Nooner Pilsner | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Nooner PilsnerNooner Pilsner

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of jcance
4.87/5  rDev +26.8%
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

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Photo of MNJR
4.85/5  rDev +26.3%
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.

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Photo of Flani
4.84/5  rDev +26%
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.

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Photo of mhuber
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours crystal clear, golden color. A citrusy aroma quickly gives way to a surprisingly hoppy flavor for a pilsner. The bitterness lingers and leaves a somewhat dry aftertaste. Excellent, full flavored beer!

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Photo of Schimms
4.73/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Thin white head atop golden-yellow, clear and clean.

S: Spices!

T: Great pilsner with complement of spices that tickle the tongue.

F: Slight spice burn - very enjoyable.

O: A great pilsner, with a unique spice blend.

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Photo of tjmiller718
4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: crystal clear, golden yellow/white, mild carbonation, large bright white head.
N: floral hops, spicy rye like note, lemongrass, hay, biscuit, peppery finish. Extremely clean and crisp.
T: crisp lemongrass, hay, biscuit, juicy floral hops are huge, light spiciness.
B: juicy/oily as hell, medium carbonation & body.

Overall: To me, this is right up there with Sunshine Pils- extremely drinkable, sessionable, great flavor and body. Has all the signature Sierra Nevada traits which I enjoy.

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Photo of AegirtheBeerGod
4.71/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm not always in the mood for a big, heavy beer. This pilsner is true to the style with a light/medium body and plenty of biscuity flavor that keeps me coming back for more.

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Photo of JAB1978
4.67/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

it's hard to fathom why anyone would require a written review while drinking. Here it goes.. great Pilsner... German style... Smells great, tastes great. Very little lacing, but overall a very solid beer.

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Photo of TeamSeinfeld
4.66/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great Pilsner, tops summerfest. Summerfest is great but this has the better malt balance. Will be buying by the case. Cheers to a superbly balanceD lager.

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Photo of champ103
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours perfectly clear yellow/golden color. A towering white head forms with excellent retention and lace.
S: Doughy baked bread and some biscuit malts. Sharp floral and grassy hops. Zesty orange rind, lingering bitterness.
T: Again, that great biscuit and baked bread malty character up front. Spicy, floral and grassy hops. Lightly fruity with some orange rind. Just a hint of sweetness in the background, but finishes dry.
M/D: A light to medium body. Perfectly crisp, dry, and refreshing. Incredibly easy to drink, and so moreish.

An instant favorite for me, and just beautifully simple. Up there with Pivo Pils and Live Oak Pils as one of my favorite US made Lagers. I will be interested to try this next to Summerfest, but from memory, this is far superior. So happy this is year round. I see many more cases in my future.

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Photo of Cooldill
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really, really nice this one. Much more on the nose than one would expect from a German Pilsner. Definetaly some American hop influence on the nose. The appearance is standard, nice and amber and perfectly clear. Light half finger soapy head quickly gives way to soapy remnants and light lacing. Taste is great... bready sweetness throughout, some light yeasty flavor present. Hops are near perfect for me, if not this style. Again, more American influence than German, slight astringent bitterness with lemon zest undertones. Mouthfeel is tops for this style- prickly carbonation, not too flat nor too effervescent. I'd take the later- nothing is worse than a flat out of the bottle Pilsner, this is not one of them.

I wouldn't call this the most authentic German Pilsner, but it stands by itself and isn't afraid to cross the boundaries to create a marvelous tasting yet refreshing beer. I will be buying again!

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Photo of SliceofKimbo
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another winner from Sierra Nevada. My only issue is how difficult this beer is for me to find on the shelves. I grab a six-pack whenever I see it, but that's not as often as I think this beer deserves. I did, however, just finish a 1/2 barrel with the help of some friends.

Sierra Nevada has nailed the German Pils style. Highly recommend.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.51/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I always get a bit excited when I come across a Sierra Nevada beer I’ve yet to review, especially if it’s on the amber spectrum of colour - these guys don’t do dark beers nearly as well as their amber brews, so when I saw this 5.2% ABV Pilsner on a sunny Queensland afternoon my brain was instantly like “f__k yeah!”. Another thing it’s all about the little touches with SN, such as spelling ‘Pilsner’ correctly rather than the frankly stupid Anglicised ‘Pilsener’... SN know what they’re doing, you’re in safe hands now friend ;-)

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a stein.

