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

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Reviews: 1,458
Hads: 3,435
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 111
Gots: 325 | 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:
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 kyleg
2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours average with intense carbonation. Nice white head quickly dissipates.

Body is a golden/light straw color (which to me was the best part of this beer.)

The nose wasnt there. I couldnt pick up any notes besides fresh cut grass.

The beer was nice crisp and bitter all the way through. Fresh and refreshing all the way through. However, I did pick up a weird cinnamon note in the finish, it kind of lingered in each swallow.

The mouthfeel wasnt nearly as delicate as I was hoping for. With all the carbonation it was along the lines of a "macro lager" style beer.

All in all this beer is very drinkable. Its priced right and it's worth a shot. Not exactly your typical pils by all means. I do suggest you come into this one with an open mind. (751 characters)

Photo of Blob77
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A fore sure re-buy, I enjoyed this beer a lot. I have not had a wide variety of pilseners, but from what ive come to expect from them was a little different than what i got here. For me this beer had a nice hoppy flavor and great drink-ability, Another good entry from sammy (274 characters)

Photo of Northjames
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle.

This is a straw/golden pilsner, very typical for the style or just a bit yellower. The head is thin and lacy. Crystal clear.

The smell is muted, earthy or woody hops.

I can taste earthy, woody, herbal hop notes all the way through this. There is a pleasant bitterness in the front, and this changes over to alot of noble hops flavor. Just at the end is a faint maltiness that has been there all along.

Drinkability is very high. This should come in 30 racks (Just kidding but not really).

A little less floral than the 2010 version, and a little stronger on the woody/herbal notes. (601 characters)

Photo of prosit13
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A little bit too much going on here, while the flavors are definitely citrusy and bold, this beer is honestly a little unbalanced and a little too bitter. It's pretty good compared to Boston Lager but I think putting all four noble hops into one beer, plus the one additional one that only Jim Koch knows about, might have been a little over kill. The beauty of using noble hops in brewing is that their flavors are distinct and clean, blending them diminishes overall quality immensely. (487 characters)

Photo of masonl
4.82/5  rDev +23%
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. (588 characters)

Photo of koolex11
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sam Adams has finally produced a masterpiece.

Perfectly balanced. Deliciously hopped with a great pilsener malt flavor and a dry, toasted finish.

Light bodied and not too carbonated.

The minute it hit my mouth I knew I had found a new favorite.

Well done! (262 characters)

Photo of EricTheJew
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of MrHadack
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass. Served at 45 degrees.

(A): Pour created a very fizzy head with large bubbles that gave way unevenly to smaller ones. Within 2 minutes the head had disipated to a thin film with a good deal of lacing around the sides of the glass. Golden brown, maybe even orange in color. Crystal clear.

(S): Not very strong. Floral aromas right off with hints of fruit, but I got more melon than citrus.

(T): Great balance of flavor right off the bat; subtle sweetness, almost honey-like, with herbal hops. This followed immediately by a spicy, crisp hop flavor that lingers and fills the mouth. It finishes dry, but that spicy hop flavor remains, gradually, and slowly giving away to subtle bread flavors. More fruit appeared the longer I let it sit and open up. It really mellowed with some time giving even more balance to the finish.

(M): Crisp and carbonated, it fizzes on the palate and then expands with a full flavor throughout the mouth but remains light and not chewy.

(D): I really enjoy this beer. A little more hop than most of the big names in the style, but I think it is well-balanced and works; it makes it unique. A great Spring choice I think. Very enjoyable. (1,196 characters)

Photo of alexpkoehler
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't like Pilsner; but I like this one. Its now reaching 80 degrees every day in Southern California so I've had to grab something crisp and I thought I'd give this a try. It really is just a showcase for the hops, having made use of all five 'noble' varieties. Instantly reminds me of Sam Adams' Boston Lager but with a lot less malt character. I was really impressed by the mouthfeel on this beer, not thin or over carbonated, which is my biggest complaint about most pilsner, but still quite refreshing. If you're looking for something to please everyone that is still of high enough quality for beer snobs like us to enjoy, this would be a good choice. (659 characters)

Photo of 650gs
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance - light gold

smell - citrus and grass

taste - same as smell

mouth feel - exceptional. slight carbonation.

overall - decent, and that's coming from someone that doesn't like hoppy beers. definitely worth a try. drink-ability is also excellent. very reminiscent of an ipa. (285 characters)

Photo of IrishMan34
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Noble Pils is the best Samuel Adams has to offer.

