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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

3,381 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 3,381
Reviews: 1,462
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 92
Gots: 222 | 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:
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 harvester
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
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
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
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
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
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
4.78/5  rDev +27.1%
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!

Photo of rajendra82
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden yellow colored body was clear, and the head was a bit small at one finger thick. The smell was loaded with hops and was closer to an APA than a Pils. The taste however did not deliver all that hoppy goodness. The body was crisp and clean, with a tangy bitterness, but not much spicy noble hop character. The body was light and refreshing, and the aftertaste was a lingering bitterness. Very quaffable, as a Pils should be, but lacks the special touch to put it into an upper echelon.

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.

Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,381 ratings.