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Samuel Adams Noble Pils - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
85
very good

3,217 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 3,217
Reviews: 1,452
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 84
Gots: 120 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial 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."

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zeff80

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

A - Poured out a very clear, light golden color with a fluffy, white head of bubbly foam. It left a couple thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of grassy hops and citrus notes. There were some mild pine notes, too.

T - It tasted grassy with sweet toasty caramel malt. Some bitter hop bite with a citrus kick. It tastes as hoppy as a good APA.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a great tasting pilsener. Really is one of the hoppiest I've ever had and almost tastes like an APA.

02-05-2010 20:05:34 | More by zeff80
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largadeer

California

4.38/5  rDev +16.2%

12 oz bottle with a best by date of May '10. I love a good pilsner, and Sam Adams usually doesn't disappoint with their lagers.

A burnished gold body feeds a small but sustaining inch of pure white froth. Exceptionally clear and bright, perhaps a shade darker than the average pilsner.

The nose is citrusy, leafy and bright, the distinct aroma of noble hops up-front with a touch of dry, crackery malt beneath. The hop aroma makes me think of lemon zest and spruce, with a faint herbal quality in the background, bay leaf perhaps, and a bit of perfumey soap. Not overwhelmingly hoppy, this is decidedly on the traditional side.

The palate opens with a big noble hop flavor, citrus and herbs, pine and flowers. Dry, crackery and spicy, this reminds me a bit of Jever with its firm and bitter mouthfeel. The finish has an earthy, resiny, peppery quality to it with a long lingering bitterness. Malt is kept in check throughout; this is quite dry and only reveals a hint of pilsner malt in the mid-palate. Very good stuff, I'll be drinking this again while it's around.

03-01-2010 04:16:45 | More by largadeer
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

355ml bottle. Again with the Swedish export labelling...it takes a bit of the 'forefathers of the grand union' feeling out of the whole deal.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium straw hue, with one finger of pillow-like foamy white head, which leaves some random, sparse inkblot lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of crisp, grainy, biscuit malt, some mild lemon notes, and grassy, floral hops. The taste is quite consistent - more crackery maltiness, a bit of zingy citrus, some earthy honey, and grassy, almost forest floor-esque hops. The carbonation is moderate, yet also a little zippy, the body adequately weighty, with a palate-nagging astringency that seems to preclude standard notions of smoothness. It finishes quite dry, any lingering pale malts rendered even dimmer by the still prominent hops.

A pretty decent rendition of one of my favourite old-school styles, one that is usually hard to come by outside of central Europe.

05-20-2011 02:18:50 | More by biboergosum
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

It's certainly carrying a more spicy and biting hop presence. The beer might be a bit too cold at the moment to catch any other tones, or maybe they're just not there. Overall, it's a nice production. And with so many hop lovers out there, I doubt there will be that many complaints on this one.

08-31-2012 02:05:22 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large white head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of earthy hops, lager yeast and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a strong hops bitterness bite up front that is quickly followed by a thick grain and lager yeast breadiness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a little bit of sweetness and a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style but with a stronger hops presence, overall this is a very good beer to drink a lot of through the course of an evening.

04-18-2010 03:53:25 | More by TheManiacalOne
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nickfl

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%

A - Pours with one finger of white head that rests on top of a perfectly clear, golden body. The foam settles slowly and leaves decent lace.

S - A nice, malty aroma of bread and honey with spicy hops.

T - Thick, bready malt up front with a hint of honey. Herbal hop appear in the middle and counter the rich malt nicely. Finishes with more thick pilsner malt and a strong dose of spicy hop bitterness that is almost soapy.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Very drinkable, this is a nice pilsner. The malt character is good, but the hops take center stage in this beer. The flavor of the hops gives the beer character through the middle and the biting bitterness makes for a crisp, refreshing finish. I rarely buy six packs if I can avoid it, but I am more than happy to have five more of these in my fridge. Its nice to see another real pilsner from an American brewery, heres hoping we keep seeing more.

