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

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Ratings: 3,381
Reviews: 1,462
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 91
Gots: 222 | 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 zoso493
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
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
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
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
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz.

Pours a crystal clear light gold. Light white head dissipates to lacing and holds there. Some light bubbles are consistently rising.

Smells like fresh grains and slightly of dry hops. Good grainy and fresh character.

Tastes grainy and mildly hoppy. The taste is very clean and fairly crisp.

Moderate body and light bubbly carbonation are the components of the mouthfeel.

All in all, a nice easy beer. Would be great for a warm summer day. Easy to gulp if you want and a real thirst quencher. Kind of what macro lagers pretend to be but aren't. Hard not to recommend trying it.

Photo of klewis
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a bright, crystal clear golden with a modest frothy head. Good lacing.

S: A light aroma of herbal hops and pale malt.

T: Well-balanced with an almost equal mixture of malt and hops. Predominant taste of honey with a light grassy flavor.

M: Light-bodied with med.-high carbonation. Crisp and bone dry.

D: I'd like the hops to be a bit more assertive, yet this is still a tasty quaff and would make an excellent session beer.

Photo of DIM
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a clear pale golden color. It was served to me with a small fizzy cap.

s: Mild spicy, herbal hop aromas and biscuits. Clean, no off aromas.

t: While very good, this doesn't quite pop the way I hoped it would. Nothing off with the biscuity and herbal flavors. This just doesn't measure up to the great pils' out there.

m: Crisply carbonated with a short finish.

d: Crisp, clean, and refreshing. I'll probably have this again when I see it, but there are better Amerixan examples of the style I think.

Photo of cuttsjp
4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured a most beautiful pilsener gold. Head is just a tinge off white. Lacing was subtle but still created a nice white collar with each sip. Medium to high carbonation is visible and contributes to a nice nose.

S: The aroma is very nice, floral and very hoppy. A citrusy and piny aroma lingers from the hops. A nice dryness gives the beer a very champagny, crisp aroma. Definite sweetness detectable, as well as a subtle spiciness. Definitely much more there than one might expect in a pilsener.

T: The flavor is fantastic, hoppy but well-balanced. The hops give a wonderful blend of citrusy freshness and resiny earthiness. Like the aroma, there is a definite floral sweetness that is cut by the sharp, tangy hops.

M: The mouthfeel is bright and sharp with medium to high carbonation. Just enough to compliment the spicy hops, but not so much as to overwhelm the senses. Light, drinkable feel that is by no means flaccid.

D: This is an unbelievably drinkable beer, as can be expected from Sam Adams, but there is still so much interest to the palate in this beer. It would be amazing as a spring/summer beer as it is very crisp and refreshing without sacrificing any body or character. It's no wonder Jim Koch chose this beer to serve at his daughter's wedding. It's also no wonder the Sam Adams brewery brought it back. Damn good brew that I was lucky enough to try right at the brewery, on tap in a 7 oz. tasting glass.

Photo of MadElf25
4.95/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Noble Pils is a beer that if you have not had it yet, you must go out and by it. the first sip is key, the beer was like heaven in my mouth full of flavor and very airy, the smell was mesmorizing and highly recommend that you bring this beer to a party cause i guarentee that you will become the life of the party.

Photo of nrbw23
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a crystal clear gold color with a nice white head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Nothing over powering here. I can pick up a bit of malts and some spicey hops.

T- Nothing terrible by any means but also nothing to write home about. Some nice malts peak through along with Earthy, grassy and spicey hops.

M- Fairly light in body and quite a bit of carbonation.

D- Easy to drink just not my favorite style.

Photo of dasenebler
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale, clear gold. Small finger head, decent lacing.

Aroma is light biscuit malt with some spicy hops.

This pils is on the maltier side of the spectrum, but there's a decent hop bite on the back of the palate. More citrusy than grassy. Pleasant pale malts really come through, contributing a flavor that lacks imperfection, but also character, unfortunately. Smooth mouthfeel, pleasing medium carbonation.

In the end, I'm impressed by this new offering from Sam. A pretty good value beer that's eminently drinkable. Would like to perceive more of those five Noble hop varieties though.

