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

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3,181 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,181
Reviews: 1,450
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 82
Gots: 103 | 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 ommegoose


4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold. Color is light, but not too light. Laces a bit at the top. Not much head retention.

Bright hoppy aroma with malt sweetness and balance. Lemony citrus. I didn't catch lime at first, but now I really notice it.

It's great to have a malt profile that's more than an afterthought. Rather than the rough graininess in a lot of pilsners, the malt is like a Dortmunder. This is a very nice hop profile too. Full of grassy and herbal and floral flavors with a dry bittering finish. Saaz and Hallertau are felt most on the finish. Lemon, pepper, I do like me some Hallertau. Yum yum.

This is just fine. Lively carbonation, but not aggressive. The right amount of body.

I liked their white ale, but adding this was the right move. This is a tasty and drinkable beer. I hope it sticks around for the summer, because I want something besides wheat beers. This is definitely a repeat buy for me, especially considering what this will cost. Great job.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 07:01:25 | More by ommegoose
Photo of babaracas


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold, two finger fluffy white head, fades to a thin layer, spotty lacing. Smell: lightly bready, white grape, grassy, spicy. Taste: amped version of the nose... mildly sweet, lightly bready, grassy, spicy, touch of lemon peel, slight white grape juice. Prickly carbonation. This is definitely in the top 3 or 4 SA offerings. Can't help but compare it to Prima Pils and it falls a little short, but is still a solid option. Best by June 2010.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 01:59:46 | More by babaracas
Photo of betterbgood


4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

the appearance has a nice golden urine color like after drinking a 40oz. I poured it into a pilsner glass, the carbonation is active.

the smell of the hops is phenomenal(hope i spelled it right)smelled like an light ipa or something. light bouquet of spring flowers

the taste is clean and crisp

mouthfeel is dry and crispy clean, the alcohol and carbonation zeens the throat

I'm choosing this lager for the Superbowl

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 01:38:03 | More by betterbgood
Photo of mikey711

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have always been a big fan of Sam Adams as it is a quality go to session beer, except for the White Ale, but luckily that is no longer a problem

A: Nice light golden straw color with a fluffy white head that sits atop. Plenty of rising carbonation. Very good head retention, lacing could be better.

S: Crisp and clean herbal hop aroma and a slight bready note, but the aromas are not all that pungent

T: Very clean and crisp tasting. notes of grass, some pininess, and floral flavors. A touch of caramel and and breadiness. Very simple. My main criticism is i think the flavors could have been a little sharper.

M: Very light body but the flavors are very full. Nothing offensive or harsh.

D: I think this may be one of my new favorite sam adams beers

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 23:10:49 | More by mikey711
Photo of Brez07


4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass

A: A light straw color that gives a 2 finger white head. There is great lacing at the top of the glass

S: The most prominent scent I get is lemongrass. There is also some yeast, floral notes and possibly honey

T: Again, lemongrass is what I detect the most here. Has a weak citrus flavor. There is a hint of hops, giving it a very small pine taste

M: Light to medium bodied. Very crisp. Somewhat sticky for the style

D: Super easy to drink and very refreshing. While I'm sad to see their old spring seasonal go (White Ale), this is more then a fine replacement

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 22:05:42 | More by Brez07
Photo of DaveFL1976


4.68/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Coasters Pub, Melbourne FL.
Pours a bright, clear, straw with a foamy bright white head that leaves a bit of lacing. Very effervescent and clean-looking.
Smell is grassy and mellow, but the hops are definitely there. Maybe not as much as a Victory Prima Pils, but more so than many quality German Pilsners.
This is one tasty pilsner. A crisp hop presence with a strong-enough malt backbone. Good job, BBC.
Drinkability is enourmous.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2010 15:52:54 | More by DaveFL1976
Photo of bnes09


4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very light straw colored brew. Thin soapy white head that sticks around for a bit but eventually disappears. So transparent, in fact, I can hold the glass up to the computer screen and read the words I am typing.

Smell is clean with citrus and floral hop aromas. Fresh and grassy with a bit of skunk in the nose.

