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

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3,273 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,273
Reviews: 1,455
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 84
Gots: 144 | 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 alexgash
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Crystal clear golden straw body with a pinkie finger of off-white head. Moderate lacing. Nice dose of yep, you guessed it, fresh noble hops on the nose. Grassy, spicy, limey, and redolent of sea air, these are definitely some noble hops. Honeyish malt background.

Toasted malt and hop bitterness up front. Herbal, spicy, and grassy flavors. Biscuit malt, lightly dipped in honey forms a nice backbone. Mineral water and minty hop flavors/bitterness into the finish. Fresh hop resin and light citrus add in to the mix in the finish. Lingering bready malt. Crisp, clean, dry finish. Moderate body with a lively, refreshing feel. Very nice! One of the best German-style pilseners I've had.

alexgash, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of hopman333
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, another Sammy Seasonal to cherish, at least this one anyhow as I was never a fan of the white ale, used to love the Kolsh.

This brew has the usual Pilsener color, bright yellow with a deep hugh meaning a little bit better than you're average euro Pils.

The smell whacks you in the nose with alot of hop aromas that simply dominate you're nostrils with tons of noble hop goodness.

The taste is a wonderful mixture of Hoppyness balanced by a tempered maltyness that lingers in the backround. I almost want to say that this brew is a little unbalanced, leaning towards the Hop flavor and bitterness but each sip makes you want another swig, very addicting to say the least. A boatload of resinous hop flavor that is really hard to describe hits youre pallette with a seriously bold dominance. If you are a Hophead then this is a must try.

Though it is not a Victory Prima Pils, it takes on it's own hop profile that I will not say rivals the Victory Prima, but it is in the same ballpark with an entirely different flavor profile. The Victory is a very dry and refreshing Pils, and this one is more of a juicy and bold Pils. I will say that neither overshadows one another as they are both diffferent takes on the style... All in all this is a wonderful brew that I wish they would make year round. As I miss the early days of great Pilseners ( Baderbrau, Garten Brau Special, Hometown Blonde) just to name a few. A must try for Pilsener fans !!! Do not let this one slip through the cracks...

hopman333, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of Jesstyr
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pilsner glass and served with a tremendous steak caesar.

A: Strong, foamy head, impressive for a pils. Decent lacing throughout. Pale golden body, pretty traditional, nothing too exciting.

S: Very hoppy and malty, but lacks some of the citrus tones I've read about here.

T: I noticed a significant honey tone, but it was definitely overpowered a bit by hops, stealing a bit of the balance from this. Overall quite enjoyable, but not particularly dynamic. For a seasonal brew I expected something a little more.

M/D: Really easy going, and far more drinkable to me than the standard pils. Smooth.

Jesstyr, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of bosox941827
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into imperial pint glass.

A - Crystal clear, straw colored; could be any pilsener upon first glance
S - Nice nose of fresh (mostly Saaz for me) hops
T- Wow - great. Pretty much a perfect pils, a bit less malty and complex than an Urquell, but pretty much as classic a pils as you're going to find in the States; very comparable to Sierra Nevada Summerfest for me.
M - Smoothly carbonated as befits the style; little bit of a tingle before it resolves into the hops dryness that hangs around for a bit.
D - Through the roof, could drink these all day and not get tired of it.

This should be required drinking for those Bud Light/Miller Lite devotees; could change some minds. This is just a perfectly assembled pilsener and another winner for Sam Adams.
Too bad this is only a spring beer; I could easily see enjoying many of these on a hot summer day while watching a ballgame.

bosox941827, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of quasimoto
2.15/5  rDev -43%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

What can I say that I haven't already said with the numbers. It looks pretty, and then takes a turn for the worse. The flavor starts slightly bready and the hop flavor gives it a muddy vinous twist. As the beer warms it morphs in a chemical dance of solvents and cardboard. I don't think I will ever order another one. I hope and pray that the bottles are a better solution. I mean I love boston lager. That is my go to everyday beer. But this one missed the mark. I blame the keg. Stupid caustics. I hates em.

quasimoto, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of johnnnniee
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant golden peach color with a fluffy white head that slowly dissipates to a cap but impales itself all over the sides of the glass.
Smells of spice and earth, citrus, honey, a bit of sweet pilsner malt. Lots of floral hops with just enough malt to balance this one fairly well.
Taste is slightly grainy with sweet malts and a punch of floral and citrus. Finishes rather dry with a lingering floral hop bitterness.
Medium to high level of carbonation. There were carb streams flowing up out of my Sam Adams perfect pint glass 20 minutes after I poured this. Medium body with a watery mouthfeel.
I really enjoyed this beer! Light and refreshing and quite tasty. When the weather is a little warmer I will surely be enjoying many of these.

johnnnniee, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of BierFan
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Notched label says to enjoy before June.

