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."

Added by schellsbeer on 12-20-2009

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer at the airport as a draft.
The beer is a medium to light golden color with a white head and quite a bit of carbonation.
The smell is fruity like apple and citrus.
Up front the fruity flavors are dominating. Apple and especially citrus notes. In the middle the hop selection takes charge and the beer finishes with a slight bitterness, just like you expect from a Pils.
Overall a good drinkable beer, but nothing special either.

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Photo of TheGarvenator
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - a light golden color with a slow to dissipate foamy head

S - smells very citrusy and hoppy

T - tastes like it smells: citrus hops

M - light carbonation with a citrus tang to it.

Overall, a great seasonal. I enjoy this very much and recommend it to anyone who wants a proper beer to drink during the spring. Not too light or too strong and it doesnt fill you up.

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Photo of steven9000
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance- a golden straw color with a soapy white 2 inch head. Looks to be low carbonation

smell- I get lots of a grassy floral slight spicy smell. I also get a nice sweetness. great smelling pils.

Taste- Again i get the same as the smell but i would say the smell is more intense then the taste. The noble hops really work well with the pilsner malts

mouthfeel- is a light to medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation. perfect for this beer

Overall- This is my favorite pilsner. Only $9.99 a six pack in Alberta which is a GREAT deal. Bud and coors is a little more expensive then this beer and this beer kicks there asses.

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

A: Very clear yellow pour with a thick white head. Lacing and retention are very nice.

S: The piney hops I've come to love about this beer are up front on the smell, but a bready maltiness balance it out nicely. No hint of alcohol, smells like a wonderfully drinkable beer.

T: Dry, piney hops kick this beer off with a sweetness that is balanced, like the smell, by malts. This is a pilsner all the way. Graininess throughout that makes this a great beer for the Spring and Summer.

MF: Very light and crisp. Dry finish.

O: Pretty much what you can expect. One of the better beers by Sam Adams. No qualms with this. I don't think they try to make it anything that it isn't.

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Photo of dbmernin83
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw gold with a fizzy white head.
Grassy on the nose, hops, bready malt.
Crisp subdued hops followed by a light floral sweetness. Very refreshing.
Light carbonation, soft.

A good one for sitting on the porch on a warm spring day after you've cut the grass for the first time this season. Not my favorite pilsner, but a solid one still.

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

A- Small bright white head sits atop a clear straw yellow body. An enticing looking pilsner.

S- Noble hops are present on the nose, mainly grassy becoming floral and earthy as it warmed. A really clean and fragrant aroma.

T- Really good balance between the pilsner malt and noble hops. The end is somewhat citric and bitter.

M- Awesome crisp mouthfeel, it's light bodied with a smooth quenching carbonation bite.

O- I enjoyed the balance and smoothness of this one, I'll have to keep this one around in my fridge since lawn mowing season is upon us.

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Photo of pi5porter
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - nice clear golden color with a nice bubbly white head.

S - bold hops smell, not like the citrus hops.

T - nice and crisp, with a balance hoppy finish.

M - crisp with some tingling in the mouth

O - a quality classic pilsner but with a twist of more hops. A good beer, I would buy it again.

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

12oz bottle with best by July notch taken out of label, poured into Mac & Jacks pint glass, reviewed on 4/26/11

A: Pours a clear straw color color with fluffy whitish head. Great retention leaves good lacing around glass.

S: Nice, lots of hops for a pilsner. Citrus and piney hops hops with honey and a slight grassy aroma on top of pale malt.

T: Unlike the smell, the taste is dominated by the crisp cracker-like pale malts with a hint of honey. The malt is balanced out with a nice combination of hop flavors that linger after each sip.

M: Nice and dry, light bodied with plenty of carbonation.

O: While I don't typically drink lagers, this is a good one. Great hop presence for a pilsner, yet it is still really balanced. Very drinkable and refreshing. Probably the best pilsner that I can get at an average grocery store around here.

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

12oz bottle (best by 6/11) poured into a SA pint glass

A: Pours clear light yellow with almost a finger of white foamy head. Leaves good lacing. I know it's a pilsner, but I just hate filtered beer...

