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

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Samuel Adams Noble PilsSamuel Adams Noble Pils

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

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."

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Photo of Catracho5
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
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 -2.8%
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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Photo of mchegash
3.17/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

L: Golden-orange with slightly off-white head. Very clear. Average amount of visible carbonation rising.

S: Aroma is very weak, can’t detect much of anything

T: Floral hops along with some light maltiness. Not terrible but a pretty one-dimensional taste.

F: Light bodied, fairly crisp. Moderate to moderate-high level of slightly-above-average intensity carbonation.

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Photo of bwood06
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a variety pack from my local liquor store recently and this beer was included. Considering that I love this style and have been wanting to try this particular beer for a long time, I was more than happy to see this variety pack in store and in the cooler ready to go.

This beer pours a golden, leaning towards straw, color and is nice and clear with somewhat of a glow to it. The head is white, frothy, and is very persistent, dissipating nice and slowly. Carbonation is moderate in appearance. 4/5 The aroma is moderately strong and leans towards sweet instead of sharp with the malt showcasing itself with notes of sweet grain, toasted white bead, and a bit of a white wine grape note. Hops are a nice combination of earthy, floral, herbal, and spicy as a result of the Noble hops used. The white wine grape aroma noted above may actually be from the hops but the way it hits my nose it is a bit hard to tell. 3.5/5 The flavor is fairly strong and leans toward sweet. Sweet caramelized grains, white bread, and toast come out providing a nice sweet punch that is pleasant before transitioning to chiefly floral and spicy hop notes. I don't get the earthy and herbal notes here as much as I did in the aroma but the white wine grape note is definitely still there. Bitterness is light to moderate and lingers only shortly after swallowing. 3.5/5 The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with light carbonation. This beer comes across as creamy and slick while also being just a bit astringent on the back end. This is fairly typical of the Czech Pilsener style although this beer mutes the creaminess a bit. It is nice and wetting as well. The astringency disappears after swallowing quite quickly, retaining the thirst quenching quality of this beer. 3.5/5 This is a well balanced beer with a lean towards sweet, and it is very sessionable. Hops are not over-pronounced but they definitely help make this beer what it is. This beer isn't quite as creamy and grainy as most true Czechs are but this one is good nonetheless (if it had not been advertised as a Czech, I would have classified it as a German). 3.5/5

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Photo of Beginner2
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Since Pilseners are not my favorite lager (and I favor ales by about a 14 to 1 lager Had), consider my rating with that bias.

Noble Pils Looks are clear and inviting.
Smell is more muddled, but my nose detects mostly sweetish malt (which I like.)
Taste comes on too strong with bitterness and Feels to dry for me to enjoy.
While it went well with a lemony pesto sauce over pasta, but I'm not having this again with mild foods.
Overall: one and done.

4/17/17: Had again with Mexican food. Suitable to wash down the spiciness.

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle freshness notched for May 2017 poured into a pint glass.

Look: Golden yellow in color and crystal clear with a white one finger head. Head quickly dissipates, a swirl of the glass revives it but only briefly.

Smell: Malts and then light, grassy hops.

Taste: Follows the nose. Has a light, earthy hop bitterness that runs throughout.

Feel: On the thinner side with peppery carbonation that makes for a pretty easy drinking beer.

Overall: Not bad, but the flavor seems be a bit lacking.

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Photo of gandres
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
Appearance:medium amber, golden, clear small foam that lingers
Aroma: not a lot
Taste: pleasant low-medium bitterness
Mouth feel: tart, medium follow through, long bitter sweet finish, very good carbonation
Overall: very good beer, ok to repeat but not look for
drank: February 23, 2017 10:26 PM

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Photo of ThePold
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a variety 12 pack into a regular beer glass. Frothy head with more lacing than I'm used to in a pilsner. Golden yellow with moderate carbonation. Taste is more happy than the usual pilsner. I'd have it again certainly.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Typical pale gold pils color, nothing special

S: Very impressed with the smell, bursting with tropical and citrus fruits, very juicy and floral smelling beer

T: Clean and crisp citrus notes, slight malt backbone, getting a sweet taste. Floral notes, quite tart.

