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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: 226 | 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:
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 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

Photo of giblet
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow. i was very pleased with this beer. s.a. has always seemed pretty darn good to me for a big craft brewer. if you cant find the very good micro's at a eatery or bar you can always go right with s.a.

this beer poured a golden color into my glass. about a half inch of head with steady carbonation. there was moderate lacing down the glass. very good aroma and taste. the hops are very much present but not overly strong. nice finish and the type that would go well with food.

suckem up and movem out.


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

very nice clear golden-flax color with an ice white sudsy head with good lacing. settles in a few minutes. a quick sniff reveals steely malt sense, but a swirl releases a light, crisp hoppy note. the smooth, but nicely carbonated mouthfeel allows the well-balanced taste of hops to come across with full flavor, but definitely not overwhelming. might be the perfect hopped up brew for non-hopheads. sourness that dissipates fairly fast will keep this drinkable and sessionable for many. rather light to me, but i like having the taste of hops without the oiliness and sense of camphor every once in a while. recommended! another excellent SA brew.

Photo of apbarwood
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold with an average-ish amount of head. A little bit of lace but not much. Very herbal, sulfur-infused hop aroma. The taste is pretty much the same with loads of damp, earthy, leafy hop characteristic and an underpinning of sulfur. There's a restrained citrus zest in there too. The mouthfeel is light and smooth, very refreshing with a nice carbonation. Overall, fans of pils should enjoy this one a lot. The noble hops are unmistakable and offer a pretty complex flavor profile. I think this would be a great food pairing option with some fish or a salad or something or just a great lawnmower/summer day beer. Recommended.

Photo of projectflam86
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear golden color with a thin white foam head that leaves ok lace.

S- A very focused earthy hop aroma comprised the majority of the nose with a bit of room for some light toasted grain.

T- A very respectable Noble hop bite initially with flavors of pine and floral. A touch of lemon and grass with a nice easy toasted grain finish.

M- Very clean and light bodied with a nice gentle carbonation.

D- An incredibly smooth and sessionable brew.

Photo of jovy1097
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint.

Appearance: Beatifully golden and clear liquid with short-lived bubbly head. The head was disappointing.

Smell: Lemony, hoppy smell that is somehow fresh.

Taste: Citrus hops and medium malt taste that perfectly balance one another. A slight bitter bite hits late and lingers. Nothing else really stands out here, but I think this is normal for the style.

Mouthfeel: Very foamy mouthfeel. More creamy than crisp, at first. Lots of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very quaffable and one I would get for a diverse crowd if I don't know what they like.

Comments: A very inoffensive brew. There's nothing bad to say. However, it doesn't stand out to me in any way either. It would go well with a hamburger or pizza. A nice, pleasant, everyday drink.

Photo of Augustiner719
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint:

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellowish orange color. Foamy dense head that lasts for the whole time and leaves behind ridiculous lacing. Truely beautiful.

Smell: A bid muted. German yeasty pilsner aromas come through but are masked slightly by the noble hop aroma. Still not as vibrant as i thought it would be.

Taste: Clean, crisp and refreshing. This is real beer and its made extremely well. Balanced as ever between the crisp hops and bready malt. Perfect example flavorwise.

Mouthfeel: True german feeling on this beer. Medium viscosity, rolls across the palate smoothly and is perfectly carbonated. Great overall feel and authenticity.

Drinkability: Perfect level of alcohol makes this one hell of an easy drinker. Great session beer and its going to make its way into my fridge for a while. Everyone should have this on hand.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into my New Glarus pilsner I got from FrankenBrew.

A- Small, tight, pure white head forms on top of a perfectly clear pale straw colored beer. The head fades and leaves slight lacing behind. It looks really thirst quenching.

S- Weak nose. Some grain some citrus. In all really clean.

T- Clean as ever. Some grainy malts, some sweet and juicy hops. I really was expecting a lot more bite and bitterness however. Finishes very clean and semi dry.

M- Light, just bubbly enough.

D- Very easy to session this beer, the only thing hurting it is the price is high for what it is.

Photo of EricTheJew
4.46/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had a big glass of this while waiting on a table at a local BBQ restaurant. The appearance was an exceptional golden color, and crystal clear. Aroma was a little on the weak side for a pils, but then I like Pilsner Urquell, so maybe not. Taste was semi sweet with nice hop spiciness up front, and a long piney finish. The hoppiness, while being very much a part of this beer, was not overly aggressive. For those who find Pilsner Urquell or some of the German Pils' overly aggressive on hops, this would be a more approachable one. Very smooth, very drinkable. I would rate this right up there with some of Germany's better pils.

Photo of riversider76
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden with a nice white head. Excellent retention and laceing. Aroma is of piney hops,with some hints of bready malts. Body is light,carbonated and crisp. Taste is a malty sweetness balanced by a hoppy piney finish. This beer is light but full of flavor. Great!

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

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a wonderful golden color that was nearly transparent with a crisp white head that left a 1/4 cap on the brew. This is a clean crisp looking brew. The initial aroma is of spruce and citrus, some slight bitterness fights through. The taste is clean and has a slight citrus front, with the spruce and mild bitterness dominating the finish. Light body, moderate carbonation. This is once again a solid brew from SA. Nice work Mr. Koch!

