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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Photo of generalnotsew
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Faint straw yellow with a weakish 1 finger head. But still nice, colorful and consistent.

S: A twinge of hops in the nose with the cereal and corn in the rear. Very clean and pleasant to the nose.

T: Nice bit of a hop snap upon first sip then mellows out into classic pilsner taste. The aftertaste really carries through.

M: Maybe a bit too aggressive but I guess it fits the style. Has a nice oiliness and not too thin.

D: Highly easy drinking. You won't even notice you finished it.

Pretty impressive. I am a bit burnt out of heavy beers lately and this really hit the spot. Not the best of it's style but it really ranks up there. Reminds of a hoppier SN Summerfest. I would buy this again.

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Photo of VWBuggirl
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a nice crisp and clear looking yellow, almost a clear mustard color.

It smells like your standard pils, but with some hops at the beginning and an almost undetectable floral scent to round it off at the end.

As for taste, it is a dryer hoppier version of a pils. I'm not sure it should even be called a pils to be honest. If I were rating this on how good of a pils it is I would have to rate it lower, but I am going to just rate it based on how I like it. As for how I like it, I find it pretty delicious. It tastes how it smells and I can appreciate that, there is a good amount of hoppiness and citrus, with a floral finish.

I find this very drinkable, but the mouthfeel is a bit carbonated for what I would want. It prevents some enjoyment of the flavor.

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Photo of jbone78
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours yellow with a slight haze. I have always thought of Pils to be clear. But the haze tells me there are hops in there. The aroma is the best part of this beer for me. It smells not just citrusy as in lemons, but smells refreshing and spring like. Tastes a little soapy, more or less like the Boston Lager, but finishes a bit more bitter.


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Photo of hooliganlife
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Gino's East - Chicago, poured into a plastic tumbler - BOO!

pour was crisp clear yellow with a nice light fizzy head

not much on the nose, light malts and a very faint floral hoppy scent.

flavor was a bit different from the bottle. i picked up more bitterness in the finish, less hops through out, and a lightly sweet malt backbone that dominated. started out malty and continued until the finish where a nice bitterness emerged. overall, i prefer the bottle but this was still good.

very light and easy, moderate carbonation.

pretty easy to drink and not as good as the bottle. paired well with deep dish pizza.

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Photo of mobyviacheslov
4.39/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Noble Pils, 12oz bottle, ?, 12MAR, Pils glass
A - Crisp, yellow color with active bubbling and a thin creamy head that dissipates rapidly. It looks refreshing.
S - Hoppy smell, with pine, citrus, and grass. Also, I'm oddly getting a subtle vanilla aroma. All-in-all, smells like a pils.
T - The hop aromas translate very well into flavors here. A severe spiciness, grassy, and mildly piney...also a breadiness, and citrus on the finish. This is actual a very good pils. I'm usually a fan of Sam Adams brews, though I know some people accuse them of being a Macro micro brew, and that their brews sometimes fall short of impressive. This, though, is a perfect pils. There is quite an intriguing combination of hop flavors, and the hops are definitely the star of the show, but this is still subtle and refreshing enough to be a good pils, and not a light American IPA.
M - Nothing too out of the ordinary here. Bubbly and light, though there is a bit of smooth creaminess.
D - Here comes spring! Delicious and flavorful BUT light and easy drinking. The hop flavors are dominant, but the bitterness is not overwhelming, which makes this a classic pils, and definitely a session beer.

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Photo of JRed
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, golden body with white, powdery head that leaves some lacing. A bold aroma of fresh hops, dry greens, and some mint. Refreshing taste of fresh hops, grass, dry greens, smooth mint, floral notes, evergreens, slight alcohol, and some grain/cereal. Light in body with zesty carbonation. If I were lost in the desert for 30 days and found my way to a bar in the oasis, I wouldn't look for water, I would ask for this beer. So refreshing that I wouldn't be surprised if you see Dwayne Wade in these commercials soon.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.62/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a Pokal) enjoy before June
A- This beer has a deep golden yellow crystal clear body with a spongy snow white head that fades to a thick film and last for the full beer. There is a sea of tiny bubbles supporting the head.
S- The fresh smell of Noble green hop pellets has a great depth to it with some woody hints and some earthy hints. It is followed by a soft pale malt wort aroma and a hop finish with mint and oregano qualities. I just can stop sniffing this beer. T- This beer has a soft slightly sweet but dry pale malt flavor that is clean with hints of dough coming through when it warms. The finish is a pine Noble hop flavor with a soft green bite to it.
M- This beer has a light crisp mouthfeel with a dry clean finish and no alcohol heat noted.
D- This beer is crisp fresh and lagered with a great depth to the hops yet still being very drinkable. There were no sulfury flavors and it wasn't thin and watery in any way. I will be getting more of this when summer hits.

