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

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Samuel Adams Noble PilsSamuel Adams Noble Pils

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3,315 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,315
Reviews: 1,455
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 84
Gots: 165 | 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 claminat420
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- poured a macro fizzy yellow color with a decent foam head.

S- just some spicy hops.

T- same as smell but with a subtle malt balance. really watery tho.

M- light bodied. decent carbonation on a hard pour.

D- this is water.

Overall- this brew was ok. i'm prolly never gonna buy a 6 in my life again but oh well. don't true pilsner's have saaz hops and not the tattenuag or whatever sammy throws in almost all of their beers?? this might be a good brew for someone who can get a hint of the whole hop aspect.

claminat420, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of steveja57
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice version of a German Pilsner. Much fresher than most imported versions, has a nice straw color, head dissipates quickly. Nose has a nice hop aroma, less aggressive and, dare I say, noble? than your standard IPA. Nicely crisp, bitter and dry. I enjoyed it and I liked that there was none of that stale skunk you get in many imports. For my tastes it fell just short of the Lagunitas Pils in quality.

steveja57, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of mdcrouser
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow, with a shallow white head - not much lacing here.

Much like a traditional pilsner on the nose, with added layers of hoppy spiciness, and a bit of honey-like sweetness.

Mildy spicy, with underlying greenery - not unlike noshing on a bit of pastured grass. A broad base of hops here, but it's not overpowering - well balanced. Mildly resinous.

Dry, with a lasting bitter sweetness and some astringency. Carbonated enough that beer-heads will enjoy it, but not so much that a traditional pilsner drinker wouldn't.

One of the more interesting pilsners I've had - it provides enough of what you'd expect from an SA beer, but still resounds of a true pilsner.

mdcrouser, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of showell
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't sure what I'd think of this one. I will miss Sam Adam's white, and Pilsners aren't my favorite by any means. But I was pleasantly surprised. Pours a very clear yellow with a pure white head. Light smell of hops. The taste was not at all what I expected. Somewhat hoppy, yet the malt is still there. A bit sharp on carbonation, but not overly. I'll get it again.

showell, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of MaxBrews
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured in a 16oz pilsner glass.

Appearance: I've tired this beer in a few bottles, but it fairs best in a tall, narrow, fluted pilsner glass. That way you can generate a nice head and lacing. In a fluted pilsner you can get a nice 2 finger head that leaves a little residue once the head dissipates into the lacing. The lacing is thin and soapy at best. The color is a clear golden yellow. A small column of bubbles float to the top, however not in rapid succession or in great quantity as they do in some pilsners.

Smell: This beer has a big hop aroma. As a frequent IPA drinker I'm intrigued by how clean this hop aroma is. It has a very clean citrus aroma evoking lemons, grass and slight vegetation. Behind all that is a big malt background that I'd assume to be Pilsner malt.

Taste: Maltier then the aroma would suggest, though its completely balanced with a big citrus and grassy hop taste evoking tastes of lemon and vegetation. The taste isn't complex, but there is nothing off about it. It has all the tastes that a German Pilsner should have.

Mouthfeel: Sam Adams diddn't dumb this one down for the masses. Its well-carbonated but not over-carbonated. The big IPA drinker would be nonplussed by the bitterness but it does have a decent hop-bite, which is why I say they didn't dumb it down for the masses. Overall the mouth-feel is clean, not too light with a nice bitter bite.

Drinkability: I was a bit worried when I heard Sam Adams (a popular brand) was releasing a Pilsner as their seasonal. I've had too many average pilsners and I thought they'd for sure dumb this beer down a bit. However they diddn't. Sam Adams brewed an awesome German Pils. A clean hoppy beer, nothing more nothing less. Delicious easy to drink and a real contender for my other favorite American made German Pils: Victory Prima pils. I think they're pretty equal though Victory has more of a lemon taste to it and the visual edge. I still for-see this beer beign a regular in my ridge come warmer weather.

