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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

3,423 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 3,423
Reviews: 1,467
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 103
Gots: 303 | 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:
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 billab914
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Pours a pale gold color with a thin white covering on top. It also left very good lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma is crisp with some grain and a lot of flavors coming from the noble hops. The hops give it a floral, spicy and slightly citrusy aroma. The taste has a spicy herbal flavor with a hint of citrus. It's crisp and light and pretty refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is good, it's light, pretty refreshing and an easy drinking beer overall. It's a very good representation of it's style as well.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Nonic pint glass.

Very large big white four finger head off the pour, on a real nice gold body. Some small tiny carbonation coming from the bottom that continues throughout finishing the drink. Decent lacing on this too.

Smell is a small citrus note of fleshy grapefruit, and lime. It's very mild but distinctly a citrus feel without any malt or hop presence. Quite airy and aromatic, nice.

Taste is a nice white bread punch at first, and continues with a fleshy grapefruit sensation in the finish. It's nice bodied not too bold but not weak and wet either. THere is a bit of a box juice feel to this a little and hints of crisp apple.

Pretty solid enjoyable take on a Pilsner, looks like they did well.

Photo of ejimhof
2.71/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of Kelp
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of weeare138
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of Zorro
4.07/5  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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.57/5  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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.62/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

Photo of John_M
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev +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!

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +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.

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of liamt07
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.57/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

4/4.5/4.5/4.5/5

Photo of WoodBrew
4.1/5  rDev +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!

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,423 ratings.