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 mjrod2142
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a Perfect Pint glass

I admit I don't have a deep knowledge of traditional beer styles, but I try to focus on basic things a common person can identify with and then communicate them in a simple manner.

With that said, I definitely picked up more of a traditional "Euro-pilsner" style in this beer, more so than say a Pilsner Urquell, which is supposed to be the original Czech pilsner. I would say Noble Pils is very similar to Victory's Prima Pils. Funny how two American breweries appear to have made the best traditional style pilsners. Or maybe I'm totally wrong. I have no idea.

Noble Pils pours nicely, has a beautiful golden color and a sudsy white head that doesn't dissipate too quickly. While I do pick up a faint citrus hoppy aroma, I smell more of what I understand to be the traditional "Euro-pilsner" spiced smell that I'm not a huge fan of. The taste is more spiced malt than hops. There's something about the aftertaste of this style that I don't love, but I can tell this is a well-made beer. It has a good mouthfeel and is very drinkable.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Super pale color, light golden, almost looks like there's a hint of lime green coloring in there. But the thin head has that tight lacing that makes the beer look like it's gonna taste good.

S: Light grassy and grainy with that Euro pilsner malt scent.

T: Again, tastes like Euro lager on the whole; starts with a mild hop bite (floral and piney) and has a smooth malty finish with that bit of skunk in it.

M: Crisp, clean, fizzy, refreshing, and super drinkable.

O: Same as above. Pilsners are never that exciting, but this one is pretty good. Definitely one of the better regular beers from Sam Adams.

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Photo of RickS95
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a pils fan, but I like the looks of this. It's not a watered down, straw-color like I expected. It's a golden copper with a thin white head. This beer looks like a pale ale.

The smell is a bit lacking, but I might have had the beer a little too cold. What I could pick up was a faint citrus scent. As it warms a bit, there's a biscuity malt note that presents.

Like I said, I'm not a pilsner fan but this is as good as I've had for the style. There's a bit of a flowery taste with a tiny bit of citrus. The hoppy hops finally take over with a hint of bitter in the finish.

There's a crisp mouthfeel, almost astringent. It's never sweet, but never entirely bitter. There is a dryness in the finish makes you want another drink.

I still don't care for pilsners, but if I've got to drink one, this is it.

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Photo of rawfish
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arrived on-tap in a shaker pint with no head or lacing of any kind and a clear grainy gold body. Can't really dock anything from appearance since I didn't pour it.

Faint aroma, likely due to the type of glass it was served in, very grainy with a hint of sweet caramel malt, rather dry and light.

Very nice flavor, light clean cereal grains with s good amount of light pine hops and some spice, perhaps a bit of lemon peel spice, to keep it interesting. Finishes crisp and very dry.

Not incredibly carbonated despite the nice feel after the drik. Average body as well. Nicely drying and refreshing.

A nice lager, not sure what I expected but the slight flavors mesh in all the right places and this results in a very servicable lager, where it is lacking in flavor it more than makes up for in feel and refreshment.

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Photo of OttoPeeWee
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fantastic morphing of classic beer. Tastes like a cross between Pilsner U and HB mailbock.

The look is light golden clear. The head foams and then disapates with good lacing. The smell is grassy light pleasant skunk. The taste is light malt citrus lemon sugar with a sticky mouthfeel. Very drinkable and seems to get better with every sip. Good stuff, Sam.

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Photo of btorsdog
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Props to Sam on the Noblr Pils , hope they decide to make this a year round offering, definetly in the top 5 of the Sam Adams collection!
A= Clean ,Clear & Bubbly ,true "Pilsner" color
S=Semi Hoppy, somewhat skunky down home scent
T=Slight bitter hops presence but subdued with underlying smooth bread effect- clean and straight-up
M=medium to light with a faint aftertaste
overall this is a kick-ass Pils. Awesome example of the style yet coming from the US ! You just gotta love this one!

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Photo of Illtryit
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden with plenty of head and very little lacing left behind.

