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

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3,369 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,369
Reviews: 1,460
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 88
Gots: 200 | 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 EricTheJew
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
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
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
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
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
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
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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
4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pilsner glass...

A: 2 finger head of dense foam atop a very clear, golden straw brew. As the head fades it leaves nice lacing. Keeps a good cap of head as it goes down.

S: zesty lemon-lime, biscuity, honey and grass-like aromas dominate this one. The hops really shine through without being overpowering.

T: more lime, biscuit, and grassiness up front, along with a light honey flavor. Fades spicy with pine, lemon, honey, bread dough, and straw. The hop presence is just as balanced as the aroma. I feel like I can really taste all 5 of the noble hops here.

M: a fizzy entry. light-medium body with a crisp and sharp bite from the hops. finishes clean and crisp, but not at all boring.

Overall, this beer blew me away! This is my first review of the German pilsner style, so I'm assuming this is one of the best or I've been missing out completely. Looks good, smells wonderful, and tastes even better. The texture of the beer and the finish really set it apart though. Glad they ditched the White Ale as the spring seasonal too. I didn't like it near as much as this one.

Photo of vishneda
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of kzoobrew
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of MrHadack
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of TimPowell
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Photo of Smixam
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of tblfan04
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
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

Photo of Hokies
4.72/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

Photo of Celt44
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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.!

Photo of cannabanaceae
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,369 ratings.