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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burnerfinger from Texas

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

bought this on a whim at wingstop
(served in a brown bag! classic!)

A 2 fingers of BONE WHITE head - yellow like a macro

S sharp hoppy smell

T hoppy but a bit skunky

M near perfect on the feel

D true session beer -

May 09, 2016
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JednoPivoProsim from Maryland

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

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. PKGD 12/09/14 in Mills River.

Look: Pours a gorgeous pale golden body with a thick, pure white head that billows over the top of the glass. Subtle, yet consistent carbonation would make this beer look even better in a pilsner flute.

Smell: Bready and biscuity, earthy with a hint of spice. The pilsner malt smells outstanding and the German hops (Saphir, Tettnanger, and Strisselspalt) lend that ever so familiar Euro grassy hop aroma. Also smells bone dry in classic German pils fashion.

Taste: Much more of a bready malt base than I was expecting. Also lacking a little of the earthy bitterness I was expecting from a classic German pils. Still tastes great, however, and I like how the bready malt takes center stage, with the grassy hops coming in second place.

Feel: Very dry. Light bodied with no lingering bitterness or aftertaste.

Overall: The long-awaited year round Sierra Nevada pilsner! I like it and will certainly make it a mainstay in my refrigerator.

Jan 19, 2015
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Flani from North Carolina

4.84/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

WhoooWEE! This is one beautiful pilsner, delicate yet robust with enough malt for a great mouthfeel yet very quaffable. This is what Sierra Nevada needed to round out a superior portfolio.

Feb 04, 2015
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

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


Up late and going over work stuff... Picked this up recently at the COOP and pulled this from the fridge tonight and was pleasantly surprised... Pours clear pale golden with a short-lived yet sudsy white head.. Hops are a proper mix of floral and spicy with a nice punch of pils malt .. Flavor is bitter, but not really sharp minerally like some German Pils.. Great hop flavor leans toward the flowery side of things with some background spicy notes. Clean grainy maltiness adds to the authenticity of the brew... I love German lagers and this is really well done. Light/medium body with medium bubble.. perfectly drinkable.... I hope SN keeps this on through the heat of the Boise summer.


Mar 11, 2015
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drmeto from Germany

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-pours a slightly hazy straw golden with a medium to big,foamy,white head
-high carbonation visible
-lemon,zesty,grainy,spicy,grassy,pineapple,slightly sour
-Follows the nose plus honey
-finishes dry
-medium to high bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-light to medium,creamy body
Finally an american craft Pils that actually is a proper Pils

Feb 03, 2016
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Brolo75 from California

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

12 ounce can poured into Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip glass

A: Big creamy white head, about two fingers, some head retention, some lacing, lots of carbonation, the beer is a clear, golden, bright color.

A: Spice, floral hop aroma, some slight grassy grainy aromas, getting a little bit of a citrus zest aroma, no alcohol on the nose.

T: Spice, citrus zest bitterness, slight grassy grainy finish, finishes crisp, very easy drinking.

M: On the thin side, makes it easy to drink.

O: Very good, I really like the spice, lemon, citrus bitterness with a slight grassy finish, very easy drinking, definitely prefer this over Summerfest. If I had to choose between an easy drinking Sierra Nevada beer, this and Pale Ale are my two favorites so far.

Jun 27, 2015
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dgmirelli from New York

4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

deep golden color with a slight haze, nice head and a clean smell of malt and freshness, taste is incredible malty with a crisp carbonation, a real thirst quencher and a smooth long length for a pilsner, has a little bite and a great finish. Feel is the proper balance with the proper kick and aftertaste. On a nice warm day, after you have been outside for awhile.....put a can in some ice, open and pour into a glass, how can you not like it......tell me.

Aug 29, 2015
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John_Beeryman from Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a good pilsner.

Jun 24, 2015
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mig100 from Texas

3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear, dry, crisp and refreshing. Sierra Nevada does it again!

