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

Pours a light gold, one-finger snowy white head that dissipates quickly with nice lacing.

Smells of spice and citrus.

Taste is a superb amalgam of noble hops, as suggested by the labeling, nice complexity, spicy and mildly acidic, excellent crispness and leaves a mild buttery yet bitter aftertaste. Light, yet not watery.

I am a pilsner nut and this is a home run. Easily one of the best American pilsners I've tasted. I hope Sam Adams realizes they have a real keeper here, I'll be scouting for more of this!

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Photo of chefhatt
4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When i poured into my glass, it was a very nice golden color with a nice 1/2" head then it slowly went down to a nice thin ring around the glass. Has a nice smell of hops and a little citrus. I think it tastes really nice and balanced with the hops, also has a hint of grapefruit. feels very nice on the tongue and goes down nice and smooth. I think it is very drinkable.

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Photo of BJamesII
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Sam Adams Noble Pils is distinctive in its production as it is claimed to have been brewed using all five Noble hop varieties. These include Hallertau Mittelfrueh, Tettnang Tettnanger, Spalt Spalter, and Hersbrucker Hersbrucker. The Noble hop variety from Bohemia in the Czech Republic is Saaz. This is also a spring seasonal, replacing the White Ale normally released. It apparently was chosen during a contest and overwhelmingly voted in.

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

ABV: 5.2%

Before the first drink there is an apparent hop aroma that hits the nose upfront. It has a light golden color and is fairly transparent. The head was thick during the pour but quickly diminished into a thin band. Light to slightly medium body, somewhat uncharacteristic for a pilsner. The real character of this beer is definitely the hops. It comprises the overall flavor as well as the aromatic nature of the beer. The mouth-feel seems slightly heavier than one might expect. There is a characteristic malt base that is ubiquitous across most Sam Adams beers ( Boston Lager and oktoberfest come to mind). The hops are not bitter but there is a light citrus aroma and flavorful balance between the hops and malt that work exquisitely well. A dry finish that is not too sweet yet you get a hint of it in the after taste. The earthy malt is very bright at first, somewhat crisp with the initial sips and smooth going down. As a pilsner it is not nearly as dry or one dimensional as others I have come across.

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

On a trip in upstate NY, trying to stay local but I couldn't resist a bottle of Noble Pils which my local beer store hasn't had for a few weeks now.

A - Pours a nice clear golden, with a decent head that seems to retain itself throughout the enjoyment of the beer.

S - You can smell the hops and a little bit of zest in the nose. This is a real good American pils.

T - The bite of the hops is evident. It doesn't upset the balance of the beer. I can (and have) drank this stuff all night long. It

D - The abv is not so high that you can drink these all night long. They go down smooth and the taste is pleasurable enough that you keep on wanting more.

M - A little thinner than my typical favorite types, but it fits the style.

You keep tasting the hops in the aftertaste but its not enough to stop me from keeping coming back. This is one of the better BBC seasonals.

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

Appearance has a golden amber color with a 1/2" head and light lace. Smell has the noble hop aroma with light citrus and grainy malt. Taste has a light grapefruit bitter zing and graininess with enough hops to round it off. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. One of the better ones from Sam Adams that I've tried with a little deeper character.

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

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, BBD of July notched into the label, poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow color. The head formed small, 1 finger thick maybe, and faded quickly into some lacing.

Aroma: Noble hops and some citrus, mainly lemon.

Taste: Citrus hops up front, some grains in the background. The finish was bitter, linering nicely.

Mouthfeel: Lighter end of medium bodied, crisp and refreshing. Despite not seeing much of it, the carbonation was lively and balanced well.

Overall: Good stuff. If you're a pilsner fan or just a general hophead this is worth a try.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

appearance - pours a golden transparent yellow, 3 finger frothy white head that slowly recedes, leaves pretty lacing on the glass

smell - noble hops, sweet citrus, lemon, spice

taste - dominant noble hops that project a zesty flavor, lemon, citrus, grain, slightly bitter

mouthfeel - light/medium body, smooth, tingly carbonation

drinkability - refreshing, crisp, and easy to drink

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Photo of jpkoch1962
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a good beer overall. But, it really shouldn't be classified as a Pils. The beer poured a bright yellow with good head and decent carbonation. The aroma was grassy bordering on spicy. The front end of this beer was bready and biscuity. Sweet malts could be detected, which evolved into a citrusy bitterness. The finish was malty and bitter with a definite aftertaste.

This lager lacks the typical continental charataristics one would find in North German Pils. A lot of rough edges -especially concerning balance. Perhaps it needs more time in the cellar.

That said, this is still a good beer. Just don't expect the classic German Pils taste profile.