F: Fine body, good carb, very drinkable

O: Going into this I wasn't expecting too much. I already have a thing against beers from Boston because I hate the Red Sox and Pats but boy was this a good beer. I would definitely buy this beer again and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a beer on a warm day. Good work Sam Adams, good work.

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Photo of dcotom
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear pale golden color, thick, white head, lots of spotty lacing. Aromas and flavors of light biscuit, green apple, and lemon, plus some grassy and floral notes and a hint of pepper. Finish is a little tart, with some pleasant lingering bitterness. This is an excellent brew, with a ton of flavor and substance.

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Photo of 1angrydwarf
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: nothing out of the ordinary here light yellow and clear. Poured into a pilsner glass with a large head that hung around till about half way through the beer.
S: Nice halfway point between herbal and citrus with faint grain.
T: slightly sweet malt withdraws quickly to a herbal citrus hop bite. This is hop forward for a pils but nice complexity. The hops stop sharp with very little hop lingering. The finish is dry enough to make you want to take another sip.
F: Light mouthfeel with soft carbonation.
O: If you adjust your expectaions to the idea of a wee more hops for a pils, you will be very happy. I found this offering easy to drink and flavorable enough to have more.

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Photo of DerAtomsmasher
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pilsner is my favorite style and I've been hearing for a long time about this one. I was too excited to see it included in a springtime 12-pack.

It lived up to the hype, with heavy floral bitterness and a fleeting sense of citrus, though not as citrusy as Prima Pils or Pivo. Not much sweetness going on.

A tasty, hoppy lager that I wish were more available in the PNW.

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Photo of Hackattack
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well, if you are a hops lover, I believe you will love this as it is very heavy on the hops. Not much balance with the malts... which I lean towards....sorry all you hopheads. But, this is nicely done and , as par, a powerful offering from the Boston Beer Company.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into a Cigar City pint glass.

Thick,frothy,white head that stands 1 finger tall.Bright gold colored body,with beautiful clarity.Very light carbonation.

Bright citrus and floral hop notes,with trace elements of sweet malts.The aromas are pretty faint in this beer,hard getting any kind of nose at all really.

On the palate I get a very good balance of floral and citrus hops,with sweet malts up front and in the middle.On the back end I get some spice characteristics.

The body has a light somewhat sticky mouth feel,with light oxidation on the tongue.Smooth yet slightly dry finish.

This beer is pretty much what I come to expect out of a beer made by Sam Adams.A solid beer,but nothing extraordinary.Not something I would chase,but not something I would turn down.

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Photo of JimKal
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this years ago and wasn't thrilled with it but apparently I wasn't into hops as much at the time. I just had it again as part of the Brewnited pack and really enjoyed it. Pours a nice gold color with a really nice head. Good lacing on the drink down. Nice bitterness in the taste, I would gladly get this if they offered it in 6 packs. I think I would still prefer Woosie to this but this is good.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass, "best by" date May 20017.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, golden color with less than one-finger white head that slowly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, medium carbonation, moderate lacing on the glass.

