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Jan 25, 2010 03:03 PM

Sam Adams Noble pils

My new favorite all around beer!
As balanced as a beer could possibly be.

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  1. I've heard nothing but praise for this beer. I haven't seen it in SF yet, but I'm excited to try it. I'm getting a bit tired of the "extreme" beers right now, so a well made pilsner would be refreshing change.

    1. While I do like it, it has a bit of a wheat-beer essence to it IMHO....maybe it's a little fruitier than a pilsner.

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      1. re: chris in illinois

        I haven't tried this beer yet, but wheat beer and fruity characteristics in a pilsner would normally be cause for concern.

        1. re: Kenji

          Czechvar has a certain "fruity" characteristic.

          1. re: Josh

            Czechvar is a Czech pilsner while SA Noble pils is German style. However what I think differentiates the two styles are malts. From Czech pils (e.g. Pilsner Urquell) I get a nut and nut oil richness that isn't present in German pils.

        1. I'm a German pilsner lover and was really looking forward to trying this beer. I agree that it is a solid beer that I'd order again however to me as a pilsner it doesn't stand up to any of my favorites such as Pikeland, Stoudts, Prima or Stiegl. For me the "German pilsner" character was restrained and clouded by malts that weren't clean enough for the style. Not that the beer is malty it was just to me again the quality of the malts.

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          1. re: Chinon00

            Same here- I was really jazzed about this beer, and was maybe even feeling nostalgic about the Boston Lager of old which was more aromatic and Pilsner-ish than it is these days. The bottom line is that I also like it just fine, but it hasn't toppled my favorites. The thing is, though, Pikeland, Prima, Sunshine Pils, etc. aren't going to be found in most supermarkets and liquor stores like this one will likely be, so that makes it a really attractive fallback option to me.

            1. re: TongoRad

              I agree with that, it didn't seem to me to have the same depth of flavor that Victory or Stiegl have. However, it was good and I liked that it felt like a departure for SA. It's probably one of the few that I wouldn't have definitely known it was there's (although I think other breweries like New Belgium or SN beers have the same issue).

          2. I liked the flavor but, found the body to be lacking. The body seemed to be flat or watery.

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            1. re: JAB

              I picked up a 12 pack yesterday and it did remind me of the Boston Lager in the days of yore; in other words, I liked it alot! It had a nice hop bite with the malts lingering in the background. It;s not Prima Pils, but you can find it everywhere. It says its a seasonal, but I would like it to become an all year brew.