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

Samuel Adams Noble PilsSamuel Adams Noble Pils

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3,050 Ratings
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Ratings: 3050
Reviews: 1448
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%

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 ArrogantB


3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle ~$1.49. Heavy yellow color, decent head, a bit of lacing. Mild citrus aroma, touch of minerals. Flavor is honey, citrus, and something I can't quite put my finger on. Overall a decent beer but not my favorite pils. Still, worth the money if its the freshest beer in the liquor store which happens some times in the hood.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 03:02:56 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of TheAlamoWrocker


3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed September 24, 2013 at 0120. 12 oz bottle from the Hopology collection poured into a Lindemans Flute.

A: Full fingered white creamy head. Clear golden body with carbonation rising steadily. Amazing lacing while the flute creates condensation,

S: Creamy malty and sweet. On a second smelling the hops are present.

T: Slight bitterness throughout with a nice floral and grassy taste at the end. Malty taste is not really present, but their importance in balancing the taste is evident.

M: Medium body with an exceptionally crisp quality. Very smooth to drink.

O: As a Pilsner this beer is quite delicious. Samuel Adams creates their own version and I believe it stands quite nicely. Has a Munich Helles Lager quality. This is a prefect drink for a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 06:34:50 | More by TheAlamoWrocker
Photo of rx-beer

Puerto Rico

4.69/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Lightly hazy gold with light carbonation. About an inch and a half of foamy white head after pouring right down the center. Light yet lingering lacing. Head gradually fades away.

S - Amazing spicy hoppiness. Noble hops are very evident.

T - Hops are very present upfront but not as bitter as a pale ale or an IPA. A bready maltiness joins in later on and accompanies the hops making for a very well balanced finish. Once the beer is gone, a hoppy essence keeps lingering on the tongue.

M - light smooth body with some carbonation

O - One of my favorite beers. Glad this is no longer a seasonal so I can have some in the fridge year-round. Definitely think this is one of BBC's best beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 01:20:26 | More by rx-beer
Photo of Maxwell


3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clean, pale, urine-yellow color. A tight white head of small bubbles forms to a about a half finger’s width and then fizzles to a scrim. The head leaves a sticky lacing of thin, hole-ridden sheets on the sides of the glass. In body, the beer is lager clean and full of nicely-paced bubbles that feed the head. No particles are present in the beer, and it seems entirely free of any haze. On the nose, the beer smells delicate, crisp, and hoppy with Noble spice. A strong, light caramel note gives the nose a light stickiness, while still remaining delicate. Herbal grass and light dankness can also be sensed in the beer, nicely showcasing the Noble hops. On the tongue, the beer tastes soft and floral sweet. Gentle bitterness touches the palate in the middle of the sip and carries on into the finish, providing some nice balance. The sweetness does incorporate some fruitier aspects, and a light citric acidity can be sensed on the sides of the cheeks, but in all his beer is delicate and balanced. The beer feels light in body, with a crisp, slightly slick mouthfeel and a soft carbonation that still carries a little bite on the tongue. The flavor begins as light grass and flowers with a soft spice. Caramel and cracker malt move in after a while, bringing with them a sweet, almost apple juice flavor that I sometimes detect in pilsners. Faint salt character can be detected on the back of the tongue. The finish is softly citric lemon peel with a touch of cracker and grass. The aftertaste is mellow cracker malt. Overall, this is a nicely reserved beer with some great balance. The apple juice sweetness does briefly get a little too much for the subtlety of the style, but never too much so. The beer is soft, and perfect for a fatigued palate or a midweek drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 01:27:47 | More by Maxwell
Photo of Sunnanek


3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Clear golden color with a rather small white cmopact head. Nice lacings though.

S: Creamy and malty, bready and sweet. Noble hops floral and bitter; citric notes and some grass and honey. But this is a rather mild-smelling Pilsener.

T: Buttery still, but a little bit milder. Strong bitter hops, nettles and hay. Bready malt, somewhat sweet. Some citric notes in the back.

M: Aftertaste is long and bitter. Body is a bit creamy, medium full. Carbonation is strong but smooth.

