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

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3,299 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,299
Reviews: 1,456
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 84
Gots: 159 | 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 BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's great to see that classic and creative Pilsners are still possible.

Noble Pils begins with a brilliantly clear straw color. Initially solid white head forms but reduces to a thin lace before holding firm. Light lacing along the glass. Fairly typical of most Pilsners.

Extremely fragrant with a plethera of hops: perfumy, floral, earthy, spicy, pungent, and herbal. All backed by canvas of crisp, cracker-like pilsner malts and honey suckle sweetness.

Flavors of crisp malt sweetness show lightly baked breads, soft confection sweetness, and a rounded part-grain, part-malt blend. Hop flavor is more spicy, earthy, bitter, and pungent than the softer herbal, floral notes that evened out in the nose. Alcohols and esters combine for a paint-thinner, rosey mix. Hop bitterness is very high and dominates the beer where a softer balance is perfered.

Very crisp and clean body shows more malty, froathiness early. Late dryness shows as much alcohol bite as hop bite and with a strong evaporative feel that detracts from the classic Pilsner smoothness.

This is a tremendous beer that favors American aggression but with German ingredients. Tasty for sure but the hops are over bearing.

BEERchitect, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of organicbrewer
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Full on gold. Tight white head. Brilliantly clear.

S-Light bready malt, spicy hops. Some earthiness.

T-Firmly bitter. Wow, nice! Light malt. bread crust. Earthy hop flavor.

M-Medium dry with prickly carbonation. Why can't all pilseners be like this.

D- I could do this beer all day. Why is this a late winter seasonal and not a summer beer?

organicbrewer, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of yesferro
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just got it on tap at Applebees in Tupelo MS, since no one within a 50mile radius bothered to sell it in 6packs.

Looked great, any beer that can keep it's 2inch head for over then 3secs in a restaurant washed glass is good in my book. Nice yellow, a bit fizzy looking, everything I expected from a pilsner.

Smells great, citrus and hops is what I got, starts with a crisp hoppy flavor and then the malt bomb hits you. Tasty! I do not regret eating my tasteless fried shrimp tonight, the beer was well worth it! Very refreshing, I really hope this hits the shelves locally soon, and stays there!

yesferro, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow with a finger width of head.

Smell: Slight hoppiness, citrus, pilsner malt aromas.

Taste: Malty with lemon and hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp. Very refreshing beer.

Drinkability: Very good replacement for the White Ale. I wish that Sam Adams decides to brew this year round. Very sessionable.

Axic10, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just found out the White Ale I love has been replaced by this new beer... well, let's give it a try. Pours a nice clear golden color, nice head to it.. nice crisp, hop smell to it. Taste is medium bodied.. nice lacing on the glass, a good hop bite to it but well balanced in the back end. Not a huge fan of Pilseners but this is a damn good one, maybe even a little lemon/lime zest sort of taste at the tail end. Very drinkable and a great beer to get once the temp. starts warming back up. Not too happy my White Ale is no longer in production here but this is a solid replacement.

oriolesfan4, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of StarlightSeraph
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got as part of the latest SA Brewmasters' Series...I'm a definite fan of this mix pack. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow, with two fingers of frothy white head that subsides reasonably quickly. Lots of bubbles. Tons of lacing.

Smell: Grassy, musky hops. A bare hint of citrusy spiciness. Very nice smelling.

Taste: A nice bitter, grassy bite from the hops right away, that quickly fades into a crisp, smooth finish. There is a hint of the bitterness underlying the taste the entire way through. The lingering bitterness leaves you wanting more. Very nice. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated. Good feel on the mouth. Carbonation is maybe a little too prickly.

Drinkability: Smooth and refreshing. A very solid pilsener. An excellent offering from Sam Adams. I don't crave pilseners too often, but this is an excellent one.

StarlightSeraph, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of koolex11
4.68/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sam Adams has finally produced a masterpiece.

Perfectly balanced. Deliciously hopped with a great pilsener malt flavor and a dry, toasted finish.

Light bodied and not too carbonated.

The minute it hit my mouth I knew I had found a new favorite.

Well done!

koolex11, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of aerozeppl
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a crystal clear golden color. Really nice clarity. A little bit of white head with decent head retention. Some decent lacing.

S: Nice mix of cleans pils malt and noble hops. Little bit grassy with a touch of lemon. Spot on for the style.

T: Starts of with a little hop bitterness then goes right into that very delicate grassy hop taste. Right behind that is straight pils malt. Very well balanced and again right to style.

