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 | website

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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Reviews: 71 | Ratings: 118
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 TheManiacalOne
2.97/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, lager yeast, adjuncts and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast, grain and adjuncts followed by a mild malt sweetness. The hops presence is also mild but brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Not very flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s not too bad for the style but there are still some others in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of Holstenboyclarence
3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle from New Kent Road General Store, poured into a latte glass

Pours a light straw colour

smell is that of dried hemp

taste is medium dry with a definite taste of beer. Goes down well paired with sunflower rye bread

This beer reminds me of the early stage of lager drinking, a real nostalgic gulp for me. The flavour reminds me of days past - a sip of beer in the cool summer breeze in the city, a hazy stroll through bustling streets whilst you take a mouthful closer into the unknown.

A top drink for anyone doing street beers with a close friend.

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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 stevoj
2.23/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Trying to find the qualities listed in "1001 Beers to try" book, but it just seems like a pedestrian pale lager to me. Nothing special stands out in this, aroma and taste of cereal, little but bland palate. Not worth seeking out.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Loose but steady white finger that leaves no trailers over white gold. 3.5
Macro malt sweetness and maybe a touch of grass. 3.25
Corny sweetness, some green apple snap, and a whack of fresh cut grass. 3.75
Wet straw finish and white pepper linger.
Crisp, fizzy, light, slight tin. 3.5

I wanted to like this - a hoppier version of a macro lager should, logically, be on the road to a German pils - no bad thing. And there is a vegetal, chewing-on-parsley freshness to it. But given that Lubelski is basically Polish-grown Saaz, that's a long way from solid Noble spice, especially with 6% to pack flavour into. In fact, the body's a bit flabby, the malts bring nothing distinctive, and there's a tang of quick-brewed acetylaldehyde. A bit more flavor for the lager drinker, but, sadly, that's not me. 3.5

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Photo of Ant777uk
2.06/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

In one word: Crisp

Initial aroma is very metallic. Possibly this beer has been in my local shop for a few years, as no one buys it.

Look is deep amber, would look beautiful in the sun.

Aroma is plasicky somehow, they probably use budget cans that fuck your hormones up. Bisphenol A.

The taste is simple and fizzy, the dryness and sweetness combine well. Though it is too tasteless to become a big seller. Lech and Zywiec are much better in my opinion...

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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 magpieken
2.33/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

500ml can. 10.04.15. Pours a pale gold colour. Very tall, frothy head which quickly disappeared and left absolutely no lacing. Aroma of green apples, grass and honey. Light/medium sweetness and light bitterness in the finish. Light body, thin texture. Not offensive but nothing special.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Can for $2 from New Seasons.

Pouring a clear golden yellow with a dense, white head with decent retention and minimal lacing, this looks solid. The nose opens with a big, dusty, lemony hop character, mildly doughy, and fairly clean. Honey and a mild buttery note are present, appropriately so. The palate opens crisp, moderately hoppy with lemon, earth, dust, wet twigs and a mild resiny bitterness. The mid palate is distressingly watery but as this beer warms up and the carbonation dies off, the doughy and mildly honey like malt character are noticeable. Drying on the finish with a mild bitterness and a perceptible alcohol character, this beer is medium light in body, highly carbonated and decent on the palate. Decent stuff.

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Photo of Chris_Burton
3.37/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I'm not much of a lager drinker these days but I decided to try something new and this strong, Polish beer caught my eye.

The appearance is fairly typical for a lager: golden honey with a foamy head that disappears quickly. The aroma is sweet and malty, with hints of bread and honey and no obvious hoppiness.

The flavour is reasonably good. A little sweet for my tastes, but nice and malty with hints of honey, like the aroma. The mouthfeel is rather thin, but perhaps no more than one would expect for a typical European lager. I have to admit, I'd never guess it was 6%! Very smooth.

If you're a fan of lager I definitely recommend it. It's a decent beer. Not one that I'd go out of my way for personally, but better than many more well known brews.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is widely available in corner shops in London now. Not as common as Zywiec, Tyskie or Zubr but still quite often to be seen in international shops.

It has a typical lager appearance and the can I reviewed had a good big head with lacing that was quite good. I poured it very aggressively as past cans have had poor head retention

The smell is sweet and malty with a bit of hoppiness and some boozy notes. Quite nice and better than most lagers.

Taste is really pleasant. Tangy and a little sweet with a bit of a munich helles kind of flavour. There's a nice noble hop type bitterness at the end which justifies the "pils" tag. The 6% alcohol is noticeable and well integrated into the overall flavour.

Mouthfeel is correct for a lager. Thin but a bit fizzy and refreshing.

