Beer Review: Boston Brewing’s Samuel Adams Noble Pils, Is A Should Try

image of the American Originals courtesy of our Flickr page It seems that every time we review an established brewery (more than 10 years old) like Boston Beer we can’t help but feel like we’ve forgotten about them. Breweries like Boston Beer, Pyarmid, Redhook, and maybe even Stone are all exceptional in their own little way, but the fact is, with the industry constantly expanding, sometimes we forget about those that first inspired us. Sometimes this ‘forgetfulness’ comes in part because a brewery no longer produces anything new or remarkable.

image of the American Originals courtesy of our Flickr pageThen again maybe its because we keep reminding ourselves by asking “when is a craft brewery no longer a craft brewery?”.

If you ask the Brewers Association it somewhere past the 6 million barrels (or 12 million kegs) of beer. On the other hand if you ask the casual ‘geek’ or enthusiast the thought might be the quantity makes no difference. Rather its the ingredients and attention to detail.

Noble Pils on the other hand is one of those beer that makes us take a double take. From its ingredients taken literally from the fields of Germany and the Czech Republic, this beer defines what a large production brewery is capable of if they want to make a special Pilsner.

Brewery Description 

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. The winner of our 2009 Beer Lover’s Choice® election, this beer was chosen by over 67,000 drinkers for its crisp complexity and refreshing taste.

image of the American Originals courtesy of our Flickr page Brewers Association Suggested Guidelines for a German-style Pilsner

Traditional Bohemian Pilseners are medium bodied, and they can be as dark as a light amber color. This style balances moderate bitterness and noble-type hop aroma and flavor with a malty, slightly sweet, medium body. Extremely low levels of diacetyl and low levels of sweet corn-like dimethylsulfide (DMS) character, if perceived, are characteristic of this style and both may accent malt aroma. A toasted-, biscuit-like, bready malt character along with low levels of sulfur compounds may be evident. There should be no chill haze. Its head should be dense and rich.

Samuel Adams Noble Pils pours pale and clear with an initial cream-colored foamy head that sticks around for a little while before receding, leaving behind dots of lace throughout the glass.

Taking a strong whiff we pick up notes of herbal, fresh cut grass, and floral hop bitterness.

Letting the beer warm up for a bit we take the first sip picking up an initial herbal almost earthy (green grass) hob bitterness that gives way to citrus before an eventual toffee sweetness rounds out the experience. Overall this beer has a medium body / weight to it as it rests on the tongue without any stickiness. Definitely a well rounded / balanced lager.

image of the American Originals courtesy of our Flickr page Our Thoughts.
You Should Try It
. When it comes to the boys (and girls) of Boston Beer we have to say this is a beer that we won’t pass up. As you can see in the above photo, brats are always a safe bet when pondering a more perfect pairing. But if you should choose something else, we would like to suggest something white, like chicken, pork chops, fresh tune, or maybe even some Pacific shucked oysters.

Thoughts by your Colleagues


About the photos’ author
Paul “Fruit Trees” Orchard, is an amateur craft beer enthusiast and amateur photographer. Throughout the many years in craft beer he is always carrying a camera (smartphone, digital, traditional) and is invites you to see that beer can also be exciting even if you can’t drink the photo.

In accordance with new FTC regulations regarding bloggers and endorsements, the aforementioned company has provided me a free sample that was used for research prior to writing this review.

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