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

I was not really sure what I was going to get with this one, but what the hell right! Grabbed a couple mixed sixers tonight and went to town. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/29/2010.

The pour was very nice, light golden in color with amazing clarity and a really nice and tight head of white that capped off the top of the glass quite well. Very bright and very light aroma. Tons of spruce like notes and light pine. Very, very bright and crisp, clean aroma. Carried over very well into the flavor which was very tight and very well done. Lots of pine and spruce notes mixed in throughout and this crisp, clean, pine needle like flavor that provided some nice bitterness and really a crisp and very clean taste; Very drinkable and it went down like water.

Overall a very, very solid and very drinkable offering. Totally exceeded my expectations.

Photo of John_M
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap today at Max's. I confess I was instantly worried when the bar tender laughed at me for ordering this, but then acknowledging that he could see where I might want to at least try it. Oh, oh.

The beer pours a solid gold color with OK head retention and some modest lacing. On the nose I get almost nothing, just a hint of pepper, earth and light honey. Really have to work to get any sort of aroma on this one. On the palate, crap.... I'm a big fan of pilsners, but this is not it. Jeeze Loueeze, this is unimpressive. The beer is very light. There is some flavor, but this beer is otherwise pretty watery, with minimal flavor. I get a bit of pepper, and a hint of sweet malt, but otherwise this beer is pretty damn flavorless. Mouthfeel is very light, and alcohol is almost undetectable.... but given how little flavor there is in this beer, who cares?

Well, there are no off flavors in this beer, which I guess is in its favor. Otherwise, why in the hell would I want to drink this when there are so many better (and I mean it's not even close) examples from Germany.

I don't hate SA, but too many beers like this one, and I could start.

Are there really people giving this beer an A grade? Amazing.

Photo of homebrew311
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A:pale yellow/straw, fluffy bright white head, heavy lacing

S: sweet bready malts with some citrus hops on the end

T: notes of caramel, toast, wheat, undercut with a dash of fruity hops, good balance of flavors

MF: thin but not too thin body with medium carbonation

D: this is refreshing, tasty. and well balanced

Photo of BostonBrewins
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured a clear clear straw with a nice thick white head.

S - Smells like a nice variety of spice and herbs. Some nice floral notes too.

T - Crisp and clean as a Pils should be. What really sets this one apart is the complexity from the variety of noble hops. Citrus, spicy, and earthy notes simultaneously hit my tastebuds. Biscuity malt flavor comes through too. Dry finish.

M - Light to medium bodied, creamy too. Carbonation level is just right, provides a little kick but not overwhelming.

D - I really enjoyed this one. A great job of an innovative beer which also stays true to the style.

Photo of Thur123
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours straw yellow and gave me about one finger worth of head. Lots of carbonation rushing to the top. The smell is mostly a sharp hop edge for this style, which I'm stocked about. The hops feel really citrusy, lots of lemon and lime, with some grapefruit as well. As for the malt base it's hidden beneath the hop smell.

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A big grassy tickle of hops with a cereal malt base that's much more obvious in the taste of it. The hops are nice bit a little sharp and somehow they don't taste so fresh, but it's still not bad. Still not prima pils, but good.

Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp, clear golden color with medium carbonation. Has a nice creamy, white, rocky head when first poured, then dies down to a thin foam layer across the top. The white foam sticks to the sides in a blanket like layer

The Noble hops really come through in the nose with authority, they're definitely not shy to make their presence known. Has some peppery floral character in the smell and some hints of malt, although not very pronounced.

The hops dominate the tongue with a very sharp bitterness. There's a lemon peppery presence in the flavor, a little floral character to make it interesting, and just the right amount of malt to let the hops run wild without trampling your palate.

Mouthfeel is very crisp, a little grainy, nice carbonation to give a prickly sensation, and thin which would make this a good warmer weather beer. The bitterness finishes semi-dry and hangs aound for quite awhile after the sip. I found this with the Sam Adams Hallertau pils as well, as this one warms up, the crisp character is diminished, mellows, and more malt comes through in the taste. Unlike most of the beers I like which are better when they're warmer, this one is complete opposite. The Noble Pils shines when it's closer to the sppropriate temp which is pretty cold!

I'm not a huge fan of the Sam Adams line (not true for all of their beers), I'm predominantly an ale/IPA type of person where Sam concentrates alot of effort on the Lager family. I much prefer their Imperial Hallertau pils to this one. This would make a good session beer for any pils fan, but the Hallertau is still one of my favorites in the Sam line of beers.

Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: gold in color, 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, clear

Smell: floral hops and pilsner malt

Taste: grass, floral hops, touch of wheat and malt

Mouthfeel: light, smooth, slightly bitter, can feel the high carbonation

Drinkability: A nice hoppy pils that is very true to the style. The grassy, hoppy taste is spot on. A welcome replacement for the white ale, I could have several...maybe not a six though.

Photo of olmatty
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear pale straw beer with a creamy, high, white head.

Smell- Pilsner malts with some slightly pungent, herbaceous hops at the finish.

Taste- A slightly richer pils lager, especially in the hops department where the multiple hops make a nice difference.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, clean and dry

Drinkability- I could drink quite a bit of this, especially if it were warmer weather. Released in January, an odd release time for light lager.

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