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

Samuel Adams Noble PilsSamuel Adams Noble Pils
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Samuel Adams Noble PilsSamuel Adams Noble Pils

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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

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Ratings: 3,665 |  Reviews: 1,513
Photo of mikeal1917
4.41/5  rDev +17.3%
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 +3.2%
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 +5.1%
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 +10.9%
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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Photo of wmtxbb
2.73/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: thick straw yellow with thin lacing on top.

Smell: Light hops scent and this wired spaghetti scent.

Taste: Spaghetti, grass, citrus, and a mild pine flavor along with some pilsner malt. Phenols dominate the finish.

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

Clear gold with a frothy white cap that left chunky lace on the glass as it settled. Decent head retention. Hoppy aroma, lemony and floral, a bit spicy and herbal, faint aspirin, with some cereal grains and dry malt. Bitterness was solid but not sharp, kind of soft around the edges. More of the same hop and malt character that was evident in the aroma. Lingering citrus and spicy hops. The texture wasn't as crisp as I expected, having much more body and weight, but it was creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. It wasn't highly attenuated either. Overall, it pretty tasty. Not exactly what I think of as far as a German or Czech pils goes, but a good lager with a sturdy hop profile.

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Photo of huxcrunner
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance- a light clear golden color about a fingers worth of white head and good lacing

smell- the aromas of this beer is just exceptional, the noble hops aroma is just perfectly balanced, it is everything I would look for in a pils in terms of aroma

taste- the taste of this beer is clean bittersweet that is well balanced it is clean and refreshing on so many levels

mouthfeel- this beer has good body and good carbonation balance

drinkability- this is one of the best beers ive had and is a perfect spring/early summer seasonal beer it is very refreshing a must try!!!

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Photo of Spider889
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can't remember what bar I had this at, but it looked nearly identical to the Miller Lite sitting next to it (they were the only two beers the bar had on tap).

The appearance is a golden wheat/rice color. The head wasn't too large, but light and fluffy. Retention was ok, and lace was minimal at best.

The smell is the most prominent thing about this beer for me, you can really detect all of those noble hops used in the beer. The hop profile is well done, but what I don't care for is the rice/adjuncty kind of taste that I was getting from the malt. Too similar to a macro on that aspect to me.

The flavor is much the same, some grassy, earthier hops with a sweet, ricey malt character.

There was visible carbonation, and plenty on the palate as well. Fairly light bodied, it wouldn't be hard to knock back several of these. But frankly, I just don't get the hype for this beer.

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Photo of dali27
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Very nice light gold color with a thick creamy white head. Sparkling carbonation makes this beer very appealing looking.

S: Citrus, floral and spicy hops is at the forefront of the smell. While the hop smell is clearly evident, it's not overwhelming at all. I can smell the freshness of spring. (Is that is my head?) Also, after drinking a few of these the aroma gets better/deeper/richer in my opinion.

T: Taste follows the aroma of the excellent combination of hops. Again not overly hopped up, but enough to know that some fine ingredients went into brewing this. Some flavor of grains/malts comes through in taste and provides a nice balance.

M: Medium bodied feel, which at the same time feels very crisp and light. (I really wish this beer was available all year long.)

D: I love drinking this beer. Out of the bottle or on-tap, you can't lose when drinking this beer.

This is the only offering from BBC that I can honestly say that I love. They always make quality beer, but this one surpasses the rest. Also, I think that it has to rank as one of the best Czech pilsners out there, if not the best.

If one of the goals in this beer was to transition beer drinkers into craft beer then they've succeeded. I've actually got my wife (Coors Light/Mic Ultra) to say that it tastes good. This beer clearly has it all and it's my current favorite across all catagories.

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Photo of SamN
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking pils. Big foamy head, golden honey color, near perfect clarity with just a touch of flavorful haze. Foam is clingy and soapy. Patchy delicate lacing. Smell is creamy with spring flowers and some pale malt taste in the background. A little funk in the nose, too. Hops are fully on display, each variety seemingly adding a new hop dimension. Odd flavors like bubblegum and soap are present. Bitterness ranges in layers from slight citrus, to herbal bitters and a final resiny lasting finish. Some lemon rind in the end, too. Quite impressively hopped, with several layers in here. Not so light bodied, a bit more structure than the average pils, thankfully.

