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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

3,367 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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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 paco1029384756
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a solid finger and a half of fluffy white head.

Scent of noble hops, earth, light citrus, and wheat. The hop character is more pronounced that I expected, very refreshing.

Taste of bitter earthy hops, citrus and wheat. This is one of the best releases from Sam Adams in some time, one I will surely be drinking again.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a smooth biting carbonation.

Photo of FacistCannonBall
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really nice American interpretation of the pilsner style. Not sure it tastes exactly like the Czech or German pilsners that I've had but really that doesn't matter. This beer is floral on the nose with its use of the five different noble hops. The taste is fresh, bright, pleasantly bitter on the aftertaste, and really enjoyable. I've had this both from a bottle and more recently on tap. The draft version is slightly better, but in all the beer is very good.
It's significantly different than the Boston Lager, but no less enjoyable.

Photo of tr4nc3d
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12fl oz bottle poured into my Pilsener glass

Pours a golden color with a fluffy one and a half inch head. The head is white with great head retention. As the head subsides there is no lacing. Great amount of tiny bubbles rise to the top of the beer.

Smell consist of grains, wheat, cracker like malts, grass and overall very earthy like characters.

Taste s slightly sweet with some grains, wheat, cracker like malts.

Mouthfeel is thin with high carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing.

Pretty good beer that I would consider session able.

Photo of alleykatking
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap. Review from notes...

A- Pours a clear sem-bright golden yellow color. Came to me with a one finger light off-white head. Lacing streaks on the sides of the glass. Nothing to big but still nice to look at.

S- This is mostly earthy hops in the aroma. Some light grassy notes along with some grain in there. Light citrus note I think or maybe it could be spices?

T- Light grassy hops in the front have a good start with this beer. Malts come through more biscuty in the middle and almost become the beer but light lemony hops come in the back and stop this from happening.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation was good with the style. Beer was very crisp in the mouth and also clean..very clean. Light malts left on the palate along with some hops in the aftertaste.

D- This is a wonderful drinking beer. It's light and refreshing without losing flavors on it. I will be drinking this again and would recommend to most people who have never tried a well made craft beer.

Photo of uwmgdman
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours brilliantly clear light golden color with a fluffy whit head. The aroma is a traditional Pils--grainy malt, spicy/floral hops and a bit of lager yeast. The flavor is moderately hoppy--slight amount of grass, bready/grainy malt flavors followed by a palate cleansing moderate hop bitterness that lingers just a bit. The carbonation is medium, as is the body. Overall a very well made Pils on the hoppier side of the style--worth a try.

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have drank this quite frequently since Sam Adams first released it, so I figured it was time to give it a written review.

A: Pouring a 12 ounce bottle with a clearly marked freshness date of before June revealed a brilliant light to medium golden body. Nice amount of head, and lacing to match.

S: Very complex aroma of piney, grassy, floral, and citrus notes nicely blended with some wheat, honey, and cracker notes from the malt. Clean, with no detectable esters.

T&M: Starts off with just a touch of bread sweetness that is quickly met by a wide array of hop flavors and bitterness. These notes range from slightly sweet but mainly grassy, piney, floral, along with citrus and a touch of mint that leads into a dry finish. All of this hop character is superbly balanced by a smooth bread, grainy,and honey like malt flavor. Mouthfeel is medium, with good level of carbonation to accompany the hops.

D & Notes: If you love noble hops and want to make a session out of it, I think you could arguably form a religion around this brew. That said, this is a very drinkable beer even if you aren't a hop head, as the malt keeps everything in check and the ABV is a modest 5.2% by volume. The light malt character contributes to the thirst quenching factor, and makes this a great one to have several in a session.

This is one of the best beers from the BBC in a very long time. I always thought that for all the great beer they brew, they were missing a good pale lager, and they really nailed it with this beer. They have recently released some brews that are somewhat pedestrian (fruity), as they seem to want to appeal to wider audience. That said, Mr. Koch does a good job of remembering what his roots are, and I glad to see them continue to brew traditional styles of beer such as this Noble Pils. Now, if only this were a year round offering, I would be set.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a tight white head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smells of sweet malts and a touch of citrus zing.

Tastes of sweet and light malts that give a soft base for a nice touch of hops. Everything is kept light and delicious. The hops have a lemon characteristic and add a nice bitter counterpoint to the malts.

Mouthfeel is light medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

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

Had 2/7 at TGI Fridays in Parsipany, NJ

A: This beer pours a nice clear golden yellow color. A one finger of off white head that recedes relatively quickly. Nice wispy lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is a nice light grassy hops, grains, and a touch of spice.

