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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

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86
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Reviews: 1,457
Hads: 3,426
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 108
Gots: 316 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of thebeerdoctor
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A lively golden coloured pour into a large pilsner glass with a hop-spicy nose.
What a delicious beer this is. Citrus-floral-pine comes to mind. It states on the bottle that Sam Adams used "all five" noble hop varieties, which has me wondering, after Hallertau, Spalt, Saaz and Tettnanger, what is the fifth? Fuggle perhaps?
The use of bohemian malt keeps this absolutely true to its Czech origins.
A truly great recipe from Samuel Adams. (439 characters)

Photo of gabgab
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

was stationed in germany, [uncle sam's flying circus.] many, many choices and styles. settled on pils. this is as close as it comes to the best if not the equal europe or the world has to offer in this style. crisp, hoppy, dry, and above all very drinkable. should be a year round brew. goes great with most any food or situation. brewed for klaus, willie and karl not for tom dick or harry. sams club has it for less than $21 per case. stock up!!! obty my tour was 66 -70 have gone through many cases since searching for an american equal. sam adams has found the equal. (571 characters)

Photo of hoplover82
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was so hard for me to not give this a perfect score. This is truly the best pilsner I've ever had hands down. But I think for me, (imo) it could have a little more hop aroma and flavor, I guess... none the less, the hop aroma and flavor is what I like about this the most! So, ... oh what the heck, I'm changing the score to perfect now! This beer is so impressive!

A-Pours an absolutley beautiful crystal clear deep yellow, with a huge white creamy head that has excellent retention and thick sticky lacing. Truly impressive appearance.

S-The aroma has the classic pilsner malt aroma with a huge wonderful bright floral and citrus hop character that is absolutely perfect. There is a wow factor that has me floored in all aspects of this beer.

T-And the flavor is like the aroma in the pilsner malt being slightly sweet and doughy with a slightly grassy, and big floral hop flavor that is so delicious. Wowed again...

M-Has a big medium creamy body with a slight dry finish that has a bitterness to it and lasts forever.

D-I could session this forever. I can't wait till it comes out in 6 packs in the spring. I love this beer! (1,141 characters)

Photo of JANASKI
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ive been drinking Sam Adams since inception. I honestly feel this is their shining hour. I literally cant get enough. I was sceptical after so many fruity and spicy disappointments in the past, but this made up for all of them. I look forward to my daily ration as a British sailor for his grog. this should be a year round product. The best ever. (347 characters)

Photo of MadElf25
4.94/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Noble Pils is a beer that if you have not had it yet, you must go out and by it. the first sip is key, the beer was like heaven in my mouth full of flavor and very airy, the smell was mesmorizing and highly recommend that you bring this beer to a party cause i guarentee that you will become the life of the party. (314 characters)

Photo of AnalogReigns
4.94/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a light gold with a light frothy head, leaving serious lace on the glass. Head is not quite as long lasting as German-beers-in-Germany, but close.

S: Smells of fresh lightly floral and citrus hops with no sulfer (as some pils do), but not overwhelming like an American IPA. About the best smelling pilsner I've encountered.

T: Taste immediately confronts you with hops...but moderate and light, very unlike IPAs. Then the solid light malt taste is apparent, with a light bread-like aftertaste, but with crisp light hops still apparent. Although not as sweet as a Czech pils, the crispness of the hops is extremely well balanced with the malt--which, IMHO is THE mark of a finely crafted beer. Easily goes down, and, as the original pils were of 150 years ago, will be extremely popular with all kinds of beer drinkers. Everyone from a serious hophead, to a Coors lite drinker should appreciate this beer...terrific for parties, or introducing beer-ignoramusi to quality truly German-in-Germany style pilsner. I have to say, after spending some time in Germany, I like this pils BETTER than your average German pils--as like I said, in some ways it is almost Czech. Probably a cross between Czech-style and German-style pils, with the weight on the crispness (=German).

M: Mouthfeel is spot-on for this style, that is not watery, but neither heavy or thick. This is an ideal beer after-or-during sweaty hard work---extremely refreshing.

