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

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BA SCORE
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
samueladams.com

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

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"What spirit is so empty and blind that it cannot recognize the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and skin more beautiful than the garment with which it is clothed?"

--Michelangelo

Sun-drenched haystack gold with lemonade colored highlights and several streams of sparkly bubbles. A beautiful chunk of alabaster colored creaminess was created on the pour. The foam becomes rocky as it melts and is beginning to decorate the glass in fine fashion.

Another Imperial Pilsner 2005 Harvest was too much to hope for (especially at this ABV). Still... a beer of this style that is barely one month of age should be more aggressively hoppy than this. The aroma is musky and lemon zesty, but it isn't enough to earn the next highest score.

The noble hops that are used in Noble Pils include Hallertau, Tettnang, Spalt, Hersbrucker (all from Germany) and Czech Saaz. Those varieties work well together, which isn't at all surprising. Most of the reason why BBC didn't hop this lager to the hilt (I believe) is that they wanted it to appeal to a wide range of beer drinkers rather than just those who frequent this site. Nothing wrong with that.

This is good, drinkable beer, but it isn't the be-all-and-end-all of American-brewed German pilsners. Bohemian pilsner malt provides a solid base without adding much flavor or much sweetness. Actually, a honey-like flavor and sweetness appears in the bottle half of the bottle. The hops are musky and grassy and lemony and slightly spicy. 50% more hops would have been killer.

The mouthfeel is more full and more creamy than the style average. It still manages to be semi-crisp on the back end, thanks to a sneaky bitterness and some zesty carbonation.

The only problem with Noble Pils as the brewery's new spring seasonal is that the release date is in January. By the time spring rolls around in most of the country, the hoppiness that is the beer's linchpin for success will be but a shadow of its former self. It is pretty tasty right now, though.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was not really sure what I was going to get with this one, but what the hell right! Grabbed a couple mixed sixers tonight and went to town. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/29/2010.

The pour was very nice, light golden in color with amazing clarity and a really nice and tight head of white that capped off the top of the glass quite well. Very bright and very light aroma. Tons of spruce like notes and light pine. Very, very bright and crisp, clean aroma. Carried over very well into the flavor which was very tight and very well done. Lots of pine and spruce notes mixed in throughout and this crisp, clean, pine needle like flavor that provided some nice bitterness and really a crisp and very clean taste; Very drinkable and it went down like water.

Overall a very, very solid and very drinkable offering. Totally exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that reduces to a thick patch near the center of the beer, a thin film covering the rest of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Light to moderate amounts of biscuit malts along with floral, citrus, and pine hops. The hop aromas are very light.

T: The beer starts with the flavors of biscuit malts with just a touch of honey giving it some light amounts of sweetness. There are some notes of citrus, floral, and pine hops contributing to a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and clean in the finish.

O: This is probably my favorite beer from Samuel Adams and I hope the rumors are true that it is going to be a year-round offering instead of a seasonal. This beer is very enjoyable, refreshing, and easy to drink - definitely a sessionable beer.

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

I poured this chilled in a pils glass - sampled alongside a couple other pilsners

A - A very clear medium golden w/ tiny bubbles rising to a head that quickly drops but creates rings of lace - the bead is tiny

S - A lot of herbal and floral lemony and spicy noble hop aroma w/ a gentle grassy accent - very light malt in the nose

M- A little bitter w/ resinous texture and tangy hop acidity w/ mild sweetness and spice w/ moderate carbonation and mild spicy finish

T - The taste is a mix of mild sweet herbal hops and gentle toasted malt w/ light grassy lemony tinges. The flavor has a spiced slight astringent end note

D - A very drinkable pils -one of Sam Adams best and a good sessionable lager which is an easy drinker - a good example of the style

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Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is light golden in color and crystal clear. The head is initially about a finger of white foam but soon settles down to ta thin layer.

S: The nose has a nice spicy hop aroma with a slight citrus fruitiness to it and some sweet malts.

T: The hoppiness is not quite as pronounced in the flavor, but still a decent spicy quality to it. The malt comes through a bit more than on the nose providing a nice sweetness.

M: The body is dead smack in the middle of medium with a lively carbonation.

