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

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3,169 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,169
Reviews: 1,448
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 80
Gots: 98 | 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 b0r3dguy


4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best by May 2010 bottle.

Appearance: A nice pale yellow clear beer.

Aroma: Citrus, zingy, sweet malt, grassy hops.

Taste: Citrus-like and malty at the same time. You can definitely taste the hops after a couple sips, but not initially. Pretty light after taste, but overall pretty good!

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation with slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very high. Definitely one of the best Sam Adams has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 01:01:05 | More by b0r3dguy
Photo of wvbelgique

West Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a German pilsner glass.
Color was light bright golden. Very clear. Moderate sized white head piled up and lingered. Very nice.

Aroma was pleasant citrusy spice hops with some green grassy background.

Taste was pils malt with undertone of citrus, moderate bitterness. Good structure and exceptional balance. No flaws.

Mouthfeel was perfect for a pils. Moderately light bodied. Good effervescence.

Overall this was an excellent German-style pils. So delicious on its own but also very food-friendly. Finished clean and dry. I can see German pils drinkers loving this. It should be a year-round selection. One of the more intriguing Sam Adams beers. This could be very popular in a category in which we need more good American entries.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 00:40:41 | More by wvbelgique
Photo of alkemy


4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear light golden hue with a fluffy white head of about an inch or so. The head didn't have a lot of retention. It's nice having a pilsener that smells of some hops with orange peel, a touch of pine, and the slightest hint of mango. There's also a malty sweetness in the nose. I thought the taste was fantastic for this style. Definitely has grassy lemon notes as others have noted. The malty sweetness shows itself for a short time before being taken back over by a crisp and bitter finish that leaves a slight alfalfa sprout note. I wasn't really expecting anything special, but this is now one of my faves from the BBC. I'd like to see it in the summer as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 23:37:19 | More by alkemy
Photo of Brettster


4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was served in a tall pilsner glass. A very nice gold color with a small white head that faded quickly. The Noble Pils had a nice hop nose and hints of roasted malt. A toasty flavor with a crisp hop finish. Very Crisp feel. Very drinkable and well hopped pilsner.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2010 22:34:11 | More by Brettster
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4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a very clear, light golden color with a fluffy, white head of bubbly foam. It left a couple thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of grassy hops and citrus notes. There were some mild pine notes, too.

T - It tasted grassy with sweet toasty caramel malt. Some bitter hop bite with a citrus kick. It tastes as hoppy as a good APA.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a great tasting pilsener. Really is one of the hoppiest I've ever had and almost tastes like an APA.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 20:05:34 | More by zeff80
Photo of samie85


2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear golden color with white, two finger head.

S-Lemon citrus zest with spicy noble hops and bit of light grain.

T- Typical grain notes upfront with some bitterness. This is followed by some more grain notes and a distracting lemon lime dryness that lingers on your palate.

M-Light bodied with a tongue-tingling effervescence.

D-I think I understand why everyone likes this so much, but the citrus aftertaste is really not what I'm looking for in a pils.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 05:43:35 | More by samie85
Photo of sophisticated


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Golden straw colored/apple juice
1 finger foamy white head which left a ring of foam. Slow and steady carbonation bubbles to the surface.

S) Really nice smell - exactly as described. A hoppy pilsner. Apple, mild spce, citrus hops.

T) Yep - a nice hoppy pilsner! Sweet apple --> bitter hops.

MF) Very crisp, thin.

D) High. Refreshing and tasty.

I enjoyed this! Not too familiar with this style of pilsners, it was very nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 04:00:28 | More by sophisticated
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North Carolina

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

had this from a 12-oz bottle, first time having the bier.

A: Pours a nice golden color that is crisp and clear with moderate carbonation. Min head that dissipates rather quickly, good lacing though.
S: A sweet smelling hoppy bier. Some bread, lemony...Very different from a typical pils, but a welcome change.
T: Follows the aroma very well. Pretty crisp in taste; a sweet hoppy flavor. Reminds me of a pilsner urquel with a hint of lemon.
M: Very pleasing and enjoyable.
D: Easy to drink.

