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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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Tim, for the bottle. Muchas Gracias

Appearance -- Pours a hazy amber hue with a tuft of foamy white head.

Smell -- Crisp pilsner malt, biscuit, plum and honey sweetness, floral and musky hops. I like it.

Taste -- Slightly sweeter than the nose would suggest: simple syrup on biscuits with a dry pils malt finish. Quite hoppy with floral overtones, grass and leafy hop flavor, and a low, penetrating earthy bitterness. Lingering flavors of pilsner malt and earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with high frothy carbonation; saison-like. Overcarbonated for my liking.

Overall -- Pretty good! An admittedly narrow field in the US, this was pretty nice. My only significant critique is the high carbonation level: well beyond crisp lager and into the saison/bier brut category.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a great mix of pilsner malt with some peaches and grass from the hops mixed in. The flavor is also very nice. I get a lot of pine and grass notes from the hops, as well as some biscuit and pilsner malt. There is also a nice spice component that really adds to the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of nhindian
3.47/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Bocktown for their Local Celebration!

A - Pours a hazy straw color, with darker flecks of orange dispersed throughout the body. I had this on tap, and Bocktown likes to fill to the brim, so there wasn't much head, but what little there was was snow-white with okay retention given the small amount of it. The lacing appears to stick at first, but then falls quickly.

S - The nose is exceptionally grassy and floral, and almost smells sticky to an extent. Some biscuit malts at first which blend into a crisp apple and grape component. Makes me think of a pils on steroids.

T - The taste seemed to be bursting with freshness, exuding flavors of lemongrass, citrus, flowers, and bulging with bitter hops. As it warms, a somewhat awkward smokiness arises which I can't place. Malty at first with some slight breadiness and caramel. The finish has a good amount of citrus and bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with decent carbonation. The bitterness is definitely the long-lasting component here, lasting well into the aftertaste and nearly numbing the palate.

D/O - Drinkability is decent.I found myself really enjoying the grape, citrus, and apple notes in this beer a bit more than the malts, which are clearly overshadowed. The hops are really a slam on the palate, and while refreshing at first, I found it growing heavy near the end of the glass.

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Photo of beer2day
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lemon gold with pale 1-finger cream head. Decent lace and surprisingly good head retention.

Lemon citrus nose with a decent hop component. Definite lager yeast/malt flavor, but the lemony hops mix well.

Sweet lemon hit, but very fleeting. Hops jump all over the tongue after that with more lemon, bright citrus, and a very tart dry finish. Even a touch of hop resin at the very end. Well done.

Body matches the flavors very well. Just right, not too thick and not too thin. Touch of syrup goes along with the hop resin.

A very nice surprise. Not sure what to expect, but got more than I hoped for. Good warm weather drinker.

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Photo of bum732
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

S: A pronounced floral component, yeasty quality, raw pilsner grain.

L: Clear straw yellow, white dense, creamy head with great retention and amazing lacing.

T: Sweet pilsner malt with a slight cracker component. Medium herbal bitterness leads to some spicy hoppiness. Finishes fairly dry with an almost spicy, roasty component. Roastiness may be from some mineralness. Very interesting hop component.

M: Meidum full body, medium low carbonation.

Too sweet and missing that crispness with a creamy body that doesn't feel right in a pils. Unique hop flavor that i enjoyed, but not sure if i enjoyed the malt component.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Split out of a 22oz bottle. Was better than average, just expected better. A full flavored pilsner, easy drinking, but more frutiy flavor and thinkness than your normal pilsner. Being a big fan of a crisp crafty pils, this one jsut was above average for me. Defintiley worth a try in a 6 pack or 22oz. bottle.

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Photo of siege06nd
2.27/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A bottle brought back from the great state of PA by my good buddy B0knows. Thanks, Brett!

A: Uh oh. No head to speak of, just a few lonely, mournful bubbles. I've seen this happen before in flat growlers. But this is a bottle. What the...? Anyways, the beer itself looks really good. A cloudy, murky yellow orange. Beer looks very good. Head retention is awful and has me dreading the first sip.

S: Faintest of hops and some light citrus sweetness. Not much here, but what there is is good.

T: Aw man. A mild bitterness, a strange herbal waxy quality. I've never had this style so this could be what it's supposed to taste like, but I'm not digging it. It's a thin, bitter, waxy beer. Gross.

M: It feels flat. Carbonation is too light to dull what is a pretty bad taste. Watery and unimpactful.

O: This beer was super cold when I poured it, which may have influenced the utter lack of any discernible head. Otherwise, I'd have to conclude I got a bad bottle. This thing was flat, waxy, and extremely unlikable. Maybe it's the style, but I can't believe this is what the brewer's intended. An utter disappointment. Will revisit if given the chance to determine what exactly in the hell this was.

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Photo of philbe311
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Three full fingers of ultra crisp pure white cappuccino like whipped frothiness... Excellent retention... The head subsides slightly and becomes rather lopsided, but never fades... Beyond loaded with vibrant swirling rapid paced carbonation... The color is an exceedingly pale straw yellow... There is a very slight haze... A bit of chunky lacing clings to the glass...