D: I'm not generally the biggest lager fan. But, I found this to be a decent, but not amazing, effort, which is what you expect from Sam Adams.

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

Pours an effervescent straw color with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Grassy & herbal hops, not much else...

T: Grassyness, dryness with grainy bread & hints of lime. More of the same once warmer, a bit of white pepper & husky grainyness surfaces as well. Finishes with floral & citrussy hops, plus clean malt flavors, very quenching

MF: Medium bodied, a touch grainy with smooth carbonation, pretty good balance

Great drinkability, not the most challenging pils, but I could go through a sixer of this during a ball or BBQ no problem. Only going on memory, but I thought the Czech Pils they did about 10 years ago was more to my liking

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Photo of smcolw
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Starts with a single finger head, but it lasts. Moderate lace on the glass. Crystal clear with a light gold color.

This may be the best smelling Pilsener I've ever experienced. Lovely complex, floral hop aroma. Pleasant light grained malt in the background.

The flavor is harsher than I expected based on the smell. The hop has a greater bite, creating a more bitter pils. The malt is soft and light. The body is as expected--light and crisp without being watery. Overall, a superior beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass.

Pours a strongly yellow straw with a finger of white foamy head that leaves some nice (but average...tough to explain...it's a mental thing, I guess...) lacing behind. The nose is heavy on the hops' citrus and pine notes, and adds a bit of florality as well. As could be gleaned from the nose, the taste is heavy on the hoppy bitterness, with a biting bit of citrus and not much maltiness to speak of. The body is on the lighter side of moderate and has some decent carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty drinkable brew, especially if you're into the whole hop scene and whatnot.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an extremely clear straw color. A large white head formed and reduced to a 1/2 inch layer of foam that last for the duration. Very nice sticky lacing.

S: Very light grapefruit, lots of grass, some spice and some light herbs. There is a honey like sweetness and a little bit of the typical pilsner aroma.

T: Very floral and grassy hop flavors, just slightly bitter, but there is also a sweetness as well. Some light grain and bready malts round out the profile.

M: Very crisp and refreshing, light to medium bodied with solid carbonation.

O: Very nice, only the second time I have had it, and first time from the bottle. Extremely easy drinking, very sessionable. One fo the better beers I have had from BBC.

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Photo of billab914
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Pours a pale gold color with a thin white covering on top. It also left very good lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma is crisp with some grain and a lot of flavors coming from the noble hops. The hops give it a floral, spicy and slightly citrusy aroma. The taste has a spicy herbal flavor with a hint of citrus. It's crisp and light and pretty refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is good, it's light, pretty refreshing and an easy drinking beer overall. It's a very good representation of it's style as well.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a straw golden color with 2-3 inches of white head and high carbonation evident. Nice lacing.

s - Smells of floral hops, bready malts, and yeast.

t - Some floral/pine hops and bready malts, followed by some bitterness.

m - Light body and high carbonation. Very easy to drink with the low ABV.

d - Ok, but somewhat disappointing. I had heard very good things about this and that it was one of Sam Adams better products, but it didn't do it for me. Had a decent hoppy smell and taste, but nothing stood out to me except the high carbonation which I felt hurt it. Have a 6 pack of this so I'll give it another shot, but right now I wouldn't buy this again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.17/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy yellow hue with an average head and random spots of lace. Looks more like a hefeweizen than a pilsner. Hmm...

S: Sweet wheat malt - I'm not getting a lot of pilsner flavor. Smells like a slightly fruity summer beer with some artificial sweetness or additives.

T: A bit of disappointment, though my expectations were not exceedingly high. There is an unpleasant soapy taste, along with a bright, wheat flavor. Generally, this beer is just a bit off kilter. There is an undeniable artificial taste that permeates my senses and distracts me from any possible tasty pilsner-like goodness this brew may or may not have to offer. Basically, this doesn't take like a pilsner to me.

M: A bit soapy, fresh carbonation, goes down smooth (though it doesn't taste particularly great).

D: I'd rather get a water than order a second round. In fact, that's what I did. Bummer.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

If it comes from Boston, it must be identified as "Pilsnahhh". Hey, as a Yinzer, I love dialect and I love beer, so it all washes out (I hope).

