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

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3,220 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,220
Reviews: 1,452
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 84
Gots: 122 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 deltatauhobbit


3.15/5  rDev -16.4%

Pours a clear light straw color with a great sized head, fades at a decent rate, some patchy lacing along the glass as it empties.

Smell is mostly sweet malt but hints of hops and citrus do come through, but quite weak, was expecting a bit more from this.

Taste is surprisingly thin and flavorless, sadly I consider this one of Sam Adam's worst, I'd much rather still have the White Ale and Boston Lager has a much better flavor profile, there isn't much in the way of hops (so much for all 5 noble hops doing anything) and it's mostly malt with a not-so-good bitter aftertaste.

An average pilsner, reach for Sam Adam's Hallertau Imperial Pilsner for a better beer.

01-28-2010 01:11:48 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%

The spring seasonals are coming out earlier and earlier each year.Poured into a pilsner glass a light lemony color with a nice formed bone white head that left half rings of broken lace as it settled pretty quickly.A mix of sharp herbal hop and toasted grain in the nose,just a tinge of lemon peel.The hops are the main component on the palate but they are well rounded in there different flavors,leafy,lemony,and sharp,flavors go along with a firm toasty base.This is just as drinkable as you can get I think, along with being food friendly.

01-27-2010 22:56:11 | More by oberon
Photo of civilizedpsycho


3.33/5  rDev -11.7%

Appearance: Has a pale gold color that is crystal clear. Didn't have much of a head and got almost no retention or lacing.

Smell: Has a nice malty aroma that's sweet and inviting with just a hint of hop aroma thrown in for good measure.

Taste: Has a pretty sweet malt flavor overall. It also seemed to have a bit of a citrus flavor as well. Not much hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Has a surprisingly fair body. I was expecting it to be quite watery, but there's a little something there.

Drinkability: While it's not bad, it's not particularly good either. It's something I could have again, but not all the time.

01-27-2010 22:07:18 | More by civilizedpsycho
Photo of HeroJH


4.15/5  rDev +10.1%

Wow, what a great seasonal. Too bad it might not be out when it's warmer heh. This is a perfect quencher with some real nice flavor and perfect balance. The extra hops, and the fullness of 5 different types they add creates such a pleasant aroma, taste and burp.

This is really a great testament to what pilsner can be. If you like pilsners, you'll love this.

A - Clear medium gold. Crystal clear actually. Casual bubbles work their way to the top. Nice thin blanket of foam stays on the surface and lends to some excellent lacing which will last the length of the glass.

S - A real nice Pilsner grainy-ness. Smells like walking in a wheat field. A nice subtle but easy to find aroma of hops. I think some slight dry hopping of the earthiest one of the hops would get it a 5.

T - A nice full grainy flavor with a perfect addition of hop flavor that kinda comes and goes. Such a good pilsner taste. I would use this as an example of an excellent pilsner to someone that was unfamiliar.

M - Dry, clean, refreshing. Cleansing carbonation and freshness from the hops.

D - Supreme. Very easy to drink. The nice dryness would help it cut through greasy or fatty foods. Might be a bit to dry in the finish to have too many.

I really hope they make this one of their regular beers, and not just a seasonal. I would really like to drink this in the summer after some yard work.

01-27-2010 21:02:35 | More by HeroJH
Photo of JamesS


4.8/5  rDev +27.3%

Pours a very nice golden color with excellent head and some nice lacing. Great scent, a very crisp and sweet aroma with wonderful hints of hops in the nose, a bit of citrus and spiciness. Great taste, one of my favorite pils; a wonderful malty sweetness starts it off, with that slightly skunky lager hit in the middle; finished with a bright hop fizz, hints of spice (pepper) and citrus are at the forefront. It finishes clean for such a hoppy pils, while keeping a slight bitter aftertaste.

01-27-2010 15:27:39 | More by JamesS
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Appearance: pours a crystal clear golden yellow color with a one finger head that slowly falls to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: floral hop bitterness is strong with some grass and lemon zest.

Taste: nice malt profile with grass, floral hop bitterness, honey, and lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: lighter side of a medium bodied beer. Crisp and mildly dry throughout. Very short aftertaste. Refreshing.

Drinkability: this beer is very easy to drink and is a serious session pilsner. Very tasty and a great addition to the SA family of beers.

01-27-2010 13:22:41 | More by Gavage
Photo of Chinon01


3.65/5  rDev -3.2%

This is a solid beer but to me the "German pilsner" character isn't pronounced enough. The dry finish is good and the aroma has some noble hop character but I think that the malts aren't clean enough and just don't seem to fit. Now honestly I don't think Prima's malts are spot on for a German pils but the beer still works better for me as a pils versus this one. Again this is solid beer but in terms of pilsners I enjoy Prima and the usual PA and German suspects decidedly more. I would have had trouble immediately distinguishing this beer from Boston lager if I weren't told what it was.

