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

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3,151 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,151
Reviews: 1,448
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 79
Gots: 92 | 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 alexskovan

New York

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Drink by" date June of this year.

Poured a pale gold, lighter than I expected, but with a coarse frothy head that stuck around and left moderate lacing.

Aroma is very nice. Fresh grassy hops, reminiscent of the best European Pilseners. Taste is not quite up to the aroma, not as complex as I had hoped, but still very refreshing. It is mostly about the hops though, a little more malt on the finish would make this one outstanding.

Still, I like it much better than most of the Sam Adams line.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 18:39:43 | More by alexskovan
Photo of tempest


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at White Orchid in Saucon Valley, PA. Served in a Sam Adams special pint glass, this pilnser was a brilliant gold with a short white head that left lacing. While this is a pretty hoppy pils, SA still left a biscuity, bread undercurrent of malt. The hop, meanwhile, provided a big, grassy lemon character that was both clean, satisfying, and refreshing. It's hard to find a well-made, high-IBU pilsner. This is easily one of Sam's best brews.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2010 18:11:26 | More by tempest
Photo of Phelps


3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tons of bubbles rocket up through a pale orange-yellow beer, perfectly clear, topped with a nice, clingy head of white foam. Very, very nice.

Grassy hops rule the nose, balanced by a light breadiness and a noticeable sour yeast character.

The taste has all the character of pilsners I've had in Germany: Bright citrus hops dance around with some notes of sweet light lemon and pineapple. I even get a little taste of sticky icky weed which adds to the beer and works great with the other flavors.

Surprisingly full-bodied, peppery, lively carbonation. Silky.

This is one killer pilsner. It takes a good deal of skill to brew a beer so clean-tasting, yet flavorful. Where so many brews seem to fail, Sam Adams succeeds.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 06:17:21 | More by Phelps
Photo of cratez

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle from a 6-pack purchased at ABC Fine Wines & Spirits in Daytona Beach, FL. Pours a saffron golden yellow with a ring of white head and threads of lacing on the pint glass. Grainy funkiness on the nose, hops give off some lime with floral, honey, and pils malt aromas in the background. Flavour is fresh wheat and lemon grass with a spicy hop bite and dryly malted finish. Nice crisp mouthfeel, medium-bodied and peppery. A light bitterness lingers on the palate. While I prefer the hoppier Victory Prima, this is a great session beer and one of the best pilsners that I've sampled. A highly enjoyable quaff.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 04:39:52 | More by cratez
Photo of Ottertude


4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a nice golden yellow into my pint glass with a nice thick creamy white head that left nice lacing into my glass.

The smell is rather faint. Mostly of lemons and malt. The taste is quite good. some biscuity malts and lots of lemony hop tang that is nicely balanced. Plenty of hop flavor but not overpowering.

The mouthfeel was nice. Not too thin, just the right amount of body in this pilsner.

I could drink these all night. What a good session beer. I wish this was a year-round offering. I can see this brew as a fine companion while tending the grill on a warm evening.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 03:12:16 | More by Ottertude
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New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle in my SABL glass at between fridge and cellar temperature.

A - Bright gold and clear as crystal, pushing up an inch-thick fluffy and active head. Craggy lacing sets up instantly as it recedes, and continues to leave its mark all the way down the glass. Head retention is good, but not stellar.

S - Citrusy, floral hoppiness; more on the dry side than the wet side. A light maltiness that's only mildly sweet. Fresh and alive.

T - Light, mildly toasted, biscuity malts, followed by a sweet, grain-laden floral kick. Finish is hoppy, but not altogether bitter -- a strange and interesting sensation when compared to other beers in the same class that are very forwardly hopped. This beer allows for a good schooling on the scent and subtle flavor aspect of Noble hops more so than their straight bittering properties.

M - Mild and slick on the drink, with a pleasant swell from properly tamed carbonation. Swallow is throat-coating and substantial if not just a touch gassy.

D - A delicious and decidedly laid-back take on a style dominated by much hoppier beers. While I would wish for a touch more bittering, the light flavor and bright character of this beer will no doubt woo many macro drinkers who are ready to try another beer that looks much like the ones they're used to, but with heaps more flavor. One of the best "bridge beers" I've found yet.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 01:53:16 | More by EPseja
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3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at a function.