A: I’m already hooked: cloudy pale orange/yellow (sunburst, yeah sunburst) body with a nice dense white 1 cm head which impressively sticks around for a while. Last time I saw a Lager style this remarkable was 1983, and I was toddler at the time! 10/10 (deduct a point or 2 if you think Pilsners should be filtered, evil bastard).

S: Nice bready notes upfront with a bit of sweetness, brioche would probably sum it up the best, with some (very!) light pepper spice towards the back and a fruity hop character somewhere between orange, apple and banana (??? maybe I need to get my olfactory senses checked - should not be getting banana in a Pilsner). 8/10.

T: Those brioche tones upfront give way to a light smattering of fruity hops (more orange/apple/pear than anything) the teensiest-tiniest hit of pepper and a crisp/dry/bitter finish. The balance between everything is right on the money, although Lager drinkers will definitely find this beer too hoppy and American IPA drinkers would possibly find this beer too malty, but stuff their opinions I think it’s ace! 9/10.

M: Medium bodied with a nice creamy light carbonation - if your knowledge on German Pilsners is up to scratch then you will know this is spot on right for the style. 9/10.

D: Although it is not a perfect German Pilsner - too cloudy, hops not German as far as I can tell [let’s not be discriminatory towards non-German hops Doc, isn’t that something the Nazis did?], this is by far my new favourite Pilsner - the balance is just there and it’s tasty to boot! Yep, I’m getting this every summer from now until my unfortunate demise at the ripe old age of 153 (good genes + medical science = w00t!). 10/10.

Food match: Why did I have to think of German food, specifically: Schwenker mit bratkartoffeln und spätzle? Because this beer is so damn good, that’s why.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a perfectly see-through yellow straw color. Liquid gold. Slight white head, nothing in the way of lacing. Lots of carbonation, bubbles dance up the glass.
S: Sweet german malts! And a little of that grassy hop you expect in the style. A nice nose, very inviting.
T: Delicious. Sweet with a lingering dry finish. Not overly bitter, and I'm glad it's not too hoppy. Bready malts, a little flavor of saltine crackers. Faint hints of grassy straw. Perfectly balanced flavor profile.
F: Crisp and smooth. Goes down easy. Light body.
O: Can be considered amongst the greats of the style, for my money. Thank you Sierra Nevada for making a year round pils that is this good. Will be a go-to spring and summer beer for me.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

German Pils brewed with Two-row Pale, Pilsner, Munich, Acidulated malts. Bittered with German Perle and finished with Saphir, Tettnanger and Strisselspalt hops.
5.2% ABV, OG=11.7P, FG=1.9P, 38 IBU's.

Purchased as part of a mixed 12 pack. Pours out to a brilliantly clear straw golden, forming a rocky meringue like white head with beautiful retention and solid sheets of lace thanks to it's brisk carbonation, ~3.0 carbs or so. The nose is clean, with delicate noble hops sitting on top of a soft saltine cracker malt base, subtle DMS and sulfur (which I like in Pils), no skunk or off notes. Mouthfeel is brisk and clean with a piquant light to medium bodied mouthfeel. Taste opens with floral noble hops, followed by that delicate pils malt, then a beautifully balanced moderate bitterness in the middle which lingers into the finish. Soft hay notes and bone dry finish.

A beautiful pilsner, up there with lagunitas, Pilsner Urquell, Victory prima, bitburger, left hand polestar, and avery. Very well done. I wish this were available year round in my area, as I would gladly buy it again. Well worth trying.

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Photo of california_republic
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First impression: Been doing west coast pale ales for a while, so this is the first lager I've had since visiting Anchor Brewery in December. Therefore, comparison will be done with Anchor Steam. Funny enough, I'm going to be drinking this out of an Anchor Christmas pint glass.

Look: Cloudy pale yellow. Doesn't look bad but doesn't look like it stands out. I like the bottle design I guess.
Smell: Floral and citrus. Definitely get the meatiness of malt in there but not overwhelming. Some caramel in there too. True to Sierra Nevada style, it seems pretty balanced. Not incredibly fragrant, but still pleasing to the nose.

Taste: I get some west coast pale ale with the floral, citrus, and bitterness of the hops.

