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

Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Clear, light golden honey color. One finger of white head that lasts long and leaves good lace. Active carbonation gives beautiful impression of champagne.

S: Clean aromas of citrus, grass, faint rose notes.

T: Splendid. Just enough smooth malt to support great hop flavors, ctirus again with pine in the background. Oregano emerges as the beer warms. Honey and biscuit also.

M: Quite good, smooth feel with a bit of a creaminess that plays off the carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Low ABV means I can drink it all night.

BBC has always done a nice job, but this one stands out as one of their best. Its late winter appearance reminds us that spring can't be far away....

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Photo of devilben02
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dining out with my in-laws at a popular chain restaurant, it is always pleasant having a seasonal Sam Adams option available. I'm so glad that this time of year, that option is the Noble Pils.

Presented in a standard shaker pint, the color is a nice light golden yellow with an only briefly-appearing white head. The fresh earthy hop profile is much more inviting than many other pilsener. The flavor is likewise dominated by a fresh, crisp, earthy hop character that also features a bit of lemon and a light, dry biscuity malt. The crisp, prickly carbonation doesn't seem out of place for the style, but it doesn't complement the flavors as well as it could.

Overall, though, this is one of my new favorites from the Samuel Adams line, and I hope it stays in the rotation for years to come.

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Photo of kflack
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

To be honest, its been a long time since I had a Samuel. So here we go!

A: Pours great! Eggwhite type head, two fingers and great lace.

S: Love the smell!! Very light, but am I getting a little bananna here?

T: Can't miss the nobles here, but by no means is it overpowering.

M: Very smooth. It's got some body to it, with a lingering malt.

D: You could enjoy a couple of these without it getting too hairy. I am impressed, a very good pils. Gonna start looking at Sams a bit more.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into DFH shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a glowing golden color with just a hint of orange beneath a frothy, rocky, eggshell white head that slowly faded into a thick chunky head that a left sticky network of lacing down the glass.
S: Clean and simple notes of light grain husks, pale malt and leafy hops.
T: More complex than the nose, and very refreshing. Light flavors of malt and biscuits with a crisp citrus hops finish. Finish is lightly bitter with a touch of sourness. Luckily the sweetness is under control.
M: Medium body, slick mouthfeel and bubbly carbonation. Finish is pretty darn dry actually. Mouthfeel isn't syrupy, but there is some heaviness to it.
D: One of the best BBC beers I've had. It's refreshing and clean and goes down smooth.

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

A - Crystal clear pale straw with bright white head. Inviting.

S - Musky, grassy, and some floral notes.

T - Very nice. I hated the 2010 version. This year they seemed to have cut down on the bittering hops and I feel made a much better batch.

M - Light and dry. Medium high carbonation.

D - Like I said before I hated last years batch, but this year the got it right. Give it a shot.

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Photo of deadliest
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: 2 fingers of pristine white head. Fair retention and good lacing. Bright, light golden-yellow color. very good looking beer.
S: Grassy and citrusy.
T: Grassy, citrusy, a little lemon zest. Biscuity after taste.
M: Light and smooth.
D: Excellent. Probably my favorite all around pilsener so far.

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

A: Crystal clear light golden color, with a half-finger of white head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Nice citrusy and floral hops, backed up by a rich yeasty odor and some spice.

T: Gently hop-forward, with a nice tanginess following it. This beer does a good job of presenting the hop flavors without being overly sharp or bitter. They're rounded out by a limited malt presence that kinda fills in the flavor. I do wish it had a bit more oomph or complexity.

M: Refreshingly light and decently carbonated.

D: Everything about this beer is refreshing - look, smell, taste, and feel. But (and this is my mistake, not the beer's) February is not the right time to drink it. If only it were 80 degrees here instead of 20. I plan to enjoy a few more this spring/summer.

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Photo of u2carew
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
A) Pours with a finger thick white head. Slowly settles leaving a nice lacing at the edge and on the drink down. Transparent body, gold in color.
S) A pleasant caramel aroma mixed with floral hop notes.
T) Nutty. Grainy. Subtle floral notes. Hoppy spice. Great flavor combination. The hops give this brew some pizazz!
M) Fizzy. Light bodied. Dry.
D) A delicious pilsener. I'd definitely have another.

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Photo of stewart124
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow with little head.

Quite grassy and spicy in the nose. Lots of straw and a general earthy tone.

Taste is dry. Slightly abrasive and hoppy with a continental pils character. This is a far cry from what most pils customers are used to and really takes us down a new road. Very drinkable and a little less abrasive as it goes on.

I believe this can be a great bridge for most light pilsner drinkers and it is a big step in the right direction. This is a very tasty czech pils.

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

Missed this the first time around, so I was glad to see it on the shelves again. "Enjoy by June."

Poured into a pilsner glass: Four fingers of lily white head, glistening & porous, over clear, yellow gold body with a few light strands of nucleation. Leaves broken splotches of lacing.

Smells great: Delicate rain-on-grass smell, crisp citrus peel, a little hay, a little sulfur, bread crust, pepper. Very nice.