S - Bursting with clean crisp grains... Some mild lemon notes... Lots of subdued floral notes... Simple, straight forward and quite intoxicating...

T - Lemon is first... A wide variety of grainy notes... Floral and earthy notes as well... The deep finish has a nice hop bite the rises and then lingers for a bit...

M - Light to medium bodied... Lots of mild but bristling carbonation... Sleek... Clean... Crisp... A bit of lushiness... A bit of creaminess...

D - Nicely executed... Subtle and powerful both at the same time... Quaffable... Loaded with character... Loaded with flavor... Loaded with complexity... This one is also a bargain to boot... Voodoo is a very underrated appreciated brewery that deserves wider attention... This is very good stuff and highly recommended...

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this beer from Jwiss22. Thanks Justin!

22oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - lightly hazed golden color with a white head that thinned down to a layer.

S - grass and lemon zest.

T - very good balance of tart lemon zest and sweet malt.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel.

O - it's good.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Curt for this one.

A: The pour is a hazed golden orange color with almost no head; just a thin ring of white foam.

S: There is a pronounced sweetness to the aroma which is consists mostly of apples. A fair amount of malt and bread to it with a light yeastiness and some floral hop notes. There is a bit of biscuit malt that comes through on the back end.

T: Floral and spicy hops with a slight bitterness to it and some grass. Green apple peels and a mild sweetness. There is sort of an aspirin aftertaste to it, unfortunately. Some light citrus notes come through, too.

M: Light to medium in body with a low to medium level of carbonation.

O: The aroma was quite nice, but the flavor fell short, especially with the bitterness and aspirin notes.

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

Never had this style before, so it seemed like a good beer for new beer Sunday. I've also never tried a Voodoo beer. Here we go. I poured the beer from a bomber into a tulip glass. Big, fluffy head, with a hazy, golden body underneath. Has a bit of floral, spicy scent. Hmm. This is an interesting taste, unlike any beer I've ever had. Kind of an earthy, pungent grassy taste. Not sure what kind of hops bring that to the table. There's a slightly bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is standard. Not too thick, slightly carbonated. This is pretty tasty, but probably not my favorite type of beer. I might have one every now and then. I'd like to try more of Voodoo's beers.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, no date.

appears cloudy, pale straw color with fluffy white white. good head rentention, and good lacing.

aroma and taste are dominated by grassy, bright hop flavor. a bit of sweet corn like malt flavor to counter the hops. clean flavors. body is thin, with higher carbonation.

my first beer of this rare style, glad I tried it.

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

Poured from tap into a standard pint glass at TJs in Paoli PA.

A: A medium to light golden color with a one finger white head. No glass lacing.

S: Sweet bready malts with fruity notes of apple, grape and lemon. Some grassy hoppy notes fill in.

T: Lots of sweet fruit flavors with apple, green grape, lemon and a bit of pineapple. The sweet bready biscuit malts take over the fruit flavors and allow some grainy grassy hops to come towards the back. Still, the bready sweetness wins out at the finish and squashes the slight hops bitterness that was found.

M: Medium and coating, but not in a great way. Sweetness seems to squash what hops poke through.

O: Definitely not a classic pils, but this is labeled as a Keller or Zwickel so one could expect something a little different. Still, this is a bit too sticky sweet for this style as it needs to be crisper and hoppier.

Not a pilsner for sure, so if you are looking for that in this beer, forget it. Maybe it fits the Zwickel category better but it's not a keller or classic pils if you ask me. A decent beer, but not something I would ever seek out. I think all of our awesome other PA pils kills my taste buds for this beer. Shame, because I love the dark Voodoo beers.

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

Review from notes during our blind tasting. Thanks to Jeff for bringing this!

Poured a light yellow/honey color, mildly hazy but nothing to detract from. Fluffy white head. Aroma is light, very slightly bready, sweet, and a peculiar lemon drop bouquet. A very hoppy beer. Lots of grass, lemon peel, touch of earthy bitterness in the finish. An effervescent, light, and easy drinking beer. Quite delicious.

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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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Photo of VMWhelan
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale orange with a finger and a half of fluffy white head.

Nose is dominated by piney, resiny German hops and lemon zest. Slight lager yeast is the nose, but the hops overpower.

Taste is dominated by the hops as well. Some bready pilsener flavors come through underneath, followed by a nice sweetness. The citrus from the hops really comes out in this one.

Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. Easy to drink, with no noticeable alcohol, and quite tasty.

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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 jzeilinger
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a two fingered bright white head and nice amounts of staying carbonation.

S - Zesty lemon rinds, pepper, herbs, bready malt, and grass. Aroma smells crisp in the nose.

T - Mimics the nose with a healthy dose of grass and lemons up front, migrating into a citrus and piney bitter finish. The malt is more evident up front but once the citrus bitterness kicks in, the malt is completely buried. Leaves the mouth with a little peppery spice and alot of lingering grapefruit bitterness. Very crisp and punchy on the palate.

