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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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Ratings: 3,667 |  Reviews: 1,513
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large white head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of earthy hops, lager yeast and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a strong hops bitterness bite up front that is quickly followed by a thick grain and lager yeast breadiness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a little bit of sweetness and a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style but with a stronger hops presence, overall this is a very good beer to drink a lot of through the course of an evening.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden body. Thin white head. A classic Pils.

Nose is very nice and hoppy. Lemon and fresh-mown grass.

Flavor is very nice. Hops are front and center. Very reminiscent of a good German pils, but with additional flavors. Must be from the wider variety of hops than the usual pils. Lemon jumps out at me.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean.

Very drinkable. A great quencher for hot weather.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.12/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recently sampled on-tap at a local bar...
Pleasantly drinkable although sorely lacking as far as any hop presence is concerned...
This seems very much like a macro-produced Pilsner and the overall quality was sadly-lacking...
Not highly recommended as far as I'm concerned however an easily drinkable and refreshing beer...

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

I believe this beer is the same beer that was the Sample A Pils in the 2009 Beer Lover's Choice competition and obviously this is the beer that won. I remember also liking the Sample B IPA a lot too, but I digress. Poured into my pokal glass. Has a nice fluffy white head over an inch thick when poured that eventually settles to a good 1/8 inch after awhile with a nice ring lining the inside of the glass with. Good lacing. Has a nice floral, citrusy aroma. Has a good somewhat sweet malt flavor upfront followed by a nice citrus, floral, bitter hop flavor. The sweet maltiness comes out more as the beer warms up a bit. Has a good smooth, crisp, clean, medium bodied mouthfeel with fairly light carbonation. Very easy to drink. Spot on for the style. A most excellent choice on this hot summer night here in Cleveland.


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Photo of AgentMunky
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Clear yellow, with an enormous head and pretty bubbles. The colour seems a bit off somehow, but otherwise not bad. Respectable lacing.

S: Light floral hops with mild citrus notes. Very pleasant.

T: Unexpectedly bitter; hoppy kick. Grapefuit, grass, and more hops follow. Bittersweet aftertaste.

M: Tingly carbonation combines with hops which don't quite dry out the mouth. A point in its favour.

D: A very good, very hoppy pilsner. Light and drinkable, tasty and recommended.

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Photo of Gtreid
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Buffalo Wild Wings. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Very clear, golden yellow color. The pour left a two finger white head that retained pretty well, but left very little lace.

A: Pretty hop forward Pils. Citrusy sweetness abounds in the nose. Some grainy wheat, orange, and grapefruit notes, along with honey and maybe atouch of rye.

T: Interesting. Again, hop forward for sure. Grapefruit, orange, and pine sap. But I get a taste, and I'm not kidding, of Fruity Pebbles. Took me back to eating a bowl of these as a kid. It's not bad, just not what I was expecting.

M: Clean and crisp. Good amount of carbonation, very nice.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is above average. The sweetness of the brew will limit the score somewhat, but I'm really just splitting hairs. I had a couple of these with my wings, and was very satisfied. Overall, a nice brew from the guys at Sam Adams, and an upgrade over the seasonal White Ale. Skal.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very lively appearance. Tons and tons and tons of carbonation. Lots of foam. Great lacing effect on the glass I poured it into. Pale yellow in color, but not dull and flat.

Smell: Smells basically like flowers and citrus. A lot like Pilsner Urquell, but more floral and less grassy. It might actually be a bit hoppier. Wonderful.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tastes stronger than Pilsner Urqell...less like lemon and grass and more like hops and flowers. Great taste, but it's not nearly as smooth as other pilseners.

Drinkability: It's good in this category. A little rough around the edges and not quite as refreshing as it could be, therefore it loses at least half a point.

Overall: As far as I know, this is a good American representation of this. I definitely hope that Sam Adams keeps this one around. I was excited to try this and definitely am not disappointed. I would advise actually trying like Pilsner Urquell or Budvar, which I believe are a bit more palatable.

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

Pours quite well, for a finger and a half thick head. The body is a bit darker gold than most German Pilsners, and is cleanly filtered.

The aroma is great and quite hoppy. Floral and citrus characteristics are immediately perceptible and pretty much mask any malt characteristics.

Taste wise, it's on the hoppy side but not too overdone. This tastes like biting into an orange at first, but the huskiness kicks in from the malt with a faint cereal sweetness.

This feels crisp, light, refreshing, and wetting to the palate. This is a good directional turn for a SA spring seasonal. There is much more character here than their previous one.

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Photo of avalon07
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a bright yellow color and a clear texture. There was an inch of pure white, creamy/foamy, long-lasting head. Solid lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, a little citrus, and an earthy quality.

