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

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2002

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Ranking:
#40,647
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
122
pDev:
15.03%
Bros Score:
3.7
 
 
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Photo of Ant777uk
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Great aroma when you open the bottle, very inviting.

It's good to see a stronger pilsner at 6 % for a change...

Seems a bit sweeter than the Perla Export version. There is kind of a honeyness to the overall experience, and there is some bitterness on the after taste. Needs a bit more hops though and if they made it 7% it would be pretty good.

Well made, fairly inoffensive, more interesting pilsner than most. Possibly this unconsciously is receiving a higher mark than it should due to the fact this is my first beer for about a week...

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of flyingpig
2.03/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500ml bottle from Express shop, Warsaw (2.69 PLN):
Definitely up there with the worst of the Polish beers that I've reviewed here so far, this one was very cheap & basic tasting with made it a hard one to work my way through. There was some early sweetness but the balance wasn't great & too many adjuncts featured throughout as well making it one that I really struggled finishing & I wouldn't have again.

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

500ml can (@ 6.0% ABV) - the first new Polish brew to show up around here in a long, long while!

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with a near teeming tower of puffy, tightly foamy, and caked bone-white head, which leaves a bit of low-lying craggy atoll lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of grainy and crackery cereal malt, a touch of lager yeast, earthy honey, and some decent leafy, grassy, and somewhat perfumed floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, a further sugary cereal thing, subtle lemon citrus notes, faint mixed peppercorn, and more understated grassy, weedy, and floral hoppiness - the extra point of alcohol doing a very weak petrol fume impression.

The carbonation is fairly benign in its lazy-seeming frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and mostly smooth, perhaps a hint of wan hop ingress making for a mild ado here. It finishes off-dry, the general cereal character predominating, while the minor fruity and noble hoppy essences fade to black.

Overall, this is a serviceable enough strong Euro lager, despite the brewer's claims to Pils status - no real off-flavours, a capable hop imprint, and as mentioned, some deftly integrated additional booziness. Plain, yeah, but easy to put back, and dream of Continental vacations past.

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Photo of Rand_Schoeb
4.67/5  rDev +35%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a light, biscuity sweet beer that is a fine summer beverage but is eminently drinkable at any time. Light enough to drink for lunch and a worthy alternative to similar German biers such as Hofbrau Munich,

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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 shelby415
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of stella77artois
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Eman17
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!" and also is on the "1001."

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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 bmaggot
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TGS
3.04/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of arini10
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 DrAnnaNemis
2.63/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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 lotnik
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BlueSpader
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mark13
2.74/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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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Perla Chmielowa (Hop Pearl) from Perla Browary Lubelskie S.A.
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 122 ratings
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