Pils | Heater Allen Brewing

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Brewed by:
Heater Allen Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: Bohemian Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as "Pale Lager Beer".
1.012 BG, 5.0%, 38 IBU, 3.8 SRM

Added by msubulldog25 on 12-15-2007

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Ratings: 112 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle. Slight haze. Golden body. Smells of soft pilsner malt and floral hops. Quite malty on the nose. Tastes of an equally hefty malt flavor. A touch sweet at first, a little bready, and then a substantial hop flavor starts to bitter it. Just shy of aggressive. Spicy hops cut the sweetness back. Finish is equal parts malt and bitterness. Really well-made pilsner that maintains its American aspects while still respecting its roots.

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Photo of MNAle
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a footed pilsner glass. Tall white thick creamy head, receding slowly. Clear (slight haze) bright golden color with columns of bubbles rising. Beautiful looking pilsner. Aroma of bread and spice. Mild grass. Moderate mouth feel, crisp, tingly. Taste is as the aroma: bready malts, spice, with a slight hops bittering in the middle, growing into the bready/grassy finish, leaving a moderately bitter aftertaste, which lingers for awhile. Just about spot on for the style. A top notch American-brewed Czech pilsner.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours light gold with a white head. Aroma is grainy and floral. Taste is somewhat spicy/hoppy. Feel is medium to high carbonation. Overall, a very good pilsner.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one pours a clear and vivid straw yellow color, with a small fluffy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like rich bready malt, sharp grassy and spicy hops, and a slight grainy quality.

This is really quite excellent- one of the best American made pilsners out there for sure- near the ranks of places like Suarez, Notch, and pFriem. It's got a firm and strong hop character- delightfully spicy and grassy, with a rich malty backbone- bready, and just slightly sweet. This is just super well balanced.

This is light bodied, crisp and utterly clean, with zero off-flavors or flaws apparent.

This is rather incredible, and one of the best examples of the magic of the pilsner style.

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Photo of wasatchback
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is as close to lager perfection as you get in the US. Cold fermentation and natural carbonation make the world of difference. Blows the doors off PU in flavor and aroma. I’m not as big a fan of Czech pils as I am of German Pils but this stands out. Props to Heater Allen for giving a fuck about traditional brewing practices. The difference is noticeable. Such unbelievably well made beer. Top three pils for me and I’ve had a lot of them.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It’s like a different world, you know? It’s like IPA’s, Imperial Stouts, and Sour Ales live in this glamorous world partying on the beach, eating caviar, and fornicating with supermodels. Then you have Czech Pilsners; they aren’t parting on the beach, they aren’t invited to do blow, and they aint bumping uglies with supermodels. But you know what? To me, Czech Pilsners should be invited to the party. They are sleek, they are sexy, and they are tasty. And what we have here in Heater Allen Pils is exactly that: it does the trick! Beautifully balanced like Kate Beckinsale (doing whatever she does), and it’s tasty like Carnies after midnight! (Look it up.) I love this beer. Sure, it may not speak to me like the Mona Lisa, but it’s beautiful like your third child that you are supposed to love.

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Photo of twelveinches
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of InfernoBoss
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kingtusk
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gandres
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle from the Heater Allen Brewery, McMinnville, Oregon poured to tulip glass
Sight: very good, Amber, yellow orange liquid, small foam, hazy
Smell: very good Malty, not a lot aroma, nothing bad either
Taste: very good ,Low bitterness, sweet compared to other beers, very good
Mouthfeel: very good light mouthfeel, even with the higher alcohol, very good follow through, sweet finish, long bitter aftertaste
Overall: very good beer, ok to repeat but not look for

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Hard to argue it's near perfect appearance as it puts a clear straw to light gold with a huge pillowy white head that has excellent retention and lacing.

Smells of freshly baked bread and spicy, floral hops.

Flavor follows with a even blend of biscuits and grassy, spicy hops.

Feel is light and crisp, but has an earthy lingering bitterness that seems just a touch inappropriate.

Overall, this is a great US made Pilsner in the vein of its Czech inspirations, and I would gladly recommend any fan of a good traditional Pilsner to try it.

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Photo of cbutova
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Seattle review dump.

A- 500ml pours a hazy very pale yellow brew atop which a massive several finger head forms. The cap has a thick and frothy texture and great retention. Thick pillows of lace connected by webs.

S- Pils grains with a mostly clean lager base sans a few hints of pale fruits and bread. Spicy and floral hops aside straw, herbal, grassy, cereal and mineral water hints.

T- Flavorful and fulfilling malty base without any muddling of flavors or intruding sweetness. Rich cereal and pils grains complimented by Noble hops which drop spicy, grassy, herbal and floral notes. Balanced all the way with a clean yeast base.

MF- Creamy and somewhat silky consistency to a light-medium body. Crisp and fairly dry with a clean bitterness in the end.

A very solid US soil Pilsner. The malts and hops both bring signature flavors and in the end it is all about the balance and clean lager ferment.

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Photo of Rub_This_BBQ
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: straw hay with a slight haze and bright white head that fades
N: faint hint sweet malt which over takes the floral hops was looking for a touch more
T: nice bread /sweet malt taste that finish with some hop bitterness
M: well carbonated with clean crisp and touch dry
O: a great drinkable pils I was glad i was able to track down and enjoy and wish I lived closer so i could have a stead supply

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Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rab53
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Skrumpy
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap, first beer from this brewery. Straw colored, mostly clear. Thin, white head with streak lacing. Aroma is slightly floral with some bread malt and herbs. The flavor is herbal/grassy with hints of lemon and floral. Some bread malt as well. A bit bitter in the hoppy aftertaste, but very drinkable. A good beer overall.

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Photo of aggiearcher13
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bomber bottled on 7/25/16. First time I've had anything from these guys and I'm a big fan of this beer. A little thin on the head, could be the pour, could be the glass, could be the beer, not a big deal. Color is pretty much spot on, on the darker side for the style. Grassy aroma, spicy and even a lemon. Flavor is grassy and spicy with a good malt backbone. Mouthfeel is amazing, so much body for the style. Overall, this is a hard beer to beat. I'll be tracking it down next time I'm out that way.

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Photo of AdamSkylar
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jason_nwx
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PZBREW
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not my favorite style. Not favorite beer. But the best pilsener I have had!

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Photo of sharpski
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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