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

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3,272 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,272
Reviews: 1,455
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 84
Gots: 144 | 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 Sweasty
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Noble pils pours a crystal clear straw color. Things are crowned by a couple fingers worth of bone white head. Head eventually settles to a ring. Plenty of sticky lace coat the the glass.

The aroma is perfectly German. Plenty of noble hops in the nose. Plenty of bright floral aromas upfront. Some spicy hops notes back things up. Some light mint/pint notes round out the hop aromas. Behind the hops a bit of malt shows up. A bit of grainy pilsner malt struggles to make an appearance amidst the hops. Despite the light malt , this aroma doesn't strike me as one of a hoppy brew.

The first sip, like the nose, doesn't strike me as hoppy per se. Hops, though, are the dominating flavor. Stronger mint notes play out in the flavor department. Backing up the mint is a bit of a lemon like twang. More floral and spicy hop notes hit as well. Grainy pilsner malt is more pronounced than in the nose. The finish is dry with a lingering hop bitterness. The hop bitterness in the finish has a drying quality, inviting one to take another sip.

Noble pils is light bodied with a crisp carbonation.

Another great easy drinking pils. The blistering heat just got a little more bearable thanks to the folks At Boston Beer Company.

Sweasty, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of adkirkish
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: DMS upfront from malt, and slight aroma of the noble hops in the background. No esthers / No Diacetyl. Appropriate for style.

A: Pours clear / golden with a thin crisp white head...leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

F: Appropriate to style: slight malt sweetness upfront and finishes dry w/ a lasting hop bitterness.

M: Dry, crisp mouthfeel. Light in body w/ medium carbonation.

O: I think this beer is pretty appropriate to style. The only recommendation is for a little more body to the beer. I would have liked more mouthfeel and be able to pull more of the malt presence in this beer. I believe the hop balance is spot on per style.

adkirkish, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of tronester
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden with a very thin white head that fades fast. Smell is very zesty herbal and spicy. Taste is sugary sweetness up front, with a earthy, citrusy middle and a woody bitter finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, medium carbonation. Very drinkable, refreshing yet complex. One of BBC's best.

tronester, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of ScottyC
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very clear. Solid, golden Pils color.

Aroma: Yep, hops dominate the aroma on this one, but not overpoweringly so. Slightly sweet also. A bit of orange also comes through. Good head retention.

Taste: Very pleasant with it hits your mouth. You're not at all slammed by the hops. Actually, the hops give it more of a "bite" than bitter. Finishes easy with just a little bitterness in the aftertaste. Both malty and hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and somewhat thick.

Drinkability: Drinks pretty well for a beer that showcases hops. Hopheads may be disappointed, though.

ScottyC, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of charlzm
2.42/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Consumed May 28th, 2010 at Angel's Restaurant, Mammoth Lakes, CA.

Beer is an exceptionally clear and pale lemon yellow. Plenty of active carbonation throughout the consumption of the pint. The head = one finger of extremely fine white foam.

Aroma is, as with almost all Samuel Adams beers, soapy. Blecch.

There is almost no flavor. Really. After a couple of sips, I got a husky, slightly sweet and altogether proper (though puny) pilsener malt character. A very slight pepperiness follows. A second or two after swallowing, a thin, aspirin-like bitterness emerges. Maltier and more bitter as it warms. It's not an improvement.

Mouthfeel - nothing of note.

Not a fan of this one; I didn't even finish one pint.

charlzm, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of travelfrog
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this seasonal brew in a bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance was a light gold with a good head of foam.

Aroma was quite impressive, with multiple hops strains coming through.

Taste was complex and enjoyable; I would place it with an above-average western German Pils (though not quite to the exalted Czech Pilsner level).

