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

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88
very good

1,457 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,457
Hads: 3,426
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 107
Gots: 314 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: schellsbeer on 12-20-2009

"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 Sammy
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a lot of white foam in my antigravity samuel adams glass. A little cheesy aroma. Average mouthfeel, very quenchable. Citrus, saaz, good pils. Good carbonation,good bitterness, exceptionally drying finish.Expirey May, was that this year? (254 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 6/2012.

Pours a murky honey yellow with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is a conglomeration of herbal, spicy, and peppery hop aromas with some malt in there as well. Taste is very much the same with a malt flavor that comes through on the aftertaste. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip that fades slowly. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice robust hop presence, especially in the flavor. (596 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (400 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and poured with a thin white head that quickly dissipated and left lacy patterns of bubbles in the center. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus and floral hops in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of biscuit malts along with some hints of honey. There is a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is very clean.
D: The beer is very easy to drink, refreshing, and sessionable. (559 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly light straw color into my pilsner glass. A very good amount of visible carbonation bubbles that continue throughout. A nice three-finger head on it, with a good amount of lacing holding on throughout. The smell was definitely dominated by the five varieties of Noble hops, with some nice pale malt bringing some grain into the equation. The taste was much the same--the Noble hops are the dominant component, with a bit of grain in the background. In my opinion, not nearly as much grain as Prima Pils has, which is something I liked about this one.

Nice carbonation to the beer, with a body that is fairly light, but not overly so for the style. Overall, great drinkability. The success of this one in the voting led it to replace the White Ale as the Spring seasonal; hopefully success there leads to this becoming a year-round brew, or at least a Spring and Summer seasonal. (894 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a clear golden color and a modest cap that fades to a ringlet but leaves waves of lace

Smell: Grassy, spicy hops with a hint of sulfur

Taste: Slightly bready, up front, with a burst of grassy and spicy hop flavors arriving right away and peaking after the swallow; floral and slightly sweet finish, though the bitter flavors linger

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Drinkability: Although the hops are constrained for the masses, this beer is exceedingly drinkable - I would prefer to see it throughout the warmer months rather than as a Spring seasonal which, by todays standards, means that is a late Winter beer (664 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this was my last american beer before i left the states for the summer, and a recent classic. i prefer it in the bottle. this beer pours a relatively standard pils color, with a yellow glow and a tall frothy white head with surprisingly good retention. it smells more hoppy than the pilseners i am used to, but i welcome that! some sturdy bready malts in there as well. flavor is well balanced but the hops are a really nice addition. bitter and citric, but not fruity, a perfectly crisp finish is in store too, just right for a pils. still not majorly thrilling, but a very likeable pils for a hophead. feel is pretty good, plenty of body for a pils, more than normal, and superb carbonation. overall i like this beer quite a lot, a break from convention that works really well in all seasons. (794 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's great to see that classic and creative Pilsners are still possible.

Noble Pils begins with a brilliantly clear straw color. Initially solid white head forms but reduces to a thin lace before holding firm. Light lacing along the glass. Fairly typical of most Pilsners.

Extremely fragrant with a plethera of hops: perfumy, floral, earthy, spicy, pungent, and herbal. All backed by canvas of crisp, cracker-like pilsner malts and honey suckle sweetness.

Flavors of crisp malt sweetness show lightly baked breads, soft confection sweetness, and a rounded part-grain, part-malt blend. Hop flavor is more spicy, earthy, bitter, and pungent than the softer herbal, floral notes that evened out in the nose. Alcohols and esters combine for a paint-thinner, rosey mix. Hop bitterness is very high and dominates the beer where a softer balance is perfered.

Very crisp and clean body shows more malty, froathiness early. Late dryness shows as much alcohol bite as hop bite and with a strong evaporative feel that detracts from the classic Pilsner smoothness.

