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Title: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: blatz on January 05, 2010, 04:15:07 PM
Got it this weekend - wow - its excellent! Easily my favorite SA beer - right up there with Boston Lager. Nice floral hop aroma, some pils malt wafting through the nose. Beautiful gold color with appropriate white head. Nice balancing bitterness and slight bready, crackery malt flavor.

I really liked this - its very different from Prima - doesn't have that bright hop aroma nor the bitterness and is smoother- I'd place it somewhere between Pils Urquell and Prima in terms of bitterness and general hoppiness. Each has their own place, IMO.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: corkybstewart on January 05, 2010, 06:08:52 PM
I bought a sixer last week and loved it.  I caught myself trying to drink all 6 that afternoon.  It really is a great beer, too bad it's a seasonal.  I wish they brewed it year round.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: blatz on January 05, 2010, 06:14:11 PM
one thing I forgot to mention, at ~$13 per 12 pack, versus $9-10 for a sixer of anything else, including Prima, its priced right!
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: corkybstewart on January 05, 2010, 07:54:23 PM
one thing I forgot to mention, at ~$13 per 12 pack, versus $9-10 for a sixer of anything else, including Prima, its priced right!
Damn, I paid 9$ for my sixer so it can't really be a session type everyday beer.  I'll look around and see if it comes in 12 packs.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: babalu87 on January 05, 2010, 11:59:28 PM
OK
Where are you guys finding Noble Pils?
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: blatz on January 06, 2010, 12:23:25 AM
OK
Where are you guys finding Noble Pils?

Total Wine by my house
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: bluesman on January 06, 2010, 02:39:12 AM
I'll have to keep an eye out (no pun intended) for that one. Thanks for the review.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: majorvices on January 06, 2010, 02:21:16 PM
I bought a sixer last week and loved it.  I caught myself trying to drink all 6 that afternoon.  It really is a great beer, too bad it's a seasonal.  I wish they brewed it year round.

This used to be one of my favorite SA beers about 10-15 years ago. It used to be a year round brew!
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: blatz on January 06, 2010, 02:45:44 PM
This used to be one of my favorite SA beers about 10-15 years ago. It used to be a year round brew!

keith - I believe you're thinking of the Golden Pilsner, which was one of my faves as well, but this seems pretty different though I'm going on memory and not true comparison.  I actually seem to enjoy this more than I remember enjoying the Golden Pils, if that makes any sense.

Who knows though - I was just out of college back then, and although a beer geek at the time, not nearly the geek I am today.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: majorvices on January 06, 2010, 04:18:10 PM
Yep. You are right. Just dawned on me before I even saw your response and I was coming back here to mention that. I don't know if they are even the same as while I have seen the Noble Pils I haven't tried it yet.

The Golden Pils was pretty darn good for, considering it used to be the freshest "imported" pilsner on the shelf back then. And they made a big deal of having "Noble hops", I believe it was Mittflefruh - which I also believe SA uses for its noble Pils and Imperial Pils.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: corkybstewart on January 06, 2010, 05:54:55 PM
OK
Where are you guys finding Noble Pils?
I got it at the Albertsons grocery store in Carlsbad NM.  It's sad but that's the closest thing to a decent beer store for 150 miles.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: tygo on January 16, 2010, 06:18:05 PM
Just picked up a 12 pack of this at the grocery store.  Good stuff.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: NorthernIke on January 21, 2010, 12:11:28 AM
Just saw the TV commercial for this.  I thought that it was really well done.  I especially like the map of Germany overlaid with all of the noble hops names / with the family-crest looking things.

Pretty cool.  I bet non-brewers even appreciate this kind of stuff!
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: dean on January 26, 2010, 03:16:10 PM
Its okay I guess but I think its overhopped and finishes astringent rather than dry.  jmo... 
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: dtblank on January 27, 2010, 11:58:40 PM
Really enjoyed this beer.  Probably one of the best beers SA makes IMO.  They mention that they use all 5 noble hops? I only know of 4 (Tettnanger, Hallertauer Mittelfrueh, Spalter, and Saaz), which one am I missing.  Also wondering if anyone knows which hop is giving the slight citrus/tropical fruit notes that I'm picking up.  Wasn't aware of a noble hop giving this flavor?
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: hopfenundmalz on January 28, 2010, 06:31:01 PM
Hersbrucker is the 5th hop that is used.  There are the 4 Noble Hops and ones that are "close".  You can debate if Hersbrucker is a Noble Hop.

