Samuel Adams Noble Pils
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Style:
German Pilsner
Ranked #89
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
85
Ranked #25,706
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 14.47%
Reviews:
1,532
Ratings:
3,758
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Samuel Adams Noble PilsSamuel Adams Noble Pils
Notes: 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 maxpower
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy golden-straw color with a good fizzy white head that doesn't last long, not much lacing, light grassy and flowery aromas. Bready and grainy mild sweetness turns hoppy and bitter with some dryness in the finish. Light bodied with a soft but crisp carbonated mouthfeel, very clean and crisp, very nice.

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Photo of DaveyCream
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am always a fan of nice, golden German Pilsner and this beer is exactly that. Nice dryness to it and low ABV that I would expect. Nice balance between the honey sweetness and a touch of bitterness. Perfect to drink in the bar with some friends or by the fire in your home during the winter cold. Samuel Adams always had a great seasonal selection and this is yet another example.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gold with one finger white head. The nose is lightly spicy hops with lemon, pine, earth, floral, and crackery malt in the back, and a little yeasty flavor. The flavor is pretty earth-forward with a decent amount of pine and pepper. Has a strong certain dryness that melds with the moderate bitterness yet is contrasted by a light honey sweetness. Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into Pilsner glass

A - 3 fingers white foam over a transparent body of straw; moderate visible carbonation; decent web of lace

S - floral, citrus, and grain with a touch of spice

T - bread, peppery spice, lemony citrus, floral, bitter finish

M - highly-carbonated light/medium body

O - Not really my thing, but pretty good for the style.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear gold orange color .just under medium body with about average carbonation. Body suits the style well
Aroma is floral earthy hops, perfect amount of malt.grain,cracker, yeast and what seems like just a bit if spice
Taste is crisp, nice hop bite and very subtle malt sweetness.
I'm not usually a fan of Sam Adam's offerings but this was an impressive attempt at the style

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Photo of JimboBrews54
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nobility beware! Is this a step above rolling rock, it sure is! It seems that the hops are more pronounced on the nose of this beer. It has a lot character and a lot of balance between flavors. Reminds me of a hoppy pilsner that has stayed the course of freshness and stays crisp.

Moderate biscuit and subtle bread-like malt flavors. Low noble hops flavors that are much in the background. Slightly sticky mouth-coating finish that is more malt than hops. The citrus hops add an unexpected complexity.

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Photo of hman43
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours golden and is fairly clear. It has a white head with moderate head retention.

Smell: It has a spicy aroma with bread and floral elements.

Taste: It has a bready flavor with some spiciness, light citrus and floral elements.

Feel: It has a moderately light feel with moderate bitterness in the finish.

Overall, it is a fairly flavorful, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of arizcards
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up as part of a mixed 12 pack for $14.99. Best before April 2018.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head with the original pour.

Nose is malty, nothing too exciting.

Taste is well balanced between the pilsner malt and noble German hops.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and refreshing.

Overall an enjoyable brew, glad I got to try.

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Photo of mushroomcloud
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best before June 2018
Pale gold/straw with a 1/4" head that falls and retains as a cap. Some lace left behind.
Floral and leafy, like a wet pile of leaves. Unique aromas.
Leafy aroma comes across a little like tobacco. Some spiciness over a light pilsner body.
Fairly complex in aroma and flavor. Not as crisp as it should be.
Unique Pilsner, different than expected.

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Photo of beergoot
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Crystal-clear, light gold body; thick, sudsy head. Sweet, crystal malt aroma; sweet grass scent; pungent with a very light citrus undertone. A fine base of light cereal grain flavor with a strong hop bitterness presence from start to end. Medium-light body; crisp and clean; gently warm on the palate; mostly dry finish.

This beer nails the classic pilsner qualities of gentle malt base and prominent yet balanced hop bitterness.

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Photo of DingusKhann
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

While not having a whole lot of experience with Pilsners, I enjoyed Sam Adams Noble Pils. The light amber was pleasing to the eye, even though the head falls somewhat quickly. At first the hoppy flavors seem to rise and then flatten out, making it seem that there is something missing; this however, ended after several drinks and the flavors started opening up. Overall, I would recommend this beer to people who enjoy hoppy flavors.

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Photo of Profundobaso
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.
Look - lemon golden with a small frothy head and a lot of carbonation. Nothing special from the looks alone.
Smell - clean, aromatic hops with malts in the background. a hint of sweetness.
Taste - pleasantly hopped with floral tones, clean and smooth finish. Quite nice.
Feel - light bodied, highly carbonated, and low on ABV.
Overall - a bit more than what meets the eye, the beer is an excellent example of a Bohemian pilsner and has a nice balanced flavor profile that is likable by many

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Photo of FLima
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with a thick two finger head with great retention and leaving some laces.
Aroma with predominant notes of noble hops with fresh floral and herbal scent, some malt sweetness in the background and white bread.
Flavor with notes of iced tea, a bit of bread and butter, quite noticeable floral and grassy-piney notes from noble hops (more floral), orange citrusy, lemon drops and honey. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
What a nice surprise. This combination of 5 different noble hops resulted in a refreshing, crisp, assertive and clean Bohemian Pilsner. I had to rise its score throughout the degustation. I wonder if this is as good if not that fresh. Worth trying and to regularly have in the fridge.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; 2 finger ivory head that receded slowly to a thin cap; OK lacing;

S: grass is predominant with grain in the background; a bit of hop spice as well;

T: grain and grass are balanced early, with grass taking over by the middle; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: easy drinking;

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a clear golden color. Slightly darker than most pilsners I've had. The head is surprisingly small even for the semi-aggressive pour I gave it. The head is white and lasts for a few minutes before dying down into a thin ring, which leaves some spotty lacing.
Smells very mineraly and metallic. Notes of green pepper, grass, lightly biscuity malt, perhaps a touch of orange peel.
The flavor gives me minty and grassy hops upfront, along with notes of bell pepper. Leans slightly sweet with that toasty, biscuity malt, despite the initial hoppiness. There's a bit of apple, honey, and perhaps even strawberry. Not cloying by any means, though. It's still crisp and crushable. It does that have metallic flavor throughout, though, which I don't particularly care for. It's well-carbonated, and finishes lightly dry and just slightly bitter.
Overall, a bit disappointing. It's not bad, but at this point I've had many examples of better pilsners.

