Heater Allen Brewing

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Bohemian Pilsener
Ranked #2
Ranked #3,161
4.18 | pDev: 10.05%
Heater Allen Brewing
Oregon, United States
Notes: Formerly known as "Pale Lager Beer".
1.012 BG, 5.0%, 38 IBU, 3.8 SRM
Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 121 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Squire
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful clear yellow gold color with white cap and lacing.

An enticing aroma of sweet, bready malt and spicy hops.

Malt driven taste up front with an emphasis on bready character. Touch of sweetness that resolves into dryness, then a firm spicy, herbal hop character. That sounds simple but this beer is complex and sophisticated with layered hop and malt flavors. A multifaceted brew that's so well made it makes the complex seem simple.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

This is an exciting lager that easily ranks with European best.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

ive never had a beer from these guys nor even heard of them before this one, but what an excellent brew this is, a pretty much perfect example of the style, super drinkable, and really a fine pairing with heavy saucy italian food, which is always a tough space for beer, i really was impressed by this. the golden color of this really pops in the glass, and the head is high and white from the can, a pretty beer, looks delicate and very much alive, just what i want from a pils like this. smells and tastes fresher than the imports ever do, but with similar characteristics as the good ones, with a nice clean crackery grain base with some sweetness up front and more of a dry earthy back end, lightly baked maybe, but super crisp. the yeast is european for sure, ferments this to very dry, and has a nice bready taste to it, the essence of lager here. the hops meanwhile are also very fresh, and pretty high bitterness to make the finish even more crisp, and contribute a subtle meyer lemon and wet lawn thing that really gives this quite a well rounded flavor overall. its clean and new again on each sip, aided by excellent carbonation, and overall this is just refreshing, flavorful, and bright. i could drink a dozen of these, and actually i want to. as good an american made pils as i have encountered in a really long time. fantastically well done, a pleasant surprise! definitely looking to get my lips on some more of their beers, are they all this good?!

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Photo of chezztone
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This is like a concentrated pilsner, very strong appropriately sharp hoppiness and bready malt. But it has a heavier body than most Czech pilsners, with an accompanying sweetness that balances that sharp hoppiness in a very nice way. It's a comfortable beer in a way that many authentic pilsners are not. And despite that heavier body it still comes in at only 5.1 percent alcohol! What a nice beer. I'm not a pilsner expert, but this is very nice interpretation of the style. I have to say I'd take this over an Urquell any day. I think I'll get a can of Urquell and do a side-by-side tasting, that would be educational and enjoyable!

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Photo of beer_truth
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best pilsners I have ever put in my face. I hear they do a great job on traditional lagers, and even before hearing that I loved this beer. A world apart from "standard" American lite lagers, this beer makes me want to go to the beach or sit by the water. Spicy, fruity, clean, a little malt in the nose followed by a touch of sulfur on the first sip, such a good pils.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.18/5  rDev 0%
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 -2.4%
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 +4.1%
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 +14.4%
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 +5.7%
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 RaulMondesi
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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 partying 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 gandres
4.43/5  rDev +6%
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%
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 +0.7%
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 -1.2%
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 Skrumpy
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
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 +11.7%
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 Fatehunter
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a half finger of head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is bright honey and dry grains. Clean.
The taste starts smooth sweet, then mild moving to moderate bitterness, finishes long dry bitter. Nice profile and balance.
The texture is crisp and bubbly.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on: 8/25/14.

Pours a hazy light orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, earth, grass, and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of earth and 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 good beer with nice assertive grass and herbal qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of udubdawg
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

love this beer. absolutely beautiful hop character, clean profile; only slight fruitiness seems to be lemony from hops. no sulfur, bready pils, and moderately rich in both nose and flavor. the sharpness of the bitterness, which manages to balance malt after a few sips, is probably not quite soft enough for Czech pils, and the beer is cloudy - however this is in appearance only; there is no protein creaminess or anything robbing the crisp clean nature of the beer. An American take that comes in somewhere between german and Czech in both flavors, sharpness, and balance. again, love this beer.

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Photo of ricke49
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

great Northwest pilsner. perfect hop presence presented in a crisp clean aroma and taste. Heater Allen does us a welcome favor by offering this wonderful version of a style that's not easy to find in the beer-centric state of Oregon. And since it only has to travel a few miles to be enjoyed (as opposed to over the ocean), freshness is achieved - drinking a bomber right now that was bottled all of 38 days ago. Grassy, refreshing, summer-fall session heaven.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is lightly hazed golden color with a tight white head. Nose has a gentle grain, some sweet biscuit malts, fairly assertive hop presence with a good bit of lemon, some herbal grassy notes, and a hint of citrus. Taste is a touch more sweet than the nose, grain is cleaner and malts are more forward. Hops are a bit more balanced and more grassy and earthy. Sweet biscuit malts with assertive grain up front, honey maltiness mid palate with grassy herbal hops in the back. The lemon shrinks a bit, carbonation is moderate and finish is clean.

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

Pours a stately banana yellow. Soft and yellow like a lemon. Very hazy with a fat creamy head of foam that left rings of lace. Just gorgeous . The head never ended on this. I am all the way down into the bottom of the glass and there is still a layer on tip.

Nose is sensual with a bit of malt presence that is a surprise. This pils malt had a bit of depth that was round and fat but not like honey. Just a bit more prominent than usual and i loved it. It had a lovely herbal, sweet grass and a faint bit of lemon grass. Spice and the grainy sweetness you come to expect from a pils.

Taste is outstanding. Refreshing crisp dry and everything I said about the nose. I am convinced that when the taste of a beer matches the nose you have a brilliant lager. Ticklish carbonation and a bit of spice. beautiful with sweet grass a bit of spice and an earthy lemon to finish this one dry and satisfying.

Holy moly.

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Photo of popery
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden shade. Slightly hazy liquid. Big white head with excellent retention and lots of bubbles sticking to the walls of the glass. The aroma has a delicate, fresh malty flavor, spicy, floral hops and a touch of sulfur. It's all quite pleasant. Some citrus and resin in the mix. Similar taste. Gentle and tasty. Light malt character. Very fresh. Clean lager yeast flavor. Light bitterness. Nice hop flavor. Good mix of spice, grass and citrus. Excellent mouthfeel, light and creamy. Very easy to drink. This is a tasty pils. One of the best that I've tried.

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Photo of mudbug
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the undated 22oz bottle into a pilsner glass produces a very pretty bright golden body capped by a thin head of foam, lots of bubbles race to the top keeping the beer lively, there is lots of lacing.
Aroma is subdued, very clean cracker/yeast and a slight spicy hop. Smells just like a Pils should.
Taste is crisp cracker with a very pronounced floral bitterness that lingers, there is also a very prickly effervescence that is very satisfying and causes the beer to finish dry.
This is a lovely pilsner, the brewer should be justly proud of achieving this high a quality in such an unforgiving style.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a pilsner glass.

A- Poured a clear light golden color with visible carbonation, big soapy bright white head that left chunky lace.

S- Very clean and crisp pilsner with floral,lemon, bready, grassy, pepper, and pilsner malt notes.

T- Floral, bready, pilsner malt, lemon, grassy, peppery,spicy notes, with a hint of a vanilla and caramel sweetness on the finish.

M- Semi-dry, smooth, prickly carbonation, crisp, refreshing, and medium to lighter body.

O- A very clean and crisp pilsner with a big traditional noble hop character with moderate bitterness.

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