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

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

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."

Added by schellsbeer on 12-20-2009

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Photo of WesWes
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
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 Doomcifer
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden color with a nice white head with good retention. Smells citrusy off the bat, then comes the herbal notes and a slight grassiness. Taste is highlighted by the noble hops, grassy and citrusy, with an almost lemon zestiness to it accompanied by a light grainy maltiness to balance things out a bit. Very crisp and dry mouthfeel. Light and carbonated nicely. Extremely refreshing and sessionable beyond belief.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brightly-clear and glimmering pale golden in color, Noble Pils sports a soft, two-finger thick cap of bright white foam. The sticky topping relaxes into a thick, pitted bowl shape that clings fervently to the sides of my pilsener glass, leaving an unbroken sheet of fluffy, coarse-grained lacing behind to mark the passing drink.

The aroma is fresh and floral and loaded with herbal notes and spicy green citrus. The brew is aptly-named--it pleasantly reeks of Noble hops.

The taste is crisply bitter with an excellent floral-citrus hop bite. Notes of green grass, fresh citrus blossoms, and a sedate twist of orange peel oil nicely accent a dry, almost crackery malt base that contributes only the barest sweetness but supports the hop-load just fine nonetheless.

The drink is light-medium in body with mild, fluffy carbonation that fits it perfectly. Noble Pils is supremely quaffable and pretty damned delicious. Excellent.

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Photo of Avagadro
2.93/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: straw in color and crystal clear. Head is fizzy and white, and quickly dissipates. the is plenty of lacing.

S: aroma is fairly prevalent, but is fairly simple, with limes being the one note.

T: very dry, but dominated by a lime flavor that leaves something to be desired.

M: thin body with plenty of carbonation. One of the better aspects of this brew.

D: I have always felt that American breweries tend to do a poor job with German styles, and this brew supports my generalization. It isn't a bad beer, but it isn't a good one either, and certainly not to style. There are a few other good examples of American pilsners out there, and I would recommend seeking them out instead of wasting resources on this one.

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Photo of Kromes
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale crystal clear straw color with a white head. Nice lacing down the glass. Looks really good.

S: There is a bunch of different hop aromas going on in this beer. There are the grassy, earthy, herbal, floral hop aromas and then a fruity citrus aroma.

T: The beer starts of with a really nice biscuity malt flavor, then you get an array of noble hop flavors. I think the most prevalent are the clean floral, herbal tea-like flavors and the slighty citrus flavor and bitterness. There were also some pine and grass flavors in there. The beer finishes somewhat quickly with slight hop flavors lingering.

M: There is a nice light mouthfeel and the beer isn't too overly carbonated. It finishes a little bit dry.

D: This is a very tasty beer. I'm very impressed with this release.

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Photo of wedge
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright yellow gold with a tall, frothy head of pure-white lumpy foam. Spicy floral hops and pale biscuity malt in the nose. Lemon, green freshness, and a hint of tea. Nice, quality pilsner flavor. All flowery, fresh noble hop zestiness upfront with a solid pale cracker malt base and a bit of sweetness. A fair amount of orange/citrus flavor comes into play, which is interesting. Light bodied and moderately bitter.

A very good pils...nice and fresh. I'm pretty excited this is the new Spring seasonal, actually. I'll take one (or more) of these over the White Ale any day.

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Photo of naterock
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass. Decent one finger head. dissapates quickly and does not lace. Grainy corny color that is a bit lighter than expected.

Smells of grainy pilsner malt and a distinct noble hop. grassy/earthy.

Taste is smooth pilsner flavor with a nice bite of european hops. Really quite complex for a pilsner. I am surprised.

Mouth is crisp and clean with a slight aftertaste of what tastes like saaz hops.

Drinks easy, too easy. I think the only thing I can bitch about beer is that it was released during the wrong time of year. I would slaughter this during the summer but more than likely pass it up while the weather stays cold.

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Photo of bum732
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden yellow, decent head that dissipates. Smells of piney, spicy and floral hops, touch of citrus, unbelievably fragrant. Tastes of sweet piney like malt with a good spicy backbone. Very floral and fruity, some lemon peel. Semi-dry finish with some more hop resin and touch of grain. Decent carbonation.

A very pleasant surprise, the nose on this beer is incredible, everything just works together beautifully. Not as dry and crisp as a traditional pilsner, but i really enjoyed this interpretation. Probably the best beer i've ever had from Sam Adams and definitely top 5 American pils, a must try.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. Enjoy by May notched on the label.

A - Brilliantly clear pale straw yellow with a mild white head. Decent retention with a collar of foam left on the glass.

S - Fresh hop aroma like they were just picked. A bit resiny and wet, the hops are primarily a spicy, herbal nose. Pale malts behind with a light mineral feel. Crisp and clean.