Appearance: Slim fizzy white head doesn't last too long. The body is a clear rich golden yellow.

Smell: Grassy and herbal. Somewhat citric. The sweet malts manage to come through in the aroma.

Taste: The sweetness is higher than in any other pilsner I've had. But Sam Adams beers are often fairly sweet. The hops are definitely the central focus of this beer, though, and it doesn't disappoint.

BierFan, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of HopHooligan
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Poured with an incredible head, but then dissipated quickly. Very light golden color with just a hint of amber. Nice initial lacing on the glass but the lace dissolved rather fast.

S - Instantly fills your nose with hops with faint citrus hints. Great overall smell due to the 5 noble hops used in brewing.

T - Incredible hoppy bitter taste cut with an orange citrus and ends with a dry finish.

M - Good carbonation, light body and like I mentioned before leaves your mouth with a dry sensation only enabling you to want more.

D - A good mass-market beer for Samuel Adams, the brew comes off as a light pilsner. I don't know if I could drink a good amount of these due to the citrus aftertaste. It is
well suited for summer/spring brew.

HopHooligan, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of Mosstrooper
4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 19oz pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear straw color with a medium, quickly dissipateing white head that leaves thick lacing.

Smell: Nutty and earthy aromas are predominant, with some floral and grassy notes. A depth of hops.

Taste: As the smell would suggest, there is a depth of hop flavor. Earthy flavors with herbal hints mostly, with citric notes and light maltiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thinner, crisp body with a sharp carbonation bite. Finish is refreshing and crisp, but dries out some.

Drinkability: An outstanding pils that even beats out many of its European counterparts. Great hop depth and a solid malt backbone make this hoppy, but still pretty well-rounded. Most Samuel Adams beers are very good (or, at the very least, faithful) interpretations of the styles they represent, but this one is exceptional.

Mosstrooper, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of NStLincoln
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice and pale with a light gold color. A tight thick head.

Lots and lots of floral hops.

Surprisingly smooth on the palate. The hops are definitely there but this is an exceptionally balanced beer. Enough malt on the front end to blunt any extreme hoppiness.

An easy drinking beer with good carbonation and and excellent nose.

NStLincoln, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of ZAP
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent use of Noble Hops in this....a big perfumey aroma provides a grand entrance into a well constructed, flavorful Czech Pilsner.

The aroma is noble indeed....herbal/earthy/grassy, a little floral, and intensely fragrant.

The taste doesn't quite match the smell but it is still enjoyable.. A grainy malt back bone is a bit overwhelmed by the oily herbal hops...also a kiss of lemon/lime citrus peel.

Medium bodied...clean looking and tasting..

I like this beer because it showcases hop flavor rather than just bitterness. To me the Hallertau hops shine brightest which is great because they are one of my favorite hops..

A great addition to the Sammy lineup

ZAP, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an effervescent straw color with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Grassy & herbal hops, not much else...

T: Grassyness, dryness with grainy bread & hints of lime. More of the same once warmer, a bit of white pepper & husky grainyness surfaces as well. Finishes with floral & citrussy hops, plus clean malt flavors, very quenching

MF: Medium bodied, a touch grainy with smooth carbonation, pretty good balance

Great drinkability, not the most challenging pils, but I could go through a sixer of this during a ball or BBQ no problem. Only going on memory, but I thought the Czech Pils they did about 10 years ago was more to my liking

russpowell, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of mothman
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Noble Pils into Schells Pils glass.

Pours a small layer of fizzy white head. Pretty good retention leaving some really nice lace walls. Color is a clear golden straw yellow. Lots of carbonation bubbles floating to the top of the glass.

Aroma: Lots of citrus (lemons) flavors with tons of grassy hops. It is a really decent pilsner actually. Very grainy, but a lot of flavor.

