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

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3,367 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,367
Reviews: 1,460
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 87
Gots: 191 | 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 josefnewsong
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a clear golden color with white head that leaves quite a bit of lacing
S - smells of grassy hops and hints of citrus and maybe clover
T - juicy lemon and various spices up front, finish is a clean, crisp hop flavor with no skunkiness to be detected
M - excellent. A rush of carbonation at first, tingly...substantial body for a pils. Finish is crisp and sticky but not too dry.
D - about as drinkable as they come with no wateriness to speak of. I only have one bottle but I could drink at least 5.

Overall this is a truly great pils. It's making me think of summer and simultaneously wish I had a big juicy hamburger.

Photo of JDK
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a very clear honey-wheat color with a short lasting 1 finger head.

It smells of very light malts and a touch of hops. Very clean and light.

The taste is very good with the hops adding a little tartness but finishes very clean and dry.

Could definately drink several in a session.

Very much worth trying. So happy SA is expanding their line!

Photo of LyonsHead
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden straw color, bright white head and pretty nice lacing

S: There is a nice malt aroma in the background that is reminiscent of a grain, grass or hay; there is also a faint honey-like aroma. A strong but delicate hop aroma. I get a good bit of citrus (lime). floral notes from the noble hops as well

T: There is a pretty good initial malty sweetness followed by a bready grain taste. When the hops come they hit you with a soft bitterness and citrus character.

M: Medium-light body, smooth. Finishes pretty dry, the hops linger with a citrus character, the malty sweetness does not

D: This is a highly drinkable, very refreshing pilsner. Wonderful malt background that is present but not overpowering, its a great profile for the noble hops. I cannot distinguish all five noble hops individually, but you can tell right away its noble. Very delicate hop flavor and dry finish make this highly drinkable. Great way to introduce someone to hops without overwhelming them

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

Pours a transparent golden color, with a white fluffy head that dissipates slowly. Lot's of lacing.

Smells of hops, with a hint of citrus. But not overpowering.

Taste is hops and sweet malt. A citrus after taste with lingering malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel has a hint of creaminess up front, some carbonation and a dry finish.

Wow, what a wonderful beer. It is different from the German Pilsners I have had, in that there is more sweet malt. I will gladly buy this beer again, especially at $12.99 a twelve-pack.

Photo of sevopie
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden color with a white fluffy head. Laces well. Not unlike you'd expect from a good pilsner, except maybe the lacing bit.

Very grassy on the nose with a touch of pine and skunk. Also a bit of a musty smell, and a hint of smoky sweet malts.

Very spicy and lemony on the initial attack, with a sour skunkiness on the finish. There's a touch of honey and a bit of grain in there as well.

Light but creamy body with a solid but not overpowering carbonation.

This is a winner in the pilsner category in my book. Still lags behind Victory's Prima Pils, but that's not a bad thing as that beer is almost in a category of its own. Very solid offering from BBC, reaffirming my belief that they know what they are doing most of the time.

Photo of TheMadJack
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz. Bottle into Pilsner Glass.

The beer pours a bright, clear, pale straw yellow with a full inch of dense head. Good lacing - by the time I finished I had delicate remnants of head all the way down the glass. Carbonation is very energetic. This is exactly how a pilsner should look.

Plenty of spicy hops in the nose. Lemony, flowery, and just the slightest bit of skunkiness. Similar to the skunk found in Heineken or Grolsch, but MUCH more subdued. Good malt presence, clear, unobtrusive.

The brew is delightfully crisp and bitter. Pine, lemon and grassy flavors dominate the hops. Malts are solid. Just a touch of sweetness. Mostly clean finish save for the bitter hanging out on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel is equally crisp. This beer has a cool, confident bite that livens things up.

The solid hops presence, well-balanced flavor, and refreshing mouthfeel make this one a pleasure to drink, and it sets light on the gut.

Photo of fattire513
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Overall a great beer. The first one that I have tried with 5 different kinds of hops. A different taste than other hoppy beers. Not too carbonated which I love, sometimes the IPA's can be a bit strong on the carbonation side I feel. I agree that this should be a summer release, but now is a pretty good time to drink a few. I could see myself drinking more of these in one sitting, as for right now, this late maybe not. I feel this beer would be exceptionally good on tap, but as of now haven't been able to find it.

