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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

3,227 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 3,227
Reviews: 1,452
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 85
Gots: 129 | 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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Japerrault

Idaho

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%

A: Clear golden pilsner with nice white foam, medium lacing left behind.

S: Flowery, piney hops noticed foremost, with some grain aromas also.

T: Light hops and toasted grain. Fairly dry, not really sweet. Toasted corn and slight hops bitterness in the finish. Everything is rather mild, but pleasant.

M: Light bodied, well carbonated.

D: Smooth drinking beer, no harsh flavors or aromas.

02-18-2010 10:23:30 | More by Japerrault
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DwnTwnBwn

California

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%

Had a few bottles recently and a couple on tap today.

A- Pretty good looking beer, very clear looking golden yellow. Head is a thin finger of light bubbles which falls and leaves a few behind. Some lacing

S- Nice noble hop presence. Better from the bottle though. A good peppery pine hop smell.

T- The beer excels here there are just the right amount of tannins and crisp pilsner malt taste to provide a good base for this beer. Where other pillsners fall flat this one has a wonderful hop taste and aroma. Lots of spicy noble hops.

M- Good amount of carbonation, the body is medium.

O- Very good pilsner, one of the top few I've had.

02-18-2010 05:07:00 | More by DwnTwnBwn
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bunnyhustle

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

Part of a good ol' Sam sampler, got 2 of them but wish all 12 were of this beer! Poured into pint glass, clear and light golden color. White 1 finger head, retention and lacing really werent there. Smell was of grassy hops, citrus (lemon in particular) and some spice. Taste was clean and rich with lemon, citrus, straw, and grassy hops. Tasted very authentic for the style. Mouthfeel was light, crisp and clean. Very nice. Overall a great beer and one of the better I'd have to say from the Boston Beer Co.

02-18-2010 04:20:43 | More by bunnyhustle
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blackie

California

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%

a: full white head atop the golden beer, nice retention and lace

s: big herbal noble hop nose over a crisp pilsner body, lots of pulpy, grassy hop goodness, a bit tealike with a touch of citrusy lemon balm

m: carbonation on the high end, light-medium body

t: loads of pulpy noble hops on a clean pilsner body that turns bready towards the middle with a touch of sweetness, finishing with a mild bitterness and lingering hop flavors, my one complaint being that the hop load adds a lot of leafy matter without the acidic snap that I love in the style

d: no problem, a really good pilsner

single from Total Wine, Chantilly, VA

02-18-2010 03:57:02 | More by blackie
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dewalt

New York

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%

Boston Beer's new spring seasonal sings with five noble hop varieties. Pours clear and golden, effervescent bubbles. Smells like hops and lemon. Tastes dry, grassy, hint of pepper. Inviting, refreshing, solid example of the style. A sunny spring day on the lawn: One of Samuel Adams very best.

02-18-2010 03:54:26 | More by dewalt
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MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.1%

In anticipation that Moosehead and Sam Adams might be striking a distribution deal that will lead to more Sam Adams beers in Canada (if rumors and speculation are true) I thought I'd crack this open to celebrate. Not that Sam Adams beers are exactly the upper echelon of craft beer by any means, but up here in the great white north beggers can't be choosers, and I'd pick a Sam Adams over a good 90% of what's being brewed in my home province of Ontario, any day.

A lively pour reveals a clear golden liquid with active carbonation and a head of large, loose bubbles.

The aroma is a light toasty cracker with some light grassy, noble hops. Go figure. Fairly subdued but what you can detect is very nice.

A crisp burst of flavors delivers some honey like, biscuity malt with a definite noble hops kick, but it's a little tricky to pin it down to any one hop varietal having any dominance. It's a little grassy, a little piney and herbal, a little floral and spicy, with an overall zesty lemon quality throughout. It's really well done.

The crisp carbonation refreshes without overpowering or drowning out flavors.

Overall this is a good pilsner and, if it ever comes to Canada, will probably see the inside of my fridge for times when I want an approachable, no-nonsense pilsner. But for most of the rest of the time I'll probably stick with Prima Pils.

