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

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3,173 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,173
Reviews: 1,448
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 80
Gots: 98 | 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 babaracas


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold, two finger fluffy white head, fades to a thin layer, spotty lacing. Smell: lightly bready, white grape, grassy, spicy. Taste: amped version of the nose... mildly sweet, lightly bready, grassy, spicy, touch of lemon peel, slight white grape juice. Prickly carbonation. This is definitely in the top 3 or 4 SA offerings. Can't help but compare it to Prima Pils and it falls a little short, but is still a solid option. Best by June 2010.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 01:59:46 | More by babaracas
Photo of kismet


3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is my favorite brew from sam adams...hands down. it has a great lemony citrus hop bite and is so crisp and clean tasting. the malts are slightly bready and make for a creamy mouthfeel, although the hops provide a snappy, super dry finish. overall, i enjoy this beer with food or by itself. it is a treat every time. get some now. it is good every season of the year.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 18:34:23 | More by kismet
Photo of stewfnrocker

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap and poured into a pint glass
The appearance was a pale golden yellow color with a good head.
This beer has an aroma full of those noble hops, citrus and a little bit of floral and some wheat.
The taste is pretty much how it tastes, a nice taste of the noble hops, a bit of grains, some of the malts, and a little crisp bite at the end.
Mouthfeel has a nice medium body with a medium carbonation. Adds a good feel on the tongue to go with the tastes of the light hops.
This is a very drinkable beer that you can kick back and enjoy a bunch.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2011 03:18:14 | More by stewfnrocker
Photo of mutterfudder

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A - Pours thin into a light straw color. Aggressive pour gave a quickly dissipating thin foamy head. Beer has a nice effervescent carbonation.

S - Sharp, citric hop notes in a nice light body.

T - Sharp hop notes with a thin body. There is a nice, floral aftertaste to it.

M/D - The beer is nice and sharp on the palate and drinks well enough.

A good, light hop centric beer. Makes me think of a nice, 60 degree spring day. Can't wait for those to come back around!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 01:20:07 | More by mutterfudder
Photo of BennyL1


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this one multiple times on draft, this review is from a bottle that came in the American Originals pack. Poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass. Enjoy by July 2011.

A - Noble Pils pours a translucent golden color with about a fingers worth of really foamy white head. A bit of lacing present too.

S - Light floral hop aroma with a bit of lemony zest. The excitement level of the nose isn't to high but it is decent to say the least.

T - The 5 noble hops really work well together. Bitterness from the hops is present but not to strong. A bit of a peppery spice note in there as well. This brew would definitely appeal to a large audience. Very solid and unoffensive.

M - Body is on the lighter side with a good amount of carbonation with a very nice dry finish.

D - Overall a great beer that I could have multiple pints of in a night. Combine both the accessibility in restaurants along with the price and you have a winner here. Great beer from Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 03:12:10 | More by BennyL1
Photo of nickd717


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oddly shaped bomber from BevMo Mountain View.

Phenomenal appearance: brilliant clear golden color with a foamy and lacy white head that lasts.

Aroma is fairly hoppy, floral and somewhat grassy, with a little pale malt and grain in the background.

Flavor is very nice for the style. Very bitter and hoppy for a pilsner, floral, grainy, grassy, and a little earthy. The hop profile is really complex, which is not surprising considering they apparently used ALL the Noble hops.

Medium body for the style, and you can feel the hops in your mouth long after you finish.

Very drinkable - I killed the whole bomber in no time. Really a great pils overall, almost Prima Pils level.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 03:41:41 | More by nickd717
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear pale honey color perhaps a shade darker than most pils. The head is pure white and clinged nicely to the glass. The aroma is pepper and spicy from the hops, there is dry cracker like malt scent. The taste has a citrus zest, some orange, honey and it seems like they added lime zest. This is followed by a grassy, peppery, overall spicy noble hop flavor which adds some dry bitterness in the end. The body is fairly light with moderate carbonation, starts sweet and finishes slightly bitter. A unique pils, not sure I am totally digging the lime citrus flavor in a pils but it is not cloying or artifical. It has good typical pils characteristics with the added lime like zest.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 20:13:48 | More by Gmann
Photo of DrewKid4

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle to a 16 oz tall juice glass.

