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

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3,234 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,234
Reviews: 1,453
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 86
Gots: 131 | 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:
"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 ahking


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours golden blonde and very clear. Deeper in color than your typical American lager beer. Aroma is just bursting with mellow, floral, grassy hop aromas typical of the noble variety. Flavor is classic, dry, euro pils with a lot more hop flavor than usual. Slightly bready, slightly yeasty, very crisp and refreshing. The only downside to the flavor to me is that there just may be too much hops in the flavor. I love IPA's and hop aroma, but for a pils, I like the hops flavor to be more balanced. Of course, in this case they were going for a different beer that showcased the noble hops, and I applaud the effort and enjoy the beer.

02-01-2010 01:43:04 | More by ahking
Photo of horshack7


4/5  rDev +6.1%

Apperance: Pors a clear golden color with about two fingers worth of head. The head rentention thins out a little quick but not leave behind any lacing.

Aroma: Sweet syrup aroma with citrus notes. A nice hint of more sweet cherries. The malts give off a light sugary note. There are bits piney and grapfruits.

Taste: A little bit grapefruit and piney notes. A crispy mouthfeel it's a little light bodied but that certainly fits the style quite well. A nice hop bitterness tops it all off.

Notes: This quite a nice pilsner. It's nice to see this style of lager. Cheers

02-01-2010 01:40:22 | More by horshack7
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

22 ounce bottle - $2.59 Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. For brewery-fresh taste, enjoy before month notched -- May.

Appearance: Pours out a quite clear, pale yellow body with a tall, moderately lasting, white head. Splotchy lacing on the way down.

Smell: An inviting, vibrant zip of hop aromas. Fresh flowers, spice, light lemon, and white pine blossoms. Yeah, sure, there may be a base of grainy-scented pils malt in there, but, first and foremost, it's a hoppy nose.

Taste: Particularly pale malts and some lesser tones of grainy pilsner malts with a subdued sugared, washed out honey-toned sweetness start things off. The rich Noble hoppiness ebbs and flows between tastes of flowers, spice, citrus, and light pine. Medium-high bitterness, it's assertive but not a hair more than is ever needed. Further hint of fresh grains, maybe a thin glaze of honey. A crips finish that starts sweet and then rolls over into a spicy, bitter character.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Very nice! Oh, if only all these so-called pilsners could taste as good. My only quibble is the serving size. Is this available for sale in a 6-pack, or am I stuck with this larger bomber bottle size? Sometimes, all I really want is twelve ounces. No, really!

02-01-2010 00:00:27 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of wahhmaster


4.15/5  rDev +10.1%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Pilsner Urquell pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent golden color with lots of carbonation bubbles. Has a thick, foamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells great! Smells strongly of grassy hops with a bit of spiciness in the nose as well.

Taste: Starts fairly bitter, develops into kind of a biscuity taste, and finishes pretty grassy. Leaves a crisp, grassy, hoppy aftertaste that lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, and refreshing.

Drinkability: A great pilsner and another winner from Boston Beer Company. Once again, Sam Adams produces a beer that is a great representative of the style and exceedingly drinkable. A must-drink that completely makes up for the scandal which is Sam Adams Coastal Wheat.

01-31-2010 23:26:31 | More by wahhmaster
Photo of Lukecook

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle best before May 2010

A- Great clear golden color, 1 finger of head disappears quickly, leaving ring of foam and lacing on the glass. Looks like the style should.

S- sweet, clean, and citrus

T-mild malt taste with a nice crisp hop finish.

M-light,crisp, and refreshing with decent carbonation.

D-I usually do not drink this style but after all the good reviews I made the trip across the border and was quite pleased, and would buy again.

01-31-2010 23:04:55 | More by Lukecook
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.78/5  rDev +26.8%

12 oz bottle that is the last of a six-pack purchase last week. Pours a darker-than-average gold color with a frothy white head that displays both great retention and lacing. Crystal clear. Great looking pilsner here, if a shade or two on the dark side.

Nose is all about the hops, grassy being the most dominant...there are also floral, herbaceous and spicy hop notes in there. Light, grainy malts with just a touch of something sweet poke through the leafy goodness. Not exactly a refined aroma, it's a bit rough around the edges, but it is something I would like to see made into respirator cartridges...I'd wear one!

