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

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Ratings: 3,367
Reviews: 1,460
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 87
Gots: 192 | 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 aerozeppl
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of JayNH
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of jdense
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of Stunner97
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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

Photo of NicholasCasber
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
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.


Photo of sweethome
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of jsh420
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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

Photo of swizzlenuts
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
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!

Photo of ahking
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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!

Photo of wahhmaster
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of Lukecook
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.78/5  rDev +27.1%
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!

Photo of Tee76
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of MOB210SA
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
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)

Photo of tko741
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of beertunes
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, best before May. Pours a perfectly clear, bright golden color. Only a few tiny bubbles streaming up from the bottom. Rocky white head holds together for a minute, then fades to a thin collar. Nice patches of lace.

Very light malt aroma. Herbal and grassy hop aroma. Very clean.

Pale malt, with just a hint of sweetness up front. Great balance with some herbal and grassy hop flavors. Just enough bitterness to keep things interesting. Finishes dry.

Medium body, maybe lacks the carbonation of the greats of the style. Very well balanced and drinkable. Enjoyable.

Photo of Buebie
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Off the pour a 1'' white sudzy head forms up, slow to recede leaving a thin cap and plenty of lace.
Color is water transparent with a light gold color.

Aroma of corn, pils malt, earthy mildly spicie hops and a touch of biscuit and honey.

Taste is actually quite good. Large amounts of malt and cereal grains mixing with lemon zest and a touch of spicie grass filled hops.
Hops do not provide much of any bittering, but do add plenty of flavor.
Souring out a bit into the finish.

I'm glad I did not pick up a six pack of this and only grabbed a single. This was not somthing I could have more then one of. Glad I tried it, but one was enough...not my thing.

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

Pours brilliantly clear dark yellow with a large soapy head.

Aroma is crisp, dry floral hop and lemon grass completely overshadowing the pale malt.

Taste is where the malt really comes out strong. Floral hops certainly have a presence, and bring a good bit of peppery spice. However is is the strong earthy malt that dominates here. Quite grainy, with plenty of lime, lemon grass, honey, and biscuit. Finish is crisp and holds an orange rind bitterness that I find attractive.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly slick with some diacetyl butteryness.

I found this to be surprisingly full of flavor. This is not the one dimensional beer I had expected. Very drinkable.

Photo of mcallister
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear and crystal pissy yellow with a tiny white head.

Ahh the smell of noble hops a bit floral and grasy with a light biscuity malt and the smell of carbonation

Mmm nice crisp with a nice biscuity bready malt character and herbal, grassy hops that leave a nice distinct drying finish.

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

Bottle with a best by May stamp poured into a Pilsener glass.

A- A conservative pour left a 1-finger, white head that dropped to a full lace that left nice sticky spots all about the glass. I'm thinking a more agressive pour might give me the head I'm really looking for in a Pils. The body was a clean, deep, gold with moderate to light carbonation.

S- Initially I picked up a fruity sweetness. Overall, it was a really nice mix of that fruity characteristic with bready/doughy malts and earthy hops that mostly came across as a grassy scent.

T- It had a great mix of characteristics noted in the aroma. I picked up a bunch of doughy malts with an onslaught of hops. The hopping lent varied characteristics (grassy, spicy, citrus), none of which were too overwhelming to enjoy. With a little warmth, I started to pick up some flowery notes.

M- It had a really clean feel. Moderate carbonation, paired with the hops, provided a nice tickle. It had a dry, slightly puckering, finish.

D- It's a very easy drinker and a great choice for an early spring beer. I think the freshness of this beer gives it a bit of a nod over some of the imports that lose something during their trip across the pond. It really makes me look forward to a full thaw, warmer weather, and new green growth. While I did enjoy the Sam's White, this is a nice change for a spring seasonal.

Photo of MikeRa
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer has a excellent golden color with a nice white head

S: A nice clean hop smell

T: This beer has a nice hoppy taste

M: This beer goes down very smooth and has a nice finish to it

D: This is nice addition to the Sam's Seasonal Beers lineup. This is a beer that I will drink again

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

Poured into a pint glass. It poured a light pale golden color. There was about a finger to a finger and a half of pristine white head. The smell was that of light malts (seemed similar to the Boston Lager) with some notes of grassy hops. The taste was very straightforward. It was very similar to the aroma. It was a crisp light malt flavor up front followed by some nice hops notes toward the middle to finish of the sip. Overall a nice session beer. I was not overly impressed but a great beer nonetheless. Nice to see these in 12-packs. I will probably pick up some more once it starts to warm up.

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