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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

3,367 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 3,367
Reviews: 1,460
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 87
Gots: 192 | 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:
"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 masonl
4.85/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a pale golden color. There are subtle tints of orange. Nice lacing.

Smell: Potent touch of citrus. Earthy aroma with a hint of hops

Taste: Strong taste of grapefruit zest. Moderately sweet taste of malts that is offset by a subtle hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation makes for a crisp mouthfeel. The subtle hoppy bitterness and moderate acidity make for a refreshing and interesting Spring beer.

Drinkability: Extremely good drinkability. A beer that can appeal to everyone. Enough substance to appreciate but still maintains a good amount of drinkability.

Photo of JEdmund
4.83/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance
Beautifully clean--crystal clear, golden, nice white foam cap, healthy carbonation

Smell
Familiar pils aroma, but something extra and different; slightly toasted smelling malts; herbal/grassy/lemony hops are noticeable

Taste & Body
Lovely, unique flavor; what first strikes me is there is a tea-like quality to the flavor, whether from the malts or hops, I'm not sure. Truly a light, thirst-quenching beer with good flavor. Those five Noble hops are really making for a unique bitterness. It finishes bone dry, making me want another sip right away. Bitterness rivals Tucher's pils, one of the hoppier examples I've had. Body is light and I could use a touch more carbonation.

Overall
This is a great pilsner. It manages to pack in flavor and be interesting while also remaining extremely light and drinkable. Well done, Sammy A!

Photo of ajhod
4.83/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this several times on a trip to NH recently. Draft serving each time-imperial pint glass-not the right type of glass really.

Appears on the table with a bright white head, tiny bubbles, which fade quickly, but not too quickly. Bright, clear, golden in colour.

Aroma is bright and well hopped. Slight malt in nose.

Taste is extraordinary. Bright clean hop taste, malt flavour is reminiscent of honey, finishes clean and off-dry.

Very drinkable with a reasonable ABV. Love this beer.

Photo of jjanega08
4.83/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Really excited to try this one. First review in a while and I've heard great things about this one. Hopefully this beer will bring a little light summer to a cold MN winter night.

A= pours a completely translucent light yellow color. The clear opacity of this beer is impressive as far as I'm concerned. Been a while since I drank something that looked so refreshing. A light half finger head comes from it and falls to a skin on top of the beer. Some spotty lacing but not really that great but what can you expect from a pils.

S= Smells light and crisp. Smells of some faint nobel hops and a little sweet malt. Nothing to blow you away being this is a pils I actually think it smells quite nice. A nice balance in the smell of this beer. I find prima pils to be a little too hop forward which is nice but this one seems a little better to have on hand always based on smell. Lets dig deeper.

T= Delicious. Wow this beer is tasty. Nice hops in it but they aren't what this beer is all about which I was expecting from the label and box literature. This beer is light crisp and super refreshing. The nobel hops flow across the entire tongue with a little lemony citrusy spice to it. Not overly hopped at all. The malts in this beer are great doughy and bready is a great way for me to describe this. The finish is awesome bready biscuity.

M= Super light and crisp. One of the most refreshing beers I've ever had.

D= Great. I find that most Samual Adams brews taste similar and I actually mentioned it to the fellow at the store I bought this from. He told me this was a step away from that and I will agree. This doesn't taste like a typical Samual Adams beer. For a pils I dunno how much better it can get. The rave reveiws are on spot this beer is awesome. While it didn't take away the cold MN night tonight it did bring back some memories of summer and makes me get all giddy for spring when I'm gonna drink the hell outta this beer.

Photo of JamesS
4.8/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very nice golden color with excellent head and some nice lacing. Great scent, a very crisp and sweet aroma with wonderful hints of hops in the nose, a bit of citrus and spiciness. Great taste, one of my favorite pils; a wonderful malty sweetness starts it off, with that slightly skunky lager hit in the middle; finished with a bright hop fizz, hints of spice (pepper) and citrus are at the forefront. It finishes clean for such a hoppy pils, while keeping a slight bitter aftertaste.

Photo of LiquidSanity
4.8/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ap: Beautiful golden champagne color. Moderate head and moderate lacing. Sexy, beautiful and you can almost visualize the flavor.

Ar: The hops resonate in the aroma and is enticing. This beer means business.

Ta: Sultry and sexy combination of hops. Sam Adams has something amazing here. While not an IPA, it still packs a healthy dose of hops that is appealing for any hop head. Don't expect double IPA but do prepare yourself for a crisp flavor that is almost indescribable. The earthyness and breadiness just invites you to continue drinking. This along with sierra Nevada pale ale, make for exceptional choices for sessionable beers. You can easily drink a 6 pack and be a happy fellow.

Mf: Rich, creamy and frothy texture. Each sip delights. May I have another?

Ov: I avoided this beer for quite some time. I almost convinced myself that if it wasn't an IPA, I wouldn't enjoy it. This beer shatters that rule. The delicious blend of hops creates an infusion of flavor that you cannot capture during the first bottle. You struggle to discover all the notes even after 2 or 3 bottles. It's a beer that makes you appreciate the fact that your taste buds work. Savor it, sip it, engage it and by all means, respect this beer. It's almost near perfect. And coming from a hop head, that means a lot. Cheers!

Photo of MikeInIowa
4.78/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Look: It has a medium Golden shade, it's transparent, and it irridescently shimmers in a pint glass with substantial foam that lingers long and laces the glass as it recedes.