D: A true session beer--which won't overwhelm the taste buds (like your typical hop-head beer will) but will be apprecieted by anyone with discriminating taste. This beer makes you understand why the 1st pilsners were called (even though that phrase has been adulterated...) "the champagne of beers." (1,749 characters)

Photo of PistyPete
4.92/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have to admit I am not usually a Samuel Adams kind of guy. Most of their beers do very little for me, BUT this one however is absolute pilsner heaven! They nailed it. I've only had it on draught and am afraid the bottle might disappoint, but if you can get it fresh this beer is sure to please. The malt backbone is solid. Perfectly balanced with a nice firm bitterness and, the best part is, the late addition flavor/aroma of those famed "noble" hops. Really rounds this beer off perfectly. This is currently one of my favorites. I only wish it was available year round. Cheers to Boston Brewing. Well done! (610 characters)

Photo of apwilla
4.92/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I see some bad reviews for this on here, i have to wonder if there were maybe some bad batches? By that I mean, giving this less than a 5 in aroma is crazy, this is by far, the best smelling beer i have ever put my nose to, smells like a noble IPA. hardly any IPA's pack that much aroma in the nose, maybe o'dells, in colorado is close. the appearance is light and yellow, but i don't see that a downside like many, it could be purple if it tasted and smelled this good. I drove 90 miles twice in one week to get more. i will drive it again, and buy as much as i can before it goes off season, which will be incredibly dissapointing. This is desert island beer, i could drink this and this alone every day if pushed. as far as mouthfeel, its average, but its a lager/pilsner, so its right in line with the style. (812 characters)

Photo of mschofield
4.9/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An excellent pilsner.

The pour is picture perfect. Medium gold, brillant in clarity with a head of creamy pure white foam to a height of 2 fingers.

Spicy hop aroma above clean pils malt. Bright and fresh - possibly drinking a "Spring" beer just 1 week into winter helps...

Taste is typically pils. Spicy, citrusy, lemony hops. Once you adjust to it the bready pils malt comes through with more of a grassy hop.

Medium bodied for the style, a light bodied beer overall. The drinkability is off the charts - a true session beer.

Quite possibly Sam's best (557 characters)

Photo of sudz42
4.9/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The only thing lacking in this beer is the soft limestone water of the northern Germany and the Czech Republic, which is saying a lot as beer is mostly water. But despite that shortcoming, this is the best American pilsner. It is not a malt/hop bomb, like Prima Pils, which is a robust brew, but not a true pilsner. SA Noble Pils is ripe with hops, and has a solid malt body, but is more drinkable, "sessionable" than other boutique offerings. It is a mainstay and they should brew it year-round, as it dwarfs their other seasonal offerings. (541 characters)

Photo of hustlesworth
4.88/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- ultra clear golden body and a beautiful white head that just gets insanely dense and creamy as it settles. this thing doesn't get shorter than 1/4 inch and it stays draped up onto the inside of the glass. something i can't say i've ever had from a pils. crazy lace too and a tight stream of bubbles. the otherwise ordinary look of a pale golden brew is now stunning.

S- saltine cracker and noble hop aroma. what else should be there? mostly lemon and lime peel with soft dried flowers and some grassiness and some lightly toasted grains and just a touch of tomato acidity. no off aromas or anything that isn't straightforward hops and malt. very fragrant yet very clean.

T- perfect lemony hop flavor, a touch of mineral, and ample bitterness throughout. and very floral. not perfumey or soapy but a rose and lily petal earthy green natural flower taste that when combined with the soft herbal bitterness and the bright cracker malt flavor makes for one hell of a tasty and clean flavored beer. hop flavor lingers on long after the swallow with a pleasant lightly resinous bitterness. lemon and lime peel come back at the finish as well with some white grape skin dry wine.

MF- light bodied with just enough weight behind it to have a feeling of substance. perfect medium level carbonation. soft malty feel followed by a crisp dryness.

