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 jsanford
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA on 2/7/11. Poured into a SA Perfect Pint.

A - Clear light gold with a 1-inch creamy white head. Nice retention, leaves some streaky lacing.
S - Sweet malt and crisp citrus (mostly orange) hops. Very fresh and clean smelling.
T - Lightly toasted sweet malt and earthy, floral hops. Again, I'm getting a lot of oranges.
M - Very crisp, with a medium-thin mouthfeel and sharp carbonation.
D - Very drinkable, paired well with the Club Sandwich I ate. Great beer, one of the best from SA.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
2.68/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Nice golden hue... head didn't last long, but stuck to the sides of the tulip glass rather nicely.

S- Smells like wet hay, like a grassy compost pile. reminds me of when I used to landscape... A few sweet hints, honey and clover...

T- Very grassy... alot of different hops flavors almost seem to be competing instead of meshing together. The finish is bitter sweet... not really digging this that much.

M- Nice carbination... fresh bitter really lingers, but gets sweet at the end.

D- Probably better after mowing the lawn than sitting next to the fire place... I was really into when I bought it... not that impressed, but I'll have to try this one again.

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Photo of weizenbob
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle (enjoy by June) partially poured into a strange. The head is huge, holding steady at a near 1:1 ratio with the beer itself. The beer is a crystal clear golden shade with a few lazy bubbles escaping to the top of the glass. Head retention is amazing and spotty lacing lines the glass. I've said it before and I'll say it again here; Sam Adams knows how to make a great looking beer.

On the nose, this pilsner smells delicately yet assertively hopped. Light reminiscence of granny smith apple wafts off the brew. It smells light and fresh and brings to mind the feeling of sunshine, tall grass and a light breeze.

The initial attack on the palate is grainy maltiness. Wet straw is strong up front but fades cleanly, exposing lightly bittering hops. It tastes young and slightly green. There is a mild lime note as the hops fade into a lightly bitter aftertaste that lingers for only a moment.

Noble Pils is light in body, and delicate in character, but perfectly so. Carbonation is on the low end and that suits this beer fine. It comes on softly, makes its point and moves on, leaving me in wanting. This is extremely drinkable, and rests reasonably at an undetectable 4.9% ABV. I might not be able to drink a whole six pack in a sitting, but I am fooled into thinking that I could. Sam Adams doesn't always get a lot of respect from beer snobs, but in a craft industry that focuses almost exclusively on ale-style beers, Sam Adams has not only cornered the American market on lager styles, but in many cases, perfected them. Noble Pils is top notch.


The Two-Schlitz Scale™: (see my profile for an explanation)
I give two Schlitz for Noble Pils. This brew is represents an exceptional value.

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Photo of The1WineGuy
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After 900+ reviews, It was all repetitive. Did anyone else get a fresh Fruity Pebbles Cereal flavor after the first sip? You know your first spoonful of milk and pebbles vs. the 5 fresh budding noble hops?

Bottle Date: May 2010 - Drink Date: Feb 2011

A: As expected -Golden

S: Past its prime for a hoppy beer

T: Nice, Enjoyable, Smooth....Fruity Pebbles

M: Richer than expected

D: Easily Drunk

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Photo of BeerMane
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've seen a lot of hype on beer so I decided to give it a try. Smooth pour produced a nice head, color was a clear golden color, has a nice clean almost citrus taste with a hint of pine nuts. It reminded me of the Sam Adams Coastal Wheat without as much lemon taste. Overall a good spring time beer, I was pleased with this selection.

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Photo of beyah
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass from a 12oz. bottle

A- Clear golden color, about 1 finger of head, very persistant lacing.

S- Slight citrus hops smell.

T- Quite hoppy taste with a moderatly bitter aftertaste.

M- Slight carbonation, easy to drink

D- Easy to drink, nice hoppiness similar to a great IPA.

If I had to describe to a friend what this beer is like it would be an IPA brewed in Germany, very nice Sam Adams.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a SA Perfect Pint from the brown bottle notched as best before June 2010.