Finish: Crisp and refreshing like a good lager should be. Backed up by some malty flavor and and a fair amount bitterness to round it out. Leaves the mouth feeling very slightly sticky but overall very clean. How a classic pilsner should feel, with some surprising west coast pale ale elements like pine and hop bitterness. I also taste pear in the finish, and I say this non-ironically. It very clearly reminds me of pear. I do feel that the bitterness should be dialed down a bit, which is not something I often say about Sierra Nevada brews.

Overall: As far as session (or session-ish) beer goes, this is one of the better ones. Instead of just tasting like watered-down whatever, it actually tastes like something I'd like to drink. However, I have a hard time choosing this over Anchor Steam. Even though they aren't quite the same category, they taste similar enough to be comparable and Anchor just does a better job with Steam. Granted, that is their flagship beer while Sierra Nevada is known for inventing the west coast IPA style. This just goes to show (me) that Sierra Nevada isn't perfect.

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Photo of Extol
4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

So good. Grassy, grainy, slight bitterness on the back end that dissipates quickly. I'd definitely get this again. I hope to try it on tap some day. :)

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Photo of danoneil77
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

L: looks like beer
S: a hint of pine, not necessary in this style
T: hoppier than anything imported
F: heavy for a pilsener. A lot of NorCal hop overdrive in this one
O: prolly one of the better domestic German Pilse offerings. Easy to get a hold of too! Costco had 24 cans by the pallet

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: crystal clear; light gold in color; less than a 1 finger white head that receded quickly to a thin collar no lacing;

S: light grain; a little floral; a little DMS;

T: a little malt sweetness up front; a little grainy; light bitterness from mid-palate that increases toward the finish and lasts a while;

M: crisp; clean; light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: really nice; seemed under carbonated for the style;

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Photo of lilmissbeer
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
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!

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Photo of Davidstan
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A Very clear and clean appearance poured from 12oz bottle
S Not much here but all day had smeller issues, maybe allergies
T Very crisp with hop hits right away and cracker clean grassy coming in
O Probably my new go to yr round. Very balanced true to style and not too hoppy like some of the other Brewers. It does get your attention so it reminds you it is SN.

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Photo of Auraan
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden body with a half finger creamy white head that stuck around the entire glass. Overall impression of appearance is of a classic, perfectly executed German Pilsner. Scents of light, grainy Pilsner malt, a very light hint of graham cracker and floral, perfume-like and spicy noble hops at medium-low levels. Overall impression of aroma is of a classic German Pilsner, very true to style and quite simple and clean. Flavor begins lightly dry with notes of grainy malt and medium levels of floral noble hop flavors. A very light Pilsner malt sweetness sits in the background. Middle continues with medium-high flavors of spicy and floral noble hops, dominating the flavor profile, but with a light maltiness that is mostly grainy. Finish is dry, continuing with medium-high levels of noble hop flavors with hints of grainy malt in the background. Aftertaste is bitter with notes of floral and spicy noble hops. Overall impression of flavor is of a crisp, clean, dry German Pilsner, perfect for the style. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation and a somewhat drying feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a very true to style German Pilsner, nothing wrong at all. Overall this is an excellent German Pilsner. It is true to style in every respect, which translates into a crisp, flavorful, noble hop dominated, refreshing beer. Well worth trying.

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Crystal clear and pale golden, the 1 finger fluffy head leaves hastily, but retains as a light and wispy cap. Little carbonation bubbles race to the top. Lacing is so-so.

Smell - Floral, perfumy, and spicy hop punch up front, backed up with a doughy, biscuity malt. Ever so slight whiff of sulfur.

Taste - Clean, floral, spicy hoppiness up front with a little herbal grassiness. Hop bitterness is subdued and low. Bread-doughy biscuit pils malt rounds things out mid-palate with some fruity apple-like notes and a light touch of sweetness. Finishes nice and dry with some lingering spicy/grassy hops. Really balanced - simple, clean, and good.

Feel - Really crisp, really clean, really refreshing medium-light body. Well carbonated - leans to the fizzy side, but not overly so: just enough to amp up the crispness.

Overall - Well, what else can I say? SN does it again. This is a damn good pilsner! Full flavored, very good hop presence, yet feels nice and refreshingly light; I'm definitely a fan of this beer. The only question is which I like better, Summerfest or Nooner??? I think I lean towards Nooner due to it's outstanding "drinkability".

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pilsners are never rated highly. Rating by style, I'm rating it high. So crisp and clean with that nice spicy hoppiness (must be some saaz hops). Perfect clarity, this beer is a winner.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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