Samuel Adams Noble Pils | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Noble PilsSamuel Adams Noble Pils

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Samuel Adams® Noble Pils is brewed with all 5 Noble hops for a distinct hop character and fresh taste. Deep golden in color with a citrusy hop aroma, Samuel Adams Noble Pils is a traditional Bohemian Pilsner. The honeyed malt character from traditional Bohemian malt is balanced by delicate yet pronounced citrus, floral, and piney notes from the Noble hops. The winner of our 2009 Beer Lover's Choice® election, this beer was chosen by over 67,000 drinkers for its crisp complexity and refreshing taste."

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Reviews: 1,508 | Ratings: 3,644
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is 4 months past its best by date.
L: Pours brilliant gold with floaties. Has a 3” sticky white foam crown.
S: Floral citrus smell with some earthiness and a hint of fresh laundry.
T: Hop forward with an interesting array of hop flavors – citrus, fruit, melon backed by light grain.
F: Crisp, medium light body, medium high carbonation.
O: While not over the top, this is a good, drinkable beer despite the age and the floaties.

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Photo of TopherBreski
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The 6-pack says it's supposed to be an Amber color but it's a very beautiful yellow with a thick head that never dissipates. Smell is a perfect blend of citrus and hops. The beer looks light but to the contrary. Super hoppy and delicious. Awesome beer.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a mug. Pours golden yellow with a small white head. Smells of sweet grain and flowery hops. Tastes of sweet malt, citrus, and slight earthiness. Beer is light bodied and heavily carbonated. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of groogas
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice beer. Bit of a sour aftertaste, which might be expected but still makes the experience suffer. Slightly sweet, definitely can taste the citrus. Bright and fuzzy, with enough hops to make it intersting

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Photo of RyanPoff
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Review bottle poured into my Whole Foods pint.

A: Clear straw with very little head and no lacing. Lots of bubbles. In line with standards.

S: Corn, sweet malts, other cereal grains. Again, the standards.

T: A very balanced pilsner. A nice mix between the grains and malts.

M: Crisp, fresh, and light.

A very solid pilsner, even if doesn't break new ground.

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Photo of bmeehan
1.49/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

I just don't get it. I don't enjoy a single thing about this beer and it's lauded as one of the best Sam Adams has to produce. Oh well. Okay, fine. I enjoy the colors on the label (no I don't).

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Photo of SaltofOH
4/5  rDev +3.6%

9-5-14. Bottle. Pilsner glass.
A: Pours a deep middle-gold with AMPLE carbonation and 1 finger of thic, rocky head retaining a thin cap, with decent lacing.
S: Noble hops. Wow. Love the aroma. Citrus, but in a very subtle, subdued way. Clean pils malt. Slightly floral. Smells remarkably like Boston Lager. Not as Saaz-heavy as expected; more Tettnang, I think.
T: Clean, dry arrival. Not a bit of sweetness anywhere in this beer. Very firm, but not overpowering bitterness on the finish. Some slight citrus across mid-palate.
M: Light, very light. Good effervescence, but not overdone. SUPER clean.
O: This is, hands down, the most refreshing Czech pilsner I've had. It has less body than most others I've tried, less hops than a few, but that is a good thing sometimes. Tastes remarkably like Boston Later, too.

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Photo of malvrich
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

12 oz brown bottle into a pilsner glass
best by Setp/Oct 2014

A: Clear golden with a small head in the cold glass. Not much retention but great lacing. Not much visible carbonation.

S: Pine. Little else. Maybe a little cardboard malt trace.

T: Similar to the smell but pine not as dominant. Sour bread present to counter the piney herbal hop taste. Flavors meld very nicely. Pretty good balance and distinctive good taste.

M: Fairly thick or so it seems for a pils. Just enough carbonation to dance around the tongue.
Sticky and chewy and substantial. Maybe not as "sessionable" as you'd expect from a pilsner but so what? Very good!

O: Really good pilsner from Sam & Co. There's stuff in there and quality stuff. One of the best I've had in the style. I drink this occasionally and will continue to purchase it.

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Photo of hophugger
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice head and lacing. This beer has a nice malty flavor and lacks a little of the hops I wanted. Overall a touch of citrus and a well balanced flavor. Another nice beer from Sam Adams, you cant go wrong with anything they brew !!!Not as good as the Hopology series but right up there, though

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Photo of illpass78
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear straw color with a pillowy white head and some nice carbonation. Classic pilsner appearance.

Aroma: Smells of grain, mild hops, a little citrus, and toasted bread.

Taste: This beer has a nice, dry pilsner taste. It's sessionable and easy, as it should be. Nice and dry with some appealing hop bite and citrus notes.

Mouthfeel: It's smooth and light, but has good depth for the style.