S: Pilsner malt, german style hops (mainly herbal), a little citrus (mainly lemon zest).

T: Right off the bat I notice it's quite light. There's a nice pilsner grain flavor, but the malt backbone is just a bit too light for me. It just barely pokes it's head out of the liquid rather than really support the rest of the flavors. There's a nice little bit of german style hops with a nice balance of flavors between herbal, spicy, and citrus (lemon zest): all in nuance. There's a little diacetyl in the middle to finish. Finish has a nice clean biscuit-like grain with a touch of citrus and the tiniest hop 'bite'. It's pleasant, but everything is just way too light, especially the malt base. Turned up a bit and I could really dig this.

M: Water light, medium to high carbonation, very crisp and clean finish. Leaves a pleasant light grain and citrus zest finish. Perhaps a touch of metal on the finish as well.

O: The flavor that is in this is fairly pleasant and I do like how crisp and clean it is, but there just isn't enough of it. I'll admit, it's a cut above average. I really do like the flavor profile for the most part, though a little less diacetyl and more grains would be nice. This just needs to be a little bigger, I know pilsners tend to be extremely light, but this is just too light. This is a good beer for when you just want something light or there is nothing else. I really do feel like I'm drinking water or a soft drink more than a beer, but it's a nice break from giant hop monsters and -bar aged double stouts.

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Photo of hoosier3334
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4s across the board. I was really surprised by how good of a beer this is, especially with my disappointment from trying other Sam Adams brews, more specifically the Boston Lager & Winter Lager, which people really seem to love. They aren't kidding about the 5 noble hops, and you can definitely taste them. That doesn't mean that they're overwhelming, though. Overall a very good pils made in the US. Worth the money for a sixer.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a three-finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Crystal clear pale amber/yellow color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is pine hops, flavor is also pine hops with no sweetness and a lingering bitter aftertaste. $1.69 for a 12oz bottle from Kappy's Fine Wine & Spirits Peabody, Ma.

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Photo of loveingminor
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into my yuengling glass. Poured a deep straw colored, with not a lot of head. Being not entirely unattractive, I wouldn't mind drinking this on a hot summer day.

Smell: not a lot of smell, smells kind of "lager"-y.

Taste: an OK pilsner taste, with some hop flavor. I definitely don't taste 5 different types of hops in this beer... maybe only 4. I think i've been short changed.

Mouth feel: lighter than the IPA i drank earlier, but definitely not as appealing as the wheat beers i'll be drinking in a month (its late spring as I'm writing this).

Overall: not bad considering its a sam adams beer. I'd recommend the Pikeland Pils by slyfox as a less expensive alternative.

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Photo of shaunb81
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured a medium golden body with a pretty nice 1 inch head. Long lasting lace around the glass. Pretty good looking brew.

Smell - Toasted malts come through up front and there are lots of different hop characters as well. Floral, citrus, and earthy. Not much more going on here. Smells a bit musty too.

Taste - This is where the bitters come through. Bitter, but slightly sweet up front. Bread lingers for a moment, but the bitterness takes hold and doesn't let go.

Mouthfeel - Very balanced and not too carbonated.

Overall - I like this seasonal. I wish the White Ale was still around, but this is a reasonable substitute. A nice addition to the, already, stellar Sam Adams collection. I love hoppy beers and this pleases my palate.

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

An exceptional beer that Sam Adams puts out on a consistent basis. This beer was served out of the bottle in a nice pilsner glass. The head on this beer is great along with a nice after taste. Sam Adams hit it out of the park with the Noble Pils. I would strongly recommend this beer.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank one last night and enjoyed it after a long day a work, went straight from the bottle so didn't review.

Appearance-Pale, transluscent gold. 1.5 fingers of nice white head with some lacing.

Aroma-I get a big hit of lime, kind of reminding me of the days I use to drink Coronas, but not as skunky.

Taste- I get some lime bite right off the bat, with a some grass and a hint of bitter hops. Tasty and refreshing.