T: An OK taste of lemon, malt, and a grassy/grainy quality (a little much in my opinion). Decent flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry, crisp finish. Light-bodied.

D: Drinkable, but not something that wowed me.

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Photo of Freethyhops
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- yes, it is fizzy and yellow, but not the pale dead I think of with a lot of Pils. it definitely has some deeper golden/orange tones. what little head was produced was gone very quickly but did leave a surprising amount of lacing for the style
s- crisp clean pale malts. some earthy/grassiness and a hint of citrus
t- smooth pilsner and caramel malt combine to make a nice biscuity malt profile. a substantial amount of bitterness combats any sweetness away.
m- crisp, prickly carbonation. light /medium body. a bigger body than most in the style.
d- fantastic. a super easy drinker at a great price. not much else you can ask for.

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Photo of AboutBeverages
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

German style hop notes on the aroma, yellow in color, a few shades darker than Budweiser. The taste features a slight sour, with a European-style pilsner hops taste. It is a little dry which makes the mouth water. Overall an excellent beer for Spring/Summer.

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

Clear light golden pour into a Sam Adams pint glass. Excellent clarity and head retention. Lots of lacing on the glass as the head subsides.
Grassy aroma with a decent amount of hop character.
The first sip is well balanced between a lightly hoppy character and a good bit of bread malt flavors. Hops are evident but not obnoxiously so. Compared to my usual diet of IPA/DIPAs, this is fairly restrained. It may be a bit too hoppy for the style, but I think it's pretty good.
Reasonably light but not overcarbonated mouthfeel, and very easy to drink. This could be a pretty good session beer.
A very decent offering, one that I'll drink with pleasure especially as the weather starts to warm up. This beer is proof that large brewers are capable of producing quality beer.

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

Beer is yellow and clear with moderate to high carbonation of large bubbles. Forms a white head of small and medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Beer has a hoppy but subtle aroma overall. There is some sweetness in there as well.

Beer is medium in body and has a nice bitterness to the back. Not on the scale of an IPA or a PA but its still present. Beer finishes nicely and overall is a pretty well balanced beer. There is almost like a citrusy flavor in the midpalate that interacts with the sweetness up front and causes almost a plastic candy flavor to the whole thing. Overall, its not as good as Prima but its still worth a look.

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

Pale golden color-somewhat carbonated and a decent layer of lace as it goes down. Strong grassy and floral aroma. Very strong hop bitterness and flavor. Way hoppier then a regular German pils. The solid malt backing really saves this or it would be way overhopped. Decent flavor-just not a standard pils if you ask me. Good body. Overall a decent beer. Had this on tap a while a back and it just didnt clic for me. Quite enjoyable in the long run.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a dark clear golden with a decent amount of foam in the sam adams perfect pint glass. This has a nice crisp, mellow hop bitterness taste with the slight hint of lemon pepper in the background. Very similiar to the Prima Pils and its a decent beer overall. Would be perfect on those hot summer days. If I could actually buy it in this country, I would consider it for a session.

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Photo of NewGeneric
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Beautiful, golden straw color that is crystal clear. About 1 finger of foam fades quickly and leaves a nice, consistent medium-thick layer of lacing for that full 1 finger. Near flawless.

S: Smells of piney, earthy hops followed by thick, chewy malt. I can only hope that it tastes as good as it smells.

T: Pretty classic pilsner taste, just slightly hopped up. Hop bit hits right away, followed by a nice, but simple malt backbone, followed by even more hops. Still maintains a very nice balance though.

M: Wow. Nice creamy feel for a pilsner. A little bit too bitter, but other than that, it leaves a very nice feeling on the palate.

D: I would drink this over a lot of German pilsners I've had. I could also easily drink a bunch of them, and that says a lot as I don't really care for pilsners. Yum.

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Photo of njmoons
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is what all American Lager should try to be. Malty flavor, nicely hopped without any overwhelming flavors, light and clean.

So take away the corn and keep the malt and use enough hops to enhance the beer and this is what Bud/Miller/Coors could be.

Anyway a nice beer. You can pick a 6 pack up and share with any crowd this summer and get no complaints (except from wine drinkers, but who would want to enjoy their summer days with wine drinkers?).

Appearance: Ehh, nothing special, yellowish, 2 fingers of foam, did not get me excited about the beer. On the other hand it would not scare a Miller drinker away.

Smell: Nice and malty with a good but not huge aroma of Noble Hops. A little sulfer from the Lager yeast. Made me want to try the beer.

Taste: Nice malts and hops mix well and create a very nice Pilsener. While hoppy, beer was in balance. The finishing bitterness was less than a lot of popular Pilseners and I think better.

