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 mjw2808
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a pale golden color with a small head that leaves a good but of lacing. A lot of carbonation. The nose is pretty complex, the most I get is grassy notes from the hops and a little malt. The taste is hoppy upfront but supported very nicely by malt. Very crisp and clean, pretty light and easy to drink. Overall I like this beer a lot, though I miss the previous spring seasonal white ale.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very solid pour with a thick head. Pours a very golden-clear color. Lots of bubbles that tend to dissipate with time.

S - Hoppy smell, especially from the bottle. Good earthy tones that finishes with that classic pilsner smell.

T - Very good amount of hops. Not overbearing. A little yeasty at first, but then the hops take over through the swallow with a very, let's say peppy aftertaste.

M - Very crisp with high volume of carbonation, almost a little spicy on the swallow.

I was impressed. Overall, a very solid pilsner. I feel the art of a solid crafted pilsner by commercial brewers is hard to come by, but the Boston Brewing Company has done it here. Even drinking this in the winter while it snows outside, I look forward to drinking this on a warm spring day.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice one inch of light tan head on top of a medium yellow to copper body.

S - Slight hops aroma accompanied by a slight soapy scent.

T - Robust yet smooth hops flavor to start. The middle picks up more tart-bitter hops flavor. The end and finish are rather mild as for hops which is fine.

M - The feel is slightly coarse which allows for some of the flavor to be released.

~ This is a good beer for sessioning. It has a nice hoppy character but it isn't overwhelming.

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Photo of SuperSpy
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - This looks like the perfect Pilsner. Golden and crystal clear with a beautiful, 1/2 inch, white head. Plenty of carbonation bubbles up and just makes this beer look alive. As the head dies down there is some great lacing and a nice foam cap sticks around through the whole session.

S - Great hoppy aroma. Nothing exceedingly citrusy, earthy or piney, but hints of those aromas are there. This is one of the the most well rounded hop aromas I've encountered in quite a while.

T - The initial taste is doughy and somewhat yeasty, but it quickly blends with a crisp hop bitterness. There is more earthy and pine notes in the flavor than in the aroma and although there is nothing at all wrong with the flavor something unquantifiable just doesn't impress as much as the appearance and aroma.

M - light, dry and refreshingly crisp. The body of this beer is right on target.

D - All in all, an incredibly well executed Pilsner. A great beer for being outside on a sunny day.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft in the home bar. Pours with a healthy 3-4F of fluffy white head that sticks around as a foam, leaving tons of lacing. Totally clear, yet golden body, with pretty aggressive carbonation present. She's a beaut.

Acidic / fresh citrus up front in the aroma, followed quickly by piney hops, and then some fresh pizza dough bringing up the rear.

Fresh, slightly tart and tight mouthfeel, with powerful lemon/lime-citrus flavor, riding on top of a doughy Italian bread base. Slight spearmint finish. Not quite as dry as some in this style. This would be phenomenal with a lemon caper chicken dish.

This is a terrific German Pilsener, and I will most definitely be picking up another sixtel this summer.

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Photo of greengorilla
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at a banquet poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

It is impressive to look at. It is a deep golden color with good clarity and a nice white head.

The smell is very hoppy, but the hops are not real prevalent in the taste. It has a nice amount of carbonation that helps the mouthfeel.

It is very drinkable and overall a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notch on the label indicates this one is best enjoyed before July. I think I just made it.

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Pilsner glass. Emerges a very bright and very clear golden bronze color with a two finger sized, white, puffy head. The lacing is copious and thick in spots.

Aroma is citrusy and zesty. Lots of lime zest with a touch of wet grass, lemons, and straw. A bit more citrusy than I would have expected but very nice indeed.

Flavor is sharp and compact. Huge amount of lime zest with grassy undertones. The finish is long and tastes like Vienna malt. Tastes a bit like a fresh cracker with lime zest and lemon squirted on top. Quite limey.