Taste is addictive, that is the only way to describe it. Leafy, ganja-esque hops manage to be very flavorful but not overly bitter, which is what I equate pilsners to be all about. BBC did a good job of leaving the malt bill light and slightly honeyed to provide a perfect backdrop for the hops to shine while still maintaining a rich body and unique take on the pilsner style.

Mad props to Boston Beer Company on this one, I never thought I would say that I absolutely love one of their beers, but this one is the shizzle!

01-31-2010 23:00:32 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of Tee76


4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

Finally found a 12 pack of this in my neck of the woods.

A: Golden yellow with a large white head.

S: Heavy citrus and hops,hints of grains & herbs.

T: The hops and the citrus taste is upfront with the grains and spiciness coming in after wards, very well balanced!

M: Very crisp yet foamy and rich, with medium carbonation.

D: A highly drinkable, that's full of flavor and goes down smooth.I will be buying this again.

01-31-2010 22:56:03 | More by Tee76
Photo of MOB210SA


4.28/5  rDev +13.5%

Mmm.. just the instant smell from cracking the bottle and already Im already liking it. Not to mention I havent had a good hoppy beer in the past 2 days and having hop withdrawls :)

Best by: June

Served at 55F. Dense, slightly frothy, slowly dissipating from the 2 finger eventually faded into a nice looking but small even layer blanketing atop. Sticky lacing remains where the head has retreated. Some spots and blotches of lacing is clinging as I drink. Nice bright golden-amber. Overall pretty good looking.

Good hop aroma, sweet lighter caramel maltiness. I almost detect a tiny metallic to it. Good hop and malt strength to the nose. Fresh and citrusy (almost lemon-y), refreshing.

Whoa, this beer was a lot different tasting then I expected. Almost shocked me. Nice maltiness and good hop backdrop. Now I remember what this maltiness resembles.. a regular SABL. A nice fresh hoppy finish. Pretty big on flavor. I havent had a lot of Pils but this is one of the better Ive had.

Good amount of hop bitterness (at least I think its the hops). Its slightly bitter none the less. Medium body with good mouthfeel, nicely carbonated and overall nice and drinkable. A pretty dry finish with good lingering quality. Definatly different from the usual pilsner.

Would be outstanding in the summertime.

(Will re-review with the next beer from 6-pack)

01-31-2010 22:53:25 | More by MOB210SA
Photo of tko741

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

Upon pouring, glowed nicely with a clear-golden color. Solid head quickly dissipated into a thin wisp, accompanied by wispy lacing as the glass was emptied.

Hints of hops and citrus consisted of this beer's light and clean smell. Some background sweet caramel notes, too, but only just.

The taste of this beer is perfect for a spring day. Refreshing enough for everyone to enjoy but just hoppy enough for the hop-heads to enjoy. Bright, crisp with a little hop zip. Mouthfeel is good considering this style...foamy and rich, without being too watery.

I'd be happy to drink this multiple times in a sitting. The hops get a little lost after a while of sipping, but the beer stays refreshing and bright.

01-31-2010 22:08:45 | More by tko741
Photo of beertunes


3.56/5  rDev -5.6%

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a very clean, clear, sharp yellow with about 1/2 inch of white head that that had surprisingly low retention, but left decent lacing.

A pleasant grain aroma led to a demonstration that someone has a skilled hand with the hops. The taste was also dialed right in, a very pleasing balance of grain and hops gives a nice depth to this beer.

The body was nicely balanced and give the tastebuds an enjoyable treat. The was as drinkable as you'd expect a well made Pilsener to be.

Overall, a solid beer that should go into the regular line-up and not be just a seasonal from this brewery.

EDIT 5/7/13: I had this again a couple days ago, and my notes were pretty similar, but my numbers were a bit lower (we didn't have .25 increments when I did my original review), so I adjusted the scores. Still a solid beer worth your time.

01-31-2010 21:12:55 | More by beertunes
Photo of Bierguy5


4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

22 oz bottle, best before May. Pours a perfectly clear, bright golden color. Only a few tiny bubbles streaming up from the bottom. Rocky white head holds together for a minute, then fades to a thin collar. Nice patches of lace.