I only wish that it came more than once a year haha.

Noble Pils is a seasonal brew that has pronounced citrus taste fitting for spring. Grassy, tea flavors followed by the sweet, pale malts.

Bubbly and smooth it is very drinkable and very refreshing! It is a must try for seasonal brew fanatics and it really should be made all year... hey i can hope right? (411 characters)

Photo of mteevin
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at K Restaurant, Orlando

A - Pours a beautiful deep gold, reminiscent of a Belgian strong pale. Lively head leaves a sufficient lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Earthy, grassy hops. Faint bready, biscuity sweetness rounds out the back, but this is overwhelmingly a hop-forward beer. The noble hops are very evident with the slightly dank, pungent bitterness very different from American varietals.

T - Crisp hops greet the palate first. Citrus, grass, dank. Peppery and pleasantly spicy hop finish as expected from noble hops. Faint sugary sweetness on the back of the tongue prevents it from being over the top. A pretty good example of the style, compared to most imported Euro pils.

M - This starts off great but gets noticeable prickly after having a few -- not terrible, but I'd prefer it to perhaps be SLIGHTLY toned back. Consistency is on point for the style.

D - This is where this beer really shines! I could see myself drinking six of these at a barbeque or at the beach, no problem. The light character combined with the refreshing hoppiness would be great on a warm summer day.

A worthy competitor to some of the more expensive imports, and available fresh nearly everywhere. For $7-8 a sixer, it's definitely worth serious consideration. (1,270 characters)

Photo of ConnHuskyFan
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Approachable, golden appearance; with a quick, white, vanishing head.

Smells open, citrus, a little grassy.

Slight citrus tase, crisp carbonation feel, almost grapefruit tone, hoppy finish, but no surprising kick. Not as hoppy as labeled.

Easy to have several of these. Well done. As advertised, reminds me of Spring. (322 characters)

Photo of bruinhoppy
2.9/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Has a great amber/vanilla look with a very sustainable head when poured. Noticeable carbonation.

S: Not very distinguishable and rather mellow

T: Hints of almond and the carbonation really stood out.

M: Very dry and left a slight haze on the tongue. Not very pleasant after a while

D: Easy to drink partially due to its blandness yet can be a very good casual, session beer. (382 characters)

Photo of bizzlebrew
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is probably the most beautiful beer I have ever poured into a glass!

I love the brilliantly white foamy two finger head. The beer underneath is a perfectly clear golden color.

It looks like something right out of a beer commercial, only better.

The taste is mildly aggressive upfront hops, but not over done. It has a "snappy" feel on the tongue as it goes down and finishes dry and hoppy.

This is the most clean looking and feeling beer I remember drinking. It is quite drinkable as a session beer. (508 characters)

Photo of schatzicat
2.36/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

my cousin turned me on to this.it took a year to try it.

served in an english pint glass chilled.

appearance: light gold medium high carbonation

aroma: light hops and a typical lager

mouthfeel: high carbonation and the promised hop are missing in action

finish: an aftertaste that has low to no malt and again no hops

overall: I would not try this again,maybe it is because i am not a lager fanatic (405 characters)

Photo of jack11c
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. looks like a standard straw yellow carbonated beer. light fluffy head and decent lacing. nothing special

S. hoppy, floral, sweet smell.

T. now i can taste the hops. very mellow on the tongue. almost a light Pale Ale. kinda sweet but refreshing.

M. carbonation isnt overbearing. smooth. light. it is January and makes me feel like May, it's that refreshing

D. i could drink this at a party all night or just hang out with my girl and BBQ steak and have 2. maybe in May (475 characters)

Photo of GalenM
1.63/5  rDev -58.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I bought this after hearing my uncle rave about it. I won't be trusting his beer advice again.

I should first disclose that I have had very few Sam Adams beers that I had much liking for, nor have I ever been fond of pilsners, but I think I gave this a fair shake.

Pours a rather unimpressive yellow, with next to no head into a 19oz. pilsner glass. Aroma is very faint hops and a sort of chemically smell I sometimes find in beers I subsequently dislike.

