BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle and served in no-nik pint glass: Clean straw hue with a lasting frothy head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of grassy, herbal and spicy hops along with biscuity and honey malts. Slight mineral and chalkiness as well. The flavor displays the hop character very well with minimal interference from the earthy yeast, honey and biscuity malts. The mouth feel is lively but my only gripe is the chalky and almost ashy finish which kept it from full refreshment. Overall, this is still a damn good pilsner which the hops shine which is hard to find in the US of A. Thanks Boston Beer for redeeming yourselves after the disappointment that was the Imperial Pils.
Parrothead (291) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Pours a bright yellow/golden color with a thin white head that doesn’t last very loong, but that does leave a nice lace. Aroma of straw, grass and earthy hops. Palate reminded me of Pilsner Urquell but not as malty. There may be five noble hop varieties in this beer, but I couldn;t pick one out in oarticular - they all worked very well with each other. Nor do they blow away the malt. Too bad thisis a seasonal brew - I could drink this year ’round.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fantastic everyday drinking beer. Really should replace the Boston Lager as the flagship. Good floral/grassy hop character with some slight hints of more citric flavors. Possibly a tinge of honey to sweeten it up some. Really good malt balance. It seems more like a Pale Ale done really well to me, but who cares. Sam Adams delivered with this one, and I am glad it is widely available.
GranvilleTim (1415) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear yellow pour with a white head. Aroma of malt, hops, and a ittle citrus. Nice overall flavor of aromas, well balanced. Very easy going down. Tasty beer with OK lacing. Worth a second look.
Narnad (1408) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very clear light yellow color, modest carbonation and a bigger white head that quickly fades down to a filmy head. A great noble hops aroma, light lemon citrus, slightly spicy and overall a strong herbal hop to go with a great pils flavor under it. Flavor has a strong herbal hop presence early, lighter lemon citrus middle and finishes with a very nice smooth Pilsener malt sweetness. A modest body with a slightly effervescent feel from the carbonation. Overall the flavor is pretty good with the name matching this brews characteristics perfectly. Really good brew mass produced brew.
unclemattie (4000) - Georgia, USA - JAN 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Total Wine, Alpharetta, Ga. $2.99. Pours golden yellow, white head. Aroma is very herbal with a nice touch of citrus. The slightest scent of honey. Flavor has a touch of earth, nice pine, light honey bread, a nice hop flavor with mildly claming bitterness. Finishes with a large amount of herbal tea flavors and a hint of grapefruit sweetness. Medium bodied, quite drinkable. Hops are definitely the dominant characteristic in this beer, but not overly bitter. Wonderful American take on a great European style. If only more American Brewers made a Pils as great as this one.
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice golden color with a thick white head which dissapates quickly. Aromas of hops and malts which also come out in the flavor and a nice medium body to it. Some bitterness on the finish and a nice clean slightly hoppy and dry finish. A refreshing and easy drinking Pils!
markas101 (1779) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cl bottle, Fargo, ND, USA. Pale golden colour, thin foamy head with noticeable carbonation. Far fainter aroma than anticipated, very sweet cereal milk flavor with some banana in the background. Not what I was expecting at all, but quite enjoyable.
JoeAgain (69) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a deep, slightly orangey gold. Nice, fluffy, yeasty head. Nose of hops, but not as much as one might expect considering it being touted as containing 5 Noble hop strains.
Good body. Slightly sticky-sweet , fresh malt flavor. The hops are there for sure, but maybe having expected too much, to me, it came off rather clumsily. There was hop flavor and bitterness, but the hops didn’t seem to blend harmoniously; as if each mouthful tasted of a different hop than the last.
Still, this is, as are all the Sam Adams brews, a very, very, good beer!
BillKismet (3245) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Blonde brew with a fluffy cream top. Pleasantly, and surprisingly, spicy hop aroma with nuances of fruit and alluring perfume. The body reminds one somewhat of an E.S.B. with a decent malt-backbone and bitter-accented hops that are again spicy, but veer haphazardly to soapyness. Flavors of sourdough, biscuit, and uric acid round out the palate which finishes citrus-bitter with a detracting wince of soap.