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."

Added by schellsbeer on 12-20-2009

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

Appearance - Orange almost no head.

Smell - Definite orange maybe lemon hops smell.

Taste - Malts and hops, small citrus taste. Really nice balance.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth great hops taste. Tiny bitter end.

Drinkability - Little after taste. Smooth, I like it.

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

2011 Review:

5.2% this year?*
* A check of the Sam wen site reports this beer is 4.9 ABV. Hmm.
A -- Clear, golden colored with a dense, long-lasting, off-white head.

S -- Spicy, near to pine, hops up front. More hop-forward than most German Pils, and lacking in malt nose, but still a pleasing aroma.

T -- Grainy, mildly bready malts -- cracker-like as it follows on the palate, finishes with a Hallertauer soapiness and bitter to citrus character. There's a lingering aftertaste of the spicy, soapy hops and bitterness, plus the characteristic Sam Adams yeast note.

M -- Light body with a crisp to dry mouthfeel.

D -- Drinkability is pretty good, the beer doesn't beg for attention, but it's flavorful and far from mundane. On the other hand, its forward hop character and low malt flavor keep it down on the list of my favorite German Pilsners.

2010 Review:
Sammy's new "Spring Seasonal," just in time for 2 weeks of sub-freezing temps here in Chicagoland. Yeah, I guess that sounds like Spring. ;-)

A -- Very nice, clear straw to gold color with a dense, eggshell color head that settles slow leaving sticky lacing.

S -- Spicy hops that entice, but don't overpower. There's a true grassiness that comes through at the end of a draw. Wish there was more malt apparent.

T -- Fresh, spicy hop character up front that blends into some vague cracker character that lingers into a mild bitter finish. There's a breadiness that comes through in the aftertaste (very reminiscent of the Boston Lager -- yeast?), but I wish it was more prominent. There's even a mild hit of citrus & pine up front that is reminiscent of Centennial hops -- a character I've never experienced in the Noble Hop variety. Doesn't overpower at all.

To style, I think the hops may be overdone in this beer, but the precision balance of 5 different hops is very nice.

M -- Light body with a soft to crisp mouthfeel.

D -- Very good, is this really 6%? Any alcohol is well hidden. As I find with many beers highly hopped with the Noble varieties, I can see this beer tiring the palate with too many, but it's definitely tasty. A fine Pils from an American brewer -- gotta like that!

*Edit -- After finishing the second of the 2 bottles I used for this review I could definitely feel the 6%. It's a sneaky one, be careful with it.

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Photo of welldigger888
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a pale golden straw color with a big fluffy white head that laced glas well.
Nice soft malty hop combo here on the nose.Has some fruity type yeast aromas as well, well balanced.
Well this brew is really smooth on the style, that said I would like a little more hop american style. Very approuchable soft malty biscuity and hop funk (floral herby).
Well done carbonation and smooth mouthfeel.
Session beer here for sure.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light orange in color, bubbles streaming, with a chunky off-white head that leaves spongy lacing down the glass. Head sticks around. Served in a pilsner glass.

Aroma is biscuity malts, slight sweetness, and even slighter hop notes. A bit less impressive than it's debut last year...

Light malt notes and light hop notes. Grassy hints. There's not much more than that.

Crisp, light, and refreshing.

Pretty easy drinker.

My first experience from the Noble Pils last year was on draft, and I loved it. This didn't wow. I'm confident I have a super fresh sixer too.

Will finish the sixer and adjust as necessary...

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Photo of shand
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

This beer pours with head that just hits the top of the glass. The beer itself is a clear golden colour, and extremely carbonated. Looks very refreshing and delicious. The smell is primarily that of noble hops, there's some citrus character and extremely clean, almost transparent malts in the back. It also tastes fantastic. The noble hops impart a great bitter/spicy flavor, along with some transparent bready malts in the back. It's just a perfect tasting pilsner, perfect for the hop heads. Drink it fresh!

