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

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3,272 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,272
Reviews: 1,455
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 84
Gots: 144 | 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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Photo of cuttsjp
4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured a most beautiful pilsener gold. Head is just a tinge off white. Lacing was subtle but still created a nice white collar with each sip. Medium to high carbonation is visible and contributes to a nice nose.

S: The aroma is very nice, floral and very hoppy. A citrusy and piny aroma lingers from the hops. A nice dryness gives the beer a very champagny, crisp aroma. Definite sweetness detectable, as well as a subtle spiciness. Definitely much more there than one might expect in a pilsener.

T: The flavor is fantastic, hoppy but well-balanced. The hops give a wonderful blend of citrusy freshness and resiny earthiness. Like the aroma, there is a definite floral sweetness that is cut by the sharp, tangy hops.

M: The mouthfeel is bright and sharp with medium to high carbonation. Just enough to compliment the spicy hops, but not so much as to overwhelm the senses. Light, drinkable feel that is by no means flaccid.

D: This is an unbelievably drinkable beer, as can be expected from Sam Adams, but there is still so much interest to the palate in this beer. It would be amazing as a spring/summer beer as it is very crisp and refreshing without sacrificing any body or character. It's no wonder Jim Koch chose this beer to serve at his daughter's wedding. It's also no wonder the Sam Adams brewery brought it back. Damn good brew that I was lucky enough to try right at the brewery, on tap in a 7 oz. tasting glass.

cuttsjp, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of MadElf25
4.95/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Noble Pils is a beer that if you have not had it yet, you must go out and by it. the first sip is key, the beer was like heaven in my mouth full of flavor and very airy, the smell was mesmorizing and highly recommend that you bring this beer to a party cause i guarentee that you will become the life of the party.

MadElf25, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of nrbw23
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a crystal clear gold color with a nice white head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Nothing over powering here. I can pick up a bit of malts and some spicey hops.

T- Nothing terrible by any means but also nothing to write home about. Some nice malts peak through along with Earthy, grassy and spicey hops.

M- Fairly light in body and quite a bit of carbonation.

D- Easy to drink just not my favorite style.

nrbw23, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of dasenebler
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale, clear gold. Small finger head, decent lacing.

Aroma is light biscuit malt with some spicy hops.

This pils is on the maltier side of the spectrum, but there's a decent hop bite on the back of the palate. More citrusy than grassy. Pleasant pale malts really come through, contributing a flavor that lacks imperfection, but also character, unfortunately. Smooth mouthfeel, pleasing medium carbonation.

In the end, I'm impressed by this new offering from Sam. A pretty good value beer that's eminently drinkable. Would like to perceive more of those five Noble hop varieties though.

dasenebler, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of Goliath
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a one inch bright white head. There is decent head retention and lots of lacing.

The aroma is decent. There's some spicey hops, a bit of fruit, and some pale malt.

The taste is ok. There's a decent pale malt profile giving a huge cereal note and some raw grain. There's a decent hop showing giving some bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of fine bubbled tingley carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate to high. The flavor profile is decent, but I'm not as impressed as most. The ABV is on the low end which makes for an easy drinking experience, and overall the beer is a pleasure to consume.

Goliath, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of Florida9
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very clear gold in color. A small 1/8" of fizzy white head that leaves no lacing.

S: Biscuit and bread. Grassy hops. Characteristically pils.

T: Biscuit and bread. Dry and crisp. A slight bitter finish.

M: On the thinner side of medium with a higher carbonation level. Very clean and very crisp. A quite refreshing beer.

D: Very easy drinker and, while hoppy, this is not the American-style hop bomb. Not surprisingly, this one tastes very much like a pilsner should.

Florida9, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So much better on tap it's like a completely different beer.

Poured into a pilsener glass with a schooner on it. I didn't know I had a pils glass, much less one with a schooner on it--sweet. Clear, pale straw color with a thick white head. Great retention for a lager.

Nice hoppy nose, but could be stronger (like it is on draft): Saaz spice with a little pine resin/grapefruit compliment. Fresh and prickly like a freshly squished hop cone. Rich and matly flavor with spicy citrus intrigue. Acquires a heavy honey flavor as it warms which I'm not a fan of. I often find noble hops kinda antiseptic and unpleasantly herbal when overdone and this beer may just cross that line. A little overcarbonated?

