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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."

(Beer added by: schellsbeer on 12-20-2009)
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Photo of kylehay2004


4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two finger frothy head on a clear golden body with lots of lacing and decent detention. Very aromatous with floral and and lemony hops dominating. Flavor providesa nice hop character good for introducing the noble hop variety with floral and citrus, mostly lemon, notes. Light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall a nice offering from Sam Adams which grows on you as you drink it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2012 18:12:37 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of KarlosT


1.93/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Wow. I did not like this beer. And I wish I had taken the bartender up on his offer of a taste before buying a pint (on tap). When I think of others actually liking this beer, I recall the "paper" taste test as a kid when learning about genetics. Some found the paper tasted terrible, and others found it tasted like paper. For this beer, I'm in the former category.

Appearance and smell were ok.

But the taste ... all I could taste was very strong metalic flavors. Didn't notice any hops or malt flavors associated w/ this beer.

Could not finish the beer. Had to give it to someone else at the table (who found this beer to be ok).

Sorry Sam. Big fan of your base Boston lager. But I will avoid this beer in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2011 22:52:33 | More by KarlosT
Photo of sprucetip


3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden/straw colored, decent fluffy white head, moderate retention, and fairly thick lacing early on. Exceptional clarity.

Smells lightly of pilsner malt, grainy, and some malty sweetness, with a big dose of something sour/spicy that reminds of Anchor Our Holiday Ale. Herbal and Earthy hops are mostly hidden by the sour smell, but I like it.

Following the nose, it's grainy, malty sweet, and sour as described above. The hops are gentle and grassy, and only faintly bitter.

Strong carbonation and a mild sting, thin/medium body feels pleasant, and it finishes clean.

Reasonably tasty, clean and crisp. Hoppier than the typical Czech pils, but of course, that ain't saying much. Still, it retains much of the traditional pils characteristics and then adds a bit more of a hoppy punch than is typical of the style. A worthy effort, but yet still something I won't be having too often outside the airport.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2011 06:49:17 | More by sprucetip
Photo of Jerone


4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Straw color with nice tiny bubbles floating to the top and a nice white head that sticks around for a while.

S - Hops, more floral than anything else, with a slight malt backbone.

T - Tastes like the smell with nice floral hops, not very bitter, and a little bit of malt. The ending leaves a bit of hops on the tongue which is nice.

M - Light body with good carbonation.

O - Could use a bit more flavor like most sam adams brews, but a good beer that I am more than happy to drink. Leagues and bounds better than a bud or miller.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2011 17:03:14 | More by Jerone
Photo of sommersb


3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 07-17-2011
Freshness: Unknown
Packaging: Draft
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: On tap at O'Charley's, Springfield, TN

Straw-colored clear beer with a minimal white head. The aromas are crisp, with a nice floral hop presence but not overly done. Also some lemony, citrus smells. Taste is equally crisp and clean as a good pilsner lager should be, with the hops center stage, but without being too over the top. The malts are in good balance here. Finish is clean and dry, with a good amount of carbonation.

Very refreshing summer beer and a great pairing with a meal. I think the 5 different hops give this one a unique and pleasant taste in a pilsner.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2011 01:10:53 | More by sommersb
Photo of rawfish


3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arrived on-tap in a shaker pint with no head or lacing of any kind and a clear grainy gold body. Can't really dock anything from appearance since I didn't pour it.

Faint aroma, likely due to the type of glass it was served in, very grainy with a hint of sweet caramel malt, rather dry and light.

Very nice flavor, light clean cereal grains with s good amount of light pine hops and some spice, perhaps a bit of lemon peel spice, to keep it interesting. Finishes crisp and very dry.

Not incredibly carbonated despite the nice feel after the drik. Average body as well. Nicely drying and refreshing.

A nice lager, not sure what I expected but the slight flavors mesh in all the right places and this results in a very servicable lager, where it is lacking in flavor it more than makes up for in feel and refreshment.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2011 04:50:29 | More by rawfish
Photo of Durge


3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a large mug this pilsner is a bright, clear, golden color with a decent white fuzz on top and steady lace. The aroma is a deep honey bread and light yeast. Nice for the style. The flavor is even deeper honey wheat with a sweet yeast and oat hint. There's a fair citrus hop overtone that catches my tastebuds as well. The feel is relatively thick and smooth, medium-plus bodied with modest carbonation. An unusual stick to your ribs type of pilsner. A good one but not the typical thirst quencher variety.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2011 02:57:37 | More by Durge
Photo of farlieonfootie


3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap. Noble Pils pours a translucent golden yellow with almost no head. It has a mild but hoppy smell, with just a slight hint of sweetness. The beer is well carbonated and lively on the tongue. It was served a little bit too cold for my liking -- making it difficult to discern the various flavors -- but it tasted mildly hoppy and mellow, with some grass or wheat notes added before the crisp, clean finish. Even as it warms the taste remains relatively mild. This is a nice Spring sipper, but not my favorite Sam.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2011 14:36:00 | More by farlieonfootie
Photo of LaCoursiere


3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a tall pour from Champps with dinner tonight.