Overall, I am not a huge Sam Adams fan, but this is one of the best they have produced that I have tasted. I will definitely try this one again. I recommend it for a different slant on the typical pils. Enjoy. Prosit.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 03:11:27 | More by nocheinsbitte
Photo of Finn


4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Best by June 2010 bottle.

Appearance: A nice pale yellow and very clear beer. tiny bit of head retention.

Aroma: honey, biscuits, lemon, zingy, sweet malt, grassy hops.

Taste: Grassy, lemony hops balanced very well with sweet honey-like malts. It's fairly hop forward compared to your average american pils, but balance is still the key to this beer. delicious balance. Aftertaste sticks aorund nicely on the back of the tongue for a bit.

Mouthfeel: Bright carbonation with a medium, almost creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Way high. This is going to be a repeat purchase for me I can tell. It's not quite as ballsy a pils as, say, Prima, or Pikeland pills, but it is flavorful, unique, and incredibly pleasant and sessionable. Good job Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 01:55:20 | More by Finn
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4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a crystal clear pale golden color with a thick viscous white heading. Lacing is in full force.Very alive in the glass, bubbles floating upward everywhere.

Smell starts off with a slight soggy bread aroma,then a toasted grainiess takes over. A citrus blast kicks in a wraps thing's up.

Taste is amazing. Crisp light pilsner and toasted maltiness. Hops are hiding for a little bit and then WAM it comes in waves. First it starts off a little spicey, then a citrus blast,then a very bitter lingering hoppiness end's thing's.

Mouth is light bodied,crisp,and loaded with carbonation. Alive on the palate and finishes with a slight grainy linger.

This is an amazing beer. I am completely blown away by this. This is a beer that should be available year round and in every sampler pack. Simple Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 00:44:34 | More by TheFightfan1
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4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this chilled in a pils glass - sampled alongside a couple other pilsners

A - A very clear medium golden w/ tiny bubbles rising to a head that quickly drops but creates rings of lace - the bead is tiny

S - A lot of herbal and floral lemony and spicy noble hop aroma w/ a gentle grassy accent - very light malt in the nose

M- A little bitter w/ resinous texture and tangy hop acidity w/ mild sweetness and spice w/ moderate carbonation and mild spicy finish

T - The taste is a mix of mild sweet herbal hops and gentle toasted malt w/ light grassy lemony tinges. The flavor has a spiced slight astringent end note

D - A very drinkable pils -one of Sam Adams best and a good sessionable lager which is an easy drinker - a good example of the style

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 00:44:23 | More by Slatetank
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4.88/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass (of course!). Best by June. The body was bright golden yellow. The head was bright white and settle to a ring and whispy cap, leaving a good amount of lacing down the glass.

Smell was earthy and lemony. Spicy, leafy, and lovely. Peppery Noble hops. Lots of aroma for a modest pils.

Taste is moderately malty and crisp spicy hops. Organic/leafy and tobacco-like. Fresh and yummy. Drying finish. I'd love this one year round. Not a big beer in any way but very solid and endlessly drinkable.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and coarse in texture. I will return to this one often.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 21:19:17 | More by Cresant
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3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a light golden color with a one finger head that settles quickly to just cover the beer and a light lace. hoppy nose with a slight bitter citrus note. strong hop malt bready taste. light to medium mouthfeel and a lively carbonation. not bad but i would rather have a german or chech pils anytine.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 17:54:00 | More by billybob
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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pilsner.

A = Bright gold, brilliant white one finger head, well carbonated with lots of small bubbles, leaves medium to heavy lacing.

S = Bright, sharp, fresh scents of noble hops, earthy notes combine well with some floral notes. Lacking is the yeast bite I expected.

T = Rich malty flavors accompanied by medium bitterness and good earthy hops notes, hints of hay. Very pleasant beer, lacks some of the complexity I associate with the style but makes up for it with a nice, simple freshness.

