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

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Ratings: 3,401
Reviews: 1,465
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 95
Gots: 270 | 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:
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 hwwty4
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
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
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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
4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
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
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
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
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
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
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
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
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
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
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
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
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
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
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
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
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,401 ratings.