Jan 28, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, from a random grocery store in Sandpoint last week. It's more than a bit after noon, but I'm sure it's still a good time to crack this one open.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with two pudgy fingers of densely foamy, and somewhat chunky bone-white head, which leaves some random, thick paint swath lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of crisp, biscuity pale malt, a twinge of zesty yeast, soft lemon peel citrus notes, and prominent leafy, herbal, and grassy hops. The taste is still nice and peppy in its bready and grainy pale malt sweetness, tempered yet by a mildly peppery lemon essence (but not quite lemon pepper, go figure), ethereal spicy yeast, and a now sort of restrained earthy, weedy, and grassy hoppiness.

The carbonation is nicely fizzy and frothy throughout, the body just on the light side of middleweight, and generally smooth, the hops already looking forward to the afternoon siesta, to the benefit of us all. It finishes off-dry, the malt staying the course, as the spicy and grassy hops stretch their arms and yawn just a little too loudly.

Overall, not a bad showing for a clean, easy day-time drinking lager, lots of fragrant hops abounding, and all held tightly together by the stern malt. Could very well see myself idly sipping away at these the rest of the day, were that an option, in both time and availability.

Aug 04, 2015
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drtth from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours into a Duvel glass a clear golden yellow color with a 1/2" ivory white head that settles to a ring around the glass and a thin layer on the liquid with an irregular island over the nucleation point. Sipping leaves patches and legs of lacing on the sides of the glass. Eventually there's just a small, thin island of foam on the liquid.

The aromas include floral and grassy, slightly earthy character and with a touch of malt along with the hops.

As expected from the nose, the flavors show off the hops with a touch of grassy and spicy mingling with floral in the hops. There's also a bit of earthiness in the background.

The mouth feel is light and crisp and the carbonation is moderately prickly. The finish tapers off into dry moderate bitterness with some light spicy and bitter character here and there along the way. Sometimes that ending eventually disappears into just dryness but other times there is a bit of residual earthy bitterness in the back of the palate that seems a bit much and a bit off.

Another good solid well made beer from Sierra Nevada. While this Pils won't bump some of my local favorites from my rotation it makes an excellent choice when traveling or if it is on offer at a restaurant. Its not the best Pils I've had but its above threshold for having again.

Jun 08, 2015
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Sayre7 from California

4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It was hot as fuck in Chico so stepping into the tasting room's air conditioning was goosebumps inducing. The crisp chill paired with Sierra Nevada's signature hop profile is where I go in time and space when I drink this awesome pilsner.

Jun 07, 2015
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BenwayPHD from California

4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful, clear yellow, with a thin, fizzy head. Quite a delicious nose. It's tart, earthy, and mildly sweet. Notes of apricot, peach, pepper, lemon, and a mild sweet malt. The flavor is very well balanced. It's bitter, it's sweet, it has a nice, dry finish. Very light mouthfeel. Great.

Oct 24, 2015
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Bru-ster from South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A good german style pilsner with complex floral and spicy flavor and arom. With the a nice malty presence in the mixture. Very drinkable. Reminds me of my memories of drinking Jever in Berlin, but Nooner has more complexity. One of my favorites

Oct 25, 2015
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Pocker from Minnesota

2.58/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Didn't have really any head at all...smelled not good. skunky almost maybe this bottle was shipped poorly? Taste was very bitter to me. Almost IPA bitter. Not very good won't buy again.

Aug 08, 2015
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Strat58cat from California

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nooner is one of those beers that is just a revelation. Everyone who drinks beer has had Pilsner. Originally a revolution upon its invention in Germanic areas of Europe during the 19th century, Pilsner's been beaten into the ground by American industrial brewers and dumbed-down European versions. I believe Miller even writes "a fine Pilsner beer" on some of their cans, and with no German beer law here in the U.S., nobody can stop them. Sierra Nevada shows what's possible with the style.

Nooner pours a bright yellow color in the evening ambient lighting of my house. It's noticeably lighter in color than most pale ales, and certainly Indian pale ales. The carbonation is also noticeably strong. Perhaps worrisome, the color is reminiscent of Budweiser, the leading industrial brew. However, Nooner suds up a good head and retains. Nooner laces to the bottom of the glass. Budsaki is pale and carbonated, but can't do those tricks. Nooner looks refreshing.

