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 ThirstyBird
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow with a glint of gold in it. Fluffy white head falls to a rich blanket. Some lacing. Smell is crisp floral hops, citrus, pale malt. Smells refreshing. Taste is a touch of hint malt sweetness up front then comes the citrus tartness, grassy, Some spiciness. A dry crisp aftertaste. Light/medium body with a a crisp active carbonation. Overall this is an easily drinkable beer. Plenty of taste and easily consumed.

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Photo of wcintula
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer on tap, I'll say was not as enjoyable as the bottle version for the main reason of hop flavouring. It had a great look, a great nose and a great feel to it, but taste just wasn't as hoppy as that presumably very fresh couple of bottle I had. This taste was maltier and grainier, but still very pleasant, and great to keep drinking.

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

Served in a glass. Made on date is May (2010 I assume).

A: Light-gold in color. Thick white head that leaves a lot of lacing. I apologize for not paying attention to how long it took to dissipate. Moderate carbonation is visible for a while but it eventually settles until virtually none is visible.

S: Hopsy, grassy, soapy, clean and fresh smelling. Perhaps also citrus. It certainly smells complex, which is a good thing but doesn't stand out, per se.

T: Same as the smell. Malts and the hops are prevalent. Bit of a grassy, piney and herbal taste which compliments the bitterness. It is a good kind of bitterness in my opinion though. It all blends together well to come across as fresh, clean and pleasantly refreshing.

M: Medium-bodied and satisfying. Don't know what else to say about the mouthfeel.

D: Fairly high. It is a well rounded and blended brew. Very refreshing which is a nice change from most beers I end up trying.

Hands-down the Pilsener I've ever had. A complex set of attributes which are masterfully blended together to produce a great beer.
I'm not a fan of IPAs but I do like some Bocks, however, this, in terms of bitterness, is executed perfectly as the bitterness seems to be a natural part of the brew and doesn't stick out like a sore thumb or jump out at as unpleasant.
I'm not surprised by all of the different awards this beer has won because in my opinion Sam Adams hit another one out of the ballpark with this one. I was really looking forward to trying this one and I was not disappointed in the least by it.

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Photo of Todd
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Made with 5 Noble hops; Hallertau Mittelfrueh, Tettnang Tettnanger, Spalt Spalter, and Hersbrucker Hersbrucker (Germany) and Saaz (Czech Republic). Fun, and a nice departure from American hops.

Enjoy by June 2011. Hooray freshness dating! Something I feel will eventually need to be federally mandated, but I digress.

Pours a bright pale golden color with a creamy white head.

Nose is grassy, citric, slightly pungent with soft floral, herbal and mild soap aromas.

Crisp, prickly carbonation. Smoothes out with medium bodied. Quite hoppy. Bitter. Citric acid. Grassy bite. Mildly abrasive. Herbal and mineral notes linger. Overall, hops are restrained. This brew is nice and dry too. As for the malts, things are a bit bready, husky, and there's a subtle touch of fermented honey. Nothing complicated, just some balance. Bone dry, with a mineral and bready finish. Did I mention dry?

There's no question that Samuel Adams Noble Pils is one of Boston Beer Company's best beers to-date. A very enjoyable hop-centric Pils.

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

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. Was within the best by date.

A: clear, brilliant golden color, towering, fluffy white head slowly falls into a thick cap with good lacing.

S: oddly enough, the first thing I smell is a soapy aroma, infused with a melange of hop notes: some funkiness (almost barnyard-like), earthiness, floral, herbal, grassy, and a hint of citrus, the underlying malt backbone is soft and bread-like.

T: the overall first impression is soft earthiness, then the herbal/floral hops gently make their entrance, which mixes with a nice bit of spiciness, the finish is decidedly grassy with a lingering mineral quality. Tasty stuff.

M: light bodied, silky texture, abundant carbonation.

D: this might be Samuel Adams best brew. I can't think of a better one.