I became a fan of the Lager styles a couple/few years back at one of the BA Fests and I really like Pilseners, especially Czech Pils with Saaz hops, but German Pils will also work. I just wish more of them were accessible in CANs - no possibility of light struck hops oils. Sigh.

I accomplished a brief finger of bone-white head before it disappeared like Dracula in the face of this morning's sunrise. Color was a beautiful sunshine/lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity and evidencing an endless parade of CO2 bubbles. Greg Koch can disrespect "fizzy yellow beers" all he wants, but this is one to consider. Nose was at once grassy and slightly spicy and my mouth began to water at the prospect. Mouthfeel was full, thanks to the preponderance of CO2 bubbles and the taste was phenomenal. I really caught the Saaz hops on the tongue despite them not being as forward as in the Czech version. Actually, there were a lot of flavors on the tongue, including blueberry, an earthy grassy taste, and a light saltiness. Finish was dry, crisp, and clean and the effervescence really left my palate scrubbed.

I am having trouble believing that this and another were just sitting as singles at my local bottle shop yesterday afternoon. What a find!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I can't wait to see six packs of this stuff, I knew they get some first dibs on the noble hops but I had no idea that Sam Adams would be coming out with a seasonal featuring all five noble hop varieties. I loved the Hallertau Imperial Pils, but this is a session pils meant for mass consumption. It's been a long time since I've wanted a whole case of a Sam Adams offering, this is a good sign for future beers from them. The tastings they hosted to get customer feedback for their next spring seasonal was a success because the compared to the last beer that made it into their rotation this is liquid gold.

Pours a bright brilliant pale clear golden color with a eggshell white head two to three fingers thick with fine speckled lacing, nice and lively with the carbonation retention is very nice.

Aroma paves the way for the whole noble hop experience very nice citrus, herbal, and grassy hop explosion even a bit of earthiness that almost neon green their using for the label represents the caliber of green this bottle contains, fresh hop aromatics I'm loving it. Nice cereal grain nose to it very much a pale biscuit malt sweetness that has some light toasted grain but an ample touch of honey sweetness to create perfect balance in the smell.

Flavors are again perfectly balanced yet chalk full of flavor both hops and malts. Biscuit sweetness hits the sides of the palate with bitterness blending in alot of citrus peel, raw herbaceous slightly skunked Mary Jane, and a dirty earthiness bring on a multitude of varietal hop burps. One belch I'm thinking Saaz, the next a dose of Hallertau, and then some Tettnang...oh the dry finish is priceless this is the crisp quality some of those beer commericals are talking about even if you don't find that experience in their beers.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with flowing lively carbonation mildly effervescent yet it has a creamy slightly slick hop oil consistency, bone dry finish great light beer experience for the non beerlievers to cross over on. This brew will take you on a trip through Bavaria, now it's time for the real thing, I want a taste of these hops from the source.

Drinkability is inspiring if you feel bored with the craft beer scene and how things have been driven toward rarity and high alcohol with insane doses of malts and hops then you need to reach for the Noble pils from Sam Adams to take you back to a flavor that made you fall in love with beer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's certainly carrying a more spicy and biting hop presence. The beer might be a bit too cold at the moment to catch any other tones, or maybe they're just not there. Overall, it's a nice production. And with so many hop lovers out there, I doubt there will be that many complaints on this one.

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Photo of stakem
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light yellow with a finger of white head. Fair amount of retension and lace clinging to the glassware. Nose has an enjoyable amount of herbal and grassy hop character with some spice and citrus filling out the rest of the aroma. Flavor is equally as mixed with hops: herbal, grassy and citrusy. Nice amount of hop bitterness with this but it doesn't overpower all the flavor characteristics the hops have to offer. Light feel with a moderate to high carb level. It finishes clean, little bit warming for 5% and is quite drinkable.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant golden peach color with a fluffy white head that slowly dissipates to a cap but impales itself all over the sides of the glass.
Smells of spice and earth, citrus, honey, a bit of sweet pilsner malt. Lots of floral hops with just enough malt to balance this one fairly well.
Taste is slightly grainy with sweet malts and a punch of floral and citrus. Finishes rather dry with a lingering floral hop bitterness.
Medium to high level of carbonation. There were carb streams flowing up out of my Sam Adams perfect pint glass 20 minutes after I poured this. Medium body with a watery mouthfeel.
I really enjoyed this beer! Light and refreshing and quite tasty. When the weather is a little warmer I will surely be enjoying many of these.

