Pils | Heater Allen Brewing

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96 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heater Allen Brewing
Oregon, United States
heaterallen.com

Style: Czech 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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
96
Reviews:
37
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
11.27%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
15
For Trade:
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of PZBREW
5/5  rDev +22.5%
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 awillick
4.84/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best beer I have ever had. Period. It inspired me to create an account on BeerAdvocate for the simple purpose of spreading the positivity about this deliciously clean brew. Granted, I am partial to Czech-style pilsners, but this one knocked it out of the park. My only regret is trying it knowing full well it won't come near New York any time soon. Guess I'll be booking my next flight to Oregon sooner than I expected -- just for this beer.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle, no bottled on or best by date. Also, for some reason, I thought this was Heather Allen brewing, not Heater Allen.

A mildly hazy straw yellow with a dense off-white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing, this is a beautiful pilsner. The nose is stunning. Soft, doughy malts with a suffuse Saaz hop character, this beer has a soft, mineral character. The hop character grows, gaining a mildly herbal note. The malt character is fantastic. Yes, it's mildly doughy, but it's got a mildly fruity component, almost like honeydew melons?
The palate opens crisply bitter with a beautiful balance between the mineral notes and the crisp Saaz hops with a mild resin character. Along with it is the soft malt character, mildly doughy, and with a mildly biscuity pilsner malt character. Exceptionally clean, this beer reminds me of the New Glarus Unplugged Bohemian Lager. Drying and crisply bitter on the finish, this beer has a mild resiny character on the finish. The mouthfeel is fantastic, it's got the perfect combination of mellow malt, crisp hops with great balance between flavoring and bittering, and a beautiful fullness to the palate that I expect from the best Czech pilsners. *Just* a touch watery on the finish, I have to ding half a point here 'cos there's just one part of the back of my palate that isn't experiencing a post-coital glow.

This is about the most graceful beer I've had this year. It sashays over your palate, enchanting you with its beauty. Highly recommended, this is the best Czech pils that's still brewed (I'm looking at you, Dan Carey).

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Photo of cestlavie
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of aggiearcher13
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
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 Siriusfisherman
4.66/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Maybe my favorite lager I have ever tasted, absolutely amazing.

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Photo of primaldiscord
4.64/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of udubdawg
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
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 +13.2%
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 anarchia
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden, almost translucent. Thick & sudsy head adds to the overall mouthfeel. Lacing all over the glass. Sweet aroma with a very faint hint of apples/lemon, then earthy/spicy hops. Thick and sweet in the mouth with a very dry finish. Sweet like honey, lemon flavor adds nice acidity. Sharp hop bitterness at the end, perfect balance. Was excited to try this after loving their Hefeweizen last year. Heater-Allen really knows how to brew lagers. Try'em if you can find'em!

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Photo of mudbug
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
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.
Bravo!

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Photo of dimitrov
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of HoppySeb
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Beermasterjarrett
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of ejimhof
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Belmont Station recommended by maltmaster420. I poured this into my Moonlight pint glass. The beer appears straw golden with great clarity and apparent effervescence. The white head is frothy and about two fingers high. Retention is good and some thick lacing is left behind.

The aroma is biscuity malt with spicy, floral, and earthy hops. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.

The flavor is slightly sweet biscuity malt with a medium level of bitterness. The hops are spicy and the alcohol is well masked. The finish is clean.

The beer is light bodied with a medium - high level of carbonation and a crisp mouthfeel.

This is a pretty straight forward Bohemian Pilsner. Pretty damn enjoyable.

2/22/2013

Updated score from 4 to 4.5. This beer is fantastic.

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Photo of Aleforme
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is one outstanding pilsner! That is all.

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Photo of Locke
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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Pils from Heater Allen Brewing
4.08 out of 5 based on 96 ratings.
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