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

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Reviews: 1,459
Hads: 3,442
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 22.48%
Wants: 116
Gots: 343 | FT: 0
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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 TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this chilled in a pils glass - sampled alongside a couple other pilsners

A - A very clear medium golden w/ tiny bubbles rising to a head that quickly drops but creates rings of lace - the bead is tiny

S - A lot of herbal and floral lemony and spicy noble hop aroma w/ a gentle grassy accent - very light malt in the nose

M- A little bitter w/ resinous texture and tangy hop acidity w/ mild sweetness and spice w/ moderate carbonation and mild spicy finish

T - The taste is a mix of mild sweet herbal hops and gentle toasted malt w/ light grassy lemony tinges. The flavor has a spiced slight astringent end note

D - A very drinkable pils -one of Sam Adams best and a good sessionable lager which is an easy drinker - a good example of the style

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Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an effervescent straw color with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Grassy & herbal hops, not much else...

T: Grassyness, dryness with grainy bread & hints of lime. More of the same once warmer, a bit of white pepper & husky grainyness surfaces as well. Finishes with floral & citrussy hops, plus clean malt flavors, very quenching

MF: Medium bodied, a touch grainy with smooth carbonation, pretty good balance

Great drinkability, not the most challenging pils, but I could go through a sixer of this during a ball or BBQ no problem. Only going on memory, but I thought the Czech Pils they did about 10 years ago was more to my liking

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's certainly carrying a more spicy and biting hop presence. The beer might be a bit too cold at the moment to catch any other tones, or maybe they're just not there. Overall, it's a nice production. And with so many hop lovers out there, I doubt there will be that many complaints on this one.

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Photo of superspak
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, best before November 2012. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Good foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, orange, herbal, floral, grapefruit, bread, cracker, pine, and light earth. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance. Taste of orange zest, lemon, pine, herbal, floral, grapefruit, bread, grass, and light earth. Light spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, floral, bread, grass, and herbal on the finish for a bit. Great flavor balance with a nice amount of delicious citrus hoppiness. No cloying flavors at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a crisp and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a delicious Pilsner! Great hop flavor profile and balance; extremely smooth to drink. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I can't wait to see six packs of this stuff, I knew they get some first dibs on the noble hops but I had no idea that Sam Adams would be coming out with a seasonal featuring all five noble hop varieties. I loved the Hallertau Imperial Pils, but this is a session pils meant for mass consumption. It's been a long time since I've wanted a whole case of a Sam Adams offering, this is a good sign for future beers from them. The tastings they hosted to get customer feedback for their next spring seasonal was a success because the compared to the last beer that made it into their rotation this is liquid gold.

Pours a bright brilliant pale clear golden color with a eggshell white head two to three fingers thick with fine speckled lacing, nice and lively with the carbonation retention is very nice.

Aroma paves the way for the whole noble hop experience very nice citrus, herbal, and grassy hop explosion even a bit of earthiness that almost neon green their using for the label represents the caliber of green this bottle contains, fresh hop aromatics I'm loving it. Nice cereal grain nose to it very much a pale biscuit malt sweetness that has some light toasted grain but an ample touch of honey sweetness to create perfect balance in the smell.

Flavors are again perfectly balanced yet chalk full of flavor both hops and malts. Biscuit sweetness hits the sides of the palate with bitterness blending in alot of citrus peel, raw herbaceous slightly skunked Mary Jane, and a dirty earthiness bring on a multitude of varietal hop burps. One belch I'm thinking Saaz, the next a dose of Hallertau, and then some Tettnang...oh the dry finish is priceless this is the crisp quality some of those beer commericals are talking about even if you don't find that experience in their beers.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with flowing lively carbonation mildly effervescent yet it has a creamy slightly slick hop oil consistency, bone dry finish great light beer experience for the non beerlievers to cross over on. This brew will take you on a trip through Bavaria, now it's time for the real thing, I want a taste of these hops from the source.

Drinkability is inspiring if you feel bored with the craft beer scene and how things have been driven toward rarity and high alcohol with insane doses of malts and hops then you need to reach for the Noble pils from Sam Adams to take you back to a flavor that made you fall in love with beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass. (revisited and tweaked in Jan. 2015)

Clear and bright golden liquid with a good head.

Aroma is quite pleasant and rather floral, with a mild citrus component.

An excellent American example of a Czech Pilsener. Perhaps slightly hoppier than an actual Bohemian brew, and certainly more citrus flavor. Commendable blend of hops, and good malt/hop balance.

M - Crisp and lively with medium/high carbonation; medium-thin body. Dry finish. Mild bitter hop aftertaste.

O - excellent session beer. No significant faults.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a straw golden color with 2-3 inches of white head and high carbonation evident. Nice lacing.

s - Smells of floral hops, bready malts, and yeast.

t - Some floral/pine hops and bready malts, followed by some bitterness.

m - Light body and high carbonation. Very easy to drink with the low ABV.

d - Ok, but somewhat disappointing. I had heard very good things about this and that it was one of Sam Adams better products, but it didn't do it for me. Had a decent hoppy smell and taste, but nothing stood out to me except the high carbonation which I felt hurt it. Have a 6 pack of this so I'll give it another shot, but right now I wouldn't buy this again.

