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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Ratings: 3,672 |  Reviews: 1,513
Photo of jdhilt
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
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 -2.1%
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 -0.3%
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 -6.1%
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 +16.5%
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 -5.9%
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 +3.5%
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 -0.3%
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 +25%
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 -10.9%
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 +5.1%
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 +5.1%
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 -27.4%
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 -5.3%
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 +14.9%
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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Photo of CamuMahubah
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Imagine getting the lawnmower out for the first time this year and working up a sweat and then pulling under a big shade tree and sipping this beer and listening to the birds sing...contemplating my early spring tomatoes...yes just dreaming still freezing here...

This is a nice beer...a delicate May flowers...

Easy yellow...

Wonderful cut grass...

The taste is smooth and light with a sort of rotten lemon hop profile that I really enjoy...I can tell these are European hops as I am not used to them...they taste "old world" if that is a taste...Goodness!

The mouthfeel is so delicate and creamy like an ice cold bud light...with an actual measurable IBU...

I bumped up the overall score because I like it...I really do...this is so much better than my usual macro lawnmower beer...

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Photo of Imsothirsty
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Everyone calls this "straw" yellow, but lets be honest, this is piss yellow. Pours clear, just a little bubbly with a half finger white head

Smell: hops grassy, a little malt

Taste: One of the most full flavored pils I have tried. Slightly bitter grassy hops, some spices, honey malt flavors, very fresh

Mouthfeel: light but a little sticky, medium carbonation, maybe a little heavier than your typical pilsner

Overall a beer I would be happy to have most of the time, very glad i tried it

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Photo of Chaney
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this one several times this season but have never reviewed it.

A: A tinge darker than straw color, with a massive 2 + finger head after a hard pour. The marshmallow formation coated the glass and then some...

S: Fresh clean cotton scent, along with a mild citrus orange flair. Man, this would be a very nice Yankee Candle air freshener.

T: Crisp, fruity, and yeasty, with a mild bitter slap of the tongue on the rebound. Nice!

M: Prickly, not too sweet, and flat out gulpable. The lacing left on the glass was substantial.

O: This is my favorite Sam seasonal... well, also the Holiday Porter is pretty good.

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Photo of kwjd
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This just came to Ontario a couple weeks ago. I'm glad we are getting more Sam Adams products! Pours a straw yellow colour with thin white head. Nice head retention, some lacing. Smells of grassy hops with a hint of citrus and some bready malt. Flavour has a mild bitterness. I could easily have several of these in a row. Not that they are the same style, but I prefer this to the Boston Lager.

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Photo of OhYesILoveBeer
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams Noble Pils, 12oz's into standard pint. Pours gold, with small bone white head atop. Medium carbonation lends to a enjoyable mouthfeel. Smells of pale malt, light crystal, a wee bit of steamed cabbage(?), faint lemon zest, and a slight touch of grass like hop character. Tastes of Sam Adams usual crystal and pale malts, with a clean hop bitterness, and a touch of citrus. Alot of these Sam Adams beers are starting to all taste of the same basic malts that are being used, and lack complexity often. I buy these buy the 24pk @ Sam's for $19.99, and reuse the bottles for my brew. Not a bad deal considering blank bottles cost $13.99 from my LHBS. Overall, not a bad beer but not anything outstanding either. Cheers!

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

Clear golden color with a nice fluffy white head. Medium carbonation. Looks like a natural fit in one of those fancy perfect pint glasses.

Hop aroma is about as nice as any lager bar humulus or knappstein (that's bloody good). Not sure if having five noble hops is what makes it so nice or what keeps it from being great. I wouldn't risk changing it though. Citrus is the main character but hints of noble straw and grass. Quite fresh.

Real good balance. Clean crisp malt with a nice finishing bitterness. Not an easy balance to achieve but they have certainly done it here.

Well done SA. A great spring/summer seasonal whichever it is. And why isn't this available year round?

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to pint glass.

A - Medium yellow colour with a lot of visible carbonation and half a finger of foamy off-white head.

S - Bready malts with a decent hop prescence and a nice citrus smell in the background. A nice clean pils nose.

T - Follows the nose. Bready malts with a crisp hop bite. Some light citrus notes come through from the hops - I wish there was just a little bit more though. A clean, dry and slightly bitter finish.

M - Light body with a very slight chew. Moderate carbonation.

O - An excellent example of the style and one that I will buy every year.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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 rowew
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, part of a mixed 12 pack. Best before month of June notched on the label.

Appearance: Bright golden color, decent sized white fluffy head, a bit of lacing.

Smell: Grassy, a bit of noble hops, and just a little bit of sulphur.

Taste: Smooth carbonation, very grassy flavor with plenty of hops up front.

Overall impression: Nice summery beer - grassy hop flavors and plenty drinkable.

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Photo of jera1350
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With a pale golden body and a fluffy white head with staying power, this one certainly looks the part.

Big fruity and grassy hops fill the nose. All I can say is wow for a pilsner. Can't wait to dig in.

Not being a pilsener fan, this one is impressive. Grassy and lightly earthy hops dominate the flavor. A touch of sweetness from the malt and a bitter hop finish. As flavorful a pilsner I've had.

Crisp and refreshing with a light-medium body and semi-dry finish. Plenty of soft carbonation.

Overall, I have to say that this is certainly a pilsener that is top notch. All around solid, if not top notch. What an outstanding summer beer this would make.

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