This would be a great spring beer...if it wasn't released in January.

My dad likes it!

donkeyrunner, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of madtappers
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard shaker pint glass.

Very clear gold color with a white lacey head. Aroma of both piny and grassy hops. This beer is well balance and very drinkable, has both a nice hop taste on the tongue while beeing very smooth.

Great beer for a warm spring or summer day, normally not a big fan of Sam Adams beers but this one is a winner and a true to the pilsner style.

madtappers, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured a brilliant lemon-gold with dull orange tints and a off white head that was quick to dissipate. The lacing was slight with a thin broken collar while the visible carbonation was medium strong leading into a appreciable nose.

S: The aroma was fresh flowery hop cones, with earthy greenery (ferns) with a bit of dry herbal appeal (feathery dill). There is a fresh sense of grains that add a lightly dry but sweetened appeal along with underlying light spicy notes of saaz. Overall a beautiful blend of hops and grains gives this a very a very good aromatic sense that really stands out per style.

T: The flavor is equally impressive with opening notes of sweet grains, spicy hops and a good flowery sense. Fresh greenery and dry herbs (feathery dill) add dominant earthy touches. The palate is crisp and very sharp in delivery with a light sweet toasted presence. The beer finishes up with a dry flowery hopping with a bit of spicy citric elements and buttered sweet grains.

M: The mouthful was bright and sharp with a good feel of buttery creaminess. Eloquently smooth it slides around the tongue effortlessly and with much delight ending with a good bite of flowery spicy hops.

D: Sam Adams has always been known for drinkable beers, and this is certainly no exception, but rather the defining nature of drinkability. A good sense of noble hops gives this a very appreciable nose and flavor while maintaining a smooth and very good balance making this go down with incredible ease and delight. Probably one of the best drinking beers period, let alone per style, this one will serve as my gold standard as the perfect drinkability example. If this was year round this would be my go to beer and incredibly priced at $25 a case you certainly are not gonna get a better experience per dollar. Keg worthy.

beerthulhu, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of peterlovesbeer
4.7/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ordered this at Rudy's, the finest beer palace in Cape Elizabeth, Maine and enjoyed it with their signature "massive fish" dinner.

It is very light in color but has a distinctive piney, citrusey nose.

The taste is crisp, with true Pilsener malt flavors and great balance.

I really enjoyed this and found it a great contrast to the many very hoppy and high alcohol bombs that craft brewers seem to be brewing in greater volume.

peterlovesbeer, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of pdoran10
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack this weekend to see how this pilsner stacks up.

The beer pours our a very clear golden color with a slight amount of carbonation. Looks a lot like apple juice. The smell is a blend of bitter hops, very crisp. The taste does not follow the smell, I get a small hop presence in the taste with the malt sort of overwhelming the other tastes. Tastes like the same malt that is in Boston Lager. Not impressed, but after a few the taste has grown on me a bit. Mouthfeel is normal, but not very substantial and a bit watery. The beer really shines in its drinkability as it goes down smooth.

pdoran10, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of pasdachuri
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden straw color, bright white head and pretty nice lacing

Citrus, zingy, sweet malt, grassy hops aroma.

It tasted grassy with sweet toasty caramel malt. Some bitter hop bite with a citrus kick. Strong Hop character resembles a good APA.

Medium-light body, smooth. Finishes pretty dry, the hops linger with a citrus character.

High drinkability. Refreshing and tasty.

pasdachuri, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of hosehead83
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Clear, pale, golden in color, with a moderate head of foam
Aroma-Subtle hop and citrus notes
Taste-Definite clean hop flavor, subtle citrus notes, a bit soapy with a clean hop backbone that stays to the finish.
Overall, pretty drinkable with nice clean hop flavor throughout-A bit like a subdued American Pale Ale.

hosehead83, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of BillyBoysPie
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From a bottle into a pilsener glass. How appropriate...

Pours a transparent golden with a bone-white head. It's clear from the appearance this beer is loaded with carbonation. Tons of tiny, little bubbles are floating to the surface. There's a very dense head that leaved a full layer of foam on top. Plenty of lacing, too. It looks like a German Pilsener.

