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

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Ratings: 3,400
Reviews: 1,465
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 94
Gots: 266 | 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 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.

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

Pours a clear, golden color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of floral hops, hop oils, slight herbs, sweet malt, and slight earthy malt. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, hop oils, slight sweet malt, herbal, and slight earthy malt. Overall, a good body, blend, and drinkability.

Photo of browncrayon
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a nice light golden color. I thought I saw some green in there, but that must have just been the lighting in the room or an influence of the nice green on the label. Couldn't get much of a head since I was pouring gingerly into a glass of unknown volume.

S: Couldn't pick up too much on the smell of this one (a head would have helped). Definite grassy hop presence, but not much else I can say here.

T: The taste of this beer is great. I only seem to have come across fizzy yellow pilsners before this, but I'm loving the hop flavor in this. A bit of lingering bitterness, but it's exceptionally crisp. Earthy, piny, grassy. Even got a bit of a woody taste for a second there.

M: Light mouthfeel, crisp and even carbonation. Well-balanced.

D: I find this beer to be VERY drinkable. Not only does it have the hop flavor, but it's refreshing and impressively thirst-quenching. I could drink quite a few of these with no problem, without getting bored.

Photo of zoso493
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice golden color that you would expect out of a pilsener. It doesn't have an enormous head, but it leaves a damn good bit of sticky lacing for a pilsener.

Smell: This one has a really nice floral hop aroma. The smell really lives up to the name of "Noble Pils" as the noble hops abound in the nose. It also has a bit of a spiciness to it, but the flowery hops are easily the most dominant smell.

Taste: The taste is pretty straightforward in this one and more or less follows the nose. Lots of delicious, floral and sometimes piney hops, with some notes of spices in the background.

Mouthfeel: This is nicely carbonated and has a good amount of body to it, giving it a creamier feel. Despite the ample amount of hops, it also stays pretty crisp.

Drinkability: This is a fairly drinkable beer, but I there is just something about it that doesn't make me want to drink a whole lot of them, though I can't put my finger on what it is.

Overall, this is a very nice pilsener and is a must for any hop-lover to try. I imagine this would be a nice beer to drink in the warmer months, but I'm still content to have under the feet of snow we've been getting in North Carolina.

Photo of Damian
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants, Boston, MA
Served in a Samuel Adams glass

The beer poured a crystal clear, pale golden color with a tight, sticky, ivory white head that left small rings of webbed lacing along the glass.

The aroma was smooth and hoppy. The noble hops varieties were clean and grassy with a subtle, citrus quality. Biscuity malts were also quite noticeable.

The taste was super crisp and hoppy. Bready, German-style malts appeared up front. Grassy, earthy, Saaz hops dominated the center. Smooth and flowery. Some citrus (lemon) and spice notes came through as well. Semi-sweet with hints of honey. The finish was piney, dry and a touch bitter. Overall, quite clean and refreshing.

The mouthfeel was creamy and fluffy. Medium bodied for the style with a fine yet lively, tongue-blanketing effervescence.

Drinkability was terrific. Tasty, light and refreshing, this beer went down all too easily. It paired perfectly with the dozen raw oysters I ordered.

All in all, this was one of the most impressive releases to come from Jim Koch and company in recent memory. Well done.

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

Pours a clear pale gold with a decent all white head that has excellent retention and side lacing.

Smell is quite hoppy, especially for a Pilsner. Hops of pine branches and citrus predominate.

Taste is of tart citrus, lemon and a little grapefruit.
Mouthfeel is on the thin side.
Dry and bitter finish.
More complex than any Pilsner I have ever had.

Photo of HopHead29
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into pilsner

Pours a crystal clear golden yellowish color with little carbonation and a white head that leaves a thick ring of lace.

Smell is of citrus and a lot of pine.

Taste of hops is mostly a lime like taste with just a little bit of grassyness. Malt flavor is sweet and chewy.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I must admit I do not like Pilseners much. Heck my spell check doesn't even know how to spell it since I don't really review them. But since I got this in my variety box I thought I would review it.

A - Golden yellow in color with little head or carbonation.

S - Smells of hops and lager smells.

T - Grainy and slight bitter. Not the worst or best.

M - refreshing and crisp.

D - I guess if this is one of the best Pilseners I need to just drink and enjoy but I will stick to other styles.

Photo of billab914
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Pours a pale gold color with a thin white covering on top. It also left very good lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma is crisp with some grain and a lot of flavors coming from the noble hops. The hops give it a floral, spicy and slightly citrusy aroma. The taste has a spicy herbal flavor with a hint of citrus. It's crisp and light and pretty refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is good, it's light, pretty refreshing and an easy drinking beer overall. It's a very good representation of it's style as well.

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Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,400 ratings.