T: Taste is outstanding. Starts off with a nice grassy hop note, hint of pine in here, light but well presented. Grains fill out the middle with the slightest bit of malt and biscuit. Finish has some spice, continuing grain, and bit of floral hop.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation, crisp and clean.

D: This has to be one of the best pilsners that I've had. Goes down easily, great representation of the style. I could enjoy a number of pints of this beer.

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

i havent had all that many pilsners. For some reason ive tended to steer clear of the style (maybe its because all the american macros call themselves pilsners, but who knows.) But after this one, I might give more of them a shot. This beer is aPours awesome. Pours a clear yellow with a great white head. smells hoppy, very citrusy, like a perfect beer for a hot day. tastes like it smells, but ven a bit better. The mouthfeel was a bit light, although that might might make it better for a hot day.

Beer is awesome, although I will say it seems a bit odd to release it in February. I think if I drank it in april the mouthfeel rating would be upped a bit, but its a bit light for a 30 degree day.

Photo of Duff27
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Clear golden color. Thin whitey head. Some lacing.

S- Aroma smells amazing. Very floral!... with a little spice it seems. Five hops making their presence known.

T- Same hoppy floral taste as the smell. Small bitter bite at the end of the sip but not too bad. Crisp.

M- Medium mouthfeel for the style.

D/O- Very refreshing...says "Seasonal Brew" on the label and then mentions spring but may be best to have a few in the summertime. Sam Adams had a contest between this and a pale ale (?) to see what would be the next beer they mass produced. I voted for this one at the Great Lakes BrewFest in Racine, WI back in September...glad this won...have bought a couple 6'ers of it since it's became available in my area. Would recommend to pilsner fans as an alternate to the well established, widely available pils...Pilsner Urquell etc.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass. Best by May 2010 notched on side of label. Was a clear pale gold color with tons of carb streams. It had a very large fluffy white head that settled into a constant 1/8" foam cap. Great sticky lace.

The aroma was good but light. Loads of noble hops up-front with good pilsener malt backing. Nice, clean aroma just needed to be a little stronger for me. The taste was also very good. Moderate bitter hops are the star with good malt balance. Starts off a little sweet then the hops come in and it finishes slightly bitter. Not a flavor bomb but it goes down easy and refreshing. Good session beer. Mouthfeel is medium with crisp carbonation and pleasing after-taste.

Overall, an excellent pilsener that overcomes the flavor and aroma shortcomings that are too present in most of the others I've had. This one is done right. High recommend. Rotation - seasonal available here in TX. Worthy of a 6xer maybe 2 during the season. Also would be a good best choice option on tap.

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

The beer pours a sparkling, crystal clear golden yellow. The pour creates a solid puffy white head that quickly settles into a persistent cap, with a little lacing. Very pretty.

The nose is grassy, slightly earthy hops. Somewhat spicy. A bit of bready malt in there, too. The taste closely follows the smell, though it's a shade weaker in all respects. Very grassy, hoppy and delicious. The spiciness is light but very crisp, and compliments the hop profile perfectly. Nothing too fancy here, but it's all delicious.

The mouthfeel is active, crisp and refreshing. Again, the light spiciness compliments the pinprick carbonation. I'd say the body's a shade on the heavy side for the style. Overall, this is probably my favorite Sam Adams, eclipsing the honey porter. It's right up there with Prima Pils as far as pilsners from this side of the pond go.

Photo of JohnL9013
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a much beefier and more gratifying pilsner than most.

A: Impressive head with moderate lacing, which I did not expect.

S: The smell is really quite good. The hops are all over the nose...this is one stop short of an IPA in this department, in fact, I would say I prefer the nose to the Harpoon IPA, for example, by a longshot.

T: Underwhelming taste...it's obvious that Sam Adams used most of the hops too generate smell rather than flavor. Pilsners are, by definition very light beers, so I suppose that as far as pilsners go, this is far above average, but I still think the taste could use more work...there's just a tiny bit of a cheap funk in here that needs to be gone, then I would rate it far better. This is the quintessential example of what is, very precisely, a "mediocre" beer.

M: Too carbonated. I realize this is meant to appeal to the masses, but I really wish there was less carbonation in this brew.

D: Let me tell you...this stuff absolutely disappears upon hitting your stomach, likely due to the fact that it's mostly water...but, very drinkable.

Sam's did a decent job with this but there's room for improvement. Getting rid of that slight "skunkiness" others have mentioned would instantly make this brew twice as good, in my opinion.

Photo of Pahn
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at a chain casual dining restaurant, poured into a cheater pint.

Appearance: Half inch, thick, foamy white head that lasts a long time and leaves big streaks of lacing. Color is a translucent dull golden honey color.

Smell: Very little aroma. Some faint--possibly grassy or piny--hops, some faint malt, and a third (equally faint) somewhat unpleasant BMCish skunk smell.