M - This beer is incredibly THICK and heavy bodied for a Pilsner, way off the style, but I absolutely love it! I get a little warming in the back of the throat even though it's only 6.7%.

O - I've always liked this beer, it's dialed in for the real hop heads in the crowd and delivers the goods in a very aggressive manner for a Pils. Great job Voodoo! Fist pump!

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to JM03 for the want!!

A - Pours a sunny yellow/orange color, hazy opaque, with a big 2 finger fluffy head that laces well. Looks bubbly and crisp.

S - Nice crisp, sweet citrus, bready yeast character, slightly spicy and herbal. Light malt sweetness.

T - Lightly tart, sweet citrus. Herbal and slightly spicy. Yeasty and malty, with a slight sweetness and breadiness. It's got a lot of things going on, and they're yummy!

M - Crisp, light and slick. Coats just a hair, leaving a nice linger.

D/O - Drinkability is great, and overall, this is a rich and tasty frankenstein of a pils! Lovin' it!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of my tax day bender. Poured into a tulip because I was too lazy to get up and get a pilsner glass. Beer is yellow with a mild haze and a diffuse head that leaves very little lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and a little bitter, biting, smells nice.

Beer is thin and wet up front but finishes rather dry with an odd bitterness to it. It is almost sandy on the finish, gritty. Are these from the hops? It is not an unenjoyable beer, it is about what you'd expect from a keller but there is something about that that makes it not measure up in my mind. I think the finish was just too harsh for my tastes. I'd have ti again on draft, out of the bottle probably too. It was fine.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pure white foamy head erupts from the orange-copper, hazy body and really takes its time before dissipating to leave a dense sticky lacing clinging to the glass.

The generous crisp hop aromas jump from the glass followed by some lager malt. The hop aromas are just as varied as advertised providing hints of citrus and floral and even grass or pine.

The flavor is immediately hoppy with citrus zest and grassy, possibly a touch floral with a bready, chewy maltiness mid-palate and then back to the hop bitterness punch to finish.

Wow, is this beer clean. It just tastes very pure with its light to medium body and generous carbonation with a nice punch of flavors.

This was a great beer of a style I really need to try again. Well-done Voodoo.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to PittRooney for this little gem!

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into an SA perfect pint glass. no freshness date. listed as 7% alc., 50 IBU's, 9 varieties of hops.

pours out a very nice clear golden color, just a trace of haze. big fluffy, pure white head, great retention, left a thick layer. lots of sticky lace. looks like a great pils.

not as big of an aroma as i was hopeing for. your usual mineral, somewhat sulfer like lager yeast is most noticable, next would be some lemony citrus, leafy hop balanced by some grains.

the hops show up more in the taste. lots of lemony citrus, earthy, floral, somewhat spicy hop flavors with some mineral lager yeast, and some grains. mostly hop forward. finishs with a decent amount of lingering bitterness.

super clean, crisp, and refreshing mouthfeel. lots of sharp biterness left on the palate. light on the palate, i wouldve guessed more like 5%. drinks very easily, exspecially during the summer.

im not really a huge fan of pilsners or lagers in general, but i definatly have respect for this one. has a very nice hoppy bite too it. definatly try this if you can find it. just as good if not better than pilsner urquell IMHO.

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Photo of mbaratta1982
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very hazy beer for a pils. nice gold/orangey color with one finger of head that fades quickly. lots of bready and lager yeast smells backed up by a good hop profile. mild sweetness from pils malt upfront, definitely taste the variety of hops used and finishes with some nice spiciness. Feels a little thin for what I was expecting. An enjoyable drink. Not a classic Pilsner but they are trying to be. enjoy

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikesgroove for this one! Made it easy to get this style off my list.

A: Pours a hazy orange/light amber color with a one finger slightly off white head full of very fine bubbles. Head settles down to a thin layer of bubbles along the top. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Very grassy with a nice hop aroma, slightly citrusy, but not over the top at all. There is also some lemon and a little but of peppery spice.

T: Starts off with a little bit of a bready malt taste. Overall it has a very pilsner like flavor profile with a nice hop addition. Very grassy and floral hops, some lemon and a little bit of orange. The pepper shows up again on the finish.

M: Slightly higher than medium bodied, definitely a little thicker than expected, but very crisp.

O: Really liked this one, has a nice mouthfeel and tasted very fresh. My first sampling of this style, and it came off kind of like a hoppy pilsner, sort of similar to DFH My Antonia, but certainly not as hoppy.

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

Pours a slightly murky gold. Visible carbonation and a medium sized, persistent head. Smell is somewhat unique. Very floral, sweet and mellow. Taste is immediately bitter hops. Herbal hop finish. A very subtle cakey sweetness rounds it out although it's really just a background note to the hops. Still it adds a really nice unique note to this beer that I really like. Full bodied and well carbonated. Very easily drinkable. I really love a good pils (or keller bier). And I've enjoyed some other American takes on some of these German styles (like Victory's Prima Pils). This is perhaps the best example of this- really great stuffl.

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KillaPilz from Voodoo Brewing Company
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