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Photo of BigBry
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at while in Detroit, one of the only draft selection available that I hadn't tried.
Clear, pale gold with shiny highlights. Creamy white head, that lasted longer than expected, lots of thin lace. Some grainy smell and some light hops. Similar taste, nice spicy hoppiness. Nice meld of flavors, again, better than expected. Pretty full-bodied for a pilsner, lots of carbonation (almost fizzy).
Went down smooth, clean finish. Have to admit that I didn't have high hopes for this one, but was very pleasantly suprised.

Note to Self: Was ranked the #4 German Pilsener when I tasted it.

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

16 ounce pour in a pint glass at a local pub

The Noble Pils pours a golden color with a nice quick dissolving white head and some spotty lacing on the semi-dirty glass. Aromas are subtle but nice hints of malts and hops. Some bready dough aromas also pop through. Taste is similar to the nose, with it not being overpowering in any regard but a nice hop presence and a uniqueness to the palate. Pretty good tasting brew and definitely sessionable as is all Sam Adams brew. Overall a nice addition to the Sam Adams lineup and will look to this beer during the warmer weather ahead of us.

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Photo of nicnut45
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Beautiful golden color. Nice layer of tightly beaded patchy foam on top. Lacing coats the side of the glass as you drink.

S-This is the most aromatic pilsner I have ever smelled. Lots of fresh cut grass aromas. Spicey hop smells and just a hint of malt.

T-This is very nice. Both the hop and malt flavors come through together strongly. Presenting themselves equally but seperatly. It tastes exactly like it smells with the fresh cut grass but with some lemon and earthy spiceness flavors. The malts shine through just as well. I have never had a beer where the malts have tasted as I what I would percieve to be very fresh. Lots of biscuit and cereal tastes that blends awesomely with the hops. A very nice beer.

M.F.-Carbonation is a bit spritzy and I think this adds to the snapiness of the hops. Strong M.F. for a pils and more like its German counterparts.

Drink- I have bought this a couple of times. It definetly beats any German pils i've had. Taste is very refreshing and interesting.

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Photo of jmalex
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ever since my epic Sam Adams tasting a few years ago (20 different styles!) I attempt to try each new offering they come out with.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Prima Pils glass a crystal clear, pale straw gold. A rocky, white head drops to a frothy coating with some speckles of lacing around the glass.

SMELL: An assertive grassy and earthy hop aroma melds nicely with a bigger-than-expected pilsner malt base. A faint sulfury quality tells me this is a lager, but the balance of everything is quite striking.

TASTE: The sweet malt shines the most here, but the hop flavor again provides a fantastic balance. The finish is a tad pungent and perhaps even a tad fruity, but overall it's a nice example of the style.

MOUTHFEEL: A tad bigger and sweeter than I'd like, though that's getting awfully close to picking nits. The carbonation is average+ which seems about right.

DRINKABILITY: It's what pilsners are good for, and this is no exception. I may have been thirsty, but even still, I'm nearly finished my glass already. There may be a whole six pack in my future.

Coming from the cradle of awesome American-brewed German pilsners, it's difficult to get my approval. I still probably prefer the locally-brewed versions, but this one slots in just below. Worth a try and a buy.

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Photo of budgood1
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out an amber hued golden colour with a half inch snow white head reducing to a thin layer of foam. bits of lace cling impressively. aroma of herbal hoppiness...very grassy with lemon-lime notes flittering about. lots of pils malten goodness shows through, also. the first discernible flavour shines bright the pilsner maltiness first; crackery and bready. lots of herbalness comes through next, grassy and hay like, adding a tea like component to the flavour profile. a stinging bitterness bites the back end and lingers lovingly on the tongue. this is certainly one hoppy lager/pils that is absolutely bursting with noble hop flavours. really nice and quite interesting. full luscious body on this pils, with a crisp enough mouthfeel to keep it drinkable without it being too filling. damn nice drinkability...SO flavourful!

this is a really nice beer. i had some doubts about releasing a pils as a spring seasonal but this certainly has it's place among the traditional spring styles, especially blonde and maibocks. this would be the perfect compliment to a warm spring grilling it would compliment some spicy barbeque quite nicely. this also would be a fantastic summer beer as the noble hoppiness!

