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

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Ratings: 3,383
Reviews: 1,463
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 92
Gots: 225 | 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 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
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of OttoBomb
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (February 7, 2010). The June freshness date was punched on the label. I always prefer a 'bottled on' date to a 'best before' date, but at least there is some indication of freshness.

Eyes: Pours a bright, clean, clear golden. One of the few beers I've had to wait for the head to subside before finishing the pour into this DFH glass. Head subsides fairly quickly, with little lacing, as expected for a pilsner.

Nose: A good hoppy profile dominates the nose, but isn't overly aggressive. Spicy florals abound, the Saaz hops are a bit less dominant than I'd expect in a pils, but as the adverts say they put the 5 "noble" hops in this one.

Tongue: Just plain refreshing. The flavor is a nice hoppy character with appropriate bitterness. Best of all, this finishes with a very light and testy. Notes of grass and citrus.

Mouth: Good carbonation, crisp, smooth and a delicate aftertaste.

Libation: This is very sessionable, refreshing pilsner. The 5.2% ABV is a bit sneaky based upon how easily these go down. The 5 "noble" hops used in this brew combine nicely, though I'm not able to determine any ones other than Saaz by the flavor alone. This beer is very smooth and flavorful enough to be the perfect introduction for non-craft beer drinkers. Hand someone this instead of their miller or bud and I'd be shocked if they went back to their macro brews. The taste, price, flavor, and refreshment factors here make this a great beer I'll be happy to have again.

Photo of blivingston1985
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from !2oz bottle with best before June on the label.

Very nice pour. Good frothy head that fades to a filmy lace along the glass. Beer is a crystal clear gold.

Aroma was very impressive. Quite good. Citrus and lots of fresh hops. Slightly malty.

Taste is much like the smell, but much richer in its citrus and malt.

Mouth feel is pleasantly light and finishes with a light bitter dryness. Makes the pilsner very drinkable.

Pilsner is not one of my favorite variety of beer, but I can respect a good one and the Noble Pils IS a good pilsner. Well done Samuel Adams.

Photo of BeerMasterD
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint bottle with may notched on the label, a clear gold into a pilsner glass. A finger thick pure white head, couple of sticky rings and spotty lace down the glass. Hops of course, light perfumy aroma and a sugar sweet smell, with some fruit(orange?). Taste toasty, biscuit, great complex hop flavors, and only a slight bitter on the end that doesn't linger. Carbonation is really active popping around and leaves a noticeable tingle, a very drinkable beer and fitting for the season. Yeah ill pick this up again, sam adams did good here.

Photo of LucienDeRubempre
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (Best before May notched on label) into a Carlsberg pilsner glass.

Snowy white head that fades leaving chunky lace, Average gold color. Medium scent of hops, bitter but not flowery. Light and crisp mouthfeel with a soapy flavor all the way through, some hops but mainly bitter and soapy with a processed taste like cardboard or paper. Easy to drink but no payoff, I have to follow this one up with an ale or a stout to feel like I've accomplished something.

Photo of cstorm
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served out of a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pilsner glass.

I was excited to try this new brew and happly took advantage of Total Wine's singles section to try one.

Just wow. Great beer.

A - golden to a light amber. Rocky thick head that sticks around for the party.

S - Beautiful hop aroma. Spicy, floral, perfect.

T - Hops dominate but are really balanced by a ever-present malt backbone. Cracker hints in the malt. Definitely balanced, and better balanced IMO than Victory's Prima Pils.

M - Smooth mouthfeel, with a certain "thickness". Not syrupy at all;, but has body.

D - All day long. Great beer. I will definitely invest in a case of this beer now that I have had the chance to sample it.

Good job Boston Beer Co. and Jim Koch. This Pils is for real.

Photo of jt31914
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Not much head, surprisingly small for a pilsner. Yellow pale color typical of the style.

S: There is no scent. Except for maybe a little bit of pine/citrus.

T: Piney hops flavor, very nice; a lot fuller of a beer than most Sam Adam's beers. Perhaps that is because I'm not normally a big fan of the style - I find it too watery. This however, is very nice and flavorful.

M/D: Bubbly, but not overdone; obviously very drinkable due to the style .

Photo of MarioL66
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this side by side with Victory Prima Pils to start off the 2010 Superbowl.

Appearance - Appearance was a light golden color that had a cap of cake-like lacing on top. A little less lacing than Victory but a little deeper color. Lacing did stick around longer than Victory. Both beers are pretty.

Smell - Sweet and spicy here. Almost feels like a mix of hops and tropical fruit, perhaps mango?

