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

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3,273 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,273
Reviews: 1,455
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 84
Gots: 144 | 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:
"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 TurdFurgison
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Stone Cali-Belgie glass. The beer is pale golden color and clear with a thin white head. Apparently all 5 noble hops were used in this, but I couldn't tell from the aroma. Sort of toasty and mild flavored, actually not very different from many other pilsners. The body is average-plus, a little creamy and well carbonated.

Overall OK, nothing special. I really prefer Hallertau Imperial Pilsner.

TurdFurgison, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of GreenCard
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: sparkly gold, great clarity, thin layer of white foam, bits of lace

Aroma: grainy malt, floral hops, fresh-cut grass

Flavor: dryish malt profile but light and crisp; herbal hop flavor with a grassy bitterness; finishes fairly clean with a gentle bitterness

Mouthfeel: light body, gentle carbonation, crisp

GreenCard, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of garuda
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow, good half of white head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin ring. Decent lacing as the drink progresses.

S - Not a very strong aroma. Citrus and other grassy hops in the front, and some pale, bready malts balance it out towards the end.

T - Follows the aroma, with some earthy hops making a presence.

M - A little smoother than I expected from a German Pilsener, but there's still some roughness across the palate. Lighter body, spot-on carbonation for the style making it nice and cremy.

D - A good representation of the style, good drinkability, but nothing really stands out too much. I was pleasantly surprised by this offering, and would get it again.

garuda, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of silver0rlead
4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a pale yellow color with excellent clarity and a nice little white head that retains OK. The aroma is really nice on this one, with a huge minty/herbal/floral noble hop character upfront, along with a doughy maltiness...really clean and distinct. The taste starts off with a big hoppy blast (minty, spicy, floral), a maltiness that resembles bread dough, and a clean, dry finish. This is kind of a one trick pony, but it's a damn good trick. Drinkability is excellent, I could drink this sucker all night. This is an impeccable spring beer, it's very clean and tasty and perfect for warmer weather.

silver0rlead, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a clear golden color and a modest cap that fades to a ringlet but leaves waves of lace

Smell: Grassy, spicy hops with a hint of sulfur

Taste: Slightly bready, up front, with a burst of grassy and spicy hop flavors arriving right away and peaking after the swallow; floral and slightly sweet finish, though the bitter flavors linger

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Drinkability: Although the hops are constrained for the masses, this beer is exceedingly drinkable - I would prefer to see it throughout the warmer months rather than as a Spring seasonal which, by todays standards, means that is a late Winter beer

brentk56, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of cadizkyguy
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is the perfect beer to pair with pizza ! Went out for pizza at Aurelio's in Homewood, IL last friday nite and Wow ! the noble pils was sensational. The best part of this brew are the finishing bite and the drinkability. I'm sorry this is only a seasonal release by Sam Adams.

cadizkyguy, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of BretSikkink
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light golden color, highlights around the edges bringing to overall appearance to the paler end. Head is quite creamy, bone white, and looking good for some retention. Nice rockiness as it recedes, and some great decoration for my glass. Solid look for this pils.

Workmanlike aroma shows its noble roots with strong whiffs of grass and lemon zest, slightly murked up by an earthy musk. The eclectic hop mix (ok, not really, as they are all from Germany except the Saaz - all the way from the Czech Rep.!) is working at being strong and assertive, but comes up a little wan.

Solid malty base is unobtrusive and stays out of the way. This is a fairly hoppy pilsner for the American crowd, although probably about middle of the pack for a widely-drunk drinker. The bottle finishes a little sweet, but the lemongrass hops cut through nicely and provide a pleasant zing to the tastebuds.

The mouthfeel is great for the Noble Pils: relative to most pilsner styles, this is creamy and sumptuous, while retaining that crisp, dry finish that marks the style. Stupendous effort on this front.

