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 gkunkle
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent golden color with visible carbonation. The tall cream colored head left a little lacing in my glass as it slowly receded. The smell is of fresh citrus hops. When it comes to the taste I get the citrus hops again, but also notes of grassy hops. Mouthfeel is medium, with crisp carbonation, which makes this a very refreshing beer. Overall, a great summer beer for those who enjoy a nice pilsner.

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Photo of UKBeerman
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you like to drink this style, there are some out there that are just as good, but rare to find one any better

A. Bright yellow to gold, very clear of course and with a nice bright white head on it. It laced well in my glass.

S. The aroma of this beer is the best thing about it. It is very well hopped with a gorgeous aroma that changes as it warms up. Very citrus like and herbal when cooler and it got stronger and flower like as it warmed.

T. Very much like a traditional Pilsner. Smooth, balanced and not too bitter. Finishes clean as it should.

M. AN ordinary easy feel to it. Not too heavy. Good carbonation dances on your tongue.

O. Pretty Darn good. Smooth and easy drinking. Reminds me of Urquell but with a more aromatic presence. I wish it were cheaper. A nice front porch summer beer that reminds of times I could smell the German beer on the porches of the neighborhood I grew up in.

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Photo of sk8man121
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into tumbler. Best by 6/11.

A: Pours a completely translucent gold with honeysuckle highlights. 2-finger cream-colored head with nice retention leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Many little bubbles!

S: Pungent, grassy hops up front. Clean malts come through clearly in the center, with quite a bit of lemon throughout.

T: A spicy lemon character dominates, with juicy malts in the center. Notes of citrus, honey and coriander dance around, with a clean, malty finish. Excellent.

M: Carbonation is high, and very much fits the style. Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy for a pils.

O: As far as Czech pilsners go, I have yet to find a better one than the American brewed Noble Pils (strangely enough). Exceptionally clean, ridiculously drinkable and low enough in alcohol to session, Noble Pils is a true winner from Boston Beer Co.

My favorite SA offering.

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Photo of IrishMan34
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Noble Pils is the best Samuel Adams has to offer.

I only wish that it came more than once a year haha.

Noble Pils is a seasonal brew that has pronounced citrus taste fitting for spring. Grassy, tea flavors followed by the sweet, pale malts.

Bubbly and smooth it is very drinkable and very refreshing! It is a must try for seasonal brew fanatics and it really should be made all year... hey i can hope right?

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden straw coloration. 1/2" soapy white head.

S: Pineapple and pine.

T: The hops are present but not overpowering and they linger in the aftertaste. Not bitter.

M: Soapy and medium carbonation

O: Better than average run of the mill beers, but was expecting more based on the ratings here. If I wanted hops that isn't in a package as strong as a proper IPA, I think I would purchase an ESB before I would get this again.

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Photo of angelogarcia3
2.47/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

After hearing so much about this beer and everywhere I went the beer ran out just when I ordered it. It was to my surprise that this beer disappointing in every respect. Considering I am a stout and porter drinker it should not be surprising. This pilsner style beer has a hazy color and a mild ale aroma. As for the flavor it was disappointingly light in body, flavor, and mouthfeel. Will stick with the porters and stouts next time.

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Photo of
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - clear and bright golden with a thin, but persistent and dense head. Aggressive carbonation bubbles are clearly visible. Leaves nice Brussels lace.

Smell - Grassy and herbal with a touch of honey. Hoppy, but in the European style. Just a touch of lemony citrus.

Taste - Very crisp and refreshing. Assertive but not overwhelmig bitterness backed up by just a touch of balancing sweetness. A nice take on European pilsner. Still resembles the old world examples, but with a new world assertiveness.

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

A: Solid golden color. Thick 2-3 fingers of soapy white head. Fairly thick film with some large bubbles. Great lacing.

S: Lemon, tea, grass, pale malts, some citrus and pine. Smells slightly bitter.

T: The citrus is a little more pronounced in the taste. Still get the grassy, peppery, tea flavors followed by the sweet, pale malts.

M: Bubbly and smooth. Finishes bitter and slightly dry.

O: Highly drikable and one of my favorite grocery store beers during the spring. Refreshing and delicious.

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

Note- Freshness not an issue here; consumed in February 2011 with a best by June date. 2 12-ounce bottled poured into a Pilsner Urquell glass. Light see-thru golden body with a creamy head that's not voluminous, but sticks around nicely and leaves pretty good lacing.

Smells pleasant enough, grassy and grainy, citric and pungent, but not particularly potent. The flavor does a better job at showcasing the namesake hops. Bitterness cuts through the husky, lightly sweet malts with ease. Plenty of grassy, earthy and citric hop goodness, with lighter notions of hay and apple. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall impression: I'd swear this was better last year, but with no prior review to revisit, I'll simply say this is a tasty, hoppy pils that's an easy recommendation.

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Photo of patreely12
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a Samuel Adams perfect pint.

A - pale straw-yellow. a small amount of white head. some spotty lacing. lots of visible carbonation. simple but for the style the appearance is spot on.

