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Notch Session Pils - Notch Brewing

Notch Session PilsNotch Session Pils

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BA SCORE
80
good

101 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.88%


Brewed by:
Notch Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: PEBKAC on 03-17-2011)
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.43/5  rDev +25.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 14:45:43 | More by Bitterbill
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.14/5  rDev -11%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 02:22:50 | More by brentk56
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 21:59:58 | More by andrewinski1
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 23:31:59 | More by puboflyons
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Jayli

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 02:24:30 | More by Jayli
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Dools9

Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 20:00:55 | More by Dools9
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

3.25/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 01:59:05 | More by Maxwell
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 23:55:48 | More by u2carew
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 01:18:03 | More by TheManiacalOne
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 23:17:18 | More by jdhilt
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smcolw

Massachusetts

2.35/5  rDev -33.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 00:42:24 | More by smcolw
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Arbitrator

California

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 20:08:43 | More by Arbitrator
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GregSVT

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 04:58:23 | More by GregSVT
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 15:45:01 | More by Duhast500
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silentjay

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

mildly hazy gold with a huge pure cloud white head that quickly recedes to a thin film and laces decently.

aroma of herbal and floral hops on top of biscuity malts, pretty much what I'd expect for the style.

black tea, slight musk, floral hops, biscuity malts, a bit bitter, but not overly flavorful. a bitter aftertaste lingers.

light bodied and slightly oily feel with subtle prickly carbonation.

its not bad, but not something I could drink all day, either, which was the intent, so it misses its mark. though its a decent beer, it misses its intent.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 00:53:37 | More by silentjay
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 01:26:40 | More by cbutova
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 14:33:23 | More by BeerAdvocate
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear honey color. Frothy white head forms. The head is small but retains. Leaves random lacing.

S-Soft nose. Barely any noble hops. Sweet, a bit grainy. Just not very attractive. Boring.

T-Started off with a rather odd flavor that caught me off guard. After the confusing beginning, As it settles on my palate, a more conventional Pils flavor sets in. More noble hops than in the nose. Still sweet and somewhat grainy.

M-Light bodied and lively cartbonation. A tad bit watered down. But no big negatives.

O/D-Just bland. I can see why they named it Session Pils, but I'd prefer both my session beer and my Pilsener to have a bit more personality.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 03:13:36 | More by VelvetExtract
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 17:07:11 | More by jlindros
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 07:27:36 | More by corby112
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Foggy yellow in color. Good sized white frothy head. Laced fairly well.

Aroma gives off a little malt husk, hop notes, and yeastiness.

Taste follows the aroma. Noble hops I assume, and the malt almost seems like corn at times, but I think it's deceiving. There's a faint lemon zest found in there, and a little grass. Not bad.

Mouthfeel is a little slick. Drinks smooth rather than crisp, which I didn't expect.

Drinkability is high of course because of the ABV, BUT, the taste plays into the drinkability well too. Just because a beer sports a low ABV doesn't mean it's tasty enough to warrant a few. This satisfies both needs and is worth picking up again for the right occasion...though there are better pilsners...especially if you prefer yours with some snappy crispness.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 14:36:57 | More by jbertsch
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tigg924

Massachusetts

2.53/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 14:45:51 | More by tigg924
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 20:05:51 | More by WanderingFool
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gfreed

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 01:34:06 | More by gfreed
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muttyd

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 23:48:31 | More by muttyd
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Notch Session Pils from Notch Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.