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: 438
Photo of tjwarren
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
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 -5%
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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Photo of Wer34truh
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Photo of LAp
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Photo of MikeWard
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
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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Photo of ordybill
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
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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Photo of brother_rebus
3.67/5  rDev -8%
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 -0.3%
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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Photo of classixIII
3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
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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Photo of Tucquan
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Voodoo Brewing Company in Meadville, PA.

Pours a slightly dark, full-looking yellow, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells lagerish and fruity, with some spicy, grassy hop aromas in the back, along with pilsner malt.

This is one of the yeastier lagers I've ever had, it gives off fruity flavors, some peach, with a good portion of grassy and floral hop flavors, slightly spicy and peppery. The malt character is quite doughy, lending fullness to the body, and a sweet bready backbone to the beer.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp, slightly sweet mouthfeel, and a medium amount of carbonation. It's really drinkable.

Really cool label on the bottle, and really cool beer inside. Very different from the typical hoppy American lager.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of yeast when opened – this rapidly dissipates
Head small (2 cm), white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 3 mm layer
Lacing good – complete rings of tiny bubbles
Body medium yellow, cloudy
Flavor begins and ends with hop bitterness. In between a hit of malt occurs. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4.1875
Actually quite good – Voodoo calls it a pilsner but it’s still good – well worth buying again.

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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 tone77
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some hops. Taste is well hopped, piney, a bit spicy, some malts, not bad, but over hopped for the style. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of MCain04
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle with no freshness date, poured into a Speigelau stemmed pilsner glass, cold.

Pours an off-yellow, cloudy and murky body with a small white head with some retention and lacing.

Smells of dank hops and pils malts

Taste is bitter with a light soft bready component, very hoppy with agressive piney floral taste pattern, not as much of the citrus or tropical fruit flavoring. Bitter aftertaste lingers.

Medium bodied, smooth, crisp, dry finish, what the ideal lager should be.

I'd happily drink it again, but don't know if I'd seek it out.

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice balance of citrus and grassy qualities.

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

Pours into a becker a dull medium golden with a large blooming white head that settles very slowly into a soapy-like mass leaving multiple broken rings of lace behind.Grainy with honey malt notes in the nose,a little grain alcohol is detected.Grainy and bready on the palate with some alcohol-like sweetness a leafy/herbal finsih dryes it out a little more.It seems bigger than what it is ut it's a nice lager beer and it goes well with some kassler and kraut.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into an pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy orange-amber color with a small half finger of fizzy white head. The head fades very rapidly, leaving a somewhat persistent level of patchy foam on the surface of the beer and only a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is sweet and hoppy with a nice bready background. The sweet is mostly of a caramel nature but contains some notes of tangerine. The hoppy aromas are mostly of a lemon and grapefruit nature with the malty flavors being a mix of a doughy and grainy smells. Overall a very pleasant aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a doughy taste upfront and a moderately strong caramel sweetness. Upfront there are some lighter notes of hops being predominantly of a light lemongrass taste. Some notes of grapefruit and grass begin getting more pronounced near the middle of the taste with a little bit of graininess and green tea flavor coming as well. At the end a strong dose of hop hits the tongue. The lemongrass and grapefruit grow stronger in intensity with a spicy and herbal flavor joining in as well. The sweet from the beginning mixes well with the big dose of bitterness that comes to the tongue at the end, leaving a satisfying leafy, bitter, and slightly sweet flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the medium to thinner side with a carbonation level that is average. The medium nature of the body is rather nice for maintaining the crisper taste of the beer while all the while still allowing all the nice sweet, malty, hoppy, and spice/grass/herbal flavors to be appreciated.

Overall – This is really one very enjoyable brew. It has a great flavor profile with a large degree of complexity, but yet is still very easy to drink and appreciate. This is one I am definitely going to seek out more often.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.32/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Slightly hazed gold with 1 fingers of white head that dissipates quickly. Low carbonation.

Pear, golden apple, sour dough and lemon.

Pear, golden delicious apple, grapefruit juice and lemon. Bready and doughy malts that carry wafts of booze. Finishes with some lemon zest, dried grass and earth.

Medium plus body, silky, bitter and dry.

