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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

3,305 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 3,305
Reviews: 1,456
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 84
Gots: 162 | 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:
"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."

(Beer added by: schellsbeer on 12-20-2009)
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Reviews by Groomsy:
Photo of Groomsy
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was quite giddy about trying this beer, and I'm lucky enough to have gotten a super-fresh batch at my local beer store. 12 oz. bottle with "best by" date of June. Poured into a pilsner glass. Review taken from notes, consumed on Feb. 8 2011.

Appearance: A nice agressive pour yielded soft-looking, pillow-like white head of 2 fingers, which slowly dissipated to a cap of foam throughout the session. Great retention of head and nice looking lacing and sip rings down the glass. The body of the beer is a deep transparent gold with moderate amounts of carbonation bubbles rising to the top, which stay constant throughout the session.

Smell: Oh man. Nice stuff going on here. There's a nice mix of citric, floral, and spicy hops (covering about the whole spectrum of hop aromas) and a solid backbone of fresh barley scents in there as well. I also picked up some other fresh grains as well... maybe wheat? I started to notice more of the malts coming through in the nose as the session went on, and the floral hops were a little more enhanced throughout drinking. The overall aroma is delicate, but very well done and promising; very rich. Makes me look forward to spring fields and all that happy green stuff...

Taste: The taste starts off with a nice twang of barley and cracker-like malt on the front of the palate, with a sweep of spicy, bracing hops on the middle of the palate, blended nicely with the floral and citric notes found in the aroma, which round out the finish. I pick up more of the grain flavors as the beer warms and the session continues, but the hop flavors stay consistent and refreshing. Even though I would call this a "hoppy" beer, it's not overwhelmingly bitter. There's more hop flavor than hop bitterness, if that makes sense. Very well-rounded and balanced, the hop flavors are elegant and well done. Just enough malt to balance things adequately.

Mouthfeel: About right for a pilsner. Medium-light body with crisp carbonation leads to a slightly drying and grainy finish, but it's a good kind of grainy, mainly due to the bittering hops in the finish. The carbonation stayed consistent throughout the beer, and the finish was the same all the way down the glass.

Drinkability: So glad I got a six-pack of this. I think this will be a staple of mine until it goes out of season. Great flavor, nice body, reasonable price. A job well done to Boston Beer Co. At first I wasn't sure if I would like a pilsner, but I've been proven wrong with this beer.

Groomsy, Feb 09, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

oberon, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of mojohawk21
3/5  rDev -20.4%

mojohawk21, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of RoyalT
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

RoyalT, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of stewfnrocker
3.98/5  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.

stewfnrocker, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of Hoppin_mad
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Hoppin_mad, May 03, 2014
Photo of brownbeer
4.6/5  rDev +22%
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.

brownbeer, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of npala86
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

npala86, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

wesbrownyeah, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of tbryan5
3/5  rDev -20.4%

tbryan5, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of markallmon
5/5  rDev +32.6%

markallmon, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of jonny1138
4/5  rDev +6.1%

jonny1138, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

lordofthewiens, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of warnerry
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

warnerry, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of BK2084
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

BK2084, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Todd
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Todd, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

SunDevilBeer, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of Jpinoniemi
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Jpinoniemi, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of 40451
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

40451, May 19, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Beaver13, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of generallee
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

generallee, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of bishopdc0
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

bishopdc0, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +6.1%

SmellsofMahagony, May 17, 2013
Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +6.1%

TimoP, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of squeakmeister
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

squeakmeister, May 20, 2013
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Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,305 ratings.