Samuel Adams Noble Pils - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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3,423 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,423
Reviews: 1,467
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 103
Gots: 303 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: schellsbeer on 12-20-2009

"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. The winner of our 2009 Beer Lover's Choice® election, this beer was chosen by over 67,000 drinkers for its crisp complexity and refreshing taste."
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Reviews by EStreet20:
Photo of EStreet20
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, tall. curved pilsner glass.

A - Clear golden yellow color with a finger and a half of head. Head settles down to a nice one finger cap. Lots of bubbles feeding it.

S - Nice Noble Hop presence over the clean pils nose. Very nice, inviting yet subtle aroma. Floral presence there.

T - Nice hoppiness in the flavor withpot overwhelming bitterness. Tea like presence in addition to some fruitiness. Pils malt lends a nice backbone.

M - Nice and light. Fairly high carbonation.

D - Easy to drink. Nice pils with a lightness and enough flavor to make one want quite a few.

Notes: Nice examply, easy to drink.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The spring seasonals are coming out earlier and earlier each year.Poured into a pilsner glass a light lemony color with a nice formed bone white head that left half rings of broken lace as it settled pretty quickly.A mix of sharp herbal hop and toasted grain in the nose,just a tinge of lemon peel.The hops are the main component on the palate but they are well rounded in there different flavors,leafy,lemony,and sharp,flavors go along with a firm toasty base.This is just as drinkable as you can get I think, along with being food friendly.

Photo of RoyalT
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - This poured a nice, deep but golden orange in color with a pretty good white head.

Smell - The grain is a bit rough but definitely pilsnery with a nice, lagered blending to the senses. The hops are well-established but not overpowering with a touch of citrus and maybe lemon but mostly floral.

Taste - The grain is a bit prickly at the taste and the hops carry through from the smell.

Mouthfeel - This was a tad bigger than light-bodied and, although pilsners aren't known for their hefty mouthfeel, I feel this could have been a bit thicker. There's a not so subtle dryness at the finish and the carbonation is actually quite good.

Drinkability - This was more like a Czech pils to me than German but otherwise was good enough to finish. I'd take Blue Paddle or Gordon Biersh's effort over this one though and if you're talking East Coast then Prima Pils puts this to shame.

Photo of stewfnrocker
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap and poured into a pint glass
The appearance was a pale golden yellow color with a good head.
This beer has an aroma full of those noble hops, citrus and a little bit of floral and some wheat.
The taste is pretty much how it tastes, a nice taste of the noble hops, a bit of grains, some of the malts, and a little crisp bite at the end.
Mouthfeel has a nice medium body with a medium carbonation. Adds a good feel on the tongue to go with the tastes of the light hops.
This is a very drinkable beer that you can kick back and enjoy a bunch.

Photo of brownbeer
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours gold with a solid, dirty white head. Looks clean and well presented.

Now this is what a pilsner of this style should smell like. Filled with earthy, peppery, leafy noble hops. Very nice.

Taste is hoppy and clean with a grainy malt backing and a honeyish note with lemon and lime citrus. Medium bodied and the finish is dry with a peppery hop spice on the back of the tongue.

I really, really enjoyed this. Normally i'm not too impressed with Sams regular offerings but this was a pleasant suprise. Recommended

Edit: I had to go back and raise my score on this after trying it again a few days later. This beer is great.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm layin' down another Sam Adams beer today... Noble Pils. Brewed with five nobel hops varieties and 5.2% alcohol content.

A- Pouring into a lindemans flute glass... pours a absolutly crystal clear medium yellow fluid with fluffy white head that clings to the sides of the glass with massive vigor.

S- Strange mixture of pale hops. Lightly citrusy, musky, and herbal. Malt husk noticed in the beer as well.

T-M- Taste is a soapy hop citrus tang with fresh malts notes. First is a rush of mild bitterness and medium acidic musk of the hop and malt mix with smooth finish that leaves the tongue ready for more. Sulfer like after taste. Light carbonation allows flavors to dance on the buds as the rolls of the mouth.

D- I could drink this on any occation due to the fresh hop pressence and excellent flavor of malts it pack. Nice.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice beer. In my pilsner glass it was a golden color with a medium-sized white head that left a bit of lacing. Aroma was a tad meek. Faint citrus, kind of a fresh outdoorsy aroma. Ah, but much more comes through in the taste. Quite hoppy: earthy, floral notes. Balanced nicely with the sweet malt. A crisp, bitter mouthfeel. I could drink a bunch of these.

Photo of warnerry
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes; best by May 2011; tasted 2/27/11

A - Pours a clear light straw color with two fingers o dense creamy off-white head. Leaves some lacing behind.

S - Smell is nice citrusy hops and pils malt. Not overwhelming, but nice.

T - Taste is nice clean citrus hops, subtle malts, and some lingering bitterness.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a bit of carbonation bite.

