Sunday, January 31, 2010

Samuel Adams Noble Pils

Samuel Adams Noble Pils

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company

(Samuel Adams)
Boston, Massachusetts


German Pilsener
5.20% ABV

Commercial Description:
2009 Beer Lover’s Choice Contestant - Sample A. Similar to a traditional Czech Pilsner, our Samuel Adams Pils is brewed with a blend of 5 Noble Hop varieties from each of the world’s only remaining Noble Hop growing regions. The spicy, herbal and citrus hop character is well balanced by the Weyermann Bohemian Pilsner malt, adding honeyed malt character and full body without sweetness.

General Pricing:
12oz Bottle ~$8.00 6pack, ~$14.00 12pack, ~$25.00-$29.00 case

I reviewed this beer a couple of weeks ago and thought it was one of, if not the worst beer I have ever had. It was absolutely horrible and I was merciless in blasting Samuel Adams for producing such a bad beer. By the end of the review I did mention that I could have gotten a bad bottle and would review it again if I got another bottle.

After seeing a review by betterpoetmadman ( ) I really suspected that I had a bad bottle. Just a few days ago I was at Stateline Liquors for a stout tasting and asked Robert Murray about it. Well, after that conversation it put the icing on the cake and I was determined to try this beer again. So here we go.

The beer pours a golden straw color with a bright white head. This also looks like it has good carbonation with a fair amount of bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass.

That’s a nice nose for a pilsner. Light pilsner malts and nice inviting hop aromas are on the nose of this beer. It’s a good old fashion beer aroma.

Wow! This was a completely different beer than the one I had a few weeks ago. This is a good pilsner.

There are nice sweet pilsner malts up front then a nice carbonation with a building hopiness. The back-end and finish are full of hops but not really very bitter. This may be the most complex hop flavors I’ve ever had in a beer. What’s really impressive thing about his beer is that with all of those hopes this is still nicely balanced with those light pilsner malts. It does not have a lingering bitter finish and it remains a very clean and refreshing beer throughout.

I’ve never tasted a beer with such a hop complexity. This beer does not have the single hop flavor of your standard Pilsner; you can really taste an interesting multi-hop variety of flavors that is very unique to this beer. This is really a well crafted beer. It’s a great old fashioned pilsner with an interesting hop complexity twist.

That was so good I’m going for round 2.

The head on this beer does have some staying power. It has diminished to a nice film on top of the beer and a ring around the glass. I am also very impressed with the lacing, quite remarkable for a Pilsner.

This beer also warms nicely. It is now at 65 degrees and it is actually seems a little smoother now. All and all this is a very good beer.

I have to offer my complete and sincere apologies to Samuel Adams for that first review. That was obviously a bad bottle not a bad beer. I have removed the old post so you probably don’t even know about it. It just wasn’t fair to keep that around after tasting a fresh bottle of this brew.

I can not find anything wrong with this beer. It is an excellent Pilsner. It has all those classic Pilsner qualities and then some. It has a great old fashion crispness that has been missing in American Pilsners for years. This is an very easy drinking beer. I highly recommend this beer to anyone that likes the taste of a classic pilsner; what American Premium beers use to be back in the day. The flavors in this beer are nostalgic with a craft beer hop complexity twist to it.

This beer has gone from an F to a B+ maybe an A-. Pilsner Urquell is still my gold standard for a pilsner. This beer is a true craft beer version of this Pilsner style, which may place it just outside of an authentic Pilsner. It’s like a souped-up version. But unlike some other American souped-up versions of beers this one remains highly refreshing and should be widely drinkable by just about anyone that likes beer. I do however think that Pilsner Urquell is a more drinkable and more refreshing Pilsner.


  1. John,

    I was so glad to read your review. It seems that this can become one of my favorites... if only I was not stranded by the snow I'd be on my way to getting a 6-pack!!!



  2. It's good G. I stopped at State Line on Friday so I'm snowed in with another 12 pack plus a 12 pack of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.