Pours a clear light golden color with a foamy two finger head that dissipates fairly quickly. Leaves minor lacing.

Has a mild aroma, slight malts with the faintest whiff of hops.

The taste is very refreshing and mild. This beer seems to be better suited for the warmer days of spring and not these cold, snowy ones. Nice light and sweet malt notes are balanced by an equally light hop note which is grassy and has a touch of citrus. Has a grainy aftertaste a la typical Sam Adams beers.

Light bodied, refreshing, easy drinking.

A very easy beer to drink all year round. I think I would even take this over SN Summerfest.

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Photo of fdw3
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent golden amber with a large fizzy white head with only slight retention. Smells of strong hops with a grassy/flowery bouquet and spice notes. Pretty straightforward in tastes with lots of grassy, hoppy flavors with a little bit of spice and bitterness that ends with a faint bit of barley sweetness - overall flavor intensity is comparatively weak. Body is pretty light and the carbonation is moderately high.

Driinkability is good but I feel that most would choose a more hoppy brew if given the choice as the flavor in this beer is relatively weak. Seems more suited to be a refreshment beer and in that respect, it succeeds. A "good" beer.

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Photo of Shrews629
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Super clear, straw yellow color with a very bight white, somewhat soapy head. Decent size and retetnion and slightly below average lacing. Several bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell - Picking up hints of freshly mowed grass. Getting some grainy hints also. Some lemony citrus notes add a nice little touch. The aromas seem a little bit tame, but does smell fresh and clean.

Taste - With the taste, I pick up the grainy flavors followed by a crisp mix of lemon and green apple. Only a minor touch of bitterness. At the back end I detected some dry wheat that seemed very pleasant. This has a well balanced taste in my opinion.

Mouthfeel - Medium/thin mouthfeel. Dry and crisp. Refreshing. Did an average job covering the palate. Nothing bad by any means.

Drinkability - This is a pretty decent beer. It's worth a try for sure. It's perfect for Spring and Summer because it's refreshing and easily drinkable. This could be a great gateway beer if one is just starting to experiment with craft beer.

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Photo of BudWizeMan
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- attracive brigth golden hue,thin whte head with some lacing

S- Bready malts with Noble hop aromas,classic Pilsner aroma

T-Again bready malts with a mild spicy Noble hop bite, slight mineral "twang"

M- Crisp,refreshing ,satisfying very fitting to style

D- extremely high,low ABV,light,crisp body yet flavorfull

I do enjoy my Pilsners and this one is no exception,one my faves for sure.Always crisp,flavorfull and satisfying while remaining true to the style.A good relief hitter when not enjoying more intense hop forward beer styles.

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

I never got around to reviewing this one last year, but I saw it on the shelves pretty early into this year so I thought I would finally get to it. Review is from notes taken on 2/7/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a light and crisp, lemony yellow/gold color; starts with a big and fluffy two finger white head that becomes pockmarked as it dwindles down; body is perfectly clear and shows moderately strong carbonation bubbling up throughout; head eventually dwindles down to a full, but uneven cap and it leaves a few spots of lacing here and there.

Smell: Not quite as hoppy as I expected based upon the consistent advertisement blitz showcasing the 5 hops that are used in the brewing process, but they are there in spirit and provide a light, citric note in the scent; there is a very grainy scent that is dry and lightly toasted -- very "pilsener-esque" -- I do wish the nose was a bit more robust, but overall, it's not bad and leads me to believe I have a good idea of what it's going to taste like.

Taste: I'm not the biggest fan of the style, but this one is certainly pretty good; the tastes really start out with a bright and crisp citric hoppiness that is definitely reminiscent of lemon; once the initial taste of hops fades, there is a sweet malty backing that provides a touch of fading balance with the toasty graininess; aftertaste is all grassy/citric hoppiness, but not overly done like some real palate wreckers, actually, overall, the beer isn't especially mind blowing or robust or anything, but it is very crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Body is light and the carbonation is crisp and prickly, and just a tad sharp, but not unexpected in the lighter body with the crisper flavors; thin and dry coating is left on the roof of the mouth; gums and cheeks are left tingly from the strong carbonation.