SMELL: sweet honey, crackers, citrus, grass.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet honey, crackers, citrus and some pine.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a damn fine pils, the citrus note really sets it apart and was very well done, the malt bill was like a Czech pils but the hops has citrus and pine notes and it really worked for me, one of SA's better offerings in my opinion, I'll buy this one again for sure, got this in a sampler pack for $14.99, it's a good value as well.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 nicholas2121
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Noble Pils brewed by Boston Beer Company, with an ABV of 4.90% This Pils pours out a nice golden amber color with a fluffy white head. There is also some nice lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell of Noble Pils is rich with earthly hops , grains and malts. Tgere is a slight sweetness to the smell of this brew. Nothing to overpowering so far. The look and smell of this brew are really inviting. Now for the taste, it is bold with hops and a nice clean smooth ending. You pick up on some nice grins and malts in the taste as well. This is fine smooth drinking Pils, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. This brew goes down nice and smooth. The mouth feel of Samuel Adams Noble Pils is Bold, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down. This a good brew to reflect on your day with. If you are looking for a medium bodied brew look this one up. Overall I'm giving Samuel Adams Noble Pils a 4.50 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again. Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams), did a super nice job with this one.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
2.48/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Plain tasting malt that's hardly noticeable behind the strong carbonation and pallette of noble hops. Thin bodied, drinks like bad mass produced German beer. The hops suggest a variety of fruit and natural flavors but none are able to shine through.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

DATE: July 3, 2016... OCCASION: Game of Thrones Season Four on disc... waiting was worth it... GLASSWARE: Paulaner pokal... a handsome golden body bubbles like champagne, while the head is a thick, frothy and a near finger in depth--strikingly resilient... light herbal hints with pepper and spiciness, with the unmistakable Noble hop that elevates a pilsner.... the floral qualities are aromatic, alluring and honeyed... the body is a pleasant, medium-bodied sip that is balanced, comfortably moving through the mouth and throat... this beer's Noble hops boost the profile, with citrus-- lemon, lemongrass and light pine... as part of the Brewmaster Sampler, this is an excellent take on the style and rounds the experience into a more drinkable, more flavorful one than the average pilsner might have...

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apparently I never reviewed this one. A lot sweeter than I recall. The Noble Hops seem a bit more subdued. Excellent aroma. Grainy with floral notes, but doesnt quite hold up flavor wise. Still a very good beer. Just not as crisp/biting as it needs to be.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Golden orange body, slightly hazy, with a light white head, and lots of bubbly lacing.

S - Bright nose, peppery and spice, a bit of pith, and a clean lemon note, perhaps just a touch of rubber.

T - So clean. Mint, lemon zest, a bit of juice, a middle with a cracker malt, and a snappy, slightly spicy bitter back end.

M - Good carbonation, slightly spiky, not quite as clean an exit, with slight build on the drying.

O - I am not a huge Pils fan, I'll admit. This one offers great clean flavors, is very drinkable, a bit drier than some, but that makes for one of my favorite takes on the Czech Pils. The one I expected to like least out of this box turns out to be a favorite. A welcome surprise.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass
Best before June 2016

A- pours a clear and bright golden color with a one-finger creamy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some nice lacing behind

S- clean lager yeast, honey, hoppy undertones of grass, citrus fruit & floral

T- clean and crisp up front, with lager yeast and a subtle honey sweetness. Nice mix of underlying hop flavors, including, grassy, floral, citrusy and piney notes. Slightly toasted finish with a linger of earthy and grassy hops

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish, high drinkability

O- pretty much everything you look for in a session beer. Enough flavor and crushable, this is a fine beer

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Photo of Squire123
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light golden color with white cap.

Aroma of mild malt and floral, citrusy hops which together give off a slight honeyed sweetness.

Taste is malt driven on entry with hop sharpness blooming mid palate leading to a tingly hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Medium texture with enough body for the style.

A likable, approachable personality without a lot of depth. This is a thrust quenching crowd pleaser that is recognizably above average without making any demands, a plain vanilla pilsner as it were. There's enough complexity to make it interesting but not enough to excite much comment. A genial food accompaniment that I would give to a white wine fan who wanted to try a beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow color, substantial clarity and a head that hits that full inch range and white in color. Aroma was noble and almost sorachi like lemon smells.

Taste was obscured by a high amount of carbonation, giving this a fizzy interior it didn't need. Its dry and bitter, but even for style, the carbonation seemed to get in the way of the noble hop flavors.

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