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

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3,383 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,383
Reviews: 1,463
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 92
Gots: 224 | 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 Vonerichs
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear straw color with a fluffy and tall white head.

The smell is a lemon zest with grain malt.

This has a decent hop profile, herbal and floral with that same citrus scent in the smell. Malt is grainy and bread.

Mouthfeel is thin and crisp. High carbonation.

This is a nice yardwork beer because of the crisp and light body. High in flavor for such a lighter bodied beer.

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

Nice pilsner with a good hop character. The beer pours a light golden yellow with a big white head. Drying bubbles line the walls of the glass. The aroma could use a tad more hops, but it's still a nice blend of grassy, herbal hops and light bready malt. The flavor has a touch more hops. It's malt sweet with a medium hop bite. Good aftertaste. It's nice to have another good American pilsner.

Photo of BDIMike
4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear dark golden color. Heavy carbonation creates a thick white head with very good retention.
Smell is very nice with a strong hop smell. The hops are strong of citrus, but you can tell that they will not be overpowering.
Taste is strong of citrus and floral hops. Unlike most hoppy beers, these hops all balance and don't pucker your mouth.
Mouthfeel is awesome. Medium thickness that is very smooth on the way down.
Drinkability is great. It is very rare that I have found a beer with so much taste and such a high alcohol content that I can drink so much of. Taste never gets boring or overpowers. If you haven't tried this, go get it.

Photo of chadlebald
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'll preface this one by saying I'm not a huge Sam fan other than I give them major props for being integral to the microbrew revolution in this country.

This one, however, is absolutely delish. My favorite pils.

Gentle white fluffy head that lingers a bit. Light lacing.

Color is pale--straw--almost to the degree that I questioned its 'legitimacy' as beer that could deliver flavor.

Light grain aroma and gentle but noticeable hops.

Taste of immediate 'fresh' hops and clean malt. This may sound odd, but it's the first beer I've had where the smell of the hops is also how they taste. Maybe it's due to having 5 kinds???

Flavor lingers well after the swallow. Crisp finish.

If this was on tap where my beer league hockey team goes after games, I'd order it instead of Sierra pale--and I likes me some Sierra.

I could drink many more lagers than I do if this was the standard to which others were held. I'm sad it's just a seasonal cuz I think they hit a homer with this.

Yes. I like it. Lots.

Photo of livewire78
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light yellow. Very pretty though. Interesting.

Smells hoppy, citrusy and simple but straightforward. Hmmm.

Tastes good. A biting hoppiness fades to give room to the hoppy flavor that lingers at the end of the swallow. Huh?

Feels good. Not too watery but the carbonation makes for a tingling sensation as its swallowed. I'll be.

Pretty good drinkability but I found myself getting bored with it. What?

This one has me puzzled. More than the sum of its parts would be a good description for this one. I'm not sure but I think I'll have another.

Photo of dpodratsky3
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pilsner glass

A: Pure clear, golden yellow, some bubbles, light and airy fluffy, rocky, white head, sticks to this particular glass well

S: Nice and clean smelling, very clean grainy malt, a distinct citrus, maybe lemon hop, refreshing but not overly hoppy, simple

T: Not as good as the smell, the hops lose some of their flavor and just bring bitterness, unlike some other pilsners it stays light without any thick or off-flavored grainy malt, crisp hops

M: Good, nice and crisp, but not over carbonated

D: Very good

Notes: A very strong showing by Sam Adams. However, could use some improvement with better flavor.

Photo of ReDave
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my interestingly shaped Samuel Adams glass.

Nice light yellow color. Not much aroma, grassy malt.

Huge overflowing head light white fluffy. Sticky lace all the way down. head remains 1/4 inch all the way down.

Taste.. Not bad, i suppose this is what a bud or Coors should taste like..
nice hope bitter aftertaste.
I'd get this again.
Alcohol seems a little higher than listed ?

Nice dry finish.

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

Best By: Jul

Poured into a SA glass a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a nice little hop note, some citrus, fruity, with some spice notes. The taste is malty, nice hop note, fruity/citrus, spice. Medium body, the finish is slighlty bitter/dry. Drinkable, a very nice brew, glad to finally get a chance to try it, thanks Wayne.

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

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle. Crystal clear, yellow color. Some head and lace. Some bubbles. Beautiful floral, hoppy scent.

