Samuel Adams Noble Pils
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Style:
Pilsner - German
Ranked #94
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
85
Ranked #26,009
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 14.47%
Reviews:
1,532
Ratings:
3,759
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Wants
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Gots
  525
SCORE
85
Very Good
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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AHaytko from Vermont

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Nov 14, 2011
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TopherBreski from New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The 6-pack says it's supposed to be an Amber color but it's a very beautiful yellow with a thick head that never dissipates. Smell is a perfect blend of citrus and hops. The beer looks light but to the contrary. Super hoppy and delicious. Awesome beer.

Jun 28, 2015
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Todd from California

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Made with 5 Noble hops; Hallertau Mittelfrueh, Tettnang Tettnanger, Spalt Spalter, and Hersbrucker Hersbrucker (Germany) and Saaz (Czech Republic). Fun, and a nice departure from American hops.

Enjoy by June 2011. Hooray freshness dating! Something I feel will eventually need to be federally mandated, but I digress.

Pours a bright pale golden color with a creamy white head.

Nose is grassy, citric, slightly pungent with soft floral, herbal and mild soap aromas.

Crisp, prickly carbonation. Smoothes out with medium bodied. Quite hoppy. Bitter. Citric acid. Grassy bite. Mildly abrasive. Herbal and mineral notes linger. Overall, hops are restrained. This brew is nice and dry too. As for the malts, things are a bit bready, husky, and there's a subtle touch of fermented honey. Nothing complicated, just some balance. Bone dry, with a mineral and bready finish. Did I mention dry?

There's no question that Samuel Adams Noble Pils is one of Boston Beer Company's best beers to-date. A very enjoyable hop-centric Pils.

Feb 22, 2011
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wesbrownyeah from Florida

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm layin' down another Sam Adams beer today... Noble Pils. Brewed with five nobel hops varieties and 5.2% alcohol content.

A- Pouring into a lindemans flute glass... pours a absolutly crystal clear medium yellow fluid with fluffy white head that clings to the sides of the glass with massive vigor.

S- Strange mixture of pale hops. Lightly citrusy, musky, and herbal. Malt husk noticed in the beer as well.

T-M- Taste is a soapy hop citrus tang with fresh malts notes. First is a rush of mild bitterness and medium acidic musk of the hop and malt mix with smooth finish that leaves the tongue ready for more. Sulfer like after taste. Light carbonation allows flavors to dance on the buds as the rolls of the mouth.

D- I could drink this on any occation due to the fresh hop pressence and excellent flavor of malts it pack. Nice.

Jan 15, 2010
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Nyg from New York

3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just an ok beer from Sam Adams. I'll try anything at least once. Seems like a bit over kill of hops fighting each other. I don't know my mouth just didn't like this

Aug 18, 2015
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle:
Crystal clear gold. Could be a little more head, but a resilient gossamer cap is nice. Minor lacing.

Nose is grain, dry grass, and an dried green herbal to earthy bitterness. Has a very minor buttery note, though.

Taste has a little more grassy bitterness to it, but there's a nice buttery thick cracker malt note to balance this. This beer has a little body to it, not light. Medium carbonation could be a tad stronger to help, but I like it where it is.

This is kinda like a clean pale ale, balanced in bitterness and maltiness. It is more crisp that such an ale, however, and that is what makes it different and enjoyable to me.

Jan 11, 2017
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RoyalT from Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - This poured a nice, deep but golden orange in color with a pretty good white head.

Smell - The grain is a bit rough but definitely pilsnery with a nice, lagered blending to the senses. The hops are well-established but not overpowering with a touch of citrus and maybe lemon but mostly floral.

Taste - The grain is a bit prickly at the taste and the hops carry through from the smell.

Mouthfeel - This was a tad bigger than light-bodied and, although pilsners aren't known for their hefty mouthfeel, I feel this could have been a bit thicker. There's a not so subtle dryness at the finish and the carbonation is actually quite good.

Drinkability - This was more like a Czech pils to me than German but otherwise was good enough to finish. I'd take Blue Paddle or Gordon Biersh's effort over this one though and if you're talking East Coast then Prima Pils puts this to shame.

Jun 15, 2010
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Profundobaso from New York

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

Mar 04, 2018
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TheSarge from Virginia

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

Pours quite well, for a finger and a half thick head. The body is a bit darker gold than most German Pilsners, and is cleanly filtered.

The aroma is great and quite hoppy. Floral and citrus characteristics are immediately perceptible and pretty much mask any malt characteristics.

Taste wise, it's on the hoppy side but not too overdone. This tastes like biting into an orange at first, but the huskiness kicks in from the malt with a faint cereal sweetness.

This feels crisp, light, refreshing, and wetting to the palate. This is a good directional turn for a SA spring seasonal. There is much more character here than their previous one.