A pretty good beer. I like the Vienna malt finish and the slight bit of breadiness and hop zing. Fairly bitter due to the hops as well. Close to a Pale Ale in terms of bitterness. Very solid beer from a solid lineup.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad beer here at all. Golden straw color with bone white head. Smell is largely some pilsner malt, though a significant amount of cat pee subsisted as well. Taste is a bit better, with some of the light malts paired with some citrus. MF is a bit small, though not a deal-breaker. Drinkability is good and only limited by the fact that I refused to remove myself.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, a G-Pils. Let's see how this one goes....
Looks great. Sharp looking yellow/gold with a nice foaming, white, semi-chunked head. Pretty.
A slight musky malt strikes first, but the spices come in and calm it down. Some slight zest. Clean
I light taste. A light biscuit and malt starts out as though it would linger forever, but it's tight and clean. Enter hops. A mix of spice and zest. A bit sweet.
Not as crisp as I thought it would be, especially after the aroma and look. Most definitely better colder.
A good representation for American brewer (for what it's worth)

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Photo of buschbeer
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured into my Sam Adams pint glass to an inch of off white head. It is yellow and clear. The aroma is citrusy. I get orange, lemon, and even lime. I also get some bready malt. There is a hint of a metallic taste, but is seems to fade as I consume this beer. As far as pilsner go this is pretty good. That being said, I am not a big pilsner fan.


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Photo of Monsteruss
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

When poured from the bottle the foam was pretty much white in color, thick and stuck to the glass till the end. The color was light blonde yellow with gold highlights. The smell was very hoppy,complex in nature and almost fruity. The taste was of a typical American pils, light taste with a small overtone of flowers. Mouthfeel - medium to light bodied. Drinkability - not too bad, but for some reason, I expected this to have more of a robust and complex hops taste (based on what I saw in the Sam Adams commercial).

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

A- Bright straw yellow, with a white head.

S- The floral noble hops make their familiar, classic aromatic presentation.

T- Clean Bohemian Pilsner malt with a faint honeyed note. I believe all 5 noble hops have been incorporated into this seasonal brew, and it shows. I think that if I were "blind" tasting this, I would not guess an American brewery, but Czech or German. It is clean on the palate, with a medium-light body on tap, and it went along very well when I was eating shellfish at a good local raw bar.

M, D- Refreshing, crisp, very drinkable. A nice food accompaniment if paired appropriately.

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Photo of rkinsella
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden color, pure white head, great lacing down the pilsner glass.

Fresh floral outdoor smell, bit of grainy/grassiness, touch of spice.

Quick malt sweetness on the taste, turns into a citrus dry bitter long finish. Hops are nice and fairly present, but not turned up too high.

Light bodied, sparkly mouthfeel.

Very drinkable, but when paired with's extremely drinkable.

Great offering from Samuel Adams. Just a wonderful tasting, refreshing, session-able Pilsner.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a difficult beer for me to review. I found it to be very pleasant but at the same time it wasn't enough for me. The look is golden, very clear with a creamy white head. The aroma is of malt and citrus. It starts sweet and becomes citrusy sour, carbonation comes in and finishes sour and bitter together. I had this beer with my girlfriend a fan of dark beers, she stated it was what you wish "American lagers" were like, however was to light for both of us.

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Photo of BeerGodz
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Deep golden color, clear, nice fluffy head, nice lacing

Smell: Spicy hops, earthly & floral, sweet malt

Taste: Up Front: spicy hops, floral & earthly, lemon zest. Finish: Sweet malt

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, perfect carbonation, very crisp

Drinkability: Very easy to drink. It's one I could pound all day. Great session beer

Overall Impression: Pilsner is not a style I drink often, but this is certainly one I would drink when I'm in the mood for something light, crisp, and refreshing. This is a great "starter" beer for Newbeez!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass.

Pours a strongly yellow straw with a finger of white foamy head that leaves some nice (but average...tough to's a mental thing, I guess...) lacing behind. The nose is heavy on the hops' citrus and pine notes, and adds a bit of florality as well. As could be gleaned from the nose, the taste is heavy on the hoppy bitterness, with a biting bit of citrus and not much maltiness to speak of. The body is on the lighter side of moderate and has some decent carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty drinkable brew, especially if you're into the whole hop scene and whatnot.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is pretty good, to me; I would imagine that the unwashed masses must think it is phenomenal.

A - Very nice lemon-golden hue, with a soapy white head that fizzes off into micro bubbles.

S - It smells very fragrant, a bit like potpourri; the floral nature of the hop is perhaps overindulged.

T - There is a clean pale lager malt underlying the stronger floral and herbal hop flavors, but it is a bit honey-ish, like Alt or Dortmund as opposed to Pilsen. It tastes clean and refreshing, but it gets perfume-y after more than one.

M - Refreshing, sweet, wet as opposed to dry.

D - This is very decent, but it quickly has diminishing returns.

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Photo of nickd717
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oddly shaped bomber from BevMo Mountain View.

Phenomenal appearance: brilliant clear golden color with a foamy and lacy white head that lasts.

Aroma is fairly hoppy, floral and somewhat grassy, with a little pale malt and grain in the background.

