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

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Ratings: 3,299
Reviews: 1,456
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 84
Gots: 159 | 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 Hautacam
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

After reading the reviews, I had to have some of this. But, it is a big disappointment. The smell is great; really nice noble hops aroma, very fresh and noble for sure.
But taste wise; to quote Gertrude Stein in reference to California( no, I don't normally quote her...not that there's anything wrong with quoting her) "there's no 'THERE' there".
Surprizingly watery; way too little hop flavor compared with the tease from the aroma.
Mouthfeel was OK, but again ,kind of thin.
I'll probably give away the rest of the sixer.

Hautacam, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of argock
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass.

A: Clear golden with 1-finger nearly white, big-bubbled head with decent retention but no lacing.

S: Light grain, and the hops of the bottled version were nowhere to be found. I allowed some warming which helped a little but didn't make much difference.

T: A big disappointment when put up against the bottle too with a soft, pale malt sweetness with barely any of the roasted notes present in the bottled version. The hops are also muted and don't have nearly the character with only a bit of spice and not much sharpness.

M: Good medium-body with smooth creamy feel due to the active carbonation.

D: I'll go for the bottle again, but I will pass on the on-tap version in the future. I'm not sure if it is that beers in bars are frequently served too cold (maybe that was part of the muted taste in this brew), but this was a big disappointment as the bottled SA Noble Pils is one of my highest rated beers.

argock, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours with one finger of white head that rests on top of a perfectly clear, golden body. The foam settles slowly and leaves decent lace.

S - A nice, malty aroma of bread and honey with spicy hops.

T - Thick, bready malt up front with a hint of honey. Herbal hop appear in the middle and counter the rich malt nicely. Finishes with more thick pilsner malt and a strong dose of spicy hop bitterness that is almost soapy.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Very drinkable, this is a nice pilsner. The malt character is good, but the hops take center stage in this beer. The flavor of the hops gives the beer character through the middle and the biting bitterness makes for a crisp, refreshing finish. I rarely buy six packs if I can avoid it, but I am more than happy to have five more of these in my fridge. Its nice to see another real pilsner from an American brewery, heres hoping we keep seeing more.

nickfl, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of lbaker
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this new seasonal from the Boston crew so lets go...

(a)- A little bit lighter than what I expected but pretty typical of a large scale pil. Poured in a tall pilsner glass and left the pefect amount of head on the glass. Carbonation appears different...the air drifitng upwords is fairly large in size. Pretty decent and looks very delicious. (4/5)

(s)- First sniff sends sweet aromoas all over the senses. Smell alone makes me think this is going to be very sweet. For something made with all 5 noble hops it is not as floral as i expected...but once again, something about it just draws you in. (3.5/5)

(t)- Very sweet, not what I was expecting. Not nearly as bitter as aniticipated. Close resemblence to a fruit beer or a citrusy witbier. Something about it I just cant put my finger on...I guess that's the thing with using every hop, it makes it difficult to identify one single characteristic. Very solid. (4/5)

(m)-Very light on the palete. Kinda leaves me wanting more. Bouncy texture, sweetness up front and the bitterness doesnt kick in till it's headin down down down..nothing to write home about, but at the same time I really can't find anything wrong with it besides I wish it had more depth. (3.5/5)

(d)- Big + on the drinkability factor. Could very well handle these all night. Very light and citrusy, would make a great warm weather beer if needed. As a matter fact, it's time for another...hell, 5 anothers. (4.5/5)

Overall impression- Great seasonal from Sam. Hope they keep it in the future line up. I will start to look for this one like I do the SA Oktoberfest.

lbaker, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of tjsprague
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is bright and effervescent. Nice carbonation and a nice light golden color.

The smell is vibrant, hoppy and grassy.

The taste is not as hoppy as the smell would indicate. Flavor is light and just slightly bitter. A nice clean taste and good fresh hop flavor.

