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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
121
Reviews:
74
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
15.32%
 
 
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Ratings: 121 |  Reviews: 74
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 BEERchitect
2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells light on pilsner malts and light on sweetness. Fruity-lemony, citrusy, pineapple. Slightly spicy. Bohemian earthy and bitter. Yeasty, acidic and tart.

Looks slightly murky yellow to straw. High carbonation. Slight head, loosely knit that quickly fell to a trace.

Tastes grainy-sweet. Again, Light on malts. Light body. Notes of cirtrus and petter. Sharp bitterness and flavor for balance. Light vegetable flavors of corn late. A bit grainy.

Finishes bitter, bitey, and grainy. Disipates quickly. Medium-low mouthfeel. Otherwise, crisp and refreshing.

A little hoppy and bitter for a pils. Lacks creamyness that I expected. A good beer to start an evening.

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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 emerge077
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another green and white can, another night out on the curb...

Perla is serviceable, that's what i've decided. PBR Polskie.
Wet grain with a dry noble hop bite. No skunk or cooked veggies this time around. Clean and dry, easily drinkable. Really nothing more nothing less. Despite all the suggestions of hops (label, can, etc), i've yet to experience any true hop flavor in this. I think hops are a marketing gimmick for this beer unfortunately, unless the fresh bottle I had once was a mirage...

03-11-2008 - can

16oz. tall boy can, $.99 from Avondale Armanetti.

Into a slender Weizen glass, Perla pours a high clarity golden color. Two fingers of foam recede slowly, leaving thick lacing on the walls of the glass. Head retention is very good.

Aroma of cooked veggies and wet stone, this doesn't bode well.

Light papery malt flavor, with a vague fruity undercurrent. Unfortunately the hop presence has diminished completely. Dry at the end, although the alcohol is masked well. Tight, ever-present carb gives this beer some life, although ultimately the flavor is a letdown. As I stressed in my previous bottle review, a very fresh bottle is key, the subtle nuances of the Lublin hops are lost otherwise. Then you are left with a dull cardboard lager, and no one here wants that.

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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 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 Jason
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Odd sized brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Bright yellowish golden that is nearly clear, sufficient white lace stays as long as it need to.

Smell: Crisp apple skin, cracker like malt and a slight grassy hop show a light but fragrant aroma.

Taste: Modest bready malt flavour, grassy hop bite with a twang of both pungent oil and herbal overtones. Faint alcohol is right below the radar but does seem to warm even after a few sips, hops play a bit on the sweet side as well with a quick drop of lemon and floral tones. Quick flash of apple skin. Clean drying pale grain in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body with a rolling crispness that cleans the palate. Just what I look for in a pils.

Drinkability & Notes: Not as clean as I am used to, all around easy to drink without taking away flavour. Certainly a beer I’d go back to here and again. An easy pairing would be some kielbasa, cabbage and a side of perogies.

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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 JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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

Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, grain, slight yeast, hint of hops, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of an Euro Pale Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight grain, hint of hops, hint of sweet malt, and hint of citrus. Overall, about average for an Euro Pale Lager.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, golden hue, fresh, chalk-whitet, hick head of foam.
Nose is clean, somewhat floral, rosey, nice enough...
Taste: again, clean, smooth, no hops, adequate malt, brisk, and breezy. Tasty, almost, with a light body, that does not lack in character. Significant flavor, easy drinking, no flaws whatsoever, just a downright capable lager.
Pretty good actually, can't find a thing wrong with it.
The first Polish lager I've liked!

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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 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 tempest
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Looks pretty nice, a pale golden color with lots of bubbles. As far as euro lagers go, this is pretty nice, but for a pilsner, which I think this really is, its just above average.There's a light, grainy flavor with a little bit of hops and sweetness. Fairly clean overall, but the flavor is a little too mellow for me. Worth a try if you like imports.

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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 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 Latarnik
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of wrightst
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Haybeerman
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Photo of mrfrancis
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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

Bright and distinct gold color on the pour with an impressive white head, frothy in texture, the lace in filmy sheets to cling to the glass. The malt, clean fresh and crisp dominate the nose, as they should, with a touch of citrus also present. A touch sweet at the start, the top lean in mouth feel, the finish is delightfully hopped, pleasantly carbonated, droughty long lasting aftertaste. Not a bad beer, just not one that “trips my trigger”, but worthy of a sample for the “Lager/Pilsener fans.

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Perla Chmielowa (Hop Pearl) from Perla Browary Lubelskie S.A.
3.46 out of 5 based on 121 ratings.
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