Taste: A full bodied pilsner. A lot of grain, but more grassy hops that top it. Huge citrus profile. It has a lot of lemon and lime flavors (my buddy describes it like Sprite). It also has some spice notes. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and relatively refreshing. Lighter bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends very dry.

Overall, not bad for a Sam Adams beer. I still like the imperial pilsner better, but this is an easy drinker. Lots of flavor as well. I wish I had this beer in the spring. It would make a great seasonal.

mothman, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of pzrhsau
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice bright golden color with a thin head at the top.
Smell: Nice floral ester smell which turns out to be very complex because of the different hops used.
Taste: The hops create an interesting bready but floral flavor. Its really subtle but still have a lot of flavor.
Drinkability and mouthfeel: Light bubbly carbonation makes this beer really easy to drink. Very fun sensations. Though i do miss the white ale.

pzrhsau, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of stakem
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light yellow with a finger of white head. Fair amount of retension and lace clinging to the glassware. Nose has an enjoyable amount of herbal and grassy hop character with some spice and citrus filling out the rest of the aroma. Flavor is equally as mixed with hops: herbal, grassy and citrusy. Nice amount of hop bitterness with this but it doesn't overpower all the flavor characteristics the hops have to offer. Light feel with a moderate to high carb level. It finishes clean, little bit warming for 5% and is quite drinkable.

stakem, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of Naugled
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice white head that quickly fades out to a thin layer. Body is a deep yellow and crystal clear.

Very earthy aroma and some light malt sweetness.

Flavor is perfumy, herby, earthy and floral. A strange combination but is probably due to all of the hop varieties. Has a nice balance of hop flavor and bitterness and sweetness.

Nice smooth full mouth feel but still crisp like a good pils

A very drinkable beer. I'm not crazy about the flavor profile but it is interesting nonetheless.

Naugled, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of thebeerdoctor
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A lively golden coloured pour into a large pilsner glass with a hop-spicy nose.
What a delicious beer this is. Citrus-floral-pine comes to mind. It states on the bottle that Sam Adams used "all five" noble hop varieties, which has me wondering, after Hallertau, Spalt, Saaz and Tettnanger, what is the fifth? Fuggle perhaps?
The use of bohemian malt keeps this absolutely true to its Czech origins.
A truly great recipe from Samuel Adams.

thebeerdoctor, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of phishgator
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass. Nice foamy white head with a bright golden body; carbonation is high. The aroma of earthy, floral hops is present before you get the glass to your face. The taste hits you with a clean crisp bite and the carbonation gives you a little tingle on your tongue. True to style this one is perfect as a session brew. Jim and the boys got this one right!

phishgator, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light golden color, with a small white foam head with some moderate lacing.

S: A good amount of grass, grain with a touch of lemon zest.

T: Starts out a little bitter, but through the middle and end the malt flavor comes through, very balanced. The lemon zest is noticeable on the back-end.

M: A light bodied beer that leaves a crisp and clean taste on the palate.

D: Very easy to drink. A nice balanced beer, that is refreshing.

IronCitySteve, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of Buckmaister
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: served in a mug between 45-50 degrees
a light yellowish/orange color that is easy to see through accompanied by a 2-finger head which stays around for a while, lots of bubbles rising in this one...a small ring left over and slight lacing as well

you can definitely smell the hops in this one! Some minor fruit scents...all around pleasing smell.

Upon first sip you think it's going to be bitter but no, there's a dry taste which finishes quick without much actual taste left over at all. I don't really taste the citrus flavor that it says on the bottle is in it.

smooth and pleasant enough but not really much happening here

Easy enough....

Thoughts: For a pilsner this is pretty good. I felt the taste was a just a little lacking, but not so much that I wouldn't buy this again. I wouldn't drop everything I was doing for this beer but I would choose it over many others. For a non-local craft brew this is great. Another good one from Sam Adams.

Buckmaister, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of mtyrrell
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very nice and bright clear golden brown color with a one finger head that recedes fairly slowly and leaves some patches, a ring around the glass, and lacing.

S- The aroma of this beer is pretty strong and hit me almost instantly as I was pouring into a glass. Grassy/floral hops dominant, and a lemon presence is also noticeable.

