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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

3,267 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 3,267
Reviews: 1,455
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 84
Gots: 143 | 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 pmcadamis:
Photo of pmcadamis
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%

A - This is an almost perfectly clear bronze-gold brew that, when out of direct light, appears color of thick clove honey. The head is two inches of white froth, and it takes its time settling to a nice crisp cap. Tons of sticky webbed lace is crusted all around the edges of my "Stella" gold rimmed glass. Beautiful!

S - Citrus hops pop right out of this brew even as I poured it from the bottle. Predominately grapefruit, there are also sweeter mango notes in there too. Tropical. However, this lacks a major characteristic that I find in most German and Czech pilseners that are actually from those respective nations: saltine cracker saline notes. I'm not faulting it for that... just pointing it out for interest's sake.

T - Clean light-grapfruit citrus notes with melding flavors of grape, mango, and cracked wheat on top of some more mysterious dusty aspects. The Sam Adam's DNA is definitely there... I've always found that many SA brews (except for their big beers and special Christmas releases) share a certain 'dusty' flavor that I think might be attributable to the yeast strain. Not a bad thing, and it helps with continuity across their product spectrum. This is perfectly balanced, and way more sweet and fruity than others of its ilk. There is also an almost wintergreen note in there somewhere that I really didn't notice until my second one... very refreshing!

M - First crisp and light, then moving to a super-dry dusty finish. Crisp hop notes linger for several minutes, and the light body feels bigger than it is due to the pungency of the falvors presented. Quenching!

D - This is super-duper-drinkable. I'm not kidding around, this i one of THE most sinkable and balanced brews that I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. It's light, crisp, and vibrant enough to be a mega-session brew at any time of year, but its hoppy, flavorful, and interesting enough to really grab your full attention should you stop gulping and start swirling and sniffing (hard to do with this one!). Outstanding. One of my favorite new releases from a brewery that IMO keeps getting better and better, and has really upped its cred in the craft brew world in the last coupla years.

pmcadamis, Jan 28, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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 3,267 ratings.