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

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3,393 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,393
Reviews: 1,465
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 95
Gots: 251 | 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:
Beer added by: schellsbeer on 12-20-2009

"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 Beaver13
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by June. Pours a clear very light yellow with a smallish fine white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is subdued but pleasant - sweet honey and fruits with a little green spicy floral hops.

The flavor is similar - sweet honey and fruits with a well balanced dry medium bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation.

Overall, a light and delicate beer, but very well done even though it's reserved. Pilsener is not my favorite style, but this is right up there with Victory's Prima Pils for the best I've had.

Photo of teovaldi
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a golden orange with a nice off white head that lasts a while leaving excellent lacing.

Very faint nose with a touch of malt and hops.

The taste is crisp with a hint of sweetness and a blast from the noble hops. Loved this one.

The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

These are extremely drinkable and I could see myself easily putting back quite a few.

Photo of albern
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent German pilsner, a little bit too herbal, candied, and saltene for my tastes, but okay. The beer pours a very clear, light pale color with a smallish white head, some retention, no lacing. For the style, this is about right. The nose has the herbal grassiness of a pils, a crystaline slightly orangy hop from the noble hops, some pine notes as well.

The taste is a bit of a melange of sorts. It is quite sweet, with a slightly cloying grassiness, herbal graininess that comes with the style. The piney, but almost grassy and candied hop presence is particularly felt and doesn't entirely blend in with the malty base of the beer. There is lots going on in this pilsner, but not all of it good. It is an interesting interpretation of the style, some nice hop flavors emerge, but the beer ventures into some odd territory and the candied hops are just a bit off for my tastes. The saltene dryness in the finish is okay and brings the beer back to its Germanic roots. The candied hop flavors are throwing this beer off for me.

Photo of kmo1030
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a crystal clear gold color, with a moderate sized head that lasts for a bit.
the aroma is loaded with herbal hoppines. it's sort of mineral-like aroma too. there is some light maltiness, that i wouldn't quite say is grainy.
the taste has got a bright citrusy hop character up front, but quite unlike the grapefruit that is the usual signature of citrusy hops, this is far more lemony. it's also got some herbal and grassy aspects. asprin plays off some of the more malty qualities before transitioning back to hops that become more herbal than citrusy at the back. it's got a firm bitterness that lends to a substatial dryness. the grainy qualities get ratcheted up a bit with warmth. a touch plastic-y
the beer is medium bodied with a just active side of moderate carbonation.
the drinkability is good. it's a nice showcase for noble hops, with a lot of nice hop based complexities. refreshing an well crafted.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a wonderful clear straw yellow golden color. nice fluffly white head with soo much sticky lacing, lots of rushing bubbles and some great head retention.

im not huge on this style, but this beer really is what everyone talked it up to be. wonderful hop arom. earthy hops with some bready malts. nice balance.

bready, biscuity, grainy pilsner malt balanced oh so well by them earthy noble hops. this one really does it for me. simple, yet refined and well made. a nice bitterness while drinking, but hardly any lingering bitterness, which fits the style i suppose. nice to see sam adams using more hops in there beers.

a wonderful light, crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. and truly a session beer. i could definatly see myself getting this again for any occasion, any time of year. it goes down quite well. go get some and see what all the talk is about, you wont be dissapointed!!

Photo of kjyost
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a strong head atop a golden pilsner coloured beer, as it should be. Strong lacing initially, although less lacing was evident as the head receded over time. The nose of the beer had a nice underlying hoppy bitterness, with a strong fragrant hop atop it. Underneath the hops was a slight scent of bread.

The nose matched the beer nearly to perfection. It was a fantastic combination of a good bitter kick, with hops atop it and a bready malt behind it. Very well balanced. Incredibly crisp and clean on the palate with a bitter, though not lingering, finish. Strongly carbonated, in fact perhaps overly so, as you could feel in effervesce within your mouth.

Photo of david18
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has suddenly become ubiquitous and I'm glad for that. It's one of the better German style Pilsners out there and that includes the German brands as well. Had this side by side with the Prima Pils and it really held its own.

Good bitter flavor that the Germans add to these lagers as well as great carbonation, refreshing flavor and and an all around great drinker for any time of year.

Photo of hopsbreath
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was suprisingly good. I picked it up on a whim at the grocery store because it was on sale ($7.49). Although I haven't bought Sam in a while, the high reviews made me curious. Nice malt, big hop flavor and great drinkability means I could easily drink several of these at a party. This might be a good choice for a St. Patricks day party due to the use of green on the label. It would certainly beat the HELL out of Killians! I for one liked the previous Spring seasonal White Ale from SA more than the Summerfest Lager. I am curious if they will be replacing that as well. For the price this is a solid buy.

