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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
very good

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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 JoeBloe

New York

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured clear golden yellow with 1/2 finger white head - a little bit of spotty lacing on the way down the glass - light aroma of hops and yeastiness - i can't say taste is complex, but nice and mild on the palate, and there's a slight bitter finish - smooth with good carbonation - crisp and refreshing - even more drinkable from the growler than the bottle.

Serving type: growler

01-31-2011 15:27:35 | More by JoeBloe
Photo of sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

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

Poured from our German style growler (GLBC) a clear straw yellow with a thick white head that left generous lacing. You couldn't ask for a nicer looking brew. The smell is slight malt and heavy green vegetable matter, the name doesn't lie this is big on noble German hops. Taste is light, crisp, refreshing, malty sweetness excellently backed by the noble hop spicy vegetable flavours. Mouthfeel is a thin medium has more body than water which is spot on. The drinkability is pretty good I'm not huge on pilseners but I could have a few of these, and I'm sure would hold its own with traditional German brews.

Serving type: growler

05-13-2010 00:22:02 | More by sliverX
Photo of mugzybrown


4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours to a nice head which dissipates quickly to a thin line, but it maintains throughout.

A nice smooth, floral taste. Citrus from the hops in the front, floral in the end. But light, not overly hopped.

Slightly on the thin side as far as mouthfeel, but a very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 03:33:10 | More by mugzybrown
Photo of Fergyx825


3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A light amber color, very bubbly beer with some head on the pour. Head sticks around a little while after the pour. This is very similiar to the description of a czech pilsner.

Smell: A hoppy pilsner smell to the beer with some floral aroma. Towards the end, it reminds me of budweiser. There is a spicy piece to the beer.

Taste: light on hops, grassy taste to this beer. The hops don't have a full well rounded effect that i remember them having from previous years. A tiny bit spicy, with some malty hints. I still taste hints of budweiser.

Mouthfeel: High carbonated beer with a medium to light thickness. Not a good combination. This is a sipping beer, not so much a chugging beer. Regardless it isn't balanced.

Overall: Not as good as i remember, but this is my base for pale beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 03:06:58 | More by Fergyx825
Photo of Ohiolager


3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams noble pils 6pk bottles $9.99(OH)

12 oz brown bottle poured into a 17 oz stemless white wine glass. freshest taste date is marked as a notch. i prefer an actual printed date.

pours a nice clean pale golden color. A three finger creamy bright white head, it lasts a while and gives way to impressive lacing. Thick almost soap like lacing clings all around the glass.

it smells grassy, spicy and doughy. did i mention a nice hoppy floral aroma.

the taste is crisp, clean and refreshing. A great balance of Bohemian barley and all five noble hops. A nice crisp floral hoppy note, followed by a nice citrus taste. Gives way to a hop dryness that you would expect. A tad bit bitter but again that is expected with five noble hops.

the mouth feel is light but by no means watery. crisp and clean. great carbonation. leaves a dry floral hop note all over your mouth.

overall not a bad beer. A great use of all five noble hops in a great balance with Bohemian malted barley. The appearance is great, the smell is good but the taste is better. A typical Boston beer brew, not over the top but by no means bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 04:01:20 | More by Ohiolager
Photo of MartzMimic


3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden witha substantial foamy white head that hangs around. Decent lacing. Smells of grass, bread, hops and a but of citrus. Those follow through to the taste. The hops provide a good bit of bitterness. Mouth is light with some carbonation. I'm not a huge pilsner person, but this is a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 02:56:02 | More by MartzMimic
Photo of SonictheBeerhog

New York

4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Now this is an interesting drink! I love the variety of hops they put into this. First sip is like nothing but hops, but then it turns into a sweet malt that doesn't over ride the pleasant taste of the hops. The color I was a little disappointed in. I was hoping for a little more red but it kind of looks just like Budweiser.

Overall, amazing drink and I think Sam Adams should keep up their good work!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 00:43:07 | More by SonictheBeerhog
Photo of WettNutz


3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

A - Golden brown with a small amount of head. The head is sticky however.

S - Its whatever, I don't smell too much to be honest

T - Good balance between hoppy and malty. Not too bitter, which I like. A little hops go a long way with me.

M - Full bodied that finishes smooth going down the throat.

O - Pretty much what you'd expect from SA. At the price point its at though, a good bang for your buck when you want something better.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 23:30:13 | More by WettNutz
Photo of silverevo9


4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just poured into a pilsner glass. Head is beautiful with excellent sticky lacing. Love the sweet malts, piney smell, and great hop taste. Great idea with the 5 noble hops. You know you have good thing. Nose to glass is excellent. Beer has a very good presentation. Color, taste, and head make the beer very appetizing. Good price for such a high quality pilsner. i consistently keep a six pack of this in my fridge, keeps you coming back due to its quality. Slight bitterness, but very smooth, makes it very drinkable. This is another very good pilsner that is on the top shelf.

