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

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

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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 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 Magpie14
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: vibrant bubbles rushed to the top and formed a bone-white airy cap. Retention is rather nice as it started with a full two finger layer of icing and slowly dissipated down to a thin cap. The body is light yellow and watery gold in color with minimal lace

S: definite variety of noble hops. Prominent smells are full of grassy notes and mild malty sweetness. Some floral and earthy notes augment the experience

T: full of grains, a few morsels of corn, and some watery barley make up the bulk of this brew. This may not sound very appetizing but it is not as bad as my description entails. A nice hint of sweetness envelops every sip and is in the range of raw honey and sucrose. A slight mineral taste completes a fairly refreshing brew. I feel that the hops and overall profile is on the light to mild side. For instance, the hops have a bit of spice and the sweetness melds softly within but both remain withdrawn and reserved. This allows for a sharp (both taste and carbonation) and clean type of finish that harkens a tart apple essence

M: the feel is of a good lighter lager. Body is still full of bubbly activity and crisp when consumed in big gulps. Still, the feel is nice for the flavors and as one would expect for a Euro Pale Lager...which means it is on par

D: this should find its way back into my fridge. An overall positive experience for a type of beer that I usually skip over when at the beer cooler. A good warm weather and frisbee tossing beer. I would say pretty darn drinkable

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

pured from a 16.9 bottle poured a clear yellow color with a fluffy 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 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 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 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 brewdlyhooked13
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a straw color, a white bubbly head is pretty good-sized initially, but the large watery bubbles pop down to a scant cover in no time. Tiny stuff in suspension amidst several slow trickles of beading.

Aroma - a light doughy, soapy aroma. It does remind me of a pils but it's a lighter intensity.

Taste - mildly sweet and grainy up front, a bit floral from the hops even. Has a nice lightly fruity presence to it. The hops have a more noticeable bite in the beginning and fade to just a balancing note as the palate adjusts. Aftertaste shows better balancing as the hops dry out the palate and leave a mildly bitter residue. Not as hoppy as some of my favorite pilsners, but one of the better Euro Pale Lagers I've had.

Mouthfeel - fairly crisp, average body, standard stuff.

Drinkability - easy enough beer to drink, it stays interesting with a sweeter front and small hop finish. Thanks to kkipple for this barely pronouncable beer.

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bought this on a whim the other day after the tall daddy can caught my eye. This brew pours a straight pale gold into my pilsner glass with a fizzy but frothy white head that stays long enough. Aroma is bready malt with a spicy twinge of lemon slice while the hops add a nice herbal quality. Smells of a good euro lager or pilsner. Taste is very clean with a lot of citrus while the hops lend an understated balance and bitterness to the brew.

It's not in Prima Pils' league, but this a very good clean brew for any setting. And from a can -- that's a plus.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-A nice golden pils color. The head formed and then did a quick disappearing act and there was no lace.

Smell- Grainy with yeast tones.

Taste- Plenty of hops and malt very equally balanced. Cereal like. No aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Thin.

Drinkability- A good beer for a canned beer.

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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 armock
2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a golden color with a bubbly white head that quickly dissipates

S - Malts with some slight hops

T - Grainy upfront then a hoppy finish

M - Theres a lot of carbonation in this brew

D - This beer is doesn't have all that much going on but its better than most macros and is also pretty cheap so I'd say its a good macro replacement.

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Photo of JBogan
2.49/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light golden color with a large foamy head which disappeared shortly after and left no lacing.

Uh oh, there's that skunky smell. Maybe some grains in there too.

Tasted better than it smelled. Very hoppy with a bit of wheat, and something floral I can't quite place.

Mouthfeel wasn't too exciting. Light bodied with nary carbonation. A bit flat really.

This was a somewhat drinkable beer. Not too offensive as the smell led me to believe, but then again it's not a beer I plan on purchasing anytime in the future.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.22/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 16oz can into a pint glass. Pale golden body is nearly devoid of head, with some light carbonation emanating from the bottom of the glass. Aroma of mildly sweet pale and adjunct malt, with a hint of Euro hops. Palate is moderately sweet up front from the adjunct malt, becoming more balanced from the hop flavor towards the rather dry finish. Body is pleasant, a little creamy with a smooth finish. Highly drinkable, this is a decent Eastern European lager.

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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 Cyberkedi
2.97/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not exciting, but drinkable and worth sampling. Appearance is typical clear lager-yellow. Aroma is strongly malty with yeasty overtone and a hint of fruit. Flavor is mainly malty, but it has a strong hoppy undertone that lends a little pleasant bitterness. Finish is smooth, a teeny bit on the thin side but still a good call.

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Photo of kkipple
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw these 16oz cans sitting at my local booze supplier, picked a few up... they were cheap. I’m going to get through this review without a single Polish joke too, you just watch.

A generous pour produces a cloudy, fizzy light yellow beer with a wonderful rocky, soapy white head that fills the last 2 inches of my Weizen glass. When it begins to collapse, it’s sudden and you can literally watch the foam fold into itself, leaving a big crater in the middle. Most amusing!

Smell is rather good, sweet floral notes and light malts tease the nose, while minimal hop bitterness rounds it off. Has something that reminds me of mineral water in the nose, not metallic, but perhaps sulfur? Not really sure…

A small sip reveals that this beer is made for quaffing, so I take a large gulp. My first impression isn’t all that great… this is a fizzy, watery, weak beer with few aspirations. Subsequent sips, however, reveal that this isn’t SO bad, after all. It’s certainly weak and a bit bland, but has a certain addictive quality that keeps you coming back. It’s smooth, honey-sweet and has a pleasing grainy aftertaste. No skunk or off flavors, just not much to write about. Even so, I rate the drinkability quite high.

I wouldn’t necessarily seek Perla out, but I could certainly drink several if I wandered into a Polish bar. (And someday I intend to.) I’d say this is a good blue collar drink, and infinitely superior to the macro swill you find at most bars here. Serve to your PBR loving friends and see if they like it.

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Photo of gonzo138
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a golden color with a white head that retained ok but did lace well

S- little bit of malty sweetness at first, then a spicey pilsner hop aroma

T- matches taste, little bit sweet at first, then spicey saaz hop aftertaste

M- light body, high carbonation

D- could session this one, reasonably priced, easy to drink, pretty sure its a pilsner, will probly pick up again

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

Presented in a 500ml bottle, no freshness date noted. Into the pilsner, a translucent golden-orange with vigorous carbonation. 2-finger head of solid white foam, good retention with slow fade and good lacing. Nose is quite pleasing with a good balance between hops and sweet malt. Slight floral/perfumy notes. Taste is again well balanced, good sweetish malt presence along with a mild hops bite, though the nose hints at more hops presence that the taste delivers. Slightly bready. A bit dry on the finish. Mouth is semi-viscous very smooth and satisfying. Drinkability is good overall, this brew is tasty and smooth.

Overall: Pretty good beer, though I was expecting more of a hop bite. Agreeable though unremarkable. Worth a try.

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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 Cresant
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this undated 16.9 oz. brown bottle into a pilsner glass. A healthy sized head sat on a golden yellow body. Chill haze remained throughout the drink.

Smell was lemony, grain. Grass. Rather bland.

Taste was tart/sour. A raspy hop bite was welcomed but there was not hint of complementing malt flavor. This one lacked any real sweetness. It was drinkable yet lacked any depth.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with mild prickling carbonation.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
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 +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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Perla Chmielowa (Hop Pearl) from Perla Browary Lubelskie S.A.
3.46 out of 5 based on 121 ratings.
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