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 msubulldog25
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The last 12 oz. bottle from a 6-pack that disappeared quickly and with little effort. Poured to a pint glass; label notched at 'Best Before End' date of 'May'.

A: Brilliant golden, maybe even 'butterscotch'; clear as can be, with a roil of small carbonation . What starts as a finger+ of snow-white froth fades abruptly but doesn't ebb altogether - the remaining foam holds and is replenished by that billowing carbonation. Good lace in tightly-knit sheets, 'seafoam' stickiness.

S: Vibrant hops, green, grassy and herbal with notes lemony/lemongrass notes. Wafting 'baked bread'.

T: Initially, not quite as sweet as it could be, but certainly 'malt-forward' - a lightly spiced sourdough with a mild lemon zest. As it warms, more of the honey and a touch of caramel emerge; still a brusque piney/spicy hoppiness are at the forefront. Could be a bit crisper and drier, but still a nicely balanced and flavorful pils.

M: Bridled crispness, not quite as lively (carbonation-wise) as the look led on. Light-medium medium, slightly slick. Enough bitterness in the finish to stay 'clean'.

D: As far as pilsners go (the US-made versions, at least) this ranks highly on the 'drinkability' scale. Maybe it's the deceptively spring-like February weather we're having that makes it so, but this feels like the type of light and refreshing, satisfyingly well-crafted lager I could drink all day. Nice job, BBC - I will be buying this again!

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear pale straw yellow with a thin white head.

S - Floral, spicy hops with grainy pilsner malt. Light aroma.

T - Bitter upfront with floral, spicy, grassy hops, grainy pilsner malt and a touch of lemon zest.

M - Crisp with good carbonation. Clean but the hop bitterness slightly takes away from it.

D - Hopefully this is a yearly seasonal. Not many tasty pilsners readily available in this area.

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Photo of EtOHMD
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice pour clear golden with good carbonation. Grassy aroma kind of faint. Bready taste hints of apple and banana with some aftertaste of ?rye flavor. Missing some more hoppiness. But taste grows on me with continued drinking. Clean feel. Very drinkable. Decent definitely not great beer.

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Photo of backfat
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours more pale than boston lager and sam light. clear yellow. smells were more faint than expected but still nice. light floral and sweet aromas. i do get some honey on the nose which is very pleasant. yeasty and pure. bread dominates the flavor with some other familiar pilsner tastes, barnyard and metallic tinge. good mouthfeel and carbonation. very drinkable. for the category, not too shabby but no A- for me.

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Photo of TaddyPorter
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the new seasonal, and I liked the Hallertau Imperial Pils that they put out last year, so I figured it was worth a try.

Goldenrod yellow and crystal clear with fizzy bubbles effervescing within. A half inch of frothy white head quickly reduces to a thin bubbly film with a ring of white lacing clinging to the edge of the glass.

Smells fresh, starting with a bit of cut grass or hay, then pushing through to a yeasty, bread-dough note. The hops have a bitter-smelling and slightly piney edge. Skunky locker room smell pushes through a bit as it warms up, but is not overwhelming.

Tastes very fresh and light from the start. A bit of yeast and sweetness washes quickly over the tongue, followed by a lingering bitterness of the hops. The finish is bitter both in hoppiness and that slight skunky flavor associated with pilsners. I'm a big fan of hops, but this one finishes a bit too bitter to be really clean and balanced tasting in the end; still, it's not an entirely unpleasant sensation.

Light, juicy, almost watery mouthfeel with spritzy seltzer-like bubbles. Leaves the tongue feeling a bit coated by the hop oil but still dancing with the sensation of the carbonation.

This would be a truly enjoyable beer to go with pizza, bar food, or the like. Overall it is interesting and a refreshing take on the pilsner, with lots to enjoy. The bitterness throws the balance off a bit, but it is well rounded and solid, and would be a great beer to get when it's not sitting next to other, more enticing, bottles or drafts.