Flavor is very nice for the style. Very bitter and hoppy for a pilsner, floral, grainy, grassy, and a little earthy. The hop profile is really complex, which is not surprising considering they apparently used ALL the Noble hops.

Medium body for the style, and you can feel the hops in your mouth long after you finish.

Very drinkable - I killed the whole bomber in no time. Really a great pils overall, almost Prima Pils level.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with visible carbonation. Nice white head that becomes more of a thick film and laces the glass.

Smell: Aroma of fresh cut grass, hops, malts, and a bit of florals.

Taste: A bit of a cross between a pilsner and an APA. There's a lot of grains, some hop bitterness, and a bit of grasses. Not much comes through in the way of florals, except in the aftertaste. There's a bit of an astringent flavor in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with light carbonation. Quite smooth as well.

Drinkability: A bit heavier than many other pilsners, but quite drinkable.

An enjoyable new offering from SA. Not my favorite, but good enough for this to be the 3rd 12-pack I've picked up this month. Unfortunately a couple of bottles have had a slightly skunked taste, so make sure you get a fresh one.

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Photo of ByTor2112
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams seasonals, how I love thee...

Pours a darker straw gold color. Thin white foam appears then subsides. No lacing to speak of and that is OK. Clear and clean

Aroma-Grassy, malty, some mild hop aromas. Smells like a hillside farm in Bavaria.

Mouthfeel-smooth carbonation delivers a balanced brew. Malty cereal grains are present but give way to crisp hop flavors. Yummy and refreshing, this brew in Summer would own! It finishes clean at first but medicinal and herbal hop flavors linger on the very end. THIS is Pils and I believe it is what German immigrants were trying to duplicate when they started brewing here. A froth on the palate really livens things up. The malt flavors sweeten and the citrus flavors come in small bursts, very nice, try it!

Very drinkable as I love just about everything SA/Bosotn Beer brings to the table. Cheers!

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Photo of Mosley1212
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden color with a marginal, filmy white head that dissipate quickly. No retention down the glass.

S - Smells of watery hopes. Typical pilsner smell. Reminds me a lot of the big three, but a higher quality.

T - Again, reminds you of other pilsners you have had, but it's different. Higher quality of his beer makes it a very delicious brew.

M - Feels good in the mouth. Heavy carbonation, but other than that it's a great feeling.

D - I hesitate to give it a 5, cause it can always improve, but this thing is damn close. You could knock back quite a few of these boys and still be ok.

Overall, this is a great, great brew from the boys in Boston. I would recommend it.

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Photo of ric4003
1.92/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Wow, I just can't get past the horrible, long-lasting aftertaste. Even my wife who only drinks pilsners had a hard time even finishing one. Looking forward to Fall so I can try another seasonal brew from Samuel Adams. This Spring selection misses the mark IMO.

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Photo of flanmedic51
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a beer glass resulting in 1" white head that quickly dissapeared, but lacing remained for the drinking duration.

Color is amber and is crystal clear.

Smell is very pleasing w citrus and floral notes. It is as expected it would be w the 5 hop brew.

Taste is clean, crisp, refreshing and citrus hoppiness really comes through. It lacks the complexity as a lot of the SA brews have as a norm and I think that is what people kinda expect. But it's a Pilsner's just that SA does it w more flare and flavor. SA knows hops and I think they did this Pilsner right. The mouthfeel is a mild/moderate carbonation and very refreshing. Its like any of the common light beers out there (macros) but on steroids...and I mean that in a good way!! I wouldn't be surprised to see those who are married to BL & CL to really enjoy this one from SA. Well done SA, another great beer.

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Photo of bltzburgh
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured with a diminishing head and pale yellow in color which had me nervous; but Sam Adams came through in the end. The aroma was mild and neither apealing or offensive. The hops were captured nicely for a clean crisp taste. I purchased a case because they did not have a multi pack avaialble but was glad in the end. This seems to be a nice relaxing beer and I cannot wait until pool season, when I plan to consume many.

Over all Sam Adams comes through again!!

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Photo of sfsean28
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally,after countless times that I've seen the poster for Noble Pils, I picked up a sixer.

Golden color looks good. I poured into a tall 16oz pilsner glass from Budweiser. I'm sure that you recognize the glass from the commercials. A nice sized head. Carbonation was just right. Smell the citrus right away and taste the hops, but not over powering nor bitter. For me it was just right.
I finished the beer with foam settling down on the bottom of glass. This is a very drinkable beer. Light enough for hot summer day. I'm happy that this is the spring beer this year. I was disappointed with White Ale.

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Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.86 out of 5 based on 3,657 ratings.
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