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Ratings: 3,383
Reviews: 1,463
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 92
Gots: 224 | 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 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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is light golden in color and crystal clear. The head is initially about a finger of white foam but soon settles down to ta thin layer.

S: The nose has a nice spicy hop aroma with a slight citrus fruitiness to it and some sweet malts.

T: The hoppiness is not quite as pronounced in the flavor, but still a decent spicy quality to it. The malt comes through a bit more than on the nose providing a nice sweetness.

M: The body is dead smack in the middle of medium with a lively carbonation.

D: I'm not generally the biggest lager fan. But, I found this to be a decent, but not amazing, effort, which is what you expect from Sam Adams.

Photo of pyrohsmok
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 12 o.z. bottle

A - 4 EBC, light golden/amber/yellow. Standard pils fare.

S - Almost nothing really but faint malt and some acid. Almost standard pils. Some grassy hop notes. I noticed, though, after my second bottle I was able to discern more sweet malt notes and some citrus hop aroma.

T- Hops. Hops. Hops. I hate pilsener, I'm an ale guy. I almost went in to drinking this as an IPA but realized I had diff criterion to judge on since it IS a pils... But I am not disappointed. There IS a strong bitter hop bite to start and fresh hop grassiness, mellowing to soft hop bitter oils and citrus notes, SLIGHT SLIGHT sweet malt less so than some DRY IPAs, cracker notes. Good crisp pilsener taste. IPA lovers (like myself) Would probably be able to session this one when IPAs aren't available. All around Clean, crisp, refreshing, hops and light malts. That's all I can say.

M - Smooth, light, clean but with a certain body brought by the malt but also the "feel" hops give to a beer. Crisp, HIGHLY carbonated and clean, great cold.

D - Are you kidding? I'd drink this if it didn't have alcohol. This has replaced some IPAs I normally drink. This is the real deal. A hopped up, crisp, clean pilsener. This might be the first thing Samuel Adams has done right since the original Boston Lager. Adventurous pils fans and hopheaded IPA lovers alike could come together with this brew. It's the "Brew that broke the 'Berlin' wall" Between light, underdeveloped pils and heavy hopped ales. For the price, I can pick up a nicer IPA but for the style, it's something every beer lover should try. I'll drink this every now and again. I'd recommend to anyone who loves beer.

Addendum: I drank from 12 o.z. bottle. I also tasted from bottle poured into pils glass. I DO NOT recommend this with this specific beer. It releases so much carbonation and flavour from the hops. It leaves it flat and metallic tasting. Not very good from a glass. If you buy in bottle, leave it be.

Also note that this review comes not from the first bottle but the subsequent bottles (2nd/3rd.). I've found after your palate adjusts to a specific beer/wine/cheese you really get a more true flavour profile I guess? The first bottle was mediocre but once my palate was prepared for it, I was really able to taste the next bottle.

Reviewed on 2/7/2010-2/10/2010. purchased NEW from K-mart.

Photo of rfabian
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass it produces a 1 inch head that leaves nice lacing. The appearance is golden and clear. The aroma is of muted floral and spicy hops, not as pronounced as I'd hoped, but nice. The flavor is nicely bitter with hops. The feel is light to medium bodied and the finish is perfectly clean.

The is a really good pils, refreshing and enjoyable.

Photo of thespaceman
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was a fan of the White Ale so let's see if this one can hold the Spring throne.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA Perfect Pint:

Appearance: This one pours a clean, beautiful light gold in color. Perfect size head emerges here and leaves a beautiful head with nice wisps of lacing. Tons of bubbles streaming up the glass.

Smell: Lots of refreshing German maltiness up front, very crisp in the nose. A boquet of citrus really emits nicely here. Hops are small and subdued yet really give off a great aroma here.

Taste: Light fruit flavors up front give way to a perfectly aligned toasted malt backdrop. Traditional German pilsner qualities stemming from the hops here, excellent balance all around. A small grapefruit bite comes about in the finish and really sets the overall tone for this beer.

Mouthfeel: Light in body, crisp and clean, this one rolls around the tongue nicely. Good carbonation and a small amount of bitterness.

Drinkability: What an excellent replacement for their White Ale. An excellent, well balanced pilsner that might just be SA's best new beer in the past couple of years. Very solid and so easy to drink! I can't wait to have a few of these on a nice spring day!

Photo of drpimento
4.46/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow, really good beer! And a German pils too boot too. Poured with an average fine foamy white head that mostly settled down and a little lace. Aroma is very floral, perfumey, citrus, hoppy, and a little malty and grainy. Flavor's different - bitterness is much more prominant. Body is a touch softer than for a perfect pils; good carbonation. Great clean refreshing finish. Session beer for sure!

