Samuel Adams Noble Pils | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Noble PilsSamuel Adams Noble Pils

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

A bright, clear brassy wheat color and a wonderful aroma greet you on the pour of Boston Beer Company's latest spring seasonal, Samuel Adams Noble Pils. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles drifiting towards the top of the beer, it looks like a reverse snowstorm; the CO2 meets up with a thick, fluffy white head that plumes up to over an inch high and stays that way for a long time. When it does finally dissipate, it leaves nice thick rings of lacing all down the glass. The head retention really surprised me; this is a beautiful beer to behold.

Hops are definitely present in the aroma, I don't think I can pick out all five Noble varieties individually, but the smell of several different kinds of hops is clearly present. Citrusy, slightly grassy, and sweet, this is a perfect segue into the flavor.

I like the combination of these hops together. Saaz, Hallertau, Spalt, Hersbrucker, Tettnanger... I've probably had all of these separately at some point, but they're very interesting when put together. The result is a hoppy kick to the beer that is flavorful but not overly bitter. Pilsner malt and a bit of sugarcane appear in the forefront of the flavor, followed by a hop flavor that's more grassy than citrus, and finished with just a bit of drying bitterness. I could've done with a bit more hop character (not nearly as hoppy as Victory's Prima Pils), but that might just be my inner hophead getting greedy.

Noble Pils has a body that is on the lighter side of medium and maintains a crispness in your mouth because of the moderate amounts of tiny carbonation bubbles. A crisp, drying finish makes this a pretty refreshing beer.

Well, Mr. Koch is right, this beer reminds me that spring is just around the corner. From the brightly colored green and blue labeling on the bottle to the light, clean look to the grassy hop character of the flavor, this beer has spring written all over it. Not my favorite pilsener, but it's up there. Very drinkable, very good-looking, and pretty tasty. Pick this up and give it a try.

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Photo of TommyW
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very clear, gold with a sticky white head.

S- Clean hop over a grassy, semi-fruity malt profile.

T- Semi-sweet malt with notes of fruit and grass, nice lemony hop taste leaving a clean bitter finish.

M- Medium feel with a nice carbonation.

D- Really easy-drinking and refreshing pils; a nice surprise coming from Sam Adams.

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Photo of dahlen22
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I take Samuel Adams beers for what they are...good American macro-brews.

Appearance: Golden with a a small lacy head.

Aroma: Hops are present with some sight fruits as well.

Taste: This beer is hoppy, piney, grassy, crisp and a bit peppery or spicy. Kind of what I expected.

Drinkability: If you like golden ales with a good amounts of hops, you will enjoy this one.

Overall: Personally, I prefer malts over hops, but I did enjoy this. Almost reminded me of a Sierra Nevada on tap. Not bad for an American version of a German classic. If you REALLY love hops, skip this and get the Victory Pils...but all in all, another good product from Jim Cook.

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Photo of ajhod
4.82/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this several times on a trip to NH recently. Draft serving each time-imperial pint glass-not the right type of glass really.

Appears on the table with a bright white head, tiny bubbles, which fade quickly, but not too quickly. Bright, clear, golden in colour.

Aroma is bright and well hopped. Slight malt in nose.

Taste is extraordinary. Bright clean hop taste, malt flavour is reminiscent of honey, finishes clean and off-dry.

Very drinkable with a reasonable ABV. Love this beer.

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Photo of drumrboy22
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Beer was a clear, pale yellow color, with a two-finger, white head. Heavy carbonation and thick lacing.

Aroma was grain, honey, light hops and lemon.

Taste was grain and lemon, with a bready finish and light hops.

Light, refreshing and easy drinking. Would be nice in the summertime.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.8/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautifully clean--crystal clear, golden, nice white foam cap, healthy carbonation

Familiar pils aroma, but something extra and different; slightly toasted smelling malts; herbal/grassy/lemony hops are noticeable

Taste & Body
Lovely, unique flavor; what first strikes me is there is a tea-like quality to the flavor, whether from the malts or hops, I'm not sure. Truly a light, thirst-quenching beer with good flavor. Those five Noble hops are really making for a unique bitterness. It finishes bone dry, making me want another sip right away. Bitterness rivals Tucher's pils, one of the hoppier examples I've had. Body is light and I could use a touch more carbonation.

