Perla Chmielowa (Hop Pearl) | Perla Browary Lubelskie S.A.

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Perla Chmielowa (Hop Pearl)Perla Chmielowa (Hop Pearl)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Perla Browary Lubelskie S.A.
Poland
perla.pl

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
118
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
19.08%
 
 
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Photo of DarrellK
4.42/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my top rated Pilsner. It is quite typical in appearance being a light blonde color with a fine white head that has some texture, not just soap suds. There is a hoppy aroma that is average in intensity but it was consistent from the begining to the end of the glass.

I think what distinguished the beer is the mouthfeel. There is a lot of body for a pilsner in this brew, not so much that it is chewy but it just stands up well. Nice combination of malt and hops but the malt gives it the body.

It is a pilsner but not a lawnmover pilsner, have this one after your shower and it doesn't need to be or should it be ice cold.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.4/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: 1 finger white head, darkish yellow body.

Smell: Light toasted grains, light grass, and light honey.

Taste: Same as above, but with a slight metallic note.

Feel: Light body, medium-high carbonation. Slightly dry.

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Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
4.18/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought this to try it out whilst on the hunt for Kamenitza, really nice beer.

Smart little bottle with a traditional label. Typical golden colour, pours like any other pils, the head is prominent at first but vanishes quickly, the smell is wonderfully fresh, with hints of honey and a little apple. Feel is smooth and fresh, light and easy goes down well. The after taste is mild and ever so slightly bitter but nice and malty. Great beer =) cheeky 6% er

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.11/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a clear golden hue with a big stark white head, made up of tiny bubbles. Two fingers of head, really stands up. Leaves nice lacing on glass.

Aromas of bread, sweet malt, and a light earthy hop note.

First sip is of grainy malt, some caramel sweetness, and a light hop bitterness. More malt forward. Lingering finish is sweet and grainy.

Mouthfeel is light, not watery, with some chewiness.

Overall, nice drinkable beer. Good session beer, but sweetness builds over time.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a darn fine brew!
Bright, light yellow body with a pearl white head and plenty f Saaz aroma. Taste is nicely balanced with no real outstanding part of the character, but nothing that stands out as needing to be improved on. Medium mouthfeel, clean aftertaste and nice carbonation make this easily drinkable.

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Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale golden color with massive white puffy head.

Smell shows a signifcant amount of fruity malt with a nice floral hop presence.

Taste has a firm malt background with some hops, but less than I usually find with this beer style.

Nice finish with a great refreshing ending.

So easy to drink, it was gone before I realized it. A superior offering from this brewery.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really cool long-neck bottle! Gold with fine bubbles rising to a fairly long-lasting head and decent lace. A very beer-like damp aroma of malt, hops and alcohol. A light to medium malt body and perhaps a dash of corn. A good amount of citrus and lightly metallic bitterness. A mildly astringent taste can be detected under a light flavor of fruit syrup. There's a faint odd flavor that I just can't identify. It just created quite the nasty, wet burp. My ex-mother in law would have really appreciated that one! Will need to revisit this one.

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Photo of gatornation
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pured from a 16.9 bottle ..it poured a clear yellow color with a fluffy head..it smelled of noble hops like a pilsner..the taste was a crisp pilsner with noble hops grass and hops and malt flavors that balanced to a quite drinkable lager..this one is quite tasty when you are in the mood for a pils /lager that is crisp and tasty it will not diissapoint you will buy more if you like the style as i do

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Photo of khiasmus
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very light golden color, perfect clarity, and four fingers of white head when poured into my pilsner glass, that drops to a half finger and lingers.

S- Malty, especially for a pale... smells of barley, light malt, and a hint of noble hops. Mmmm.

T- Initially that of a typical good pils, but then in comes the sweet, honey-like malt, which changes the character all together. Well balanced with the noble hops, and leaves a slight bit of tang along with the malty finish.

M- Clean, smooth, light, refreshing. Clean, dry finish.

