Nooner Pilsner | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3.8/5
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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,315
Reviews:
359
Ratings:
1,608
pDev:
10.26%
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Ratings: 1,608 |  Reviews: 359
Photo of Foyle
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on date 12/12/14. Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a very thick creamy white head that falls very slowly with heavy lacing on the glass. Color is mostly clear pale straw. Mild streaming carbonation.
Aroma: grapefruit and floral hop aroma, biscuit.
Mouthfeel: light to medium mouthfeel, just slightly chewy, with a moderately dry finish. Very lightly carbonated.
Flavor: the hops dominate the middle and aftertaste of this beer. This is somewhat offset by some biscuit and light malt sweetness.
Overall: very well done to the style. A well crafted beer.

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Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vkv822
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz : Pilsner glass

Clear golden yellow with a fizzy, foamy white head.

Grassy, lightly floral hops in the aroma and taste. Light crackery, lightly sweet malt backbone.

Medium body, fizzy carbonation.

A well done German Pilsner, tasty and easy drinking.

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Photo of ale207
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of caahare
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Pours a brilliant, totally clear straw gold. Plenty of pure white head that sees pretty decent lace retention.

Smells like noble hops - grass, straw, a little honey and just a tiny touch of that skunky euro lager smell.

Tastes very much like Summerfest, just a little more stiffly hopped. More zesty lemon from the hops and less complex and floral than Summerfest.

Plenty of prickly carbonation and a really dry, chalky finish. Nicely done!

Overall, I might prefer a couple less IBUs and a touch less carbonation. In short, I prefer Summerfest, but this is a nice pilsner nonetheless.

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

Photo of Tucquan
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on 2015-01-10 at the new brewery in Mills River, NC in the tasting room after the tour.

A - Clear golden-yellow with a 1-finger white head and nice lace.

S - Fresh bread, floral and spicy hops. Inviting.

T - Citrus, bread, lots of spicy Saab hops. More bitter than their Summerfest. More like a Prima Pils. Fresh and delicious.

M - light-medium body and medium-high carbonation. Crisp, dry and refreshing.

O - A welcome addition to their yearly offerings. Could become a regular in my beer fridge.

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Photo of victory4me
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of allengarvin
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 3.75 - Gave this a vigorous pour, but got a very small head. Beer is a nice crystal-clear light gold though.
S: 4.25 - Classic pilsner aroma, with floral hops and a very light pils malt. Strong and pleasant to smell.
T: 4.25 - Very good flavor, too. Bitterness is on the high end for a German pils, but not too far out there. Lots of hop flavor as well. Very clean malt profile, leaving a dry finish.
M: 4.0 Light bodied, neutral texture.
O: 4.5 - Really good pils, an uner-made style by today's micros. In recent months, Hans Pils from Real Ale has been my go-to session beer. I think this might well displace it. Really good, dead-on style.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of silverevo9
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice and flavorful. Expecting that Summerfest flavor but this is all together different. Definitely more complex than Summerfest. Has a nice thick hop scent up front. Head discolors after the first pour and lacing is minimal. The flavor makes up for the inadequacy of the latter. Nice and smooth with a ever so slight bitterness that is enjoyable through sequence. Going down fast. Aftertaste is wonderful. Smell translates to the flavor and doesn't have that overly sweet taste. I think I will enjoy a least three more of these before I'm through. Before you know it your on your second. Pick the traditional Pilsner glass to get the full experience of this beer. Hats off to Sierra Nevada again. Nice beer!

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Photo of jcance
4.87/5  rDev +28.2%
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 ILuvBeer
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TrojanRB
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of phil215
2.01/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Very very very very light.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle. Clear as day. Bright golden color. Big, frothy, dense head. Lots of individual scars of laces that mark my progress down the glass. Looks exactly how it should. Smells of lager yeast, pils malt, spicy and sudsy hops. Some slightly sweet cereal grains. The flavor has some pop. A Pilsner through and through. Hops aren't overly intense yet the lend flavors of grass, soap, spice, and flower. Dry lager yeast and pils malt. Finishes with a touch of sweetness and a pale, grainy flavor. Sierra Nevada is really stressing this beer being a session beer. I agree that it is but also boasts a surprisingly full body. Perfect carbonation. A very well done Pilsner. This sixer will be recycled quite quickly.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clean golden, with heavy-duty head of white bubbles. Extravagant lace.

Aroma: Crisp and clean malts and grains, with a little toastiness. Smells fresh and lively, as a proper lager should.

Taste: Clean and malty with a tinge of hoppiness coming in at the finish. A very pleasant, easy-drinking, and well-done pilsner, and a perfectly refreshing beer for a warm day. Will drink more of these, yes.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Refreshing, crisp, citrusy, and quite tasty.

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Photo of muraco3
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zherriott
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Pilsner. Easy to drink but unique enough to force you to take it slow.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excited to try this one as a fan of most Sierra Nevada offerings and well made Pilsner's alike.

Looks great in the glass. Smells sweet and not quite picking up the fresh noble variety of hops like I do in some well made pilsners. Taste is pleasant and enjoyable although like the nose, the Euro hop flavors seems to be missing. Has a heavy grain taste (good), and has an overly dry finish (not so go). Overall I enjoyed this pilsner, would definitely drink again, but there are several others that I would go to take over this one if options are available.

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Nooner Pilsner from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 1,608 ratings