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

Samuel Adams Noble PilsSamuel Adams Noble Pils

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BA SCORE
85
very good

3,048 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3048
Reviews: 1448
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%


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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Shoegaze99

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seemingly overnight, Sam Adams Noble Pils went from a one-off batch that came with seasonal mixers to becoming one of the Boston Beer Company's four flagship seasonal brews. For a brewery now scoffed at by many who proclaim themselves beer snobs (I do not count myself among the snobs), it's a surprising bright spot in what those folks say is a so/so lineup. (Personally, I think the Boston Beer Co. makes a solid array of very drinkable beers; none are the best in class, but most are nice beers.)

So does that mean the most praised Sams of recent years outside the Utopias is a good beer?

In a word, yes.

A - The beer pours a crystal golden yellow like fresh corn. Clear as a bell with utterly no cloudiness. Minimal head that disappears quickly. It looks like a light, bright beer. Looks like a standard pilsner.

S - A nice nose, especially for a standard Sams, with notes of citrus and spring grasses. It's not a POTENT nose, but it's pleasant. Sadly, this fades fairly quickly as the head dissipates. Stronger and this would smell fantastic.

T - Noble Pils tastes like spring. There are dewy grasses and faint fruit notes; very subtle hints of grape. None of this is up front or strong, it's just a sense of there being a little more happening in an otherwise straightforward (albeit refreshing) pilsner. It does have the vaguely watery taste some Sams suffer from, but as this is a light, effervescent beer that aspect doesn't stand out. Overall very pleasant.

M - Fairly nice, very bright and crisp with a little dryness. Context is important. Drinking this during the day when it's warm out is recommended.

D - Refreshing is the word. It's not full-bodied or rich, it doesn't challenge you or force you to take notice, it just drinks very, very nicely. This is a highly drinkable, very tasty beer.

Bottom line - I like other beers from Boston Beer Co. more than the Noble Pils, but this is still a nice addition to their lineup. It's a great way to reacquaint yourself with a style that has fallen out of fashion.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 00:52:42 | More by Shoegaze99
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Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,048 ratings.