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Photo of dave_ackbar
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very typical golden hue, with a 2 finger head.
Smells like a fresh pilsner, slightly hoppy.
Taste is refreshing, hops are quite evident and taste good.
Feel is that of a typical run of the mill pilsner.
Overall not too bad. If it were on tap and I wanted a pilsner I would certainly get this again,

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark golden color, crystal clarity, visible carbonation. Head retention is minimal, spotty lace
S: Honeyed malt, soap or sudsy, some floral and citrus hop notes
T: Good but tastes a bit different from other pils I've had. Has many of the expected notes, honey cracker like malt, floral hop finish. But its not all that bitter, could use a bit more of a bite, and theres a note of something like an adjunct, a savory malt note like corn or something along these lines. Hard to pin exactly, like a caramel sweetness
F: Real smooth, light and easy drinking. Nice body.
O: Certainly a good pils, would drink this again. I guess I've just been a bit thrown off by this as it seems different other pils I've had.

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Photo of teromous
2.28/5  rDev -40%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The side of the label has a notch on "MAY" says: "FOR BREWERY-FRESH TASTE, ENJOY BEFORE MONTH NOTCHED"

Appearance: The golden body has very good clarity. The beer has a medium-sized fluffy white head that has good retention and lacing.

Aroma: There is a bit of a cabbage scent to the beer.

Taste: There is a light bit of what tastes like corn mixed with some very faint soapy hop flavor. There isn't much flavor to the beer even for a Pilsner. The hop character is nearly absent which is a bit humorous given the image of a hop cone wearing a crown on the label.

Mouthfeel: Despite the lack of aroma or flavor to the beer the mouthfeel is pretty good. It's moderately crisp and it has decent carbonation.

Overall: The beer was really lacking in quality aroma. It just didn't have that classic noble hop scent that draws you into the beer. The flavor wasn't any better. I wouldn't recommend the beer or drink it again.

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Photo of BWED
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into willibecher

A- Crystal clear pale straw. Head is white, hangs at one finger all the way through, and is rocky. A bit of lacing.

S- Floral, slightly spicy, with very faint citrus in hop nose. Backbone of grainy, lightly toasted malts.

T- Grassy, floral, and a little spicy. Toasty malt character.

M- Light bodied and crisp. Faint bitterness lingers.

O- Well European pilsner. Nice hop character adds that bite and depth.

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Photo of stlfatguy
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Light straw color is a bit hazy with bright white head that disappears quickly with no lacing remaining. Don't get much of anything on the smell. Taste is light, hoppy bitter.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant golden hued with with vibrant carbonation bubbles erupting from the depths. There's a fingernail of creamy eggshell white on top. The aroma is of light bready malt and grassy hops. The flavor is a very delicate and subtle blend of faintly sourdough to honey malt with just a hint of grassy hops. The mouth is light and crisp.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into Pilsner glass. Enjoy by June mark.

L: Pilsner gold, finger width white head, has decent retention.

S: Pilsner malt, grassy, some floral, and soapy notes.

T: Hopper than most pilsners, floral, grassy, bready.

F: Light, crisp. DRY.

O: Meh.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pilsner pours a pale golden color with a medium frothy white head that quickly dissipates and a somewhat high amount of carbonation. The scent has a little bit of the characteristic pilsner spiciness, but it is mostly drowned out by floral characteristics. It’s definitely not a typical pilsner scent, but as I’m not a big fan of the standard pilsner scent, I actually prefer it. The taste has more of the spicy hop snap and yeastiness that lets you know that this is in fact a pilsner, but there are also pretty bold floral, grassy, and honey notes that blend nicely with the more standard flavors. The body is light, like any pilsner. The finish is a little bit dry, but not as much as is typical with the style. This is actually possibly one of my new favorite examples of a style that I don’t typically like. It also screams “spring” and is thus a great addition to that variety pack.

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Photo of Brolo75
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear, pale straw color with no head or lacing, good amount of carbonation, looks really thin.

A: Very aromatic, lots of honey, sweet, bready malts, floral, earthy, herbal hops, smells very nice.

T: Much like the nose, honey, moderate bitterness like floral and citrus, spice, finish is very dry and crisp with bready malts and honey lingering in the aftertaste as well as floral and citrus notes.

M: Light, crisp, dry finish, good amount of carbonation.

O: This a bitter pilsner, nice balance of flavors and depth, another beer that I would consider a summer beer.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice looking see through pils color. Scent is sweet malt and some spicy hops sitting on top. Flavor is more bready and with a slightly astringent flavor from the hops. As I drink more the astringent flavor turns more floral in nature. Im not getting much bitterness, the bottle lists 34 IBU. A slight bit thin but pretty good with just the right amount of medium/light carbonation.

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