Samuel Adams Noble Pils - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by Groomsy:
4.03/5 rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I was quite giddy about trying this beer, and I'm lucky enough to have gotten a super-fresh batch at my local beer store. 12 oz. bottle with "best by" date of June. Poured into a pilsner glass. Review taken from notes, consumed on Feb. 8 2011.
Appearance: A nice agressive pour yielded soft-looking, pillow-like white head of 2 fingers, which slowly dissipated to a cap of foam throughout the session. Great retention of head and nice looking lacing and sip rings down the glass. The body of the beer is a deep transparent gold with moderate amounts of carbonation bubbles rising to the top, which stay constant throughout the session.
Smell: Oh man. Nice stuff going on here. There's a nice mix of citric, floral, and spicy hops (covering about the whole spectrum of hop aromas) and a solid backbone of fresh barley scents in there as well. I also picked up some other fresh grains as well... maybe wheat? I started to notice more of the malts coming through in the nose as the session went on, and the floral hops were a little more enhanced throughout drinking. The overall aroma is delicate, but very well done and promising; very rich. Makes me look forward to spring fields and all that happy green stuff...
Taste: The taste starts off with a nice twang of barley and cracker-like malt on the front of the palate, with a sweep of spicy, bracing hops on the middle of the palate, blended nicely with the floral and citric notes found in the aroma, which round out the finish. I pick up more of the grain flavors as the beer warms and the session continues, but the hop flavors stay consistent and refreshing. Even though I would call this a "hoppy" beer, it's not overwhelmingly bitter. There's more hop flavor than hop bitterness, if that makes sense. Very well-rounded and balanced, the hop flavors are elegant and well done. Just enough malt to balance things adequately.
Mouthfeel: About right for a pilsner. Medium-light body with crisp carbonation leads to a slightly drying and grainy finish, but it's a good kind of grainy, mainly due to the bittering hops in the finish. The carbonation stayed consistent throughout the beer, and the finish was the same all the way down the glass.
Drinkability: So glad I got a six-pack of this. I think this will be a staple of mine until it goes out of season. Great flavor, nice body, reasonable price. A job well done to Boston Beer Co. At first I wasn't sure if I would like a pilsner, but I've been proven wrong with this beer.
Serving type: bottle
02-09-2011 14:16:17 | More by Groomsy
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