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RATINGS: 1355   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 157   ABV: 5.24%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 8, 2009
Bottle: Pours a clear yellow color, puffy white head. Crisp light saaz in the nose with a light biscuity malt note. Nice light body and a refreshing finish. Clean, but needs a little more hops and bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 30, 2009
Bottle A @ Gravel Pike during the 2009 Sam Adams beer challenge event. Pours a golden yellow with a small, white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet bready malt, some citrus. Taste of caramel, honey, bready malt and some grassy and lightly citrus hop notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skyview (5411) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2009
Sampled and evaluated during the Autumn Brew Review 2009 in Minneapolis, MN. From a test A 12-oz bottle, pours a clear golden yellow colored brew with a fast dissolving white head that dissipates to a thin ring and minimal lacing. Aroma of golden grain malt, some lemon zest, some grassy hops and a touch of honey. Taste is light to medium bodied, flavors of golden grain malt, grassy shops and some mild spice. Finish is light, crisp with a near clean cut aftertaste and minimal bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2010 (bottle from Cheers Liquor in Colorado Springs, rated 1/26/10). Clear golden color. Medium off white frothy head, which is lasting. Grassy hop aroma and flavor. Avg duration. Smooth finish with light bitterness. Slick texture. Soft carbonation. Fair lacing. Original rating 9/12/09; overall rating 2.8 (bottle). Clear golden color. Small white head. Light grain and lemon aroma and flavor. Avg duration. Smooth finish. Thin texture. Moderate carbonation. Spare lacing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BuckeyeBoy (4486) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 26, 2009
Bottle at Boise Beer Fest Pours out a light syraw topped with a small head. Aroma was of light sweetness along with some toast malts. Taste was more of the malts showing up. Not a bad one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (5149) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 25, 2009
Pours light gold with a tight white head. The aroma has lightly sweet pils / lager malt and some minor spicy hops. Has a medium crisp body that is lightly on the watery side and has sharp carbonation. The flavors starts like the aroma, but there is more spiciness from the hops and is quite crisp. A decent pils and easily the best of the two in the 2009 beer lover choice contest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5783) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2009
UPDATED: APR 19, 2010 Poured a golden color with a small, white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet toffee, honey malts, citrus fruits, some toast, and grass. Taste of sweeter toffee, lemongrass, toasted malts, and a dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (2962) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2009
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (12170) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (5418) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2009
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.

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