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

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3,227 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,227
Reviews: 1,452
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 85
Gots: 129 | 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 ReDave


3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured into my interestingly shaped Samuel Adams glass.

Nice light yellow color. Not much aroma, grassy malt.

Huge overflowing head light white fluffy. Sticky lace all the way down. head remains 1/4 inch all the way down.

Taste.. Not bad, i suppose this is what a bud or Coors should taste like..
nice hope bitter aftertaste.
I'd get this again.
Alcohol seems a little higher than listed ?

Nice dry finish.

04-22-2010 02:18:41 | More by ReDave
Photo of Wasatch


4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

Best By: Jul

Poured into a SA glass a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a nice little hop note, some citrus, fruity, with some spice notes. The taste is malty, nice hop note, fruity/citrus, spice. Medium body, the finish is slighlty bitter/dry. Drinkable, a very nice brew, glad to finally get a chance to try it, thanks Wayne.

04-21-2010 23:42:44 | More by Wasatch
Photo of Amalak

New York

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle. Crystal clear, yellow color. Some head and lace. Some bubbles. Beautiful floral, hoppy scent.

Very crisp, bitter taste. Has a wheaty aftertaste. Carbonated. It's a very basic, but very solid pilsner. You order a pils...you get a pils.

04-21-2010 23:02:47 | More by Amalak
Photo of MrIncognito


4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

A - Beautiful pale golden body with a fluffy white head. Effevescent carbonation rushing to the top. Very nice lacing.

S - Sharp noble hop aroma with a balancing malt sweetness. Reminds me of Victory Prima Pils.

T&M - Follows the smell really well. A bit sweeter than expected but it's a nice crystal malt sweetness, not cloying. Great noble hop flavor well in balance with the sweet malt. Kind of a candy sugar sweetness as swallowed but the aftertaste is dominated by the hops. Not as spritzy as expected which was nice. Moderate carbonation keeps this smooth yet with a nice pilsener dryness.

D - Completely sessionable and delicious. I wanted to down these all night. Would be great on a summer day.

04-21-2010 13:27:57 | More by MrIncognito
Photo of DJindy


4.65/5  rDev +23.3%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance is a crystal clear pale golden yellow with a three finger foamy white/off white head that dissipates at a slow pace leaving a little bit of lacing.

Smell is of earthy hops with some pine and a mild citrus aroma.

Taste is upfront has a mild hop presence and by mild I mean not particularly strong or bitter. Its followed by hints of citrus flavors like lemon and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with decent carbonation and a mild aftertaste.

Drinkablity is good. Its pretty easy drinking and crisp. It would make a pretty good session beer on a hot day. Its not the best I've had from the style as I would take Prima Pils from Victory over this for sure. But still not a bad brew.

04-19-2010 22:00:23 | More by MrStark
Photo of kneeland

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%

This beer got better as I drank it, so that's cool. It's a good seasonal brew, a nice spring citrus flavor. But if I took a blind taste test, I wouldn't be able to tell the difference between this and other spring ales. Not the worst thing in the world, but nothing stood out to make me go for it again. Except for the price, I got a 22oz. bottle for $3.50 at a bar. A pretty good price, considering they were selling PBR for $2.50.

04-19-2010 18:13:17 | More by kneeland
Photo of clayrock81


3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured a well-carb'd clear gold with large, fizzy head that died slowly and had a thick veg-like pils smell along with hints of buttery sweetness and citric hopiness. The bitter hop profile is a little strong up front and creates a slightly grainy texture to the taste but the cirticesque fruits along with some mild sweet malts are evident and balanced. Crisp, sharp finish accentuates beer and this is a very good if not great pils and I look FWD to trying next year's release and see if they tweak it.

04-19-2010 11:44:35 | More by clayrock81
Photo of dfillius


4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Poured into a pint glass

A: Aggressive pour yields 1/2 finger of white head with poor retention. Head subsides to a thin ring, I'd like better retention. Clear gold liquid is pretty!

S: Bright hops. Nice caramel breadiness.

T: Dark bread is front and center. Herbal, rindy bitterness around the edges. Has almost a lovage-like flavor. Tastes like wild versions of cultivated hops were used. Clean and crisp. Tasty. Very bitter - imperial level bitterness without the booze.

M: Bitter, green starchiness but not a bad amount.

D: Very good. I'd order another and buy a sixer. Sarah's favorite pilsener.

04-18-2010 16:22:20 | More by dfillius
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large white head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of earthy hops, lager yeast and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a strong hops bitterness bite up front that is quickly followed by a thick grain and lager yeast breadiness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a little bit of sweetness and a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style but with a stronger hops presence, overall this is a very good beer to drink a lot of through the course of an evening.

