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Notch Session Pils - Notch Brewing

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BA SCORE
81
good

160 Ratings
THE BROS
78
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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 9
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Notch Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PEBKAC on 03-17-2011

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Ratings: 160 | Reviews: 41
Photo of brpendergast85
1.5/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

It's definitely better than your standard macro pils, but not much else can be said for it.

Photo of SKarmic
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a six pack from Ball Square fine wines & liquor in Somerville (who seemed to know their Beer, and recommended this one)

Appearance :
Color : Pale to Golden
Clarity : Slightly hazy
Head : About a quarter inch, lackluster head that disappeared quickly with some lacing.

Smell :
Malts : Sweet with a slightly bitter finish.
Hops : Slightly floral but understated.
Alcohol : Smooth, watered down.

Taste :
There is a slightly floral taste, that's about all that I was able to pick up.

Mouthfeel :
Slightly creamy, flat and somewhat watery.

Overall :
Overall I am not terribly impressed with this Pils. It tastes like a Pils, kind of what I would describe as "table beer" - something you can drink with meals and in volume. But I have had better PIls. This one was a bit flat.

Photo of BostonBrewRu
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Looks like beer. Smells like beer. Tastes like beer...until the finish.

If it finished a bit better this would be my new favorite Pilsner. Instead it's just my favorite session beer.

Super drinkable. Super clean. Awesome for a $9 six pack

Photo of jbadge24
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I love that it's unfiltered, and it tastes that way ... In a good way!

Photo of Robusta
4.74/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Notch Pilsner very effectively provides a clean, crisp extremely flavorful, satisfying Pilsner with only 4ABV. Nothing against the wonderful varieties of heavier microbrews out there however Notch should be praised for their tasty , refreshing products contributions to the American beer scene.

Photo of Florida9
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow in color. Slightly hazy. Forms a large, fluffy white head that falls rather quickly, but leaves quite a bit of lacing on the way down. Aroma is standard pils: some pilsener malts and a bit of green, grassy hops. Taste is a bit light though, in fairness, this is labeled as a "session" beer. Light pilsener malts, a hint of biscuit, and some light grassy hops. Light bodied. Appreciable, prickly carbonation. Low bitterness.
Not the absolute best example of the style, but not at all a bad beer.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another Notch brew thanks to Yamar 18.

This pours a pale gold with a 1 finger head of foam and again for a Notch beer, some very good lacing.

Aromas of spicy herbal hops are at the forefront. I get just a tad of a malt smell...bread? Maybe biscuit?

Wow, another brew with some great balance. Yeah, it's biscuit for the malt profile, the hops are herbal alright, just a nice crisp spiciness that doesn't go over the top. Swishing the beer in my mouth to get the ultimate experience of what a brew has to offer, I'm amazed that THIS is what I get in a 4% abv brew made in the US.

Nice lightish mouthfeel, the drinkability, at least for me, is through the roof.

Yikes, I love this beer!

Photo of brentk56
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: The hazy honey colored liquid is topped by an inch of foam; the retention was reasonable and a few shards of lace hang around

Smell: Slightly bready, with just a hint of grass

Taste: Golden-syrup malt flavors buttress the herbal, grassy hop bill; very rustic flavors

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with relatively crisp carbonation

Overall: Well, they got the mouthfeel right, but I am afraid the unusual malt and hop flavors here make this beer rather hard to enjoy

Photo of andrewinski1
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. The color is light straw with a bit of haze. There is a half inch white foamy head. This looks close to excellent.

The aroma is full of grassy hops almost entirely. Very inviting.

The taste is light on the malt flavor; this is pretty hoppy for the style. That's fine by me so I'm apt to score this favorably but purists take note. The hop flavor is zesty and grassy, as European style hops are. The finish is quite crisp, making this very refreshing.

This is light bodied and highly drinkable. I recommend this one for people who like balanced and drinkable hop flavor. I would prefer this to a light IPA for example.

Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From 09/15/13 notes. On tap at The Salty Pig in Boston, MA. After a weekend of BA fests a nice change of pace. Served in a tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat clear bright yellow color with no carbonation evident and one inch maybe of white head. Weird it looks like it has no carbonation, as it was carbonated. Must be the glass.

s - Smells of wheat, grains, bready malts, yeast, light spice, and light citrus hops. Nice little bit of citrus on the end and normal pilsener malts throughout the nose.

t - Tastes of wheat, grains, bready malts, dough, yeast, earthy malts, citrus hops, and floral notes. Little more going on here than the nose but still quite light in the citrus and floral notes. Nice though.

m - Light to medium body and low carbonation, though it is there. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty nice pilsner; exactly what I wanted with lunch outside on a nice day. Easy to drink and some nice floral and citrus notes in the taste, would have it again.

