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

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1,459 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,459
Hads: 3,442
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 22.48%
Wants: 116
Gots: 343 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 Gavage
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a crystal clear golden yellow color with a one finger head that slowly falls to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: floral hop bitterness is strong with some grass and lemon zest.

Taste: nice malt profile with grass, floral hop bitterness, honey, and lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: lighter side of a medium bodied beer. Crisp and mildly dry throughout. Very short aftertaste. Refreshing.

Drinkability: this beer is very easy to drink and is a serious session pilsner. Very tasty and a great addition to the SA family of beers.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before July 2011; Sampled April 2011
The beer pours with a brilliantly clear, straw-gold color and is topped by a frothy, one-finger thick head that is a pale, off-white color. The first look at the aroma has me noticing a spicy, herbal hops with a touch of lemon zest backing it up. Backing notes of cracker like malt and hay-like grain notes as well as some softly sweet honey-like aromatics.

The flavor has a nice bitterness to it from the get go and this gets a bit more firm through the finish. The middle has a nice malt character that isn’t sweet, but has that sort of pale malt character to it that is like a good bread crumb. The pale malt also contributes notes of hay-like grain and perhaps a hint of herbal honey (this last in conjunction with the hops). The hops play a leading role here with flavors of herbal, a touch spicy, with a nice backing of lemon zest that add some refreshing zip towards the finish. As the beer warms up the soft, honey-like malt sweetness becomes a bit more apparent, thought his still always finishes quite dry due to the firm bitterness and even at times astringent herbal hop character. Perhaps a hint of DMS is noticeable in my second pour, but only just and it actually adds a nice component to this beer.

This is quite tasty and refreshing; the hop character is really quite fresh and piquant, even though I get the feeling it was even more so when this beer was fresher. This is a beer I would quite happily consume a lot of on a hot summer’s day; which doesn’t explain at all why this is a Winter / Spring seasonal.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Goodbye White Ale, hello Noble Pils! On to the beer:

In between yellow and gold is the color. The lively carbonation running through the body is a lovely site, and the thick, frothy head on top holding well on top creates that stereotypical look we know as beer. The nose is a little sweeter than expected. Carmel, fruit, and some grass notes are found. It's still fine as is.

SA Noble Pils tastes like a pale, long lost sibling to SA Boston Lager. There's the carmel again, but also add sweet bready flavors, some mango, hop oils, and a few grassy notes, and there you go. Carbonation is soft in thie light body.

That 12 ounce bottle went down fast. I still prefer Boston Lager over this, but the Noble Pils warrants a future 12-pack purchase for lazy drinking and good cost/benefit. At the very least, it's better than the deceased SA White Ale. But why this was released in January for the spring season is beyond me.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, a G-Pils. Let's see how this one goes....
Looks great. Sharp looking yellow/gold with a nice foaming, white, semi-chunked head. Pretty.
A slight musky malt strikes first, but the spices come in and calm it down. Some slight zest. Clean
I light taste. A light biscuit and malt starts out as though it would linger forever, but it's tight and clean. Enter hops. A mix of spice and zest. A bit sweet.
Not as crisp as I thought it would be, especially after the aroma and look. Most definitely better colder.
A good representation for American brewer (for what it's worth)

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant golden peach color with a fluffy white head that slowly dissipates to a cap but impales itself all over the sides of the glass.
Smells of spice and earth, citrus, honey, a bit of sweet pilsner malt. Lots of floral hops with just enough malt to balance this one fairly well.
Taste is slightly grainy with sweet malts and a punch of floral and citrus. Finishes rather dry with a lingering floral hop bitterness.
Medium to high level of carbonation. There were carb streams flowing up out of my Sam Adams perfect pint glass 20 minutes after I poured this. Medium body with a watery mouthfeel.
I really enjoyed this beer! Light and refreshing and quite tasty. When the weather is a little warmer I will surely be enjoying many of these.

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Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at White Orchid in Saucon Valley, PA. Served in a Sam Adams special pint glass, this pilnser was a brilliant gold with a short white head that left lacing. While this is a pretty hoppy pils, SA still left a biscuity, bread undercurrent of malt. The hop, meanwhile, provided a big, grassy lemon character that was both clean, satisfying, and refreshing. It's hard to find a well-made, high-IBU pilsner. This is easily one of Sam's best brews.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours yellow with a nice white head. Solid retention.

S: Earthy hops, with a hint of lime.

T: Nice bready malt, secondary flavours of cracked wheat/bulghur which I liked. Nice hop finish, grassy with a rustic flair.

M: Smooth, medium-bodied, good hoppy finish.

D: A solid pils, not mind-blowing, but a good beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samual Adams Noble Pils, a new seasonal from the Boston Beer Co.

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Fine clarity on a bright gold body. A little lacing is left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Bready with a whiff of grassy hops.

Taste: Peppery, spicy, some citrus. Has a nice hop bite to it but it is really clean. Malt does just enough to balance.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, refreshing, clean finish.

