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

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3,307 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,307
Reviews: 1,456
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 85
Gots: 163 | 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 vishneda
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle in pils glass

It's easy to see why this beer is getting a fair amount of hype. Clean looks, great aroma, sharp hop-fused flavor and great drinkability make it a solid all-around German pilsener. Better than I expected. A little more head retention and a little more balance away from the hops would be truer to the style, but I really enjoy this new offering from SA.

vishneda, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of kzoobrew
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crisp clean golden body with plenty of noticeable carbonation. 3+ finger soft white head sits atop. Very nice lacing is left as the head recedes, much of which clings for the duration. Excellent retention, head draw back to a pinkie height cap which manages to stay in tact through out.

Citric grassy hops are quite the appropriate aroma for a spring seasonal, never mind it is frigid outside at the moment. Hop profile is strong but allows the sweet pale malt a foothold. Subtle graininess is picked up.

Pale malt a pleasantly bitter hops balance beautifully. Lemon flavors along side a earthy grassy flavors are provided by the hops. Malt is softly sweet. Slight peppery flavor intertwined.

Slightly higher than light bodies with prickly carbonation. Crisp and surprisingly a creamy texture. Finish is extremely dry.

I could drink these all day. Simple but full of flavor. It is a change of pace for me to enjoy a beer of this style. I have been missing out. Whether it would be several through out the day or one in the evening, Noble Pils is a winner.

kzoobrew, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of MrHadack
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass. Served at 45 degrees.

(A): Pour created a very fizzy head with large bubbles that gave way unevenly to smaller ones. Within 2 minutes the head had disipated to a thin film with a good deal of lacing around the sides of the glass. Golden brown, maybe even orange in color. Crystal clear.

(S): Not very strong. Floral aromas right off with hints of fruit, but I got more melon than citrus.

(T): Great balance of flavor right off the bat; subtle sweetness, almost honey-like, with herbal hops. This followed immediately by a spicy, crisp hop flavor that lingers and fills the mouth. It finishes dry, but that spicy hop flavor remains, gradually, and slowly giving away to subtle bread flavors. More fruit appeared the longer I let it sit and open up. It really mellowed with some time giving even more balance to the finish.

(M): Crisp and carbonated, it fizzes on the palate and then expands with a full flavor throughout the mouth but remains light and not chewy.

(D): I really enjoy this beer. A little more hop than most of the big names in the style, but I think it is well-balanced and works; it makes it unique. A great Spring choice I think. Very enjoyable.

MrHadack, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass from a bottle with a "Best Before Date" of May 2010.

A - Pours a deep rich golden color with very faint copper hints. There is a nice .5 inch head that recedes quick and leaves a thin film.

S - Beautiful full grain aroma with a nice grassy hop hint. The hops come through in a very aggressive yet inviting way. The sweet breadyness of the malts follow quickly after. With a nice smooth aroma. Overall lots of hops in the nose for this style.

T - Clean and crisp. Smooth light sweet bready malt with some tart hints that show up quickly. But once again the hops take over. Grassy and earthy tones with some grain backbone. Finishes with a clean hop bitterness and some grain notes that linger. Very nice.

M - Light and crisp. Very delicious and refreshing.

D - Very high. Extremely high.

JoEBoBpr, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of TimPowell
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at the local Outback Steakhouse. Apparently, Sam wants to replace their White Ale. This beer has a very clean, bright appearance. The head was full and lacy. Nice slightly piney nose. Clean, crisp mouthfeel with a nice hoppy finish. What a nice beer for a pilsner.

TimPowell, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of pmcadamis
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This is an almost perfectly clear bronze-gold brew that, when out of direct light, appears color of thick clove honey. The head is two inches of white froth, and it takes its time settling to a nice crisp cap. Tons of sticky webbed lace is crusted all around the edges of my "Stella" gold rimmed glass. Beautiful!

S - Citrus hops pop right out of this brew even as I poured it from the bottle. Predominately grapefruit, there are also sweeter mango notes in there too. Tropical. However, this lacks a major characteristic that I find in most German and Czech pilseners that are actually from those respective nations: saltine cracker saline notes. I'm not faulting it for that... just pointing it out for interest's sake.

T - Clean light-grapfruit citrus notes with melding flavors of grape, mango, and cracked wheat on top of some more mysterious dusty aspects. The Sam Adam's DNA is definitely there... I've always found that many SA brews (except for their big beers and special Christmas releases) share a certain 'dusty' flavor that I think might be attributable to the yeast strain. Not a bad thing, and it helps with continuity across their product spectrum. This is perfectly balanced, and way more sweet and fruity than others of its ilk. There is also an almost wintergreen note in there somewhere that I really didn't notice until my second one... very refreshing!

M - First crisp and light, then moving to a super-dry dusty finish. Crisp hop notes linger for several minutes, and the light body feels bigger than it is due to the pungency of the falvors presented. Quenching!

