Voodoo Brewery

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German Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #21
Ranked #9,237
3.96 | pDev: 11.11%
Voodoo Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
Notes: Formerly PILZILLA.

Pilzilla is a beer that I've been brewing for years. Each year it gets bigger and bigger. Nicknamed "The beer that took over Tokyo". It is an unfiltered Keller Bier. Nicley hopped at this point with 6 to 7 different kinds of hops and about 6.25 % ABV Each year we will add another variety of hop and bump the alcohol a bit. This is not your average pilsner, get it before we drink it all! Prost!!
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3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the tall weizen from the bottle, best by 20191201 on the mix pack box.

A: slight haze, as per style. Thin head goes away quickly into a 1mm collar. light signs of carbonation escaping very slowly.

S: Little bit of the homebrew twang on top of a fairly grassy euro-hop front of nose and back of nose is super light crackery malt.

T: Follows nose, but wow is this HOT on the palate and back of the throat. Goes down hot. Heat lingers. Earthy hops and spicy yeasty cracker notes eventually break past the heat.

M: starts out slick, pretty filling. Dries out pretty quickly, then a sense of wetness is left behind. Hot outbreath lingers at the ultimate finish.

O: This packs a big wallop, and it definitely delivers the goods if you like to have some heat in the imperial range and enjoy a big pilsner-style experience. The hops and yeast stand up to the heat and leave pleasantness all around.

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Scrapss from Pennsylvania, Jun 05, 2019
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2.32/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Pours, clear, gold in color with one third inch head. Taste is grass, medicinal grain, and doughy malt. Very light bodied, bitter, with moderate carbonation. A little too bitter and light bodied for the style for me. Have had way better examples of style. Rare miss from the brewery.

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tigg924 from Massachusetts, May 28, 2019
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3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy, yellow-orange body with minimal head and foam/lace patches down the glass. Aroma is grassy and lightly hoppy with a dry hoppiness as well. The beer has a mixed taste of mild, citric hoppiness with an earthy, grassy feel and crisp finish. Not a bad pils but nothing stands out.

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clayrock81 from Florida, Jan 11, 2019
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3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint

A- pours a slightly hazy pale straw color with a one-finger foamy white head that has decent retention that reduces to a film floating on top

S- floral and grassy hops, cracker, doughy malt, undertones of honey & lemon

T- grassy and citrus hop notes up front, followed by cracked pepper, crackers, doughy malt and a hint of lemon. The finish gives some herbal/earthy yeast notes and lingers of grassy and herbal hops

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a crisp finish

O- probably the most flavorful I've had of the style

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Treyliff from West Virginia, Oct 12, 2018
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3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed amber with 2+ fingers of rocky pearl colored head. Stays hazed, pretty good head retention & lacing

S: Bready, grassy,

T: Deep breadyness, grapefruit & grassy bitterness , along with dryness up front. Bitterness edges towards astringent, but pulled back by bready sweetneess & a little grapefruit,a touch of green melon as well once warm. Finishes dry, with herbal bitterness with just a little breadyness

MF: Medium body, delicate carbonation, pretty nice balance

Drinkable, but fairly complex. More botter than any Kellerbier I had in Germany

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russpowell from Arkansas, Sep 29, 2018
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4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Excellent beer. Being unfiltered, it has kind of a gnarly look; like beer with a scrambled kombucha mother suspended in it. I think it looks cool. Smells fantastic as well; very sweet and malty, like an old DIPA after the hops have completely faded. Tastes like a pilsner on steroids. After-taste is maybe a little overwhelming in its sweetness (if I wanted to nitpick), but this is very good drinking.

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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania, Sep 04, 2018
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3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This doesn't look unfiltered. It does smell like a very nice and lively kellerbier, though, with large nodes of grass and hay along with a nice little padding of alcohol sweetness.

