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

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Reviews: 1,464
Hads: 3,479
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 120
Gots: 367 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

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 CheckMate
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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%
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 +3.4%
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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Photo of Metalmonk
4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out an incredibly clear light yellow/straw color. Lots of bubbles rising to a head that's surprisingly thin.

Aroma is a powerful, breezy, squeaky-clean hop-centered one--ultra-fragrant and flowery, with a pronounced nip of ginger. Very, very nice...one that kept me sniffing and sniffing until I realized you can also drink the stuff!

Flavor is as assertive and impressive as the aroma. Zippy, clean and tingly in both taste and feel, my mind keeps going back to two flavor impressions: lime & ginger. Lime zest keeps it crisp while a pervading ginger character keeps it spicy. And there's just enough grainy sweetness to keep everything in check and keep the tart/spice acrobatics from the Noble hops kicking. Feel is very crisp, but not bitingly so. Slippery too, and a creamy subtlety, in flavor and feel, pushes my overall impression over the edge. This is great.

You want a small ABV beer with big flavor, one that's accessible and affordable and made (presumably) with love? Give Noble Pils a try. In fact, give it a few tries--buy it in a 6-pack and stretch it out over a week. That was the way I realized this was a truly great beer, having initially found it one-dimensional. It definitely is not, and I couldn't think of a better "every day" beer than this one.

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Photo of mullenite
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Glassware - Ikea Pilsener

Appearance - So, last night I had Sam Adams Light and noted that it was not fizzy and straw yellow... low and behold, the Noble Pils pours a fizzy straw yellow in color, a little golden but very light. There was initially a two-finger white head that has settled in to a thin cap. The cap doesn't seem to be going anywhere as it seems to have a constant source of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Lots of lacing is the result, really very nice looking.

Nose - Smell is distinctly noble hops... I'm impressed! The hops are balanced well by a nice biscuit note. Not much more to it, nice and earthy, a little spicy and balanced by some nice sweetness.

Taste - Very similar to the nose, nice spicy and herbal hops mixed some nice biscuit. Clean, well balanced and thoroughly enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - Thin body with lots of carbonation. This is a fizzy yellow beer by all means but, despite what Greg Koch might have you believe with his bottles, this isn't a bad thing.

Overall - This will be a great beer when it's late spring and nice and warm outside, but by that time Summer Ale will probably be among us... meh.

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Photo of markskar
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's too bad that so many mass-produced beers staked their claim on the Pilsner style in recent years. Great Pilsners can be hard to find, but Sam Adams hit the mark on this one.

A: Pours crystal clear, golden. Amply carbonated but not too fizzy.

S: Complex, yet subtle hop aromas. Mildly floral, but not overpowering.

T: A symphony of noble hops, almost perfectly balanced with pleasant grainy malt flavors. The hop flavors vary from grassy to near-citrusy, but again, very well balanced.

M: Not overly carbonated, as far too many so-called Pilsners are. This makes it go down smooth on the front end, but it finishes with a crisp dry tingle on the tongue.

D: Dangerously drinkable. A thirst quenching brew that makes me thirst for more with every sip. What happened to my 12-pack?? (kidding, I only had a 22;-)

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Photo of JBogan
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale golden color which resembles an average American macro. Nothing special to look at here. A small white head forms, which soon turns into a thin film, leaving good lacing behind.

The aroma is a nice blend of grains and grasses. Again, nothing exceptional here, but nothing offensive either.

Taste is very similar to the scent. Wheat grains and grasses are the main attractions here. Pleasant tasting and refreshing.

Mouthfeel was smooth and thin. I would have liked a bit more carbonation to give it a little more crispness, but overall I'd say mouthfeel was just slightly better than average for a pils.

This is a nice offering from Sam Adams. Not at the top of it's class in any one area, but taken as a whole everything works well together. A beer one could easily sit down and drink more than a few.