M = Light bodied, good lively carbonation of small bubbling, so although very active the experience is refreshing not burning.

D = Goes down easily. A very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 16:58:31 | More by Traquairlover
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3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a small head. Smell is of hops, some notes of lemon. Taste like it smells, hops with a touch of lemon and malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fairly good brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 15:10:30 | More by tone77
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4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before May '10.

Served cold into a pint glass, it has a pale golden yellow color with crystal clarity. The white head has good longevity and leaves some lacing behind.

Aroma has a really nice fresh spicy hop smell with a little bit of lemony citrus.

Flavor is fresh and crisp with nice spicy German hops. Crisp citrus with lemon zest and grapefruit. The malts don't seem to add much to the beer - so light and mild that the hops are really able to shine.

Body is really light and the carbonation is about right for the style.

Overall it's enjoyable but not exceptional. For $2 more I would go for the Prima Pils.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 05:02:59 | More by GilGarp
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District of Columbia

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

A: Pours a clear, bright golden color with some bubbles of carbonation rising to a tall, densely frothy white head that has nice retention. Lacing is also good.

S: A fresh dose of grainy pilsner malt up front is accompanied by a fruity and herbal hop character. Surprisingly bright and tart citric notes.

T: A crackery, grainy pilsner malt base provides some mild sweetness. A measured bite of hop bitterness is paired with firm herbal/leafy and citric flavors, including a lemon-lime zestiness. A further floral and vaguely alcoholic note fades into the finish.

M: Light-medium bodied. Carbonation is medium, although a little less crisp than I was hoping for. Still, a definite dryness into the finish.

D: I'm pretty impressed by the new Samuel Adams spring seasonal - this is far better than the old White Ale. As a widely-available pils, this is just a little shy of Victory's robust Prima Pils, although this one wins in terms drinkability and well-roundedness.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 03:53:11 | More by Clydesdale
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New York

3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear gold with a 1/4 inch off white light beige head; smells of hops, light malt, caramel and yeast. Certainly looks like a pilsner after pouring.

Tastes of hops, light sweet malt, lemon, orange peel, light caramel, roasted grains, apple or grapes, grass and yeast. The brew is light and has very light carbonation with a semi-creamy feel on the tongue. A nice light hoppy beer that went very well with Mexican food, and had a nice hoppy taste throughout, but the one knock was that it was not extremely flavorful. The hops jumped out at initial contact and hit you in the nose, but then the beer just seems to taper off in a muted way until the dry finish. It's a decent beer that's above average, but just OK. I would have it again as it was very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 03:52:56 | More by CHickman
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4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been looking for this and bagged the only 12 pack of this in the whole town.

Clear golden colored beer with a decent white head.

Smells of spicy Nobel hops and biscuit malts. Has all the expected scent, herbal and grassy with a bit of sandalwood scent to it. Some of the more obscure hop aromas here like faint tobacco. Malt mostly stays out of the way, just a biscuit aroma.

Starts out mildly sweet and malty with a stout bitterness at the beginning. Aftertaste is noble hop and biscuit. Nice herbal and spicy bite to this one. No other way to describe this one but NOBLE HOPS in big neon letters.

Good mouthfeel without getting too thick for Lager.

Superb drinkabilty. Manages to pull off the entertaining but not tiring job of a session beer very well.

Oh yeah this one is worth the hype, hope it becomes a standard beer for Sam Adams and gets rid of one of the repetitive wheat beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 03:41:39 | More by Zorro
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New York

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perfectly transparent straw yellow beer with a nice fizzy head. You could read this post through this beer. The familiar "beer" smell of pilsner malts fills the nose and is chased by soft aromas of hay and light citrus lemon. Clean malt taste with pleasant sulfury finish. Spicy, earthy, grassy, and tart citrus flavors settle on the tongue, linger for a time, and slowly dissipate as the hop oils volatilize. This beer has a crisp, semi-dry mouthfeel with effervescent carbonation. Long lasting hop flavor yearns to be savored and slows down consumption, however there is no question this would be an outstanding session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 02:22:57 | More by BeerLover729
Photo of likethetaste


