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

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Ratings: 3,393
Reviews: 1,465
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 95
Gots: 252 | 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 jkrich
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of nukem5
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Wonderful golden color, nice foamy head which disipates very quick to leave a fine lacing on the glass. Nice bubbles rise from the bottom to give the nose a steady treat.

S: Light fruitiness, and floral scent give a brightness to drinking.

T: 5 hops rush to the front of this seasonal brew and then you get another rush of fruitiness on the back end nice balance

M: Light to Mid bodied with carbonation tickling the tongue on the way down

D: Definitly could drink a few and would be fantastic on a warm spring day to qwench thirst.

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

Single bottle poured into a tulip. Best by May 2010 date.

Appearance: While there was very little head upon pouring and what did form wasn't very persistent, the beer has a wonderfully deep gold color. It's just a shade darker than your typically pilsner, and it works wonders when held up to the light. I would have rated it higher if the head had stuck around. What little foam does exist at the edges though does tend to lace nicely as I drank it down.

Smell: Very faint apple-like smell but not much else. If I swirl it I start to get some floral hop smells, but they're fleeting.

Taste: Hoppy, but not overpowering (snappy?). A hint of the skunky hop pilsner towards the end, but balanced nicely with a mild malty finish. Very well balanced over all and quite refreshing. Went wonderfully with Kedgeree for dinner.

Mouthfeel: Spicy carbonation on the tongue, with some lingering on the palate (a little sticky, a little chewy) sticking to the teeth and mouth. The sensation lingers for a good minute before it goes away.

Drinkability: I used to have Bitburger Pils as my standard, but this is really quite good. Went well with a meal and I wish I had another to try out. It does exactly what a plisner should do - leave your palate refreshed after the meal.

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

Pours a bright and clear gold color with a faint white head, nice lacing left on the glass.

Aromas are grassy, herbal, floral, with some light citrus as well.

Taste is doughy and semi sweet. Nice creamy character from the malts. Finish is quite crisp, a little dry, and with nice hop flavors, some floral notes, minerals, and citrus.

Mouthfeel is good. Full and nicely carbonated. Has a nice little "zing" to it.

Drinkability is good. Nice solid enjoyable and sessionable pilsener.

Photo of skinny0ne
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sam's Spring 2010 brew puts all 6 noble hops into one brew. One or six, all I care is if it tastes good. It's got a huge head and plenty of lacing. The color is gold with a hint of amber. The aroma is faint and clean with a bit of malt. Perfect for a pils. Upfront is definitely lemon. Under that is a bit of honey. Also get some grassy and bready notes, but they are muted. And towards the back the hops come in nicely. The hops definitely have a bit of a roasted flavor to them. Through the first beer, it's a very very good pils. But after my second, the flavors really mash together and it more and more tastes like a generic pils telling me the finish isn't as crisp as it should be.

Overall, an excellent brew. Just switch to something cheaper if you're planning on drinking more than 2-3.

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

Appearance: Straw colored ale, very clear & bright. Thick foamy white head lasting awhile leaving plenty of lace.

Aroma: Malt is grainy, not sweet. Hops are moderate, slightly pungent indicating some bitterness pressent followed by a mild floral aroma.

Flavor: Malt flavor is a clean grain flavor that is not sweet. Has a mild hop bitterness followed by a well rounded hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: A thin drinking beer. Not too heavy & no light beer. The balance is perfect. The maltiness is a simple grain flavor with the right balance of hops of bitterness & flavor to do the job right. This beer is moderately carbonated for a smooth drink.

Overall: I am very happy with this beer. It is a smooth easy drinking session beer that has good malt character balanced by good hop character. If I brewed a pilsener like this I be very happy.

Photo of hawks10
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to michdmb for this one (stolen from the fridge), 12oz. bottle poured into my Half Acre pint glass...

Pours a very clear golden color, thought I had accidentally picked up some Motts apple juice, thin layer of light white head which dissipated almost immediately, no lacing to speak of...

