KillaPilz | Voodoo Brewery

very good
442 Ratings

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 Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +14.6%
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 +3.5%
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 +0.5%
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 -10.1%
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 -18.8%
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 +3.5%
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 +0.3%
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 -6.5%
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 -5.3%
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 +0.5%
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 +0.5%
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%
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 -13.1%
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 -16.3%
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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Photo of mgbickel
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. The pour yielded a thick, 2 finger pure white head that receded down to a thin, but very dense, layer on top of the hazy, straw yellow body. Lots of sticky lace line the sides of the glass...

The nose has some fruits (lemon, apricot) up front, followed by a grainy, barley character. Some hoppiness is also present, but subdued. You can also detect some malt if agitated.

Hmmm...the hops are more prevalent in the flavor than in the nose. You pick up the bitterness right at the start and it lasts until the finish...lingering in the background the entire drink. Lots of barley/grassy flavors in the center give way to a (almost bready) malty finish.

Medium mouth feel, somewhat creamy yet oily, with moderate to high carbonation.

This is very drinkable and refreshing. Not sure why it took me so long to try this one, but I will keep a lot of these stocked!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pilzilla, from Voodoo Brewing

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, a murky and hazy dark gold in color.

Smell: Definately hoppy, floral and fruity.

Taste: A hoppy beer with a well developed malt backbone of Munich 2 row barley, adding a dark roasted chocolatey note. Hops from 3 different countries are used, lingering spiciness, as well as some lemon and tea notes.

Mouthfeeel: Medium bodied and well carbonated.

Drinkability: An odd beer but one I found rather enjoyable.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At Hawthorne's last night.

Hazy orange with a dense white head with great retention and nice lacing, this is a good looking beer. The nose is strange. There's a great pils backbone, bready and doughy but with a strange metallic/solventy harshness. Mildly cheesy too. The palate is a lot better, opening moderately sweet with doughy and sugary malt. A bit too sweet, there's moderate hop palate mid-palate that's green. Lingering hop character in the finish, this beer is medium-light in body and has moderate carbonation.

**Edit 13 March 2011**
G311 sent me a bottle of this. Thanks, Vince! This smells and tastes nicer than. Lightly soapy on the nose, but still intensely German hop character. Not really a deep pilsner malt nose, but with some dough. Opening with plenty of hop flavor and a pleasant bitterness, this is a bastardized pilsner that's actually rather enjoyable. A lot drier than the 12oz bottle I last had as well.The mouthfeel is also great, I'm really digging this. I'm upping the M score by 0.5

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No bottled date on label, 7% abv. Poured into a SA special lager glass. Slightly hazed orange with a lovely inch of white froth. Quite nice looking glass of beer. Aroma of freshly baked sourdough bread, wet cut grass and wheat crackers. Crisp and bready with a mouthful of resiny hops. The hop flavor leans towards piney, maybe even spruce tips. Malty yet fragrant.
Great looking webbed lacing. Finishes bitter and clean. Very nice.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky golden yellow pour with two fingers of head and sticky lacing.

Aroma is great for the style. Clean biscuity and sweet malts with just the right dose of hops that are a mix of floral and citrus.

The flavor is also quite nice and really great for the style. Very clean malt taste and a nicely complex yet subtle hop profile.

The body is medium and the carbonation is at appropriate levels.

This is just an all-around fantastically drinkable beer. If I had it available to me it would be my year-round session beer for sure even though the ABV is a bit higher than I would like for that purpose. Highly recommended.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.12/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pilsner: Three fingers of rocky white head that drops to a thick coating & leaves lacing like thermal insulation. Straw-gold body, clear but a little cloudy, with mild nucleation.

Smell is very enticing: Clean, cracker-like malt with just a hint of sugar, like white wine, alongside hops like pepper & lemon zest. Brisk, modest, invigorating smell.

Bitterness & dryness really take over in the taste, making it much more peppery -- a little too much for my liking. The light crackery sweetness starts off but then doesn't get anywhere, quickly overcome by the peppered-up hops. A tiny bit of some sweet spice in the aftertaste (anise?), but that's about it. Disappointing.

Medium-light-bodied, active enough. Though it's not a huge presence, the tastebuds get a little overwhelmed from the spicy hop ambush.

Big difference from nose to mouth! Too bad, because I really remember liking this the once I tried it before. What was good in the smell I guess didn't translate so well to the taste. I'd give it another chance based on past experience, but this was just not doing it for me.

EDIT: The pepper subsided after a bit, leaving a decent bready character. Decent, but not great enough to bump the overall taste up substantially (moved from 2.0 to 2.5).

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Photo of morimech
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, pale orange color with a large white head that had excellant retention. Patches of merange type lacing. Quite a bit of European hops in the aroma. It smells spicy, floral, and earthy. A little cracker-like malt as well. The hops give more of a bitter quality than adding much of a flavor component. Dry qualities from the malt with some lemon and pepper in the finish. It has good flavor, just wish a little more hop flavor from the 50 IBUs. With the 7% ABV, alcohol is well masked and barely detectable. The body is light and crisp. Nice carbonation. Good lager qualities. A different take on an European lager that is very good. Would definately like to try this again.

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Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a cloudy gold with a small white head that slowly fades into a small, whispy cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of hoppy, cut grass, citrus, with some freshly baked bread. Notes of lemony zest come through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy, crisp, and dry.

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Photo of Morey
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This monster of a lager poured a pale yellow-orange color that seems to have the slightest haze going on. Impressive fluffy white head that is slowly settling, yet is leaving a nice lace behind.

Has that "lager" aroma going on to be sure. But there are also some nice hops in the nose as well.

Taste is a nice blend of a smooth lager coupled with a pleasant zing from the hops. Definitely not Prima Pils hoppy, but it's on the hoppy side for a lager no questions asked.

Nice smooth light mouthfeel. No big carbonation getting in the way of the flavors which is a plus.

I could easily session this brew.

Morey's Bottom Line: Well....I'm an ale guy. That being said, this is a well crafted lager that I could see myself drinking from time to time (especially in the warmer months). The only down side is the price tag.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the lower class beers I have not been seeking out the dreaded Pilzilla! It hit my local store (in a theater near you) so I finally picked up a bottle.

A - Actually very hazy for a pilsner which is awesome because pilsner usually reminds me of pee water.
S - Grassy malts and grains. I could swear a bit of farmhouse funk.
T - Big earthy malt flavor with a moderate hop bite that lingers on the tongue. Loved it
M - Not too heavy (maybe for some) but this is one of the best pilsner I ever had next to Samuel Adams version. Very tasty.
D - Defiantly better than my last review of tire bite. This has renewed my faith from the hate from BMC on my T-buds that pilsner's are a watery bitter mess.

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KillaPilz from Voodoo Brewery
3.98 out of 5 based on 442 ratings.
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