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Notch Session Pils - Notch Brewing

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Notch Session PilsNotch Session Pils

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BA SCORE
81
good

146 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | 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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Reviews by Maxwell:
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

More User Reviews:
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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.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +18%
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 heather625
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

Photo of u2carew
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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Notch Session Pils from Notch Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.