Drinkability: A nice offering from Sam Adams, suddenly one of my favorite pilsners.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Sam Adam's restaraunt in the Atlanta airport. The beer was served in a Weisse-vase glass, and it was a crystal clear, straw yellow with no head, but a thin ring of filmy bubbles. Typical malt and grain smells, but with some nice hoppy balancing notes. Bold sour malt and hops flavors riding an extremely crisp and light body. Very crisp, smooth finish with a hoppy and slightly sour aftertaste. The beer is very easy to drink, although the flavors do build as you go.

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Photo of Kelp
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice bright yellow hue to the beer. A finger of head with little lacing left behind.

Smells of hops. A clean smell.

This was alright. It gets better as it warms. A crisp taste with a nice dry finish.

A clean taste to it with a dry finish to the brew.

I could have a few of these, but not my favorite Sam's product. I actually liked their old spring brew better.

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Photo of liamt07
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, thanks for holding this one Pino. Best before March 2012? Thanks for bringing it fresh Ontario! Let's go.

Pours a pale gold, with a big dense bright white head. Nice carbonation in the body, with light lace and retention. Nose has some mild and almost faded hops, lemon, citrus, some light grass and some subtle zest. Taste plays off this with more citrus, zest, some hay and general grassiness. An interesting malt sweetness is present, light spicing and restrained bitterness. Good feel, light body and refreshing. Was nice on a moderately warm summers eve, and would be even nicer on a warmer summer afternoon. Fresh next time LCBO, I need this for lawnmowing!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very solid beer from Sam Adams. Nice springtime quencher with some delicate and refreshing hop flavors. Pours a nice golden with a delicate, very finely beaded, pure white head that leaves some nice lacing in my pilsner glass. Smells very much of the noble hops- crisp, grassy, herbal, and a bit earthy, with noticeable bitterness even in the nose. The taste is nicely balanced and with the same hop notes as well as a smidgen of citrus. Refreshing, and perhaps a tad softer than most German style pils, but with a more bitter hop profile than in a Czech style Pils. Whatever, its quite quaffable and pleasant. Great effort by Sam Adams.

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Photo of Zorro
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been looking for this and bagged the only 12 pack of this in the whole town.

Clear golden colored beer with a decent white head.

Smells of spicy Nobel hops and biscuit malts. Has all the expected scent, herbal and grassy with a bit of sandalwood scent to it. Some of the more obscure hop aromas here like faint tobacco. Malt mostly stays out of the way, just a biscuit aroma.

Starts out mildly sweet and malty with a stout bitterness at the beginning. Aftertaste is noble hop and biscuit. Nice herbal and spicy bite to this one. No other way to describe this one but NOBLE HOPS in big neon letters.

Good mouthfeel without getting too thick for Lager.

Superb drinkabilty. Manages to pull off the entertaining but not tiring job of a session beer very well.

Oh yeah this one is worth the hype, hope it becomes a standard beer for Sam Adams and gets rid of one of the repetitive wheat beers.

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Photo of weeare138
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a transparent gold with a had of pillowy white fluff that slowly fades. Scattered chunks of white lacing are clinging all around the glass.
Smell is of pungent herbs, citrus, flowers, perfume, and wet hay.
Taste is of the aromas with a sweet biscuit and herbal blast being the key features of this beer.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, semi sweet, spritzy, and dry.

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Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Making a beer that smells and tastes and drinks like an authentic European pilsner is much harder than making a beer that looks like one; with its clear, yellow body and white sudsy head, Samuel Adams Noble Pils easily accomplishes that. And, by any standards, it looks like a beer no beer drinker could resist. But let's see what it's really like...

If you need a briefing in Noble hops look no further than the aroma. It showcases all associated elements with Hallertau, Hersbrucker, Saaz, Spalt and Tettnang varieties: a trademark "soft" bitterness that is expressly floral, overtly grassy, vaguely citrusy and particularly earthy. Whatever your preference, all the goodness is there!

The taste is fantastically similar in character and in quality to the lagers you could expect drinking in the Czech Republic. It has a wholesome, biscuity maltiness that is toasty but light enough to allow the full range of grassy, floral, earthy, lemony hops to shine through. A flowery bitterness and light zest go wire to wire but are especially noted in the finish.

A neutral lager yeast preserves as much of the clean pale malt and pungent hoppiness as possible. Kettle hops must have been added liberally, but mindfully enough so as to add a splash of citrus without causing too gritty a bitterness. With this light a body and that firm a flavour, I see another two or three of these in my future in this sitting alone.

Noble Pils is a hard beer to write about because, well, frankly, it's just too easy a beer to drink. Throughout this review its aroma has distracted me, its flavour has tempted me and the quenching, satisfying sips came so soon and so often that the glass ran empty before I could even finish gathering my thoughts on it. Fortunately, I bought a whole six pack!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to pint glass.

A - Medium yellow colour with a lot of visible carbonation and half a finger of foamy off-white head.

S - Bready malts with a decent hop prescence and a nice citrus smell in the background. A nice clean pils nose.

T - Follows the nose. Bready malts with a crisp hop bite. Some light citrus notes come through from the hops - I wish there was just a little bit more though. A clean, dry and slightly bitter finish.

M - Light body with a very slight chew. Moderate carbonation.