Clean smelling, slightly earthy with a hint of citrus/lemon...pretty subdued to say the least...

Maybe its my amateur-ish palette but I couldn't distinguish the taste of this beer from any other macro-green bottled import...slight hop bite, grassy with a little bit of lemon...

Clean, crisp and spritzy on the tongue, refreshing but pretty boring...could definitely drink these after hockey or maybe tailgating in the 90 degree heat but other than that this is definitely something I will not seek out...

Rather disappointed with this one given the hype and good things I have been hearing...

Photo of ajmoody76
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

well- saw the commercial a few times. they talked me into it! picked up a twelve pack from the grocery store. twelve ounce bottle pours clear and golden. thin white head. good lacing.

earthy hoppy aroma. a little bit of malt coming through. smells great. no off odors.

crisp clean taste. sweet with an even better hop flavor. earthy and herbal with a bitter citrus aftertaste. seems balanced for style.

mid body beer. good carbonation. i like this beer. another good beer from mr. koch.

Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Noble Pils is bland, pale, and average.

It poured straw yellow, with a short bubbly white head. It left one thin ring of lace on an otherwise clear glass. The smell and taste were nondescript malty sweet. The The feel was bubbly and fleeting. It was refreshing and would work well after a workout or after working on a hot summer day. In that respect, Noble Pils is better than water, but nothing about it stands out.

Photo of Suds
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a completely clear, golden color, with a modest white head. It's a fine looking brew, with a great German hop aroma. Herbal, spicy, and soft, it's not like an IPA. There's some subtle pale malt and pilsener malt in the background. Hops are centric in this beer. The taste is clean and relatively dry, with a great bitterness....herbal and slightly musty hop flavors. There is more malt in the flavor than in the smell. Very clean. Medium in body, this is a very enjoyable and drinkable beer. The finish is bitter, with a long lingering hop flavor. Good stuff.

Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into SABL glass.

A. 2 finer head. Head retention was decent. Left some lacing. Color is a rich golden.

S. Smell is lemony citrus hops. Some yeast. A little sweet malt smell. Pretty clean and refreshing smell.

T. Pale malt and citrusy hops. Bready biscuity malt flavor. Lemon. Earthy and floral are a good description.

M. Light bodied and good carbonation. Pretty dry finish.

D. Drinkable. A clean crisp refreshing beer. One of the better SA beers.

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

Noble Pils had received such good reviews here and from good friends, that I caved and got the Brewmaster's 12-pack--the only way I could obtain it in Central IL. Noble Pils presents a light straw-golden body with a thick finger of bone white froth. The head recedes quickly, leaving decent lacing. Bitter hops nose from the 5 Nobles advertised, with a modest lemon smell and a hint of grapefruit.

The flavor is thankfully a bit more robust than the smell. Lemon is a primary flavor, with hints of corn malt. Overall, the flavor is moderate with a nice bitter finish. I'd prefer Noble Pils to be bolder in both the hops and the scant malt flavor. It's nice, and the bitter hops are welcome and a nice characteristic. Yet I expected NP to be stronger and, frankly, a bit more complex.

Overall, this is a nice addition to the Sam Adams lineup, and I welcome its addition to the spring roster over others such as Coastal Wheat. Tailoring this to incorporate more camarel malt to complement the fine Noble hops would probably accentuate rather than tamp down the Noble hops, while making the taste fuller and richer. Regardless, good work, and one I'll return to again.

Photo of harvester
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this in to a nice ice cold SN ESB pint glass

A- Very clean with a nice golden color to it lots of bubbles bounceing around in there a nice thick head leaving laceing all the way down the glass

S- I get a nice hint of citrus backed by a bit of hops and a nice light earthy smell very nice

T- Every thing that comes through on the smell comes through on the taste, I get a well balance of all the hops and the malts not to sweet and not bitter at all I really love how the citrus chimes in as well. This has a great crisp smooth taste

M- Clean-crisp and most of all FROTHEY MUMMM

D- I would say this is a great session beer I could put these back all day/night, RIP SN ESB I know what I will be seeking out next year around this time. Well done Sam Adams thanks for giving us a great go to spring beer

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has been a while since I have tried a good pilsner. This one was very good and could serve as the perfect session beer for a long night.

