KillaPilz | Voodoo Brewing Company

very good
207 Reviews

Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 207 | Ratings: 435
Photo of PappyVanWink
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


A- Lots of Head which is always a good thing! a little hazy but isn't everything in life just a little hazy?

S- Great! like waking up & eating fresh Biscuts in the middle of a Hop field.

T- Citrus, Bread, & Beer all mixed up in one awesome bottle.

M- It's got bubbles! What more do you really need....

O- Slowly working through all the VooDoo Brews, Everyone has been Great so far. Including this one.

Drink It! It's Good!
Pappy Says So....

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Photo of JamesS
4.85/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very nice semi-cloudy golden straw color with fantastic head and lacing. Very nice scent, sweet and malty without being cloying, with a nice butterscotch/bubble-gum aroma and slight spice in the nose. Fantastic taste; smooth and sweet with a great near-wheat semi-butterscotch/bubble-gum flavor; tiny bit of spice and a nice pelt of hops at the end to make it wonderfully balanced. Extremely smooth. A wonderful beer!

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Photo of mjmbeer
4.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So finally got my hands on some Voodoo Brewing beer
Right out of the bottle this lovely sticky little burnished gold brew is a delight to see. Decent lacing ok head retention but that might be because the poor little thing had to travel all the way from PA to Chicago before I could taste it. The aromas were a bit subdued compared to the taste, which was FANTASTIC! Cream feel on the tongue but an explosion of flavor! Great work on this one gentlemen! I am sure glad I scored a taste case back in PA!

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Photo of Seanibus
4.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. This is a pilsner that ale-obsessed hopheads will love as much as pilsner fans. I had it in a 22 oz bottle. It pours a beautiful hazy golden with a light, lacy head. It has that delicious, crisp lagery aroma, but it has a surprisingly meaty mouthfeel and an unexpected hop bite - not a lot of hop aroma, but a nice bitterness on the back end. It's crisp, with a good, light, refreshing taste of grain, which will please the pilsner fan, but a sneaky tingle on the back edges of the tongue that will please the hophead. Unexpected and delicious all around. I look forward to trying this beer again (and seeing of I can come even close to replicating it in my home brew tanks).

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Photo of joepais
4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I received this one from Scott in the 666 BIF Thanks this bad boy had been on my wants for a while
Bottle poured into a dimple mug produced a big white marshmallow looking head that lasted a while. The body of the brew was a slightly hazy pale straw colored yellow.

The aroma is very a fragrant floral hop, grassy with some nice bready yeast thrown in. The flavor is to say the least is hoppy. It starts out bitter then I got some grassiness to the flavor followed by some pepper spice. The mouthfeel is light and crisp plenty of carbonation for your tongue. The after effect in my mouth is towards the dry side.

This is a great brew I wish I had a pizza to go along with it but I'll settle for a nice sunny day instead. It is incredibly drinkable; I already wish I had another. Voodoo has done it again another fine beer in my book

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Photo of dar482
4.62/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a hazy honey orange amber color with a large white head.

The aroma has tons of floral honey, flowery hops, a light crackery malt, and lavender.

The flavor follows with a honey sweetness, a crackery malt, and then loads of piney green bitterness. It lingers with lemon and potpourri. It really is incredible on the flavor. For lager haters, this is perfect because of the beautiful bitterness.

The mouthfeel is lightly creamy with some carbonation.

An incredible American take on the style.

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Photo of slammo
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pilzilla is very delicious. It's like a pils on steroids and I guess could be called an Imperial Pilsner. I like the smooth character and the lagered taste yet it is much more robust. The head sticks around for a good long time and plenty of lacing clings to the side of the glass. I wish there were more around like it.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a mug.

A: Hey now, someone's a little too excited. Immediately some foam pushes out upon opening but is quickly poured into glass. Let this sit for a little to calm down as it a little overly carbonated but eventually pours a massive, fluffy, rocking white head with ridiculous retention and and thick, clumpy lacing. Liquid is a hazy golden lemon color with a lot of active carbonation.
S: Great smell for a lager/pils, lots of citrus, lemon rind, a little orange, grass, earthiness, and hint of some pepper.
T: Despite ridiculous carbonation, I let this sit for a while and mouthfeel is remarkably smooth. Medium bodied with high carbonation, but very pleasant. Starts off slightly bitter but by finish is surprisingly mildly sweet. Very earthy, citrus lemon, pepper, herb, floral taste in body. Great malt backbone to this. Overall, exceptionally drinkable and am happy I know have easy access to Voodoo beers.

