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

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3,393 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,393
Reviews: 1,465
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 95
Gots: 252 | 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 n0blep1ls
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
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
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
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
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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
2.63/5  rDev -30.1%
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
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
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
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
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
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of JDFish
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled poured into a Sam Adams Classic:

Typical golden color with thin foam and plenty of carbonation.

S: Very spicey smelling. Loads of pepper with hints of floral hops

T: Try this side by side with any lager or pils or bock...the spice becomes overwhelming. This tastes like my SN PA with a half pepper shaker dumped into it. Small hops at the end, but this is all about the peppery spice. Compared to an IPA, there isn't much hops presence at all, hard to believe all the references to it. Like I said, try this right after any other beer...

M: Carbonated medium feel. Leaves some dryness

D: Pretty drinkable, specially if you like spicy notes. Not bad, but not great

Photo of treehugginslug
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks good

S - Smell was very interesting, in a good way. Smells of citris and spicy hopes.

T - Mild malty taste with balanced spicy hops.

M - Good amount of carbonation. Good for that beer.

D - I could definitely drink a sixer of this.

Would I buy again? Yes
Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes
Would you drink it if offered at a party? Yes
Does my wife like it? Yes surprisingly

Overall: Best pilsner I've ever had. Will definitely pick more of this up on a hot day.

Photo of DannyDan
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours a clear golden body with a thin white head that has very good carbonation, little retention and hardly any lacing.
S. The smell is floral and citrus hops with a slight hint of honey.
T. The taste is citrus, followed by some floral hops, a sweet honey taste than finishes with a pine taste. It also has a grassy taste in the back of the mouth.
M/D. A clean crisp refreshing light to medium body feel that gives it a nice smooth taste that makes it a nice relaxing beer to enjoy while watching your favorite sporting event.

Photo of bfields4
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear golden body. Nice tight head fairly lacy.

Noble hops are complimented by a light sweet grainy malt smell.

The beer leans a little more towards the sweet honey bready malt backbone, but the hops provide a little zip to complement.

A tasty Czech pils. I expect my pilseners to lean a little more crisp, but this is nice too. A very good take on the style, but doesn't exactly bring me back to drinking in Prague.

Photo of psugrad98
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale straw with moderate two fingered head.

Smells of mild hop with subdued malt sweetness. Taste is crisp with complex hop characteristics that soon segue into a mildly sweet chewy malt sweetness. Slightly fizzy. Finishes slightly dry.

A bit too hoppy for my impression of the style, but a wonderful crisp pils, a wonderful take on the style.

Photo of Kinsman
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Skipped my chance to review this last year so here we go with the 2011 version.

Appearance shows off with a crisp and clean looking golden color with some darker bronze hues mixing in. A moderate almost pure white head makes a decent showing before slowly fading into the glass.

I remember this beer having a pleasant aroma of a bouquet of hops and my memory hasn't failed me. As the name implies, this beer is all about hops, and the flowery and herbal aromas are sure to please.

First sip greets you with a nice flavor flowery hops with some bready malt like characters too. With the pungent aroma, I would have expected more from the hops but instead I'm left with a feeling that they could have done more. It's hoppy but certainly not as bold or assertive as some other pilsners (both American and European).

Mouthfeel is a bit dry and comes across with a light and crisp feeling. Overall, Noble Pils is a quality pils and certainly one of the better spring releases around here.

Photo of travis224
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow color with little head that leaves no lacing on the glass. The nose is pretty piney. I was not expecting this from a Pilsener. Maybe some toffee or bread on the nose. The taste is similar. A nice hop bite. Some bread at the end. A really refreshing beer with just the right amount of hops. I'm not a huge Pilsener fan but could definitely but this into my rotation as a great session beer.

Photo of Fenris244
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden yellow color with soapy white 2 finger head, excellent retention

Smells of malty sweetness, subtle hops, grass clippings and fruity smell that I was not expecting

Light in flavor but has a nice hop note for a pils, malty sweetness is definitely the back bone of the flavors. Slight mineral flavor is also there as well.

Crisp and light in feel, very refreshing, well carbonated but keeps from being soda like. 

Very drinkable, solid pilsner

Photo of MrWinky
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Great clarity, sparkling golden hue, lacked luxurious head

S. Sweet...fresh floral hop...resin.

T. More piney floral bitter hop then sweet...well balanced and the taste kinda reversed the smell.

M. Thin light crisp.

D. Easy going...perfect complement to a warm spring/summer day.

Photo of breyton490
2.87/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

January 2011 bottle - Freshness date April 2011

A: Sparkling clear, light golden straw colored

S: Lacking compared to the 2010 release. Hops much more muted, no big hop nose...

T: Nice malt taste, good bitterness. Hop flavor missing compared to previous year release...disappointed

M: medium body, good carbonation, nice hop bitterness on back of tongue

D: Good, although based on the difference in hop nose from last years, I would go to a Victory Prima Pils if I wanted a big hoppy pilsner

Photo of JoeBloe
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured clear golden yellow with 1/2 finger white head - a little bit of spotty lacing on the way down the glass - light aroma of hops and yeastiness - i can't say taste is complex, but nice and mild on the palate, and there's a slight bitter finish - smooth with good carbonation - crisp and refreshing - even more drinkable from the growler than the bottle.

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

A - Pours a pale golden straw. Thick white head that gives way to moderate lacing.

S - Floral and piney hops dominate with a honey malt aroma buried in there, but not too deeply. Well-rounded.

T - Crisp and refreshing. The Saaz hops are on point. A little more citrus in the taste than in the aroma but the floral and piney notes are no less present. Great hops profile even while playing down the bitterness; as a Noble should. The Pilsner malts are there, pale and sweet and clean.

M- Light with good carbonation.

D - Highly drinkable for any and all beer enthusiasts.

Photo of bens0n
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a clear, amber tinged, yellow with a small amount of head that fades very quickly.

This beer has feint scent of hops and something citrusy.

Flavor wise its much more of the same, nothing complex, but definitely heavily composed of hops, did not find much malt at all.

This beer is very light bodied and has a decent amount of carbonation, its definitely a session beer. Has a crispness to it,very drinkable, but nothing special.

Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,393 ratings.