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KillaPilz | Voodoo Brewery

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Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewery
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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Photo of Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Al's of Hampden - served chilled in a standard pint.
4 4 4.5 4 4.5
The color is mildly hazed golden with visible carbonation and thin white cap w/ tight bead. There is a semi-thin film of lace that collects. The smell is very good with the fragrance of noble hops and some subtle malty aromas which conjure pilsner and some toasted elements with mild spice in the aroma and light floral accent w/ mild bready notes from the yeast. The feel is relatively high in resinous hop texture w/ mildly bitter w/ slight nutty back and semi-dry finish. The light alcohol adds to the complexity and gives a slight pils texture with moderately high carbonation.

The flavor is like a hybrid keller/Imperial pils with strong hops and light spice with mild floral elements and light lemony aspect. The taste is mildly acidic and gently bitter with herbal qualities pretty prominet. and slight tinges of yeast in the flavor give a gentle musty taste which blends fine with the tangy/leafy hop flavor and toastiness of the malt. There is a mellow fruit element in the background. The pils is highly drinkable to me, Keller, Imperial or otherwise it has the things I enjoy from standard pilsners only moreso.

edit -re-review 3-28-15
A - 3.75 S -3.75 M -4 T- 4 O-4

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Photo of goblue3509
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an electic hazy yellow with a slight off white head which gives way to some spotty lacing. The aroma is of grassy notes with some lemon and citrus and a touch of breadiness. The taste is of grass and floral hops with a slight hint of sweetness to it. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Drinkability is good a nice balance and a some and easy drink. The taste has enough complexity to keep you interested.

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Photo of thecarster1
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bomber poured into a pils glass, semi-clear deep golden coloring, loads of carbonation, one plus fingers of dense head fade slowly.

s- grain, lots of hop presence here, this is definitely a kicked up huge pils nose.

t- super pils, it's got a touch of a sweet edge, a bit flowery, bitter hops kick in and take over - noble with some others added in i think - it's a complex mix.

m- medium bodied.

d- really nice, this beer goes down very easily and is enjoyable. it's my first keller/zwickel bier - very tasty though.

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Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no freshness indication poured into a pilsner glass. This brew appears a lightly hazed golden yellow color with 2 fingers worth of large white bubble composed head. It holds quite well atop of the brew and slowly recedes leaving a serious coating of sticky patches of lace work.

The aroma of this brew is herbal and grassy with hops, a slight mineral character emerges as the brew warms. There is a faint light grainy backing to this brew making it all in all a solid smelling example. A very light fruity scent increases along with the alcohol character as this brew warms.

This brew tastes moderately bitter with a flavor that is herbal and earthy. As it warms it has an increased herbal aspect that is almost minty at times. There is a solid grain backing to this brew that provides a pleasant contrast to the hops. The alcohol is fairly well hidden except for an increasing warmth to the back of the throat.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is well balanced and enjoyable to drink. It finishes quite crisp with the hops lasting inside the mouth in both flavor and bitterness. I for one am not familiar with other examples of the Keller Bier / Zwickel Bier style but I approached this as if it was going to be a pilsner and I was pleasantly surprised. It shares some similarities to a pilsner only it is much more hearty in all aspects. It has been too long since I last had this brew, I would certainly have it again.

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Photo of billab914
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
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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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a nice 1 finger white foam head that has good retention. Some spotty lacing.

S: A nice combination of bready and toasted malts with some herbal hops.

T: There is a tasty amount of hops up front, mostly herbal and grassy hops. The hop bitterness is most prevalent up front, but sticks around throughout the whole taste. The bread and toast malt kicks in during the middle and is most obvious on the back end. Nice and sweet ending.

M: A highly carbonated medium bodied lager. Leaves a slightly slick and bitter taste on the palate.

D: This is a great lager to drink. A little more hop character than expected but it certainly does not take away from the beer. I would definitely enjoy this again and again.

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Photo of portia99
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received in a trade with london1o1, poured into an Atlantic Brewing pilsner glass.

A - Pours a mildly hazy pale golden color with a touch of orange kicked in. A finger of fluffy white head rests on top of the beer for a couple of minutes. When it falls, sheets of lacing are left behind on the walls of the glass.

S - Smell is a bit on the low side...I get a combo of grassy, citrusy lemony, and perfumey hops over a mild malt sweetness. Overall, light and crisp - good, if not distinctive.