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Photo of gmfessen
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, "Noble Pils" is a golden-straw color, completely clear with a huge, frothy hop head that dies down and leaves sticky white lacing in its path. The smell is a hop punch in the nose! A nice mix of floral, grassy, citrusy hops covers up whatever sort of malt backdrop that might be in there. The flavor does allow the malt to come through in a grainy, non-distinct fashion and the hops still dominate but not in a lingering bitterness way. I do detect a slight metallic tinge that doesn't bode well for the beer. The mouthfeel is a light medium body with a slightly slick yet dry finish. A very drinkable beer, another winner by SA. Too bad this one is only a seasonal.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Noble Pills poured a rich golden color, with a small head. It had a rich and hoppy smell to it as well. The taste was very delightfull, and left a very intresting but good after taste. Its sad to see the white ale be replaced as a seasonal beer, but this new sam adams doesnt disapoint.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had in a sample pack. The drink had a dark yellow-straw color with a cloudy, frothy head. Bready aromas mixed with grassy citrus are the general smells I sensed. Slight metallic taste with a sweet malt. Good carbonation and really crisp. Overall, not too bad at all.

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

Perfectly golden and perfectly clear. Not much of a head though. Soon, all I've got is a bubbly dirty white collar. Aroma is really big on spruce needle/pine needle. It's very fragrant. Even nuances of wintergreen are there. Malt base is bready and crackery. Perfect. Hop flavors are huge and hop bitterness is low to moderate. The hop flavors are bright and grassy, piney, floral and sprucey. Lively taste. Body is medium and the carbonation is moderately prickly. Solid pils.

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Photo of arkurzynski
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours deep yellow and clear with fluffy white head. Nice aroma of the spicy/citrusy hops. Very clean malt and hop taste profile. Balanced slightly towards the hops, which is nice. Low to medium body with a nice floral bitterness on the end. An easy drink.

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Photo of dgb3
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First taste since it was Sample B.

Pours straw with a small head.

The experience with this beer is hops and grain playing back and forth in both the aroma and flavor.

Aroma is all Noble hops. Spicy, lemon and a bit of grain. Carbonation is just right as the finish starts hoppy, then the grains break through. Finishes with a gentle bitterness that makes you want another sip. Really enjoying it.

Best German Pils I can get in my area.

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Photo of joshstevens87
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a pale yellow with a half inch white head with a very active carbonation happening
S-a nice blend of hops as jim koch himself said its ot an overpowering of any certain hop flavor but a beautiful balance giving it a very floral aroma with a nice malt to balance things out
T-malt taste becomes more apparent with a nice crisp refreshing taste with a strong bready tone to it with a hint of citrus to it and a beautiful bouquet of hops with a perfect blend of citrus and pine notes overall this is an extremly balanced beer
M-a medium body with a high carbonation a bit too much so but overall this is a very full beer that is still very refreshing
D-overall between is great taste wonderful balance this beer is highly recommended and can easily be drunk all night

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Photo of zimm421
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a clear golden color, that you can see through completely. Has a decent foamy white head, that dissipates at a fairly average rate leaving a fine ring around the edge of the glass and some decent lacing.

The nose is full of hoppiness, but it's not overwhelming, and there are some nice malts in the background as well. Not a strong nose, but it smells great. Taste starts with good hops and citrus, mostly lemon, followed by some nice maltiness. The aftertaste is slightly bitter, but nothing too extreme. There is a great balance between the malts and hops.

Mouthfeel is fairly creamy, definitely the most creamy out of any pilsner I've ever had. There is a decent amount of carbonation, but nothing over the top. Drinkability is great, this is something I could put down all night, in about any type of weather and love every bit of it.

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Photo of kyleg
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours average with intense carbonation. Nice white head quickly dissipates.

Body is a golden/light straw color (which to me was the best part of this beer.)

The nose wasnt there. I couldnt pick up any notes besides fresh cut grass.

The beer was nice crisp and bitter all the way through. Fresh and refreshing all the way through. However, I did pick up a weird cinnamon note in the finish, it kind of lingered in each swallow.

The mouthfeel wasnt nearly as delicate as I was hoping for. With all the carbonation it was along the lines of a "macro lager" style beer.

