Notch Brewing

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Notch Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Czech Pale Lager
Ranked #1
Ranked #2,005
4.37 | pDev: 5.26%
Mar 13, 2023
Jan 25, 2018
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Rated: 4.13 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Mar 13, 2023
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Impressive head, slow to fade head. It leaves many wide and long streaks on the glass. Crystal clear golden color.

Bready and soft. Light floral hop nose. Some unmalted grain smell.

Clean and quite crisp. Still, there’s decent body with a higher level of carbonation. The hop brings balance. Refreshing and true to its Czech roots. Easy to drink many of these.
Jan 28, 2023
Rated: 4.43 by Sulty from Massachusetts

Dec 26, 2022
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Reviewed by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
#1 Czech pale lager as ranked by beer advocate

Can poured into a pretentious beer glass from my first born as an early Christmas present . The glass has an aroma mountain that is supposed to release aromas and flavors . Occasional lacings

Clear golden liquid capped by a one finger offf white foamy cap

Aroma is grassy with a hint of peppery spice

Taste is grassy with peppery spice on the finish

Clean, crisp , quaffable

Good beer
Dec 22, 2022
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Reviewed by DS_Long from Vermont

5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
My only complaint is that it's too good. I look down and my glass is empty way too soon. This beer leaps down one's throat; just insanely drinkable. Very close to the Platonic ideal of beer here.
Nov 26, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by smb71481 from Vermont

Oct 15, 2022
Rated: 4.49 by hockeypuck from Maine

Sep 24, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

Sep 20, 2022
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On tap at Notch Brighton

This is a Notch beer I’ve been meaning to try nearly every time I visit the brewery, but never ended up getting it until now. With Czech Pale Lager now being an officially recognized style on BA, I want to try this even more. This one was the highest rated of the style when it was added, but that spot has unfortunately been claimed by their own Desítka. Let’s see what this one is all about

Pours a cloudy yellow gold with 2 fingers of dense white head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves decent lacing

There’s a nice snappy brightness to the nose of this one. I’m picking up on aromas of black pepper, crackery malt, lemon zest, tangerine, honey, toasted grain, and grassy hops

I expected something a bit more bitter in taste, and I’m honestly glad that’s not the case. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting lemon zest, bready malt, pithy grapefruit, toasted grain, honey, floral hops, and light white grape. The swallow brings notes of crackery malt, peppery hops, orange zest, pithy grapefruit, lemon zest, and light grass

A light medium body pairs with moderate carbonation, resulting in a crisp yet creamy beer. Finishes mostly dry with a firm but not aggressive bitterness

This is wonderfully easy drinking, and just straight up delicious. I can’t say I’m surprised though, this is one of Notch’s most famous beers and they almost always excel with the classics
Aug 04, 2022
Rated: 4.4 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Jul 31, 2022
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Canned 2022/05/04
Pours a 1 finger foamy fizzy head with great retention, soapy lacing, mostly clear slight chill haze light pale color

Nose has that rich grainy malt decoction right out of the gate, rich straw pilsner malt, cereal grain, lots of malt depth and complexity, a mild floral fruity and almost Kiwi/Australian like musty fresh hop but also some noble grassy herbal at the same time, faint citrus and grapefruit

Taste brings cereal grain, more decoction rich malt depth, a bit of straw and hint of corn, layers of malt, mild sweetness, then light hop bitterness, again that blend of noble hop and Australian/NZ like hop, grassy herbal floral, hint tangy fruit, citrus, even a little fruity white wine thing, maybe Mandarina Bavaria and Hallertau Sauvignon, something like that, soft lager, a little creamy note like a maibock almost, dry crisp finish with a med crisp bitterness and mild spicy note

MOuth is med bod, soft lager and a bit creamy, crisp finish, med to a bit higher frothy carb

Overall very nice beer, love the decoction rich malt depth, nice interesting hop character, soft lager, a little maibock feeling without the off-characters that would normally come from that, generally quite enjoyable
Jun 30, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by mvogt from Massachusetts

Apr 24, 2022
Rated: 4.44 by snowmageddon from Massachusetts

Apr 16, 2022
Rated: 4 by DBosco from Massachusetts

Apr 03, 2022
Rated: 4.35 by alexsergio from New York

Dec 12, 2021
Rated: 3.92 by Mikexw from New York

Oct 10, 2021
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Reviewed by larryi86 from Delaware

4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
16 oz can poured into a mug

A- A fairly clear golden copper with a small white head.

S- Sweet bread, earthy spice, some biscuits, a little floral.

T- Crackers, sweet bread, earthy spice, hints of citrus, a little floral.

M- Smooth, crisp, light to medium body.

O- A well done and nicely balanced Pilsner.
May 22, 2021
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Reviewed by Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
16oz can 4/07/21 Hf mug
L: clear pale straw yellow nice long lasting fluffy white head
S: cracker malt and spicy hops
t: like the malt nor hops jump out both equal no diacytle light toast / cracker and bright spicy hops (black pepper)
M: good carb so crisp

So tasty glad I have a bunch more to enjoy
Apr 17, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Apr 10, 2021
Rated: 4.46 by MrDarcy from Massachusetts

Dec 12, 2020
Rated: 4.57 by AirBob from Massachusetts

Dec 10, 2020
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Reviewed by Sheppard from Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a deep golden like all of Notch's pale lagers. Creamy white head. Some floral character on the nose coupled with a bit of creamy Czech yeast character. At 4%, it's amazing the complex layers of nuanced flavors in this. The creaminess is a little bit more pronounced than other Notch pale lagers. It's got some light spicy soapy back end bitterness. There's a touch of sweetness but overall it's very dry. Overall, a supremely sessionable beer. I really love this beer.
Nov 22, 2020
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Reviewed by SABERG from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured from a 16 oz can dated 10/20/20 (9days ago) into the test glass
A - Excellent clarity, straw colored backdrop allows full display of the gentle carbonation. A loose knit frothy top of white caps the offering.
S - Sweet grains, warm rising bread, a touch of noble hop
T - Lovely cracker flavors, floor malt, a touch of honey, and spicy hops
M - Crisp on the palate, semi sweet start, with a nod toward bittter in the middle. Excellent finish
O - A very good offering, So very well constructed.
Oct 28, 2020
Rated: 4.75 by jbarletto from Massachusetts

Sep 18, 2020
Rated: 4.54 by jbertsch from Massachusetts

Jun 03, 2020
Rated: 4.1 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania

May 03, 2020
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Reviewed by mnj21655 from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Crowler that was filled today poured into a Willi Beecher.

Pours a brilliantly clear pale yellow gold in color with two fingers of long lasting white head. Aroma seems a little muted but has bready malt and spicy hops. Taste is rich bready malt with spicy, floral hops, a low-moderate bitterness, and a little fruity ester note. Very smooth, flavors are well integrated with a rounded bittenress. Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Super drinkable and refreshing. This is exactly the beer that I want to drink by the liter.
Apr 19, 2020
Rated: 4.42 by liquorpig from Massachusetts

Mar 01, 2019
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
On tap at Notch Brewing in Salem, MA.

This pours a clear dark-ish straw yellow, with a giant fluffy head, with a good amount of lacing.

This smells like spicy hops, bready malt and light fruit.

This is just absurdly creamy and done really well. There’s a killer spicy hop character, lightly sweet bready malt, and just a hint of fruitiness. It’s also slightly grassy.

This is just well constructed and harmonious, with a super creamy mouthfeel and a high level of drinkability.

Notch is clearly one of the best lager producers in the country.
Feb 05, 2018
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