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 sluggermatt15
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on-tap the other night at a local bar. Never had it before but since it's a newer Sam Adams I figured I would give it a try. This was my first real pilsner style beer.

A- Pours a yellow with a large foaming head with little retention time. Not bad appearance.

S- Smells sweet, some honey, hops, grains, a touch of malts.

T- Similar to how it smells: sweet, a little hoppy, grainy. Not overly offensive, but just right. I enjoyed the taste here.

M- A slight carbonation present, not too much, but somewhat average. Goes down nicely.

D- Not too drinkable in my opinion. Not like a light beer for session drinking. I could have probably 2, maybe 3 depending on the occasion.

Not my favorite Samuel Adams, but not terrible either. I would rank this one in the middle of the pack compared to Boston Beer Company's other styles. Overall I thought this one was going to be better than it actually was. A little letdown.

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

Poured from the bottle into a Nonic pint glass.

Very large big white four finger head off the pour, on a real nice gold body. Some small tiny carbonation coming from the bottom that continues throughout finishing the drink. Decent lacing on this too.

Smell is a small citrus note of fleshy grapefruit, and lime. It's very mild but distinctly a citrus feel without any malt or hop presence. Quite airy and aromatic, nice.

Taste is a nice white bread punch at first, and continues with a fleshy grapefruit sensation in the finish. It's nice bodied not too bold but not weak and wet either. THere is a bit of a box juice feel to this a little and hints of crisp apple.

Pretty solid enjoyable take on a Pilsner, looks like they did well.

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

Been enjoying for years, but finally reviewed on tap at Ryles in Cambridge, MA.

Pours pale gold with a nice one finger head. Foamy lace grips the side of the glass, and bubbles are seen floating to the top.

Nose has a light hoppy aroma, as well as soapy smell. I also smell strains of lavender and lilacs.

The taste is really nice. This is no ordinary pilsner. Flowery and bright, this tastes like spring. The lavender and lillac are present in the mouth, and hints of hibiscus and light cloves join in. There is a certain breadiness as well. Not at all bitter, there is a lingering sweetness on the tongue. However, the aftertaste is gone fairly quickly.

Very drinkable and quite unique, this is by far my favorite of the Sam seasonals. Spring remains the one time of year I make sure to grab a Sam at the bar.

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Photo of kagent777
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from the Utah state store.

Appearance: Strikingly clear golden beer, but with little head.

Smell: Citrus, maltiness, slight pine notes all with a mineralish background.

Taste: The maltiness is pleasant with honey like notes. Crisp and clean, this beer's bitterness mirrors the smell, while not overwhelming it balances up against the maltiness but does not push too far. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the lighter side, but the feel of this beer is almost chewy. The carbonation is more pronounced.

Drinkability: This is a highly drinkable beer. Lower ABV and not so much in you face hops makes me a fan.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for tossin' this bottle my way so I wouldn't have to get it myself.

This beer pours a fairly clear straw body with a nice frothy white head. The aromatics are a pleasant sweet grapefruit with a pilsner malt background. The noble hops are rather sweet on the nose, and I must admit that I truly enjoy this smell. The flavor has a grapefruit taste as well, there is really no bitterness. The mouthfeel is real clean. The acidic malt flavor of the pilsner malt gives interesting overall taste to this beer. This is a good beer, probably one of my favorite from Sam Adam's.

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Photo of jmbranum
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on tap at McNellie's in OKC

Should begin by saying this is not a style I"m normally keen for. But I thought it might time for a change of pace.

Slight malt aroma. Nice head on a clear light gold liquid.

Flavor is . . . not bad, but again not my normal style. Fairly sweet for the style, a little too sweet for me. Some hops in the background. Some herbal grassy notes in there.

Mouthfeel is nice and full. Medium bodied.

Drinkability is low. I think this beer is too sweet. I would have preferred it to be a bit crisper for this style.

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Photo of sweetwaterman
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(multiple 6-packs from throughout Feb 2011. (Long Island, NY))

Appearance: Clear, golden, moderate head that persists a good while.

Smell: grassy malt, not a strong nose, but what's there is certainly pleasant.

Taste: Very hop forward, but not anywhere near the level of an PA/IPA, bitter grassy finish, not a lot of malt character IMO.

Mouthfeel: crisp, clean, smooth, highly carbonated.

Drinkability: Hugely drinkable. very refreshing,

Recommended. Sam should make this available in the summer too.

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Photo of KajII
2.97/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Footed Pilsner]

Poured a sparkling yellow with a small white fizzy head that disappeared rapidly and had virtually no lacing.The aroma was very, very light of a doughy malt, piney hops and some notes of citrus. It tasted mildly bitter in the beginning and ended with a very light bitter-sour flavor that had hints of citrus, although the flavor did disappear almost immediatley. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture. Overall a very light pilsner, might be nice after cutting the lawn on a hot day.

