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

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3,283 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,283
Reviews: 1,456
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 84
Gots: 148 | 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."

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Photo of bubseymour
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass

Appearance - Great 2 finger head. Extremely pale yellow and clear beer. Mild lacing on glass.

Smell - For a pilsner, the hops freshness is wonderfully strong in the smell. Some citrus notes come through as well. Definely smells more like an outstanding IPA than Pilsner, but its great none the less.

Taste - The taste was very unique. Not very American pilsner, nor like any German/European either. Its one of a kind.

Mouthfeel - ok

Drinkability - I have to rate this quite drinkable as from the last 30 beers I've had, I think I downed this one faster than any other.

Overall - Heading the fridge to grab a second one right now...

bubseymour, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of JizackFH
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a clear pale golden color. It has a decent white fluffy head, that left some pretty good lacing on the glass.

S - It's pretty much an average pilsner smell, but with more hop presence. There are also some good citrus notes present.

T - The taste pretty much follows the nose. It has a very nice clean hoppy flavor to it, as well as some good spice notes in the finish.

M - This has a light body and high carbonation. It is smooth and goes down easy. I also found it to be crisp and refreshing.

D - The drinkability is pretty good. It is refreshing, crisp, and clean. Overall, I think this is a pretty good beer. I'd try it again.

JizackFH, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of BaronRogue
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1st review, just happens to be what i'm drinking at the moment...

Poured from bottle into my chalice-type glass.

First sensation is smell, the fresh hop nose is noticeable as soon as i began to pour. Appearance is a straw color with a small snow white head and steady bubbles coming up from the bottom... reminded me of ginger ale a bit.

Taste is pretty much described on the bottle.. it's a modest pilsner with hop accents, though not as much as i thought after judging the nose. Not really bitter, and actually has a malty characteristic to it. Hoppy and fresh tasting, definitely worth a try if you're a pilsner fan.

Overall it's really drinkable, and not quite a knockout... i love just about everything Sam Adams makes, and i cant really say im a pilsner guy but wanted to try it, and for me this really worked. Not disappointed, but will probably stick to my usual ales more often than not.

BaronRogue, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of JMforman
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the featured brew at Tremont Tavern. Not bad for a free pint!

A- Golden with a frothy white head

S- Pine, citrus, toasted malt, bread

T- Biscuit, pine, bread, and a bit of citrus

M- Medium to light

D- Very refreshing and very approachable for a wide range of drinkers

JMforman, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of weeare138
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a transparent gold with a had of pillowy white fluff that slowly fades. Scattered chunks of white lacing are clinging all around the glass.
Smell is of pungent herbs, citrus, flowers, perfume, and wet hay.
Taste is of the aromas with a sweet biscuit and herbal blast being the key features of this beer.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, semi sweet, spritzy, and dry.

weeare138, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light yellow with ample clarity, good 1" white head to it. A yeasty, lemon aromatic sense.

Taste, lots of carbonation, the noble hop seems fizzy with this amount of carbonation to it, doesn't really impart the typical hop mouthfeel, more gaseous and lemon. Good bitterness profile. Finishes dry, gritty at times.

Expensive for what it is.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and poured with a thin white head that quickly dissipated and left lacy patterns of bubbles in the center. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus and floral hops in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of biscuit malts along with some hints of honey. There is a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is very clean.
D: The beer is very easy to drink, refreshing, and sessionable.

metter98, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of MP72
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Golden w/ nice head short lasting though.

S-malty a bit like sam adams boston lager without any citrus scent

T- good malt backbone with good bite of hops,, but there is that unusual Sam Adams taste that all their beers seem to have. SA beers all seem overly sweet to me over the last year or 2

M- nice mouthfeel medium body good carbonation


Not impressed with this at all not seeing the fuss it was decent last year but just OK this year to me.

MP72, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of PicoPapa
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

1 Pt. 6 oz bottle. Pours a translucent straw color with a medium sized head. Nice lacing. Aromas of cut grass, pine, and lemon. Flavor is crisp and refreshing but a bit on the thin side. Taste has some earthiness and cut grass flavors along with some more lemon citrus. A bit of a taste of grains as well. This is an ideal warm weather brew that has a good enough amount of flavor and is easily consumed. Solid offering.

PicoPapa, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of AlexanderSelby
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love the earthy, fresh hop garden smell of the beer. More than most other beers, it smells just like when I cut open a pack of hop pellets while homebrewing. The overall appearance is also stellar, with a beautifully clean golden color and a substantial, lasting head and my glass is still bubbling from the bottom. Because of the heaps of noble hops used in the boil and a substantial malt base, the mouthfeel is slightly fuller than expected. The flavor is also sort of surprising as it leaves an earthy, almost dirty (in a good way) flavor in your mouth instead of the crisp, dry feeling you often get from other American pilsners. This beer isn't too dry at all for the style, which makes it that much more appealing.