Doesn't say on their site if they are using Hersbruck Hersbrucker or Hallertau Hersbrucker.  Region then variety.

FYI, the 4 major hop growing regions are the Hallertau near Ingolstadt, Tettnang near Bodensee (Lake Constance), Spalt southwest of Nuernberg, and  Hersbruck northeast of Nuernberg.  There are some other smaller hop growing regions near Bitburg in the west, and near the Elbe River in the former East.

Probably more than you wanted to know...
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: blatz on January 28, 2010, 06:34:33 PM
really interesting Jeff - thanks for the info.

what'd you think of it, being quite the German pils expert that you are?
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: 1vertical on January 28, 2010, 06:50:51 PM
Also wondering if anyone knows which hop is giving the slight citrus/tropical fruit notes that I'm picking up.  Wasn't aware of a noble hop giving this flavor?

Could be yeast giving those notes.  I have yet to try this beer....but if I see it I'll give it a go. Thanx for the mention
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: hopfenundmalz on January 28, 2010, 07:15:04 PM
really interesting Jeff - thanks for the info.

what'd you think of it, being quite the German pils expert that you are?

I haven't had it yet.  It is on my list to buy, when I go to the store soon.

We lived in Germany for a while.  Drank a lot of pils for sure.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on January 28, 2010, 08:37:06 PM
Today I bought my sampeling bottle. I also got me a bottle of Winter Lager.
I will taste them later this week :)
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on January 31, 2010, 12:11:22 AM
Its okay I guess but I think its overhopped and finishes astringent rather than dry.  jmo... 

I just had my bottle and I would agree with this.
For pils there is too much hops.
Other then that I think it is fine beer.
May be if you buy beer in two months it will be just right  ;D
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: bluesman on January 31, 2010, 02:45:06 AM
I just tried this beer for the first time today and it was good. The Noble German hop flavor is pretty good, but I think it's missing that spicy element that is typically found in that particular variety. I give it a "real nice try" and enjoyed it but not a "German" Pils by any means.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: euge on February 05, 2010, 07:52:04 PM
This was the first SA beer that I thought was tad "homebrewey"- and it appears a trifle over-hopped. It's good but not spectacular.

Definitely go out and get a sixxer. Good with BBQ.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: lvinwc on February 09, 2010, 01:45:46 AM
Agree with the last several reviewers - not quite an authentic pilsner.   Two years ago I spent a month drinking my way from Prague, across northern Austria, then southern Germany.   None of the Bohemian / Bavarian pils I tried had nearly as much hop bite as SA Noble Pils.   That said, it's still a fine beer that's quite enjoyable to drink.

And a note to those debating the authenticity of Hersbrucker as a true "noble hop":  One of my beer geek sources tells me that Hersbrucker (both the Hallertauer and Hersbrucker regional varieties) were used extensively in place of Hallertauer in years when whole harvests of Hallertauer were wiped out by the verticillium fungus.  It took twenty-some years for better, disease resistant strains of Hallertauer to be developed, and during that time, Hersbrucker was used in place of Hallertauer as necessary.   Hersbrucker proponents feel that, (1) since Hersbruck is an old, traditional hop growing region, and (2) Hersbrucker filled in admirably when Hallertauer couldn't answer the bell, Hersbrucker has earned the distinction of being a "noble hop."    Their point of view, not mine.   Y'all can decide on your own.
    
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: weazletoe on February 12, 2010, 03:52:42 AM
OK
Where are you guys finding Noble Pils?

I think the question is, where AREN"T we finding it. It's every where here in NE Ohio. Gonna have o snag a sixer this weekend.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: novabrew on February 15, 2010, 02:31:00 AM
A good beer, IMO.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: Kaiser on February 19, 2010, 02:35:27 PM
So, I finally had this beer and must say it is more a display of noble hops than a typical German Pilsner. I’m not sure if it was supposed to be the latter but German Pilsners don’t tend to have the fresh hops taste and aroma that this beer exhibited. German Pilsners don’t tend to smell like a bag of hops.

