Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Samuel Adams Noble Pils

Samuel Adams Noble Pils
Style: Pilsner
Alcohol content: 4.8%
From: Boston, USA
Purchased from: Beers of Europe

Just before the end of the year; I finally ordered a batch of beers from Beers of Europe. Beers of Europe allow you to order beers from there extensive warehouse and get it delivered to you door for a small shipping fee. As this was my first purchase from them i went halves on a crate with Jon. As we ordered so close to Christmas the delivery took slightly longer than we had expected; however when it came we where both very excited. We ordered eight beers each and they will all be reviewed on this blog for you to enjoy.

Nice Full Case of World Beers

Most of you will be aware of the brewer Samuel Adams. Their Boston Lager has been on sale in most UK supermarkets for quite awhile now. Certainly, if you head to the East Coast of the USA and ask for a beer in a restaurant, you would most likely be served this. But what i did not know about was the shear variety that they offer including some seasonal ales. If you get a chance have a look at their website. The family which runs Samuel Adams have been brewing for six generations but they still maintain their craft credentials by creating excellently refreshing and divergent ales.

So abit more about the Noble Pils. Brewed with five different types of Hops; the Noble Pils attempts to capture the essence of Bohemian in a glass. The hops all come from either southern German or the Czech republic. The Hops used are Hallertau Mittelfrueh, Tettnang Tettnanger, Spalt Spalter, Saaz, and Hersbrucker Noble. Now with this amount of Hops I'm expecting this Pilsner to be quite bitter. But if they are trying to replicate the Czech Pilsner's then they shouldn't be.

Colour: Rich golden colour. It looks like a Czech Pilsner rather than most standard lagers that are served in most UK pubs and bars.

Smell: On the nose you get notes of sweet mango and lime much like the Brewdog Punk IPA i reviewed earlier. However, a strong smell of bitterness also kicks in on the second sniff. The bitterness is all most over powering. I guess that's what five tyes of hops will do to a beer.

Body: Very smooth on the pallet. But there is a very high level of carbonation in this bottle which does not settle down. You can really feel the bubbles tickle the back of your throat with each sip.

Taste: Compared to most Pilsner's that i have drunk this is very hoppy. The bitterness can be very cutting. I would actually go out on a limb and say that this beer has a more of an American IPA about it rather than a Pilsner. The zesty robustness of the hops can take you back at first but as you get use to the flavour the beer becomes genuinely enjoyable. To me; the Noble Pils is a pimped out version of the Boston Lager that we all know andlove.

Pilsner or IPA?!?
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