This is a great pilsner. It manages to pack in flavor and be interesting while also remaining extremely light and drinkable. Well done, Sammy A!

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Photo of maleman
4.69/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an SA glass. Freshness dating noted on the bottle.

A - poured a clear light golden color with a tight head that disappated quickly into a very thin cover.

S - this beer has one of the best aromas of any beer i've had in a long, long time. the hops really jump out with a definite freshness. there is a hint of resin that i picked up, florals, too.

T - a very tasty pilsner. i compare it to Pilsner Urquell in its taste. i detect a bit of black pepper, that really fits, along with some citrus notes.

M - medium bodied, full flavored, some aftertaste that lingers in the back of the mouth, but not overbearing. a good bit of carbonation, but the etching in the glass might have contributed to that.

D - i'm an ale guy, but this pilsner really stood out to me and i like it a lot! this is a brew that i can sit back and partake of many times over because it can double as a session beer and a specialty beer depending on the mood. Good job, Boston Brewery!

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Photo of snpub540
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden hue with nice carbonation. Not much for a head.

Smell is a mix of honey and some floral and spicy hop aromas. Saaz sticks out alot.

Taste is slightly caramel followed by a crisp dry hop onslaught. Peppery, floral, and piney hops make up the flavor. Pepper bitterness is the finish.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, not much of a body. Drinkability is good. I like this hoppy lager style and could put a couple of these down.

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

OK, I'll bite. People have been raving over this brew since it came out, saying it's one of BBC's best, so I'll give it a shot. Pours crystal clear and golden, half inch white head, no lacing in the SA glass. Aroma is a little muted for such a "hoppy" brew, aromas of bread, lightly toasted malt, grassy, herbal, and light orange. Flavor follows suit. It's not bitter by any means, but it has nice hop flavor without being overdone, well balanced against the pale malts, but a bone dry finish. Not bad stuff, very easy drinking, but nothing to crazy over. I can dig this brew, but for an everyday drinker, I'll still go for something cheaper.

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Photo of cooncat
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Since I couldn't get my 'fix' of Imperial Pilsner this year, I decided to pick up a sixer of this Noble Pils at 'Walmart' on a recent shopping trip - $8.99 ... on par with most craft seasonals.

Poured at fridge temp into my SA Boston Lager glass, the beer is a nice straw/lemon yellow, with excellent clarity. A good sized head of rocky foam tops the beer, and nicely decorates the glass with each ensuing sip. Very nice.

Well, I knew I wasn't going to be blow away by the nose (after Imperial Pils, this is quite tame), but this came in a bit soft. There is some caramel/honey malt in the nose, balanced out with grassy and floral hops. Easiest for me to pick out is the Saaz.

The taste is a cut above your standard Bohemian lager (pils). Think of a more flavorful Stroh's, and you're headed down the right path. Well balanced, initially the 5 Noble hops are prominent, but by the middle, you are getting the caramel/honey malt flavors coming through. The end is back to the hop side of the balance, with a semi dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light, due to good carbonation. Very refreshing and entirely quaffable. Definitely a session brew that won't hurt you or leave you feeling out of sorts.

This is a good solid pils. Its not going to knock Victory's Prima Pils from my top ranking for the style, and I think Stoudt's Pils is also better, but still, Sam is playing to the masses here, and kudos for a good solid brew. "Get ya some!" You definitely won't be disappointed.

Na Zdravje!

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Photo of whynot44
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden color with a decent foamy head that disipates to a thin layer of lace.

The aroma is light citrus and herbal hops with just a trace of light malt in the background.

The tastre starts with some pine resin, followed by a lemony citrus and a light biscuity malt. The finish is a lingering pine/grapefruit note, semi-dry.

Light/medium body, decent carbonation, very drinkable, should be a very nice warm weather brew, but worthwhile anytime. Another decent brew from Samuel Adams.

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Photo of claminat420
3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- poured a macro fizzy yellow color with a decent foam head.

S- just some spicy hops.

T- same as smell but with a subtle malt balance. really watery tho.

M- light bodied. decent carbonation on a hard pour.

D- this is water.

Overall- this brew was ok. i'm prolly never gonna buy a 6 in my life again but oh well. don't true pilsner's have saaz hops and not the tattenuag or whatever sammy throws in almost all of their beers?? this might be a good brew for someone who can get a hint of the whole hop aspect.