Bottom line: I had a Noble Pils from the tap in February. A month later, I can detect a notable drop in potency from those little resinous cones. If the brain trust at BBC wants to continue releasing this beer at the beginning of the year, I would suggest hopping the shit out of it. That way, it would provide a nice bracing bitterness for the early adopters (who are likely BA-types anyways), and the beer could melt into a pleasantly drinkable pilsner by April when the snow is...well, melting into slush. Be that as it may, I found this mid-March pilsner a pleasant slog and would gladly re-up my glass with another.

BretSikkink, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of UWagner
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Before I begin, I must say that appearance is not a key criteria for a good beer. I'll try to stay as objective as possible though for this category that I find trivial.

A: Clear and golden, not yellow like many other pilseners. Bubbles formed while pouring but sustained head for only a second or two.

S: Spice throughout, hoppy in the beginning with citrus and malty notes thereafter.

T: Moderate spice from the hops along with citrus and a mildly sweet, malty flavor.

M: Brief aftertaste that preserves the spice and allows the maltiness to linger. Fair amount of carbonation, but not excessive.

D: I think that it was a mistake to release this beer so early. This would be a very enjoyable summertime beer. It seems to be crafted for summer, and it would provide a flavorful beer that can be enjoyed on even the hottest days.

UWagner, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of wmthorne
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled a pint while sitting outside on a beautiful sunny spring day.

Poured into a footed pilsner. Looks beautiful in the glass. Lots of carbonation bubbles but not much lacing as the brew sadly declines in the glass.

A faint hoppiness, tastes more bready to me.

A nice beer to have outside but I think I prefer other Sam Adams offerings if I'm having several.

Overall not a bad brew.

wmthorne, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by saying I could drink this one all day long. Perfect for a beautiful, sunny, spring Colorado afternoon. Pours into the glass a bright, sunny, deep golden hue, topped with a lovely, rocky white head. Smells strongly of citrus, lemons and grapefruits mainly. On the palate, a slight breadiness is lifted up by the lemon spiciness. Not tremendously complex, but delicious, enjoyable and everything a "lawnmower" beer could ever want to be.

emmasdad, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of NA1NSXR
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Slightly darker than what I would call golden, frothy head comprised of small bubbles, laces.

Smell - I thought this beer smelled pretty darn good. Its a heavy, well mixed aroma of supposedly many different kinds of hops. I am just assuming the main character of what I am smelling is a mixture of hops, otherwise I sense floral and some citrus scents as well.

Taste - The taste doesn't have as much character as the smell. Not really bitter considering the description which stresses hops. That's not really a disappointment though. The taste is well balanced. Bitterness only lingers slightly.

Mouthfeel - Perfect level of carbonation for my taste. Slightly thicker than what I expected from a pils, but feels good.

Drinkability - Very drinkable but powerful aroma and slightly thicker consistency than my preference makes me unable to have too many at once.

Overall this was a pleasant surprise. Its not as straightforward or as pilsener-formula abiding as I expected. Yet, the result is not something that alienates relatively conservative preferences people like me have.

NA1NSXR, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of Xul
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent golden color with a rocky two finger head that dissipates quickly, leaving behind moderate lacing.

S: A faint honey malt base, mostly outweighed by clssic noble hopping (who would've guessed) - earthy, spicy hops with a hint of lemon zest.

T: Hop character is even sharper than in the aroma with the earthy and spicy characters being joined by some grassy taste. Honey malt base comes through in the middle, to be replaced by more earthy and spicy hops on the backend.

M: A bit heavy and full bodied for a pils, really could be a bit lighter on the tongue

D: Very quaffable but gets dinged for feeling a bit too heavy.

Xul, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of BigMike
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Texas Roadhouse.

Poured into a 22oz. Pilsener type glass. Clear apple juice like color with a bout a 1 finger head. White and color and soapy looking. Doesn't hang around too long.

A bit of hops on the nose. Lemon zest and an almost macro smell.

Taste isn't as hoppy as the nose. The lemon is still there and also a small amount of grainyness. Again, almost macro lagerish.

