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: German 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: 3,727 |  Reviews: 1,525
Photo of Doughcifer
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured into a 12oz beer glass. Golden color, with a 1/4 inch of foam. 4

S-Light malt scent and hoppiness. A very Springy aroma. A touch of citrus. 3.5

T-I guess I was expecting more, but am not really disappointed. Very earthy hops. 3.5

M-Light body, quite smooth going down. 4

Samuel Adams succeeded in their quest for a quality Spring beer. Enjoying two of these makes for an excellent afternoon.

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

This is one of the best Sam Adams offerings to date.

Light color with excellent head and retention.

Smell is slightly grainy, but not overly so with spicy noble hops.

Light pils malt with a perfect balance of noble hop flavors to keep the beer interesting and still sessionable.

Crisp mouthfeel and excellent drinkability.

I thought the combination of all the noble hops would be gimmicky and not all that great, however it's wonderfully done.

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Photo of Blob77
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A fore sure re-buy, I enjoyed this beer a lot. I have not had a wide variety of pilseners, but from what ive come to expect from them was a little different than what i got here. For me this beer had a nice hoppy flavor and great drink-ability, Another good entry from sammy

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 12 ounce bottle and into my standard shaker glass. The pils appears a clear golden yellow color with about a finger or so of white foam. Nose and flavors are of fruits such as white grapes, lightly toasted bread grains, sweet biscuits, earthy, grassy hops. Very clean and fresh tasting. Medium bodied for a pils and amply carbonated as well. A nice attempt, one I'll pick up again as the weather breaks.

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Photo of Crizzle316
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a 12oz Beer Glass, Appears to be a Medium Golden Color, with a very slim line of head

S- you can somewhat smell the blended hops, but i do have a snuffed up nose.

T- Light at the first touch of the lips, Then Bam, you can immediatly taste the hops. Great Pils.

M- light/ medium. but crisp and refreshing

D- Definatly Drinkable. In Fact, i would greatly enjoy a six pack to myself.

Great Job guys at sam adams, looking forward to many more great brews

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

I was pleasantly surprised by this offering from Sam, great spring beer, light, but has flavor, slight hint of fruit or citrus, but very subtle, but you know its there.

I'd buy a 12 pack or case and keep it on hand for the spring. Pours a light golden brown, nice smell to it, you can smell the citrus.

You could drink these all day and not get tired of them.

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

Poured into a Guiness Pint Glass

Appearance- A clear, well carbonated, golden beer with a decent head and some good lacing as it goes down.

Smell- Mild earthy hops and a faint scent of malt. Nothing too escpetional here.

Taste- Nothing fantastic, but definetly good. Earthy hops are present throughout the experience. In the middle there is a nice malt backbone. Descent taste.

Mouthfeel- light/medium body. Felt more like a standard lager than a pils, but nothing offensive. Goes down smooth

An overall solid brew from SA. Not as good as the Boston Lager, but still a good beer. Also, very sessionable. Enjoy!

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Photo of KTCamm
4.65/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap twice i the past week - Leroy Selmons in Tampa, FL, and at a more local joint a few days later.

Color is a golden yellow, very picturesque. Brilliantly clear, low foam. Very sticky on the sides.

Mild but pleasing aroma. some grains in there, blended with the hops. makes me....thirsty.

Taste is clean, crisp, backd by a subtle tasty hop. Basically, everything you'd want in a pils. Believe the hype, this beer delivers.

Nicely balanced carbonation in the mouthfeel. Very pleasing.

Very, very drinkable. One only is difficult. Buy these, buy in bulk.

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Photo of atsprings
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Boston Lager glass pours a crisp bubbly straw light orange with a decent eggshell head. Aroma is crisp earthy hops with a nice sweet malts profile right behind. The taste is a nice amount of floral hops and sweet biscuity malts with a nice lingering hop finish. The beer is light bodied with smooth carbonation. This is a very enjoyable lager for a warm night.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
4.26/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I really liked this beer, more than others on this site. Before I was a beer guy, I liked wine, although I don't think I was ever as into wine as I have become into beer. Nonetheless, I think I have enough wine knowledge to make the comparison of this beer to the Sauvignon Blanc grape. This beer is light in body and in color, very pretty and lightly golden, and pungently grassy in both aroma and flavor.

It pours beautifully into a glass, with a light golden (and vaguely greenish?) color and a tall white head with great lacing. Aroma is grass, hops, and lightly bready. Flavor is more of the same. Mouthfeel is light, refreshing, and would be perfect for a warm day - reminded me a touch of a Kolsch.

This beer is quite nice. I hope it sticks around. I am not a big fan of the Sam Adams franchise, but I really like this beer.

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Photo of cfleisher
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pretty beer. Pours with a fluffy three-finger head, straw yellow and leaves sticky lacing going down. Maintains good carbonation throughout. The aroma is very nice, spicy hops. The hops disappear a little bit in the taste, allowing good malt backbone to come forward. Clean taste and refreshing, like a pils should be.