Overall: Really nice pilsner from Sam Adams. Very quaffable and refreshing while also having some nice hop and citrus flavors. One of the better domestic European-style pilsners I've had, and one of my favorite Sam Adams offerings.

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Photo of keitho
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint glass, best before Dec 14. Golden yellow with loose white head which quickly dissipates. No lacing left on the glass.

Smell- Fresh hops with a zesty pine aroma.

Taste- Toffee malt up front quickly overtaken by fresh bitter hops that leave lemon pine flavours on the tongue. Good length.

Mouthfeel- Good mouthfeel with creaminess on the tongue .

Overall- A refreshing beer with a well balanced taste. The hops are flavoursome without being overpowering and linger on the palate.

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Photo of barczar
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brilliantly clear golden with a foamy, thin layer of white head. Aroma is grainy and sweet, with a floral bent and a touch of earthy minerals. Malt sweetness seems dominant. Flavor is lemony and minerally upfront, finishing earthy and lightly bitter. There's a bit of malt sweetness at the backbone, finishing crackery and dry. Very easy drinking, approachable beer with a balanced malt and hop profile.

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

Noble Pils has been a favorite since it was one of two beers in competition for production at Boston Beer in 2009. Its hop mix gives it a unique taste that lasts until the bitter end, and it's a wonderful taste for me.

I hadn't had it for over a year, but it still tastes great. I see on Boston Beer's website that the Metcalfe malt has been removed, leaving only Two-Row and Czech Pilsner. I don't notice the change in the taste, but perhaps it accounts for the ABV declining from 5.2% to 4.9%. That's a great change, making this beer even more sessionable.

Noble Pils is a truly unique beer whose taste never ends.

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Photo of mugzybrown
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours to a nice head which dissipates quickly to a thin line, but it maintains throughout.

A nice smooth, floral taste. Citrus from the hops in the front, floral in the end. But light, not overly hopped.

Slightly on the thin side as far as mouthfeel, but a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Fergyx825
3.01/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A light amber color, very bubbly beer with some head on the pour. Head sticks around a little while after the pour. This is very similiar to the description of a czech pilsner.

Smell: A hoppy pilsner smell to the beer with some floral aroma. Towards the end, it reminds me of budweiser. There is a spicy piece to the beer.

Taste: light on hops, grassy taste to this beer. The hops don't have a full well rounded effect that i remember them having from previous years. A tiny bit spicy, with some malty hints. I still taste hints of budweiser.

Mouthfeel: High carbonated beer with a medium to light thickness. Not a good combination. This is a sipping beer, not so much a chugging beer. Regardless it isn't balanced.

Overall: Not as good as i remember, but this is my base for pale beers.

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Photo of Ohiolager
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams noble pils 6pk bottles $9.99(OH)

12 oz brown bottle poured into a 17 oz stemless white wine glass. freshest taste date is marked as a notch. i prefer an actual printed date.

pours a nice clean pale golden color. A three finger creamy bright white head, it lasts a while and gives way to impressive lacing. Thick almost soap like lacing clings all around the glass.

it smells grassy, spicy and doughy. did i mention a nice hoppy floral aroma.

the taste is crisp, clean and refreshing. A great balance of Bohemian barley and all five noble hops. A nice crisp floral hoppy note, followed by a nice citrus taste. Gives way to a hop dryness that you would expect. A tad bit bitter but again that is expected with five noble hops.

the mouth feel is light but by no means watery. crisp and clean. great carbonation. leaves a dry floral hop note all over your mouth.

overall not a bad beer. A great use of all five noble hops in a great balance with Bohemian malted barley. The appearance is great, the smell is good but the taste is better. A typical Boston beer brew, not over the top but by no means bad.

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Photo of MartzMimic
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden witha substantial foamy white head that hangs around. Decent lacing. Smells of grass, bread, hops and a but of citrus. Those follow through to the taste. The hops provide a good bit of bitterness. Mouth is light with some carbonation. I'm not a huge pilsner person, but this is a nice beer.

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Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Now this is an interesting drink! I love the variety of hops they put into this. First sip is like nothing but hops, but then it turns into a sweet malt that doesn't over ride the pleasant taste of the hops. The color I was a little disappointed in. I was hoping for a little more red but it kind of looks just like Budweiser.

Overall, amazing drink and I think Sam Adams should keep up their good work!

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Photo of WettNutz
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

A - Golden brown with a small amount of head. The head is sticky however.

S - Its whatever, I don't smell too much to be honest

T - Good balance between hoppy and malty. Not too bitter, which I like. A little hops go a long way with me.

M - Full bodied that finishes smooth going down the throat.

O - Pretty much what you'd expect from SA. At the price point its at though, a good bang for your buck when you want something better.

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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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Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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