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

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3,367 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,367
Reviews: 1,460
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 87
Gots: 191 | 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 thedrewski86
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
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
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
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
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of semibaked
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of zackcg
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Arenbeer
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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


Photo of jwinship83
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Duxx
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of AmberMan22
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of number1bum
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a fluffy two inches of ivory head. Keeps only a thin lace but does leave some webbing on the sides. Retention is better in a fluted pilsener glass than a pint, as well.

Smell has a nice bouquet of grassy, spicy and subtly citrus hops. A hint of grain and some sweetness is here too. It's a nice nose although it could be a tad more bold.

Taste also showcases the noble hops nicely, with lots of grass, hay and even more citrus than the nose (it's a zesty lemony quality). Nice spiciness and a good blast of bitterness in the finish. Some sweetness has a honey-like quality to it and gives this a medium body.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite smooth. Not quite as crisp as some other pilsners but very drinkable and clean.

This is a nice pils from Sam Adams and I'd say it's nearly on par with the best Pennsylvania German pils (which are the best of the domestic versions, of course). The PA versions are all a small to a substantial (in the case of Prima) notch above, but this is tasty stuff indeed. Nice job BBC.

Photo of AnalogReigns
4.95/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a light gold with a light frothy head, leaving serious lace on the glass. Head is not quite as long lasting as German-beers-in-Germany, but close.

S: Smells of fresh lightly floral and citrus hops with no sulfer (as some pils do), but not overwhelming like an American IPA. About the best smelling pilsner I've encountered.

T: Taste immediately confronts you with hops...but moderate and light, very unlike IPAs. Then the solid light malt taste is apparent, with a light bread-like aftertaste, but with crisp light hops still apparent. Although not as sweet as a Czech pils, the crispness of the hops is extremely well balanced with the malt--which, IMHO is THE mark of a finely crafted beer. Easily goes down, and, as the original pils were of 150 years ago, will be extremely popular with all kinds of beer drinkers. Everyone from a serious hophead, to a Coors lite drinker should appreciate this beer...terrific for parties, or introducing beer-ignoramusi to quality truly German-in-Germany style pilsner. I have to say, after spending some time in Germany, I like this pils BETTER than your average German pils--as like I said, in some ways it is almost Czech. Probably a cross between Czech-style and German-style pils, with the weight on the crispness (=German).

M: Mouthfeel is spot-on for this style, that is not watery, but neither heavy or thick. This is an ideal beer after-or-during sweaty hard work---extremely refreshing.

D: A true session beer--which won't overwhelm the taste buds (like your typical hop-head beer will) but will be apprecieted by anyone with discriminating taste. This beer makes you understand why the 1st pilsners were called (even though that phrase has been adulterated...) "the champagne of beers."

Photo of ThaBobfather
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pure-perfect golden color that is well topped thin white head.
Smell is rich of flowers-aroma of earthy hops and yeast.
Taste is nothing if not very well blended-it is an undertaking to making a pilsener hoppy but not overy bitter-good bitter and sweet hops with some malt paring makes this solid.
Finish is very crisp-there is average after-taste of some hops.
Drinks great-very refreshing.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Big, white head with plenty of bubbles on top of a crystal clear yellow/golden colored body. Sheets of lacing uncommon to a pils

S- Lemon, grass, and biscuits in the form of clean, dry malt. Nice lager twang

T- The flavor is well rounded and smooth with a focus on the fresh, clean Noble hops.

M- Juicy and refreshing with a fizzy pinch

D- I've enjoyed drinking this beer all the time. Not just Spring seasonsss.

Photo of acelin
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yes, I love this beer. So incredible and such a great offering from Sam Adams.

Poured into a narrow pint glass from the bottle. Pours a dark yellow color reminiscent of Apple juice with a small head that leaves little lacing.

Smells of noble hops and some semblance of apple juice fruitiness.

The taste is made up of mostly a light, sweet bodied malt that again tastes somewhat like Apple juice - like carbonated apple cider even. The marks of perfect noble hops - all 4 - stand out in the tail end of the time this brew hints your tongue.

Mouthfeel is incredible, and this beer is more drinkable than water.

Photo of WOTO97
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: bright straw with nominal head and minimal lacing

S: robust citrus notes and slight spice presence

T: crisp and bright hop character with slight sweetness, lots of citrus with well-balanced malt backbone, spicy hops on the back of the palate and slight bready finish, lacks the traditional bite common in the style

M: extremely refreshing and light body; great for style

D: phenomenal pils, possibly my favorite effort from SA, very sessionable

Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Noble Pils is a very interesting beer. It pours like a very traditional pilsner. A slight citrus smell comes through. Taste is a little sweet and refreshing, aftertaste slightly bitter. The hops are definitely present. This is a fairly drinkable beer, especially for anyone who likes Sam Adams or a good pilsner. Sam Adams never seems to disappoint with their beers. Noble Pils continues this trend.

Photo of Reaper16
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle served into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Pours an appropriately translucent light amber. It has the body and clarity of any pilsner worth its salt. The head was only about one finger in size, very white in color and kind of craggy. By that I mean that it is bumpy; there are very large bubbles spread throughout a head that is mostly comprised of tiny, compact bubbles. Lacing notches well.

The hop bill of all Nobles makes for some nice, decidedly non-American aromas. The first thing that I get is green tea, and I get it strongly. Aromatic, herbal tea leaves. There is also a generous spritzing of lemon zest, maybe even some lime zest. The pilsner malt is there underneath it all but only serves as a canvas for the grassy, herbal smells. This is perhaps the most refreshing smelling pilsner I've had; it smells as if it will quench your thirst.

The taste follows the nose with the exception that the light, cracker tastes of the pilsner malt are much stronger on the tongue. You notice the malt flavors immediately, before they lend way to the flavors of lemon zest, green tea and honeysuckle. It is light and crisp, well-balanced for sure.

The mouthfeel is nice. It has a body that is perhaps a tiny bit thicker than I expected; there is a bit of chewiness to this pilsner (relative to the style). The carbonation level is pretty high; prickly and on point for the style. This being a crisp, flavorful, refreshing pilsner it is an imminently drinkable beer. I'll drink 4 of these very quickly without thinking much about it.

This is a very nice American-brewed European pilsner. It rivals Victory Prima Pils for a great, American craft-brewed pilsner.

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

I bought a six-pack of Noble Pils in a grocery store. Poured in to a pilsner glass.

Pours a bright yellow/gold color ans is clear. There is a frothy one-finger white head, and a storm of bubbles rising in the glass.

Smell is a light sweet perfume scent.

Taste is a bread flavor upfront followed by a sweet citrus flavor and a dry bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and clean, well carbonated and light, but with some body.

A very drinkable beer. Nice thirst quencher and it has a nice warm weather feel to it.

Photo of jkrich
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass: clear, golden with a fluffy, foamy sustained white head - one of the most attractive pilsner pours I have seen. There is thick lacing on the glass.

The weakest part of this beer: very, very faint aromas of malts and ozone.

It begins with a nice sharp, crisp hoppy taste and ends with a pleasant sweetness; slightly herbal and bready with a sweet cracker flavor. This is more of a czech style pilsner than the lighter color, hoppier german pilsner style.

Good amount of carbonation and light bodied with a refreshing, slick mouthfeel.

It is good to see more quality, domestic pilsners. While this is not my favorite pilsner, it is very good and true to a czech pilsner. I never understood why Samuel Adams discontinued its year round golden pilsner from the mid to late 1990s.

Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,367 ratings.