Well, hops. Yes. It smells like hops. Who would have thought. It's actually a spot-on pilsener (from the aroma), but I'll throw it out there. It's very spicy, which I like, and is a refreshing change from the American-style citrus-zest/tree-sap style so frequently seen now. Hints of pepper and scallions are on the nose, with a full hop aroma to follow. There's a little floral bit on the back of the nose, something like lilies and roses. Really rich.

Yum. I was a bit worried I'd find this beer too "light" or "pale" but it's full of flavor. Like I said previously, it's a great contrast to the American "over-hopped" beers (yes, I know it's an American brewer, but you understand...) and presents a delicate and nuanced flavor. It rolls through the mouth nicely, starting with the a hint of bite and orange/grapefruit. It moves into a mixture of the barley and florals that is full and refreshing. On the tail, there's a hint of pepper and a pleasing metallic flavor that's reminiscent of copper. The subtle complexities aren't masked by a spicy meal, and this would stand up to lots of food.

Well carbonated, imparts a very light texture that approaches effervescent, but remains in the style of the best German pilseners.

This would be a great session beer on a summer day. The light character wouldn't necessarily match with heavy BBQ or burgers, but spicy Bratwurst with mustard and sauerkraut would be ideal. I paired it with a spicy pasta norteña and was very, very happy. It would be great for a hot summer day by the lake with grilled fish. Also, alternating sipping this with a traditional hefeweizen would make for a great summer session.

BillyBoysPie, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of Domingo
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap twice in two days as it's really that good.
Arrives a bright golden color with a creamy white head. Lacing? Sustained carbonation? Check.
Smells of resin'y hops, but no so much that some hints of bready malt dome come out, too.
Wow...this is really solid and more authentic than I expected, too. Reminds me a lot of a fresh west German pils. Hoppy, but without being too sharp or biting like the ones from the north. The malt isn't the star, but it isn't lost either.
Pairs well with spicy foods and burgers alike.
Probably the best thing I've had from Sam Adams to date. Drinkable, flavorful, and ideal for the style.

Domingo, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of isualum12
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

The smell of orange hit me right away. There is some good smelling citrus through out. White full head which held it's self. The color of the beer is a golden yellow.

Different in flavor...somewhat fruity almost blue moon like. I don't taste the hops on the tonge, which I like. Carbonization is perfect for the body of this beer.

I really like the taste but it is not a beer I could line up and drink all night.

I feel like I want to try it again with a slice of orange.

Try pairing with shrimp or pasta.

isualum12, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of OttoBomb
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (February 7, 2010). The June freshness date was punched on the label. I always prefer a 'bottled on' date to a 'best before' date, but at least there is some indication of freshness.

Eyes: Pours a bright, clean, clear golden. One of the few beers I've had to wait for the head to subside before finishing the pour into this DFH glass. Head subsides fairly quickly, with little lacing, as expected for a pilsner.

Nose: A good hoppy profile dominates the nose, but isn't overly aggressive. Spicy florals abound, the Saaz hops are a bit less dominant than I'd expect in a pils, but as the adverts say they put the 5 "noble" hops in this one.

Tongue: Just plain refreshing. The flavor is a nice hoppy character with appropriate bitterness. Best of all, this finishes with a very light and testy. Notes of grass and citrus.

Mouth: Good carbonation, crisp, smooth and a delicate aftertaste.

Libation: This is very sessionable, refreshing pilsner. The 5.2% ABV is a bit sneaky based upon how easily these go down. The 5 "noble" hops used in this brew combine nicely, though I'm not able to determine any ones other than Saaz by the flavor alone. This beer is very smooth and flavorful enough to be the perfect introduction for non-craft beer drinkers. Hand someone this instead of their miller or bud and I'd be shocked if they went back to their macro brews. The taste, price, flavor, and refreshment factors here make this a great beer I'll be happy to have again.

OttoBomb, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of blivingston1985
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from !2oz bottle with best before June on the label.

Very nice pour. Good frothy head that fades to a filmy lace along the glass. Beer is a crystal clear gold.

Aroma was very impressive. Quite good. Citrus and lots of fresh hops. Slightly malty.

Taste is much like the smell, but much richer in its citrus and malt.

Mouth feel is pleasantly light and finishes with a light bitter dryness. Makes the pilsner very drinkable.

