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

very good
3,657 Ratings
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

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,657 |  Reviews: 1,510
Photo of RunForYourBeer
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

 336 characters

Photo of dafizzif
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

 543 characters

Photo of Schneic8
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

 641 characters

Photo of shwhat
4.17/5  rDev +8%
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.

 766 characters

Photo of morehoppps
4.67/5  rDev +21%
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.

 650 characters

Photo of chiccabeer
3.86/5  rDev 0%
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.

 297 characters

Photo of bastardface
3.63/5  rDev -6%
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.

 512 characters

Photo of mikechance
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

 498 characters

Photo of jpro
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

 613 characters

Photo of peensteen
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

 452 characters

Photo of JohnFatAss
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awe man! I really enjoyed this one. Poured a bright golden color into my pint glass.

Smells of Citrus come through.

Crisp and refreshing. Almost perfect mouthfeel. Not too heavy, not too watery.

Taste is similar to the smell. Lemon citrus and some hop bitterness, again, almost perfect.

ABV is only 4.9%, so I think I will have another.

 343 characters

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice white and bubbly head that last for a while. Recedes to a thin layer leaving behind some delicate lace. Body is clear and golden yellow.

S: Nice sweet bread aroma with a hint of grassy hops and banana.

T: A nice, but simple flavor of lemon, sweet grainy malts, and a hint of hops. Finishes dry, but refreshing.

M: Very crisp and freshing with medium body and moderate carbonation.

O: Got a free Noble Pils Glass at a beer fest yesterday and thought I do it right on it's maiden drink. Great go to beer for the summer. Will probably get again because the taste and price range work for me.

 600 characters

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

Making a beer that smells and tastes and drinks like an authentic European pilsner is much harder than making a beer that looks like one; with its clear, yellow body and white sudsy head, Samuel Adams Noble Pils easily accomplishes that. And, by any standards, it looks like a beer no beer drinker could resist. But let's see what it's really like...

If you need a briefing in Noble hops look no further than the aroma. It showcases all associated elements with Hallertau, Hersbrucker, Saaz, Spalt and Tettnang varieties: a trademark "soft" bitterness that is expressly floral, overtly grassy, vaguely citrusy and particularly earthy. Whatever your preference, all the goodness is there!

The taste is fantastically similar in character and in quality to the lagers you could expect drinking in the Czech Republic. It has a wholesome, biscuity maltiness that is toasty but light enough to allow the full range of grassy, floral, earthy, lemony hops to shine through. A flowery bitterness and light zest go wire to wire but are especially noted in the finish.

A neutral lager yeast preserves as much of the clean pale malt and pungent hoppiness as possible. Kettle hops must have been added liberally, but mindfully enough so as to add a splash of citrus without causing too gritty a bitterness. With this light a body and that firm a flavour, I see another two or three of these in my future in this sitting alone.

Noble Pils is a hard beer to write about because, well, frankly, it's just too easy a beer to drink. Throughout this review its aroma has distracted me, its flavour has tempted me and the quenching, satisfying sips came so soon and so often that the glass ran empty before I could even finish gathering my thoughts on it. Fortunately, I bought a whole six pack!

 1,782 characters

Photo of LiquidBread219
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear straw golden, short white head dissipated to a thin covering with some random lacing

S - Hop dominant with a mix of herbal, grassy, and spicy, along with light buttered bread

T - Grassy hops, herbal and mineral hop flavours compliment, some light buttery and bready malts, very clean flavours

M - Great example of a czech pils in terms of being light and refreshing, drying to a crispy clean bitterness with just a light spicy bite

D - Refreshing, easy drinking session beer, no 'lively citrus hop character' as the label proclaims, but the the hop profile was pleasant regardless

 602 characters

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

Yep this is a smooth and well built Czech pilsener. Cheers to Boston and Sam Adams! Very refreshing.

Light and clear, crisp and clean with a solid head off the tap, Noble Pils has the noble hops blend piSazz that you look for to start, middle and end. The finish is extra clean, the abv of 4.9 o's drinkable, and the body still has character and doesn't feel too light. The malt character lasts too - mostly in the center of the tongue- even though it's not pronounced in the back of the palate.

Ultimately this is an excellent and repeatable spring beer that's perfect for the season and the present situation. Not as perfect as Moonlight's offering, but pretty damn good.

I feel like more of these and rooting for UConn. Think I'll do that.

 745 characters

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

Crisp yet substantial lemony honey sweet refresher

A: Very slightly hazy pale yellow body with a somewhat persistent two finger bright yellowed white head.

S: Crisp Pilsner hops, specifically earthy, grassy, lemon, spice, and maybe even a bit of banana, all on top of a textbook dry biscuit malt with a bit of butter. A fine balance.

T: Repeating the nose, but lemon comes out on top, and honeyed sweetness is more apparent, almost like an American Wheatale. Finish is medium short, and on dry, bitter hops. A delicious flavor, and a clever balancing act between flavor and drinkability.

M: Creamy with a weighty, grainy presence... I would swear there's wheat in here... high carbonation allows eases the quaffing of this actually fairly weighty pils.

O: One of the most refreshing, drinkable beers I've had, while still having considerable weight and flavor. The guys in Boston certainly know what they're doing. I wonder why they also make so much crap?

