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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2009
This was a pleasant surprise. A serious hop blast and a great pils. Refreshing and crisp. Citrus notes in there that leave a great taste on the palate

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Bottle at the Relentless Thirst Tasting on 08/29/2009 as Sample A. Clear pale yellow body with a small white head. Sweet honey and noble hop aroma. Sweet honey and spicy flavor. Light body with moderately high carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3500) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 30, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2010 Pours a very pale golden color with excellent clarity, lots of bubbles, and a nice big white head that leaves a good lace. The aroma is fruity, hoppy, and slightly herbal. The fresh hop aroma in this is very nice I don’t remember an aroma this strong from the "Sample A" I had a few times, but that might have something to do with proper glassware? Who knows. The flavor seems a tad messy at first, kind of an onslaught of herbal hop bitterness and a cereal like sweetness trying to punch it’s way through nothing seems to blend well. Luckily things seem to balance out by the second or third taste, I’m surprised at just how fruity this is, the grassy and herbal notes along with the hop bitterness take center stage but there is just that sweet fruity thing going on that I can hardly place my finger on, I think I like it more than not because of the balance it provides. There are light biscuit flavors as well. I think I like this a lot better than I liked the "Sample A" version, and I voted for the "Sample A" so this is a pretty nice little session lager, It reminds me a bit of Boston Lager with a more pronounced bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3724) - Henrietta, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2009
(bottle - 12 oz) Dark golden pour with a fluffy white head. Aroma is hoppy and lightly sweet with some pepper and floral notes. Flavor is a very nice pils beginning. Some mild sweetness mixed with a good amount of peppery and flowery hops. Some malt and sweetness comes through at the end leaving a crisp and bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Pours a dark yellow with a foamy white head - aroma of spice, malt, herb along with citrus hop notes. Taste is floral citrus hops with some balancing malt and light spiciness. This turned out to be a better beer than I was expecting as I am not a Pils fan at all - but overall not too bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5882) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Tallahassee, Fl. - Publix Supermarket - 12 oz bottle. Pours a dark golden with a snow white sticky head. Saaz-induced hoppy aroma with hints of pepper. Hint of honey in the flavor with some bready notes, ripening vegetables, buttery background. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Very solid - good session material.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 14, 2009
Pours gold with a decent sized white head. Aroma is light bready malts and hints of earthy hops. Flavor is light and bready, with a nice amount of earthy hop. Not a bad pils.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Pours copper with a thin off-white head. Smells of saaz hops, dry pilsner malt. Tastes herbal and citrussy with a dry malty finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopdog (9461) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2009
Thank you Eric for this Sample A PILS bottle! Poured a medium and slightly hazy golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of bicuit, grains, and some citrus. Tastes of grains, earthy, lighter biscuity, and citrus. Thinner body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
MadIndian (2512) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2009
On tap during the annual Boston/Salem/Marble head tour. Sampled at the brewery for their public testing of their next release. Golden pour with a mild aroma hint flavor is pleasing for it’s style. It was ok but I did not choose this one.

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