Although I speak highly of it's traits, and for the style, has impressed me much more than, say, Victory's Prima Pils or Stoudt's Pils, I am not blown away. But truthfully, there is no need to be blown away by a pilsner. What you want is balance and pleasantness.

AlexanderSelby, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of SirRuss
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Straw on the pour, finishing as a bright light gold in the glass. A thick pearly white head contrasts elegantly against the brilliant clarity below, and although it dissipates steadily, a respectable lacing is left in its wake. It maybe premature, but this brew speaks of summer.

S - Despite the distinct waft of hops released on opening the bottle, the aroma presented from the glass is fairly empty. Shy characteristics of malt and yeasty esters hesitantly appear offering a mild bicuitiness. Surprisingly, the hops too are all but absent, except for a faint citrus/orange peel tinge.

T - The fore-palate has even less to offer than the nose, with an isolated and barely detectable sweetness hidden among the carbonation. Thankfully, this brew's potential rolls in to be realized on the mid palate as the hops burst forth in unison with the light bready maltiness that should be ubiquitous to any respectable pilsner. The hops are assertive but well balanced, and the orange zestiness hiding in the nose also gains confidence on the palate. The finish is equally entertaining as the flavors subside, only to rush back in with unexpected vengeance, and stubbornly lingers until your next sip. There's also some slight spice involved in the finish, although i can't quite decipher it - I want to say cinnamon, but I'm not convinced.

M - The high effervescence suggested by the initial head carries the flavors beautifully. There's a definite malty weightiness, but the bubbles do a sophisticated job of keeping it off your palate. The result is a substantial, yet delightfully light body.

D - Dry, light, interesting and refreshing - this could easily see you through a sunny afternoon.

O - A final element worth mentioning is the weather. Last year I drank more pints of this stuff than I can remember (for obvious reasons) in wintery Washington DC. Although I was a fan back then, I'm even more in love with it here in sunny LA where its refreshing qualities really come into play.
But wherever you are, Noble Pils is essentially an exemplary pilsner displaying a beautiful amalgamation of German and Czech styles, and well worth guzzling whenever you can get it.

SirRuss, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of magnj
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - As clear as it gets. Pale golden body, carbonation apparent. Head was 1 finger into a Pilsner glass, didn't linger very long.

S - Floral and mild pine hop aroma balanced by sweet bready Pilsner malts.

T - Clean all the way through. Up front the hop bite is followed up quickly by the sweet malt and soon they balance out. Leads way to typical grainy Pilsner malt flavors. Ends dry with a bit of herbal hop flavor.

M/D - Well carbonated which compliments the bitterness and the impression of a dry clean beer. Well balanced, light but complex, easy to drink. Nice interpretation of a style that's growing on me more.

magnj, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of nickthegun12
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

good pilsner!!!

appearance is straw golden with a big head and nice lacing...

smells of hops....different from most pils...where as you can identify a hop presence

taste light...with a good hop taste....good maltyness...not strong but its there..

great mouth feel....not dry not wet...in the middle...

great session beer....i feel i could woof down a sixer

nickthegun12, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of Hopalong29
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden with minimal head and lacing.
S: Nice slight bouquet of hops and citrus.
T: Light and crisp with honey sweetness that checks the hoppy bitterness.
M: Nice carbonation with somewhat drying on tongue.
D: Another fine quality brew from Sam Adams not my favorite but still a good one.

Hopalong29, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of jettjon
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle notched "enjoy before May," into a pint glass. Pale golden color with lively carbonation and a thin head with decent retention. Nose is slightly bready and hoppy; nice but not a lot special going on. Taste is again lightly bready with some crisp hops. Mouth is crisp, bubbly, and quenching. Drinkability is very good overall; it's unassuming and enjoyable while remaining flavorful but not over the top.

Overall: I'd characterize this a slighly more hoppy and flavorful Sam Adams lager; good but unremarkable. For the premium price I paid (nearly $10/sixer), there's better out there.

jettjon, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of Lauthaha
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer taster.

Appearance: Pours a strikingly clear light golden color. Head recedes quickly to a frothy foam coating the surface of the beer and leaving behind a superbly thick lacing on the glass.

Smell: It's got a ballpark beer scent to it. Very much a pilsner, but there's just a touch of sweet fruit (apple or pear) scent as well. Not bad at all.

Taste: Ripe fruit, flowery hops and a limp malt backbone make up this brew. Aftertaste is full of floral bouquet flavors, and mellow.

Mouthfeel: Good. Not great, but good. About exactly what I'd expect from a pils. Medium-bodied, rinses about 80% clean, the remainder being floral in nature.

Drinkability: I could easily drink one of these every night to finish off my session. It's got a mellow awesomeness that is inexplicable.

