Nooner Pilsner | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Nooner PilsnerNooner Pilsner
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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 +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Texasfan549
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
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 spycow
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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 -1.3%
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 +1.1%
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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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brentk56
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
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 SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of largadeer
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Boone757
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
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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3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Nooner Pilsner from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 64.9% out of 100 with 1,569 ratings
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