Mouthfeel - The creaminess is swirled with the carbonation which seems to complement the hop bite nicely. Carbonation is more noticeable than Victory.

Taste - The hops dictate the taste but delicately so. Not as hoppy as an IPA but it feels about right, maybe even a tad hoppier than expected.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. The beer makes me want to pair this with spicy red sauce dishes.

Overall a nice beer. I can't deicide between this or the Victory. This goes a little to the hoppier side vs. Prima Pils so it depends on your mood.

Photo of Musky
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Being a hophead I was greatly surprised by the hop kick in this pilsner. It has inspired me to homebrew a hoppy pilsner of my own. The aroma of hops is strong, but not overpowering. A nice hop bitterness finishes off the beer. Refreshing citrus notes are strong with this crisp, clean beer.

Pours with a dense head of bubbles that is very low on the SRM scale, a very light yellow color. Bubbles disappearing slowly as I sip this gem of a beer.

If you like hoppy, crisp and clean beer then you will like this one with a citrus kick.

Photo of far333
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pilsner glass

Pale amber straw yellow with a bright white head of frothy foam that rises up an inch high and lingers long, with streams of tiny bubbles swarming toward the surface.

Low aroma of pale malt, some citrus and floral hoppiness. Flavors of bready malt, some yeastiness, floral notes, followed by citrus hops and orange peel bitters. Morphs to pine, becomes a bit spicy in the finish, tending a bit toward harsh, a bit husky. Even mouthfeel, pretty tingly and gassy, dry and crisp, a bit tannic, tending almost toward harsh. Decent drinkability, expected more hops and smoothness.

Photo of scottyshades
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a clear straw color with a small white cap

S: rice, grain, light malts, earthy
and packed with floral and aromatic hops. Just fresh and light

T: pretty surprised...hoppy, crisp,a bitter bite to it..really light but powerful

MF/D: light, fruity lingering finish

definitely try this one out

Photo of KChurch86
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a rich golden color, little head with little to no retention/lacing. Constantly breathing from the bottom of the glass with its somewhat strong carbonation.

S- Smells strongly of hops, reminds me of many IPAs. Also picking up grassy/leafy notes.

T- Refreshing up front, fades to slight hop bitterness, and finishes with a very light "spicy" feel. Notes of grass, citrus and herbs.

M- Good carbonation, feels a hair light, despite loads of taste and body. Flavors keep resurfacing as I refresh my palate. Leaves behind a tingle on the tongue, a rather refreshing brew.

D- I feel I couldn't put away more than 2 of these consecutively, but if I switch back and forth between this and something else I would have no problem finishing a 6.

Overall I'm impressed with this Pils, though I still enjoyed Sam's White Ale a little bit more. This does seem a good replacement for the White though, and it's a great addition to Sam's family of seasonal brews. I can see this beer being a wonderful addition to a backyard barbecue with friends.


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

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle int a pilsner glass. The beer is a crystal clear gold color with a thick white foam head. There is plenty of carbonation rising within the glass. This is a great looking pilsner. It has a great grassy aroma. It reminds me of being in a field. The flavor has a bit of sweetness up front. It has a dry finish and a moderately bitter hop aftertaste. It's not an outstanding taste, but is enjoyable. There is plenty of carbonation that I feel and not too much mouthcoating. It's a very drinkable beer. The combination of a light body and no overwhelming flavors makes me think just about any beer drinker could down at least one bottle easily. I hope that a beer that is this accessible from such a widely available brewery will allow a number of people to enter into the world of craft beers.

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

Poured into pilsner glass.

A- very yellow, heavy on the carbonation, fairly thick white head that retains very well and leaves behind a lot of lacing.

S- ooodles of hops with some maltiness reminiscent of their Boston Lager.

T- I am getting the hoppiness up front with a malty finish. Very nice.

MF- Thin mouthfeel. Not much interference from the carbonation despite the fact that it looks carbed out of its mind.

D- Very high. I will be emptying a case of this today.

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

Have had on both tap and from a bottle. Visuals are based on the on-tap version.

A- poured a solid gold color into a Sam Adams White Ale glass, with approximately an inch of snowflake white head ths leaves a lot of lacing.
S-I'm not picking much up on the nose at first, but picked up some subtle hints of hops and malt.
M- very light in the mouth with good carbonation and a very gratifying finish.
T- Has the distinct "Sam Adams flavor" but with very light and crisp hops. Very refreshing.
D- very easy to drink. Could easily sit down and drink a few of these without even thinking about it.

Photo of josefnewsong
4.4/5  rDev +17%
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
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
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
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
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
4.46/5  rDev +18.6%
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
4.7/5  rDev +25%
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
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,383 ratings.