Smell - Very raw malty scent. Grainy.

Taste - hoppy flavor. A little floral and citrus bite completes the flavor. Not much aftertaste.

MF - Dry. well carbonated.

Overall - decent beer. I'm pretty neutral on this one though. Good value at $7.

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Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from a Wegmans mixed six pack.

A: The pils is bright, a golden ray of sunshine. The clarity is breathtaking, a obscured only by a stream of tiny bubbles. Each pour generates a half-finger of white head, but only a thin band of lace remains.

S: Sweet malts and pungent hops waft out. The hops are earthy, dirty with a floral presence. The noble bite is mighty powerful.

T: Hoppy sweet, a hop tea of sorts. Those hops are the star, an earthy, citrusy dose of flowers. Biscuity malts has a sweetness to them that cuts into the bite of the hops. Those hops rise in each sip, building in strength and slowly fading away. The hop bite is not accompanied by booziness, making for a nice quaffer.

M: The mouthfeel has lemony citrus and herbal flowers, a strength without a bite. Quite possibly Sam Adams's best seasonal.

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

Poured from bottle into Pint Glass

Sight: pours ale amber, wheat, hazy, minimal head

Smell: crisp citrus, more lemon and oranges, nice light almost floral aroma, very easy on the nose

Taste: sharp, bitter, grains and citrus fruits

Mouthfeel: quick attack, thin, sharp in the front of the pallete, quick finish but with a nice lingering sensation in the front of the mouth

Overall: Nice light tasting beer that hits pretty square on the head its promise: being the Sam Adams Spring Seasonal. Great to enjoy on a nice spring afternoon.

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Photo of Durge
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a large mug this pilsner is a bright, clear, golden color with a decent white fuzz on top and steady lace. The aroma is a deep honey bread and light yeast. Nice for the style. The flavor is even deeper honey wheat with a sweet yeast and oat hint. There's a fair citrus hop overtone that catches my tastebuds as well. The feel is relatively thick and smooth, medium-plus bodied with modest carbonation. An unusual stick to your ribs type of pilsner. A good one but not the typical thirst quencher variety.

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Photo of CrumpledFish
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear yellow with white head that dissipated fairly quickly. The smell was better than I expected with a lot of hoppy aroma. Taste is clean and refreshing up front with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

I'm not the biggest Sam Adams fan as their flagship beers, the Boston Lager and Ale, don't do anything for me. As a result, I didn't have high hopes for this pilsener, but it turned out to be quite tasty. I'm having it at night in front of the TV, but I suspect this would be fantastic on a patio under a sunny sky.

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Photo of prosit13
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A little bit too much going on here, while the flavors are definitely citrusy and bold, this beer is honestly a little unbalanced and a little too bitter. It's pretty good compared to Boston Lager but I think putting all four noble hops into one beer, plus the one additional one that only Jim Koch knows about, might have been a little over kill. The beauty of using noble hops in brewing is that their flavors are distinct and clean, blending them diminishes overall quality immensely.

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Photo of eat
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Completely clear straw-coloured body, decent bright white head. Bits of lacing.

Great hop character on the nose: grassy with a touch of pine and citrus. Lightly bready yeast. Malt is both a touch roasty and slightly sweet with a hint of caramel.

The same hops show up in the mouth. This blend of the five noble hops ends up being pretty unique among beers I've tasted: earthy and grassy in the way you'd expect of a pilsner, but underscored with nicely balanced pine and grapefruit. Some bready and lightly-sweet malt balances out the rest. A moderate drying is left in the mouth, leaving some of the bitter, earthy hops behind.

Substantial enough body with a lively carbonation.

Definitely one of the best pilsners I've had and possibly my favourite so far. Victory's Prima Pils is great but is so hopped-up it almost seems like another style altogether. Great ratio of flavour to drinkability; high in both respects. It would be great to run into this one on tap somewhere.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was just regretting the sameness of all the lagers in BC when this shows up on the shelves. This has lots of hops to make it stand out. Kinda like an IPA with a lager body. Nice hoppy fresh nose with a big hoppy mouthfeel though the lager style comes through in the crispness of the finish. I really liked this beer and would buy it again .