Awesome beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 22:01:29 | More by silverevo9
Photo of Nugganooch


3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from the Hop Tour case – Imperial Nonic Pint glass

A: A mammoth cap of course white suds adorns the top of my glass staying for some time. Covers over a pale caramel amber body with very fine clarity. Leaves behind some broken runners of sticky lace upon each sip.

S: Spice hops dominate the nose with a good mix of grassy hops and grainy pilsner malt. Somewhat wheat like with a doughy bread and almost pretzel like quality. There is a touch of pine and citrus there as well with some earthy minerals. Nice and spicy hop forward nose.

T: Tastes of bread, spice, and florals with a nice upper level of hoppiness overall. Dry grass and peppery spices mix with some grainy bread moving towards a much dryer soda cracker like finish. Dash of citrus spice. No signs of alcohol come through in the flavor and there is a slight metallic tinge on the finish. More mineral like I guess. Otherwise this is a very nice and hoppy Pils with good balance to it.

M: Lightly filling to moderate low body with a nice peppery bitterness and creamy consistency to it. Finishes out a bit wet and watered down although there is a nice dry crisp snap there.

D: Tasty beer. A very refreshing Pils with a nice hop bite on it. One of the BBC’s better concoctions. A real noble effort I must say…hmm bwhahaha

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 00:46:15 | More by Nugganooch
Photo of osant37

New York

4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served from bottle into pilsner glass. glear golden yellow appearance, lots of carbonation. white fluffy merengue type 3 finger head that laces the glass pretty well. the smell is grassy almost hay like. strong crackery notes from the pilsner malts and earthyness from the noble hops although the saaz hop note stands out most. the taste is big cracker bready taste up front follwed by just the right hop zing that you would expect in a great czech pils. carbonation washes the pallet well and leaves you wanting another sip. overall this a great offering from samuel adams. definatlly one of my favorites!...cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 19:04:55 | More by osant37
Photo of lochef81


3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This ale pours a very light straw color with a small white head that lasts throughout the pour. The nose is very light with notes of belgian yeast, light citrus hops, and Fresh wheat. The flavor is quite light and refreshing. Its not a complex beer but this style shouldn't be. It is easy in the palate, simple. Not too much malt or hops; just balanced and easy going. This isn't a beer that I'd seek out but one that is very enjoyable and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 06:32:07 | More by lochef81
Photo of Aledog

New York

3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

T: Nice balance of hops bitterness and malt sweetness. Definitely on the sweeter side, though not overly so. Can taste grass and light honey.

O: Not as crisp as other pilsners, but exceptional just the same. It is more rounded due to the malt presence. This is an excellent beer and would definitely buy again. A outstanding beer at a great price.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 01:29:17 | More by Aledog
Photo of BeersIsTheName


3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed cold and poured into a pilsner glass.

A- Golden, somewhat hazy, light and fluffy finger sized head.

S- Somewhat hoppy, with a touch of grass, and a hint of citrus.

T- Not as hoppy as the smell would indicate. Surprisingly wheaty. Hints of pine, however it is very subtle.

M- Dry with strong carbonation. Slight bitterness in the finish.

O- I was surprised at first because the taste didn't necessarily reflect the aroma at first. I was expecting something a bit more hoppy. This pils is a bit on the dry side. The bitterness and dryness combines for a complementary bite that leaves the drinker wanting another sip.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 00:53:11 | More by BeersIsTheName
Photo of Givemebeer


3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden and clear. 2 inches of a soft foam head that leaves lacing.

S: Definitely smelling the noble hops here. Grassy with a touch of pine.

T: Tastes like an authentic Czech Pils. Grainy, grassy, pretty hopped up - allowing the noble hops to really be showcased.

M: Light bodied

O: Thoroughly enjoyed this representation of a Czech pilsner. Wish it was a tad crisper, but I could definitely session a few of these on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 00:10:46 | More by Givemebeer
Photo of Jette


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

A: A golden beer poured into a tall glass with 2 fingers of loose foam. It settles to leave a fine lace.
S: A floral aroma of hops that's not overpowering, baby oranges, light caramel at the bottom of a warm glass
T: Smooth malt structure with fresh hay, a hint of lemon, and noble hops in blended bitterness that swirls over the tongue. Very clean, a little woodsy with some new growth of pine leaves.
M: light medium and smooth, a dry finish with ample carbonation.
O: a delightful interpretation of the Pils standard. Refreshing, flavorful, delicately balanced. One of the best I've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 07:42:14 | More by Jette
Photo of brewskifan55


3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a goblet

A: An opaque light golden with a white half finger head that fizzles to foam. Curtain-y lacing.

S: Citrus slides in with lemons and oranges followed by a graininess.

T: Light hops, barley with a slight bitterness. Floral. Smooth and sessionable. Well balanced. A clean finish with a bit of grapefruit.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation.