02-18-2010 01:34:49 | More by MeisterBurger
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

12oz. bottle served in a pilsner glass. Poured a brilliant pale gold with a finger of white head. Pretty good amount of noble hops also some citrus in the aroma. Not as bitter as the aroma would suggest. Fair amount of malt, light bodied. Nice fresh hop bite. Hops linger in the finish. Very drinkable. Great pilsner.

02-18-2010 01:31:24 | More by homebrewhawk
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bob3701

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%

Poured into a pilsner style glass. Clear pale yellow color that pours a nice big white foamy head that hangs around a while with some lacing. Great pilsner aroma, my late wife would have said 'it smells like beer', which she said about every beer I tried but if I had to pick what beer smells like this would be it. A little citrusy and finishes a bit bitter with hints of grass and pine in the after taste. Very feel good in the mouth, nice and smooth. I could drink a lot of these.
I am a bit curious as to why this is a seasonal instead of a year rounder or I would make it a summer seasonal though I do know SA has some of them already.

02-18-2010 00:49:25 | More by bob3701
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +25.2%

Poured into my pilsner glass and a huge bright white head formed. Very creamy and excellent retention. Head has such nice structure it rises well above the glass. Bright gold/brass color with slow rising visible carbonation.
Beautiful lacing all inside the glass.

Aroma is grassy, spicy, fresh and full of hops.

Very nice pilsner. Kudos to the Sam Adams folks. I need to try this next to a Prima Pils. Fresh, clean, grassy, assertive spicy hop flavors.
Excellent balance here. And by balance, I mean with a nice hop flavor.

Very crisp & refreshing. Delicate carbonation in the mouth.

Excellent beer and a welcome addition to the line-up.

02-17-2010 22:41:26 | More by Reagan1984
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drizzam

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

A - Clear golden yellow color topped with a one finger bright white foamy head. The carbonation in this brew is through the roof, with hundreds of tiny bubbles rising to the surface. The head recedes to a thin white cap after several minutes, leaving a pretty decent wall of lacing down the inside of my glass.

S - Not a real aromatic brew, mostly lemon grass and some slight hop scents.

T & M - I'm getting that same lemon grass I smelled in the nose, and it seems to be suspended on a biscuity malt body. There is a bitter twang of hops toward the back end, but they are by no means overpowering, after all, this isn't an IPA. Medium bodied with a bit of a coarse mouthfeel from the big carbonation.

D - Overall, this is a pretty good example of the style. This would actually make for a great Summer brew, one that is borderline sessionable. I would recommend at least trying it if you enjoy a German Pilsener.

02-17-2010 22:06:03 | More by drizzam
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thedrewski86

Indiana

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured into a pint glass, leaves 1/2" white head, minimal lacing. Very clear, deep gold color. Smell is faint hops, straw/grains. Taste has loads of bittering hops, very crisp and refreshing. There's almost a floral quality to the taste with an oak aftertaste. Appropriate carbonation for a pils. Good bitter finish. One could drink quite a number of these.

02-17-2010 19:37:38 | More by thedrewski86
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%

Samual Adams Noble Pils, a new seasonal from the Boston Beer Co.

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Fine clarity on a bright gold body. A little lacing is left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Bready with a whiff of grassy hops.

Taste: Peppery, spicy, some citrus. Has a nice hop bite to it but it is really clean. Malt does just enough to balance.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, refreshing, clean finish.

Drinkability: A nice offering from Sam Adams, suddenly one of my favorite pilsners.

02-17-2010 18:07:15 | More by Stinkypuss
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bump8628

Oklahoma

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

A bit different than the bottled version. Hops aren't nearly as prominent on the nose, but still showcase plenty of herbal grassiness on tongue. The pilsener malt base is sweet with a toasted edge. Also, there's just a hint of diacetyl on the finish that I didn't detect in the bottle. All in all, it's still a tasty draft Pilsener and its availability is nice.

02-17-2010 15:45:08 | More by bump8628
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WeezyBoPeep

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%

Poured from a fresh bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Clear golden yellow with a patchy, lacey head.

S: Hoppy with grapefruit, pine, florals, kind bud, sea water and boiled corn/cooked veggies.

T: Crispy, watery body with a mixture of hops, flowery hints and a Frito finish. Definitely a hop lover's beer.