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold color with an unimpressive smallish head that leaves just a smattering of lace behind. The aroma is of sea air and fresh mowed grass from the noble hops, and equal parts sweet doughy malts. The taste is unequivocally hoppy with lots of herbel hop aromas and a very pleasant straw flavor. The biscuity malts make for a perfect partner for the continental hop fest. The mouthfeel is lightbodied and briskly carbonated - what you'd expect for the style. Light bitterness lingers in the finish for a long time.

This is a very delicious Pilsner. Very balanced and complex. I will actively seek it out again. Give it a try.

straw, fresh mown grass

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Photo of beershrine
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Seasonal beer from Sam Adams. I bought the 12pack at the amazing price of 12.99 Tastes fresh poured into a tall 17 oz glass
Noble hops are my favorite type and this beer you can taste them.
The only reason of blending 5 types of hops together must be so they are able to brew a consistant product, I'd rather taste one type.
I also bought a summer sampler 12 pack and these Sam Adams
beers all seem to taste pretty close to the same just small differences in flavor. I like Sam Adams beers because they are affordable and highly drinkable.

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

We pour a brew the color of dark straw. It holds a fluffy one finger high white head, which recedes at a medium pace. The big bubbles explode actively as it goes, with minimal lacing left around the glass. Transparency is high, and the carbonation looks quite active, with excess bubbles sticking around the glass. The nose strikes a nice balance between medium malts and bright, grassy and citric hop varieties. There is a sticky sweetness, almost of honey. As the grain evens out it begins to take on a bit of funk, in the adjuncty, barnyard type of way. There is the faintest hint of sweet strawberries nestled way towards the back. As we sip, hops present up front as grassy, and somewhat earthy. These are quickly cut by a wiry, hay-like, bittering grain flavoring. Metallic twinges pop up on the back, transitioning into the center, to enhance the bite. The malt profile cools out through the middle, with clean grain predominating. The finish, too, is malty, with a flash of sweetness from borderline estery fruits. The hops make their revival as citrus, and balance the final drops as they rush away. The aftertaste breathes bitterly, of hops and steely grain. The body is light to medium and the carbonation follows suit. The mouth is not coated with the sips, and there is no real froth. In fact, we are left a bit puckered by the souring, bitter aftertaste. It is, however, certainly cool and refreshing on such a hot day. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks fairly easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was balance. Off the nose, and straight off the taste, the drink reaches a nice interplay between the grainy side and the hoppy side of this beer. They blend well, and the flavoring remains crisp. One criticism is that the hop profile was a bit dulled. With the boasting of five different Noble varieties one would expect a brighter hop presentation than the one given.

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Photo of mmva321
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

The first Sam Adams product I've ever reviewed. The company is one I've never loved, or specifically, I've never been wowed by.They've always made solid, but somewhat standard, beers that are better than your macro brews but not as inventive, daring or rewarding as most of the other micros I've come to really respect. Noble Pils took me by surprise. Not because it was great, it was... just better than anything else I've had from them. Anyway, here's my review, about a year after initially having it.

A: Perfectly clear body that has a dominating yellow color to it, with maybe a hint of orange.A column of carbonation continuously shoots up to a good two fingers of foamy white head. Biased against this from all the other bland beers that look just like this? Sure. The color is a little more robust though, and it carries off its style well.

S: Hops. Not strong but restrained, to a fault really. C'mon Sam Adams, offend a few people's palettes! A bit grassy but also with a hint of sweeter malts and maybe some orange peel. But I may be reaching.

T: Very grassy. Not earthy, but grassy. Of course this blends with hops x5, but I still get a bit of sweetness as well. That's about it. Not very dynamic but pleasant.