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Photo of smcolw
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Starts with a single finger head, but it lasts. Moderate lace on the glass. Crystal clear with a light gold color.

This may be the best smelling Pilsener I've ever experienced. Lovely complex, floral hop aroma. Pleasant light grained malt in the background.

The flavor is harsher than I expected based on the smell. The hop has a greater bite, creating a more bitter pils. The malt is soft and light. The body is as expected--light and crisp without being watery. Overall, a superior beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by May - notched on label - poured into a Sam Adams glass:

Pours bright golden with champagne-like bubbles rising to form a thin, lasting, creamy/foamy white head. A fair amount of lacing sticks.

The smell is of lime, sulfur, grass. Certainly hoppy - in a EPL way - lime and sulfur really show.

The taste of hops blend to create a very lime character, with aspirin/herbal/floral bitterness. Hoppy bitterness is balanced by grainy/grassy/nutty sweet maltiness, with dry bitterness staying just ahead in the finish.

It is light-bodied with carbonation lending smoothness. It is refreshing.

If they marketed this as Sam Adams lime, I would believe it would pass as such. Kudos for having a lime taste without the actual lime. On the other hand, it seems like a Sam Adams lager with lime. I could drink this in replacement of an average lime/sulfur heavy EPL...

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that reduces to a thick patch near the center of the beer, a thin film covering the rest of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Light to moderate amounts of biscuit malts along with floral, citrus, and pine hops. The hop aromas are very light.

T: The beer starts with the flavors of biscuit malts with just a touch of honey giving it some light amounts of sweetness. There are some notes of citrus, floral, and pine hops contributing to a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and clean in the finish.

O: This is probably my favorite beer from Samuel Adams and I hope the rumors are true that it is going to be a year-round offering instead of a seasonal. This beer is very enjoyable, refreshing, and easy to drink - definitely a sessionable beer.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an extremely clear straw color. A large white head formed and reduced to a 1/2 inch layer of foam that last for the duration. Very nice sticky lacing.

S: Very light grapefruit, lots of grass, some spice and some light herbs. There is a honey like sweetness and a little bit of the typical pilsner aroma.

T: Very floral and grassy hop flavors, just slightly bitter, but there is also a sweetness as well. Some light grain and bready malts round out the profile.

M: Very crisp and refreshing, light to medium bodied with solid carbonation.

O: Very nice, only the second time I have had it, and first time from the bottle. Extremely easy drinking, very sessionable. One fo the better beers I have had from BBC.

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Photo of mothman
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Noble Pils into Schells Pils glass.

Pours a small layer of fizzy white head. Pretty good retention leaving some really nice lace walls. Color is a clear golden straw yellow. Lots of carbonation bubbles floating to the top of the glass.

Aroma: Lots of citrus (lemons) flavors with tons of grassy hops. It is a really decent pilsner actually. Very grainy, but a lot of flavor.

Taste: A full bodied pilsner. A lot of grain, but more grassy hops that top it. Huge citrus profile. It has a lot of lemon and lime flavors (my buddy describes it like Sprite). It also has some spice notes. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and relatively refreshing. Lighter bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends very dry.

Overall, not bad for a Sam Adams beer. I still like the imperial pilsner better, but this is an easy drinker. Lots of flavor as well. I wish I had this beer in the spring. It would make a great seasonal.

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Photo of stakem
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light yellow with a finger of white head. Fair amount of retension and lace clinging to the glassware. Nose has an enjoyable amount of herbal and grassy hop character with some spice and citrus filling out the rest of the aroma. Flavor is equally as mixed with hops: herbal, grassy and citrusy. Nice amount of hop bitterness with this but it doesn't overpower all the flavor characteristics the hops have to offer. Light feel with a moderate to high carb level. It finishes clean, little bit warming for 5% and is quite drinkable.

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Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - bright gold with a large, thick, dense cap of pure white head that has great retention

S - very grassy, herbal

T - light straw and pilsner malt with a big, grassy, herbal hops

M - light to medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a really delicious pilsner. It has great hop character and all around great flavor. It's refreshing and very quaffable. It's definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.17/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy yellow hue with an average head and random spots of lace. Looks more like a hefeweizen than a pilsner. Hmm...

S: Sweet wheat malt - I'm not getting a lot of pilsner flavor. Smells like a slightly fruity summer beer with some artificial sweetness or additives.

T: A bit of disappointment, though my expectations were not exceedingly high. There is an unpleasant soapy taste, along with a bright, wheat flavor. Generally, this beer is just a bit off kilter. There is an undeniable artificial taste that permeates my senses and distracts me from any possible tasty pilsner-like goodness this brew may or may not have to offer. Basically, this doesn't take like a pilsner to me.

M: A bit soapy, fresh carbonation, goes down smooth (though it doesn't taste particularly great).