The flavor profile is good but not as well-balanced as the aroma. Grassy malt up front like a walk through meadow in springtime, but the back end is quite heavy with bittersweet booziness lingering until well after the sip has been swallowed. It doesn't completely ruin the beer but it is a weird clash that doesn't really work for me.

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mynie from Maryland, Feb 03, 2018
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3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy medium golden/yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of lemon, orange peel, pepper, pine, cracker, biscuit dough, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of earthy hops and bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big lemon, orange peel, pepper, pine, cracker, biscuit dough, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, orange peel, pepper, pine, cracker, biscuit dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 7.5%. Overall this is a delicious imperial pilsner. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of earthy hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Really great balance of German malts and noble hops, and not too aggressive. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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superspak from Michigan, Jan 06, 2018
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4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

With the near perfect nose and taste of this great big beer, it is easy to overlook any less perfect part of the (wonderful) drinking experience.

It's good looking in the glass, with moderate lacing and some suspended matter. The aroma is what beer should smell like, and the taste is better than you thought possible for the style. It's that good. The aftertaste is expectedly bitter.

Highly recommended. I need to get me some more.

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Photo of taters21
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a one finger white head, good retention.
Lemon, hearty malt, brown bread, some light dankness.
Tastes of caramel notes and toffee at first, followed by some juicy pine and light grapefruit, ending in a crisp, dry pine finish.
Mouthfeel is oily and full of resin.
Overall, awesome, much like a light ipa.

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Photo of BB1313
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a subtle haze; small fluffy white head that fades leaving nice retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have your typical lager/pilsener aroma. Lots of fresh bread and crackers. Some sweet malts along with some honey. The flavors have a very solid bitterness. It's slightly earthy. Subtle hints of lemon and pine. More fresh bread and crackers. Grains are there. Finishes bitter and on the drier side for the most part. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's medium-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's very fluffy, creamy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a pretty solid "Imperial Lager". It's enjoyable and the craftsmanship is on point.

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BB1313 from Ohio, Aug 14, 2017
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3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass
A: Light orange with a 1/2-finger head
S: Banana and sweet malts
T: Herbal, hoppy but with a sweet malt background
M: Medium-bodied, an interesting bitter/sweet mix
O: A unique, drinkable style that overall is better than the sum of its parts

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2.81/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Was too hopped for my preference, at least for this style of beer. Besides, even the base malt bill was mushy and blase, add on the bitterness to what is normally a refreshing style and you have a misfire

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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania, Jun 25, 2017
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3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber-gold with a short off-white cream blanket.

Smell is banana skin, apple, bread and white grape.

Taste leans semi-bitter with grass, white grape, grapefruit, and pine over a medium crisp froth, gliding smooth and finishing semi-dry to a gradually drier chew.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Jun 19, 2017
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3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darker yellow. Smells a little sweet but the taste is very hoppy especially in the finish tickling the back of your throat. Plenty of alcohol for such an easily drinkable beer.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass

Translucent yellow, plenty of streams of carbonation, thick, frothy one finger white foam cap, some lacings

Aroma of grain , malt , straw

Taste of grain, slight sour, gentle lingering hoppiness on the back of the tongue

Feel the alcohol

Okay beer

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WunderLlama from Massachusetts, Sep 29, 2016
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another instance of the classic "oh, this is a rock-solid beer, I wonder how strong it is...Woah! I expected half of that." Like I said, rocksolid and exotic take on the style

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Wer34truh from Minnesota, Sep 14, 2016
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3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 7.5% and 8-hop variety, poured from a bottle into a tulip. Noses like a German wheat beer (hops, hefeweizen wheat). Pours a faintly hazy dark straw (almost honey) with a half finger white head rapidly rising and receding. The palate is much more akin to a kellerbier (or even somewhere between a hefeweizen and a dunkel) - definitely a far cry from a lager or pilsner (and that's a very good thing). Also, impressively, a beer that avoids the body issues of the other Voodoo brews. Like Hoodoo, this beer is staunchly light-medium, and does not have the underbodied dilemma of almost all of Voodoo's stouts. Overall, a great hybridization of styles resulting in a crisp, drinkable, interesting beer. Solid.