M: Smooth, light, bubbly and thin. Perfectly appropriate if still a bit underwhelming.

D: I guess the overall impression or drinkability should be the strong note of this. Yea it's very pleasant and easy to drink (+4.0), but I can't get past how grassy the flavor is (-0.5). There's nothing to push this beer over the top, but it's a prime example of a beer style with mass appeal.

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Photo of farlieonfootie
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap. Noble Pils pours a translucent golden yellow with almost no head. It has a mild but hoppy smell, with just a slight hint of sweetness. The beer is well carbonated and lively on the tongue. It was served a little bit too cold for my liking -- making it difficult to discern the various flavors -- but it tasted mildly hoppy and mellow, with some grass or wheat notes added before the crisp, clean finish. Even as it warms the taste remains relatively mild. This is a nice Spring sipper, but not my favorite Sam.

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Photo of Roke87
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, chilled and poured into a Duvel tulip.
Best before date: March.2012

Appearance- Pours a clear golden straw yellow colour with a big two fingers of soapy white head that slowly dissipates to a very minimal ring leaving average lacing throughout the glass till finish.

Smell- Again I kind of get an aspirin smell, smells are very muted but you do get some malts, a smaller amount of hops, and some fruity flavours thrown in there.

Taste- Just like the smells, very muted and not a whole lot going on here, I actually get an aspirin taste that I find very similar to macro garbage, the hops come through a little more on the palate but not overbearing in anyway, mild malty graininess in there as well.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with very minimal to almost no carbonation although crisp and refreshing at first it does finish somewhat dry.

Overall- I’m really not sure how this one is rated so high, the smells are overly muted and the taste is almost the exact same, very muted and not much going on. I guess I just had high expectations but this one was not that good in my opinion and doesn’t deserve anything above a B- I would definitely not go out of my way to get this one again.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very light straw golden colour with a decent amount of carbonation and a one finger white soapy head. Very little lacing and a film of retention. Bright.

S - Skunky noble hop. Lot's of lemon and grassiness.

T - Lot's of grain and hay. Lemon and noble hop. At first it was a little odd but it grew on me alot. The grassy diversity of the hop profile is quite refreshing.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Dry finish with some bitterness.

O/D - Not too bad. A nice pils that really pushes flavour over chugability. Nice stuff. The world needs more of these.

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Photo of bpw28
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Three Finger creamy bone head, Light Orange (about a 9 SRM), Very nice lacing

Nose: Light Malty, Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange, Fresh Cut Grass, Spicy;

Taste: Light Malt, Sweet, Spicy, Citrus, Big Yeasty Breadyness, Good Shot of Hops.

Final Thoughts: Nothing amazing, but good. I wouldn't search it out, but I'd take it if offered.

Food Pairing: Salad, Pasta with Cream Sauces, Delicate Spicy Foods (Like Thai Curry), Grilled Pork, Grilled Chicken, Roasted Turkey, Soy Products

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Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle. Again with the Swedish export 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 jodmike2000
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. clear golden color white foam that disapates quickly
S. clean hoppy smell but not to strong
T. very nice clean taste that is slightly bitter
M. clean bitter finish, dry
O. Good beer, balaced hop flavor nice taste. good pilsner on of sam adams best.

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Photo of LaCoursiere
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a tall pour from Champps with dinner tonight.

A - Came with a two-finger white that dissipated over several minutes. Color was a clear yellow-orange. There was a little bit of lacing.

S - Has a grassy aroma with faint pale malt, lemon and orange notes.

T - Taste is clean base malt with a slight honey sweetness and a hop finish that is grassy and slightly piney. Not much bitterness in the finish. Not too bad overall

M - Has a mouth-feel that is only a little bit better than a domestic lager. Kind of thin light body, quite a bit of carbonation with no alcohol warmth

O/D - This was a decent brew. Nothing too bold here, but the mild flavor and aroma are pleasant, I had no problem drinking a tall and could have had another.

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Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.86 out of 5 based on 3,661 ratings.
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