A - Came with a two-finger white that dissipated over several minutes. Color was a clear yellow-orange. There was a little bit of lacing.

S - Has a grassy aroma with faint pale malt, lemon and orange notes.

T - Taste is clean base malt with a slight honey sweetness and a hop finish that is grassy and slightly piney. Not much bitterness in the finish. Not too bad overall

M - Has a mouth-feel that is only a little bit better than a domestic lager. Kind of thin light body, quite a bit of carbonation with no alcohol warmth

O/D - This was a decent brew. Nothing too bold here, but the mild flavor and aroma are pleasant, I had no problem drinking a tall and could have had another.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2011 01:24:05 | More by LaCoursiere
Photo of IrishMan34


4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Noble Pils is the best Samuel Adams has to offer.

I only wish that it came more than once a year haha.

Noble Pils is a seasonal brew that has pronounced citrus taste fitting for spring. Grassy, tea flavors followed by the sweet, pale malts.

Bubbly and smooth it is very drinkable and very refreshing! It is a must try for seasonal brew fanatics and it really should be made all year... hey i can hope right?

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2011 22:13:55 | More by IrishMan34
Photo of angelogarcia3

New York

2.4/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

After hearing so much about this beer and everywhere I went the beer ran out just when I ordered it. It was to my surprise that this beer disappointing in every respect. Considering I am a stout and porter drinker it should not be surprising. This pilsner style beer has a hazy color and a mild ale aroma. As for the flavor it was disappointingly light in body, flavor, and mouthfeel. Will stick with the porters and stouts next time.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2011 23:27:40 | More by angelogarcia3
Photo of smokeypeat


3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap, somewhat surprised to see it still available so I'm not too sure about the freshness. Poured a golden color into the glass with about a 1.5 finger head of pure white. Smells of grain, clover honey, some biscuit, and slight grass. Taste was just OK, with the taste following the aromas pretty closely. I was hoping for a little bit more hop presence, but again I'm not sure of the freshness of this keg so that might have an impact. Overall, an average beer at this tasting, but I will give it another try earlier next year.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2011 20:55:06 | More by smokeypeat
Photo of Kadonny


2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a tap at Chilis into a larger Perfect Pint glass.

A: A clear straw yellow color with one finger white head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Grainy, honey, biscuit, bread malt and some grassy notes. Where are my hops?

T: First sip yields grain flavors with some baked bread, honey, biscuit, and malt sweetness. I get some faint grassy hop tones (very faint) and some slight lemon zest. Finish remains on the sweet side with more grainy flavors. Pils? Really? Disappointing, it reminds me more of a helles lager (maybe even and adjunct) than a real pils. Where are the hops and bitterness?

M: Thin, no real powerful flavors and no bitterness to speak of.

O: Severely disappointed in this one. I will qualify it though as this beer is getting long in the tooth about now and for the restaurant to still have this on tap means it is not the freshest. Still, this was a huge let down.

I had this a year ago fresh from a bottle (need to re-review next year) and it was a solid pils. This however was more of a helles lager than it was a pils really lacking the signature pils bitterness and crispness. I will attribute this to age and hopefully next year I can have some fresh stuff. Note, I came home and tapped a fresh Victory Braumeister Pils from my home tap and they were eons apart. The Victory was ass kicking, the Noble was ass kicked. That's the difference. Hopefully next year.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2011 14:29:22 | More by Kadonny
Photo of Hopfenpeter


3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer at the airport as a draft.
The beer is a medium to light golden color with a white head and quite a bit of carbonation.
The smell is fruity like apple and citrus.
Up front the fruity flavors are dominating. Apple and especially citrus notes. In the middle the hop selection takes charge and the beer finishes with a slight bitterness, just like you expect from a Pils.
Overall a good drinkable beer, but nothing special either.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2011 03:27:29 | More by Hopfenpeter
Photo of B967ierhunter177


2.75/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear, gold color with 1/8 inch head and some lasting lace. The aroma is mostly citrus leaning toward lemon with hints of bread. The flavor has notes of lemon, grass, and a good balance between malt and hops. It's mouthfeel is light-medium and drinkability good. Samuel Adams Noble Pils is a decent beer and was a great match for nacho chips and queso. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2011 01:05:10 | More by B967ierhunter177
Photo of match1112


4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on tap at my local bowling alley. poured a nice hazy yellow color with lots of head, unfortunatly the bar keep put in a frosted mug so i didnt see any lacing. smelled and tasted like the garden in spring, with hints of grass, hops, citrus, and slight malts and honey. mouthfeel was light with low carbonation. overall a excellent beer to have any time of year.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2011 16:37:31 | More by match1112
Photo of ferrari29


3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured into a Samuel Adams glass

A - Beer poured with a one finger foam; copper clear body, sold amount of carbonation; good lacing on the sides; could have looked more full - kind of thin

S - Citrus; noble hops with a touch of pilsener freshness; fruit and finishes off with a nice malt aroma

