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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 AlexanderSelby
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love the earthy, fresh hop garden smell of the beer. More than most other beers, it smells just like when I cut open a pack of hop pellets while homebrewing. The overall appearance is also stellar, with a beautifully clean golden color and a substantial, lasting head and my glass is still bubbling from the bottom. Because of the heaps of noble hops used in the boil and a substantial malt base, the mouthfeel is slightly fuller than expected. The flavor is also sort of surprising as it leaves an earthy, almost dirty (in a good way) flavor in your mouth instead of the crisp, dry feeling you often get from other American pilsners. This beer isn't too dry at all for the style, which makes it that much more appealing.

Although I speak highly of it's traits, and for the style, has impressed me much more than, say, Victory's Prima Pils or Stoudt's Pils, I am not blown away. But truthfully, there is no need to be blown away by a pilsner. What you want is balance and pleasantness.

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Photo of SirRuss
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Straw on the pour, finishing as a bright light gold in the glass. A thick pearly white head contrasts elegantly against the brilliant clarity below, and although it dissipates steadily, a respectable lacing is left in its wake. It maybe premature, but this brew speaks of summer.

S - Despite the distinct waft of hops released on opening the bottle, the aroma presented from the glass is fairly empty. Shy characteristics of malt and yeasty esters hesitantly appear offering a mild bicuitiness. Surprisingly, the hops too are all but absent, except for a faint citrus/orange peel tinge.

T - The fore-palate has even less to offer than the nose, with an isolated and barely detectable sweetness hidden among the carbonation. Thankfully, this brew's potential rolls in to be realized on the mid palate as the hops burst forth in unison with the light bready maltiness that should be ubiquitous to any respectable pilsner. The hops are assertive but well balanced, and the orange zestiness hiding in the nose also gains confidence on the palate. The finish is equally entertaining as the flavors subside, only to rush back in with unexpected vengeance, and stubbornly lingers until your next sip. There's also some slight spice involved in the finish, although i can't quite decipher it - I want to say cinnamon, but I'm not convinced.

M - The high effervescence suggested by the initial head carries the flavors beautifully. There's a definite malty weightiness, but the bubbles do a sophisticated job of keeping it off your palate. The result is a substantial, yet delightfully light body.

D - Dry, light, interesting and refreshing - this could easily see you through a sunny afternoon.

O - A final element worth mentioning is the weather. Last year I drank more pints of this stuff than I can remember (for obvious reasons) in wintery Washington DC. Although I was a fan back then, I'm even more in love with it here in sunny LA where its refreshing qualities really come into play.
But wherever you are, Noble Pils is essentially an exemplary pilsner displaying a beautiful amalgamation of German and Czech styles, and well worth guzzling whenever you can get it.

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Photo of magnj
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - As clear as it gets. Pale golden body, carbonation apparent. Head was 1 finger into a Pilsner glass, didn't linger very long.

S - Floral and mild pine hop aroma balanced by sweet bready Pilsner malts.

T - Clean all the way through. Up front the hop bite is followed up quickly by the sweet malt and soon they balance out. Leads way to typical grainy Pilsner malt flavors. Ends dry with a bit of herbal hop flavor.

M/D - Well carbonated which compliments the bitterness and the impression of a dry clean beer. Well balanced, light but complex, easy to drink. Nice interpretation of a style that's growing on me more.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

good pilsner!!!

appearance is straw golden with a big head and nice lacing...

smells of hops....different from most pils...where as you can identify a hop presence

taste light...with a good hop taste....good maltyness...not strong but its there..

great mouth feel....not dry not wet...in the middle...

great session beer....i feel i could woof down a sixer

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Photo of Hopalong29
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden with minimal head and lacing.
S: Nice slight bouquet of hops and citrus.
T: Light and crisp with honey sweetness that checks the hoppy bitterness.
M: Nice carbonation with somewhat drying on tongue.
D: Another fine quality brew from Sam Adams not my favorite but still a good one.

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Photo of jettjon
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle notched "enjoy before May," into a pint glass. Pale golden color with lively carbonation and a thin head with decent retention. Nose is slightly bready and hoppy; nice but not a lot special going on. Taste is again lightly bready with some crisp hops. Mouth is crisp, bubbly, and quenching. Drinkability is very good overall; it's unassuming and enjoyable while remaining flavorful but not over the top.

Overall: I'd characterize this a slighly more hoppy and flavorful Sam Adams lager; good but unremarkable. For the premium price I paid (nearly $10/sixer), there's better out there.

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer taster.

Appearance: Pours a strikingly clear light golden color. Head recedes quickly to a frothy foam coating the surface of the beer and leaving behind a superbly thick lacing on the glass.

Smell: It's got a ballpark beer scent to it. Very much a pilsner, but there's just a touch of sweet fruit (apple or pear) scent as well. Not bad at all.

Taste: Ripe fruit, flowery hops and a limp malt backbone make up this brew. Aftertaste is full of floral bouquet flavors, and mellow.