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Photo of enfield249
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Perfectly clear yellow gold. White head of about 3 fingers that fades to a thin layer.

S- nice fresh hop aroma.

T- malty sweet, with just a touch of hop twang.

M- crisp, clean,fresh.

D - on a hot day, I could drink plenty of these. Such a nice clean flavor of a beer. One of the best pilsners I have ever had.

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Photo of Bogforce
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautfiul golden color, thin frothy head that goes away quick though. Looks good other than that.

S: Kind of getting a corn smell, plus a hint of the hops. It's okay.

T: I'm getting a corn flavor to this as well, small amount of hops

M: Goes down well, leaves a good feeling on the tongue.

D: Great spring time beer that is easy to drink.

Beer seems overrated to me...

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. For Brewery-Fresh Taste, Enjoy Before - June. I remember really liking this last year and would have argued against it being listed as a German Pilsner (looks like that has been updated).

Appearance: Pours a yellow straw with a moderate head. Not too thick, somewhat soapy. Good carbonation activity.

Smell: A metallic smell of hops. Definitely has a pilsner aroma to it.

Taste: A good beer. Again, a slight hint of metallic hops in the taste. Is this beer less hoppy than last year's release? I say yes - either my taste buds have evolved or the recipe has indeed changed somewhat. I still like it though.

Mouthfeel: This is where Noble Pils ranks highest in my book. While not being a particularly heavy beer, it still coats the mouth. You know that it is there. Most importantly, it leaves behind a great bready aftertaste!

Drinkability: Absolutely drinkable - if only BBC would make this a year-round release.

Overall: Like most Sam Adams beers, Noble Pils is a good tasting beer without being offensive. Unlike most Sam Adams beers, however, Noble Pils happens to stand out in its style category - a rather sparse craft lager/pilsner field.

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a few of these while out at the Olive Garden for my fiance's birthday. Served in the bottle and poured into a standard issue pint glass.

A - Pours a translucent honey/yellow color. A thick 2 finger head upon pouring that settles down to a rather thinnish head after a few minutes. A decent, rather sticky lacing was left on the side of the glass after drinking.

S - A rather unimpressive smell. Slight earthy smell but nothing that's "wowing".

T - A decent beer. Not bitter at all. I didn't get much of a hop taste. More maltly, sweet and slightly lemony than hoppy. Slightly spicy aftertaste.

M - Pretty decent carbonation gives a nice tingle to the palette.

D - High drinkability. These beers went down with relative ease and this could easily be a session beer. This reminds me of a really well made, no frills beer that you'd have on a hot summer day. Pretty refreshing and a nice departure from my normal IPA beers.

Overall: A well made beer that is very easy to drink. Nothing so fantastic that makes me want to purchase on my own but as a choice at a restaurant, a great step up from the standard BMC stuff.


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

12oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint.

A- Pours a pale golden with a small half finger head. The head recedes quickly and leaves a small amount of lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Nice pale and golden malts and some cracker. There are some faint hops along with just the faintest hint of lemon.

T- The malts are on the forefront along with some nice biscuit and cracker flavor. There are faint hops and a bit of a grassy presence.

M- Lighter bodied that has a nice, crisp carbonation that tickles the tongue. A little dry on the finish.

D- About as good as it is going to get. Light and smooth with nice flavors make this one a good session beer. Nice for a warm summer day.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden with a one and a half finger white head. Decent retention and pretty good effort on the lacing.
S- Earthy and a bit musty. Some pleasant grain aromas.
T- Initially grainy, and then the noble hop kick comes in with a strong earthy and a bit of a woody flavor.
M- A bit lighter in the body than I remember last year. Crisp carbonation.
D- Very easy to drink especially at a reasonable ABV. Though not my favorite, I could drink these almost all day with no problems from the alcohol or the flavors.