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Photo of scottoale
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber poured into a German-Czech-Polish Pils glass, a murkish burnt yellow-gold with a thick and creamy two-finger white head. Great head retention with tons of sticky lace left clinging.

A sweet, very floral and fruity nose. Almost perfumy. Orange, lemon, honeysuckle and some sweet floral aroma i can't quite put my finger on. Smells very interesting and unusual, in a good way.

Wow, tropical sweetness! Nice light malt with tons of exotic hop notes from start to finish. It starts off sweet and flowery and turns tropical fruity through the middle. All kinds of hop flavors bursting out here and there, from sweet to spicy to flowery, etc. It finally winds down to a most pleasant bittery finish that's crisp and somewhat dry. Awesome lively flavor.

Perfect carbonation, medium body and the alcohol so well masked in every aspect. A truly remarkable beer that I would drink weekly if only it was available. A great offering from Voodoo, can't wait to try some of their others. And yet another big thanks to Aaron, for making this possible...Cheers!

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Photo of adamette
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Live review. Poured from the 1 pint 6 fl. oz bottle that I purchased in Meadville this past weekend along with 5 other voodoo beers. I became interested in them after attending the frozen falls beer fest in Garrestville, Ohio 1 31 09. I actually had this beer on tap that day but only in a sample and had been wanting to get some in bottles for a tasting/rating since then. Poured into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass.

A Menringue generous 4 inch head dissipates quickly on the edges but slowly in the middle, leaving a dome of head in the middle of my pint glass. Body is a hazy yellow brown and almost translucent.

S A nice, unexpected grape (not raisin) sweetness hits the nose along with maybe some distant hops. Very inviting.

T Sweetness hits me first and then that is washed over quickly by a hops bitterness that takes over within the first one third of this beer and then stays through to the finish and well into the aftertaste (several minutes later). Brewers notes online suggest that every year the beer gets "bigger and bigger" as they experiment with adding different hops. I can certainly taste those hops but they are NOT in the nose and are actually in the final 2/3 of the taste and beyond. All of this is interesting to me.

M Light to moderate with initial light, sweet tastes followed by the bigger hops tastes. True to the style.

D Really quite good. I finished off the bomber without hesitation. I do believe that this is supposed to be quite drinkable.

Notes: Such a treat to try this beer from true artisans, Matt and co. at Voodoo.

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Photo of mediumtommy
4.56/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A really amazing beer. The combination of hops and pilsner is great. The beer is not bitter at all and not overly hopped. Not a strong smell to it, but the hop flavors are definitely in there. Very crisp and refreshing with a little hop aftertaste. But again it is not bitter it is more of a floral/spice taste.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.56/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a mug.

5.0 A: Lightly hazed dark yellow to orange in color. Two fingers of incredibly creamy and dense white head. Really, it looks like you could rest your head on it and it wouldn't lose form. Excellent retention and plenty of lacing. Perfect.

4.0 S: Pretty hoppy for the style. Grassy, lemony and earthy hop aroma. Malts are grassy and a bit doughy. There's also a nice spicy yeastiness in there. Peppery and something similar to corriander, though not corriander.

4.5 T: Taste is delightly tasty. Moderate bitterness even though this has plenty of hops in it. Lemony, orange citrus, grassy, and earthy. Malts again are doughy with plenty of neutral malt flavor underneath. The hops are definitely on display here, but the malts are assertive enough to give a good overall balance. Again good spiciness with lots of pepper and other nondistinguishable leaves and roots.

5.0 M: Medium to heavy medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Insanely creamy and smooth. Very nice.

5.0 D: Overall this is one hell of a beer. There isn't a damn thing wrong with it and so much right. Goes down super easy as well. This is only my second Voodoo beer (BBVD is one of my favorite beers, period) and I have no idea why it took so long to get to this second beer. If I'm not stupid, I need to try to whole lineup ASAP.

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Photo of enjoythestuff
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is just a great brew overall, I poured it out of a 22oz bottel into a standard 16oz glass, it had a great head on it that lasted until it was almost gone. It has a floral and hoppy smell and the taste is the same but stronger. It has a very easy to drink mouthfeel which made it no problem to refil the glass and polish off the bottle.

Overall this is a great beer, one of the best I have ever had. Will get it again in the future without a doubt, will probably make the rounds for upcoming christmas gifts too.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle. no bottled on date.

A: hazy pale straw yellow body. head is impressive. and lasting. great lacing left behind. there are whole bits of head stuck to the top of my glass.

S: very piney hops. green tea. or maybe white tea. some kind of tea. a little bit of black pepper. reminds me a little of poperi. a little bit of heat.