D- the best thing to come from BBC in a long time and perhaps my favorite offering from them EVER. if this exact recipe could be produced year round, it would be a dream come true and if any american brewery could kick the shit out of every german pils i've ever tasted, i could have guessed it would be sam adams. this stuff just begs to be consumed. this is one incredibly good and drinkable beer. (1,743 characters)

Photo of jzolli
4.88/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best pilsners I have had in a while. Definately a homerun for Sam Adams. I hope this becomes a year round offering rather than a seasonal. In my opinion this is the best pilsner since Victory's Prima Pils. I could drink this one over and over. (262 characters)

Photo of Cresant
4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass (of course!). Best by June. The body was bright golden yellow. The head was bright white and settle to a ring and whispy cap, leaving a good amount of lacing down the glass.

Smell was earthy and lemony. Spicy, leafy, and lovely. Peppery Noble hops. Lots of aroma for a modest pils.

Taste is moderately malty and crisp spicy hops. Organic/leafy and tobacco-like. Fresh and yummy. Drying finish. I'd love this one year round. Not a big beer in any way but very solid and endlessly drinkable.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and coarse in texture. I will return to this one often. (631 characters)

Photo of timrosenblatt
4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If one beer could make me become a full-time drunkard, this would be the one. I was genuinely surprised when I poured this into the glass. Great big pillowy head, nice clean look, and the most straightforward taste ever. The hops are refreshing. They are obviously present, but they don't shout. In a room, these hops represent the quiet guy sitting in the corner who clearly owns the joint.

I can't get over the taste and the refreshment. This is the most drinkable beer I've had in a long time. The hops are standing politely next to the malt, pleasing your tongue with every drink.

If you know someone who wants to get into IPAs but it's still too much for them, this is the perfect beer to start at. Absolutely respectable, but tasteful. This beer is a gentleman. (770 characters)

Photo of masonl
4.82/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a pale golden color. There are subtle tints of orange. Nice lacing.

Smell: Potent touch of citrus. Earthy aroma with a hint of hops

Taste: Strong taste of grapefruit zest. Moderately sweet taste of malts that is offset by a subtle hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation makes for a crisp mouthfeel. The subtle hoppy bitterness and moderate acidity make for a refreshing and interesting Spring beer.

Drinkability: Extremely good drinkability. A beer that can appeal to everyone. Enough substance to appreciate but still maintains a good amount of drinkability. (588 characters)

Photo of ajhod
4.82/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this several times on a trip to NH recently. Draft serving each time-imperial pint glass-not the right type of glass really.

Appears on the table with a bright white head, tiny bubbles, which fade quickly, but not too quickly. Bright, clear, golden in colour.

Aroma is bright and well hopped. Slight malt in nose.

Taste is extraordinary. Bright clean hop taste, malt flavour is reminiscent of honey, finishes clean and off-dry.

Very drinkable with a reasonable ABV. Love this beer. (490 characters)

Photo of JEdmund
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance
Beautifully clean--crystal clear, golden, nice white foam cap, healthy carbonation

Smell
Familiar pils aroma, but something extra and different; slightly toasted smelling malts; herbal/grassy/lemony hops are noticeable

Taste & Body
Lovely, unique flavor; what first strikes me is there is a tea-like quality to the flavor, whether from the malts or hops, I'm not sure. Truly a light, thirst-quenching beer with good flavor. Those five Noble hops are really making for a unique bitterness. It finishes bone dry, making me want another sip right away. Bitterness rivals Tucher's pils, one of the hoppier examples I've had. Body is light and I could use a touch more carbonation.

Overall
This is a great pilsner. It manages to pack in flavor and be interesting while also remaining extremely light and drinkable. Well done, Sammy A! (843 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Really excited to try this one. First review in a while and I've heard great things about this one. Hopefully this beer will bring a little light summer to a cold MN winter night.

A= pours a completely translucent light yellow color. The clear opacity of this beer is impressive as far as I'm concerned. Been a while since I drank something that looked so refreshing. A light half finger head comes from it and falls to a skin on top of the beer. Some spotty lacing but not really that great but what can you expect from a pils.

S= Smells light and crisp. Smells of some faint nobel hops and a little sweet malt. Nothing to blow you away being this is a pils I actually think it smells quite nice. A nice balance in the smell of this beer. I find prima pils to be a little too hop forward which is nice but this one seems a little better to have on hand always based on smell. Lets dig deeper.

