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

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Ratings: 3,368
Reviews: 1,460
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 87
Gots: 194 | 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 cfleisher
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pretty beer. Pours with a fluffy three-finger head, straw yellow and leaves sticky lacing going down. Maintains good carbonation throughout. The aroma is very nice, spicy hops. The hops disappear a little bit in the taste, allowing good malt backbone to come forward. Clean taste and refreshing, like a pils should be.

Overall, I like this beer, a lot. I'm not much of a pilsner guy, but am about to brew one and have been boning up on the better ones out there on the market. I think this qualifies.

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

Looks like apple juice. A very small white head.

The citrus/grapefruit and hops smell just hits you. Intertwined well with that pilsner smell.

The taste is similar to the seeds of an orange/grapefruit. Similar to the nose. The citrus notes go hand in hand with a pilsner taste.

A clean, crisp, and flavorful pilsner.

Photo of theopholis
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Slightly darker version of an Pilsner. It is difficult to tell because I was in a bar. The head was a slighly off white dead that was overly large and had decent staying power. Decent lacing to.

Smell- Typical Pils aromas. Decent maltiness, a hint of hops coming though, some malt sweetness. Maybe some pale malts in there too, and a hint of earthiness.

Taste- Taste like a well-crafted Plisner. Just what hoping. Nice malt sweetness up front with hints of maltiness, maybe a bare hint of caramel. Big, but not overwhelming hops presence. Some earthiness, fair amount of pine and citrus (for a pilsner, nothing like a pale ale tho). Kind of a nice cross between a pale ale and a Pilsner. It was quite yummy.

Mouthfeel- Not nearly as refreshing as a Pilsner. A cross between a Pils and a pale ale (again.). It works.

Drinkability- I liked it.

Photo of thain709
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clear golden yellow body which was appropriate for the style...a small foamy, white head formed and slowly disappeared...some lacing

S - Earthy hops stand out with the addition of the Noble hops...a light grainiess lingers in the background

T - The flavor is surprisingly well balanced and crisp...the hops stand out again as earthy and they are present at the beginning and end of the beer...the pale malts round out the flavors in the middle...there is also that touch of grain in there...a fresh lemon flavor also stood out and was a nice touch

M - Light bodied...crisp and refreshing

D - The drinkability is there...I'd prefer this in the summer over a Summer Ale...a solid pilsener from the company we've come to expect everything from

Photo of Arbitrator
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. A gift from largadeer. Thanks Chris.

A: Pours a clear straw-gold body; it shines brilliantly in the light. The cap is a frothy off-white affair that retains very well and leaves nice register marks down the sides of the tulip.

S: The earthy, leafy, green aromas of Noble hops (duh) waft toward my nose. They are supplemented by light lemony cracker, honey, and somewhat spicy aromas. Pretty nice.

T: A balanced blend of hop flavors -- earthy, lemony, green -- and cracker. The taste later brings out hints of honey and finishes with some spice and grass. I've tasted better pilseners, but I suspect those aren't brewed true to style (hoppier than this one). Nonetheless, I can't complain much.

M: Light-bodied; very crisp, clean flavor. No lingering bitterness. Goes down very well. Is this a year round offering? It seems like it would work very well as a refreshing summer beverage, not when it's cold and rainy out.

D: I was wondering why people made such a big deal about this brew, but I get it now. It's not overhopped or overdone; it's balanced, clean, and tasty. Good stuff.

Photo of Onenote81
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a crystal clear pale gold with a big frothy white head on top. Great retention; leaves some sticky lace. Scents of corn, honey, grains, straw, and fresh bread. Great crisp body. Perfect for the style. Slight oily feel on the backend. Sharp grains at the first sip, mild hop bitterness, light sour note in the middle. Finish is mild and bready. This is a great beer. One that I will visit again and again once the weather warms for sure.

Photo of bcm119
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warm straw colored, some white lace. Honeyish pils malt and grassy hops in the aroma. Opens up with soft pils malt, good honey notes, and doughy hints. Earthy, spicy hops keep the mouthfeel clean. Slightly minerally. Hops sweep through the finish, leaving green, earthy flavors. Has that Sam Adams "round" quality to the mouthfeel and body, which is slightly fuller than a typical German pils, but I don't mind it. A very tasty pils.

