Notch Session Pils - Notch Brewing

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BA SCORE
81
good

169 Ratings
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78
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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 11
Gots: 28 | 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: 169 | Reviews: 45
Reviews by Johnny2:
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!

More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: A light, bready malt with some Pilsner malt quality and a moderately-low spicy hops aroma. A slightly fruit ester.

Appearance: A light golden beer with excellent clarity. Pours with a finger of off-white foam made of fine bubbles. The head is persistent, slow to fade and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Flavor: A slight malt sweetness with a fair amount of Pilsner malt character. A low hop flavor that is mostly spicy with some floral notes and a medium-low hop bitterness. The balance is somewhat bitter with a roundness that seems to come from a faint diacetyl caramel flavor. The finish is medium dry with a spicy, low hop bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A medium-light bodied beer with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall: This is an easy drinking, session Pils with propionate Czech character. An excellent example of the Czech Light Lager style, it does have a ton flavor but it wasn't meant to.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #52 (May 2011):

Aiming for the Old World rustic version of the Czech lager. Mild haze, but golden color still shines bright in the light. Enough froth for a Pils to be proud of. Fresh-cut crabgrass, wild herbal hop and a dusting of biscuity malt in the nose. Smooth, with a snap of crispness on the backside of the light body. Malt comes forth on the light side with a sticky, biscuity, almost husky flavor throughout. Hops are slightly oily with spicy, herbal undertones; bitterness balances. Biscuity, husky tone lingers. Finish lands dry. Some fine tuning and softening would do this lager great. Hard pressed to put back more than one.

Photo of irrevjim
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours pale golden, i believe it's slightly hazy but hot day so constant fogging of glass. 1/4 inch white head that seemed thick but dissipated quickly in a duvel glass, left thin lacing that stayed.
smell of mild biscuity malts and a ghint of hops, honey, mild banana coriander. smells like i want to drink it, all aromas are subtle but pretty clear and clean.
the aforementioned hints of banana,biscuit and honey in a perfect, clean balance.
this beer is very refreshing and drinkable but not watery and doesn't feel like 'something's missing'.
this is my standard 2015 beer on hand for guests who aren't but will be attuned to craft beers.

Photo of tigg924
2.53/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, gold in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: faint pine and grass

Taste: sweet grass, lime, citrus hops, and a bit of sugar at the end

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, sweet start then the hops kick in to make it slightly bitter, the after taste is odd and almost sugary, light bodied

Overall: I wanted to like this beer, but the flavors just did not come together for me. There is an odd sweetness that I associate with Leinenkugels. While it works there in some instances, the sweetness here is a bit out of place. I want to drink this and with some small modifications, I could see this being a regular beer in my rotation...but for now a pass.

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Bukowski’s in Boston.

Pours a clear golden color with a white head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of crisp pilsner malts with good amounts of light citrus and floral hops and hints of deeper, leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as crisp. Smooth pilsner malts up front are joined quickly by light citrus and slightly herbal hops. Midway through heavier earthy hops come into play, before they are joined by very slight bready notes that fade out into a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall I was a fan of this beer, and the low ABV is icing on the cake. It’s not quite as clean as the world-class pilsners, but it’s still well worth a shot.

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 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 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 PEBKAC
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice extra thrown in by my trading buddy up in Beantown.

Ommegang Anniversary glass. Still pretty chilly.

Big, lumpy, textured white head. Clear, classic amber body. Wiry waves of lace.

Smell is green & herbal. Hops seem a tad sharp. Very dry biscuit malt & noticeable alcohol. Almost a notion of fruit as it warms, but no. :P

Bittergreen, leafy, & a touch iron-y. A bit sharp. Sizable amount of hops used. Malt is cracker dry with barely any sweetness. I would of enjoyed a little more of a grain profile personally.

Frothy, but not all that carbonated. Still pretty crispy because it's so fresh. Alcohol seems slightly bigger then the paltry 4% stated. Feels more acidic then your standard American brewed Pils.

Pretty clean for a contract brew. Shouldn't be surprised, because Ipswich makes good beer.

Photo of jneiswender
2.16/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

had this beer at the Bacon and Beer festival in Boston. Served cool, on tap, in a small tasting glass.

Fairly run of the mill appearance to this brew. Clear gold body , nice white head.

Scent and flavors were not hoppy some vegetable was detected.

Light mouthfeel.

Not clean enough of a beer for the style. I will pass on this the next time I see it.

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 cbutova
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh into MA, gotta give it a shot.

A- Poured into a Weizen glass with a hazy yellow orange body. Big white head forms with nice size and a creamy texture. Nice thick rings of lace.

S- Some yeast bread, clove, grains, sugary light malt. Also a bit of noble spicy, herbal hops.

T- A decent bit of yeast bread and spice as well as some light slightly sugary malt. Banana and clove. Hops round it out with herbal, spicy and floral hints. General grains as well.

MF- Light body with high foamy carbonation. Slight residual sweets and bitterness.

Solid light Pils. Nice hops but I would like it to be a bit more hoppy instead of grainy.

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

Pours a light fizzy head covering, over mostly clear golden carrot orange-yellow color.

Nose is very light, some light pilsner malts, light toasty malts, bit of straw and rustic malts, and the slightest hint of noble grassy aromatic hops.

Taste has some light malts, plenty of toasty pilsner malts and a bit of a straw, some light rustic toasty malt flavors, mostly clean and crisp and very light and sessionable, then some light clean bitterness, and some mild noble grassy floral hops, very light hop addition but it goes well to the malts. Finishes very clean, fairly crisp and light but long bitter noble hops.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carbonation though.

Overall pretty good, the nose is a bit too light, but taste is good for a 4% very sessionable light summer clean and crisp beer.

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 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 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 WanderingFool
4.21/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notch Pils pours a clear golden color in the glass with a frothy, white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thin sheet on the glass leaving behind a fair amount of lines and spots of lace on the glass. Inside a flurry of bubbles flow to the surface.

The aroma is faint with grassy hops and crisp toasted malt. There's a hint of lemon in there too.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is lightly creamy, soft and moderately carbonated. The flavor begins with grassy hops and notes of lemon citrus. Balancing out the hops is a taste of crisp toasted malt. It finishes sweet with a the grassy hops linger when gone.

This is a very easy drinking tasty beer. Well balanced and with the lower abv you can enjoy several at one sitting.

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 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 Duhast500
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

The color is a gold/yellow with some cloudy orange tint. There is about two fingers of foamy white head white a slight bit of lacing left on the glass.

The color is a little hoppy at first with slightly dry malt straightening the edges out. There is a small grassy flavor toward the end that puts a final signature to the end flavor of this beer.

The feel of this beer is highly drinkable with no alcohol detectable. There is a smooth but light feel that makes this beer go down quicker then it seams at first. A really good session beer.

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 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.

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Notch Session Pils from Notch Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.