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

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BA SCORE
3.76/5
Very Good
3,672 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#20,413
Reviews:
1,513
Ratings:
3,672
pDev:
14.63%
Bros Score:
3.83
 
 
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139
Gots:
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Photo of Sammy
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a lot of white foam in my antigravity samuel adams glass. A little cheesy aroma. Average mouthfeel, very quenchable. Citrus, saaz, good pils. Good carbonation,good bitterness, exceptionally drying finish.Expirey May, was that this year?

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two finger frothy head on a clear golden body with lots of lacing and decent detention. Very aromatous with floral and and lemony hops dominating. Flavor providesa nice hop character good for introducing the noble hop variety with floral and citrus, mostly lemon, notes. Light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall a nice offering from Sam Adams which grows on you as you drink it.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 6/2012.

Pours a murky honey yellow with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is a conglomeration of herbal, spicy, and peppery hop aromas with some malt in there as well. Taste is very much the same with a malt flavor that comes through on the aftertaste. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip that fades slowly. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice robust hop presence, especially in the flavor.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.19/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this was my last american beer before i left the states for the summer, and a recent classic. i prefer it in the bottle. this beer pours a relatively standard pils color, with a yellow glow and a tall frothy white head with surprisingly good retention. it smells more hoppy than the pilseners i am used to, but i welcome that! some sturdy bready malts in there as well. flavor is well balanced but the hops are a really nice addition. bitter and citric, but not fruity, a perfectly crisp finish is in store too, just right for a pils. still not majorly thrilling, but a very likeable pils for a hophead. feel is pretty good, plenty of body for a pils, more than normal, and superb carbonation. overall i like this beer quite a lot, a break from convention that works really well in all seasons.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoy this beer, I had no intention of liking this because of it style. The beer doesn't really reflect a traditional pilsner at all to me. It's more along the lines of a hoppy lager or maybe a light IPA. The hops used in this beer are very tasty. This has a really nice balance overall as well. The color is lightly golden and has a steady head on it from start to finish. This is something I look forward to having in the spring time. Well worth the price.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just found out the White Ale I love has been replaced by this new beer... well, let's give it a try. Pours a nice clear golden color, nice head to it.. nice crisp, hop smell to it. Taste is medium bodied.. nice lacing on the glass, a good hop bite to it but well balanced in the back end. Not a huge fan of Pilseners but this is a damn good one, maybe even a little lemon/lime zest sort of taste at the tail end. Very drinkable and a great beer to get once the temp. starts warming back up. Not too happy my White Ale is no longer in production here but this is a solid replacement.

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and poured with a thin white head that quickly dissipated and left lacy patterns of bubbles in the center. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus and floral hops in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of biscuit malts along with some hints of honey. There is a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is very clean.
D: The beer is very easy to drink, refreshing, and sessionable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's great to see that classic and creative Pilsners are still possible.

Noble Pils begins with a brilliantly clear straw color. Initially solid white head forms but reduces to a thin lace before holding firm. Light lacing along the glass. Fairly typical of most Pilsners.

Extremely fragrant with a plethera of hops: perfumy, floral, earthy, spicy, pungent, and herbal. All backed by canvas of crisp, cracker-like pilsner malts and honey suckle sweetness.

Flavors of crisp malt sweetness show lightly baked breads, soft confection sweetness, and a rounded part-grain, part-malt blend. Hop flavor is more spicy, earthy, bitter, and pungent than the softer herbal, floral notes that evened out in the nose. Alcohols and esters combine for a paint-thinner, rosey mix. Hop bitterness is very high and dominates the beer where a softer balance is perfered.

Very crisp and clean body shows more malty, froathiness early. Late dryness shows as much alcohol bite as hop bite and with a strong evaporative feel that detracts from the classic Pilsner smoothness.

This is a tremendous beer that favors American aggression but with German ingredients. Tasty for sure but the hops are over bearing.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle. Again with the Swedish export labelling...it takes a bit of the 'forefathers of the grand union' feeling out of the whole deal.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium straw hue, with one finger of pillow-like foamy white head, which leaves some random, sparse inkblot lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of crisp, grainy, biscuit malt, some mild lemon notes, and grassy, floral hops. The taste is quite consistent - more crackery maltiness, a bit of zingy citrus, some earthy honey, and grassy, almost forest floor-esque hops. The carbonation is moderate, yet also a little zippy, the body adequately weighty, with a palate-nagging astringency that seems to preclude standard notions of smoothness. It finishes quite dry, any lingering pale malts rendered even dimmer by the still prominent hops.

A pretty decent rendition of one of my favourite old-school styles, one that is usually hard to come by outside of central Europe.

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Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed twice. I got the same rating (a C) from both reviews. They're included below.

