Chula Pils
NOVO Brazil Brewing Co.

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NOVO Brazil Brewing Co.
California, United States
German Pilsner
Ranked #548
Ranked #28,840
3.18 | pDev: 17.92%
May 13, 2022
Sep 12, 2015
Chula PilsChula Pils
Notes: Named after the city of Chula Vista, where this beer was born, we introduce this crisp, refreshing, yet full bodied pilsner. Dry hopped with cascade hops to keep it's Southern California style, this beer makes a perfect companion for any occasion.
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Rated by BDW720 from California

2.31/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
All I could smell was diacetyl.
May 13, 2022
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Rated by marcrech from Brazil

4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I am not a fan of pils, but this one is refreshing and delicious. Pilsen usually have not a remarkable taste, but this one struck me. Back to pils!
Jun 21, 2020
Rated: 3 by Raziel313 from California

Feb 09, 2019
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Reviewed by barnzy78 from Illinois

3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
16oz can, pours golden with a thinner white head that disappears to nothing quickly. Scent has an earthy & grassy hop presence with some biscuity Pilsener malt. Flavor is similar to aroma with biscuity/crackery malt and moderately bitter grassy and earthy hops, all typical for the style. Lighter body, moderate carbonation, with a bitter hop bite of grass, citrus, and a hint of pine from the Cascade addition. Overall, good but nothing I'd get again.
May 06, 2018
Rated: 3.48 by UCLABrewN84 from California

Apr 22, 2018
Rated: 3.37 by paresis from Massachusetts

Mar 20, 2018
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Reviewed by dertyd from California

3.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
The beer pours out a light pale golden straw color, with a slight haze to it and 1 finger of white head-------------- the aromas are of sweet grains, citrus, grass and lesser Carmel----------------- the flavors are of citrus, pine and floral/grass, the beer has a thin to medium mouthfeel with a medium bitterness on the finish------------------ overall this beer was nice, I like hoppy lagers like this it's not traditional at all but it's hoppy and tasty
Mar 13, 2018
Rated: 3.1 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Mar 09, 2018
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Reviewed by TheSixthRing from California

3.51/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Canned 12/20/17

Appearance - Pours mostly clear with a golden yellow hue and a white, finger width head sitting atop. It display great retention before eventually dissipating to a fair layer of suds that clump up in spots. Excellent lacing that leaves thick webbing and spots all over the glass.

Smell - Bready, hay-like malt aroma with a big floral hop nose and hints of lemony citrus.

Taste - Follows the nose. Malts come through with bread and hay like character, while an equal amount of hoppiness delivers floral character with lesser notes of bright citrus. Bittersweet finish of the aforementioned, but also adds a hint of estery apple flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with light, fluffy carbonation. Easy drinker, but a bit thin and watery in the finish.

Overall - Decently flavored brew, but it clearly needs some work. It lacks ideal crispness for a pilsner. Not one I'd necessarily buy again.
Feb 27, 2018
Rated: 3.03 by MAUEX_MFA from Alaska

Dec 09, 2017
Rated: 3.24 by I3eer from Massachusetts

Oct 25, 2017
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Reviewed by Redgoat06 from California

1.45/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25
16 oz. can, exploded upon opening, once I cleaned that up poured about an 8 inch angry white head with brown specks into a Pilsner glass. Eventually got that to settle to reveal the most hard core carbonation I've seen in a beer. Appearance is extremely hazy and specked with bunch of brown stuff that made it past the filters kinda like unfiltered apple cider. Smells slightly floral, like orange blossom maybe? Taste was weak but not terrible. Overall this was a train wreck of a beer and I sincerely hope I just got a bad one but seriously how does a beer go that wrong?
Jul 04, 2017
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Reviewed by Suds from Missouri

3.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Huge head....puffy and white...with a hazy, dark gold colored liquid. The smell is faint, but has some fruit and grain scents. A little floral note as well. The taste is malty and sweetish.....a hint of tartness in the mid-taste. Medium mouthfeel and finish is a little hoppy. This is a mostly refreshing, fruity, almost tropical, light brew.
Mar 04, 2017
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Reviewed by mactrail from Washington

3.09/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
German? I thought this was a Brazilian Pilsener. New style, please! POurs an attractive pale amber in the Weizenbier glass with a nice blob of foam. A faintly hoppy fowery aroma. Pale cereal taste with grain, bitter cardboard. But a pleasing bit of orange peel. Dry but not crisp.

While it's bitterish and dishwatery in the aftertaste, I will say it's easy to get down when you're thirsty. Still it's not much of a Pilsnes. From the 16 oz can purchased at Barons Market on West Point Loma. They have two more flavors of NOVO brews if anyone's interested.
Jan 15, 2017
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
16oz can - a dry-hopped lager. How is that 'Brazilian Inspired'?

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat chunky ecru head, which leaves some decent layered and sudsy lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bready and grainy pale malt, musty lager yeast, a bit of dry generic apple and citrus fruitiness, and some plain leafy, weedy, and dead floral green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and crackery pale malt, further wet cereal notes, a still loitering yeastiness, bland citrus rind and overripe apple, and maybe some wan earthy, musty, and wet grassy verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite average in its punch-clock frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and sort of smooth, with just a hint of yeasty intransigence mucking about here. It finishes off-dry, in a simple malty vector, as everything else seems to have just bailed into the ether, as such.

Overall, this has to be one of most boring brews I have ever encountered (no overt flaws, which is a different metric). Any of the so-called dry-hopping has little resultant effect, and I can't see ever wanting any more of something of the kind, which is certainly no Pils, of any stripe.
Dec 13, 2016
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Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

3.55/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
1 PINT can
Served in a pilsner glass

This beer pours golden in color with a slight haze. A normal pour yields a half a glass of white head that leaves a little lacing.

I get some citrus and lime aromas.

The taste is pretty much the same, citrus and lime with a bitter grapefruit finish.

Moderate mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation

It is a solid hoppy lager. The finish is a little on the bitter side, but other than that it is not too bad.
Dec 03, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by Gobzilla from California

Sep 15, 2016
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Reviewed by CraftBeerApprentice from California

2.58/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25
Reviewed on 3/14/16. On draft. Pours your typical straw yellow color, like any Pilsner. White head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is of apples and sweet bread. Taste is a little bland and of poor quality with huge amounts of diacetyl. Not appropriate for this style. Luckily, my old brewmaster told them how to brew it properly, so hopefully the next batch will be better. As of now, this beer is the first beer I can say is terrible.
Mar 14, 2016
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