T - Very hoppy but not face melting. It's a good mellow balance of resiny floral and spicy noble hops. Pale malts linger behind the hops and a light mineral flavor pokes about.

M - Thin but not watery, it's a light-bodied beer with a very dry finish and light hop bitterness.

D - Interesting flavor going on but it doesn't remove from the drinkability of it. I think the release comes a bit early. For a "spring seasonal" why is it out in January?

Also, it's worth mentioning that I had the chance to cast my vote on this or the "Samuel Adams Ale" at the Barrington Beer Fest for which would win and go into production. I voted for the ale.

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Photo of bashiba
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep golden yellow with a thick and fluffy white head.

The smell had a light sweetness with a bit of light fresh green hops.

The flavor had a nice bit of graininess to it with a solid malt body along with a mild fresh bit of piney hop flavor with a touch of grapefruit.

The mouthfeel is light with lots of carbonation and a touch of oilyness.

Easy drinking Pils, very balanced and refreshing while still having enough flavor and body to make it interesting. Great Job Sam Adams.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Noble Pils is a crystal clear, sparkling, golden lager with a small, white head that dissipates. It has a very fruity aroma that's bright and lemony. It smells a touch sweet and a little doughy. It's medium-light bodied; lively with a crisp finish. It has a nice, fruity, wooden flavor with an appropriate amount of bitterness and a lemony aftertaste. It's flavorful and refreshing.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 6'er of this today at the Chinden Fred Meyer for about $7.50... not bad. Poured into my shaped SA glass... Wow the head on this is persistent... very rocky and a ton of small bubbles streaming from the etching at the bottom of the glass... the brew is very clear and actually surprisingly light in color... straw golden.

Nice clean pils malt... a touch of sulfur that goes away after a couple of minutes... Alot of hoppiness even for the German Pils Style.. spicy and floral hops mainly with lesser earthy hops .. If I concentrate, I get some minor lemongrass...

Crisp with a nice bitter backbone... grainy pils malt... pretty well attenuated.... Hop profile is the same with again a bit more lemongrass.. very very clean... incredibly drinkable with a lite/medium body with medium/high body..

This is likely the best domestically made German Style Pils that I've ever had.... I am honestly blow away... I love German Style lagers and this is a freaking good take on a beer that is tough to get right.


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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 pinotboy007
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased at Whole Foods (Fair lakes); it was the only 6-pack on the cooler shelf which seemed to be a good omen.

A - Vigorous pour into a Duvel tulip unleashed a thick, bright white head that nearly spilled over the rim. The Pils is a beautiful, vibrant, absolutely clear bright gold. Very nice sticky lace. After about 10-minutes, the head has become a patch of styrofoam.

S - White pepper, grass, citrus, and even a touch of dry oatmeal.

T - Delicious! Complex hints of malty grain, hops, lemon, and tea.

M - Crisp w/nice fizz that doesn't overwhelm; even a bit of silkiness.

D - Hugely drinkable! Why this is seasonal I'll never know. GREAT STUFF!

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Photo of asabreed
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Looks like a Pils in color, though for what the Sam Adams glass claims it does, there's no much head, as it only hangs out around the lip of the glass. Straw gold in color. A few bubbles floating to the top, though I expected more.

Smell: The taps have to be way too cold. Turn down your temperature, folks. Halfway through I finally was able to detect the grass and floral aromas from the hops, along with good clean Pilsner malt aromas.

Taste: Clean and easy drinking, with good floral and grass flavors, once it warms.

Mouthfeel: Lighter-bodied, though with a good carbonated backbone, making me thankful that spring will hopefully be here sooner than we know it.

Drinkability: I had no problem with the White Ale, but I think this is better, and I'd be more apt to buy this than the former. Hopefully I can review a bottle later at the proper temperature. But a solid and sessionable and tasty domestic Pils overall.

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Photo of tedsox31
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. It is a clear orange-gold with a small white head. Some lacing is left behind when I drink it.

The smell is floral and perfume-y. There is also a little bit of citrus.

Taste is very good. There is some sweetness, followed by a nice bitterness from the hops and ending in a smooth finish. The ending in my palate after I swallow begs for me to take another sip.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonated, as a pilsener should be. It still has enough body to give it depth and substance, but not too much as to be cloying.

This has excellent drinkability. In my opinion, this is the best Sam Adams offering out there; it has flavor, depth, and is refreshing to drink. Just in time for the playoffs. Well done.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm layin' down another Sam Adams beer today... Noble Pils. Brewed with five nobel hops varieties and 5.2% alcohol content.

A- Pouring into a lindemans flute glass... pours a absolutly crystal clear medium yellow fluid with fluffy white head that clings to the sides of the glass with massive vigor.

S- Strange mixture of pale hops. Lightly citrusy, musky, and herbal. Malt husk noticed in the beer as well.

