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Hil's PilsHil's Pils

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Hilliard's Beer
Washington, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sure it takes us way too long to make this beer, but we'd rather err on the side of awesome. Made with Saaz hops and Pilsner malt, we lager each batch for ten weeks to do this classic, Czech-style Pils right.

34 IBU

Added by barleywinefiend on 12-27-2011

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 16
Reviews by flagmantho:
Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz tall can into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with a touch of haze and a nice effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy white foam with somewhat decent retention. Not bad.

Smell: light malty aroma with a pretty big bouquet of noble hops. There's also a mild graininess underneath. A pretty good representation of the style!

Taste: light malt with, again, a very good noble hop quality and a touch of grain in the base. Quite true to the aroma. Again, a great representation of the style.

Mouthfeel: medium-light bodied with a decent level of carbonation and actually a pretty good creaminess. I like it.

Overall: quite a decent Pilsner indeed. I'll definitely have this beer again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Lazaro
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

Photo of HoppySeb
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of dirtylou
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can

appearance: served in a hilliards can-pint, glowing pale golden body, light beige froth

smell: crisp hops, lemon peel, toasted grain

taste: a great american pilsner - lemon, fresh hops, toasted grain and malt. Lovely stuff, great to have in cans

mouthfeel: light, crisp and refreshing

overall: solid

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Photo of jmccraney
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of blackie
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

can from the brewery

a: poured into a mother earth cylinder, producing a good two fingers of thick white head, retention and lacing are good, the beer itself a golden hay in color

s: grainy pilsner malt complemented by delicate grassy hop notes, some slightly sweet notes, a touch of white pepper

m: carbonation a soft light-medium, body crisp and in the lighter range, but not thin

t: clean pilsner grain flavors, just the right touch of malt sugar midway with grassy hops to clean things up, a gently drying, slightly bitter finish, good stuff

o: a high quality true-to-style pils, very drinkable

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Photo of Rifugium
3.17/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Another appreciated throw-in from FalconA.

Clear, straw-yellow pour, fizzy white head, bubbly carbonation. Looked like a pils. Aroma of biscuity malts, toasted grains, light floral hops. Smelled like a pils. Did it taste like a pils too? Yep! Biscuity pils malts, light sweetness, grainy, lager yeast, mild floral hops. It was all there. Light body, and easily drinkable for the style, probably best on a hot summer day. If you like pilsners, you'd most likely like this, but it's just not my style.

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Photo of harrymel
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Canned: unk

Guessing this is the correct listing, as there are no other Hilliard's Pils listed.
Pours neon yellow light with a solid finger of loose, short lived white foam. Smells of a hint of skunk, plenty of grain, some corn, a bit of hay and some nice herbal hops. Flavor up front made me think of corn tortillas. Is this bad? Maybe, but I kinda appreciate it in a circumstantial standpoint. I wouldn't tell a person this was a must have, but certainly a thing to have with a few lengua tacos at your local truck... That being said, there really isn't much else going on in the flavor: some water, some corn, some tortilla. Medium on full bodied for the style with moderate carb and an off dry finish. An interesting beer.

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Photo of cherche
2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

Photo of ThreeFishes
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Flightoficarus
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With a nice sunny day, comes the desire for a bright, refreshing pils! Let's see how this one stacks up.

Served from a growler into a mug.

A - Pours a light, golden hue, with plenty of carbonation, and a nice, single finger white head.

S - Smell is of lager yeast, cakey malts, grains, and honey.

T - Taste is of honey and the aforementioned "cake-y" malts, balanced w/subtle, but not spicy (typical of pilsners) hops. Has a slightly floral aftertaste. Light, but lots of flavor!

M - Light-bodied, and very easy to drink, but not lacking in flavor.

O - Overall, this is a nice, flavorful option for an easy-drinking, sunny day beer. You won't find the spicy hops typical of Czech Pilsners here, but still one of the better US examples I've come across. Nice job!

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Photo of Kerfluffel
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clear light golden color with good carbonation and a bunch of bubbles, nice white cap

S: Floral hops, grains

T: Immediate graininess in the taste, some floral hops, not as crisp and clean as I like my Pils. I also like a nice, light but distinguished hop bite on this. This is personal preference but nothing about this Pils was outstanding and I compare eevry Amercian made Pils to Chuckanut.

M: Light body, boring but no issues on carbonation

O: Very easy to drink, dangerously good

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Photo of beertunes
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear pale yellow color with well over an inch (my bad, accidentally aggressive pour) of white head that had pretty good retention and light to moderate lacing.

The aroma was the typical soft, earthy grains and gentle hops that is expected in the style. The taste was pretty much right where it needed to be, and offered no surprises, good or bad.

The body was light and smooth, but not as crisp and clean as the better examples are. Drinkability was very good, a passel of cans would make a good partner for a day of out door activities. Overall, a pretty nice take on the style, certainly worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of Oidmoe
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Hil's Pils from Hilliard's Beer
3.73 out of 5 based on 16 ratings.
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