Taste: Big and warm, bready malt is the dominant flavor. Up front there's a strong but very short-lasting hop hit without much character. Throughout, the beer has a pleasantly mild sweetness underpinning the airy, earthy malt. The big malt flavor lasts long after each sip. Pretty refreshing beer. There's a hint of skunky, sickly bitter taste like in a Stella Artois, but it's not dominant at all. It's also the only bad thing about the flavor. As the beer warms, some creamy and almost caramely notes start to emerge, which is interesting.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. A lot fuller-bodied than it looks or than I expected from the style. It's actually very good; deliciously creamy but still watery enough to be refreshing and easy drinking. Carbonation is heavy, but it works well with that aggressive, breezy breadiness, and with the fuller body. Mouthfeel is perhaps the best aspect of this beer.

Drinkability: Very good. The alcohol is predictably undetectable, and the beer delivers a lot of good, classic beer flavors (that big malt, and even the subdued hops). It doesn't quite have the complexity to bring me back to it that often, but obviously the style doesn't really demand it.

I would love it if Noble Pils became a staple on the taps of less craft-oriented bars and restaurants though, because it's good enough to have a place in the kind of bars and stores that BAs prefer to frequent. To engage in some BA forum comparison nonsense, it's a bit weaker in the nose than Prima Pils and not quite as balanced, but in all I think I prefer the taste of Noble Pils. Sam Adams would be smart to make this a staple, year-round offering.

Photo of youngleo
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured to a big 2 fingered head with lots of big bubbles. Brew itself was a very clear golden color. Had some lacing. Smelled I thought on the light side. Just of some hops and had a slightly sweet smell. And mild notes of citrus. Tasted of bitter hops and had a slight citrus taste. Also had a slight better aftertaste. Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation was right. This would make a good session beer. Alcohol is not that high. So you could enjoy all night.

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

Poured from bottle into Stella Artois glass.

A - Poured clear golden yellow color with medium head that slowly dissipated leaving average lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly hops and earthen scents.

T - Hoppy just like smell with lingering bitterness and some wheat aftertaste.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Very drinkable and great session beer.

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is light golden in color and crystal clear. The head is initially about a finger of white foam but soon settles down to ta thin layer.

S: The nose has a nice spicy hop aroma with a slight citrus fruitiness to it and some sweet malts.

T: The hoppiness is not quite as pronounced in the flavor, but still a decent spicy quality to it. The malt comes through a bit more than on the nose providing a nice sweetness.

M: The body is dead smack in the middle of medium with a lively carbonation.

D: I'm not generally the biggest lager fan. But, I found this to be a decent, but not amazing, effort, which is what you expect from Sam Adams.

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

Serving Type: 12 o.z. bottle

A - 4 EBC, light golden/amber/yellow. Standard pils fare.

S - Almost nothing really but faint malt and some acid. Almost standard pils. Some grassy hop notes. I noticed, though, after my second bottle I was able to discern more sweet malt notes and some citrus hop aroma.

T- Hops. Hops. Hops. I hate pilsener, I'm an ale guy. I almost went in to drinking this as an IPA but realized I had diff criterion to judge on since it IS a pils... But I am not disappointed. There IS a strong bitter hop bite to start and fresh hop grassiness, mellowing to soft hop bitter oils and citrus notes, SLIGHT SLIGHT sweet malt less so than some DRY IPAs, cracker notes. Good crisp pilsener taste. IPA lovers (like myself) Would probably be able to session this one when IPAs aren't available. All around Clean, crisp, refreshing, hops and light malts. That's all I can say.

M - Smooth, light, clean but with a certain body brought by the malt but also the "feel" hops give to a beer. Crisp, HIGHLY carbonated and clean, great cold.

D - Are you kidding? I'd drink this if it didn't have alcohol. This has replaced some IPAs I normally drink. This is the real deal. A hopped up, crisp, clean pilsener. This might be the first thing Samuel Adams has done right since the original Boston Lager. Adventurous pils fans and hopheaded IPA lovers alike could come together with this brew. It's the "Brew that broke the 'Berlin' wall" Between light, underdeveloped pils and heavy hopped ales. For the price, I can pick up a nicer IPA but for the style, it's something every beer lover should try. I'll drink this every now and again. I'd recommend to anyone who loves beer.

Addendum: I drank from 12 o.z. bottle. I also tasted from bottle poured into pils glass. I DO NOT recommend this with this specific beer. It releases so much carbonation and flavour from the hops. It leaves it flat and metallic tasting. Not very good from a glass. If you buy in bottle, leave it be.

