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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: Year-round

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 silverevo9
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just poured into a pilsner glass. Head is beautiful with excellent sticky lacing. Love the sweet malts, piney smell, and great hop taste. Great idea with the 5 noble hops. You know you have good thing. Nose to glass is excellent. Beer has a very good presentation. Color, taste, and head make the beer very appetizing. Good price for such a high quality pilsner. i consistently keep a six pack of this in my fridge, keeps you coming back due to its quality. Slight bitterness, but very smooth, makes it very drinkable. This is another very good pilsner that is on the top shelf.

Awesome beer!

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from the Hop Tour case – Imperial Nonic Pint glass

A: A mammoth cap of course white suds adorns the top of my glass staying for some time. Covers over a pale caramel amber body with very fine clarity. Leaves behind some broken runners of sticky lace upon each sip.

S: Spice hops dominate the nose with a good mix of grassy hops and grainy pilsner malt. Somewhat wheat like with a doughy bread and almost pretzel like quality. There is a touch of pine and citrus there as well with some earthy minerals. Nice and spicy hop forward nose.

T: Tastes of bread, spice, and florals with a nice upper level of hoppiness overall. Dry grass and peppery spices mix with some grainy bread moving towards a much dryer soda cracker like finish. Dash of citrus spice. No signs of alcohol come through in the flavor and there is a slight metallic tinge on the finish. More mineral like I guess. Otherwise this is a very nice and hoppy Pils with good balance to it.

M: Lightly filling to moderate low body with a nice peppery bitterness and creamy consistency to it. Finishes out a bit wet and watered down although there is a nice dry crisp snap there.

D: Tasty beer. A very refreshing Pils with a nice hop bite on it. One of the BBC’s better concoctions. A real noble effort I must say…hmm bwhahaha

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Photo of osant37
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served from bottle into pilsner glass. glear golden yellow appearance, lots of carbonation. white fluffy merengue type 3 finger head that laces the glass pretty well. the smell is grassy almost hay like. strong crackery notes from the pilsner malts and earthyness from the noble hops although the saaz hop note stands out most. the taste is big cracker bready taste up front follwed by just the right hop zing that you would expect in a great czech pils. carbonation washes the pallet well and leaves you wanting another sip. overall this a great offering from samuel adams. definatlly one of my favorites!...cheers!

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Photo of lochef81
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This ale pours a very light straw color with a small white head that lasts throughout the pour. The nose is very light with notes of belgian yeast, light citrus hops, and Fresh wheat. The flavor is quite light and refreshing. Its not a complex beer but this style shouldn't be. It is easy in the palate, simple. Not too much malt or hops; just balanced and easy going. This isn't a beer that I'd seek out but one that is very enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of Aledog
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

T: Nice balance of hops bitterness and malt sweetness. Definitely on the sweeter side, though not overly so. Can taste grass and light honey.

O: Not as crisp as other pilsners, but exceptional just the same. It is more rounded due to the malt presence. This is an excellent beer and would definitely buy again. A outstanding beer at a great price.

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Photo of BeersIsTheName
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed cold and poured into a pilsner glass.

A- Golden, somewhat hazy, light and fluffy finger sized head.

S- Somewhat hoppy, with a touch of grass, and a hint of citrus.

T- Not as hoppy as the smell would indicate. Surprisingly wheaty. Hints of pine, however it is very subtle.

M- Dry with strong carbonation. Slight bitterness in the finish.

O- I was surprised at first because the taste didn't necessarily reflect the aroma at first. I was expecting something a bit more hoppy. This pils is a bit on the dry side. The bitterness and dryness combines for a complementary bite that leaves the drinker wanting another sip.

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Photo of Givemebeer
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden and clear. 2 inches of a soft foam head that leaves lacing.

S: Definitely smelling the noble hops here. Grassy with a touch of pine.

T: Tastes like an authentic Czech Pils. Grainy, grassy, pretty hopped up - allowing the noble hops to really be showcased.

M: Light bodied

O: Thoroughly enjoyed this representation of a Czech pilsner. Wish it was a tad crisper, but I could definitely session a few of these on a hot summer day.

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

A: A golden beer poured into a tall glass with 2 fingers of loose foam. It settles to leave a fine lace.
S: A floral aroma of hops that's not overpowering, baby oranges, light caramel at the bottom of a warm glass
T: Smooth malt structure with fresh hay, a hint of lemon, and noble hops in blended bitterness that swirls over the tongue. Very clean, a little woodsy with some new growth of pine leaves.
M: light medium and smooth, a dry finish with ample carbonation.
O: a delightful interpretation of the Pils standard. Refreshing, flavorful, delicately balanced. One of the best I've had.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a goblet

A: An opaque light golden with a white half finger head that fizzles to foam. Curtain-y lacing.

S: Citrus slides in with lemons and oranges followed by a graininess.

T: Light hops, barley with a slight bitterness. Floral. Smooth and sessionable. Well balanced. A clean finish with a bit of grapefruit.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation.

