Pils Noir - Susquehanna Brewing Company
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3.6/5 rDev +4.3%
The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pale malt scent along with a touch of black malt earthiness. It's bone dry with a slight bitterness. The taste is decent as well. It has a smooth, earthy black malt flavor. It's faint, but adds a solid bitterness and excellent color. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good beer, but nothing too interesting. Nonetheless, I'd throw a few of these in the fridge any day.
04-18-2013 23:36:51 | More by WesWes
3.84/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
11-06-2013 21:31:15 | More by woodychandler
3.66/5 rDev +6.1%
Thanks to ClockworkOrange for gifting me with a bottle of this. Stubby 12oz bottle poured into a pint. The brew appears dark brown to black in color with a tan head that fades to a thin film atop. When held to the light, some cola brown clarity is seen around the edges.
The aroma includes a pleasant amount of fruitiness that seemingly comes from alcohol and hops. More sniffs reveal a bit more citrus to floral hop character. For how dark the brew is, it displays surprisingly no roast character to the nose. All that emits is minor fruity tones which I guess is both a good and bad thing for a schwarz.
The flavor is clean and crisp. Again, hops and alcohol come forward with a fruity note before blending off into a neutral grain sweetness that is somewhat like buttered bread. There is a mild citrus component mid-palate that lasts into the aftertaste.
This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is clean, crisp and one of the more enjoyable schwarzbiers I have had in a long time. I wish it would have included just a bit of roast however it's drinkability and clean profile make up for that. It is to be commended that this the first schwarzbier I have had in a long time that did not have a strange mineral aspect to the finish and little to no diacetyl. Well done, would drink again.
05-29-2013 02:03:36 | More by stakem
2.76/5 rDev -20%
Brown body, translucent ruby when held to he light. Loose oatmeal white head drops from two fingers to table top in seconds.
Mild earthy noble hop aroma.
A touch of sweetness. Hint of roast. Bit of bitter. Lot of little pieces that may fit together, but don't make a big impression.
Smooth soft mouthfeel.
Inoffensive is the best I can say.
06-04-2013 03:59:49 | More by RonfromJersey
3.95/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
11-17-2012 12:47:37 | More by micromaniac129
2.78/5 rDev -19.4%
Poured into a pilsner glass.
Cola color brown with 3 fingers of fluffy head that dissipates slowly. Good clarity and lacing.
Light aromas of milk chocolate and smoke.
Chocolate milk, toffee and butterscotch candies. Caramelized sugar with just a touch of earthy bitterness.
Medium bodied, silky, smooth and clean.
Similar to a Schwarzbier in flavor. The Pilsner qualities are completely lost. I can't say that I'm crazy about this one.
12-01-2012 22:02:33 | More by justintcoons
Pils Noir from Susquehanna Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.