This is a tremendous beer that favors American aggression but with German ingredients. Tasty for sure but the hops are over bearing. (1,190 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoy this beer, I had no intention of liking this because of it style. The beer doesn't really reflect a traditional pilsner at all to me. It's more along the lines of a hoppy lager or maybe a light IPA. The hops used in this beer are very tasty. This has a really nice balance overall as well. The color is lightly golden and has a steady head on it from start to finish. This is something I look forward to having in the spring time. Well worth the price. (467 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with a best by date of May '10. I love a good pilsner, and Sam Adams usually doesn't disappoint with their lagers.

A burnished gold body feeds a small but sustaining inch of pure white froth. Exceptionally clear and bright, perhaps a shade darker than the average pilsner.

The nose is citrusy, leafy and bright, the distinct aroma of noble hops up-front with a touch of dry, crackery malt beneath. The hop aroma makes me think of lemon zest and spruce, with a faint herbal quality in the background, bay leaf perhaps, and a bit of perfumey soap. Not overwhelmingly hoppy, this is decidedly on the traditional side.

The palate opens with a big noble hop flavor, citrus and herbs, pine and flowers. Dry, crackery and spicy, this reminds me a bit of Jever with its firm and bitter mouthfeel. The finish has an earthy, resiny, peppery quality to it with a long lingering bitterness. Malt is kept in check throughout; this is quite dry and only reveals a hint of pilsner malt in the mid-palate. Very good stuff, I'll be drinking this again while it's around. (1,069 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"What spirit is so empty and blind that it cannot recognize the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and skin more beautiful than the garment with which it is clothed?"

--Michelangelo

Sun-drenched haystack gold with lemonade colored highlights and several streams of sparkly bubbles. A beautiful chunk of alabaster colored creaminess was created on the pour. The foam becomes rocky as it melts and is beginning to decorate the glass in fine fashion.

Another Imperial Pilsner 2005 Harvest was too much to hope for (especially at this ABV). Still... a beer of this style that is barely one month of age should be more aggressively hoppy than this. The aroma is musky and lemon zesty, but it isn't enough to earn the next highest score.

The noble hops that are used in Noble Pils include Hallertau, Tettnang, Spalt, Hersbrucker (all from Germany) and Czech Saaz. Those varieties work well together, which isn't at all surprising. Most of the reason why BBC didn't hop this lager to the hilt (I believe) is that they wanted it to appeal to a wide range of beer drinkers rather than just those who frequent this site. Nothing wrong with that.

This is good, drinkable beer, but it isn't the be-all-and-end-all of American-brewed German pilsners. Bohemian pilsner malt provides a solid base without adding much flavor or much sweetness. Actually, a honey-like flavor and sweetness appears in the bottle half of the bottle. The hops are musky and grassy and lemony and slightly spicy. 50% more hops would have been killer.

The mouthfeel is more full and more creamy than the style average. It still manages to be semi-crisp on the back end, thanks to a sneaky bitterness and some zesty carbonation.

The only problem with Noble Pils as the brewery's new spring seasonal is that the release date is in January. By the time spring rolls around in most of the country, the hoppiness that is the beer's linchpin for success will be but a shadow of its former self. It is pretty tasty right now, though. (2,007 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle. Again with the Swedish export labelling...it takes a bit of the 'forefathers of the grand union' feeling out of the whole deal.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium straw hue, with one finger of pillow-like foamy white head, which leaves some random, sparse inkblot lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of crisp, grainy, biscuit malt, some mild lemon notes, and grassy, floral hops. The taste is quite consistent - more crackery maltiness, a bit of zingy citrus, some earthy honey, and grassy, almost forest floor-esque hops. The carbonation is moderate, yet also a little zippy, the body adequately weighty, with a palate-nagging astringency that seems to preclude standard notions of smoothness. It finishes quite dry, any lingering pale malts rendered even dimmer by the still prominent hops.

A pretty decent rendition of one of my favourite old-school styles, one that is usually hard to come by outside of central Europe. (953 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried this out of a tulip to focus the aroma more, and it did help some. Orange, honey, and a grassy hint in the nose.