Photo of sbe1
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A tasty German Pilsner.

Serving note: Bottle with a June 2010 expiration date.

Appearance: Clear brassy gold color with a fizzy white head that dissipates rather quickly, but still a good looking beer.

Smell: Grassy and hoppy with a hint of malt underneath.

Taste: Sharp hop bite at the begining followed by florals with some underlying malt sweetness and a light hint of citrus and pepper. Clean somewhat dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean and refreshing, light bodied with a nice level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent, makes a very nice hoppy session beer.

Photo of allthatAles
4.64/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pour: Golden Honey Yellow, Eggshell white head, head is well structured and doesn't dissipate for sometime superb champagne like bubble,

Nose: Frontal floral, hints of both hops and nearly orange peel and grains of paradise. I can get over the hop aroma its delightful!
Mouth: the hop profile is exceptionally well rounded, a light lingering tartness like a good (I)PA. Little grapefruit, little orange, bubbles remain in 'pour' proportion well into the beer.

I terribly enjoyed this brew. There is no doubt that this beer should be a YEAR ROUND brew! it certainly made me do a double take on the Pils genre.

Photo of jlindros
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So glad this is replacing the Sam White Ale, which was one of my least fav SA beers. This is worlds above it.

A: Pours nice 1 finger bleached white head that slowly fades above the brilliantly clear wheat yellow color.

N: Lots of hoppy aromas, but maintains a lightness. Lots of noble hop aromas, low alpha. Crisp ale like qualities too. Some floral grassy hop aromas, little chewy hop aroma, and juicy as well.

T: Wow, a really nice floral and grassy hop taste, its really bold for being really light. Some light juicy hop flavors, some light crisp lager flavors and even wheat flavors.

M: Pretty light with decent carbonation.

F: A slightly spicy hop quality, a little bitterness, and it dries off well. Doesn't linger long and the finish doesn't last long either. It's like it was there, now it's gone. A little bitterness sticks around like a distant memory.

This beer is amazing for what it is. A light, crisp lager, with lots of light, low alpha noble hops with a great hop flavor and aroma.

Photo of Reswald
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a classic pilsner glass, the beer is a pretty deep golden color, with a white head of dense foam. The aroma is appealing, with slight citrus and plenty of clean hop notes. The taste is a bit more complex than that of your typical pils, with each of the five noble hop varieties used (Hallertau, Tettnanger, Spalt, Saaz, & Hersbrucker) making their presence known. Crisp and clean on the palate, with plenty of carbonation. Very refreshing, just like a good pilsner should be. Not sure why this is their January to March seasonal; I'd think a brew like this would be more appropriate to warmer weather. Despite that, it's an excellent beer; if you're a fan of pilsners (and who isn't?), you should give it a try.

Photo of jaxon53
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aother Sam Adams brew I was excited to try. Served this chilled, in my Sam Adams pint glass, from a twelve ounce bottle.

Appearance: Sam Adams Noble Pils poured out a golden straw color that had great clarity. About a half inch of bright white foam rose from a rather easy pour. Head faded pretty quickly into a thin ring of lace. Some pretty active carbonation bubbles are seen. A really nice looking brew.

Smell: Nice somewhat authentic nose. Bigger, bready malt base topped off with a moderate amount of hops. Light yeast and citrus (mostly lemon zest). Slightly spicey, maybe some white peppercorns. Nice subtle nose.

Taste: Pleasant flavor as well. Gentle, yet bitter hop flavor is quickly cut down by the malt. A little better than faint lemon flavor. Spicey, like it was in the nose. Somewhat grassy. Just a bit grainy and a touch yeasty in the clean, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit thinner across the palate, but not far off. Clean and crisp. Not as carbonated as some pilseners I've had, but that is ok with me.

Drinkability: This beer brings great drinkability. A bit on the lighter side and lower ABV. A good session brew.

Photo of mwa423
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Very light clear golden color with a beautiful thick white fluffy head that is sticking to the glass like glue.

S - Hoppy aroma with different types of hop aroma along with a slight German maltiness.

T - Maltier than the smell would suggestion, some yeastyness and chased with a hop bite.

M/D - Fantastically drinkable beer, would be great year around. Mouthfeel was rich and full. I think this will be a go to when I need an easy drinking session beer.

Probably one of the winners of Sam Adams' lineup this year!

Photo of scarletfire79
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden shimmery clear with a quarter inch head. Slight citrus smell, smells clean if that makes sense. The taste is balanced. A little bit of citrus as expected. I also think that with more hops this could be killer. As is it's pretty damn tasty. Balanced not overpowering in any direction, clean and drinkable. Good offering from the BBC.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"What spirit is so empty and blind that it cannot recognize the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and skin more beautiful than the garment with which it is clothed?"


