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

Samuel Adams Noble PilsSamuel Adams Noble Pils

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3,050 Ratings
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Ratings: 3050
Reviews: 1448
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%

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:
"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 Jimmys


3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into tulip. best before March 2013.

A: a slight haze on an otherwise bright golden body. bright white head. retention is average. spotted lacing.

S: herbal, green tea. a little minerally, slightly metallic. lemon. minor pils aroma.

T: starts with some cereal flavor. a little fruity. some slight oxidation. finish returns, similar to how it started with more cereal/grainy flavor. reminds me of a pastry. a minor acidic twang.

M: average, slightly moderate carb. light bodied.

D: simple, hits a lot of notes that are very close to the style guidelines. I was expecting a little more hop characteristic in the nose than I got, otherwise a pretty good Czech pils.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 06:41:45 | More by Jimmys
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2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. No bottled on date. Poured into a Boulevard tulip.

A - Typical golden lager color. Tall eggshell colored head recedes quickly. Very clear with a steady stream of bubbles rushing to the top.

S - Very minimal hop smell. Smells like what I imagine a lager with some lemon squeezed into it would be like.

T - The most minimal hop bite ever is present, but that's really all you can ask for considering this beer is a lager. Not heavy on the hops. Still, enjoyable nonetheless.

M - Mouthfeel retains itself well. I'd almost say it is a slightly resinous beer, which is a nice change of pace when everyone else around you seems to be drinking mass-marketed trill

Overall, it was a nice change of pace, but I would probably opt for an IPA myself. Still highly drinkable stuff, and in the case of being a pilsner it is a great beer.

Samuel Adams Noble Pils ---3/5

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 23:06:52 | More by mfnmbvp
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of my first Sam Adams beers. Pours a golden color with a decent head. Smells light and a little hoppy. Great carbonation and super easy to drink. Good lacing. I think Ill keep a couple of these around in the future. A good, easy to find beer

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 18:43:54 | More by akuczero
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3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle best before february

look is a pale clear gold, with orange hue. small wispy head typical for sams. smell is muted wheat, sour hops. taste is light and crisp, mildly bitter, with sour almost green apple hop flavor. crisp bubbly light feel.

light and crisp, if that's what you're into. medicinal bitterness and a slight astringency keeps this far from great. drinks like a green apple sody pop. it might seem like I'm bashing it, but I quite enjoyed this beer. not something I'd drink all the time, tho.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 08:12:33 | More by jimmah120
Photo of DavidS88


4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Noble PIls is a crisp, light, yet flavorful offering from Samuel Adams. It pours a wonderful translucent gold with a very small white foamy head and retains decent lacing down the sides of the glass. The nose can be summed up in one word: FLOWERS. This is easily one of the more florally scented beers I've ever smelled/drank. Despite the strong presence of the flowers, they don't seem overbearing or intimidating in the least bit. Rather it draws the drinker in because more than anything, you're expecting this to be a lot like an IPA, and instead hits you with something rather different. While it smells kinda like an IPA, the taste shows that this most definitely is a pilsener, full of hoppy and citrus flavor that is only slightly bitter with a delightful tang of what seems like lemon. Despite not looking all that carbonated, it does feel a little carbonated when drinking it. That really is the only drawback of this damn near outstanding brew from Samuel Adams and the Boston Beer Co. Bravo, Jm Koch, bravo indeed.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 02:42:42 | More by DavidS88
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North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 3floyds tapered glass. Notch on label indicates best by January 2013.

A- Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a 1/4 inch white head that bears little retention time before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a crescent of surface foam. Sudsy, non-resilient lacing.

S- Vegetal hop aroma that's mild and also a bit piney and floral. Stiff graininess in the back.

T- Slightly bitter in the start, evens out mid-palate and then there's the lingering vegetal aftertaste that's common in Czech pilsners. This is quite enjoyable though, compared to ones that strictly use Saaz hops. Light, grainy malt presence.

M- Crisp and smooth with a light body and medium carbonation.

O- Extremely quaffable and accessible, although I guess that's what Boston Beer Co. does best. Still, I'm pleasantly surprised whenever they produce something more than just OK in my eyes.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 03:43:42 | More by Immortale25
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North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a 2-3 finger head and nice lacing.

S: Sweet, but citrus hops as well as some grassy notes. Doesn't smell quite as fresh as I thought it would.

