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

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. Enjoy by May notched on the label.

A - Brilliantly clear pale straw yellow with a mild white head. Decent retention with a collar of foam left on the glass.

S - Fresh hop aroma like they were just picked. A bit resiny and wet, the hops are primarily a spicy, herbal nose. Pale malts behind with a light mineral feel. Crisp and clean.

T - Very hoppy but not face melting. It's a good mellow balance of resiny floral and spicy noble hops. Pale malts linger behind the hops and a light mineral flavor pokes about.

M - Thin but not watery, it's a light-bodied beer with a very dry finish and light hop bitterness.

D - Interesting flavor going on but it doesn't remove from the drinkability of it. I think the release comes a bit early. For a "spring seasonal" why is it out in January?

Also, it's worth mentioning that I had the chance to cast my vote on this or the "Samuel Adams Ale" at the Barrington Beer Fest for which would win and go into production. I voted for the ale.

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

Poured a deep golden yellow with a thick and fluffy white head.

The smell had a light sweetness with a bit of light fresh green hops.

The flavor had a nice bit of graininess to it with a solid malt body along with a mild fresh bit of piney hop flavor with a touch of grapefruit.

The mouthfeel is light with lots of carbonation and a touch of oilyness.

Easy drinking Pils, very balanced and refreshing while still having enough flavor and body to make it interesting. Great Job Sam Adams.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Noble Pils is a crystal clear, sparkling, golden lager with a small, white head that dissipates. It has a very fruity aroma that's bright and lemony. It smells a touch sweet and a little doughy. It's medium-light bodied; lively with a crisp finish. It has a nice, fruity, wooden flavor with an appropriate amount of bitterness and a lemony aftertaste. It's flavorful and refreshing.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.57/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 6'er of this today at the Chinden Fred Meyer for about $7.50... not bad. Poured into my shaped SA glass... Wow the head on this is persistent... very rocky and a ton of small bubbles streaming from the etching at the bottom of the glass... the brew is very clear and actually surprisingly light in color... straw golden.

Nice clean pils malt... a touch of sulfur that goes away after a couple of minutes... Alot of hoppiness even for the German Pils Style.. spicy and floral hops mainly with lesser earthy hops .. If I concentrate, I get some minor lemongrass...

Crisp with a nice bitter backbone... grainy pils malt... pretty well attenuated.... Hop profile is the same with again a bit more lemongrass.. very very clean... incredibly drinkable with a lite/medium body with medium/high body..

This is likely the best domestically made German Style Pils that I've ever had.... I am honestly blow away... I love German Style lagers and this is a freaking good take on a beer that is tough to get right.


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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color with a one finger white head. Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. The aroma is grassy with some hay features. It is also slightly musty. The flavor is heavy on the malt with a nice citrus hop character. The finish is bitter. Light bodied and medium carbonation.

A good beer, but since it is a spring seasonal I am not sure why it is out in January. Of course we are starting to see Oktoberfest beers come out in July so I shouldn't be surprised. Still, there is something wrong about drinking a spring seasonal on January 15.

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Photo of pinotboy007
4.26/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased at Whole Foods (Fair lakes); it was the only 6-pack on the cooler shelf which seemed to be a good omen.

A - Vigorous pour into a Duvel tulip unleashed a thick, bright white head that nearly spilled over the rim. The Pils is a beautiful, vibrant, absolutely clear bright gold. Very nice sticky lace. After about 10-minutes, the head has become a patch of styrofoam.

S - White pepper, grass, citrus, and even a touch of dry oatmeal.

T - Delicious! Complex hints of malty grain, hops, lemon, and tea.

M - Crisp w/nice fizz that doesn't overwhelm; even a bit of silkiness.

D - Hugely drinkable! Why this is seasonal I'll never know. GREAT STUFF!

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

Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Looks like a Pils in color, though for what the Sam Adams glass claims it does, there's no much head, as it only hangs out around the lip of the glass. Straw gold in color. A few bubbles floating to the top, though I expected more.

Smell: The taps have to be way too cold. Turn down your temperature, folks. Halfway through I finally was able to detect the grass and floral aromas from the hops, along with good clean Pilsner malt aromas.

Taste: Clean and easy drinking, with good floral and grass flavors, once it warms.

Mouthfeel: Lighter-bodied, though with a good carbonated backbone, making me thankful that spring will hopefully be here sooner than we know it.

