Sierra Nevada Nooner Pilsner
A crisp, hoppy take on the original session beer.
Gather your friends, pack the gear, and head out to wherever the day may take you. A midday go-to, Nooner is our take on the classic German-style pilsner—one of the original session beers. Nooner is easy drinking yet packed with the big flavor of spicy and floral whole-cone hops. Its brilliant golden color begs you to take a sip and sink your taste buds into an extremely welcoming beer, full of flavor and balanced by a crisp, dry finish.
ALCOHOL CONTENT 5.2% by volume
BEGINNING GRAVITY 11.7° plato
ENDING GRAVITY 1.9° plato
BITTERNESS UNITS 38
YEAST Lager yeast
BITTERING HOPS German Perle
FINISHING HOPS Saphir, Tettnanger, Strisselspalt
MALTS Two-row Pale, Pilsner, Munich, Acidulated
CUISINE Cured ham and Gruyere Croque Madame, Wood grilled Mahi, Portobello Mushroom and Spring Pea Pasta
CHEESE Aged Gruyere Cheese
DESSERT Rhubarb Compote
Brewing is as much art as science, and all beer specifications and raw materials are subject to change at our brewers’ creative discretion.
Origin of Pilsner
In the Western Bohemian city of Pilsen (Plzeň) in the Czech Republic, the beer-loving citizens were fed up with the lack of quality in their local brew, so they looked for help in neighboring Germany—specifically Bavaria—where the brewers had already earned a reputation as master beer makers. Brewmaster Josef Groll was hired to take on the task of creating a new Bohemian beer brewed with Bavarian quality. Groll chose to brew a beer using local Czech ingredients—sweet and nutty Moravian malt and lightly bitter but aromatic Saaz hops—combined with lager yeast imported from Bavaria. The Moravian malt was made in a new type of kiln which used indirect heat to produce very pale malt, and when combined with Pilsen’s naturally soft water resulted in the world’s first pale lager. In October 1842, this combination of circumstances—history, location, and technology—created a style which would grow to dominate the beer world for more than a century.
Czech Pilsner vs German Pilsner
Pilsner originated in the Czech Republic. In fact, the name Pilsner was shortened from Pilsener meaning of, or from, Pilsen (Plzeň). In the years following the development of the style, brewers all over Europe—and later the world—became enamored with its light body and golden color and made their own attempts at the beer. Today there are two main categories of “true” pilsner. A Czech- or Bohemian-style pilsner is golden with a sweet malty flavor balanced by a moderate hop bitterness and a spicy, grassy hop aroma from Czech Saaz hops. A German pilsner or pils, on the other hand, is paler than the Czech counterpart, drier and bitterer, usually featuring floral and herbal “noble” hop character. Both true styles are classics—crisp, refreshing, and extremely satisfying.
Ale versus Lager
All beer is broken down into two camps: ale or lager. The principal difference is the variety of yeast. Ales use a yeast called Saccharomyces cerevisiae, referred to as “top fermenting” because of the frothy foam created during fermentation. Lagers use a yeast called Saccharomyces pastorianus, called “bottom fermenting” because of the slower, restrained fermentation process. Ales are fermented at warmer temperatures and generally produce more fruity and spicy aromas from the yeast. Lagers are fermented at cooler temperatures and produce cleaner, more reserved aromas, which let the malt and hops shine through.
Sierra Nevada Nooner Pilsner
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