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

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3,383 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,383
Reviews: 1,463
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 92
Gots: 226 | 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 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.

Photo of drizzam
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of thedrewski86
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of bump8628
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of kshankar
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

Photo of steeltown71
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tugdriver7
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of joemeister
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,383 ratings.