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

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3,315 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,315
Reviews: 1,455
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 84
Gots: 165 | 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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

59rockabilly, Jun 05, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass at cellar temperature.

L - Pale gold color with a 4-finger white bubbly, frothy head. Pretty good retention and a surprising amount of lacing. Crystal clear with a good amount of carbonation bubbles.

S - Sweet bread-like, honey, and caramel malt aromas with a healthy dose of floral, earthy, and spicy hops. Nicely balanced with more hop aroma than I expected - not that I’m complaining.

T - Sweet honey and bread-like malt flavors that builds into a spicy, floral, and bitter hop finish. Tasty and well-balanced.

F - Light-to-medium bodied with good carbonation, a crisp mouthfeel, and a smooth slightly bitter and dry finish. Floral bitterness and malty sweetness lingers for a nice amount of time.

O - For the style, this is an excellent beer. Even regardless of style, it’s a great sessionable warm-weather beer. I remember having this beer last year and loving it. I remembered correctly. This beer is great. Definitely one of the best pilsners I’ve had and certainly one of the best beers that I’ve had from Sam Adams.

BlackBelt5112203, Jun 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Gww1864, Jun 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

HEADYdb, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 02, 2012
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3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A – Clear straw yellow with a one-finger head of white bubbles. Patchy lacing.

S – Lager yeast, lemon rind, spicy hops.

T – Spicy medicinal/herbal hops forward; very little malt presence; what is there is more of a grainy bread yeast taste. Slight fruity esters of lemon and lime.

M – Thin bodied, with lively carbonation. Quite drinkable.

O – I enjoyed the hop choice here, as the noble hops come through nicely. Not so good as it warms, luckily that shouldn’t be a problem for most with the drinkability presented. A well done little pilsner and a pretty decent beer overall.

TempeBeerMan, Jun 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

ShredVicious, Jun 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

baconman91, Jun 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

drjman, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of StJamesGate
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright gold with Ivory soap white head that rims. Lemon oil and floral nose with toasty baguette crust.
Toasty loaf with some peanut then spicy cumin and fennel seed hops.
Orange bitters finish and orange pith linger. Medium to light, some chew, crisp.

All 5 noble hops definitely gives this unusual complexity. It is properly bitter in the Italian liqueur sense. But how drinkable is it, really? With a body that’s a bit too big, too, this is halfway to an Imperial Pils.

StJamesGate, May 31, 2012
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1/5  rDev -73.5%

UncleJon206, May 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

TheRicker, May 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

wander4, May 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

dbrauneis, May 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

snocntry, May 30, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: pale golden hue with a light effervescence and a one-finger head of frothy white foam. Looks pretty decent to me.

Smell: light malt aroma with a style-appropriate graininess. Hops definitely come through with grassy, earthy and somewhat spicy notes. I like the composition.

Taste: flavor delivers pretty much exactly what the aroma promises. Hop content seems a bit higher than many other Pilsners I've had, with lots of different earthy and subtle notes. I rather like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess; most unexpected based on the low level of visible carbonation. Quite good!

Overall: I am finding myself really enjoying this beer. Maybe I'm turning into a Pilsner guy, who knows?

flagmantho, May 30, 2012
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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
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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
Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 3,315 ratings.