Nooner Pilsner
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Nooner PilsnerNooner Pilsner
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From:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
German Pilsner
Ranked #243
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
86
Ranked #20,031
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 10.26%
Reviews:
395
Ratings:
1,693
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 03, 2024
Added:
Nov 04, 2014
Wants:
  65
Gots:
  583
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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Reviewed by NiceTaps from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 ounce bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

Bright see-through gold color. White cap,1F, quick drop, speckled lacing. Active carbonation.

Clean grain, grass, and floral aromas over a light malt sweetness.

Flavors are mild spices, floral hops, and slightly browned biscuit.

It’s light, easy drinking, grainy, with a hop bite throughout.

Definitely German style. Light but comes on a bit strong in flavor.
Apr 03, 2024
 
Rated: 3.82 by mistahmojoryan from Canada (SK)

Mar 16, 2024
 
Rated: 4.1 by evanwoertz from California

Mar 11, 2024
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Reviewed by LeinenkugelDrinker from Nevada

2.36/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25
Purchased in the Fan Favorites VP.
Look: Beautiful golden complexion with a very nice head.
Smell: Not much here, just some malt notes.
Taste: Bland, under flavored, and the only thing keeping from getting scored lower is a good bitterness that comes in and mixes with those malty notes.
Feel: Light, crisp, clean, everything you would want in a pilsner.
Overall: Really just an uninspired beer. Sierra Nevada could have easily elevated this brew but instead settled on it tasting like a macro lager. I would not recommend it as a standalone, but the IPAs in the variety pack make up for this dud.
Dec 27, 2023
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Reviewed by dano213 from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle purchased from the fridge as a mix-a-six pack for $13.99. PKGD 06/20/23, so this beer is just over 5 1/2 months old.

Look: The beer has a great clarity, with a light to medium gold color. Very nice carbonation steadily climbing up the glass. There was one to two fingers of frothy white head that eventually reduced to a thin layer.

Smell: The beer has a very nice lemony, grassy aroma. It smells bright, crisp, and clean. There's also a nice crackery malt with a subtle honey sweetness.

Taste: Mmmm, that's tasty. It's a chugger. The taste mirrors the nose pretty nicely, and it has a nice bitterness with a long finish. The beer has the nice lemony, floral flavor. It finishes crisp and dry and it is very flavorful.

Feel: The beer is relatively light bodied, probably right in the middle between light and medium or a bit closer to medium bodied. At the same time, this beer has a fullness for its size. Crisp and dry mouthfeel.

Overall: I like this a lot. It's a very nice pilsner with good flavor and a good balance of hoppiness and maltiness. And it's very drinkable.

From the website:
Nooner Pilsner packs big flavor into an easy-drinking beer that’s fit for friends and afternoon adventure. Nooner is our take on the classic German-style pilsner, filled with bright and zesty whole-cone hop flavor with a crisp, dry finish — the perfect pick for wherever the day may take you.

STYLE
PILSNER

ABV
5.2%

IBU
38
Dec 12, 2023
 
Rated: 4.24 by fflopps from Iowa

Dec 10, 2023
 
Rated: 3.75 by plaid75 from New York

Dec 02, 2023
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Reviewed by mikeinportc from New York

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
From the Fan Favorite 12 pk, bottled 8/01/23 .

Translucent gold, with moderate white head.

Smell is sweet toasted grain, straw, & honey.

Taste is more-or-less same as aroma, with some noble hop spiciness. Moderate bitterness.

Feel is light, with moderate, sharp carbonation bite.

Overall, a (seemingly) simple, standard thing, done well.
Nov 19, 2023
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Reviewed by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours yellow orange with a small white head. Smells of sweet grain with a hint of wheat. Tastes of sweet grain and slight wheat and fruit. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.
Nov 07, 2023
 
Rated: 3.75 by PopeGrundle from Texas

Oct 30, 2023
 
Rated: 3.95 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

Oct 29, 2023
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Reviewed by Cdriver0414 from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I found this one in the fan favorites 12 pack. It's a solid easy drinking pilsner. All those classic pilsner notes. It's not the best pilsner on the market but definitely worth trying
Oct 29, 2023
 
Rated: 3.85 by Iggy88 from Ohio

Oct 25, 2023
 
Rated: 4.25 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania

Oct 18, 2023
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Reviewed by whynot44 from Missouri

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bright clear golden color with a modest but lasting white head that manages some nice lacing.
The aroma is fresh bread, new cut grass and black pepper.
The taste is lightly sweet up front, fresh bread with some apple and lemon notes. The finish is spicy, grassy, floral hops with a nice peppery note, mild but nice clean bitterness.
The body is light, crisp, very easy to drink, good carbonation level.
Altogether, this is a very nice summer cooler, but good enough for a session any time, goes very well with most food, particularly spicy fare.
Oct 18, 2023
 
Rated: 3.99 by TonyStarks2231 from New York

Oct 10, 2023
 
Rated: 3.73 by 2beerdogs from California

Sep 12, 2023
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Reviewed by Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Look is clear light gold with a white head that falls to a thin cap. Lively in the glass as carbonation races up through the body. A bit of lacing left as you sip. Smell is bold as bready malt, earthy, spicy hops, and a bit of black pepper leap out. Taste is sweet bread up front, then a bit of bitterness kicks in with the hop spiciness. The finish has a bit of apple/pear rind, and an almost flint like character. The finish is fairly clean in the end. Mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp, very inviting. Carbonation cleans up the palate nicely. Overall, this is a fan favorite for a good reason. It can be as complicated of a beer as you want; drink it fast without a thought, sip and contemplate the different components, either way it delivers.
Sep 09, 2023
 
Rated: 4 by Taenim from Maine

Sep 08, 2023
 
Rated: 3.76 by SpaethJam from New York

Sep 05, 2023