M: Light bodied and refreshing. Carbonation is ok. If anything I would like a little bit more carbonation.

D: Very traditional take on the style. Lots of hops but it is balanced well. This would be a great summer drinker. Well done.

aerozeppl, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of JayNH
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear golden colr with a large rocky white head. Respectable retention and ample lacing.

S- A pleasant floral hoppiness, sweet and citric.

T- Seems sort of sweet, the grainey pilsner malt taste is absent. Hops are lemony citric.

M- Light bodied, sort of flat tasting. Not quite as dry as I would expect.

D- Overall a pleasant, very drinkable brew. Just seems sort of flat and too sweet. Not quite what I expected for the style, not as coarse as most Pilsners.

JayNH, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of jdense
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Dugout, Kennewick, WA, 1.31.10, poured into shaker pint glass.

Sloppy pour resulted in 2 finger rapidly rising head, fairly quick dissipation with no lacing. Light gold body, carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Pretty big hop hit in the hose for the style, balanced by dry sweet maltiness. The hops aren't as pronounced on the tastebuds, but this is a bit sweet for the style for my liking, akin to Prima Pils. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, fairly dry finish. Sessionable. To be honest, I'm not that impressed, rather do the real German deal or Trumer Pils.

jdense, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of Stunner97
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- golden yellow thats crystal clear with very quickly fading thing white head, little bit of small carbonation stream the glass,

Smell- very nice citrus hop smell on the nose, slight maltiness but overall a nice vibrant hoppy nose is present

Taste- nice clean flavorful finish on the backend of hops, lots citrus and lemon hop flavor, nice drying hop presence but still maintains not being overally bitter, clean crisp flavor, up front flavor is very simple but does end with good hop finish,

Mouthfeel- crisp, drying, and good carbonation,

Drinkability- this is overall a very drinkable beer, a little light up front really almost bit simple, but the finish is the high point, obvisouly though could be a great session beer, for my buck though for a great example of this style is victorys prima pils slaps this around bad, but overall a nice offering

Stunner97, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of NicholasCasber
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A lot lighter than I thought it would pour, very see through. Had a nice head, but it went away fairly quickly, leaving a nice ring which has produced some fairly decent lacing.

S: A lot of hops, obviously, other than that it was fairly one note for me.

T: This came across fairly bitter, more bitter than I was expecting, but it was pleasantly bitter.

M: Felt fairly full for a beer as light as it was.

D: I'd rate this low, not something I'd reach for on a regular basis.

Overall, not Sam Adam's best attempt. Not a big fan.. but it's worth a try.


NicholasCasber, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of sweethome
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is bright yellow to light golden color. Nice lacing on my pils glass. Decent head. Nose is of the name...noble hops. Bready malts also. Smooth entry, nice little hoppy bite, fills out the palate, snappy hop balance. Hop flavors develop nicely - but the malts don't quite shine.

Sweet malts linger on finish, hops provide just enough balance.

Well made european pilsner. Hits on many of the notes of Victory Prima Pils, my gold standard, but flavor falls a bit short.

sweethome, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of jsh420
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

best by june 2010

pours bright clear yellow gold with a 1 finger white head that faed fast and left some spotted lacing

smell - reminds me of SA EPA with some lemon and other citrus

taste is good - lemon and citrus hops upfront followed by more sweet fruit with some sweet pale malts and leaves with an aftertaste that reminded me of lemon poppyseed bread

mouthfeel is light - both crisp and creamy

drinkability is good - maybe SA will make this pils year round beer - i could see this as a good go to summer beer

jsh420, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of swizzlenuts
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When opening the beer I get a nice spicy/floral hop aroma with a tad bit of grainy malts. A slight lemon note comes through from the hops as well. The balance from the malts and hops is pretty damn good. I like my pilsners to be more on the hoppy side like Victory Prima Pils and Oskar Blues Mama's Little Yella Pils. This one is definitely up there and quite pleasing to my nose. Sam Adams Noble Pils has a nice straw yellow colour and very very clear. The one disappointment is the lack of head. I poured the beer fairly vigorously, yet the one finger head dissipated faster than I would have liked. However, it looks like there will be a decent lacing to this. After the beer is poured, I get more of a grainy pils flavour coming through in the nose, but that could be because I'm used to the hop aroma already.

