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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Ratings: 3,700 |  Reviews: 1,519
Photo of rednrag
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I did not think America could ever make a lager to rival the great German/Czech pilseners.
OK I stand corrected. Sam Adams has never been one of my favorite breweries. Till now.
This is a world class lager, and my hat is off to you, Boston Beer Company.

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Photo of Dodt
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

picked up a six pack a day ago
poured from the bottle to a pils glass
Appearance straw yellow almost clear with lite lacing
smell lite hops
taste is light and crisp
drinkability a enjoyabble with a nice finish
for me this is another solid beer from the people at the boston beer company.

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Photo of cdizinno
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice golden, straw color. Very clear with nice head and moderate lacing.

S: Light floral character, some spiciness. Typical pils.

T&M: Mostly grains with some bitter hops on the finish. Mild peppery taste. Light bodied and medium carbonation typical of a pils.

Decent brew. Definetly worth a shot, especially if you enjoy pilsners.

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Photo of cactusjuggalo
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A straight foward good tasting pilsner. Nice fluffy head just about the right ammount of carbination.

Good subtle hop aroma with this one. If you are burned out on IPAs but still want a little hop this is a good way to go.

Taste has a nice little hop bite with it but it goes down nice and smooth.

This is a great session beer in my opinion. Love the taste of this one i could drink it all night. My only gripe is that its a seasonal and will be gone soon.

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a beautiful transparent golden color, fluffy white head, nice amount of bubbles.

The hops are dominant in the nose, smells like fresh dew on grass.

Taste is hop dominant and earthy, very refreshing and almost juicy.

Very crisp and clean feel to this light-bodied beer.

Highly drinkable because it's rich in flavor and excellent. gets my vote for most sessionable beer of the spring 2010.
Boston Beer Co. should really consider making this a year round offering.

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Photo of ejimhof
2.71/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was anxious to try this beer after reading all the forum discussions about it. I guess I was expecting more from this beer but I did not enjoy it as much as I hoped. The hops seem to overwhelm the taste and this beer is nothing like any pilsner I have ever had. I will try it again but for now it is a "C" grade for me.

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Photo of boatshoes
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap for the first time at my local go-to bar. Had heard a lot about this seasonal, so I thought I'd give it a try.

Appearance- Comes of the tap the typical straw yellow for the style with a minimal sheet of white head that immediately dies to a ring and shortly thereafter to nothing at all. Some very mild beading in the body of the beer but that dies out fairly quickly too.

Smell- Somewhat surprisingly there is a nice little punch of juicy hops on the nose of this beer. Smells like a little nice grapefruit rind and tropical fruit. A faint grassiness as well perhaps. Overally, not a terribly powerful nose but present with some nice scents.

Taste- Again, starts off with a nice little juicy hop profile that is of the grapefruity nature. Follows up with a mild grassiness/hay characteristic and finishes with a touch of clean bready malt. Simple but nicely put together.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is adequate for the style but came across a little thin as I drank more. Drinkability is okay as well as the beer was easy to put away, though I began to find it a little uninteresting towards the end of the glass.

Overall, a nice "seasonal" offering from Sam Adams and a decent drinking pils if it is what you are in the mood for. Didn't knock my socks off but wasn't half bad.

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Photo of magine
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug.

Pours a straw yellow with light white fluffy head, head fades to a lace island. Decent lace.

This brew smells of hops, bready, grainy as well.

Brew has a crisp then smooth easy drinking mouthfeel, nice finish and aftertaste - only slightly bitter. Has a decent hop flavor; citrus hops mostly, but the five hops they use give this a unique hop flavor. Is a nice easy going hop pilsner.

This is a very easy drinking, unoffensive hopped pilsner. This is a brew that would be great to session, and great for someone who isnt a hop head - but is working their way towarss becoming one.

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Photo of FBH
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pilsner's aren't one of my favorites but after trying one on tap I had to run out and get a twelve pack to do some further investigation.

Appearance - light golden with a good heavy head.