 968 characters

Photo of MattyG85
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Medium golden with a nice white head that doesn't last long. Small amount of carbonation.

Smell: Light earthy, bready, and malty aroma.

Taste: Light and Crisp with hints of citrus, lemon, and grain.

Mouthfeel: Light with a pleasantly bitter and sweet finish.

A decent, crisp pilsener.

 344 characters

Photo of JerseyKirk
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale straw color. 2 finger pure white head. A ton you. Extremely light 2 srm at most.

S: Bready yeasty, pils malt, light earthy aroma.

T: Delicious. Smooth, best pils I've ever had. Light, crisp refreshing. Not bitter or unenjoyable like fuggle hops.

M: Light smooth and ultra carbonated.

D: Easy drinking session beer with great bread and pils malt notes.

 364 characters

Photo of Auracom
2.09/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

2-3 oz. tasting from a 12 oz. bottle in an Abita tulip glass on March 31st, 2011.

A - Pours a pale, light golden coloring with a one-finger white head. Really not much retention (just a few bubbles stick around) with average-looking lacing.

S - Uh, pretty awful. I get a slight hop aroma but characterizing it as citrusy, piney, or having any of the standard aromas is a huge stretch. In a bizarre sort of way it reminded me of the scent a nursing home, which is pretty much as bad as it gets in my book.

T - Better than the smell but not enough so to atone for it. Very relaxed flavors with slight lemon or orange citrus and a hop bitterness. Really nothing more going on here.

M - Pretty poor as well, there is hardly any body to it at all. Watery feel. Carbonation was a big letdown... I was hoping it to at least feel crisp but it was way undercarbonated. Considering the style and the seasonal nature of it I expected more of this.

D - Well I had poured myself about 5 oz. and after 2 or 3 drinks gave the rest to my friend. This is unbelievably overrated. I guess I can appreciate the present hop character in the taste but otherwise it's far too reminiscent of standard adjunct lagers. Won't be revisiting this one.

 1,231 characters

Photo of GossageBrewery
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This Pilsener pours a clear golden color and produces a beautiful white head. Head retention and lacing are both outstanding. The Aroma is full of citrus and herbs. Carbonation is great. The beer is medium in body- it has a large hop bite for a pilsener. I detect a bitterness from the hops that is balanced by a soft honey taste in the finish. Very dry finish. Awesome Beer. The best Pilsener that i have had to date. Who knew a Pilsener could be this good!

 504 characters

Photo of 6thomas3
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Unpolished gold hue with a modest head and ample retention, suds clinging to the side of my glass as if it's a last ditch effort to survive reaching the depths of my bowels, carbonation bubbles abundant and moving at a snails pace upwards

Smell - Light trickles of grapefruit bursts with sparse hints of fresh cut vegetation wrapped in a subtle clean floral aroma

Taste - Mild on the palate with tiny beads of ginger laced with wasabi sliding across my tongue ending with an undetermined impact of spice

Moutfeel - Portly cohesion of spring time flavors with pleasing smoothness and a desirable wet mouthcoating

Overall - A seasonal beer that made me want to relax outside in harmony with nature finding my place in the field

 743 characters

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

Nice deep golden color with a whispy white head. Need more carbonation for this style. Smells of grain and grass. Taste is spicy citrusy hops up front a mixture of Saaz and Tetnanger possibly Liberty with some rich earthy hops and grain in the back. Mouthfeel is thin but appropriate, needs to be more fizzy though. Drinkability is good. Overall this is a nice interpretation of the style but it lacks in some areas.

 416 characters

Photo of DNICE555
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at chilis with Zapps - Trying not to let the experience effect my review. Zapps in his traditional style sent a plate back for being dirty. Then he brought the manager over with the second plate as everyone at the bar stared at him while he protested again that the second plate was dirty.

Light crisp golden color with a thin white head

Hops, lemongrass, and fruit

Citrus, honey, hops, and grass. Very nice. Pleasantly surprised.

Very light crisp mouthfeel

Very drinkable

 486 characters

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

A friend brought over a couple of these 12oz bottles and I am reviewing after having one or two already. I pour into a weizen glass to review.

One inch tightly packed white head that retains very well. Light yellow and transparent with visible rising carbonation. Some sheets of lacing.

I'm getting a lot of nice Czeck/German bready and light yeast notes. Balanced with a good dose of leafy/citrusy hops. Lemon and lime hints with a toasty malt character adding to its balance. Pale, clean and balanced; very nice!

Even more hoppy than my nose suggested with lemon citrus in the forefront. Still quite bready and full flavored, despite the low ABV.

Great medium body, and nicely carbonated. Medium finish of lemon, leafy hops and dank breads.

Very impressive, I will be buying this again for certain!

 806 characters

Photo of aval89
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear golden color with a fluffy 2.5 finger head.. head settles to a soapy head but leaves nice lacing..

S: grassy/earthy hops upfront.. mild mint aromas with sweet malts & bready notes, with a hint of spice..

T: again grassy/earthy hops upfront.. then you get sweet malts to even it out. Finish is grassy with some floral hops.. a bit of spiciness as well..

Mf: thin bodied with a crisp light mouthfeel.

O: took me a while to appreciate this brew.. great light refreshing beer with just enough flavor to get the job done..

 538 characters

Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.86 out of 5 based on 3,657 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More