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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

3,149 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 3,149
Reviews: 1,448
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 79
Gots: 91 | 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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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.58/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2010 02:41:24 | More by barleywinefiend
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2010 18:11:26 | More by tempest
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from a Wegmans mixed six pack.

A: The pils is bright, a golden ray of sunshine. The clarity is breathtaking, a obscured only by a stream of tiny bubbles. Each pour generates a half-finger of white head, but only a thin band of lace remains.

S: Sweet malts and pungent hops waft out. The hops are earthy, dirty with a floral presence. The noble bite is mighty powerful.

T: Hoppy sweet, a hop tea of sorts. Those hops are the star, an earthy, citrusy dose of flowers. Biscuity malts has a sweetness to them that cuts into the bite of the hops. Those hops rise in each sip, building in strength and slowly fading away. The hop bite is not accompanied by booziness, making for a nice quaffer.

M: The mouthfeel has lemony citrus and herbal flowers, a strength without a bite. Quite possibly Sam Adams's best seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 20:47:18 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best before July notched onto the label. Pours clear, golden, near white head, quickly goes to a tiny bubble film and collar, with minor lacing. Minor citric nose. Pleasant enough but nothing real special here. Has the typical Pilsner, grassy, crisp thing goin on, which never does anything real special for me or my taste buds. Sessionable, I'll give it that, if you like Pilsner. Yeah I said it

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 02:35:07 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a Pokal) enjoy before June
A- This beer has a deep golden yellow crystal clear body with a spongy snow white head that fades to a thick film and last for the full beer. There is a sea of tiny bubbles supporting the head.
S- The fresh smell of Noble green hop pellets has a great depth to it with some woody hints and some earthy hints. It is followed by a soft pale malt wort aroma and a hop finish with mint and oregano qualities. I just can stop sniffing this beer. T- This beer has a soft slightly sweet but dry pale malt flavor that is clean with hints of dough coming through when it warms. The finish is a pine Noble hop flavor with a soft green bite to it.
M- This beer has a light crisp mouthfeel with a dry clean finish and no alcohol heat noted.
D- This beer is crisp fresh and lagered with a great depth to the hops yet still being very drinkable. There were no sulfury flavors and it wasn't thin and watery in any way. I will be getting more of this when summer hits.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 20:27:28 | More by rhoadsrage
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just found out the White Ale I love has been replaced by this new beer... well, let's give it a try. Pours a nice clear golden color, nice head to it.. nice crisp, hop smell to it. Taste is medium bodied.. nice lacing on the glass, a good hop bite to it but well balanced in the back end. Not a huge fan of Pilseners but this is a damn good one, maybe even a little lemon/lime zest sort of taste at the tail end. Very drinkable and a great beer to get once the temp. starts warming back up. Not too happy my White Ale is no longer in production here but this is a solid replacement.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 01:13:14 | More by oriolesfan4
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light yellow with a finger of white head. Fair amount of retension and lace clinging to the glassware. Nose has an enjoyable amount of herbal and grassy hop character with some spice and citrus filling out the rest of the aroma. Flavor is equally as mixed with hops: herbal, grassy and citrusy. Nice amount of hop bitterness with this but it doesn't overpower all the flavor characteristics the hops have to offer. Light feel with a moderate to high carb level. It finishes clean, little bit warming for 5% and is quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 23:39:13 | More by stakem
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Zorro

California

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 03:41:39 | More by Zorro
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 22:19:26 | More by jdhilt
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

05-22-2013 15:16:22 | More by InspectorBob
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +26.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 12:10:17 | More by woodychandler
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-15-2011 02:04:56 | More by orangesol
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

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

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that reduces to a thick patch near the center of the beer, a thin film covering the rest of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Light to moderate amounts of biscuit malts along with floral, citrus, and pine hops. The hop aromas are very light.

T: The beer starts with the flavors of biscuit malts with just a touch of honey giving it some light amounts of sweetness. There are some notes of citrus, floral, and pine hops contributing to a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and clean in the finish.