I just read through the latter part of the thread and it seems that others got the same impression. I second Euge’s statement of being “homebrewy”.

I still think it is a good beer, though.

Kai

Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: bluesman on February 19, 2010, 05:58:03 PM
German Pilsners don’t tend to smell like a bag of hops. I still think it is a good beer, though.

Kai

 :D

Funny you mention that because I could pick up on the same thing as well.

It was certainly enjoyable eventhough it really doesn't represent an authentic German Pils. Maybe they don't even care to represent that.  :-\
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: euge on February 19, 2010, 07:10:21 PM
German Pilsners don’t tend to smell like a bag of hops. I still think it is a good beer, though.

Kai

 :D

Funny you mention that because I could pick up on the same thing as well.

It was certainly enjoyable eventhough it really doesn't represent an authentic German Pils. Maybe they don't even care to represent that.  :-\

I think with this beer it is more about the Noble Hops than the vehicle they arrive in. Of course it has to be a Pils but obviously the style is secondary.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: Kaiser on February 19, 2010, 07:38:30 PM
Let me make a controversial statement though:

If home brew judges out there happen to consider this beer as a good example of the German Pilsner style because of its name, doesn’t that change what taste aroma is expected from a German Pilsner in competitions. Let’s assume I was to enter a competition with a more subtle and possibly more authentic version and someone else brews a bee along the lines of SA’s Noble Pilsner. I could easily see the Noble Pilsner like beer win b/c its traits are more pronounced.

Kai
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: blatz on February 19, 2010, 07:47:20 PM
with a lot more time now to have had some and consider, I agree with what euge said - its about noble hop showcase, witha  pilsner malt stage - I don't really like the term "homebrewey" though.

I'll pose this to you though kai (and I agree with your assessment of the beer) - I don't really find this all that much different from Victory's Prima, which many, many people use as their benchmark for the style.  To me, VPP has never tasted anything like Bitburger or some of the other examples (though I've never had Jever).  I guess what I'm saying is, if not SA Noble, then why Victory?

Disclaimer/Disclosure:  Victory Prima is my favorite pils.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: eric on February 19, 2010, 08:01:41 PM
I have to agree this beer is missing something?   It is not a bad beer and I will drink all that I have. I truly was looking forward to a really good summer drinking beer.  If you are over 40 and remember the original Strohs beer in Detroit (Not the crap made now) that is what I think of when it comes to Bohemian Pilsner. My taste may have changed but that was my first beer, and you always remember your first ;)
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: Kaiser on February 19, 2010, 08:26:36 PM
I never had Prima Pils but it’s not brewered by a German brewery either.

More food for though. And don’t get this the wrong way. I’m not here to bash American brewing or taste preferences. It is almost a philosophical discussion:

Who should decide how a particular style is supposed to taste? Fact is that beer styles evolve as consumer taste and technology changes. But that change may not go into a direction that we beer geeks like. Let’s look at the German Pils. Most of them are getting more and more bland. They loose their hop bitterness and their hop aroma. But is this a trend that should be encouraged by judges? I guess no. But then, where is the balance between too much and too little? Who’s going to be the guru on the hill who decides this?

In Germany the DLG (Deutsche Landwirtschafts Gesellschaft – German Agriculture Society) issues each year a book listing the best beers in each style. You could see the beers listed as the current benchmark of the style. I don’t own it but want to get it in the future. But even that list will be influenced by personal preferences and possibly by industry trends.

This becomes even more complicated once you judge those styles as non native beers. Since it is a hobby you cannot require that judges travel to the native country of these beers (be it Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium, UK…) to get a full understanding what the beer tastes like over there. So inevitably you’ll get local taste preferences mixed into these styles and something that may win here in the US may not do so well in its native country or ice versa. But I just see this as the nature of the beast.

My local pizza house makes an awesome buffalo chicken pizza. I don’t care that this may have little to do with an authentic Italian pizza. But I love it and don’t want to have it any other way.

Kai


Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: bluesman on February 19, 2010, 10:02:38 PM
It is almost a philosophical discussion:

Who should decide how a particular style is supposed to taste?

Who’s going to be the guru on the hill who decides this?

Kai


Agreed

Who makes the best car...or who makes the best pizza...or who makes the best of anything.

