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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."

Added by schellsbeer on 12-20-2009

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pilsener.

A: Dark golden color. Medium carbonation, pours into a half finger, bubbly, white head. Quickly settles leaving only remnants of a head behind. Eventually disintegrates completely. No real lacing to speak of.

S: Sharp malt and hoppy nose. Freshly cut grass. A little clove and bay leaf.

T: Light grain, but really sharp and bitter hoppy flavor. Bitter, pungent, and peaty with some Italian spice.

M: Light body. Sharpness kinda' makes you pucker. Really dry finish.

D: You can sip on this... the bitterness compels you to. But, you can roll thru it too.

Pretty solid atmosphere. Appearance is really average, but the nose is really full, floral, and unique. Very nice combo of tones. Flavor is not too complex, but bitter and sharp, with just a hint of spice and kind of a grassy tone to finish it. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm the 24th person to review a Sam Adams on BA, that probably won't happen again

I'm normally not a pilsner fan, but this was by far the best pilsner I've had.

My czec pilsner glass was filled with this clear golden beverage topped with a mountain of pure white foam. It had the typical pilsner aroma with an extra essence to it that seemed like, flowers. Taste wise, it was a nice hop blend with some good body to it. It didn't have the typical pilsner sting to it, there was a slight bitterness at the end, but it was pleasant.

If they sell this in a regular size bottle, I might get one again.

Edit - I had this on tap at Outback, the first round from the first keg of NP they had, and I noticed it had more sourness to it. I frankly think that it tasted better from the bottle, but that might have to with the keg being just tapped and the glass just pulled out of the fridge.

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Photo of goldbot
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased January 2010. Best by May notched into the label. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle.

Golden yellow in color and crystal clear. A nice effervescence when first poured, yielding a thick, white, foamy head.

Aromas of malt/grain and corn mostly. A hint of floral hops as well.

Lots of grain and bread up front, turning into a nice balance of grain and citrusy hop character. Towards the end the hops become more prevalent, adding a slight dry bitterness.

Light body and dry, almost powdery feel. The carbonation is noticeable but not very crisp.

Overall a pretty good beer. As others have noted this one is more for a warm spring/summer day than the mid-winter. I'll most likely pick up a six pack once the weather turns nicer to enjoy as an everyday beer.

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Photo of natelocc787
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden straw body, nice off-white foamy head. Banana peel and grainy pilsner/munich malts in the nose with light citrus and floral hop notes. The taste has more banana peel, mild spices and a nice noble hop character in the back with a lemony, grassy finish. Mouthfeel is very refreshing, sparkling even and a definite German feel. Overall very well done, a Pilsner without the cheap malt flavor.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a new seasonal from Sam Adams. I have yet to be impressed by their seasonal selections, so lets see how this one compares.

A: Pours a very nice golden, straw color. Very clear with lots of carbonation. Head is soapy and large, and sticks around nicely.

S/T: The aroma is pretty typical for a Pilsener. Grain, with a slight floral character. Taste is okay, but not nearly as good as other heavy hitters like Troegs Sunshine Pils and Victory Prima Pils. Lots of grain, breadyness, and some bitter hops on the finish. It is kinda bland overall.

M/D: Mouthfeel is very light and crisp. Extremely refreshing. Finish is very clean with a slight lingering bitterness. The drinkability is the highlight of the beer. This could easily be sessioned. A Bud drinker could easily chug one of these down.

Overall, a decent beer. My biggest gripe is in the flavor profile. Everything for a Pilsener is there, but it just comes off a tad weaker than I expect from a craft brewer. Definetly worth a shot, but don't expect one of the best Pilseners around.

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Photo of OverToad
4.41/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at my local Kroger. Was really suprised to see this brew so soon. Pours golden clear with a nice head. This is their best seasonal brew hands down. Very drinkable brew. SA does it again. Glad I bought 2 cases, and will buy more before they're gone.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very vibrant golden color with a sexy pure white head. A nice tight finger's worth and lacing sticks to the glass with vigor as it subsides.

A pleasant pilsener malt aroma with a light flowery hop background. A stroll through a blossoming meadow as a light breeze brings an array of floral and earthy smells to your nose. Perhaps even a tease of some spice. Taste is a nice citrusy zing with some light malts and a bit of a bitter hop bite at the end. It finishes rather clean with the bitterness fading and some citrus revisiting at the very end.

A lighter bodied beer, very carbonated almost effervescent in nature. Drinkable...? are you kidding me? I could sure go for a couple more.

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Photo of iRyan77
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a six pack to see what the "New" beer from Sam Adams was like.

