Nooner Pilsner | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Nooner PilsnerNooner Pilsner

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

Sierra Nevada "Nooner Pilsner"
12 oz. brown glass bottle

From the neck label: "German-style pilsners are the original session beers. Nooner is our version of this classic style, loaded with floral and spicy hop flavor and balanced by a crisp and dry finish".

Although I heartily disagree that German-style Pilsners were the original session beers (1. How could they have been if they were simply copying a beer from Pilsen? 2. The German versions of the original Czech version (at least in modern times) were more bitter. 3. Lighter alcohol beers go back hundreds of years before the first Czech Pilsner in 1842.), I do agree whole-heartedly with the description of the beer. It's perfectly balanced, and the floral and spicy hop character is beautiful. I immediately thought of Saphir hops (which are seemingly no longer in fashion), but then I found the spice and floral character. The hops are almost a one-two punch in that way, and yet they're not a punch at all.

Sierra Nevada has always been a brewery that goes for balance and roundness (as opposed to breweries that go for bigger and bolder), and this one is no exception. It's remarkably drinkable, and completely satisfying.

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

12 oz bottle in a pilsner glass.

Looks just as it should: sparkling clear, light golden body with plenty of rising carbonation topped by a durable white head. Nice lacing.

Aroma: mild; even a touch milder and less hoppy than expected. Some floral, lemon and spice notes.

Flavor: more hops here, and they dominate the malts but not by much until the aftertaste. Mildly bitter. Excellent balance.

Feel: medium-light body with medium-high, crisp carbonation; light but not watery; semi-dry finish.

O: more malt and a slightly higher ABV than one might expect for a "nooner" session beer. Still, very drinkable and no bothersome flaws.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains lager yeast, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a mild malt sweetness and flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a decent hops bitterness for the style comes in. The malt character is on the thin side for the style but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a long time.

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

A: Pours a crystal clear pale to medium yellow in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint hints of lemon yellow + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy bright white head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready malts with lighter aromas of grassy, herbal, and spicy hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of bready malts with just a hint of sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of grassy, herbal, and spicy hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which fades away quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Very enjoyable and very easy to drink - a nice example of the style and I'm digging the can packaging since it will make this a good choice for outdoor activities & tailgating. Refreshing.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow-toned body, a bit bubbly, with a smallish, white head.

Smell: Shredded dried herbs with an edge of implied spiciness to it, crackery pilsner malts, white bread, and a thin hint of sulfur.

Taste: Pils malts with a faint, faint breadiness and pinch of sugar providing for a nice amount of sweetness, though there's a little hint of cereal with the word "honey" on the box front. Lemony, spicy, lightly herbal hops with sufficing bitterness to balance. Whisper of sulfur, sliver of apple. It's reasonably crisp on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Frankly, I opted to try a six-pack of this over the Lagunitas Pils. Sierra Nevada's Nooner is a pleasing pils with an ease of drinkability.

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

Bottled 12/12/14

Pours an effervescent straw color with 2 fingers of eggshell colored head. Gereat lacing & head retention

S: Grassy, lemony, bready, some perfumy hops once warm

T: Follows the nose, some leafynesss & dryness as well, some pear notes as well. Grassy & mineral hoppyness, with some cracker notes, more pears & appleskins as this warms. Finishes crisp, dry & fruitty

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, great balance

Drinks very easy, I could see picking this up again

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

I purchased this bottle at Wegmans enjoyed chilled in a pils glass.

The color is resplendent golden with great clarity and thick white foam with fine bead and fast rising carbonation visible with thick lace clinging. The smell is somewhat musty with yeast ester and light malt aroma with gentle herbal hop aroma. The feel has a mild body with subtle sweetness and moderate carbonation level with semi-dry finish.

The taste has a nice hop flavor with subtlle spice and herbal quality with a pilsner flavor malt-wise supporting with light sweetness and gentle mineral yeast in the flavor with mostly dry finish. Overall this is a pretty decent pilsner with nice amount of hop flavor and decent malt/yeast balance -very drinkable , I would say this represents the style well.

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Photo of smcolw
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Light gold color and nearly clear. Good starting head for a bar pour. Several layers of ring lace as the brew recedes in the glass.

Nearly no smell. Surprising considering it comes from Sierra.