Photo of Andrew041180
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - served on tap at Legal Seafood at Logan Airport. Glass came with a substantial head that lingered for a good amount of time. Light lacing on the glass. The beer was blonde in color and fairly clear.

S - very little detectable. What is there is nice.

T - as someone else mentioned it didn't really taste pilsnery. Its good, in a sort of bland way. Seemed more like a light pale ale.

M - body that I expected with pleasant carbonation.

O - I don't see myself having this one again, but elements of this brew encourage me to try other offerings from Notch.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at LTK (Legal Test Kitchen) Bar and Kitchen in Boston, MA

A: Pours a crystal clear medium to dark golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some brighter yellow highlights. The beer has a finger and a half tall bright white foamy head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of biscuit and bready malts with some lighter notes of grassy and herbal hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of biscuit and bready malts with little to no sweetness. That is followed by the light to moderate flavors of the grassy and herbal hops which impart a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and smooth.

O: This beer was refreshing, paired great with food, and was extremely easy to drink - I think I could have literally drank this beer all day long (though I am guessing that is the point of creating these session style beers from Notch).

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.99/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

@ Legal Test Kitchen, Boston

Dark gold with a fizzy white head. Thin collar of retention and a glass sans lace. Pauvre glass.

Smells like a dinner roll. Subtle green hops in there and maybe some apricot/orchardy fruit.

Tin-y mineral fruit and butter up front followed by a very pleasing pepper hop finish. Buttery aftertaste that comes back after the swallow like a boomerang.

Eh.

Photo of puboflyons
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on January 13, 2013.

The pour is a typical pilsener looking straw or hay yellow with a long lasting tremendous white foamy head and vigorous carbonation.

The aroma is quite full compared to adjuncts and others in its class with pale malts, biscuit, yeast, sugar in the raw, and a clean hoppiness.

The body is light and smooth.

The taste tends to downplay the sweet malts and biscuit in favor of a notable clean and crisp hop feel coming up the backside. Pretty drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of Johnny2
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally - a local beer that tastes likes beer!!
Had this on tap at Upper Crust in Newburyport....will have to get a six pack soon. I've always wanted to support local breweries but could never find a solid pilsner that tasted like something they would actually drink in Europe.

Poured lovely, leaving a nice head which all good beers should have. Tasted fresher than any other pilsner I've had on tap anywhere else, except for maybe Czechvar on tap at The Independent in Somerville.
Crisp and just the right amount of hops in this one...not overbearing at all but strong enough to know you're drinking quality.

Tip of the hat to the guys in Ipswich...Thank you!

Photo of Jayli
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this several times over the past week - decided on another 6 pack tonight
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a somewhat hazy golden color with a one finger of sudsy, bubbly pure white head. Head recedes somewhat quickly leaving wispy lacing along the glass.

S: Nose is grassy, earthy hop notes, yeast, malt, and a mild citrus note.

T: Taste starts with a strong yeast, lemon citrus quality. Malt flavoring, with some earthy, grassy notes begin to come in. Finish has a continued grassiness, some grain, and a hint of orange peel.

M: Lighter body, higher carbonation, slightly prickly with an oily finish.

O: Goes down very easy, rather tasty, not filling, no kick, nice representation of style. This is a great beer that falls more under the true definition of a "session" beer. It will definitely be a staple come summer time.

Photo of Dools9
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 9/28/12 poured into a Schlitz pilsner glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw, golden color with a thick three finger, soapy white head. Impressive, patchy spider web lace.

S: Clean, crisp pilsner malt, grassy hops, little bit earth and slightly floral. Little bit of musk mixed with yeasty fruit.

T: Bright grassy, floral and lemon citrus hop flavors blend nicely with a biscuity, grainy malt backbone. There's a lingering earthy, spicy hop finish.

M: Light to medium bodied, extremely sessionable (hence the name), crisp and refreshing. Would make a good warm weather beer.

O: Went in with low expectations but found myself pleasantly surprised by this one. Would probably purchase again when looking for a low abv sessioner. Stuff goes down really easy. Based on the reviews it has, I'd say this one is a bit underrated imo.

