Review: Noble Pils, Samuel Adams

Noble Pils

  • Style:  Pilsner
  • Bitterness:  Not provided
  • ABV: 4.9% ABV
  • Malts:  Two-row Harrington, Metcalfe, and Copeland pale malts, and Czech pilsner malt
  • Hops:  Hallertau Mittelfrueh, Tettnang Tettnanger, Spalt Spalter, Saaz, and Hersbrucker Noble hops
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle
  • Calories:  169 per 12 oz.
  • Price:  $7.49 six-pack at grocery store

Description:  "Samuel Adams® Noble Pils is brewed with all 5 Noble hops for a distinct hop character and fresh taste.  Deep golden in color with a citrusy hop aroma, Samuel Adams Noble Pils is a traditional Bohemian Pilsner.  The honeyed malt character from traditional Bohemian malt is balanced by delicate yet pronounced citrus, floral, and piney notes from the Noble hops.  The winner of our 2009 Beer Lover’s Choice® election, this beer was chosen by over 67,000 drinkers for its crisp complexity and refreshing taste.”  — Samuel Adams

Random thoughts:   This is part of my series on Spring seasonals.  I've had a few good pilsners lately and I'm starting to warm up to the style.  Noble hops refer to hops that are grown in certain regions of central Europe. They tend to be low in bitterness and high in aroma.

The tasting:  Golden straw in color, very clear, with a white head that dissipated quickly, leaving lacing on the glass.  Aroma of bready malt and light earthy hops.  Flavor similar to aroma with the addition of spicy hops. Very little bitterness, but the spicy hops assert themselves in the finish.  Light bodied and lightly carbonated, it's clean and crisp.  Very drinkable.

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.   I can't believe I'm starting to like this style.  I recently tasted Redhook's Pilsner and Upright's Engleberg Pils, and enjoyed both.  I think I'll be drinking more pilsners as we head into summer!

Have you tried Noble Pils or any other Samuel Adams beers?

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  1. I've never been a huge fan of Sam Adams beers, although I appreciate all they do for homebrewers. I've been drinking on their 2010 Longshot series and enjoyed the Lavender Ale. Should have reviews of those up on my blog in the next week or two.

  2. I think my experience with Sam Adams is atypical. I went from drinking crappy macros to Portland micros and skipped over Sam Adams alltogether. I only recently tasted a few and have been pleasantly surprised. I always mentally equated them with being "big" and not so good. I was wrong.

  3. Was wondering, did you give this 3 stars as an actual review rating, or in relation to your ho humness on the actual Pilsner style?


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