More lemony in the taste, with a slightly edgy bitterness & bite. Softens in the aftertaste, with a mild doughiness & a smoother lemon, like a gentle sorbet or even custard. Still a tingle there in the aftertaste.

Evolving mouthfeel: first several sips were very active & even a little prickly, light-bodied. About halfway through things getting a little fuller & sweeter, still with a nice clean snap.

Wow, this really took me by surprise. Great balance, engaging while still being light & drinkable. I'm really impressed, would even consider getting a case of this.

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Photo of NickMunford
2.81/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear, light yellow color. Little head, retention or lacing. Looks well carbonated. Looks like a fizzy yellow beer to me.

S: It has a very faint hops aroma. By saying they used all 5 noble hops varieties, I expected more hops in the aroma.

T: It tastes OK. Like I said of the aroma, I expected more flavor from the hops. It's only there in a light way. I also pick up some lemony flavor.

M: It feels very light and crisp in the mouth, with moderate carbonation. This would make a good summer beer.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. As with most Sam Adams beers, it would be easy to drink several without noticing.

This beer looks good for the style, but is missing a lot of hops character in the nose & mouth, especially since they push the fact that they use 5 types of hops.

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Photo of Misfit138
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Bright yellow in color with lots of bubbles and a generous white head

S- Lots of grain, and citrus

T- Soft flavor upfront which gives way toward citrus and bitterness

F- Fairly light with decent carbonation

D- Certainly an easy drinking beer with just enough kick. Solid offering

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Photo of ramseye4
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A=pours a clear golden color with a 1 finger head with decent retention and lacing
S=Citrus, grassy hops, some biscuit.
T=Biscuity malt with some lemon zest, citrus, and a bit of hop flavor, with some bitterness coming through at the end.
M=Light bodied, nicely carbonated
D=Great taste and light body make this one that can be downed very easily.

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Photo of Shoegaze99
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seemingly overnight, Sam Adams Noble Pils went from a one-off batch that came with seasonal mixers to becoming one of the Boston Beer Company's four flagship seasonal brews. For a brewery now scoffed at by many who proclaim themselves beer snobs (I do not count myself among the snobs), it's a surprising bright spot in what those folks say is a so/so lineup. (Personally, I think the Boston Beer Co. makes a solid array of very drinkable beers; none are the best in class, but most are nice beers.)

So does that mean the most praised Sams of recent years outside the Utopias is a good beer?

In a word, yes.

A - The beer pours a crystal golden yellow like fresh corn. Clear as a bell with utterly no cloudiness. Minimal head that disappears quickly. It looks like a light, bright beer. Looks like a standard pilsner.

S - A nice nose, especially for a standard Sams, with notes of citrus and spring grasses. It's not a POTENT nose, but it's pleasant. Sadly, this fades fairly quickly as the head dissipates. Stronger and this would smell fantastic.

T - Noble Pils tastes like spring. There are dewy grasses and faint fruit notes; very subtle hints of grape. None of this is up front or strong, it's just a sense of there being a little more happening in an otherwise straightforward (albeit refreshing) pilsner. It does have the vaguely watery taste some Sams suffer from, but as this is a light, effervescent beer that aspect doesn't stand out. Overall very pleasant.

M - Fairly nice, very bright and crisp with a little dryness. Context is important. Drinking this during the day when it's warm out is recommended.

D - Refreshing is the word. It's not full-bodied or rich, it doesn't challenge you or force you to take notice, it just drinks very, very nicely. This is a highly drinkable, very tasty beer.

Bottom line - I like other beers from Boston Beer Co. more than the Noble Pils, but this is still a nice addition to their lineup. It's a great way to reacquaint yourself with a style that has fallen out of fashion.

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

On Tap at Pepe's in Danbury

A: golden straw colored body with a 1" pure white head, nearly transparent with medium to good carbonation

S: nice big hop aroma for a pilsner, just like I remember from last year, really impressed with this one, floral, lemony, citrus goodness

T: bready malt with a nice hop bitter kick at the end, thoroughly enjoyable

M: smooth and light

D: love this beer for sessioning and wish it was year round, prefer this to SABL

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

A - Crystal clear golden yellow, lots of bubbles coming up, medium white head with good retention.

S - Crisp, clean malt, touch of lemon and peppery notes, light hop profile.

T - Malt forward, light bitterness, hops and citrus balance light malt flavor. Very well balanced, and some good interest.

M - light, fairly thin, smooth.

D - I think this is very drinkable. It's good tasting, not high in alcohol. It's not like I can't put it down, but it's still quite good.

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Photo of krazyboi
3.24/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Guinness stout glass.

A: Light golden amber color...almost the color of your urine after a heavy night of drinking. Thick foamy head forms but recedes quickly, leaving a bit of lacing.
S: Bread/biscuit, cardboard, and a bit of citrusy hops.
T: A bit flavorless when it first hits the tongue, but the hop bitterness comes through. It ends off with a slight bitterness and biscuits.
M: Light/medium bodied, good carbonation.
D: Not bad. It's definitely something you can take down bottle after bottle. None of the flavors are too overwhelming. The hop bitterness does linger, but not like an IPA does. I think I would buy this again when heading out to a friend's party or something.

