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

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very good

3,299 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,299
Reviews: 1,456
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 84
Gots: 159 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

bluerabbit, May 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

gpblackgt, May 30, 2012
Photo of TheCondor
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I swiped this brew from my father-n-laws beer fridge the other day when I was over there for a fish fry. All he drinks is Bud Select, so I knew I was good grabbing this up and making for the door before anyone was the wiser. Hells yes. Going to a fish fry and swiping a Boston Beer product? Almost perfect. If only there would have been a pool involved, it would have been. Side-Poured from the bottle in a standard manner into my pilsner glass straight from the refrigerator.

Appearance – Bright yellow in color, you can almost see right through the beer. Has a nice three finger, pillowy head which hangs around for a minute or two. Big time carbonation and bubbles can be seen during the pour. Pretty nice, certainly what you would expect.

Smell – Very hoppy, much more so than a standard pilsner. The floral and citrus notes are most of the nose, with a slight tease of malts in the background. Appealing to say the least, I am interested.

Taste – Pretty good, clean and refreshing. Just like the advertising and nose indicated, there is a nice hop presence in the brew. Much more than an average pilsner, almost approaching an IPA level. Very drinkable, easy to enjoy. I appreciated the hoppiness although I am not what you would consider a “hop head.” I actually though the beer smoothed out as it warmed a little too.

Mouthfeel – Clean, crisp, refreshing, very smooth. Very carbonated, with a slight bitter kick at the finish. Nice.

Overall – I would absolutely recommend this beer, and would drink it again. There is nothing Earth-shattering about the brew, but it just comes at you with good flavor, hoppiness, and drinkability without too much pomp, circumstance, or fanfare. Affordable, easy to enjoy, I really liked it. Good solid offering from the Boston Beer Company.

TheCondor, May 30, 2012
Photo of LiquidSanity
4.8/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ap: Beautiful golden champagne color. Moderate head and moderate lacing. Sexy, beautiful and you can almost visualize the flavor.

Ar: The hops resonate in the aroma and is enticing. This beer means business.

Ta: Sultry and sexy combination of hops. Sam Adams has something amazing here. While not an IPA, it still packs a healthy dose of hops that is appealing for any hop head. Don't expect double IPA but do prepare yourself for a crisp flavor that is almost indescribable. The earthyness and breadiness just invites you to continue drinking. This along with sierra Nevada pale ale, make for exceptional choices for sessionable beers. You can easily drink a 6 pack and be a happy fellow.

Mf: Rich, creamy and frothy texture. Each sip delights. May I have another?

Ov: I avoided this beer for quite some time. I almost convinced myself that if it wasn't an IPA, I wouldn't enjoy it. This beer shatters that rule. The delicious blend of hops creates an infusion of flavor that you cannot capture during the first bottle. You struggle to discover all the notes even after 2 or 3 bottles. It's a beer that makes you appreciate the fact that your taste buds work. Savor it, sip it, engage it and by all means, respect this beer. It's almost near perfect. And coming from a hop head, that means a lot. Cheers!

LiquidSanity, May 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

OriolesFan1008, May 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

JDizzle, May 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

ekzachtly, May 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Kaisermatt, May 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Gabbyaboutipa, May 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

mrfreakybig, May 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Jsmitty1967, May 28, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

BlakeL, May 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

dmorley21, May 27, 2012
Photo of Dools9
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint

A: Straw gold, two fingers of bone white head, its fluffy and retains nicely, leaves good lacing. Tons of lively carbonation.

S: Theres some wheaty, bready yeasty notes, clean water, some sweet graininess, light mild citrus and lemon notes.

T: Bready doughy malts, little kick of citrus and lemon zest, hops are grassy and a bit earthy. Nice clean bitterness is very pleasant and relaxing.

M: Light-medium bodied, carbonation is a bit creamy, its extremely refreshing, clean and drinkability is excellent.

O: A perfect candidate for the warm weather. Sip it from the bottle playing horse shoes in the backyard and take it easy. A very refreshing brew and a perfect sessioner. Good to see this a year round offering, now put it in 12 packs please.