Photo of cjgator3
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden orange color with an off-white head that possesses excellent retention and lacing.

S- I'm a little let down with the aroma. The faint nose has some grain and a touch of Noble hops as well.

T- The taste is simply fantastic. The taste is crisp with some grainy malt up front and a nice quick bite from the Noble hops in the finish. Gotta love the fact that it is high in both the taste and drinkability categories.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a lively amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I am very impressed with this beer. There is no shortage of extreme beers on the shelves, it is nice to see another well crafted American session beer. Recommended!

Photo of JoePat
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a vary pale staw color with a big white head that dissipates in a few minutes leaving minimal lacing.
The smell is actually quite sweet with a hint of the earthy noble hops.
The taste is crisp with a little sweetness that is blanced by the hops.
This bee is very clean with a smooth mouthfeel that makes it very easty to drink.
Lagars are not really my favorite style but I think this was a very good well made beer.

Photo of vacax
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear gold with a billowing white head. Good retention and outstanding lacing, thank you Noble hops. Delicate but intriguing aromas in this, floral and inviting, all gentle hops and no malt.

The flavor is immediately wonderfully popping with floral and bitter noble hops: lavender, straw, earth, and geranium. Mild cookielike malts get mostly lost in the decadent hop bill. The level of bittering is superb here, plenty but not too much, and a crisp finish that has just a bit of floral hops. This is probably the best pilsner I've ever had, which is saying a lot. Medium bodied with a prickly full carbonation. This beer is quite delicious, though something about it prevents me from running a session on it.

Overall this is a great new brew from Sam Adams, hands down my new favorite variety (that doesn't cost $170 per bottle).

Photo of animalchin
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - The way a pils should I suppose. Nice amount of carbonation action, light yellow body. Nice head around the circumference.

S - Grapefruit and grape. A nice light toasty smell to complement the citrus.

T - Earthy tones, a lot of grain and lemon peel. Very nice actually.

M - Feels a little bit heavier than most pilseners that I've had. The carbonation is just right.

D - Pretty damn impressive I must say. I can tell this is crafted very well. Sits very nice. Wouldn't mind having another. Good work.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold (not pale yellow) with excellent clarity and a nice pillowy white head that has some decent retention. Lots of bubbles rising in the glass, and really decent lacing, although spotty and ringed.

Tough to find a strong scent in this one. Some straw-like qualities, and nothing off, but I'm not awarding points for the fact that nothing bad was present. When it comes down to it, nothing substantial is really present.

Very very smooth beer. Fair (at best hop bite), but it is a well-balanced hop bite. Soft, at best. Light, grassy flavors that go back and forth between lightly sweet and grainy, and lightly bitter. Finishes clean and crisp with what I'd have to call a salty aftertaste. Nothing sour here -- and if you think it is, try again.

Lighter bodied and well carbonated. This one is a drinker and went down very very easy. Not a complex or malty as some German or Czech pilseners, but a very decent brew by far. Someone actually gave this one an F. How? Absolutely worth trying.

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

Samuel Adams Noble Pils
12 oz brown bottle
Best before June notched on the side label
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a golden yellow straw color with a lightly burnt orange haze. Nice trails of sticky lace decorate the glassware.

Pleasant nose with whiffs of strawberry jam and freshly sliced citrus fruit.

Pilsner malt backbone with a zesty and colorful hop profile. Hints of grapefruit and lemons with a black pepper bite. This a tasty German style Pilsner with a big ole' hoppy punch. Very good drinkability too.

I had this at the local 99 a few weeks ago on tap and it was really good. Stands up quite nicely in the bottle as well.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Chimes (LSU location)... poured into an imperial pint glass, gold in color, but a little darker than a typical pilsner I'd say. White head, bubbly.

Definitely hops on the nose, very nice, a little floral even. Not bad at all, stronger than the appearance betrays.

Very nice taste to it, great balance among the hops, not too bitter, not too sweet, a fine example of a clean pilsner and a testament to the guys at Sam Adams doing it the right way.

I'd definitely check this one out again, very drinkable, a good medium body to it.

Photo of keithmurray
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a light clear golden colour

Smell is a grassy, hoppy, citrus aroma

Taste - Sharp bite of bitterness from hops is prevalent, slight kick of lemon zest towards the end of my gulps

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated

Overall, this is an easy drinking beer, I could polish off several of these in a sitting.

Photo of Japerrault
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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

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

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.

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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

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.

Photo of bob3701
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.68/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,393 ratings.