When sipping on this yellow fuzzy beer, I get a great balance between the hops and the malts. The malts are perfectly balanced with the hops to to give a crisp bready flavour mixed with a spicy/floral note. I don't get the lemon I smelled in the nose, but there is a slight fruitiness that I can't really pick up. The lager characteristics in the beer are slightly perceivable, but it's pretty much the same thing that Boston Lager has. It's not bad, per se, but something that diverts attention from the great balance. The hops in this beer are just juicy and tasty. I am surprised this has been released in the winter, because this would be absolutely perfect after a hot day or grilling in the summer. One of my favourite things about pilsners is the balance, but this isn't as balance as a Spaten Pils; however, this is better than the Spaten Pils because of this absolutely stunning hop character. As I'm writing this review the hop character shines through the entire time; sometimes with hooppy pilsners the grainy malt starts to comes through, but this is so well hopped that the different hop flavours shine at different times. For example, I wrote earlier that I got mostly floral/spicy notes, but now I'm starting to get and sweet fruity flavour, almost reminiscent of a fruity ester. This mixed with the malt sweetness is simply fantastic. This could possibly be the best Sam Adams beer I've had (excluding the American Pale Ale I had at a beer fest).

The head quickly dissipated after a few sips, and I didn't get much lacing (could have been my glass pint glass); I'm not going to fault the beer because of this, but I'd like to see a bit more head because it doesn't look as appealing as before. Taking a nice drink and the beer's mouthfeel is almost perfect. Enough to be light and refreshing, but creamy enough to make me want to have more sips.

How is the drinkability? It's pretty damn good. I could easily drink this all night and drink many. With the ABV that is probably around five (I couldn't find the exact number, but I've seen 5.2% around), this is a fantastic session beer. I will be purchasing another six pack!

swizzlenuts, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of ahking
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden blonde and very clear. Deeper in color than your typical American lager beer. Aroma is just bursting with mellow, floral, grassy hop aromas typical of the noble variety. Flavor is classic, dry, euro pils with a lot more hop flavor than usual. Slightly bready, slightly yeasty, very crisp and refreshing. The only downside to the flavor to me is that there just may be too much hops in the flavor. I love IPA's and hop aroma, but for a pils, I like the hops flavor to be more balanced. Of course, in this case they were going for a different beer that showcased the noble hops, and I applaud the effort and enjoy the beer.

ahking, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: Pors a clear golden color with about two fingers worth of head. The head rentention thins out a little quick but not leave behind any lacing.

Aroma: Sweet syrup aroma with citrus notes. A nice hint of more sweet cherries. The malts give off a light sugary note. There are bits piney and grapfruits.

Taste: A little bit grapefruit and piney notes. A crispy mouthfeel it's a little light bodied but that certainly fits the style quite well. A nice hop bitterness tops it all off.

Notes: This quite a nice pilsner. It's nice to see this style of lager. Cheers

horshack7, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $2.59 Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. For brewery-fresh taste, enjoy before month notched -- May.

Appearance: Pours out a quite clear, pale yellow body with a tall, moderately lasting, white head. Splotchy lacing on the way down.

Smell: An inviting, vibrant zip of hop aromas. Fresh flowers, spice, light lemon, and white pine blossoms. Yeah, sure, there may be a base of grainy-scented pils malt in there, but, first and foremost, it's a hoppy nose.

Taste: Particularly pale malts and some lesser tones of grainy pilsner malts with a subdued sugared, washed out honey-toned sweetness start things off. The rich Noble hoppiness ebbs and flows between tastes of flowers, spice, citrus, and light pine. Medium-high bitterness, it's assertive but not a hair more than is ever needed. Further hint of fresh grains, maybe a thin glaze of honey. A crips finish that starts sweet and then rolls over into a spicy, bitter character.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Very nice! Oh, if only all these so-called pilsners could taste as good. My only quibble is the serving size. Is this available for sale in a 6-pack, or am I stuck with this larger bomber bottle size? Sometimes, all I really want is twelve ounces. No, really!

ChainGangGuy, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of wahhmaster
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Pilsner Urquell pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent golden color with lots of carbonation bubbles. Has a thick, foamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells great! Smells strongly of grassy hops with a bit of spiciness in the nose as well.

Taste: Starts fairly bitter, develops into kind of a biscuity taste, and finishes pretty grassy. Leaves a crisp, grassy, hoppy aftertaste that lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, and refreshing.

Drinkability: A great pilsner and another winner from Boston Beer Company. Once again, Sam Adams produces a beer that is a great representative of the style and exceedingly drinkable. A must-drink that completely makes up for the scandal which is Sam Adams Coastal Wheat.

wahhmaster, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of Lukecook
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle best before May 2010

A- Great clear golden color, 1 finger of head disappears quickly, leaving ring of foam and lacing on the glass. Looks like the style should.

