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RATINGS: 1354   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 157   ABV: 5.24%
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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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2010
Found this one bottled in Wasco, Illinois. Clear, champagne bubbly medium yellow pour with a thin but foamy white head; floral, grassy and spicey hoppiness balanced with a bit of nuttiness; flavor is complex, nice bitterness but balanced; slightly dry finish. Very highly drinkable but not overpowering in any particular way.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2010
golden and clear with large white head. moderate carbonation for style. spicy and floral hop nose. firm bitterness followed by a brief oxidized skunked flavor followed by some spicy hops before a fair degree of residual sweetness for the style. a nice version of the style, i imagine a fresher or better kept version would be very nice

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours pale gold with a soft head that disapates quickly. Smells very grassy, grainy, and slightly floral. Tastes citrusy sweet, grassy, zesty, and somewhat like honeysuckle. Hints of caramel on the side of the glass as the lacing dries and gets warmer. I don’t think you could possibly make a better pilsner without overpowering with odd flavors. This is strongly balanaced. All the crisp, refreshing drinkabilty of a pilsner and slow sipping hoppiness of an IPA. An excellent hybrid, if that is their attempt.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2010
Weak weak weak beer. Almost bordering bad, there just isn’t anything here... Thin light weak body that washes away into nothing and leaves sponge water on the swallow. Completely average ale, it tastes like a mass lager that should be available anywhere. Not a fan of this one and honestly, I was surprised to see it coming off Sam Adams shelves...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (7519) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2010
Pours gold .. medium foam .. simple aromas but pure light grassiness with the slightest touch of sweet pine .. . beautiful mouthfeel .. you crazy mac, crazy delicious! .. wow, very good .. love da hops! .. . a homerun! .. . Fill it up again! Fill it up again! Once it hits your lips, it’s so good!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4486) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2010
Shared by turdferguson. Very nice translucent light pour with a foamy white head. Nose and flavor both bursting with a delicate fresh Noble hop character, bready malt, tad grassy, citrusy notes. Very tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2010
12 oz. bottles purchased at QFC in Harbour Pointe, WA. Pours a beautiful golden color with a white head. Flavor: Plenty of hops, full-bodied, with a hint of grass, hay, and citrus.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illidurit (2270) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2010
On tap at the Parish Publick House in Santa Cruz. Pours a clear light gold with a frothy white head that displays decent but not great retention. Aroma is full of grains, pale malt and spicy noble hops. Flavor is great as far as pilseners go. The malt base is largely unsweet with a touch of honey and cereal, but mostly straight up pils malt which doesn’t even try to get in the way of the hops. One of the hoppiest pilseners I’ve ever had, really vivid grassy and spicy character with a very faint unripe grapefruit/lemon citric note towards the end. It’s got an appreciable bitterness that unfortunately comes paired with some astringency on the tongue. With a more inspired aroma and a crisper, cleaner finish, this could be world class. But as it is, it’s just really good and a welcome addition to the mostly-mediocre Sam Adams line.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2010
Sparkling clear apple juice colored body, topped by a thin quickly diminishing white head. The aroma is doughy with some citrus hints. Fairly nice biscuit like flavor complements with some orange marmalade. It falls apart a bit when the booziness of the alcohol hits. Fairly decent, though I do wish that the alcohol was bit less prominent.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ben4321 (5246) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2010 Location: 12 oz bottle from Norm’s, 1/25/10

Aroma: Light nose of cereal, spice, some other malts, a bit of apple, and some grass
Appearance: Pours a clear, bubbly, light golden, straw-like color with a large, foamy, bright white head that leaves some fizzy lace on the glass.
Flavor: Taste is light-medium sweetness with a touch of bitterness
Palate: Light-medium bodied beer with a smooth/crisp feel and sort of a chalky finish
Overall Impression: Overall, this new spring seasonal from SA is a decent beer. I can see myself ordering this one on more then one occasion in bars where the SA Seasonal is the closest thing to a micro they have. It is certainly drinkable. On the other hand, it is not great, and I had higher hopes considering this "won" a taste contest to be the new seasonal.


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