O: I really wasn't expecting much. My son picked this one at random in a mixed 6-er. But I was pleasantly surprised. A good example of a Czech pilsener.

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Photo of Omnium
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Sensory Pils Glass

A - Clear yellow with a finger of foamy white head, some medium lacing.
S - Grains, bready malt, orange, pear, apple, light floral and glass notes, some hints of black pepper.
T - A lot of cracker malt, i mean a lot, a light orange zest, grassy, dried flowers, black pepper and a touch of clove.
M - Dry and the malt just adheres to your palate.
O - Decent pils, not as good as I once remembered, but decent enough to get you buy in a pinch.

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Photo of Amgarnier
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, poured with a lasting one finger head. Lime and Orange aroma with hints of pine and Light cracker malt. The taste is well balanced a distinctive cracker malt flavor. Orange, pine, and lime in the hops. Clean fermentation. Medium body and carbonation. Finishes dry. A very drinkable beer well balanced.

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Photo of Emnmarko
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Clear and golden in color with minimal head.

S- Hops with sweet citrus. Orange. Mild bread, peppery crackers.

T- Black pepper sprinkled over a juicy Florida orange on a biscuit. Strong hop aftertaste.

M- Clean and easy. A little funky. I like it.

O- This is a hop forward version of a pilsner, while still retaining the characteristic crisp drinkability that comes out of this style of beer.

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Photo of bark
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The colour is pale gold (6 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head is white and compact. It sinks rather slowly leaving thick lacing on the glass.

The smell is loaded with noble hops. Hay, grass, summer flowers and a delicate notable bitterness. It is quite sweet and very floral. Hints of oil paint and shoe polish.

The taste is bitter and loaded with floral hops. Medium bitterness. Notes of oil paint and bitter herbs. Some butter and light clean sweet flavours. Medium body. The bitterness grows in the aftertaste, as does the clean alcohol. The finish is semi-sweet with even more German/Czech hops.

The carbonation is strong with lots of very small bubbles, the liquid is smooth.

It is like a Czech pilsner, but hopped like an APA with noble hops. It could easily have been over-hopped and unbalanced, but this beer keeps it just right.

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Photo of kismet
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is my favorite brew from sam adams...hands down. it has a great lemony citrus hop bite and is so crisp and clean tasting. the malts are slightly bready and make for a creamy mouthfeel, although the hops provide a snappy, super dry finish. overall, i enjoy this beer with food or by itself. it is a treat every time. get some now. it is good every season of the year.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Crystal-clear golden body with lots of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Big, fluffy bone-white head that settles slightly, but hangs around for a while.

S- Lots of sweet noble hops coming through some toasted pilsner malt. Not a strong nose, but the aroma is pleasant.

T- Lots of lemony and herbal hops come through the toasty pilsner malt. More hop-forward than some pilsners, but not the hoppiest out there. Malt backbone is very nice.

M- Very crisp, medium-high carbonation, fairly light body, but not watery.

O- A nice pilsner, but not on the level of some of the top ones in my opinion. This one does have a very unique flavor though, and a great crisp feel. Worth a try for a pilsner fan.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Noble Pils

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Nonick pint glass. Served nicely chilled.

A) Nice golden brew with plenty of bubble trails to stare at, while pondering life and what not. About a finger of soapy white head. This settles to a dusting. A bit of lacing.

S) A nice clean refreshing scent of lightly toasted grains and clementine oranges. Not powerful, but quite pleasant.

T) I have to say, the description on the bottle nails the taste. A citrusy hop character and bright refreshing flavor. There is some light rind on the finish.

M) A lighter bodied brew with zesty carbonation. This mofo is crisp and refreshing. Nice aftertaste....

O) This is a good beer and I enjoyed drinking it. I've had it before, and I thought it was good then too. Guess this one kind of gets lost in the shuffle a bit. I'd put it in my top 5 from the Boston Beer Company.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I wanted to not like this beer but it really is a very good beer.
The appearance was very nice with a brilliantly clear golden straw color. The head was tall and long lasting. Big carbonation bubbles and some lacing.
The aroma was excellent too with noble hops shining noblely. Floral and spicy almost pungent but not over bearing. Lets say a tame confidence.
Taste was sharp and tangy. Hops aren't as bold as in the nose but they are present.
The balanced malts have abready and biscuit finish that leads to a drey and bitter finish.
An outstanding pils that could pass for any quality euro pils in a blind taste test.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pretty decent offering from Sam Adams. Good golden color even though the head is weak. Fresh and crisp lemony taste, bold mouthfeel, overall pretty good - but not the best IMHO from the king of the microbrewery. I will say its good compared to most other pilsners out there.

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Photo of azorie
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

wow, Sam Adams does it again.

A: poured into my lager glass at 38f, I don't have or buy into the SA glass bs. Anyway, clear tawny orange yellow with a 1 inch head on a hard pour into a snifter glass (14oz). check the Czech style.