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Photo of realbama
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a very drinkable beer. poured light golden with a 1/2 inch, quickly disapating head. very earth-like, pilsner smell. great taste and even better aftertaste. easily one of my favorite sam adams offerings. definately recommended! im adding this sentence to meet the 250 character requirement. :(

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

First of all, it compares to Prima but they are very different.

appearance: golden, low head retnetion but some decent lacing for a lager. Low carbionation, barley any rising bubbles. weird for the style.

smell: subtle hops, slight citrus

taste: great pilsner. large malt backbone for a pilsner. very balanced, great hop presence for style. Not as high in the hops category as I would like.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: finally a nice lager that assecceable because we don't have Prima just yet in the market. Overall I prefer Prima but this a great beer. I'ts more balanced than Prima and has way less hops though

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Photo of emetib0081
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally! A spring seasonal that is worth looking foward to! Sam Adams has really hit the spot with this one. It has been a while since I have had a pilsner and if I remember right they never tasted as good as this one did. After drinking heavy winter beers the last few months it took me until my second bottle to really appreciate the great flavors. Crisp hops and flavors of lime or is it lemon on touch the front of my mouth. And the color! After pouring it in a glass everyone will want it, so you may want to hide them from friends at first. After the snow melts I will defintely be looking foward to having a drink of this on the lawn and starting the bbq for the first time.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.88/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- ultra clear golden body and a beautiful white head that just gets insanely dense and creamy as it settles. this thing doesn't get shorter than 1/4 inch and it stays draped up onto the inside of the glass. something i can't say i've ever had from a pils. crazy lace too and a tight stream of bubbles. the otherwise ordinary look of a pale golden brew is now stunning.

S- saltine cracker and noble hop aroma. what else should be there? mostly lemon and lime peel with soft dried flowers and some grassiness and some lightly toasted grains and just a touch of tomato acidity. no off aromas or anything that isn't straightforward hops and malt. very fragrant yet very clean.

T- perfect lemony hop flavor, a touch of mineral, and ample bitterness throughout. and very floral. not perfumey or soapy but a rose and lily petal earthy green natural flower taste that when combined with the soft herbal bitterness and the bright cracker malt flavor makes for one hell of a tasty and clean flavored beer. hop flavor lingers on long after the swallow with a pleasant lightly resinous bitterness. lemon and lime peel come back at the finish as well with some white grape skin dry wine.

MF- light bodied with just enough weight behind it to have a feeling of substance. perfect medium level carbonation. soft malty feel followed by a crisp dryness.

D- the best thing to come from BBC in a long time and perhaps my favorite offering from them EVER. if this exact recipe could be produced year round, it would be a dream come true and if any american brewery could kick the shit out of every german pils i've ever tasted, i could have guessed it would be sam adams. this stuff just begs to be consumed. this is one incredibly good and drinkable beer.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle.

A- Poured a beautiful gold with a thick white head.

S- Nice clean hops-citrus scent.

T- Fresh and clean, nice hop finish, very citrus, but with a fair malt back bone.

M- Effervescent without being too bubbly, medium body.

D- Very refreshing, nice and clean.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden straw color pour with a two finger faomy white lasting head , good retention leaving jagged lacing down the glass ,medium carbonatin. Aroma is of a solid toasty malt background with a mixture of spicy hops , honey , caramel and biscut . Flavor is lightly sweet up front with hints of citrus and toasted malt grain , piny and spicy hops balance well with the malt backbone, mild bitterness with almost an earthy tone , fruity and spicy with a clean finish , a crisp clean mouthfeel , light body . I only bought one of these but I would deem it sessionable , I could see drinking several of these at one sitting , a smooth enjoyable beer , thanks Sam

