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

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Ratings: 3,401
Reviews: 1,465
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 95
Gots: 270 | 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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Ratings: 3,401 | Reviews: 1,465
Photo of tko741
4.02/5  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.

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
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
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
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
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
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of Kelp
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice bright yellow hue to the beer. A finger of head with little lacing left behind.

Smells of hops. A clean smell.

This was alright. It gets better as it warms. A crisp taste with a nice dry finish.

A clean taste to it with a dry finish to the brew.

I could have a few of these, but not my favorite Sam's product. I actually liked their old spring brew better.

Photo of Drew966
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Samuel Adams Noble Pils pours a golden yellow with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. I don't get much aroma. The flavor is hoppy (some grassy notes and some lemon or citrus like notes), but I just don't really care for it. I guess I prefer American style hops. This one just doesn't do it for me.

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

Poured from bottle into pilsener glass. Bottle marked best by May 2009.

A: Straw amber with nice head and lacing. Carbonation apparent. Nice looking brew.

S: Very grassy nose with a mix of the hops together. Quite unique and enjoyable.

T & M: Yum, this is one tasty pils. Nicely bodied with a very dry finish. Definitely one of the most hoppy pils that I've encountered but not overly so. The mix of hops melds into a nice fruity texture.

D: Very drinkable, kudos to Sam Adams on this brew. This is a brew that a brewery the size of Boston can do because I imagine getting the variety of hops was not easy.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up @ my local Jewel grocey store in Carol Stream.

Nice, deep yet clear hay color with modest bubbling and an ok head. Great fresh cut grass and earthy hay and grain aroma. The taste starts with your traditional pilsner hop profile and dried out hay and lightly toasted cereal grains. Then the middle has a supper grass and earth hop flavor. With a crsip bitterness that lingers after the swallow. More bitterness than your standard Czech or German pilsner. But the extra bitterness makes it more drinkable in my opinion. Very nice.

Photo of FickleBeast
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours bright yellow with a half finger of thin, wispy foam that dissipates quickly. Aroma is crisp, lemony, and refreshing.

First impression is that this is quite a quaffable beer! A great balance between a dry malt backbone and a refreshing hoppiness. A very good German Pilsner.

Maybe it is just because I've been drinking so many porters and IPAs lately, but this beer just hits the spot. A nice change of pace. Light, refreshing, and just hoppy enough. Would like to see a little more head retention and less of a fizzy mouthfeel, but other than those minor complaints this beer is excellent.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.48/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer is rated to style.

Great pour into my Samuel Adams glass - luminous golden color with rich white head of fine bubbles. Nose is somewhat clean with a very nice herbal mustiness. On the palate it is refreshingly light (but not too light), crisp, and again the herbal-hop flavors come through to give it great character.

Reminds me of what beer is all about when I first got into beer with the refreshing/drinkability aspect that this one does so well.

A great pils.

Photo of OzarkElmo
4.57/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From bottle to pilsener flute glass. Pours a clear golden color with sizeable white head, mostly diminishing. Good lacing sustains through finish. Aroma is refreshing with citrus, honey, pine hops. Well-balanced with great taste and a good malt presence in the dry finish. A very good offering by Sam Adams and would definitely buy again - Cheers!

Photo of lostfrost
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer went down very smoothly had a finish similar to a pale ale that was not apparent until the end of the taste. Smelled very hoppy which would seem natural since noble hops are part of the trademark for this beer. Overall a very pleasant beer from a renound brewer.

Photo of david131
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- An absolutely clear yellow liquid with a light shade of orange mixed in. There are quite a few streams of carbonation making their way to the surface. The head is pretty thin and splotchy.

S- Peaches, pine, and grass. Pretty light smelling. There is just the lightest hint of pilsener smell.

T- Grassy, sweet, and hoppy. Not much depth to it at all. A little boring.

M- Very clean with a nice amount of carbonation. Has a slight drying aspect at the end.

D- Very sessionable, but also a bit boring. I enjoy what is there, but something is missing.

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured the noble pils into the pilsner style glass. The head was short lived and about a finger high. The head had a creaminess to it. Golden yellow in color.

Smell was grainy and citrusy with grassy and herbal notes. The taste was fairly heavy on the palate and semi dry. It had a nice lingering effect of hops on the tongue. Crisp and a little creamy. Nice mouthfeel. This would taste great with a few slices of pizza. Overall an enjoyable drink and would buy again.