T: the first sip starts very bitter. an almost menthol cooling aspect to the hops. pretty different from most citrus-forward american hoppings. the malt is there, providing balance but that is about it. not a discerning malt flavor in my opinion. finish is bitter and dry.

M: moderate carbonation on a medium body.

D: i could CRUSH these. what a great showcase of european hops in an unfitered lager.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

PilZilla pours up sublime with an incredibly lacy, creamy white head that completely envelopes the glass & nicely crowns the deep straw-golden sunset body. Some haziness as expected per style. Aroma is slightly spicy (lemon pepper, coriander, white pepper) with a moderate citrus (lemon chiffon, pommelo, white grapefruit) character supported by a lovely soft graininess followed by some earthy (cilantro, grassy, lemon grass) character. The supporting flavor starts off with some pilsner malt graininess and a touch of tupelo honey sweetness that's quickly underscored by a pronounced spicy bitterness that dominates the bready, off-dry, lightly warming finish. This medium-bodied specialty beer is highly quaffable and a delightful showcase for all those wonderful Czech, German & Polish 'Noble' hops. PilZilla is "The beer that took over Tokyo!" and it's easy to see how... now. Here's to the Voodoo Crew for doing that voodoo that you do so well! lol

PROST! Beertracker

*Trader's Note: Many thanks to msulinski for hooking me up with this fine elixir!

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Photo of ncvbc
4.51/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I like this...thanks to jasonm for the assist!

Pour is gorgeous. Cloudy, light golden. Persistent carbonation with tiny bubbles that flow upward like they're on crack and the top of the glass is where it's at. There's this little hole where the last bit of liquid poured through and it forms a place in the head that looks like lips...of...some...sort. Alright, that's vivid enough.

Smell is very clean and crisp. Bready yeast, some spice. Earthy hops. Grains, wheat.

Taste is much of the same. Very clean tasting. Fruity, lemon zesty hops. Again, bready yeast. Very refreshing!

A light, clean, and crisp mouthfeel. Just like it should be.

Great drinkability. Basically perfect. really is when you think about it.

Simple, yet effective. Get this, and your vitamins!

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Photo of jasonm
4.51/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle. 9 varieties of German, Czech, and Polish hops and 6.7%abv according to the label. Served in a pint glass.

A - A picture perfect pils (Holy alliteration Batman!). Beautiful sunny gold color with a touch of haze and topped with 2 fingers wide of mortar dense white foam. Gooey streaks of lacing litter the glass. The label art with the hop monster is classic.

S - The aroma is light and hoppy. Lemony citrus combine with earthy floral hops. A slight sweet biscuit aroma and a touch of red grape fruitiness adds a touch of sweetness.

T - A beautiful cornucopia of old world hoppiness. Pilzilla attacks with bitterness that surrounds you but doesn't destroy your palate. The hops swim in and out with florals, green grassiness, lemon zest, and spicy black pepper. Underlying sweetness of sweet bready malt and grape skins brings in the right amount of balance. Finish is dry and pleasantly bitter of grapefruit.

M - It has the smoothness associated with a well-lagered beer but still a healthy amount of carbonation to accentuate the hops. Nice dryness on the finish.

D - Near perfection. The 6.7%abv not noticeable at all. I would call this beer dangerous as I could easily finish this bomber and reach for another. Highly recommend beer and another winner from Voodoo.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears an unfiltered golden haze beautiful thick white head chunk even lacing with each sip. Aromatics contain lucious layers of grassy hop bursts mild pine with upfront citrus hops mild skunk but not in an off way. Pale biscuit soft malt tones bring mild sweetness to the party but the hops are shining, a touch of perfume mild honey flow. Flavor mild sweetness flows nicely with a touch honey, sturdy hop bitterness fresh cut grass with citrus peel accents such a well structured pils bigger than most I welcome the kellerbier style this beer brings adding both flavor and texture. Mouthfeel carbonation is adequate flows nicely hop crispness leaves a dryness on the palate, slightly sticky with hops oils. Drinkability by the bomber for sure something that I would love to imbibe on in number, and I plan to.

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Photo of cpn920
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened the bomber and foam started erupting gently out of the bottle. Poured a hazy golden yellow. Smelled grassy and of lemon with a hint of pine. The taste was awesome. It was peppery and refreshing with a mildly bitter aftertaste. The way the beer opened I thought the beer was going to be overly carbonated, it wasn't at all. This is an excellent beer that I will be enjoying again and again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this one in a trade recently, and BTW FINALLY, as I have been trying to hunt it down for what seriously seemed like forever. I immediately chilled one down in the cellar and grabbed it out to have with dinner last night. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass. This one was consumed on 09/24/2008.