What is the standard?

The standard is that which everything is gaged by. The standard for beer in the homebrewing hobby is what? The BJCP Style Guidelines.

I'm not telling anyone anything they don't already know, but as many know beers are judged by beer judges and measured against the BJCP standards... and every beer judge has their own personal preferences and palates that are unique to one another. The beer judging process is very subjective. If you have ever competed you know what I'm talking about.

But I guess we have to have some standard by which we can all agree upon and by the way I do tend to agree with the BJCP standards for the most part. That being the case, the examples for a German Pils according to the BJCP style guidelines are:

Victory Prima Pils, Bitburger, Warsteiner, Trumer Pils, Old Dominion Tupper’s Hop Pocket Pils, König Pilsener, Jever Pils, Left Hand Polestar Pilsner, Holsten Pils, Spaten Pils, Brooklyn Pilsner

So if we are measuring SA Noble Pils against the standard... then the aforementioned examples are those by which it should be measured.

Personally I want to do a blind tasting to satisfy my own curiosity. However my opinion ...well you know what they say about opinions.

OK...now taste them for yourselves.  8)
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: 1vertical on February 21, 2010, 04:29:37 AM
Quaffable beer. Pleasant to drink. I liked my samples. :P
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: majorvices on February 22, 2010, 12:59:41 PM
Picked up a 12 pack the other weekend and it is a nice pils - looking forward to some warm spring day around the smoker and I will probably pick this up again. Didn't have great head retention though. Reminded me strongly of the Golden Pils but with more up front hop flavor. I bet it is way better on draft.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: majorvices on February 22, 2010, 01:01:21 PM
I never had Prima Pils but it’s not brewered by a German brewery either.

More food for though. And don’t get this the wrong way. I’m here to bash American brewing or taste preferences. It is almost a philosophical discussion:





Little Freudian slip there, buddy?  ;) :P I could fix it for you but I want to be sure you mean what you mean.  8)
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: Kaiser on February 22, 2010, 02:22:31 PM

Gosh darn it. Speaking about a meaning changing typo. Thanks.

Kai

Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: fredek on August 12, 2010, 08:29:42 PM
Personally, I loved it. I did detect a citrusy tinge that I assumed was from either the yeast strain or the combination of hops or both. However, to compare it to a German (or even German-style) pils is misleading. I simply let it stand on its own merits, which I find to be strong enough.

I mentioned it to one of my brewclub friends - most of the rest of them had already tried it - and he asked where he could get it. We explained that it was all gone and he said, "What? In this weather?" (It was 95-plus degrees that day). I had to agree - if you're going to make a seasonal pils, try to keep it available all season long. And yes, I'd like to see it available year-round, although I'd drink more of it in the summertime than any other.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: majorvices on August 13, 2010, 05:33:27 PM
I agree - they should have kept it along all summer long. I dislike their Summer Ale.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: narvin on August 13, 2010, 06:33:44 PM
I liked it.  It is definitely not a crisp, mellow lager like Bitburger but I thought it was far from bad homebrew.

Kai - one question I have is what you think of the statement that I've heard repeatedly (especially from Kris England) about German Pilsners being less hopped than they used to.  I know Prima Pils is somewhat above the traditional pils in terms of hoppiness, but I also doubt that any German Pilsners approach 40 IBUs any more.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: kgs on August 14, 2010, 12:45:42 PM
I had this at an airport bar a couple of months ago (at DCA if memory serves) and was surprised at how much I liked it.  It was by far the best beer on the menu!
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: jeffy on January 19, 2011, 09:07:34 PM
I just got back from a beer run with a fresh 6 pack of this.  Woohoo!  It still says, "seasonal" though.  I kind of wish they'd make it all year.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: euge on January 19, 2011, 09:13:06 PM
I just got back from a beer run with a fresh 6 pack of this.  Woohoo!  It still says, "seasonal" though.  I kind of wish they'd make it all year.
I'm going to the store tonight for some veggies. Been wanting to have SANP again. The TV commercials are swaying me and and my beer kegs are empty.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: euge on January 20, 2011, 03:29:20 AM
mmmm... I recall that this beer had haze to it- last year. Not so with what I just poured. Brilliant clarity.

