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Beer #78 – March 22, 2010: Samuel Adams Noble Pils

March 24, 2010

Beer: Samuel Adams Noble Pils

Brewery: Boston Beer Company, Boston, Massachusetts

Style: Pilsner

Serving Type: 16 oz draught

Price: $5.29 / 16 oz mug

Availability: Spring Seasonal

Glassware: Glass Mug

Strength: 5.2% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: Nice Springy hop flavor… a great flavorful alternative to other relatively bland lagers on tap at many establishments.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Pale golden straw hue with thin white foamy head.

Aroma: Mild classic Noble hop aroma, though a bit muted, possibly due to the beer being served so cold.

Mouthfeel: Light, but enough body and carbonation to lend substance.

Taste: Mild sweet grain, followed by peppery, earthy and floral hops, and a lingering effervescent bitterness.   A balanced, tasty beer with a nice dosing of European hops.

Pairing: In case you could tell from the tile table in the photo, we were dining at Chili’s that night.  Not exactly “foodie” cuisine, but decent Tex-Mex fare, and family-friendly.

Trivia: Back in 1984, when Jim Koch founded Samuel Adams, you were hard pressed to find much other than bland mass-market adjunct lagers on tap at most restaurants.  Now, in addition to finding Samuel Adams nearly everywhere, their seasonal selections are found far and wide as well.  This year, their new Spring Seasonal is a Noble Pils, a Pilsner brewed in the tradition of the original Pilsners hailing from Germany and the Czech Republic.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 28, 2010 8:33 pm

    Agreed! I hate when they serve the beer in a Frosted Mug, It really does mute it!

    • March 29, 2010 8:47 pm


      Don’t get me started on the frosted mug… but I’m glad to find more quality beer on tap in chain establishments. Next step, quality glassware!


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