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

Samuel Adams Noble PilsSamuel Adams Noble Pils
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Samuel Adams Noble PilsSamuel Adams Noble Pils

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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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Ratings: 3,665 |  Reviews: 1,513
Photo of Swill5786
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +6.4%
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 +11.2%
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 +20.2%
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 -5.3%
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 +9%
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 +17.8%
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 +6.4%
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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Photo of Mitchster
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Original Gravity=12.7° Plato, 5.2% ABV, Calories/12 oz.: 169
Brewed with Two-row Harrington, Metcalfe, and Copeland pale malts and Czech pilsner malt. Hopped with Hallertau Mittelfrueh, Tettnang Tettnanger, Spalt Spalter, Saaz, and Hersbrucker Noble hops. Yeast Strain: Samuel Adams lager yeast. I think I paid $8.99 for a 6'er of this. Notched as Best Before July.

Pours out to a clear orange golden, forming a soapy white head with average retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is nice with a crisp and clean crackery malt profile, some residual sugars, floral and citric hops, honey, and orange. The mouthfeel is nice with a medium-light body and a crisp, lightly astringent finish. The taste opens with the floral bitterness of the hops, followed by a touch of weird metals that I sometimes get in Sam Adams brews, a moderate herbaceous bitterness, and a bitter aftertaste.

Hrmm, this is decent, but I will stick to better pils like Burgerbrau, Lagunitas Pils, Blue Paddle, Goose Pils or Prima Pils. The funky metallic taste throws me off. After a 6'er of this, I'm not inclined to buy this again.

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

Poured the classic Pilsner color of golden and yellow with a soft white head forming on top of the glass. A spicy aroma strikes the nose, with a light grassy fragrance that follows. The scent finishes with a touch bread and cracked grain. A strong bread and biscuit flavor is up front at the taste, blending itself to citrus bitterness and touches of pepper and grass. The surprisingly heavier than it looks, almost like a thick water feel. The carbonation comes in to its job of cleansing the palate, which is left with a solid dryness. This is a very good pilsner, the classic look and beautiful bouquet, all of that just enhances the flavor. The feel makes cleans the palate and makes wanting another. This beer would beer great to give to macro drinker as cross over beer and broaden their palate.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap... At Applebee's of all places. (stopped Jere with buddies after leaving a wake). Served in a hefe glass.

Look is darker orang with a hint of pale gold... Nice tight 2 finger white head. Decent lacing and retention.

Smell is a little citrusy and a hint of a light, sweet malt. The taste follows suit... But there seems to be a slight grain of paradise note. This seems like a filtered and hopped up version of summer ale.

Mouthfeel is decent. Medium body with good carbonation.

I could have a few of these... But this isn't one I'll be buying. I would rather have a good pale ale myself.

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Photo of californiakulak
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap at Neighbors in Clovis Califronia.

A. Crystal clear straw color with thick, stabel head. Lots of bubbles.
S. Light malt and floral noble hops.
T. Great beer. Nice spicey hops but very balanced with the hops and malt.
M. Bitter and dry. Lots of carbonation. Very refreshing.
D. Could drink these all day long. Great beer in warm weather.

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Photo of PintOHops
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Pint

A - Clear yellow beer with very high carbonation, it produced a 2-finger head, retention seems to be great, especially for a lager. It left some very nice lacing down the glass as well.

S - A somewhat dry grassy hop aroma that dominates. Lager yeast notes, a bit grainy, a hint of pair perhaps.

T - Wow this beer is dominated by those Noble hops! Upfront I get grassy hop flavors followed by a nice lemon like citrus. Lager yeast/grain notes appear towards the finish along with a bit of soft toast and a bitterness level that nearly competes with the amount of hop flavor.

M - Lite-moderate Co2 bite, thin & lite bodied.

D - I finally came around to trying this beer and I gotta say that it's pretty damn good! I'm honestly not blown away by it but I'd buy it again sometime, I could easily slam a few pints with a plate of wings or another spicy chicken dish, so I would say the drinkability is pretty high. Cheers!

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Photo of JosiahS
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a standard pint glass, it gave off a 2-finger splotchy white head. Body is a slightly hazy gold.

Aroma is of grassy / earthy hops. A little tart apple. Light cracker from the malts. Slightly dry.

Taste has a nice hop-flavor throughout. A light twang in the middle, followed by mild lemon and orange rind. Finishes with dough-like malt. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel is light with medium to high carbonation.

Drinkability is very high. This is a nice, well-balanced, thirst quenching, go-to pilsener. Perfect for summer.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Yellowish gold color that is transparent with some nice bubble carbonation.

S - Pretty malty, with a not whole lot of hops on there. Little bit of corn, not particularly great smelling, but it does smell like a pilsner.

T - Pilsneresque, a little sweet, not tons of hops, some malts. It's really not a bad beer, but it's not great by any means. Better than average.

M - Light, carbonated, thin, a little watery. Acceptable, but not good.

D - Pretty easy to get down, sweetness helps a little, not a whole lot going on, not a big deal if I have this again.

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Photo of darklordlager
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear medium golden with a modest 1/2" dull white head which dies down quickly.

S: Very herbal, almost rosemary-y. Pils malt and a corn-like aroma.

T: Some pils and corn-like flavour. Leafy hops an a light residual bitterness with the corn flavour.

M: Medium light body with medium-high carbonation.

D: Really not what I was expecting. Corn flavour and lack of pilsener malt is discerning. Leaves something to be desired.