Overall, I like this beer, a lot. I'm not much of a pilsner guy, but am about to brew one and have been boning up on the better ones out there on the market. I think this qualifies.

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Photo of ProLiquorMan
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like apple juice. A very small white head.

The citrus/grapefruit and hops smell just hits you. Intertwined well with that pilsner smell.

The taste is similar to the seeds of an orange/grapefruit. Similar to the nose. The citrus notes go hand in hand with a pilsner taste.

A clean, crisp, and flavorful pilsner.

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

Appearance- Slightly darker version of an Pilsner. It is difficult to tell because I was in a bar. The head was a slighly off white dead that was overly large and had decent staying power. Decent lacing to.

Smell- Typical Pils aromas. Decent maltiness, a hint of hops coming though, some malt sweetness. Maybe some pale malts in there too, and a hint of earthiness.

Taste- Taste like a well-crafted Plisner. Just what hoping. Nice malt sweetness up front with hints of maltiness, maybe a bare hint of caramel. Big, but not overwhelming hops presence. Some earthiness, fair amount of pine and citrus (for a pilsner, nothing like a pale ale tho). Kind of a nice cross between a pale ale and a Pilsner. It was quite yummy.

Mouthfeel- Not nearly as refreshing as a Pilsner. A cross between a Pils and a pale ale (again.). It works.

Drinkability- I liked it.

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Photo of thain709
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clear golden yellow body which was appropriate for the style...a small foamy, white head formed and slowly disappeared...some lacing

S - Earthy hops stand out with the addition of the Noble hops...a light grainiess lingers in the background

T - The flavor is surprisingly well balanced and crisp...the hops stand out again as earthy and they are present at the beginning and end of the beer...the pale malts round out the flavors in the middle...there is also that touch of grain in there...a fresh lemon flavor also stood out and was a nice touch

M - Light bodied...crisp and refreshing

D - The drinkability is there...I'd prefer this in the summer over a Summer Ale...a solid pilsener from the company we've come to expect everything from

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. A gift from largadeer. Thanks Chris.

A: Pours a clear straw-gold body; it shines brilliantly in the light. The cap is a frothy off-white affair that retains very well and leaves nice register marks down the sides of the tulip.

S: The earthy, leafy, green aromas of Noble hops (duh) waft toward my nose. They are supplemented by light lemony cracker, honey, and somewhat spicy aromas. Pretty nice.

T: A balanced blend of hop flavors -- earthy, lemony, green -- and cracker. The taste later brings out hints of honey and finishes with some spice and grass. I've tasted better pilseners, but I suspect those aren't brewed true to style (hoppier than this one). Nonetheless, I can't complain much.

M: Light-bodied; very crisp, clean flavor. No lingering bitterness. Goes down very well. Is this a year round offering? It seems like it would work very well as a refreshing summer beverage, not when it's cold and rainy out.

D: I was wondering why people made such a big deal about this brew, but I get it now. It's not overhopped or overdone; it's balanced, clean, and tasty. Good stuff.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a crystal clear pale gold with a big frothy white head on top. Great retention; leaves some sticky lace. Scents of corn, honey, grains, straw, and fresh bread. Great crisp body. Perfect for the style. Slight oily feel on the backend. Sharp grains at the first sip, mild hop bitterness, light sour note in the middle. Finish is mild and bready. This is a great beer. One that I will visit again and again once the weather warms for sure.

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Photo of bcm119
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warm straw colored, some white lace. Honeyish pils malt and grassy hops in the aroma. Opens up with soft pils malt, good honey notes, and doughy hints. Earthy, spicy hops keep the mouthfeel clean. Slightly minerally. Hops sweep through the finish, leaving green, earthy flavors. Has that Sam Adams "round" quality to the mouthfeel and body, which is slightly fuller than a typical German pils, but I don't mind it. A very tasty pils.

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Photo of SpecialK088
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at old Chicago

A-crisp golden near a copper color with a nice lingering 2 finger head and thick sticky lace

S-spicy and grassy hops with a slight very slight sweetness

T-same as the nose with an incredible hops flavor but not a kick in the face. The subtle pilsner malt is still very noticeable in the middle and finish. Hops linger much more on tap

M&D-mouth is a nice medium body and an extremly complex pils. Smooth and easy to drink don't let the many hops scare u away from this one it's very approachable.

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Photo of stephens101
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours yellow with a few hints of orange. A rush of bubbles result in a mid-sized white head that stays around for quite a while as the bubble activity goes on and on. Eventually things settle down slightly, and I take a whiff and get a some notes of straw, some floral activity, and a bit of sugary sweetness. Perfectly crisp and malty with a good hop bite in the middle and a slight yeasty funk at the end. Light-bodied and smooth like a good pils should be, but without n sacrificing of taste. Best pils I've had in a while. Spring is almost upon us, and I can see sessioning a lot of these in the near future.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Philadelphia Flyers pint glass, grabbed a single of this.