O: Feels like a standard Czech Pilsener, perhaps a little better than average.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 17:25:53 | More by Sunnanek
Photo of elwood522


3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When this was a spring seasonal beer I thought it was about the best bottled pilsner I had ever had, including Czech beers *in* the Czech Republic.
That was a few years ago and now tasting the year round "Hopology Collection" version it seems to have lost its hoppy bite.
I'm a huge fan of the great draft Czech Pilsners available in that country and I wish there were some equally delicious ones here in the US.
Also this bottle says best by this month so it may be a few months old and have lost some hop bite. Overall it's good but I think it used to be better.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 18:25:15 | More by elwood522
Photo of Haydn-Juby

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very clean and clear. One finger of head towers over the straw colored body.

S: Hops. slightly citrusy and noble in character.

T: Noble hops dominant the flavor but are nicely mild in potency. Very fresh mango's come through and are followed by a slightly herbal and lemon zest character. Nice bready malts balance out the beer while still retaining the appropriate bitterness for a czech pils. Very clean overall but this is how it's supposed to be with a pils.

M: Crisp and clean. Somewhat light in body but that's to be expected of the style and make drink-ability easy.

O: I really like this beer and feel as though its one of the better czech pils on the market with all these strange lagers labeling themselves as a "Pils" when really they're closes to an AAL.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 01:46:30 | More by Haydn-Juby
Photo of CoachC


3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams is up to some good stuff lately. I love the hopology collection, and right now I'm sipping on the Noble Pils. Pours a nice golden color with a 1/2 inch foam head. The aroma is of grassy earth and hops. Taste is nice, a hoppy version of a Czech Pils. Give this one a try for sure, and the best part is that it's available in all major grocery stores. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 03:51:22 | More by CoachC
Photo of Farewell_Transmission


3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a. nice golden color with a nice head. Head retains for some time.
s. decent smell nothing special
t. there is the flavor of hops, but they just seem to be bitter then anything.
m. nice and light like what is expected.
o. pretty decent beer. Nothing special, defiantly better beers of this style.

Bottle Dates Best by oct 2013.
Served in Pokal

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 21:22:41 | More by Farewell_Transmission
Photo of papaglide

New York

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a nice dark straw color with a beautiful, inch thick frothy head.

S- awesome! Floral with a hint of spiciness. Not over powering. Very clean in a good way.

T- dry, with a nice burst of citrusy, floral hop at the front backed by a hint of spicy hop. What follows is a tiny dose of bready malt. Banana? Finishes nice and dry.

M- bubbly, clean, dry, crisp...you get the idea.

O- this is a very clean, refreshing and dry pilsner. I could knock these back while cutting grass, grilling, or just hanging out; its THAT good.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 21:33:47 | More by papaglide
Photo of One2Remeber


4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Straw yellow, crystal clear body. Dense white foam, excellent retention. Wonderful lacing.

S: Earthy, soapy, floral noble hops.

T/M: Floral hoppiness with smooth malts sliding in the back for a pleasantly sweet lingering finish. Touch of metallic taste, picked up in many SA bottles. Clean like a lager, no fruity esters. Light body with an intense hoppy flavor.

O: A true stand out for such a large brewery. Hop flavors are remarkably pronounced while nailing the style to the tee. Highly suggest to try on tap as the hop profile tends to be even more pungent.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 00:58:55 | More by One2Remeber
Photo of hackmann


3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: bright and clear golden body with a one finger white head

Aroma: very faint and clean, light grassy note as it warms

Flavors: light to very light grassy, floral, citrus meat, balanced with sweet grains, light fruit bread with orange peel grated on top

Mouthfeel: it’s all about the mouthfeel; smooth, crisp, refreshing, clean, light fizzy carbonation, very mild bitterness with a touch of sweetness, dry on the aftertaste along with a hoppy twang

To the Point: easy to drink, no strong flavors to interfere with different types of foods, first few sips I was not impressed but as the ale warmed the flavors seemed to pop a little – still mild-medium for a ‘hoppy’ beer

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 16:53:58 | More by hackmann
Photo of stella77artois

New York

4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into pilsener glass.

A - A light golden yellow with a fair amount of carbonation visible. Very thick head which hung around and left lot's of residuals. A nice looking beer.

