Sam Adams Noble Pils is a relatively new beer. I think 2011 is the second year its been made. It replaces the White Ale as the Sam Adams spring seasonal offering. For those saddened White Ale fans, fret not! White Ale was still included in the Winter Variety Pack, as well as the American Classics variety pack.
Having this beer in a variety pack was perfect for me really, because see, I’m just not much of a Pilsner-style lager beer fan! I’m still getting over the long-engrained damage of associating Pilsners with crappy, fizzy-yellow beer. A lager aversion if you will.
There was just no way I would have tried this beer if it wasn’t part of the variety pack, and now that I’ve had it, I’m very glad that I did!
Its a clear, golden color, and it greats a soft white head. Nice carbonation makes the beer seem light and lively looking and its a nice change of pace from the dark and heavy ales I’ve been enjoying of late.
The aroma, is also light and refreshing. I was reminded strangely of faint grass and lemon – (but not lemongrass!).
Taste was similarly refreshing. To me, it tasted a bit citrusy, and it had a bit of an earthy quality to it but I wouldn’t go as far as saying it tasted like grass!
Anyway, the trick to this beer is apparently the ‘Noble Hops’ used, (Hallertau Mittelfrueh, Tettnang Tettnanger, Spalt Spalter, Saaz, and Hersbrucker) a brewing process of the original Bohemian Pilsner tradition. (Not sure what’s Noble about them though.)
OK, I ended up really liking this beer. I found it to be supremely easy to drink, very flavorful, and the crispness it offered was, as I mentioned, a very nice change of pace for me. I understand its a Spring seasonal beer, but this would also make an excellent beer for the hot months of Summer too.
Its gotten me curious about the Pilsner style again, and I’ll have to check out some of the Pilsners that Bob the Brit recommended here on The Brew Club to see how it compares to the traditional European classics like Pilsner Urquell, Staropramen, and Budweiser. (The other Budweiser)
3.5 stars easy. I’d buy this one again.