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 SickGnar
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A lightly toasted golden, just beyond dark straw. Very bright and clear with a good amount of bubbles joining the decent size white head. Splotchy, but pretty lacing, and it keeps a partial skim to the bottom.

S: Sugar cookie sweetness, a light bit malty, and a touch of grain. Citrusy, slightly lemon oil hops. As it warms the hops grow more herbal. With noble in the billing, I would like more spicy hop character. Nice enough, though pretty clean. But, then, it is a lager.

T: Palate is more hop forward and more noble. Firmly hoppy, but not heavy-handedly bitter. Herbal and spicy aspects are at the forefront. Some juicy citrus in the middle fades to grassy with some lemon oil & citrus rind, and then goes a touch woody. The lingering finish is predominately resin. Nice Pils base - lightly malty, touch grainy and slightly bready. Some sugar cookie sweetness, but pretty well attenuated. Clean, yet very flavorful in an uncomplicated way. Bright and refreshing.

M: Medium body with slightly over-balanced carbonation. Trending spritzy in a casual, almost rustic way. Some sweetness, but softly drying in the end. Mouthfeel helps with overall bright & crisp impression.

D: Über well done. Nice, simple, & juicy malts backstop bold noble hops. Fresh and inviting. A great beer and perfect for spring. A home run for Sam Adam's.

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Photo of Jinholic
2.53/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle poured into my 16 ounce pilsener glass.

Appearance - Clear gold in color almost a half finger head but it faded out too fast.

Smell - Grains and hops not much to the smell on this one very weak.

Taste - grainy notes and hops, finishes clean.

Mouthfeel - I feel this beer fails with its texture its too rough in the mouth but I'll give it that its crisp.

Overall - An okay beer for the summer not one I'd get all the time though.

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

I want to keep this review as simple and as straight forward as the beer - nice!

Great pilsner crispness and nice rainbow from the hops. Easy session beer that satisfies start to finish.

Guess I love the dishwater taste that people have assigned to this one.

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Photo of mattgreger
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this brew on its release last year, but just picked up another so I could review. Hopefully its as great as last time.

This brew poured an amazing clear, deep yellow color. It had a great big, bubbly head that had some amazing retention, that was followed by some great sticky lacing. It looks great.

The aroma that comes of this brew is the typical pilsener malt that sets the background for much more. It follows with a huge bunch of floral and citrus hops that make this brew a hop power house that is true suprise everytime. For simple this brew looks, it has a huge aroma that has you wanting to down it as quickly as possible.

The flavor of this brew follows the aroma to the T. It has some sweet malts, which give it s a thick, buscuity flavor. It then has a touch of a grassy flavors, that then follow up with a huge hop flavor that makes this feel almost buttery. Its a great, nay amazing flavor that you didn't expect from such a brew.

It has a medium body, that is super cream, with a very nice dry finish that has, just a touch of bitterness that makes you linger for more every time. Probably one of the best representations of the style that I have had to date.

Such a great brew to drink and relax with. I will most certianly pick up a larger quantity of this brew to enjoy on a warm summer night. Its a great brew, and reminds me of why I started to drink craft brews. Samual Adams was one of my transition brews that led me to others.

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Photo of Sudsy89
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours a golden-yellow, has a huge foamy white head. Head leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. High level of carbonation, looks like a pretty Pilsner. Hops are definitely noticeable in the aroma, also a bit of a grass or
Taste is good as well, the five noble hops give it a good blend of different citrus and herbal hints, and yet isn't too bitter either, well balanced with malts. It is a refreshing, highly-drinkable beer, and is light-bodied as pilsners are supposed to be, without being a "watery" or bland beer. I think this is better than Boston Lager and would prefer it when it is in season.

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

On tap into a frosted (not by choice) mug

A: Golden yellow. Completely clear with lazy carbonation. Dense foamy 2 finger head.

S: Slight sweet malts and grain.

T: Very rich and grainy. Cereal grains. Very slight hop bitter. A little skunky but not a turn off. Hops seem to hold a lot of character. Sweetness, too.

M: Slightly viscous. Nice.

D: Worth trying again. Nice lighter beer with character.

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Photo of BennyL1
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this one multiple times on draft, this review is from a bottle that came in the American Originals pack. Poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass. Enjoy by July 2011.

A - Noble Pils pours a translucent golden color with about a fingers worth of really foamy white head. A bit of lacing present too.

S - Light floral hop aroma with a bit of lemony zest. The excitement level of the nose isn't to high but it is decent to say the least.

T - The 5 noble hops really work well together. Bitterness from the hops is present but not to strong. A bit of a peppery spice note in there as well. This brew would definitely appeal to a large audience. Very solid and unoffensive.

M - Body is on the lighter side with a good amount of carbonation with a very nice dry finish.

D - Overall a great beer that I could have multiple pints of in a night. Combine both the accessibility in restaurants along with the price and you have a winner here. Great beer from Sam Adams.

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

Poured from 12oz. bottle into pint glass.
"Best by 6/2011"

Aroma: Light white grape, apple juice, and honey, with a floral hop note.