A solid SA brew. I still think it's better on tap, but I look forward to spring with this beer.

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Photo of smm
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice hazy golden color with a frothy bubbling half inch head. Lots of lacing.

S- Smell is bready, malty, and a touch sweet

T- Light and hoppy, taste is pretty much a direct translation of the smell with a spicy kick from the hops and yeast, less sweet than I thought. Aftertaste is distinctly 'beer' like a cartoon rendering of generic beer flavor.

M- Medium-Light body, high carbonation, very crisp. Quite dry finish.

D- A nice crisp beer, I would have liked a little more sweetness, but it seems to be the wont of the style to be a bit more dry. I could see myself craving one of these on a hot day though.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap. Pils Glass. Boston
It pours a shiny brassy golden color with a frothy snow-covered head. A good amount of sticky lacing trims the glass.
A very fragrant smell of flowery and citrus hops rises from the glass. A light aroma of fresh baked bread is in the background. A sweet malty smell lingers throughout.
Not as hoppy as I had prepared my tastebuds for, but plenty of hop tastes to ponder. There's citrusy and metallic, and floral and resinous. And a touch of leather and tobacco. My oh my, this is good!
A nice sweet, doughy malty backbone keeps the hoppiness in Czech.
It's difficult to have just one of these babies. Very well done!

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Photo of afogg0855
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

At first glance, this appears to be a wonderful spring addition to the Sam Adams family. The inital pour produces a nice head that quickly dissapates to a thin layer, which is nice. It smells of citrus and pine.

When i take my first sip i am totally taken back. Did i just pour Budweiser in my bottle?? The "5 noble hops" are barely even present in either the smell or the taste.

I'm quite disappointed i wasted $10 on a 6-pack of Budweiser.

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Photo of jimlin
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Just a quick "review". The 2011 version of this beer does NOT remind me of everything I loved about the 2010 seasonal. I can recall last year (the year noble Pils replaced SA's White as the spring seasonal) this beer blew me away with it's distinct flavor. An earthiness that I never was truly able to describe, but I certainly loved. Now, as I have tried several bottles of the 2011 release, I am wondering where all that flavor went.

The hop aroma is evident when I pop open a bottle, but the second I pour it into a glass, the aroma is gone, and I can't find any of that distinct hop flavor in the taste. And the "earthiness" I loved so much seems to be gone as well.

Anyone else notice a big difference this year?

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Photo of augustgarage
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before June, 2011. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my pilsner glass.

Clear pale gold/chartreuse-yellow liquid with a thin convex thrust of ivory sustained by a steady stream of dizzying micro-bubbles. Cakey lacing, no legs.

Faintly floral/herbal aroma with light malt - very subdued.

Complex herbal spiciness on the palate - a parade of grassy earthy peppery noble hop flavors that bounce off one another merrily. Lightly bready malt comes forward in the drying finish which is crisp yet long with subtle Saaz and dandelion green notes. Very clean vaguely sweet base which allows the hops to work their magic.

Light-bodied, with just a hint of pillowy heft at times thanks to the carbonation.

A "light" beer but not lacking in flavor - surprisingly well crafted example of the style (which I'm rating to).

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

A: straw gold w/perfect clarity. white head diminishes to a decent collar of lace.
S: sweet doughy malts and spicy noble hops. maybe some lemony citrus and grassiness underneath.
t: just over lightly sweet crackery malts are well balanced by the smooth spicy hop bitterness. finishes mostly crisp w/some lingering hop flavors.
m: well carbonated, just over light bodied.
d: a nicely done pils, and maybe more quaffable than victory prima pils.

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Photo of ruckus232
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a mug

Appearance: Golden color with a little bit of white head that leaves a little lacing.

Smell: Hoppy and strong earthy scent mixed with a bread like yeast smell.

Taste: Surprisingly not much of the hoppy bitterness is in the taste. There is a strong earthy taste mixed with a floral taste that is almost sweet but only lasts for a split second.

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Photo of paulginva
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Poured from the tap into a pilsner glass. By the time it made it to our table, the beer had a small 1/8" off-white fizzy head with moderate carbonation that dissipated quickly with fair lacing. Body was a clear golden color.

AROMA: Aroma was moderately hoppy, noticeably grassy, with a slight earthy bread smell supporting it.

TASTE: Upon tasting, I noticed a moderately green leafy floral flavor with some grass also evident. There was also a slight hint of spices.

