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Notch Session Pils - Notch Brewing

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Notch Session PilsNotch Session Pils

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127 Ratings

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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.84%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: PEBKAC on 03-17-2011)
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Photo of andrewinski1
4/5  rDev +13%

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.

andrewinski1, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of jneiswender
2.15/5  rDev -39.3%

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.

jneiswender, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of mbs11
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

mbs11, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of SuperHop18
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

SuperHop18, Jul 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

ajs4bd, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of wdarcy77
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

wdarcy77, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of GregSVT
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

GregSVT, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of juicebox
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

juicebox, Jul 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

DrinkingDrake, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of harsley
4/5  rDev +13%

harsley, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of Neffbeer
4/5  rDev +13%

Neffbeer, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of PEBKAC
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.

PEBKAC, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of RKing44
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

RKing44, Jul 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

judkinst, Jun 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

mjstacker, Aug 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

meehandennis, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of nquigley16
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

nquigley16, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of gfreed
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

gfreed, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of dcisco44
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

dcisco44, Mar 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Larrydoherty, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of Andrew041180
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

Andrew041180, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of Maxwell
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

Maxwell, Aug 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

MRsojourner, Jul 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

jbarletto, Aug 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Aisha, Jul 02, 2014
Notch Session Pils from Notch Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.