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Photo of uustal
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden pour with a nice frothy head. Light aroma, but you can certainly smell the noble hops. Very Crisp and refreshing. Light, a hint of citrus zest and sweet malt to start which finishes nicely with a lot of nice floral hop and grassy flavor without being too dry. Not overpowering or bitter. Very well balanced.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 2 fingers white froth of head over a mildly hazy but otherwise translucent light golden-yellow. Cap of retention and nice lacing.
S: Aromas are zesty with a clear citrus note; mildly yeasty at the back. A tad musty.
T/M: Crisp mouthfeel (with high carbonation and a light body) feels great and really brings out the freshly cut grass and grains. Well-balanced between the malt breadiness (which takes concentration to notice) and its citrusy and grassy hop counterpart. Lots of bitter goodness at the back of each sip.
D: I can put a lot of these away in a short amount of time, which makes it a nice warmer weather/relax around the pool kind of beer.

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Photo of DrewKid4
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle to a 16 oz tall juice glass.

A: Amber color with finger width white head and moderate-high amount of carbonation.

S: Only hints of hops and citrus.

T: Refreshing low amount of hop flavor with other citrus and spice flavors equally present. Bite comes from the little bit of hops but higher than would like carbonation.

M: A malty flavor becomes apparent after a few seconds of sipping, which reminds me of a High Life or PBR, although much nicer than annoying.

D: Very refreshing beer, light on the tongue and is definitely worth that little bit extra at the bar over the macro-pilsners glass full of trash.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - This poured a nice, deep but golden orange in color with a pretty good white head.

Smell - The grain is a bit rough but definitely pilsnery with a nice, lagered blending to the senses. The hops are well-established but not overpowering with a touch of citrus and maybe lemon but mostly floral.

Taste - The grain is a bit prickly at the taste and the hops carry through from the smell.

Mouthfeel - This was a tad bigger than light-bodied and, although pilsners aren't known for their hefty mouthfeel, I feel this could have been a bit thicker. There's a not so subtle dryness at the finish and the carbonation is actually quite good.

Drinkability - This was more like a Czech pils to me than German but otherwise was good enough to finish. I'd take Blue Paddle or Gordon Biersh's effort over this one though and if you're talking East Coast then Prima Pils puts this to shame.

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Photo of Sweasty
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Noble pils pours a crystal clear straw color. Things are crowned by a couple fingers worth of bone white head. Head eventually settles to a ring. Plenty of sticky lace coat the the glass.

The aroma is perfectly German. Plenty of noble hops in the nose. Plenty of bright floral aromas upfront. Some spicy hops notes back things up. Some light mint/pint notes round out the hop aromas. Behind the hops a bit of malt shows up. A bit of grainy pilsner malt struggles to make an appearance amidst the hops. Despite the light malt , this aroma doesn't strike me as one of a hoppy brew.

The first sip, like the nose, doesn't strike me as hoppy per se. Hops, though, are the dominating flavor. Stronger mint notes play out in the flavor department. Backing up the mint is a bit of a lemon like twang. More floral and spicy hop notes hit as well. Grainy pilsner malt is more pronounced than in the nose. The finish is dry with a lingering hop bitterness. The hop bitterness in the finish has a drying quality, inviting one to take another sip.

Noble pils is light bodied with a crisp carbonation.

Another great easy drinking pils. The blistering heat just got a little more bearable thanks to the folks At Boston Beer Company.

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Photo of adkirkish
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: DMS upfront from malt, and slight aroma of the noble hops in the background. No esthers / No Diacetyl. Appropriate for style.

A: Pours clear / golden with a thin crisp white head...leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

F: Appropriate to style: slight malt sweetness upfront and finishes dry w/ a lasting hop bitterness.

M: Dry, crisp mouthfeel. Light in body w/ medium carbonation.

O: I think this beer is pretty appropriate to style. The only recommendation is for a little more body to the beer. I would have liked more mouthfeel and be able to pull more of the malt presence in this beer. I believe the hop balance is spot on per style.

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Photo of tronester
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden with a very thin white head that fades fast. Smell is very zesty herbal and spicy. Taste is sugary sweetness up front, with a earthy, citrusy middle and a woody bitter finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, medium carbonation. Very drinkable, refreshing yet complex. One of BBC's best.

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

Appearance: Very clear. Solid, golden Pils color.

Aroma: Yep, hops dominate the aroma on this one, but not overpoweringly so. Slightly sweet also. A bit of orange also comes through. Good head retention.

Taste: Very pleasant with it hits your mouth. You're not at all slammed by the hops. Actually, the hops give it more of a "bite" than bitter. Finishes easy with just a little bitterness in the aftertaste. Both malty and hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and somewhat thick.

Drinkability: Drinks pretty well for a beer that showcases hops. Hopheads may be disappointed, though.

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Photo of charlzm
2.42/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Consumed May 28th, 2010 at Angel's Restaurant, Mammoth Lakes, CA.

Beer is an exceptionally clear and pale lemon yellow. Plenty of active carbonation throughout the consumption of the pint. The head = one finger of extremely fine white foam.

Aroma is, as with almost all Samuel Adams beers, soapy. Blecch.

There is almost no flavor. Really. After a couple of sips, I got a husky, slightly sweet and altogether proper (though puny) pilsener malt character. A very slight pepperiness follows. A second or two after swallowing, a thin, aspirin-like bitterness emerges. Maltier and more bitter as it warms. It's not an improvement.

Mouthfeel - nothing of note.

Not a fan of this one; I didn't even finish one pint.

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Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 62.9% out of 100 with 3,665 ratings
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