Not a bad mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation and really easy to drink. Did a great job of washing down the ribs.

Overall this is maybe a slightly above average pilsener. There are definitely lot's of others i would drink before this one.

BigMike, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of PistyPete
4.93/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have to admit I am not usually a Samuel Adams kind of guy. Most of their beers do very little for me, BUT this one however is absolute pilsner heaven! They nailed it. I've only had it on draught and am afraid the bottle might disappoint, but if you can get it fresh this beer is sure to please. The malt backbone is solid. Perfectly balanced with a nice firm bitterness and, the best part is, the late addition flavor/aroma of those famed "noble" hops. Really rounds this beer off perfectly. This is currently one of my favorites. I only wish it was available year round. Cheers to Boston Brewing. Well done!

PistyPete, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of BMoney575
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 3-20-10
Best before May 2010

Pours a clear pale amber almost yellow, with a filmy white head and lots of bubbles rising to the surface.

Smell is sharp hop bitterness, very beery, with a tiny bit of sweet malt. Very macro brew.

Taste is all hops, sharp and piney, with a strong bitterness and a lightly bready finish. Better than the smell, but the aftertaste is all macro.

Mouthfeel is good, thinner with good carbonation to keep the flavors tart.

Drinkability is also good, light and unoffensive.

Overall, I can't believe they traded White Ale for this. Makes me want to cry.

BMoney575, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of JANASKI
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ive been drinking Sam Adams since inception. I honestly feel this is their shining hour. I literally cant get enough. I was sceptical after so many fruity and spicy disappointments in the past, but this made up for all of them. I look forward to my daily ration as a British sailor for his grog. this should be a year round product. The best ever.

JANASKI, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, best before July. Pours a clear light golden body with a two finger vanilla head that drops to a soapy ring with patchy lacing.

Aroma is sweet honeysuckle and a plethora of hops. Earthy, spicy, floral, and grassy hop aromas with a faint hint of spruce and lemon.

Medium body has a soft and creamy carbonation.

Taste is nicely balanced between a crackery and honeyed maltiness and the dry hop bitterness. Hops are mostly floral, but grassy, earthy, and spicy notes are also present. Hints of spruce and lemon from the aroma are underneath. Very clean.

Highly enjoyable. One of Sam Adams' better efforts here when it comes to drinkability

merlin48, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best before July notched onto the label. Pours clear, golden, near white head, quickly goes to a tiny bubble film and collar, with minor lacing. Minor citric nose. Pleasant enough but nothing real special here. Has the typical Pilsner, grassy, crisp thing goin on, which never does anything real special for me or my taste buds. Sessionable, I'll give it that, if you like Pilsner. Yeah I said it

Billolick, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of rrski198
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Much more amber colored than your typical pils. Clean white head. Little lacing

S: A little funky. I would say unique but it smelled a little off to me. Almost like bad beer.

T: Ok, so here we go. First sip almost took me by surprise I have never had anything like this before. It has the ease of drinking of a lager and the bitterness of a light IPA.

M: Again, light like a lager. Big carbonation. The bitterness is a welcome surprise.

D: I could have quite a few of these. Great beer for the spring time, which is actually ironic that I spoke with the Sam Adams rep today and they said it is almost gone and they are already changing the seasonal over to the summer ale. A little premature for me, but that is what she said.

rrski198, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of mbunje
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz poured into a Sam Adams hi tech glass (of all things)

A - very clear, lively carbonation, good 1/2" head and excellent lacing all the way through the glass. Nice golden color. Well done.

S - Crisp citric hops and a honey-like smell from the malt. Very nice, appealing smell.

T - Crisp light malt flavor and a slight bitter finish that make this a dry pilsner.

MF - Medium to light body (Medium + for a pils), dry. smooth.

D - Light body, moderate ABV. It was on SALE for $14 a 12-pack (normally $18) so pretty price (hops?). But I could drink these all day. Hope they make this a year round.