Pours a clear golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of smooth pilsner malts with good amounts of floral and citrus hops - grapefruit with good amounts of lemon and orange peel.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light pilsner malt flavors up front are joined quickly by large amounts of hop flavors. Grapefruit and lighter citrus flavors mostly with hints of more floral flavors. The hops carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was a solid pilsner however it's hoppier than the more traditional versions. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 00:22:50 | More by glid02
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden cast with a nice fizzy head of eggshell that leaves scraps of fine lace on the glass. Fresh smelling noble hops and untoasted grain make up the nose on this one. Grassy, citric noble hops and notes of hay and heather honey. This must be what a fresh German pils tastes like, nice. Medium bodied with bright and lively carbonation. A nice beer and one of the better offerings from BBC.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 23:19:16 | More by biggred1
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4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a light/pale golden color, more head than I expected. Nothing too special about the smell, you can get a slight hint of citrus. Overall it is a very tasty beer that is refreshing and hoppy. It reminds me of a beer that should be enjoyed outside in nice weather, and not inside a bar.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 22:55:38 | More by nastley3
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New York

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very light and clear amber with a nice carbonation level with a slight head... and not much lacing to speak of. The smell is of citrusy hops... mostly lemony, and you can smell the lager yeast as well. The taste has the definate characteristics of a nice lager as well as some orange peel flavors from the hops. The mouthfeel is nicely balance with a good carbonation level. I highly drinkable brew, well done Samuel :)

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 22:18:20 | More by Biggness
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4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As an avid fan of all things cascade hops, it is nice every once in a while to step back and remember that, yes, there are other hops out there that don't strip the enamel off your teeth. Surprisingly complex hops profile for a pils, with herbal, grassy and lemony flavors. A really pleasant, well-done beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 19:56:23 | More by Brent
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New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden hay color, frothy bone white head, stiff, good retention and decent lacing. Smell is of light, fresh, dried malt with a moderate grassy and citrus aroma. Taste follows smell - light, fresh with a nice enough hop presence. Nothing really stands out though. Fairly medium bodied, creamy and oily for the style... the light scent and flavor is offset by these bolder qualities. Overall, a nice hoppy yet lighter beer that has popped up in some very non craft beer friendly locations, which is a good thing.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2010 16:46:23 | More by rfgetz
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3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ a Sticky Fingers: This one poured a clear, golden yellow color. Mine had almost no head on it at all and left no lacing. The aroma was nice. It smells like a traditional Pils. Grassy and floral hops are the main notes. The taste is quite good. This is somewhat bitter, with no sweetness at all. Somewhat spicy, with a fair amount of maltiness. A nice beer, very easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2010 03:35:19 | More by Boto
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4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Bottle to a hefe glass. 4 fingers of white head that gets rocky as it fades. Great lacing throughout. Transparent with a deep straw color and light carbonation.

S - Strong hops smell. I think Hallertau or Saaz. Good smell that compliments the taste.

T - Light, refreshing, crisp taste. Good for a spring seasonal. Light sweetness and bitterness that ends very dry. No metallic taste either that you sometimes get with pilsners. I would have liked more hop flavor, however.

MF - Very light creamy. Carbonation is good and doesn't get in the way.

D - Extremely drinkable. Probably even chuggable.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 02:06:09 | More by MikeBrandman
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4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The last 12 oz. bottle from a 6-pack that disappeared quickly and with little effort. Poured to a pint glass; label notched at 'Best Before End' date of 'May'.

A: Brilliant golden, maybe even 'butterscotch'; clear as can be, with a roil of small carbonation . What starts as a finger+ of snow-white froth fades abruptly but doesn't ebb altogether - the remaining foam holds and is replenished by that billowing carbonation. Good lace in tightly-knit sheets, 'seafoam' stickiness.

S: Vibrant hops, green, grassy and herbal with notes lemony/lemongrass notes. Wafting 'baked bread'.

T: Initially, not quite as sweet as it could be, but certainly 'malt-forward' - a lightly spiced sourdough with a mild lemon zest. As it warms, more of the honey and a touch of caramel emerge; still a brusque piney/spicy hoppiness are at the forefront. Could be a bit crisper and drier, but still a nicely balanced and flavorful pils.

M: Bridled crispness, not quite as lively (carbonation-wise) as the look led on. Light-medium medium, slightly slick. Enough bitterness in the finish to stay 'clean'.

D: As far as pilsners go (the US-made versions, at least) this ranks highly on the 'drinkability' scale. Maybe it's the deceptively spring-like February weather we're having that makes it so, but this feels like the type of light and refreshing, satisfyingly well-crafted lager I could drink all day. Nice job, BBC - I will be buying this again!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 01:26:21 | More by msubulldog25
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4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear pale straw yellow with a thin white head.

S - Floral, spicy hops with grainy pilsner malt. Light aroma.

T - Bitter upfront with floral, spicy, grassy hops, grainy pilsner malt and a touch of lemon zest.

M - Crisp with good carbonation. Clean but the hop bitterness slightly takes away from it.