Smell - I really enjoyed the smell of this beer. Citrus and a lot of hop flowers.

Taste - This is a really good beer for the spring. Light enough to drink in the hot sun while still having a lot of flavor to it. I'm very impressed by this Sam Adams as I've been underwelmed by some of their experiments in the past. Overall, I like this beer. But two or three may be the limit as it seems to leave a sticky taste in my mouth.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is golden straw with excellent clarity. Nice 1 finger head from a freshly tapped keg, mild lace.
Smell is a grassy/veggie/earthy hop aroma. Maybe some mild Pils sweetness.
Tastes as it smells. Nice crisp nobole hops layered on a light Pils malt sweetness.
Mouthfeel is medium/light body with medium+ carbonation.

Drinkability exceeded my expecations. I am usually not a fan of noble hops or Pilseners in general, but I really enjoyed this one. I got one to try it out, and ended up gettting 3 during the happy hour. Just enough hop profile for my craving, and I would get this one again, to bad it's seasonal. I dig this as a mellow hop alternative when your out and about with a hop craving and no IPAs are around.
Well done BBC, this one impressed me for sure. I like the multi hop twist on this new Pils!

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I pulled this out of a case I bought from Bryn Mawr Beverage in Brywn Mawr, PA. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a clear golden color with lots of little bubbles floating constantly to the top. The head is off-white, three fingers tall, leaving layered and thin lacing, and excellent lacing.
Smell: The aromas are yeasty, earthy hops and pine resin.
Taste: The flavors are bready, earthy and a bit watery.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is crisp yet has a thin body.
Drinkability: This is a fine beer.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful clear orange/yellow with an egg white type head, very on style.

Hopped well with notes of citrus and pine, not over the top but well matched with the malt. The flavor comes through with a creaminess that is very tasty and the malt finishes dry with the assistance of a balanced hop nose.

Robust body accentuates the flavors, this is a German pils to love. Very good drinker on it's own as a quaff-er and with savory foods. A noble try for the "big" guys who are still under 1% of the US market, keep it up guys.

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Photo of ncfranklin
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Weissbier.

A : This pilsener comes out rich and golden, with a very small cream colored head that dissipates quickly. It's an appeasing color in the sun, which suits the Spring release well.

S : The smell is feint.The little traces I can pick up are of citrus to piney hops, the main attraction of this brew. I wish it were a bit stronger on the nose.

T : Hello hops, it's nice to meet you. Sam Adams states on the bottle that it has all 5 noble hops from the worlds oldest growing regions. And it shows. The hop flavor is complex, ranging from floral to very grassy. It is amazingly balanced with malt however, almost with no bitter end on it. This I truly appreciate, not normally liking heavily hopped beers.

M : A medium body with a very smooth texture makes this a joy in the mouth. Swishing it around gives a good fluffy feel.

D : For a beer that has hops as the center show, and coming from a guy who does not like hops, this one is a easy drink. It'll be my pick for the hot sunny days when I don't feel like a sweet malty brew.

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Photo of Soneast
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear, straw yellow color, developing a 2-finger thick, white bubbly head, continuously fed by a cascade of bubbles, laying sheets of lace on the glass as the beer recedes.

The aroma starts off with a very nice, clean grain/bread aroma not to be outdone by a very interesting noble hop character, there is a very nice earthy spiciness with a touch of lemon, as well as a floral component to round things out.

The flavor is comprised of a grain, bread, crackery component, back up admirably by the noble hops which showcase a some tasty citrus and spicy character finishing on more of a floral note. The bitterness is well balanced, leaving a pretty clean flavor on the palate.

Light bodied with carbonation leaning towards medium/heavy. I though Noble Pils was quite delicious, the hops are showcased well and really tout the noble hop characteristics, with a subtle yet supportive role played by the malts.

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Photo of Musition12
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug.

A: Transparent pale yellow in color with a very thin head that dissipates into a thin ring. No lacing.

