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

Samuel Adams Noble PilsSamuel Adams Noble Pils

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3,050 Ratings
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Ratings: 3050
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."

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Photo of fattire513


4.75/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Overall a great beer. The first one that I have tried with 5 different kinds of hops. A different taste than other hoppy beers. Not too carbonated which I love, sometimes the IPA's can be a bit strong on the carbonation side I feel. I agree that this should be a summer release, but now is a pretty good time to drink a few. I could see myself drinking more of these in one sitting, as for right now, this late maybe not. I feel this beer would be exceptionally good on tap, but as of now haven't been able to find it.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 06:33:34 | More by fattire513
Photo of righlander


4.75/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a very clear straw yellow to gold in to my erdinger weibbier glass (hey it was the only glass clean lol). small 1 finger head. some minimal sticky lace. very nicely carbonated, full of bubbles. looks very refreshing. smell is grassy, kind of lightly piney. some feint malt n there. taste is very nice! crisp hop pine with some white toast and grass. sweet light malt, followed my a very nice mellow hop bitter. feels soft and clean on the tongue. very nice. amazing session beer. i'm glad i bought a whole 6 pack! probably sam adams most solid beer. a bit more hoppy than most german pils but, that's the way we like it! a great example of how you can make a beer light but still classy. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 05:17:54 | More by righlander
Photo of chefhatt


4.75/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When i poured into my glass, it was a very nice golden color with a nice 1/2" head then it slowly went down to a nice thin ring around the glass. Has a nice smell of hops and a little citrus. I think it tastes really nice and balanced with the hops, also has a hint of grapefruit. feels very nice on the tongue and goes down nice and smooth. I think it is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 02:31:42 | More by chefhatt
Photo of BeenJammin


4.75/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My First Time

The first time I had this beer I wasn't expecting too much more than just another solid SA seasonal. I did the, "drink it straight from the bottle because it's nothing special" thing. Well, after the first sip it was apparent that this beer was much more than your run of the mill, crappy American-made pilsner. I was hooked after the first sip! This is the kind of beer that BMC should be making when they claim "Triple Hops Brewed". Now, if you claim that I am somehow overrating this beer; fine, you got me. But it's only on the off chance that I can turn this beer on to someone new to craft beer. Because I know they will have a similar experience to mine for their first time.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 02:23:44 | More by BeenJammin
Photo of WVbeergeek


4.72/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 04:23:24 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Hokies

Rhode Island

4.72/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to review a much hyped beer that is easily accessible and none the less produced by BBC. Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass with a nice rich one inch head that lasts. The beer pours a nice golden/yellow color quite befitting of the style.

The aroma is filled with a light floral bouquet of hops filled with grapefruit, pine and a light citrus hint followed by a grassy and grainy aroma.

Wow the taste is wonderful, the hops are quite complex with a light citrus fruit and a light herbal spice to it. The overall taste is a little coarse and balanced out by a nice sweet malt note and a decent hop bitterness to it.

I am not a big fan of the German Pils style but this is a great beer and props to Sam on this new seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 03:15:23 | More by Hokies
Photo of Reagan1984


4.72/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my pilsner glass and a huge bright white head formed. Very creamy and excellent retention. Head has such nice structure it rises well above the glass. Bright gold/brass color with slow rising visible carbonation.
Beautiful lacing all inside the glass.

Aroma is grassy, spicy, fresh and full of hops.

Very nice pilsner. Kudos to the Sam Adams folks. I need to try this next to a Prima Pils. Fresh, clean, grassy, assertive spicy hop flavors.
Excellent balance here. And by balance, I mean with a nice hop flavor.

Very crisp & refreshing. Delicate carbonation in the mouth.

Excellent beer and a welcome addition to the line-up.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 22:41:26 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.72/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Noble Pils has a medium, slightly off-white head, and a fairly clear golden appearance. Carbonation is medium. The aroma is not strong, but there is certainly a wonderful sharpness to it after a deep inhalation. The taste is full, bready, grassy, earthy, and it has a fantastic hop balance. The hops become more prominent in the after-taste. Mouth-feel is medium. This beer finishes wet and refreshing. Another home run from a great brewing company.


Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 00:10:44 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of peterlovesbeer


4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2010 19:22:59 | More by peterlovesbeer
Photo of soco7tyx7

New York

4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Medium-light golden with creamy white 2 finger head (slow to diminish)
S - Mild citrus hop aroma, light skunkiness. Smells clean and well crafted
T - Tastes clean like a cold pure glass of water (not the flavor of water), very light citrus with hops and mild bitterness on the finish. Very light skunkiness
M - Light, clean, smooth, crisp and carbonated (not overbearing). It has a rich feel to it even though it is light
D - Very drinkable, very smooth, well crafted pilsner...my favorite so far. I could drink it all day

Had from a bottle and tap

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 15:40:53 | More by soco7tyx7
Photo of nydalek85

New York

4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From someone who doesn't like most, if not any beer, and with family histories (sic), this is probably one that I like the most. I think I'll stick with the Sam Adams brand for a long time.

Because of my limited experience with beer, (most macros tend to make me sick, especially those in an aluminum can), it is hard for me to properly review a beer. The smell is typical of most for me, because I haven't been trained to pick up the nuances from style to style. The taste for me was very good, much more drinkable than a standard lager. It is smooth in the mouth, and is highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 11:38:53 | More by nydalek85
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap twice i the past week - Leroy Selmons in Tampa, FL, and at a more local joint a few days later.

Color is a golden yellow, very picturesque. Brilliantly clear, low foam. Very sticky on the sides.

Mild but pleasing aroma. some grains in there, blended with the hops. makes me....thirsty.

Taste is clean, crisp, backd by a subtle tasty hop. Basically, everything you'd want in a pils. Believe the hype, this beer delivers.

Nicely balanced carbonation in the mouthfeel. Very pleasing.

Very, very drinkable. One only is difficult. Buy these, buy in bulk.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2010 01:06:25 | More by KTCamm
Photo of rx-beer

Puerto Rico

4.69/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Lightly hazy gold with light carbonation. About an inch and a half of foamy white head after pouring right down the center. Light yet lingering lacing. Head gradually fades away.

S - Amazing spicy hoppiness. Noble hops are very evident.

T - Hops are very present upfront but not as bitter as a pale ale or an IPA. A bready maltiness joins in later on and accompanies the hops making for a very well balanced finish. Once the beer is gone, a hoppy essence keeps lingering on the tongue.

M - light smooth body with some carbonation

O - One of my favorite beers. Glad this is no longer a seasonal so I can have some in the fridge year-round. Definitely think this is one of BBC's best beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 01:20:26 | More by rx-beer
Photo of DaveFL1976


4.68/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Coasters Pub, Melbourne FL.
Pours a bright, clear, straw with a foamy bright white head that leaves a bit of lacing. Very effervescent and clean-looking.
Smell is grassy and mellow, but the hops are definitely there. Maybe not as much as a Victory Prima Pils, but more so than many quality German Pilsners.
This is one tasty pilsner. A crisp hop presence with a strong-enough malt backbone. Good job, BBC.
Drinkability is enourmous.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2010 15:52:54 | More by DaveFL1976
Photo of koolex11


4.68/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sam Adams has finally produced a masterpiece.

Perfectly balanced. Deliciously hopped with a great pilsener malt flavor and a dry, toasted finish.

Light bodied and not too carbonated.

The minute it hit my mouth I knew I had found a new favorite.

Well done!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 00:10:41 | More by koolex11
Photo of maleman


4.68/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an SA glass. Freshness dating noted on the bottle.

A - poured a clear light golden color with a tight head that disappated quickly into a very thin cover.

S - this beer has one of the best aromas of any beer i've had in a long, long time. the hops really jump out with a definite freshness. there is a hint of resin that i picked up, florals, too.

T - a very tasty pilsner. i compare it to Pilsner Urquell in its taste. i detect a bit of black pepper, that really fits, along with some citrus notes.

M - medium bodied, full flavored, some aftertaste that lingers in the back of the mouth, but not overbearing. a good bit of carbonation, but the etching in the glass might have contributed to that.

D - i'm an ale guy, but this pilsner really stood out to me and i like it a lot! this is a brew that i can sit back and partake of many times over because it can double as a session beer and a specialty beer depending on the mood. Good job, Boston Brewery!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 01:21:07 | More by maleman
Photo of olmatty


4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear pale straw beer with a creamy, high, white head.

Smell- Pilsner malts with some slightly pungent, herbaceous hops at the finish.

Taste- A slightly richer pils lager, especially in the hops department where the multiple hops make a nice difference.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, clean and dry

Drinkability- I could drink quite a bit of this, especially if it were warmer weather. Released in January, an odd release time for light lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 09:19:21 | More by olmatty
Photo of DJindy


4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this on draft at a local bar, and had it in a bottle. The above is rating for the draft. Very nice, light hop aroma- appropriate for a pilsner. Light in color, and crisp in finish. A very nice draft beer.

