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

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3,177 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,177
Reviews: 1,449
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 80
Gots: 101 | 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."

(Beer added by: schellsbeer on 12-20-2009)
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +26%

12-06-2011 15:26:54 | More by jeanphony
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

07-12-2012 15:05:20 | More by mrosenfeld32
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

12-04-2013 15:21:52 | More by Bjlps
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

05-18-2013 14:46:56 | More by jbarletto
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Noble Pils pours an absolutely crystal clear golden yellow with a tinge of copper. The frothy white heads builds nicely and falls quickly leaving minimal slipppery lacing.

The aroma is pungent, full of grassy hops with an herbal scent as well.

The flavor is also full of pungent floral hops with faint lemony zest and full bready malts with just a touch of honey. The finish is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is light and very smooth and a touch creamy with ample carbonation.

Noble Pils is a good Spring beer from Sam Adams and could easily lead me to try, and appreciate more of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 21:44:32 | More by BlackBearForge
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

01-04-2012 17:30:33 | More by AWS2111
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

10-29-2012 15:50:54 | More by BigBarley
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

06-10-2012 04:24:11 | More by 6demonbag
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3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been enjoying for years, but finally reviewed on tap at Ryles in Cambridge, MA.

Pours pale gold with a nice one finger head. Foamy lace grips the side of the glass, and bubbles are seen floating to the top.

Nose has a light hoppy aroma, as well as soapy smell. I also smell strains of lavender and lilacs.

The taste is really nice. This is no ordinary pilsner. Flowery and bright, this tastes like spring. The lavender and lillac are present in the mouth, and hints of hibiscus and light cloves join in. There is a certain breadiness as well. Not at all bitter, there is a lingering sweetness on the tongue. However, the aftertaste is gone fairly quickly.

Very drinkable and quite unique, this is by far my favorite of the Sam seasonals. Spring remains the one time of year I make sure to grab a Sam at the bar.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2011 03:03:31 | More by rinhaak
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1.83/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Serving: Bottle with a BB date of 5/11.. Poured into a Pilsner style glass for an authentic test.

Appearance: Light straw with a snow white cap. It poured well and maintained a reasonable head.

Smell: First whiff gave some promise. Nice crisp hoppiness at the outset. Just what I was expecting. Then...strangely...the aroma almost disappeared!

Taste: Wow! What a disappointment. Very watered down tasting. Like dishwater. I really tried to get something here. Nope...just bland.

Mouthfeel: Less than average. Watery. No hop bitterness to speak of.

Drinkability: Very poor. I had a hard time with this one. Even my wife did not like it. She felt it worse than a Miller Lite! I dumped this and went to another brew to gain some enjoyment for this session.

Overall: I went into this very open minded. I have not had much from Sam Adams that I care for. But given the availability, ratings, and price of this one...I really wanted it to become my "go to" Pilsner. No way. I even tried this 3 different times to really be sure. This stuff is bad. I'll be giving the last 3 away.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 21:02:45 | More by Brunite
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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Solid golden color. Thick 2-3 fingers of soapy white head. Fairly thick film with some large bubbles. Great lacing.

S: Lemon, tea, grass, pale malts, some citrus and pine. Smells slightly bitter.

T: The citrus is a little more pronounced in the taste. Still get the grassy, peppery, tea flavors followed by the sweet, pale malts.

M: Bubbly and smooth. Finishes bitter and slightly dry.

O: Highly drikable and one of my favorite grocery store beers during the spring. Refreshing and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 01:03:56 | More by titosupertramp
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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

12-09-2013 13:47:14 | More by xseanprimex
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3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with label notched June and consumed on 3/19/11

Sam Adams Noble Pils poured a crystal clear pale golden color producing a small fizzy and thinner white head that left behind limited lacing. The nose was dominated by citrusy, floral hops – which one would expect from a brew that uses 5 varieties of noble hops. The flavor is to the hoppy, bitter side, however, a touch of malt and honey help balance the taste. Noble Pils is crisp and has prickly carbonation and a nice dry finish.

Sam Adams Noble Pils is an easy drinker – my favorite Czech Pilsner to date.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 22:51:29 | More by bushbeer75
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

09-17-2012 22:55:53 | More by jlenik
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-03-2012 00:39:42 | More by kb2250
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

07-30-2013 01:21:12 | More by Los1324
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3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden and clear. 2 inches of a soft foam head that leaves lacing.

S: Definitely smelling the noble hops here. Grassy with a touch of pine.

T: Tastes like an authentic Czech Pils. Grainy, grassy, pretty hopped up - allowing the noble hops to really be showcased.

M: Light bodied

O: Thoroughly enjoyed this representation of a Czech pilsner. Wish it was a tad crisper, but I could definitely session a few of these on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 00:10:46 | More by Givemebeer
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

07-16-2013 02:09:02 | More by pastramionrye7
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

09-12-2012 12:52:37 | More by yossarian14
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

08-18-2012 18:11:54 | More by jkermitj
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

03-17-2013 18:49:38 | More by Antonius08
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District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased January 2010. Best by May notched into the label. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle.

Golden yellow in color and crystal clear. A nice effervescence when first poured, yielding a thick, white, foamy head.

Aromas of malt/grain and corn mostly. A hint of floral hops as well.

Lots of grain and bread up front, turning into a nice balance of grain and citrusy hop character. Towards the end the hops become more prevalent, adding a slight dry bitterness.

Light body and dry, almost powdery feel. The carbonation is noticeable but not very crisp.

Overall a pretty good beer. As others have noted this one is more for a warm spring/summer day than the mid-winter. I'll most likely pick up a six pack once the weather turns nicer to enjoy as an everyday beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 23:02:44 | More by goldbot
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West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

06-11-2014 00:10:20 | More by wvbrewcrew
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1/5  rDev -73.5%

11-23-2011 06:15:52 | More by spoonhawk
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3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear golden body. Nice tight head fairly lacy.

Noble hops are complimented by a light sweet grainy malt smell.

The beer leans a little more towards the sweet honey bready malt backbone, but the hops provide a little zip to complement.

A tasty Czech pils. I expect my pilseners to lean a little more crisp, but this is nice too. A very good take on the style, but doesn't exactly bring me back to drinking in Prague.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 00:05:08 | More by bfields4
Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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