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Photo of FishGetter
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I for one, maybe the few, have always looked forward to embrasing spring with a Sam White Ale. With Noble Pils replacing the white, this better be a great replacement. Pours a light honey grain color with filtered clarity. Half finger fizzy white head.
Aroma is of mostly pale grains with modest amount if hop nose. Some citrus and lemon zest tones. Hints of wheat astringants too.
Pritty bid hop profile for SA. Citrus hop flavor with a touch of lemon zest. Suttle grain flavors are detected but overpowered by the hop bitterness. Not a complex flavor, but holds up with the help of fresh and lingering hop profile.
Medium body that builds with aggitation. A bit of hop and dryness lingers in the mouth.
Verict...Not as good of an offering as the White Ale. However an exceptable replacement. Surprising hop profile adds to drinkability. Hoping this charecter is a sign of more to come from SA.

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Photo of Stigs
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, served in a SA perfect pint glass (from notes)

A - pours a strong golden color, crystal clear. a solid amount of bubbly and slightly frothy white foam sits atop - leaves behind some spotty lacing throughout the drink.

S - very sharp, crisp and clean noble hops - bitter yet earthy and pleasant...grains and crackers, some spice, and citrus rind underneath.

T - great profile of noble hops, not overdone. bitter enough to please a hophead yet kept in check by grains, lemon, crackery malts to not offend those who arent.

M - light bodied yet slick, oily. carbonation is spot on, lively and enticing.

D - very well done indeed. each time I have this (which is becomming more and more often) I am a bigger fan. second only to Prima Pils for the style (IMO) - hopefully a mainstay for SA.

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Photo of JohnWaynes44
2.99/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured clear and golden. Head did not develop. Maybe a poor pour. Not much of a smell at all. Very faint grain smell. The hops are definitely the feature in this one. The hops immediately hit the palate, citrus notes, grassy. Finishes sharp and dry with somewhat bitter hops from start to finish. Mouthfeel is chalky and dry. I wish this beer was a little sweeter and more malty. The hops just overpower it and it never reaches it's potential and balance that I expect from this brewer. Not real drinkable for me. I can have one or two of these and my mouth craves malt. I do like it for some reason, but....

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Photo of mklinger
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very pretty looking pils -- bright gold, crystal clear with a half inch of fluffy white head.

For the aroma I get more bready malt that I do hops. It's pleasant enough but a little bland.

Taste is a nice American example of a German pils. Hop flavor is there right up front -- floral, earthy, and spicy character. This is followed by some bread crust-like malt, then finished with a decent but not overly lingering hop bitterness. Solid taste.

I found this beer to be a bit thin and overcarbonated (like a lot of SA beers). Pretty easy to drink, sessionable pilsener, but there's just something here each time I've had one that made me like it, but not want another right away.

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Photo of turkob
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden and clear. Run of the mill for a pale lager.

S: At first I got a beautiful blast of fresh hops smell, but it quickly subsided. Still pleasant, but at first I thought I was in for a real treat.

T: Nice dry finish with distinct hop bitterness. Pils malts are understated but present.

M: Dries up on the finish nicely. Medium bodied going down.

O: Ultimately the hops are too understated to be a standout. The malt is mild, as is to be expected, but just not enough hops on the finish to keep me coming back. Pleasant enough certainly, but not in the same class as Prima Pils.

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Photo of roblowther
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright gold with a frothy white head that leaves nice lacing. It looks like it makes me thirsty. Smells of peaches, slight band-aid, crisp hops. Very, very nice! Sweeter up front than I expect, then dry pepper and mild hops note. Finishes a touch metallic, but not outside of my impression of the style. Mouthfeel is surprisingly substantial and silky, not at all the typical pils. Nice carbonation. Drinkability is very good. This is close enough to a session beer for my purposes, and I could have a long session with this one.

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

A: Bright, clear golden yellow color. Poured a 2 finger merangue-like startk white head with good retention. Sticky lacing throughout. Lightly decanted.

S: Spicy (peppery) hop aroma; maybe some wet hay.

T: Assertive bitter transitions to light malt. Smooth bitter finish.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Crisp, dry and refreshing.

D: Drinkable with fair flavor classic of the style.

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Photo of boss302
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Noble Pils
12oz bottle. Style is listed as German Pils, but I think it fits better in the Continental Pilsner style, and am reviewing it based on that. To me it tastes more like a Czech Pils than a German Pils.

A Nice dark golden color, good for style. Good head, not thick, but complete. It thinned out pretty quick, but still left a little lacing and was still detectable at the end of the glass.

S Not a lot of hop aroma as there should be for the style, a little chemical smell, but not overwhelming, it may not have been noticeable if there were more hop aroma. A slight malt aroma, but expected more.

T Malty flavor, which is the best part of this beer. Carbonation level is good and appropriate for style. OK hop flavor, but I would have prefered more.

M Crisp, malty, full. High carbonation and hops make this a sharp crisp beer, very refreshing.

O Excellent anytime beer. I would have liked more hop aroma to be true to the style, but that doesn't mean its not a well crafted beer. I would recommend this beer.

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Photo of sliverX
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from our German style growler (GLBC) a clear straw yellow with a thick white head that left generous lacing. You couldn't ask for a nicer looking brew. The smell is slight malt and heavy green vegetable matter, the name doesn't lie this is big on noble German hops. Taste is light, crisp, refreshing, malty sweetness excellently backed by the noble hop spicy vegetable flavours. Mouthfeel is a thin medium has more body than water which is spot on. The drinkability is pretty good I'm not huge on pilseners but I could have a few of these, and I'm sure would hold its own with traditional German brews.