A: Amber color with finger width white head and moderate-high amount of carbonation.

S: Only hints of hops and citrus.

T: Refreshing low amount of hop flavor with other citrus and spice flavors equally present. Bite comes from the little bit of hops but higher than would like carbonation.

M: A malty flavor becomes apparent after a few seconds of sipping, which reminds me of a High Life or PBR, although much nicer than annoying.

D: Very refreshing beer, light on the tongue and is definitely worth that little bit extra at the bar over the macro-pilsners glass full of trash.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 19:12:52 | More by DrewKid4
Photo of theghost3


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw color with a 1/2 finger white head that quickly dissipates. Some lacing.

Smell is floral hops, yeast and slightly lemony. The taste is herbal & floral hops, bitter/sour lemon, and yeast. Herbal aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is clean, crisp.

This is a very drinkable pils. More flavor than many pilseners out there thanks to the noble hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 03:05:20 | More by theghost3
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. Enjoy by May notched on the label.

A - Brilliantly clear pale straw yellow with a mild white head. Decent retention with a collar of foam left on the glass.

S - Fresh hop aroma like they were just picked. A bit resiny and wet, the hops are primarily a spicy, herbal nose. Pale malts behind with a light mineral feel. Crisp and clean.

T - Very hoppy but not face melting. It's a good mellow balance of resiny floral and spicy noble hops. Pale malts linger behind the hops and a light mineral flavor pokes about.

M - Thin but not watery, it's a light-bodied beer with a very dry finish and light hop bitterness.

D - Interesting flavor going on but it doesn't remove from the drinkability of it. I think the release comes a bit early. For a "spring seasonal" why is it out in January?

Also, it's worth mentioning that I had the chance to cast my vote on this or the "Samuel Adams Ale" at the Barrington Beer Fest for which would win and go into production. I voted for the ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 22:11:36 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of jmarsh123


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark straw with a big white head with decent retention and lacing into my Paulaner pilsner glass.

Smells slightly grainy with some cracker and a bit of a floral hop scent.

Big pilsner sweetness along with a cracker/biscuit malt flavor. A little bit of spice and finishes with some floral character. Pretty crisp.

Light bodied with ample carbonation for a crisp mouthfeel.

Nothing out of this world, but a very solid pils good for when I've just finished mowing the lawn.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 20:43:54 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of metter98

New York

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and poured with a thin white head that quickly dissipated and left lacy patterns of bubbles in the center. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus and floral hops in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of biscuit malts along with some hints of honey. There is a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is very clean.
D: The beer is very easy to drink, refreshing, and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 18:24:59 | More by metter98
Photo of BehindtheFinBrew


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to Sam Adams glass

A: Pours a brilliantly clear deep straw gold with a 2.5 finger eggshell-white foam head. Retention was decent with a thin cap being supported by the high amount of carbonation. Some thin white lace was present.

S: Fresh citrus hop and Pils grain dominate the nose with hints of orange.

T: Cereal grain and malt dominate the flavor accompanied by a deep bitterness from the noble hops. Flavor is medium dry with apple and lemon-honey hints. Hop oils leave a lingering bitterness on the finish with floral hop on the breath. Flavor overall is quick and crisp

M: Well-carbed which supports a large part of the body giving it a crisp texture. A more dry finish would be better here.

D: Very light bodied and a nice spring beer....sadly its January.