Very smooth and easy to drink, a nice spring time beer.

tjsprague, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of b0r3dguy
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best by May 2010 bottle.

Appearance: A nice pale yellow clear beer.

Aroma: Citrus, zingy, sweet malt, grassy hops.

Taste: Citrus-like and malty at the same time. You can definitely taste the hops after a couple sips, but not initially. Pretty light after taste, but overall pretty good!

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation with slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very high. Definitely one of the best Sam Adams has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

b0r3dguy, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of wvbelgique
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a German pilsner glass.
Color was light bright golden. Very clear. Moderate sized white head piled up and lingered. Very nice.

Aroma was pleasant citrusy spice hops with some green grassy background.

Taste was pils malt with undertone of citrus, moderate bitterness. Good structure and exceptional balance. No flaws.

Mouthfeel was perfect for a pils. Moderately light bodied. Good effervescence.

Overall this was an excellent German-style pils. So delicious on its own but also very food-friendly. Finished clean and dry. I can see German pils drinkers loving this. It should be a year-round selection. One of the more intriguing Sam Adams beers. This could be very popular in a category in which we need more good American entries.

wvbelgique, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of alkemy
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear light golden hue with a fluffy white head of about an inch or so. The head didn't have a lot of retention. It's nice having a pilsener that smells of some hops with orange peel, a touch of pine, and the slightest hint of mango. There's also a malty sweetness in the nose. I thought the taste was fantastic for this style. Definitely has grassy lemon notes as others have noted. The malty sweetness shows itself for a short time before being taken back over by a crisp and bitter finish that leaves a slight alfalfa sprout note. I wasn't really expecting anything special, but this is now one of my faves from the BBC. I'd like to see it in the summer as well.

alkemy, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of Brettster
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was served in a tall pilsner glass. A very nice gold color with a small white head that faded quickly. The Noble Pils had a nice hop nose and hints of roasted malt. A toasty flavor with a crisp hop finish. Very Crisp feel. Very drinkable and well hopped pilsner.

Brettster, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a very clear, light golden color with a fluffy, white head of bubbly foam. It left a couple thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of grassy hops and citrus notes. There were some mild pine notes, too.

T - It tasted grassy with sweet toasty caramel malt. Some bitter hop bite with a citrus kick. It tastes as hoppy as a good APA.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a great tasting pilsener. Really is one of the hoppiest I've ever had and almost tastes like an APA.

zeff80, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of samie85
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear golden color with white, two finger head.

S-Lemon citrus zest with spicy noble hops and bit of light grain.

T- Typical grain notes upfront with some bitterness. This is followed by some more grain notes and a distracting lemon lime dryness that lingers on your palate.

M-Light bodied with a tongue-tingling effervescence.

D-I think I understand why everyone likes this so much, but the citrus aftertaste is really not what I'm looking for in a pils.

samie85, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of sophisticated
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Golden straw colored/apple juice
1 finger foamy white head which left a ring of foam. Slow and steady carbonation bubbles to the surface.

S) Really nice smell - exactly as described. A hoppy pilsner. Apple, mild spce, citrus hops.

T) Yep - a nice hoppy pilsner! Sweet apple --> bitter hops.

MF) Very crisp, thin.

D) High. Refreshing and tasty.

I enjoyed this! Not too familiar with this style of pilsners, it was very nice.

sophisticated, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of nocheinsbitte
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had this from a 12-oz bottle, first time having the bier.

A: Pours a nice golden color that is crisp and clear with moderate carbonation. Min head that dissipates rather quickly, good lacing though.
S: A sweet smelling hoppy bier. Some bread, lemony...Very different from a typical pils, but a welcome change.
T: Follows the aroma very well. Pretty crisp in taste; a sweet hoppy flavor. Reminds me of a pilsner urquel with a hint of lemon.
M: Very pleasing and enjoyable.
D: Easy to drink.

