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 CamuMahubah
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
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 +1%
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 +5.7%
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 +9.3%
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 -10.1%
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 +16.6%
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 +10.6%
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 +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 rowew
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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 +11.4%
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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Photo of ferrari29
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured into a Samuel Adams glass

A - Beer poured with a one finger foam; copper clear body, sold amount of carbonation; good lacing on the sides; could have looked more full - kind of thin

S - Citrus; noble hops with a touch of pilsener freshness; fruit and finishes off with a nice malt aroma

T - Hops; citrus; pilsener bitterness comes up on the back end of the drink; pleasant and humble flavors; not too powerful and faint traces of bitterness from the hops

M - Thin consistency; little carbonated feel over the tongue

D - Overall this was a good drink; I think Sam Adams made another fine quality beer; kick back over the summer and enjoy one of these

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Photo of Tballz420
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden color brew, lots of rising carbonation forms a nice pillowy white head. Nice lace. Cereal malts, nice as crisp on the nose. Nice clean pils taste. A bit of citrus from the prominent (for the style) hops. Nice grain malt profile. Nice refreshing mouthfeel. I a gonna drink me a few of these this summer.

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

The bar served it in the special Sam Adams tulip/pilsner glasses. Pours to a frothy white head with fine bubbles. Color is on the pale side for a Czech Pils. Aroma is expectedly hop-dominant, with the best characteristics of Czech and German hops coming through. Flavor is a well balanced mix of citrus and spicy hop flavors, bitterness and pale malt backbone. Mouthfeel is light and generous CO2. This was a pleasure to taste and drink.

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Photo of nataku00
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a shaker pint glass. Golden yellow color and very clear beer, with an initial finger of off white frothy head that quickly receded to a thin collar around the edges of the glass. Not much lacing to speak of. Some decent carbonation, bubbles gently rising up from the glass in some numbers.

Nose is grassy hops, with a touch of herbal complexity in the bitter profile. Fairly well balanced with some sweeter light biscuit and pilsner malts.

Taking a sip, the taste follows the nose, bit of sharp grassy bitterness initially then smoothed into a light malt sweetness. Finishes crisply and cleanly with no aftertaste on the tongue.

Light body beer with a good amount of gentle carbonation to contribute to the clean and crisp finish.

Not a bad representation of the pilsner style, and wouldn't mind getting it on tap again when it comes back around as the seasonal in a bar or restaurant. Went very well with some pizza.

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Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Canterbury Ales, Huntington, New York.

Poured a crystal clear medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a peppery blend of noble hops and a full on doughy malt.

The taste consisted of an upfront peppery hop that seamlessly dissolved into the round biscuity malt. Finished dry.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller and softer side of the style.

Overall a tasty and extremely quaffable seasonal brew.

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

12 oz bottle from a 6 pack.

Pours into a pint glass a crisp, clear pale golden with a thin foamy white head. Previous bottles showed alot of head. Nose is a good amount of Nobel hops in the forefront, subtle grain and malt body. Taste is similiar here; crisp easy drinking pils with a nice hop bite that settles considerably in the middle and rounds out with medium flavoured malt and grain. Dry mouthfeel in the finish. As stated, refreshing and easy to handle. Nice and low abv content at 4.8. A welcoming spring like beer that I'll likely grab a few more six packs of to stock at the boys houses as a substitute to their regular macro offerings.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Pleasant perfumey and fresh cut melon notes up front. Delicate floral hop like aromatics. Clean lager character.

Appearance: Golden-rod and nearly clear. Strong effervescence noted in the glass. Big moussy white head.

Flavor: Nice light bready malt character with more fresh melon flavors. Slight spicy hop flavors to balance. Just a touch of clove which isn't out of place and I think it's more hop-derived than yeast or fermentation character. Finish is crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Nothing oily, no astringency. Leaves the palate wanting another taste.

Overall impression: This may be one of my favorite SA beers. Very simple and spot on. I could drink a bunch of these especially on a warm spring day. Well done.

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Photo of coachdonovan
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this last year and am finishing off the last of the case I bought for the Super Bowl... surprised it lasted this long. This bottle is best before June.

Poured into a pilsner glass, this is quite possibly the clearest beer I've ever reviewed- through the pale gold beer I can even see my fingerprints on the outside of the glass. Steady stream of tiny bubbles float up towards a close-to-true white head that starts about one inch and settles to a thin layer but leaves plenty of lacing on the side. This looks a lot like what beer looks like in TV commercials.