T - Hops; citrus; pilsener bitterness comes up on the back end of the drink; pleasant and humble flavors; not too powerful and faint traces of bitterness from the hops

M - Thin consistency; little carbonated feel over the tongue

D - Overall this was a good drink; I think Sam Adams made another fine quality beer; kick back over the summer and enjoy one of these

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2011 03:47:23 | More by ferrari29
Photo of EagleTalon


4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bar served it in the special Sam Adams tulip/pilsner glasses. Pours to a frothy white head with fine bubbles. Color is on the pale side for a Czech Pils. Aroma is expectedly hop-dominant, with the best characteristics of Czech and German hops coming through. Flavor is a well balanced mix of citrus and spicy hop flavors, bitterness and pale malt backbone. Mouthfeel is light and generous CO2. This was a pleasure to taste and drink.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2011 01:50:54 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of nataku00


4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a shaker pint glass. Golden yellow color and very clear beer, with an initial finger of off white frothy head that quickly receded to a thin collar around the edges of the glass. Not much lacing to speak of. Some decent carbonation, bubbles gently rising up from the glass in some numbers.

Nose is grassy hops, with a touch of herbal complexity in the bitter profile. Fairly well balanced with some sweeter light biscuit and pilsner malts.

Taking a sip, the taste follows the nose, bit of sharp grassy bitterness initially then smoothed into a light malt sweetness. Finishes crisply and cleanly with no aftertaste on the tongue.

Light body beer with a good amount of gentle carbonation to contribute to the clean and crisp finish.

Not a bad representation of the pilsner style, and wouldn't mind getting it on tap again when it comes back around as the seasonal in a bar or restaurant. Went very well with some pizza.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2011 05:11:23 | More by nataku00
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Canterbury Ales, Huntington, New York.

Poured a crystal clear medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a peppery blend of noble hops and a full on doughy malt.

The taste consisted of an upfront peppery hop that seamlessly dissolved into the round biscuity malt. Finished dry.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller and softer side of the style.

Overall a tasty and extremely quaffable seasonal brew.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2011 23:33:43 | More by plaid75
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type - on tap

Appearance - light golden yellow , decent 1/2 inch white head
Decent lacing

Smell - hops yeast very floral, lemon, pine, some malts mixed with some light sugars

Taste - nice mild pils with hops and yeasty flavor. Very impressed with the amount of hop flavor this has. Yeast is mild but noticeable and not overpowering. Sugars and lemon add a decent. Sweet kick. Has a grassy , earthy feel.

Mouthfeel - light and thinly coats mouth with hops and yeast. Slighty bitter on tounge but nothing to ruin mouth. Has a slight yeast pils aftertaste that lasts a little while.

Overall - a nice hoppy low alcohol pils. Smooth and flavorful and very easy to drink. Would be a killer summertime beer to enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2011 05:21:31 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of DannyS

New York

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Large Sam Adams Sensory glass at Pizzeria Uno in Bayside, NY.

A - An vibrant golden color with a nice big 2-finger pillow of head on top, retaining well and leaving loose webs of lacing.

S - Lots of citrusy hops with a little bit of malt in the back, and a tiny twinge of skunk.

T - Crisp, citrusy, malty, light. Far from complex or memorable, but satisfying.

M - slightly watery, thin, fine carbonation. Fine for a pilsner.

Overall - Easily sessionable and a good choice for a lighter tasting beer if that's what you're looking for.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2011 01:50:36 | More by DannyS
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a golden straw yellow with a one finger bone white head that subsided to a half finger slwoly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, skunky hop, and wheat. The flavor was of sweet malt, nutty notes, slight citrus, and skunky hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall I wasn't really a big fan of this one. The skunk aspect was very present in this one and almost overpowering. At least there was a little citrus in the flavor to try and balance this out, but it wasn't even close. Other than the citrus this one just fell short for me.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2011 19:44:56 | More by thagr81us
Photo of shwhat

New York

4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

as a style, pilsner is really not my favorite. every pilsner i've had - be it beck's or troeg's sunshine - has always had that odd 'skunky' quality that really puts me off.

noble pils is bright, fresh, very citrusy. not extremely bitter, which i dig, but still having that herbal, piney, floral hop flavor and aroma. there's a good balance of malt in this brew that really comes up on the tail end. punch of hops at the beginning, malty finish with a bit of a bitter aftertaste.

the appearance was interesting. golden in color, pretty decent white head...almost looks like an upgrade on the standard adjunct brew. that being said...this is by far my favorite pilsner. for me, it's the exception to the rule. i'm looking forward to trying more pilsners like this.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2011 21:18:22 | More by shwhat
Photo of chiccabeer


3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours very clear with a light yellow look to it. It has a light smell to it that gives off the aroma of sweetness and hops. The taste is very a traditional Pils with a lot of flavor. I taste bitterness, hops, spice, and fruit. This is a great beer to have during the spring time. Cheers.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2011 04:24:36 | More by chiccabeer
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Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,050 ratings.