Nordertor
Schilling Beer Co.

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Style:
Pilsner - German
Ranked #34
ABV:
5%
Score:
88
Ranked #11,093
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 7.09%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
31
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Schilling Beer Co.
 
New Hampshire, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
  2
SCORE
88
Very Good
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear gold with a large fluffy white. The head fades into a nice ring leaving tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is pilsner malts, lemon and white pepper.

T - The taste is white pepper, grassy hops, lemon, pilsner malts and sweet corn.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - Really solid German pilsner. Big flavors throughout with a nice lingering spiciness in the finish.

Jun 05, 2021
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BubbleBobble from New York

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with light 1" head, light lacing. Nose is grassy, earthy noble hops, lemon, mild sweet malt. Taste is very balanced - just a touch of sweetness, but the bitterness from the hops ties it nicely together. Mouthfeel is pleasantly full, refreshing piercing carbonation.

Jan 08, 2021
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 16oz can with an illegible date stamp. The 13th of something, 2020 - I would rather have seen the month. Served in a pilsner glass. The style guide says I should serve this in a flute but I say, screw that, what’s the point in having a pilsner glass if I cannot put a pilsner in it? I mean, right?

Pours a crystal-clear honey-gold with two fingers of pouffy white fluff. Retention is fairly unremarkable but leaves a nice creamy cap and collar and fat gobs of sticky lacing.

Smell is rich, malty and spicy. Damp cereal, apple cider, peppery spice, allspice.

Taste is sharper and more brightly bitter than expected. Earthy, peppery spice dominates. Sandalwood, dried flowers and apple cores. Dry bitterness with a grainy edge.

Feel is mouth-coatingly smooth, medium bodied and slick with fine, aggressive carbonation.

Overall, a full flavored, robust, hearty beverage, hopped all to bejeesus. There is nothing subtle here nor, I think, is there intended to be. A pilsner built for someone like me who’s wrecked his palate on too many IPA’s.

We do not use the term ‘poundable’ but, if we did, we would not use it in reference to this beer. It's pretty heavy and perfume-y so, two, maybe three at a sitting, no more.

Dec 12, 2020
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a Willi Becher

Brilliantly clear, deep golden yellow appearance. A touch of yeast sneaked into the vessel at the end of the pour, adding just a touch of haze. The body was topped by a fluffy, finger-tall, bright white crown that fell to a thick, resilient, lasting collar. A few dots of lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was really crisp and bright. Pale German malt notes came through strong. Somewhat bready and doughy. Strong lemon presence as well. Nice grassy hop character too. Hint of sulfur.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose, but it definitely had a more pronounced hoppiness. Pale, pilsner malt notes led things off. Dry and crackery. Big lemon presence in the center. Grassy hop notes appeared here as well. The hops turned spicy, bitter and somewhat intense in the finish. More dry, earthy hops and bitterness lingered after the swallow.

Outstanding soft, plush, fluffy mouthfeel. Medium bodied for the style. The liquid contained a super fine, fairly aggressive effervescence that turned creamy, frothy and smooth on the palate.

Prior to purchasing this beer, I had never heard of a “Northern German-style pilsner,” but upon researching them, I discovered that they are a hoppier take on a traditional German pils. Nordetor definitely lived up to this characterization. This is a solid, tasty and refreshing offering by Schilling and one that I would likely purchase again.

Dec 10, 2020
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint can - dated 071720 - poured into a Grolsch pilsner stem at 36°F.

Pours a surprising cloudy (even with chill haze removed) tawny golden-yellow, topped with teo fingers of coarse, rocky, snow-white head with good retention, leaving ample sheet lacing as it slowly recedes to a thick collar with beady air bubbles. Not much streaming.

Nose: Pale grainy malt brings both clean crackery and mild bready notes, with delightful Nobel-esque hop notes. Lemon zest, fresh grass, hay, floral potpourri, and some spicy, herbal undertones. There's just a faint hint of fruity esters, stony minerality, and that lovely Schilling Halloween mask rubber note as well. Delicate and well-rounded.

Palate: The beer greets the palate with a wonderful malt presence, displaying not only that rustic, crackery grain, but some surprising bready sweetness that almost nods to a Czech-style pils. Round, bready, and malty, yet appropriately dry. Those German hops come right to the forefront, with some subtle lemon and grass, and some not-so-subtle spicy, herbal, and floral - even leafy hop character. The breadiness fades, and some wonderful bright, tingly minerality appears before a firm, but subdued bitterness - resinous, spicy, grassy, and herbal in nature. That resinous, spicy hop quality clings and lingers, ushering in a dry, clean, lengthy finish.

Mouthfeel/Body: This is where this pilsner delivers. It starts off crisp, snappy, and light, abd then mid-way through, that bready maltiness manifests into this creamy, soft, rounded smoothness that you can almost chew on for a moment, before the hops dry everything out with that resinous, oily finish. It really unfurls here, and it's very satisfying. Effervescence is lively and slightly coarse.

Overall: This just captures absolutely everything you could want in a German pilsner, and more. This is very impressive, snd the people reviewing this clearly aren't all lager lovers. For a pils, this is highly complex. It's bold, colourful, and has a lengthy progression of flavours and mouthfeel, and every trait is perfectly in balance with the other. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better American take on the style. This is truly superb.

