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

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87
very good
1,489 Reviews
Samuel Adams Noble PilsSamuel Adams Noble Pils
BEER INFO

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

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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:
1,489
Ratings:
3,563
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
22.54%
 
 
Wants:
131
Gots:
433
For Trade:
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Reviews: 1,489 | Ratings: 3,563
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
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Boston Czech'

A good example of the style with Boston Beer touches (yeast) which to me isn't really a Pilsner but is good in it's own right. Has what it needs, color, taste, hops, malt, flavor, just doesn't seem as complex or sophisticated as the European versions.

Buy it to try it then move on.

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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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Photo of Furlinator
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours translucent golden yellow with a one inch head that remains as a cap on top and leaves curtains of lace. Grainy cream corn smell with just a hint of hop aroma. The taste is more hop forward but is balanced with biscuit bread malt. The texture is fizzy and easy drinking.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Clear golden yellow. The off white head dissipates quickly.

S: Not much aroma. Bready, some floral, grassy smell.

T: Follows nose butwith a lot of flavor and with a bit of citrus in there. Nice dry finish.

F: Crisp and smooth. I could drink these all day.

O: Really a fine easy drinking beer. I wish they'd offer these by itself or had a spring mix with just this the scotch ale and cold snap.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear yellow with a frothy white foam head. Smells like biscuity honey malt, lemony citrus, with floral earthy piney grass. Tastes like fresh piney grass, sweet biscuity honey malt, lemony citrus, with floral earthy herbs. Feels light-medium bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice and balanced pilsner.

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

Pours a clear yellow with 1 finger head. Smells of sweet malt. Tastes of sweet malt, finishes with subtle bitterness. Good mouthfeel and lacing. Very drinkable.

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

It has a golden color with a foamy head. It smells a little citric and has a hint of IPA taste. I smell malt too. I would say it has a dry body. It is drinkable

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Photo of Samlover55
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bb may 16
12oz bttle into pint
L- golden, clear with thin white bubbly head
S- like a lager clean & yeasty
T- really beautifully tasting beer, real nice breadiness, hints of lemon, yeast presence with overall tinge of hop bitterness that brings you back
F- clean clear medium bodied feel
O- great pils clean clear and that hop bitterness that just makes it a super balanced brew, great for first day of spring

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Photo of KLHBB
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Grassy, citrus, herbs, orange rind, perfect outside picnic beer. Gorgeous clear golden-amber color, smell of malt and floral hops. Taste of hops and citrus, but it's balanced by floral tones. Clear, refreshing mouthfeel.

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Photo of MACrist
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Clear and golden with medium level of slowly rising bubbles. 1 finger of off white head that fades fairly quickly and leaves a ring on top of the beer. Minor lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Some citrus, sweet malt, grassy/grainy, lemony and very slight pine.
TASTE: Lots of sweet toasty malt, but balanced really well with some spiciness from the hops. Some citrus in the background.
FEEL: Overall, dry from front to back. Perfect carbonation. Medium body.
OVERALL: Just a pleasure to drink. Sweet and spicy.

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Photo of OrangeMen
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2016 release

Appearance- Pours a golden, yellow straw color. Crystal clear with a half finger of fizzy white head.

Aroma- Spicy, floral hops, herbs w/ a touch of basil. Underlying doughy, lightly toasted bread.

Taste- Clean, crisp, crackery malts. Spicy hops, herbal and flowery. Grassy, slight pine, and a touch of citrus.

Feel- Crisp and refreshing. Lighter body with a full and palate cleansing carbonation.

Overall- Nice and refreshing beer, crisp and clean. Has a well integrated spicy and earthy hoppiness. Its a super drinkable beer but with good underlying character.

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Photo of THSdrummer
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost crystal clear gold, with a foamy white top. Getting some resin hops, and sulfur for an aroma. Bleh. The taste is rather smooth and pleasant despite the aroma. A little hoppy, with some malts. Still a funny after taste. The bottle is within a month too boot. Mouth feel is smooth and filling. It doesn't feel like water. This is perhaps the best attribute of this beer.Overall, to be blunt, I'm not a fan.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a variety 12-pack $14.99 Safeway
Golden color
Light mouth feel
Medium carbonation
Light hops taste, smooth and refreshing
Overall good for a hot day. Not for when you want a bolder taste.

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Photo of ordybill
3.01/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear golden color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is yeasty. The taste is stale bread with a buttery texture. I did not appreciate this beer.

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Photo of BB1313
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by July 2016. 12oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Pours a bright golden with great clarity and transparency with bubbles racing upwards; chunky eggshell white head that sticks around leaving great retention and sticky lacing. Looks great. The aromas are subtle with floral with some cracker notes. The flavors are floral as well with some citrus notes. Hints of pine as well. Slightly earthy with some fresh grass. It's sweet with a touch of hop flavor. Some black pepper in the mix. It's not too bitter, but it has a subtle bitterness. Alcohol obviously goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light with active carbonation. It's smooth, fluffy with a nice creaminess. Very quaffable.

This is a solid pilsener. It might not be my personal favorite, but it's nice and enjoyable. It's refreshing and would be nice during the warm weather.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured bottle into pilsner glass. Dull hay color. Very little head, some lace.

Smells of citrus fruit, mostly of the non-orange variety.

Tastes of hops floral and pine. Bit of honey, then malt.

Mouth is fine, if a little gooey.

Was not overly enthused at the honey malt/hop combo here. Overall, inoffensive, but not much to write home about. Last try from a six-variety cabin pack, and def my least favorite of the bunch. Fans of the style will likely find more to love here.

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Photo of jmv0009
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L- clear golden color with thin white head.
S- lots of citrus
T- mild taste, slightly hoppy but not really bitter so I like that. Citrus and hops. Not too complex.
F- easy drinker, could enjoy another few of these no problem. Seems like this will be a good spring beer.
O- good go to pils. Easy drinker, not too complex so nothing to really dislike. Nothing special either.

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Photo of pwlong19
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A good hoppy beer. This was my first hoppy beer. Thought it was too menthol but eventually couldn't get enough. Led to trying ZD and branching out to other beer.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear straw color with a small, sustaining head and excellent lacing. The aroma is primarily biscuity, with a touch of white pepper, mustard, and oddly yam. The flavor is fully of rich biscuit tones, with mild bitterness, and background notes of white pepper, mustard, and cumin. The mouthfeel is fresh with medium carbonation, with just enough fullness to round out the flavor. Overall this is a superbly balanced pilsner with sparkling bright flavors.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear pale golden straw in color with a finger of white head. Aroma is toasted malts and hints of hops. Taste is all malts. A touch of sweetness but mostly toast and crackers and a faint bitterness lingering in the finish. Light body and moderate carbonation. Overall a pretty decent pilsner, very clean with the malts malt flavored and aromas in the forefront.

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