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:
0
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Ratings: 96 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
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 HoppySeb
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%

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 40oz2heaven
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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 mjhall1989
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of chossboss
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of cestlavie
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of bccocx
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of jklecko2
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of utopiajane
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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 +5.4%
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 ejimhof
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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 Locke
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Lobina
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Rick778
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of VanKieft
2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

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