Nooner Pilsner
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Pilsner - German
3.82 | pDev: 10.21%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: Nooner is our take on the classic German-style pilsner—one of the original session beers. Nooner is easy drinking yet packed with the big flavor of spicy and floral whole-cone hops.
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Sigmund from Norway

3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared 500 ml can at a local tasting. Golden colour, white head. Decent pilsener aroma and flavour. Nothing in particular stands out, but there are no offensive off-flavours either

May 10, 2021
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Steve555 from Wales

3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Drank from can at room temperature. Zesty aroma brownish hue. Taste as expected from US pilsers - a bit too ale like. Malty and less than expected hop presence despite high ibu for the style. Easy on the palate. Nice drink but not my idea of a pilsner. Too thick and wheaty. What on earth is wheat doing in a pils?

Jul 04, 2020
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the captain of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit grassy. Taste is of grains, grassy, hoppy for the style, highly crushable. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a beer I may need to revisit during the summer.

Dec 03, 2019
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Nass from Florida

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

There is a bright yellow bottled on date on the neck of the bottle. This is quite hoppy for a pilsner but I would not consider this a Pale Ale. This is tasty & quite smooth on the backend. I can see myself drinking a few of these while watching a football game on a Sunday. Good stuff from Sierra Nevada as usual. Cheers! B

Apr 08, 2019
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rickyfinn from Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Medium dark amber, heavy carbination, good head and lacing. Clean mild citrus smell. Good, refreshing brew, but finished with hopps bitterness.more IPA than lager, muchless pilsner. Worth it, but not if you want smooth pilsner finish. More like a good pale ale.

Mar 30, 2019
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Livyatan1996 from Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

bought two cans, dumped one on some brats and the other into my gullet. pours a clear yellow/gold with a nice little white head thats now a tiny ring, some bits of lacing left. smells like bits of bready pilsner malts and a really nice grassy, earthy hop profile. taste is the same, a real nice balance of bread/cracker malt and earthy and bitter hops. super crisp and refreshing, goes down smoother than a marvin gaye track and leaves a nice bitterness with you. seems like the kinda beer i'd grab when heading to the back porch, or making brats

Nov 13, 2018
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SmokySignals from North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whether from the can, bottle or tap, this is probably USA's best overall commercially available pilsner, WITH NO AAL BS!
Perfect color, head and aromas are all there, more than the nfl adjunct beers can dream of getting.
Just so happens that this is 1000% better than any bud, miller or coors will be or ever was. Pale malt, clean water, good hops.
It's fresh, pure , clean, and made perfectly, with a tighter, peppery hop bite than the adjunct wuss palate slugs can produce.
They use real ingredients compared to the other giants, brew it better, and it is evident every time you have one.

Sep 07, 2018
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the_awesometeer from California

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a straw color with a thick and foamy head. The smell is hoppy but very mild. Just smells like fresh. The taste is very similar. The beer just tastes so good and drinkable. I should drink this beer all summer.

Aug 16, 2018
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challenja from Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured straight into my mouth..

Uhh.. this is my first and only straight numbers without explanation rating.. so forgive me..

This beer was so damn good.. I didn't stop to grab a glass and take notes. But this Pilsner is amazing and dangerously crush-able.. will buy again.. and re-rate..

Aug 11, 2018
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jdurey from Korea (South)

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden, almost yellow in color. Smell doesn’t give too much away, which for a pilsner is generally a good thing. Tastes surprisingly light considering abv. Also no skunkiness which is often present in beers of this style. Feels light yet substantial. Perfect for a session beer or for relaxing on a Saturday afternoon.

May 19, 2018
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omahawk from Nebraska

3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a really solid German Pilsner. Ricky head and golden clear pour. Little detectable aroma other pilsener mat scent. Taste is crisp, dry, sweet grainy pils taste. This is a really good drive bling beer.

Apr 22, 2018
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Spechopper1007 from Alabama

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Its pours a golden straw colour. It has a nice medium sized white frothy head. Its smell is of wheat with a nice floral note. The taste is hoppy but not overly hoppy, it also has a nice dry wheat taste that is very nice. Overall not the best pils I have ever had but definitely not the worst.

Mar 15, 2018
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SB2017 from Iowa

3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not impressive in any serious capacity. Serviceable for sure, and impressive that Sierra Nevada is able to pack so many flavors into a pilsner, but this beer really misses the mark because of that. There's a distinct funk, something ale-y, and corn. Too much going on. I don't really want more than one unless I'm eating, in which case it's actually quite good.

Feb 13, 2018
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't believe I never rated this one! 12oz. bottle served in a Spiegelau pilsner glass. This beer looks lovely in the glass - straw gold with a translucent clarity and a tight, creamy, half inch, bright white head. Copious tiny bubbles are present effervescing in-solution. Clean nose - grassy/floral notes with a hint of spice. Taste reveals a bit of sour mash skunk towards the middle followed by notes of the grain bill at the back. Mouthfeel is light in body, perhaps a little more body than I would expect for the style, with a pleasant, even carbonation. Finish is semi-crisp. Overall, a solid German Pils at a great price point.