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

Out of a bottle this beer was a perfectly clear, 24k gold color with one finger of yellowish-white head that retained itself well. The lacing was as spots off the thin collar. The aroma was bright, refreshing, and balanced; I smelled floral hops, crisp grains and crystal malts The flavors were instantly refreshing. I admired the balance of the light malts and crisp, noble hops. It was a clean beer in every sense of the word. It finished with such distinct Saaz bitternes I had to give it points for being on-target for the style. The mouthfeel was a bit fizzy, the body medium and the carbonation appropriate.

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

Pours a clear yellow with two finger white head that falls slow and laces well.

Aroma is nice crisp lemony citrus notes with hints grass on a bready malt base.

Taste is wow nice hops grassy, earthy playing on the tongue for a while before finishing with bready malts and lemon grass and floral notes. Very tasty brew light easy drinking wonderful flavors, just makes you want more.

Mouthfeel is light with peppy carbonation to start but mellows some in the finish, perfect for this beer.

Drinkability is well great, very enjoyable making me wish it was warmer outside.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Clear pale, yellow, golden hues with high carbonation and a half-finger white head. Moderate lacing. Clean and filtered.

Smell: Floral notes with a hint of lemongrass. Mild hops are apparent in the background. Slight graininess about it.

Taste: Floral, herbal, citrus, and piney notes. There are slight hops present in the palate, which may be a little too hoppy for the style, but being partial to IPAs, it doesn't bother me. I can sense the graininess holding up the taste. Lingering bready finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Above average carbonation. Crisp.

Drinkability: This beer is really easy to drink. It is very refreshing. Definitely a session beer.

Ending notes: Overall, I would say that this beer represents the style in good light. However, I would most likely not seek it out to purchase more.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.51/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have heard good things about Sam Adam's Noble Pils and finally came across some. The label on the bottle depicts a bucolic scene with a lush green valley and blue, cloud-wisped, sky. Very inviting on this blizzardy Minnesota day.

The beer is a crystal clear golden color. The white sticky foam above has excellent retention and leaves chunks of lacing on the glass. The pale malt puts forth doughy bread in the aroma. This is nicely complimented by the citrus and grass from the hops.

Everything about this beer, from the packaging to the aroma, heightens my anticipation. My taste buds are not disappointed. The malt leads the way with noticeable body. A very light tinge of grain is mixed with cracker and bread notes. As the beer approaches the finish, the grassy, bitter, and citrus hops rise to beautifully compliment the malt. The palate is left dry and refreshed, begging for more.

This is a wonderful Bohemian style Pilsener: clean, crisp, and refreshing. I could drink this all night. I wish more US breweries would produce quality beers in the Pilsener vein. Kudos the crew and Sam Adams.

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

Well had this one again, this time on tap at a big restaurant. I saw the taps and thought there would be nothing but BMC macros, but was pleasantly surprised when the bartender said they had noble pils on tap!

Nice looking, medium tan with a good head, good lacing, mostly clear, and nice rising bubbles.

Smells and tastes very nice for a pilsner, good balance between crisp hops and tasty malts. A touch spicy and a touch sweet. Very nice.

Feel is light, with a mild lingering bitterness, very nice for the style.

Drinks great. I do love this beer. A model of what a pilsner should be.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

If you want a clean, crisp, refreshing pils, this is one of the best I have had. I think my favorite.

Pours a clear gold color. Very nice sticky head and lacing.

Aroma is very lager-ish. Nice bready maltiness.

Taste is crisp and refreshing. Alot more flavor than some other pils. Since we can't get the best of Germany fresh this beer is a good alternative. Nice bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp. With a slight maltiness leftover in the finish.

Overall I buy this by the case and its a good beer to have after work or in the summer. Wish it was year round.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean, deep yellow color witha white head. In the aroma, small hint of hops in a clean lager. In the taste, small malt, a nice hop, and all the basic clean lager flavors. A small hop bite and a light bodied mouthfeel, witha a dry and fresh hop aftertaste. Nice fresh hop, a clean, good everyday day pils.

