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Pils Noir - Susquehanna Brewing Company

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103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 1
Gots: 15 | 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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4/5  rDev +15.9%

jp312, Mar 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

EFR94, Mar 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

mcouillard, Mar 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

GeoffreyM, Mar 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

canawler, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of Jimmys
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Jimmys, Feb 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

khargro2, Feb 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

ridgeline23, Feb 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

TheFightfan1, Jan 24, 2013
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2/5  rDev -42%

pavpav12, Jan 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

cyguyjg, Jan 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

chucksim, Jan 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13%

mkh895, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of undeadozzy
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
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!

undeadozzy, Jan 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

fishdog109, Dec 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Dank26, Dec 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

TimoP, Dec 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

paulhargus, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of justintcoons
2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

justintcoons, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of micromaniac129
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

micromaniac129, Nov 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

TheBigBoy, Nov 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

JeffTheJuice, Oct 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

nh2032, Oct 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

mdillon86, Oct 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

bacher468, Oct 20, 2012
Pils Noir from Susquehanna Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.