Very light malt aroma. Herbal and grassy hop aroma. Very clean.

Pale malt, with just a hint of sweetness up front. Great balance with some herbal and grassy hop flavors. Just enough bitterness to keep things interesting. Finishes dry.

Medium body, maybe lacks the carbonation of the greats of the style. Very well balanced and drinkable. Enjoyable.

01-31-2010 18:36:58 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of Buebie


3.38/5  rDev -10.3%

Off the pour a 1'' white sudzy head forms up, slow to recede leaving a thin cap and plenty of lace.
Color is water transparent with a light gold color.

Aroma of corn, pils malt, earthy mildly spicie hops and a touch of biscuit and honey.

Taste is actually quite good. Large amounts of malt and cereal grains mixing with lemon zest and a touch of spicie grass filled hops.
Hops do not provide much of any bittering, but do add plenty of flavor.
Souring out a bit into the finish.

I'm glad I did not pick up a six pack of this and only grabbed a single. This was not somthing I could have more then one of. Glad I tried it, but one was enough...not my thing.

01-31-2010 18:36:40 | More by Buebie
Photo of Blakaeris


4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

Pours brilliantly clear dark yellow with a large soapy head.

Aroma is crisp, dry floral hop and lemon grass completely overshadowing the pale malt.

Taste is where the malt really comes out strong. Floral hops certainly have a presence, and bring a good bit of peppery spice. However is is the strong earthy malt that dominates here. Quite grainy, with plenty of lime, lemon grass, honey, and biscuit. Finish is crisp and holds an orange rind bitterness that I find attractive.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly slick with some diacetyl butteryness.

I found this to be surprisingly full of flavor. This is not the one dimensional beer I had expected. Very drinkable.

01-31-2010 18:29:34 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of mcallister


4.15/5  rDev +10.1%

Clear and crystal pissy yellow with a tiny white head.

Ahh the smell of noble hops a bit floral and grasy with a light biscuity malt and the smell of carbonation

Mmm nice crisp with a nice biscuity bready malt character and herbal, grassy hops that leave a nice distinct drying finish.

01-31-2010 18:27:15 | More by mcallister
Photo of GRPunk


4.43/5  rDev +17.5%

Bottle with a best by May stamp poured into a Pilsener glass.

A- A conservative pour left a 1-finger, white head that dropped to a full lace that left nice sticky spots all about the glass. I'm thinking a more agressive pour might give me the head I'm really looking for in a Pils. The body was a clean, deep, gold with moderate to light carbonation.

S- Initially I picked up a fruity sweetness. Overall, it was a really nice mix of that fruity characteristic with bready/doughy malts and earthy hops that mostly came across as a grassy scent.

T- It had a great mix of characteristics noted in the aroma. I picked up a bunch of doughy malts with an onslaught of hops. The hopping lent varied characteristics (grassy, spicy, citrus), none of which were too overwhelming to enjoy. With a little warmth, I started to pick up some flowery notes.

M- It had a really clean feel. Moderate carbonation, paired with the hops, provided a nice tickle. It had a dry, slightly puckering, finish.

D- It's a very easy drinker and a great choice for an early spring beer. I think the freshness of this beer gives it a bit of a nod over some of the imports that lose something during their trip across the pond. It really makes me look forward to a full thaw, warmer weather, and new green growth. While I did enjoy the Sam's White, this is a nice change for a spring seasonal.

01-31-2010 18:16:39 | More by GRPunk
Photo of MikeRa


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

A: This beer has a excellent golden color with a nice white head

S: A nice clean hop smell

T: This beer has a nice hoppy taste

M: This beer goes down very smooth and has a nice finish to it

D: This is nice addition to the Sam's Seasonal Beers lineup. This is a beer that I will drink again

01-31-2010 16:48:25 | More by MikeRa
Photo of ugaterrapin


3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured into a pint glass. It poured a light pale golden color. There was about a finger to a finger and a half of pristine white head. The smell was that of light malts (seemed similar to the Boston Lager) with some notes of grassy hops. The taste was very straightforward. It was very similar to the aroma. It was a crisp light malt flavor up front followed by some nice hops notes toward the middle to finish of the sip. Overall a nice session beer. I was not overly impressed but a great beer nonetheless. Nice to see these in 12-packs. I will probably pick up some more once it starts to warm up.