Photo of Maxwell
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours like crisp watery gold, and sits in the mug like light grapefruit juice and piss with a slight ambering. This beer is only slightly hazy and opaque due to it being unfiltered, and has a great torrent of bubbles rushing to the surface to replenish the head which is a pure white, eggshell made of nice little smooth bubbles that settle at about a fingers width and seem like their staying for a drink. The beer smells wet and spicy with a juicy linger of the almost-apple that I’ve come to associate with pilsners. The hops are nicely spicy though, with hints of fluffy, buttered biscuit pulling through in the back and edges of the glass. The beer tastes much like any other pilsner. There is the slightly-stale-bread taste of the malts that runs strongly through the sip and lingers in the mouth for awhile, and there are nice slight spices from the hops and fruity juicy feel reminiscent of apples as the beer initially crosses the tip of the tongue. Mouthfeel is quite tart with a little too much carbonation assaulting the tongue and leaving it tingling with a slight sheen of saliva and dry bread feel in the rest of the mouth. The beer is very crisp and watery, making it very drinkable, and it does not sit heavy in the stomach, but I suspect that the pilsner style is just not my favorite, as I am just not impressed with this beer. Overall I call this beer a meh.

Photo of u2carew
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a big white head that keeps its retention quite well. Clear body, golden to straw in color.
S) Musky grains. Subtle hints of citrus fruit.
T) Sweet yet bitter grains. Some fruity notes - apples. Some astringent notes. Bitter dry finish.
M) Light body. Dry finish.
O) Overall an average pilsner, just a bit more bitter than the norm.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a good amount of hops, light caramelized malts, lager yeast and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some citrus sweetness comes in along with a strong but not over-powering hops presence creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style since it seems a bit on the sweet and citrusy but this still a good beer to pound down for a while.

Photo of jdhilt
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a five+ finger white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Almost clear pale amber color. Good carbonation and light bodied. Light grassy nose and flavor is hoppy, grassy with a bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. Good lawnmower beer. $1.99 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a crystal-clear, pale, golden-yellow coloring with a very slow, steady stream of carbonation bubbling. Thin covering of white film that leaves a slick coating along the glass. Aromas are light and effervescent, with a floral boquet along the top of a toasted cereal backbone. Flavors are light, with the toasty backbone and a slightly sour malt highlight, with a bitter, resiny hopping to clean it all up nicely. The aftertaste is minimal, with a hint of roast and char. The finish is quick and clean, leaving the palate with only a touch of the tangy sweetness.

Photo of smcolw
2.33/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear and golden, this beer has the right look. Huge head for the style which settles quite slowly leaving behind ample amount of chunky lace.

Unusually earthy in smell, definitely not true to style. Almost smell if the wort became infected with a stray bacteria.

The taste is an improvement but this is still off from a Czech Pils. There's no creaminess in the body with the crisp floral bitterness from the noble hops. Instead, this tastes like a poorly made APA: Thin but chewy body with a marginal level of pale malt flavor, moderate hop bite that dies quickly in the aftertaste.

A clear miss on this batch. Perhaps I'll try this again and see if I happened upon a mistake this time.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Courtesy of goblinmunkey7. Thanks!

A: Pours a murky, glowing sunset-orange capped by a pinky finger's worth of off-white head. Retention is moderate, with a few drabs of lace down the sides of the glass. A thin film is left for the duration of the drink.

S: Crisp pilsner grain, biscuit malt, and Noble hops: grass and a floral / herbal bent.

T: The taste falls a bit short, with a watery back end that doesn't deliver the same crispness of the nose. A nice biscuit backbone with good hop flavors of grass, mild spice (like white pepper), and a touch of lemon zest.

M: Light-bodied, with a slightly watery finish. Bitterness is mild, with some hop oils lingering into the aftertaste. I'd love it if it were cleaner.

O: With work, this could be excellent. I wish we had easy-drinking session ales like this in CA.

Photo of GregSVT
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a nice white head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is actually quite nice. As soon as I poured it I could smell a bit of hops even before I lifted it to my nose. Upon smelling it I get a decent amount of hops followed by a grain smell and slight lemon zest aroma on the finish.

T: The taste is a bit different from the nose. There's a bit of hops followed by some grainy/bready quality with a hint of lemon on the finish. Typical pilsener flavors.

M: The feel is crisp and refreshing and the low ABV makes this a super easy drinker.

O: Good flavors and low ABV make this a good candidate for an every night Pilsener if that's what you're looking for. It was interesting drinking a 4% beer that had this much flavor.

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Notch Session Pils from Notch Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.