A- Light yellow golden color. Nice white foamy head. Lacing all over my glass.

S- Fresh herbs. Lime and lemon. Medicinally and earthy.

T- Grassy hops. Citrusy yet not too sweet. Lemongrass and fresh hops. Excellent quality and fresh ingredients.

M- Light and refreshing. Smooth going down. Carbonation was up but appropriate for the beer.

D- Easy drinking pils. Great stuff from SA.

Photo of rootbeerman
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into duvel tulip.

A: pours golden, with a finger and a half head, i was kind of expecting a larger frothier head like other pliseners do.
S: like fresh cut hay/grass with a malt sweetness hidden
T: grassy and earthy hops with a ever so slight citrus hint, light roast malt. a strong grass aftertaste
M: slick, not as crisp as i was thinking i would be but not bad. carbonation seems mild to medium
D: rather easy actually. just be ready for grassy flavors and aftertastes

Photo of BDJake
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear, golden, lively bubbles with clingy white head

S- lively blend of mild hops, spice & citrus with thick malty notes

T- spicy hops up front, with hints of clove and orange, well balanced

M- crisp, clean, with enough of an aftertaste to leave you satisfied

D- excellent grilling/lawnmower beer, easily the second best pils i've ever had

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

Pours a clear light golden color with a nice creamy white head. Decent retention but doesn't leave a lot of lacing. I was expecting it to have a little more substance but it looks surprisingly light.

As soon as the cap is cracked off, it gives off citrus and floral hop notes, much like a hoppy pale ale or maybe even an IPA. As it warms, the hop character is taken over by the dry and lightly toasted malt character. I swear, it gives off a coffee like aroma at around room temperature.

Taste starts out with a nice balance between hops and malts, but as it warms the malts begin to become more dominant. Again, the coffee like dry toasted character comes out towards the end.

Mouthfeel is lighter than I expected. Smooth and easy drinking, definitely a good sessionable brew.

Overall, a decent Pilsner. I was expecting just a little bit more out of it, and it fell just short of my expectations. I think this might be a good cross-over beer for people interested in craft beer but scared away by bolder flavors.

Photo of hwwty4
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. This beer pours a crisp, golden hay that's so clear; when I hold it close to the computer monitor I can actually read the page behind it. The head a good 3inches and creamy white leaves behind pretty good lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma is light pilsner malt relaying a sweet bready aroma, just a slight caramel and then a lemony brightness from the noble hops. Also at the very tail is a metallic aroma, almost medicinal as in smelling a bottle of aspirin. The taste is very similar. There is not much room to hide anything. A sweet bready pilsner malt works up the entirety of the profile. Just a hint of toffee. Lemon rind and a bit of spices from the hops. Here's the kicker. There is a massive medicinal flavor at the very end of the flavor profile. It reminds me of when you leave an aspirin tablet sitting on your tongue a little to long. The mouthfeel is a bit creamy for the style and it also lacks the stereotypical dryness that comes with so many of its German counterparts. I want to like this beer. I mean really want to like it but I'm just not that impressed with it.

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

12oz bottle, pilsener glass, drink by May notched on the label.

Pours sparkling golden yellow with a fluffy white head of an inch or so. Retains a good cap with a thick ring of white lace initially. Looks like a solid pilsener as far as I'm concerned.

I smell a slightly lemon rind citrus, cheerios, and light grain. Also a bit of fresh green grass.

