Samuel Adams – Noble Pils

Brewery: Samuel Adams (Boston Brewing Co.)
Beer: Noble Pils [Seasonal]
ABV / Gravity: 5.2% / 12.1 Plato
Notes: Hallertau, Tettnang, Spalt, Saaz

Head: Frothy, with an almost soap “sudsy” consistency. Appears [as akin] to the foam produced off a good swell. Lacing holds very well, even 5 min. beyond the initial pour.
Rating: 8/10

Color: Completely clear consistency; golden-crystal through & through. Brings back a vision of Hammonds’ cane-topper from ‘Jurassic Park’.
Rating: 9/10

Aroma: Grassy, wheat qualities. Giving off alfalfa notes. Zero esters
Rating: 9/10

Mouthfeel: Crisp & smooth, yet bitter residules on the tongue and cheeks. Highly carbonated, bit much, in my opinion. Fair amount of body, more than I had expected for german pils.
Rating: 8/10

Flavor: Very herbal. Very aromatic in the mouth. Same taste remains on middle & back of tongue as alka-seltzer. Smooth & light malt character, but doesn’t compensate for that ‘seltzer’ taste.
Rating: 30/40

Overall: With my experience in the pilsner world, this is a good solid, drinkable brew. One can definitely get a sense for the noble hops that are the promise of the beer. I am concerned that the hop character over-powers the flavors, but it is a crisp pils.
Rating: 15/20

Total: 79/100



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