MaxBrews, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of Fernans
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kudos to Sam Adams for adding this to the seasonal line up. A beer company not afraid to add to change things now and then. I won't miss the old white. Pilsners tend to be my least favorite style, simply because of usual players there. This is a stand out though. Ritht ther with Victorus Prima Pils. good across the board. I will be looking forward to it every spring.

Fernans, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of Mit
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a-light straw colour with a small but lasting head. Some lacing on glass.

s-slight hop odour with some citrus notes rounding it out. It had a crispness to it almost reminiscent of a cider.

t-fairly typical pilsner begining, hoppy in the middle with a faint but apparent citrus finish. A tiny bit of malt in the after taste.

m-Fairly typical of the abv.

d-I'm not the biggest pilsner fan. I don't pick them up a lot. I bought this cause I'm a Sam Adams fan though. Very drinkable. I think I would like it a little colder than I normally drink beer at. I'm upset the that White Ale is gone in favour of this though.

Mit, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of earthboundagain
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok this is a live review from Buffalo Wild Wings in Parkersburg, WV.

Beer was served in a 23oz Hefeweizen glass. I had the bar tender sit a glass out until all the frost had worn off. This beer is a clear golden color, with a fluffy white head that leaves nice lacing.

Aroma is hops and more hops, a slight whiff of pine trees in the spring some floral and earthy tones and a dash of malt. The smell is not overpowering, but it is noticeable.

Taste is nice clean hops, with a hint of bitterness. The hop flavor is in the middle between citrus and pine. There is some light floral notes and a good dash of earthiness. I really appreciate this taste, hops without the bitterness.

The feel is crisp and clean, lively carbonation on a light to medium body. This is a smooth drinking beverage.

Drinkability is wonderful due to the light but wonderful flavor and the great mouthfeel.

Pure win from Sam Adams, I just wish the local distributor would but out the bottles of this beer already.

earthboundagain, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of Duhast500
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a mug.

The color is a yellowish gold with a slight white head.

The smell is pretty citrus with some piney hop flavor. Some hints of lemon and a bitter hop flavor that is pretty interesting.

The taste is a bit crisp and a bit spicey. Some malty pilsner taste. Some nice citrus feel and some hints of sweet malt flavor.

The feel of this beer is light and goes down well. It has a medium body and is slightly crisp as well.

Duhast500, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of jhtipton
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchase at the Post Exchange in South Korea. A good value on this unexpected pleasure. Golden, clear (not cloudy in the least) and pours a decent one inch head that dissipated quickly. Somewhat hoppy and fruity, definitely more flavour than most pils that I am accustomed to. Nice bouquet, almost reminds me of a good heiffe. Mouth feel is good, somewhat effervescent. Matched it with some nice mild cheeses. Drinkability is good, would not have a problem knocking back a couple more on an occasion.

jhtipton, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of largadeer
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with a best by date of May '10. I love a good pilsner, and Sam Adams usually doesn't disappoint with their lagers.

A burnished gold body feeds a small but sustaining inch of pure white froth. Exceptionally clear and bright, perhaps a shade darker than the average pilsner.

The nose is citrusy, leafy and bright, the distinct aroma of noble hops up-front with a touch of dry, crackery malt beneath. The hop aroma makes me think of lemon zest and spruce, with a faint herbal quality in the background, bay leaf perhaps, and a bit of perfumey soap. Not overwhelmingly hoppy, this is decidedly on the traditional side.

The palate opens with a big noble hop flavor, citrus and herbs, pine and flowers. Dry, crackery and spicy, this reminds me a bit of Jever with its firm and bitter mouthfeel. The finish has an earthy, resiny, peppery quality to it with a long lingering bitterness. Malt is kept in check throughout; this is quite dry and only reveals a hint of pilsner malt in the mid-palate. Very good stuff, I'll be drinking this again while it's around.

largadeer, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured into my SA perfect pint with about two fingers of head that dissipates rather quickly leaving decent lacing.