D: I'd go with a sixer. Super refreshing on a hot summer day I bet. For the record, it is NOT my favorite Sam Adam's brew I have tried: that Irish Red still takes the cake for me.

Value: Great deal for around $8.00 a sixer.

02-17-2010 13:37:52 | More by WeezyBoPeep
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kshankar

District of Columbia

3.2/5  rDev -15.1%

Um, I'm not really sure about the A- this thing gets.

Appearance is clear gold with a tiny foamy head.

Aroma is of hops (Noble ones, apparently!), citrus are the ones I get the most. Not really a strong hop scent

Taste is hoppy with a decent malty balance, obviously neither the hops or the malts overpower anything (its not an IPA), and the mouthfeel is on the lighter side. But the mild profile isn't really a "soft" interpretation of the pilsner style. Its not that its supposed to be this weak. Its just bland.

Drinkability is fine, but I mean..its just a boring beer. I've had much better pilsners

02-17-2010 06:52:51 | More by kshankar
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steeltown71

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -23.1%

Had the noble pils on draft a little while back and didn't care for it too much, but decided to get a 6'er to reconsider. I don't like the name, to the point of feeling dumb ordering it. Of course this is going to taste better and have more hop character than the mainstream "pilsners" but it has trouble competing with the likes of Prima Pils and even Penn Pilsner (full disclosure: drowning your sorrows in a Penn Pilsner at PNC Park on a nice night is, for my money, the ultimate pilsner experience). I might even trade it back in for the Spring Ale.

02-17-2010 04:41:01 | More by steeltown71
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tugdriver7

Maryland

3.23/5  rDev -14.3%

I know, it's a Sam Adams product and everyone loves Sam Adams. Unfortunately, this one had great promise but (IMHO) failed to deliver. Bright yellow to tan in the glass with a nice foam head and soft carbonation. Fruity (did I mention fruity?) hops in the nose and a nicely balanced initial taste, biscuity malt with a fruity then softly bitter hops flavor profile. Had it stayed there, I would have enjoyed it immensely. But the flavor quickly transitions to a slick, buttery diacetyl that borders on undrinkable. Sure there's some residual hops bitterness in the aftertaste, but after a few swallows I had to set it aside. Just didn't cut it. I'm hoping a bad batch; and I'll try it on tap to see if it's better. But this 6 pack (tried three so far) was fairly consistent in its less-than-expected quality.

02-17-2010 04:27:08 | More by tugdriver7
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joemeister

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours a clear, golden yellow; bubbles rise like souls in a rapture. Head is about 3/4" thick and settles quickly.

The aroma has a great orange zest, hoppy character. It is an extraordinarily crisp and refreshing smell.

The bottle describes the taste as "lively," and I think that is about right. The multitude of hops are apparent without being overbearingly bitter. I actually taste a little bit of a habanero-type flavor - not in a particularly spicy way but in a sweet-and-sour/citrus way. It's hard to describe. The body is obviously fairly light with good carbonation. The glass now shows a pretty nice lace.

Overall, this is a good beer. Nothing particularly special, but certainly worth trying. This would be a great go-to brew for hot summer days. I could drink these all day long at the beach or out by the pool.

02-17-2010 00:55:49 | More by joemeister
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MikeGill

New York

4/5  rDev +6.1%

On draught, poured into a wide mouthed pilsner glass.

Made with the five German Noble hop varieties.(Hallertau Mittelfrueh, Tethang Tettnanger, Spalt Spalter,Hersbrucker Hersbrucker and Saaz)

Crystal clear straw color with a huge creamy white head. Noticable bubble cascade. Very inviting appearance. Earthy bouquet of grain with spicy and floral hop aromas.

Big Euro hop presense giving flavors of sunflower seed and citrus pith. Medium bodied and bitter. Scrubbing bubbles carbonation makes for a very refreshing beer. Long dry finish which leaves the palet well intact.

02-16-2010 22:35:59 | More by MikeGill
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semibaked

Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +16.2%

Poured into a pint glass

Not a huge fan of SA beers but heard great things about this.

A - Really nice golden color with lots of carbonation and some nice lacing.

S - Hoppy to begin with then some nice florals come out.

