Samuel Adams Noble Pils - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.88/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
On tap at a chain casual dining restaurant, poured into a cheater pint.
Appearance: Half inch, thick, foamy white head that lasts a long time and leaves big streaks of lacing. Color is a translucent dull golden honey color.
Smell: Very little aroma. Some faint--possibly grassy or piny--hops, some faint malt, and a third (equally faint) somewhat unpleasant BMCish skunk smell.
Taste: Big and warm, bready malt is the dominant flavor. Up front there's a strong but very short-lasting hop hit without much character. Throughout, the beer has a pleasantly mild sweetness underpinning the airy, earthy malt. The big malt flavor lasts long after each sip. Pretty refreshing beer. There's a hint of skunky, sickly bitter taste like in a Stella Artois, but it's not dominant at all. It's also the only bad thing about the flavor. As the beer warms, some creamy and almost caramely notes start to emerge, which is interesting.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. A lot fuller-bodied than it looks or than I expected from the style. It's actually very good; deliciously creamy but still watery enough to be refreshing and easy drinking. Carbonation is heavy, but it works well with that aggressive, breezy breadiness, and with the fuller body. Mouthfeel is perhaps the best aspect of this beer.
Drinkability: Very good. The alcohol is predictably undetectable, and the beer delivers a lot of good, classic beer flavors (that big malt, and even the subdued hops). It doesn't quite have the complexity to bring me back to it that often, but obviously the style doesn't really demand it.
I would love it if Noble Pils became a staple on the taps of less craft-oriented bars and restaurants though, because it's good enough to have a place in the kind of bars and stores that BAs prefer to frequent. To engage in some BA forum comparison nonsense, it's a bit weaker in the nose than Prima Pils and not quite as balanced, but in all I think I prefer the taste of Noble Pils. Sam Adams would be smart to make this a staple, year-round offering.
Serving type: on-tap
02-11-2010 22:11:29 | More by Pahn
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