S - pale malts and dominant earthy/grassy hops. hints of honey and a little citrus and nuts.

T/M - a good balanced blend of pale malts and earthy hops. just like in the nose the malts and hops make up the majority of this beer's flavor. as a pilsner this is to be expected and the combination is done quite well. the honey and citrus are presence and provide a bit of sweetness and tang. finishes very clean. light bodied. high carbonation that tingles the tongue.

D - the flavor all together is nothing special but this is solid pilsner. light body and ABV makes noble pils great with food or for a session.

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Photo of liamt07
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, thanks for holding this one Pino. Best before March 2012? Thanks for bringing it fresh Ontario! Let's go.

Pours a pale gold, with a big dense bright white head. Nice carbonation in the body, with light lace and retention. Nose has some mild and almost faded hops, lemon, citrus, some light grass and some subtle zest. Taste plays off this with more citrus, zest, some hay and general grassiness. An interesting malt sweetness is present, light spicing and restrained bitterness. Good feel, light body and refreshing. Was nice on a moderately warm summers eve, and would be even nicer on a warmer summer afternoon. Fresh next time LCBO, I need this for lawnmowing!

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Photo of zachariaIPA
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a completely clear American gold with a half inch of lingering white head and some lacing. Nice label.

Lots of spicy and floral hops on the nose and palate, citrus and light pils malt. I feel like I'm getting hints of trans-2-nonenal (wet cardboard) but maybe it's just because a few of us were experimenting with the Cicerone off-flavor kit and I'm being a hypochondriac...maybe not..

Nice carbonation, cool and crisp with refreshing bitterness. Overall, not a bad beer but I don't see why it's been rated this high. Average offering from Sam Adams, in my opinion.

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Photo of Seeker41184
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Date Drunk: 2/14/11

12oz into pint glass

Let me state, I enjoy this seasonal, it is a great session beer. Crisp pilsner taste with all 5 Noble hops. I taste a grassy-peppery citrus which works quite well. I could drink tons of this beer in 1 sitting.

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

Deep straw in colour, a vigorous pour provides two fingers of retentive and lacey white head. It's scent is a lush bouqet of wildflowers, lemon peel, doughy bread, and even a touch of sweet fruity pineapple. Well defined bread and honey malt flavour. Lemon, pine, and a hint of tropical fruit from the hops. Firm bitterness, short aftertaste. The longest aspect of the finish is actually the lemon. Strong noble hop character on both palates. Feels a bit more substantial than a lot of pilsners, but still a pretty light-bodied beer. Lively carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. They've done a hell of a good job on this one. I think a great deal of care and craft must have gone into it.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours pale straw with streams of bubbles rising, keeping a two finger frothy white head around for some time, leaving good lace on the way down. On the nose there are doughy malts, wet straw and herbal malts. It's a nice nose, and the bready malts mix really well with everything else. There is no doubt this is a hop-forward beer. In the mouth the flavors are a bit more muted, but it's basically a repeat of the nose turned down a notch. I can't find much evidence of the signature Sam Adams taste, which to me is a positive. The body is refreshing, a little shy of medium, smoothly carbonated, with a short finish that seems appropriate for the style.

Overall, I wasn't expecting to like this beer but I did. Normally I'm not one for pilsners but this beer just shows me how little I know about what I like and don't like.

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Photo of mindlucent2007
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, yellowish gold with a strong 2 inch fluffy white head. Very clean Noble hop scent accompanies the bready malt scent. This pilsener has a crisp, bready taste with a trace of honey. Light mouth feel with no strong aftertaste at all due to the non-bitter Noble hops blend. A great hops combination here and I am feeling the Bohemian pilsener style that Sam Adams went with for their spring seasonal. A simple and enjoyable brew that is on point.

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Photo of DrewV
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle (drink by May) from my beer fridge (45 degrees) into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: Bright golden straw color with a fine, frothy, puffy 2-finger head. Lacing is extensive and sticks around for a very long time.

S: Faint malts with noble hops up front. Nothing very dramatic here.

T: Creamy malt up front, followed immediately by a substantial amount of hops. Faint orange peel. Very mild bitterness, leaving a dry finish. No strong flavors, everything is very well balanced throughout. Some light fruits (apple, pear, etc.) begin to appear as the beer warms a bit. A fairly complex brew.

M: Prickly carbonation creates a nice creamy, full sensation in the mouth. Not overly carbonated, but definitely higher than most.

O: One of the better pilseners out there and in my opinion the best out of the Sam Adams stable. Nice and light, yet still interesting.

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Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass. (revisited and tweaked in Jan. 2015)

Clear and bright golden liquid with a good head.

Aroma is quite pleasant and rather floral, with a mild citrus component.

An excellent American example of a Czech Pilsener. Perhaps slightly hoppier than an actual Bohemian brew, and certainly more citrus flavor. Commendable blend of hops, and good malt/hop balance.

M - Crisp and lively with medium/high carbonation; medium-thin body. Dry finish. Mild bitter hop aftertaste.