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Photo of philbe311
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Thin one fingers worth of fizzy pure white head... Minimal retention gives way to full slightly creamy head... A very pale golden straw clear with a faint orange hue... Very clean and 100% transparent... Loaded with briskly paced medium bubbled carbonation...

S - Unripened green banana... A crisp vibrant European hop presence... Some mild biscuity pale malts... Simple, but ultra effective...

T - A mild but biting hop presence... Brimming with pale malts... Good biscuit quality... A touch of unripened fruit...

M - Light to medium bodied... A bit of creaminess... Crisp and clean... Brisk carbonation prickles the tongue...

D - Simple... Straight forward... Effective... A very nice beer... Ultra sessionable and sub 5% ABV...

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Photo of musicforairports
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz into pilsner glass. Best by July 2011.

Pours very clear straw, some bubbles. Small head, faint lacing.

Smells lightly of noble hops and pilsner malt.

Taste is light, crisp, and refreshing. Lightly bitter the whole way with some German hop flavors, with thin, sweet malt behind it. All in all, though, it's not as hoppy as some other bottles of this I feel like I've had before.

Mouthfeel is thin and on par for the style.

This one's a really easy drinker, with some decent, if not overwhelming, flavors.

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Photo of rickdiaz
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden/amber color, slight 1/2 finger head that dissapates quickly, however nice lacing.

S: Earthy, maybe a little dusty which I found odd. Malty overtones with only slight hoppiness.

T: Crisp and refreshing. Hint of hops, citrusy. I really expected more.

M: A little over carbonated and watery.

D: Not bad, but I really wouldn't call it a session beer.

As I mentioned earlier, I really expected more. This almost reminded me of a Miller Lite going into my mouth until the aftertaste of the Noble Hops. I think I'll stick to ales for now.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Noble Pils pours a pale, clear straw color with 1.5 fingers of pure white head. Retention and lacing are decent.

Smell: Biscuity malts, and grassy, noble hop character (surprise). Not much beyond that. It's not a turn-off, but it leaves me wanting more.

Taste: Biscuity malts, maybe a touch of citrus, and grassy, noble hops. Reasonably satisfying, but nothing phenomenal.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light bodied, but very smooth going down. The carbonation is fine and doesn't get in the way, which is nice. Over this is a very drinkable beer that I found to be pretty enjoyable. I would buy it again, just for sessionability.

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Photo of Fluke828
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. (I know, I know not the ideal glassware but anyhow)

Appears a very pale traditional pilsner color out of the body with a white head of not quite 1 finger. Moderate lacing.

Smells very vegetal and grassy. Tastes carbonated and fairly light with herbal notes and a slight not quite vinegar-like quality to it. Very Dry. Not a big fan of many pils' but this was enjoyable for what it's worth....still miss the white ale this time of year but at least they didn't retire it....another gripe for another time...

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Photo of jar2574
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours golden yellow, very clear. Decent white head at first but doesn't last that long. Average lacing on the way down. But this pilsner looks fine for a pilsner.

A nice smell - citrus, flowers, and a touch of hops.

Great taste. They knocked it out of the park. It is a mild pilsner. The hops are basically balanced with honey malts. Neither really predominates. The right amount of bitterness; it never gets too bitter like some of my favorite Czech pilsners.

I think they are deviating from the traditional pilsner style, but in a good way. I guess the only thing that I miss from the traditional style is the extra hoppy kick that goes along with the bitterness. There isn't much of a kick to this beer. On the other hand, the smooth maltiness of this pilsner makes it a lot more drinkable than the Czech ones.

One of the most drinkable beers around. Could have many, many of these. Not as complex as other beers I've ranked this high, but probably one of the best session beers around.

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

A - pours a straw, clear ywllow with a half finger head.

S - smells of light grassy hops with some cereal and grain malts. There is also a light citrus zestiness on the nose.

T - stàrts off witha lot of grain malt. This is the most dominant flavor throughout. This fades to some grassy and citrusy hops., more grassy than citrusy. This finishes to a slight rindpeel bitterness and some bready malt. Really nice pilsner.

M - medium body with a watery feel

D - really solid pilsner here. Really nice balance and a nice felicate flavor profile. I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again. One of the best Sam Adams beers I have tried.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a crystal clear straw yellow with a finger of white head. Tons of carbonation pouring from the bottom.

S - Great pilsener aroma. Grainy and clean. Also very grassy with a crisp citrus aroma. Theres a strong pungent sweetness to it as well, somewhat hard to place. Very nice.

T - Taste reflects that pungent sweetness form the nose, along with a nice touch of grassy hops and a dry grainy finish. Citrus and sharpness. I like it more than just about any pilsener I've had, but pilseners really aren't my beer of choice, so I didn't love it.

M - Medium body for a pilsener. Coats the mouth well and has a nice drying finish. Possibly my favorite pilsener. I definitely prefer it to Prima Pils, which I though was abrasive and hard to drink (despite my love of hops).

It stands out as one of the better beers in its style, which is something BBC's beers rarely do (to paraphrase another recent reviewer's summary)

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