O - Not my favorite Czech pilsener, but not bad. A bit hoppier than some others I've had.

Photo of Todd
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Made with 5 Noble hops; Hallertau Mittelfrueh, Tettnang Tettnanger, Spalt Spalter, and Hersbrucker Hersbrucker (Germany) and Saaz (Czech Republic). Fun, and a nice departure from American hops.

Enjoy by June 2011. Hooray freshness dating! Something I feel will eventually need to be federally mandated, but I digress.

Pours a bright pale golden color with a creamy white head.

Nose is grassy, citric, slightly pungent with soft floral, herbal and mild soap aromas.

Crisp, prickly carbonation. Smoothes out with medium bodied. Quite hoppy. Bitter. Citric acid. Grassy bite. Mildly abrasive. Herbal and mineral notes linger. Overall, hops are restrained. This brew is nice and dry too. As for the malts, things are a bit bready, husky, and there's a subtle touch of fermented honey. Nothing complicated, just some balance. Bone dry, with a mineral and bready finish. Did I mention dry?

There's no question that Samuel Adams Noble Pils is one of Boston Beer Company's best beers to-date. A very enjoyable hop-centric Pils.

Photo of Beaver13
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by June. Pours a clear very light yellow with a smallish fine white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is subdued but pleasant - sweet honey and fruits with a little green spicy floral hops.

The flavor is similar - sweet honey and fruits with a well balanced dry medium bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation.

Overall, a light and delicate beer, but very well done even though it's reserved. Pilsener is not my favorite style, but this is right up there with Victory's Prima Pils for the best I've had.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a difficult beer for me to review. I found it to be very pleasant but at the same time it wasn't enough for me. The look is golden, very clear with a creamy white head. The aroma is of malt and citrus. It starts sweet and becomes citrusy sour, carbonation comes in and finishes sour and bitter together. I had this beer with my girlfriend a fan of dark beers, she stated it was what you wish "American lagers" were like, however was to light for both of us.

Photo of Doomcifer
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden color with a nice white head with good retention. Smells citrusy off the bat, then comes the herbal notes and a slight grassiness. Taste is highlighted by the noble hops, grassy and citrusy, with an almost lemon zestiness to it accompanied by a light grainy maltiness to balance things out a bit. Very crisp and dry mouthfeel. Light and carbonated nicely. Extremely refreshing and sessionable beyond belief.

Photo of steveja57
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice version of a German Pilsner. Much fresher than most imported versions, has a nice straw color, head dissipates quickly. Nose has a nice hop aroma, less aggressive and, dare I say, noble? than your standard IPA. Nicely crisp, bitter and dry. I enjoyed it and I liked that there was none of that stale skunk you get in many imports. For my tastes it fell just short of the Lagunitas Pils in quality.

Photo of mikechance
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As a fan of IPA, Barleywine and other strong ales I rarely sample lagers or pilsners. The five Noble Hops story caught my eye and I decided to give this one a try. It's excellent!

For starters it smells wonderful and provides hints of fruity sweetness. The taste is really nice --- smooth, sweet and the hop mixture makes it complex for a pils. It's also very nice with food.

This has become one of my go-to Spring seasonal beers. At 4.9% you can enjoy a few on a hot afternoon and not get loopy.

Photo of mtyrrell
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very nice and bright clear golden brown color with a one finger head that recedes fairly slowly and leaves some patches, a ring around the glass, and lacing.

S- The aroma of this beer is pretty strong and hit me almost instantly as I was pouring into a glass. Grassy/floral hops dominant, and a lemon presence is also noticeable.

T- Crisp and clean flavors, first on the tongue is a hop bitterness that leads into the lemon and grassy hops

M- Light bodied, fairly carbonated

D- I enjoyed this beer, a nice issue from Sam Adams and I could easily put back another. While there are other pils I definitely enjoy more, and the quality is not all there, this is a good choice for relaxing and goes very well with a variety of foods.

I'm tempted to give this beer a higher rating, but the lack of quality ingredients like found in local craft brews prevents me from doing so. This is a great beer, and maybe coming from a local craft brewery, would have the potential to be really good. A great offering from SA none the less, it just leaves alot of unfulfilled potential coming from a mass producer like SA

Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, best before July. Pours a clear light golden body with a two finger vanilla head that drops to a soapy ring with patchy lacing.

Aroma is sweet honeysuckle and a plethora of hops. Earthy, spicy, floral, and grassy hop aromas with a faint hint of spruce and lemon.

Medium body has a soft and creamy carbonation.

Taste is nicely balanced between a crackery and honeyed maltiness and the dry hop bitterness. Hops are mostly floral, but grassy, earthy, and spicy notes are also present. Hints of spruce and lemon from the aroma are underneath. Very clean.