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Photo of cokes
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clean pale gold with rippling carbonation feeding a tight white head that sticks and laces decently.
Lemongrass and lime rind nose, with backup from mint, pressed flowers, hay, and champagne.
Dryish on the get-go in the mouth. Saltines and hay, then an ebbing sweetness that hints at shortbread. It pushes a tad further towards honey and white grapes just prior to the hop arrival. They bring lime zest, lemongrass, dried grasses and flowers, and a sturdy backend mintiness. It lingers peppery, then clean.
The body is a taut lightish medium with steadfast, non-uppity carbonation. Even on a frigid night, this rockets itself down the throat. This is far and away the best new seasonal Sam Adams has put out in a while, but early spring is a weird slot for this. It needs to be around (and fresh) in the warmer months, or better yet, year-round.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jan 9, 2010
12 oz bottle, best before May 2010, poured into a Sam Adams tasting glass.
Golden straw, with a fleeting eggshell white head. Spotty lacing left on the glass.
Bready aroma followed by mild spicy hops.
Flavor is light grain and bread, followed by some spicy floral hoppyness. Finish is clean and lightly bitter.

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Photo of tzieser
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Buzzards Bay Brewing Co Pilsner glass (i miss them; they used to make a mean pilsner).

a: deep golden color, with a two finger head that settles to a thin foam over the surface of the beer.

s: excellent. refreshing hoppy aroma-- citrus, piney hops dominate the nose. reminds me of all the great german pilsners out there, which is certainly a good thing.

t: excellent. i'm really happy with how true to style this is. again, citrusy and piney hops, along with a decent bready backbone. great flavor, reminds me of some of my favorite pilsners.

m&d: mouthfeel is good, well carbonated and refreshing. true to form of a pilsner. drinkability is exceptional. aren't pilsners created to be drinkable? this one certainly is.

wow. boston brewing company really created a great brew. a million times better than the belgian white, that's for sure. it's probably one of my favorite American German-style Pilsners, up there with Victory's Prima Pils. Be sure to try this.

after a side by side comparison with Victory Prima Pils, I'll have to say that Victory still holds the crown for best US German-style pilsner, but Noble Pils definitely sits right up in the top 3 without a doubt.

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Photo of animal69
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a crystal clear pale golden-yellow w/ a thick white head which sticks around for a moment before settling into a ring that leaves a spotty lace in my pilsn glass

A- smell is mostly hops, a flowery, grassy and "herbal" aroma with some spice to it does give way to some light cereal grains and a hint of metal

T- wow, a great combination of spicy/floraly/earthy hop flavor kicks this one of with any empty spaces filled in with crisp lightly toasted bready "pilsner" flavor, a coriander/lemon flavor from the hops finds it's way out midway as does a faint lighly toasted nut, finish is crisp with a pleasant minerally bitterness to it

M- a dry fairly light bodied beer w/ a perfect amount of co2, a crisp "dry champagne" like feel over all

D- a very drinkable beer, over drinkable in fact the 6% ABV never lets itself known 'till you've had a few or 5, this is an incredible ger. pilsner from the boys at SA, i hope they put this one out all the time

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Photo of bmwats
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pilsener.

A: Dark golden color. Medium carbonation, pours into a half finger, bubbly, white head. Quickly settles leaving only remnants of a head behind. Eventually disintegrates completely. No real lacing to speak of.

S: Sharp malt and hoppy nose. Freshly cut grass. A little clove and bay leaf.

T: Light grain, but really sharp and bitter hoppy flavor. Bitter, pungent, and peaty with some Italian spice.

M: Light body. Sharpness kinda' makes you pucker. Really dry finish.

D: You can sip on this... the bitterness compels you to. But, you can roll thru it too.

Pretty solid atmosphere. Appearance is really average, but the nose is really full, floral, and unique. Very nice combo of tones. Flavor is not too complex, but bitter and sharp, with just a hint of spice and kind of a grassy tone to finish it. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm the 24th person to review a Sam Adams on BA, that probably won't happen again

I'm normally not a pilsner fan, but this was by far the best pilsner I've had.

My czec pilsner glass was filled with this clear golden beverage topped with a mountain of pure white foam. It had the typical pilsner aroma with an extra essence to it that seemed like, flowers. Taste wise, it was a nice hop blend with some good body to it. It didn't have the typical pilsner sting to it, there was a slight bitterness at the end, but it was pleasant.

If they sell this in a regular size bottle, I might get one again.