Taste has some bold hops reminiscent of tangerine and lemon rind. Malt mellows it out providing a touch of biscuity goodness. Bit of a skunky after-taste like a Euro pale lager.

Fairly light in mouthfeel and has a crisp texture. Goes down effortlessly and leaves me wanting another sip.

I really like it. It has a complex flavor with plenty of hop character. Very crisp and satisfying. I hope it becomes one of Sam Adams' year round brews.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 05:18:43 | More by bnes09
Photo of jzolli

Rhode Island

4.9/5  rDev +30%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best pilsners I have had in a while. Definately a homerun for Sam Adams. I hope this becomes a year round offering rather than a seasonal. In my opinion this is the best pilsner since Victory's Prima Pils. I could drink this one over and over.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 04:54:27 | More by jzolli
Photo of barleywinefiend


4.58/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a straw yellow color with good carbonation and a small head. Nose is big dose of hpos for the style amd smells good with citrus and floral notes highlighting the nose. Taste is fresh and crisp upfront with hops, citrus and a slight bitterness on the end. This beer is clean and refrshing. I am very impressed, so much that I had 4 of these bad boys!Outstanding.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2010 02:41:24 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of Liverpool08


4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice clear golden yellow with a small head. Aroma of hops and a bit of citrus. First sip is a crisp hop flavor followed by a nice clean bitterness. This is what a lot of American pilsners lack. It has that nice hit of bitter that keeps the beer clean and fresh. SUPER drinkible. This should really be an all-year offering from SA. Glad they chose to make this this style the new seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 02:07:04 | More by Liverpool08
Photo of jeffthecheff


4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by May notched into the label.

Poured into my pilsner glass, it has a crystal clear, light gold color. The head is soft, light, and fluffy with excellent lacing. Eventually the head settles to a lace. Bubbles are visibly streaming through the glass.

Noble Pils has a nice, strong hop aroma. There is some citrus character with a soft, floral background. The citrus character is very soft and refined. There is a very soft sulfur character coming through, letting you know its a lager. Everything is very clean in the aroma, so you would have no doubts that this is a lager.

The taste is soft at first, with little going on besides a clean malt flavor combined with a bit of orange peel sweetness. The finish is bitter with a touch of floral hops in the finish.

The mouthfeel is soft and crisp but it contributes a considerable fullness from the malt. It is smooth and fits the lager style. Carbonation could be a touch higher, as it dulls down a bit towards the end.

This is another hit from the Sam Adams seasonal series. I know I'll be seeing Noble Pils again this Spring, and I look forward to seeing it on tap at places with otherwise unworthy beer selection. I'm glad this beer won against the IPA in the Beer Lover's Choice contest. I didn't need another below average IPA to choose from, but a good, fresh, traditional pilsner is appreciated.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 00:26:59 | More by jeffthecheff
Photo of Maltoftheearth


4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Balance, balance, balance...

A: Gold color. Thin head.

S: Some malt, but not very strong on the smell. Fruity for sure. Pleasant nevertheless.

T: Wow really nice stuff here. Starts a little grainy, then moves to a floral hoppy citrus. Very clean. Very clean.

D: As drinkable as a beer gets. Crisp finish with no off aftertaste that you can get with some super hoppy beers.

Very well done beer here. May not please all the hardcore hop-heads, but they will have to agree on its craftsmanship. Did I mention the balance?

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 21:41:14 | More by Maltoftheearth
Photo of WeisGuy

New York

4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a - pours a bright golden color, smallish white head with little retention and lacing, pretty clear

s - caramel malt and grain dominate the aroma, light citrus hoppiness

t - like the aroma, caramel and lightly roasted malt up front with a mild citrus hop flavor on the mid-palate, more caramel malt and a nice lager graininess on the finish, very well-balanced and clean/crisp, the finish is particularly long for the style

m - light-to-medium bodied, moderate carbonation, well-balanced finish, not overly dry or sweet

d - extremely drinkable, even for the style, taste is interesting enough, very refreshing and easy on the palate

Great beer overall and easily one of my favorites from BBC. I'd like to see this stick around as a year-round offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 21:23:51 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of burnstar


4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light gold with a medium, fairly persistent, dense, white head. Aroma is flowery herbal noble hops. Nice pils taste. Light malt and herbal hops. A little bitterness in the finish. Balanced but maybe just a bit on the hoppy side. Smooth. Pretty full bodied for a pils. Very drinkable. And very good overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 20:36:25 | More by burnstar
Photo of aubuc1


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a pilsner glass.

