Monday, March 7, 2011

Beereview: Sam Adam's Noble Pils

That feeling is one of the greatest feelings ever. You know the one I'm talking about. That feeling the morning after. You've been waking up every morning sick, sore throat, stuffed up, headache, and you can't even walk straight. All of the sudden one morning you wake up and it's gone. You're finally better. It's seems like the flowers are blooming and the birds are singing. You feel good.

I'm not there yet. But it seems like I will be soon. At the very least I've got my tastebuds back in tune and I thought I'd celebrate by doing a beereview that I've been itching to do for some time now. A coworker dropped this beer on my lap after a long day of work and said "enjoy this man, i know you will." He gave me two, thankfully, so I could cherish one after work and also save one for this beereview.

Sam Adam's Noble Pils. Yeah, I'm back to the Sam Adam's thing again, but I gotta say, this one is far better than any I've tried from that winter pack. The Noble Pils is a pilsner obviously, that describes itself as one of the only beers that uses all five of the noble hops from the world's oldest growing regions.

Noble hops are a series of hops that are high in aroma flavors, but low in bittering acids. This will lend a significant amount of hop fragrance to a beer, but not overwhelm the beer with hoppy goodness. Bad for a hop-head, good for the rest of us. The noble hops come from central Europe, and include Hallertau, Saaz, Spalt, and Tettnang.

For those keeping track at home, that's 4 noble hops. But wait? Sam Adam's claims 5? The hop they add to the list is the Hersbrucker hop. After doing a little digging I found that the Hersbrucker hop was created to replace the Hallertau hop when the Hallertau variety was ravaged by a disease in the 70s and 80s. That says to me that the Hersbrucker hop and Hallertau hop are probably very similar. But if Sam Adam's wants to claim them separate that's fine with me. On to the review!

The first pour shows a beautiful gold color, a la Pilsner Urquell style. A surprisingly nice head of bright white bubbles. One that lasts for a little bit too. The aroma of hops is definitely present, however very delicate. But not so delicate that the hops don't play with your nose a little. The aroma is potent enough to give a little tickle in your nose, leaving you not quite sure what to expect? Hoppy? Light? Lets see.

There's really no better way to describe it than delicate. The beer is very refreshing, with a really great flavor. The hop presence is there, but not overwhelming, or chewy like many thick IPAs are. The pilsner background really does provide a very good platform to showcase these hops, while still keeping this beer extremely refreshing. It's a shame that this beer is only seasonal, it would make a great beer to sit out by the pool and enjoy, since it is so light and refreshing. And the hops make it so it doesn't seem like your drinking water with beer flavoring (I'm looking at YOU American Mega-Breweries).

I'm proud to say that this is the first Sam Adam's beverage I really like. I've never been a huge fan of their beers, and some are downright nasty. This beer is refreshing, balanced, flavorful, and leaves you reaching in the fridge for another. If you can find it on tap, it's even better. Cheers!

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  1. It's funny how seldom we agree. Sam Adams is my go-to party beer mainly because it has a well known (but not worn out) name and it's pretty cheap. I have to agree that some of their stuff is horrible (Coastal Wheat, blech!) but the Boston Lager and Boston Ale are decent.

    Did you try Latitude 48?

  2. Good call, I really enjoyed that one as well.