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

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Perla Chmielowa (Hop Pearl)Perla Chmielowa (Hop Pearl)

Brewed by:
Perla Browary Lubelskie S.A.

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 120
Photo of kimcgolf
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle to a golden yellow with medium white head that lingered, but little lacing. Aroma was faint, but what I got was hints of grass, and fruit, possibly with spice. A decent tasting beer, with a slightly hoppy flavor, but not much more. Decent finish to this beer. Don’t know if I’ll drink much more, but not bad for my first beer from Poland.

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Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
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 DaveFL1976
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
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 aforbes10
3.24/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle given to me as part of a Christmas gift:

Pours golden and bubbly with a massive tope-colored head.

Smells like kegged miller lite, fruity and skunky

Taste is strong for a pils, bitter , tart, malty and kind of metallic.

Mouthfeel is bubbly and tongue stabbing but it goes down nicely.

Drinkable and knocks you flat with a well-hidden 6.2 ABV

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Half Litre brown glass bottle with a colorful dark green, white and gold label which has a red band across it proudly displaying the word “PERŁA”, underneath which are the words “Chmielowa Pils Beer”. Color coded crown cap and neck label complete the presentation. Listed at 6,2% ABV.

Appearance: Soft iridescent golden color which is perfectly clear, some streamers. Decent sized white head laces nicely and fills a good 1” of the glass for some time. Settled down the head lasts throughout and never drops below a finger thick. Average levels of conditioning which are just right.

Nose: Nice crisp nose, delicate hints of grassy hops amidst the pilsner malts.

Taste: Clean start looses its way a little in the middle but rescues an amicable Pilsner finish. The finish is fresh and crisp with some grain, but the middle is a little muddled with a soft yet metallic feel, I couldn’t ignore it, it wasn’t big in profile and was more of a hint but it still detracted a little. Nice enough though.

Mouthfeel: Medium feel with a lightly wavering conditioning which rises and rolls start to finishes but is always clean and crisp throughout.

Drinkability: Easy enough to work through the half litre with little in the way of any draw-backs, but this does not have much to compel me to crack open another one though.

Overall: Not the “Pearler” it professes to be, but apparently this is the best selling beer in Lubelszczyzna…….

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very grainy aroma. Just a hint of hops and whats there is pretty stale smelling. Otherwise, clean lager aroma.

Pale yellow and clear. Fast fading head. Not much rising carbonation.

Very light on flavor. A little bit of malt, some sugary sweetness and a good dose of bittering hops. Really have to swish it around in your mouth to get the flavors. A quick sip is pretty neutral, not terribly interesting Pils-type beer.

Light bodied, carbonation is higher than appearance would lead me to beleive. There's a pretty good carbonic bite to it.

Very easy drinking beer. Pretty typical Central Europe lager. Nothing wrong, but nothing remarkable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
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 ALESwhatCURESya
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wierd shaped brown bottle from Poland. The beer poured a very clear pale golden color with a thin pearl white head. Vigourous carbonation ran up from the bottom of my Gosser pilsner glass. It looked like champagne. Aroma is nice and clean with a little grassy, hay-like backbone. The taste is refreshing and smooth. There is a doughy body with a very smooth, semi-dry finish. It could be a great session beer on a hot day tailgate.

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Photo of Hhawk06
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
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 Kookiekwan
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours golden-yellow has a one finger head with good retention and minimal lacing. The aroma is faint but of grassy hops. The beer is crisp and dry, it has a small bite of grassy hops and a slightly spicy finish. This beer is light bodied and easy to drink.

Reflection: Overall this wasn't a bad beer, I'm not crazy about the style but I would but this one again.

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Photo of Redrover
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
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 necoadam
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a clear golden color with a nice head that goes to lacing after a while.

Smell was somewhat light, but not bad. Some grassy notes in there along with some spicy hops. Slightly bready, but it's really tucked in the background.

Taste was good. Nice bready start along with some malts that give away to some grassy/spicy hop tones at the end and that last into the aftertaste. Not bad.

Mouthfeel was good. Light to medium body with a good crisp touch to it.

Overall, I gotta say this is pretty good. It acts more like a pils than a lager though. A good alternative to the Urquel perhaps. Give it a try.

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Photo of cokes
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
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 ADR
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
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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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a bottle.

This pils poured a clear, golden yellow color with puffy, white foam that persisted a bit and left some lace. The smell was lightly malty with a hint of sweetness, a touch of grain, and some hops. The taste had a hint of a metallic taste in the foam, and the beer tasted malty with a touch of grain and a light hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and hoppy with medium light body and good carbonation. The hoppiness lingered on the palate. This was an easy drinking, light pils.

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Photo of stoutman
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
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 feloniousmonk
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
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 Brent
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Funky bottle - if you crossed a stubby with a longneck, you'd get this - a short barrel section with a rather elegant long neck. The bottle notes "pils beer." Unlike any pils I've ever had - in a blind taste test, I'd peg this as some sort of light ESB. Aroma and flavor are dominated by caramel malt flavors. Hops don't make much of an impression, this is the maltiest lager I think I've ever had, and thumbs its nose at the style.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
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 DarrellK
4.42/5  rDev +27%
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 BeerResearcher
4/5  rDev +14.9%
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 Jason
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Gusler
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
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.
3.48 out of 5 based on 120 ratings.
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