T= Delicious. Wow this beer is tasty. Nice hops in it but they aren't what this beer is all about which I was expecting from the label and box literature. This beer is light crisp and super refreshing. The nobel hops flow across the entire tongue with a little lemony citrusy spice to it. Not overly hopped at all. The malts in this beer are great doughy and bready is a great way for me to describe this. The finish is awesome bready biscuity.

M= Super light and crisp. One of the most refreshing beers I've ever had.

D= Great. I find that most Samual Adams brews taste similar and I actually mentioned it to the fellow at the store I bought this from. He told me this was a step away from that and I will agree. This doesn't taste like a typical Samual Adams beer. For a pils I dunno how much better it can get. The rave reveiws are on spot this beer is awesome. While it didn't take away the cold MN night tonight it did bring back some memories of summer and makes me get all giddy for spring when I'm gonna drink the hell outta this beer. (1,943 characters)

Photo of JamesS
4.77/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very nice golden color with excellent head and some nice lacing. Great scent, a very crisp and sweet aroma with wonderful hints of hops in the nose, a bit of citrus and spiciness. Great taste, one of my favorite pils; a wonderful malty sweetness starts it off, with that slightly skunky lager hit in the middle; finished with a bright hop fizz, hints of spice (pepper) and citrus are at the forefront. It finishes clean for such a hoppy pils, while keeping a slight bitter aftertaste. (492 characters)

Photo of LiquidSanity
4.77/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ap: Beautiful golden champagne color. Moderate head and moderate lacing. Sexy, beautiful and you can almost visualize the flavor.

Ar: The hops resonate in the aroma and is enticing. This beer means business.

Ta: Sultry and sexy combination of hops. Sam Adams has something amazing here. While not an IPA, it still packs a healthy dose of hops that is appealing for any hop head. Don't expect double IPA but do prepare yourself for a crisp flavor that is almost indescribable. The earthyness and breadiness just invites you to continue drinking. This along with sierra Nevada pale ale, make for exceptional choices for sessionable beers. You can easily drink a 6 pack and be a happy fellow.

Mf: Rich, creamy and frothy texture. Each sip delights. May I have another?

Ov: I avoided this beer for quite some time. I almost convinced myself that if it wasn't an IPA, I wouldn't enjoy it. This beer shatters that rule. The delicious blend of hops creates an infusion of flavor that you cannot capture during the first bottle. You struggle to discover all the notes even after 2 or 3 bottles. It's a beer that makes you appreciate the fact that your taste buds work. Savor it, sip it, engage it and by all means, respect this beer. It's almost near perfect. And coming from a hop head, that means a lot. Cheers! (1,310 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I can't wait to see six packs of this stuff, I knew they get some first dibs on the noble hops but I had no idea that Sam Adams would be coming out with a seasonal featuring all five noble hop varieties. I loved the Hallertau Imperial Pils, but this is a session pils meant for mass consumption. It's been a long time since I've wanted a whole case of a Sam Adams offering, this is a good sign for future beers from them. The tastings they hosted to get customer feedback for their next spring seasonal was a success because the compared to the last beer that made it into their rotation this is liquid gold.

Pours a bright brilliant pale clear golden color with a eggshell white head two to three fingers thick with fine speckled lacing, nice and lively with the carbonation retention is very nice.

Aroma paves the way for the whole noble hop experience very nice citrus, herbal, and grassy hop explosion even a bit of earthiness that almost neon green their using for the label represents the caliber of green this bottle contains, fresh hop aromatics I'm loving it. Nice cereal grain nose to it very much a pale biscuit malt sweetness that has some light toasted grain but an ample touch of honey sweetness to create perfect balance in the smell.

Flavors are again perfectly balanced yet chalk full of flavor both hops and malts. Biscuit sweetness hits the sides of the palate with bitterness blending in alot of citrus peel, raw herbaceous slightly skunked Mary Jane, and a dirty earthiness bring on a multitude of varietal hop burps. One belch I'm thinking Saaz, the next a dose of Hallertau, and then some Tettnang...oh the dry finish is priceless this is the crisp quality some of those beer commericals are talking about even if you don't find that experience in their beers.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with flowing lively carbonation mildly effervescent yet it has a creamy slightly slick hop oil consistency, bone dry finish great light beer experience for the non beerlievers to cross over on. This brew will take you on a trip through Bavaria, now it's time for the real thing, I want a taste of these hops from the source.