All in all this beer is very drinkable. Its priced right and it's worth a shot. Not exactly your typical pils by all means. I do suggest you come into this one with an open mind.

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Photo of racer2k
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into my favorite Pilsner glass

A - Beer pours a thick foamy white head about two fingers deep. Color is a clear golden straw tint with aggressive carbonation on board.

S - A nice aroma of citrus, lemon, fresh cut grass, hops and a hint of sweet malt on top.

T - A quick blast of earthy citrus hops followed by a malty back end which is a bit yeasty and bready. The taste is full of earthy grassy flavors

M - Very light thin mouth feel with lots of carbonation and a very dry, crisp finish.

D - Nice beer that is very drinkable. This would be perfect on a hot summer day vs. late winter. This beer does fall a bit short on the complexity and flavor vs. the Samuel Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner that has been retired. A good beer overall though.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 22oz bomber, bought at Ayotte's for $2.79.

A large pint glass was filled with a liquid the color of golden-tinged straw. A little carbo was seen here and there, slowly moving up. Head was marshmallow white, though thin and mostly rimming the glass. Lacing was fairly decent. Has a nice aroma, with some grassy character and a hint of spiciness. Body is solid, mostly medium with some light prickle on the tongue. Very pils-like.

Flavor kicks off with some mild, crackery malt, lending a touch of sweetness. Then we take a trip to southern Germany and Bohemia. Grassy yet biting, the Nobles here are earthy and omnipresent. There's a very subtle fruitiness here, as well as a honeyish touch, but the bitterness plays the leading role, and plays it well. Finishing crisp and dry, this is a solid mix of some of the more famous European hops. I can't say I'd stray far to seek this out, but I wouldn't turn one away if offered. Prosit!!

look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4


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Photo of icetraxx
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Unlike the on-tap variety, this one poured a three finger creamy head that stayed around for quite some time. Looks exactly like a pils should, though lacing could be better.

S: I am getting some aroma from this one: a bit of honey combined with the spicy and interesting aroma of noble hops. A heavy citrus-like aroma dominates.

T: Bitterness is upfront and balanced with plenty of Munich malt (dough-like) and a very impressive blend of fresh hops. There is that classic Sam Adams toasted grain malt through the taste and all the way to the finish. Unlike the on-tap variety, this one has a more dominating citrus flavor and its spicy/earthy hops are a bit overwhelmed. I think this bottle is already passed its prime, the hop profiles fail to have the awesome balance that they had with that of the on-tap brew I had. A tinge of crisp malt on the finish, yet with a dose of crisp and slightly lingering bitterness that fades shortly.

M: Lacks the creamy mouthfeel of the German lagers I have had in the past. Not as well carbonated as the on-tap system, a bit under-carbonated out of the bottle.

D: Still remains almost as drinkable as the on-tap variety, yet the lack of carbonation hurts the score here.

O: Looks and smells better out of the bottle, tastes better on-tap. I was hoping this beer would have the impressive flavors that blew me away with the on-tap variety, yet it is only trade-offs here.

If you haven't had Noble Pils already, it is too late, the beer is past it's prime if you can't find one with a best by date after june (refrigerated or not).

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear yellow pour with nice head and lacing. Huge hoppy, perfumy, fruity nose for a pilsner. In fact, I couldn't get enough of it. I had to take a huge sniff before every sip. The taste is much the same. Amazing fresh picked hops tang to it, albeit subdued in comparison to an IPA. Fairly complex with hints of lemon, grass and metal present. Nice crisp, refreshing, dry finish with just a subtle hint of bitterness. Hugely drinkable. I usually prefer the extremely bitter pilsners like Bitburger, but this was unique and was almost closer to a pale ale than a pils. I have to say this beer has unseated Victory Prima Pils as my favorite American pilsner. This is one top notch beer!

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured on tap at The OP in Burlington, really glad I found it on tap, awesome beer! Don't really like the bar, but I may go back just so I can get more of this!