T - Crisp hop bitterness, lightly biscuity, bready and yeasty. Malt gives a delicate sweetness that doesn't really hold up that well next to the hops. Hops seem to overwhelm the other flavors here a bit too much...a bit more balance would help this one out.

M - On the thin side of medium bodied with a medium to strong carbonation. Hop bitterness throughout gives a mostly dry feel and lingers into the aftertaste.

D - An interesting take on the style. A better hop/malt balance would enhance this one quite a bit. A bit too bitter for what would otherwise be a great summer beer. I'm enjoying, but I think one bottle is enough in a sitting and time to try something else.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip shaped ommegang glass, presented with nice creamy head, that dissipated quickly but clung to the glass nicely. Color is a nice hazy light gold to copper with feint carbonation.

Smell is subdued, but a pilsner malt sweetness followed by solid hop scent with light citrus and pine notes.

Taste is a crisp malt sweetness quickly followed by the hop bitterness with light pine and citrus notes.

Mouthfeel is very nice for this strength, flavors are light and balanced with a good crisp carbonation.

Very drinkable, great flavor just enough hop bitterness and aroma with great pilsner malt flavors.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Poured lightly goldn in color with some oranage undertones. Nice thick white foamy head that hung around for awhile and provided some nice lacing.

S= It smells pretty clean and crisp to me just a little bit of hops in the nose.

T= To me the taste is clean and crisp as well with a little bit of pine bitterness. I really thought for some reason this would be a more "hoppy" beer.

M= Light to medium bodied. Perfect amount of carbonation in this one.

D= Not that strong pretty decent taste would try again and wouldn't mind having a couple of these.

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Photo of IronLover
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky dark yellow in color with a strong foamy light head. Lots of thick sticky lacings. The light malt aroma is trumped by the dominant hop aromas - lemon and grass. There's a hint of yeast aroma that sneaks through after a few sips. Medium to full bodied and very creamy. Malty flavor in the beginning that leads to lemon citrus hop flavors, a hint of yeast and pine hop finish. A very unique lager that went down very smoothly and easily. Glad I bought more than one.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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 DavoleBomb
4.56/5  rDev +15.4%
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 bushbeer75
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bottle not dated

Voodoo Brewing Pilzilla Lager poured a cloudy /hazy orange gold that produced a huge white foamy head with just spotty lacing. The nose and taste was anticipated after reading the label - hops and more hops [especially for a lager], grassy and lemony. Mouth feel is a little smooth and creamy with a crisp lingering bitter finish with a high amount of carbonation that lightly tickles the mouth.

Pilzilla Lager is one of the most flavorful and hoppy lagers I have consumed. The 9 varieties of German, Czech and Polish hops should say it all - Nice job Voodoo.

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Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. The brew is light gold in color with a slight white head. Zesty lemon, and wet hay on the nose. Thfe flavor is light, grassy, and a decent amount of bitterness. The finish lingers for a bit. Nice light body and well carbonated, a smooth, easy drinker. I liked it, IMO it taste like and Imperial pilsner.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a slightly hazed golden color with a fluffy white head that coasters on top. Good lace already. Smells clean and crisp with that very distinct Czech style aroma. Some hops as well. The taste is clean and crisp as well with a slightly sweet start with hops that then kick in. Pine type bitterness that isn't too harsh. Pretty decent for a lager. Light/medium mouthfeel

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Photo of mothman
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
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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Photo of MasterSki
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BrewerDan23 for this extra. This version clocks in at 7% and has nine types of hops, as per the label. Served in a stein.

A - Pours with a thin off-white foam that quickly dissipates to a thin cap. Not much in the way of lace. Body is a hazed white-flesh peach color.

S - Big noble hop aroma, with a interesting combination of herbs, lemon zest, pine, peppery spice, and a touch of cattiness. Not much obvious malt character, with some light sweet grain peaking through.

T - Taste has a zesty kick to it, with some moderate lingering bitterness. Again, malt is in the periphery, contributing some nebulous sweetness and grain. Finish is peppery.

M - Moderate carbonation that is active but soft. Body is medium, and appropriate for the mid-level ABV. Finishes slightly chewy, with some residual enamel-coating oils.

D - I'm not sure how fresh this bottle was, but it was quite good. Would definitely have this one again. Very easy to drink, with the perfect levels of carbonation and bitterness.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A cloudy light yellow-orange color.