Pours a clear, bubbly, golden with a steady white head.

Smell is a grassy, minerally, and citrusy. Very clean and nice.

Taste is a biscuity, fruity, clean, hoppy delight.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and finishes dry.

One of the best beers I have had from BBC.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 20:16:42 | More by aubuc1
Photo of samoblue


4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A very, very solid German Pilsener.

Pours a golden straw color, with a thin, wispy head that didn't stick around too long. On the pour, didn't strike me as a particularly highly carbonated beer, but the bubbles remained very active for quite a while.

Smell - Nothing really stood out here. Biscuits, maybe lemon, and a faint whiff of hop aroma. Not bad, just nothing that I could really hang on ot.

Taste - Lots and lots of biscuity malt notes, a definite citrus tartness, and some spicy hop character, although not as much as I expected. It all comes together very, very well.

Mouthfeel - A sharpness that I can't decide is contributed by the hopping or the carbonation. Bone dry on the finish.

Drinkability - A refreshing, pleasant drinking beer that lends itself to having another. And another. I would put it up against many of its highly-rated cousins (Victory Prima Pils, Sly Fox Pikeland Pils, etc). A must try for those who are tired of winter and ready for spring.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 19:54:30 | More by samoblue
Photo of lordofthewiens


4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice beer. In my pilsner glass it was a golden color with a medium-sized white head that left a bit of lacing. Aroma was a tad meek. Faint citrus, kind of a fresh outdoorsy aroma. Ah, but much more comes through in the taste. Quite hoppy: earthy, floral notes. Balanced nicely with the sweet malt. A crisp, bitter mouthfeel. I could drink a bunch of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 13:31:58 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of drtth


3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served this beer is a clear bright gold color with a 1" white head that recedes slowly, leaving some lacing behind. Throughout most of the beer there is some foam on the liquid and a ring around the glass. Sipping leaves some speckled lacing.

Smell: While not particularly strong, the aroma has grassy/floral, earthy hops and a hint of lemon. There is also a clear bready character from the malt.

Taste: The flavors are clean, crisp and nicely balanced but light and non-assertive. The nose pretty much predicts the flavors: grassy, earthy, floral, lemony, bready. The faint sharpness of the hops is slightly muted by and has a well rounded counter balance in the lightly flavored sweet and bready character of the malt

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light bodied and slightly prickly with the lively carbonation. The finish is lightly flavored and dry as it tapers away leaving behind the urge for another sip.

Drinkability: This one scores reasonably well on drinkability because I could easily have another. While I'm thinking there are other Pils style beers I like and enjoy more, this one has its place as a beer of choice for an evening of dining and good conversation with friends.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 12:44:19 | More by drtth
Photo of jdmorgan


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't sure what to expect with this beer, but it was good all-around. It poured a light golden color with not much head at all.

The smell had sweet malt aroma with some hops in there too. The flavor was clean and crisp with a nice blend of hops and malt up front, fading into a pleasant and slightly sweet malt taste. Hop flavor was moderate and balanced well with the body. Full of flavor, yet clean.

I think this is a very drinkable beer and a good pilsener. I'll be buying more.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 04:30:45 | More by jdmorgan
Photo of Patrick999


4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at Abraxas. Very clear gold, excellent head retention.

Clean lemon zest aroma....definite noble hops. Fresh noble hops at that, very nice. As it warms, less lemon, and more pine, cannabis.

After the kolsch I just had, this tastes like a veritable hop bomb. Clean with bitter flower stems....like I'm chewing on a random wildflower. Clean and quite good. Fresh cereal grain for a malt bill.