Mouthfeel was just fine; the complex flavor certainly didn't hurt

Very good drinkability for such a complex brew. Certainly not a chore to enjoy one or two of these.

travelfrog, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of velkyal
2.03/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

the beer pours a golden straw colour and is topped with a fluffy white head, so far so good. As ever I was using my Lovibond's half pint glass because it is the perfect size for American beer bottles. Straight from the fridge, the beer smells of lemons, grass and a subtle spiciness, however, as it warms up it begins to smell of a brewery - you know that boiling wort smell. Taste wise, it is very grainy, with a kind of toasty background and a weird soapiness going on (not helped by the smell of lemons), after a while it just becomes dull, almost as though something is not right, once again I am disappointed by an American Pilsner (a contradiction in terms as Plzen is in the Czech Republic).

velkyal, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of JohnnyP3
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle says enjoy before July.

Pours a golden color with a white head initially about 1.5 fingers wide. Head gradually fades leaving some nice lacing on the sideof the glass. The aroma is one of cut grass, hops and vegetables.

Taking a sip...very nice hop-malt balance going on here with a slight citrus twang at the end. The hop bitterness and malt sweetness in this pilsner really found the right combination. Overall result is a smooth tasting pilsner that lacks a strong hop bight to it, but otherwise is very pleasing. The hops are there, just don't expect an IPA-type experience.

Mouthfeel, as noted, is smooth from the malts balancing out the hops, and the fact that the carbonation is not excessive. Drinkability is high--a nice springtime pils.

Edit: Further tasting of this beer reveals a spicyness in the hops up front followed by a citrus note at the end. Very refreshing and more enjoyable and complex as I have tried more of the Noble Pils.

JohnnyP3, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of appenzeller
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light gold, one-finger snowy white head that dissipates quickly with nice lacing.

Smells of spice and citrus.

Taste is a superb amalgam of noble hops, as suggested by the labeling, nice complexity, spicy and mildly acidic, excellent crispness and leaves a mild buttery yet bitter aftertaste. Light, yet not watery.

I am a pilsner nut and this is a home run. Easily one of the best American pilsners I've tasted. I hope Sam Adams realizes they have a real keeper here, I'll be scouting for more of this!

appenzeller, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of chefhatt
4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When i poured into my glass, it was a very nice golden color with a nice 1/2" head then it slowly went down to a nice thin ring around the glass. Has a nice smell of hops and a little citrus. I think it tastes really nice and balanced with the hops, also has a hint of grapefruit. feels very nice on the tongue and goes down nice and smooth. I think it is very drinkable.

chefhatt, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of BJamesII
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Sam Adams Noble Pils is distinctive in its production as it is claimed to have been brewed using all five Noble hop varieties. These include Hallertau Mittelfrueh, Tettnang Tettnanger, Spalt Spalter, and Hersbrucker Hersbrucker. The Noble hop variety from Bohemia in the Czech Republic is Saaz. This is also a spring seasonal, replacing the White Ale normally released. It apparently was chosen during a contest and overwhelmingly voted in.

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

ABV: 5.2%

Before the first drink there is an apparent hop aroma that hits the nose upfront. It has a light golden color and is fairly transparent. The head was thick during the pour but quickly diminished into a thin band. Light to slightly medium body, somewhat uncharacteristic for a pilsner. The real character of this beer is definitely the hops. It comprises the overall flavor as well as the aromatic nature of the beer. The mouth-feel seems slightly heavier than one might expect. There is a characteristic malt base that is ubiquitous across most Sam Adams beers ( Boston Lager and oktoberfest come to mind). The hops are not bitter but there is a light citrus aroma and flavorful balance between the hops and malt that work exquisitely well. A dry finish that is not too sweet yet you get a hint of it in the after taste. The earthy malt is very bright at first, somewhat crisp with the initial sips and smooth going down. As a pilsner it is not nearly as dry or one dimensional as others I have come across.

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BJamesII, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of tdawgydog
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On a trip in upstate NY, trying to stay local but I couldn't resist a bottle of Noble Pils which my local beer store hasn't had for a few weeks now.

A - Pours a nice clear golden, with a decent head that seems to retain itself throughout the enjoyment of the beer.

S - You can smell the hops and a little bit of zest in the nose. This is a real good American pils.

T - The bite of the hops is evident. It doesn't upset the balance of the beer. I can (and have) drank this stuff all night long. It

D - The abv is not so high that you can drink these all night long. They go down smooth and the taste is pleasurable enough that you keep on wanting more.