Very crisp, bitter taste. Has a wheaty aftertaste. Carbonated. It's a very basic, but very solid pilsner. You order a pils...you get a pils.

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

A - Beautiful pale golden body with a fluffy white head. Effevescent carbonation rushing to the top. Very nice lacing.

S - Sharp noble hop aroma with a balancing malt sweetness. Reminds me of Victory Prima Pils.

T&M - Follows the smell really well. A bit sweeter than expected but it's a nice crystal malt sweetness, not cloying. Great noble hop flavor well in balance with the sweet malt. Kind of a candy sugar sweetness as swallowed but the aftertaste is dominated by the hops. Not as spritzy as expected which was nice. Moderate carbonation keeps this smooth yet with a nice pilsener dryness.

D - Completely sessionable and delicious. I wanted to down these all night. Would be great on a summer day.

Photo of DJindy
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this on draft at a local bar, and had it in a bottle. The above is rating for the draft. Very nice, light hop aroma- appropriate for a pilsner. Light in color, and crisp in finish. A very nice draft beer.

For some reason, it was a completely different beer for me out of the bottle. The aroma was off and the finish was not crisp like on draft. Overall, I was very disappointed, as I had the draft beer prior to the bottle.

Photo of MrStark
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance is a crystal clear pale golden yellow with a three finger foamy white/off white head that dissipates at a slow pace leaving a little bit of lacing.

Smell is of earthy hops with some pine and a mild citrus aroma.

Taste is upfront has a mild hop presence and by mild I mean not particularly strong or bitter. Its followed by hints of citrus flavors like lemon and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with decent carbonation and a mild aftertaste.

Drinkablity is good. Its pretty easy drinking and crisp. It would make a pretty good session beer on a hot day. Its not the best I've had from the style as I would take Prima Pils from Victory over this for sure. But still not a bad brew.

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

This beer got better as I drank it, so that's cool. It's a good seasonal brew, a nice spring citrus flavor. But if I took a blind taste test, I wouldn't be able to tell the difference between this and other spring ales. Not the worst thing in the world, but nothing stood out to make me go for it again. Except for the price, I got a 22oz. bottle for $3.50 at a bar. A pretty good price, considering they were selling PBR for $2.50.

Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a well-carb'd clear gold with large, fizzy head that died slowly and had a thick veg-like pils smell along with hints of buttery sweetness and citric hopiness. The bitter hop profile is a little strong up front and creates a slightly grainy texture to the taste but the cirticesque fruits along with some mild sweet malts are evident and balanced. Crisp, sharp finish accentuates beer and this is a very good if not great pils and I look FWD to trying next year's release and see if they tweak it.

Photo of dfillius
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A: Aggressive pour yields 1/2 finger of white head with poor retention. Head subsides to a thin ring, I'd like better retention. Clear gold liquid is pretty!

S: Bright hops. Nice caramel breadiness.

T: Dark bread is front and center. Herbal, rindy bitterness around the edges. Has almost a lovage-like flavor. Tastes like wild versions of cultivated hops were used. Clean and crisp. Tasty. Very bitter - imperial level bitterness without the booze.

M: Bitter, green starchiness but not a bad amount.

D: Very good. I'd order another and buy a sixer. Sarah's favorite pilsener.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large white head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of earthy hops, lager yeast and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a strong hops bitterness bite up front that is quickly followed by a thick grain and lager yeast breadiness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a little bit of sweetness and a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style but with a stronger hops presence, overall this is a very good beer to drink a lot of through the course of an evening.

Photo of ghostwalker
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden body. Thin white head. A classic Pils.

Nose is very nice and hoppy. Lemon and fresh-mown grass.

Flavor is very nice. Hops are front and center. Very reminiscent of a good German pils, but with additional flavors. Must be from the wider variety of hops than the usual pils. Lemon jumps out at me.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean.

Very drinkable. A great quencher for hot weather.

Photo of dsa7783
3.12/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recently sampled on-tap at a local bar...
Pleasantly drinkable although sorely lacking as far as any hop presence is concerned...
This seems very much like a macro-produced Pilsner and the overall quality was sadly-lacking...
Not highly recommended as far as I'm concerned however an easily drinkable and refreshing beer...