Also besides taste is the head retention. Head lasted all the way down my first glass drunk over an hour. Thick lace on the sides of the glass as well. Very nice.



Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: MDixon on January 28, 2011, 12:08:23 AM
I thought it was great last year and the one I'm having right now is great as well. Since it's only a 24oz draft I'll have to have another to ensure the quality!
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: MDixon on January 28, 2011, 12:44:26 AM
Cannot edit off my phone. If I wasn't about to pop with dinner I'd gopher another $4 24oz tonight. Too stuffed to imbibe any more tonight!
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: roguejim on January 28, 2011, 10:43:25 AM
I just finished a sixer over the week.  Tasty, but I think the spiciness is over the top, at least when compared with Trumer, Aktien, or Bitburger. 
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: bluesman on January 28, 2011, 12:22:53 PM
I was at the beer store last night and saw a new display of this beer. They had about 40 cases of this beer stacked into a pyramid in one of the windows. I should have picked up a six pack now that I think of it. I really liked last years batch.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: euge on January 28, 2011, 07:36:52 PM
It's a pretty darn good beer. I still think it differs slightly from last year. A bit earthy for my tastes- but not overpowering. Easy for me to say but I'd like to see it with a hint more of citrus-type hop character to wake it up a bit.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: jeffy on January 28, 2011, 09:16:32 PM
It's a pretty darn good beer. I still think it differs slightly from last year. A bit earthy for my tastes- but not overpowering. Easy for me to say but I'd like to see it with a hint more of citrus-type hop character to wake it up a bit.

But then it wouldn't be Noble (hops) Pils.  I too think it's sweeter and has less hop bite than last year, but it's still pretty good.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: Bret on January 30, 2011, 06:17:46 PM
spicier this year for sure.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: toddhert on February 01, 2011, 03:48:17 PM
Tried this beer last winter and couldn't wait for it to come out again this year! A very unique take on a pils. Love it!
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: mabrungard on February 01, 2011, 04:09:20 PM
I had this beer a year ago and enjoyed it.  Had it again at the Indiana Winterfest on Saturday.  Still very good. The hopping is apparent and multidimensional, but not as dominant or spicy as PU.

While it is a good beer, I still have to lean to Pilsner Urquell as my preferred Pils.  More malt character comes through and the hopping is much more prominent. You have to buy it in the cardboard covered 12 packs in order to not have a skunk fest, but that's not a problem to find at my grocery store.  The price of PU isn't too bad in a 12 pack, say $14.

That said, I would still welcome the SA Noble.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: toddhert on February 01, 2011, 04:56:15 PM
I had this beer a year ago and enjoyed it.  Had it again at the Indiana Winterfest on Saturday.  Still very good. The hopping is apparent and multidimensional, but not as dominant or spicy as PU.

While it is a good beer, I still have to lean to Pilsner Urquell as my preferred Pils.  More malt character comes through and the hopping is much more prominent. You have to buy it in the cardboard covered 12 packs in order to not have a skunk fest, but that's not a problem to find at my grocery store.  The price of PU isn't too bad in a 12 pack, say $14.

That said, I would still welcome the SA Noble.

Yeah, SA is definately NOT what I think of when I hear the word "pils". I love German pilsners as well as Czech varieties and wouldn't put SA in the same category as them. Still, SA's take on "pils" is quite original, refreshing and delicious.

By the way, I've found it to be much closer (although not that close) to a Euro-pils on draft. I'd go for a draft over a bottle of this if it is available.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: green_dragon on April 01, 2011, 05:53:06 PM
It was almost too hoppy for me and I love hoppy beers.  Not one of my fav's that's for sure.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: samgamgee on April 18, 2011, 01:27:07 AM
I think it compares favorably with a good German pils like Augustiner, when Augustiner is fresh. It absolutely slays every German import that we can get in the states. I see no reason to buy stale imports when you can get a fresh, hoppy pils like Noble Pils. I like Prima as well, but I think Noble Pils has better balance and is cleaner overall.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: bluesman on April 18, 2011, 02:26:25 AM
I think it compares favorably with a good German pils like Augustiner, when Augustiner is fresh. It absolutely slays every German import that we can get in the states. I see no reason to buy stale imports when you can get a fresh, hoppy pils like Noble Pils. I like Prima as well, but I think Noble Pils has better balance and is cleaner overall.