Mouthfeel: As you would expect, with a little more body. That is better than average.

Drinkability: Very Drinkable. I would take this on a picnic, boat, backyard...

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Photo of thecarster1
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- bottle poured into a pils glass, more than a fingers worth of bright white head, bright yellow coloring, nice lacing gets left behind after the head recedes.

s- spicy, peppery, noble hops dominate, lemon, grass.

t- pretty much the nose repeated in the mouth, spicy, peppery, zesty lemon, hay, grass.

m- light in the mouth, refreshing.

d- this is a noble hop lovers dream, there is so much flavor packed into this bad boy. unfortunately noble hops aren't my favorite thing, and the taste here was a bit much for me, it's still drinkable and refreshing, but i'll stick to the grapefruity piney hops that i've come to know and love.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, slightly orange amber with an average white head. Fortunately, the appearance is the weakest point of this beer - the crisp, malty, orangy aroma promises an above-average pilsner. Flavor is surprisingly rich, better than any other pils I have tried. It is malty with undertones of sour orange and hoppy evergreen and just a hint of spice. Texture is edgy and lively. Noble indeed!

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

A- dense thick white head that lingers, adds a creamy appearance to a creamy beer. Sits atop a light golden body, very inviting.

S- smells almost citrusy with a lil bit of hop skunk, definately not a defect, rather an attribute of a heavily hopped beer.

T- pretty damn good, light flavor, slight sulfur, hop bitterness followed by slight hop flavor (heavy hop flavor for a pils).

M- like I said, it is creamy and slick. Not the greatest IMHO but nothing to be held against it either.

D- a massively flavored pils, and had I not just finished a meal I might have been able to quaff another 20 oz glass.

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Photo of SirSaranac
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll keep this short and sweet. Tried this brew for the first time recently, and was pleasantly surprised... decided to grab a 6 pack and ponder life.

Pours a crystal clear pissy yellow.... 1 finger head disappears relatively quickly. Scented of citrusy hops... very pleasant. These go down smoothly.... rather sweet... a refreshing summer pilsener, yet much more hoppy than say Prima Pils. Highly drinkable.... taste is far from overwhelming, rather, well balanced. Slightly oily palette. I think I found my summer session beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a straw golden color with 2-3 inches of white head and high carbonation evident. Nice lacing.

s - Smells of floral hops, bready malts, and yeast.

t - Some floral/pine hops and bready malts, followed by some bitterness.

m - Light body and high carbonation. Very easy to drink with the low ABV.

d - Ok, but somewhat disappointing. I had heard very good things about this and that it was one of Sam Adams better products, but it didn't do it for me. Had a decent hoppy smell and taste, but nothing stood out to me except the high carbonation which I felt hurt it. Have a 6 pack of this so I'll give it another shot, but right now I wouldn't buy this again.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the R Bar last night. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear gold color (kinda hard to tell in a dark bar exactly what shade of gold it was) with about a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing were both decent. Aroma was grassy and earthy hops and some grainy malt. This brew does smell like a good pilsner with the Noble hops. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, I think it's a good pilsner with the grassy/herbal/spicy hops that stand out, with some malt noticable too. There's also a lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, with moderate carbonation. Drinkability was good, it's crisp and refreshing and easy to drink. I thought this was a decent overall brew, I'd pick it up again in the future.

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

Pours a golden yellow with 1 inch white head. This what beer looked like when I was a kid. Head retains for quite some time, really nice, very dense.

Nothing overly strong with the smell some piney hops and a bit of yeast, more floral than citrus.

Nice bitterness to the taste, but not too much. I'm not familiar with the style but I would describe more as tannin quality than in your face bitterness.

Nicely carbonated, a bit foamy that coats the mouth, again notice the tannins in the mouthfeel.

Crisp, solid drinkable beer. Not a sipper, but not meant to be. Very impressed, will definitely buy again and esp. nice in warmer weather.

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Photo of maximum12
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this brew after reading good things. There just aren't enough good, full-flavored low ABV beers out there & I missing Surly Bitter right now. So ready to take this for a spin.

Pours with an uncommon pale yellow clarity; I could probably read the newspaper behind it in good light. Nose is elusive, but faint hops, lager yeast, & amber waves of grain can be ferreted out if one tries hard enough.

Noble Pils is a noble effort. Hard, wild grains form a wicked dome of taste over everything else. The hops lend a touch of bitterness at the end.

Simple, clean, & crisp. This is a drinker - no sipping should be allowed. M&D are the strengths of this beer, as it's decent enough, but nothing to get too excited about.

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Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 3,667 ratings
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