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Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick

Samuel Adams Noble Pils
The Boston Beer Co., Boston, MA
$7.99-$8.99/ six-pack at metro beverage and grocery stores

Profile: While the chill of winter is still all around, Noble Pils, the new spring seasonal from Samuel Adams, holds the promise of brighter days ahead. Last year, the European-style pilsner won the hearts of voters in the 5th annual Samuel Adams “Beer Lover’s Choice” awards. Brewed with four “Noble hops” from Germany and one from the Czech Republic, including Hallertauer Mittelfrüh and Saaz, it features a crisp bitterness and floral aroma, balanced by a sweet kiss of Bohemian pilsner malt.

Pair with: Pair this clean lager’s bright bitterness and floral aromatics with bright, spicy Asian and Latin or South American dishes. It’s also a good match for many varieties seafood, especially shellfish. Try it with a shrimp or oyster Po Boy or a lobster roll.

NoblePils6pk

6 comments Add your comment

kp

February 21st, 2010
3:08 pm

The sad thing about the end of winter is the end of the winter beers. I went outside today and saw my shadow, so I headed back into the cellar for six more weeks of stouts and porters.

RustyDiamond

February 21st, 2010
3:15 pm

I picked up a six for my pilsner drinkers@ Super Bowl and was not disappointed. Light and crisp, with the hops shining through on the finish.

Lori

February 23rd, 2010
9:32 am

Bought this beer at Dekalb Farmers Market over the weekend when the weather was nice. It is very different from the other Sam Adams varieties, and definitely made us yearn for warm, spring days. But with cold and snow returning today, the Noble Pils will sit in the back of my refrigerator for awhile.

LiquidBread

February 24th, 2010
9:24 am

Everyone seems to like this Pils but me. Try it, see what you think.

I found it too malty sweet, and the hop profile muddied by all the different varietals. Was hoping for a crisp, clean dryness, with a subtle hop astringency. Didn’t find it here.

Maybe other Pilsener lovers out there can recommend something like that.

Bob

February 24th, 2010
2:17 pm

LiquidBread: Victory Prima Pils is at the top of my lager list.

adam

February 24th, 2010
5:02 pm

Yeah it’s not prima pils, but pretty darn good in it’s right.