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: German Pilsner

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 Stimack
4.57/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally saw this brew at the store so I picked up a bomber of it, nice looking bottle. The brew poured to lighter golden color with a good sized white head that had both good retention and lacing. The aroma is somewhat complicated as I am picking a number of hop scents, floral, herbal and a slight lemon citrus. The malts come through as well and mix very perfect with the hops and I wonder if that is why I am getting some earthiness from the aroma as well. The flavors, well I really did not think that they could live up to the aroma but they do and then some. A very fresh clean taste, hops give it a nice bite and what I perceive as a lemon zest. I notice the hops the most but they are in no way dominate as I am picking up nice bread and biscuit flavor which mix perfectly well. Nice carbonation on this one, perfect accompaniment to everything else that is going on. Drinkability on this one is through the roof as it goes down so easy. While I usually feel that the brews from Sam Adams are fair to good, heck they where a gateway to good beer years ago for me, this one is simply excellent and a complete surprise. I know that this is a "spring" beer but this would be the perfect session brew while sitting on the deck in summer.

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

A - Crystal clear, light golden hue with a white head. Tons of carbonation rising within the glass. Leaves some spotty lacing behind and has decent retention.

S - Citric, slightly floral hop aromas as well as some slightly bready pale malts. Fairly mellow aroma.

T - Quite similar to the aroma, with some earthy, lemony hop flavors mingling with somewhat grainy and bready pale malt. Finish is crisp and clean. Overall, a well-done pils.

M - Light bodied with a crisp carbonation

D - Although Pilseners are far from my favorite style, this is really a solid example. Highly drinkable and refreshing with some nice, clean flavors. Good stuff.

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

App: perfect color with chunky 1 finger head.

Smell: a touch of grainy maltiness. Dominated by fruity floral aroma. Sweet delicate citrus.

Taste: wonderful grainy maltiness. Citrusy hops flavor with a distinct bitterness. Ends with clean bitter and a husky malt on the sides of the palette. The hop character is delicious but a bit too sweet for me.

Light body with medium caebonation.

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Photo of berkey
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

01/20/10 served in a mug at a local casual dining resturant.

A clean and clear blonde blonde body is topped by a medium sized white head that settles fairly quickly for a Pils.

Aroma is very clean and bready on the malt. Hops seem very fresh with some subtle but pleasant green, grassy, herbal notes. Not as aromatic as the best of the style but still very nice.

Follows on the palate but unless my nose is off it has a good measure more flavor than aroma. Hops are really out front and are still very grassy, leafy and herbal, with a very slight spiciness and some dry bitterness in the aftertaste. Really a treat if you're a fan of the noble family of hops.

Light bodied and very drinkable. I had the first glass by itself so I could review but the second almost succeeded making my over salted appetizers palatable which is quite a feat.

One of the best Sam Adams beers yet in my opinion, possibly my favorite. Sometimes I wonder why self proclaimed hop heads chase IPA's and skip beers like this. While obviously not as bitter, sometimes a good Pils is a better showcase for the nuances of particular hop, or blend of hops. This beer is a good example of that.

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

Appearance: Pours a clear golden yellow with a very small head which dissipates quickly. Decent lacing throughout. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Definitely reminds you of an American Pilsener done right. Slight hint of citrusy hops

Taste: Nice hoppiness up front with a good lemon zest flavor. A hint of bitterness throughout but nothing overwhelming. Aftertaste is very mild.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation. Very smooth.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability. I'm not really familiar with quality Pilsners but this was very good.

Overall: I would highly recommend this beer. I'm a fan of a lot of Samuel Adams beers and this one ranks near the top.

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

12oz bottle poured into an Otter Creek pint glass.

Appearance: Light golden body, 1 finger head, very carbonated.

Smell: Hops right off the bat. Lemon pinesol type aroma. Its nice.

Taste: Very big hop presence for your typical Sam Adams beer. Crisp, light, and refreshing. That's what a pilsner is supposed to be, right.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I'd be happy to session with this brew.

Side Notes: I'm not huge on most of the Sam Adams beers but this one really stood out. I'm very happy with what they did here. Jim is finally taking a step in the right direction.

