DrnkMcDermott (2807) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2010 12 oz. bottle as "Noble Pils," Best before May ’10. 6-pack from Dominick’s. In fact, opened with the steel Sam Adams opener they handed out when testing in August. Looks most like a plain ol’ beer of any Sam brew. Golden pils color, a head with big bubbles that disappear in seconds. Smell has more of the hop spice that I missed last time, some noble hop pepper. Trouble is, when the malts are this light, it’s a little hard to find them in your nose. Taste improves somewhat in a full bottle. malts remain pretty light; just a hint of biscuit and honey. Hop bitterness is fuller and leaves more behind in my mouth. At least there’s no off flavor like so many American beers in this style. I drank it right down. With megabrews that pretend to be pilseners, I have to stop and wonder why I’m bringing the onset of diabetes ever closer with that slop.
Sampled at Sam’s Wines, Downers Grove as "Samuel Adams Pils." Aug. 21, ’09. Rating: 5-3-4-3-10=25 They should not have given out tastes of SA Boston Lager as a palate cleanser. It had the result of making this Pils seem pretty weak in comparison. Decent enough pilsener appearance, but smell was faint, and the taste did not show any nice hop spiciness. Decent enough malts, but next to their flagship beer, I would not pick this one.
Ratman197 (9948) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle poured a clear gold with a lasting white head. Aromas of straw, bread dough and spicy hops. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of bread, straw and spicy hops with a crisp lightly bitter finish.
JK (4520) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2011 A better than average pilsner. Well carbonated. Aroma has a little yeast and crisp malt with some hops. Medium bitter flavor, lager yeast, and pilsner malt. A solid beer, and a decent attempt at a difficult style.---Had two cases of this beer this season because it is awesome, maybe the best bottled pils I can get. Great hops and malt, and a dry finish. Big white head on top of a golden beer. If it was available all year, I would drink it all year.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 10, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample "B" @ BBF - Pours golden with a small white head...aroma is clean, dough, citrus and some grain, floral...flavour is similar, yeast, spice and grain with some light bitterness and a malty finish...decent, won my vote over the alternative, but that doesn’t say much...
MmmcKay (1051) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - AUG 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2010 Sampled at Music City Brewers Festival. Bud like....meaning not good. Crisp and clean but that’s the nice things I can say. Wasn’t a bad bottle just not a good beer. Get a little more creative next time Sam Adams. This years taste off was a disappointment.
2nd tasting: OK not nearly as bad as it was last time. Actually had some decent hop character. Pretty good little pils. Not even close to as good as prima pils though.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear medium golden color with a small white head that left decent lacing. Nose of sharp herbal and citrus hops with some Euro malts. Very crisp refreshing flavor with some of that German Pilsener funk, decent stuff.
JaBier (4956) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Neil’s HSC initation. Clear gold color with a thin white head. Crisp and malty aroma with some hop. Malty flavor up front with a crisp hop finish. Very good for the style.
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Part of the new Beer Lover’s Choice 2009.
Poured from a bottle into a small cup.
The color is a yellowish gold with a slight white head.
The smell is pretty citrus with some piney hop flavor.
The taste is a bit crisp and a bit spicey. Some malty pilsner taste. Some nice citrus feel and some hints of sweet malt flavor.
The feel of this beer is light with a medium body
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample tasting at the Del Mar race track. Pours a nice golden hue with a medium white head. Nose is crisp with a nice citrusy tone. Flavors start with a nice hoppiness, a lot more then I expected in a pilsener, then the pilsener malts join nicely with a sweetness to counter the bitterness of the citrus hops. Very nice beer I was pleasantly surprised. This sample got my vote although both were excellent.
pumpmaster (1139) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample tasting at the Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL on 08/01/09. Very good. Both beers could make it.