MOUTHFEEL: Body felt a little more than light and a bit less than medium. Light-medium, perhaps? It felt smooth going down with a lively carbonation that tickled the tongue. The initial flavor was lightly bitter, which morphed into a very light sweet-salty flavor. The finish lasted for a moderate length of time. Body lacing was fair but dissipated somewhat quickly.

DRINKABILITY: I could drink this beer all day (or all night) long in social situations. While not particularly memorable it offers a good alternative to "industrial" beers, so I'll be purchasing it again -- probably in quantity.

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Photo of JLeege
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft, poured into a pint

Appearance- Pours a clear golden color with about a finger and a half of bone white head. Good retention, a little lace.

Smell- Floral, grassy, and slight citrus hops. A bready malt underneath.

Taste- Nice, crisp, and refreshing. Hoppy, floral and grass really stand out. A nice biscuit malt backbone. A tad grainy, slight mineral, but quite tasty none the less.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation. Fairly smooth.

Overall- A nice pilsner form SA, probably my favorite beer from them. Very refreshing and you could easily drink a few of these, would be versatile with food as well. Nice job Sam Adams.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Appearance: Golden yellow with 2 finger white head

Smell: hops, citrus, lemon

Taste: Dry, Bitter, Hops,

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, crisp, clean

Drinkability: Over all a nice and refreshing pilsner from Sam Adams.



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Photo of Brenden
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm using older notes with revisions for an on-tap review. I didn't want to review when I first had it on tap because I thought something was wrong. Having had the same result time and again, I've decided it was time. Notes are from a few weeks ago.

The color is a nice, just slightly hazy golden amber. I get less than a full finger of that that settles into a thick foam like a pillow and leaves average lacing. Carbonation is not as lively as it is from the bottle.
The smell is earthy, citrus hops before a light malt makes its presence known. An herbal undertone is detected as well. The taste is the same herbal hops/malt balance, though significantly lighter. What happened? Earthy and citrus tones are almost lost, instead leaving more of a macro-like grainy flavor in the finish. It's not bad, and it's not all lost, but it's not what i got from the bottle.
The mouthfeel is still smooth, though not as much, with a medium body. This is a bit slicker than I recall and not as crisp either as it could be or as it was, again, from the bottle.
i don't know what's going on here. Get this in the bottle unless my experience is unusual.

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Photo of claspada
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of light biscuit malts with a fresh earthy hop profile is much more inviting than many other pilseners.
The taste is also dominated by a fresh, crisp, earthy hop character that also features a bit of lemon and a light, dry biscuity malt.
The mouthfeel is crisp, with prickly carbonation that doesn't seem out of place for the style, but it doesn't complement the flavors as well as it could.
Overall, this is a step up from many Sam Adams attempts to make a good hop-focused beer. Worth trying, but not mind-blowing.

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Photo of Looneybiz
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transparent golden with about an inch of head and a little lacing.

The smell was so faint I could hardly pick it up but wasn't bad, just so mild I really couldn't smell more then a bit of leafy hops.

The taste is very good. Only mildly bitter so you could take it to a party with people that don't drink heavy beers and they should be able to enjoy it. But still enjoyable for those that like a more full flavor.

Definetely a spingy and light feel with moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish.

Absolutely would drink it again and I have grown to really enjoy the different tastes that Sam Adams has come up with for the changing of the seasons.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Sam Adam's restaraunt in the Atlanta airport. The beer was served in a Weisse-vase glass, and it was a crystal clear, straw yellow with no head, but a thin ring of filmy bubbles. Typical malt and grain smells, but with some nice hoppy balancing notes. Bold sour malt and hops flavors riding an extremely crisp and light body. Very crisp, smooth finish with a hoppy and slightly sour aftertaste. The beer is very easy to drink, although the flavors do build as you go.

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Photo of scootny
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pale clear gold with a fluffy and larger white head. Excellent retention and lacing with a slow fade and lovely cap covering the brew. Smell is lovely with a light bready malt and spicy hops. A faint bit of butterscotch and grassy meadow. Taste is perfecto. Crystal and pale malt heaven with a hop blend so expertly balanced. Crisp, spicy with a light pepper and mild grapefruit skin. Finish is clean. very dry, with light lingering crackers and mild hops. Super drinkable. A top tier pilsner.

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