(1)
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired as part of a summer variety box purchased at a local Ralph's market. Served into a conical Guinness pint glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; the marketing makes it seem like a pretty solid pilsener, and Sam Adams has some pretty good offerings (though often not in this format; I prefer the reserve series for truly great brews). Best before August 2012.

Not paired with food.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. I'm in a pilsener mood.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger beige head of slight cream, fair thickness, and average (~2 minute) retention. Colour is a transparent bright yellow. Very standard fare for a pilsener. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Predictable, but appealing.

Sm: Pilsener malts and noble hops. Much hoppier than most beers in the style I'm familiar with, but it works here and lends it a freshness. The hop character comes across as slightly floral, but not overly bitter or oily. No pine or citrus. Fresh and inviting, but far from exemplary. A clean mild strength aroma.

T: A full crisp barley body provides a nice clean base for the flavours. The noble hopping does well here, with impressive layering working within the simplicity of the style. It's effect and lends the beer a fresh quality that I fancy. No yeast or alcohol comes through. It's a simple but efficient pilsener with an emphasis on drinkability. The hop aggression may be a bit overstated but the effect is an enjoyable one. Not complex or subtle, but that's not the aim. I like it.

Mf: Some underlying cream. Nicely crisp. Smooth and wet, suiting the style, but a bit overcarbonated - likely a result of Sam Adams' macrobrewing process. It's also a touch too think, lending it a somewhat lumpy character that doesn't suit the style. Complements the flavour profile in a general sense, but certainly doesn't feel tailored to it. Too smooth.

Dr: Quite drinkable yet simple. It's not a beer I'd get again in bottled form - though I do like it in a general sense. I might try it on draught; I assume it'd be better. It's an experimental take on the style, trading innovation for tradition, and luckily it works. A nice little affordable pilsener from one of the better macrobreweries.

High C

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Sam Adams Noble Pils
Served from a 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap into a stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are slightly above average; I'm in the mood for a pils.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a ne finer beige head of okay cream, average thickness, and average retention. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Decent lacing. Colour is a transparent dull yellow. Meh.

Sm: Light citrusy floral hops (I presume noble...), clean malts, and barley. Generally appealing. Nothing unique or special. Moderate in strength.

T: Floral hopping atop a clean malted barley foundation with minimal cream and a bit of citrus zest. Not complex or subtle, but decently balanced and built for what it is. It's pleasant to drink but there's very little happening. Not unique or special. Somewhat refreshing. A pretty moderate strength taste. I certainly wouldn't call it bold. No yeast or alcohol comes through. It could use more cream as well as more body. Its simplicity holds it back and prevents a rounded flavour profile.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some coarseness on the climax - from the hops I guess. Somewhat sharp and slightly overcarbonated. Too thick for the lack of the body and diverse flavour.

Dr: Drinkable but unimpressive. I might get it again; it's a decent summer drinking beer. I wouldn't recommend it to friends. The pricing is fair. A decent little macrobrew, but nothing to get riled up about. Hides its modest ABV well, but that isn't difficult.

A poor candidate for aging.

Would pair well with buttered soft pretzels, bread, aggressively flavoured salads, and Swiss cheese.

C

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried this out of a tulip to focus the aroma more, and it did help some. Orange, honey, and a grassy hint in the nose.

Bright gold with an orange glow about it. High clarity, tons of visible carbonation. After an aggressive pour, there was a finger of compact foam, but it later dwindled to a patchy skim. A sticky collar of lace was left behind. Flavor is similarly citrusy with a leafy hop character, and the aftertaste of honey lingers after the main bready pilsner malt flavor. Clean with a fairly dry finish and bitter hop character.

Extremely drinkable, ideal for warmer weather. Better than most euro pils i've had, stacks up to the better Helles out there, even Victory Prima Pils.

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Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a clear golden color and a modest cap that fades to a ringlet but leaves waves of lace

Smell: Grassy, spicy hops with a hint of sulfur

Taste: Slightly bready, up front, with a burst of grassy and spicy hop flavors arriving right away and peaking after the swallow; floral and slightly sweet finish, though the bitter flavors linger

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Drinkability: Although the hops are constrained for the masses, this beer is exceedingly drinkable - I would prefer to see it throughout the warmer months rather than as a Spring seasonal which, by todays standards, means that is a late Winter beer

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Photo of zeff80
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a very clear, light golden color with a fluffy, white head of bubbly foam. It left a couple thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of grassy hops and citrus notes. There were some mild pine notes, too.

T - It tasted grassy with sweet toasty caramel malt. Some bitter hop bite with a citrus kick. It tastes as hoppy as a good APA.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a great tasting pilsener. Really is one of the hoppiest I've ever had and almost tastes like an APA.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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