Noble pils looks like a PBR off of the tap, it just has that tint to it. A mix between a pale yellow and barely golden backing. Giving a 180 degree pour I yielded only a quarter inch of off white burnt/sugar foam that died. Barely even a cap, no lacing.

At first sniffs I said to myself this won't be that bad but within minutes I got a sweet corn thing coming from this, odd, I know. Smells like a bold Adjunct. Getting some pale malts and something resembling a hop nose, earthy, leafy.

This goes well, but I don't think the noble hops are coming out like I expected. Sweet and pale malt, bisquit with slight caramel, and corn, yes, believe me it's there. I get some big earthy hops at the end but that's all they give off, earth and leafs, no citrus, no tropic's so don't go expecting that.

The feel is a bit thicker than I like in my Pilsner's, this just seems to be a step above the other's in the style. Medium bodied and a smooth ride and easy finish, not dry, not to refreshing, not what I want in a pilsner. Carb is noticed but not overly felt.

Perhaps if SA used just one of the five varieties of Noble hops, the hop nose/taste could have been more focused. It seems like they are running against each other and none are making headway. I would not want to try this again, it did not refresh me and the feel was off for a pils. It's drinkable, but not memorable.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear gold in color with a small white head. Retention isn't very good and only light lacing.

Aroma of light malt and a touch of citrus. A little buttery, a little fruity.

Again the flavor is light and clean to start, then transitions into a moderate earthy/grassy bitterness that lingers. I'm not an expert on hop varietiies, but it seems that the hops used in this one lend a straight bitterness to the beer with out adding much flavor or complexity.

Mouthfeel is average; body is light to medium.

It's clean, refreshing, and drinkable. Well crafted, just a bit boring by nature. I just don't find this style all that interesting.

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Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass:

A - Clear golden color with a lighter head.

S - Complex light hoppiness.

T - Well balanced pils that has enough malt backbone for all the hops. Citrus tones and nice bitterness.

M - Light bodied, decent carbonation, very refreshing.

D - Could drink these all night, I am impressed with this version from Sam Adams.

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Photo of melloashello
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a local bar here in Murfreesboro. I haven't been able to find it in stores yet, so this is a nice little treat.

It pour a nice golden color. Aroma of all those great hops, a bit grassy. Nice bread taste with a citrus bite to it. It is hard to not want to keep drinking these. A great thirst quencher and session beer. Definitely try to enjoy these while it is still around.

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

I've had alot of this beer since its release, and it really deserves a review.

Poured from bottle into pint glass. The foam head on this beer is dense, and quickly recedes to a fine layer of bubbles on the surface and along the edge of the glass. Body is clear golden, some slight champagne bubble action going on as well.

Aroma is of bready malts. This beer really shines from them Noble Hops, giving it a good hoppy nose for a Pilsner.

Taste was extremely crisp and refreshing. Breadiness is forefront followed by some light honey and floral hops to really bring this beer ahead of other Pilsners. Finished clean and smooth, a hallmark of the style.

Mouthfeel was light with lively carbonation.

The drinkability is insane, I can attest to that.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am not sure if this beer is available in Houston or not, so I picked one up at Knightly Spirits while I was there just in case. Let's give it a shot.

Appearance: Pours a clear yellow golden color with a small 1/4" head of small white bubbles that faded quickly back into the beer. There are a few bubbles rising to the top, but they don't maintain the head. There is some thin lacing left on the glass after the beer is "removed".

Aroma: I initially got a good bit of fresh floral hops in the beer, but it is really cold right now. Among the hops there is some defined sweetness, so this is nice for me that we don't just have an IPA with noble hops and that there may actually be some useful malt in this beer as well.

Taste: The flavor is really nice for such a hoppy beer. Man, it has quite an oily flavor as a result of the hops, but there is enough malt that it doesn't rake across your palate. I definitely pick up the Saaz in here along with what I am pretty sure is Spalt. These both really give it an earthy flavor that is a major overall component of the flavor. The mouthfeel is a tad on the heavy side due to light carbonation, but the bittering hops are actually reserved enough that they don't take over the finish even though there is light carbonation. It has a very hoppy flavor and aroma, but there is enough malt to keep the whole ensemble in check through the sip and not leave your palate dry and chalky.

Opinion: I am actually impressed with this beer. It really has the aspects of a Northern German Pilsner and the malt bill is reserved enough to let the hops shine through, but substantial enough that it gives your palate "something to chew on" for a good while after the sip. Even pilsners that are this hoppy aren't something that I regularly enjoy, but I would definitely drink this beer again and in fact, I think that it is probably one of Sami's best.

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Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 3,727 ratings