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Photo of jwc215
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by May - notched on label - poured into a Sam Adams glass:

Pours bright golden with champagne-like bubbles rising to form a thin, lasting, creamy/foamy white head. A fair amount of lacing sticks.

The smell is of lime, sulfur, grass. Certainly hoppy - in a EPL way - lime and sulfur really show.

The taste of hops blend to create a very lime character, with aspirin/herbal/floral bitterness. Hoppy bitterness is balanced by grainy/grassy/nutty sweet maltiness, with dry bitterness staying just ahead in the finish.

It is light-bodied with carbonation lending smoothness. It is refreshing.

If they marketed this as Sam Adams lime, I would believe it would pass as such. Kudos for having a lime taste without the actual lime. On the other hand, it seems like a Sam Adams lager with lime. I could drink this in replacement of an average lime/sulfur heavy EPL...

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Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - bright gold with a large, thick, dense cap of pure white head that has great retention

S - very grassy, herbal

T - light straw and pilsner malt with a big, grassy, herbal hops

M - light to medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a really delicious pilsner. It has great hop character and all around great flavor. It's refreshing and very quaffable. It's definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of ejimhof
2.71/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was anxious to try this beer after reading all the forum discussions about it. I guess I was expecting more from this beer but I did not enjoy it as much as I hoped. The hops seem to overwhelm the taste and this beer is nothing like any pilsner I have ever had. I will try it again but for now it is a "C" grade for me.

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Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Nonic pint glass.

Very large big white four finger head off the pour, on a real nice gold body. Some small tiny carbonation coming from the bottom that continues throughout finishing the drink. Decent lacing on this too.

Smell is a small citrus note of fleshy grapefruit, and lime. It's very mild but distinctly a citrus feel without any malt or hop presence. Quite airy and aromatic, nice.

Taste is a nice white bread punch at first, and continues with a fleshy grapefruit sensation in the finish. It's nice bodied not too bold but not weak and wet either. THere is a bit of a box juice feel to this a little and hints of crisp apple.

Pretty solid enjoyable take on a Pilsner, looks like they did well.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found it to be better on tap than in a bottle. Drinks like an IPL if such a thing existed.

A - Straw yellow. Clean white head with a fine bubble consistency. It pours high and sits low, but what's left holds up with average retention and lays down a nice lace.

S - Clean fresh hop aroma: herbal, a touch floral, dry, earthy.

T - Balanced towards hops by a steady hand. Fresh hops up front, mirroring the nose. Tarragon with some parsley and rosemary. Soft malt canvas is enough to hold things together but light enough to keep the modest hop flavors front and center. Touch of lager-appropriate roasted cauliflower in the finish. Overall the flavors are clean and fairly simple, but pleasing and well developed.

M - Crisp with a light body. Dry finish.

D - Light and refreshing. Hopier than your average session beer, but that could even add to the drinkability on some palates.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aaaahhh! This is one tasty beer! Golden clear color, nice foamy head, great balanced taste and sweet subtle scent of hops makes this SESSION beer fantastic! If you never tried it...you should. It is a strong addition to the Samuel Adams arsonol! Stay thirsty my friends!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Sam Adam's restaraunt in the Atlanta airport. The beer was served in a Weisse-vase glass, and it was a crystal clear, straw yellow with no head, but a thin ring of filmy bubbles. Typical malt and grain smells, but with some nice hoppy balancing notes. Bold sour malt and hops flavors riding an extremely crisp and light body. Very crisp, smooth finish with a hoppy and slightly sour aftertaste. The beer is very easy to drink, although the flavors do build as you go.

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Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best before July notched onto the label. Pours clear, golden, near white head, quickly goes to a tiny bubble film and collar, with minor lacing. Minor citric nose. Pleasant enough but nothing real special here. Has the typical Pilsner, grassy, crisp thing goin on, which never does anything real special for me or my taste buds. Sessionable, I'll give it that, if you like Pilsner. Yeah I said it

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