The taste is initially sharply hoppy, though very one dimensionally so, followed by a weak, watery flavor not unlike, if I remember correctly, yellow macro brews. This is further followed by a nasty chemically aftertaste that doesn't appear to go away. There is not much else to say about it, other than that I have a tight beer budget, and $9 for a six pack of this is a big waste of it. (847 characters)

Photo of cstorm
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served out of a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pilsner glass.

I was excited to try this new brew and happly took advantage of Total Wine's singles section to try one.

Just wow. Great beer.

A - golden to a light amber. Rocky thick head that sticks around for the party.

S - Beautiful hop aroma. Spicy, floral, perfect.

T - Hops dominate but are really balanced by a ever-present malt backbone. Cracker hints in the malt. Definitely balanced, and better balanced IMO than Victory's Prima Pils.

M - Smooth mouthfeel, with a certain "thickness". Not syrupy at all;, but has body.

D - All day long. Great beer. I will definitely invest in a case of this beer now that I have had the chance to sample it.

Good job Boston Beer Co. and Jim Koch. This Pils is for real. (763 characters)

Photo of BJamesII
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Sam Adams Noble Pils is distinctive in its production as it is claimed to have been brewed using all five Noble hop varieties. These include Hallertau Mittelfrueh, Tettnang Tettnanger, Spalt Spalter, and Hersbrucker Hersbrucker. The Noble hop variety from Bohemia in the Czech Republic is Saaz. This is also a spring seasonal, replacing the White Ale normally released. It apparently was chosen during a contest and overwhelmingly voted in.

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

ABV: 5.2%

Before the first drink there is an apparent hop aroma that hits the nose upfront. It has a light golden color and is fairly transparent. The head was thick during the pour but quickly diminished into a thin band. Light to slightly medium body, somewhat uncharacteristic for a pilsner. The real character of this beer is definitely the hops. It comprises the overall flavor as well as the aromatic nature of the beer. The mouth-feel seems slightly heavier than one might expect. There is a characteristic malt base that is ubiquitous across most Sam Adams beers ( Boston Lager and oktoberfest come to mind). The hops are not bitter but there is a light citrus aroma and flavorful balance between the hops and malt that work exquisitely well. A dry finish that is not too sweet yet you get a hint of it in the after taste. The earthy malt is very bright at first, somewhat crisp with the initial sips and smooth going down. As a pilsner it is not nearly as dry or one dimensional as others I have come across.

For more words and some pics check out http://sacbeerlog.blogspot.com (1,673 characters)

Photo of MadMike80
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The taste was pretty good it is not to bitter and actually really smooth going down.. I reckognize a small citrus taste not much but still very satisfying... I really wish it was a little higher in alcohol content but 4.9 isn't bad at all. There were also a few floral and piney tastes... This beer is not bad at all to sit and have a few with dinner (350 characters)

Photo of akuczero
4/5  rDev +2%
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 (254 characters)

Photo of mugzybrown
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours to a nice head which dissipates quickly to a thin line, but it maintains throughout.

A nice smooth, floral taste. Citrus from the hops in the front, floral in the end. But light, not overly hopped.

Slightly on the thin side as far as mouthfeel, but a very enjoyable beer. (279 characters)

Photo of gabgab
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

was stationed in germany, [uncle sam's flying circus.] many, many choices and styles. settled on pils. this is as close as it comes to the best if not the equal europe or the world has to offer in this style. crisp, hoppy, dry, and above all very drinkable. should be a year round brew. goes great with most any food or situation. brewed for klaus, willie and karl not for tom dick or harry. sams club has it for less than $21 per case. stock up!!! obty my tour was 66 -70 have gone through many cases since searching for an american equal. sam adams has found the equal. (571 characters)

Photo of docsrock
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours nice light amber color with not much lacing. Smells fine with nothing too distinct or overwhelming. Tastes good-my wife really liked it-refreshing light type pilsner. I normally don't drink Sam Adams but this was on sale ([email protected]) so I said why not. I am of czech origin and I know from their commercial that they sourced some hops from the area so I was doubley motivated. Alot of czechs that I know drink Sam Adams if they drink big domestic brands. This one is not bad-good balance-but the citrus notes dont really work for me in a "pilsner" style, I prefer the good stuff from the folks in budvar or velke popovice. I would drink it again. (650 characters)

Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 1,458 ratings.