Feel is sparkling and smooth, good level of carbonation.

I'm having a veritable Night of the Lagers here. I can't remember the last time I had so many lagers in a night. This is another good one, perfect for a long night at the bar.

Now and again, the Boston Beer Co. really knocks one out of the park....I have a feeling this is one of those beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 03:23:36 | More by Patrick999
Photo of Hojaminbag


4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Noble Pils has a very clear, bright gold body with tons of fast moving carbonation bubbles in it. The head is at least two fingers high, is bone white and soapy-looking. Retention is great, and the lacing is top notch also.

The nose is packed with noble hops that are earthy, spicy, grassy and a little bit bitter. Just a hint of pale malt creeps up from underneath the hops.

Just like the aroma, Noble Pils is packed with noble hop flavor. A spicy bitterness jumps out at me first, followed by some earthy and grassy hop flavors. A little bit of pilsner malt manages to claw its way out from underneath the mountain of hops, but just enough to provide a bit of balance. Noble Pils is all about the hops.

Very light body, high carbonation.

This sucker is pretty drinkable, and overall it is a pretty damn good pilsner. I could use a little bit more malt to balance things out, but this beer is good enough the way it is that I'm not complaining too much. Quite an improvement on the white ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 01:58:44 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of mutterfudder

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A - Pours thin into a light straw color. Aggressive pour gave a quickly dissipating thin foamy head. Beer has a nice effervescent carbonation.

S - Sharp, citric hop notes in a nice light body.

T - Sharp hop notes with a thin body. There is a nice, floral aftertaste to it.

M/D - The beer is nice and sharp on the palate and drinks well enough.

A good, light hop centric beer. Makes me think of a nice, 60 degree spring day. Can't wait for those to come back around!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 01:20:07 | More by mutterfudder
Photo of bgjohnston


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear pale yellow color, with a bright white foamy head and good carbonation. I enjoy a lot of dark beers, but this looked inviting, promising light, thirst-quenching refreshment.

And...that's what you get. I honestly don't pick up much with this one on smell alone, but the taste is clean, starting with a light sweet malt that is immediately complemented by a pine/citrus flavor that comes across as fresh, but not strong or overpowering. Feels light, yet full, and very drinkable. I am spending more time typing this than I need to finish a glass.

I wouldn't hesitate to bring a 6-pack of this to a function or share one with a friend.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 01:02:14 | More by bgjohnston
Photo of Natural510


4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, best-by dating June 2010.

Pours a medium straw-gold. Average amount of foam which quickly disappears and leaves little lacing.
Heavy breaded nose with sharp hop aroma.
Breaded malt complemented by an herbal pine hop. Hop bite a bit more discernible than your average Euro pils. Earthy, grassy with a hint of lemon kick. Crisp, dry finish from the yeast and hops.
Excellent in body; crisp & refreshing, with a dry, tart finish.
One of the best pilsners I've had, and one of the best offerings from Sam Adams, likely due to the freshness factor. An ideal substitute for those of us who can't enjoy a German offering without the trans-Atlantic voyage.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 00:48:20 | More by Natural510
Photo of crossovert


3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been hearing good things about htis, let's see if it can stand up to the German brews.

IT looks good enough for a pils, a bit yellower and less gold than most but it is a decent example. The head dissipates a bit quickly that you would like in a pilsener.

Smell is a bit of a downer here, it doesn't smell like a German pils at all, the malts jsut smell wrong, though the hops seem about right but they are too astringent and too fruity(lime,tropical) /herbal not lemony/grassy enough. The malts remind me of tortillas. It is almost like a "Mexican style" beer. Like all American pilseners it lacks that perfection you get with German Pilsners.

It tastes far removed form a German pilsener, but it is pretty good. It is sweet and fruity, the hops are lightly bitter, it is an easy drinker. The hops taste incredibly fresh.

It is still less refined as opposed to the Germans, but it is a pretty good beer. There definitely needs to be a new category or American Pilseners which are always fluffier and fruitier than their precisely engineered German cousins.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 00:39:59 | More by crossovert
Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,181 ratings.