Samuel Adams Noble Pils Reviews

I was out during the week, and I got to try the new Sam Adams Noble Pils which is a seasonal brew that won’t be out too long, so if you haven’t tried it, then I would recommend you do… Out of all commercially brewed Pilsners  this is one of the best ones I’ve come across. The overly creative name Noble Pils gives us a hint that the beer was made using the Noble hops: Hallertau Mittelfruh, Tettnang Tettnanger, Czech Saaz, and Spalt Spalter.

If you have yet to brew using these hops, then you are just missing out…

One thing that might not be as obvious is the Krausen hopping. This basically means adding fermenting beer to a lager that’s starting it’s conditioning phase to help reduce the amount of diacetyl in the lager. It’s similar to dry hopping, but the taste you get out of it is different since the hops have been boiled.

If you’ve never entertained the idea of Krausen hopping, then you are in for a good experience. It’s not that complicated. All you have to do is brew a small batch of beer (about 2.5 qts.) that is basically the same as your base beer. You’ll want to hop this beer to get the aroma you are looking for and add it to the base beer when it starts it’s conditioning stage.

The important part here is timing the process so that your Krausen Hop beer starts fermenting right about the same time the base beer is done fermenting.

The hop character that you get from this process is usually more than what you would get with just late additions.

With that being said, I really enjoyed this beer and will probably be looking at brewing a clone in the near future. So if you are out an about, give this beer a try and let me know what you think…

Speaking of Sam Adams, I was in Boston in January and visited the Bell In Hand.

I got to try a couple of their beers brewed by Sam Adams. One is brewed exclusively for the Bell In Hand and it’s creatively called “The Bell In Hand”.

They had also started brewing a new beer “Boston Brick Red” Ale, which I believe is only available in the New England Area.

Both of these beers are great although I liked Brick Red Ale better. It has a sweet caramel malt flavor to it with very little head. Not much on the aroma hops, but it went down really good with the buffalo chicken nachos!!

Anyways…

I’ve got a busy schedule this week going to Rock Bottoms tonight and an Irish Beer Tasting event tomorrow, but I’ll try and write more content on my blog before the end of the week.

Let me know what you think of these beers?? Oh and one last thing… if you try the noble pils get it on draft… bottled one is not nearly as good…

1 Comment

  • Rich

    Reply Reply August 19, 2010

    Jorge,
    Sound great will try to work it in next brew. Always great reading thank you.

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