Photo of bgreg3
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks a beautiful gold, with negligible foam that dissipates quickly. Air bubbles launch from two specific points on the bottom. Smells of tons of pilsner type malts, and of course noble hops. The body is pretty light and has great pilsner taste. Fuck miller lite, this has all the pils of three kegs of it. Dry finish. Quite flavorful good finish, damn good beer. I love a good pils, it reminds me of the simplest of beers, but it is actually quite complex and difficult to craft. Nicely done.

A big problem with this beer is it should be a summer release. I bet it would beat the heat soooo nicely in the garage or on the porch. O well better now than never.

Photo of Brad007
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been hearing lots of good stuff about this and the only way to get it was in a mixed 12 pack.

Pours a bright yellow color with ample carbonation and a decent one-finger head into my pint glass. Good presentation and the head seems to hold.

Aroma is strong with noble hops and sweet malt standing out the most.

Taste is full of sweet, bready malt followed by grassy noble hops. Coats the mouth, imparting a bit of chewiness to the malt as well. Seems well-balanced.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering bready malt and grassy hops. The standard but a slight difference remains that this beer isn't "harsh" and yet, maintains the bite from the hops. Very easy to drink and enjoy.

In my opinion, this seems like a worthy foe to Victory's Prima Pils. It isn't as biting and it's only a seasonal brew. However, if I see this in a 6 pack, I'll do a side-by-side comparison with Prima Pils. Certainly a gem in a 12 pack that's worth savoring.

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

Had this beer at a local wing bar just a few notes. smells beautiful full of citrus hops and nice grapefruit smell. tastes so good i never knew a pilsner could have so much flavour. Wonderul carbonation and smooth mouthfeel.

Oveall i could deffinatly drink a sixer of this anyday. Yum Yum.

Photo of webbcreative
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours light golden yellow color, with 1 finger white head. Aroma is typical german pilsner malt, but with a wonderful smell of citrus, piney hops, coming from the variety of 5 Noble Hops that are used. Taste is pretty much the same as the smell, pilsner malt taste upfront then the 5 noble hops take front stage the rest of way, and is really nice, they are not overpowering though, they are just really really nice. mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium.

Overall, I wish I had picked up a six pack instead of just a single, because I could have drank several of these during the super bowl tomorrow :( oh well.

Photo of fank2788
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass
Bright clear, light yellow gold in the glass with a fine bubbled pure white head that laces a bit on the way down. The smell is clean aromatic and herbal hoppines. There is a light balance of pilsner malt but for the most part the smell is just very fresh hops, my first impression was of opening a bag of hops while homebrewing. The taste is a base of pale malts with nothing really assertive on the malt side as the real player is the hops. A full range of flavor from grasses to herbs to a bit of lemon and pepper is some of what you get. The mouthfeel too is good lively and light with a healthy level of carbonation that keeps things quite tingly the finish is clean and pretty dry with a lingering bitterness from the hops. Overall this is a really good offering. Personally I'm much happier with this than I was with the old spring seasonal the white ale. Not only is it a good Spring beer from Sam but a solid example of the german pils.

Photo of confer
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was looking forward to trying this beer after seeing the ads. It pours a sparkling clear mid yellow with a lingering cap.
No hops in the aroma. A dull sweet lager smell.
Lemony and piney hops taking turns in the tatse, but very subdued.
This beer has a good feel and goes down real easy, but I was expecting a bit more of a hop bite. I will drink this again though.

Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1pt 6 fl. oz. bottle served in a pilsener glass. Best by May notched on the label. Poured a translucent, pale gold with a one inch, loose bright white head. Some specks and strands of lacing revealed during the session. Nose reveals a light, citrusy character and a kiss of aromatic hops. Taste follows nose; a slight cereal grain quality comes out in the mix, but very nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is light in body and in carbonation. I'm not a huge pilsener fan, but this one work for me. Clean, simple, flavorful and sessionable. Probably one of the best from Sam Adams in some time.

