Gudenhoppy Pils - Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
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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Photo of djwilson
4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured fro Growler into Pilsner glass.

Pours a nice golden yellow with a slight haze.
Big head giving way to some lacing along top and sides of the glass.

Smells slightly malty with a big hop presence.

Taste is what I expected, nice maltiness up front, very crisp finish with lingering hops. Not over the top with the hops but they let you know there there!

This is one beer that I could drink all day, nice light, refreshing pilsner to quench your thirst, but enough hops to keep me satisfied with out being overwhelmed on a hot day in the yard.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a bright straw golden slightly hazed hue with a thicket of bright white head. Fine evenly spread lacing. Nose is full of noble hops grassy/citrus/herbal notes with a bready pale base malt kicking in. Dry bitter finish very nice hoppy pils, I could definitely enjoy this in number I should have gotten a growler. Probably the most impressive beer I've had from the Fathead's brewery other than the Headhunter IPA. Hoppier than most but remains balanced the palce biscuit breadiness works so well with the strong assertive noble hop character. First beer of the day at Fathead's Pittsburgh so nothing else was interfering with my judgement of how much I enjoyed this beer. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied crisp dry finish lively carbonation dead on for the style. Drinkability like I said this is poundable, I could have gotten a growler but instead I picked up a case of Prima Pils on my way home. I liked it better than Stoudts pils but less than Prima and Pikeland to compare it to some of my favorite PA brewed American pils.

Bottled on 5/2/13 nice to see these Fatheads brews thriving in person with 12 ounce bottles in six pack formats. Appears a pale golden hue with a slightly hazed body, full on white head. Even speckled lacing settles all day as the head slowly dwindles down. Aroma is full of green hops grassy citrus tones hops, very noble in character. Light biscuit malt character going strong, even keeled semi sweet notes. Flavor is great a hoppy pilsner that drinks like a badass, big hoppy notes with each sip biscuit malts even bodied notes, I love this beer he studied the art of the pils in German Gudenhoppy is another great pilsner bred right in the greater Pittsburgh Cleveland region. I'm loving the tri colored caps with the black and white fathead's logo either on orange, green, or yellow backgrounds each one is as mesmerizing as the next, refreshing beer at it's best.

Photo of Brenden
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of Stigs
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Fat Heads Pittsburgh, 16oz serving poured into a standard pint glass

A - came to me with about a finger of loose and bubbly, bright white foam on top. the beer is a bit hazy, bright gold/straw colored with some active carbonation. throughout the drink, leaves behind a thin layer of lace all over the glass. very welcoming.

S - a bit faint here, some noble hops...piney and grassy come through, underneath a subtle layer of crackery malt. some grains and lemon peel join the fray.

T - very up front with an earthy, noble hop prescence...bittering yet still very refreshing. sweetness comes in the form of crackery malt, some lemon zest, very subtle tartness. insanely crisp, clean, and refreshing.

M - medium to thickish body for the style, the carbonation is very active and lively, nicely ties everything together. leaves the mouth feeling prickly yet satiated.

D - one of my favorite styles especially as the weather warms, this is as good is about as good as they come. had no problem getting through the glass and would have gladly settled for more had there not been a number of beers on today's menu that i was craving. an excellent "summery" beer.

Photo of Sammy
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon (North Olmstead, OH) on 4/25/10. Served in a .5 liter Pils glass.

Pours a beautiful looking clear golden copper in the glass, with a finger of tight bright-white head. Thin creamy retention skims the surface, but flares up very nicely, leaving thick spotty lacing behind. I immediately smell those fresh Noble hops right off the bat, putting off notes of grass and spice in the nose, with a touch of bright smelling citrus coming through. There's just enough supportive malt character present while still allowing those hops to show off there stuff.

The taste is tight and flavorful on the palate with crisp spicy hops and the grainy sweetness of the Pils malts immediately taking command. Green citric notes add an extra layer of earthy sweetness to the profile. The finish is dry with some leftover accents of spite and grit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp feel that seems to snap across the tongue after each sip. Very easy drinking and refreshing overall.

About as serviceable of an American-made German Pils as you'll find. Crisp, tasty, and thirst-quenching, you could pair this up with just about anything on the menu here. Great take on the style that left me with a very favorable impression.

Photo of nicholas2121
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of BB1313
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of Pdiddey3d
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at one of my favorite craft beer bars, Pizza Plant on Transit Rd in Williamsville NY 4-24-10

A - about one finger of egg white head and a very hazy golden color. Nice looking beer.

S - not a ton on the nose here. faint hop aroma, malts and some citrus accents as well.

T - wow. very crisp and refreshing. small hop presence on the front of the palate, then some faint sweetness from the malts. finishes a bit tart but very clean.

M - kind of fuller in body that a typical pilsner. medium high carbonation. very clean and crisp

D - Highly sessionable beer. I could easily put back 2 or 3 of these on a warm day. Nice example of the style. This is my first experience with this brewery and hope to see some more of there offerings on tap in buffalo. Good stuff.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fat Head's : Gudenhoppy

Pours a clear straw yellow, bone white crackling head forms and some lace on the glass. Aroma is grassy, light pine and some bready malts. In the flavor, biscuity malt and a complimentary earthy hop bitterness. Crisp, clean, good hop presence and goes down all too easily. Would most certainly compliment a Fathead's sandwich.

Photo of goblue3509
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a bright white one finger head which gives way to some lacing up and down the glass. The aroma is of noble hops, earthy and crisp as well as a little bit of crackers present. The taste is earthy noble hops up front for a nice crisp bite, and is balanced out by the taste of crackers and pilsner malt and a hint of citrus to balance things out. The mouthfeel is very carbonated and medium bodied. The drinkability is good, for a pilsner there is a nice balanced flavor. This is a fairly easy drink, the slight tartness in the middle might be a little harsh to keep you from drinking a lot but it is a solid beer.

Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of ejimhof
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Slight head and a golden color.

Smell - nice nose with hops and malts.

Taste - very good taste this is why we drink beer. Slightly sweet and slightly hoppy nothing overbearing.

Mouthfeel - perfect blend of the usual ingredients matched in a great way.

Overall - This is the beer for the first day of summer I may have to go back and get a growler.

Photo of AwYeh
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
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).

Photo of jzeilinger
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of stakem
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy yet bright yellowish golden color with a thick one finger foam head and some spotty lacing.

S: Average scent on the nose. There are some undertones of noble hops, mostly grassy and citrys scents. There is a mild undertone off white bread as well.

T: Starts off with a really nice crisp grassy and earthy hops taste. Very clean tasting. In the middle the slightly buttered saltine cracker taste comes through. Finishes with a slight citrus taste along with the buttered saltines,

M: Very light crisp and refreshing. A nice lighted bodied beer with excellent carbonation.

O: This is a great beer for a summer day. Ample amount of hops, but not overpowering that are balanced by the saltine cracker taste. This beer is crisp clean and quite refreshing.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Gudenhoppy Pils from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
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