Sam Adams says:
“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. “
Sam Adams Noble Pils
German Pilsner, 5.2% ABV
Sayeth the Guys:
Ryan: I was disappointed, to say the least, when I first heard that Sam Adams was not going to be brewing it’s White Ale in the spring. It was always a consistent beer in the fridge in April and May and I thought it was a great way to ease in to wheaty, summery beers. I was intrigued by the announcement that the Noble Pils would replace the White Ale but I still couldn’t get over the fact that one of my favorite spring beers wouldn’t be on shelves this year. I was so down about it, in fact, that I really didn’t want to try it (dramatic, right?). But I found myself on the day before my wedding at a hotel bar that had no other craft offerings other than Sam Adams Noble Pils. So, I tried it. And I liked it.
Noble Pils poured a borderline translucent straw yellow in color with a fingers or so worth of white head that quickly faded. Well, it sure smells like a pilsner; crisp and clean with a bit of hops and malt. And just like a good pilsner the flavors are very crisp and sharp. A nice blend of floral, citrus and piney hopes are present with a nice, malty backbone to balance it out. There is also a bit spiciness in the aftertaste.
There is something clean and refreshing about a good pilsner and there is also something comforting. You know what you are going to get. Sure, it can be predictable but sometimes that is exactly what you want. A good, quality, predictable pilsner and that is Noble Pils to a “T.” Sorry, White Ale but you are now a distant memory.