Notch Session Pils - Notch Brewing
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
3.08/5 rDev -13%
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.
07-28-2011 14:33:23 | More by BeerAdvocate
More User Reviews:
2.53/5 rDev -28.5%
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.
06-28-2011 14:45:51 | More by tigg924
4.2/5 rDev +18.6%
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.
08-14-2011 20:19:52 | More by glid02
3.71/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
01-31-2013 23:31:59 | More by puboflyons
3.05/5 rDev -13.8%
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.
07-05-2012 23:55:48 | More by u2carew
3.75/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
03-17-2011 02:48:56 | More by PEBKAC
Notch Session Pils from Notch Brewing
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