Overall, I am not a huge Sam Adams fan, but this is one of the best they have produced that I have tasted. I will definitely try this one again. I recommend it for a different slant on the typical pils. Enjoy. Prosit.

nocheinsbitte, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of Finn
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Best by June 2010 bottle.

Appearance: A nice pale yellow and very clear beer. tiny bit of head retention.

Aroma: honey, biscuits, lemon, zingy, sweet malt, grassy hops.

Taste: Grassy, lemony hops balanced very well with sweet honey-like malts. It's fairly hop forward compared to your average american pils, but balance is still the key to this beer. delicious balance. Aftertaste sticks aorund nicely on the back of the tongue for a bit.

Mouthfeel: Bright carbonation with a medium, almost creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Way high. This is going to be a repeat purchase for me I can tell. It's not quite as ballsy a pils as, say, Prima, or Pikeland pills, but it is flavorful, unique, and incredibly pleasant and sessionable. Good job Sam Adams.

Finn, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a crystal clear pale golden color with a thick viscous white heading. Lacing is in full force.Very alive in the glass, bubbles floating upward everywhere.

Smell starts off with a slight soggy bread aroma,then a toasted grainiess takes over. A citrus blast kicks in a wraps thing's up.

Taste is amazing. Crisp light pilsner and toasted maltiness. Hops are hiding for a little bit and then WAM it comes in waves. First it starts off a little spicey, then a citrus blast,then a very bitter lingering hoppiness end's thing's.

Mouth is light bodied,crisp,and loaded with carbonation. Alive on the palate and finishes with a slight grainy linger.

This is an amazing beer. I am completely blown away by this. This is a beer that should be available year round and in every sampler pack. Simple Awesome.

TheFightfan1, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this chilled in a pils glass - sampled alongside a couple other pilsners

A - A very clear medium golden w/ tiny bubbles rising to a head that quickly drops but creates rings of lace - the bead is tiny

S - A lot of herbal and floral lemony and spicy noble hop aroma w/ a gentle grassy accent - very light malt in the nose

M- A little bitter w/ resinous texture and tangy hop acidity w/ mild sweetness and spice w/ moderate carbonation and mild spicy finish

T - The taste is a mix of mild sweet herbal hops and gentle toasted malt w/ light grassy lemony tinges. The flavor has a spiced slight astringent end note

D - A very drinkable pils -one of Sam Adams best and a good sessionable lager which is an easy drinker - a good example of the style

Slatetank, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of Cresant
4.88/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass (of course!). Best by June. The body was bright golden yellow. The head was bright white and settle to a ring and whispy cap, leaving a good amount of lacing down the glass.

Smell was earthy and lemony. Spicy, leafy, and lovely. Peppery Noble hops. Lots of aroma for a modest pils.

Taste is moderately malty and crisp spicy hops. Organic/leafy and tobacco-like. Fresh and yummy. Drying finish. I'd love this one year round. Not a big beer in any way but very solid and endlessly drinkable.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and coarse in texture. I will return to this one often.

Cresant, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of billybob
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a light golden color with a one finger head that settles quickly to just cover the beer and a light lace. hoppy nose with a slight bitter citrus note. strong hop malt bready taste. light to medium mouthfeel and a lively carbonation. not bad but i would rather have a german or chech pils anytine.

billybob, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of Traquairlover
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pilsner.

A = Bright gold, brilliant white one finger head, well carbonated with lots of small bubbles, leaves medium to heavy lacing.

S = Bright, sharp, fresh scents of noble hops, earthy notes combine well with some floral notes. Lacking is the yeast bite I expected.

T = Rich malty flavors accompanied by medium bitterness and good earthy hops notes, hints of hay. Very pleasant beer, lacks some of the complexity I associate with the style but makes up for it with a nice, simple freshness.

M = Light bodied, good lively carbonation of small bubbling, so although very active the experience is refreshing not burning.