Drinkability: I had no problem with the White Ale, but I think this is better, and I'd be more apt to buy this than the former. Hopefully I can review a bottle later at the proper temperature. But a solid and sessionable and tasty domestic Pils overall.

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Photo of tedsox31
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. It is a clear orange-gold with a small white head. Some lacing is left behind when I drink it.

The smell is floral and perfume-y. There is also a little bit of citrus.

Taste is very good. There is some sweetness, followed by a nice bitterness from the hops and ending in a smooth finish. The ending in my palate after I swallow begs for me to take another sip.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonated, as a pilsener should be. It still has enough body to give it depth and substance, but not too much as to be cloying.

This has excellent drinkability. In my opinion, this is the best Sam Adams offering out there; it has flavor, depth, and is refreshing to drink. Just in time for the playoffs. Well done.

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

I'm layin' down another Sam Adams beer today... Noble Pils. Brewed with five nobel hops varieties and 5.2% alcohol content.

A- Pouring into a lindemans flute glass... pours a absolutly crystal clear medium yellow fluid with fluffy white head that clings to the sides of the glass with massive vigor.

S- Strange mixture of pale hops. Lightly citrusy, musky, and herbal. Malt husk noticed in the beer as well.

T-M- Taste is a soapy hop citrus tang with fresh malts notes. First is a rush of mild bitterness and medium acidic musk of the hop and malt mix with smooth finish that leaves the tongue ready for more. Sulfer like after taste. Light carbonation allows flavors to dance on the buds as the rolls of the mouth.

D- I could drink this on any occation due to the fresh hop pressence and excellent flavor of malts it pack. Nice.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle to Sam Adams glass

A: Pours a brilliantly clear deep straw gold with a 2.5 finger eggshell-white foam head. Retention was decent with a thin cap being supported by the high amount of carbonation. Some thin white lace was present.

S: Fresh citrus hop and Pils grain dominate the nose with hints of orange.

T: Cereal grain and malt dominate the flavor accompanied by a deep bitterness from the noble hops. Flavor is medium dry with apple and lemon-honey hints. Hop oils leave a lingering bitterness on the finish with floral hop on the breath. Flavor overall is quick and crisp

M: Well-carbed which supports a large part of the body giving it a crisp texture. A more dry finish would be better here.

D: Very light bodied and a nice spring beer....sadly its January.

I enjoyed this Pilsner as it was a good representation of style and would gladly order it over other BMC adjunct lagers. Hope this becomes a regular occurrence in the Sam Adams repertoire.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly light straw color into my pilsner glass. A very good amount of visible carbonation bubbles that continue throughout. A nice three-finger head on it, with a good amount of lacing holding on throughout. The smell was definitely dominated by the five varieties of Noble hops, with some nice pale malt bringing some grain into the equation. The taste was much the same--the Noble hops are the dominant component, with a bit of grain in the background. In my opinion, not nearly as much grain as Prima Pils has, which is something I liked about this one.

Nice carbonation to the beer, with a body that is fairly light, but not overly so for the style. Overall, great drinkability. The success of this one in the voting led it to replace the White Ale as the Spring seasonal; hopefully success there leads to this becoming a year-round brew, or at least a Spring and Summer seasonal.

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Photo of katan
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ml into a Sam Perfect Pint

A - Pours a light golden to golden brown color. Strong bubbling and head formation, light white in color. Well retained. Very clear.

S - A balanced combination of pilsner malts and some sweet and citrusy noble hops. The hops almost seem late addition, with very potent aroma.

T - Starts off with a balanced note of sweet malt and bitter bite, but it turns harshly bitter very quickly. Somewhat edgy. Tongue grabbing hops mid-stream, grassy at times. Finishes with probably the cleanest pilnser note in the beer. Bitter and earthy aftertaste.

M - Strong body due to the hefty carbonation- beer itself can be a bit thin at times, but is clingy. Does leave an oily film on the tongue from the apparent aggressive hopping.

D - I would put this on the lower end of pils drinkability due to its aggressive nature, not a clean smooth refresher. ABV is manageable. Not to say this is a bad beer, just not what I would look for in this style. There may be another lager style where this beer fits more appropriately.

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Photo of ChuckR343
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16oz glass. Golden color with thin, white head. A lot of bubbles.

Smells of grass and hops. Has a distinctive citrus and fresh taste, but not too crisp. I thought the hops variety is great. Do I taste some honey? Very nicely done for spring, or anytime. A great "have another" beer.

