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Pils Noir - Susquehanna Brewing Company

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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | 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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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -5%

05-04-2014 15:53:25 | More by acurtis
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -5%

04-10-2014 22:26:37 | More by Knapp85
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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

New York

3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 23:36:51 | More by WesWes
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +12.3%
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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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 02:03:36 | More by stakem
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

02-16-2014 14:07:01 | More by InspectorBob
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

12-09-2013 00:33:51 | More by BillRoth
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -5%

05-24-2014 02:38:06 | More by Latarnik
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

11-02-2013 22:56:20 | More by rolltide8425
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

07-02-2013 01:26:56 | More by johnnnniee
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.3%

02-24-2014 14:09:25 | More by ShanePB
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -5%

09-14-2013 02:03:38 | More by ROGUE16
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.3%

10-06-2013 12:10:24 | More by IPAchris
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +17%

09-23-2013 16:16:42 | More by deapokid
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

03-22-2014 04:55:15 | More by ZEB89
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -5%

03-01-2014 03:29:25 | More by IdrinkGas
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

06-05-2014 00:11:37 | More by BeerForMuscle
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

10-09-2012 19:37:36 | More by JohnK17
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

2.76/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 03:59:49 | More by RonfromJersey
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
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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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

02-15-2014 21:54:17 | More by MDDMD
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance
Cola color brown with 3 fingers of fluffy head that dissipates slowly. Good clarity and lacing.

Nose
Light aromas of milk chocolate and smoke.

Taste
Chocolate milk, toffee and butterscotch candies. Caramelized sugar with just a touch of earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, silky, smooth and clean.

Overall
Similar to a Schwarzbier in flavor. The Pilsner qualities are completely lost. I can't say that I'm crazy about this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 22:02:33 | More by justintcoons
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JeffTheJuice

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +17%

10-30-2012 21:03:37 | More by JeffTheJuice
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Pils Noir from Susquehanna Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.