S: Biscuit, soap, lemon, a bit of sulfur, and grassy hops. It's difficult for me to smell even these as the aroma is very faint.

T: Pretty well balanced. Taste follows the aroma. Upfront maltiness with some lemon followed by a very restrained hop bite in the finish. Leaves a pleasant bitter aftertaste.

M: A bit thin for my taste, but still pretty creamy for the style. Crisp carbonation.

D: Very high drinkability. Great for sessions. I could definitely have a lot of these, but eventually I'd probably reach for something with a little more character.

A good, simple beer. Clean and refreshing without skimping on taste. I'll definitely buy this again especially for parties or if I need to get back to basics. Recommended.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - yellow/straw pour, good snowy head of two fingers. Very sticky, leaves some pocky holes in the cap as it recedes. Nice mosaic of lace left behind.

Aroma - the hops are spicy, flowery, soapy, maybe even a touch lemony. Pretty nice!

Taste - good biscuity malts underneath the hops. They have a good, robust flavor. I like the low spice but high flavor. Bitterness increases on the swallow along with some soapiness. The swallow has a touch of roast malt offset by the fading hops. Nice finish as it comes across dry but satisfying.

Mouthfeel - crisp, a little on the light side per the style.

Drinkability - good tasting session beer, it's easy to put a few of these back.

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Photo of everetends
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served up in a standard pint glass. Picked up this sixer at Winn-Dixie in Jacksonville. Been trying to find this one for a few weeks but it has eluded me. Luckily I found the last sixer here and now here we are.

A: Pours a golden yellow. Held to the light, the body remains golden yellow but it is just a little more vibrant. The body is clear with a pretty decent carbonation activity moving around in here. The pour built up a little over a finger of fluffy white head. It has a little bit of retention, after about 10 or so minutes it falls to a nice top cap. Decent amount of lacing gets left on the glass. Pretty respectable look that you expect from Sam Adams.

S: Smell is a nice dose of hop goodness. Not overly large or in your face, but just a nice hoppy nose. Mostly citrus in character with lemon, orange and lime peel. There is a bit of an earthy and herbal character to it as well. The malts are grainy and slightly sweet. Nice balanced aroma that has some character to it.

T: Yet again, starts out with a good amount of hops presence. Its about the same as the nose, a good amount of citrus in the form of some lemon and orange, and a whole lot of distinctive lemon peel. Little bit of herbal notes behind that as well. The malts are nice and light but bring a touch of sweetness to cut most of the bitterness from the hops. Grains come through nicely and the whole thing is rounded out with a little bit of pine presence.

M: Light bodied brew with a medium to medium high carbonation level. ABV is not an issue and not noticeable. The brew is refreshing and smooth. Lightly bitter on the palate but nothing too much. Aftertaste is sweet and grainy malt and a little bit of hop bitterness.

D: Its good peeps. I dig it. It seems that Sam Adams brews tend to be hit or miss at times, but this one is a hit. Has that hops presence and complexity, but its not over the top. This would be a good beer to get people interested and more aquainted with hops. Pretty well crafted beer that has accessibilty and drinkability. Really enjoy it and glad I have more in the fridge.

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Photo of CMW
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden color with plenty of carbonation. Good head formation and soapy lacing.

S - Bready malt, lemon, orange, and spice. This smells almost like a cross between and hefe and a standard pils. There is also a nice floral hop background.

T - Similar to the nose, malty upfront with some hop bitterness in the finish. In between, there is some citrus flavors that are different than most pilsners.

M - High carbonation but quite watery, this is my major letdown with this beer.

D - The low alcohol make this an easy drinker and good for the warmer months.

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Photo of Sweetmambyjamby
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to glass.

Appearance- small white fluffy head that is about half finger head. Solid lacing as she goes down. A dark hazy gold colored beer.

Smell- Citrus and hops of course. I get banana for some reason really standing out to me. I like what it does there though it sort of mellows out the citrus.

Taste- Initial taste hits the mouth as a smooth hoppy flavor. The bitterness only really comes in the aftertaste and the banana hints the palate.