T- Crisp and clean flavors, first on the tongue is a hop bitterness that leads into the lemon and grassy hops

M- Light bodied, fairly carbonated

D- I enjoyed this beer, a nice issue from Sam Adams and I could easily put back another. While there are other pils I definitely enjoy more, and the quality is not all there, this is a good choice for relaxing and goes very well with a variety of foods.

I'm tempted to give this beer a higher rating, but the lack of quality ingredients like found in local craft brews prevents me from doing so. This is a great beer, and maybe coming from a local craft brewery, would have the potential to be really good. A great offering from SA none the less, it just leaves alot of unfulfilled potential coming from a mass producer like SA

mtyrrell, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of hmk22
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent! Have had a 22oz. bottle on 2 occcasions and enjoyed every sip. My only nitpick is that it could be a touch more hoppy on the flavor side (as opposed to the ingredients) but there are several alternatives in that department that don't have the balance that this does. But that's a minor quibble...a first-class American beer -- bravo Jim Koch.

hmk22, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of jjanega08
4.83/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Really excited to try this one. First review in a while and I've heard great things about this one. Hopefully this beer will bring a little light summer to a cold MN winter night.

A= pours a completely translucent light yellow color. The clear opacity of this beer is impressive as far as I'm concerned. Been a while since I drank something that looked so refreshing. A light half finger head comes from it and falls to a skin on top of the beer. Some spotty lacing but not really that great but what can you expect from a pils.

S= Smells light and crisp. Smells of some faint nobel hops and a little sweet malt. Nothing to blow you away being this is a pils I actually think it smells quite nice. A nice balance in the smell of this beer. I find prima pils to be a little too hop forward which is nice but this one seems a little better to have on hand always based on smell. Lets dig deeper.

T= Delicious. Wow this beer is tasty. Nice hops in it but they aren't what this beer is all about which I was expecting from the label and box literature. This beer is light crisp and super refreshing. The nobel hops flow across the entire tongue with a little lemony citrusy spice to it. Not overly hopped at all. The malts in this beer are great doughy and bready is a great way for me to describe this. The finish is awesome bready biscuity.

M= Super light and crisp. One of the most refreshing beers I've ever had.

D= Great. I find that most Samual Adams brews taste similar and I actually mentioned it to the fellow at the store I bought this from. He told me this was a step away from that and I will agree. This doesn't taste like a typical Samual Adams beer. For a pils I dunno how much better it can get. The rave reveiws are on spot this beer is awesome. While it didn't take away the cold MN night tonight it did bring back some memories of summer and makes me get all giddy for spring when I'm gonna drink the hell outta this beer.

jjanega08, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of timrosenblatt
4.88/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If one beer could make me become a full-time drunkard, this would be the one. I was genuinely surprised when I poured this into the glass. Great big pillowy head, nice clean look, and the most straightforward taste ever. The hops are refreshing. They are obviously present, but they don't shout. In a room, these hops represent the quiet guy sitting in the corner who clearly owns the joint.

I can't get over the taste and the refreshment. This is the most drinkable beer I've had in a long time. The hops are standing politely next to the malt, pleasing your tongue with every drink.

If you know someone who wants to get into IPAs but it's still too much for them, this is the perfect beer to start at. Absolutely respectable, but tasteful. This beer is a gentleman.

timrosenblatt, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's great to see that classic and creative Pilsners are still possible.

Noble Pils begins with a brilliantly clear straw color. Initially solid white head forms but reduces to a thin lace before holding firm. Light lacing along the glass. Fairly typical of most Pilsners.

Extremely fragrant with a plethera of hops: perfumy, floral, earthy, spicy, pungent, and herbal. All backed by canvas of crisp, cracker-like pilsner malts and honey suckle sweetness.

Flavors of crisp malt sweetness show lightly baked breads, soft confection sweetness, and a rounded part-grain, part-malt blend. Hop flavor is more spicy, earthy, bitter, and pungent than the softer herbal, floral notes that evened out in the nose. Alcohols and esters combine for a paint-thinner, rosey mix. Hop bitterness is very high and dominates the beer where a softer balance is perfered.

Very crisp and clean body shows more malty, froathiness early. Late dryness shows as much alcohol bite as hop bite and with a strong evaporative feel that detracts from the classic Pilsner smoothness.

This is a tremendous beer that favors American aggression but with German ingredients. Tasty for sure but the hops are over bearing.

BEERchitect, Feb 02, 2010
Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,273 ratings.