Smell - The aroma is of lemon zest, malt, and just a hint of earth. There is a nice crisp hop character followed by some grass and honestly, a decent amount of "skunky" smell.

Taste - A great earthy, pilsner taste. Hops, malt, wheat, a bit of earth, etc. The flavors are quite nice and balanced. Finishes with a touch of grapefruit/piney goodness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a dry finish.

Drinkability - I could put back a six pack of these by myself. Great session beer. Can't wait to get some more when I get the spring pack of SA.

SpdKilz, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of vkv822
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into pint glass.

It pours a bright, clear yellow with a decent foamy white head, that dissipates very quickly. It has a fresh grassy hop smell, mixed with some light grainy-sweet malt notes. The taste is a bright grassy, very lightly citrus hop flavor back by some sweet, grain malt notes. While very nice, the hopiness is a bit less present than what I was expecting. The mouthfeel is very crisp and enjoyable, although it could do with a bit less carbonation. Despite the lack of hop presence it is still a very enjoyable beer, although I think it would be better suited as a late spring, even early summer seasonal.

vkv822, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of weller1js
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: light yellow, carbonation appeared moderate as poured into pint glass.

Smell: slight essence of hops, very faint citrus scent.

Taste: seemed like a typical pilsner at the start, but the undertones of the hops become evident through out the middle, with a slightly citrus finish.

Drinkability: very drinkable, the combination of hops is complementary and they do not clash with each other.

weller1js, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of philbertk
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boston Beer Company--SAMUEL ADAMS Noble Pils Seasonal Brew--Brewed With All 5 Noble Hops. 2010 22 oz. Bottle. 5.24% ABV--35 IBU's? (4.25 / 5.0) Rich lacy white head with good retention. Clear thin bright straw white color. Rich earthy pepper citrus Noble hop front. Crisp snappy tangy dry sweet delicate citrus rich Bohemian Pils body. Refreshing crisp bitter hop spice clean dry end. Fresh zesty hoppy tasty Pils! Sampled 2/28/2010. 2 @ $2.99 Each.

philbertk, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of zoso1967
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with a tightly packed white head and delicate bubbles trailing up the glass. Moderate lacing. Aroma is grainy and grassy with plenty of herbal notes and some bready malt. Flavor is very clean with even more bready malt than the in the aroma. However, the malt is definitely playing second fiddle to a strong herbal and grassy hop profile with firm bitterness. Other flavors include grain, lemon and some spice. Light bodied with a fairly dry, yet balanced finish and complex aftertaste that lingers in the mouth. Very drinkable like most other pilseners. I wish I had a hot dog.

zoso1967, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of morimech
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Straw yellow color. Large white head that had excellant retention. Heavy lacing is left behind. Lively carbonation bubbles.

Smell- Peppery hops, cracker like malt, Good but I was expecting much more.

Taste- Very dry overall, peppery and spicey hops, malt is like a saltine. Just a hint of citrus. Again I was expecting more from the hops.

Mouthfeel- Light and crisp just like a good pils should be.

Drinkability- Dry and refreshing makes drinkability very good. Nothing extraordinary about the flavor but still good.

morimech, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of nydalek85
4.7/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From someone who doesn't like most, if not any beer, and with family histories (sic), this is probably one that I like the most. I think I'll stick with the Sam Adams brand for a long time.

Because of my limited experience with beer, (most macros tend to make me sick, especially those in an aluminum can), it is hard for me to properly review a beer. The smell is typical of most for me, because I haven't been trained to pick up the nuances from style to style. The taste for me was very good, much more drinkable than a standard lager. It is smooth in the mouth, and is highly drinkable.

nydalek85, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of Farrell
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer that will certainly dominate over BMC beers without challenging the public's tastes too much. A perfect anytime drinking beer to pave the way for the masses into better offerings.

Also a damn fine pilsner, a solid effort on Sam Adams part and a great contribution to the beer world as a whole.