Sun-drenched haystack gold with lemonade colored highlights and several streams of sparkly bubbles. A beautiful chunk of alabaster colored creaminess was created on the pour. The foam becomes rocky as it melts and is beginning to decorate the glass in fine fashion.

Another Imperial Pilsner 2005 Harvest was too much to hope for (especially at this ABV). Still... a beer of this style that is barely one month of age should be more aggressively hoppy than this. The aroma is musky and lemon zesty, but it isn't enough to earn the next highest score.

The noble hops that are used in Noble Pils include Hallertau, Tettnang, Spalt, Hersbrucker (all from Germany) and Czech Saaz. Those varieties work well together, which isn't at all surprising. Most of the reason why BBC didn't hop this lager to the hilt (I believe) is that they wanted it to appeal to a wide range of beer drinkers rather than just those who frequent this site. Nothing wrong with that.

This is good, drinkable beer, but it isn't the be-all-and-end-all of American-brewed German pilsners. Bohemian pilsner malt provides a solid base without adding much flavor or much sweetness. Actually, a honey-like flavor and sweetness appears in the bottle half of the bottle. The hops are musky and grassy and lemony and slightly spicy. 50% more hops would have been killer.

The mouthfeel is more full and more creamy than the style average. It still manages to be semi-crisp on the back end, thanks to a sneaky bitterness and some zesty carbonation.

The only problem with Noble Pils as the brewery's new spring seasonal is that the release date is in January. By the time spring rolls around in most of the country, the hoppiness that is the beer's linchpin for success will be but a shadow of its former self. It is pretty tasty right now, though.

Photo of MikeInIowa
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Look: It has a medium Golden shade, it's transparent, and it irridescently shimmers in a pint glass with substantial foam that lingers long and laces the glass as it recedes.

Nose: Fruity, aromatic hops beckon the sniffer toward the lip for a sip.

Taste: The Boston Beer Co. (a.k.a Sam) boasts that it has utilized "all five noble hops" when it made this brew. And danged if they didn't. One day, I hope to be able to i.d. all five in a glass of beer, but for right now there is Noble Pils to help me. This beer offers a delicious blend of hoppy and pine-like notes they are at once robust and sweet as they roll over the palate without tripping the bitter sensors to a large degree at all. It is a truly wonderful beer drinking experince if only for the fact that you find yourself surprised that you are not at all overpowered, but, in fact, pleased by its aftertaste.

Mouth: Noble possesses a thin but effervescent mouthfeel.

Drink: Easy to drink out of the tap or the bottle. This is a dandy! Loved it.

Photo of bruinhoppy
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Has a great amber/vanilla look with a very sustainable head when poured. Noticeable carbonation.

S: Not very distinguishable and rather mellow

T: Hints of almond and the carbonation really stood out.

M: Very dry and left a slight haze on the tongue. Not very pleasant after a while

D: Easy to drink partially due to its blandness yet can be a very good casual, session beer.

Photo of ElGordo
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden blonde color, topped by a half-inch of bright white head that quickly recedes to a very thin, wispy coating. Aroma of mildly sweet pilsner malt and a touch of spicy noble hops, which bring a light hint of white pepper and citrus.
Palate is crisp and clean up front, with the spice of the noble hops coming through on the tip of the tongue. The bready, slightly sweet malt character emerges mid-palate and sticks with you on the swallow. Finish is a nice balance of the sweetness of the malt and the spicy bitterness of the hop blend.
Body is lively and well-carbonated, as a pilsner should be. This is a well-balanced, easy-drinking lager, one that I'm sure I'll pick up again in the warmer days of summer.

Photo of baseballrock
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - color is pale golden. the beer was brought to my table, splashing beer everywhere with no head what so ever. the bartender filled my glass all the way up giving me no head. oh well, what do expect from outback!

s - full of floral aromas. i was really pleased with the bountiful freshness in this brew.

t - taste contains floral and grassy notes. It finishes clean with a bit of citrus from the hops.

m - it was more full on the palate than i had expected but very good.

the local outback had it on tap, just waiting on the beer store so i can pick up a 6 pack and try it bottled.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear yellow body, large white head.

Hay, grass, and hops on the nose.

Sweet toasty malt, notes of honey, grass, hay, a hint of citrus hops and a satisfying bitterness. The finish is more hay and hop bitterness. Dry, crisp, refreshing, a real thirst quencher.

Pretty damn good pils, especially at $7.99/6pk.

Most of SA's beers are run of the mill, mass appeal stabs at craft styles. Noble Pils serves as an all too rare reminder that SA is still capable of greatness, if only occasionally. This is my new go to session beer, at least while its in season.

Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,383 ratings.