Photo of SpecialK088
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at old Chicago

A-crisp golden near a copper color with a nice lingering 2 finger head and thick sticky lace

S-spicy and grassy hops with a slight very slight sweetness

T-same as the nose with an incredible hops flavor but not a kick in the face. The subtle pilsner malt is still very noticeable in the middle and finish. Hops linger much more on tap

M&D-mouth is a nice medium body and an extremly complex pils. Smooth and easy to drink don't let the many hops scare u away from this one it's very approachable.

Photo of stephens101
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours yellow with a few hints of orange. A rush of bubbles result in a mid-sized white head that stays around for quite a while as the bubble activity goes on and on. Eventually things settle down slightly, and I take a whiff and get a some notes of straw, some floral activity, and a bit of sugary sweetness. Perfectly crisp and malty with a good hop bite in the middle and a slight yeasty funk at the end. Light-bodied and smooth like a good pils should be, but without n sacrificing of taste. Best pils I've had in a while. Spring is almost upon us, and I can see sessioning a lot of these in the near future.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Philadelphia Flyers pint glass, grabbed a single of this.

Noble pils looks like a PBR off of the tap, it just has that tint to it. A mix between a pale yellow and barely golden backing. Giving a 180 degree pour I yielded only a quarter inch of off white burnt/sugar foam that died. Barely even a cap, no lacing.

At first sniffs I said to myself this won't be that bad but within minutes I got a sweet corn thing coming from this, odd, I know. Smells like a bold Adjunct. Getting some pale malts and something resembling a hop nose, earthy, leafy.

This goes well, but I don't think the noble hops are coming out like I expected. Sweet and pale malt, bisquit with slight caramel, and corn, yes, believe me it's there. I get some big earthy hops at the end but that's all they give off, earth and leafs, no citrus, no tropic's so don't go expecting that.

The feel is a bit thicker than I like in my Pilsner's, this just seems to be a step above the other's in the style. Medium bodied and a smooth ride and easy finish, not dry, not to refreshing, not what I want in a pilsner. Carb is noticed but not overly felt.

Perhaps if SA used just one of the five varieties of Noble hops, the hop nose/taste could have been more focused. It seems like they are running against each other and none are making headway. I would not want to try this again, it did not refresh me and the feel was off for a pils. It's drinkable, but not memorable.

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear gold in color with a small white head. Retention isn't very good and only light lacing.

Aroma of light malt and a touch of citrus. A little buttery, a little fruity.

Again the flavor is light and clean to start, then transitions into a moderate earthy/grassy bitterness that lingers. I'm not an expert on hop varietiies, but it seems that the hops used in this one lend a straight bitterness to the beer with out adding much flavor or complexity.

Mouthfeel is average; body is light to medium.

It's clean, refreshing, and drinkable. Well crafted, just a bit boring by nature. I just don't find this style all that interesting.

Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass:

A - Clear golden color with a lighter head.

S - Complex light hoppiness.

T - Well balanced pils that has enough malt backbone for all the hops. Citrus tones and nice bitterness.

M - Light bodied, decent carbonation, very refreshing.

D - Could drink these all night, I am impressed with this version from Sam Adams.

Photo of melloashello
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a local bar here in Murfreesboro. I haven't been able to find it in stores yet, so this is a nice little treat.

It pour a nice golden color. Aroma of all those great hops, a bit grassy. Nice bread taste with a citrus bite to it. It is hard to not want to keep drinking these. A great thirst quencher and session beer. Definitely try to enjoy these while it is still around.

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

I've had alot of this beer since its release, and it really deserves a review.

Poured from bottle into pint glass. The foam head on this beer is dense, and quickly recedes to a fine layer of bubbles on the surface and along the edge of the glass. Body is clear golden, some slight champagne bubble action going on as well.

Aroma is of bready malts. This beer really shines from them Noble Hops, giving it a good hoppy nose for a Pilsner.

Taste was extremely crisp and refreshing. Breadiness is forefront followed by some light honey and floral hops to really bring this beer ahead of other Pilsners. Finished clean and smooth, a hallmark of the style.

Mouthfeel was light with lively carbonation.