T - A good amount of hops up front then just turn into a really good pilsner, crisp and clean, this isn't a style I usually pursue but I could drink quite a few of these.

M - Not sure what to say about it, not watery just pretty good though.

D - This is very good and wish it was year around, this would be great in the summer time. SA hit one out of the park with this one.

02-16-2010 22:15:23 | More by semibaked
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zackcg

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

12oz bottle poured into imitation pokal...

A - pours a CLEAR pale gold with a fast fading head and scarce lacing. busy carbonation.

S - very floral/earthy bouquet of malts and hops with some sulfuric aromas.

T - a citrus explosion, mostly in a lemony sense, but in no way overdone. the five-hop profile helps diffuse the the citrus blast taking place.

M - thin, lo-carbonation, smooth and easy on the palette.

D - "session-able" for sure, great pick when you're craving something light.

02-16-2010 19:34:10 | More by zackcg
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Arenbeer

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +17.5%

12oz bottle into glass

A- Pours a golden yellow with a thin white head that leaves some pretty decent lacing.

S- Smells of grainy malts with strong grassy, earthly, and floral hops. With a really well blended citrus in the backround. I can honestly say I have never tasted a pilsner like this or any brew however. Very earthy and grainy, probably would have been better as an I.P.A.

T- A strong sweeter hops flavor hits you up front with a grainy malt backround. Slight citrus creeps up in there too.

M- Medium light body, not much to it, goes down like water. Average carbonation, but definitely noticeable. Great session beer.

Overall this is a great spring beer, and even think it would make a great summer. Real easy to drink and real great tasting, would love to sit on a lake and drink one. But like I said before, I think this would have made a better I.P.A or aww man a D/I.I.P.A. The BBC should rethink there ideas. Don't see why they made this a pisner, when i think of great hops and lots of them. It should be an I.P.A. Oh well

Skål!

02-16-2010 06:09:13 | More by Arenbeer
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jwinship83

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

12oz bottle drank form my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours very pale yellow colored body with a full finger of fluffy bright white head. small bubbles of carbonation can be seeing racing to the top of the glass.

S- semisweet grainy malts and a decently spicy hop finish. well balanced.

T- the taste is similar to the smell. mild and refreshing. well balanced with just enough of a hoppy finish.

M- light bodied. crisp and well carbonated. clean and refreshing.

D- easy to finish. nice flavor and a low enough ABV to be considered a session beer. ill look forward to this every spring.

02-16-2010 04:53:22 | More by jwinship83
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Duxx

Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pale yellow straw color with minimal head but good lacing down the glass.

S: Mild with no sulfur odor that so many lagers seem to have. By the same token, I did not notice any strong hop aroma either. Just kind of a neutral "beer" smell that one of the other reviewers alluded to. Not a great smell but yet not anything memorable or objectionable either.

T: Very fresh taste. NO tinny or metallic taste that is characteristic of many BMC's. Also no sulfur taste. Just a fresh beer taste with a good punch of hops in the back of my throat. The first thing I thought of when I tasted this beer was...Is this the IPA of lagers? After finishing the first and second bottles, it's certainly not anywhere as assertively hopped as an IPA but relative to my previous exposure to Pils it does have a good dose of hops. I saw on the label that this beer uses all the varieties of noble hops. Kudos for that and bring on the hops!

M: Crisp and clean like most lagers but yet a bit thicker and creamier. I liked that aspect of the beer.

D: Great. One before dinner, one with dinner and one for desert and its Monday evening. I'll need a little self control to stay away from the rest of the sixer.

02-16-2010 01:25:44 | More by Duxx
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AmberMan22

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours a clear golden color, fluffy white head.

A pilsener smell is initially hard to distinguish, however the noble hops shine through brilliantly, accompanied by with a sort of lemon zest, a bit of grassiness, and black pepper.

The taste is much the same, but less pepper flavor and more hops. Quite a wonderful take on a German pilsener.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Exactly what I want when I think Pilsener.

Overall, another solid brew from Boston Brewing. I'm especially happy because this replaces the white ale, which was easily my least favorite seasonal.

02-15-2010 22:13:25 | More by AmberMan22
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