Appearance: 3-finger bright white head slowly disappears, leaving a thin island of foam in the middle and light lacing clinging to the sides. Beautiful golden color, and perfect clarity.

Flavor: Grainy sweetness mixed with spicy floral hops. Bitterness is very well balanced, and does not overwhelm.

Mouthfeel: Light body with medium-to-crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: Cereal grain sweetness, noble hop flavor, and bitterness are all VERY well balanced. This is a highly-sessionable brew, which, admittedly, casts a wide net across both craft beer lovers and also macro drinkers just testing the craft brew waters.

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Photo of tetu
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straw color with little/no head retention

Had a light hops smell

Tastes like it smells but much stronger. Hops domination with lemon tart.

Light feel with clean bitter taste

Not the greatest drinkability to me unless I'm really in the mood for it.

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Photo of microwavabledish
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall pilsner glass at just colder than celler temp.

Appearance: A light golden color with a rocky/fluffy 1.5 finger head on top. Lots of nice bubble streams making their way up the tall glass. some lacing, although the head fades away eventually. It might just be the glass its in, but this looks almost... unearthly.

Smell: light, with some mild leafy hops (i expected more spicy hops), some sweet grainy-ness, and a hint of green apple Some carbonation hits the nose and its... spritzy.

Taste: herbal, slightly spicy, grassy. I expected more of a hop bite, given the label being full of hops and all (2011 version). There is a detectable sweet grainyness to the malts that is actually nice. Kind of fades away without a ton of aftertaste. The word is forgettable. Not bad by any means, but nothing to really write home about.

Mouthfeel: very dry. Thats the biggest thing this beer left with me. in lieu of an aftertaste you get dryness. Also, there is very high carbonation. Quite the palate scrubber.

Overall: Easy to have a few of these. Decent, and for the price, hard to beat. Pairing: Greasy pizza with some peppers on it. The spicy hops will work with the cheese and green peppers, and the carbonation is a miracle worker with the grease.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden honey colored body, bubbles dancing to their snowy white roof. A three finger roof which dissipates slowly leaving minute lace...

Smells of hops, chewable vitamin C, and urine, also a hint of something remarkably Belgian

Hmm well i'm not a fan of pilsners, or SA for that matter, however this is truly a good tasting beer. Sweet and slightly acidic. A fruity sprawl which brings you back to the chewable vitamin flavor. Citrus and sweet grasses touch your tongue while a hint of hops bitterness fakes an appearance in the back.

It boasts a medium body and light hearted bubbles which make it quite an easy beer to drink.

Yes although I hate to say it I would highly recommend this SA Pilsner. Good job SA.

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

My friend Pete left a couple over after the most recent UFC. So, I'm getting my drank and write on.

First off, nice friggin head. Big, white bubbly head. Crystal clear, light gold color. Alright retention and lace.

Secondly, nose is fresh, grassy, and has a sweet lil nose to it as well.

Thirdly, the taste is like her/his brother/sister in that it's floral notes and sweet grainy taste take hold.

Fourthly, it hits and goes down with a pat on the back; it's nice, comforting, and it makes you feel good. More than any other word I want to use to describe this beer, is the word, refreshing.

Fifthly, was not expecting this beer to be so damn good. Tasty and totally worth buying again and again. A great choice for a session beer as well.

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Photo of Meerkey
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Huge, bubble head. The palest yellow with a hint of copper. Very clear with few bubbles.

S: Lots of hops -pine and citrus. Whiff of sweetness.

T: Hops hops hops. Bitter and citrusy. Some sugary sweetness after the first onslaught of hops.

M: Tingly, tart, clean. Pretty good, not exceptional though.

D: Quite drinkable, if you like hops. This would be lovely on a hot, sunny day -too bad it's rainy today.

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Photo of eporter66
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz draft at Cheesecake Factory

A - A very light golden color, not much head on the draft and little lacing.

S - A pronounced wheat aroma, and not much else to my nose. I did not pick up an citrus characteristics

T - An intial hops flavor that converts over at the middle to a wheat/grass characteristics.

M - A slight maltiness giving it a decent mouthfeel, heavy carbonation.

O - This would be a good session beer, clean, and not a high ABV, so you can sit back with a few of these and enjoy

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Photo of rodney45
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Thin head even with a vigorous pour. Light beech wood color.

S: The first aroma is wheat-ish and underwhelming. Smells a little bit like an aquarium, in a good way...

T: Very bavarian, very wheat like. I would compare it to hoegarten, or a leffe blond. The beer has an upfront kick of grapefruit citrus and mango. Subtle malt finish, and leaves a lingering wheat taste, like sourdough bread...

M: Light and crisp, and tangy.

O: Pretty good for the style, which i dont particularly care for but had to drink because it came in the 12 pack of Sam Adams American brews. I liked it, even though i dont like wheat beers. Which i guess is saying something, but probably isnt.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Clear yellow, little head. No lacing is left behind.

S-The smell is better than the taste. The nose has some citrus and wheat flavors.