Mouthfeel- A fuller body than I expected. But it didn't make it less palatable. I liked this.

Drinkability- I rate this high because I could really drink this beer alot more at one time than many other beers that I've ever had. I could really get into these during a summer saturday doing some yardwork

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Photo of BigIrishman
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap

Appearance: Hazy golden with a fluffy white head that leaves a bit of lace.

Smell: Pretty clean, some citrus in the background but mostly the traditional saaz hops coming through.

Taste: Very peasant, there is a bit of those great saaz spicy notes throughout palate with a bit of citrus (almost tastes like lime?) the pops right out at the end, very balanced.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat heavy and just a tad sticky for the style, but pretty decent.

Drinkability: Extremely sessionable, a great brew for sitting around a bar with a couple of friends.

Notes: Probably my favorite of all SA newer beers, I haven't found too many really tasty cheap pilsners out there, but this one is great.

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Photo of dudemuskie
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a brilliant pale straw with a nice creamy bone white head. Tons of champagne like bubbles feed the head as it laces all the way down the glass. Quite lovely!

Aroma- Soft spiciness, lemon zest, floral, and herbal hops all pop off of a slightly sweet, grainy base.

Flavor- Zippy CO2 gives way to a grainy, bready pils malt character to start. Middle brings in a rush of herbal, slightly spicy hops. Finishes nicely with a lingering, mouth coating, herbal bitterness and an almost vinous touch.

Mouthfeel- Very effervescent and refreshing, but for a lighter bodied beer there is an awful lot going on thanks to a host of noble hops adding layers of complexity. Nicely balanced, though a bit more bitterness than expected. Light-medium bodied, decent drinkability.

Overall- Nice pilsner style brew with a ton going on! Falls nicely within the style parameters, but the addition of all 5 noble hops really gives this brew layers of complexity. Definitely worth a try, and this brew shows that Sam Adams has still got it!

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Photo of EStreet20
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, tall. curved pilsner glass.

A - Clear golden yellow color with a finger and a half of head. Head settles down to a nice one finger cap. Lots of bubbles feeding it.

S - Nice Noble Hop presence over the clean pils nose. Very nice, inviting yet subtle aroma. Floral presence there.

T - Nice hoppiness in the flavor withpot overwhelming bitterness. Tea like presence in addition to some fruitiness. Pils malt lends a nice backbone.

M - Nice and light. Fairly high carbonation.

D - Easy to drink. Nice pils with a lightness and enough flavor to make one want quite a few.

Notes: Nice examply, easy to drink.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass...

An exceptionally clear light golden with a very persistent head... Great lacing... Very true to the style...

The pilsner malts are up front with this one but not far behind are those noble hops and they are smelling great... Very earthy and green and floral... Like a pilsner amped up just a touch...

Nice blend of the honey-like sweetness of the malts mingled with the earthy bite of the hops. The hops are definitely more prevalent than in an average pilsner but they certainly don't dominate here as I was hoping... Still a nice pilsner..

Quite drinkable and actually very welcome after a long winter of porters and stouts and barleywines and holiday ales... Perfect for the grill...

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Photo of beergod1
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pours clear golden color with a white head and some simple lacing. Aroma is grainy with a touch of hop spice. Flavor is light, refreshing, slightly grainy, a touch of hop spice leads to a really dry finish. Not too much body, really. Overall not bad, but I have to remember this is just a "Pilsner". Sam Adams seems to have pulled off generally a simple beer, and added just a little something special.

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Photo of Shaw
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a big foamy white head in my Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

The aroma is the grassy, grainy vanguard of noble hops. It also has some citrus notes.

The taste is classic pilsener with an extra bite from the hops. It has a cereal note from the malt that then competes with vegetable and grassy hop flavors and bitterness. Very nice.

Light and crisp body with plenty of carbonation. It's not watery.

Overall this is one of Samuel Adams better beers and very affordable. A seasonal release to look forward to.

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