its spiciness. More hop bitterness than hop flavors. Lots of black pepper in the mix. Earthy and robust. Extremely crisp and refreshing. Mouthfeel is crisp and has active carbonation. It's smooth and is very quaffable. Well crafted. So good.

This might be my new go-to pilsener now that it's bottled. This one can give Prima Pils a run for its money. Slam dunk. Bravo. (779 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Crystal clear yellow, half a finger head, nice lacing.
S - Smells like a pilsner does, definitely get the german yeast, a little spice, and some of those noble hops.
T - Grassy, and bitter elements from the noble hops, but crisp and refreshing.
M - Clean, but the acrid bitterness can be a bit much as it lasts too long.
O - Decent pilsner, with an extra addition of noble hops, makes for a sessionable german pils. (443 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big, fluffy white head stands for a long time on top of a medium yellow-golden, mildly hazed beer. Impressive retention leads to a ring of lacing at the top of the glass and a mix of patching and spotting below.
It seems like a fairly traditional pils, a bit on the hoppier side but stifled somewhat in the aroma. Maybe it's stronger out of the bottle, but I don't get much strength. A it comes out as it warms, but not as much as I'd like.
The flavor opens it up more. It is hoppy, but it starts off less so and hops bitterness grows with every sip. Grassy and herbal with a balancing biscuit flavor from the malts come along with an added dryness and additional lemon and more herb pulls through.
Crisp and bright in a body that's medium leaning lighter, carbonation is appropriate. It lends a bit of smoothness that comes alongside the crisp bite. (852 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Truly gold in color with a beautiful-looking dimpled head. It sits about an inch thick and doesn't budge.

Dry tinny cracker malts, light lemoniness, and citrus hop delight. Hint of tart tropical fruits.

Woah! Super crisp with a lovely lemony twist. Staunchly bitter with rigorous leaf hop presence. Slightly minty in its bitterness. Never steers into acridity. Clean dry finish with some lingering lemon zest, pith, and near-metallic bitterness.

Great sudsy feel. Big mouthful of bubbles. Body is appropriately on the light side. So quenching. Near perfect Keller Pils. (572 characters)

Photo of AwYeh
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at 101 Bottles in Kent, Ohio from a pilsener glass.

A: Pours a deep bright yellow color, topped off by a towering, foamy white head. Good lacing left behind.

S: Grassy hops are most prevalent, alongside a biscuity sweetness and light yeast flavors.

T: Very flavorful, with intense grassy and earthy flavors making up most of the flavor. A light metallic note shows up, but doesn't really detract from the rest of the taste.

M: Very creamy and smooth, with a lingering dry finish that helps the beer's flavor hang around for a while.

O: A solid beer, and one well worth trying if you see it (unless it's surrounded by a variety of other Fat Heads beers, then there would be some decisions to be made). (713 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a pint at my local Beer Nutz for 5 bucks.

A - Pours a very bright clear yellow with tons of carbonation and a 1/2 inch of frothy white head. Nice.

S - Bittering abrasive hops mix with pilsner malts and yeasts.

T - At first it was very bittering with only a slight twang of biscuit malt to balance the finish but halfway through I really started to dig this dry hopped pilsner. Good and hoppy indeed.

M - Light bodied and sharp with carbonation and mildly bittering hops.

Overall worth a go if you like a light beer with a ton of great hop flavor. (556 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bright pilsener filled at the brewpub last Thursday (1-Sep).

A: The pils, as I mentioned, is bright. It's golden straw color can't take away from the radiant intensity. A thick white head, over two fingers on multiple pours. Lacing ensued.

S: The aromas, biscuity light but pungently hoppy, are a refreshing blast. The pale biscuity aromas are bready. The earthen hops are herbal with a crisp finish. Both malt and hop are focused but balanced.

T: The pils is still well carbonated, a day after opening. The hoppiness strikes first, sharp with flowers and herbs. The breadiness is biscuity, ever so sweet, and remarkably pale. The individual ingredient sizzle together, sweet but bitter and biscuity and dry. Nondescript hoppiness drives the finish, plenty of bitterness for the end of the sip.

M: The mouthfeel comes the way I like it, pleasantly hoppy. A good selection for a growler, accessible and light enough for a cool late summer day. (948 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Passable pils on tap at the brewpub in Cleveland. The taste is OK it is hoppy at 40 ibu. Light mouthfeel, OK drinkability on a hot day. Served at appropriate temperature and carbonation. Kind of unbalanced for the style.More of a weak pale ale, andneeds tweaking or dropping. (275 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean pale yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, quite lager like with some pine like hops. In the taste, a small pine hop flavor and a dry malty backing. A small hop bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine hop in the aftertaste. A nice hop presence, felt more like a bock than a pils. (324 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gundenhoppy pils has a bright yellow-gold body and a creamy white head. Pretty good lacing and retention.

The aroma has a lot of earthy and grassy scents to it, with grain notes in the background.

I think it is fair to say that “Gundenhoppy” lives up to its name, as this is a packed with hop flavor. Earthy and grassy hops rule the flavor, bringing with them a fairly strong bitterness. A slight, almost metallic hint and some fruity flavors come from the hops also. The backbone is clean pils malt, with bits of grain and cracker. Definitely skewed toward the hops.

Noticeably bitter on the tongue, highly carbonated and well-done.

For loves of hoppy pilsners, this one is a must-try. I would like a little bit more balance, but I still really liked this one. (769 characters)

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