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Pils Noir - Susquehanna Brewing Company

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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Susquehanna Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
We are pleased to share our innovative black Pilsner, Pils-Noir. Made from Pearl (Winter) barley, malted for us by Munton’s, CaraMalt and Crystal malts, prepared using our unique, husk-free milling process. We then naturally darken the beer using the classic Czech technique of decoction mashing. Hopped with Oregon Willamette, Mt. Hood and Washington hops, and finished with noble Czech Saaz for a fine aroma.

(Beer added by: RyanGoodman on 10-08-2012)
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cyguyjg

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

01-18-2013 02:51:36 | More by cyguyjg
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ClarkHimself

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

04-17-2013 00:00:40 | More by ClarkHimself
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RyanGoodman

Bolivia

4.13/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

SBC touts this beer as a black pilsner, a twist on the classic pilsner. Also, their website reports that they use Pearl (Winter) barley from Muntons for this beer.

A - The appearance is black, but when you put light behind it, you see a crimson/brownish color. A small head formed at pour, but diminished to a decent size ring around the glass after a few moments.

S - Smell is a pilsner bullseye. Very inviting with it's German effervescence. If you close your eyes, you're taken to a field of barley as the gentle breeze blows.

T - I didn't know what to expect tasting a "black pilsner", and I wasn't dissappointed. The basic flavor is truly pilsner, not overly malty, nor too much with the hops. It is zesty, however. It quenched my thirst as I was eating cheese and peppers.

M - The carbonation was well done, popping across the palate.

O - I'm not a huge pilsner drinker, but this one was very enjoyable. One of my final beers before we move to Bolivia, the boring beer capital of the world.

Once again, thank you SBC!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 21:27:31 | More by RyanGoodman
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Minus_Mike

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +16.6%

02-28-2014 13:16:30 | More by Minus_Mike
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JeffTheJuice

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +16.6%

10-30-2012 21:03:37 | More by JeffTheJuice
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +16.6%

09-23-2013 16:16:42 | More by deapokid
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jp312

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +16.6%

03-23-2013 22:46:31 | More by jp312
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chasmandocharles

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +16.6%

07-07-2013 22:34:16 | More by chasmandocharles
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first brew from this start up and a good choice on my part I think.
Pils noir has a deep garnet crimson brown color with a smallish head and gentile carbonation. pleasing inn appearance.

Aroma is light with a sutle spiciness over a sutle roasted malt smell.

Taste is good. There is a very sutle roasted malt taste intermingled in the sutle spicy pils.
A bit course drinking but flows farily smooth over the palette.
I like this beer it was good. I hope to try more of thier products as they come my way.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 12:47:37 | More by micromaniac129
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horshamguy

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I've had this both on-tap and in bottle. Oddly, at least for me, the bottle is better than the on-tap version. The bottle was better by a lot, too.

A--It pours a deep, dark brown with a medium head that doesn't leave much lacing. Looks pretty good.

S--Oh, yeah there's something good going on here. It's sweet & malty. Can't wait to taste it.

T--Sweet, with a ton of fruitiness. Finish is a bit dry/tannic. Simply tastes good, although that's not as descriptive as this site usually generates. But good is good, regardless.

M--Smooth & easy going. It'll go down easy.

O--Just a step below excellent. Still , "pretty damn good" is pretty damn good. I'd give it two thumbs up, especially at its reasonable price. Still finding it hard to believe that I preferred the bottle to the draught, though.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 02:03:48 | More by horshamguy
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It bothers me that this is being called a "Schwartzbier" since it mentions "Pils" and "classic Czech technique" on the labels. Euro Dark Lager seems to be more fitting. I am put in mind of Film Noir and as a film buff with a Film Studies Certificate from Pitt, some classic crime instrumentals are in order as I begin this review.

From the bottle: "People Beer by Beer People"; "We're beer people. 6th-generation and going strong with roots that stretch from Northeastern Pennsylvania to the edges of the Black Forest. This Pils-Noir is our tribute to that heritage. It's a new twist on the classic pilsner, with fine malts prepared with our unique husk-free milling process. And it's freshly innovative, naturally darkened with the classic Czech technique of decoction mashing, then finished with a touch of hops. Some beers are crowd pleasers. This one is a generation pleaser.

My pour netted me a finger of fizzy, deep-tan head that quickly fell away to wisps. Color was a deep-garnet or deep-ruby (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity when held up to the dying light of the day. Nose had a very caramel-like sweetness, perhaps from the decoction. Caramel and milk chocolate, actually. Mouthfeel was prickly, as though the carbonation was very tight. The taste was smoky, chocolaty, a little nutty and somewhat caramel. Man, this was a liquid candy bar of some stripe, although I could not put my finger on it. Finish was a bit too sweet for my taste, but there was nothing intrinsically wrong with it. You might be disappointed if you had your heart set on a schwartzbier, but otherwise, this was a decent bier.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 21:31:15 | More by woodychandler
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

12-18-2012 04:56:09 | More by TimoP
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

10-21-2012 06:12:19 | More by mdillon86
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wayngrove

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

11-15-2013 19:52:05 | More by wayngrove
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Goldndomer

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

02-10-2014 00:26:55 | More by Goldndomer
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

01-24-2013 14:05:41 | More by TheFightfan1
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beerfinder

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

04-28-2014 14:28:09 | More by beerfinder
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PTEdelman

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

06-22-2014 16:17:39 | More by PTEdelman
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

05-30-2013 13:53:31 | More by Slatetank
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EFR94

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

03-22-2013 23:29:19 | More by EFR94
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aqualung23

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

12-24-2013 21:47:19 | More by aqualung23
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canawler

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

02-26-2013 21:30:30 | More by canawler
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jrfehon33

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

07-29-2013 01:53:51 | More by jrfehon33
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eagles22

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

05-22-2013 23:32:24 | More by eagles22
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

3.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pils Noir pours a dark copper color with a small non-lacing head. There is a rich malty aroma, with a nice spice note. the taste has nice malty backbone, with a good spice note, nice crisp sweet malt finish. Nice flavors, but overall the body is a bit watery. Overall its a nice lighter beer, good spice notes, nice flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 23:38:48 | More by vette2006c5r
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Pils Noir from Susquehanna Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.