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Photo of steveja57
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice version of a German Pilsner. Much fresher than most imported versions, has a nice straw color, head dissipates quickly. Nose has a nice hop aroma, less aggressive and, dare I say, noble? than your standard IPA. Nicely crisp, bitter and dry. I enjoyed it and I liked that there was none of that stale skunk you get in many imports. For my tastes it fell just short of the Lagunitas Pils in quality.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow, with a shallow white head - not much lacing here.

Much like a traditional pilsner on the nose, with added layers of hoppy spiciness, and a bit of honey-like sweetness.

Mildy spicy, with underlying greenery - not unlike noshing on a bit of pastured grass. A broad base of hops here, but it's not overpowering - well balanced. Mildly resinous.

Dry, with a lasting bitter sweetness and some astringency. Carbonated enough that beer-heads will enjoy it, but not so much that a traditional pilsner drinker wouldn't.

One of the more interesting pilsners I've had - it provides enough of what you'd expect from an SA beer, but still resounds of a true pilsner.

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Photo of showell
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't sure what I'd think of this one. I will miss Sam Adam's white, and Pilsners aren't my favorite by any means. But I was pleasantly surprised. Pours a very clear yellow with a pure white head. Light smell of hops. The taste was not at all what I expected. Somewhat hoppy, yet the malt is still there. A bit sharp on carbonation, but not overly. I'll get it again.

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Photo of MaxBrews
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured in a 16oz pilsner glass.

Appearance: I've tired this beer in a few bottles, but it fairs best in a tall, narrow, fluted pilsner glass. That way you can generate a nice head and lacing. In a fluted pilsner you can get a nice 2 finger head that leaves a little residue once the head dissipates into the lacing. The lacing is thin and soapy at best. The color is a clear golden yellow. A small column of bubbles float to the top, however not in rapid succession or in great quantity as they do in some pilsners.

Smell: This beer has a big hop aroma. As a frequent IPA drinker I'm intrigued by how clean this hop aroma is. It has a very clean citrus aroma evoking lemons, grass and slight vegetation. Behind all that is a big malt background that I'd assume to be Pilsner malt.

Taste: Maltier then the aroma would suggest, though its completely balanced with a big citrus and grassy hop taste evoking tastes of lemon and vegetation. The taste isn't complex, but there is nothing off about it. It has all the tastes that a German Pilsner should have.

Mouthfeel: Sam Adams diddn't dumb this one down for the masses. Its well-carbonated but not over-carbonated. The big IPA drinker would be nonplussed by the bitterness but it does have a decent hop-bite, which is why I say they didn't dumb it down for the masses. Overall the mouth-feel is clean, not too light with a nice bitter bite.

Drinkability: I was a bit worried when I heard Sam Adams (a popular brand) was releasing a Pilsner as their seasonal. I've had too many average pilsners and I thought they'd for sure dumb this beer down a bit. However they diddn't. Sam Adams brewed an awesome German Pils. A clean hoppy beer, nothing more nothing less. Delicious easy to drink and a real contender for my other favorite American made German Pils: Victory Prima pils. I think they're pretty equal though Victory has more of a lemon taste to it and the visual edge. I still for-see this beer beign a regular in my ridge come warmer weather.

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

Kudos to Sam Adams for adding this to the seasonal line up. A beer company not afraid to add to change things now and then. I won't miss the old white. Pilsners tend to be my least favorite style, simply because of usual players there. This is a stand out though. Ritht ther with Victorus Prima Pils. good across the board. I will be looking forward to it every spring.

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Photo of Mit
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a-light straw colour with a small but lasting head. Some lacing on glass.

s-slight hop odour with some citrus notes rounding it out. It had a crispness to it almost reminiscent of a cider.

t-fairly typical pilsner begining, hoppy in the middle with a faint but apparent citrus finish. A tiny bit of malt in the after taste.

m-Fairly typical of the abv.

d-I'm not the biggest pilsner fan. I don't pick them up a lot. I bought this cause I'm a Sam Adams fan though. Very drinkable. I think I would like it a little colder than I normally drink beer at. I'm upset the that White Ale is gone in favour of this though.

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Photo of earthboundagain
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok this is a live review from Buffalo Wild Wings in Parkersburg, WV.