S - A small amount of malt, and lot's of cirtusy hops. A very faint hint of lemon.

T - Very tasty beer. Sweet malts are noticed, as well as a suprising amount of citrusy hops for a pilsener. I'd say the hops have just an overall citrus-like taste, tough to pin point anything. The aftertaste features the dankness and slight bitterness of a pilsener.

F - Extremely refreshing. Can't wait to have a few of these on the golf course. Lot's of fizz from the carbonation. Extremely smooth, yet not work.

O - I hadn't had this beer in a while, and it's better than I remembered. Have been having a hard time finding it lately, hope it continues to be made year round. Refreshing yet tasty, this can be a session beer, yet still satisfy when you simply want to relax and have a damn good tasting beer. Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 15:27:43 | More by stella77artois
Photo of TeamMathis

West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Orangish yellow. Clear.
Smell: Very light bitter floral and lemon.
Taste: Light floral and citrus.
Mouthfeel: Dry. Pretty carbonated.

This is very floral to me, but has the odd bitterness of dandelions in it. It's enjoyable, but far from fantastic. The lemon is in the scent. The taste is something citrusy, but only lightly there. Nice summer drink. I wouldn't get this again with so many better options.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 01:56:00 | More by TeamMathis
Photo of makersmarkers


3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this beer from a double-walled Bodum glass, poured from the bottle.

There are some hops in this fairly clear light-colored beer: floral, piney notes in the nose. Sweetness and bitterness in perfect balance on the tongue and a subtle remembrance of the piney notes when it's gone. Being a good red-blooded American and Texan, it tastes close to what I imagine would be the platonic ideal of beer: balanced, drinkable, indeed, quaffable in large proportions. It tastes good without being too complex. A fine beer if not particularly compelling. A bit too hoppy to enjoy straight from the bottle.

Update: I've had a few more six-packs of this one, and some other lesser beers in between. I think that, in hindsight, I was a little underwhelmed at first by this beer, but it is more than "fine," and it is, indeed, somewhat compelling. My overall rating has jumped nearly a whole point. This is a very good beer and one that I will continue to buy when other options are few.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 23:04:58 | More by makersmarkers
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from The Pot Still, Glasgow (355ml, £3.00):
Clear bodied with a golden amber colour and a thin, foamy white head on top that holds relatively well.

Sweet with some grassy hops, some lemon notes and light hops plus a touch of citrus and lemongrass. There is some apple too and overall the beer is light and sweet on the nose.

Light malts and a touch of citrus to kick things off, this is all followed by some basic pilsener malts and hops. The beer is crisp with a light bitter finish.

Smooth with some light medium carbonation and a similar body, there is a citrus tang and the beer is crisp, refreshing and light bitter at the end.

Not bad really, it was light and refreshing with nice sweet touches and a nice mouthfeel. The taste was a little light but it went down easy enough and had a pleasant, summery feel to it.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 15:03:41 | More by flyingpig
Photo of jucifer1818


4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance: straw colored yellow. Very clear. 4\5

aroma: the soft refreshing aroma of noble hops. It is quite nice, 4.25\5

taste: I have to say, one of the better Pilseners I've had before. Hop forward with a stable sweet backbone. Light and easy to drink. Its hops can get a bit aggressive at times, but that is to style and I doubt anyone would have any problems with it. 4.25\5.

mouthfeel: Relatively thin, with a good boost of carbonation. Once again,very easy and nice to drink. 4.25\5

overall: I'm going to give this one a 4.25\5. I really cant fault it with much at all. I suppose its hopping could be done better, but that's a serious nitpick. Any beer could use a better hopping, and the hop flavor in this beer is its greatest strength, A great Pilsener to give a shot when you can.

Id love to have this one again. Prima pills is still the better beer, but a mixed 6 pack of it with this beer....well that would be my Pilsener heaven!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 02:06:49 | More by jucifer1818
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a fluted pilsner glass.

The beer is a clear golden color. A white foamy head sits on top and has a thick film for retention. Good foamy lines of lacing. The beer smells very grassy with notes of lemon peel and bright citrus hops. The taste starts of with lemongrass but soon turns to a more bitter hop body. The finish is of bitter grapefruit. Mouthfeel is medium and slightly dry.