This is a really interesting beer that may lack the refined character of German pilsners but has a subtle complexity all of its own that makes it well worth trying. It's also very cheap so makes a good way to offset a few more indulgent "craft" purchases in any session. Polish lagers almost deserve a category of their own in my view. They're industrial beers with flavour and clout that are way better than standard big name euro lagers but quite different to German or Czech Pils. Novel and interesting and pleasant. Try it if you see it.

My mark out of one hundred would be 80.

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Photo of Spikester
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden with one finger of rapidly vanishing white head. My pour yielded no lacing whatsoever.
Smell is husky grain with a touch of apple peel. Taste is very mild euro hops with a big push of good malts.
Taste is sweet and malty with very little hop presence. Easy drinking smooth lager but a long ways from a good Pilsner. More like a Miller High Life brewed in Europe.
Mouthfeel was quite good with plenty of carbonation and a neutral finish. A bit of euro hops sneak in at the end but the malts will have none of it. Wet sweet finish.
Overall an easy drinking not very memorable beer.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

500ml can from "Lifesource" in Salem. $2.79 Pours a nice clear corn golden colour small white head..dissipates but leaves lace. Corny,bready aroma hint of floral hops..OK. Taste very balanced between the bready hop and floral hops..blends remarkably well..at the end a bit of a spicy hop kick and malty cereal. Palate is fine and smooth for style..also low carbonation which works for me. Not a bad little lager..enjoyed!

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Photo of BierStein711
2.08/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into pint glass!

Pale gold in appearance, four finger, fast reducing off-white head.

Heavy carbonation

Smells: skunk, wet grain, cereal

Taste: wet grain and grass

Mouthfeel: watery

Overall, this is a boring beer. Not too bad, but definitely not too good. I bought it for $2.50 at the local chain liquor store. This is not worth your time.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bomber this beer was a clear, rich golden color with a nice amount of rising carbonation. The whitehead did not retain very long and left minimal lacing. The aroma was of sweet malt, crystal malt, and a hint of citrusy hops and pineapple. The flavors were nice enough, lead by the crystal malt I then tasted the sweet malt, light graininess, sweet bread and the citrus hops ever so delicately on the finish. The body was light/medium, the carbonation good and the mouthfeel smooth and refreshing. A good example of the style at a very affordable price

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - clear, light amber color, with about one and a half fingers' worth of off-white foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell - very cereal-like pilsner quality to the aroma.

Taste - the taste is almost exactly like the smell. There's a cereal-like taste to it, and by that I mean cereal grains of course. Slightly musky taste toward the end of the tasting.

Mouthfeel - the texture is fairly well balanced actually.

Overall - not a bad tasting beer, but not very intriguing at all.

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Photo of treque
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: nice deep amber color, traslucent, generates a good head which dissipates a little bit fast, but a small layer remains, some waste on the glass

S: storng and pervasive malt aroma, some alcohol

Bitter taste from the beggining till the end, medium light body, refreshing on mouth even though there is alcohol and is more perceptible for being not so high on the ABV

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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 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 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 BeardedBoffin
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a straw golden color with a big white cap of foam. The aroma is focused on pale malt and and a hint of grassy hops. Grainy pale malt starts the flavor profile. As the beer moves toward the center, it develops a diluted character. It finishes with a light bitterness. The mouthfeel is light, as expected. Par for the style.

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Photo of LacquerHead
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear light gold color with a bubbly white head formation

Wow, this had a candy-like aroma mixed with bit of a generic beer smell.

The taste wasn't much different. I don't think I've had a beer with such a light appearance that had such a sweet flavor.

M/F: Very crisp, at time it was a bit gritty.

Conclusion: I liked it ... for a while! It got a little one sided. The caramel candy sweetness was unwilling to give up center stage. At times a dry hop flavor would attempt to come through but the sweetness kept saying no. It was a good for the price. It would be a good beer to pair with some sort of food item, or if you just wanted to get drunk on a rather inexpensive import. For the most part I was indifferent.

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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 Erish
3.16/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this 11.2 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: clear, bright yellow gold color, the off-white head is abundant, and quickly dies into a nice cap with decent lacing/

S: cracker-like malt, a bit of sulfur, a hint of floral/herbal hops. A bit too subtle for me, even for a lager.

T: it opens a bit yeasty/doughy, then the slightly herbal hops kick in, the finish leaves a bread-like aftertaste with just a hint of metallic and mineral bite. Not bad, not all that great.

M: light-bodied, a watery to silky, moderate to abundant carbonation. I give it a "meh."

D: An easy-drinking enough beer, but totally lacking in character. To be fair, I don't think this is a fresh bottle.

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Perla Chmielowa (Hop Pearl) from Perla Browary Lubelskie S.A.
3.46 out of 5 based on 118 ratings.
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