The seasonal brews start appearing on shelves about a month before the actual season, and I picked up some spring releases on January 31 at the Harris Teeter in Arlington, Virginia.
I was excited to find Samuel Adams Noble Pils, the newest offering from the Boston Beer Company (Boston, MA). According to the press release published on BeerNews.org, “since 2005 the brewers at Samuel Adams have been offering drinkers a voice in choosing one of the new beers they will introduce in the coming year. Last year, voters in the 5th annual Samuel Adams Beer Lover’s Choice contest were decisive in choosing Samuel Adams Noble Pils, a hoppy pilsner beer brewed with a recipe that calls for all five varieties of Noble Hops (of the 100+ hop varieties in the world only five are judged ‘Noble Hops’ and this beer uses all five). The voters’ response to the new Noble Pils was so enthusiastic that the brewers decided to make it the new spring seasonal brew, replacing Samuel Adams White Ale. It joins Summer Ale, OctoberFest and Winter Lager in the brewery’s year round seasonal line-up.”
My take? I’m not a big fan of Bohemian Pilsners, but the more drank this beer, the more I liked it. I will miss the White.
I also sampled Glissade Golden Bock, the spring release from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company (Chico, CA). According to the Sierra Nevada web site, “Glissade is a remarkably mellow take on the traditional spring bock. With restrained sweetness, we emphasize subtle malt flavor, balanced against delicate aromas of spicy and floral European hops. This complex balance helps Glissade slide across the palate—bracing us against the last cold nights of winter, while its bright golden color turns our thoughts toward spring.”
Glissade is a strong Bock at 6.4% and is another worthy effort by Sierra Nevada, but is it turning my thoughts toward spring? With two feet of snow on the way, I don’t think so! Bring on Snowmageddon!