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

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3,381 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,381
Reviews: 1,462
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 91
Gots: 222 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

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 BranfordBound
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a SA Perfect Pint from the brown bottle notched as best before June 2010.

Pours a clear light golden color with a foamy two finger head that dissipates fairly quickly. Leaves minor lacing.

Has a mild aroma, slight malts with the faintest whiff of hops.

The taste is very refreshing and mild. This beer seems to be better suited for the warmer days of spring and not these cold, snowy ones. Nice light and sweet malt notes are balanced by an equally light hop note which is grassy and has a touch of citrus. Has a grainy aftertaste a la typical Sam Adams beers.

Light bodied, refreshing, easy drinking.

A very easy beer to drink all year round. I think I would even take this over SN Summerfest.

Photo of fdw3
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent golden amber with a large fizzy white head with only slight retention. Smells of strong hops with a grassy/flowery bouquet and spice notes. Pretty straightforward in tastes with lots of grassy, hoppy flavors with a little bit of spice and bitterness that ends with a faint bit of barley sweetness - overall flavor intensity is comparatively weak. Body is pretty light and the carbonation is moderately high.

Driinkability is good but I feel that most would choose a more hoppy brew if given the choice as the flavor in this beer is relatively weak. Seems more suited to be a refreshment beer and in that respect, it succeeds. A "good" beer.

Photo of Shrews629
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Super clear, straw yellow color with a very bight white, somewhat soapy head. Decent size and retetnion and slightly below average lacing. Several bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell - Picking up hints of freshly mowed grass. Getting some grainy hints also. Some lemony citrus notes add a nice little touch. The aromas seem a little bit tame, but does smell fresh and clean.

Taste - With the taste, I pick up the grainy flavors followed by a crisp mix of lemon and green apple. Only a minor touch of bitterness. At the back end I detected some dry wheat that seemed very pleasant. This has a well balanced taste in my opinion.

Mouthfeel - Medium/thin mouthfeel. Dry and crisp. Refreshing. Did an average job covering the palate. Nothing bad by any means.

Drinkability - This is a pretty decent beer. It's worth a try for sure. It's perfect for Spring and Summer because it's refreshing and easily drinkable. This could be a great gateway beer if one is just starting to experiment with craft beer.

Photo of BudWizeMan
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- attracive brigth golden hue,thin whte head with some lacing

S- Bready malts with Noble hop aromas,classic Pilsner aroma

T-Again bready malts with a mild spicy Noble hop bite, slight mineral "twang"

M- Crisp,refreshing ,satisfying very fitting to style

D- extremely high,low ABV,light,crisp body yet flavorfull

I do enjoy my Pilsners and this one is no exception,one my faves for sure.Always crisp,flavorfull and satisfying while remaining true to the style.A good relief hitter when not enjoying more intense hop forward beer styles.

Photo of bamadog
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I never got around to reviewing this one last year, but I saw it on the shelves pretty early into this year so I thought I would finally get to it. Review is from notes taken on 2/7/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a light and crisp, lemony yellow/gold color; starts with a big and fluffy two finger white head that becomes pockmarked as it dwindles down; body is perfectly clear and shows moderately strong carbonation bubbling up throughout; head eventually dwindles down to a full, but uneven cap and it leaves a few spots of lacing here and there.

Smell: Not quite as hoppy as I expected based upon the consistent advertisement blitz showcasing the 5 hops that are used in the brewing process, but they are there in spirit and provide a light, citric note in the scent; there is a very grainy scent that is dry and lightly toasted -- very "pilsener-esque" -- I do wish the nose was a bit more robust, but overall, it's not bad and leads me to believe I have a good idea of what it's going to taste like.

Taste: I'm not the biggest fan of the style, but this one is certainly pretty good; the tastes really start out with a bright and crisp citric hoppiness that is definitely reminiscent of lemon; once the initial taste of hops fades, there is a sweet malty backing that provides a touch of fading balance with the toasty graininess; aftertaste is all grassy/citric hoppiness, but not overly done like some real palate wreckers, actually, overall, the beer isn't especially mind blowing or robust or anything, but it is very crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Body is light and the carbonation is crisp and prickly, and just a tad sharp, but not unexpected in the lighter body with the crisper flavors; thin and dry coating is left on the roof of the mouth; gums and cheeks are left tingly from the strong carbonation.