Photo of humuluslupulus8
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer was a golden yellow color and transparent. The white head was taller than expected and contained large bubbles; it thinned out quickly. There was a normal amount of carbonation and only a little lacing was left behind.

S: I smelled plenty of hops, and I thought the beer smelled very similar to Stone Ruination- the two beers must contain at least one of the same variety of hops (reminded me of a gunpowder smell). I could smell some of the malt.

T: Like my perception of the smell, I thought the beer tasted similar to Ruination, but weaker. I tasted the alcohol at first, but did not notice it later. The taste was hops dominant (but not that bitter) with some sweet maltiness. Overall, I thought this beer tasted like a balanced pilsner that someone had mixed with some Ruination; this isn't necessarily a bad thing.

M: There wasn't anything special about the mouthfeel. Not too thick and not too thin.

D: This beer was good overall, but it was not what I was expecting. I thought pilsners were generally balanced with their malt and hops flavors. While not too bitter, this beer definitely had a hops dominant aroma and taste. While people who really like the flavor of hops might enjoy this version of a pilsner, I prefer pilsners that have a balanced flavor profile. I would still drink this again.

Photo of goblue3509
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very clear golden color with a nice one finger white frothy head which gives way to some lacing. The aroma is of floral hops with some earthy tones over a sweet malt backbone and a hint of lemonzest. The taste is of floral hops with some earthy hops as well over top of a sweet malt backbone, there is also a hint of lemonzest and small hint of orange. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall the drinkability is very high, you can drink a six pack of these easy, it goes down very smooth.

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

Noble Pils pours a nice golden color. It's very clear. A white head caps it off and stands about a finger and a half tall. Retention is pretty good. It holds up for a bit. Lacing was a little sticky, but light.

The nose is pretty good. It smells predominantly floral and hoppy. It has a strong earthy quality to it that resonates throughout. There's a sweet, malty scent that's notable. Hops seem to be the focal point. I'm not sure if it's true or not, but I heard that Noble hops were used in this beer. Maybe I read that somewhere. It smells slightly spicy on the tail. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Not bad.

The flavor is good. It doesn't deviate from the roadmap the nose laid out. It has a sweet malt base that's tasty and holds things together nicely. Hops are very strong in the mix. They're mostly floral and seem to have spicy edge. But, light citrus lemon becomes more apparent with each passing sip. It's slightly bitter, but there's far more hop flavor here than hop bitterness. A little yeast is noted on the tail. Alcohol is blended very well. It finishes dry and hoppy.

Noble Pils has a light body. Carbonation is active, but not buzzy. It's not far from smooth. Just a little more body would do the trick. Drinkability is good. Noble Pils is rather tasty and goes down easy. If liked Noble hops more, it'd be damn near perfect. Unfortunately, my palate grows a little tired of Noble hops quickly. Nonetheless, it is easy drinking.

Noble Pils has generated quite the buzz in a short period of time. Given that, my expectations were quite high. The verdict - it's good, but not quite as good as the buzz would suggest. It's a solid beer, but it just doesn't 'wow' in any way. Having said that, it is a tasty beer that's sessionable in my book. Pretty good stuff. Well worth checking out.

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

[Appearance]: Deep golden color, clear, lots of carbonation, nice fluffy head, lacing looks good on the glass.
[Smell]: Spicy hop aroma, earthly, floral, sweet grains.
[Taste]: Spicy hop up front, floral, earthly, touch of zesty lemon, finish off sweet grainy at the end.
[Mouthfeel]: Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation, finish is clean and slight dryness.
[Drinkability]: Drinkability is good.

Photo of Hautacam
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

After reading the reviews, I had to have some of this. But, it is a big disappointment. The smell is great; really nice noble hops aroma, very fresh and noble for sure.
But taste wise; to quote Gertrude Stein in reference to California( no, I don't normally quote her...not that there's anything wrong with quoting her) "there's no 'THERE' there".
Surprizingly watery; way too little hop flavor compared with the tease from the aroma.
Mouthfeel was OK, but again ,kind of thin.
I'll probably give away the rest of the sixer.

Photo of argock
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass.

A: Clear golden with 1-finger nearly white, big-bubbled head with decent retention but no lacing.

S: Light grain, and the hops of the bottled version were nowhere to be found. I allowed some warming which helped a little but didn't make much difference.

