KillaPilz | Voodoo Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
439 Ratings
KillaPilzKillaPilz
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
voodoobrewery.com

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!!

Added by WVbeergeek on 07-05-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
439
Reviews:
207
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
11.03%
 
 
Wants:
108
Gots:
47
For Trade:
1
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours out as a golden yellow color with a fluffy white head on it. The lacing isn't too bad. The smell is a lot like a pilsner but its also has a nice hop aroma too. The taste is hoppy enough to mask the grassy flavor. The mouthfeel is pretty carbonated and had a light body. Overall not a bad beer at all, I could drink this one again.

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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow and has a slight amount poured with a thin white head that died down ever so slightly, leaving a thin head that nearly covered the entire surface.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of floral and spicy hops in the nose.
T: The taste has complex flavors of hops with notes of citrus and spices as well as bready malts. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with hints of chewiness.
O: This is a good lager with a complex and interesting taste.

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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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4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale honey color with one of the biggest heads imaginable; it was a delicate balance pouring the beer while keeping the foam from gushing out of the bottle; the lacing is great, not surprisingly

Smell: Lots of noble hops waft atop the bready malts

Taste: It takes about a nanosecond for the hops to jump all over the malt and they don't let go once they have achieved supremacy; the noble hop flavors are grainy, grassy and a bit herbacious at the finish, with a white pepper edge

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Cut down a tad on the carbonation and this brew would be outstanding; as it is, it is not too shabby, at all

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of largadeer
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A gentle pour into a pils glass left me with about six inches of foam and a hint of beer beneath it. 15 minutes later this one is drinkable, though the head is still enormous. The liquid itself is a pale straw color, hazy and almost opaque toward the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: Hoppy as hell, they must have used a motherload of saaz in this stuff. The hop character is herbal and slightly earthy with that signature noble hop aroma.

Taste & mouthfeel: Immensely hoppy, it took me a few sips to actually pick out any malt flavors here. The hops have a biting herbal quality to them, almost tea-like with undetones of lemon peel and resin. Malt is present, but barely; this stuff is incredibly imbalanced and makes no amends for it. The finish is - you guessed it - hoppy and bitter. Oily and sappy are two words that come to mind.

Notes: Got this one from Darkerthebetter as an extra - thanks a ton! Very interesting stuff here, unique and well-crafted. It's good to see American breweries experimenting with these obscure styles.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of LXIXME
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a cloudy slightly-darkened yellow that is very hazy. A nice, lofty white head forms and sits for quite some time. Nice and thick with good, sticky lace on the way down. The nose brings some light citrus notes along with light, sweet grain. The taste brings some Noble hops with a bit of flowers in addition to some light fruit, grain, and dough. Mouthfeel is nice and thin with good carbonation. This is a really good American rendition on an underutilized style.

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Photo of mothman
3.23/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pilsner glass.

Pours 1 finger of white head. Fades down a bit. Leaves some nice lace rings. Color is a hazed pale straw yellow.

Aroma: Grassy hops. Light fruit esters and pale bready malts.

Taste: Very odd floral/perfume like flavors. It is kind of herbal. Maybe some rose petal flavor. Then the pale bready malts hit again.

Mouthfeel: Bitter with some creaminess. The alcohol shows. Light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, a very interesting take on the style. Decent, but the taste has a bit of an odd flavor to it. Not as clean as I would like it to be. Decent drinkability.

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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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3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the South Philly Tap Room, Philadelphia, PA. 08/07/2009. From notes:

Hazy golden with orange highlights. Frothy bright white head settles rather quickly. Limited lacing. (Possible dirty glass).

The aroma is kind of non-descript as far as hop varieties go. With a name like PILZILLA I was expecting Saaz, but I don't really get that. It's kind of grassy and leafy with a hint of citrus(?), but it's not really even that bright. And to be honest, given the name I'd expect it to be much hoppier in the nose.