Drinkability: Overall, it's gotta be pretty high -- the flavors are simple, yet very good; the weight is next to nothing and the ABV is below 5%, so nothing would really be stopping anyone from getting through a few of these in a night.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a clear, pale gold color with a small, pillowy, white, frothy head which does last somewhat and leaves some frothy lace rings. The nose is fair but typical of SA with typical SA cereal notes, light floral/herbal hops, faint bitter orange, and mild pepper. The flavor is odd; it has nice spice and bitter orange notes with subtle herbal underneath with some honey notes but similar cereal kills the nice notes. The palate is light to medium, crisp, lively, and mildly refreshing. Finishes somewhat short with mostly the moderately bitter hops and lingering cereal... One of the better SA beers I had.

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

Has a nice citrus bitterness without being overly fruity. Leaves a slightly sour after taste. Has a deep clear yellow color with a minimal head but with nice lacing. I like the taste more with every mouthful. Very crispy and refreshing. I'd definitely get this one again.

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

Poured into a SA perfect pint.

A: Pours a pale gold color with 1 1/2 fingers of chunky head. Plenty of carbonation with bubbles constantly rising. Small sheets of lacing develop.

S: Light, spicy hops with hints of green apple and grapes. Malt presence is also light with some of the honey coming through.

T: The first sip of this beer is never my favorite one of this beer. I feel that the beer gets better as I drink it. Light, grassy and lemony flavors combine with the honey malt.

M: Crisp and clean. This one is light and zesty with an above average level of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, but the spiciness of the hops doesn't always leave me wanting more. Perfect spring seasonal but I feel the timing of the release on this one is a tad too early.

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

Light golden pour with a clean white thin head.

Nose is loaded with hoppy citrus and lemon grass. Very fruity and pungent.

Loaded citrus, slightly resin bitter. Light honey bread body. Sweetness balanced well with a sharp citrus and fruity hop bite.

Very crisp and light/medium body. A heavy hop flavor for this style.

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Photo of engagechad
3.24/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was purchased as a 22oz from Kroger with a "drink before" date of 5-11. So it was fresh. - poured into a pilsner glass

Poured great, maybe a tad over carb, but still great. Easy to manipulate the head and it was soapy, leaving behing globs of gook on the glass. Smelled grassy, almost like a sauvignon blanc and smelled faintly of hops. Tasted okay but had a corny finish. Felt great, it was very smooth to drink and I could have many, very drinkable.

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

on tap at new wave in philly

Pours a golden yellow with a fluffed white head. Some streaks and spots of lacing on the glass.

A nice dose of floral hops in the nose with faint sweetness and citrus.

Plenty of floral hops up front with a nice tingly dryness. Toasted grain with some doughy biscuit malt backbone. A few touches of lemon and orange citrus with a dash of sweetness. Finishes with some more dry floral hops.

Lighter body, decent carbonation, pretty smooth on the palate. Drinks nicely with a solid flavor and a nice hop presence. I've had this a number of times since it came out last year and each time I'm reminded that Sam Adams still makes some good beers.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Source/serving: 12oz bottle

S- Soft white bread with pears, tart orange zest, golden raisins, lilies, with a pronounced dry spicy edge with whiffs of flower pot/herb garden soil. complex and varied.
T - Bold cereal and straw graininess mix with a musty, spicy hoppiness and quickly give way to a pleasantly firm citric, weedy dryness riding on top of faint honey-like, doughy grains. Prominent hop flavors. Finish is dry, with more weedy hop flavor and slightly spicy graininess. Slightly sweet honey lingers.
Notes: Refreshingly complex and crisp. Leans towards the hoppy side but doesn't overpower the bold grain flavor. Very tasty, but could be a little snappier and more vibrant though.

