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

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3,393 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,393
Reviews: 1,465
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 95
Gots: 254 | 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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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

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.

Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,393 ratings.