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Pils Noir - Susquehanna Brewing Company

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 0
Gots: 14 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

acurtis, May 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Knapp85, Apr 10, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +10.5%

RblWthACoz, Aug 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Slatetank, May 30, 2013
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3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

WesWes, Apr 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

InspectorBob, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

woodychandler, Nov 06, 2013
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3.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

stakem, May 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

BillRoth, Dec 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

ShanePB, Feb 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

rolltide8425, Nov 02, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

johnnnniee, Jul 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

IPAchris, Oct 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

ZEB89, Mar 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

ROGUE16, Sep 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

deapokid, Sep 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

BeerForMuscle, Jun 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

IdrinkGas, Mar 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

JohnK17, Oct 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

mdillon86, Oct 21, 2012
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2.76/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

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.

RonfromJersey, Jun 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

jzeilinger, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of micromaniac129
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

micromaniac129, Nov 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

MDDMD, Feb 15, 2014
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Pils Noir from Susquehanna Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.