Pilsner is not one of my favorite variety of beer, but I can respect a good one and the Noble Pils IS a good pilsner. Well done Samuel Adams.

blivingston1985, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of BeerMasterD
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint bottle with may notched on the label, a clear gold into a pilsner glass. A finger thick pure white head, couple of sticky rings and spotty lace down the glass. Hops of course, light perfumy aroma and a sugar sweet smell, with some fruit(orange?). Taste toasty, biscuit, great complex hop flavors, and only a slight bitter on the end that doesn't linger. Carbonation is really active popping around and leaves a noticeable tingle, a very drinkable beer and fitting for the season. Yeah ill pick this up again, sam adams did good here.

BeerMasterD, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of LucienDeRubempre
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (Best before May notched on label) into a Carlsberg pilsner glass.

Snowy white head that fades leaving chunky lace, Average gold color. Medium scent of hops, bitter but not flowery. Light and crisp mouthfeel with a soapy flavor all the way through, some hops but mainly bitter and soapy with a processed taste like cardboard or paper. Easy to drink but no payoff, I have to follow this one up with an ale or a stout to feel like I've accomplished something.

LucienDeRubempre, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of cstorm
4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served out of a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pilsner glass.

I was excited to try this new brew and happly took advantage of Total Wine's singles section to try one.

Just wow. Great beer.

A - golden to a light amber. Rocky thick head that sticks around for the party.

S - Beautiful hop aroma. Spicy, floral, perfect.

T - Hops dominate but are really balanced by a ever-present malt backbone. Cracker hints in the malt. Definitely balanced, and better balanced IMO than Victory's Prima Pils.

M - Smooth mouthfeel, with a certain "thickness". Not syrupy at all;, but has body.

D - All day long. Great beer. I will definitely invest in a case of this beer now that I have had the chance to sample it.

Good job Boston Beer Co. and Jim Koch. This Pils is for real.

cstorm, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of jt31914
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Not much head, surprisingly small for a pilsner. Yellow pale color typical of the style.

S: There is no scent. Except for maybe a little bit of pine/citrus.

T: Piney hops flavor, very nice; a lot fuller of a beer than most Sam Adam's beers. Perhaps that is because I'm not normally a big fan of the style - I find it too watery. This however, is very nice and flavorful.

M/D: Bubbly, but not overdone; obviously very drinkable due to the style .

jt31914, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of MarioL66
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this side by side with Victory Prima Pils to start off the 2010 Superbowl.

Appearance - Appearance was a light golden color that had a cap of cake-like lacing on top. A little less lacing than Victory but a little deeper color. Lacing did stick around longer than Victory. Both beers are pretty.

Smell - Sweet and spicy here. Almost feels like a mix of hops and tropical fruit, perhaps mango?

Mouthfeel - The creaminess is swirled with the carbonation which seems to complement the hop bite nicely. Carbonation is more noticeable than Victory.

Taste - The hops dictate the taste but delicately so. Not as hoppy as an IPA but it feels about right, maybe even a tad hoppier than expected.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. The beer makes me want to pair this with spicy red sauce dishes.

Overall a nice beer. I can't deicide between this or the Victory. This goes a little to the hoppier side vs. Prima Pils so it depends on your mood.

MarioL66, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of Musky
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Being a hophead I was greatly surprised by the hop kick in this pilsner. It has inspired me to homebrew a hoppy pilsner of my own. The aroma of hops is strong, but not overpowering. A nice hop bitterness finishes off the beer. Refreshing citrus notes are strong with this crisp, clean beer.

Pours with a dense head of bubbles that is very low on the SRM scale, a very light yellow color. Bubbles disappearing slowly as I sip this gem of a beer.

If you like hoppy, crisp and clean beer then you will like this one with a citrus kick.

Musky, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of far333
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pilsner glass

Pale amber straw yellow with a bright white head of frothy foam that rises up an inch high and lingers long, with streams of tiny bubbles swarming toward the surface.

Low aroma of pale malt, some citrus and floral hoppiness. Flavors of bready malt, some yeastiness, floral notes, followed by citrus hops and orange peel bitters. Morphs to pine, becomes a bit spicy in the finish, tending a bit toward harsh, a bit husky. Even mouthfeel, pretty tingly and gassy, dry and crisp, a bit tannic, tending almost toward harsh. Decent drinkability, expected more hops and smoothness.

far333, Feb 07, 2010
Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,272 ratings.