I like the fresh hoppiness of the flavor profile that SA projects opposed to the more laid back flavor of the imported German examples. Although, I think there is much to be said about the extended lagering character that the German varieties possess. Both SA and the German examples have positive qualities that I enjoy, but SA doesn't quite have the mellow yet distinct German Noble Hop character that is present in the imported examples.

SA doesn't have that "distinct taste" that is ever so present in the German imports but is nevertheless a most desireable American Pilsner.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: gisbrewmaster on April 18, 2011, 03:47:46 AM
I love the Noble Pils but its second only to Victory Prima Pils for me!
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: Pinski on April 18, 2011, 04:36:52 AM
I found the hops really understated. However on reflection, coming from Portland my scale may be skewed... slightly. Tasty though.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: punatic on May 10, 2011, 05:40:11 AM
Finally found a six pack of Noble Pils.  Very disappointed!  Absolute junk.  Then I noticed the best if consumed before May notch.  Bummer.  I was really looking forward to drinking this beer.  It tasted like Bud Dry. 
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: blatz on May 10, 2011, 01:12:54 PM
Finally found a six pack of Noble Pils.  Very disappointed!  Absolute junk.  Then I noticed the best if consumed before May notch.  Bummer.  I was really looking forward to drinking this beer.  It tasted like Bud Dry. 

I didn't quite like this years as much as I remember liking last years.  That said, I recall last year that it went downhill very, very quick - the bottles I had when it was first released were killer, but as they sat in the fridge over just  a few weeks, it seemed to degrade a lot - this is all from the same 12pk.  I'd still give it a go next year at the start of the season (Jan/Feb/) - YMMV.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: jeffy on May 10, 2011, 02:09:16 PM
I also thought the hop crispness was less this year, which could have been a recipe change or perhaps oxidation.  There are still some 12 packs in the stores here, but I'm not enjoying it as much as last year.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: majorvices on May 10, 2011, 07:30:17 PM
I had three or four over at my dad's last weekend. Tasted pretty much the way I remembered it last year. I enjoyed it well enough. Probably my favorite SA beer.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: hoser on May 10, 2011, 07:34:05 PM
Finally found a six pack of Noble Pils.  Very disappointed!  Absolute junk.  Then I noticed the best if consumed before May notch.  Bummer.  I was really looking forward to drinking this beer.  It tasted like Bud Dry. 

That seems a little harsh?  I have had great SA beers and bad SA beers.  However, I attribute most of the bad SA beers to improper handling, i.e., sitting on a warm shelf in the sunlight.  When Noble Pils is fresh and handled properly, it is hands down one of the better commericial pilsners on the market.  I would give it a second chance if you can find a fresh example.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: thomasbarnes on May 10, 2011, 07:45:43 PM
Finally found a six pack of Noble Pils.  Very disappointed!  Absolute junk.  Then I noticed the best if consumed before May notch.  Bummer.  I was really looking forward to drinking this beer.  It tasted like Bud Dry. 

Sympathy. Pilsner has to be Fresh, Fresh, Fresh! or it's no good. Try it again next year, or look for 6-packs which have been kept under continuous refrigeration and cross your fingers.

We've got good access to SA products in our area, even so, I've had Noble Pils that tasted just like you described. When it's fresh, though, it's an instant classic.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: punatic on May 10, 2011, 07:48:18 PM
Very disappointed! ...I noticed the best if consumed before May notch.  Bummer.  I was really looking forward to drinking this beer.

...I attribute most of the bad SA beers to improper handling...  When Noble Pils is fresh and handled properly, it is hands down one of the better commericial pilsners on the market.  I would give it a second chance if you can find a fresh example.

My point exactly. I see many beer knowledgeable people posting good reviews of this beer. I waited a long time with great anticipation, and was snookered by poor handling. 

And yes, it was pretty harsh in flavor...  :P
Title: Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
Post by: gmac on May 10, 2011, 08:10:58 PM
Had this on tap the other day when I was in St. Louis.  Had 4 big drafts to make sure I got a good flavour profile and I liked them all.  Certainly a very hop-forward beer compared to the few other pils I've had.  I liked it quite a bit and would get it again if I ever saw it.  I think it would be a nice, occasional summer beer.