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

12 oz into a snifter...picked up a 12er of this at the local Jewel...not a bad value, was slightly cheaper than Pilsner-Urquell, which is my default pils option without heading into more expensive micro territory ala Prima Pils or others.

Bright and full golden body crowned with a lively head that leaves decent lacing.

Aroma isn't anything to brag about...there isn't really any true pils funk, but it is still quite pleasant and clean, a good malt profile with well balanced but not overpowering hops. It reminds me a little of Trumer Pils but more reasonably priced.

Taste is quite clean. I'm impressed. Well weighted with hops and malt and very crisp. Refreshing and goes down very easy. Highly drinkable. Recommended.

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Photo of beerNdarts
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this beer for the Springtime... reminds me very much of a less-bitter Sierra Nevada Pale Ale for some reason.

A- Clear and yellow with a light, white head that dissipates fairly quickly. I actually mistook this beer for my friends Bud Light at first glance when it was served.

S- Floral hops, with a smooth cleanness on the end.

T- Clean and fresh with a bitterness as it goes down from the added hops. The word "bright" comes to mind when I drink this, very Spring appropriate.

M- Medium Light, like any pilsner-style

D- Very good, but I wouldn't call it a session beer.

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Photo of nickshep7
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this brew twice - once on tap and another via bottle. Obviously tap was much better and I felt like the hops were more forward. On tap this brew reminded me a bit of a lighter version of a west coast style pale ale (almost SN lite).

Pours a nice golden yellow with great carbonation. Three finger puffy head quickly fades into a solid lace which sticks around forever. I get a lot of grass/straw on the nose with a bit of sweet honey (?)... Taste and mouth feel are solid -- good amount of hops and lemon citrus. Drinkability is fantastic. I would love to stock pile these by the case to last me throughout the summer. I could easily throw back a 12 pack of these while grilling and pitching shoes in the dead heat of summer.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 bottle served in a standard shaker pint.
best by: June notched

pours a clear golden yellow tone with a finger of frothy head. middling retention but nice lacing.

smell was decidedly on the muted side but offered notes of citrus/floral hoppiness and a touch of malt in the background.

flavor is a major improvement. sweet, honey like presence out front followed in short order by the array of noble hops. definitely grassy. crisp, slightly bitter finish. solid beer.

medium bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation. very, very drinkable.

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

12oz brown bottle

Samuel Adams Noble Pils was golden in color. It had a white head with decent retention and lacing. The smell was nice with citrus hops and bit earthy. The taste was good hop flavor over a light malt base with some light bitterness. The finish was long, dry, and lightly bitter. The mouthfeel was good with a medium body and medium carbonation. Drinkability was good as well. This is a good Pilsener and worth trying out.

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

I had this on tap in a pilsener glass. It was a freshly tapped keg so it was a bit bubbly but nevertheless delicious and just delightful. The appearance was golden yellow with a white head with visible streams of bubbles.

The smell was quite hoppy for a pils and good on SA for taking care to flavor this beer and give it some character with nicely balanced citrus and piney hops and grains.

In a very good way, this was delightful to drink and possessed all the liveliness and freshness whose lack thereof pushed me away from pilseners long ago. This pils had none of the watered down, bitter, stale flavor of many pilseners but was fresh, delicious, in fact I found myself, dare I say, guzzling this beer down because it's drinkabilty is off the charts good. The mouthfeel is clean and balanced between sweet and sour.

What can I say? Give me another pils!!! NOW!!!

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Photo of justintcoons
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice, clear straw color with moderate carbonation. Has a little head that dissipates quickly.

N: Grass, floral hops and lemon.

T: Bitter upfront with lemony citrus, grass and earth that fades into some caramel and earthy maltiness.

M: Crisp, thin and nicely carbonated.

D: Highly drinkable! Great for spring and summer!

I distinctly remember this beer being more floral last year which I liked a lot more but still not bad.

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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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