Sep 23, 2020
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Amendm from Rhode Island

4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A moderate pour from a 16-oz. can yielded a finger of creamy white foam with long retention and irregular blotches of lacing. Semi-clear (cloudy with the sediment added) yellow-straw color, shows some gold in front of bright light.

Bready and crackery malt greet the nose with a hint of lemon along with faint herbal hops.

The taste is semi-dry with average bitterness, hop and malt flavor is more pronounced as well as the lemon. It flirts at being juicy, apple , pear and grape are faint. A little chalky astringency develops late in the taste. The finish is quick, flavors drop of cleanly as mild bitterness remains for a long aftertaste.

Medium-light bodied with soft, plentiful carbonation. Smooth and session-able, right on target to style.
Old world hop flavors shine without being to bitter, big malt backbone. Another hit from Schilling.

Sep 21, 2020
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.04/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Can from the Packie,
Pours with a light bit of haze a dark straw color with a decent sized bubbly white head. Earthy spicy citrus and floral hops with hints of green apple and a light bready cracker underneath. Well I've found a beer from Schilling I didn't enjoy, it was bound to happen eventually. The malt wasn't present enough to stand up to the heavy handed use of hops here and there was a hint of aspirin like astringency. The process or recipe could use a bit of tweaking imho, if they intend this to be world class.

Aug 06, 2020
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malrubius from Vermont

4.71/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Can. Mostly clear. I suggest you decant the bottom. Lasting head and lace. Light delicate and lovely herbal and floral aroma. Delicious light malty crackery sweetness and light dry herbal finish. Very light body and medium soft carbo. Much more than a sum of it's parts this is an incredibly delicious and refreshing and authentic-tasting beer. Fucking amazing. I wish it wasn't so expensive.

Aug 01, 2020
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden color with a 2F head in a Pilsener glass.

Mild aroma and stronger with warming: some fruit esters ( supposedly not in the style) and malt.

Medium body mouth feel, malty.

Excellent taste. Some fruit, malt.

Sharper bitterness in the finish than other Pilsners.

Another excellent beer from Schilling.

Jul 29, 2020
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Can. Pours a great color. Just a slight bit of haze; maybe it's just the chill haze on the glass. No, actually I think the bottom of the can dropped some yeasty haze into there. Still looks great albeit not squeaky clean. Thinner, bleached head. Aroma is really nice. Gives off a prominent yeasty aroma, pilsner malt, and some spicy hops. The flavor kicks ass. Clean yet somewhat tangy yeast. Also a really pronounced (but not overdone) spicy Noble hoppiness. Maltis a perfect support and lends a great finishing flavor. Begs for another glug. One of the better Pilsners I have had in a bit. And these are quickly becoming one of my favorite styles.

Jul 23, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No can date but can't be very old
Pours a large frothy foamy 2 finger head with great retention, soapy lacing, crystal clear golden light pilsner color

Nose brings the nice pilsner malt of a good German pils, a touch of corn, bread dough, cereal notes, with a nice floral herbal noble hop

Taste brings more of the floral herbal slight spicy noble hops out front, med bitterness, bright fresh hop flavor, then some doughy malt with a bit of German pilsner malt and corn notes, bit of a grassy hop, touch of sulfate and mineral notes that bring a crisp dry finish, crisp bitterness and med-high overall bitterness, more spicy herbal hops late

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bod, higher foamy carb, maybe a bit too high, nice crisp hop bitterness on the finish like a good German pils

Overall nicely done, not sure the difference between Northern German pilsner and just German pilsner, this one seems a bit more aggressive with hop bitterness that seems to overpower the malts a bit but not really out of the realm of a good German pils, hops in general are good, malts are on point really nice on the nose a little muted on the taste, but good

Jul 03, 2020
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Tallboy can pours a clear golden brew into a goblet. The crown on the beer is a fizzy foamy consistency and it ascends to a finger high with good retention. Lacing forms with some large sheets.

S- A good mixture of the trifecta of malts, yeast and hops in the aroma. Lager yeast funk opens up for grainy pale malts, bread, cracker, floral, spicy, grassy and herbal notes. Overall light-medium on the hops.

T- A strong bitterness throughout with this one as the hops gain steam as compared to what was in the smell. Herbal, grassy, earthy and spicy hops are strong. Malts bring a light sweetness but overall the beer is dry. Crackery, bready and strong grainy notes from the malts.

MF- Light bodied just a tad towards medium with the frothy and slightly creamy texture. The carbonation is on the high side and the beer ends with a strong grassy bitterness.

A bit too bitter in the flavor but overall a nice Pils from an American source. Brings all three yeast, hops and malts with good balance.

May 03, 2020
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pint can says 4/7/20
Opened and reviewed on 4/29/20

Poured into a petite pilsner glass, crystal clear golden color, perfect carbonation. Constant white and tight foam cap throughout, lots of little lace.

Aromatics! Cream o corn from the can, summer golden grasses, mixed herbs, buttery white bread, sour and leafy greens. Bold, yet true to style.

This Northern German-Style Pilsner is delicate, crisp, well balanced and packed with flavor. Clean, clean, clean.
Sweet and herbal malty tones, green veggies and floral hops, sour earthy yeast and big o bag of mixed herbs and spices in a glass!

One of my all-time highest rated and enjoyable Pilsner I've ever had from a can.

Apr 29, 2020
Nordertor from Schilling Beer Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 31 ratings