02-06-2010 04:02:20 | More by nickfl
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.72/5  rDev +25.2%

I can't wait to see six packs of this stuff, I knew they get some first dibs on the noble hops but I had no idea that Sam Adams would be coming out with a seasonal featuring all five noble hop varieties. I loved the Hallertau Imperial Pils, but this is a session pils meant for mass consumption. It's been a long time since I've wanted a whole case of a Sam Adams offering, this is a good sign for future beers from them. The tastings they hosted to get customer feedback for their next spring seasonal was a success because the compared to the last beer that made it into their rotation this is liquid gold.

Pours a bright brilliant pale clear golden color with a eggshell white head two to three fingers thick with fine speckled lacing, nice and lively with the carbonation retention is very nice.

Aroma paves the way for the whole noble hop experience very nice citrus, herbal, and grassy hop explosion even a bit of earthiness that almost neon green their using for the label represents the caliber of green this bottle contains, fresh hop aromatics I'm loving it. Nice cereal grain nose to it very much a pale biscuit malt sweetness that has some light toasted grain but an ample touch of honey sweetness to create perfect balance in the smell.

Flavors are again perfectly balanced yet chalk full of flavor both hops and malts. Biscuit sweetness hits the sides of the palate with bitterness blending in alot of citrus peel, raw herbaceous slightly skunked Mary Jane, and a dirty earthiness bring on a multitude of varietal hop burps. One belch I'm thinking Saaz, the next a dose of Hallertau, and then some Tettnang...oh the dry finish is priceless this is the crisp quality some of those beer commericals are talking about even if you don't find that experience in their beers.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with flowing lively carbonation mildly effervescent yet it has a creamy slightly slick hop oil consistency, bone dry finish great light beer experience for the non beerlievers to cross over on. This brew will take you on a trip through Bavaria, now it's time for the real thing, I want a taste of these hops from the source.

Drinkability is inspiring if you feel bored with the craft beer scene and how things have been driven toward rarity and high alcohol with insane doses of malts and hops then you need to reach for the Noble pils from Sam Adams to take you back to a flavor that made you fall in love with beer.

12-24-2009 04:23:24 | More by WVbeergeek
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%

Pours an effervescent straw color with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Grassy & herbal hops, not much else...

T: Grassyness, dryness with grainy bread & hints of lime. More of the same once warmer, a bit of white pepper & husky grainyness surfaces as well. Finishes with floral & citrussy hops, plus clean malt flavors, very quenching

MF: Medium bodied, a touch grainy with smooth carbonation, pretty good balance

Great drinkability, not the most challenging pils, but I could go through a sixer of this during a ball or BBQ no problem. Only going on memory, but I thought the Czech Pils they did about 10 years ago was more to my liking

02-03-2010 04:29:13 | More by russpowell
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%

12 oz bottle into a Pils glass.

Pours a brilliant clear gold, with several big foamy fingers of eggshell-white head. There's a really solid retention to this, which leaves thick foamy swathes of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is spicy and floral in the nose, with some leafy smelling citric character and the stiff feeling breadiness of the malts across the back. As far as a solid Pils aroma goes, I'm digging this...

Those Noble hops are spicy, citric, and earthy across the mouth in the taste, with those Pils malts holding tight against the back of the profile and adding some extra drying graininess to the proceedings. This overall isn't very sweet by any means, with most of it coming from the citrus flavors and a just a touch from the malts. Just a steady spicy finish on this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch lighter on the palate, with a crisp sharpness to the carbonation which snaps across the tongue. Man, this is very smooth and easy drinking for the style.

Flavorful, smooth, and easy drinking, this could easily be a go-to with the temps rapidly warming up outside. Maybe a touch light in the body but I really really enjoyed this for the most part.

04-06-2010 16:44:06 | More by Kegatron
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drabmuh

Maryland

4/5  rDev +6.1%

Beer is yellow and clear with moderate to high carbonation of large bubbles. Forms a white head of small and medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Beer has a hoppy but subtle aroma overall. There is some sweetness in there as well.