The flavor toddles down the same path, and it's not the crisp and clean maltiness that I was expecting of a Pils (or a big Pils), but more of a flabby and caramel-tinged base. That is then injected with hop flavors that are: grassy, leafy, herbal, and citrusy (lemon). It's solidly malty, solidly hoppy, and solidly bitter - balanced!!! - but somehow not spectacular. It almost seems like homebrew in that there's kind of a mish-mosh going on, and focus is lacking. - One point, be it malt or hops or yeasty fruitiness or bitterness, has to slightly stand out, and that's not happening. - So, I can say it's rounded, but to be honest, it's not really that rounded, it's just all lumped together.

It finishes OK, and there are some hops present to be sure.

Perhaps I was thrown by the name and expecting more, but what I find is a hoppy lager that clocks in at around 70 IBUs and 7% abv without much pedigree. It's OK, but refinement and focus are needed.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall thin and fizzy white head that reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts with stronger aromas of spicy and floral hops.

T: The beer starts out with a moderate flavor of bready malts that then leads to the complex hop flavors. There are notes of citrus, spicy, and floral hop flavors. Additionally, there is a light amount of lingering bitterness but it does fade.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Lightly chewy.

O: Very enjoyable, easy to drink, and a very nice pairing with spicy foods (in my case Malaysian). I have tried a previous year's years and like the fact that it changes a little bit (subtly) each year.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of billab914
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Starr Hill shaped glass. It poured a hazy, pale orange color with a big foamy head overflowing from the glass. It had some very nice head retention as I drank it and also left some thick lacing on the glass.

The aroma shows a lot of orange and lemon zest to it along with some grassy and floral notes. Some light pilsner malt is barely noticeable behind the hops. Pretty nice and interesting hoppy aroma to it overall.

The taste also shows off some orange and lemon flavors, but they are more like the bitter rind of the fruit with just a touch of brighter citrus. A little of the pilsner malt is present and gives it a nice base. The finish has more of the bitter orange rind flavors that linger for a bit.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being on the higher side. Drinkability was pretty decent, I liked the fruity and bitter hoppiness it brought. Pretty nice beer overall and went down pretty easy this evening.

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4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fogged lemon peel with the slightest orange tint imaginable. There was a huge escape of gas on crown cracking, along with a finger of foam that shot out the bottle neck and was barely corraled into the pint glass. The bright white crown is supremely stiff, ridiculously rocky and is depositing hunks and chunks of foam all over the damn place. The wild look matches the name perfectly.

The aroma is as expected for a lager that uses 9 different German, Czech and Polish hops. I can't name 9 different German, Czech and Polish hops, must less identify them by smell. Saaz is dominant. The beer smells... uh... pils-like. It's grassy and lemony and musky and white peppery. I love it.

If you think a jacked-up, hopped-to-the-hilt pilsner (okay... kellerbier) sounds great, then PILZILLA is for you. The malt backbone (pale with a little Vienna) is on the spindly side, but there's enough to take the edge off what could have been a withering alpha acid attack. The brewers need to continue to add more malt if they plan to increase the ABV and the hops each year.

The top notes belong to hops. The flavor profile includes freshly zested lemons, bitter greens, white pepper and assorted herbs and spices. This isn't stupendously complex beer, but it more than makes up for it by saturating the taste buds with an explosive amount of flavor.

Amazingly enough, the carbonation isn't a complete nuisance, possibly because the beer sat for a spell prior to the first sip. If anything, by midbottle, it could use a few more bubbles.

This Voodoo Company brew is probably best thought of as a double pilsner, despite what the brewery claims. Having said that, they do refer to it as a pilsner on their website and they obviously chose the name for a reason. In any case, PILZILLA is outstanding beer that would, no doubt, cause the same panicked stampede among Bud drinkers as Godzilla caused in Tokyo.

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KillaPilz from Voodoo Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 439 ratings.
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