04-18-2010 03:53:25 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of ghostwalker


4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

Nice golden body. Thin white head. A classic Pils.

Nose is very nice and hoppy. Lemon and fresh-mown grass.

Flavor is very nice. Hops are front and center. Very reminiscent of a good German pils, but with additional flavors. Must be from the wider variety of hops than the usual pils. Lemon jumps out at me.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean.

Very drinkable. A great quencher for hot weather.

04-18-2010 02:37:58 | More by ghostwalker
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -17%

Recently sampled on-tap at a local bar...
Pleasantly drinkable although sorely lacking as far as any hop presence is concerned...
This seems very much like a macro-produced Pilsner and the overall quality was sadly-lacking...
Not highly recommended as far as I'm concerned however an easily drinkable and refreshing beer...

04-17-2010 12:37:27 | More by dsa7783
Photo of neenerzig


4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

I believe this beer is the same beer that was the Sample A Pils in the 2009 Beer Lover's Choice competition and obviously this is the beer that won. I remember also liking the Sample B IPA a lot too, but I digress. Poured into my pokal glass. Has a nice fluffy white head over an inch thick when poured that eventually settles to a good 1/8 inch after awhile with a nice ring lining the inside of the glass with. Good lacing. Has a nice floral, citrusy aroma. Has a good somewhat sweet malt flavor upfront followed by a nice citrus, floral, bitter hop flavor. The sweet maltiness comes out more as the beer warms up a bit. Has a good smooth, crisp, clean, medium bodied mouthfeel with fairly light carbonation. Very easy to drink. Spot on for the style. A most excellent choice on this hot summer night here in Cleveland.


04-16-2010 04:33:26 | More by neenerzig
Photo of AgentMunky


3.7/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Clear yellow, with an enormous head and pretty bubbles. The colour seems a bit off somehow, but otherwise not bad. Respectable lacing.

S: Light floral hops with mild citrus notes. Very pleasant.

T: Unexpectedly bitter; hoppy kick. Grapefuit, grass, and more hops follow. Bittersweet aftertaste.

M: Tingly carbonation combines with hops which don't quite dry out the mouth. A point in its favour.

D: A very good, very hoppy pilsner. Light and drinkable, tasty and recommended.

04-16-2010 03:01:39 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of Gtreid


3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

On tap at Buffalo Wild Wings. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Very clear, golden yellow color. The pour left a two finger white head that retained pretty well, but left very little lace.

A: Pretty hop forward Pils. Citrusy sweetness abounds in the nose. Some grainy wheat, orange, and grapefruit notes, along with honey and maybe atouch of rye.

T: Interesting. Again, hop forward for sure. Grapefruit, orange, and pine sap. But I get a taste, and I'm not kidding, of Fruity Pebbles. Took me back to eating a bowl of these as a kid. It's not bad, just not what I was expecting.

M: Clean and crisp. Good amount of carbonation, very nice.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is above average. The sweetness of the brew will limit the score somewhat, but I'm really just splitting hairs. I had a couple of these with my wings, and was very satisfied. Overall, a nice brew from the guys at Sam Adams, and an upgrade over the seasonal White Ale. Skal.

04-15-2010 01:30:10 | More by Gtreid
Photo of tjsdomer2


4.53/5  rDev +20.2%

Appearance: Very lively appearance. Tons and tons and tons of carbonation. Lots of foam. Great lacing effect on the glass I poured it into. Pale yellow in color, but not dull and flat.

Smell: Smells basically like flowers and citrus. A lot like Pilsner Urquell, but more floral and less grassy. It might actually be a bit hoppier. Wonderful.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tastes stronger than Pilsner Urqell...less like lemon and grass and more like hops and flowers. Great taste, but it's not nearly as smooth as other pilseners.

Drinkability: It's good in this category. A little rough around the edges and not quite as refreshing as it could be, therefore it loses at least half a point.

Overall: As far as I know, this is a good American representation of this. I definitely hope that Sam Adams keeps this one around. I was excited to try this and definitely am not disappointed. I would advise actually trying like Pilsner Urquell or Budvar, which I believe are a bit more palatable.

04-14-2010 23:00:42 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of TheSarge


4/5  rDev +6.1%

Pours quite well, for a finger and a half thick head. The body is a bit darker gold than most German Pilsners, and is cleanly filtered.

The aroma is great and quite hoppy. Floral and citrus characteristics are immediately perceptible and pretty much mask any malt characteristics.

Taste wise, it's on the hoppy side but not too overdone. This tastes like biting into an orange at first, but the huskiness kicks in from the malt with a faint cereal sweetness.

This feels crisp, light, refreshing, and wetting to the palate. This is a good directional turn for a SA spring seasonal. There is much more character here than their previous one.