O: This is probably my favorite beer from Samuel Adams and I hope the rumors are true that it is going to be a year-round offering instead of a seasonal. This beer is very enjoyable, refreshing, and easy to drink - definitely a sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 21:31:31 | More by dbrauneis
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DoubleJ

California

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 00:19:30 | More by DoubleJ
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 18:50:33 | More by Georgiabeer
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Wasatch

Utah

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 23:42:44 | More by Wasatch
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

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

Noble Pils into Schells Pils glass.

Pours a small layer of fizzy white head. Pretty good retention leaving some really nice lace walls. Color is a clear golden straw yellow. Lots of carbonation bubbles floating to the top of the glass.

Aroma: Lots of citrus (lemons) flavors with tons of grassy hops. It is a really decent pilsner actually. Very grainy, but a lot of flavor.

Taste: A full bodied pilsner. A lot of grain, but more grassy hops that top it. Huge citrus profile. It has a lot of lemon and lime flavors (my buddy describes it like Sprite). It also has some spice notes. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and relatively refreshing. Lighter bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends very dry.

Overall, not bad for a Sam Adams beer. I still like the imperial pilsner better, but this is an easy drinker. Lots of flavor as well. I wish I had this beer in the spring. It would make a great seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 01:43:10 | More by mothman
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was anxious to try this beer after reading all the forum discussions about it. I guess I was expecting more from this beer but I did not enjoy it as much as I hoped. The hops seem to overwhelm the taste and this beer is nothing like any pilsner I have ever had. I will try it again but for now it is a "C" grade for me.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2010 04:30:26 | More by ejimhof
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 18:07:15 | More by Stinkypuss
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Philadelphia Flyers pint glass, grabbed a single of this.

Noble pils looks like a PBR off of the tap, it just has that tint to it. A mix between a pale yellow and barely golden backing. Giving a 180 degree pour I yielded only a quarter inch of off white burnt/sugar foam that died. Barely even a cap, no lacing.

At first sniffs I said to myself this won't be that bad but within minutes I got a sweet corn thing coming from this, odd, I know. Smells like a bold Adjunct. Getting some pale malts and something resembling a hop nose, earthy, leafy.

This goes well, but I don't think the noble hops are coming out like I expected. Sweet and pale malt, bisquit with slight caramel, and corn, yes, believe me it's there. I get some big earthy hops at the end but that's all they give off, earth and leafs, no citrus, no tropic's so don't go expecting that.

The feel is a bit thicker than I like in my Pilsner's, this just seems to be a step above the other's in the style. Medium bodied and a smooth ride and easy finish, not dry, not to refreshing, not what I want in a pilsner. Carb is noticed but not overly felt.

Perhaps if SA used just one of the five varieties of Noble hops, the hop nose/taste could have been more focused. It seems like they are running against each other and none are making headway. I would not want to try this again, it did not refresh me and the feel was off for a pils. It's drinkable, but not memorable.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 00:35:54 | More by BARFLYB
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-29-2013 04:37:16 | More by BillRoth
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 21:42:33 | More by biegaman
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy yellow hue with an average head and random spots of lace. Looks more like a hefeweizen than a pilsner. Hmm...

S: Sweet wheat malt - I'm not getting a lot of pilsner flavor. Smells like a slightly fruity summer beer with some artificial sweetness or additives.

T: A bit of disappointment, though my expectations were not exceedingly high. There is an unpleasant soapy taste, along with a bright, wheat flavor. Generally, this beer is just a bit off kilter. There is an undeniable artificial taste that permeates my senses and distracts me from any possible tasty pilsner-like goodness this brew may or may not have to offer. Basically, this doesn't take like a pilsner to me.

M: A bit soapy, fresh carbonation, goes down smooth (though it doesn't taste particularly great).

D: I'd rather get a water than order a second round. In fact, that's what I did. Bummer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2010 03:50:51 | More by Huhzubendah
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John_M

Oregon

2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2010 22:30:00 | More by John_M
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brandoman63

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-29-2011 23:40:15 | More by brandoman63
Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,149 ratings.