D- You could drink several. It's very good, and the light body and inviting taste makes the alcohol content a bit dangerous. Give this to your macro buddies as a good intro to craft beer. cheers.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Pours light golden crystal clear color with a faint white head that fades quickly with only spots of lacing.

An aggressive blast of crisp lemon-like aroma from a foot away when opened, settles down quickly to that classic pils smell.

To me the mouthfeel is on the lighter side and that perception is reinforced by 'prickly' hop, carbonation and light color.

The flavor is slightly tart with a hint of spice. It has a bit of a grainy after taste. It finishes quite dry.

It's a refreshing beverage that is quite drinkable. I intend to break it out as a gateway beer to serve when I have my AB-Buds over.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had never even heard of this beer until tone77 laid a CAN of it on me, then a few days ago I spotted a single bottle at one of my local bottle shops and decided to use it to realign my bottle numbers with my CAN numbers. People worry that I am too immersed in CANs for my own good.

It certainly poured nicely enough, resulting in two fingers' worth of rocky, bone-white head with relatively low retention. Hey, next time, relax and hang around a while, why doncha?!? Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Man, I could look a fizzy yellow beers all day. I have no idea what gets Greg Koch's panties in a bunch. Nose had a pleasant lager sweetness, unencumbered by adjuncts. It is an example of the Law of Unintended Consequences, but I am REALLY tired of AALs from a CAN. I have nothing against lagers, per se, but a steady diet of adjunct-ridden lagers is really wearing me down. Mouthfeel was medium with an unexpected light anise flavor in the mouth. It was not bad at all, perhaps better than the CANned iteration I had a few weeks ago. Finish was on the dry side with a light anise/light sulfur flavor that lingered. Not bad, and for its price point, I could see drinking more of this.

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Photo of tone77
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks again to resi for sending this beer. Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has as golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is a bit sweet, some malts. Taste is crisp, refreshing, malts, some sweetness, a light bitterness at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall is very solid offering.

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Photo of Hhawk06
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those loud-pouring offerings. The pour emmanates a crisp, crackling nose to accompany the well served bleach-white head. The body is straw-colored, not the most thrilling I've seen. The nose is decent, however, with a sweetly malted bouquet that is pleasant and refreshing. The smell accurately preceeds the mouthfeel, as it is a similarly light and crisp feel. As the taste sinks in, it actually exudes a very good creamy malt flavor that is complimented by a somewhat prickly and faintly lemony hop presence. The finish stays creamy and smooth and is mostly in floral. This brew really sits well and rank it quite high for sessioning purposes. Pleasantly surprised!

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Photo of Redrover
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz brown bottle with a classic looking label & artwork.

The beer pours a slightly hazy gold with a huge initial head. The foam collapses a bit, but there is a good skimming the whole beer.

The beer has an aroma of fruit (plums & grapes), some grain and a nice smell of floral hops.

This is a sturdy pils! Nice thick grainy malt background with some subtle fruit flavors all set-off by some slightly peppery hops. This is one of the first Pils I have encountered with an almost oily feel. I get that feel mainly with heavily hopped IPAs & some APAs. Beer becomes slightly more grainy tasting as you get about 1/2 way through and that adds to the enjoyment. Very easy to drink with a nice creamy feel. Surprisingly low carbonation levels.

This is the finest beer I have had from Poland. It is worth searching out. $1.09 per bottle from Sal’s in Elmhurst and well worth the price!!

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Photo of cokes
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Limp gold with a sturdy and lasting crown of white.
Wet dough aroma touched by basil and honey.
DryDryish up front, suggesting graham crackers, touched slightly with honey. Fruit hues exist in the distance, suggesting apples, pears, and pineapple. Peppery hops, with herbs -lemongrass and thyme, and oregano, carry this though a brish, clean flowing, well-lagered conclusion.
Light body, spritely carbonation. No trace of its somewhat elevate ABV. A truly great "food" beer, as the hops are brought forth even more.
Polish lagers always frighten me, but this has purpose, poise, and cohesion, and is aeons better than most of its countrymates.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear bright golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of light lemon, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of earthy hops and pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of light lemon, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, bread, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice balance and robustness of earthy hops and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness as well. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly grainy/creamy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pale lager. All around good balance and robustness of earthy hops and pale malt flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and clean to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pale malt scent along with a dry lager yeast aroma. There is a light hop bitterness present. The taste is good. It has a nice malty flavor that boasts of pale and some Munich malts. It's smooth with a clean finish. It also has a mild hop flavor that is quite enjoyable. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking Euro lager. It's a bit on the malty side and that's cool with me.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 16 oz can of this for $1.29