4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I was glad I got this to try. Appearance is just like most pils but the smell is great. Smell of grass, honeysuckle, with some spiciness. Taste is great. Glides across tongue what is this? It finishes like a nice white wine of all things! This is a pretty good beer. Very nice drinking for the coming spring.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 01:57:04 | More by likethetaste
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Crystal clear golden straw body with a pinkie finger of off-white head. Moderate lacing. Nice dose of yep, you guessed it, fresh noble hops on the nose. Grassy, spicy, limey, and redolent of sea air, these are definitely some noble hops. Honeyish malt background.

Toasted malt and hop bitterness up front. Herbal, spicy, and grassy flavors. Biscuit malt, lightly dipped in honey forms a nice backbone. Mineral water and minty hop flavors/bitterness into the finish. Fresh hop resin and light citrus add in to the mix in the finish. Lingering bready malt. Crisp, clean, dry finish. Moderate body with a lively, refreshing feel. Very nice! One of the best German-style pilseners I've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 01:28:13 | More by alexgash
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4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, another Sammy Seasonal to cherish, at least this one anyhow as I was never a fan of the white ale, used to love the Kolsh.

This brew has the usual Pilsener color, bright yellow with a deep hugh meaning a little bit better than you're average euro Pils.

The smell whacks you in the nose with alot of hop aromas that simply dominate you're nostrils with tons of noble hop goodness.

The taste is a wonderful mixture of Hoppyness balanced by a tempered maltyness that lingers in the backround. I almost want to say that this brew is a little unbalanced, leaning towards the Hop flavor and bitterness but each sip makes you want another swig, very addicting to say the least. A boatload of resinous hop flavor that is really hard to describe hits youre pallette with a seriously bold dominance. If you are a Hophead then this is a must try.

Though it is not a Victory Prima Pils, it takes on it's own hop profile that I will not say rivals the Victory Prima, but it is in the same ballpark with an entirely different flavor profile. The Victory is a very dry and refreshing Pils, and this one is more of a juicy and bold Pils. I will say that neither overshadows one another as they are both diffferent takes on the style... All in all this is a wonderful brew that I wish they would make year round. As I miss the early days of great Pilseners ( Baderbrau, Garten Brau Special, Hometown Blonde) just to name a few. A must try for Pilsener fans !!! Do not let this one slip through the cracks...

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 01:23:01 | More by hopman333
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3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pilsner glass and served with a tremendous steak caesar.

A: Strong, foamy head, impressive for a pils. Decent lacing throughout. Pale golden body, pretty traditional, nothing too exciting.

S: Very hoppy and malty, but lacks some of the citrus tones I've read about here.

T: I noticed a significant honey tone, but it was definitely overpowered a bit by hops, stealing a bit of the balance from this. Overall quite enjoyable, but not particularly dynamic. For a seasonal brew I expected something a little more.

M/D: Really easy going, and far more drinkable to me than the standard pils. Smooth.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 01:04:16 | More by Jesstyr
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North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into imperial pint glass.

A - Crystal clear, straw colored; could be any pilsener upon first glance
S - Nice nose of fresh (mostly Saaz for me) hops
T- Wow - great. Pretty much a perfect pils, a bit less malty and complex than an Urquell, but pretty much as classic a pils as you're going to find in the States; very comparable to Sierra Nevada Summerfest for me.
M - Smoothly carbonated as befits the style; little bit of a tingle before it resolves into the hops dryness that hangs around for a bit.
D - Through the roof, could drink these all day and not get tired of it.

This should be required drinking for those Bud Light/Miller Lite devotees; could change some minds. This is just a perfectly assembled pilsener and another winner for Sam Adams.
Too bad this is only a spring beer; I could easily see enjoying many of these on a hot summer day while watching a ballgame.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 23:59:49 | More by bosox941827
Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,169 ratings.