Also note that this review comes not from the first bottle but the subsequent bottles (2nd/3rd.). I've found after your palate adjusts to a specific beer/wine/cheese you really get a more true flavour profile I guess? The first bottle was mediocre but once my palate was prepared for it, I was really able to taste the next bottle.

Reviewed on 2/7/2010-2/10/2010. purchased NEW from K-mart.

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

Poured into a pilsner glass it produces a 1 inch head that leaves nice lacing. The appearance is golden and clear. The aroma is of muted floral and spicy hops, not as pronounced as I'd hoped, but nice. The flavor is nicely bitter with hops. The feel is light to medium bodied and the finish is perfectly clean.

The is a really good pils, refreshing and enjoyable.

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

Was a fan of the White Ale so let's see if this one can hold the Spring throne.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA Perfect Pint:

Appearance: This one pours a clean, beautiful light gold in color. Perfect size head emerges here and leaves a beautiful head with nice wisps of lacing. Tons of bubbles streaming up the glass.

Smell: Lots of refreshing German maltiness up front, very crisp in the nose. A boquet of citrus really emits nicely here. Hops are small and subdued yet really give off a great aroma here.

Taste: Light fruit flavors up front give way to a perfectly aligned toasted malt backdrop. Traditional German pilsner qualities stemming from the hops here, excellent balance all around. A small grapefruit bite comes about in the finish and really sets the overall tone for this beer.

Mouthfeel: Light in body, crisp and clean, this one rolls around the tongue nicely. Good carbonation and a small amount of bitterness.

Drinkability: What an excellent replacement for their White Ale. An excellent, well balanced pilsner that might just be SA's best new beer in the past couple of years. Very solid and so easy to drink! I can't wait to have a few of these on a nice spring day!

Photo of drpimento
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow, really good beer! And a German pils too boot too. Poured with an average fine foamy white head that mostly settled down and a little lace. Aroma is very floral, perfumey, citrus, hoppy, and a little malty and grainy. Flavor's different - bitterness is much more prominant. Body is a touch softer than for a perfect pils; good carbonation. Great clean refreshing finish. Session beer for sure!

Photo of sbe1
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A tasty German Pilsner.

Serving note: Bottle with a June 2010 expiration date.

Appearance: Clear brassy gold color with a fizzy white head that dissipates rather quickly, but still a good looking beer.

Smell: Grassy and hoppy with a hint of malt underneath.

Taste: Sharp hop bite at the begining followed by florals with some underlying malt sweetness and a light hint of citrus and pepper. Clean somewhat dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean and refreshing, light bodied with a nice level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent, makes a very nice hoppy session beer.

Photo of allthatAles
4.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pour: Golden Honey Yellow, Eggshell white head, head is well structured and doesn't dissipate for sometime superb champagne like bubble,

Nose: Frontal floral, hints of both hops and nearly orange peel and grains of paradise. I can get over the hop aroma its delightful!
Mouth: the hop profile is exceptionally well rounded, a light lingering tartness like a good (I)PA. Little grapefruit, little orange, bubbles remain in 'pour' proportion well into the beer.

I terribly enjoyed this brew. There is no doubt that this beer should be a YEAR ROUND brew! it certainly made me do a double take on the Pils genre.

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

So glad this is replacing the Sam White Ale, which was one of my least fav SA beers. This is worlds above it.

A: Pours nice 1 finger bleached white head that slowly fades above the brilliantly clear wheat yellow color.

N: Lots of hoppy aromas, but maintains a lightness. Lots of noble hop aromas, low alpha. Crisp ale like qualities too. Some floral grassy hop aromas, little chewy hop aroma, and juicy as well.

T: Wow, a really nice floral and grassy hop taste, its really bold for being really light. Some light juicy hop flavors, some light crisp lager flavors and even wheat flavors.

M: Pretty light with decent carbonation.

F: A slightly spicy hop quality, a little bitterness, and it dries off well. Doesn't linger long and the finish doesn't last long either. It's like it was there, now it's gone. A little bitterness sticks around like a distant memory.

This beer is amazing for what it is. A light, crisp lager, with lots of light, low alpha noble hops with a great hop flavor and aroma.

Photo of Reswald
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a classic pilsner glass, the beer is a pretty deep golden color, with a white head of dense foam. The aroma is appealing, with slight citrus and plenty of clean hop notes. The taste is a bit more complex than that of your typical pils, with each of the five noble hop varieties used (Hallertau, Tettnanger, Spalt, Saaz, & Hersbrucker) making their presence known. Crisp and clean on the palate, with plenty of carbonation. Very refreshing, just like a good pilsner should be. Not sure why this is their January to March seasonal; I'd think a brew like this would be more appropriate to warmer weather. Despite that, it's an excellent beer; if you're a fan of pilsners (and who isn't?), you should give it a try.

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