Pils Noir – Susquehanna Brewing Company

When I purchased a variety case from Susquehanna Brewing Company, one of the four offerings was Pils Noir, a black pilsner, as the name suggests. In the glass the body color is a nice brown hue with a small-sized head, light-brown head that is fizzy in appearance.  The head doesn't last long and the carbonation comes at a medium rate. Pils Noir has biscuit and grain aromas -- not much after that.  Upon taking the first sip, I detect a nice toasted flavor and caramel notes from the malt, and an earthy crusty-bread presence.  There is a bitterness that is provided from the hops but no real hop taste -- you know that hops are there, though.  This beer is about the malt. The finish is clean with a sweet malty aftertaste. Pils Noir is a light-bodied brew and is refreshing to drink -- a beer that would be nice in the middle of summer.  This is a session beer and I could have a bunch of them, but I guess I was expecting more.  It wasn't my favorite out of the case.  I will need to try it again and compare it and when I do, I will update this review. ABV = 4.9%  

The Brewscale Score

APPEARANCE - 7.8
AROMA - 8.1
TASTE - 8.4

8.1

Chalices

10 is perfection, and is almost unattainable. Anything below a 6 is undrinkable.

8

When I purchased a variety case from Susquehanna Brewing Company, one of the four offerings was Pils Noir, a black pilsner, as the name suggests.

In the glass the body color is a nice brown hue with a small-sized head, light-brown head that is fizzy in appearance.  The head doesn’t last long and the carbonation comes at a medium rate.

Pils Noir has biscuit and grain aromas — not much after that.  Upon taking the first sip, I detect a nice toasted flavor and caramel notes from the malt, and an earthy crusty-bread presence.  There is a bitterness that is provided from the hops but no real hop taste — you know that hops are there, though.  This beer is about the malt. The finish is clean with a sweet malty aftertaste.

Pils Noir is a light-bodied brew and is refreshing to drink — a beer that would be nice in the middle of summer.  This is a session beer and I could have a bunch of them, but I guess I was expecting more.  It wasn’t my favorite out of the case.  I will need to try it again and compare it and when I do, I will update this review.

ABV = 4.9%

 


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