A - Straw Yellow, perfect clarity, fluffy white head that mostly fell but left just a slight cap remaining

S - Definently smell the hops character, a little grassy-ness, definitely light on the malt bill as there was just a slight sweetness in the aroma

T - Quite good! Upfront I got a slight bitterness from the hops and then a slight sweetness from the extra pale malts, following by a lingering hops flavor on the back of the tongue. White bread?

M - Light and smooth, this beer is only as heavy as it has to be to support the mild hop flavor and aroma.

D - Drinkability is extremely high especially if the ABV is truly 6% I can see this becoming my new session beer for awhile!

Overall an exceptional addition to the Sam Adams lineup, Just wish it didn't say "seasonal" on the six pack, I can see this being amazing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of wnh
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tapered pilsner glass.

Pours a bright, crisp bronze-tinted golden straw topped by a fluffy white head. Steady streams of bubbles rising.

Lots of mildly toasted bready malt aromas on the nose, topped by clean grassy and lemony citrus hops. Simple but inviting.

The palate is the nose, intensified. Lightly toasted grainy bread on the entry, quickly making way for quite strong grassy hops. Fades into an underripe orange hoppiness, subtle but nice, before finishing with round two of the toasted malt. Long, slightly pungent yeasty fade, accented by a touch of spice.

Light to medium in body, soft and round, with a hint of dryness. A very tasty, well done pils. Finally a Sam Adams beer I can really get behind. I'm quite impressed.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Noble Pils pours an absolutely crystal clear golden yellow with a tinge of copper. The frothy white heads builds nicely and falls quickly leaving minimal slipppery lacing.

The aroma is pungent, full of grassy hops with an herbal scent as well.

The flavor is also full of pungent floral hops with faint lemony zest and full bready malts with just a touch of honey. The finish is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is light and very smooth and a touch creamy with ample carbonation.

Noble Pils is a good Spring beer from Sam Adams and could easily lead me to try, and appreciate more of the style.

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Photo of Rayek
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Brilliant brass, with lots of carbonation streaking up the glass. A rocky white head has great retention and leaves lots of lace.

S: Pretty mild. Slightly musty, with a dominant lemon and grass aroma. There is a light, almost sugary sweetness in the background.

T: Light and well balanced. Starts out with dry cracker like malts and a subtle sugary sweetness. Bitterness is mild and carries a lemon kick. Metallic flavors come on late before the beer finishes clean.

M: The light body feels just right for the style.

D: I found this quite drinkable, but rather dull. It looks great, but the flavor seems too light, even for a light style like this. Seems like a nice candidate as a summer refresher, however. Perhaps my opinion would improve on a warm summer day vs the cold winter night I drank it on.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top; best-by date clearly notched

Appearance: Medium to dark gold beer, good clarity, big creamy white cap shows good retention. Lots of steady streaming carbonation.

Smell: Up front and HOPPY! Maybe the most hop-forward Pilsener I've ever smelled. Spicy, woodsy, and herbal, they dominate any malt presence that's here. This is crisp and clean, and the hops are fairly delicate, but they're there and they're fairly pronounced.

Taste: Definitely more malt presence than is noted in the aroma. It's grainy and and semi-sweet most of the way through; I almost get a cake-like sweetness as it goes across the palate. Then come the hops. Resiny and herbaceous to the MAX, with just a touch of bitter lemon; I'd be interested to know what proportions of each variety Boston Beer Company uses here (my guess is that Hallertau might be in the majority, but I know my English hop profiles a lot better than my Germans). Ends with a firm bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp

Drinkability: Medium-high

Conclusion: I picked up a 12-pack of this at Hyvee today as it was a great price (12 bucks) and it had nothing but rave reviews. I have to say, it's not quite what I expected. I don't love it. Nor do I hate it. I'm honestly not quite sure how I feel about it. The intense and herbal hoppiness is nice, but somehow (for me) the malt and hop flavors don't quite come together to make the light, crisp, clean Pilsener I was expecting. The hops aren't overpowering (I'm an IPA fan after all), but they just seem a bit rough to me, especially in a style that's generally so smooth.

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Photo of Phormula
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a golden straw colored body, with an average amount of pale head that quickly subsides to a thin layer. Getting a surprisingly nice amount of lacing from this.

S: The aromas I'm picking up on are primarily pepper, lemon rind, and a grassy hoppiness.