Pours a nice light golden yellow with a tiny bit of haze and a big fluffy white head. Nose is fantastic - even better on top. You can get all the noble hops and the nice malt as well.

Taste is awesome, you'd think this is a light beer, but no it's a got a great full body and surprisingly most of the character is from the malt, and the hops just spruce it up. Very nice beer.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by June. Pours a clear very light yellow with a smallish fine white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is subdued but pleasant - sweet honey and fruits with a little green spicy floral hops.

The flavor is similar - sweet honey and fruits with a well balanced dry medium bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation.

Overall, a light and delicate beer, but very well done even though it's reserved. Pilsener is not my favorite style, but this is right up there with Victory's Prima Pils for the best I've had.

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Photo of teovaldi
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a golden orange with a nice off white head that lasts a while leaving excellent lacing.

Very faint nose with a touch of malt and hops.

The taste is crisp with a hint of sweetness and a blast from the noble hops. Loved this one.

The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

These are extremely drinkable and I could see myself easily putting back quite a few.

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Photo of albern
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent German pilsner, a little bit too herbal, candied, and saltene for my tastes, but okay. The beer pours a very clear, light pale color with a smallish white head, some retention, no lacing. For the style, this is about right. The nose has the herbal grassiness of a pils, a crystaline slightly orangy hop from the noble hops, some pine notes as well.

The taste is a bit of a melange of sorts. It is quite sweet, with a slightly cloying grassiness, herbal graininess that comes with the style. The piney, but almost grassy and candied hop presence is particularly felt and doesn't entirely blend in with the malty base of the beer. There is lots going on in this pilsner, but not all of it good. It is an interesting interpretation of the style, some nice hop flavors emerge, but the beer ventures into some odd territory and the candied hops are just a bit off for my tastes. The saltene dryness in the finish is okay and brings the beer back to its Germanic roots. The candied hop flavors are throwing this beer off for me.

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Photo of kmo1030
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a crystal clear gold color, with a moderate sized head that lasts for a bit.
the aroma is loaded with herbal hoppines. it's sort of mineral-like aroma too. there is some light maltiness, that i wouldn't quite say is grainy.
the taste has got a bright citrusy hop character up front, but quite unlike the grapefruit that is the usual signature of citrusy hops, this is far more lemony. it's also got some herbal and grassy aspects. asprin plays off some of the more malty qualities before transitioning back to hops that become more herbal than citrusy at the back. it's got a firm bitterness that lends to a substatial dryness. the grainy qualities get ratcheted up a bit with warmth. a touch plastic-y
the beer is medium bodied with a just active side of moderate carbonation.
the drinkability is good. it's a nice showcase for noble hops, with a lot of nice hop based complexities. refreshing an well crafted.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a wonderful clear straw yellow golden color. nice fluffly white head with soo much sticky lacing, lots of rushing bubbles and some great head retention.

im not huge on this style, but this beer really is what everyone talked it up to be. wonderful hop arom. earthy hops with some bready malts. nice balance.

bready, biscuity, grainy pilsner malt balanced oh so well by them earthy noble hops. this one really does it for me. simple, yet refined and well made. a nice bitterness while drinking, but hardly any lingering bitterness, which fits the style i suppose. nice to see sam adams using more hops in there beers.

a wonderful light, crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. and truly a session beer. i could definatly see myself getting this again for any occasion, any time of year. it goes down quite well. go get some and see what all the talk is about, you wont be dissapointed!!

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Photo of kjyost
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a strong head atop a golden pilsner coloured beer, as it should be. Strong lacing initially, although less lacing was evident as the head receded over time. The nose of the beer had a nice underlying hoppy bitterness, with a strong fragrant hop atop it. Underneath the hops was a slight scent of bread.

The nose matched the beer nearly to perfection. It was a fantastic combination of a good bitter kick, with hops atop it and a bready malt behind it. Very well balanced. Incredibly crisp and clean on the palate with a bitter, though not lingering, finish. Strongly carbonated, in fact perhaps overly so, as you could feel in effervesce within your mouth.

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Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.86 out of 5 based on 3,662 ratings.
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