For some reason, it was a completely different beer for me out of the bottle. The aroma was off and the finish was not crisp like on draft. Overall, I was very disappointed, as I had the draft beer prior to the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2010 22:45:35 | More by DJindy
Photo of shand


4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

This beer pours with head that just hits the top of the glass. The beer itself is a clear golden colour, and extremely carbonated. Looks very refreshing and delicious. The smell is primarily that of noble hops, there's some citrus character and extremely clean, almost transparent malts in the back. It also tastes fantastic. The noble hops impart a great bitter/spicy flavor, along with some transparent bready malts in the back. It's just a perfect tasting pilsner, perfect for the hop heads. Drink it fresh!

The mouthfeel is also perfect here, it's got a slightly thicker mouthfeel than most pilsners, without coating the mouth too much. And the drinkability is off the charts. It's extremely refreshing. It's honestly hard to fault this beer on any level. It's the perfect pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 00:21:25 | More by shand
Photo of morehoppps


4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First Review on BA

A: Poured into pilsner glass, nice light, golden, clear, appearance. Nice amount of head, with constant bubbles from the bottom.

S: Hoppy, but not overly. Semi-sweet. Very kind to the nose.

T: Nice comprimise between malt and hops. Very crisp and refreshing, it would be great with grilled chicken/fish.

M: Very good amount of carbonation, without being overly carbonated. Light, not too sticky sweet.

Overall, I am very impressed with this beer. It is a great seasonal brew. I would love to have several after an afternoon of mowing the lawn, or at a baseball game. Or any where. Very impressed. I give it an A. Solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 21:00:23 | More by morehoppps
Photo of jneiswender


4.63/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had out of a 12oz bottle into a hefe-tulip glass.

A-spongy, fluffy, dense, white head. Very clear golden body.

S-very distinct floral hop aroma.

T-very nice and malty, nice hop flavor in the middle.

M-medium, somewhat slick.

T-Really incredible offering by Sam's. This is what a pils made in America should be. Full of flavor. Spot on.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 00:52:42 | More by jneiswender
Photo of allthatAles


4.63/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pour: Golden Honey Yellow, Eggshell white head, head is well structured and doesn't dissipate for sometime superb champagne like bubble,

Nose: Frontal floral, hints of both hops and nearly orange peel and grains of paradise. I can get over the hop aroma its delightful!
Mouth: the hop profile is exceptionally well rounded, a light lingering tartness like a good (I)PA. Little grapefruit, little orange, bubbles remain in 'pour' proportion well into the beer.

I terribly enjoyed this brew. There is no doubt that this beer should be a YEAR ROUND brew! it certainly made me do a double take on the Pils genre.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 00:38:34 | More by allthatAles
Photo of brownbeer


4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 17:56:36 | More by brownbeer
Photo of Mosstrooper


4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 19oz pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear straw color with a medium, quickly dissipateing white head that leaves thick lacing.

Smell: Nutty and earthy aromas are predominant, with some floral and grassy notes. A depth of hops.

Taste: As the smell would suggest, there is a depth of hop flavor. Earthy flavors with herbal hints mostly, with citric notes and light maltiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thinner, crisp body with a sharp carbonation bite. Finish is refreshing and crisp, but dries out some.

Drinkability: An outstanding pils that even beats out many of its European counterparts. Great hop depth and a solid malt backbone make this hoppy, but still pretty well-rounded. Most Samuel Adams beers are very good (or, at the very least, faithful) interpretations of the styles they represent, but this one is exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 18:05:44 | More by Mosstrooper
Photo of cstorm


4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served out of a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pilsner glass.

I was excited to try this new brew and happly took advantage of Total Wine's singles section to try one.

Just wow. Great beer.

A - golden to a light amber. Rocky thick head that sticks around for the party.

S - Beautiful hop aroma. Spicy, floral, perfect.

T - Hops dominate but are really balanced by a ever-present malt backbone. Cracker hints in the malt. Definitely balanced, and better balanced IMO than Victory's Prima Pils.

M - Smooth mouthfeel, with a certain "thickness". Not syrupy at all;, but has body.

D - All day long. Great beer. I will definitely invest in a case of this beer now that I have had the chance to sample it.

Good job Boston Beer Co. and Jim Koch. This Pils is for real.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 01:46:46 | More by cstorm
Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,050 ratings.