S: wow not usually a big hop lover, but noble is something special and in this beer its well perfect, and wow that's just rare for me in an ale, but a lager wow is all I can say. Rich deep hops, very floral, some spicy, some citrus. Heaven. Very hop forward as expected.

T: wow its like a real Czech pils but like it used to be only with more hop flavor. clean malt backbone with a almost pale ale hop finish. Very balanced and to the style to a "T".
2013 version seems a tad over hopped.

M: medium body and medium carbonation to me

D: easy to drink 4 or more wow, glad they are 8 bucks a 6 pack!

way to go SA.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle ~$1.49. Heavy yellow color, decent head, a bit of lacing. Mild citrus aroma, touch of minerals. Flavor is honey, citrus, and something I can't quite put my finger on. Overall a decent beer but not my favorite pils. Still, worth the money if its the freshest beer in the liquor store which happens some times in the hood.

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Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed September 24, 2013 at 0120. 12 oz bottle from the Hopology collection poured into a Lindemans Flute.

A: Full fingered white creamy head. Clear golden body with carbonation rising steadily. Amazing lacing while the flute creates condensation,

S: Creamy malty and sweet. On a second smelling the hops are present.

T: Slight bitterness throughout with a nice floral and grassy taste at the end. Malty taste is not really present, but their importance in balancing the taste is evident.

M: Medium body with an exceptionally crisp quality. Very smooth to drink.

O: As a Pilsner this beer is quite delicious. Samuel Adams creates their own version and I believe it stands quite nicely. Has a Munich Helles Lager quality. This is a prefect drink for a hot summer day.

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Photo of rx-beer
4.69/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Lightly hazy gold with light carbonation. About an inch and a half of foamy white head after pouring right down the center. Light yet lingering lacing. Head gradually fades away.

S - Amazing spicy hoppiness. Noble hops are very evident.

T - Hops are very present upfront but not as bitter as a pale ale or an IPA. A bready maltiness joins in later on and accompanies the hops making for a very well balanced finish. Once the beer is gone, a hoppy essence keeps lingering on the tongue.

M - light smooth body with some carbonation

O - One of my favorite beers. Glad this is no longer a seasonal so I can have some in the fridge year-round. Definitely think this is one of BBC's best beers.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clean, pale, urine-yellow color. A tight white head of small bubbles forms to a about a half finger’s width and then fizzles to a scrim. The head leaves a sticky lacing of thin, hole-ridden sheets on the sides of the glass. In body, the beer is lager clean and full of nicely-paced bubbles that feed the head. No particles are present in the beer, and it seems entirely free of any haze. On the nose, the beer smells delicate, crisp, and hoppy with Noble spice. A strong, light caramel note gives the nose a light stickiness, while still remaining delicate. Herbal grass and light dankness can also be sensed in the beer, nicely showcasing the Noble hops. On the tongue, the beer tastes soft and floral sweet. Gentle bitterness touches the palate in the middle of the sip and carries on into the finish, providing some nice balance. The sweetness does incorporate some fruitier aspects, and a light citric acidity can be sensed on the sides of the cheeks, but in all his beer is delicate and balanced. The beer feels light in body, with a crisp, slightly slick mouthfeel and a soft carbonation that still carries a little bite on the tongue. The flavor begins as light grass and flowers with a soft spice. Caramel and cracker malt move in after a while, bringing with them a sweet, almost apple juice flavor that I sometimes detect in pilsners. Faint salt character can be detected on the back of the tongue. The finish is softly citric lemon peel with a touch of cracker and grass. The aftertaste is mellow cracker malt. Overall, this is a nicely reserved beer with some great balance. The apple juice sweetness does briefly get a little too much for the subtlety of the style, but never too much so. The beer is soft, and perfect for a fatigued palate or a midweek drink.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Clear golden color with a rather small white cmopact head. Nice lacings though.

S: Creamy and malty, bready and sweet. Noble hops floral and bitter; citric notes and some grass and honey. But this is a rather mild-smelling Pilsener.

T: Buttery still, but a little bit milder. Strong bitter hops, nettles and hay. Bready malt, somewhat sweet. Some citric notes in the back.

M: Aftertaste is long and bitter. Body is a bit creamy, medium full. Carbonation is strong but smooth.

O: Feels like a standard Czech Pilsener, perhaps a little better than average.

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Photo of elwood522
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When this was a spring seasonal beer I thought it was about the best bottled pilsner I had ever had, including Czech beers *in* the Czech Republic.
That was a few years ago and now tasting the year round "Hopology Collection" version it seems to have lost its hoppy bite.
I'm a huge fan of the great draft Czech Pilsners available in that country and I wish there were some equally delicious ones here in the US.
Also this bottle says best by this month so it may be a few months old and have lost some hop bite. Overall it's good but I think it used to be better.

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Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.86 out of 5 based on 3,571 ratings.
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