Photo of Chrisco88
2.6/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Yellow/gold with a small white head.

Aroma: Very minimal aroma, light floral hop notes.

Taste: A bit watery, very light and goes down easy. The grassy aftertaste is a turn-off.

Palate: Blah, very bland and a bit grainy.

Overall: Meh, easy to drink but nothing special in any department, wish the hop flavors weren't so lingering.

Photo of mdwalsh
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Could use a little more froth on top, but otherwise crystal clear, perfect coloring with great active carbonation and lace.

S: My less-than-beer-geek relatives would say "smell's like beer". Could be cleaner, but has a sawdusty-sandy smell with less than overwhelming spicey hops. A very approachable pils

T: A little cleaner than the nose, and the hops are a bit more biting, though also more floral/grassy.

M: Light, maybe lighter than I want in a pils, but better than so many mass-produced beers.

D: Very drinkable, very approachable, clearly Sam Adams response to macro, perhaps something to eventually replace SA Light?

Photo of gatornation
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out a fresh golden sun color with a small head but a long lasting ring and lacing til the end..the smell is great i can smell the fresh hops i smell some malts and flowers and herbs..the taste is crisp hop forward not overwhelming ..just right for a pils it has a nice floral aroma and taste with some citrus and spice and then finishes with a german bock like malt to me..this is a winner for sam adams i put it up there with prima and budvar..its highly drinkable and recommended

Photo of Casey10
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up after seeing some feedback here as well as the local store had some bombers
(22 oz) in stock yesterday.

I thought the apperance was fantastic for the style clear yellow wispy head really nice.

S - for the style was really nice light hops and faint grass.

T - Not strong not bad again really nice for the style smooth and drinkable.

M - crispy feeling not bad.

D - My dad who is not really a craft drinker but has moved into some sam adams as well as a few others would love this. I can see this as a real gateway beer into craft and is well done congrats to sam adams for this great beer.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Caveat: I have been craving good lagers and especially Pilsners for about the last year or so. These seem to really 'hit the spot' for me, just like RIS were about two years ago. Funny, how things change.

So, finally the noble pils hits My area of South Eastern New Hampshire! seems like it arrived a bit later than other surrounding area's...oh well it's here but it's not even close to Spring. that's o.k with me.

This brew is a clear but deep golden color with some slight amber hues. The activity of bubbles and lively 2" high white makes things look pretty good and I know it's fresh. The dissipation is rather long and slow for this style, which is a good thing.

The aroma is large, Herbalized complexity at it's finest. Minty green tea, sour-citrus and dried wheat earthiness all mingles together with some minor peppery notes. The yeast and hops give off a really fine aroma here. This style is supposed to be delicate but the aroma for this one is really impressive when it's usually a bit subdued. rightous.

Oh, boy...This is exactly what i've been craving. My finace's father made a homebrew a few months ago that was much like this, maybe slightly maltier, but really close and that stuff went really fast! This one is style and balance with a big enough complexity to call it big enough for any American Beer Geek to appreciate. It's gotta be dry and crispy, and i want it to freakin' dance on my tongue. Check. high Quoff people!! Peppery golden wheat in the malt with the Noble hops giving off a complex earthness and sour notes of dried fruits and citrus. There's "Wonder Bread" flavor in the malt slightly and it's got balance in mind. The hops also have a dry feel and a light lively body with some green grassy notes deep down.

This is my favorite beer at this very moment in time. It's drinkablity is off the charts for me. This one falls somewhere between the Crowned-king of Lagers right now the Prima and Stoudt's perfectly balanced Pils...which is saying alot. Very well done SA!!

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

On tap at Harry's Chocolate Shop near Purdue.

This little guy is taking the beer world by storm. Can't believe I hadn't heard of it until I just happened to see it on tap yesterday at a little hole in the wall-type bar.

Pours dark gold, like a real-life european pils. Like, jewelry gold, topped with a nice soapy white head.

Smells bitter. Malt bitterness, light european hop bitterness. Nobel hops, obviously, but I can't quite identify which ones. (Note: a quick google explains this, as all 5 nobels are listed as ingredients.)

Tastewise, the layered hop effect is strong but also somewhat homogeneous. Instead of being allowed to wallow in the intricacies of 1-2 hops, the preponderance of different styles smoothes over all the rough edges of each variety. It's like the difference between blended whiskey and single malt.

Still, the profile is very good, nicely bitter all the way through. Dryer and heavier than your average German pils

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