A nice, solid pils here. It's higher ABV than usual for the style at 6.2% but it goes down wicked smooth and easy. Nice and crisp and snappy in the mouth with a the European hops being present. A nice little find here, very similar to a Bitburger,

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Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden color. Poured with a thick head that quickly dissipated. It appears well-carbonated.

Smell: slightly sweet aroma with gently floral smelling hops. Smells quite nice; not as pungent as an adjunct lager.

Taste: nicely bitter, with a distinct floral quality to it. There is also a very mild fruitiness; all in all makes for a refreshing beer.

Mouthfeel: it has a thicker body than I'm used to for a lager, but I like it. It's not too highly carbonated; I think this brew could call for a little more CO2.

Drinkability: this is a nice lager that is quite drinkable, although I think the big 6.2% ABV might slow me down a little. Quite refreshing, however.

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Photo of stoutman
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light pale golden pour with a fluffy white head and good lacing. A Saaz induced aroma with a litte bit of honey sweetness. Decent mouthfeel. Not a full flavoured beer but enjoyable anyhow. Pleasant hoppy aroma that wasn’t overpowering. Slightly oily in the taste, with a medium bitterness that softens more so at mid palate and some floral notes. Good thirst quencher!

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Photo of marcobrau
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with plenty of white foam that rises quickly and then slowly settles to a little less than a quarter-inch head. Light aroma of cotton candy at first that fades leaving traces of grass and mint. Very soft palate, fairly full body and lightly peppery (very Saaz-like), spicy hops. Bitter, yet smooth finish. Full-bodied, but still very quaffable for it's strength.

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Photo of baos
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into favorite bicentennial Mason jar.

A: Looks a lot better than I expected. Nice golden color with 3 finger head that sticks around pretty good for this type of beer.

S: Fresh hay and a bit of hop in there.

T: Wasn't what I expected. Maybe a little wheat character and the faintest citrus. Sweet upfront then dry finish with the a bit of hops.

M: Not big on the mouth feel, but with this type of beer its not too bad.

D: I like this one quite a bit. It would be a great beer over an all night card game.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice alternative in the pils category. Taste won't knock you out, but has a bit more body (and quite a bit more punch) than the typical pils. Very bright and transparent yellow. Excellent lacing (as good as you'll see in this style). Grassy smell, somewhat watery taste. Won't make you forget Pilsner Urquell, but a unique offering (and a really cool, unique bottle to boot!).

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Photo of xylophonica
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear amber, slight head but quite creamy looking.

S - Hops & herbs primarily. Quite sharp and tangy on the nostrils.

T - Smooth & creamy with a slight undercurrent of bitterness. Sweet and herbal but still mild.

M - Very mild with heaps of creaminess.

O - Surprising, not at all what I expected. The aroma keeps making you think this is going to turn into one of those ultra-harsh hoppy pilsners but it never happens. It stays smooth and tasty until the last drop.. well worth a look!

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Photo of ADR
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transparent gold appearance, head is short but small-bubbled and decently persistant. Dripping punctuation mark laces. Honeyish aroma, some unripe pineapple. Medium carbonation, body is on the light side. Malts are a little non-descript, medium sweet with a bit of papery cellulose that may be the result of a long journey. The hoppiness strikes me well, tangy but with an attenuated crispness and lending a dryness and lemony tone to the finish. Sturdy at 6.2% ABV, but in a sea of eastern European Lagers, this one has some good characters and its flaws are forgiveable.

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