D - This is super-duper-drinkable. I'm not kidding around, this i one of THE most sinkable and balanced brews that I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. It's light, crisp, and vibrant enough to be a mega-session brew at any time of year, but its hoppy, flavorful, and interesting enough to really grab your full attention should you stop gulping and start swirling and sniffing (hard to do with this one!). Outstanding. One of my favorite new releases from a brewery that IMO keeps getting better and better, and has really upped its cred in the craft brew world in the last coupla years.

pmcadamis, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of Smixam
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz into an SA glass.

A - Very clear gold color. Light for my taste but this is a pilsner, and it looks like one. Around a 1 finger head, tightly packed & quite bright white.

S - Perhaps the highlight of this brew. Fantastic floral hop aroma, screams fresh floral bitterness, with not but a hint of light malt. If you can smell this beer and not want to finish the glass in front of you, you're a stronger man than I.

T - Exceptional, one of the best offerings from our friends at SA. The taste can only be described as bright, with mild to moderate hop bitterness at the front and a sublime pale malt to cool things off quickly. Little aftertaste and no odd contaminating flavors.

M - Solid, and again, "bright." No metallic feel or strong aftertaste.

D - Supremely drinkable. Moderate ABV and a light feel means a great session beer for spring days.

Instantly one of my favorite offerings from Sam Adams, I can't pick up my next case soon enough.

Smixam, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into an SA pint glass.

A: Poured a light straw, pale gold color with a fizzy one-finger head of foam which left a thin ring of lace with light sticking.

S: Smells of toasted grain and some spicy, floral hop bitterness. Light in the nose, but a good balance.

T: Flavor is a quick flash of dry, coarse grainy sweetness at first met with a thin, watery rush mixed with pale adjunct flavors. Finish was definitely a tad spicy and the hop entities served to dry and bitter the finish quite nicely. Quenching, but nothing there for me to savor on.

M: Mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp, dry, slightly coarse and inherently refreshing.

D: At 5.2% ABV, this is probably going to become a lot of lager style drinkers' new session brew of the season. The hops are balanced and masterfully used to make the coarse, crisp dry sweetness of milled, toasted grain more enriching for the drinker.

For me personally, I don't particularly care for the style and this brew is not an exception. However, I'll be unbiased and recommend it for fans of lagers, kolsch, pils and lighter German biers.

Gambrinus1184, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of tblfan04
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a pils fan but here we go the appearance is what i expected however a little bit more golden brown than I thought it would be the smell is much better than I thought with a nice citrus smell to it however the taste leaves something to be desired however I could drink quite a few without getting hammered

tblfan04, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of Hokies
4.72/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to review a much hyped beer that is easily accessible and none the less produced by BBC. Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass with a nice rich one inch head that lasts. The beer pours a nice golden/yellow color quite befitting of the style.

The aroma is filled with a light floral bouquet of hops filled with grapefruit, pine and a light citrus hint followed by a grassy and grainy aroma.

Wow the taste is wonderful, the hops are quite complex with a light citrus fruit and a light herbal spice to it. The overall taste is a little coarse and balanced out by a nice sweet malt note and a decent hop bitterness to it.

I am not a big fan of the German Pils style but this is a great beer and props to Sam on this new seasonal.

Hokies, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of Celt44
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked a 12pk up at Wegman's - Great packaging! Green hops all over the box. Thinkin' spring here..

Appearance - a very clear golden straw. Nice foamy head. Small lacing lasts throughout...

Aroma - Malty with hints of fruit and grain - freshly cut apples.

Taste - Noble hops up front - truth in advertising. Not the bitter bite of many other pils. Malty and finish. Fruity and slightly spicy..

Mouthfeel - Very smooth with slight carbonation burst...

Overall an excellent Pils - one of the best I've had in quite a while. I can see this being my Spring session beer. Nice job Boston Beer Co.!

Celt44, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of cannabanaceae
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was excited to see this new offering on the shelf, even though it was in the macro section of the store.

The look was very pale with a tiny head that stayed tell the end.

The smell was light malt, slightly citrus, smells light.

The taste was a huge disappointment started with a sweet malt profile with almost no hop bitterness or taste of the "5 Noble Hops" that one would expect from reading the labeling. Mouthfeel was thin.

This is an OK session beer, but after having there imperial pilsener offering I expected this to be a much smaller version for the masses. I was wrong, it was a weak overpriced german pilsener, with little to no hop presence. Not terrible. Not good.

cannabanaceae, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

deltatauhobbit, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

oberon, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

civilizedpsycho, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of HeroJH
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

HeroJH, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of JamesS
4.8/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

JamesS, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of Gavage
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Gavage, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of Chinon01
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Chinon01, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of carsonplunkett
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

carsonplunkett, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of illidurit
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

illidurit, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of Portertime
2.48/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Portertime, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of Mardukk
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mardukk, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of dickieb
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

dickieb, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of rtratzlaff
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

rtratzlaff, Jan 26, 2010
Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,307 ratings.