T: A big disappointment when put up against the bottle too with a soft, pale malt sweetness with barely any of the roasted notes present in the bottled version. The hops are also muted and don't have nearly the character with only a bit of spice and not much sharpness.

M: Good medium-body with smooth creamy feel due to the active carbonation.

D: I'll go for the bottle again, but I will pass on the on-tap version in the future. I'm not sure if it is that beers in bars are frequently served too cold (maybe that was part of the muted taste in this brew), but this was a big disappointment as the bottled SA Noble Pils is one of my highest rated beers.

Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours with one finger of white head that rests on top of a perfectly clear, golden body. The foam settles slowly and leaves decent lace.

S - A nice, malty aroma of bread and honey with spicy hops.

T - Thick, bready malt up front with a hint of honey. Herbal hop appear in the middle and counter the rich malt nicely. Finishes with more thick pilsner malt and a strong dose of spicy hop bitterness that is almost soapy.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Very drinkable, this is a nice pilsner. The malt character is good, but the hops take center stage in this beer. The flavor of the hops gives the beer character through the middle and the biting bitterness makes for a crisp, refreshing finish. I rarely buy six packs if I can avoid it, but I am more than happy to have five more of these in my fridge. Its nice to see another real pilsner from an American brewery, heres hoping we keep seeing more.

Photo of lbaker
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this new seasonal from the Boston crew so lets go...

(a)- A little bit lighter than what I expected but pretty typical of a large scale pil. Poured in a tall pilsner glass and left the pefect amount of head on the glass. Carbonation appears different...the air drifitng upwords is fairly large in size. Pretty decent and looks very delicious. (4/5)

(s)- First sniff sends sweet aromoas all over the senses. Smell alone makes me think this is going to be very sweet. For something made with all 5 noble hops it is not as floral as i expected...but once again, something about it just draws you in. (3.5/5)

(t)- Very sweet, not what I was expecting. Not nearly as bitter as aniticipated. Close resemblence to a fruit beer or a citrusy witbier. Something about it I just cant put my finger on...I guess that's the thing with using every hop, it makes it difficult to identify one single characteristic. Very solid. (4/5)

(m)-Very light on the palete. Kinda leaves me wanting more. Bouncy texture, sweetness up front and the bitterness doesnt kick in till it's headin down down down..nothing to write home about, but at the same time I really can't find anything wrong with it besides I wish it had more depth. (3.5/5)

(d)- Big + on the drinkability factor. Could very well handle these all night. Very light and citrusy, would make a great warm weather beer if needed. As a matter fact, it's time for another...hell, 5 anothers. (4.5/5)

Overall impression- Great seasonal from Sam. Hope they keep it in the future line up. I will start to look for this one like I do the SA Oktoberfest.

Photo of tjsprague
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is bright and effervescent. Nice carbonation and a nice light golden color.

The smell is vibrant, hoppy and grassy.

The taste is not as hoppy as the smell would indicate. Flavor is light and just slightly bitter. A nice clean taste and good fresh hop flavor.

Very smooth and easy to drink, a nice spring time beer.

Photo of b0r3dguy
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best by May 2010 bottle.

Appearance: A nice pale yellow clear beer.

Aroma: Citrus, zingy, sweet malt, grassy hops.

Taste: Citrus-like and malty at the same time. You can definitely taste the hops after a couple sips, but not initially. Pretty light after taste, but overall pretty good!

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation with slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very high. Definitely one of the best Sam Adams has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of wvbelgique
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a German pilsner glass.
Color was light bright golden. Very clear. Moderate sized white head piled up and lingered. Very nice.

Aroma was pleasant citrusy spice hops with some green grassy background.

Taste was pils malt with undertone of citrus, moderate bitterness. Good structure and exceptional balance. No flaws.

Mouthfeel was perfect for a pils. Moderately light bodied. Good effervescence.

Overall this was an excellent German-style pils. So delicious on its own but also very food-friendly. Finished clean and dry. I can see German pils drinkers loving this. It should be a year-round selection. One of the more intriguing Sam Adams beers. This could be very popular in a category in which we need more good American entries.

Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,367 ratings.