Drinkability: Overall, it's gotta be pretty high -- the flavors are simple, yet very good; the weight is next to nothing and the ABV is below 5%, so nothing would really be stopping anyone from getting through a few of these in a night.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a clear, pale gold color with a small, pillowy, white, frothy head which does last somewhat and leaves some frothy lace rings. The nose is fair but typical of SA with typical SA cereal notes, light floral/herbal hops, faint bitter orange, and mild pepper. The flavor is odd; it has nice spice and bitter orange notes with subtle herbal underneath with some honey notes but similar cereal kills the nice notes. The palate is light to medium, crisp, lively, and mildly refreshing. Finishes somewhat short with mostly the moderately bitter hops and lingering cereal... One of the better SA beers I had.

Photo of rjplumer
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a nice citrus bitterness without being overly fruity. Leaves a slightly sour after taste. Has a deep clear yellow color with a minimal head but with nice lacing. I like the taste more with every mouthful. Very crispy and refreshing. I'd definitely get this one again.

Photo of kirkpjr
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a SA perfect pint.

A: Pours a pale gold color with 1 1/2 fingers of chunky head. Plenty of carbonation with bubbles constantly rising. Small sheets of lacing develop.

S: Light, spicy hops with hints of green apple and grapes. Malt presence is also light with some of the honey coming through.

T: The first sip of this beer is never my favorite one of this beer. I feel that the beer gets better as I drink it. Light, grassy and lemony flavors combine with the honey malt.

M: Crisp and clean. This one is light and zesty with an above average level of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, but the spiciness of the hops doesn't always leave me wanting more. Perfect spring seasonal but I feel the timing of the release on this one is a tad too early.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden pour with a clean white thin head.

Nose is loaded with hoppy citrus and lemon grass. Very fruity and pungent.

Loaded citrus, slightly resin bitter. Light honey bread body. Sweetness balanced well with a sharp citrus and fruity hop bite.

Very crisp and light/medium body. A heavy hop flavor for this style.

Photo of engagechad
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was purchased as a 22oz from Kroger with a "drink before" date of 5-11. So it was fresh. - poured into a pilsner glass

Poured great, maybe a tad over carb, but still great. Easy to manipulate the head and it was soapy, leaving behing globs of gook on the glass. Smelled grassy, almost like a sauvignon blanc and smelled faintly of hops. Tasted okay but had a corny finish. Felt great, it was very smooth to drink and I could have many, very drinkable.

Photo of xnicknj
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at new wave in philly

Pours a golden yellow with a fluffed white head. Some streaks and spots of lacing on the glass.

A nice dose of floral hops in the nose with faint sweetness and citrus.

Plenty of floral hops up front with a nice tingly dryness. Toasted grain with some doughy biscuit malt backbone. A few touches of lemon and orange citrus with a dash of sweetness. Finishes with some more dry floral hops.

Lighter body, decent carbonation, pretty smooth on the palate. Drinks nicely with a solid flavor and a nice hop presence. I've had this a number of times since it came out last year and each time I'm reminded that Sam Adams still makes some good beers.

Photo of 4000qtrap
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Source/serving: 12oz bottle

S- Soft white bread with pears, tart orange zest, golden raisins, lilies, with a pronounced dry spicy edge with whiffs of flower pot/herb garden soil. complex and varied.
T - Bold cereal and straw graininess mix with a musty, spicy hoppiness and quickly give way to a pleasantly firm citric, weedy dryness riding on top of faint honey-like, doughy grains. Prominent hop flavors. Finish is dry, with more weedy hop flavor and slightly spicy graininess. Slightly sweet honey lingers.
Notes: Refreshingly complex and crisp. Leans towards the hoppy side but doesn't overpower the bold grain flavor. Very tasty, but could be a little snappier and more vibrant though.

Photo of DrStiffington
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells a lot citrusy and a little hoppy. Definitely get a great biting, citrus hops flavor. I guess that's Noble hops. The beer has a nice, crisp finish to it. I could, but won't, pound these one after another. I might enjoy this as much as Prima Pils. This is my favorite Sam Adams seasonal for sure. I wish they had it all year.

Photo of n0blep1ls
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I am one of those who seems to have romanticized the 2010 version of this, when in fact that vintage also did not deliver the biscuit malt taste of a true German or Czech pilsner. Noble Pils goes overboard on the hops here, to a humorous level. It's as if this beer is merely a showcase for noble hops. So be it: I love hops.

