Let me start off by saying that when I can’t find that funky Craft Beer stuff that I love so much I usually reach for one of Sam Adams’ products. While most of the Boston Beer Company’s stuff won’t blow your mind it’s also almost always fresh and well balanced. Given that Sam Adams is my fallback beer I thought I had tried all of their normal regular and seasonal offerings. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I was wrong the other night when the Alemonger hit me with a Sam Adams Noble Pils.
First here is what the Sam Adams website says:
“Samuel Adams Noble Pils is brewed with all 5 Noble hops for a distinct hop character and fresh taste. Deep golden in color with a citrusy hop aroma, Samuel Adams Noble Pils is a traditional Bohemian Pilsner. The honeyed malt character from traditional Bohemian malt is balanced by delicate yet pronounced citrus, floral, and piney notes from the Noble hops.”
Unlike a lot of crazy beer descriptions from brewers this is pretty much spot on. Here are the specs:
- Appearance: Rich straw color with a modest creamy head
- Aroma: Crisp strong citrus aroma with hint of spring flowers like beer made from honeysuckle blossoms.
- Taste: Medium carbonation. A crisp and clean taste with all things in balance. Little bitterness in the first sip or aftertaste.
- ABV: 4.9%
This offering is the perfect end of winter/springtime brew. After a cold winter made easier to bear with dark Porter’s, Winter Warmers, and Christmas Ales this is the perfect transition into spring as the winter warms up.
While my first taste at the Alemonger‘s was the bottled version during a social session my second tasting was where this brew may be at it’s best. The second sip was the draft version served alongside a Chopped Pork Sandwich dripping in Devil’s Spit spicy BBQ sauce over lunch today at Famous Dave’s BBQ.
While Famous Dave’s BBQ is not the best BBQ I have ever had (or in the top ten) it is a good fix for when I am jonesing for the BBQ I used to get when I worked in the South. They make a good spicy “heat ‘n’ sweet” BBQ sauce (Devil’s Spit) that needs a cold crisp beer to round out the meal. Noble Pils was more than up to that task and I can’t wait to pair it with some of my own BBQ when the snow is melted and spring has sprung.
Beyond BBQ try the Noble Pils with spicy Thai food, lighter grilled food, or just as a session brew with good friends. I think you’ll like it and I give it a solid B+.