I enjoyed this Pilsner as it was a good representation of style and would gladly order it over other BMC adjunct lagers. Hope this becomes a regular occurrence in the Sam Adams repertoire.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 19:15:07 | More by BehindtheFinBrew
Photo of dickieb

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color, like that of a bud light with a small bubbly head and some nice lacing. The smell is a bit light with hints of grainy hops and yeast. The flavor is rather hoppy with some light German malts and a pretty yeasty aftertaste. The mouthfeel is crisp and light and this one drinks like a good session brew. I actually enjoyed this one a bit better out of the bottle, but a pretty tasty beverage from Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 23:52:44 | More by dickieb
Photo of OttoBomb


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (February 7, 2010). The June freshness date was punched on the label. I always prefer a 'bottled on' date to a 'best before' date, but at least there is some indication of freshness.

Eyes: Pours a bright, clean, clear golden. One of the few beers I've had to wait for the head to subside before finishing the pour into this DFH glass. Head subsides fairly quickly, with little lacing, as expected for a pilsner.

Nose: A good hoppy profile dominates the nose, but isn't overly aggressive. Spicy florals abound, the Saaz hops are a bit less dominant than I'd expect in a pils, but as the adverts say they put the 5 "noble" hops in this one.

Tongue: Just plain refreshing. The flavor is a nice hoppy character with appropriate bitterness. Best of all, this finishes with a very light and testy. Notes of grass and citrus.

Mouth: Good carbonation, crisp, smooth and a delicate aftertaste.

Libation: This is very sessionable, refreshing pilsner. The 5.2% ABV is a bit sneaky based upon how easily these go down. The 5 "noble" hops used in this brew combine nicely, though I'm not able to determine any ones other than Saaz by the flavor alone. This beer is very smooth and flavorful enough to be the perfect introduction for non-craft beer drinkers. Hand someone this instead of their miller or bud and I'd be shocked if they went back to their macro brews. The taste, price, flavor, and refreshment factors here make this a great beer I'll be happy to have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 07:02:46 | More by OttoBomb
Photo of Buggies


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw yellow with a thin head. The aroma is quite subdued to me? A slight wiff of malt with dominating citrus. Just a slight floral aroma.

Taste is pretty typical of the style. Taste follows the aroma. This beer is balanced quite nice.

Overall it is a nice pilsener. Nothing really notable. Their claim is that they use all 5 noble hops in this. I think that's just to add a little hype with this beer. Though it is a nice pisener, I wouldn't go out of my way to buy these. Still... worth a try though.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 23:22:01 | More by Buggies
Photo of allforbetterbeer


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Old Chicago's.

A: Crystal clear golden straw, a bit darker than I would expect from the style, but still within the acceptable range. A nice head stuck around and laced well.

S: The nice bite of floral and fresh citrus noble hops meets the nose. Some of the classic pils bitter/near astringent flavor also is present.

T: The entire palate of this beer is clear, fresh, and clean. Noble hops show up first and scrub the tongue to prepare for the nicely toasty, malty finish.

M: Mouthfeel is right for the style, with some dry bite from the hops and the carbonation. Very inviting.

D: This is a drinkable pilsner, but not the best of this style, though exactly why I can't put my finger on.

Overall: A solid representation of this classic style. Props for Sam Adams once again!

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2010 21:59:16 | More by allforbetterbeer
Photo of Cubsfan1087


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Noble Pils is a very interesting beer. It pours like a very traditional pilsner. A slight citrus smell comes through. Taste is a little sweet and refreshing, aftertaste slightly bitter. The hops are definitely present. This is a fairly drinkable beer, especially for anyone who likes Sam Adams or a good pilsner. Sam Adams never seems to disappoint with their beers. Noble Pils continues this trend.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 03:01:48 | More by Cubsfan1087
Photo of magnj

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - As clear as it gets. Pale golden body, carbonation apparent. Head was 1 finger into a Pilsner glass, didn't linger very long.

S - Floral and mild pine hop aroma balanced by sweet bready Pilsner malts.

T - Clean all the way through. Up front the hop bite is followed up quickly by the sweet malt and soon they balance out. Leads way to typical grainy Pilsner malt flavors. Ends dry with a bit of herbal hop flavor.

