durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Sam’s. Grassy/hay, slightly lemony hops. Very bready malt, though light. Much maltier than expected, which is a disappointment, because the hops seem a bit obscured. Very easy to drink, though. Had it while cooking and hardly noticed it.
blutt59 (6469) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, clear yellow with tall white foam, fruity lemon crisp aroma, flavors are hoppy and bright with a good bitterness, very nice pils
HonkeyBra (4023) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden pourr with white head. big aroma of hops, and clean lager malt. Flavor is strong, dry, leafy hops, and pils malt. Finishes hoppy and malty. Hops dominate this one for a lager. Pretty impressive compared to their former crappy spring beer.
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 8, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle purchased as part of a variety pack at my local grocery store. This beer is rated in an English pint. SANP pours beautifully with a great lager hue of yellow, a large fluffy white head and little rising bubbles of happiness. The nose is reminiscent of a Kolsch but has a nice citrus and herbal hop aroma. It smells wonderful and refreshing. This beer has a nice soft body with a great Pils taste. I know, I sound like a Sam Adams commercial but this is a really great beer. I’m VERY happy with it. The finish is tasty and contains light grains and grass.
hero12 (184) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle pours a dark golden color with a two finger, white head. Soft, sour nose of citrus/hops. Citrus, almost lemon flavor, would make a great summer beer. Light bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Overall a very enjoyable beer. I can see myself sitting by the lake enjoying a Noble Pils in the sun.
SODAK14 (340) - Rapid City, South Dakota, USA - JAN 6, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This was a decent pour. For some reason I was expecting a bit more citrus but to me less citrus is more most of the time. Anyway this was a good beer though nothing outstanding. Sam Adams is always trying just may have missed he mark a little here.
redsox8945 (11) - Chicopee, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Brewmaster’s collection. Copper pour with a very frothy thick head. light body, soft carbonation, bitter, very smooth finish.
junon (430) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JAN 5, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2010 It has a slight copper hue to the classic Pilsner gold. I think its quite vegetal in aroma. Flavour is slightly buttery initially but turns real crisp the rest way through. Maybe even a bit of pumpkin in there. Good stuff.
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a crystal clear light amber color with a moderately sized white head. Lacing is below average and the head dissipates quickly. Aromas of spruce, hay, and slight woodiness. Mouthfeel is lively initially, crisp throughout, and then a soft finish that was very pleasing. Tastes of caramel, floral, and ginger to finish. A very good beer that I will be purchasing again.
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not sure where they get the "5" Noble Hop varieties from, since there technically are only 4 true varieties. Nevertheless, this is a very welcome addition to Sammy’s lager lineup. This one is the black sheep of the bunch, seeing as it is fizzy and yellow rather than the typical amber (ahem - "Boston") lager that they market.
The Weyermann malt is awesome. I enjoy their malts in homebrews and this pilsener malt in this one is in perfect order with its honey-sweet flavor and graham-cracker finish. This part of the beer is so damn good that it keeps me liking this beer.
They problem with this beer is that it neither has the floral aroma nor soft flavor of saaz. I mean, it’s there but it’s just so overpowered by something else that it’s almost hard to taste it. It’s simply not balanced enough to be excellent. I *swear* that I taste cascade in here, but it could be Hallertau. But it just tastes wrong in this beer and provides a bittering that tastes and smells out of place. This is an example of taking a good thing and ruining it. The lemony grapefruity hops are fine for American beers, but seem out of place here... Just ever so slightly over the top. It does seem to finish a bit better as the glass warms though... Or maybe I’ve just had a few of them and it’s starting to grow on me a bit more. Don’t get me wrong. I am a hop-head and I like lots of hops, but when I think of a Czech pils, there is just something here that doesn’t quite mesh up.
I must admit though... Aside from the complaints I have with the hops, this is a pretty good attempt at a Czech-styled pils. Much better than most American brewers. If this weren’t only a seasonal, I’d pick this one up every once in a while. But for my pils-fix, I’ll be sticking with Urquell, which is always fantastic in my book.
If Sam Adams would just dump the excessive herbal hop blend and let the Saaz come out an play, they’d probably have a winner here.