Cheerio like grain, very dry. The citrus and flat spicy hops fill out the middle. Herbal hop bitterness concludes in the rear of the mouth. Overall this is a very flavorful beer for the style. Flavors are active, making this more than the standard multiple round beer.

Mouthfeel seems good for the style and not over-carbonated. There might even be a smidge more carbonation.

Photo of stingrayvr6
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, very yellow and wheat colored, frothy white head. Smell was bitter and citrusy. Taste was similar, some bready notes up front going to pleasantly bitter and hoppy finish. Dry and drinkable, plenty of taste compared to many pilsners. Overall great beer. Definitely will keep these around.

Photo of smcolw
4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Starts with a single finger head, but it lasts. Moderate lace on the glass. Crystal clear with a light gold color.

This may be the best smelling Pilsener I've ever experienced. Lovely complex, floral hop aroma. Pleasant light grained malt in the background.

The flavor is harsher than I expected based on the smell. The hop has a greater bite, creating a more bitter pils. The malt is soft and light. The body is as expected--light and crisp without being watery. Overall, a superior beer.

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

Pours a deep gold with a huge foamy white head. Head falls slow. Nice sticky lace.

Nice citrus nose with hops present. Bit of malt in the background.

Nice mild hop taste that is floral and tangy. Citrus flavors. Ends with a slight bitter aftertaste.

Medium bodied in the mouth and a bit of a bite.

Not bad. Much enjoyed and I will have again.

Photo of ocbears
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 bottle.

A: Clear golden brew with a small head (not quite one finger). Head dissapates quickly leaving thin lacing.

S: Grassy hops with some grains. I also get a very faint metallic note.

T: Floral hops hit you up front but the grains come through in the swallow. This doesn't seem like much, but it works quite well.

M: Fairly mild carbonation with a thin, slightly watery mouthfeel.

D: Quite high. This beer finishes pretty dry and the lighter body allows for easy consumption.

Final notes: This is one of those beers I think that is greater than the sum of its parts. It's not perfect but it's a great go to beer to have around and I could see how it could turn BMC drinkers towards craft beer. One of the better SA offerings in my opinion.

Photo of nrpellegrini
1/5  rDev -73.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Are you serious? A-? This is a joke...

Appearance - thin yellow water with a flimsy carbonated head that disappeared as fast as you can say 'Bobs your uncle!"

Smell - stale corona, or urine.. depending on the weather

Taste - Miller lite, but id rather have that for the pice

Mouthfeel - just plain horrible, theres nothing there

Drinkability - It was awful just like the rating I gave this beer, it was like carbonated water.. but its my fault because I didn't use that awesome glass in the commercial with the laser doop de doo line in the bottom that brings out all the secret hidden flavors in this bad beer.

Photo of woodychandler
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

If it comes from Boston, it must be identified as "Pilsnahhh". Hey, as a Yinzer, I love dialect and I love beer, so it all washes out (I hope).

I became a fan of the Lager styles a couple/few years back at one of the BA Fests and I really like Pilseners, especially Czech Pils with Saaz hops, but German Pils will also work. I just wish more of them were accessible in CANs - no possibility of light struck hops oils. Sigh.

I accomplished a brief finger of bone-white head before it disappeared like Dracula in the face of this morning's sunrise. Color was a beautiful sunshine/lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity and evidencing an endless parade of CO2 bubbles. Greg Koch can disrespect "fizzy yellow beers" all he wants, but this is one to consider. Nose was at once grassy and slightly spicy and my mouth began to water at the prospect. Mouthfeel was full, thanks to the preponderance of CO2 bubbles and the taste was phenomenal. I really caught the Saaz hops on the tongue despite them not being as forward as in the Czech version. Actually, there were a lot of flavors on the tongue, including blueberry, an earthy grassy taste, and a light saltiness. Finish was dry, crisp, and clean and the effervescence really left my palate scrubbed.

I am having trouble believing that this and another were just sitting as singles at my local bottle shop yesterday afternoon. What a find!

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