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

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3.76/5
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3,672 Ratings
Samuel Adams Noble PilsSamuel Adams Noble Pils
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,408
Reviews:
1,513
Ratings:
3,672
pDev:
14.63%
Bros Score:
3.83
 
 
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Ratings: 3,672 |  Reviews: 1,513
Photo of ferrari29
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
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 +6.4%
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 +9%
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 +6.4%
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 +9%
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 +6.4%
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 +9.8%
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 +10.6%
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 +6.4%
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 -6.1%
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 +0.5%
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 -1.9%
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 +2.4%
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 +6.4%
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 -18.1%
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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Photo of RunForYourBeer
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden color with a about half an inch of white head.

S: Lots of floral and citrus hops.

T: Similar to smell. Starts with strong citrus hops before getting into some spiciness and floral hops. Finishes with a bit of bread/wheat malt.

M: Medium noticeable carbonation.

O: Very good beer. I feel like I could drink it all day.

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Photo of dafizzif
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice translucent, pale gold with white head.
Smell: Very malty, while still having a good amount of citrusy hop smell present.
Taste: Pretty delicious. A good amount of hop bite at first that lingers, but allows for a malty sweetness to come through.
Mouthfeel: Good amount of carbonation that is extremely smooth, though not as crisp as I expected.
Overall: My second favorite pilsner so far (behind Victory Prima Pils) and a great beer all around. Excellent balance with a great hop kick. I would definitely recommend to anyone.

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Photo of Schneic8
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a mug. The freshness date is July 2011.

Appearance: Pours a nice caramel/orange color. A small amount of carbonation with white head that lasts.

Smell: It has a sweet malt and bread scent. I also smell a hint of citrus tones.

Taste: Nice crisp taste that goes down smooth. It has a little bit of bitterness with some pine flavors. I also taste citrus and a slight after taste.

Mouthfeel: A crisp mouthfeel that is refreshing. Mild carbonation and somewhat thin.

Overall: Very good beer that is easy to drink and refreshing. The crispness and and citrus flavor it very tasty. I look forward to drinking again.

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Photo of shwhat
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

as a style, pilsner is really not my favorite. every pilsner i've had - be it beck's or troeg's sunshine - has always had that odd 'skunky' quality that really puts me off.

noble pils is bright, fresh, very citrusy. not extremely bitter, which i dig, but still having that herbal, piney, floral hop flavor and aroma. there's a good balance of malt in this brew that really comes up on the tail end. punch of hops at the beginning, malty finish with a bit of a bitter aftertaste.

the appearance was interesting. golden in color, pretty decent white head...almost looks like an upgrade on the standard adjunct brew. that being said...this is by far my favorite pilsner. for me, it's the exception to the rule. i'm looking forward to trying more pilsners like this.

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Photo of morehoppps
4.67/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First Review on BA

A: Poured into pilsner glass, nice light, golden, clear, appearance. Nice amount of head, with constant bubbles from the bottom.

S: Hoppy, but not overly. Semi-sweet. Very kind to the nose.

T: Nice comprimise between malt and hops. Very crisp and refreshing, it would be great with grilled chicken/fish.

M: Very good amount of carbonation, without being overly carbonated. Light, not too sticky sweet.

Overall, I am very impressed with this beer. It is a great seasonal brew. I would love to have several after an afternoon of mowing the lawn, or at a baseball game. Or any where. Very impressed. I give it an A. Solid brew.

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Photo of chiccabeer
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours very clear with a light yellow look to it. It has a light smell to it that gives off the aroma of sweetness and hops. The taste is very a traditional Pils with a lot of flavor. I taste bitterness, hops, spice, and fruit. This is a great beer to have during the spring time. Cheers.

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

I remember having this beer last summer and was excited to see it back as spring started coming around as it is a seasonal brew. It wasn't as good as I remembered though. It is still a beer I would recommend and enjoy. The look of it is light and cloudy as it pours with a one inch head. The smell really isn't anything extraordinary. The taste is sharp at first then refreshs a little bit. It is a very different beer than I have had. The taste is good and the mouthfeel is acceptable. Still a favorite of mine.

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Photo of mikechance
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As a fan of IPA, Barleywine and other strong ales I rarely sample lagers or pilsners. The five Noble Hops story caught my eye and I decided to give this one a try. It's excellent!

For starters it smells wonderful and provides hints of fruity sweetness. The taste is really nice --- smooth, sweet and the hop mixture makes it complex for a pils. It's also very nice with food.

This has become one of my go-to Spring seasonal beers. At 4.9% you can enjoy a few on a hot afternoon and not get loopy.

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Photo of jpro
3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sixer picked up for Saturday's basketball games...

A: Poured into an Oskar Blues pilsner glass - light, straw gold and crystal clear; big, foamy/sudsy, snow white head that leaves some pretty thick patches of sugary lace.

S: Cracker; sweet malts; some light earthy hops.

T: Light bread crust graininess, followed by a crisp hoppiness - orange / lemon rind (kind of reminiscent of Triaminic cough syrup from childhood days) on the finish.

M: Surprisingly more body (medium) than I was expecting; nice feel with a lively carbonation.

D/O: Pretty drinkable, yet kind of boring, even with the citrusy hop finish.

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Photo of peensteen
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden blond colour, one finger of dense white head, some lace rings remain on the glass, Smell is grassy and citrusy, lemon, thin malt, biscuit, bitter hop and overall very clean smelling. Taste is of grainy malt, grassy, nice bitterness, lemony citrus finish, a touch of biscuit very crisp and clean. Medium mouthfeel, fairly high carbonation, crisp, satisfying weight. Drinks very well, refreshing and a good sessionable brew, quite satisfying.

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Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 3,672 ratings
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