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."

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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

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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.

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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

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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!

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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..

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

pours nice and blonde with a huge head and a bit of lacing through the glass

smell is nice - hop driven but with that good german/czech pilsner light bready buiscut flavour - very nice nose for a pils

taste is solid, a lot like victory prima pils but not as hop-driven...a nicely balanced, very refreshing beer.

this is a suprisingly good beer from sam adams - always think of their stuff as being sub par and crappy, but this is a very solid pilsner.

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Photo of sj660
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brightest, crystal clear yellow I've seen. Decent foam and retention.

Smells of straw and grain and a little alcoholic flavor.

Taste of grain, pancake mix, flour, and a pleasant hop bite on the back end; floral. A bit of spice in the aftertaste.

Medium-light body, but coats tongue well enough. A tiny bit astringent.

Overall, I've had more accessible pilsners, but this is a good beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoy this beer, I had no intention of liking this because of it style. The beer doesn't really reflect a traditional pilsner at all to me. It's more along the lines of a hoppy lager or maybe a light IPA. The hops used in this beer are very tasty. This has a really nice balance overall as well. The color is lightly golden and has a steady head on it from start to finish. This is something I look forward to having in the spring time. Well worth the price.

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

Appearance: Clear yellow color, decent white head, good lacing

Smell: An interesting bouquet of aroma. Floral, piney, resinous, citrus, all from the generous hops.

Taste: Piney and resinous hop flavors up front, with some floral, citrus, and light malt hints in the back. Some bitterness. A lemony finish. I'm impressed with how well Sam Adams works with all those hops, yet they're not overwhelming. Sometimes its good to have a hoppy beer that isn't as intense as an IPA or IIPA.

Mouthfeel: Light body, crisp carbonation

Overall: I'm pretty impressed with how good this is. I don't go for Pilsners much, but this is very good. If I'm in the mood for this style, I will definitely look for this (at the right time of year).

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Photo of MinnesotaRIS
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber appearance. Clear. Pours with adequate white head that goes down at a decent rate leaving a little amount of lace and very low top foam.
S hops aroma balanced across pils malt. Low grain aroma. Earthy, spicy, low floral aroma. Noble hoppps! Very pleasant smell that makes one want great beer.

T grain malt and moderate hop flavor. Bittering is apparent and off balanced enoug to say it could be better for the pils style. Needs more malt presence. No flaws.

M drying and moderately flat on finish. Noble hops leave a German finish so there really needs more sweetness to round it out.

Good effort. I don't see a reason for doing a five hop beer and I think this is an example of why not to do so. It is all right but not great. A lot of noble using beers don't showcase the hops in flavor and aroma so this is an odd beer.

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

This beer pours a clear golden color with a little white foamy head with little retention and no lacing. The aroma is fairly weak but does have some hints of skunkiness. The taste starts with a slight skunky flavor and then you get the hint of some grassy hops and finishes with some maltiness. The mouthfeel is nice and evenly carbonated and finishes clean. Overall a good domestic pils.

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Photo of beveritt
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a strange. Label depicts a field of hops and is slightly different than the one currently displayed on BA. Label is notched to enjoy before June 2011.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of white head. This settles to a thin yet complete coating of foam, leaving behind nice lacing coverage. The beer itself is deep golden and crystal clear. No sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Crisp spicy Saaz hops upfront with fresh hop greenness.

Taste: Slightly sweet, bready malt upfront with an overlayment of crisp, spicy hops. Finishes with a long lingering green vegetal flavor that evokes sticking your head in a bag full of dry whole leaf hops and a dry, slightly minerally end.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation level with nice, tiny bubbles. Body is very good.

Drinkability: Admittedly not my favorite style of beer and one that I tend to avoid. However, I think that is mainly because of the many examples out there of this style that are done poorly. This one is not. Very crisp and refreshing yet bold and flavorful.

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Photo of rsween22
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the better beers put out by Sam Adams in my opinion. Pours a nice light and bright yellow which is unique. It has a nice mouthdeel, not too thick but you get the punch of the hops after every taste.

Poured a nice medium head that dissipated after about 25-30 seconds, but overall it kept its carbonation balance well with the flavor.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml brown bottle out of a 6 pack. Pours out a bright, clear, light golden hue, crowned with a tight creamy white head with decent retention.

Clean grains on the nose, along with leafy, grassy, spicy hops with a hint of sweet citrus.

Clean grains once again in the flavour, balanced out with subtle, nuanced hops, there's a few layers of them in there.

Medium-full mouthfeel, especially for the style, slippery yet full texture with a good brisk dose of carbonation.

Great Pils for an easy drinker that also offers some subtle character in the mix as well.

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Photo of Snow81
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks like a light orange yellowish glow

Head: Nice big thick white head

Smell: Clean crisp hoppyness with a subtle malt in there

Taste: A little watery bitter hop that moves into a grassy maltyness but moves back to a little hoppyness

Weight: Light body with medium to low carbonation

Finish: Grassy malty with a light citric to
floral hoppyness and hints of B-11

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Photo of Homebrew35
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger white head. Pale yellow clear body. Some sticky lacing remains. Smells sweet and malty, some grassy hops, citrus, bready. Tastes sweet and grainy, earthy, grassy, yeasty. Goes down real easy. Medium bodied medium carbonation. This seems quite a bit different than last year. This year it's much sweeter and fuller bodied. I'd get this again.

