Review: Sam Adams Noble Pils

In Beer Reviews by Ryan

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.

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Equal parts beer nerd and policy geek, Ryan is now the curator of the Guys Drinking Beer cellar. The skills he once used to dig through the annals of state government as a political reporter are now put to use offering unique takes on barrel-aged stouts, years-old barleywines and 10 + year verticals.

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