A bright gold with an orangey glow to it. High clarity, tons of visible carbonation. After an aggressive pour, there was a finger of compact foam, but it later dwindled to a patchy skim. A sticky collar of lace was left behind. Flavor is similarly citrusy with a leafy hop character, and the aftertaste of honey lingers after the main bready pilsner malt flavor. Clean with a fairly dry finish and bitter hop character.

Extremely drinkable, ideal for warmer weather. Better than any euro pils i've had, stacks up to the better Helles out there, even Victory Prima Pils. (692 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was not really sure what I was going to get with this one, but what the hell right! Grabbed a couple mixed sixers tonight and went to town. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/29/2010.

The pour was very nice, light golden in color with amazing clarity and a really nice and tight head of white that capped off the top of the glass quite well. Very bright and very light aroma. Tons of spruce like notes and light pine. Very, very bright and crisp, clean aroma. Carried over very well into the flavor which was very tight and very well done. Lots of pine and spruce notes mixed in throughout and this crisp, clean, pine needle like flavor that provided some nice bitterness and really a crisp and very clean taste; Very drinkable and it went down like water.

Overall a very, very solid and very drinkable offering. Totally exceeded my expectations. (885 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a very clear, light golden color with a fluffy, white head of bubbly foam. It left a couple thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of grassy hops and citrus notes. There were some mild pine notes, too.

T - It tasted grassy with sweet toasty caramel malt. Some bitter hop bite with a citrus kick. It tastes as hoppy as a good APA.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a great tasting pilsener. Really is one of the hoppiest I've ever had and almost tastes like an APA. (532 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The spring seasonals are coming out earlier and earlier each year.Poured into a pilsner glass a light lemony color with a nice formed bone white head that left half rings of broken lace as it settled pretty quickly.A mix of sharp herbal hop and toasted grain in the nose,just a tinge of lemon peel.The hops are the main component on the palate but they are well rounded in there different flavors,leafy,lemony,and sharp,flavors go along with a firm toasty base.This is just as drinkable as you can get I think, along with being food friendly. (542 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is light golden in color and crystal clear. The head is initially about a finger of white foam but soon settles down to ta thin layer.

S: The nose has a nice spicy hop aroma with a slight citrus fruitiness to it and some sweet malts.

T: The hoppiness is not quite as pronounced in the flavor, but still a decent spicy quality to it. The malt comes through a bit more than on the nose providing a nice sweetness.

M: The body is dead smack in the middle of medium with a lively carbonation.

D: I'm not generally the biggest lager fan. But, I found this to be a decent, but not amazing, effort, which is what you expect from Sam Adams. (648 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $2.59 Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. For brewery-fresh taste, enjoy before month notched -- May.

Appearance: Pours out a quite clear, pale yellow body with a tall, moderately lasting, white head. Splotchy lacing on the way down.

Smell: An inviting, vibrant zip of hop aromas. Fresh flowers, spice, light lemon, and white pine blossoms. Yeah, sure, there may be a base of grainy-scented pils malt in there, but, first and foremost, it's a hoppy nose.

Taste: Particularly pale malts and some lesser tones of grainy pilsner malts with a subdued sugared, washed out honey-toned sweetness start things off. The rich Noble hoppiness ebbs and flows between tastes of flowers, spice, citrus, and light pine. Medium-high bitterness, it's assertive but not a hair more than is ever needed. Further hint of fresh grains, maybe a thin glaze of honey. A crips finish that starts sweet and then rolls over into a spicy, bitter character.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Very nice! Oh, if only all these so-called pilsners could taste as good. My only quibble is the serving size. Is this available for sale in a 6-pack, or am I stuck with this larger bomber bottle size? Sometimes, all I really want is twelve ounces. No, really! (1,279 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours with one finger of white head that rests on top of a perfectly clear, golden body. The foam settles slowly and leaves decent lace.

S - A nice, malty aroma of bread and honey with spicy hops.