O - excellent session beer. No significant faults.

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

Pours a very pale color with high carbonation very thin head but great lacing. Bitter hops in the aroma with a taste that follows the nose. Light and refreshing with low alcohol. Goes in line with what I e come to expect from the style, not the greatest beer in the world but I'd take it over an adjunct lager all day.

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

Definitely one of my favorite Sam Adams beers, had it over ten times by now, finally reviewing it.

A- Pours into my pint glass with a gold body and a nice frothy head. Cap has good retention and a nice pillow is left behind. Good lacing down the glass.

S- A nice mix of hop notes comes off the top. Good floral, citrus, earthy and grassy hints. A nice backbone of yeast bread and light caramel malt.

T- A good citrus/lemon zest hop note leads off with floral, earthy and general fruit hints. The yeast lends a good bread feel and some spice (which might be from Noble hops as well). Pale caramel malt.

MF- Somewhat creamy light body with nice crisp, high carbonation. A bit of bitterness in the finish.

Probably one of the more drinkable beers I can think of, usually the best choice at most non-craft bars around MA (in season). Hopefully Sam Adams can continue to create more beers like this on a mass-scale with a low price tag.

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Photo of smokeypeat
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap, somewhat surprised to see it still available so I'm not too sure about the freshness. Poured a golden color into the glass with about a 1.5 finger head of pure white. Smells of grain, clover honey, some biscuit, and slight grass. Taste was just OK, with the taste following the aromas pretty closely. I was hoping for a little bit more hop presence, but again I'm not sure of the freshness of this keg so that might have an impact. Overall, an average beer at this tasting, but I will give it another try earlier next year.

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Photo of bryehn
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Box (from Canada) says 5.5%, bottle says 4.8%. BB says March '12, I think. Let's hope so; this was new to my local LCBO. Nice to see something other than Boston Lager in Canada.

Looks like an average pilsner really. Clear golden colour with a small white head that leaves a trace of lace and stays as a collar. Moderate visible carbonation.

Strong lemony citrus aroma, but with a sort of chemical backing and a balloon rubber note. There's a real funkiness to it as well, like wet malts. It has character, I'll give it that.

Very tart lemony citrus taste. Solid malt and grainy backing. Citrus tones turn towards grapefruit on the tongue.

Very crisp, dry and refreshing. Still has some body to it too though.

Well it's flavourful for a North American pilsner, but with the description of the beer and all those hops on the packaging I guess I was expecting a bit more punch. I'll likely try it again though and I'm sure my wife will like it.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
2.92/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Samuel Adams Noble Pils - Pilsner

A: It is an asparagus urine yellow color with great carbonation and good lacing, a warm yellow gold hue that is transparent throughout, vey common to the style but not as light as a Budlight or a thin lager.

S: There is a honey sweetness, a sugary grape fragrance to it, like a sweet cornbread, not a huge hoppy aroma, just predominately saccharine notes come through

T: Very refreshing, it has a doughiness to it, with a mild bread taste, like biting into a starchy piece of cornbread, sweet notes and the faintest bit of hops at the end to cap off the clean finish

M: The mouthfeel is crisp and light, washes clean over the tongue and teeth, ambling and begging to be drank faster as it leaves to real lingering impression

D: just a thin pilsner. you know what you are getting into. seriously.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
2.91/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sam Adams – I’ve had a few of their brews, and I’ve never really been impressed with them. However, after a rather long radio advertisement and a recommendation from one of my buddies, I decided to give Noble Pils a shot. Here it goes:

A: The body is a thing of shining, golden beauty. The head is big and bold, but recedes quickly. I could literally stare at this beer for minutes at a time – it’s beautiful.

S: Lots of hops in the nose; they’re fruity and intense. This is what I would expect from a nice, hoppy craft brew.

T: Definitely not as good as the nose – wow, what a difference. The fruitiness is still there, in the form of light pear and apple; not very memorable, though, as it fades rather quickly. The wheats are satisfying at first, but it’s hard to miss the processed/sour taste. The hops are the saving grace here, taking a proper stance in the palate toward the finish. I loved the fact that there’s a nice hop character to this brew; this beer would have definitely been a complete bomb for me without it.

M: The carbonation is pretty typical; a bit of greasiness here and there, but overall, pretty average.

O: Well, this was just about what I expected from Sam Adams. It just has a feel that I don't think I'll ever be alright with: crude, non-natural. That’s not to say it was terrible, but I definitely won’t be going out of my way for this one. Maybe I'm just spoiled.

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

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Clear gold colour with a large size frothy and fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Breads/grains, lemons, hops, floral notes, corn, ginger?

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the beer has a nice refreshing taste. There is lots of hops mixed with lemons and breads/grains. For some reason I picked up on something along the lines of a ginger ale as well. The beer finishes with a lemony/hop aftertaste.

Overall – If you like noble hops, you’ve come to the right place. It is very refreshing and great for the warmer weather. I really enjoyed this beer and will seek it out again.

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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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