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

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,502 Reviews
Samuel Adams Noble PilsSamuel Adams Noble Pils
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

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."

Added by schellsbeer on 12-20-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,502
Ratings:
3,626
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
14.51%
 
 
Wants:
134
Gots:
467
For Trade:
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Reviews by Pahn:
Photo of Pahn
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at a chain casual dining restaurant, poured into a cheater pint.

Appearance: Half inch, thick, foamy white head that lasts a long time and leaves big streaks of lacing. Color is a translucent dull golden honey color.

Smell: Very little aroma. Some faint--possibly grassy or piny--hops, some faint malt, and a third (equally faint) somewhat unpleasant BMCish skunk smell.

Taste: Big and warm, bready malt is the dominant flavor. Up front there's a strong but very short-lasting hop hit without much character. Throughout, the beer has a pleasantly mild sweetness underpinning the airy, earthy malt. The big malt flavor lasts long after each sip. Pretty refreshing beer. There's a hint of skunky, sickly bitter taste like in a Stella Artois, but it's not dominant at all. It's also the only bad thing about the flavor. As the beer warms, some creamy and almost caramely notes start to emerge, which is interesting.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. A lot fuller-bodied than it looks or than I expected from the style. It's actually very good; deliciously creamy but still watery enough to be refreshing and easy drinking. Carbonation is heavy, but it works well with that aggressive, breezy breadiness, and with the fuller body. Mouthfeel is perhaps the best aspect of this beer.

Drinkability: Very good. The alcohol is predictably undetectable, and the beer delivers a lot of good, classic beer flavors (that big malt, and even the subdued hops). It doesn't quite have the complexity to bring me back to it that often, but obviously the style doesn't really demand it.

I would love it if Noble Pils became a staple on the taps of less craft-oriented bars and restaurants though, because it's good enough to have a place in the kind of bars and stores that BAs prefer to frequent. To engage in some BA forum comparison nonsense, it's a bit weaker in the nose than Prima Pils and not quite as balanced, but in all I think I prefer the taste of Noble Pils. Sam Adams would be smart to make this a staple, year-round offering.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of TopherBreski
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of Todd
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Nyg
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
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

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Photo of cjgiant
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The spring seasonals are coming out earlier and earlier each year.Poured into a pilsner glass a light lemony color with a nice formed bone white head that left half rings of broken lace as it settled pretty quickly.A mix of sharp herbal hop and toasted grain in the nose,just a tinge of lemon peel.The hops are the main component on the palate but they are well rounded in there different flavors,leafy,lemony,and sharp,flavors go along with a firm toasty base.This is just as drinkable as you can get I think, along with being food friendly.

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Photo of mojohawk21
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of stewfnrocker
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap and poured into a pint glass
The appearance was a pale golden yellow color with a good head.
This beer has an aroma full of those noble hops, citrus and a little bit of floral and some wheat.
The taste is pretty much how it tastes, a nice taste of the noble hops, a bit of grains, some of the malts, and a little crisp bite at the end.
Mouthfeel has a nice medium body with a medium carbonation. Adds a good feel on the tongue to go with the tastes of the light hops.
This is a very drinkable beer that you can kick back and enjoy a bunch.

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Photo of Turbo
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hoppin_mad
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of brownbeer
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours gold with a solid, dirty white head. Looks clean and well presented.

Now this is what a pilsner of this style should smell like. Filled with earthy, peppery, leafy noble hops. Very nice.

Taste is hoppy and clean with a grainy malt backing and a honeyish note with lemon and lime citrus. Medium bodied and the finish is dry with a peppery hop spice on the back of the tongue.

I really, really enjoyed this. Normally i'm not too impressed with Sams regular offerings but this was a pleasant suprise. Recommended

Edit: I had to go back and raise my score on this after trying it again a few days later. This beer is great.

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Photo of npala86
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of tbryan5
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of markallmon
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of jonny1138
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice beer. In my pilsner glass it was a golden color with a medium-sized white head that left a bit of lacing. Aroma was a tad meek. Faint citrus, kind of a fresh outdoorsy aroma. Ah, but much more comes through in the taste. Quite hoppy: earthy, floral notes. Balanced nicely with the sweet malt. A crisp, bitter mouthfeel. I could drink a bunch of these.

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Photo of warnerry
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes; best by May 2011; tasted 2/27/11

A - Pours a clear light straw color with two fingers o dense creamy off-white head. Leaves some lacing behind.

S - Smell is nice citrusy hops and pils malt. Not overwhelming, but nice.

T - Taste is nice clean citrus hops, subtle malts, and some lingering bitterness.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a bit of carbonation bite.

O - Not my favorite Czech pilsener, but not bad. A bit hoppier than some others I've had.

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Photo of BK2084
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Jpinoniemi
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of 40451
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Beaver13
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by June. Pours a clear very light yellow with a smallish fine white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is subdued but pleasant - sweet honey and fruits with a little green spicy floral hops.

The flavor is similar - sweet honey and fruits with a well balanced dry medium bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation.

Overall, a light and delicate beer, but very well done even though it's reserved. Pilsener is not my favorite style, but this is right up there with Victory's Prima Pils for the best I've had.

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Photo of generallee
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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