The mouthfeel is also perfect here, it's got a slightly thicker mouthfeel than most pilsners, without coating the mouth too much. And the drinkability is off the charts. It's extremely refreshing. It's honestly hard to fault this beer on any level. It's the perfect pilsner.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very see through yellow. You get the bright citrus hops in the smell and taste which is a weird hop taste that I've tasted in no other beer but still good if you like hops. The malt is there with that pilsner malt taste but I remember them saying they used to do something special to the malts in this beer but now they don't even mention it maybe because they didn't do it in this years version? I don't know. I'm also getting a slight alcohol taste and smell since there isn't that much to cover it up but the hops do the best job they can to mask it and they do to an extent. Definitely a good beer for the spring. If you want a hoppy Pilsner that is comparable to Victory's Prima Pils get this.

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

Pours a hay and light gold color with a bright and thick head that lasts. Smelled of wheat and spice, hops as well. Tasted of fresh herbs and pine. Had some floral notes and hops comes through at the end. Mouthfeel was crisp and wet. A sessionable pilsner. I really liked this beer.

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Photo of tburus
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a 16oz Pilsener glass.

Appearance: Yellow-gold transparent liquid with a one-finger white head and vigorous carbonation. Head stayed firm throughout the session.

Smell: Nice bright lemon and citrus hop scent.

Taste: Great bitter hop front followed by a yeast/pine back. Wonderful transformation of flavors as it crossed the palate.

Mouthfeel: Lingering yeast/pine mixture with an occasional citrus note showing up. As someone who isn't crazy about bitter hops aftertaste I really liked the way this one was much more mellow.

Drinkability: I had been waiting for this one to show up on my shelves and was not disappointed. I am already making mental plans on buying a couple of sixers of this while its around. Low ABV, great price for a 6-pack, and a nice, refreshing yet complex taste. Can't beat it for an everyday beer, just wish it was a year-round thing.

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

12 oz bottle notched with typical SA enjoy-by date. Review from notes.

Pours a standard, ultra-clear golden yellow with a good white head. Sweet bready aroma, with mild skunkness. First taste is sweet and very hoppy, with a good malt base to blend out the flavors. Feel is blended and smooth, and finishes with plenty of bitterness, resiny, sticky and firm. Drinkability is super high. This is a nicely balanced beer, and a great addition to the Sam Adams family.

**The fact that this beer is not a year-round release is kind of absurd. The buzz was there, places around my parts sold out of it regularly, and there is nothing else like it in the Sam Adams lineup! I figured a company would want to release product that people liked, and y'know - make $$..


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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.86/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 2/2/2010. Bottle. Pours a clear deep yellow with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, light fruit, grainy malt. Flavor of grainy, crackery malt with a touch of light fruits and iced tea. Meh, just don't really like the flavor of this one (didn't really like it when it was Sample A either).

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

A - A nice rich yellow with light white head that laces very well and leaves a nice layer on the top of the beer throughout. Looking pleasant.

S - Straw, lemon, citrus, hops.

T - Follows the nose. Really pleasant.

M - Medium bodied. Pretty carbonated but not overly so.

D - A really nice Sam Adams. One of my favorite of their beers. Great. I love this beer.

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Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Golden hue, thick, foamy white head and lovely carbonation. Aroma of citrus, spicy hops and biscuit malt. Medium, tangy body. Palate is dominated by spicy hops with citrus fruit and biscuit malt provide nice balance. Medium finish is nicely balanced, then, finally, becomes dry at the end. Great, tasty brew from Sam Adams.

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Photo of jpmclaug
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into my Stiegl Pint glass from a bomber

A - Clear golden body with a big white head. very persistent head. This thing looks top notch.

S - Light pilsenery malt aroma mixes with a slight noble hop presence.

T - Light hop bite and light malt flavor. Not too much going on this one. Slightly bitter finish but not much.

M - light to medium body. slightly above average amount of carbonation

D - High drinkability. Not too much flavor in this one however. I think I need to revisit this at its peak freshness however. I'd prefer a Prima Pils over this but it isn't bad.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Noble Pils

Appearance: Clear golden, small head, some lacing.

Smell: Hops and lots of malts.

Taste: Hops and waffle-cone flavored malts, slight citrus (lemon).

Mouthfeel: Medium.

Overall: I love the waffle-cone flavor! It is very tasty.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A - Slightly cloudy yellow. Thick head of white foam and good carbonation.

S - Slightly metallic and macro larger aroma.

T - Malty and biscuity with a nice balance of citric hoppy bitterness.