T: This is a wonderfully balanced Pilsner. Probably my favorite beneath Prima Pils. All of the hop varieties are integrated, and none dominate the other. For me, this has an initial bready malt character, followed by the mildness of Hallertau and Tettnang hops, then the back end it's a lot of spicy Saaz. Someone else mentioned the green tea flavor, and I'm definitely picking up on it.

M: Perfect carbonation that tickles your tongue, then washes around revealing a creamy slick hop character, and finishes dry. This is exactly what I want in a pilsner.

D: After being on a huge DIPA/IPA kick lately, it's refreshing in so many ways that I could drop back to a beer that had just the right amount of hops to satisfy that craving, but not the heaviness or the boozy alcohol content that leave me burpy and tired.

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Photo of mschofield
4.9/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An excellent pilsner.

The pour is picture perfect. Medium gold, brillant in clarity with a head of creamy pure white foam to a height of 2 fingers.

Spicy hop aroma above clean pils malt. Bright and fresh - possibly drinking a "Spring" beer just 1 week into winter helps...

Taste is typically pils. Spicy, citrusy, lemony hops. Once you adjust to it the bready pils malt comes through with more of a grassy hop.

Medium bodied for the style, a light bodied beer overall. The drinkability is off the charts - a true session beer.

Quite possibly Sam's best

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Photo of dmamiano
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pouer bright gold. straw yellow witha small white head laces.
seems highly carbonated by appearance....large amounts of bubbles leaping from the glass.
smell dominated by noble hops and mild pilsen malts.
yeasty, crisp and smells fresh
taste is mild, bitter twang of hops.
Mouthfeel good with nice notes of malts melding well with the hops.
very good beer.

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Photo of hoplover82
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was so hard for me to not give this a perfect score. This is truly the best pilsner I've ever had hands down. But I think for me, (imo) it could have a little more hop aroma and flavor, I guess... none the less, the hop aroma and flavor is what I like about this the most! So, ... oh what the heck, I'm changing the score to perfect now! This beer is so impressive!

A-Pours an absolutley beautiful crystal clear deep yellow, with a huge white creamy head that has excellent retention and thick sticky lacing. Truly impressive appearance.

S-The aroma has the classic pilsner malt aroma with a huge wonderful bright floral and citrus hop character that is absolutely perfect. There is a wow factor that has me floored in all aspects of this beer.

T-And the flavor is like the aroma in the pilsner malt being slightly sweet and doughy with a slightly grassy, and big floral hop flavor that is so delicious. Wowed again...

M-Has a big medium creamy body with a slight dry finish that has a bitterness to it and lasts forever.

D-I could session this forever. I can't wait till it comes out in 6 packs in the spring. I love this beer!

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.72/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a spun gold color. The head is an inch and a half in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of spicy noble hops, moderate bitterness, and assertive bready malt. The taste is very refreshing. The hops are sharp, but the malt is strong enough to balance everything out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is one of the best German Pilseners I've had the pleasure of tasting. This beer replacing Sam Adams White Ale as their spring seasonal has got to be one of the best things to happen to craft beer in the last decade. I will certainly be drinking this by the case load.

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Photo of MrDanno96
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with very little head. Lots of carbonation bubbles floating to the top.

S: Pretty nice here. Floral hops, grains, and fresh soil. A little citrus as well. The noble hops really shine!

T: Pretty clean overall. A little citric sweetness up front with grains gives way to hoppy bitterness. Quick bite of spiciness at the very end.

M: Light bodied and quite refreshing. Lots of carbonation, typical of the style, and a nice bite on the finish.

D: A pretty good representation of the style. Pilsners don't tend to be my favorite beers, but this one is pretty good. Definitely a solid session option. This would be especially refreshing served cold on a hot summer day - I wish it wasn't released in the dead of winter!

EDIT: Over a year after this brew was originally released, I find myself continuing to come back to it. It really is a great session option that goes down easy. Really solid overall.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a nice change of pace from all the traditional malt laden holiday beers. I'm also quite full from several days of putting on the feedbag so this works well today. Poured into my Sam Adams glass, of course.
I don't know if I can pick out 5 different hops, but it's clear that there is more than one. Definitely pick out the Boston Lager hops (Hallertau and Tettnang), but also a green tea (as noted), fresh spring growth green and slight spiciness (Saaz?). Nice light malt backing. Clean with lager characteristics. Nice.
Now this is brilliantly clear. White head stays firm with lots of nucleation bubbles. Sweet golden color. Good looking beer.
Pretty evenly balanced malt, hop bitterness and hop flavors. Each drink offers some of each. Bitterness starts, but it's not heavy as it moves towards the bready malt and yeast flavors. Finishes with the hops flavors and the bitterness to finish. It seems the Boston Lager hops are primary again, but there is enough of the others in note (similar to aroma) to provide interest.
Just enough carbonation to keep it from being a quick drinker.
As noted before, a nice break from the heavier more traditional seasonal beers. Complex enough to offer some interest, without veering from style too far. Nicely done.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours gold with a solid, dirty white head. Looks clean and well presented.