Hops in the aroma are fruity and citrusy, but not in the juicy grapefruit way of a Nugget Nectar. This is all fresh lemon zest. Taste is similar, as it somehow manages to have a lemon flavor but with no tartness. Finish is crisp and clean and a little grassy with very little lingering bitterness.

Despite the style, I get very little of the typical bite or zing from a Czech or German pilsner. Some may complain that this means Noble Pils is watered down for the masses, but I find this immensely drinkable while still quite full of flavor.

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

Serving type - on tap

Appearance - light golden yellow , decent 1/2 inch white head
Decent lacing

Smell - hops yeast very floral, lemon, pine, some malts mixed with some light sugars

Taste - nice mild pils with hops and yeasty flavor. Very impressed with the amount of hop flavor this has. Yeast is mild but noticeable and not overpowering. Sugars and lemon add a decent. Sweet kick. Has a grassy , earthy feel.

Mouthfeel - light and thinly coats mouth with hops and yeast. Slighty bitter on tounge but nothing to ruin mouth. Has a slight yeast pils aftertaste that lasts a little while.

Overall - a nice hoppy low alcohol pils. Smooth and flavorful and very easy to drink. Would be a killer summertime beer to enjoy.

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

12oz from the LCBO, pours a nice clear golden, perhaps a little more robust than standard. Thin head, little retention though what head there is leaves spiderweb lacing.

Nose is floral, hints of grassy hops, light lemon, honey and biscuits. Approachable but not standout.

Same delivery in the flavor department: honey and biscuit malt, real clean, hint of citrus, floral, grassy, light to moderate hop bite in the finish, a little on the over carbonation side. Highly drinkable but I would love me some more hops, especially in balance as the sweetness gets a little much as a couple bottles wear on. Could be great but falls a little short.

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Photo of DannyS
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Large Sam Adams Sensory glass at Pizzeria Uno in Bayside, NY.

A - An vibrant golden color with a nice big 2-finger pillow of head on top, retaining well and leaving loose webs of lacing.

S - Lots of citrusy hops with a little bit of malt in the back, and a tiny twinge of skunk.

T - Crisp, citrusy, malty, light. Far from complex or memorable, but satisfying.

M - slightly watery, thin, fine carbonation. Fine for a pilsner.

Overall - Easily sessionable and a good choice for a lighter tasting beer if that's what you're looking for.

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Photo of BasementBer
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a sam guy, but seeing a potential hoppy beer that i couldnt turn down.

A: yellow straw light as a pilsener should be, and even happier to see a mild head with little carbonation compared to the assembly line lite.

S: mmm hops. Floral, citrus, grainy.

T: Light and crisp with a decent bitter finish. I prefer a hoppier pils, but this has a quick and refreshing balance, again like a pilsener should. Not overbearing or heavy.

M: The hops dont really sit in pockets like I would expect from the multitude of hops used as stated, but its refreshing and light in the mouth and that seems to be the goal here.

D: Easily go back to back with these, but i dont think I will. For a pilsener I like it.

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Photo of pburland23
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pours a bright, fizzy golden yellow with a nice finger of bright white head.

Smell is nice. It's a mix of some slight citrus flavor from the noble hops and some sweet, grassy malts. Taste starts out with a touch of hops bitterness which immediately counteracted by the quintessential malt dryness that defines pilseners.

Mouthfeel is quite good, dry, crisp and exceedingly clean. After having some duds in their spring seasonal position lately, Sam Adams seems to have a winner with Noble Pils. This is the most enjoyable brew I've had from Sam in some time.

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

4's across the board. This one is just plain good. 12 ounce bottle poured into a Samuel Adams PP glass. Color is a bright golden with very little head. Very clear, with loads of carbonation. Aroma is pretty much all noble hops, with a sourdough cracker malt thing going on in the background. Flavor is interesting, and surprisingly intense for a pilsner. Grassy hops coat the mouth first, with a light sourdough malt sweetness in the middle chased by more spicy hop character in the finish. The carbonation keeps things very light in the mouthfeel and the dry finish makes the beer very refreshing. Overall a very pleasant take on the pilsner style, and also a reminder that pils can be more than just the beer we grew up with.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a golden straw yellow with a one finger bone white head that subsided to a half finger slwoly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, skunky hop, and wheat. The flavor was of sweet malt, nutty notes, slight citrus, and skunky hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall I wasn't really a big fan of this one. The skunk aspect was very present in this one and almost overpowering. At least there was a little citrus in the flavor to try and balance this out, but it wasn't even close. Other than the citrus this one just fell short for me.

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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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