T-Light citrus flavors to begin with, end with some slight bitterness, very curious as to the IBUs. The taste disappointed when compared to the smell.

L-Very light, smooth and carbonated.

D-An easy drink, an upgrade over the White Ale. However Prima Pils is far superior.

EDIT-I've had this beer again in a blind tasting against Prima Pils and have adjusted accordingly

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

A - Pours a crystal clear golden colour, finger of head with decent retention and some nice spotty lacing.

S - Grassy hops off the top, with a definite citrus presence, a bit of wheat and buttered bread on the finish.

T - The grassy pilsener style hops dominate and follow through with a bitter citrus on the finish. Refreshing and crisp with some bold flavours given the style. A quality take on a relatively plain style, offering up enough hops to keep even the toughest critic happy. The buttered bread malts linger on the finish.

M - Medium bodied ale that fills the tongue with carbonation, goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - Definitely a quality version of the style, crisp and refreshing with some bold flavours. Easily drinkable and a great beer to welcome the spring.

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Photo of nimrod979
2.97/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a hard beer to review just based on it's style. The Czech Pilsner can't hold too high of expectations but as opposed to most Sam Adam's beers being underflavored, this one goes the other way.
Aroma is a subtle floral hops. Not much but it's enough for a pleasant nose.
Not much for appearance. Sparkling golden color with a small white head.
Taste is slightly hoppy but seems to be balanced out with ome hay-type malt. Nice crisp bite to it. It's actually a pretty refreshing beer to drink.
Light body with a slick texture. Decent finish that lingers for awhile.

That being said, I'd much rather Sam stick to their White Ale for their Spring seasonal. I don't really love this beer but it's growing on me and you have to give Sam Adams some credit for doing something a little different.

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Photo of harrymel
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bb: May 2011

A: pours a light gold ale with a triple finger fine loose bubbling which dissipates quickly. Webbed lacing on the walls.

S: Earthy, farmhouse nose up front. Grain backbone with a nearly offensive amount of farm.

T: Simple, grainy. Plenty of corn flavors. A hint of copper metal on the background.

M: Light body and medium to high carbonation - with excellent finish feel.

O: I'm not quite impressed with this beer, and I'm not particularly going to pursue in the future. In fact, I prefer the SA Lager to this.

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

12oz bottle poured into pint glass mar18 2011

A clear straw yellow with lots of big bubbles feeding a nice two finger head that hangs around for a little while leaving several patches of lace

S lemon and cereal with plenty of hops

T a little grapefruit to go with the lemon I could smell, more citrus then expected and just a little sweetness

M crisp and refreshing with just a little bite

O pretty easy stuff to drink and its not even patio season

I doubt this 6er will last very long, but these are well priced in Alberta and I can buy another without worries

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 355-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - soft, clear yellow brew with a foamy white head, sustaining at a 3/4-inch minutes after the pour. Bright carbonation.

Smell - citrusy, piney hops cover a soft malt aroma. Anticipate it to taste very crisp.

Taste - crisp yet well-rounded hop flavour over a flowery malt flavour.

Mouthfeel - pretty smooth considering the inclusion of all 5 hop varieties in quantity.

Drinkability - this beer does not disappoint. Very reminiscent of Spring and fresh, crisp flavours to keep you coming back all night long.

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Photo of guitarsnbeer
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought I reviewed this back when it was released but to my delight I have not, thus giving me something to do as I drink this noble beer.

Poured a brilliant shimmering clear straw yellow. good lacing and head retention.

Smells a little off from my last experience, almost as if stored improperly. The hops are certainly there but kind of mangled. lemon

I taste citrus and hops with an ever-slightly sweet finish

Pretty chewy for a light-bodied beer.

Overall Sam Adams NP is pretty flavorful and drinkable. I will buy it again next year just to say hi

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Photo of 650gs
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance - light gold

smell - citrus and grass

taste - same as smell

mouth feel - exceptional. slight carbonation.

overall - decent, and that's coming from someone that doesn't like hoppy beers. definitely worth a try. drink-ability is also excellent. very reminiscent of an ipa.

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Photo of williepep
1.9/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I was very disappointed with this beer. I was expecting something comparable to an Urquell; instead it was nothing more than a typical American pilsener-lager, along the lines of a Budweiser or Miller. There was very little in the nose except for some citrusy hops. One would think it would have quite an aroma considering they put five different hops in it. (Actually, I don't know why anyone would want to put so many different varieties in unless it's just a gimmick, which I suspect it is.) The appearance was rather pallid, though it had a good head. The mouth feel was extremely light, and the taste was hardly there, with very little malt to speak of. Though it was smooth, there really was no body, no smell, and no taste. I expected better from Sam Adams, but I guess this is what happens when a brewery starts to get too big.

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

Poured in a perfect pint glass. Very nice full head. Clear light gold color. Decent lacing, head dissipates to thin. Nice carbination.
Smell-light hop not overwhelming
taste- decent has a tradition euro hop taste with a light malt dry finish.
Mouthfeel- crisp carbinated and light not bad
Not a bad brew overall, good with pizza and great for an evening of 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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