T: There are some bitter hops, but they are balanced by some sweet malts. Somewhat grassy also.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Not my style, but it came in a Hop Tour Variety Pack. Light, refreshing, and easy to drink. I doubt I'll buy more, but I'm glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 19:59:56 | More by nUgZ
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3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow color with some serious lack in head formation. Glaze-y thin foam on the surface, only. Slightly hazy.

Bright lemony-citrus Noble hop aroma with grassy notes alongside biscuity malts and a hint of crystallized ginger. Sweeter than crisp, but I like it.

More crispness in the flavor, but we're following the nose here. The hops are still juicy, even though this isn't the freshest example. The lot is of the Noble variety with lemon and orange citrus doing more than merely peeking through. Still has a nice balance with sweeter and more doughy buttered malts than you might expect in a pils, but with a grassiness. The finish isn't short on palate-bursting bitterness that is quite refreshing, and there is a presence of floral notes, to boot. Some real-deal carbonation isn't kidding. On the higher side of the spectrum, it creates a big brushy explosion in the back of the mouth. The tongue is easily cleansed, and the crisp nature of the flavor leaves you wanting more and more sips. The body is pretty smooth, almost like skim milk, to draw in each drink.

This is a very fine example of the style. I prefer Germans to Czechs, but I can always get down with a Sam Adams Noble Pils.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 01:30:31 | More by thecheapies
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New York

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale and translucent yellowish orange with strong carbonation and a nice fluffy white head.

S: Mild, pleasant spicy and floral hop notes.

T/M: As with the aroma, this is a mild blend of floral hops with hints of spice, a bit of pine, and a lot of sweet malt. Very crisp and clean and refreshing.

O: A straightforward, drinkable and tasty pils. Nothing groundshaking but a real nice, simple beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 23:26:17 | More by sevenarts
Photo of SometimesIfart


3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark gold with a one finger frothy white head that retains very well. Left good lacing.

S - Slight pine, lemon zest, light wheat, multiple types of hops

T - Multiple very light hop flavorings with moderate amounts of wheat. Slight orange and lemon as well. slightly floral like in the finish.

M - Light to medium body with medium to heavy carbonation.

O - Overall, This was a very clean, straight forward offering from Sam Adams. Nothing impressive, But nothing offensive. I'd have it again. I believe that this beer really shines when it is consumed straight from the bottle

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 21:12:51 | More by SometimesIfart
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South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass (cause hell I barely ever get to use it!)
Best before Feb 2013

A: Pours a crystal clear light straw color with 2 fingers width of bright, snow-white colored head. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

S: Aroma is spicy hops, pale malt, bready.

T: Taste follows the nose. Lots of spicy hop notes, touch of citrus. Not much going on, but for a pilsner its pretty tasty.

M/D: Light, crisp, heavy carbonation, medium body. Drinkability is average, but limited by the high carbonation.

O: Overall, pretty good for the style. Unfortunately, the style is rather drab and unremarkable. Im an ale drinking, and dont even usually venture into the lager side of the beer spectrum. Too simple, too plain, too clean. For what it is, its decent, but Im gonna finish this one and go have a IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 00:23:28 | More by zac16125
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4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice American answer to the original Pilsner Urquell. (Not sure if SABMiller has tinkered with the original recipe.)

Poured a nice golden color with a dense 2-finger head that slowly dissapated leaving some fine lacing.

Nice hop aroma on the nose; I think it's the Sazs hops that come to the forefront.

The malt sweetness is deftly balanced with the hop's tartness, a truly refreshing example of the style.

It seems that Jim Koch has yet another winner in the stable. Certainly well worth trying, if not buying again and again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 23:15:57 | More by A60sburnout
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4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Pilsner Urquell pilsener glass. Taken from a Samuel Adams "Hop Tour" mixed sixer.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, bright golden color. Has a large, fizzy head that dissipates slowly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of German and Czech noble hops, especially that spicy, Saaz aroma. The hoppiness is backed by a sweet, lager maltiness.

Taste: Has a crisp, citrusy hop flavor backed by a sweet, almost honey-like maltiness. Almost perfectly balanced between strong noble hops and lager-y crispness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, medium-bodied, and refreshing.

Overall: This is an outstanding beer and probably my favorite selection from Sam Adams's stable. Pilseners are sometimes difficult beers to nail perfectly, but Noble Pils comes as close as I've seen on this side of the Atlantic. A definite must-try.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 22:59:02 | More by mckenziac
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3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a perfect pint. Best before January 2013, from the "Hop Tour" sixer.