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Photo of rosmhuire
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A: Medium to pale yellow coloring with significant lacing.

S: Getting a lots of hops on the nose.

T: Wow - what a great refreshing pilsner! Domestic pilsners are too often tasteless and boring - but not this one. Great balance of hops and malt.

M: Nice

D: Very high here. Could easily have polished off the 6 pack I purchased. What a great session beer - well done SA!

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I have had this beer several times, served in a pint glass. About an inch of foamy, sudsy head. Golden colored in appearance. Strong scents of fresh cut grass. Taste is more hoppy flavors of pine than citrus grapefruit. Also flavors of dry straw. Slight cleanser, chemical aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel. An enjoyable beer to drink one of at a time, but I would not reach for a second right away.

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Photo of bristol2120
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale/medium gold with a quickly dissipating head that leaves a very thin layer of foam, and a nice amount of lacing. At first, the aroma carries very strong citrusy hop notes. Unfortunately, those give way to an odd, chemically, disinfectant presence very similar to what I noticed in BBC's Coastal Wheat. Taste is initially very good, with spicy, piney notes in the forefront, but again, there is a disturbing chemical presence lingering in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is good, with a rich, well carbonated character. Overall, I wanted to like this beer, and there is a lot here to recommend, but still, I'm taken aback by that odd artificial, chemically presence in the nose and palate.

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Photo of John1985
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a Samuel Adams 25 year glass

A-Beautiful medium gold color with fluffy 1" head. Small bead carbonation. Plenty of lacing as the beer goes down.

S - spicy hop aroma, not much else to say

T - nice assertive bitterness up front that switches to sweet malt flavor with a smooth finish.

M - Light to medium body, perfect for a session

D- As drinkable as any light body macro but with a ton of flavor. The best Sam Adams beer that I've had. This should replace both their spring and summer beer. I've drunk a case and might try to grab another 12 pack before it vanishes.

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Photo of sudz42
4.9/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The only thing lacking in this beer is the soft limestone water of the northern Germany and the Czech Republic, which is saying a lot as beer is mostly water. But despite that shortcoming, this is the best American pilsner. It is not a malt/hop bomb, like Prima Pils, which is a robust brew, but not a true pilsner. SA Noble Pils is ripe with hops, and has a solid malt body, but is more drinkable, "sessionable" than other boutique offerings. It is a mainstay and they should brew it year-round, as it dwarfs their other seasonal offerings.

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

Appearance - Clear straw color with a medium white head.

Smell - Lemon, honey, sweet bread, and juicy hops.

Taste - Like the smell, except with the hop bitterness of course. It has a sweet malty beginning and a crisp, sharp finish. A somewhat sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light body and high carbonation.

Notes - This is a good German style pilsner. It's perhaps a little sweeter than the others I've had, but that lends balance to the hops. It's a vast improvement on Sam Adams' previous spring beer, and I might buy it again next year.

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Photo of GalenM
1.63/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I bought this after hearing my uncle rave about it. I won't be trusting his beer advice again.

I should first disclose that I have had very few Sam Adams beers that I had much liking for, nor have I ever been fond of pilsners, but I think I gave this a fair shake.

Pours a rather unimpressive yellow, with next to no head into a 19oz. pilsner glass. Aroma is very faint hops and a sort of chemically smell I sometimes find in beers I subsequently dislike.

The taste is initially sharply hoppy, though very one dimensionally so, followed by a weak, watery flavor not unlike, if I remember correctly, yellow macro brews. This is further followed by a nasty chemically aftertaste that doesn't appear to go away. There is not much else to say about it, other than that I have a tight beer budget, and $9 for a six pack of this is a big waste of it.

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Photo of bobsy
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm still deficient in the pilsener glass category, but I think a nice weizen glass makes a good stand-in. Noble pils looks the part. A moderate pour produces a perfectly clear straw-yellow body with a fluffy white head that soon drops to a film leaving a thick coating of lace at the very top of the glass. Better retention would be nice, but I can't help but admire its clarity, and as this was a key feature of pils when they came out, this gets a thumbs up from me. The aroma is light and clean, with some lemon, a mild pepperiness and some pils malt in the background. Certainly not mind-blowing, but for a sessionable summer beer its good enough.

The flavour is a little bit of a let-down. Light lemon notes mix with pepper, herbal and floral notes, with a lightly sweet malt body providing backup. Its certainly very clean and easy to drink, but it does seem a little lacking in character, especially when held up against some of the primo pils out there, like... well... prima pils. As a summer quencher I enjoy it (and the light body and moderate carbonation help with this), but if I'm recommending a world-class pils to someone, this would not be mu first choice. A good beer, but not a great one.

Thanks to Shawn for the bottle!

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Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.86 out of 5 based on 3,662 ratings.
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