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

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3,169 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,169
Reviews: 1,448
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 80
Gots: 98 | 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 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really impressed with this SA. Pours a bubbly, vibrant straw color with a foamy, off-white head. Very hoppy aroma and taste with a solid amount of carbonation, just on the cusp of being too much--but actually just right. Slightly sweet with a dry finish. Highly recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2010 22:33:20 | More by oldirtycaffrey
Photo of Mdog


3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold, good head.

Smell: Not much despite a vigorous pour, a little grassy I suppose.

Taste: There may not be much hops on the nose, but they are in the taste. Starts with a grassy hop flavor then followed with a little breadiness and a touch of lime peel.

Drinkability: A nice session beer.

Sam Adams has a pretty nice pilsner here, the lime/citrus peel flavor is something I've never tasted in a pils before, but it's not unwelcome. I liked the white ale, and this is pretty good too.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 20:29:02 | More by Mdog
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New York

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear pale honey color perhaps a shade darker than most pils. The head is pure white and clinged nicely to the glass. The aroma is pepper and spicy from the hops, there is dry cracker like malt scent. The taste has a citrus zest, some orange, honey and it seems like they added lime zest. This is followed by a grassy, peppery, overall spicy noble hop flavor which adds some dry bitterness in the end. The body is fairly light with moderate carbonation, starts sweet and finishes slightly bitter. A unique pils, not sure I am totally digging the lime citrus flavor in a pils but it is not cloying or artifical. It has good typical pils characteristics with the added lime like zest.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 20:13:48 | More by Gmann
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4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a proper tall, narrow pils glass, this is a very nice, very clear gold color with a small but dense head on top. Delightful aroma--very perfumy scent of flowery noble hops, but by no means a hop aroma explosion like a typical IPA: Subtle, hinting of honey, with a bit of malt underneath. Excellent flavor as well, offering a smooth malt initially, with a touch of biscuitness, together with a lot of floral, lightly spicy hop flavor; a nice change from the resinous, citrus hop bombs I drink most of the top. Bitterness is on the high side of moderate, finishing clean and somewhat dry.

Sam Adams' beers vary wider than almost any other brewery; some are wretched (like the recent blackberry wit). This one is very well-made and a welcome addition.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 19:55:41 | More by allengarvin
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4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a pillowy white head that looked good and left some nice lacing behind.

Floral aroma with some grassy notes and a very light citrus presence.

Taste starts off very floral and grassy, very similar to the nose. Some lemon notes can be detected midway along with a subtle spiciness that lingers to the end.

Crisp and moderately carbonated with a dry finish. In general, I find myself being underwhelmed by most attempts at this style, but the new SA offering turned out to be fairly good. An easy drinker that may be my new favorite among their normal seasonal lineup, and definitely worlds apart from the White Ale which it replaces.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 09:11:45 | More by Vengeance526
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4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle. Best before May, 2010. I also like the green label.

A: Pours a shiny golden color with a thin white head which leaves nice sticky lacing.

S: Citrusy with an interesting aroma of hops and wheat.

T/M: Crisp and smooth going down with a dominant amount of fruit hops. Malts are less noticeable but I think still helps balance the brew out. Carbonation is good with an interesting but not overpowering bitter aftertaste.

D: Very enjoyable beer. One of the better seasonal brews from Sam Adams. Easy to drink and very true to the style.


Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 05:06:48 | More by mnrider
Photo of Proteus93


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

A: Pale straw colour, quite suitable to style... nice white head, about a finger worth, with decent lacing around the glass along with a pleasant little sheet that holds on the whole time.

S + T: Hops dominate the nose, but not the common assertiveness of American beers... rather, modest and full of aromas that gather together nicely, lingering for a while. Flavour is a little more assertive. Soft citrus-like qualities, floral notes, touch of spiciness, and a general leafy character stand out - both on the nose and in the taste. It's all balanced by an appropriate malt backbone that certainly takes the back burner, but does make its presence known.

M + D: Crisp, rather dry, and most certainly refreshing. It's well-carbonated, which makes the dryness in the finish even more enjoyable on my palate. The Boston Beer Co. have come out with a well-crafted brew with this one - a kind homage to the traditional German breweries. An excellent beer that I would certainly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 03:21:27 | More by Proteus93
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New Hampshire

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

The expiration on the bottle is May 2010. Sampled on January 22, 2010. It pours a nice looking golden-amber with decent clarity and slow going carbonation with almost no head of any kind. There are noticeable hops and malts in the aroma and they seem to balance each other out with the same level of strength. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. The hops are more noted in the taste than in the aroma along with a bit of cereal grains and light malts. It ends dry. Complex but enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 02:56:08 | More by puboflyons
Photo of mooseisloose


4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Without a doubt SAM brews like a champ. Seeing this new brew I picked up a twelver without hesitation, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top a delicious smelling fog rises out of the bottle smelling of malts and earthy almost pale ale type hops. The brew pours to a bright yellow with a thick foamy head that stands well. On the taste this brew has a extreme fresh flavor, the mouthfeel is full and rich with great body. Back to the taste, it is slightly bitter but sweet, not balanced but plentiful. The malts and hops are not merged but are both present. This is the best pils I have ever dranken, bar none.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 01:48:23 | More by mooseisloose
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4.63/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had out of a 12oz bottle into a hefe-tulip glass.

A-spongy, fluffy, dense, white head. Very clear golden body.

S-very distinct floral hop aroma.

T-very nice and malty, nice hop flavor in the middle.

M-medium, somewhat slick.

T-Really incredible offering by Sam's. This is what a pils made in America should be. Full of flavor. Spot on.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 00:52:42 | More by jneiswender
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New Jersey

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

I have been quite the slacker in reviewing lately but wow, did this great surprise come out of nowhere.

12oz bottle from a pack poured into the Sam uber glass.

A: Effervescent crystal gold color with nice pilsener lacing. Very light and airy looking, had me worried it was going to be on the overly thin side.

S: Fruits and these noble hops as the name would lead you to. A snappy crisp seasoning almost to the nose that tickles the taste buds just right.

T: This is nothing shy of a great European pils. The fruit flavors from the hops with the earthiness blend over so well it is a true pleasure to drink. The crisp flavors from the bite of what I called seasoning created a superb aftertaste.

M: Overtly carbonated- awesome texture. This is what a pilsener should be. Wow.

D: I have enjoyed more than one of Sams offerings, but this is tops on my list. There are some truly great of this style coming out of the northeast. The sweetness is mild, the hops are mild, the aftertaste is mild, I can go through a boatload of these and plan to.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 00:36:19 | More by marcpal
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4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So long White Ale.

A: Perfectly clear golden color, excellent 3 finger head in my SA Perfect Pint, nice lacing.

S: Grassy and floral hops, lemon, and some things I cant put my finger on. The aroma is more complex, and more pleasing than I expected.

T: The grassy/slightly fruity hops from the nose are first to greet me, balanced nicely by a firm malt backbone. Nice lingering bitterness toward the end, as well.

M: Plenty of body for the style, which is a good thing. Crisp carbonation.

D: I could drink these all night! Sessionable.

This is a great pilsner. I would prefer this over Prima Pils actually... this one is more balanced. Prima Pils struck me as a little too hop foward for a the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 22:29:07 | More by zoolzoo
Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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