Beer is medium in body and has a nice bitterness to the back. Not on the scale of an IPA or a PA but its still present. Beer finishes nicely and overall is a pretty well balanced beer. There is almost like a citrusy flavor in the midpalate that interacts with the sweetness up front and causes almost a plastic candy flavor to the whole thing. Overall, its not as good as Prima but its still worth a look.

04-14-2010 01:56:41 | More by drabmuh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

I poured this chilled in a pils glass - sampled alongside a couple other pilsners

A - A very clear medium golden w/ tiny bubbles rising to a head that quickly drops but creates rings of lace - the bead is tiny

S - A lot of herbal and floral lemony and spicy noble hop aroma w/ a gentle grassy accent - very light malt in the nose

M- A little bitter w/ resinous texture and tangy hop acidity w/ mild sweetness and spice w/ moderate carbonation and mild spicy finish

T - The taste is a mix of mild sweet herbal hops and gentle toasted malt w/ light grassy lemony tinges. The flavor has a spiced slight astringent end note

D - A very drinkable pils -one of Sam Adams best and a good sessionable lager which is an easy drinker - a good example of the style

02-05-2010 00:44:23 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

So glad this is replacing the Sam White Ale, which was one of my least fav SA beers. This is worlds above it.

A: Pours nice 1 finger bleached white head that slowly fades above the brilliantly clear wheat yellow color.

N: Lots of hoppy aromas, but maintains a lightness. Lots of noble hop aromas, low alpha. Crisp ale like qualities too. Some floral grassy hop aromas, little chewy hop aroma, and juicy as well.

T: Wow, a really nice floral and grassy hop taste, its really bold for being really light. Some light juicy hop flavors, some light crisp lager flavors and even wheat flavors.

M: Pretty light with decent carbonation.

F: A slightly spicy hop quality, a little bitterness, and it dries off well. Doesn't linger long and the finish doesn't last long either. It's like it was there, now it's gone. A little bitterness sticks around like a distant memory.

This beer is amazing for what it is. A light, crisp lager, with lots of light, low alpha noble hops with a great hop flavor and aroma.

02-11-2010 00:03:47 | More by jlindros
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

this was my last american beer before i left the states for the summer, and a recent classic. i prefer it in the bottle. this beer pours a relatively standard pils color, with a yellow glow and a tall frothy white head with surprisingly good retention. it smells more hoppy than the pilseners i am used to, but i welcome that! some sturdy bready malts in there as well. flavor is well balanced but the hops are a really nice addition. bitter and citric, but not fruity, a perfectly crisp finish is in store too, just right for a pils. still not majorly thrilling, but a very likeable pils for a hophead. feel is pretty good, plenty of body for a pils, more than normal, and superb carbonation. overall i like this beer quite a lot, a break from convention that works really well in all seasons.

06-27-2012 10:53:38 | More by StonedTrippin
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WesWes

New York

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a light, pilsner malt scent along with a wonderful citrus hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a smooth, pilsner malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and bitter. The hop character is very nice. It's bitter, but not overly done. What a refreshing beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an outstanding pilsner. It's light and full of hop character; quaffable.

01-17-2010 20:44:17 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.1%

Pours a golden yellow color with a one finger white head. Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. The aroma is grassy with some hay features. It is also slightly musty. The flavor is heavy on the malt with a nice citrus hop character. The finish is bitter. Light bodied and medium carbonation.

A good beer, but since it is a spring seasonal I am not sure why it is out in January. Of course we are starting to see Oktoberfest beers come out in July so I shouldn't be surprised. Still, there is something wrong about drinking a spring seasonal on January 15.

01-15-2010 23:20:37 | More by Mora2000
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mactrail

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

Tasty light bodied Pilsener with nice hops.

Clean, piney, refreshing taste with surprising bitterness. But aromatic hops assert themselves. Sam Adams has done their research on blending the hop flavors. I hope this will be widely available and do a lot to introduce hops to a PG audience. I think this is my favorite Sam Adams beer. Some of the others are not very flavorful.

Great hops, drinkable, refreshing.