The drinkability is insane, I can attest to that.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am not sure if this beer is available in Houston or not, so I picked one up at Knightly Spirits while I was there just in case. Let's give it a shot.

Appearance: Pours a clear yellow golden color with a small 1/4" head of small white bubbles that faded quickly back into the beer. There are a few bubbles rising to the top, but they don't maintain the head. There is some thin lacing left on the glass after the beer is "removed".

Aroma: I initially got a good bit of fresh floral hops in the beer, but it is really cold right now. Among the hops there is some defined sweetness, so this is nice for me that we don't just have an IPA with noble hops and that there may actually be some useful malt in this beer as well.

Taste: The flavor is really nice for such a hoppy beer. Man, it has quite an oily flavor as a result of the hops, but there is enough malt that it doesn't rake across your palate. I definitely pick up the Saaz in here along with what I am pretty sure is Spalt. These both really give it an earthy flavor that is a major overall component of the flavor. The mouthfeel is a tad on the heavy side due to light carbonation, but the bittering hops are actually reserved enough that they don't take over the finish even though there is light carbonation. It has a very hoppy flavor and aroma, but there is enough malt to keep the whole ensemble in check through the sip and not leave your palate dry and chalky.

Opinion: I am actually impressed with this beer. It really has the aspects of a Northern German Pilsner and the malt bill is reserved enough to let the hops shine through, but substantial enough that it gives your palate "something to chew on" for a good while after the sip. Even pilsners that are this hoppy aren't something that I regularly enjoy, but I would definitely drink this beer again and in fact, I think that it is probably one of Sami's best.

Photo of jonziefle
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a clear straw color. Visible carbonation. Half finger bubbly white head with decent retention. Good lacing.

Smell: Grainy and bready malts, with an apple juice sweetness. A slight hint of yeast esters and lemon citrus.

Taste: Very malty and bready, with a mild sweetness. An earthy taste. A hint of citrus, but not “hoppy” in any regard.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth. Crisp taste and finish. Good carbonation.

Drinkability: A good pilsener, but could use more of a hop flavor and bite. Very good drinker, though.

Buy Again? If in the mood for a pilsener, this might be the one.

Photo of farrago
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bleached white head of openly knit foam, forms hills and vales before finally dissolving across the surface, smattering of lacing left behind. Bright metallic orange in color, mostly transparent, few loose bubbles visible. Clean nose of pretzel dough, peppery spice, dried orange rinds and apricot and peach pits, very light corn element, vague molasses as it warms, nothing pushy about it at all, however, displays good staying power the same. Light-bodied with active carbonation, the orange to lemon citrus shows bite through the attack and matches the sourdough, multi-grain bread flavors nicely. Just a smattering of pine resin, the hops aren't too aggressive. Honey and a generalized malty softness cushion the ending without impairing overall freshness. Excellent drinkability.

Photo of feelmefoam
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bright, clear brassy wheat color and a wonderful aroma greet you on the pour of Boston Beer Company's latest spring seasonal, Samuel Adams Noble Pils. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles drifiting towards the top of the beer, it looks like a reverse snowstorm; the CO2 meets up with a thick, fluffy white head that plumes up to over an inch high and stays that way for a long time. When it does finally dissipate, it leaves nice thick rings of lacing all down the glass. The head retention really surprised me; this is a beautiful beer to behold.

Hops are definitely present in the aroma, I don't think I can pick out all five Noble varieties individually, but the smell of several different kinds of hops is clearly present. Citrusy, slightly grassy, and sweet, this is a perfect segue into the flavor.

I like the combination of these hops together. Saaz, Hallertau, Spalt, Hersbrucker, Tettnanger... I've probably had all of these separately at some point, but they're very interesting when put together. The result is a hoppy kick to the beer that is flavorful but not overly bitter. Pilsner malt and a bit of sugarcane appear in the forefront of the flavor, followed by a hop flavor that's more grassy than citrus, and finished with just a bit of drying bitterness. I could've done with a bit more hop character (not nearly as hoppy as Victory's Prima Pils), but that might just be my inner hophead getting greedy.

Noble Pils has a body that is on the lighter side of medium and maintains a crispness in your mouth because of the moderate amounts of tiny carbonation bubbles. A crisp, drying finish makes this a pretty refreshing beer.

