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.
Color: Completely clear consistency; golden-crystal through & through. Brings back a vision of Hammonds’ cane-topper from ‘Jurassic Park’.
Aroma: Grassy, wheat qualities. Giving off alfalfa notes. Zero esters
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.
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.
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.