Apr 14, 2010
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thedindaniel from California

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

Poured from a 12 0z bottle into a pint glass. Golden yellow color and about one inch of white head with several little bubbles going from the bottom of my glass to the top, definitely looks like a pils. The smell and taste are almost identical... bready pale malts, spicy medium hop flavor and that distinctive Samuel Adams taste/smell. Does it come from their in house yeast? Even though it's a pils I can't shake that Samuel Adams flavor that you get from the Boston lager. Mouthfeel is okay, could have a bit more carbonation for the style. Overall, this beer is just okay. Not as good as the pilsners made by Victory or Avery but better than what the macros put out.

Jul 02, 2011
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DaveHS from California

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a pale amber with 1 inch of fluffy off white head. Leaves pillowy lacing all down the glass.

S-Light, spritzy citric aromas, biscuity malts. Light and fresh.

T/M-Earthy, moderately dry hops play against biscuity malts. The finish is delicately sweet with a touch of dry hoppiness. Light and refreshing with moderate carbonation.

D-I look forward to this release every year.

Mar 06, 2011
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BudWizeMan from Florida

4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- attracive brigth golden hue,thin whte head with some lacing

S- Bready malts with Noble hop aromas,classic Pilsner aroma

T-Again bready malts with a mild spicy Noble hop bite, slight mineral "twang"

M- Crisp,refreshing ,satisfying very fitting to style

D- extremely high,low ABV,light,crisp body yet flavorfull

I do enjoy my Pilsners and this one is no exception,one my faves for sure.Always crisp,flavorfull and satisfying while remaining true to the style.A good relief hitter when not enjoying more intense hop forward beer styles.

Feb 08, 2011
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perrymarcus from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 bottle served in a standard shaker pint.
best by: June notched

pours a clear golden yellow tone with a finger of frothy head. middling retention but nice lacing.

smell was decidedly on the muted side but offered notes of citrus/floral hoppiness and a touch of malt in the background.

flavor is a major improvement. sweet, honey like presence out front followed in short order by the array of noble hops. definitely grassy. crisp, slightly bitter finish. solid beer.

medium bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation. very, very drinkable.

Feb 18, 2011
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Tinfoilrcr from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have had on both tap and from a bottle. Visuals are based on the on-tap version.

A- poured a solid gold color into a Sam Adams White Ale glass, with approximately an inch of snowflake white head ths leaves a lot of lacing.
S-I'm not picking much up on the nose at first, but picked up some subtle hints of hops and malt.
M- very light in the mouth with good carbonation and a very gratifying finish.
T- Has the distinct "Sam Adams flavor" but with very light and crisp hops. Very refreshing.
D- very easy to drink. Could easily sit down and drink a few of these without even thinking about it.

Feb 07, 2010
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lcdawg from Mississippi

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Feb 27, 2012
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mattreitz49 from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Jan 21, 2014
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bigeyedfish89 from Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Dec 19, 2011
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Tim27 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Mar 03, 2012
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MatthewBuchholz from Missouri

3/5  rDev -21.1%

Aug 13, 2012
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ianmatth from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Aug 22, 2013
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ralerwen from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Feb 17, 2014
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Vervefloyd from Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Aug 10, 2014
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Murph106157 from Connecticut

3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 20, 2018
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BackMarker from Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I know, it's a Sam Adams product and everyone loves Sam Adams. Unfortunately, this one had great promise but (IMHO) failed to deliver. Bright yellow to tan in the glass with a nice foam head and soft carbonation. Fruity (did I mention fruity?) hops in the nose and a nicely balanced initial taste, biscuity malt with a fruity then softly bitter hops flavor profile. Had it stayed there, I would have enjoyed it immensely. But the flavor quickly transitions to a slick, buttery diacetyl that borders on undrinkable. Sure there's some residual hops bitterness in the aftertaste, but after a few swallows I had to set it aside. Just didn't cut it. I'm hoping a bad batch; and I'll try it on tap to see if it's better. But this 6 pack (tried three so far) was fairly consistent in its less-than-expected quality.

Feb 17, 2010
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Patrick999 from Florida

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at Abraxas. Very clear gold, excellent head retention.

Clean lemon zest aroma....definite noble hops. Fresh noble hops at that, very nice. As it warms, less lemon, and more pine, cannabis.

After the kolsch I just had, this tastes like a veritable hop bomb. Clean with bitter flower stems....like I'm chewing on a random wildflower. Clean and quite good. Fresh cereal grain for a malt bill.

Feel is sparkling and smooth, good level of carbonation.

I'm having a veritable Night of the Lagers here. I can't remember the last time I had so many lagers in a night. This is another good one, perfect for a long night at the bar.

Now and again, the Boston Beer Co. really knocks one out of the park....I have a feeling this is one of those beers.

Jan 24, 2010
Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 3759 ratings