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

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3.76/5
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3,667 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,114
Reviews:
1,513
Ratings:
3,667
pDev:
14.63%
Bros Score:
3.83
 
 
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Ratings: 3,667 |  Reviews: 1,513
Photo of nickshep7
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
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 +2.7%
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 +5.6%
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 +13%
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 +2.7%
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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Photo of Northjames
4.48/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle.

This is a straw/golden pilsner, very typical for the style or just a bit yellower. The head is thin and lacy. Crystal clear.

The smell is muted, earthy or woody hops.

I can taste earthy, woody, herbal hop notes all the way through this. There is a pleasant bitterness in the front, and this changes over to alot of noble hops flavor. Just at the end is a faint maltiness that has been there all along.

Drinkability is very high. This should come in 30 racks (Just kidding but not really).

A little less floral than the 2010 version, and a little stronger on the woody/herbal notes.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap with dinner.
appearance: plain, not bad. Nothing special. Light, clear golden.
smell: some hops, a little spicy something. To be honest, not altogether pleasant.
taste: Not my 'cup o beer'. Nothing bad happening but nothing much happening. Even slightly on the down side for my taste.

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Photo of Scrapss
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid flavor, good color, nice nose with the hops. Got some lacing, good carbonation. All around nice beer.

Appearance is a nice golden color, not too light not too dark. Usually the pils I've had were very light, not this one.

Smell is wicked hoppy for a pils. I like it, but it is not representative of the usual pils I've encountered.

Taste is a light, lemon grassy hoppy goodness. If you didn't call it a pils, I'd swear it was supposed to be a pale ale.

Mouthfeel has substance, not unpleasant and not as fleeting as most pils I've had.

Drinkability is okay. No bad effects from having a sixer.

*** re-review, on tap, 02/16/2011 ***
All the above is still true this year. Purchased this in 1/2 barrel for the super bowl party and it's even better in the barrel. All characteristics are turned up a notch from the barrel.

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Photo of Retsinis
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes

While vacationing in VA, they had bottles of this at Olive Garden. Since it was the new seasonal, and VA is a lot closer to MA then CA, I gave this one a go.

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a chilled pint glass (had to work with what I got)

The beer pours a straw yellow or gold color with a two inch fluffy white head that rose, and faded to about a quarter inch of head. Very carbonated, but was right for the style. Some light lacing.

The Aroma's I get are a spicy hop, mixed with lemon, and orange citrus.

Not to much in terms of taste complexity. Some hop bitterness up front, with the lemon and spice that mirrored from the aromoa. Some light sweet malts, and a smooth finish.

The mouthful is light, crisp, and refreshing.

As for drinkability, no question, an easy drinker. I enjoyed the one I had, but having two or three more would have been too easy. Not something I would drink often, ( I did my best to rate to style) but it was a nice change of pace from all the stouts and porters I had been having.

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Photo of stewfnrocker
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap and poured into a pint glass
The appearance was a pale golden yellow color with a good head.
This beer has an aroma full of those noble hops, citrus and a little bit of floral and some wheat.
The taste is pretty much how it tastes, a nice taste of the noble hops, a bit of grains, some of the malts, and a little crisp bite at the end.
Mouthfeel has a nice medium body with a medium carbonation. Adds a good feel on the tongue to go with the tastes of the light hops.
This is a very drinkable beer that you can kick back and enjoy a bunch.

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Photo of mteevin
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at K Restaurant, Orlando

A - Pours a beautiful deep gold, reminiscent of a Belgian strong pale. Lively head leaves a sufficient lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Earthy, grassy hops. Faint bready, biscuity sweetness rounds out the back, but this is overwhelmingly a hop-forward beer. The noble hops are very evident with the slightly dank, pungent bitterness very different from American varietals.

T - Crisp hops greet the palate first. Citrus, grass, dank. Peppery and pleasantly spicy hop finish as expected from noble hops. Faint sugary sweetness on the back of the tongue prevents it from being over the top. A pretty good example of the style, compared to most imported Euro pils.

M - This starts off great but gets noticeable prickly after having a few -- not terrible, but I'd prefer it to perhaps be SLIGHTLY toned back. Consistency is on point for the style.

D - This is where this beer really shines! I could see myself drinking six of these at a barbeque or at the beach, no problem. The light character combined with the refreshing hoppiness would be great on a warm summer day.

A worthy competitor to some of the more expensive imports, and available fresh nearly everywhere. For $7-8 a sixer, it's definitely worth serious consideration.

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Photo of GregBlatz
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad it is almost spring. I really liked this one last year.

A - Straw in color with a pure white head that gets rocky as it falls and laces the glass aggressively. Extremely clear. Nice looking beer.

S - Sweet spicy hops balanced by the grains. Smells more German than Czech to me.

T - Wow. Sweetness from the grain that you would find in the Boston Lager, but not as much caramel. Hops are dominant and fresh. Complex. Different characteristics reveal themselves with each sip.

