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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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Photo of hoplover82
5/5  rDev +32.6%

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!

hoplover82, Dec 30, 2009
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

jvons, Jan 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

r3o, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

Monk0383, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

TicoCali, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

Jeffani, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of JANASKI
5/5  rDev +32.6%

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.

JANASKI, Mar 20, 2010
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

tomgossert, Mar 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

BigJaws, Apr 13, 2012
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

whallgren, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of MadElf25
4.95/5  rDev +31.3%

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.

MadElf25, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of AnalogReigns
4.95/5  rDev +31.3%

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."

AnalogReigns, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of PistyPete
4.93/5  rDev +30.8%

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!

PistyPete, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of apwilla
4.93/5  rDev +30.8%

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.

apwilla, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of hustlesworth
4.9/5  rDev +30%

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.

hustlesworth, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of mschofield
4.9/5  rDev +30%

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

mschofield, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of jzolli
4.9/5  rDev +30%

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.

jzolli, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of sudz42
4.9/5  rDev +30%

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.

sudz42, May 05, 2010
Photo of Cresant
4.88/5  rDev +29.4%

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.

Cresant, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of timrosenblatt
4.88/5  rDev +29.4%

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.

timrosenblatt, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of masonl
4.85/5  rDev +28.6%

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.

masonl, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of JEdmund
4.83/5  rDev +28.1%

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!

JEdmund, Mar 03, 2010
Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,267 ratings.