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

Best before July, as per the bottle. Poured into a schooner.

A - lovely golden color with a fluffy head that resolves after a couple minutes leaving patchy lacing behind.

S - nice grassy hops on the nose.

T - nice sharp hops attack with a slightly burnt undertone (subtle and resolving quickly. Follow through has a bit of a citrus hidden within the flavor.

M - sharply carbonated and very light; with the slightly citrus note it feels like it almost cleanses the mouth.

D - very drinkable; satisfying and thirst quenching.

Very tasty warm weather beer.

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

As a lover of all beers rich and dark, I was out with friends with a limited selection and tried the Sam Adams Noble Pils. As a fan of "Ol Sammy I decided to give his Noble Pils a run.

I found the brew to pour with a nice crisp color somewhwere between gold and straw with a nice head and minimal lacing.

The smell was very hoppy and reminded me of a glass of pennies with a coppery tinny nose. Don't mistake this as bad just different then I am used to.

The Noble Pils was very crisp on the palate and lived up to it's hoppy nose with a bitter hoopy finish.

The mouthfeel for this brew is very dyr and crisp.

Overall I wouldn't not reccomend it b ut it is not what I am usually looking for in a brew. However, that being said it was a more then capable brew that if hoppiness is your cup of tea then get drinking. I imagine this would be a nice brew on a hot summer day.

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Photo of schatzicat
2.36/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

my cousin turned me on to took a year to try it.

served in an english pint glass chilled.

appearance: light gold medium high carbonation

aroma: light hops and a typical lager

mouthfeel: high carbonation and the promised hop are missing in action

finish: an aftertaste that has low to no malt and again no hops

overall: I would not try this again,maybe it is because i am not a lager fanatic

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Photo of tlazaroff
1.98/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pale yellow straw color with a white head. Completely clear with visible carbonation. Surprisingly, I see a few alcohol feet.
S: Bread, some sweetness, no hop character. Smells like a typical adjunct American Lager. Not offensive, but bordering on bad.
T: A little bitterness, mostly I get grain and vegetal flavors. For a beer brewed with all five noble hops, you wonder where they are in here.
M: Alright mouthfeel. Crisp, light bodied, a bit of a dry finish, moderate carbonation.
D: Due to the lackluster quality of this beer, I have to give it a low drinkability.

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Photo of josiahschlender
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For some reason, lagers from craft brewers keep catching my attention more and more. This one was a no-brainer when I saw it cheap on my grocery shelf. We don't get too good of a selection of Sam Adams out here in the West, (not that I'm complaining about our local beer tho) so thought it would be fun to try something from other than the left coast.

Nice appearance, what I would expect for the style. Pours a crystal clear golden yellow. Maybe not quite as rich as a couple other top shelf pilseners I've had but nothing to complain about. An ample head has moderate lasting power, but leaves a thin coat that lasts for the whole glass.

Herbal, grassy hops are what I notice at first whiff. Maybe just a bit of citrus. Good intensity, but the aroma didn't leap out of the glass at me. As it warms, I detect some neutral malts that don't come off as too sweet, nor too bready.

Flavor is well matched to the aroma profile: herbs and grass hops, a mellow, smooth malts and a satisfying twinge of bitterness at the end. I like how no one part of this beer overwhelms the others. The moderate, well-crafted balance of well-chosen hops and malts that are fitting to the style, but not over the top. But then again, if the hops and malts were over the top, it wouldn't be a Czech Pils, in my opinion. Sam Adams took the middle road that would satisfy beer geeks like me and Bud drinkers alike.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly sturdy while staying crisp. I'm surprised this is a seasonal for this time of year. It would be a welcome brew in the heat of summer.

Well done, SA! I like beers that redeem what have been corrupted.

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Photo of gabgab
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

was stationed in germany, [uncle sam's flying circus.] many, many choices and styles. settled on pils. this is as close as it comes to the best if not the equal europe or the world has to offer in this style. crisp, hoppy, dry, and above all very drinkable. should be a year round brew. goes great with most any food or situation. brewed for klaus, willie and karl not for tom dick or harry. sams club has it for less than $21 per case. stock up!!! obty my tour was 66 -70 have gone through many cases since searching for an american equal. sam adams has found the equal.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | 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 - a 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 - a refreshing, easy drinking session beer, no 'lively citrus hop character' as the label proclaims, but the the hop profile was pleasant regardless

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Photo of MadMike80
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The taste was pretty good it is not to bitter and actually really smooth going down.. I reckognize a small citrus taste not much but still very satisfying... I really wish it was a little higher in alcohol content but 4.9 isn't bad at all. There were also a few floral and piney tastes... This beer is not bad at all to sit and have a few with dinner

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Photo of bagpiper2005
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Pale yellow-golden color with a finger and a half of white head that dissipates quickly and leaves little streaks of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet pale malt aroma. Floral and citrus hops also present.

Taste: Hops are the star of this beer. Light pale malt sweetness starts things off, but it quickly gives way into a tangy, citrusy middle and finishes off with a moderately intense piney bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, medium bodied, and with active carbonation.

Drinkability: Very easy drinking. Good flavor, refreshing, and sessionable.

Final Notes: I've had this beer before, but it seems to have more hops this time around. I don't know if they changed the formula or if my memory is failing me. That said, I really like it. Great session or party beer.

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Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.86 out of 5 based on 3,662 ratings.
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