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Pils Noir - Susquehanna Brewing Company

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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 12.46%
Wants: 0
Gots: 10 | 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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Photo of themind

New Jersey

3.44/5  rDev -0.3%

An interesting dark pilsner that was very satisfying on a hot summer day. I picked up a growler at a local Tap Room after sampling a few other beers on tap. Susquehanna Brewing did a decent job on this beer and I look forward to trying other brews from these guys. overall I enjoyed this unique brew.

Bottom Line: Decent brew

07-20-2013 01:06:48 | More by themind
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3.88/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

07-11-2013 02:03:48 | More by horshamguy
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

07-07-2013 22:34:16 | More by chasmandocharles
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

07-07-2013 00:38:56 | More by The_Chewlord
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New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

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

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
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

05-30-2013 13:53:31 | More by Slatetank
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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
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

05-22-2013 23:32:24 | More by eagles22
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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

05-21-2013 01:55:28 | More by tdevo
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

05-18-2013 16:25:28 | More by jniagar1
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

05-15-2013 19:50:22 | More by ryser2k
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

05-12-2013 15:07:42 | More by clark25
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3.59/5  rDev +4.1%

My first SBC - and for that matter, the first Schwarzbier I can remember drinking.

So my framework for this brew was the following:
-It's a Pils, right. So it should have that Saaz hop, Czech-style.
-It's "Noir" - so it's gotta have some Czech-style cojones, right.

Pretty average smell with some molasses aroma, but certainly nothing too potent. Subtle, if not average.

First sip, it reminds me a bit of a excellent-fresh Pils Urquell - refreshing, drinkable lager with a barely noticeable hop finish. I like the malt backbone to it - it's actually a well-put-together blend of crisp lager-style and some molasses malt punch. Not a hot mess, and that's a good thing.

I would drink this again. Good brew, Central PA.

04-19-2013 00:02:42 | More by brewsclues
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New York

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
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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

04-17-2013 00:00:40 | More by ClarkHimself
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3.49/5  rDev +1.2%

P- Wegmans

A- cola/rootbeer type of look to it. Minimal head and ok lacing. Nothing exciting.

S- roatsed dark malts but no hop presence in the nose. it tends to be confusing because i am not getting an dominate scent.

F- caramelized sugar and molasses is what i get but i tastes like i am drinking a root beer with alcohol and dark malts mixed in.

M- smooth and light on the creamy side. It is nice gulper.

O- interesting and different. I dont beleive i have ever had a schwarzbier do i cant rate it accurately.

04-13-2013 17:51:35 | More by Dodo2step
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3.1/5  rDev -10.1%

wow what a wonderful beer took me by surprise dark in color and smooth in taste a great beer a beer you can drink and drink puts a a smile om your face a good drink beer all susquehanna beers are worth drinking all night enjoy theese beers thank you sbc your worth drinking

03-29-2013 02:29:19 | More by wac9
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

03-23-2013 22:46:31 | More by jp312
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

03-22-2013 23:29:19 | More by EFR94
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

03-22-2013 20:26:35 | More by mcouillard
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

03-22-2013 17:51:53 | More by GeoffreyM
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

02-26-2013 21:30:30 | More by canawler
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3.73/5  rDev +8.1%

12 oz bottle into Hardywood Park tulip. no bottled on date.

A: ah definitely not anything remotely German Pils looking. dark, dark brown body. head has brown hints to it as well. retention is good as is the thick coat of lacing left behind.

S: lots of roasted, dark malt. slightly acrid, a little bit of smoulder. not getting any hop aroma, all dark grain.

T: starts dark and stinging. sharp dark malt cuts into the palate. a minor black licorice flavor. finish is dry while remaining refreshing. similar to the nose, not getting any hop flavor and it is hard to tell if the bitterness is from the grain or hops.

M: average/slightly higher carb on a light bodied brew.

D: first of all, this should be labeled on this website as a Schwarz, not simply as a German Pils. baring the mis-labeling on BA, this is a pretty solid Schwarz. plenty of bitter dark malt while not being fruity. lager-like throughout. wouldn't hate for a touch more on the hop aroma side of things, maybe some aroma has worn off due to time since bottling, but without any date coding impossible to tell.

02-20-2013 01:44:09 | More by Jimmys
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

02-17-2013 02:22:14 | More by khargro2
Pils Noir from Susquehanna Brewing Company
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