S- a nice citrus with a floral scent. Very settle.

T- A real nice taste. Light citrus notes sweet in flavor. Not bitter like other zwickel that use the typical real hoppy hops with that strong citrus and bitterness.

M- Semi-dry very smooth sweet. Real easy to drink.

D- This is a different Pils I had and pretty darn good. Worth a drink again.


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Photo of rmolledo
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Straw colored with a frothy white head. Great lacing. Cloudy.

S: Floral Hops and pils malt.

T: Grassy Earthy hop flavor that leads to a more floral hop finish. Sweet bread like malt flavor. lingering IPA like bitterness. Yeasty. Dry finish.

MF: frothy with moderately to high carbonation.

D: This is like a German Style IPA... but lagered. All in all very enjoyable.

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Photo of nickd717
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber via trade thanks to G311.

Pours hazy copper with a lasting two-finger white head.

The aroma is grassy and floral hops, sweet malt, and green apple.

Flavor is maybe a little faded, but it's hard to tell with no date. Grainy pale malt and grassy and earthy hops.

Medium body with average carbonation.

Good but not great overall. I expected more. Maybe it's not too fresh.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a light orange color with plenty of sediment floating around, tons of white head, fulffy and creamy leaving a solid lace with big retention.

S-lots of dry herbal grassy hops in the nose, fruity notes of yeast, peppery spice, a little nutty and bready in the back.

T-somewhat citrusy and sweet up front, hint of nutty malt, lots of fruity yeast notes,dry herbal hops, a little floral and sweet in the back with a light bitterness.

M-smooth and creamy medium body, well carbonated to balance with a pleasant crisp finish.

D-well balanced and hopped up pilzner, it has a strong yeast presence with great hop profile and a soft creamy feel. well done beer.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:

Slightly hazy dim golden color, excellent head retention as the lacing drops a white veil on the glass. Soft but thick herbal and grassy hop with a clean graininess and a hint of sweetness to make up the nose. The crispness give the smoothness a lot of depth in the moderate-size body. Sweet floral hop flavor surrounds the sharpness of the bitterness. Faint breath of alcohol is clean and a little warming. More herbal flavor seeps in middle to end, lots of hop flavor going around. Sweet kernel of malt sweetness in the middle then a cracker-like graininess in the end. Nutty yeast is present. Hops stick around for a long time in the drying finish.

Long live American Craft Brewers! Raw, flavorful and a little complex, yet very drinkable. This is proof that more brewers need to bring a hoppy lager to the table.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. An extra from seans86. Thanks!

A: Pours an opaque burnt orange. Quite a beautiful shade; it gloves faintly in the light and looks very inviting. The head is less stellar, with short retention and no lace.

S: Lemon rind, grass, pepper. Definitely Noble hops used here. Not much in the way of malt in the nose. It's not very pungent, but agitation serves.

T: Not a lot of malt character; just a light breadiness. A lot of hop flavors and some accompanying bitterness here. Lemon rind is accentuated by leafy, spicy, and grassy hops. It's not revolutionary in the beer world, but it's very flavorful for the style. Hits the spot.

M: Closer to medium bodied than light. Has more body than I expected for a Keller Bier. Quite satisfying. The carbonation could be improved.

D: I like it! I wish we had this one here.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from 12oz bottle obtained in a trade. Pours cloudy bright orange with a smallish white head that quickly recedes to minimal lace. Nose of light hops with some citrus, yeast and cereal malt. There is more hops citrus and bitterness than I had expected along with the same cereal/bread malt and some yeastiness as well. The body is fairly light with average carbonation and a medium finish that features citrus bitterness. The alcohol is a little out of balance, but this beer is still very drinkable.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks G311 for the hook-up. Curious about this one for a while...

A - Pours a golden-orange hue with great frothy tan head and huge lace.

S - Aroma is of German pils grain, with some Belgian pale similarities, some grassy and herbal hop notes too.

T - Huh, this is a strange beast. Not was I was expecting, and not as good as hoped for. Sour-bitter-astringent-plastic flavors, and an almost salty quality. As it airs out, the hop becomes more appreciable.

M - Not awe-inspiring, just ok. Zwickel tends to be just ok in this dept.

D - I am a bit let down. It sounder better than it was.

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KillaPilz from Voodoo Brewery
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 452 ratings
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