The aroma of Nooner really sets it apart from the wide-spread plague of so-called fine Pilsner beers. Sierra Nevada does not spare the hops. In Nooner, Sierra Nevada achieves a delicious hops bouquet of spice and grasses.

Nooner tastes delightfully crisp. The flavor crackles practically. I'm not sure exactly how they achieve this effect. The hops with their spices and grassy meadow notes team with the bright, crisp malt to make for a deliciously refreshing drink. There's just the right amount of bitterness to maintain the bright, crisp feeling. If you could brew beer in a pine meadow from a pine meadow, this seems like what you would get.

Nooner, as a Pilsner, is not a beer with a heavy malt. However, it does not come across as watery. The flavorful combination of hops and a tasty malt makes for a crisp and refreshing feel. It's right in the sweet spot of what a Pilsner should be.

I've never been a fan of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I was a 1980s craft convert, but with that Jurassic era's Boston Lager, never Sierra Nevada's ale. I've always been astonished at how successful Sierra Nevada Pale Ale has been, in light of the disagreeable taste. Yet, underlying the bland bitterness of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, there's a special hops note in the finish. It's a note that is like what Coors' advertising - never their awful brewing - is going for. This hops note brings to mind a piney mountain. In that early effort, this special note is buried under flaws, but Sierra Nevada - never resting on its laurels - has worked tirelessly. They have built that single uniquely great note into a symphony of a delicious Pilsner here.

Sep 18, 2015
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MNJR from Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer. A gem. When judged as a flavorful, somewhat light lager, this is the real deal and delivers a classic beer drinking experience. I had this the same day with two other pilsners I really like and respect, and Nooner beat them both. I'm not being too picky about "German Pilsner" being the benchmark for this, since it is better than any German pilsner I have had. It's just a damn good lager beer.

Mar 21, 2015
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jcance from Texas

4.87/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent pilsner that beats all others I've tried. Amazing flavor that has lightness and drinkability skin to the Summerfest pilsner but with a deeper, more complex flavor with the hops character one would expect from Sierra Nevada

Jan 10, 2015
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

3.09/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A:foamy 3 finger head, decent retention, good clarity, pale gold in color, quite effervescent
S:pale grain, prominent yet delicate (not assertive but up front) clean hop aroma, subtle juicy citrus
T:very grainy up front and a touch of sweetness from said grain (not much), very understated clean bitterness, lacks the spiciness of a czech pilsner (I know this is not a czech pilsner it's just a comparative observation)
M:a bit dry, but maybe that's just the clean bitterness talking
O: A very good, not great, american pilsner, can't beat the availability of this beer, though it's not really what I look for in a pilsner, I would buy it again and it is worth your time

Parting thought: seems to be a bit too watery at points

Sep 14, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

true to the description here, this beer really does have some spice from the hops, its awesome, and i think under utilized in this style, thats the beers best feature by far, but its not all that different to me than foam, another straightforward pils these guys did last year. maybe a little more flavor and a little less body in this one, but i preferred nooner as a session ipa from the four way ipa box, there are enough good pilseners out there without this one, although it is quite refreshing, even though the cereal grains linger a bit in the finish, not as crispy as i often like my lagers to be, but i absolutely respect the beer, and think it should do really well for them with warmer weather around the corner and twelve packs of cans already on the shelves. i just know sierra nevada to be capable of greatness, so every time they put out a B level beer, even when its a high B, i feel a little let down, thats what this one is, and i would have liked to see nooner the session ipa stick around instead, but thats just me.

Feb 11, 2015
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lwcreasy from Virginia

4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A pretty golden color, with a slight haze. The head is loose, lives a short life, and the lacing is decent.