Drinkability is inspiring if you feel bored with the craft beer scene and how things have been driven toward rarity and high alcohol with insane doses of malts and hops then you need to reach for the Noble pils from Sam Adams to take you back to a flavor that made you fall in love with beer. (2,437 characters)

Photo of MikeInIowa
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Look: It has a medium Golden shade, it's transparent, and it irridescently shimmers in a pint glass with substantial foam that lingers long and laces the glass as it recedes.

Nose: Fruity, aromatic hops beckon the sniffer toward the lip for a sip.

Taste: The Boston Beer Co. (a.k.a Sam) boasts that it has utilized "all five noble hops" when it made this brew. And danged if they didn't. One day, I hope to be able to i.d. all five in a glass of beer, but for right now there is Noble Pils to help me. This beer offers a delicious blend of hoppy and pine-like notes they are at once robust and sweet as they roll over the palate without tripping the bitter sensors to a large degree at all. It is a truly wonderful beer drinking experince if only for the fact that you find yourself surprised that you are not at all overpowered, but, in fact, pleased by its aftertaste.

Mouth: Noble possesses a thin but effervescent mouthfeel.

Drink: Easy to drink out of the tap or the bottle. This is a dandy! Loved it. (1,012 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle that is the last of a six-pack purchase last week. Pours a darker-than-average gold color with a frothy white head that displays both great retention and lacing. Crystal clear. Great looking pilsner here, if a shade or two on the dark side.

Nose is all about the hops, grassy being the most dominant...there are also floral, herbaceous and spicy hop notes in there. Light, grainy malts with just a touch of something sweet poke through the leafy goodness. Not exactly a refined aroma, it's a bit rough around the edges, but it is something I would like to see made into respirator cartridges...I'd wear one!

Taste is addictive, that is the only way to describe it. Leafy, ganja-esque hops manage to be very flavorful but not overly bitter, which is what I equate pilsners to be all about. BBC did a good job of leaving the malt bill light and slightly honeyed to provide a perfect backdrop for the hops to shine while still maintaining a rich body and unique take on the pilsner style.

Mad props to Boston Beer Company on this one, I never thought I would say that I absolutely love one of their beers, but this one is the shizzle! (1,147 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

If it comes from Boston, it must be identified as "Pilsnahhh". Hey, as a Yinzer, I love dialect and I love beer, so it all washes out (I hope).

I became a fan of the Lager styles a couple/few years back at one of the BA Fests and I really like Pilseners, especially Czech Pils with Saaz hops, but German Pils will also work. I just wish more of them were accessible in CANs - no possibility of light struck hops oils. Sigh.

I accomplished a brief finger of bone-white head before it disappeared like Dracula in the face of this morning's sunrise. Color was a beautiful sunshine/lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity and evidencing an endless parade of CO2 bubbles. Greg Koch can disrespect "fizzy yellow beers" all he wants, but this is one to consider. Nose was at once grassy and slightly spicy and my mouth began to water at the prospect. Mouthfeel was full, thanks to the preponderance of CO2 bubbles and the taste was phenomenal. I really caught the Saaz hops on the tongue despite them not being as forward as in the Czech version. Actually, there were a lot of flavors on the tongue, including blueberry, an earthy grassy taste, and a light saltiness. Finish was dry, crisp, and clean and the effervescence really left my palate scrubbed.

I am having trouble believing that this and another were just sitting as singles at my local bottle shop yesterday afternoon. What a find! (1,387 characters)

Photo of peterlovesbeer
4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ordered this at Rudy's, the finest beer palace in Cape Elizabeth, Maine and enjoyed it with their signature "massive fish" dinner.

It is very light in color but has a distinctive piney, citrusey nose.

The taste is crisp, with true Pilsener malt flavors and great balance.

I really enjoyed this and found it a great contrast to the many very hoppy and high alcohol bombs that craft brewers seem to be brewing in greater volume. (429 characters)

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Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 1,457 ratings.