Photo of Goliath
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a one inch bright white head. There is decent head retention and lots of lacing.

The aroma is decent. There's some spicey hops, a bit of fruit, and some pale malt.

The taste is ok. There's a decent pale malt profile giving a huge cereal note and some raw grain. There's a decent hop showing giving some bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of fine bubbled tingley carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate to high. The flavor profile is decent, but I'm not as impressed as most. The ABV is on the low end which makes for an easy drinking experience, and overall the beer is a pleasure to consume.

Photo of Florida9
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very clear gold in color. A small 1/8" of fizzy white head that leaves no lacing.

S: Biscuit and bread. Grassy hops. Characteristically pils.

T: Biscuit and bread. Dry and crisp. A slight bitter finish.

M: On the thinner side of medium with a higher carbonation level. Very clean and very crisp. A quite refreshing beer.

D: Very easy drinker and, while hoppy, this is not the American-style hop bomb. Not surprisingly, this one tastes very much like a pilsner should.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So much better on tap it's like a completely different beer.

Poured into a pilsener glass with a schooner on it. I didn't know I had a pils glass, much less one with a schooner on it--sweet. Clear, pale straw color with a thick white head. Great retention for a lager.

Nice hoppy nose, but could be stronger (like it is on draft): Saaz spice with a little pine resin/grapefruit compliment. Fresh and prickly like a freshly squished hop cone. Rich and matly flavor with spicy citrus intrigue. Acquires a heavy honey flavor as it warms which I'm not a fan of. I often find noble hops kinda antiseptic and unpleasantly herbal when overdone and this beer may just cross that line. A little overcarbonated?

This would be a great spring beer...if it wasn't released in January.

My dad likes it!

Photo of madtappers
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard shaker pint glass.

Very clear gold color with a white lacey head. Aroma of both piny and grassy hops. This beer is well balance and very drinkable, has both a nice hop taste on the tongue while beeing very smooth.

Great beer for a warm spring or summer day, normally not a big fan of Sam Adams beers but this one is a winner and a true to the pilsner style.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured a brilliant lemon-gold with dull orange tints and a off white head that was quick to dissipate. The lacing was slight with a thin broken collar while the visible carbonation was medium strong leading into a appreciable nose.

S: The aroma was fresh flowery hop cones, with earthy greenery (ferns) with a bit of dry herbal appeal (feathery dill). There is a fresh sense of grains that add a lightly dry but sweetened appeal along with underlying light spicy notes of saaz. Overall a beautiful blend of hops and grains gives this a very a very good aromatic sense that really stands out per style.

T: The flavor is equally impressive with opening notes of sweet grains, spicy hops and a good flowery sense. Fresh greenery and dry herbs (feathery dill) add dominant earthy touches. The palate is crisp and very sharp in delivery with a light sweet toasted presence. The beer finishes up with a dry flowery hopping with a bit of spicy citric elements and buttered sweet grains.

M: The mouthful was bright and sharp with a good feel of buttery creaminess. Eloquently smooth it slides around the tongue effortlessly and with much delight ending with a good bite of flowery spicy hops.

D: Sam Adams has always been known for drinkable beers, and this is certainly no exception, but rather the defining nature of drinkability. A good sense of noble hops gives this a very appreciable nose and flavor while maintaining a smooth and very good balance making this go down with incredible ease and delight. Probably one of the best drinking beers period, let alone per style, this one will serve as my gold standard as the perfect drinkability example. If this was year round this would be my go to beer and incredibly priced at $25 a case you certainly are not gonna get a better experience per dollar. Keg worthy.

Photo of peterlovesbeer
4.7/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ordered this at Rudy's, the finest beer palace in Cape Elizabeth, Maine and enjoyed it with their signature "massive fish" dinner.

It is very light in color but has a distinctive piney, citrusey nose.

The taste is crisp, with true Pilsener malt flavors and great balance.

I really enjoyed this and found it a great contrast to the many very hoppy and high alcohol bombs that craft brewers seem to be brewing in greater volume.