Overall, lighter alternative to an IPA. Touches the hop button but doesn't overpower. Light body and moderate ABV makes it a great session beer.

mbunje, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of KonigObHops
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This color of this beer can be described as a light copper color. It pours out of the bottle with a thin head that rapidly disapears. Bubbles continually float toward the top.

The aroma is close to that of an ESB and it smells of fresh citrisy hops with a slight, almost nutty, undercurrent.

The initial taste is a nice mix of hoppiness and citris. It has a pretty good bitterness, similar to an IPA.

The body of the beer is light and crisp, and the hops are present throughout. The taste is simple and straightfoward.

The beer's finish is slightly malty and the end lingers somewhere between minty and freshly mown grass.

Overall, the beer does what the brewery says it will... I conjures images of spring. It is a very drinkable, light bodied beer that will be enjoyed by beer drinkers who really like to taste their hops throughout.

KonigObHops, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was served in the a standard pint, I was kind of hoping for a SA perfect pint glass, but the bar said all of theirs have managed to "walk out the door"...

The beer is a bright gold with excellent clarity. Bone white head and decent lacing.

It has an inviting aroma of fresh grains and floral hops.

The taste is brisk with some nice bitterness. The grains add a bit of sweetness but the hops rule the roost on this one.

The mouth is crisp and the carbonation is spot on. Very easy drinker that goes great with pizza, burgers, etc. Nice job Sam!

Redrover, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of bwiechmann
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner. Best before June marked on the bottle.

A- Clear golden color with lots of visible carbonation. An aggressive pour produced a 1 finger head which had some retention. Not much lacing to speak of.

S- I was disappointed here. It seemed very light. Some hops, some bitter citrus fruit, not particularly pleasant.

T- Better than the nose. The bitter hops are most prevalent with lemon citrus notes. Some bready malt near the end.

M- Lots of carbonation, light body.

D- This was an average beer. I was disappointed in the nose to be certain but it tasted much better. The refreshment factor is pretty high but there are many beers I would prefer in the same price range.

bwiechmann, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear gold, with a white head. Decent lacing.

S: Quite a bit of hops, more than expected. A little citrus in there.

T: First impression, wow, a lot more hoppy than expected from a pilsner. Not sure if this is as appropriate for the style? But, I love me some hops, so I'll take it. Has a bit of malty sweetness to it as a backing, but the bitterness of the hops is pretty overpowering here, in a good way.

M: Not that heavy at all, no crazy amount of carbonation. Crisp and enjoyable.

D: I was pretty upset that the White Ale was being replaced by this, but after finally having it, it's not too big of a loss. This is enjoyable for beer lovers, and the occasional beer drinker. A solid offering from SA, I must say.

mostpoetsdo, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of Andreji
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this in the upper east side of manhattan at some random irish pub with a mediocre selection.

But the noble pils is by no means part of the mediocrity- if anything, it rises above it proving sam adams to be a decent beer company as usual.

Pour is nice orange skinned and transparent, with carbonation going within. really exciting though (this may sound strange but in my head it's pretty coherent) is the head, abundant, i haven't seen one such in a while here (maybe it was a lousy pour or something! but every other beer has seemed short on head and i'm guessing it's barometric). nice, thick compact foamy head.

Smelly, too. nice crisp malty smell, just a tad hoppy but for the most part that sweet metallic feel so typical of pilseners, but more inclined towards the sweetness as per these german pilseners. not bad.

Taste is pale ale-ish (if you catch my drift) but with a distinctive pils lager feel (and i'm not just saying that) in terms of the thickness and, i dunno, the background malty sensation as a whole. sort of a half pleasant skunky feel if you wish. yet, there's a background mouldyness that threw me off and certainly made it all the more pleasant.

Nice bodied too, a tad oily but for the most part well carbonated and not thin but satisfyingly light-bodied. And it goes down well. kudos again to the SA.

Andreji, Mar 19, 2010
Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,273 ratings.