MF&D - Light and crisp. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of Offa
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep gold, medium-big white head steadily shrinking to thin foamy top, a little weak lace.

Aroma is grain, apple, grass, hints of honey & herbs, like a really good US lager with a hint of Czech or maybe German quality.

Taste is very grassy with a lot of grain, hints of sulphur & herbs. Dryish, hop bitterness lightly dominates the finish. A good solid lager that hold up well to food, it mostly like a stronger & more hoppy US lager and is a bit on the bland side with rather thin character compared to good German or Czech pilsners.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a 12pack Sam Adams sampler at Woodman's in Janesville, WI for about $9 in late summer 2010.

Noble Pils is one of the latest addition to the Sam Adam's family. This German pilsener pour a very light color, almost yellowish to the point you can see through the glass. The smell is hard to describe however the taste is very enjoyable. It drinks very lighty and smooth but still has a superb taste.

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Photo of Swill5786
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden straw, faint cloudiness, with magnificent head. Nose is lemony, citrusy hops. Brief malt sweetness is immediately suppressed by a citrusy sour and hops bitterness. Aftertaste is significantly bready. Light to medium body, light carbonation, highly drinkable on a warm late summer night.

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

A-Pours light gold with a small head.

S-Very grassy with a nice hop hit in the end,

T-Follows the nose. Grass and some citrus. Good noble hops taste.

M-Light and refreshing. Crisp.

D-Very drinkable. Good taste and no alcohol bite.

Perhaps my favorite Sam Adams brew.

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Photo of beer2day
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light straw gold with 1-finger light solid head. Nice retention and thick rings of lace.

Lemon and grass best describe the nose. Nice bit of hops lightly scent the beer with faint citrus.

Sweet slightly lemony hit. Creamy middle. Sharp pils bite in the finish. Just a very nice basic pils.

Feel is actually pretty heavy for the style. Very nice surprise.

Not hard to throw down 3 or 4 of these. Excellent spring and summer session beer.

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Photo of xcoderzach
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice healthy yellow, with a good head.

S - Strong floral smell with some crisp hops.

T - Sweet flavor, with fruity floral hops, that kick a at the end.

M - Different mouthfeel, with a little carbonation and a little oily.

D - Goes down really well, could drink a lot of this, great beer from Sam Adams.

sweet, hint of

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Photo of Sammy
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a lot of white foam in my antigravity samuel adams glass. A little cheesy aroma. Average mouthfeel, very quenchable. Citrus, saaz, good pils. Good carbonation,good bitterness, exceptionally drying finish.Expirey May, was that this year?

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

Pours a very light golden straw yellow with a thin white head, some lacing.

Lovely smelling, hoppy pils. Many different citrusy hops in the aroma along with some slight malty undertones.

Very hoppy upfront and throughout. Nice and astringent, grassy, citrusy hops definitely dominate the palate. Finishes nice and bitter.

What a very refreshing drinkable summer pils. Definitely one of the hoppiest pilsenerss I've had, it rivals Victory Prima Pils.

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

Cooked up some yummy stir-fry and decided it would be a good time to open my last bottle of noble pils. This has been one of my favorite beers since returning from Germany, pity it is only a seasonal.

A: Pours a beautiful light golden color into my Ritter Pils glass. Nice head dissipates rather quickly, but the beer remains frothy and bubbly throughout. 4.5

S: Crisp, clean and clear. Just like a pils should smell. Upon further examination I detect some sweet malt a little citrus smell and the hops seem to have a nice floral character. 4

T: Very crisp taste, the hops are just wonderful and have a lot of depth in their flavor. They set the sweet malt of nicely. In the hops, I detect fruit, pine, and grassy flavors. 4.5

M: Goes down way too easy, leaves a bit of spice and bitterness on the tongue. 5

D: Excellent. I can't wait for next spring to come around. If I'm still in country, I'll be buying truckloads of this. 4.5

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

A: Poured a clear, golden yellow. Very nice head, plenty of stick lacing left behind.

S: Classic aroma scent. Very floral with hints of citrus are present.

T: Great floral, grassy hop flavor.

M: Good amount of bitterness in the finish, medium mouthfeel

D: Nice drinkability.

Very nice brew from the Boston Beer Company.

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Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.86 out of 5 based on 3,657 ratings.
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