A good beer...especially good for a company that spends as much on advertising as Sam Adams does.

Lauthaha, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

187th review on BA
bottle to pilsner glass

App- Highly bubbly with a nice golden yellow color. A one finger head gave way quite early when it developed.

Smell- More of a refined beer smell from when I was first introduced to beer. This is more hoppy and more aromatic. Has a nice spice note to it as well. Smells a touch yeasty/bready.

Taste- A very tasty little seasonal. Much more flavor than I would have though. Nice hoppy flavor with a good after spice.

Mouth- Light bodied with a high carb level. Pretty crisp and refreshing.

Drink- Not too bad. Good intro pils I would say.

FosterJM, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of Derranged
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Twas a pale golden color with a nice white head, which left just a little bit of lacing on the glass.

The smell was a strong combination of hops and grassy floral notes.

The taste was a little disappointing, that is to say that the smell led me to believe that it was much more flavorful. It was the same as the nose, but just a bit bland.

The mouthfeel was very smooth and well carbonated.

This beer is very easy to drink.

Derranged, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of ztaylor1
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- clear straw body, big bubby carbonation. Head retains fairly well with tight white bubbles.

Smell- hops are dominant. With citrus and floral dominating the nose throughout.

Taste- much better balanced than the nose indicates. Has a light biscuity malt that balances the bright herbal and floral hops.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied and lively carbonation.

Drinkability- this is a solid brew that I plan on drinking more of. This is what I will try to get my roommates to drink instead of bl.

ztaylor1, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden yellow with a decent head that leaves great lacing

S: Floral hops and lemon are the major aromas, with some citrus notes in the back

T: Same as the smell, pretty earthy and grassy with notes of lemon and other citrus fruits

M: Light body and carbonation

D: Great drinkability and a great beer for spring. Easy to drink a 6 pack and it won't fill you up too much

BEERMILER12, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I first took a look at this beer in the glass I wasn't too impressed, it looks like a Corona, very see through and very yellow. The smell however was very good, nice crisp smell with a nice hop smell as well. Very drinkable, it drinks like a light beer does, but it has a taste to back it up. It's a very simple taste, hoppy and refreshing. A very simple beer with a very simple taste, but not bad. I would have this one again.

MaltsOfGlory, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of KyleVick4
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 bottle in pint glass

A: Dark yellow with lots of bubbles. Thick head full of large gnarly bubbles. Very little lacing.

S: Nice upfront piney smell of hops. Stronger than most Pils, weaker than any IPA but close. Strength of an average Pale Ale. Inviting.

T: A little overpowing hops and underpowering malt. Slight watery note. Taste citrusy and lemon then mainly hops. It's different, and better, than most pils, just not really my style.

M: Crisp and bubbly, could drink a lot of these fast if need be. With the hoppy smell and taste I inevitably expect a syrupy mouthfeel but instead get a lighter and crisper beer.

D: Could drink this all night. Did drink this all night two nights ago when my Auburn Tigers won the National Championship and had no complaints (about the beer or the game). Great session beer if you're not in the BMC mode.

KyleVick4, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of commis
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a perfect pint.

Beautiful golden color. SA doesn't really make a beer that looks less than stunning. Dense frothy head stuck around for half the glass. Minimal lace.
I thought I remembered the aromas in this being much for in-my-face last year but I'm guessing it's me and not the beer that changed. Still smells great, floral and grainy. Like a hoppy Pilsener, but the hop is not over the top at all. Subtle, given the name of the beer.
It tastes really good. Clean flavors from the hops and great malty and grainy flavors to remind you that this is still a Pilsener. Sort of.
I feel like the mouthfeel is pretty much on point for what this beer is intended to be. It's not light bodied at all, has decent weight on my tongue, and moderately high carbonation. All of this is very pleasant and it carries the flavor well. Not all too familiar with the style so whether or not it feels like a Pilsener, I'm not sure, but it works very well with all other aspects of the beer.
It's drinkable. Interesting enough to not get bored quickly but it's sessionable and mild in flavor enough to drink it all night if need be.

commis, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- golden orange color, nice clarity, nice head with good retention. Creamy lace.

S- Lemony, citrus and pine. Spicy with biscuity scents lingering below.

T- Nice boquet of hops, lots of citrus and pine, slightly soapy and bitter finish. Biscuit malts and toasty sweet lies underneath.

M- Nice balance, light, crisp, dry finish

D- Very refreshing. Nothing extreme, but above average and subtle and simple.

JayS2629, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of dfunkadillio
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Orange almost no head.

Smell - Definite orange maybe lemon hops smell.

Taste - Malts and hops, small citrus taste. Really nice balance.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth great hops taste. Tiny bitter end.

Drinkability - Little after taste. Smooth, I like it.

dfunkadillio, Jan 12, 2011
Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,283 ratings.