A - Clear dark yellow body with a fizzy one finger white head. Decent lacing and retention.

S - Lemons, hay, grass, spice and a touch of soap. Smell is a tad artificial and chemical.

T - Lemons, hay, cut grass, light spices and a crackery malt finish. Some lingering hop bitterness and an absences of the soap found in the aroma. Crisp and refreshing. Mouth feel is light to medium bodied with ample carbonation.

O - I do have a soft spot for this beer. Its well priced and very easy drinking, albeit nothing too special. Glad to have this one bumped out of seasonal status.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 03:14:30 | More by davey101
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4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, best before November 2012. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Good foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, orange, herbal, floral, grapefruit, bread, cracker, pine, and light earth. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance. Taste of orange zest, lemon, pine, herbal, floral, grapefruit, bread, grass, and light earth. Light spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, floral, bread, grass, and herbal on the finish for a bit. Great flavor balance with a nice amount of delicious citrus hoppiness. No cloying flavors at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a crisp and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a delicious Pilsner! Great hop flavor profile and balance; extremely smooth to drink. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 03:21:21 | More by superspak
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3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Enjoy by November 2012. Decanted into a pint glass.
Appearance: Beautiful, dark gold. Crystal clear. Capped by a persistent mat of foam. The glass is laced all the way to the bottom.
Smell: Pilsner malt and a touch of citrus. Inviting.
Taste: Dry, grainy, slightly peppery, sweet honey, with a minty finish and lingering subtle bitterness. Everything is mellow and balanced.
Mouthfeel: Clean and sharp.
Overall: Perfect summertime beer. I could drink a pile of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 22:32:00 | More by mhaugo
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought online from Beersofeurope.co.uk

Poured a light golden yellow colour with some straw hints...White head poured pretty small and faded quickly to light layer... light carbonation and very sparse lacing...

Aroma - Light biscuity malts, nice fruitiness (lemons, apples, pears and light grapefruits), pine notes, nice floral / spicy hops, fresh grass and hay, very light toastiness...

Taste – Light juicy tart fruits - maybe slightly watered down (lemons, green grapes, light grapefruit hints), light biscuitiness, grassy / floral hop bitterness, some toasted bread hints, thyme traces...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry. Light body.... Very very refreshing and drinkable - would make a good session beer...

Overall - A very good pilsener.. very drinkable. Definitely worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 11:24:53 | More by mdagnew
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3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nose is pretty skunky (typical of pilsners in my opinion), slightly lemony. Taste is lemon, peach, orange notes, and some skunk. I am not a pilsner fan and Sam Adams typically disappoints but this is the only pilsner I find palatable. Its not amazing but it works. If I go to a bar and this is all they have, I'm so down. Otherwise, no. I only got it to make sure my memories of it being good weren't outdated.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 08:33:32 | More by DonDirkA
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4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Noble Pils. A long time-no see beer by Samuel Adams, finally appearing in select quantities in their Summer Styles Variety Pack. Noble Pils is brewed in the Czech Pilsner style. The neck says, "Samuel Adams Noble Pils is brewed with all five Noble hops from the world's oldest growing regions. Each of the hop varieties adds a slightly different aroma and flavor, from citrus and pine to spice and floral, resulting in a crisp, complex & refreshing brew. Cheers!" I've reviewed this beer before, I'm going to have to see how my tastes have changed and how well this beer holds up. Date ticked on the bottle is Mid-July 2012.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served in low-mid 40º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a thick creamy white head of a crispy froth consistency. Retention is decent; I have seen better but many more that retain much worse than Noble Pils. Some nice droopy caked on lacing of a medium thickness is left behind the head, but doesn't linger for long afterwards. Body color is a medium straw yellow, a little bolder than the average pale straw yellow beer, and carbonation is abundant and busy. The beer has a medium haziness, much hazier than it appeared in years past. Appearance is still nice although head quality, retention and lacing seems to have dropped a tick. 4

(Smell) A great deal of clean citrus hops and lesser musty pine hops come from a vivacious hop arrangement. A decent malt bill comes through nicely, complimenting the citrusy characters of the hop bouquet. This is a crisp, clean smelling beer with some decent variety to the aromatic hop character and a subtly sweet malt bill to back it up. Potency is medium and balance is pleasant. 4