01-31-2010 16:09:32 | More by ugaterrapin
Photo of Kelp

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%

A nice bright yellow hue to the beer. A finger of head with little lacing left behind.

Smells of hops. A clean smell.

This was alright. It gets better as it warms. A crisp taste with a nice dry finish.

A clean taste to it with a dry finish to the brew.

I could have a few of these, but not my favorite Sam's product. I actually liked their old spring brew better.

01-31-2010 04:10:17 | More by Kelp
Photo of Drew966


3/5  rDev -20.4%

Samuel Adams Noble Pils pours a golden yellow with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. I don't get much aroma. The flavor is hoppy (some grassy notes and some lemon or citrus like notes), but I just don't really care for it. I guess I prefer American style hops. This one just doesn't do it for me.

01-31-2010 03:21:20 | More by Drew966
Photo of elniko


4.47/5  rDev +18.6%

Poured from bottle into pilsener glass. Bottle marked best by May 2009.

A: Straw amber with nice head and lacing. Carbonation apparent. Nice looking brew.

S: Very grassy nose with a mix of the hops together. Quite unique and enjoyable.

T & M: Yum, this is one tasty pils. Nicely bodied with a very dry finish. Definitely one of the most hoppy pils that I've encountered but not overly so. The mix of hops melds into a nice fruity texture.

D: Very drinkable, kudos to Sam Adams on this brew. This is a brew that a brewery the size of Boston can do because I imagine getting the variety of hops was not easy.

01-31-2010 02:57:14 | More by elniko
Photo of scruffwhor


4.45/5  rDev +18%

Picked up @ my local Jewel grocey store in Carol Stream.

Nice, deep yet clear hay color with modest bubbling and an ok head. Great fresh cut grass and earthy hay and grain aroma. The taste starts with your traditional pilsner hop profile and dried out hay and lightly toasted cereal grains. Then the middle has a supper grass and earth hop flavor. With a crsip bitterness that lingers after the swallow. More bitterness than your standard Czech or German pilsner. But the extra bitterness makes it more drinkable in my opinion. Very nice.

01-31-2010 02:17:35 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours bright yellow with a half finger of thin, wispy foam that dissipates quickly. Aroma is crisp, lemony, and refreshing.

First impression is that this is quite a quaffable beer! A great balance between a dry malt backbone and a refreshing hoppiness. A very good German Pilsner.

Maybe it is just because I've been drinking so many porters and IPAs lately, but this beer just hits the spot. A nice change of pace. Light, refreshing, and just hoppy enough. Would like to see a little more head retention and less of a fizzy mouthfeel, but other than those minor complaints this beer is excellent.

01-31-2010 01:22:29 | More by FickleBeast
Photo of yemenmocha


4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Beer is rated to style.

Great pour into my Samuel Adams glass - luminous golden color with rich white head of fine bubbles. Nose is somewhat clean with a very nice herbal mustiness. On the palate it is refreshingly light (but not too light), crisp, and again the herbal-hop flavors come through to give it great character.

Reminds me of what beer is all about when I first got into beer with the refreshing/drinkability aspect that this one does so well.

A great pils.

01-31-2010 01:19:28 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of OzarkElmo


4.58/5  rDev +21.5%

From bottle to pilsener flute glass. Pours a clear golden color with sizeable white head, mostly diminishing. Good lacing sustains through finish. Aroma is refreshing with citrus, honey, pine hops. Well-balanced with great taste and a good malt presence in the dry finish. A very good offering by Sam Adams and would definitely buy again - Cheers!

01-31-2010 01:09:36 | More by OzarkElmo
Photo of lostfrost

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

The beer went down very smoothly had a finish similar to a pale ale that was not apparent until the end of the taste. Smelled very hoppy which would seem natural since noble hops are part of the trademark for this beer. Overall a very pleasant beer from a renound brewer.

01-31-2010 01:04:34 | More by lostfrost
Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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