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

A- Poured into a snifter... starts with a light fizzy head that disappears relatively quickly. Beer is a crisp golden color with light activity

S- Bitter citrusy smell... light hop aroma

T- Very good choice as the new spring seasonal. Starts off bitter with some hints of citrus and hops. Clean refreshing finish

M- Light bodied, light/medium finish

D- Very. As I said before, a great addition to the Sam Seasonal line. Replaced probably the weakest of the seasonals with a very strong one IMO. Good call Jim!!


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Photo of wagenvolks
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into a Michelob Pilsener glass.

This, my friends, is a fine specimen. Crystal-clear body with a golden straw hue that positively radiates in the light. Several torrents of beady bubbles stream upwards to fuel a well-retained cap of eggshell head the consistency of lemon meringue. A satisfying aroma greets the nose, comprised of a clean, crackery pilsner malt base that adds a hint of sweetness, balanced by a green, fresh Noble hop profile. Minerals abound.

Each sip invites the next to come quicker than the one before. Bread crust and saltine crackers are crisp on the palate thanks to a lively carbonation level, while the hops kick up some zest across the sides of the tongue. Floral, grassy, and green, with a semi-musty aftertaste of mineral-rich soil; packs a light body without feeling watered-down in the slightest. German pilseners don't get much better than this. Noble Pils is an exceedingly solid entry into the Boston Beer Company portfolio, and a beer that comes highly recommended by yours truly.

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

I was extremely surprised to find this small gem in my somewhat rural grocery store.

A: Golden straw color. Visible carbonation. Nice white lacing.

S: Clean lager smell with small but noticeable hop aroma.

T: Clean malty flavor. Hop aftertaste and bitterness hit at the end of the sip.

M: Crisp but ever so watery.

D: Very drinkable.

This might be my next beer evangelism tool! It has good hop flavor and finishes with a nice satisfying beer flavor that American adjunct lagers pretend to hint at. I am going to bring this to gatherings where BMC drinkers abound.

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

Jan 19.2010
Many thanks to Mike H. of Arlington for the six pack...

a Poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet. this brew is Creystal clear and brigth straw yellow- amber. makes me think of champagne.

s: when I first smelled this I realized what this really is - it's a pilsner (DUH) what all the standard american macros... (wish they could be? are trying to be? ought to be?) This smells a LOT like budweiser to me

t: this is way better than the marcos...but it IS the same style. really a diferent take on beer to me after gettting used to american DIPA's
yes I understand the 5 noble hops but most are understated - as it warms, the hops hit the palate pretty well at first and linger with a pleasant warming bite. even pulls thru for a very repectable aftertaste.

m; lots of carbonation and not too much alcohol much better body than the macros

d: this is WAY drinkable. (if a bit watery compared to others)

this has been a real eye-opener for me.
WAY TO GO SAM ADMAMS - I call this a ROLE MODEL for those half-baked marcros!
( I guess I have a bit of latent resentment for all the years of drinking macros and not knowing any better)

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle bought as part of a 12 pack. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Label says this is brewed with 5 types of noble hops, thus the name.

Appearance is clear golden and bubbly. No haze. Almost no head that recedes immediately into an almost unnoticable lacing. Aroma is grainy, first and foremost. Citrus hangs back here. A little dissappointing considering how the hops should be the star. The flavor profile does not match with the aroma at all. Here the hops stand out. Clean upfront, light maltiness balanced with nice citrus tones leads. Pine and citrus notes fade out into a nice bitter finish, but no overwhelming. What I really like here is that it is not only enjoyable for someone who really cares about beer but also has tremendous crossover appeal to everyday macro drinkers. I really cannot say that about many beers. Mouthfeel is crisp and light, which some nice, smooth oily feel overall. Drinkability really shines as well. Subtle flavoring, crisp mouthfeel, and manageable ABV make this reall sesionable in my opinion.

Overall, one of Sam Adams best. Only behind the Cream Stout and maybe the Black Lager for my favorite. Great crossover appeal. I actually prefer this to Prima Pils, the beer I think it will be most often compared to. Also makes for a great seasonal brew. Highly recommended.