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LAp from Ohio, Jul 01, 2016
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3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. no freshness dating could be find.voodoo website claims this beer is year round, but doesn't seem to get reviewed very often here

pours a hazy yellow orange with an initial 1 inch white head, which fades to a thick ring and thin film

virtually nothing on the nose except a little malt.

taste is quite bitter. apparently uses 8 varieties of european hops.. there is a pleasant pepperiness around the edge of the tongue.

feel is around medium. bitterness really persists.

overall, an okay beer. quite high abv at 7.5, but this is well hidden.

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MikeWard from Pennsylvania, Apr 01, 2016
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4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The bottle cap is a very cool solid pine green color. The beer pours a murky golden yellow and has a small white head. The aroma is a nice blend of hops and a floral scent. The flavor is nice and hoppy with some citrus tossed in. I found this to be a really good Kellerbier.

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ordybill from Georgia, Nov 18, 2015
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3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

looks terrible. Like a messy cloudy puke dump. smells malty and sweet: a bit boozy. tastes very hoppy and piney goodness. malty and boozy a little too. Finishes like swamp rot. washes very smooth and heavy over the pallet. Quality CO2 fizz. Overall not something I would buy again.

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Photo of Bone53
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy orange-straw color with a half finger white head

Smell: Dried hops with a big crackery malt presence

Taste: similar to the nose, but i find the taste even cleaner with the hops and malts balancing well

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Very crisp and refreshing with a bitter dry finish

Overall: This is a solid effort and true to style. A big hopped up pilz for sure. It may have a tad more malt presence than I prefer, but other than that i do enjoy thflavors and the mouthfeel is crisp and dry which is how i like my pilz. Not the best voodoo has done, but not the worst either. Id say its worth trying it for yourself

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Bone53 from Pennsylvania, Jul 11, 2015
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3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy straw colored pour. Not much in the aroma department. Very light, crisp and dry. Some hoppy bitterness, I didn't get much flavor with this one. Drinkable, but wouldn't go out of my way like I would to find some of the other Voodoo offernings.

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classixIII from Pennsylvania, Jul 06, 2015
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4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gave this beer a complete review on Nov 11, 2017. Poured into a pilsner glass.

Other than the fuller body, this beer’s 7.5% ABV flies under the radar. I like that the bottle lists all of the ingredients (e.g. 2-row Vienna) as well as the original and final gravity. But unfortunately, not the specific hops. 4.5

A – Pours clear golden with a three-finger semi-rocky white head. Well carbonated. 4.5

S – Clean, white bread, herbal/bays leaves, faint pepper. 4.25

T – Crackers, nutty, faintly sweet. 4.5

MF – Dry clean and crisp. Full-bodied for a kellerbier (reflective of its 7.5% ABV imperial status). I get a significant dry herbal aftertaste. 4.5

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Sludgeman from District of Columbia, Jun 29, 2015
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3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2015-02-10 in Columbia, PA. This bottle is labeled Pilzilla although I see it has been renamed to KillaPilz.

A - Pretty hazy orange-gold with a 1.5-finger white head a good lace.

S - Mild aromas of biscuit, plantain and mild hop floral.

T - Cross between a hoppy Pils and an IPA. It has some sweet and bready flavor underneath a big dollop of citrus flesh and rind bitterness, which lingers into the dry finish. There's a nice spice/pepper aspect that adds to its appeal. It's a very pleasant flavor as if you mixed 50% Pilsner Urquell with 50% Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Prickly and mildly resinous.

O - I quite enjoyed this brew and would seek it out again.

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Tucquan from Pennsylvania, Feb 10, 2015
KillaPilz from Voodoo Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 473 ratings