Farrell, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of OnThenIn
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Super clear and a somewhere between yellow and golden in color. A finger of head that dissipates quickly, but leaves nice lacing. Just a really ice looking beer.

Smell: More aroma than I have gotten from most pilsners. This has some floral and grassy earthy notes from the hops followed by a more traditional clean pilsner malt aroma.

Taste: Very hop forward, while being perfectly balanced. I can't say enough about the interplay between the hops and malt and how well they work together. This is now my favorite pilsner. There is a mineral presence and a nice dry finish. Just great.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a great level of carbonation. This has a rather clean finish with the exception of a tiny bit of hop bitterness that lingers.

Drinkability: Great mix of a traditional pilsner and a pale ale. It is light and dry with solid carbonation, while providing a beer that keeps you interested through the use of hops. Wonderful.

OnThenIn, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams-Noble Pils

A- Light clear yellow with a huge foamy white head. Good carbonation and a good ringed lacing.
S- Sweet honey touched bready grainy malt. Light dry grassy hops. Slight spiciness.
T- Light sweet bready malt with hints of honey and pepper. Dry grassy hops have a mild earthy flavor.
M- Crisp sweet malt, mildly dry earthy hops and a touch of peppery spice.

Overall- 1 of the best Pilsners I've had in awhile.

NJpadreFan, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass

Pours a brilliantly clear straw yellow with a creamy two finger paper white cap. Some sheeting action from the lace and streams of very active bubbles flying through the body.

The hops really address all angles here, perfumey, floral, spicy, citrus, and herbal. They stand up pretty tall on top of a saltine-like pilsner malt base.

A little honey sweetness from the malt adds a nice counterbalance to the dry, crisp, bitter hops. Fruity esters of apples and pears with a tangerine citrus add a nice fruity flavor. Super clean with bright flavors....a little too clean.

Crisp, cry, spritzy. Finish is a touch of honey mixed with hop bitterness. Light bodied, easy to drink.

All in all, this is a nice addition to the pilsner scene, but it feels a little too overproduced to knock out the top of the style. Still, a well-crafted hoppy pilsner.

ColForbinBC, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by July 2009.

Beautiful golden yellow with a dense off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. In my Trumer glass, this is absolutely redolent.

The nose is gorgeous, with a bright herbal lemon zest, delicate grainy malt character, and some earth. The palate opens with a big noble hop character, lots of earthy hop flavor, some lemon and just a bit of mint. Delicate and quite nuanced with some grainy malt character, this beer finishes dry, crisp and with a lingering German hop bitterness. Clean as hell, there's no off-flavors in this one, this light-bodied beer is a pleasure on the palate and eminently drinkable. Quite possibly the best Sam Adams beer there is (after Utopias, that is.

DefenCorps, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of schoolboy
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has been out a few weeks (at least) so it was time to try it. I also wanted something to dull the pain while working on taxes while not dulling the senses too much. I guess this qualifies.

The aroma is quite unique and exceptional. Very nice job on the finishing hops. The taste is crisp and fresh and also unique. In fact I think UNIQUE is the operative word for this great pilsener.

It does not transport you back to the old country, but it transports you to the NEW county - the EU today, maybe. I think they wish they made beer this good in the EU.

schoolboy, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of bdupree
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice, bubbly head. Pours off tap with 1/2 to 3/4". Very good color, clear and warm golden.

S - Does not make me think of Pils with this hoppy aroma. Citrus, pine, grassy wet hops.

T - Flavor does not match the aroma, but it is well blended. Tastes much smoother than most Pilseners, with fruit and citrus and that green wet hop undertone. Everything blends well.

M - Light and dry, very crisp.

D - Even though Pilsener has not been one of my favorite styles for a long time, this one proved to be a big surprise. It is on tap at a neighborhood spot, and I think I'll be ordering it again. Very drinkable, showed me Sam Adams is still a big player in the American craft brewing game.

bdupree, Feb 27, 2010
Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 3,315 ratings.