M - Full mouthfeel for a pils. Maybe a slightly high finishing gravity?

D - Very drinkable, but a bit sweet and aggressive for a session beer.

Overall - I really love this beer. I would put this up against any German or Czech Pils and it might beat them all in a blind comparison. Of course we get the benefit of freshness that we can't ensure in the imports.

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Photo of gopens44
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

May 2011 freshness dating notch thing taken out. Bought as a single for $1.70

A - Clear straw colored with a stark white 1/4" frothy head.

S - Biscuity with a slightly earthy hop presence.

T - A touch of lemon interlaced with a bready, malty taste. Some faint bit of a spice thing happening. Not overwhelming, but just a touch of it on the finish.

M - Crisp at first, but a touch oily on the tongue after the first few initial swigs

I found this to be one of the better Pilsners I have had. I don't drink them often, but this was a decent little beer. Low ABV makes this a reasonable thing to drink several of.

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Photo of plfahey
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Medium gold in color. Brilliantly clear. Nice moderately large off-white headstand with good retention and some nice lacing.

Aroma-Grainy, graham cracker malt with nice floral, spicy, and very slightly citrus hop bouquet.

Flavor-Richer malt flavor than aroma indicates, grain and bready notes prevalent here. Bold floral and spicy hop flavors, with the spice stepping up more than in the aroma. Finishes crisply with moderate hop bitterness and lingering balance of grainy malt and fresh spicy hops, though the hops are slightly stronger.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with medium high carbonation. Spritzy and light on the tongue.

Wow, what an awesome and drinkable pilsner, with some great malt and hop flavors to boot. A solid offering from Boston Beer Co.

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Photo of BeenJammin
4.72/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My First Time

The first time I had this beer I wasn't expecting too much more than just another solid SA seasonal. I did the, "drink it straight from the bottle because it's nothing special" thing. Well, after the first sip it was apparent that this beer was much more than your run of the mill, crappy American-made pilsner. I was hooked after the first sip! This is the kind of beer that BMC should be making when they claim "Triple Hops Brewed". Now, if you claim that I am somehow overrating this beer; fine, you got me. But it's only on the off chance that I can turn this beer on to someone new to craft beer. Because I know they will have a similar experience to mine for their first time.

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

Largely disappointed with this offering on tap I thought I'd give it its fair due from the bottle. Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. brown bottle pours a clear and bright straw in color and offers a half inch of snow white foam. Offers decent retention and a light carbonation and lacing.

Nose is subtle but pleasant and without the lager stillness of the tap version. A fair amount of lemon and spice along with a some grain in the background. A nice aroma though a bit hard to gather at times.

Flavor of lemon bread and with a well placed level of sweetness. Bit of husky grain on the finish, some more lemon citrus and a lingering light bitterness. Feel is pleasant and middle of the road for the style with a good balance of sweet notes and grainy texture. Fairly drinkable yet subtle, this beer wins by not losing.

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Photo of malty
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

May '11 notched on back. Got this in a spring variety 12 pack.

Pours into its proprietary Sam Adams scientific glass a slightly chill hazed bright deep golden color. The loose bright white head stays steady at 1". Good amount of visible carbonation streams upward. Looks uber refreshing. Bright white dainty squiggly lines of horizontal lace, marking each quaff.

Grassy. Leafy. Earthy. Mildly hoppy for any other style of ale, but very hoppy for a pils. Smells like springtime. I'm very ready and excited for springtime.

Zesty and dry mini-barrage on the palate as soon as it enters. As my mouth adjusts to this bitter buddy, I enjoy its (again) leafy hop qualities. A mineral salt element creeps up on edges of my tongue, but the chalky hops seem to even everything out. Nice balance of malt, but the green hops notes are definitely the headliner on this baby.

Mouthfeel is a hair to the right of light bodied with lifting, fine carbonation. The finish is clean, clean, clean with the middle being very yard-like. Did I say 'earthy' already? Well, it is.

Drinkability is splendid. Lots of hoppy enjoyment, but never biting or edgy. Crisp is the word.

Overall a very welcome pils to the crazy world of ever increasing over-the-top HUGE beers bursting onto the beer scene as of late. Nice to see a subtle style with a thoughtful tweak. I'm diggin' it this winter as I did last spring. I can almost smell the coals in my Weber kettle.

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Photo of Franz4
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Champps-Crosswoods

A- Looks nice, crystal clear with a thin foamy head by the time it got to our table.

S- floral, pine, and grassiness here, very clean and distinct.

T- crisp hops up front that mellow out in the finish with a pleasant malty character

M- appropriately carbonated, appropriate amount of bite to it, nothing that stood out though.

D- Nice alternative to a light beer, available at a place that didn't have a lot of craft available, I'd have it again.

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Photo of G2Brew
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Gold, hint of green, very clear. Nice rising bubbles. Modest frothy white head that reduced to about 1/8th inch that lasted to the end. Decent lacing. Very small bubbles rise throughout.