Photo of neenerzig
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I believe this beer is the same beer that was the Sample A Pils in the 2009 Beer Lover's Choice competition and obviously this is the beer that won. I remember also liking the Sample B IPA a lot too, but I digress. Poured into my pokal glass. Has a nice fluffy white head over an inch thick when poured that eventually settles to a good 1/8 inch after awhile with a nice ring lining the inside of the glass with. Good lacing. Has a nice floral, citrusy aroma. Has a good somewhat sweet malt flavor upfront followed by a nice citrus, floral, bitter hop flavor. The sweet maltiness comes out more as the beer warms up a bit. Has a good smooth, crisp, clean, medium bodied mouthfeel with fairly light carbonation. Very easy to drink. Spot on for the style. A most excellent choice on this hot summer night here in Cleveland.


Photo of AgentMunky
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Clear yellow, with an enormous head and pretty bubbles. The colour seems a bit off somehow, but otherwise not bad. Respectable lacing.

S: Light floral hops with mild citrus notes. Very pleasant.

T: Unexpectedly bitter; hoppy kick. Grapefuit, grass, and more hops follow. Bittersweet aftertaste.

M: Tingly carbonation combines with hops which don't quite dry out the mouth. A point in its favour.

D: A very good, very hoppy pilsner. Light and drinkable, tasty and recommended.

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

On tap at Buffalo Wild Wings. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Very clear, golden yellow color. The pour left a two finger white head that retained pretty well, but left very little lace.

A: Pretty hop forward Pils. Citrusy sweetness abounds in the nose. Some grainy wheat, orange, and grapefruit notes, along with honey and maybe atouch of rye.

T: Interesting. Again, hop forward for sure. Grapefruit, orange, and pine sap. But I get a taste, and I'm not kidding, of Fruity Pebbles. Took me back to eating a bowl of these as a kid. It's not bad, just not what I was expecting.

M: Clean and crisp. Good amount of carbonation, very nice.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is above average. The sweetness of the brew will limit the score somewhat, but I'm really just splitting hairs. I had a couple of these with my wings, and was very satisfied. Overall, a nice brew from the guys at Sam Adams, and an upgrade over the seasonal White Ale. Skal.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very lively appearance. Tons and tons and tons of carbonation. Lots of foam. Great lacing effect on the glass I poured it into. Pale yellow in color, but not dull and flat.

Smell: Smells basically like flowers and citrus. A lot like Pilsner Urquell, but more floral and less grassy. It might actually be a bit hoppier. Wonderful.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tastes stronger than Pilsner Urqell...less like lemon and grass and more like hops and flowers. Great taste, but it's not nearly as smooth as other pilseners.

Drinkability: It's good in this category. A little rough around the edges and not quite as refreshing as it could be, therefore it loses at least half a point.

Overall: As far as I know, this is a good American representation of this. I definitely hope that Sam Adams keeps this one around. I was excited to try this and definitely am not disappointed. I would advise actually trying like Pilsner Urquell or Budvar, which I believe are a bit more palatable.

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

Pours quite well, for a finger and a half thick head. The body is a bit darker gold than most German Pilsners, and is cleanly filtered.

The aroma is great and quite hoppy. Floral and citrus characteristics are immediately perceptible and pretty much mask any malt characteristics.

Taste wise, it's on the hoppy side but not too overdone. This tastes like biting into an orange at first, but the huskiness kicks in from the malt with a faint cereal sweetness.

This feels crisp, light, refreshing, and wetting to the palate. This is a good directional turn for a SA spring seasonal. There is much more character here than their previous one.

Photo of avalon07
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a bright yellow color and a clear texture. There was an inch of pure white, creamy/foamy, long-lasting head. Solid lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, a little citrus, and an earthy quality.

T: An OK taste of lemon, malt, and a grassy/grainy quality (a little much in my opinion). Decent flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry, crisp finish. Light-bodied.

D: Drinkable, but not something that wowed me.

Photo of Freethyhops
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- yes, it is fizzy and yellow, but not the pale dead I think of with a lot of Pils. it definitely has some deeper golden/orange tones. what little head was produced was gone very quickly but did leave a surprising amount of lacing for the style
s- crisp clean pale malts. some earthy/grassiness and a hint of citrus
t- smooth pilsner and caramel malt combine to make a nice biscuity malt profile. a substantial amount of bitterness combats any sweetness away.
m- crisp, prickly carbonation. light /medium body. a bigger body than most in the style.
d- fantastic. a super easy drinker at a great price. not much else you can ask for.

Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,383 ratings.