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Beer – #639 – Behemoth – Hopped Up On Pils *bottle*

Beer club beer of the week, this time it’s Behemoth “Hopped Up On Pils” I’ve had this from the keg previously, and came away underwhelmed, but I might have been uninformed. Anyway lets go again.

“A Pilsner made with ale hops, apparently. Unique”

A 330ml bottle of a 5% ABV beer, being 30 IBU things,  and in total 150 calories in this serve size, and that all makes about 1.3  standard drink units.

Brewed at Behemoth Brewing Company in the style this is of Pilsener and they are in, mysteriously, New Zealand, no town, just “NZ”.

Small beer big smile

Small beer big smile

NZ Pilsner with big NZ flavour and aroma without massive bitterness.

Crisp, sessionable.

Dry hopped like an IPA.

What could go wrong with what?

It’s very hoppy on opening, just the hop aroma, an understated sweetness, does not have that tang of an IPA for instance.

Pour is a very pale yellow beer with the most magnificent white head, it looks amazing.

The taste is less sweet than I remember, this has a flat unmistakable hop presence that finishes sharply dry. Leaves a lovely lacing in the glass as you sip.

Behemoth Hopped Up On PilsI’m also less enthusiastic on the flavours that this has than the last time I tried it, possibly, again, it’s too cold, and that’s stifling the notes.

So a late dry hopped Pilsner. I guess it is what it is, and again I find myself betwixt and between on this. I like a Pilsner, and the idea of a hopped up version appeals.

For me though this is carrying just a lot of front end dry heaviness not adding flavour, just presence. Which is disappointing.

When you do get the flavour notes they’re really clean, and almost fruity in their way. This isn’t a sweet or quaffable beer though, and is best enjoyed at sipping or conversational pace. It really would be an ideal beer to have with a food. Which I didn’t think to organise, as usual.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 a of its things from the thing. It’s refreshing, it’s nice, but it isn’t sparking on the palate with flavours and tastes, so overall it’s not for me. I get the late dry hopped thing, I see what it did and how it worked, it’s interesting and makes this a unique take on the Pilsner style. Sometimes though different isn’t better.  However if I was out and this was on then I’d be in.

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? As a Pilsner not really, as a  twisted pilsner a lot more.
  2. Would I have another? I would, there is nothing that says stay away, it’s nice drinking, but I’d have to be in the mood.
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I would because I think you could begin to talk about cross-over beers between styles. It’s quite clever.

Musically, I was listening to ‘ Chvrches ‘, an album ‘ The bones of what you believe ‘ of course on Spotify. they’re a Scottish electronic band, formed in 2011. This is a track ‘the mother we share’


While the definition of “pilsner” is open to much debate in the beer community, it generally refers to pale, hoppy lagers, ranging from 28IBUs and up.

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