Mouthfeel-light bodied, with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very crisp.

Overall-I used to love the White Ale so when I first found out this was taking it over I was upset, so I never tried the Noble Pils. Not a bad beer, I could definitely enjoy a 6 pack.

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Photo of thebarnesbomb
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the taste of Spring- crisp, refreshing and delicious. Mostly pale pour with a foamy head, some lacing towards the top half of the glass. Mostly minty hops, fresh grass in the nose. A pleasant sweetness, well-balanced with the fresh hops. And for the price? Excellent.

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Photo of output01x
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (dated Best By JUN 2010) into a pint glass.

A slow pour awakens a 2 1/2-finger snow white head of huge, energetic bubbles. After a couple minutes, the science fair project baking soda volcano head recedes to a goopy ring of foam clinging to the edge of the glass. The body is a perfectly clear golden yellow with decent carbonation bubbles rising quickly to the surface. Lacing light but there.

A good combination of floral/herbal hops and bready malt can be found in the aroma. Pretty standard with nothing really standing out.

Mellow bready malt and citrusy hops glide easily over your tongue. Honey and grapefruit notes add to the experience.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is very drinkable and easily enjoyable. Definitely a thirst-quencher, this beer could easily be enjoyed in multiples at the bar or after mowing your grass.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Noble Pils has a medium, slightly off-white head, and a fairly clear golden appearance. Carbonation is medium. The aroma is not strong, but there is certainly a wonderful sharpness to it after a deep inhalation. The taste is full, bready, grassy, earthy, and it has a fantastic hop balance. The hops become more prominent in the after-taste. Mouth-feel is medium. This beer finishes wet and refreshing. Another home run from a great brewing company.


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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this in a variety pack a while ago.

Appearance- yellowish color, decent size head

Smell- bready malt

Taste- mostly bready malt, some hops

Mouthfeel- light bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. Definitely a good summer beer. I would drink it again.

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

12oz bottle from a SA mixed seasonal 12-pk. Best by next month, according to the label.

Poured a clear, slightly dark gold color with a creamy yet rocky two-finger white head that took it's time dropping. Lots of lace.

Hops are herbal, floral and mildly citrusy (in fact, I detected a scent not unlike pineapple juice, though it was very restrained), with a biscuity malt backbone. Not bad at all.

Soft, herbal and floral hop flavors are the first to hit the tastebud beachhead, with a very slight citrus taste in the background. The malts give a pleasant depth and counterpoint to the proceedings.

The mouthfeel isn't quite as crisp as I'd like for a pilsner, but it's closer than a lot of American examples come.

A very drinkable beer, one that I wish I had more of. I'd like to see BBC do a 12-pk of just this beer, and if they already do that then I'd like to see it in the grocery stores of eastern Washington pronto.

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

A - Clear straw with a solid, rocky head.

S - Lots of grass and good dose of herbs. Bare hint of lemon.

T - Nice hoppy flavour. Fresh, herbal, grassy.

M -Moderate body with some slickness. A bit astringent.

D - Easy drinking brew with good balance.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.73/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear, gold color with 1/8 inch head and some lasting lace. The aroma is mostly citrus leaning toward lemon with hints of bread. The flavor has notes of lemon, grass, and a good balance between malt and hops. It's mouthfeel is light-medium and drinkability good. Samuel Adams Noble Pils is a decent beer and was a great match for nacho chips and queso. Recommended.

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Photo of lynchtae
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad pilsner from Sam. Noble hop aromas apparent on the 1st pour of the beer but not so evident in the glass. Good malt flavors, nice fruity notes, crisp dry refreshing finish. Technically correct apperance, flavors and taste but not too inspired.

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Photo of match1112
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on tap at my local bowling alley. poured a nice hazy yellow color with lots of head, unfortunatly the bar keep put in a frosted mug so i didnt see any lacing. smelled and tasted like the garden in spring, with hints of grass, hops, citrus, and slight malts and honey. mouthfeel was light with low carbonation. overall a excellent beer to have any time of year.

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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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