Nooner Pilsner | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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
Ratings:
1,567
Reviews:
349
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
10.18%
 
 
Wants:
53
Gots:
551
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,567 |  Reviews: 349
Photo of california_republic
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
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 nickapvikes
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DrunkenMonk
2.65/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of cbg10
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of captaincoffee
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a sparling pale gold with a big fluffy head that leaves spotty lace. Nose is grainy, a bit of light malt, and some herbal notes. Taste is more bitter than typical, with light bready/cracker notes. Not complex, but crisp. Overall, good but not very interesting.

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Photo of sephyrott
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of biegaman
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I don't think it's possible to be sad while drinking a Pilsner - pouring that bright, light, sunshine yellow liquid out of the bottle is like instant cheer every time. Heck, even the bubbles are lively! Sierra Nevada Nooner looks as chipper and pleasant as they come (no surprise there given its name implies midday drinking!).

Hops have exploded in popularity over the last decade or so. Brewers are exploring all sorts of exotic and experimental varietals as well as constantly trying out new hopping techniques. But when it comes to certain styles, there's just no improving on what's essentially perfect. If you ask me, nothing beats the classic: whole-cone Noble hops.

Apparently Sierra Nevada half-agrees. They went with German whole flower hops but, aside from Tettnanger, opted for more modern, slightly modified variants like Perle, Saphir and, from just over the border into France, Alsatian Strisselspalt. The results, especially aromatically, are similarly earthy and 'green' but not quite as resounding.

A lot of hop nuance is lost on the palate too, which is malt-first and more prominently features stale crackers and crusty white bread; those grassy, herbal, spicy undertones only show up in the finish. The dry and grainy mouthfeel is a little displeasing, certainly relative to the richer, more doughy-soft, biscuity-sweet maltiness that characterizes the style's best examples.

Nevertheless, the brewery is quite right calling the Pilsner "one of the original session beers" - I'm not terribly impressed with Nooner but even as a mediocre, if still solid Pilsner it's something I could gladly drink several of. The letdown stems more from expectations than anything else; as most their beers do, I assumed Sierra Nevada's pilsner would either brilliantly capture the style's traditions or completely shatter them with hops. It doesn't really do either.

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Photo of bankboy66
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Great look and feel. The only thing that I didn't care for was the grapefruit undertone. Otherwise this is a Pilsner you should definitely try.

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Photo of GinDC
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EEscobar
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stephenlee
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Commandophile
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with decent foam and lacing. Smells of lemon, herbs, grain, and hops. Taste is very light and pleasant. Notes of lemon grass, hops, grain, mild malt, and a dry finish make this a good beer. I really enjoyed this one, it is not overly heavy and good mix of tastes to keep you wanting more.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bluehende
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jjwisenheimer
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Edie
2/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikr
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of frasergrove
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Element1290
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerinabottle
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nooner Pilsner from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 1,567 ratings.
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