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Photo of PreacherBrewer
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a crystal clear golden color with a 2 finger cotton white head. Looks just like a pilsener should.

S - Smells earthy, fresh, clean. A faint biscut/bread scent is noticeable. Ever-so faint scent of lemon.

T - Fresh grain, straw, earthy hopyness. lemon rind. Nobel hops are balanced by a buttered roll like malt sweetness.

M - Lots of carbonation. Tickelish. Makes for a great pallet cleanser.

D - Overall, a solid pilsener. It's a solid spring offering from the folks at Boston Beer Co. I wish they'd kill the summer ale and go with this through the summer. So much more balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of edrachman
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears in my glass as a very transparent orange-yellow. Almost exactly the color of processed apple juice. Nice sudsy bright white head with good retention.

Smells light. Not like bright lights, but rather like not heavy. Very floral and piney (yes, like the description). Honestly a bit surprising - I thought it would be a maltier smell.

Despite having read the description and knowing the style, I was surprised. Yes, tastes like a very good Czech pilsner. Subtle bitterness from the hops, but in a very good way. Nothing really stands out in the taste, but a very solid beer.

Good carbonation and balance in the mouth. I find this to be a very drinkable beer. Not the best I've had, certainly not the worst. Something I would probably not purchase for home again, but could see myself drinking this pretty steadily in a bar.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale orange/yellow with a nice sudsy white head that retains well at a half-finger and leaves some lacing.

Nose is pitifully weak at first, but starts to open quickly. Hop scents of floral, earth and light fruit along with some grainy/bready-ness.

The taste kills the smell...quite hoppy with grassy, earthy, lemon and spicy hop notes all coming through quite nicely. Great cracker-y pilsner malt in the finish, light citrus and pine happening as well.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are top-notch. Light, crisp and refreshing, complex and pleasantly hopped while still retaining a definite pilsner feel. I already drank my 2 from the Spring Pack, and am considering picking up a 6-pack before it's off the shelves for the season.

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours crystal-clear golden yellow with 1-finger head. Bubbly with no lacing on my beer mug. Looks like a lite macro brew.

S: Sweet and bready up-front with a saaz hop finish. Light and a little bit tangy.

T: Bright taste up front with a crisp, clean-dry finish. The hop characteristic is definitely there, and well reminiscent of a Bavarian-style pilsner. Notes: Bready, raspberry-wheat, raw honey, with a definite hallertau finish (a little muddy.)

M: Clean and crisp in the mouth with a good dry finish. The aftertaste gets a little dank-feeling and the substance of this beer is light, so it doesn't win you over on the feel.

D: Very drinkable, provided you like the flavor. Light and crisp, this is a good choice for spring.

Sam Adams seems to be going in the right direction with this beer, though it still has familiar trappings of mass-produced beer.

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Photo of masonl
4.82/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a pale golden color. There are subtle tints of orange. Nice lacing.

Smell: Potent touch of citrus. Earthy aroma with a hint of hops

Taste: Strong taste of grapefruit zest. Moderately sweet taste of malts that is offset by a subtle hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation makes for a crisp mouthfeel. The subtle hoppy bitterness and moderate acidity make for a refreshing and interesting Spring beer.

Drinkability: Extremely good drinkability. A beer that can appeal to everyone. Enough substance to appreciate but still maintains a good amount of drinkability.

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Photo of JesteR14
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- golden straw color, small bubbles and a very small head that dissipates quickly and doesnt cling to the glass. Not impressive, reminds me if an American Adjunct Lager.

S- some hops and citrus, very faint smell for me tho.

T- nice carbonation, citrus hops come in but in a sweet, easy drinking type of way. No bad aftertaste but not the most amazing tasting beer.

M- nice bubbles on the tongue and a sweet, not overpowering taste.

D- its okay, im not that impressed with it but knowing its a seasonal brew, its very nice for spring time!

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light looking golden color with a thick white head and very little lacing. Smells of some noble hops (of course), light citrus rind and a lot of biscuit and grain. Tastes of biscuit and grain, orange and plenty of hops and mild malts. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is heavy. Drinkability is high.

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

Golden body with outstanding clarity, lively carbonation streams, topped by three fingers of snow white foam.

Big fresh cut grass/hay aroma, no surprise here.

Sweet beginning runs down the center of the tongue. Crisp hop bite at the swallow. Clean finish.

Light mouthfeel. Easy drinkability.