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

Nice looking beer. Very clear on the pour with a decent head. Smells of a multi-blend of hops, grapefruity, but not overwhelming. Very clean finish, with very little aftertaste. Smooth and refreshing. Medium bodied and flower scented. A great summer-spring beer, that is highly sessionable.

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Photo of rebel1771
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear golden color with a white fluffy head that fades quickly.

S: Smell is dominated by a floral aroma with a decent kick of lemon grass thrown in.

T: Lemon and floral notes jump out at first but fades to a crisp cracker flavor. Refreshing.

D: Very well made brew. I'm usually not that fond of pils but this is a welcome change.

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Photo of berley31
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with an average-sized, white head that diminished fairly quickly to 1/4-finger. Body is straw-colored and perfectly clear.

S: Aroma is of light-to-average hops, with a bit of a vegetable-tinge to it.

T: Grassy hops present throughout, slightly dry and bitter finish... extremely refreshing. Short-to-average duration for the flavor.

M: Light-bodied, slightly creamy, with average carbonation.

D: A very clean-looking and clean-tasting beer as well, this pilsner has extremely high drinkability and is a great starter beer for the evening, or an option to put several back on a hot day.

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Photo of taxguyjase
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Pilsner is a bubbly light pale color with a iffy white head. I don't know why, but carbonation bubbles really draw me into a beer. The beer smells hoppy - not IPA hoppy, but crispy hoppy. The flavor is sharp like you'd expect from a good pilsner, which is further enhanced by the five hops...(and as the ABQ Beer Geek mentioned, there are only 4 noble hops...which now I wonder where the 5th came from). I like the hint of bitterness that you get, but it's quick if you're not a fan of bitterness. There's a real cleaniness to the beer, which is reflected by its crispness. Smooth going down too and I think it would work with a mixed crowd. This brew is a good replacement for the White Ale, and definitely a beer I'll be picking up again.

Appearance - 4.0/5.0 - A sexy bubbly pale yellow, lots of bubbles and a light white head.
Smell - 3.0/5.0 - There's some hops, but not IPA level of hops.
Taste - 3.5/5.0 - Crisp hops, some bitterness, but just enough to add some flavor
Feel -4.0/5.0 - Clean, smooth and refreshing
Drinkability - 4.5/5.0 - Certainly would have again. Will miss the White Ale, but this is a fine substitute

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Photo of rwelsh88
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A- Pours a beautiful pale straw color with a respectable head and minimal lacing. This beer is incredibly clear as is expected with a good pilsner.

S- An earthy hop smell definitely comes through but not as much as I expected based on what I've heard about this beer.

T- This beer tastes of clean hops with a hint of citrus. As it warms the bitterness of the hops begin to come out more.

M- The mouthfeel of this beer is somewhat thin but the carbonation is pretty much spot on. No real complaints here.

D- This beer is easy drinking and extremely sessionable. The noble hops are excellent and when you take price into account this may edge out Prima Pils for me.

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Photo of jwc215
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by May - notched on label - poured into a Sam Adams glass:

Pours bright golden with champagne-like bubbles rising to form a thin, lasting, creamy/foamy white head. A fair amount of lacing sticks.

The smell is of lime, sulfur, grass. Certainly hoppy - in a EPL way - lime and sulfur really show.

The taste of hops blend to create a very lime character, with aspirin/herbal/floral bitterness. Hoppy bitterness is balanced by grainy/grassy/nutty sweet maltiness, with dry bitterness staying just ahead in the finish.

It is light-bodied with carbonation lending smoothness. It is refreshing.

If they marketed this as Sam Adams lime, I would believe it would pass as such. Kudos for having a lime taste without the actual lime. On the other hand, it seems like a Sam Adams lager with lime. I could drink this in replacement of an average lime/sulfur heavy EPL...

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Photo of GoalieRon33
2.56/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Light golden yellowish....somewhat cloudy, mostly clear though. White head.

S- Not good. Smelled the hops, but they didn't seem very pleasent. Had the aroma of fresh hop pellets before being added to a beer. Hint of citrus.