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Photo of DrStiffington
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells a lot citrusy and a little hoppy. Definitely get a great biting, citrus hops flavor. I guess that's Noble hops. The beer has a nice, crisp finish to it. I could, but won't, pound these one after another. I might enjoy this as much as Prima Pils. This is my favorite Sam Adams seasonal for sure. I wish they had it all year.

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Photo of n0blep1ls
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I am one of those who seems to have romanticized the 2010 version of this, when in fact that vintage also did not deliver the biscuit malt taste of a true German or Czech pilsner. Noble Pils goes overboard on the hops here, to a humorous level. It's as if this beer is merely a showcase for noble hops. So be it: I love hops.

Comparisons are made between this and Prima Pils, which is even further from a true German or Czech pilsner than Noble Pils. Prima is an American beer lover's, high ABV lager, that drinks like an ale. Only German and Czech maltsters seem to get the malt right. Or it's the water, which is liimestone based, compared to hard water granite bedrock of the northeast. Water is everything. But in Nobel Pils, Jim Koch & Co. offer us a golden, crisp, hoppy drink, perhaps closer to a Sierra Nevada or Long Trail "light" (if there were such a thing) than to a true pilsner.

I still await for an all-malt, balanced and biscuity, golden clear, American pilsner. Brew it where there is a limestone aquifer, with 2-row malt and balanced--not over the top--noble or Pac NW hops. How come no one can do that?

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

Pours a very clear bright golden color with a nice 1 finger white head that shows good retention and lacing.
Aroma is noble hops, very fruity and floral. Also some bread.
Taste begins very aromatic again with the noble hops. Then I get some malt sweetness, bready and grainy. Finishes with a moderate bitterness and lots of floral and spicy hops.
Body is medium to light with nice moderate to high carbonation.
Mouthfeel is crisp and clean.
Overall I really liked this beer. Very well crafted, it definitely tastes just like a Czech Pilsener should: crisp and clean with lots of emphasis on the noble hops that come through very nicely, specially towards the end of the sip. Not quite a Prima but it sure comes very close.

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Photo of dcook11
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks very good in my pilsner glass. Sexy beer. Clear golden with a thick two finger head and sea foam lacing. Very high carbonation bubbles champagne like. Nose is citrus some hops, malt and lemon. Taste is crisp with some citrus and lemon. Mouthfeel is light with some dryness at the finish. Drinkability is high.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Decided to give it a go after hearing it was pretty good. Pours a very clear honey gold color with a bone white 1 finger head. The aroma is really clean with notes of lightly toasted bread and slight hops. As with the nose, the flavor is pretty clean as well starting with a slightly sweet flavor that is balanced with a citrus rind type hop bitterness. Ends clean. Some lace left on the glass. Overall, pretty decent and easy drinking. Medium/light mouthfeel.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served out of a 12oz. bottle dispensed into a glass....

Presentation - The typical Sam labeling on the bottle with nice coloring and a catch classy style.

Appearance - Pours out a clear golden color that you can see right through. 1 1/2 finger white head dissapates into a foam ring after about a minute. A light lacing is left on the glass.

Smell - Smells very hoppy and slightly citrusy/piney.

Taste - Very hoppy taste with a moderate bitterness. The citus and piney hints are noticable throughout.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied but very crisp. Has a slight carbonation that make it easy to drink.

Drinkability - Very smooth and easy to drink. Very refreshing.

If hoppy bitter beers are your liking then I would try this out. I enjoyed it and would definitly try again.

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Photo of NODAK
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At first, aroma is sharp and pine-y. Hoppy for a pils, for sure. After that subsides, a lightly malty and grassy side shows.

The taste is definitely full-flavored. Definite big hoppiness for style shows up, with some pine and citrusy hops asserting themselves upfront. But then, a good deal of breadiness and grain shows up mid-swallow and gathers strength. While the finish is rather hoppy for style, the bread hangs around in the aftertaste.

This one is sure to please those that want a hoppy pils that doesn't skimp on the malt as well. As I said, full flavored...a lot going on. A good brew from the folks at SA.

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