S -Sweet malts, and a variety of distinct hops aromas. A little grassy. I really like it, but I can see why some people wouldn't.

T - Tons of flavor. Lots of malt, citrus, and complex hops. Sweet bread and a little pine in the aftertaste. This is a unique flavor profile, and really, seriously good.

M - Medium body, plenty of carbonation, crisp and refreshing, as a pils should be.

D - Extremely drinkable. This one takes a place right next to Pilsner Urquel. Clearly different, but very, very good.

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

Poured into a large pilsner glass from the 12oz bottle, best by June 2011.

A: The beer is a nice solid gold color with perhaps some orange tint coming in. Clear with a good looking off-white head that lasts forever.

S: Good balanced aroma of biscuity malt at first, then a range of hop notes: grassy, lemony, floral, then light citrus. Nice profile.

T: Nice taste here of slight citrus and floral hop, balanced with a solid bready malt character. Finishes with an herbal and slightly piny hop character with some dryness.

D: Really sessionable and something that has great taste but can relax with and not think about. Ive tossed back a few of these in the past week. Very refreshing.

Could also be a good gateway option.

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Photo of bbold
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured nicely into a pilsner glass with a finger of head.

Golden yellow color with a slight greenish hue. About half a dozen carbonation streams arising from various places on the sides of the glass.

It's smell to me is extremely weak. Grass/straw is it's most prominent aroma. Slight hints of citrus that quickly dissapte.

The taste is crisp and refreshing, with a mild bitterness. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste that lingers for quite some time.

The mouthfeel is decent, lots of tiny bubbles that foam up on the tongue.

In terms of drinkability, I would consider this to be a day-time beer. Would go great with brunch, or as a mid-day snack.

Samuel Adam's Noble Pils came very close, if not dead on with my expectations. Very refreshing beer that screams springtime.

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Photo of Jesse13713
4.39/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was definitely not expecting to give this beer such high marks, but I was more than impressed with it.

Appearance - Pours a very transparent greenish yellow with two fingers of head. It appears very well carbonated and looks like a what a classic american beer should look like.

Aroma - Very earthy and natural. It smells quite hoppy with hints of citrus and flowers.

Taste - Tastes of citrus and very fresh hops. However, the hops are sweet rather than bitter and definitely not overpowering. It has quite a bread-like aftertaste that is slightly bitter and dry. Very light tasting with notes of pine and clove.

Mouthfeel - A heavy bread taste, delicious sweet hops and a straw taste to it.

Drinkability - Very drinkable and a perfect spring beer. I could easily down an entire 6'er of this in an afternoon.

Verdict - I was taking off guard at the complex and different taste I got from the hops. This is definitely in the top 3 pilsners I have ever had and I will definitely be making a 6-pack purchase of it.

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Photo of NickRivers
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pilsner from a fresh 12oz.

A - Nice golden lager with fair lacing from its 2-finger head.

S - Fresh floral and piney hops.

T&M - Crisp and well carbonated lager with a great hop taste.

D - Super refeshing and light.

That Czech yeast really does this one good. It's got some great hope flavor, crisp mouthfeel. and great drinkability. Nice hop bite. I'll be honest I expected less sweet malts and more bitterness considering the 5 hops used in this brew. But overall a good hop lager, one of the few in supermarkets these days. Its no outstanding but its not horrible. Once again Sam Adams has given me another reason to look forward to the year's seasons. Cheers!

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Photo of jsdunlop
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Noble Pils pours out light and golden with a fair amount of white, frothy head. After a few minutes, it recedes to a minimal covering with some good lacing. It is slightly sweet in the smell, with notes of honey, apples, and a fresh, citrus and floral hop presence. The taste begins with a hint of herbal spiciness, which introduces the light but enjoyable malt presence that gives off just a touch of honey-like flavor. At mid palate, the hops kick in full effect, bringing mild floral and some moderate citrus flavors to the table. This beer finishes quite dry, though it manages to leave you with a second helping of honey and floral hops. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, although almost too light and dry. Combined with the intense carbonation, I get the feeling that I am drinking seltzer water at times, which seems to throw the beer off balance. Overall though, the only issues I had with drinkability was the selzter-like characteristic, and with the outstanding flavor, appearance and taste of this one, I'd say that SA Noble Pils is definitely worth purchasing again.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Golden straw yellow with bubbles, pretty good head forming.Considerable lacing,

Average pilsener grassy light smell, very hard to detect. Malt sweetness,some grainess.Grassiness

Upon sip, can sense malt sweetness,grain and faint hops kick in,at the end.Light-bodied,very refreshing as a pilsener should be. Good for everyday,and summer(except it's only till beginning of spring.

Nice pilsener, but I've had better. Slightly overhyped, considering there are better pilseners out there. But a good brew.

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Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 3,667 ratings
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