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Photo of righlander
4.7/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a very clear straw yellow to gold in to my erdinger weibbier glass (hey it was the only glass clean lol). small 1 finger head. some minimal sticky lace. very nicely carbonated, full of bubbles. looks very refreshing. smell is grassy, kind of lightly piney. some feint malt n there. taste is very nice! crisp hop pine with some white toast and grass. sweet light malt, followed my a very nice mellow hop bitter. feels soft and clean on the tongue. very nice. amazing session beer. i'm glad i bought a whole 6 pack! probably sam adams most solid beer. a bit more hoppy than most german pils but, that's the way we like it! a great example of how you can make a beer light but still classy. cheers!

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Photo of haddon
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a golden opaque color with streams of bubbles throughout. not much of a head & minimal lacing down pint glass

clean, crisp smells on the nose. nothing overpowering: hops, grassy notes with light floral & perhaps a hint of citrus

taste of hops dominates with light earthy flavors following: grassy, floral, lemon & a bitter aftertaste sits on the back of the throat after a few drinks. very light and seems to lack in flavor. something on the end that I find a little off-putting

light to medium body. very clean, very crisp with appropriate amount of carbonation

a drinkable and refreshing pilsener beer to have on hand after an afternoon of yard work. don't know if I would buy another sixer... just seems to be missing that X factor.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very solid beer from Sam Adams. Nice springtime quencher with some delicate and refreshing hop flavors. Pours a nice golden with a delicate, very finely beaded, pure white head that leaves some nice lacing in my pilsner glass. Smells very much of the noble hops- crisp, grassy, herbal, and a bit earthy, with noticeable bitterness even in the nose. The taste is nicely balanced and with the same hop notes as well as a smidgen of citrus. Refreshing, and perhaps a tad softer than most German style pils, but with a more bitter hop profile than in a Czech style Pils. Whatever, its quite quaffable and pleasant. Great effort by Sam Adams.

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Photo of gnemesis
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass. Golden straw color with creamy white 2 finger head. Appropriate lacing throughout. Smells of floral hops. Slight citrus and spice. Taste is the same with malt to balance. This beer is thin to medium in body and very drinkable... I think of spring.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes, 3.7.10.

Pours a clear golden-yellow color with some whitish foam, as with most Sam Adams beers, this looks pretty textbook with appropriate lacing and as good of a retention as you would expect in a straight pint.

Aromas of herbal hops and some spice. Pretty nice and what you would expect but nothing too mindblowing here, it's noble hops but they are just slightly dumbed down. Taste is much of the same with a bit of malt in the background adding body to this snappy bitterness with floral and spice notes lent by the hops. Low-moderate bitterness in the finish, crisp.

Noble Pils is thin-bodied and has a medium level of carbonation which is appropriate to style. A very nice beer, especially at it's price point and availability. A vast improvement over the white ale and I will look forward to picking this up next season, as well as enjoying it for the rest of this one.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold with a quarter inch of web-like head. Steady stream of carbonation emanating from the bottom of the glass.

On the nose, biscuit malt and herbal hop aroma. A little spicy hop aroma is present, and honeydew melon is detectable.

Herbal hop flavor mixed with biscuit malt ending with a dry aftertaste. Pleasant and crisp bitterness, with some straw and grass flavors as well. Faint melon and citrus. Subtle and complex.

Light to medium carbonation with a thin body. Just enough to support the flavor. Definitely a highly drinkable seasonal that is both thirst quenching and flavorful.

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Photo of diabecktic
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This translucent, medium-pale golden-colored beer features a monumental cascade of visible carbonation which rises very quickly. A creamy white head quickly forms and leaves ~1.5 fingers' worth. Retention and lacing are both good.

The aroma is a stronger variant of the trademark Sam Adams hoppiness. Noble hops dominate the mixture, but lemony citrus notes and pine-like spices are present as a nice complement.

The taste matches the nose. Hops dominate the flavor; citrus notes really accent the bitterness and help keep it "in check." There's some kick, but it's suprisingly not too excessive.

This medium-bodied beer has a somewhat creamy feel to it. The excessive carbonation and hoppy bitterness tickle the tongue.

Bitterness is apparent, but not overpowering. Given its composition, this crisp brew is rather easy to drink.