Comparisons are made between this and Prima Pils, which is even further from a true German or Czech pilsner than Noble Pils. Prima is an American beer lover's, high ABV lager, that drinks like an ale. Only German and Czech maltsters seem to get the malt right. Or it's the water, which is liimestone based, compared to hard water granite bedrock of the northeast. Water is everything. But in Nobel Pils, Jim Koch & Co. offer us a golden, crisp, hoppy drink, perhaps closer to a Sierra Nevada or Long Trail "light" (if there were such a thing) than to a true pilsner.

I still await for an all-malt, balanced and biscuity, golden clear, American pilsner. Brew it where there is a limestone aquifer, with 2-row malt and balanced--not over the top--noble or Pac NW hops. How come no one can do that?

Photo of paulozanello
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear bright golden color with a nice 1 finger white head that shows good retention and lacing.
Aroma is noble hops, very fruity and floral. Also some bread.
Taste begins very aromatic again with the noble hops. Then I get some malt sweetness, bready and grainy. Finishes with a moderate bitterness and lots of floral and spicy hops.
Body is medium to light with nice moderate to high carbonation.
Mouthfeel is crisp and clean.
Overall I really liked this beer. Very well crafted, it definitely tastes just like a Czech Pilsener should: crisp and clean with lots of emphasis on the noble hops that come through very nicely, specially towards the end of the sip. Not quite a Prima but it sure comes very close.

Photo of dcook11
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks very good in my pilsner glass. Sexy beer. Clear golden with a thick two finger head and sea foam lacing. Very high carbonation bubbles champagne like. Nose is citrus some hops, malt and lemon. Taste is crisp with some citrus and lemon. Mouthfeel is light with some dryness at the finish. Drinkability is high.

Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Decided to give it a go after hearing it was pretty good. Pours a very clear honey gold color with a bone white 1 finger head. The aroma is really clean with notes of lightly toasted bread and slight hops. As with the nose, the flavor is pretty clean as well starting with a slightly sweet flavor that is balanced with a citrus rind type hop bitterness. Ends clean. Some lace left on the glass. Overall, pretty decent and easy drinking. Medium/light mouthfeel.

Photo of thegodfather1076
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served out of a 12oz. bottle dispensed into a glass....

Presentation - The typical Sam labeling on the bottle with nice coloring and a catch classy style.

Appearance - Pours out a clear golden color that you can see right through. 1 1/2 finger white head dissapates into a foam ring after about a minute. A light lacing is left on the glass.

Smell - Smells very hoppy and slightly citrusy/piney.

Taste - Very hoppy taste with a moderate bitterness. The citus and piney hints are noticable throughout.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied but very crisp. Has a slight carbonation that make it easy to drink.

Drinkability - Very smooth and easy to drink. Very refreshing.

If hoppy bitter beers are your liking then I would try this out. I enjoyed it and would definitly try again.

Photo of NODAK
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At first, aroma is sharp and pine-y. Hoppy for a pils, for sure. After that subsides, a lightly malty and grassy side shows.

The taste is definitely full-flavored. Definite big hoppiness for style shows up, with some pine and citrusy hops asserting themselves upfront. But then, a good deal of breadiness and grain shows up mid-swallow and gathers strength. While the finish is rather hoppy for style, the bread hangs around in the aftertaste.

This one is sure to please those that want a hoppy pils that doesn't skimp on the malt as well. As I said, full flavored...a lot going on. A good brew from the folks at SA.

Photo of tchenery
2.53/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance is great. It has a nice light pilsener color to it with a substantial pillowy head.

It smells very pilsener-esque. Very earthy and snappy, slightly watery like a pilsener does. It smells like your sniffing hops (homebrewers know...).

Taste is upfront bready. It has a weird hop tang to it, but it doesn't come up and slap you in the face like you want it to. It has a definite toasty/doughy loaf flavor to it. Skunky like a pilsener, but in a bad way.

Mouthfeel is ok. It's a bit boring. I would prefer more lift on this beer and more of a snap.

Drinkable I guess, but it doesn't taste that good.

Photo of BarrelO
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best before June.

A: Pale straw-colored body. Two-finger head leaves tons of lacing.

