Notch Session Pils | Notch Brewing

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81
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224 Ratings
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Notch Session PilsNotch Session Pils
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
Ratings:
224
Reviews:
49
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
12.89%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
46
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Fettpopps
2.5/5  rDev -30%

Photo of Jwale73
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz. can served in an SA Perfect pint. Pours a hazy straw gold with a sizzling, 1.5 inch bright white head that settles into a sold, quarter inch cap. Nose expresses some grassy notes and noble hops. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's also an interesting trace of caramel malt in the flavor profile - just enough to impart a suggestion of something sweet. Mouthfeel is light in body with a crisp carbonation. Overall, really quite drinkable. Perhaps not as clean as I'm accustomed to for the style, but quite easy drinking and enjoyable.

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Photo of cbutova
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh into MA, gotta give it a shot.

A- Poured into a Weizen glass with a hazy yellow orange body. Big white head forms with nice size and a creamy texture. Nice thick rings of lace.

S- Some yeast bread, clove, grains, sugary light malt. Also a bit of noble spicy, herbal hops.

T- A decent bit of yeast bread and spice as well as some light slightly sugary malt. Banana and clove. Hops round it out with herbal, spicy and floral hints. General grains as well.

MF- Light body with high foamy carbonation. Slight residual sweets and bitterness.

Solid light Pils. Nice hops but I would like it to be a bit more hoppy instead of grainy.

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Photo of mynie
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
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 glid02
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Bukowski’s in Boston.

Pours a clear golden color with a white head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of crisp pilsner malts with good amounts of light citrus and floral hops and hints of deeper, leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as crisp. Smooth pilsner malts up front are joined quickly by light citrus and slightly herbal hops. Midway through heavier earthy hops come into play, before they are joined by very slight bready notes that fade out into a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall I was a fan of this beer, and the low ABV is icing on the cake. It’s not quite as clean as the world-class pilsners, but it’s still well worth a shot.

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Photo of kvgomps
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PatGreer
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of trevorpost
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of braican
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jame515
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #52 (May 2011):

Aiming for the Old World rustic version of the Czech lager. Mild haze, but golden color still shines bright in the light. Enough froth for a Pils to be proud of. Fresh-cut crabgrass, wild herbal hop and a dusting of biscuity malt in the nose. Smooth, with a snap of crispness on the backside of the light body. Malt comes forth on the light side with a sticky, biscuity, almost husky flavor throughout. Hops are slightly oily with spicy, herbal undertones; bitterness balances. Biscuity, husky tone lingers. Finish lands dry. Some fine tuning and softening would do this lager great. Hard pressed to put back more than one.

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

Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HattedClassic
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of ElGallo
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brpendergast85
1.5/5  rDev -58%
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 Coorsy
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kmlund
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WanderingFool
4.21/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notch Pils pours a clear golden color in the glass with a frothy, white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thin sheet on the glass leaving behind a fair amount of lines and spots of lace on the glass. Inside a flurry of bubbles flow to the surface.

The aroma is faint with grassy hops and crisp toasted malt. There's a hint of lemon in there too.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is lightly creamy, soft and moderately carbonated. The flavor begins with grassy hops and notes of lemon citrus. Balancing out the hops is a taste of crisp toasted malt. It finishes sweet with a the grassy hops linger when gone.

This is a very easy drinking tasty beer. Well balanced and with the lower abv you can enjoy several at one sitting.

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Photo of Florida9
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow in color. Slightly hazy. Forms a large, fluffy white head that falls rather quickly, but leaves quite a bit of lacing on the way down. Aroma is standard pils: some pilsener malts and a bit of green, grassy hops. Taste is a bit light though, in fairness, this is labeled as a "session" beer. Light pilsener malts, a hint of biscuit, and some light grassy hops. Light bodied. Appreciable, prickly carbonation. Low bitterness.
Not the absolute best example of the style, but not at all a bad beer.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
5/5  rDev +40.1%

Photo of liquorpig
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of hopley
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of paresis
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.99/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

@ Legal Test Kitchen, Boston

Dark gold with a fizzy white head. Thin collar of retention and a glass sans lace. Pauvre glass.

Smells like a dinner roll. Subtle green hops in there and maybe some apricot/orchardy fruit.

Tin-y mineral fruit and butter up front followed by a very pleasing pepper hop finish. Buttery aftertaste that comes back after the swallow like a boomerang.

Eh.

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Notch Session Pils from Notch Brewing
3.57 out of 5 based on 224 ratings.
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