Mouthfeel: Good. Not great, but good. About exactly what I'd expect from a pils. Medium-bodied, rinses about 80% clean, the remainder being floral in nature.

Drinkability: I could easily drink one of these every night to finish off my session. It's got a mellow awesomeness that is inexplicable.

A good beer...especially good for a company that spends as much on advertising as Sam Adams does.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

187th review on BA
bottle to pilsner glass

App- Highly bubbly with a nice golden yellow color. A one finger head gave way quite early when it developed.

Smell- More of a refined beer smell from when I was first introduced to beer. This is more hoppy and more aromatic. Has a nice spice note to it as well. Smells a touch yeasty/bready.

Taste- A very tasty little seasonal. Much more flavor than I would have though. Nice hoppy flavor with a good after spice.

Mouth- Light bodied with a high carb level. Pretty crisp and refreshing.

Drink- Not too bad. Good intro pils I would say.

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Photo of Derranged
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Twas a pale golden color with a nice white head, which left just a little bit of lacing on the glass.

The smell was a strong combination of hops and grassy floral notes.

The taste was a little disappointing, that is to say that the smell led me to believe that it was much more flavorful. It was the same as the nose, but just a bit bland.

The mouthfeel was very smooth and well carbonated.

This beer is very easy to drink.

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Photo of ztaylor1
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- clear straw body, big bubby carbonation. Head retains fairly well with tight white bubbles.

Smell- hops are dominant. With citrus and floral dominating the nose throughout.

Taste- much better balanced than the nose indicates. Has a light biscuity malt that balances the bright herbal and floral hops.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied and lively carbonation.

Drinkability- this is a solid brew that I plan on drinking more of. This is what I will try to get my roommates to drink instead of bl.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden yellow with a decent head that leaves great lacing

S: Floral hops and lemon are the major aromas, with some citrus notes in the back

T: Same as the smell, pretty earthy and grassy with notes of lemon and other citrus fruits

M: Light body and carbonation

D: Great drinkability and a great beer for spring. Easy to drink a 6 pack and it won't fill you up too much

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I first took a look at this beer in the glass I wasn't too impressed, it looks like a Corona, very see through and very yellow. The smell however was very good, nice crisp smell with a nice hop smell as well. Very drinkable, it drinks like a light beer does, but it has a taste to back it up. It's a very simple taste, hoppy and refreshing. A very simple beer with a very simple taste, but not bad. I would have this one again.

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Photo of KyleVick4
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 bottle in pint glass

A: Dark yellow with lots of bubbles. Thick head full of large gnarly bubbles. Very little lacing.

S: Nice upfront piney smell of hops. Stronger than most Pils, weaker than any IPA but close. Strength of an average Pale Ale. Inviting.

T: A little overpowing hops and underpowering malt. Slight watery note. Taste citrusy and lemon then mainly hops. It's different, and better, than most pils, just not really my style.

M: Crisp and bubbly, could drink a lot of these fast if need be. With the hoppy smell and taste I inevitably expect a syrupy mouthfeel but instead get a lighter and crisper beer.

D: Could drink this all night. Did drink this all night two nights ago when my Auburn Tigers won the National Championship and had no complaints (about the beer or the game). Great session beer if you're not in the BMC mode.

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Photo of commis
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a perfect pint.

Beautiful golden color. SA doesn't really make a beer that looks less than stunning. Dense frothy head stuck around for half the glass. Minimal lace.
I thought I remembered the aromas in this being much for in-my-face last year but I'm guessing it's me and not the beer that changed. Still smells great, floral and grainy. Like a hoppy Pilsener, but the hop is not over the top at all. Subtle, given the name of the beer.
It tastes really good. Clean flavors from the hops and great malty and grainy flavors to remind you that this is still a Pilsener. Sort of.
I feel like the mouthfeel is pretty much on point for what this beer is intended to be. It's not light bodied at all, has decent weight on my tongue, and moderately high carbonation. All of this is very pleasant and it carries the flavor well. Not all too familiar with the style so whether or not it feels like a Pilsener, I'm not sure, but it works very well with all other aspects of the beer.
It's drinkable. Interesting enough to not get bored quickly but it's sessionable and mild in flavor enough to drink it all night if need be.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- golden orange color, nice clarity, nice head with good retention. Creamy lace.

S- Lemony, citrus and pine. Spicy with biscuity scents lingering below.

T- Nice boquet of hops, lots of citrus and pine, slightly soapy and bitter finish. Biscuit malts and toasty sweet lies underneath.

M- Nice balance, light, crisp, dry finish

D- Very refreshing. Nothing extreme, but above average and subtle and simple.

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Photo of dfunkadillio
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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 -2.1%
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 +2.4%
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 -17.3%
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 +23.7%
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 +17.6%
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 +4.3%
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 +19.1%
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 +15.7%
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 -23.9%
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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Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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