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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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Pours golden with a solid lingering head. Very herbal on the nose and the palate w/ good hop essence. Full malt body with good carbonation. Not bad but not real fresh tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilliGose (3277) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 18, 2010
bottle from bbb63. Thanks mike! Pours a clear yellow with a big foamy tan head. Notes of grass hops, herbal hops, soap, and pilsner malt. Crisp, dry, refreshing. Pretty pleased with this. Now this would be a good session beer. this damn thing was gone before i knew it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mansquito (3674) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Got this in a winter mix-pack. Poured really pale gold with quickly dissipating white head. Got some earthy hop aroma, along with a little grass. Taste is pretty yeasty, bready and earthy on the first sip, but once you get used to the taste only the hop character remains apparent. Easy drinking, crisp and smooth beer. Definitely better to have this in your sampler pack than something like Cherrywheat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (5175) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2010
12 oz bottle. I wasn’t sure about this, primarily since I’m not the biggest fan of pilsner beer, but I gave it a try anyway, and boy was I surprised. This beer was well balanced, had a wonderful hop character, and didn’t just taste like watered down malts with a dusting of hops. Easily drinkable, and has a nice, crisp, clean finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fratto (2700) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Picked up a six from Wal-Mart. Tried to give Cavie that Budweiser back, but somehow it’s still in my fridge. Pours clear yellow with a thin white head. I sure don’t smell much. Maybe some caramel or toffee and maybe some hops. Maybe. Taste is bitter, honey, and a smattering of hops. Kind of nice, actually.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Bottle. Clear gold, dense white head. Commercial description is spot on, only I’d call it medium bodied instead of full, and grassy, earthy notes from the hops instead of citrus. Great noble hop and pils malt character. Very dry finish with some earth and bitterness. This could be my session beer for the next month or so, great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4443) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2010 This was a pretty drinkable beer, but didn’t have as much character as some of the Sams do. I took this back to back with a homebrew, so it was a pretty stark contrast. The overall impression that I got was mild butterscotch diacetyl and light citrus over a pretty good, silky mouthfeel. The hopping was not muted, but not over-done, and it was very "plant-y" - not herbal or grassy or vegetable really but something like a cooked pot liquor. Nice aroma, again with the diacetyl. Fair label, gold brew. New Leaf Market. Note: I had this on tap at Famous Dave’s, and the tap version was a lot better, back-to-back with Shock Top.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nick76 (4278) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2010
The appearance golden with a small head. The aroma is hoppy and malty with a nice balance but the aroma is weak. The taste is like the aroma being a bit citrusy. The palate is smooth. Overall this is a great pils with plenty of hops and I love that it’s not astringent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrBunn (2516) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear gold with many streams of carbonation and a thin white head. Aromas of grain, grass, crisp herbal and citrus hops. Flavor is kind of doughy with a little bit of lemon and grass (emphasis on grass), a little skunky hops and a slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and light.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BetterRedFred (65) - Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Distinct taste of lemon right up front - not at all objectionable. Traditional European pils taste hides subtly in the background. Couldn’t detect it at first for the lemony attack. Lacing is extraordinary for a pils, and the body is much more robust as well. Not a bad pilsener at all. Much more character than most I’ve tried. Very refreshing after a winter (its very springlike here in NM today) of heavy IPAs. Nice playoff football watching quaff, for sure.

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