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

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3,657 Ratings
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."

Added by schellsbeer on 12-20-2009

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Photo of snowsurfer422
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of backfat
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours more pale than boston lager and sam light. clear yellow. smells were more faint than expected but still nice. light floral and sweet aromas. i do get some honey on the nose which is very pleasant. yeasty and pure. bread dominates the flavor with some other familiar pilsner tastes, barnyard and metallic tinge. good mouthfeel and carbonation. very drinkable. for the category, not too shabby but no A- for me.

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Photo of BennyL1
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this one multiple times on draft, this review is from a bottle that came in the American Originals pack. Poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass. Enjoy by July 2011.

A - Noble Pils pours a translucent golden color with about a fingers worth of really foamy white head. A bit of lacing present too.

S - Light floral hop aroma with a bit of lemony zest. The excitement level of the nose isn't to high but it is decent to say the least.

T - The 5 noble hops really work well together. Bitterness from the hops is present but not to strong. A bit of a peppery spice note in there as well. This brew would definitely appeal to a large audience. Very solid and unoffensive.

M - Body is on the lighter side with a good amount of carbonation with a very nice dry finish.

D - Overall a great beer that I could have multiple pints of in a night. Combine both the accessibility in restaurants along with the price and you have a winner here. Great beer from Sam Adams.

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Photo of djwhit24
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Tamaquadan
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Foxtrot
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had alot of this beer since its release, and it really deserves a review.

Poured from bottle into pint glass. The foam head on this beer is dense, and quickly recedes to a fine layer of bubbles on the surface and along the edge of the glass. Body is clear golden, some slight champagne bubble action going on as well.

Aroma is of bready malts. This beer really shines from them Noble Hops, giving it a good hoppy nose for a Pilsner.

Taste was extremely crisp and refreshing. Breadiness is forefront followed by some light honey and floral hops to really bring this beer ahead of other Pilsners. Finished clean and smooth, a hallmark of the style.

Mouthfeel was light with lively carbonation.

The drinkability is insane, I can attest to that.

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Photo of berpwillie
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! i wasn't expecting this beer to be as good as it was. i must say i was pretty impressed. i had heard that this years batch was supposed to be extra delicious. I must say i concur. extremely potent hoppy smell and flavor, that was hard not to enjoy. wasn't expecting so much out of ol'sammy but i pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of Meerkey
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Huge, bubble head. The palest yellow with a hint of copper. Very clear with few bubbles.

S: Lots of hops -pine and citrus. Whiff of sweetness.

T: Hops hops hops. Bitter and citrusy. Some sugary sweetness after the first onslaught of hops.

M: Tingly, tart, clean. Pretty good, not exceptional though.

D: Quite drinkable, if you like hops. This would be lovely on a hot, sunny day -too bad it's rainy today.

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Photo of IlPostino
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of XenonX
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Revenant
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Penrodeo
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tbrown4
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft -> giant margarita glass? At a mexican joint for happy hour and this the best tap offering. Have had this a handful of times in the past few weeks. I generally have a few each of the SA seasonals as they come out.

A - crystal clear straw yellow. Little head. No lacing. Fair amount of carb.

S - very little of anything. Slight spicy hop notes.

T - fairly flavorful for the style. Same hop flavor that the aroma advertizes. Light sweet malt notes, crisp clean finish.

M - light bodied, little carb pop

O - Sessionable of course. Super easy to drink. Very good alternative to the flood of crap industrial lagers at most bars. Full flavor and light on the palate. Likely my last of the season. Will have a few next year if it returns.

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Photo of jsdunlop
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Noble Pils pours out light and golden with a fair amount of white, frothy head. After a few minutes, it recedes to a minimal covering with some good lacing. It is slightly sweet in the smell, with notes of honey, apples, and a fresh, citrus and floral hop presence. The taste begins with a hint of herbal spiciness, which introduces the light but enjoyable malt presence that gives off just a touch of honey-like flavor. At mid palate, the hops kick in full effect, bringing mild floral and some moderate citrus flavors to the table. This beer finishes quite dry, though it manages to leave you with a second helping of honey and floral hops. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, although almost too light and dry. Combined with the intense carbonation, I get the feeling that I am drinking seltzer water at times, which seems to throw the beer off balance. Overall though, the only issues I had with drinkability was the selzter-like characteristic, and with the outstanding flavor, appearance and taste of this one, I'd say that SA Noble Pils is definitely worth purchasing again.

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Photo of DeepSouthSipper
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of AndreasDif
3.28/5  rDev -15%

Photo of BB1980
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wschmit
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Quick white head dissipates pretty rapidly into a slight ring around the rim, with some patchy bits in the middle. Nice carbonation through the clear, just-golden body. Just a bit of fine webbing.

S: I can smell some spicy hops from a foot away--quite nice, really. Otherwise, a mild, malty body backs up the hopping. Simple, but good, and very reminiscent of German all-malt lagers, to me.

T: Tastes slightly sweet, actually...even a bit too sweet for the style. The hops are nice, but subdued. For a beer that boasts of its Noble Hops presence, they're a bit muted. This suits the style, but I'd have liked a bit more lemony, peppery zip, and perhaps some more bittering, too.

M: Spot-on, well-carbonated, easy-drinking brew.

D: Great drinking beer for an excellent price.

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Photo of bwiechmann
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner. Best before June marked on the bottle.

A- Clear golden color with lots of visible carbonation. An aggressive pour produced a 1 finger head which had some retention. Not much lacing to speak of.

S- I was disappointed here. It seemed very light. Some hops, some bitter citrus fruit, not particularly pleasant.

T- Better than the nose. The bitter hops are most prevalent with lemon citrus notes. Some bready malt near the end.

M- Lots of carbonation, light body.

D- This was an average beer. I was disappointed in the nose to be certain but it tasted much better. The refreshment factor is pretty high but there are many beers I would prefer in the same price range.

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Photo of spree92
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A rustic yellow pour had a good white head that shrank to nothing fast. Bitter malts and sweet honey are noticeable. Lots of carbonation, probably too much, can be picked out in the taste. Overpower the malt profile. Very easy to consume and light. A good beer but not one I would seek out.

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Photo of Glopez
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BlazedNug
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 22oz. bottle a rather macro-like pale yellow with a foamy white one finger head. Fairly high carbonation...I can see lots of bubbles in the bottle even before I begin to pour, and more macro-like fizz in the glass. Aroma is disappointingly light. There's a faint hint of citrus hops, but nothing like the blast I was expecting from the use of 5 different hop varieties. 1st sip brings a dose of dry, crisp citrus and herbal hop, with just enough sweet malt on the back end to provide a good balance. For lack of a better comparison, this reminds me of an amped-up version of Heineken or St. Pauli Girl. Mouthfeel is light, smooth, and crisp, with just enough heft to keep from being watery. Drinkability is very good! These would make a nice game day session beer. Overall, another winner from Jim Koch and Boston Beer Co. Those of you looking for a beer to help that macro loving buddy of yours to make the transition to craft/micro's your starting point!

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Photo of Djenx
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Pittsburgh
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised by this offering from Sam, great spring beer, light, but has flavor, slight hint of fruit or citrus, but very subtle, but you know its there.

I'd buy a 12 pack or case and keep it on hand for the spring. Pours a light golden brown, nice smell to it, you can smell the citrus.

You could drink these all day and not get tired of them.

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Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.86 out of 5 based on 3,657 ratings.
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