04-14-2010 16:24:32 | More by TheSarge
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a bright yellow color and a clear texture. There was an inch of pure white, creamy/foamy, long-lasting head. Solid lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, a little citrus, and an earthy quality.

T: An OK taste of lemon, malt, and a grassy/grainy quality (a little much in my opinion). Decent flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry, crisp finish. Light-bodied.

D: Drinkable, but not something that wowed me.

04-14-2010 12:38:42 | More by avalon07
Photo of Freethyhops


4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

a- yes, it is fizzy and yellow, but not the pale dead I think of with a lot of Pils. it definitely has some deeper golden/orange tones. what little head was produced was gone very quickly but did leave a surprising amount of lacing for the style
s- crisp clean pale malts. some earthy/grassiness and a hint of citrus
t- smooth pilsner and caramel malt combine to make a nice biscuity malt profile. a substantial amount of bitterness combats any sweetness away.
m- crisp, prickly carbonation. light /medium body. a bigger body than most in the style.
d- fantastic. a super easy drinker at a great price. not much else you can ask for.

04-14-2010 08:16:28 | More by Freethyhops
Photo of AboutBeverages


3.78/5  rDev +0.3%

German style hop notes on the aroma, yellow in color, a few shades darker than Budweiser. The taste features a slight sour, with a European-style pilsner hops taste. It is a little dry which makes the mouth water. Overall an excellent beer for Spring/Summer.

04-14-2010 03:12:42 | More by AboutBeverages
Photo of kwakwhore

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

Clear light golden pour into a Sam Adams pint glass. Excellent clarity and head retention. Lots of lacing on the glass as the head subsides.
Grassy aroma with a decent amount of hop character.
The first sip is well balanced between a lightly hoppy character and a good bit of bread malt flavors. Hops are evident but not obnoxiously so. Compared to my usual diet of IPA/DIPAs, this is fairly restrained. It may be a bit too hoppy for the style, but I think it's pretty good.
Reasonably light but not overcarbonated mouthfeel, and very easy to drink. This could be a pretty good session beer.
A very decent offering, one that I'll drink with pleasure especially as the weather starts to warm up. This beer is proof that large brewers are capable of producing quality beer.

04-14-2010 02:00:14 | More by kwakwhore
Photo of drabmuh


4/5  rDev +6.1%

Beer is yellow and clear with moderate to high carbonation of large bubbles. Forms a white head of small and medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Beer has a hoppy but subtle aroma overall. There is some sweetness in there as well.

Beer is medium in body and has a nice bitterness to the back. Not on the scale of an IPA or a PA but its still present. Beer finishes nicely and overall is a pretty well balanced beer. There is almost like a citrusy flavor in the midpalate that interacts with the sweetness up front and causes almost a plastic candy flavor to the whole thing. Overall, its not as good as Prima but its still worth a look.

04-14-2010 01:56:41 | More by drabmuh
Photo of lackenhauser


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%

Pale golden color-somewhat carbonated and a decent layer of lace as it goes down. Strong grassy and floral aroma. Very strong hop bitterness and flavor. Way hoppier then a regular German pils. The solid malt backing really saves this or it would be way overhopped. Decent flavor-just not a standard pils if you ask me. Good body. Overall a decent beer. Had this on tap a while a back and it just didnt clic for me. Quite enjoyable in the long run.

04-14-2010 01:26:44 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

Bottle pours a dark clear golden with a decent amount of foam in the sam adams perfect pint glass. This has a nice crisp, mellow hop bitterness taste with the slight hint of lemon pepper in the background. Very similiar to the Prima Pils and its a decent beer overall. Would be perfect on those hot summer days. If I could actually buy it in this country, I would consider it for a session.

04-14-2010 00:42:35 | More by WeedKing4
Photo of NewGeneric


4.22/5  rDev +11.9%

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Beautiful, golden straw color that is crystal clear. About 1 finger of foam fades quickly and leaves a nice, consistent medium-thick layer of lacing for that full 1 finger. Near flawless.

S: Smells of piney, earthy hops followed by thick, chewy malt. I can only hope that it tastes as good as it smells.

T: Pretty classic pilsner taste, just slightly hopped up. Hop bit hits right away, followed by a nice, but simple malt backbone, followed by even more hops. Still maintains a very nice balance though.

M: Wow. Nice creamy feel for a pilsner. A little bit too bitter, but other than that, it leaves a very nice feeling on the palate.

D: I would drink this over a lot of German pilsners I've had. I could also easily drink a bunch of them, and that says a lot as I don't really care for pilsners. Yum.

04-14-2010 00:39:47 | More by NewGeneric
Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,227 ratings.