M - A little thinner than my typical favorite types, but it fits the style.

You keep tasting the hops in the aftertaste but its not enough to stop me from keeping coming back. This is one of the better BBC seasonals.

tdawgydog, May 30, 2010
Photo of Bookseeb
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance has a golden amber color with a 1/2" head and light lace. Smell has the noble hop aroma with light citrus and grainy malt. Taste has a light grapefruit bitter zing and graininess with enough hops to round it off. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. One of the better ones from Sam Adams that I've tried with a little deeper character.

Bookseeb, May 29, 2010
Photo of FenwaySquid
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, BBD of July notched into the label, poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow color. The head formed small, 1 finger thick maybe, and faded quickly into some lacing.

Aroma: Noble hops and some citrus, mainly lemon.

Taste: Citrus hops up front, some grains in the background. The finish was bitter, linering nicely.

Mouthfeel: Lighter end of medium bodied, crisp and refreshing. Despite not seeing much of it, the carbonation was lively and balanced well.

Overall: Good stuff. If you're a pilsner fan or just a general hophead this is worth a try.

FenwaySquid, May 28, 2010
Photo of bundy462
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice golden clean look with a nice foam head and lacing that lasts.

S: Hops and citrus, very refreshing.

T: Hoppy profile for BBC. It's very crisp, clean, and refreshing with just enough hops to get your attention. Also has a nice citrus undertone.

M: Crisp and clean.

O: Very drinkable. I drank this during dinner with pasta and seafood, but I can see drinking this through the entire night.

bundy462, May 23, 2010
Photo of djbreezy
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

appearance - pours a golden transparent yellow, 3 finger frothy white head that slowly recedes, leaves pretty lacing on the glass

smell - noble hops, sweet citrus, lemon, spice

taste - dominant noble hops that project a zesty flavor, lemon, citrus, grain, slightly bitter

mouthfeel - light/medium body, smooth, tingly carbonation

drinkability - refreshing, crisp, and easy to drink

djbreezy, May 21, 2010
Photo of jpkoch1962
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a good beer overall. But, it really shouldn't be classified as a Pils. The beer poured a bright yellow with good head and decent carbonation. The aroma was grassy bordering on spicy. The front end of this beer was bready and biscuity. Sweet malts could be detected, which evolved into a citrusy bitterness. The finish was malty and bitter with a definite aftertaste.

This lager lacks the typical continental charataristics one would find in North German Pils. A lot of rough edges -especially concerning balance. Perhaps it needs more time in the cellar.

That said, this is still a good beer. Just don't expect the classic German Pils taste profile.

jpkoch1962, May 19, 2010
Photo of FishGetter
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I for one, maybe the few, have always looked forward to embrasing spring with a Sam White Ale. With Noble Pils replacing the white, this better be a great replacement. Pours a light honey grain color with filtered clarity. Half finger fizzy white head.
Aroma is of mostly pale grains with modest amount if hop nose. Some citrus and lemon zest tones. Hints of wheat astringants too.
Pritty bid hop profile for SA. Citrus hop flavor with a touch of lemon zest. Suttle grain flavors are detected but overpowered by the hop bitterness. Not a complex flavor, but holds up with the help of fresh and lingering hop profile.
Medium body that builds with aggitation. A bit of hop and dryness lingers in the mouth.
Verict...Not as good of an offering as the White Ale. However an exceptable replacement. Surprising hop profile adds to drinkability. Hoping this charecter is a sign of more to come from SA.

FishGetter, May 19, 2010
Photo of Stigs
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, served in a SA perfect pint glass (from notes)

A - pours a strong golden color, crystal clear. a solid amount of bubbly and slightly frothy white foam sits atop - leaves behind some spotty lacing throughout the drink.

S - very sharp, crisp and clean noble hops - bitter yet earthy and pleasant...grains and crackers, some spice, and citrus rind underneath.