D - Hopefully this is a yearly seasonal. Not many tasty pilsners readily available in this area.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 00:41:22 | More by brewcrew76
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3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice pour clear golden with good carbonation. Grassy aroma kind of faint. Bready taste hints of apple and banana with some aftertaste of ?rye flavor. Missing some more hoppiness. But taste grows on me with continued drinking. Clean feel. Very drinkable. Decent definitely not great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 22:56:20 | More by EtOHMD
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3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours more pale than boston lager and sam light. clear yellow. smells were more faint than expected but still nice. light floral and sweet aromas. i do get some honey on the nose which is very pleasant. yeasty and pure. bread dominates the flavor with some other familiar pilsner tastes, barnyard and metallic tinge. good mouthfeel and carbonation. very drinkable. for the category, not too shabby but no A- for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 22:35:18 | More by backfat
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3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the new seasonal, and I liked the Hallertau Imperial Pils that they put out last year, so I figured it was worth a try.

Goldenrod yellow and crystal clear with fizzy bubbles effervescing within. A half inch of frothy white head quickly reduces to a thin bubbly film with a ring of white lacing clinging to the edge of the glass.

Smells fresh, starting with a bit of cut grass or hay, then pushing through to a yeasty, bread-dough note. The hops have a bitter-smelling and slightly piney edge. Skunky locker room smell pushes through a bit as it warms up, but is not overwhelming.

Tastes very fresh and light from the start. A bit of yeast and sweetness washes quickly over the tongue, followed by a lingering bitterness of the hops. The finish is bitter both in hoppiness and that slight skunky flavor associated with pilsners. I'm a big fan of hops, but this one finishes a bit too bitter to be really clean and balanced tasting in the end; still, it's not an entirely unpleasant sensation.

Light, juicy, almost watery mouthfeel with spritzy seltzer-like bubbles. Leaves the tongue feeling a bit coated by the hop oil but still dancing with the sensation of the carbonation.

This would be a truly enjoyable beer to go with pizza, bar food, or the like. Overall it is interesting and a refreshing take on the pilsner, with lots to enjoy. The bitterness throws the balance off a bit, but it is well rounded and solid, and would be a great beer to get when it's not sitting next to other, more enticing, bottles or drafts.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 22:31:19 | More by TaddyPorter
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4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, "Noble Pils" is a golden-straw color, completely clear with a huge, frothy hop head that dies down and leaves sticky white lacing in its path. The smell is a hop punch in the nose! A nice mix of floral, grassy, citrusy hops covers up whatever sort of malt backdrop that might be in there. The flavor does allow the malt to come through in a grainy, non-distinct fashion and the hops still dominate but not in a lingering bitterness way. I do detect a slight metallic tinge that doesn't bode well for the beer. The mouthfeel is a light medium body with a slightly slick yet dry finish. A very drinkable beer, another winner by SA. Too bad this one is only a seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 21:04:08 | More by gmfessen
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South Dakota

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Noble Pills poured a rich golden color, with a small head. It had a rich and hoppy smell to it as well. The taste was very delightfull, and left a very intresting but good after taste. Its sad to see the white ale be replaced as a seasonal beer, but this new sam adams doesnt disapoint.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2010 06:24:59 | More by vette2006c5r
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3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had in a sample pack. The drink had a dark yellow-straw color with a cloudy, frothy head. Bready aromas mixed with grassy citrus are the general smells I sensed. Slight metallic taste with a sweet malt. Good carbonation and really crisp. Overall, not too bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 05:42:25 | More by fitzy84
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfectly golden and perfectly clear. Not much of a head though. Soon, all I've got is a bubbly dirty white collar. Aroma is really big on spruce needle/pine needle. It's very fragrant. Even nuances of wintergreen are there. Malt base is bready and crackery. Perfect. Hop flavors are huge and hop bitterness is low to moderate. The hop flavors are bright and grassy, piney, floral and sprucey. Lively taste. Body is medium and the carbonation is moderately prickly. Solid pils.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 05:35:45 | More by Bighuge
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3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours deep yellow and clear with fluffy white head. Nice aroma of the spicy/citrusy hops. Very clean malt and hop taste profile. Balanced slightly towards the hops, which is nice. Low to medium body with a nice floral bitterness on the end. An easy drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 03:20:42 | More by arkurzynski
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4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First taste since it was Sample B.

Pours straw with a small head.

The experience with this beer is hops and grain playing back and forth in both the aroma and flavor.

Aroma is all Noble hops. Spicy, lemon and a bit of grain. Carbonation is just right as the finish starts hoppy, then the grains break through. Finishes with a gentle bitterness that makes you want another sip. Really enjoying it.

Best German Pils I can get in my area.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 03:17:46 | More by dgb3
Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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