Now this is what a pilsner of this style should smell like. Filled with earthy, peppery, leafy noble hops. Very nice.

Taste is hoppy and clean with a grainy malt backing and a honeyish note with lemon and lime citrus. Medium bodied and the finish is dry with a peppery hop spice on the back of the tongue.

I really, really enjoyed this. Normally i'm not too impressed with Sams regular offerings but this was a pleasant suprise. Recommended

Edit: I had to go back and raise my score on this after trying it again a few days later. This beer is great.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I can't wait to see six packs of this stuff, I knew they get some first dibs on the noble hops but I had no idea that Sam Adams would be coming out with a seasonal featuring all five noble hop varieties. I loved the Hallertau Imperial Pils, but this is a session pils meant for mass consumption. It's been a long time since I've wanted a whole case of a Sam Adams offering, this is a good sign for future beers from them. The tastings they hosted to get customer feedback for their next spring seasonal was a success because the compared to the last beer that made it into their rotation this is liquid gold.

Pours a bright brilliant pale clear golden color with a eggshell white head two to three fingers thick with fine speckled lacing, nice and lively with the carbonation retention is very nice.

Aroma paves the way for the whole noble hop experience very nice citrus, herbal, and grassy hop explosion even a bit of earthiness that almost neon green their using for the label represents the caliber of green this bottle contains, fresh hop aromatics I'm loving it. Nice cereal grain nose to it very much a pale biscuit malt sweetness that has some light toasted grain but an ample touch of honey sweetness to create perfect balance in the smell.

Flavors are again perfectly balanced yet chalk full of flavor both hops and malts. Biscuit sweetness hits the sides of the palate with bitterness blending in alot of citrus peel, raw herbaceous slightly skunked Mary Jane, and a dirty earthiness bring on a multitude of varietal hop burps. One belch I'm thinking Saaz, the next a dose of Hallertau, and then some Tettnang...oh the dry finish is priceless this is the crisp quality some of those beer commericals are talking about even if you don't find that experience in their beers.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with flowing lively carbonation mildly effervescent yet it has a creamy slightly slick hop oil consistency, bone dry finish great light beer experience for the non beerlievers to cross over on. This brew will take you on a trip through Bavaria, now it's time for the real thing, I want a taste of these hops from the source.

Drinkability is inspiring if you feel bored with the craft beer scene and how things have been driven toward rarity and high alcohol with insane doses of malts and hops then you need to reach for the Noble pils from Sam Adams to take you back to a flavor that made you fall in love with beer.

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4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Added this beer a few days ago but something happened and it disappeared. Don't know why but we will try this again.

For the information above, I obtained it via the following website: http://www.tastings.com/scout_beer.lasso?id=190044

Picked up a 12 pack of Samuel Adams Noble Pils late this past week (12/17/09) from Andy's Liquor North here in Rochester, MN.

A - Nice straw/orange/yellow color with a 1/2 inch head that stays around for some time. Very clear.

S - This is what I noticed first upon opening up the bottle. Excellent light floral hop smell. Not overpowering but very distinct. Clean. Like a spring rain. Excellent. Grassy smell.

T - Oh yeah. Hits the tongue and gives a bite. Citrus. Tart. Bitter. All there. Love what it does to the back of the tongue. The flavor stays around well after the beer slides on down to the stomach. Again, very clean taste. Not overpowering but very nice and light. There are so many different flavors going on in this beer. Reminds me of a spring grassy field coming to life.

M - Light and crisp. Sort of like nothing is in the mouth. I could drink this all day. Love the little bite that your mouth gets as the beer is swallowed. Not too bitter like IPAs but that is not this style. Just right! Excellent job!

D - Problem...this is suppose to be a spring beer and I am adding and typing this review on December 20th. I still have all of my Imperial Stouts, Winter Warmers, Porters, and Barleywines to drink. What the heck am I suppose to do? Drink more I guess. This beer is incredible. So many wonderful things going on.

So light, so crisp, so refreshing. This beer goes down way too easy. Scared? I think I can handle it.

Thanks Keith for pointing this out to me. Excellent. I will be enjoying many more of these in the upcoming days, weeks, months...I think you get the picture.

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