M/D - Well carbonated which compliments the bitterness and the impression of a dry clean beer. Well balanced, light but complex, easy to drink. Nice interpretation of a style that's growing on me more.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 23:13:25 | More by magnj
Photo of jadpsu


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale gold with a decent all white head that has excellent retention and side lacing.

Smell is quite hoppy, especially for a Pilsner. Hops of pine branches and citrus predominate.

Taste is of tart citrus, lemon and a little grapefruit.
Mouthfeel is on the thin side.
Dry and bitter finish.
More complex than any Pilsner I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 03:00:01 | More by jadpsu
Photo of herman77


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright clear gold. White head, with pretty decent lacing.

S: Hops, some bread/malt, a little grass. Pretty complex actually.

T: Nice medium to light hop taste and some wheat and malt to back it up. Very well balanced.

M: A little on the lighter side.

D: Great drinkability. Very crisp and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2010 03:04:01 | More by herman77
Photo of rodney45

New York

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Thin head even with a vigorous pour. Light beech wood color.

S: The first aroma is wheat-ish and underwhelming. Smells a little bit like an aquarium, in a good way...

T: Very bavarian, very wheat like. I would compare it to hoegarten, or a leffe blond. The beer has an upfront kick of grapefruit citrus and mango. Subtle malt finish, and leaves a lingering wheat taste, like sourdough bread...

M: Light and crisp, and tangy.

O: Pretty good for the style, which i dont particularly care for but had to drink because it came in the 12 pack of Sam Adams American brews. I liked it, even though i dont like wheat beers. Which i guess is saying something, but probably isnt.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 04:32:34 | More by rodney45
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After downing a few of these here and there, figured I'd throw my hat into the ring real quick...

Sam Adams Noble Pils, is, quite simply, one of the better beers Koch & Company have released in a long while. It looks great, smells great, and is better than a lot of Pilseners out there. Fizzy and crystal-clear pale gold, a happy tight crown of foam sits atop. Smells quite noble, to be sure, hints of soap and a low-grade grassy scent are more inviting then distracting. A hint of sulfur as it warms is, however. Tastes pure, easy, wet and mildly bitter. Quenching. Palate cleansing. I like it. It's cheap, to boot!

Sam Adams needs to quit making blackberry nonsense and useless "Coastal" wheat beers and perfect Noble Pils. With some tweaking this could be a widely distributed classic. It can easily hold its own with all but the best Pils out there, and is welcome in my fridge anytime! Go get some and drink it while basking in the Spring sun with happy people. You'll thank me.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 03:02:56 | More by kkipple
Photo of flagmantho


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: pale golden hue with a light effervescence and a one-finger head of frothy white foam. Looks pretty decent to me.

Smell: light malt aroma with a style-appropriate graininess. Hops definitely come through with grassy, earthy and somewhat spicy notes. I like the composition.

Taste: flavor delivers pretty much exactly what the aroma promises. Hop content seems a bit higher than many other Pilsners I've had, with lots of different earthy and subtle notes. I rather like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess; most unexpected based on the low level of visible carbonation. Quite good!

Overall: I am finding myself really enjoying this beer. Maybe I'm turning into a Pilsner guy, who knows?

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 18:19:27 | More by flagmantho
Photo of thegodfather1076


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served out of a 12oz. bottle dispensed into a glass....

Presentation - The typical Sam labeling on the bottle with nice coloring and a catch classy style.

Appearance - Pours out a clear golden color that you can see right through. 1 1/2 finger white head dissapates into a foam ring after about a minute. A light lacing is left on the glass.

Smell - Smells very hoppy and slightly citrusy/piney.

Taste - Very hoppy taste with a moderate bitterness. The citus and piney hints are noticable throughout.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied but very crisp. Has a slight carbonation that make it easy to drink.

Drinkability - Very smooth and easy to drink. Very refreshing.

If hoppy bitter beers are your liking then I would try this out. I enjoyed it and would definitly try again.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 21:31:46 | More by thegodfather1076
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