The flavor is very biting with lots of bittering hop. Long lasting aftertaste. This seems to be off style for me. It's missing the Pilsner malt flavor up front and the hop is too dominating. The body and carbonation, though, are spot on.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Flashbacks to Caddyshack. Wonder why... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises fresh flowers, light grass, cracker, and a pinch of powdered sugar for effect. The taste generally brings in more of the same, but a vague fruitiness pervades the background, strangely curling back in on itself and re-expressing itself in the form of fruit-tinged bitterness. What an odd flavor, I must say! (Damn, another monocle broken...) The body straddles the line between hefty light and light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this pils just didn't do it for me. That fruity character seemed out of, well, character for the style, and the finish lacked that crispness I actually actively look for now in pilsners. It's not a bad beer, but not something I'm likely gonna have again.

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

Clear golden color with white head. Aroma is really clean, with bread crust an a slight honey note. Taste follows, clean, balanced, slightly hoppy on the finish. Body is light with crisp carbonation. Really traditional, well made pils. It's very similar to the traditional german examples.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am elated that SN is putting so many of their beers in aluminum cylinders for CANsumption by The CANQuest (tm)! BTW, my Excel spreadsheet detailing all of the CANned beers that I have CANsumed & reviewed is now up-to-date, so let me know if you would like to see it. I am over 1.300 at this point! And now, it is time for a Nooner. In the navy, it meant catching some shut-eye after chow, but before going back to an afternoon of work. It also means getting in a quickie with the significant other around the Noon break. Pauvre moi! I am going to have to settle for a Pilsner.

From the CAN: "Family Owned & Operated".

The vent tried to fight me, but the tab was too strong & quickly overcame the resistance, resulting in a loud Crack! Music to mine ears. I CANducted a gentle Glug since it was early & I did not want to awaken anyone. An in-glass swirl raised a brief finger of fizzy, bone-white head that quickly reduced to wisps. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Nose had a bready, biscuity malty sweetness, underlain by the grassiness of Noble hops. German Pilsners make me pine for the hop-forward Czech Pilsners. Mouthfeel was kind of thin, not watery, but not much beyond that. The taste was very biscuity with just enough of a hop bite to make me wish for more. It was crisp and dry, but not hoppy enough for my taste. Finish was dry and its refreshing character makes it a good CANdidate for the summer cooler (although I would flesh mine out with something else). Uh oh. Do we have another instance of damning with faint praise?

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

This is a nice pils. Good example of a German style one. Kind of grassy and more earthy on the profile. Easy to drink and consistent with a nice body. Well done.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Bright straw lemon colored body, and crystal clear. Very minimal amount of carbonation, most of it somewhere between cola and pinhead sized bubbles. Big soapy three finger head with real swiss cheese like retention. Big bubbled and shampoo like lacing all about with a bit of an island cap. Real nice looker.

Aroma goes for classic malt angles, but also much more closed hop bouquet. Nice doughy bakery sensation of white bread, mild yeast notes but very little which is nice. Quite solid on that part but it would be neat to have just a touch of herbality to this, but the malt angle is incredibly good and makes up for it.

Palate continues much of the notes from the nose, but with a bit more classic noticeable bitterness. Once again a good washing malt palate with a dough action. Classic dense hit and feel but with clean carbonation just hinting a bit of crispness. A nice hint of lime comes across on the aftertaste with a good pop of carbonation to bring out the flavors.

Overall just a real nice solid bready pilsner, but not mindblowing.

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Photo of jwc215
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a fluffy white lasting head. Thin lacing sticks.

The smell is clean with a hint of lemon and floral notes.

The taste is also clean - some pils malt sweetness with a crisp, dry floral finish.

It is crisp, smooth and refreshing.

A very solid example of a well-balanced, easy-drinking German Pilsner.

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Photo of Tone
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, pale malt, slight sweet malt, earthiness, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hop, yeast, and slight earthiness. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and body, but the blend favors the earthiness.

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Photo of stevoj
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

About as expected, lighter than normal IPAs, but smooth and finishes with a dry bitterness. Airy head leaves lots of lacing on the glass. Pale golden body, light cereal aroma, light but slick mouthfeel. A good mid-day beer, as intended.

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Nooner Pilsner from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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