Samuel Adams Noble Pils - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by Shoegaze99:
3.95/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Seemingly overnight, Sam Adams Noble Pils went from a one-off batch that came with seasonal mixers to becoming one of the Boston Beer Company's four flagship seasonal brews. For a brewery now scoffed at by many who proclaim themselves beer snobs (I do not count myself among the snobs), it's a surprising bright spot in what those folks say is a so/so lineup. (Personally, I think the Boston Beer Co. makes a solid array of very drinkable beers; none are the best in class, but most are nice beers.)
So does that mean the most praised Sams of recent years outside the Utopias is a good beer?
In a word, yes.
A - The beer pours a crystal golden yellow like fresh corn. Clear as a bell with utterly no cloudiness. Minimal head that disappears quickly. It looks like a light, bright beer. Looks like a standard pilsner.
S - A nice nose, especially for a standard Sams, with notes of citrus and spring grasses. It's not a POTENT nose, but it's pleasant. Sadly, this fades fairly quickly as the head dissipates. Stronger and this would smell fantastic.
T - Noble Pils tastes like spring. There are dewy grasses and faint fruit notes; very subtle hints of grape. None of this is up front or strong, it's just a sense of there being a little more happening in an otherwise straightforward (albeit refreshing) pilsner. It does have the vaguely watery taste some Sams suffer from, but as this is a light, effervescent beer that aspect doesn't stand out. Overall very pleasant.
M - Fairly nice, very bright and crisp with a little dryness. Context is important. Drinking this during the day when it's warm out is recommended.
D - Refreshing is the word. It's not full-bodied or rich, it doesn't challenge you or force you to take notice, it just drinks very, very nicely. This is a highly drinkable, very tasty beer.
Bottom line - I like other beers from Boston Beer Co. more than the Noble Pils, but this is still a nice addition to their lineup. It's a great way to reacquaint yourself with a style that has fallen out of fashion.
Serving type: bottle
02-26-2011 00:52:42 | More by Shoegaze99
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4.15/5 rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Pours to a nice head which dissipates quickly to a thin line, but it maintains throughout.
A nice smooth, floral taste. Citrus from the hops in the front, floral in the end. But light, not overly hopped.
Slightly on the thin side as far as mouthfeel, but a very enjoyable beer.
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2014 03:33:10 | More by mugzybrown
Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,048 ratings.