T-M- Taste is a soapy hop citrus tang with fresh malts notes. First is a rush of mild bitterness and medium acidic musk of the hop and malt mix with smooth finish that leaves the tongue ready for more. Sulfer like after taste. Light carbonation allows flavors to dance on the buds as the rolls of the mouth.

D- I could drink this on any occation due to the fresh hop pressence and excellent flavor of malts it pack. Nice.

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Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to Sam Adams glass

A: Pours a brilliantly clear deep straw gold with a 2.5 finger eggshell-white foam head. Retention was decent with a thin cap being supported by the high amount of carbonation. Some thin white lace was present.

S: Fresh citrus hop and Pils grain dominate the nose with hints of orange.

T: Cereal grain and malt dominate the flavor accompanied by a deep bitterness from the noble hops. Flavor is medium dry with apple and lemon-honey hints. Hop oils leave a lingering bitterness on the finish with floral hop on the breath. Flavor overall is quick and crisp

M: Well-carbed which supports a large part of the body giving it a crisp texture. A more dry finish would be better here.

D: Very light bodied and a nice spring beer....sadly its January.

I enjoyed this Pilsner as it was a good representation of style and would gladly order it over other BMC adjunct lagers. Hope this becomes a regular occurrence in the Sam Adams repertoire.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of katan
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ml into a Sam Perfect Pint

A - Pours a light golden to golden brown color. Strong bubbling and head formation, light white in color. Well retained. Very clear.

S - A balanced combination of pilsner malts and some sweet and citrusy noble hops. The hops almost seem late addition, with very potent aroma.

T - Starts off with a balanced note of sweet malt and bitter bite, but it turns harshly bitter very quickly. Somewhat edgy. Tongue grabbing hops mid-stream, grassy at times. Finishes with probably the cleanest pilnser note in the beer. Bitter and earthy aftertaste.

M - Strong body due to the hefty carbonation- beer itself can be a bit thin at times, but is clingy. Does leave an oily film on the tongue from the apparent aggressive hopping.

D - I would put this on the lower end of pils drinkability due to its aggressive nature, not a clean smooth refresher. ABV is manageable. Not to say this is a bad beer, just not what I would look for in this style. There may be another lager style where this beer fits more appropriately.

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Photo of ChuckR343
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16oz glass. Golden color with thin, white head. A lot of bubbles.

Smells of grass and hops. Has a distinctive citrus and fresh taste, but not too crisp. I thought the hops variety is great. Do I taste some honey? Very nicely done for spring, or anytime. A great "have another" beer.

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Photo of ConnHuskyFan
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Approachable, golden appearance; with a quick, white, vanishing head.

Smells open, citrus, a little grassy.

Slight citrus tase, crisp carbonation feel, almost grapefruit tone, hoppy finish, but no surprising kick. Not as hoppy as labeled.

Easy to have several of these. Well done. As advertised, reminds me of Spring.

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Photo of CheckMate
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle bought at McKinnon's in Salem, NH. pours a straw color with about an inch of off white head that dissipated rather quickly. scents of earthy and herbal hops are very profound in the aroma, makes it difficult to smell anything else in the beer (IMO). tastes of grassy earthy hops, and breadiness. medium bodied with ample carbonation, leaves a slight aftertaste from the hops. the first sip invites another and another.


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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Salem, NH, imbibed out of the Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Pours a crystal-clear straw-yellow body with nearly an inch of off-white head comprised of large bubbles that dissipate rather quickly. Spicy herbal grassy hops come through right away in the aroma, with hints of toffee, biscuit, and butterscotch. Spicy noble hops share the flavor almost equally with bready malt with touches of DMS (cooked vegetable), toast, and butter. Very light bodied with ample (though not overwhelming) carbonation pair with the light body to aid the drinkability greatly. Not a bad pils. I've definitely had better examples of the style - to me this falls somewhere between the bohemian and Bavarian ends of the spectrum. But this grows on me, an easy drinking spring seasonal. Glad this replaced the White, and glad another widely available pilsener is out there.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apparently it is an "ALE IN TX." I've never noticed the specific-to-Texas terminology before, but I see that a bottle of Brooklyn BCS on my desk is "IN TEXAS, ALE." Funny.

Nose is floral spicy hoppy with citric tones and a soft bubblegum-like ester kind of fruit. Smells bright and fresh. Smells good.

Pours clear pale yellow, large head. Looks good.

Tastes clean and fresh with sparkling hoppiness on warm, toasty malt bed. Hops are floral mainly, with secondary flavors of spicy, herbal, and citric. Soft fruitiness from aroma is present. Moderately stiff hop bitterness. Finishes with a kiss of hop. Tastes good. Feels good. Good drinkability.

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Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
87 out of 100 based on 1,486 ratings.