Dools9, May 26, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 bottle served in a standard shaker pint.
best by: June notched

pours a clear golden yellow tone with a finger of frothy head. middling retention but nice lacing.

smell was decidedly on the muted side but offered notes of citrus/floral hoppiness and a touch of malt in the background. flavor is a major improvement. sweet, honey like presence out front followed in short order by the array of noble hops. definitely grassy. crisp, slightly bitter finish. nice beer.

medium bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation. overall just an enjoyable, very drinkable brew.

originally reviewed: 02-18-2011

BostonHops, May 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

shizzy77, May 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

standardcherry, May 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

jmathis, May 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

tuka, May 25, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy gold with a small, lasting white head.
Nose shows spicy, floral hops, soft caramel and faint fruity and doughy yeast.
Flavours inlcude honey, spicy hops, herbal notes and more soft doughy yeast. Finishes with a mild bitterness.
Carbonation could be just a little higher.

CrazyDavros, May 24, 2012
Photo of siege06nd
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours a slightly cloudy pale straw color. Finger and a half of crisp eggshell white head that rather quickly settles down to a quarter finger. Very nice lacing down the sides.

S. Lemon zest, mild citrus, light pine, grain, and some biscuity qualities.

T. Bread crust, lemon rind, hints of orange peel, and some earthy hop character.

M. Well carbonated, light bodied, crisp and refreshing.

O. This is everything a pilsener should be. I like the little extra hop kick that Sam Adams gave it, definitely makes it a touch more interesting. It is simple and to the point, yet very solid.

siege06nd, May 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Stockfan42, May 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed twice. I got the same rating (a C) from both reviews. They're included below.

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired as part of a summer variety box purchased at a local Ralph's market. Served into a conical Guinness pint glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; the marketing makes it seem like a pretty solid pilsener, and Sam Adams has some pretty good offerings (though often not in this format; I prefer the reserve series for truly great brews). Best before August 2012.

Not paired with food.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. I'm in a pilsener mood.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger beige head of slight cream, fair thickness, and average (~2 minute) retention. Colour is a transparent bright yellow. Very standard fare for a pilsener. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Predictable, but appealing.

Sm: Pilsener malts and noble hops. Much hoppier than most beers in the style I'm familiar with, but it works here and lends it a freshness. The hop character comes across as slightly floral, but not overly bitter or oily. No pine or citrus. Fresh and inviting, but far from exemplary. A clean mild strength aroma.

T: A full crisp barley body provides a nice clean base for the flavours. The noble hopping does well here, with impressive layering working within the simplicity of the style. It's effect and lends the beer a fresh quality that I fancy. No yeast or alcohol comes through. It's a simple but efficient pilsener with an emphasis on drinkability. The hop aggression may be a bit overstated but the effect is an enjoyable one. Not complex or subtle, but that's not the aim. I like it.

Mf: Some underlying cream. Nicely crisp. Smooth and wet, suiting the style, but a bit overcarbonated - likely a result of Sam Adams' macrobrewing process. It's also a touch too think, lending it a somewhat lumpy character that doesn't suit the style. Complements the flavour profile in a general sense, but certainly doesn't feel tailored to it. Too smooth.

Dr: Quite drinkable yet simple. It's not a beer I'd get again in bottled form - though I do like it in a general sense. I might try it on draught; I assume it'd be better. It's an experimental take on the style, trading innovation for tradition, and luckily it works. A nice little affordable pilsener from one of the better macrobreweries.

High C


Sam Adams Noble Pils
Served from a 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap into a stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are slightly above average; I'm in the mood for a pils.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a ne finer beige head of okay cream, average thickness, and average retention. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Decent lacing. Colour is a transparent dull yellow. Meh.

Sm: Light citrusy floral hops (I presume noble...), clean malts, and barley. Generally appealing. Nothing unique or special. Moderate in strength.

T: Floral hopping atop a clean malted barley foundation with minimal cream and a bit of citrus zest. Not complex or subtle, but decently balanced and built for what it is. It's pleasant to drink but there's very little happening. Not unique or special. Somewhat refreshing. A pretty moderate strength taste. I certainly wouldn't call it bold. No yeast or alcohol comes through. It could use more cream as well as more body. Its simplicity holds it back and prevents a rounded flavour profile.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some coarseness on the climax - from the hops I guess. Somewhat sharp and slightly overcarbonated. Too thick for the lack of the body and diverse flavour.

Dr: Drinkable but unimpressive. I might get it again; it's a decent summer drinking beer. I wouldn't recommend it to friends. The pricing is fair. A decent little macrobrew, but nothing to get riled up about. Hides its modest ABV well, but that isn't difficult.

A poor candidate for aging.

Would pair well with buttered soft pretzels, bread, aggressively flavoured salads, and Swiss cheese.


kojevergas, May 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

gutbuster, May 22, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

pebbs, May 21, 2012
Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,299 ratings.