Few things are better than a well-made, clean, crisp, refreshing pilsner. A balanced and tasty pilsner (or any lager for that matter) shows great skill and knowledge, and an ability to execute on a traditional and tricky beer style. California’s Sierra Nevada Brewing is a leader in the craft beer community that consistently delivers great offerings in every beer style you could possibly want. I could probably devote an entire month to drinking a different Sierra Nevada beer every day and be a very happy person. but today i highlight one of their more recent offerings: Nooner Pilsner.
-Appearance: Pale straw/golden color with what looks like a good amount of carbonation. Carbonation bubbles fly from the bottom of the beer glass to the top. Very little head to the top of the beer which yields a bit of lacing but nothing of any real significance.
-Smell: Good amount of floral/earthy hops. Some spicy bitter hop aroma; breadiness and pale malt smells; grass and yeast smells. The beer smells like most pilsners I have had, but maybe with a little more hop aroma.
-Taste: Floral hop and spicy hop bitterness, much like the nose of the beer. Faint citrus flavors. Grassy and earthy. You definitely do get the malt flavors – light toast, crackers, dry. Very balanced, very crisp and refreshing.
-Overall: A winner. A beer that I could easily drink on a warm spring or summer day…sitting outside, enjoying the weather, cooling down with a bottle or two of nooner pilsner. It is a very drinkable beer and proof that a very traditional style of beer still has a place in the “craft beer scene”.