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Notch Session Pils - Notch Brewing

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Notch Session PilsNotch Session Pils

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46 Reviews

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 183
Avg: 3.55
pDev: 26.76%
Wants: 11
Gots: 30 | 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: 46 | Hads: 183
Photo of PEBKAC
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of Jayli
3.8/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: Sunny Holden color with a very slight haze. Three fingers of rocky white head retain superbly in the slender glass. Lacing is clumpy and foamy.

S: Sweet doughy and crackery malt. Clean. Grassy and floral hops. Slight whiff of snappy lemon too.

T: Doughy and crackery malt base. Grain. Hops slice right through with initial floral and grassy flavors that are quickly followed by a strong limey bitterness. Very clean. Crackery and bitter lime finish.

M: Light bodied. Slight creamy feel. Sharp carbonation.

O: Clean, crisp, and drinkable. It hits the marks. A deserving quaff.

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Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of muttyd
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, clear yellow with a frothy white head. Very clear beer. Aroma is of grainy pilsner malts, grassy hops, Flavor is very hoppy (grassy, earthy, not very citrusy), biscuit malts, and dry. Very little sweetness. Good representation of the style. Bubbly on the tongue with a sharp prickly carbonation.

Overall, a good beer. Will buy again.

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Photo of gfreed
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always on the lookout for tasty, full-bodied, low-ABV beer, I recently dragged home a bottle of Notch's session ale and this bottle of their pils. After trying the ale and being totally underwhelmed by it, I was prepared for more of same from the pils but was happily surprised. This was not the hop-heavy swipe that I expected but instead was quite tasty and balanced. The aroma is a bit light, but it still emitted a good handful of flowers and a lemon peel or two. Light and flavorful, this is definitely a beer for the summer. I'm not one to drink beer and then operate machinery of any kind, especially the kind with whirring blades, but if I had to choose a lawnmower beer this would rate at the top of the safety list.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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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Photo of MadScientist
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of SKarmic
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of BostonBrewRu
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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

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Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz received in a recent trade with mkabull. Thanks again Alec!

Pours a hazy dark yellowish orange color with pale golden yellow hues when held to a light and a one finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots and streaks of lace left behind.

Earthy aroma with hints of grassy hops, straw, light fruit and pale malt. The floral hops are most prominent followed by some apple, pear and biscuit.

Medium bodied and fuller than expected fr the style with a god balance of grassy and citrus hops, pale malt, straw, hay and light fruit. Surprisingly hop forward but not too bitter or dry with a nice floral, earthy presence which compliments the straw/hay character and pale malt presence. A decent amount of biscuit flavor along with apple, pear and faint alcohol. Slightly dry presence.

Overall this beer was a pleasant surprise. Clean, crisp, well balanced and extremely quaffable. I could see myself drinking several of these in a sitting and would probably buy this regularly if I had access.

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Photo of mynie
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How have I not reviewed this yet?

Notch only does sessionable beers. Regardless of your opinion of session IPAs, you still have to respect other varieties of well-brewed, low-ABV beer.

Notch's pils pours pale, straw-colored with a decent head. The aroma is faint, with a little bit of herbs and hay and the smallest wisp of saaz hops.

Tastes much firmer and more robust than the aroma had led me to believe, but still balanced and delicate. Crisp barley up front with mild herbal nodes and some cereal grain, straight-up Czech pils hop profile in the back end. Quite nice.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of irrevjim
4.09/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of Johnny2
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
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!

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.21/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev +24.5%
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!

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Photo of Robusta
4.74/5  rDev +33.5%
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.

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Notch Session Pils from Notch Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.