Photo of pdoran10
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack this weekend to see how this pilsner stacks up.

The beer pours our a very clear golden color with a slight amount of carbonation. Looks a lot like apple juice. The smell is a blend of bitter hops, very crisp. The taste does not follow the smell, I get a small hop presence in the taste with the malt sort of overwhelming the other tastes. Tastes like the same malt that is in Boston Lager. Not impressed, but after a few the taste has grown on me a bit. Mouthfeel is normal, but not very substantial and a bit watery. The beer really shines in its drinkability as it goes down smooth.

Photo of pasdachuri
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden straw color, bright white head and pretty nice lacing

Citrus, zingy, sweet malt, grassy hops aroma.

It tasted grassy with sweet toasty caramel malt. Some bitter hop bite with a citrus kick. Strong Hop character resembles a good APA.

Medium-light body, smooth. Finishes pretty dry, the hops linger with a citrus character.

High drinkability. Refreshing and tasty.

Photo of hosehead83
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Clear, pale, golden in color, with a moderate head of foam
Aroma-Subtle hop and citrus notes
Taste-Definite clean hop flavor, subtle citrus notes, a bit soapy with a clean hop backbone that stays to the finish.
Overall, pretty drinkable with nice clean hop flavor throughout-A bit like a subdued American Pale Ale.

Photo of BillyBoysPie
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From a bottle into a pilsener glass. How appropriate...

Pours a transparent golden with a bone-white head. It's clear from the appearance this beer is loaded with carbonation. Tons of tiny, little bubbles are floating to the surface. There's a very dense head that leaved a full layer of foam on top. Plenty of lacing, too. It looks like a German Pilsener.

Well, hops. Yes. It smells like hops. Who would have thought. It's actually a spot-on pilsener (from the aroma), but I'll throw it out there. It's very spicy, which I like, and is a refreshing change from the American-style citrus-zest/tree-sap style so frequently seen now. Hints of pepper and scallions are on the nose, with a full hop aroma to follow. There's a little floral bit on the back of the nose, something like lilies and roses. Really rich.

Yum. I was a bit worried I'd find this beer too "light" or "pale" but it's full of flavor. Like I said previously, it's a great contrast to the American "over-hopped" beers (yes, I know it's an American brewer, but you understand...) and presents a delicate and nuanced flavor. It rolls through the mouth nicely, starting with the a hint of bite and orange/grapefruit. It moves into a mixture of the barley and florals that is full and refreshing. On the tail, there's a hint of pepper and a pleasing metallic flavor that's reminiscent of copper. The subtle complexities aren't masked by a spicy meal, and this would stand up to lots of food.

Well carbonated, imparts a very light texture that approaches effervescent, but remains in the style of the best German pilseners.

This would be a great session beer on a summer day. The light character wouldn't necessarily match with heavy BBQ or burgers, but spicy Bratwurst with mustard and sauerkraut would be ideal. I paired it with a spicy pasta norteña and was very, very happy. It would be great for a hot summer day by the lake with grilled fish. Also, alternating sipping this with a traditional hefeweizen would make for a great summer session.

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

Had this on tap twice in two days as it's really that good.
Arrives a bright golden color with a creamy white head. Lacing? Sustained carbonation? Check.
Smells of resin'y hops, but no so much that some hints of bready malt dome come out, too.
Wow...this is really solid and more authentic than I expected, too. Reminds me a lot of a fresh west German pils. Hoppy, but without being too sharp or biting like the ones from the north. The malt isn't the star, but it isn't lost either.
Pairs well with spicy foods and burgers alike.
Probably the best thing I've had from Sam Adams to date. Drinkable, flavorful, and ideal for the style.

Photo of isualum12
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

The smell of orange hit me right away. There is some good smelling citrus through out. White full head which held it's self. The color of the beer is a golden yellow.

Different in flavor...somewhat fruity almost blue moon like. I don't taste the hops on the tonge, which I like. Carbonization is perfect for the body of this beer.

I really like the taste but it is not a beer I could line up and drink all night.

I feel like I want to try it again with a slice of orange.

Try pairing with shrimp or pasta.

Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,381 ratings.