Edit - I had this on tap at Outback, the first round from the first keg of NP they had, and I noticed it had more sourness to it. I frankly think that it tasted better from the bottle, but that might have to with the keg being just tapped and the glass just pulled out of the fridge.

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Photo of goldbot
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased January 2010. Best by May notched into the label. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle.

Golden yellow in color and crystal clear. A nice effervescence when first poured, yielding a thick, white, foamy head.

Aromas of malt/grain and corn mostly. A hint of floral hops as well.

Lots of grain and bread up front, turning into a nice balance of grain and citrusy hop character. Towards the end the hops become more prevalent, adding a slight dry bitterness.

Light body and dry, almost powdery feel. The carbonation is noticeable but not very crisp.

Overall a pretty good beer. As others have noted this one is more for a warm spring/summer day than the mid-winter. I'll most likely pick up a six pack once the weather turns nicer to enjoy as an everyday beer.

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Photo of natelocc787
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden straw body, nice off-white foamy head. Banana peel and grainy pilsner/munich malts in the nose with light citrus and floral hop notes. The taste has more banana peel, mild spices and a nice noble hop character in the back with a lemony, grassy finish. Mouthfeel is very refreshing, sparkling even and a definite German feel. Overall very well done, a Pilsner without the cheap malt flavor.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a new seasonal from Sam Adams. I have yet to be impressed by their seasonal selections, so lets see how this one compares.

A: Pours a very nice golden, straw color. Very clear with lots of carbonation. Head is soapy and large, and sticks around nicely.

S/T: The aroma is pretty typical for a Pilsener. Grain, with a slight floral character. Taste is okay, but not nearly as good as other heavy hitters like Troegs Sunshine Pils and Victory Prima Pils. Lots of grain, breadyness, and some bitter hops on the finish. It is kinda bland overall.

M/D: Mouthfeel is very light and crisp. Extremely refreshing. Finish is very clean with a slight lingering bitterness. The drinkability is the highlight of the beer. This could easily be sessioned. A Bud drinker could easily chug one of these down.

Overall, a decent beer. My biggest gripe is in the flavor profile. Everything for a Pilsener is there, but it just comes off a tad weaker than I expect from a craft brewer. Definetly worth a shot, but don't expect one of the best Pilseners around.

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Photo of OverToad
4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at my local Kroger. Was really suprised to see this brew so soon. Pours golden clear with a nice head. This is their best seasonal brew hands down. Very drinkable brew. SA does it again. Glad I bought 2 cases, and will buy more before they're gone.

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

A very vibrant golden color with a sexy pure white head. A nice tight finger's worth and lacing sticks to the glass with vigor as it subsides.

A pleasant pilsener malt aroma with a light flowery hop background. A stroll through a blossoming meadow as a light breeze brings an array of floral and earthy smells to your nose. Perhaps even a tease of some spice. Taste is a nice citrusy zing with some light malts and a bit of a bitter hop bite at the end. It finishes rather clean with the bitterness fading and some citrus revisiting at the very end.

A lighter bodied beer, very carbonated almost effervescent in nature. Drinkable...? are you kidding me? I could sure go for a couple more.

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Photo of iRyan77
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a six pack to see what the "New" beer from Sam Adams was like.

A - Straw Yellow, perfect clarity, fluffy white head that mostly fell but left just a slight cap remaining

S - Definently smell the hops character, a little grassy-ness, definitely light on the malt bill as there was just a slight sweetness in the aroma

T - Quite good! Upfront I got a slight bitterness from the hops and then a slight sweetness from the extra pale malts, following by a lingering hops flavor on the back of the tongue. White bread?

M - Light and smooth, this beer is only as heavy as it has to be to support the mild hop flavor and aroma.

D - Drinkability is extremely high especially if the ABV is truly 6% I can see this becoming my new session beer for awhile!

Overall an exceptional addition to the Sam Adams lineup, Just wish it didn't say "seasonal" on the six pack, I can see this being amazing on a hot summer day.

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Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
87 out of 100 based on 1,464 ratings.