Beer was served in a 23oz Hefeweizen glass. I had the bar tender sit a glass out until all the frost had worn off. This beer is a clear golden color, with a fluffy white head that leaves nice lacing.

Aroma is hops and more hops, a slight whiff of pine trees in the spring some floral and earthy tones and a dash of malt. The smell is not overpowering, but it is noticeable.

Taste is nice clean hops, with a hint of bitterness. The hop flavor is in the middle between citrus and pine. There is some light floral notes and a good dash of earthiness. I really appreciate this taste, hops without the bitterness.

The feel is crisp and clean, lively carbonation on a light to medium body. This is a smooth drinking beverage.

Drinkability is wonderful due to the light but wonderful flavor and the great mouthfeel.

Pure win from Sam Adams, I just wish the local distributor would but out the bottles of this beer already.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a mug.

The color is a yellowish gold with a slight white head.

The smell is pretty citrus with some piney hop flavor. Some hints of lemon and a bitter hop flavor that is pretty interesting.

The taste is a bit crisp and a bit spicey. Some malty pilsner taste. Some nice citrus feel and some hints of sweet malt flavor.

The feel of this beer is light and goes down well. It has a medium body and is slightly crisp as well.

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

Purchase at the Post Exchange in South Korea. A good value on this unexpected pleasure. Golden, clear (not cloudy in the least) and pours a decent one inch head that dissipated quickly. Somewhat hoppy and fruity, definitely more flavour than most pils that I am accustomed to. Nice bouquet, almost reminds me of a good heiffe. Mouth feel is good, somewhat effervescent. Matched it with some nice mild cheeses. Drinkability is good, would not have a problem knocking back a couple more on an occasion.

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Photo of largadeer
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with a best by date of May '10. I love a good pilsner, and Sam Adams usually doesn't disappoint with their lagers.

A burnished gold body feeds a small but sustaining inch of pure white froth. Exceptionally clear and bright, perhaps a shade darker than the average pilsner.

The nose is citrusy, leafy and bright, the distinct aroma of noble hops up-front with a touch of dry, crackery malt beneath. The hop aroma makes me think of lemon zest and spruce, with a faint herbal quality in the background, bay leaf perhaps, and a bit of perfumey soap. Not overwhelmingly hoppy, this is decidedly on the traditional side.

The palate opens with a big noble hop flavor, citrus and herbs, pine and flowers. Dry, crackery and spicy, this reminds me a bit of Jever with its firm and bitter mouthfeel. The finish has an earthy, resiny, peppery quality to it with a long lingering bitterness. Malt is kept in check throughout; this is quite dry and only reveals a hint of pilsner malt in the mid-palate. Very good stuff, I'll be drinking this again while it's around.

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

Appearance - Poured into my SA perfect pint with about two fingers of head that dissipates rather quickly leaving decent lacing.

Smell - The aroma is of lemon zest, malt, and just a hint of earth. There is a nice crisp hop character followed by some grass and honestly, a decent amount of "skunky" smell.

Taste - A great earthy, pilsner taste. Hops, malt, wheat, a bit of earth, etc. The flavors are quite nice and balanced. Finishes with a touch of grapefruit/piney goodness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a dry finish.

Drinkability - I could put back a six pack of these by myself. Great session beer. Can't wait to get some more when I get the spring pack of SA.

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Photo of vkv822
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into pint glass.

It pours a bright, clear yellow with a decent foamy white head, that dissipates very quickly. It has a fresh grassy hop smell, mixed with some light grainy-sweet malt notes. The taste is a bright grassy, very lightly citrus hop flavor back by some sweet, grain malt notes. While very nice, the hopiness is a bit less present than what I was expecting. The mouthfeel is very crisp and enjoyable, although it could do with a bit less carbonation. Despite the lack of hop presence it is still a very enjoyable beer, although I think it would be better suited as a late spring, even early summer seasonal.

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Photo of weller1js
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: light yellow, carbonation appeared moderate as poured into pint glass.

Smell: slight essence of hops, very faint citrus scent.

Taste: seemed like a typical pilsner at the start, but the undertones of the hops become evident through out the middle, with a slightly citrus finish.

Drinkability: very drinkable, the combination of hops is complementary and they do not clash with each other.

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Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 3,700 ratings