(Taste) A really nice cascade of some sweet malty body and crisp, invigorating hop blends that spare bitterness, instead emphasizing on flavors. The bitterness level is appropriate for the style. It has a unique spicy/musty pine edge from the hops which compliments the flavor well. Some slight strikes of (honey, perhaps?) nest underneath the malt blend to grant a complementary sweetness to the malt bill. There's very little to improve upon here, as all flavors are nicely balanced. A nice lingering finish of a piney hop drags on for a while after each sip. It's remains a very nice pilsner and certainly one worth seeking out. Now if only it appeared in larger quantities than two. 4

(Mouthfeel) Mild crisp cracker front followed by a smooth, creamy chewy bread texture. Carbonation is mild, yet the mouthfeel manages to remain exciting. Light body, very nice low undetectable alcohol presence and no striking unpleasant tastes. It does really well. 4.5

(Overall) One of my choice pilsner beers that has a lot of complexity to the hop flavor and maintains a high drinkability. There's a great deal of character that keeps me interested in this beer but nothing that pushes me away. The ABV is very fair and my palate is exercised yet hardly worn out. Drinkability is high, and while the flavor may be a bit more intense than a run-of-the mill session pilsner, this one's flavor diversity makes up for a slightly fuller body. 4

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Noble Pils

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 01:00:33 | More by Jadjunk
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's certainly carrying a more spicy and biting hop presence. The beer might be a bit too cold at the moment to catch any other tones, or maybe they're just not there. Overall, it's a nice production. And with so many hop lovers out there, I doubt there will be that many complaints on this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 02:05:22 | More by RblWthACoz
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3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very yellow in color, pours with a fizzy/bubbly/sudsy head that lingers for a long while

Smell: Hops, almond, and a slight citrus note at first smell. Hoppy as should be expected. Very pleasant, earthy tones as you let it sit a little longer. Seems to change over time.

Taste: Not overly hoppy to me, but still smooth. More of the citrus comes through here as well with a slight bitter finish. Similar to smell, the taste seems to change little by little as you take each sip.

Mouthfeel: Slightly above average, goes down well and is refreshing.

Overall: One of my favorite Sam Adams beers. While it is made with a lot of hops, they are not overpowering at all and it makes it a beer that anyone can drink and enjoy but IPA fans like myself can appreciate too. If this were offered year-round, I think it would be a huge hit.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 05:26:52 | More by PKReferee87
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with a huge soapy head that last until the drink is finished. Lot's of sticky lacing. Very attractive beer. Mild aromas of almond milk, grass and spicy hops. Well balanced flavors of citrus, piney, spicy, and pizza dough. Not bold in your face hop flavors but plenty complex and suprememly balanced. Nice dry finish. I wish I would have tried this beer earlier in the summer as this would have been my go to beer this summer. Great summer thirst quencher Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 03:26:52 | More by wcudwight
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a clear yellow with a fluffy white head with average retention
S-grassy, lemon
T-More of the same with a good amount of bitterness
M-light bodied
O-pretty starightforward and not a bad pilsner. I have had others of the style I like more but I would have it again

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 23:10:52 | More by atr2605
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought in the S.A Summer Variety Pack ... poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: It looks like a beer drinker's piss. Pours with a nice head, but goes down fairly quickly, and leaves a bit of lacing with a wispy head before too long.

Smell: Hoppy. What else would you expect? An earthy, citrusy, hoppy smell. Not too shabby.

Taste: Different with every sip, which is awesome ... I don't find too many beers that do this to me. It's like some kind of Willy Wonka mastery. Hoppy as all get out, but still some nice maltiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Not much to it.. somewhat watery, but it makes this beer super drinkable.

Overall, a decent beer. Every sip gives me something different. One drink and it's floral, the next it's earthy, then spicy. Despite all the hops though, you still get malts in the background, so it's not a SUPER hop bomb, though hop heads will indeed enjoy this beer. I think the overall BA rating is a bit high, but this is still a VERY respectable Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 18:58:17 | More by Alextricity
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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Noble Pils is simply a really solid Pilsener. It's crisp and refreshing with an extra dose of hops for fun. The hops come through nicely on the nose and palate and after that you'll find a surprisingly full-flavored beer. The session beer for hopheads! This one has mass appeal too, although from talking to a Sam Adams rep I learned that even this beer is too hoppy for a lot of Americans and so they swapped this one out for Alpine Spring as their spring tap this year. That's quite a shame, because this is one of their best beers. Glad to have found it still available in 6 packs though!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 16:57:45 | More by TheRealBigC
Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,050 ratings.