O - An excellent example of the style and one that I will buy every year.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

Best By: Jul

Poured into a SA glass a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a nice little hop note, some citrus, fruity, with some spice notes. The taste is malty, nice hop note, fruity/citrus, spice. Medium body, the finish is slighlty bitter/dry. Drinkable, a very nice brew, glad to finally get a chance to try it, thanks Wayne.

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Photo of John_M
2.98/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap today at Max's. I confess I was instantly worried when the bar tender laughed at me for ordering this, but then acknowledging that he could see where I might want to at least try it. Oh, oh.

The beer pours a solid gold color with OK head retention and some modest lacing. On the nose I get almost nothing, just a hint of pepper, earth and light honey. Really have to work to get any sort of aroma on this one. On the palate, crap.... I'm a big fan of pilsners, but this is not it. Jeeze Loueeze, this is unimpressive. The beer is very light. There is some flavor, but this beer is otherwise pretty watery, with minimal flavor. I get a bit of pepper, and a hint of sweet malt, but otherwise this beer is pretty damn flavorless. Mouthfeel is very light, and alcohol is almost undetectable.... but given how little flavor there is in this beer, who cares?

Well, there are no off flavors in this beer, which I guess is in its favor. Otherwise, why in the hell would I want to drink this when there are so many better (and I mean it's not even close) examples from Germany.

I don't hate SA, but too many beers like this one, and I could start.

Are there really people giving this beer an A grade? Amazing.

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Photo of Duff27
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Clear golden color. Thin whitey head. Some lacing.

S- Aroma smells amazing. Very floral!... with a little spice it seems. Five hops making their presence known.

T- Same hoppy floral taste as the smell. Small bitter bite at the end of the sip but not too bad. Crisp.

M- Medium mouthfeel for the style.

D/O- Very refreshing...says "Seasonal Brew" on the label and then mentions spring but may be best to have a few in the summertime. Sam Adams had a contest between this and a pale ale (?) to see what would be the next beer they mass produced. I voted for this one at the Great Lakes BrewFest in Racine, WI back in September...glad this won...have bought a couple 6'ers of it since it's became available in my area. Would recommend to pilsner fans as an alternate to the well established, widely available pils...Pilsner Urquell etc.

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Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Canterbury Ales, Huntington, New York.

Poured a crystal clear medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a peppery blend of noble hops and a full on doughy malt.

The taste consisted of an upfront peppery hop that seamlessly dissolved into the round biscuity malt. Finished dry.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller and softer side of the style.

Overall a tasty and extremely quaffable seasonal brew.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 6'er of this today at the Chinden Fred Meyer for about $7.50... not bad. Poured into my shaped SA glass... Wow the head on this is persistent... very rocky and a ton of small bubbles streaming from the etching at the bottom of the glass... the brew is very clear and actually surprisingly light in color... straw golden.

Nice clean pils malt... a touch of sulfur that goes away after a couple of minutes... Alot of hoppiness even for the German Pils Style.. spicy and floral hops mainly with lesser earthy hops .. If I concentrate, I get some minor lemongrass...

Crisp with a nice bitter backbone... grainy pils malt... pretty well attenuated.... Hop profile is the same with again a bit more lemongrass.. very very clean... incredibly drinkable with a lite/medium body with medium/high body..

This is likely the best domestically made German Style Pils that I've ever had.... I am honestly blow away... I love German Style lagers and this is a freaking good take on a beer that is tough to get right.


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Photo of WoodBrew
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aaaahhh! This is one tasty beer! Golden clear color, nice foamy head, great balanced taste and sweet subtle scent of hops makes this SESSION beer fantastic! If you never tried it...you should. It is a strong addition to the Samuel Adams arsonol! Stay thirsty my friends!

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Photo of vfgccp
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found it to be better on tap than in a bottle. Drinks like an IPL if such a thing existed.

A - Straw yellow. Clean white head with a fine bubble consistency. It pours high and sits low, but what's left holds up with average retention and lays down a nice lace.

S - Clean fresh hop aroma: herbal, a touch floral, dry, earthy.

T - Balanced towards hops by a steady hand. Fresh hops up front, mirroring the nose. Tarragon with some parsley and rosemary. Soft malt canvas is enough to hold things together but light enough to keep the modest hop flavors front and center. Touch of lager-appropriate roasted cauliflower in the finish. Overall the flavors are clean and fairly simple, but pleasing and well developed.

M - Crisp with a light body. Dry finish.

D - Light and refreshing. Hopier than your average session beer, but that could even add to the drinkability on some palates.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a straw yellow color with good carbonation and a small head. Nose is big dose of hpos for the style amd smells good with citrus and floral notes highlighting the nose. Taste is fresh and crisp upfront with hops, citrus and a slight bitterness on the end. This beer is clean and refrshing. I am very impressed, so much that I had 4 of these bad boys!Outstanding.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a three-finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Crystal clear pale amber/yellow color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is pine hops, flavor is also pine hops with no sweetness and a lingering bitter aftertaste. $1.69 for a 12oz bottle from Kappy's Fine Wine & Spirits Peabody, Ma.

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Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
87 out of 100 based on 1,459 ratings.