Notch Session Pils | Notch Brewing

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3.59/5
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230 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Notch Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
notchbrewing.com

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Czech style pale lager known as Světlé Výčepní. The 10 plato strength (4% ABV) is the most popular in the Czech Republic, as opposed to the 12 plato strength (5% ABV) that is more familiar in the US. Brewed with European malts, Czech Saaz hops and soft water.

Added by PEBKAC on 03-17-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,168
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
230
pDev:
12.53%
Bros Score:
3.08
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
49
Trade:
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Ratings: 230 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of JustinPStewart
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of outoffocus
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of horshack7
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: It's golden and hazy with a bright white foamy head a good two fingers thick but it thins out rather quick.

Aroma: Lemon zest, peppery notes, biscuit, grainy. Hops are there but in the background There is a light dryness in the nose.

Taste: Biscuit, light buttery texture, lemon zest, grainy with a light crispness on the palate and a decently smooth finish.

Notes: A decent Czech pilsner but it could use some work a little more in the hop department and a little bit of crispness to round it out. Cheers.

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Photo of mynie
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How have I not reviewed this yet?

Notch only does sessionable beers. Regardless of your opinion of session IPAs, you still have to respect other varieties of well-brewed, low-ABV beer.

Notch's pils pours pale, straw-colored with a decent head. The aroma is faint, with a little bit of herbs and hay and the smallest wisp of saaz hops.

Tastes much firmer and more robust than the aroma had led me to believe, but still balanced and delicate. Crisp barley up front with mild herbal nodes and some cereal grain, straight-up Czech pils hop profile in the back end. Quite nice.

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Photo of SebastianOwl
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 6/24/15; drank in a pilsner glass on 8/27/15

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Photo of costanzo_mike
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jcorn
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Meh. Does a pilsner really need a session version? Love their session IPA but this is just bland & unimaginative.

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Photo of trickynicky
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kvgomps
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TWStandley
3.02/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mklisz
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of irrevjim
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours pale golden, i believe it's slightly hazy but hot day so constant fogging of glass. 1/4 inch white head that seemed thick but dissipated quickly in a duvel glass, left thin lacing that stayed.
smell of mild biscuity malts and a ghint of hops, honey, mild banana coriander. smells like i want to drink it, all aromas are subtle but pretty clear and clean.
the aforementioned hints of banana,biscuit and honey in a perfect, clean balance.
this beer is very refreshing and drinkable but not watery and doesn't feel like 'something's missing'.
this is my standard 2015 beer on hand for guests who aren't but will be attuned to craft beers.

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Photo of Beric
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Can, from the can
Served: 12 June 2015

Appearance: Had this one at a work event, so I can't comment on how the beer actually looks. Nice looking can though.

Smell: Standard 'beer' smell with hints of noble hop herbal and grassy notes.

Taste: Light biscuity malt flavors with a subtle touch of grassy hops. Somewhat bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body with high carbonation; very drinkable.

Overall: A drinkable, quaffable beer for sure, and definitely sessionable at only 4%, but one that is lacking quite substantially in the flavor and aroma department. I'd reach for a Summerfest in a heartbeat if I wanted a Czech pils.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: A light, bready malt with some Pilsner malt quality and a moderately-low spicy hops aroma. A slightly fruit ester.

Appearance: A light golden beer with excellent clarity. Pours with a finger of off-white foam made of fine bubbles. The head is persistent, slow to fade and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Flavor: A slight malt sweetness with a fair amount of Pilsner malt character. A low hop flavor that is mostly spicy with some floral notes and a medium-low hop bitterness. The balance is somewhat bitter with a roundness that seems to come from a faint diacetyl caramel flavor. The finish is medium dry with a spicy, low hop bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A medium-light bodied beer with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall: This is an easy drinking, session Pils with propionate Czech character. An excellent example of the Czech Light Lager style, it does have a ton flavor but it wasn't meant to.

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Photo of LostHighway
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rlederman56
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Come on, everyone. Come on. A sub 3.6 rating? Wtf.

Remarkably tasty for the ABV. I have to assume the lower ratings have to do with not rating by style. Even when compared to “bigger” beers of the Pilsner style, Notch can hang on its own merits without needing to chip away at standards to accommodate a session chassis. The beer is damn good!

To me - it scratches a major itch: pilsener body and aroma in a package that lends itself to easy drinking for a few hours.

Clear gold body, frothy head, cracker, white bread, grass and a little floral on the nose. The hops add a bit of grassy flavor and light pepppery spiciness. Mouthfeel is crisp, clean and light. Complex but very drinkable. Fridge mainstay.

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Photo of chasetam
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: Sunny Holden color with a very slight haze. Three fingers of rocky white head retain superbly in the slender glass. Lacing is clumpy and foamy.

S: Sweet doughy and crackery malt. Clean. Grassy and floral hops. Slight whiff of snappy lemon too.

T: Doughy and crackery malt base. Grain. Hops slice right through with initial floral and grassy flavors that are quickly followed by a strong limey bitterness. Very clean. Crackery and bitter lime finish.

M: Light bodied. Slight creamy feel. Sharp carbonation.

O: Clean, crisp, and drinkable. It hits the marks. A deserving quaff.

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Photo of snowmageddon
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pdonovan16
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brpendergast85
1.5/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

It's definitely better than your standard macro pils, but not much else can be said for it.

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Photo of Ian_B
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of amalburg
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notch Session Pils from Notch Brewing
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 230 ratings