T - Thick, bready malt up front with a hint of honey. Herbal hop appear in the middle and counter the rich malt nicely. Finishes with more thick pilsner malt and a strong dose of spicy hop bitterness that is almost soapy.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Very drinkable, this is a nice pilsner. The malt character is good, but the hops take center stage in this beer. The flavor of the hops gives the beer character through the middle and the biting bitterness makes for a crisp, refreshing finish. I rarely buy six packs if I can avoid it, but I am more than happy to have five more of these in my fridge. Its nice to see another real pilsner from an American brewery, heres hoping we keep seeing more. (943 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass.

Pours a strongly yellow straw with a finger of white foamy head that leaves some nice (but average...tough to explain...it's a mental thing, I guess...) lacing behind. The nose is heavy on the hops' citrus and pine notes, and adds a bit of florality as well. As could be gleaned from the nose, the taste is heavy on the hoppy bitterness, with a biting bit of citrus and not much maltiness to speak of. The body is on the lighter side of moderate and has some decent carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty drinkable brew, especially if you're into the whole hop scene and whatnot. (611 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a Pils glass.

Pours a brilliant clear gold, with several big foamy fingers of eggshell-white head. There's a really solid retention to this, which leaves thick foamy swathes of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is spicy and floral in the nose, with some leafy smelling citric character and the stiff feeling breadiness of the malts across the back. As far as a solid Pils aroma goes, I'm digging this...

Those Noble hops are spicy, citric, and earthy across the mouth in the taste, with those Pils malts holding tight against the back of the profile and adding some extra drying graininess to the proceedings. This overall isn't very sweet by any means, with most of it coming from the citrus flavors and a just a touch from the malts. Just a steady spicy finish on this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch lighter on the palate, with a crisp sharpness to the carbonation which snaps across the tongue. Man, this is very smooth and easy drinking for the style.

Flavorful, smooth, and easy drinking, this could easily be a go-to with the temps rapidly warming up outside. Maybe a touch light in the body but I really really enjoyed this for the most part. (1,200 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (848 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So glad this is replacing the Sam White Ale, which was one of my least fav SA beers. This is worlds above it.

A: Pours nice 1 finger bleached white head that slowly fades above the brilliantly clear wheat yellow color.

N: Lots of hoppy aromas, but maintains a lightness. Lots of noble hop aromas, low alpha. Crisp ale like qualities too. Some floral grassy hop aromas, little chewy hop aroma, and juicy as well.

T: Wow, a really nice floral and grassy hop taste, its really bold for being really light. Some light juicy hop flavors, some light crisp lager flavors and even wheat flavors.

M: Pretty light with decent carbonation.

F: A slightly spicy hop quality, a little bitterness, and it dries off well. Doesn't linger long and the finish doesn't last long either. It's like it was there, now it's gone. A little bitterness sticks around like a distant memory.

This beer is amazing for what it is. A light, crisp lager, with lots of light, low alpha noble hops with a great hop flavor and aroma. (1,004 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just found out the White Ale I love has been replaced by this new beer... well, let's give it a try. Pours a nice clear golden color, nice head to it.. nice crisp, hop smell to it. Taste is medium bodied.. nice lacing on the glass, a good hop bite to it but well balanced in the back end. Not a huge fan of Pilseners but this is a damn good one, maybe even a little lemon/lime zest sort of taste at the tail end. Very drinkable and a great beer to get once the temp. starts warming back up. Not too happy my White Ale is no longer in production here but this is a solid replacement. (582 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasty light bodied Pilsener with nice hops.

Clean, piney, refreshing taste with surprising bitterness. But aromatic hops assert themselves. Sam Adams has done their research on blending the hop flavors. I hope this will be widely available and do a lot to introduce hops to a PG audience. I think this is my favorite Sam Adams beer. Some of the others are not very flavorful.

Great hops, drinkable, refreshing. (412 characters)

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Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 1,457 ratings.