Well, Mr. Koch is right, this beer reminds me that spring is just around the corner. From the brightly colored green and blue labeling on the bottle to the light, clean look to the grassy hop character of the flavor, this beer has spring written all over it. Not my favorite pilsener, but it's up there. Very drinkable, very good-looking, and pretty tasty. Pick this up and give it a try.

Photo of TommyW
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very clear, gold with a sticky white head.

S- Clean hop over a grassy, semi-fruity malt profile.

T- Semi-sweet malt with notes of fruit and grass, nice lemony hop taste leaving a clean bitter finish.

M- Medium feel with a nice carbonation.

D- Really easy-drinking and refreshing pils; a nice surprise coming from Sam Adams.

Photo of dahlen22
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I take Samuel Adams beers for what they are...good American macro-brews.

Appearance: Golden with a a small lacy head.

Aroma: Hops are present with some sight fruits as well.

Taste: This beer is hoppy, piney, grassy, crisp and a bit peppery or spicy. Kind of what I expected.

Drinkability: If you like golden ales with a good amounts of hops, you will enjoy this one.

Overall: Personally, I prefer malts over hops, but I did enjoy this. Almost reminded me of a Sierra Nevada on tap. Not bad for an American version of a German classic. If you REALLY love hops, skip this and get the Victory Pils...but all in all, another good product from Jim Cook.

Photo of ajhod
4.83/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this several times on a trip to NH recently. Draft serving each time-imperial pint glass-not the right type of glass really.

Appears on the table with a bright white head, tiny bubbles, which fade quickly, but not too quickly. Bright, clear, golden in colour.

Aroma is bright and well hopped. Slight malt in nose.

Taste is extraordinary. Bright clean hop taste, malt flavour is reminiscent of honey, finishes clean and off-dry.

Very drinkable with a reasonable ABV. Love this beer.

Photo of drumrboy22
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Beer was a clear, pale yellow color, with a two-finger, white head. Heavy carbonation and thick lacing.

Aroma was grain, honey, light hops and lemon.

Taste was grain and lemon, with a bready finish and light hops.

Light, refreshing and easy drinking. Would be nice in the summertime.

Photo of JEdmund
4.83/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautifully clean--crystal clear, golden, nice white foam cap, healthy carbonation

Familiar pils aroma, but something extra and different; slightly toasted smelling malts; herbal/grassy/lemony hops are noticeable

Taste & Body
Lovely, unique flavor; what first strikes me is there is a tea-like quality to the flavor, whether from the malts or hops, I'm not sure. Truly a light, thirst-quenching beer with good flavor. Those five Noble hops are really making for a unique bitterness. It finishes bone dry, making me want another sip right away. Bitterness rivals Tucher's pils, one of the hoppier examples I've had. Body is light and I could use a touch more carbonation.

This is a great pilsner. It manages to pack in flavor and be interesting while also remaining extremely light and drinkable. Well done, Sammy A!

Photo of maleman
4.68/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an SA glass. Freshness dating noted on the bottle.

A - poured a clear light golden color with a tight head that disappated quickly into a very thin cover.

S - this beer has one of the best aromas of any beer i've had in a long, long time. the hops really jump out with a definite freshness. there is a hint of resin that i picked up, florals, too.

T - a very tasty pilsner. i compare it to Pilsner Urquell in its taste. i detect a bit of black pepper, that really fits, along with some citrus notes.

M - medium bodied, full flavored, some aftertaste that lingers in the back of the mouth, but not overbearing. a good bit of carbonation, but the etching in the glass might have contributed to that.

D - i'm an ale guy, but this pilsner really stood out to me and i like it a lot! this is a brew that i can sit back and partake of many times over because it can double as a session beer and a specialty beer depending on the mood. Good job, Boston Brewery!

Photo of snpub540
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden hue with nice carbonation. Not much for a head.

Smell is a mix of honey and some floral and spicy hop aromas. Saaz sticks out alot.

Taste is slightly caramel followed by a crisp dry hop onslaught. Peppery, floral, and piney hops make up the flavor. Pepper bitterness is the finish.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, not much of a body. Drinkability is good. I like this hoppy lager style and could put a couple of these down.

Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,368 ratings.