The earthy and floral aromas from the hops are the first to hit the nose. Spice cuts in with more sniffs, along with a touch of sulfur. Relative to my typical experience with American-made Pilsners, the aroma absolutely explodes through the trip. There's cookies and crackers from the malt, and the hop spices get more complex. Pepper, cinnamon, mushy fruit. Truly delectable and intense, and somewhat enigmatic for the style? Whatever- it's a treat!

Crackers and grains are the foremost malty flavors. The mainly woodsy, somewhat spicy hop tastes are medium-hard intense, and there is maybe- just maybe- a note of butter there. The sweeter malt flavors pick up steam as the beer warms, and it does seem to transform quite a bit. It's as if we put a lot of wet leaves, minerally water and a sugar cookie in a blender and drank it from a hollowed apple. Very tasty, confounding, and by a margin the "sweetest" Pilsner of the blind taste we just did. Not really picking up on the lemon/citrus that some have mentioned but this is probably just because all I can think of is... SNICKERDOODLE! Maybe I just shouldn't let my Pilsners warm up so much. Can drinking a warmish Pilsner trigger hallucinations??

I think the beer has a great palate presence. It is snappy, crisp, and refreshing, but not too carbonated to match its relatively wholesome flavor profile. I'll go out of my way to say that this aftertaste is without a doubt the best part of the beer. Washes the mouth something beautiful- feels good and clean, ready for another sip.

A very interesting beer. Aromas and flavors are very intense- walking the line between prominent and coercive. At any rate, I don't mind the excess. I'll revisit this one for sure!

Feb 17, 2016
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SensorySupernova from California

3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Very pretty. Body is crystal clear straw colored with gobs of bubbles rising through it. Massive fluffy white head takes forever to go away and leaves a wall of lace on the way down.

Smell: Straw, yeast, a bit spicy (can’t put my finger on it).

Taste: Mild bitterness, dry cracker-like malts, slightly citric towards the end.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side. Tons of fine carbonation gives it a very crisp feel.

Overall: Good hot weather beer. Subdued, but still flavorful.

Jun 10, 2015
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lilmissbeer from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy to have discovered this one. It's lighter tasting than the similar Summerfest and thankfully it is a year-round beer! The hops are there but not overpowering. This is a good beer to pair with food; it's flavor doesn't overwhelm or leave me feeling overly full like some more malty beers do. Definitely a good starting point for those who want a craft option that isn't too different in taste from macro lagers. I will be buying this one more often!

Aug 15, 2015
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Jeffreysan from Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, golden color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer. Looks like a traditional pilsner should!

Aroma: Mildly aromatic with notes of bready, toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked French baguettes and honey. There are also notes of caramel, black pepper, and floral, grassy, piney, hops.

Taste: Exactly like the aroma. Lots of toasted malt up front, followed by honey and black pepper, and finished with some really nicely balanced floral, grassy, piney, slightly citrusy, hops. There are more hops that are usually found in a German-style pilsner, but they are all in nice balance with the toasted malt and honey. This is a delicious beer!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, crisp and very effervescent as there is a lot of carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.2%, there is alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a great, American-version of a German-style Pilsner! Tons of toasted malt, honey and floral, grassy, hops, wrapped up in a clean, refreshing, crisp quaff. This is what those shitty, poser BMC pilsners should want to be like, but fail miserably in being. Very, highly recommended!

Jun 20, 2015
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headlessparrot from Canada (ON)

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the few North American renditions of the pilsner style that really nails it (the other being Steamworks in BC, Canada): lovely gold, clean colour, nice head with decent retention.

Bready, biscuity malt, fresh greens, herbal, slightly spicy Saaz, dough. Crisp, balanced flavour--matching the malt and hop presence perfectly (fresh, slightly sweet malt with an almost simultaneous bitter, herbal hop snap), slight pepper. Faint citrus fruits. Good body, well-balanced carbonation (not overcarbonated to hell like many North American pilsners).

A lovely pils, very drinkable, very refreshing, and quite flavourful in a balanced, low-key way. Deserves to be in the running for any conversation about best of the pilsner style.

Jan 31, 2016
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