S: Dominated by hops. Grassy, floral, slightly dank.

T: Bready malt mixes with floral hops. Incredibly crisp and balanced. Finish is long and clean. Honey-like sweetness lingers.

M: Light-bodied with bubbly carbonation.

D: Not quite in the league of Prima Pils, but fine nonetheless. Why isn't this a year-round offering? At the very least, it should be released in the summer. Why should a beer this crisp and refreshing be drank before June?

Photo of Buggies
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw yellow with a thin head. The aroma is quite subdued to me? A slight wiff of malt with dominating citrus. Just a slight floral aroma.

Taste is pretty typical of the style. Taste follows the aroma. This beer is balanced quite nice.

Overall it is a nice pilsener. Nothing really notable. Their claim is that they use all 5 noble hops in this. I think that's just to add a little hype with this beer. Though it is a nice pisener, I wouldn't go out of my way to buy these. Still... worth a try though.

Photo of AdamBear
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-very light gold, there's a large white head and a lot of bubbles. looks like a classic pilsner. there's a nice bit of lacing that stays.

S-smells like very fresh and grassy hops. The grassiness is more fresh and spicy than stale like some hops tend to be. there's a fairly good strength to it.

T-Hmm this is very light bodied but actually fairly complex. comes in with a medium strength hit of the spicy grass and leaves with a fairly strong matching after-taste that is long lasting. the after-taste also has a good quality barley taste in there as well. As complex as it is, it is still fairly watery which i find annoying.

M-a good creamy medium carbonation with an unfortunate watery finish that makes me feel that i could be drinking carbonated water.

D-its got some good tastes in there that make this one fairly enjoyable all the way to the bottom of the glass. I could drink a couple of these in a row but it wouldn't be my first choice of beer for that. However, when at a bar that only has BMC products and the Sam Adams seasonals...this one shines out real far.

Photo of tewaris
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by 06/2011, poured into a Sam Adams "perfect pint" on 02/03/2011.

Appearance 5/5
Straw golden and brilliantly clear with a fluffy white head that's being fed by the steady stream of bubbles rising from the laser etched bottom of the glass. Great head retention and beautiful lacing on this one!

Aroma 3.5/5
Saaz hops... ummm, not really. Smells of pils malts and European hops but not as much as the blurb on the bottle. Marginally above average considering piss makers market their beers as pils.

Taste 3.5/5
Marginally above average, again considering that Miller calls their flagship a beer with "great pilsner taste." Some Euro flavors with minor bitterness but that's about it. Although the style is not supposed to be terribly complex, this doesn't even seem like well done. Top that off with a clumsy sweet finish and you're reminded of, as my buddy says, quintessential American Adjunct Lager. Sadly he's right. I do taste rice I believe although I am not an expert on adjunct swill; however, the said buddy is. And I don't get any citrus as the bottle claims.

Mouthfeel 3.5/5
It's well carbonated and can lend an impression of crisp, but that's a false one. Body is medium and seems alright. Overall the mouthfeel is ok, but seems soulless without the taste.

Drinkability 3.5/5
I could have a few but the unnecessary sweetness will get to me. So just okay.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A local pils I've had that was/is similar to this is Troegs Sunshine Pils. Like that pils, this one sports the same bright buttery yellow gold color and a (again) bright, somewhat perfumy floral dominance with the hops both in the smell and taste.

While I found the floral qualities of the hops to show strongest, some definite wintry pine notes aren't far behind in the smell while a sort of ambiguous citrus flavor pulls forward in the taste. It's either the vibrancy of the hops or I'm guessing maybe the carbonation (it's not really spritzy), but there's a light sizzle out to the sides of the palate and mouth. Down the middle, however, it flows alright - fairly slick with some decent honey and cereal qualities to the malt. Clean, moderately dry finish.

I couldn't help coming back to the aromas incessantly...Something familiar lurks within. After the 37th snort, I decided on cheap nylons and the t.p. caddy in my grandma's bathroom. Memories.

Really, I don't know how anybody can honestly trash this. So it's not exactly in the same league as even a mediocre Urquell. The biggest knock against it is, I feel, is the unwarranted orgy of "all 5 noble hops" (gimmicky). The results could have been much worse. It's a good beer, but it's all about balance. Subtract a smidge of the floral fumage, pump a drop of orange-gold and we'll go round 2.

Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,381 ratings.