O: I really wasn't expecting much. My son picked this one at random in a mixed 6-er. But I was pleasantly surprised. A good example of a Czech pilsener.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 22:07:43 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of Omnium


3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Sensory Pils Glass

A - Clear yellow with a finger of foamy white head, some medium lacing.
S - Grains, bready malt, orange, pear, apple, light floral and glass notes, some hints of black pepper.
T - A lot of cracker malt, i mean a lot, a light orange zest, grassy, dried flowers, black pepper and a touch of clove.
M - Dry and the malt just adheres to your palate.
O - Decent pils, not as good as I once remembered, but decent enough to get you buy in a pinch.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 05:01:54 | More by Omnium
Photo of Amgarnier


4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, poured with a lasting one finger head. Lime and Orange aroma with hints of pine and Light cracker malt. The taste is well balanced a distinctive cracker malt flavor. Orange, pine, and lime in the hops. Clean fermentation. Medium body and carbonation. Finishes dry. A very drinkable beer well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 02:39:21 | More by Amgarnier
Photo of Emnmarko


4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Clear and golden in color with minimal head.

S- Hops with sweet citrus. Orange. Mild bread, peppery crackers.

T- Black pepper sprinkled over a juicy Florida orange on a biscuit. Strong hop aftertaste.

M- Clean and easy. A little funky. I like it.

O- This is a hop forward version of a pilsner, while still retaining the characteristic crisp drinkability that comes out of this style of beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 20:30:12 | More by Emnmarko
Photo of bark


4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The colour is pale gold (6 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head is white and compact. It sinks rather slowly leaving thick lacing on the glass.

The smell is loaded with noble hops. Hay, grass, summer flowers and a delicate notable bitterness. It is quite sweet and very floral. Hints of oil paint and shoe polish.

The taste is bitter and loaded with floral hops. Medium bitterness. Notes of oil paint and bitter herbs. Some butter and light clean sweet flavours. Medium body. The bitterness grows in the aftertaste, as does the clean alcohol. The finish is semi-sweet with even more German/Czech hops.

The carbonation is strong with lots of very small bubbles, the liquid is smooth.

It is like a Czech pilsner, but hopped like an APA with noble hops. It could easily have been over-hopped and unbalanced, but this beer keeps it just right.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 19:51:47 | More by bark
Photo of kismet


3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is my favorite brew from sam adams...hands down. it has a great lemony citrus hop bite and is so crisp and clean tasting. the malts are slightly bready and make for a creamy mouthfeel, although the hops provide a snappy, super dry finish. overall, i enjoy this beer with food or by itself. it is a treat every time. get some now. it is good every season of the year.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 18:34:23 | More by kismet
Photo of stephenjmoore


3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Crystal-clear golden body with lots of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Big, fluffy bone-white head that settles slightly, but hangs around for a while.

S- Lots of sweet noble hops coming through some toasted pilsner malt. Not a strong nose, but the aroma is pleasant.

T- Lots of lemony and herbal hops come through the toasty pilsner malt. More hop-forward than some pilsners, but not the hoppiest out there. Malt backbone is very nice.

M- Very crisp, medium-high carbonation, fairly light body, but not watery.

O- A nice pilsner, but not on the level of some of the top ones in my opinion. This one does have a very unique flavor though, and a great crisp feel. Worth a try for a pilsner fan.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 22:45:22 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of RoamingGnome


3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Noble Pils

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Nonick pint glass. Served nicely chilled.

A) Nice golden brew with plenty of bubble trails to stare at, while pondering life and what not. About a finger of soapy white head. This settles to a dusting. A bit of lacing.

S) A nice clean refreshing scent of lightly toasted grains and clementine oranges. Not powerful, but quite pleasant.

T) I have to say, the description on the bottle nails the taste. A citrusy hop character and bright refreshing flavor. There is some light rind on the finish.

M) A lighter bodied brew with zesty carbonation. This mofo is crisp and refreshing. Nice aftertaste....

O) This is a good beer and I enjoyed drinking it. I've had it before, and I thought it was good then too. Guess this one kind of gets lost in the shuffle a bit. I'd put it in my top 5 from the Boston Beer Company.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 03:16:28 | More by RoamingGnome
Photo of micromaniac129


3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I wanted to not like this beer but it really is a very good beer.
The appearance was very nice with a brilliantly clear golden straw color. The head was tall and long lasting. Big carbonation bubbles and some lacing.
The aroma was excellent too with noble hops shining noblely. Floral and spicy almost pungent but not over bearing. Lets say a tame confidence.
Taste was sharp and tangy. Hops aren't as bold as in the nose but they are present.
The balanced malts have abready and biscuit finish that leads to a drey and bitter finish.
An outstanding pils that could pass for any quality euro pils in a blind taste test.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 12:58:16 | More by micromaniac129
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Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,050 ratings.