A nice addition to the Sam Adams which will bridge the gap until Troegs Sunshine Pils is released each year.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice single finger head of thick white foam, leaving a broken, but cling lace. Color is a 4 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell of straw, earth, grass, pine. Taste is much better than the smell would lead one to believe. Flavors of pine, lime, grapefruit, and malt. Very refreshing. Bold and smooth in my mouth, leaving a great aftertaste. A little dry finish in the back of my throat. I wish this was not seasonal, I would like to be able to drink this year around. I good solid refreshing beer.

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Photo of Floyd12
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap, only slightly more enjoyabe then from a bottle.

A- A golden yellow beer that is perfectly clear. White foamy head with moderate retention that left mild lacing around the glass.

S- Grassy fresh scent provided by all five noble hops. Some citric and floral overtones that nicely prevent a hop overdose.

T- Again slight lemon citrus with slight floral but with a great hop bite and crisp finnish. A great bready maltiness to the beer.

M- DRY. Great carbonation with a medium body and smooth malt. Very crisp and refreshing... and dry.

D- High. The best Sam Seasonal possibly the best Sam has to offer. Second best reason to look forward to February after that special holiday of pitchers and cathers reporting

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Photo of Spica66
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

gwuilliums brought this over while we bottling batches 18, 19, 20.

A: Clear, straw yellow color. Excellent head formation, retention was not great. Some slight lacing.

S: Subtle is the word I would use. There are floral notes and spice notes, but only if you really work at concentrating the aroma from the glass.

T: Lemony and slightly spicy. Has a decent, slightly bread-like maltiness about it. Definitely tastes like a Czech Pilsener.

M: Excellent carbonation and smooth, round malt.

D: We downed the six-pack with no problem.

I was surprised by how much I liked this beer.

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Photo of AJacob81
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pokal glass.

A - Flaxen-yellow, perfect clarity and effervescence. Foamy, rocky white head of 2 fingers, not retained well. Patchy lacing.

S - Piney, citrus hops dominate, some floral notes as well. Avoids that 'green bottle' smell. Very pleasant and subtle bouquet.

T - Follows the hops from the nose. Zesty lemon, pine nuts, and flowers, offset by a solid bready malt base.

M and D - Crisp, dry, really refreshing. Medium body, high carbonation. Super smooth, easy drinking, fabulous.

As a fan of the style, I think this is a sterling American take and I wish it was available year-round. Easily my favorite offering from Boston Beer Co.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured in snifter glass (just for kicks)

A: clear orangish yellow; the snifter glass does wonder with the beads; head very nice and bushy
S: citrusy; lightly aromatic; lingers for some time
T: dry pilsner; neither sweet nor bitter; hops are quite complex--I detect apple, pear, and grass overtones; savory flavor profile

Ideal as a dinner beer. Perhaps pair this beer with fries or curry.

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Photo of mikeal1917
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My 4th brew from the originals 12 pack, I decided to take a new direction with the Noble Pils.

Appearance: Poured a golden sunflower yellow, with a small head that quickly disapated after the power. Makes me want to be grilling burgers on a deck,lol.

Smell: Strong citrus smell that makes you crave summer. Grassy/Floral smell dominates the senses, with maybe a hint of fruit.

Taste: Tons of citrus overtones, with a very light, spring taste. Smooth, but with a satisfying bitter aftertaste. If I had an abstract adjective, it would be "happy"

Mouthfeel: goes down smooth and easy, very light and airy

Drinkability: Not much of a winter brew, in that its not gonna satisfy you like a stout or ale. As stated before, this brew with a burger would go perfect, sitting on a deck in the early evening of summer.

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

A-Pours a pale amber with 1 inch of fluffy off white head. Leaves pillowy lacing all down the glass.

S-Light, spritzy citric aromas, biscuity malts. Light and fresh.

T/M-Earthy, moderately dry hops play against biscuity malts. The finish is delicately sweet with a touch of dry hoppiness. Light and refreshing with moderate carbonation.

D-I look forward to this release every year.

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

Poured a clear pale gold with a two finger head, good retention and moderate lacing.

Aroma of noble hops and a slight hint of citrus.

Taste followed the nose with hops, however, tnot as hoppy as I expected, yeast and some citrus.

Mouthfeel was medium leaning light body with moderate carbonation. Light and crisp.

This is a nice refreshing lighter beer, a good pils to enjoy if you want to throw back a few.

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Photo of derekmorris7
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a pleasant surprise as I normally dont like Sam Adams. This had a nice sweetness that wasnt too much. The color was a nice gold on the darker side. I think this beer was very clean on the mouth and a very clean finish as well. You can tell the beer was well made with good products and ingredients.

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Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.86 out of 5 based on 3,661 ratings.
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