Jan 19, 2018
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a short, soapy, bright white foam with medium low retention. Pilsner malt and bread crust aromas with a light hint of herbal hops. Medium light bodied with medium carbonation and a light smoothness through the middle. Bready and malty flavors up front followed quickly by herbal and light spicy hop,. Medium hop bitterness through the middle followed by herbal flavors to the end. Finished dryly with lingering herbal hop and bready malt flavors. Crisp, refreshing and incredibly drinkable.

Dec 29, 2017
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andrewh995 from Arizona

3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear gold with a white head. Smells of malts, caramel, and some light hops. Tastes of sweet malt, light caramel, very lightly bitter hops, bread, and light pepper. Medium creamy body with a medium carbonation. Overall a very good pils.

Oct 15, 2017
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pro45 from New York

4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated three months ago. Pours a light yellow with a soapy white head. Nose is lemon, spices, hops, cracker malts, white bread crust, pepper. Taste follows the nose. Mouthfeel is on the creamy side but very refreshing and easy going down. The sweetness is not overpowering. Nice semi dry finish. This is possibly my favorite American made German Pilsner.

Oct 08, 2017
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can packaged on 8-7-17
Crystal clear, golden with a 1" white head...constant stream of carbonation rising keeps the head at 1/3". Good looking beer.
Clean, pilsner-like aroma, cracker malt, hay, spicy hop.
Love the bready, malty initial hit of flavor, crisp, clean a dry spicy finish...just right.
Again, I'll use the word clean on the mouth feel, medium-high carbonation and a long lasting finish.
Not the first time I've had this but the first time I've really thought about it and realized how good a beer it is.

Sep 17, 2017
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BeerBobber from Nevada

3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear golden color with lots of carbonation bubbles. Produced three fingers of a white soapy bubbly head in my pils glass.

The smell is of clean water. Some floral hops and some bready yeasty notes as well.

The taste is of clean water and some grassiness. Not quite into the taste as it seems just a bit skunky.

Mouth is very light with a very light finish.

A nicely done pilsner.

Jul 20, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pilsener. The appearance was a nice clear yellow color with a decent carbonation to be seen rising at a moderate pace. A white semi - foamy head appeared and dissipated within less than a minute. Light lacing streamed around the glass and slid into the beer. The smell had a sweet fresh grassy graininess. The taste was mainly the same with a light sweet grassy /grainy aftertaste. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a great sessionability about it. The carbonation was good for the style and for me. Overall, I say this was a pretty nice pilsener that would go great with its respected food.

Jul 01, 2017
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Everydayoff from Thailand

3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml can poured into a pils glass.

Crystal clear pale gold in color, it tops with thick fluffy white head that stands with very good retention before slowly subsiding to an everlasting foamy crown and leaving some spotty lacing.

In a nose, mild citrus, floral, leaf, and spicy hop, malt is bready and slight honey-like sweetness.

Clean and crisp overall, it has well balance of bready malt sweetness and spicy, citrusy, floral, yet herbal hop bitterness.

Light body with rather smooth mouthfeel and lively carbonation, the feeling is crisp and very refreshing with a typically dry finish.

Straightforward German pils, no extra hop, no fancy twist, just pure fineness in its style.

Jun 29, 2017
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kitch from Hong Kong

3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A 12 fl oz can, packaged on 20th February 2017. Poured into a stemless tulip glass.

Appearance: A clear golden colour with a one and a half finger soapy white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left only sparse spotty lacing.

Aroma: Sweet, grainy malt, grass, floral, honey with a hint of corn.

Taste: Sweet and grainy malt with low bitterness, lemon, with hints of floral and herbal elements.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A nice crisp Pilsner, perfect for a hot day.

Jun 22, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: straw gold with rapidly rising bubbles under a 1" off-white cap with good retention.

S: spicy floral hops and faint cracker with a clean fermentation character.

T: The flavors start with medium rich malt flavors and spicy floral hops. It starts lightly sweet and dries out to a crisp finish. This is well balanced with moderate malt and hop bitterness.

F: medium to medium light body and medium carbonation.

O: This is a very well balanced and drinkable beer.

May 19, 2017
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Impetuous from Montana

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle.

Crystal clear golden body with decent head and no lacing

Flavors are crisp like apples with robust hops adding a slightly bitter background. Really though it's all about how crisp it is - carbonation is intense.

Really like it.

May 13, 2017
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EmperorBevis from England

3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear golden body with wisps of white head
Eppervesant lemon vitamin aroma
Some line on the flavour balanced against a grainy malt
Easy drinking nice pilsner

Apr 16, 2017
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