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.

Added by Patches826 on 11-04-2014

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Texasfan549
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spycow
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Packaged 12/12/14.

Pours a clear golden-yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, cracker, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, grass, spicy hop, and slight fruit flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid grain and grass characteristics that are slightly better in the smell to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of djrn2
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving specks of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of floral, grassy, and spicy hops are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has strong flavors of spicy hops along with notes of floral hops. There is a moderate amount of bitterness. The spiciness from the hops lingers into the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, crisp, and a little clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather aggressively hopped compared to other beers in the style, but the hop profile matches other German pilseners.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

So, you're up at the crack of noon and your last night ended just a couple of hours ago. What's a fella to do? You got stuff going on. Whether you're meeting the guys for an early game or that baby shower is coming up quick, you're going to need a tipple to get you in the game. Enter Sierra Nevada...

Their beautifully sculpted Nooner pilsner is dry, crisp, floral and soothes the spirit. Gleaming with bright straw appearances, its brilliant clarity whets the palate as streams of carbonation give a light bubbly action. Its floral aroma eases the senses as notions of honeysuckle, fresh baking bread and light melon give an interlude to a quick grain sweetened bit and a touch of orange blossom honey.

Herbal delicacies play lightly on the middle as the floral nature starts to turn bitter and the malt influences drop out. Sweetness becomes tight and starchy yet still supports the hop development. Soft apple and lemon esters play against a light sulfur scrubbing action and crispens the taste considerably. A spicy bitterness closes the taste while fruit and perfume waft above.

Medium-light throughout, its dry absolute finish highlights the pilsner grain in all its rustic glory. Lingering hop bite hangs in the gullet and seems snappy with poppy seed and lemongrass even with the afterglow of floral and perfume pulsing onward.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brentk56
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden color with a frothy three fingers; good stickage and some shards of lace linger

Smell: Floral and grassy, with a biscuity malt aspect

Taste: Bright and biscuity, up front; the grassy hops build but there is also a spicy character to the hops, as well; crisp, dry finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really nice example of the style; sessionable and goes great with food

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a light yellow color pilsner with nice white foamy head with OK retention and light lacing. Aroma of light floral notes with some cereal and light residual sugar notes. Taste is also dominated by floral notes with clean cereal notes and light residual sugar. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Very clean and refreshing but maybe a tad sweeter then I would have liked.

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Photo of largadeer
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zeff80
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 12/18/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear bright golden color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, lime, cracker, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of earthy/spicy hops and bready pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, lime, cracker, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, cracker, biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and robustness of earthy/spicy hops and bready pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice German Pilsener style. All around great balance and robustness of earthy/spicy hops and bready pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boone757
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Not really a blizzard style beer, as I'm drinking this in the middle of the big blizzard, but if I'm starting early I need a light beer. Bottled 12/03/14.

Pours a decent fluffy almost 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, decent lacing as well probably could have been better, crystal clear tan golden honey pilsner color.

Nose brings plenty of nice German pilsner notes, grassy malts, toasty straw malts, almost doughy like pilsner straw malts, touch cereal grain, with nice grassy floral like hops , and a nice soft lager aroma, faint fruity lager notes, just missing the extra decoction like complexity malt step, but very close and pretty nice.

Taste brings more of the same, but the hops really jump out, bright grassy hops, a little floral and spicy even, that turn very bitter and chewy spice late. Nice grainy straw malt, little cereal note, doughy soft pilsner malts again, nice lagering too with soft complexity, but just missing the extra decoction layered effect to be that much better, and touch of fruity lager notes. The finish is all hops though, crisp lager disappears almost instantly as the crazy bitter spicy floral grassy hops just dominate and drown it all out.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, nice soft feel and fills out nicely for a lager, crisp and soft, decent carb.

Overall it started out quite nicely, and had a great malt and lagering crispness, nice pilsner overall, but the hops just get way too bitter and spicy on the back end and especially the finish. Unfortunately they drown out the awesomeness that is teh great pilsner underneath. I really liked this one and I hope they do it again but dial back a bit on the American spicy hops and keep with the noble ones and this will be a great summer beer to drink at noon.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose faint floral, citrus, & spice, breadyness, crackers, malts. Taste biscuits, slight spice, honey, & floral/herbal hops, nice dry finish.

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Nooner Pilsner from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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