03-16-2010 04:24:49 | More by mactrail
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mdfb79

New York

3.38/5  rDev -10.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a straw golden color with 2-3 inches of white head and high carbonation evident. Nice lacing.

s - Smells of floral hops, bready malts, and yeast.

t - Some floral/pine hops and bready malts, followed by some bitterness.

m - Light body and high carbonation. Very easy to drink with the low ABV.

d - Ok, but somewhat disappointing. I had heard very good things about this and that it was one of Sam Adams better products, but it didn't do it for me. Had a decent hoppy smell and taste, but nothing stood out to me except the high carbonation which I felt hurt it. Have a 6 pack of this so I'll give it another shot, but right now I wouldn't buy this again.

04-10-2010 22:43:38 | More by mdfb79
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.35/5  rDev -11.1%

Best by May - notched on label - poured into a Sam Adams glass:

Pours bright golden with champagne-like bubbles rising to form a thin, lasting, creamy/foamy white head. A fair amount of lacing sticks.

The smell is of lime, sulfur, grass. Certainly hoppy - in a EPL way - lime and sulfur really show.

The taste of hops blend to create a very lime character, with aspirin/herbal/floral bitterness. Hoppy bitterness is balanced by grainy/grassy/nutty sweet maltiness, with dry bitterness staying just ahead in the finish.

It is light-bodied with carbonation lending smoothness. It is refreshing.

If they marketed this as Sam Adams lime, I would believe it would pass as such. Kudos for having a lime taste without the actual lime. On the other hand, it seems like a Sam Adams lager with lime. I could drink this in replacement of an average lime/sulfur heavy EPL...

01-18-2010 21:18:56 | More by jwc215
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

11-13-2012 18:10:47 | More by mendvicdog
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4/5  rDev +6.1%

Best Before July 2011; Sampled April 2011
The beer pours with a brilliantly clear, straw-gold color and is topped by a frothy, one-finger thick head that is a pale, off-white color. The first look at the aroma has me noticing a spicy, herbal hops with a touch of lemon zest backing it up. Backing notes of cracker like malt and hay-like grain notes as well as some softly sweet honey-like aromatics.

The flavor has a nice bitterness to it from the get go and this gets a bit more firm through the finish. The middle has a nice malt character that isn’t sweet, but has that sort of pale malt character to it that is like a good bread crumb. The pale malt also contributes notes of hay-like grain and perhaps a hint of herbal honey (this last in conjunction with the hops). The hops play a leading role here with flavors of herbal, a touch spicy, with a nice backing of lemon zest that add some refreshing zip towards the finish. As the beer warms up the soft, honey-like malt sweetness becomes a bit more apparent, thought his still always finishes quite dry due to the firm bitterness and even at times astringent herbal hop character. Perhaps a hint of DMS is noticeable in my second pour, but only just and it actually adds a nice component to this beer.

This is quite tasty and refreshing; the hop character is really quite fresh and piquant, even though I get the feeling it was even more so when this beer was fresher. This is a beer I would quite happily consume a lot of on a hot summer’s day; which doesn’t explain at all why this is a Winter / Spring seasonal.

08-04-2011 14:08:43 | More by Gueuzedude
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +14.1%

Starts with a single finger head, but it lasts. Moderate lace on the glass. Crystal clear with a light gold color.

This may be the best smelling Pilsener I've ever experienced. Lovely complex, floral hop aroma. Pleasant light grained malt in the background.

The flavor is harsher than I expected based on the smell. The hop has a greater bite, creating a more bitter pils. The malt is soft and light. The body is as expected--light and crisp without being watery. Overall, a superior beer.

02-13-2010 21:29:08 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours yellow with a nice white head. Solid retention.

S: Earthy hops, with a hint of lime.

T: Nice bready malt, secondary flavours of cracked wheat/bulghur which I liked. Nice hop finish, grassy with a rustic flair.

M: Smooth, medium-bodied, good hoppy finish.

D: A solid pils, not mind-blowing, but a good beer.