D = Goes down easily. A very drinkable beer.

Traquairlover, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a small head. Smell is of hops, some notes of lemon. Taste like it smells, hops with a touch of lemon and malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fairly good brew.

tone77, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before May '10.

Served cold into a pint glass, it has a pale golden yellow color with crystal clarity. The white head has good longevity and leaves some lacing behind.

Aroma has a really nice fresh spicy hop smell with a little bit of lemony citrus.

Flavor is fresh and crisp with nice spicy German hops. Crisp citrus with lemon zest and grapefruit. The malts don't seem to add much to the beer - so light and mild that the hops are really able to shine.

Body is really light and the carbonation is about right for the style.

Overall it's enjoyable but not exceptional. For $2 more I would go for the Prima Pils.

GilGarp, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of Clydesdale
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear, bright golden color with some bubbles of carbonation rising to a tall, densely frothy white head that has nice retention. Lacing is also good.

S: A fresh dose of grainy pilsner malt up front is accompanied by a fruity and herbal hop character. Surprisingly bright and tart citric notes.

T: A crackery, grainy pilsner malt base provides some mild sweetness. A measured bite of hop bitterness is paired with firm herbal/leafy and citric flavors, including a lemon-lime zestiness. A further floral and vaguely alcoholic note fades into the finish.

M: Light-medium bodied. Carbonation is medium, although a little less crisp than I was hoping for. Still, a definite dryness into the finish.

D: I'm pretty impressed by the new Samuel Adams spring seasonal - this is far better than the old White Ale. As a widely-available pils, this is just a little shy of Victory's robust Prima Pils, although this one wins in terms drinkability and well-roundedness.

Clydesdale, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of CHickman
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear gold with a 1/4 inch off white light beige head; smells of hops, light malt, caramel and yeast. Certainly looks like a pilsner after pouring.

Tastes of hops, light sweet malt, lemon, orange peel, light caramel, roasted grains, apple or grapes, grass and yeast. The brew is light and has very light carbonation with a semi-creamy feel on the tongue. A nice light hoppy beer that went very well with Mexican food, and had a nice hoppy taste throughout, but the one knock was that it was not extremely flavorful. The hops jumped out at initial contact and hit you in the nose, but then the beer just seems to taper off in a muted way until the dry finish. It's a decent beer that's above average, but just OK. I would have it again as it was very drinkable.

CHickman, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of Zorro
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been looking for this and bagged the only 12 pack of this in the whole town.

Clear golden colored beer with a decent white head.

Smells of spicy Nobel hops and biscuit malts. Has all the expected scent, herbal and grassy with a bit of sandalwood scent to it. Some of the more obscure hop aromas here like faint tobacco. Malt mostly stays out of the way, just a biscuit aroma.

Starts out mildly sweet and malty with a stout bitterness at the beginning. Aftertaste is noble hop and biscuit. Nice herbal and spicy bite to this one. No other way to describe this one but NOBLE HOPS in big neon letters.

Good mouthfeel without getting too thick for Lager.

Superb drinkabilty. Manages to pull off the entertaining but not tiring job of a session beer very well.

Oh yeah this one is worth the hype, hope it becomes a standard beer for Sam Adams and gets rid of one of the repetitive wheat beers.

Zorro, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of BeerLover729
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perfectly transparent straw yellow beer with a nice fizzy head. You could read this post through this beer. The familiar "beer" smell of pilsner malts fills the nose and is chased by soft aromas of hay and light citrus lemon. Clean malt taste with pleasant sulfury finish. Spicy, earthy, grassy, and tart citrus flavors settle on the tongue, linger for a time, and slowly dissipate as the hop oils volatilize. This beer has a crisp, semi-dry mouthfeel with effervescent carbonation. Long lasting hop flavor yearns to be savored and slows down consumption, however there is no question this would be an outstanding session beer.

BeerLover729, Feb 04, 2010
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