T- Had a slightly sour twinge to it. Not as bitter as I thought it might be, but had a very organic, "leafy" taste

M- Grainy and thick, but decently smooth. Mouthfeel appropriate for style

D- Not a favorite of mine. Didn't think the hops were well balanced. Possibly added to the wort at the wrong time during brewing. I miss the white ale, and hope Sam brings it back next spring instead of Noble Pils

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

Poured from the bottle into a pils glass. Intense carbonation. Nice sized head. Very watery looking. Barely any color. I could see my hand perfectly through the other side of the glass. Bit of hops on the nose, but not much. Taste was a bit more of a redeeming quality. Very crisp and clean pilsner flavor. Very light mouthfeel and extremely drinkable. If you like pilsners, then SA has made a winner. I would just find myself bored after a while with this if I had a six pack in the fridge.

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

It looks like a pils - light golden/ yellow, white or off white head. It has a mild but noticeable herbal/vegetal hop aroma; more so than one would find in a German Pils.

Smooth medium body with a malt aspect that reveals the difference that always seems to exist between standard European and American craft lagers; maybe it's the source of the barley, maybe the mashing technique, or maybe the brewing equipment. Maybe it's any combination or all three.

To an American craft drinker who is familiar with how hoppy things can get over here, this is a mildly hoppy beer that would much more deserve the slogan, "just the kiss of the hops" as a truly accurate and positive portrayal, rather than the insipid beer whose line that really is.

I liked this beer better out of the bottle rather than in a glass. In a glass the flavors where less well-integrated - the hops seemed to stand a part from a somewhat grainy thin malt body, whereas in the bottle things tasted better. Go figure. Sometimes the "proper" way isn't the best way.

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Photo of erosier
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a straw yellow with a small and light bodied white colored head that leaves some lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts and then a big earthy, floral hop aroma.
T: Tastes of a nice sweet toasted malt base that is tastier than it looks at first. Then there is a bigger but well balanced floral and earthy hop taste that makes this pilsener refreshing to drink.
M: Very crisp, light, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, all the flavors went well together and they were expertly portioned and balanced. Really nice beer, I hope they continue making this one into the summer, great summer beer.

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

The first of my reviews under the new BA profile...

Had two 22oz pours of this out at dinner this weekend. Appearance is quite pale with an opaque yellowed hue. About an inch of frothy white head that retains through the first half of the beer. Lively carbonation.

Smell is hoppier than expected, so quite good. Definitely some saaz hops and also something bitterer, as well as a biscuity yeast scent.

Taste is balanced and refreshing, with a chewy, yeasty malt flavor up front followed by a bittered saaz type hop flavor. The hop residue lingers pleasantly. This is no IPA or DIPA, but there is a perceptible and flavorful hop presence that is nice and balanced with the yeasty malt character.

Mouthfeel is lively but smooth, an achievement given the amount of visual carbonation. Wet and persistent mouthfeel that rounds out the flavor of each sip nicely.

Drinks very well, light and refreshing with a good amount of flavor, even for hop enthusiasts. I'm glad that a lot of restaurants carry this, it will be a reliable lunch and dinner beer amongst other less enticing options.

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Photo of advill88
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been waiting to try this one ever since I heard about its release. It's a light golden beer with a light grainy malt smell with a whiff of hop aroma. The taste is both light and crisp with just enough hops...not a hop bomb, but it shouldn't be. Drinkability is fantastic and I could definitely down many of these in a session. Great beer overall, and I think it's better than the White Ale was.

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Photo of nick76
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance golden with a small head. The aroma is hoppy and malty with a nice balance but the aroma is weak. The taste is like the aroma being a bit citrusy. The palate is smooth. Overall this is a great pils with plenty of hops and I love that it's not astringent.

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Photo of TheFlern
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light straw color, minimal white head that dissipates over time and leaves virtually no lacing.

Smell: Very faint but pleasant

Taste: Not too much going on here distinctively. This beer suffers from not being bold enough in the style in the taste aspect. The taste is very good but it just isn't strong enough.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and light

Drinkability: Very drinkable but I don't know if it has the taste factor to justify further purchases of 6packs.

Could have been so much more and I hope they come back next spring with a better recipe to make this beer great!

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