03-08-2010 01:03:59 | More by Halcyondays
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Appearance: pours a crystal clear golden yellow color with a one finger head that slowly falls to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: floral hop bitterness is strong with some grass and lemon zest.

Taste: nice malt profile with grass, floral hop bitterness, honey, and lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: lighter side of a medium bodied beer. Crisp and mildly dry throughout. Very short aftertaste. Refreshing.

Drinkability: this beer is very easy to drink and is a serious session pilsner. Very tasty and a great addition to the SA family of beers.

01-27-2010 13:22:41 | More by Gavage
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kojevergas

Texas

3/5  rDev -20.4%

Reviewed twice. I got the same rating (a C) from both reviews. They're included below.

(1)
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired as part of a summer variety box purchased at a local Ralph's market. Served into a conical Guinness pint glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; the marketing makes it seem like a pretty solid pilsener, and Sam Adams has some pretty good offerings (though often not in this format; I prefer the reserve series for truly great brews). Best before August 2012.

Not paired with food.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. I'm in a pilsener mood.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger beige head of slight cream, fair thickness, and average (~2 minute) retention. Colour is a transparent bright yellow. Very standard fare for a pilsener. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Predictable, but appealing.

Sm: Pilsener malts and noble hops. Much hoppier than most beers in the style I'm familiar with, but it works here and lends it a freshness. The hop character comes across as slightly floral, but not overly bitter or oily. No pine or citrus. Fresh and inviting, but far from exemplary. A clean mild strength aroma.

T: A full crisp barley body provides a nice clean base for the flavours. The noble hopping does well here, with impressive layering working within the simplicity of the style. It's effect and lends the beer a fresh quality that I fancy. No yeast or alcohol comes through. It's a simple but efficient pilsener with an emphasis on drinkability. The hop aggression may be a bit overstated but the effect is an enjoyable one. Not complex or subtle, but that's not the aim. I like it.

Mf: Some underlying cream. Nicely crisp. Smooth and wet, suiting the style, but a bit overcarbonated - likely a result of Sam Adams' macrobrewing process. It's also a touch too think, lending it a somewhat lumpy character that doesn't suit the style. Complements the flavour profile in a general sense, but certainly doesn't feel tailored to it. Too smooth.

Dr: Quite drinkable yet simple. It's not a beer I'd get again in bottled form - though I do like it in a general sense. I might try it on draught; I assume it'd be better. It's an experimental take on the style, trading innovation for tradition, and luckily it works. A nice little affordable pilsener from one of the better macrobreweries.

High C

(2)

Sam Adams Noble Pils
Served from a 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap into a stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are slightly above average; I'm in the mood for a pils.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a ne finer beige head of okay cream, average thickness, and average retention. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Decent lacing. Colour is a transparent dull yellow. Meh.

Sm: Light citrusy floral hops (I presume noble...), clean malts, and barley. Generally appealing. Nothing unique or special. Moderate in strength.

T: Floral hopping atop a clean malted barley foundation with minimal cream and a bit of citrus zest. Not complex or subtle, but decently balanced and built for what it is. It's pleasant to drink but there's very little happening. Not unique or special. Somewhat refreshing. A pretty moderate strength taste. I certainly wouldn't call it bold. No yeast or alcohol comes through. It could use more cream as well as more body. Its simplicity holds it back and prevents a rounded flavour profile.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some coarseness on the climax - from the hops I guess. Somewhat sharp and slightly overcarbonated. Too thick for the lack of the body and diverse flavour.

Dr: Drinkable but unimpressive. I might get it again; it's a decent summer drinking beer. I wouldn't recommend it to friends. The pricing is fair. A decent little macrobrew, but nothing to get riled up about. Hides its modest ABV well, but that isn't difficult.

A poor candidate for aging.

Would pair well with buttered soft pretzels, bread, aggressively flavoured salads, and Swiss cheese.

C

05-23-2012 07:58:34 | More by kojevergas
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GClarkage

California

4/5  rDev +6.1%

07-03-2014 15:59:29 | More by GClarkage
Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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