D: I'd rather get a water than order a second round. In fact, that's what I did. Bummer.

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Photo of WesWes
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a light, pilsner malt scent along with a wonderful citrus hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a smooth, pilsner malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and bitter. The hop character is very nice. It's bitter, but not overly done. What a refreshing beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an outstanding pilsner. It's light and full of hop character; quaffable.

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Photo of billab914
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Pours a pale gold color with a thin white covering on top. It also left very good lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma is crisp with some grain and a lot of flavors coming from the noble hops. The hops give it a floral, spicy and slightly citrusy aroma. The taste has a spicy herbal flavor with a hint of citrus. It's crisp and light and pretty refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is good, it's light, pretty refreshing and an easy drinking beer overall. It's a very good representation of it's style as well.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color with a one finger white head. Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. The aroma is grassy with some hay features. It is also slightly musty. The flavor is heavy on the malt with a nice citrus hop character. The finish is bitter. Light bodied and medium carbonation.

A good beer, but since it is a spring seasonal I am not sure why it is out in January. Of course we are starting to see Oktoberfest beers come out in July so I shouldn't be surprised. Still, there is something wrong about drinking a spring seasonal on January 15.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

If it comes from Boston, it must be identified as "Pilsnahhh". Hey, as a Yinzer, I love dialect and I love beer, so it all washes out (I hope).

I became a fan of the Lager styles a couple/few years back at one of the BA Fests and I really like Pilseners, especially Czech Pils with Saaz hops, but German Pils will also work. I just wish more of them were accessible in CANs - no possibility of light struck hops oils. Sigh.

I accomplished a brief finger of bone-white head before it disappeared like Dracula in the face of this morning's sunrise. Color was a beautiful sunshine/lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity and evidencing an endless parade of CO2 bubbles. Greg Koch can disrespect "fizzy yellow beers" all he wants, but this is one to consider. Nose was at once grassy and slightly spicy and my mouth began to water at the prospect. Mouthfeel was full, thanks to the preponderance of CO2 bubbles and the taste was phenomenal. I really caught the Saaz hops on the tongue despite them not being as forward as in the Czech version. Actually, there were a lot of flavors on the tongue, including blueberry, an earthy grassy taste, and a light saltiness. Finish was dry, crisp, and clean and the effervescence really left my palate scrubbed.

I am having trouble believing that this and another were just sitting as singles at my local bottle shop yesterday afternoon. What a find!

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Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Nonic pint glass.

Very large big white four finger head off the pour, on a real nice gold body. Some small tiny carbonation coming from the bottom that continues throughout finishing the drink. Decent lacing on this too.

Smell is a small citrus note of fleshy grapefruit, and lime. It's very mild but distinctly a citrus feel without any malt or hop presence. Quite airy and aromatic, nice.

Taste is a nice white bread punch at first, and continues with a fleshy grapefruit sensation in the finish. It's nice bodied not too bold but not weak and wet either. THere is a bit of a box juice feel to this a little and hints of crisp apple.

Pretty solid enjoyable take on a Pilsner, looks like they did well.

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Photo of ejimhof
2.71/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was anxious to try this beer after reading all the forum discussions about it. I guess I was expecting more from this beer but I did not enjoy it as much as I hoped. The hops seem to overwhelm the taste and this beer is nothing like any pilsner I have ever had. I will try it again but for now it is a "C" grade for me.

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Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best before July notched onto the label. Pours clear, golden, near white head, quickly goes to a tiny bubble film and collar, with minor lacing. Minor citric nose. Pleasant enough but nothing real special here. Has the typical Pilsner, grassy, crisp thing goin on, which never does anything real special for me or my taste buds. Sessionable, I'll give it that, if you like Pilsner. Yeah I said it

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Philadelphia Flyers pint glass, grabbed a single of this.

Noble pils looks like a PBR off of the tap, it just has that tint to it. A mix between a pale yellow and barely golden backing. Giving a 180 degree pour I yielded only a quarter inch of off white burnt/sugar foam that died. Barely even a cap, no lacing.

At first sniffs I said to myself this won't be that bad but within minutes I got a sweet corn thing coming from this, odd, I know. Smells like a bold Adjunct. Getting some pale malts and something resembling a hop nose, earthy, leafy.

This goes well, but I don't think the noble hops are coming out like I expected. Sweet and pale malt, bisquit with slight caramel, and corn, yes, believe me it's there. I get some big earthy hops at the end but that's all they give off, earth and leafs, no citrus, no tropic's so don't go expecting that.

The feel is a bit thicker than I like in my Pilsner's, this just seems to be a step above the other's in the style. Medium bodied and a smooth ride and easy finish, not dry, not to refreshing, not what I want in a pilsner. Carb is noticed but not overly felt.

Perhaps if SA used just one of the five varieties of Noble hops, the hop nose/taste could have been more focused. It seems like they are running against each other and none are making headway. I would not want to try this again, it did not refresh me and the feel was off for a pils. It's drinkable, but not memorable.

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Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
87 out of 100 based on 1,459 ratings.