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Pils Noir - Susquehanna Brewing Company

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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 1
Gots: 18 | 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:
Beer added by: RyanGoodman on 10-08-2012

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.
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Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of eagles22
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of tdevo
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of jniagar1
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ryser2k
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of clark25
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of brewsclues
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of WesWes
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of ClarkHimself
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

Photo of Dodo2step
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of wac9
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of jp312
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of EFR94
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of mcouillard
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of GeoffreyM
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of canawler
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of ridgeline23
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of pavpav12
2/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of cyguyjg
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

Photo of chucksim
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mkh895
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of undeadozzy
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A - I love a good dark beer, and this one doesn't disappoint. Thin white head that disappeared quickly (sadly) but a deep blackened amber body helps to keep my attention.

S - Unlike a lot of dark beers I drink which have powerful odors, this doesn't really have any smell at all. I'm not sure if it's just because it was really cold or what, but no matter how hard I try to find anything scent to follow, I just can't find anything.

T - Tastes surprisingly good for having no smell. Tastes kinda like dark bread, maybe some molasses, and I can taste a little funk from the hops, but nothing overwhelming. Great session beer, but don't go in expecting anything deep.

M - Watery but smooth, and not washed-out feeling. Like a generic macro beer.

O - Not bad. A unique brew if anything, a gimmick if you will. Don't get me wrong, it's a good beer, but I would've hoped a little more character could be in a unique beer such as this. Regardless, SBC still has yet to disappoint me, so keep it up guys!

Pils Noir from Susquehanna Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.