T - great profile of noble hops, not overdone. bitter enough to please a hophead yet kept in check by grains, lemon, crackery malts to not offend those who arent.

M - light bodied yet slick, oily. carbonation is spot on, lively and enticing.

D - very well done indeed. each time I have this (which is becomming more and more often) I am a bigger fan. second only to Prima Pils for the style (IMO) - hopefully a mainstay for SA.

Stigs, May 17, 2010
Photo of JohnWaynes44
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured clear and golden. Head did not develop. Maybe a poor pour. Not much of a smell at all. Very faint grain smell. The hops are definitely the feature in this one. The hops immediately hit the palate, citrus notes, grassy. Finishes sharp and dry with somewhat bitter hops from start to finish. Mouthfeel is chalky and dry. I wish this beer was a little sweeter and more malty. The hops just overpower it and it never reaches it's potential and balance that I expect from this brewer. Not real drinkable for me. I can have one or two of these and my mouth craves malt. I do like it for some reason, but....

JohnWaynes44, May 16, 2010
Photo of mklinger
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very pretty looking pils -- bright gold, crystal clear with a half inch of fluffy white head.

For the aroma I get more bready malt that I do hops. It's pleasant enough but a little bland.

Taste is a nice American example of a German pils. Hop flavor is there right up front -- floral, earthy, and spicy character. This is followed by some bread crust-like malt, then finished with a decent but not overly lingering hop bitterness. Solid taste.

I found this beer to be a bit thin and overcarbonated (like a lot of SA beers). Pretty easy to drink, sessionable pilsener, but there's just something here each time I've had one that made me like it, but not want another right away.

mklinger, May 16, 2010
Photo of turkob
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden and clear. Run of the mill for a pale lager.

S: At first I got a beautiful blast of fresh hops smell, but it quickly subsided. Still pleasant, but at first I thought I was in for a real treat.

T: Nice dry finish with distinct hop bitterness. Pils malts are understated but present.

M: Dries up on the finish nicely. Medium bodied going down.

O: Ultimately the hops are too understated to be a standout. The malt is mild, as is to be expected, but just not enough hops on the finish to keep me coming back. Pleasant enough certainly, but not in the same class as Prima Pils.

turkob, May 14, 2010
Photo of roblowther
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright gold with a frothy white head that leaves nice lacing. It looks like it makes me thirsty. Smells of peaches, slight band-aid, crisp hops. Very, very nice! Sweeter up front than I expect, then dry pepper and mild hops note. Finishes a touch metallic, but not outside of my impression of the style. Mouthfeel is surprisingly substantial and silky, not at all the typical pils. Nice carbonation. Drinkability is very good. This is close enough to a session beer for my purposes, and I could have a long session with this one.

roblowther, May 14, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright, clear golden yellow color. Poured a 2 finger merangue-like startk white head with good retention. Sticky lacing throughout. Lightly decanted.

S: Spicy (peppery) hop aroma; maybe some wet hay.

T: Assertive bitter transitions to light malt. Smooth bitter finish.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Crisp, dry and refreshing.

D: Drinkable with fair flavor classic of the style.

Haybeerman, May 14, 2010
Photo of boss302
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Noble Pils
12oz bottle. Style is listed as German Pils, but I think it fits better in the Continental Pilsner style, and am reviewing it based on that. To me it tastes more like a Czech Pils than a German Pils.

A Nice dark golden color, good for style. Good head, not thick, but complete. It thinned out pretty quick, but still left a little lacing and was still detectable at the end of the glass.

S Not a lot of hop aroma as there should be for the style, a little chemical smell, but not overwhelming, it may not have been noticeable if there were more hop aroma. A slight malt aroma, but expected more.

T Malty flavor, which is the best part of this beer. Carbonation level is good and appropriate for style. OK hop flavor, but I would have prefered more.

M Crisp, malty, full. High carbonation and hops make this a sharp crisp beer, very refreshing.

O Excellent anytime beer. I would have liked more hop aroma to be true to the style, but that doesn't mean its not a well crafted beer. I would recommend this beer.

boss302, May 13, 2010
Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,272 ratings.