01-27-2010 09:08:56 | More by Chinon01
Photo of carsonplunkett


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%

A Sam Adams rep came into my restaurant tonight and gave a few of us a sample of this beer. I'm currently sipping it in my car after my shift. Haha.

A: Pours a golden color, like any typical pilsner, but has great head and head retention.

S: Floral hops. The smell reminds me a lot of SNPA.

T: Oddly tastes more like a pale ale than a pils. Lots of hoppy flavors and malt. Good!

M: Great carbonation. Very light and drinkable.

D: I'd have no problem sessioning this brew. Great drinkability.

Sam Adams Noble Pils was great. I'm a big fan of this brewery.

01-27-2010 06:43:10 | More by carsonplunkett
Photo of illidurit


4/5  rDev +6.1%

On tap at the Parish Publick House in Santa Cruz. Pours a clear light gold with a frothy white head that displays decent but not great retention. Aroma is full of grains, pale malt and spicy noble hops. Flavor is great as far as pilseners go. The malt base is largely unsweet with a touch of honey and cereal, but mostly straight up pils malt which doesn't even try to get in the way of the hops. One of the hoppiest pilseners I've ever had, really vivid grassy and spicy character with a very faint unripe grapefruit/lemon citric note towards the end. It's got an appreciable bitterness that unfortunately comes paired with some astringency on the tongue. With a more inspired aroma and a crisper, cleaner finish, this could be world class. But as it is, it's just really good and a welcome addition to the mostly-mediocre Sam Adams line.

01-27-2010 05:44:53 | More by illidurit
Photo of Portertime


2.48/5  rDev -34.2%

I came into this beer with good expectations. I usually like Sam Adams products. Poured a clear straw yellow with minimal head. Smell was of faint hops. The taste was muted with the finish falling flat. I wanted more complexity and it just wasn't there. It was fairly drinkable and probably a favorite for anyone who wants a mild beer that is relatively easy to pound.

01-27-2010 05:38:35 | More by Portertime
Photo of Mardukk


4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

Pours a sunny golden color with white head and lasting lacing.

Smells of herbal hops and perhaps some pale malt.

A perfectely balanced taste between herbal hops and honey touched malt. A very complex tasting pils as the start, middle and finish are all very different. The start and middle are dominated by the herbal hops with the almost honey tasting pale malt keeping the beer from being too bitter in the finish...yummmm.

The body is light with medium carbonation. The drinkability is very high.

Overall, this is a home run for SA. Complex taste in a pils with perfect balance and great drinkability. SA would do well to keep this as the spring offering and replace the less than stellar White Ale.

01-27-2010 05:13:27 | More by Mardukk
Photo of dickieb

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours a light golden color, like that of a bud light with a small bubbly head and some nice lacing. The smell is a bit light with hints of grainy hops and yeast. The flavor is rather hoppy with some light German malts and a pretty yeasty aftertaste. The mouthfeel is crisp and light and this one drinks like a good session brew. I actually enjoyed this one a bit better out of the bottle, but a pretty tasty beverage from Sam Adams.

01-26-2010 23:52:44 | More by dickieb
Photo of rtratzlaff

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

I am drinking this 12 oz bottle in the manner I like to drink it, which is somewhere around 38 degrees. I want it crisp and cold but flavorful.

What pours is a beautifully clear straw body with a white foamy head that stays through most of the 12 oz.

The aromas are citric lemon like hops and plenty of pilsner malt sweetness.

The flavor is exactly what I want in a pilsner. Plenty of pilsner malt flavor with lots of hop character that doesn't get too harsh. The five varieties really create a great flavor that is hard to pin as simple and doesn't get harsh as well. A very clean dry finish that leaves flavor without being annoying.

Mouthfeel is lighter but still substantive just enough carbonation. This is no "fizzy" beer for sure.

Drinkability: This truly has drinkability at 5.2% this is one great tasting pilsner. I usually prefer Czech pilsener's but this Nobly German pilsener truly pleases this Beer Advocate. I would highly suggest this to someone looking to crossover into craft.

01-26-2010 18:55:32 | More by rtratzlaff
Photo of Reidrover


3.53/5  rDev -6.4%

Regular looking lager type..pale gold with a nice frothy/thick off white head. Very citrusy aroma mostly lemon, something else cant put finger on..ah its black peppercorns, slightly eathy. taste is also peppery, with smooth honey like sweet ness, hops are understated.mBut get a nice after taste. Ok mouthfeel nothing stellar. Overall a strange PIls kinda like Full Sails attempt last year. Good but hardly near a classic pils.

01-26-2010 15:00:51 | More by Reidrover
Photo of ommegoose


4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

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


4.2/5  rDev +11.4%

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

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

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +13.5%

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

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


4.05/5  rDev +7.4%

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

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


4.68/5  rDev +24.1%

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.

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


4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

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

Rhode Island

4.9/5  rDev +30%

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.

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


4.58/5  rDev +21.5%

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.

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


4.13/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

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


4.22/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

01-25-2010 00:26:59 | More by jeffthecheff
Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,220 ratings.