S- sweet, clean, and citrus

T-mild malt taste with a nice crisp hop finish.

M-light,crisp, and refreshing with decent carbonation.

D-I usually do not drink this style but after all the good reviews I made the trip across the border and was quite pleased, and would buy again.

Lukecook, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.78/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle that is the last of a six-pack purchase last week. Pours a darker-than-average gold color with a frothy white head that displays both great retention and lacing. Crystal clear. Great looking pilsner here, if a shade or two on the dark side.

Nose is all about the hops, grassy being the most dominant...there are also floral, herbaceous and spicy hop notes in there. Light, grainy malts with just a touch of something sweet poke through the leafy goodness. Not exactly a refined aroma, it's a bit rough around the edges, but it is something I would like to see made into respirator cartridges...I'd wear one!

Taste is addictive, that is the only way to describe it. Leafy, ganja-esque hops manage to be very flavorful but not overly bitter, which is what I equate pilsners to be all about. BBC did a good job of leaving the malt bill light and slightly honeyed to provide a perfect backdrop for the hops to shine while still maintaining a rich body and unique take on the pilsner style.

Mad props to Boston Beer Company on this one, I never thought I would say that I absolutely love one of their beers, but this one is the shizzle!

twiggamortis420, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of Tee76
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally found a 12 pack of this in my neck of the woods.

A: Golden yellow with a large white head.

S: Heavy citrus and hops,hints of grains & herbs.

T: The hops and the citrus taste is upfront with the grains and spiciness coming in after wards, very well balanced!

M: Very crisp yet foamy and rich, with medium carbonation.

D: A highly drinkable, that's full of flavor and goes down smooth.I will be buying this again.

Tee76, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of MOB210SA
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmm.. just the instant smell from cracking the bottle and already Im already liking it. Not to mention I havent had a good hoppy beer in the past 2 days and having hop withdrawls :)

Best by: June

Served at 55F. Dense, slightly frothy, slowly dissipating from the 2 finger eventually faded into a nice looking but small even layer blanketing atop. Sticky lacing remains where the head has retreated. Some spots and blotches of lacing is clinging as I drink. Nice bright golden-amber. Overall pretty good looking.

Good hop aroma, sweet lighter caramel maltiness. I almost detect a tiny metallic to it. Good hop and malt strength to the nose. Fresh and citrusy (almost lemon-y), refreshing.

Whoa, this beer was a lot different tasting then I expected. Almost shocked me. Nice maltiness and good hop backdrop. Now I remember what this maltiness resembles.. a regular SABL. A nice fresh hoppy finish. Pretty big on flavor. I havent had a lot of Pils but this is one of the better Ive had.

Good amount of hop bitterness (at least I think its the hops). Its slightly bitter none the less. Medium body with good mouthfeel, nicely carbonated and overall nice and drinkable. A pretty dry finish with good lingering quality. Definatly different from the usual pilsner.

Would be outstanding in the summertime.

(Will re-review with the next beer from 6-pack)

MOB210SA, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of tko741
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Upon pouring, glowed nicely with a clear-golden color. Solid head quickly dissipated into a thin wisp, accompanied by wispy lacing as the glass was emptied.

Hints of hops and citrus consisted of this beer's light and clean smell. Some background sweet caramel notes, too, but only just.

The taste of this beer is perfect for a spring day. Refreshing enough for everyone to enjoy but just hoppy enough for the hop-heads to enjoy. Bright, crisp with a little hop zip. Mouthfeel is good considering this style...foamy and rich, without being too watery.

I'd be happy to drink this multiple times in a sitting. The hops get a little lost after a while of sipping, but the beer stays refreshing and bright.

tko741, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of beertunes
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a very clean, clear, sharp yellow with about 1/2 inch of white head that that had surprisingly low retention, but left decent lacing.

A pleasant grain aroma led to a demonstration that someone has a skilled hand with the hops. The taste was also dialed right in, a very pleasing balance of grain and hops gives a nice depth to this beer.

The body was nicely balanced and give the tastebuds an enjoyable treat. The was as drinkable as you'd expect a well made Pilsener to be.

Overall, a solid beer that should go into the regular line-up and not be just a seasonal from this brewery.

EDIT 5/7/13: I had this again a couple days ago, and my notes were pretty similar, but my numbers were a bit lower (we didn't have .25 increments when I did my original review), so I adjusted the scores. Still a solid beer worth your time.

beertunes, Jan 31, 2010
Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,299 ratings.