Much like the bottle says, this beer is quite "lively." It's rather hoppy for a pilsener, but enjoyable, nonetheless. Some might be turned away by this, but I think that it's pretty accessable. It's balanced extremely well; there is a lot of hop flavor, but not too much. My review was done for the bottled beer, but I have also had it on tap (making it even better).

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A bright and vibrant yellow with a zippy bubbles of carbonation jetting towards the top. Head is frothy and tall, falling slowly but leaving some nice patches of sudsy lace on the glass. Retention is well-fed by the continuous stream of carbonation coming up from below.

S: Musty, grainy malt with a strong presence of spice, floral scent, and some citrus. A good showing in the aroma department for a pilsner.

T&M: Quite tasty. Pale malt lays down some slight graininess and must, but the noble hops really contribute most of the flavor here. Gentle floral notes, bright lemony citrus, and a dose of spice contribute in about equal parts. Flavor is quite refreshing and lively. Not quite on the level of Prima Pils, but close. Body is a bit bigger than your standard pils, with a lively and zesty carbonation that gives it a crisp finish.

D: Highly drinkable. Another notch in the belt of BBC for a well-crafted and widely distributed craft beer.

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Photo of whiplash3825
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moderate pour into my favorite weitzen glass yields a clear pale straw-yellow brew with a three-finger head. Seems pretty carbonated as it tried to leap out of the bottle when opened.

The hops are front and center in the nose, but with a nice touch of malts to balance some of that. Muted scents overall though.

Taste is very similar to the smell, but very crisp and bright, very refreshing! Although the hops are the stars, there's an equally nice malt backbone that balances it out nicely. A little graininess actually seems to enhance the crisp flavors.

Mouthfeel seems just about perfect for the beer.

Exceedingly sessionable! One of my least favorite styles, but this one is absolutely refreshing. Great warm weather beer!

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into SA sensory glass.

Pours crystal clear straw color with a two finger, fluffy white head that leaves very nice lacing; the only lacing in the glass at the end, in fact. Head settles fairly quickly into a thin layer of soapy white suds.

Nose is a combination of grainy pale malt sweetness, almost buttery, and floral, spicy hops.

Taste is a bit harsh at colder temperatures, but as it warms, you get floral, spicy hops up front and center. The mix of hops is at time a bit muddled and rough for my palate, but not overly so as it warms. Very dry, crisp. Pale malt that hints at cereal is under there somewhere, but the hops are in the lead in this one; on the finish, a bit of sulfur comes out. A decent, tasty pils, but not quite up to the standards set by many of the PA varieties. Just a bit rough around the edges when compared to the cream of the Pilsner crop.

Mouthfeel is nice - medium light bodied, with a light, buoyant carbonation that's just a bit creamy. Finish is a bit longer than expected. Nicely drinkable.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from a bottle into an 8 ounce glass...I'm on vacation, you gotta do what you gotta do. Pours a beautiful clear gold with a 2 finger white head. Initial smell is of...well, hops. Tastes very hoppy for a pilsner, but goes down to smooth. I'm on my 4th one of the day right now, and I could go for 4 more. Probably my second favorite pilsner behind Prima Pils, of course.

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

The bottled version seems to lose some of the fragile and amazing hops scents and taste versus the on-tap version.

A= nice golden, the head depends on how hard you pour. I poured one gently and had a modest head. I poured 1/3 at a time, more straight-down and got an amazingly dense whipped-cream head. Neither produce the amazing layered-lacing I experienced in the on-tap version, however.

S= nice, more malt-dominant than the hops-dominant on-tap version however, although you'll get some good whiffs of them from the bottle-poured as well.

T= again, less apparent and overwhelming hops than the on-tap version but they're still there and rather nice. The bottled version seems more malt-dominant however, just like in the Scent. Same nice slightly dry-grassy green hops of the on-tap, though, but unfortunately not quite as dominant.

M= somewhat grassy-dry that lingers for some time after the last gulp.

D= very drinkable but if you can find it on-tap you're twice-blessed.

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

A: Pale straw, great carbonation, crystal Clear, and a lovely full head.

S: Pale malt with a little carmel sweetness. Quite clean. Slightly Earthy hop scent though this is fairly subdued.

T: The hops are present. Slightly spicey, and earthy, with just a little malt in the background. I almost like this more in the bottle than on tap. Good but not great. Still on of the best pils I have had.

M: Nothing wrong here. perfectly to style.

D: Easy drinking, refreshing, and clean. Though a little boring, and not my favorite style.... But this does something that a lot of other pils don't... it's good enough to get it again.

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Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 3,687 ratings
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