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Photo of ConnHuskyFan
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Approachable, golden appearance; with a quick, white, vanishing head.

Smells open, citrus, a little grassy.

Slight citrus tase, crisp carbonation feel, almost grapefruit tone, hoppy finish, but no surprising kick. Not as hoppy as labeled.

Easy to have several of these. Well done. As advertised, reminds me of Spring.

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Photo of CheckMate
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle bought at McKinnon's in Salem, NH. pours a straw color with about an inch of off white head that dissipated rather quickly. scents of earthy and herbal hops are very profound in the aroma, makes it difficult to smell anything else in the beer (IMO). tastes of grassy earthy hops, and breadiness. medium bodied with ample carbonation, leaves a slight aftertaste from the hops. the first sip invites another and another.


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

12oz bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Salem, NH, imbibed out of the Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Pours a crystal-clear straw-yellow body with nearly an inch of off-white head comprised of large bubbles that dissipate rather quickly. Spicy herbal grassy hops come through right away in the aroma, with hints of toffee, biscuit, and butterscotch. Spicy noble hops share the flavor almost equally with bready malt with touches of DMS (cooked vegetable), toast, and butter. Very light bodied with ample (though not overwhelming) carbonation pair with the light body to aid the drinkability greatly. Not a bad pils. I've definitely had better examples of the style - to me this falls somewhere between the bohemian and Bavarian ends of the spectrum. But this grows on me, an easy drinking spring seasonal. Glad this replaced the White, and glad another widely available pilsener is out there.

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

Apparently it is an "ALE IN TX." I've never noticed the specific-to-Texas terminology before, but I see that a bottle of Brooklyn BCS on my desk is "IN TEXAS, ALE." Funny.

Nose is floral spicy hoppy with citric tones and a soft bubblegum-like ester kind of fruit. Smells bright and fresh. Smells good.

Pours clear pale yellow, large head. Looks good.

Tastes clean and fresh with sparkling hoppiness on warm, toasty malt bed. Hops are floral mainly, with secondary flavors of spicy, herbal, and citric. Soft fruitiness from aroma is present. Moderately stiff hop bitterness. Finishes with a kiss of hop. Tastes good. Feels good. Good drinkability.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.49/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out an incredibly clear light yellow/straw color. Lots of bubbles rising to a head that's surprisingly thin.

Aroma is a powerful, breezy, squeaky-clean hop-centered one--ultra-fragrant and flowery, with a pronounced nip of ginger. Very, very that kept me sniffing and sniffing until I realized you can also drink the stuff!

Flavor is as assertive and impressive as the aroma. Zippy, clean and tingly in both taste and feel, my mind keeps going back to two flavor impressions: lime & ginger. Lime zest keeps it crisp while a pervading ginger character keeps it spicy. And there's just enough grainy sweetness to keep everything in check and keep the tart/spice acrobatics from the Noble hops kicking. Feel is very crisp, but not bitingly so. Slippery too, and a creamy subtlety, in flavor and feel, pushes my overall impression over the edge. This is great.

You want a small ABV beer with big flavor, one that's accessible and affordable and made (presumably) with love? Give Noble Pils a try. In fact, give it a few tries--buy it in a 6-pack and stretch it out over a week. That was the way I realized this was a truly great beer, having initially found it one-dimensional. It definitely is not, and I couldn't think of a better "every day" beer than this one.

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Photo of mullenite
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Glassware - Ikea Pilsener

Appearance - So, last night I had Sam Adams Light and noted that it was not fizzy and straw yellow... low and behold, the Noble Pils pours a fizzy straw yellow in color, a little golden but very light. There was initially a two-finger white head that has settled in to a thin cap. The cap doesn't seem to be going anywhere as it seems to have a constant source of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Lots of lacing is the result, really very nice looking.

Nose - Smell is distinctly noble hops... I'm impressed! The hops are balanced well by a nice biscuit note. Not much more to it, nice and earthy, a little spicy and balanced by some nice sweetness.

Taste - Very similar to the nose, nice spicy and herbal hops mixed some nice biscuit. Clean, well balanced and thoroughly enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - Thin body with lots of carbonation. This is a fizzy yellow beer by all means but, despite what Greg Koch might have you believe with his bottles, this isn't a bad thing.

Overall - This will be a great beer when it's late spring and nice and warm outside, but by that time Summer Ale will probably be among us... meh.

