The Standard
Notch Brewing

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Style:
Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
Ranked #9
ABV:
4.4%
Score:
88
Ranked #6,884
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 7.55%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
27
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Notch Brewing
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  2
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 27 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by ManapuaMan:
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I haven’t had a fresh Pilsner from the motherland so my palate range is limited but this brew is fantastic. Hits all the notes I’ve come to look for in the style - bready, crackery, grassy, floral. Balance across the board.

Dough City, USA. Hops in harmony with the malt. Sessionable ABV with a finishing malty heft that belies its potency. Fridge staple if it was a shelf mainstay.

Nov 20, 2018
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep golden with brilliant white head. Great retention. A little bit of spiced bread on the nose. There's a little bit of that milky Czech yeast character. The yeast mostly plays a subtle supportive role to the malt and hops. The malt is beautifully featured through the triple decoction mash and there is some complimentary spicy earthy hop character as well. As far as malt, I get a lot of white grape. It is sweet, but in no way cloying. I don't know how another American brewery could make a Czech lager as good as this.

Jul 19, 2020
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jbarletto from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sep 18, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoy the Notch beers, another Czech Pils from them and I have high expectations. canned 2/21/19
Big pillowy frothy 1 finger head fades slowly with great retention and lacing, slightly hazy mostly clear golden pale color

Nose oh yeah that's nice, raw cereal grainy-sweet malt, raw bread dough, nice strong malty aroma, but also a good floral slightly spicy hop, just a faint corn-like pilsner malt notes

Taste grainy-sweet malts again, a bit of cracker bread dough, quite a cereal grainy malt bill with a little pilsner and corn notes, then hops floral a bit herbal earthy, with medium to a bit lighter bitterness, sulfates kicking in with a little crisp hop bitterness on the finish, nice soft clean lager, mostly dry finish

Mouth is medium to lighter bod, a soft lager, medium to a bit higher carb

Overall as expected well done for Czech pils, negative first I expected a bit more bitterness, and malt is nice but doesn't have as much depth, that being said it was quite nice, good malt in general, nice hop character despite a little light on bitterness, light sulfate notes, clean lager, pretty well concocted pils

Apr 29, 2019
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Coronaeus from Canada

4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 30, 2019
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Nichols33 from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 10, 2020
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malrubius from Vermont

3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can. Sweet and grassy and herbal. Has the real herbal finish and toasted malts of a Czech pilz. Medium light body lively but not fizzy. Very good and authentic.

Mar 22, 2019
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heerboth from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 06, 2019
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crobinso from Colorado

4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 23, 2020
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jbertsch from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

May 03, 2020
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Glider from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with a white cap. Smell is grainy malt and a familiar lager aroma. Taste starts with some crackery and grainy malt with some spicy hops. Ends crisp with a restrained bitterness. Malt and hops are well integrated, and balance is the hallmark here. A very nice classic pils.

Nov 07, 2018
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 11/26/18

A: Medium gold - crystal clear - pours with a medium size white head, fades to a nearly solid, wispy cap, leaves a small collar with some streaks and webs of lacing

S: Remarkable balance of grain, bread, and grassy hops - grain, bread dough, fresh baked bread, hints of bread crust - soft, pale malts - hops fitting for a Bohemian pils, yet restrained in a way that is quite lovely, by which I mean there is some fresh-cut grass, but not a ton - some herbal and grassy notes - some slight notes of light fruit - extraordinarily clean overall

T: Balanced and so drinkable I think it is spontaneously evaporating - soft and layered malt profile takes center stage - pale, soft grains - some slightly toasty cracked grains, bread dough, freshly baked bread, touch of biscuits - nicely balanced with some herbal and grassy hops - fitting for a Pilsner, but not overly done - light sweetness, touch of grape - touches of light fruits - low sweetness, low bitterness - medium low carbonation - super clean overall

M: Light body, smooth body but a crisp and refreshing finish, perfect amount of dryness

O: Standard? Or sets the standard?

Notch's Session Pils is great, but this (which I'm 99% sure I've had in the tap room, repeatedly) is amazing. It's very refined and could probably pass as coming direct from Germany. The hops are more subdued and controlled than many other Pils I've encountered, and the malt profile has some aspects that remind me of a Helles. This should be year-round so I can buy it year-round.

Nov 26, 2018
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Shaymus from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mar 08, 2019
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Can. Have been looking out for this beer. Not a huge fan of their flagship Pils but this stood out to me. Poured a darker (for the style) gold. Airy, popped head deflates to a thin receding cap. Aroma is pretty mellow but checks the boxes for the most part. Smells a little sweeter. Flavor is also pretty decent but I was expecting a bit more pop. Not in love with the balance of sweet and yeasty. Could stand to taste a more prominent yeast character. Mild hop; would like a little more there as well. Drinkable as hell, though. A little disappointed - I had high hopes for a new, local go-to - but I will slam this 4 pack and try not to bitch.

Mar 15, 2019
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PatGreer from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 14, 2017
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16 oz can into a mug.

Pours a lightly hazed golden color with a finger of egg shell white head. The head leaves a ring of lacing as it settles into a thin sheet.

The aroma is very earthy, bringing notes of grass and pine, with a ton of doughy wheat bread not far behind. There are some faint notes of apple skin and cereal grains as well as the absolute foggiest idea of banana chips.

The flavor on this beer is absolutely stupid. Perfectly hopped with plenty of bready sweetness and fruity esters. Earthy, clean and sweet. Ridiculous.

The feel is damn near perfect for the style. Medium-light bodied with hefty carbonation. Very crisp and smooth with a dry finish. The flavors just roll off the tongue. So drinkable.

Overall, this is without question the best pilsner I've ever had. The flavor is just beautiful and balanced and the body is smooth and crisp. Delicious, subtle, clean, crushable. So good.

Nov 06, 2018
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Bluecrow from New York

4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This clear, golden tap pour has a 1.5 cm froth cap and a fresh, woodsy hop aroma. The flavor is exceptionally rich (especially for a 4.4 ABV brew). Hay and beech flavors dominate. The finish is perfectly clean. This is one of the best beers I have had.

Aug 26, 2018
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MrDarcy from Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nov 09, 2018
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costanzo_mike from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 19, 2016
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Apples, pears, some grape, biscuity pale bready crackery malt, lemony floral earthy herbal hops

Mar 12, 2019
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mar 08, 2019
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nov 29, 2018
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boston_beer_2017 from Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A great pilsner. Sessionable, crisp and refreshing.

Oct 19, 2018
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jtk21351 from California

4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jun 08, 2020
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acurtis from New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 23, 2019
The Standard from Notch Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 27 ratings