O: Perhaps a tad too malty for a Pilsner. Some traces of booze can also be found. I used to really love this either this beer has changed or I have changed.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. 6.7% ABV. 50 IBU

This beer poured a hazy, golden, light-amber color with white foam that was moderate in height and settled to a thin layer but clung to the glass leaving some lacing. The smell was modest but with a sweet malt aroma and light aromatic hops. The taste was sweet up front followed by some aromatic noble hops flavors. Modest bitterness as it is overpower somewhat by the sweet maltiness. The flavor of alcohol could also be discerned. The finish left the taste of hops together with some grainy malt. The body was medium to medium-full with low overall carbonation feel and a sweetness throughout. Hops lingered in the finish. This was not an unpleasant beer, but unlike any German Kellerbier I have had in Germany, and too strong and sweet to be a Pils, though it could fit into the Imperial Pilsner category. I had this beer on my Wants list for over 5 years, and I am glad I finally got to drink a bottle.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden colored and hazy. A small frothy foam head sits on top but fades rather quickly.
For all the carbonation here it does nothing to invigorate the head. A taller denser head would do wonders for the appearance.

I was expecting a better nose. Something along the lines of hoppy spicey pils but I don't get that. Instead it's more of a muddle. Some hops can be percieved butnot much. It's malty and has a sutle toasted malt smell.

The flavor is kinda of flat and muddled too. I was hoping crisp and sharp.
It is hoppy and it is malty and it is bitter but seem like they don't work together.
Drinks thin and flat. Border line lame.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Registering at 7%, the Voodoo pilsner isn't your father's lager. But it is a scaled-up German-style lager that doesn't back off of the proportions. High malt means high alcohol, and high hops to balance. Ya gotta bring your drinkin' shoes for this one!

Pouring a very un-lager-like medium amber color, the tinge of burnt orange and honey may better suggest IPA. It's building head yields a broken sheet of transparent foam to skirt the surface. But where head formation is light, its retention and fishnet lace is quite sexy.

Grain sweetness and earthy character captivate the nose with its mild caramel, raw honey, tobacco, and leafy aromas. Other attributes of lemongrass herbs, sandalwood, and grain must offer muted nuances before the woody hops set in. Fresh shaven bark, light pine, and an overall herbal and minty overtone speaks to the complex hop complements.

The part-grain, part malt taste kicks things off with an even-keel balance that's both sweet, spicy, and rustic in a slightly rye-like kinda way. Immense malt contributions easily bridge bread, dough, and yeast and nearly reach honey-like taste. Stopping shy of pale ale, the beer allows a strong hop presence to steal the show. Minty, woody, grassy, spicy, tea leaves and earthen- the beer is all Saaz-this, Tettnang-that, and with a sprinkle of Speltm, Haullertau and a host of others to create the tobacco, leather, and sassafras flavors that lead into bitterness to signal the beer's finish.

Surprisingly light, yet the Kellerbier registers medium on the palate due to its relatively large body for a lager. But the beer has a slow and lumbering fade from early sweetness and mild creaminess toward a finish of earthen spice and semi-dry warmth.

Compared to the traditional lagers of Germany, this upscaled and asserted version tramples the taste buds and never apologizes for it. It's bold for its own sake and dares you to revel in it. It's a seriously taste lager that will find favor with any fan of IPA- just remember this beer has European roots.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a mostly clear gold with fine white head.

Nose is light grassy malts with citrus hop undertones.

Bitter grassy malt with citrus hops and mildly bready malts.

Medium body with a tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Very drinkable flavorful lager, easy to enjoy, would go good with food or on its own, would definitely have this again.

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Photo of John_M
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Piper's Pub the other day.

The beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with good head retention and considerable sticky lacing all around. The nose is impressive as well, as I pick up considerable cookie dough and white pepper, with some underlying honey and fresh grass as well. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this hoppy beer, and it just seemed as if everything was magnified in this beer. The flavor profile starts out as if the beer will be fairly sweet, with considerable cookie dough and honey. Then the hops kick in, and so the finish is dry, peppery and bitter. Mouthfeel is a bit lean, but I think that works fairly well in this beer. The finish is long and bitter, with some noticeable alcohol as well.

An interesting enough beer, but I prefer the lower alcohol, more drinkable versions from the Vaterland.

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