The pour was magnificent, rich amber color came flowing out of the neck of the bottle, splashing down into the bottom of the glass. Lots of hazy amber going on here. Immediately a big head of off white came up and reached to a height of around two inches before finally settling down to a thin layer that hung around throughout the rest of the session.

The aroma was rich and hoppy, much like I thought it would be, though the I have to admit not as hugely floral and citrus filled as I would have thought. Has to be Amarillo in here and a lot of it as I was picking that up quite nicely. Nice biscuit like middle of the profile gave way to a nice bitter finish on the flavor. The initial hop attack was not terribly pungent as it appeared to sneak up on me. Started with a light bready malt that was highlighted with accents of pine, this quickly balanced out with the biscuit like middle before heading back to the hops to fill out the profile. Nice medium bodied ale was almost chewy at times, though the carbonation kept it to a minimum and really helped to keep it all well in line. Easily session able as I had no issue with throwing this one down during the course of dinner and move on to another when it was done.

Overall I was thoroughly impressed with this one for sure. It was much more balanced then I thought it was going to be and that was awesome. Smooth and rich, this was a very nice pale ale, or at least I think that's what it is, it kind of straddled styles more or less. Still though very solid and I could see myself in this one again.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally review this great brew after a few conversations with the brewer. A big pil with grassy, grainy notes. So floral smell crisp clean easy too drink with the taste of corn. About an inch of lace and foam clings to the side of the glass. Absolutely a favorite.

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Photo of number1bum
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big hiss of carbonation as I crack this one but the pour is manageable. Pretty clear straw yellow color, not as hazy as I expected maybe given that it's unfiltered (although the 2nd pour is hazier than the first), with lots of bubbles racing quickly to the top and a big, chunky white head. Head retention is excellent and it leaves lots of stick. Looks about as good as it gets.

Nose is very hoppy but also has a light malt sweetness. Hops are grassy but also quite fruity, lemon and orange in particular, and there's a bit of peppery spice to it, as well.

Where the nose is very fruity, it tastes much more herbal and bitter. Very grassy and herbal hop flavor, again with a light sweetness and as it warms there is a bit more citrus hop flavor, as well. Aggressively bitter for sure, but nicely balanced and very tasty.

The carbonation is a bit aggressive in terms of the mouthfeel, as the medium body is a little too spritzy.

This is one hoppy ass lager and I love it. This is hoppy in the realm of imperial pilsners. It's also a damn good beer. A must try.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber with a sweet label (the pilzilla). This is my first "Keller/Zwickel," so not sure what to expect.

Hazy yellow body with a huge (4 inches) white head that reminds me of whipped cream. The head takes awhile to dissipate enough for me to drink. Even then there is a tower of foam in the middle of my drink. The body is pretty and I liked the head because my friends and I got a good laugh about it. Lots of carbonation bubbles that last throughout. Unfiltered, so particles are noticeable. The body is permeated with them, and they are caught in the giant foamy head. Super thick and sticky lacing.

Smells slightly lemony, and reminds me of pale pilsner malts.

Tasty. Up front is a nice clean lemon flavor with some hops. I notice a yeasty character that tastes like Belgian yeast to me. Finishes a little dry and hoppy. Nice underlying malt backbone. Very well balanced, reminds me of a pilsner that has been hopped up, as hops are the focus of the flavor.

Mouthfeel is good, carbonation lasts throughout the entire drink. Medium bodied, which is a pleasant surprise.

I could drink this beer all night except for two things: It would take forever to wait for the foam to go away, and it is 8 bucks a bottle.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was expecting an "Imperial Pils" and am pleasantly surprised at what this really is.
Pours a cloudy lemon golden color with a small white head that quits quickly but leaves enough of a ring to lace the glass faintly.

Aromas are lager yeasts, bread, sweet malt and a bit of lemon.

Taste is so well blended it is hard to single things out....bready yeast is in there along with a bit of grain...the sweet pale malts are not cloying in the least and the citrus hops are bright and clean.

Very refreshing in the mouth with an aftertaste of just a bit of white pepper to go with the citrus peel hop.

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Photo of bs870621345
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pilsner on steroids, sounds good to me!

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a nice head and great lacing.

Smells like citrus, pine, and earthy hops with a bread malt backbone.

Taste is an explosion of hops in a not so bitter sort of way. Very pungent and lingering hop flavor with a hint of bread to balance.

Mouthfeel is moderate, yet crisp.

Overall, its really good. Wish they had bottle dates so I could buy it more consistently.

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