Overall, a very clean, bright, and bitter brew that does not lack in taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 18:40:33 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of JackMcAwesome


3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from the bottle into a mug, with a freshness date of May 2013.

Look: It pours a light gold, with a one finger head. The head is gone about halfway through, with a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: I'm not sure if it was the mug or what, but I just wasn't picking up much. A bit of citrus and apple, other than that, it was almost flat. I'll try a different glass on the next bottle and edit if anything changes.

Taste: Luckily, there was something there, unlike the absent smell. A very crisp citrus, and a bit of the barley.

Feel: A very light drink with crisp carbonation. I did my best to savor it, but it goes down very easy, and I was left with an empty glass.

Overall: A welcome addition to the pilsener class. I imagine I'll come back every spring if it's available and drink to the oncoming summer. I wish there was a bit more to smell as I drink, but that just might be the nature of the beast.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 19:50:12 | More by JackMcAwesome
Photo of SolipsismalCat


3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden yellow with two-finger, white, foamy, creamy head that lasted several minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Citrus, malt, and hay.

T: Light sweetness and light bitterness. Toasted malt and very mild hops. Apple juice.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Crisp and drinkable.

O: Very drinkable Pilsener. Nothing special, but good.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 01:24:39 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of Apellonious

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle from six pack.

A - pale gold- fairly clear, half finger head that holds for while.

S - crisp hops, bread, and grassy notes.

T - straightforward but tasty. Begins crisp, with a malty bread like finish. Pine and citrus notes.

M - slightly watery, but the carbonation is set at a good level.

O - occasionally it's good to revisit the pilsner style to get back to the beginning of the beer journey (at least that's where I started...Milwaulkee's Best anyone??? ). A step above the macros.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 01:21:40 | More by Apellonious
Photo of Premo88


3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener glass

A: awesome head for a pilesner. not bad lacing. carbonation throughout the column. color = gold. maybe a hint of amber, just a bit darker than what we grow up thinking of as "beer" in the U.S. I'd prefer a lighter yellow in a pilsener (because I'm dumb maybe?) but gosh is it pretty to look at.

S: light, hint of something (barley? grain? hops?) hint of sweetness, too.

T: really good hop bite up front ... plenty of carbonation. VERY drinkable. no adjunct taste whatsoever (obviously). only downer here is a slight metallic taste, maybe soapy? not good, but it's so slight that it's not ruining the overall presentation. gets a slight sweetness as you get halfway through the 12 ounces.

O: not bad, nothing to hold a parade over. but BRAVO! to Sam Adams for trying to make us all a true Czech Pilsener. I hope they keep making it. I'm going to find a much better version of this style, I'm sure, but I must say I love the fact that the Boston Beer Company is making the Noble Pils.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 02:47:58 | More by Premo88
Photo of Uncle_Jimmy


4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- slightly hazy yellowish with a little maybe green tint. 2 fingers of fine white foam. lacing

Smell- apple hay honey

Taste- hoppy but not over bearing or bitter. crisp carbonation light malt and hop on the front end piney and then floral hops to finish it off. well balanced.

Mouthfeel- light dry and crisp

Overall- a good Pils, and a good sam adams brew. the balance is what is good in this beer it has apparently several different varieties of hops but doesn't taste like a pale ale or an overly hopped pils. It taste like I very well made PIls!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 05:26:01 | More by Uncle_Jimmy
Photo of FlatRabbitRed


4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have a hard time remembering the 5 nobile hops, but it is very cool to see our lovable craft brewers paying homage to that legacy.

Fruity, piney hop notes. Mild in compairison to most IPA's, very drinkable and very nice beer as you would expect from Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 15:23:07 | More by FlatRabbitRed
Photo of carolinahophead

North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer from a Sam Adams Hop Variety six pack
A: great color with nice clean white head and moderate carbonation . very clear .
S: imported malt and hops aromas but not over the top.
T: crisp and easy to drink . Great hop and malt flavors come together. there is sweetness and bitterness. citrus and light cereal grain
M: light mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. This beer would be great with pizza.
O: It's another sam adams favorite . great starter for a craft beer newbie.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 19:09:50 | More by carolinahophead
Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,050 ratings.