Nose: Fruity, aromatic hops beckon the sniffer toward the lip for a sip.

Taste: The Boston Beer Co. (a.k.a Sam) boasts that it has utilized "all five noble hops" when it made this brew. And danged if they didn't. One day, I hope to be able to i.d. all five in a glass of beer, but for right now there is Noble Pils to help me. This beer offers a delicious blend of hoppy and pine-like notes they are at once robust and sweet as they roll over the palate without tripping the bitter sensors to a large degree at all. It is a truly wonderful beer drinking experince if only for the fact that you find yourself surprised that you are not at all overpowered, but, in fact, pleased by its aftertaste.

Mouth: Noble possesses a thin but effervescent mouthfeel.

Drink: Easy to drink out of the tap or the bottle. This is a dandy! Loved it.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.78/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle that is the last of a six-pack purchase last week. Pours a darker-than-average gold color with a frothy white head that displays both great retention and lacing. Crystal clear. Great looking pilsner here, if a shade or two on the dark side.

Nose is all about the hops, grassy being the most dominant...there are also floral, herbaceous and spicy hop notes in there. Light, grainy malts with just a touch of something sweet poke through the leafy goodness. Not exactly a refined aroma, it's a bit rough around the edges, but it is something I would like to see made into respirator cartridges...I'd wear one!

Taste is addictive, that is the only way to describe it. Leafy, ganja-esque hops manage to be very flavorful but not overly bitter, which is what I equate pilsners to be all about. BBC did a good job of leaving the malt bill light and slightly honeyed to provide a perfect backdrop for the hops to shine while still maintaining a rich body and unique take on the pilsner style.

Mad props to Boston Beer Company on this one, I never thought I would say that I absolutely love one of their beers, but this one is the shizzle!

Photo of woodychandler
4.78/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

If it comes from Boston, it must be identified as "Pilsnahhh". Hey, as a Yinzer, I love dialect and I love beer, so it all washes out (I hope).

I became a fan of the Lager styles a couple/few years back at one of the BA Fests and I really like Pilseners, especially Czech Pils with Saaz hops, but German Pils will also work. I just wish more of them were accessible in CANs - no possibility of light struck hops oils. Sigh.

I accomplished a brief finger of bone-white head before it disappeared like Dracula in the face of this morning's sunrise. Color was a beautiful sunshine/lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity and evidencing an endless parade of CO2 bubbles. Greg Koch can disrespect "fizzy yellow beers" all he wants, but this is one to consider. Nose was at once grassy and slightly spicy and my mouth began to water at the prospect. Mouthfeel was full, thanks to the preponderance of CO2 bubbles and the taste was phenomenal. I really caught the Saaz hops on the tongue despite them not being as forward as in the Czech version. Actually, there were a lot of flavors on the tongue, including blueberry, an earthy grassy taste, and a light saltiness. Finish was dry, crisp, and clean and the effervescence really left my palate scrubbed.

I am having trouble believing that this and another were just sitting as singles at my local bottle shop yesterday afternoon. What a find!

Photo of Frostyglass
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of Ddiogenes
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of ScaryEd
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of drslap
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of FlemingVSKing
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of minneapolitanjim
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of Jbl3246
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of RBorsato
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of rtrasr
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of redluvr
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of KarlHungus
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a spun gold color. The head is an inch and a half in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of spicy noble hops, moderate bitterness, and assertive bready malt. The taste is very refreshing. The hops are sharp, but the malt is strong enough to balance everything out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is one of the best German Pilseners I've had the pleasure of tasting. This beer replacing Sam Adams White Ale as their spring seasonal has got to be one of the best things to happen to craft beer in the last decade. I will certainly be drinking this by the case load.

Photo of fattire513
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Overall a great beer. The first one that I have tried with 5 different kinds of hops. A different taste than other hoppy beers. Not too carbonated which I love, sometimes the IPA's can be a bit strong on the carbonation side I feel. I agree that this should be a summer release, but now is a pretty good time to drink a few. I could see myself drinking more of these in one sitting, as for right now, this late maybe not. I feel this beer would be exceptionally good on tap, but as of now haven't been able to find it.

Photo of BeenJammin
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My First Time

The first time I had this beer I wasn't expecting too much more than just another solid SA seasonal. I did the, "drink it straight from the bottle because it's nothing special" thing. Well, after the first sip it was apparent that this beer was much more than your run of the mill, crappy American-made pilsner. I was hooked after the first sip! This is the kind of beer that BMC should be making when they claim "Triple Hops Brewed". Now, if you claim that I am somehow overrating this beer; fine, you got me. But it's only on the off chance that I can turn this beer on to someone new to craft beer. Because I know they will have a similar experience to mine for their first time.

Photo of coz
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of righlander
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a very clear straw yellow to gold in to my erdinger weibbier glass (hey it was the only glass clean lol). small 1 finger head. some minimal sticky lace. very nicely carbonated, full of bubbles. looks very refreshing. smell is grassy, kind of lightly piney. some feint malt n there. taste is very nice! crisp hop pine with some white toast and grass. sweet light malt, followed my a very nice mellow hop bitter. feels soft and clean on the tongue. very nice. amazing session beer. i'm glad i bought a whole 6 pack! probably sam adams most solid beer. a bit more hoppy than most german pils but, that's the way we like it! a great example of how you can make a beer light but still classy. cheers!

Photo of TEAMHOLT
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,367 ratings.