Highly enjoyable. One of Sam Adams' better efforts here when it comes to drinkability

Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best before July notched onto the label. Pours clear, golden, near white head, quickly goes to a tiny bubble film and collar, with minor lacing. Minor citric nose. Pleasant enough but nothing real special here. Has the typical Pilsner, grassy, crisp thing goin on, which never does anything real special for me or my taste buds. Sessionable, I'll give it that, if you like Pilsner. Yeah I said it

Photo of Homebrew35
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger white head. Pale yellow clear body. Some sticky lacing remains. Smells sweet and malty, some grassy hops, citrus, bready. Tastes sweet and grainy, earthy, grassy, yeasty. Goes down real easy. Medium bodied medium carbonation. This seems quite a bit different than last year. This year it's much sweeter and fuller bodied. I'd get this again.

Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: gold in color, 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, clear

Smell: floral hops and pilsner malt

Taste: grass, floral hops, touch of wheat and malt

Mouthfeel: light, smooth, slightly bitter, can feel the high carbonation

Drinkability: A nice hoppy pils that is very true to the style. The grassy, hoppy taste is spot on. A welcome replacement for the white ale, I could have several...maybe not a six though.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color with a one finger white head. Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. The aroma is grassy with some hay features. It is also slightly musty. The flavor is heavy on the malt with a nice citrus hop character. The finish is bitter. Light bodied and medium carbonation.

A good beer, but since it is a spring seasonal I am not sure why it is out in January. Of course we are starting to see Oktoberfest beers come out in July so I shouldn't be surprised. Still, there is something wrong about drinking a spring seasonal on January 15.

Photo of LyonsHead
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden straw color, bright white head and pretty nice lacing

S: There is a nice malt aroma in the background that is reminiscent of a grain, grass or hay; there is also a faint honey-like aroma. A strong but delicate hop aroma. I get a good bit of citrus (lime). floral notes from the noble hops as well

T: There is a pretty good initial malty sweetness followed by a bready grain taste. When the hops come they hit you with a soft bitterness and citrus character.

M: Medium-light body, smooth. Finishes pretty dry, the hops linger with a citrus character, the malty sweetness does not

D: This is a highly drinkable, very refreshing pilsner. Wonderful malt background that is present but not overpowering, its a great profile for the noble hops. I cannot distinguish all five noble hops individually, but you can tell right away its noble. Very delicate hop flavor and dry finish make this highly drinkable. Great way to introduce someone to hops without overwhelming them

Photo of NicholasCasber
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A lot lighter than I thought it would pour, very see through. Had a nice head, but it went away fairly quickly, leaving a nice ring which has produced some fairly decent lacing.

S: A lot of hops, obviously, other than that it was fairly one note for me.

T: This came across fairly bitter, more bitter than I was expecting, but it was pleasantly bitter.

M: Felt fairly full for a beer as light as it was.

D: I'd rate this low, not something I'd reach for on a regular basis.

Overall, not Sam Adam's best attempt. Not a big fan.. but it's worth a try.


Photo of bsp77
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear, light gold with bubbly white head and impressive lacing lines down the glass.

Smell: Citrus, apple, pear, pepper and other spices.

Taste: Starts off very fruity (citrus, apple, pear) with an additional layer of straw and grass. Then turns firmly dry and borderline tart, with a long peppery bitter finish.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium-light body, firm and very dry.

Drinkability: Fantastic Pilsner, second only to Prima Pils. I never knew that a Pilsner could have a decent amount of citrus, both in the aroma and taste. This beer has restored my faith in Sam Adams.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.52/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured on tap at The OP in Burlington, really glad I found it on tap, awesome beer! Don't really like the bar, but I may go back just so I can get more of this!

Pours a nice light golden yellow with a tiny bit of haze and a big fluffy white head. Nose is fantastic - even better on top. You can get all the noble hops and the nice malt as well.

Taste is awesome, you'd think this is a light beer, but no it's a got a great full body and surprisingly most of the character is from the malt, and the hops just spruce it up. Very nice beer.

Photo of jondeelee
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One would expect Noble Pils, so named because it is brewed with all five varieties of Noble hops, to carry the characteristic grapefruit-bitter IPA aroma. This is true, but not to the extent that the label might suggest. There is a good hop aroma drifting from the glass, but the bitterness is blended nicely with a sugary rosewater scent. Underneath this is the clean toasted grain smell of a good quality pilsner, giving the beer a crisp, light feeling.

On the tongue, the brew is fairly hoppy, but the level is roughly on par with a medium-strength IPA. What is immediately noticeable is the variety and quality of the hoppy ingredients, which swim across the nose in ever-changing rivulets of grapefruit, pine, lychee nut, and rosewater, maintaining a breadth and depth that is fascinating and alluring. Again, below this is a good-quality pilsner, full of apricots, toasted grains, and crisp apple flavors. The aftertaste is a good combination of grains and (mostly) hops, much like the main mouthful. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium-high.

Overall, this is excellent fare, and should be on the must-try lists of both pilsner and hop enthusiasts.

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Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,423 ratings.