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

It's too bad that so many mass-produced beers staked their claim on the Pilsner style in recent years. Great Pilsners can be hard to find, but Sam Adams hit the mark on this one.

A: Pours crystal clear, golden. Amply carbonated but not too fizzy.

S: Complex, yet subtle hop aromas. Mildly floral, but not overpowering.

T: A symphony of noble hops, almost perfectly balanced with pleasant grainy malt flavors. The hop flavors vary from grassy to near-citrusy, but again, very well balanced.

M: Not overly carbonated, as far too many so-called Pilsners are. This makes it go down smooth on the front end, but it finishes with a crisp dry tingle on the tongue.

D: Dangerously drinkable. A thirst quenching brew that makes me thirst for more with every sip. What happened to my 12-pack?? (kidding, I only had a 22;-)

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Photo of JBogan
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale golden color which resembles an average American macro. Nothing special to look at here. A small white head forms, which soon turns into a thin film, leaving good lacing behind.

The aroma is a nice blend of grains and grasses. Again, nothing exceptional here, but nothing offensive either.

Taste is very similar to the scent. Wheat grains and grasses are the main attractions here. Pleasant tasting and refreshing.

Mouthfeel was smooth and thin. I would have liked a bit more carbonation to give it a little more crispness, but overall I'd say mouthfeel was just slightly better than average for a pils.

This is a nice offering from Sam Adams. Not at the top of it's class in any one area, but taken as a whole everything works well together. A beer one could easily sit down and drink more than a few.

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

a very drinkable beer. poured light golden with a 1/2 inch, quickly disapating head. very earth-like, pilsner smell. great taste and even better aftertaste. easily one of my favorite sam adams offerings. definately recommended! im adding this sentence to meet the 250 character requirement. :(

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

First of all, it compares to Prima but they are very different.

appearance: golden, low head retnetion but some decent lacing for a lager. Low carbionation, barley any rising bubbles. weird for the style.

smell: subtle hops, slight citrus

taste: great pilsner. large malt backbone for a pilsner. very balanced, great hop presence for style. Not as high in the hops category as I would like.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: finally a nice lager that assecceable because we don't have Prima just yet in the market. Overall I prefer Prima but this a great beer. I'ts more balanced than Prima and has way less hops though

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Photo of emetib0081
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally! A spring seasonal that is worth looking foward to! Sam Adams has really hit the spot with this one. It has been a while since I have had a pilsner and if I remember right they never tasted as good as this one did. After drinking heavy winter beers the last few months it took me until my second bottle to really appreciate the great flavors. Crisp hops and flavors of lime or is it lemon on touch the front of my mouth. And the color! After pouring it in a glass everyone will want it, so you may want to hide them from friends at first. After the snow melts I will defintely be looking foward to having a drink of this on the lawn and starting the bbq for the first time.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.88/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- ultra clear golden body and a beautiful white head that just gets insanely dense and creamy as it settles. this thing doesn't get shorter than 1/4 inch and it stays draped up onto the inside of the glass. something i can't say i've ever had from a pils. crazy lace too and a tight stream of bubbles. the otherwise ordinary look of a pale golden brew is now stunning.

S- saltine cracker and noble hop aroma. what else should be there? mostly lemon and lime peel with soft dried flowers and some grassiness and some lightly toasted grains and just a touch of tomato acidity. no off aromas or anything that isn't straightforward hops and malt. very fragrant yet very clean.

T- perfect lemony hop flavor, a touch of mineral, and ample bitterness throughout. and very floral. not perfumey or soapy but a rose and lily petal earthy green natural flower taste that when combined with the soft herbal bitterness and the bright cracker malt flavor makes for one hell of a tasty and clean flavored beer. hop flavor lingers on long after the swallow with a pleasant lightly resinous bitterness. lemon and lime peel come back at the finish as well with some white grape skin dry wine.

MF- light bodied with just enough weight behind it to have a feeling of substance. perfect medium level carbonation. soft malty feel followed by a crisp dryness.

D- the best thing to come from BBC in a long time and perhaps my favorite offering from them EVER. if this exact recipe could be produced year round, it would be a dream come true and if any american brewery could kick the shit out of every german pils i've ever tasted, i could have guessed it would be sam adams. this stuff just begs to be consumed. this is one incredibly good and drinkable beer.

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Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 3,703 ratings