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Notch Session Pils - Notch Brewing

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Notch Session PilsNotch Session Pils

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132 Ratings

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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 7
Gots: 14 | 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 VelvetExtract
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

VelvetExtract, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of Janeinma
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Janeinma, May 19, 2013
Photo of Larrydoherty
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Larrydoherty, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of dcisco44
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

dcisco44, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of MRsojourner
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

MRsojourner, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of lesdemonsamaporte
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

lesdemonsamaporte, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of goldenM13
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

goldenM13, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of Maxwell
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Maxwell, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Botulizard
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Botulizard, May 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

jbarletto, Aug 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

jwps214, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of halfshell
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

halfshell, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of cortez
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

cortez, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of RKing44
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

RKing44, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of silentjay
3.3/5  rDev -7%
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.

silentjay, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of Duhast500
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Duhast500, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of jbertsch
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

jbertsch, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of Andrew041180
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 b2hogan
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

b2hogan, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of mjstacker
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

mjstacker, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of trevorpost
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

trevorpost, Jun 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

HattedClassic, Sep 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Diesel33, Jul 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

DerekMorgan, Jun 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

noyellowfizzbeer, Aug 07, 2012
Notch Session Pils from Notch Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.