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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Photo of dali27
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Very nice light gold color with a thick creamy white head. Sparkling carbonation makes this beer very appealing looking.

S: Citrus, floral and spicy hops is at the forefront of the smell. While the hop smell is clearly evident, it's not overwhelming at all. I can smell the freshness of spring. (Is that is my head?) Also, after drinking a few of these the aroma gets better/deeper/richer in my opinion.

T: Taste follows the aroma of the excellent combination of hops. Again not overly hopped up, but enough to know that some fine ingredients went into brewing this. Some flavor of grains/malts comes through in taste and provides a nice balance.

M: Medium bodied feel, which at the same time feels very crisp and light. (I really wish this beer was available all year long.)

D: I love drinking this beer. Out of the bottle or on-tap, you can't lose when drinking this beer.

This is the only offering from BBC that I can honestly say that I love. They always make quality beer, but this one surpasses the rest. Also, I think that it has to rank as one of the best Czech pilsners out there, if not the best.

If one of the goals in this beer was to transition beer drinkers into craft beer then they've succeeded. I've actually got my wife (Coors Light/Mic Ultra) to say that it tastes good. This beer clearly has it all and it's my current favorite across all catagories.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have drank this quite frequently since Sam Adams first released it, so I figured it was time to give it a written review.

A: Pouring a 12 ounce bottle with a clearly marked freshness date of before June revealed a brilliant light to medium golden body. Nice amount of head, and lacing to match.

S: Very complex aroma of piney, grassy, floral, and citrus notes nicely blended with some wheat, honey, and cracker notes from the malt. Clean, with no detectable esters.

T&M: Starts off with just a touch of bread sweetness that is quickly met by a wide array of hop flavors and bitterness. These notes range from slightly sweet but mainly grassy, piney, floral, along with citrus and a touch of mint that leads into a dry finish. All of this hop character is superbly balanced by a smooth bread, grainy,and honey like malt flavor. Mouthfeel is medium, with good level of carbonation to accompany the hops.

D & Notes: If you love noble hops and want to make a session out of it, I think you could arguably form a religion around this brew. That said, this is a very drinkable beer even if you aren't a hop head, as the malt keeps everything in check and the ABV is a modest 5.2% by volume. The light malt character contributes to the thirst quenching factor, and makes this a great one to have several in a session.

This is one of the best beers from the BBC in a very long time. I always thought that for all the great beer they brew, they were missing a good pale lager, and they really nailed it with this beer. They have recently released some brews that are somewhat pedestrian (fruity), as they seem to want to appeal to wider audience. That said, Mr. Koch does a good job of remembering what his roots are, and I glad to see them continue to brew traditional styles of beer such as this Noble Pils. Now, if only this were a year round offering, I would be set.

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Photo of DJindy
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this on draft at a local bar, and had it in a bottle. The above is rating for the draft. Very nice, light hop aroma- appropriate for a pilsner. Light in color, and crisp in finish. A very nice draft beer.

For some reason, it was a completely different beer for me out of the bottle. The aroma was off and the finish was not crisp like on draft. Overall, I was very disappointed, as I had the draft beer prior to the bottle.

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Photo of cstorm
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served out of a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pilsner glass.

I was excited to try this new brew and happly took advantage of Total Wine's singles section to try one.

Just wow. Great beer.

A - golden to a light amber. Rocky thick head that sticks around for the party.

S - Beautiful hop aroma. Spicy, floral, perfect.

T - Hops dominate but are really balanced by a ever-present malt backbone. Cracker hints in the malt. Definitely balanced, and better balanced IMO than Victory's Prima Pils.

M - Smooth mouthfeel, with a certain "thickness". Not syrupy at all;, but has body.

D - All day long. Great beer. I will definitely invest in a case of this beer now that I have had the chance to sample it.

Good job Boston Beer Co. and Jim Koch. This Pils is for real.

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Photo of olmatty
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear pale straw beer with a creamy, high, white head.

Smell- Pilsner malts with some slightly pungent, herbaceous hops at the finish.

Taste- A slightly richer pils lager, especially in the hops department where the multiple hops make a nice difference.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, clean and dry

Drinkability- I could drink quite a bit of this, especially if it were warmer weather. Released in January, an odd release time for light lager.

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Photo of cokes
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clean pale gold with rippling carbonation feeding a tight white head that sticks and laces decently.
Lemongrass and lime rind nose, with backup from mint, pressed flowers, hay, and champagne.
Dryish on the get-go in the mouth. Saltines and hay, then an ebbing sweetness that hints at shortbread. It pushes a tad further towards honey and white grapes just prior to the hop arrival. They bring lime zest, lemongrass, dried grasses and flowers, and a sturdy backend mintiness. It lingers peppery, then clean.
The body is a taut lightish medium with steadfast, non-uppity carbonation. Even on a frigid night, this rockets itself down the throat. This is far and away the best new seasonal Sam Adams has put out in a while, but early spring is a weird slot for this. It needs to be around (and fresh) in the warmer months, or better yet, year-round.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
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 Stimack
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
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 ZAP
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent use of Noble Hops in this....a big perfumey aroma provides a grand entrance into a well constructed, flavorful Czech Pilsner.

The aroma is noble indeed....herbal/earthy/grassy, a little floral, and intensely fragrant.

The taste doesn't quite match the smell but it is still enjoyable.. A grainy malt back bone is a bit overwhelmed by the oily herbal hops...also a kiss of lemon/lime citrus peel.

Medium bodied...clean looking and tasting..

I like this beer because it showcases hop flavor rather than just bitterness. To me the Hallertau hops shine brightest which is great because they are one of my favorite hops..

A great addition to the Sammy lineup

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Photo of markskar
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
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 barleywinefiend
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a straw yellow color with good carbonation and a small head. Nose is big dose of hpos for the style amd smells good with citrus and floral notes highlighting the nose. Taste is fresh and crisp upfront with hops, citrus and a slight bitterness on the end. This beer is clean and refrshing. I am very impressed, so much that I had 4 of these bad boys!Outstanding.

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Photo of phishgator
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass. Nice foamy white head with a bright golden body; carbonation is high. The aroma of earthy, floral hops is present before you get the glass to your face. The taste hits you with a clean crisp bite and the carbonation gives you a little tingle on your tongue. True to style this one is perfect as a session brew. Jim and the boys got this one right!

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Photo of OzarkElmo
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From bottle to pilsener flute glass. Pours a clear golden color with sizeable white head, mostly diminishing. Good lacing sustains through finish. Aroma is refreshing with citrus, honey, pine hops. Well-balanced with great taste and a good malt presence in the dry finish. A very good offering by Sam Adams and would definitely buy again - Cheers!

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Photo of fizzy
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one great beer. I sure am glad this is promoted as a Pilsner and not some new make on an ale.
The hops come through with abandon, just filling your mouth with wonderful citrus, that wonderful pine, and oh so sweet floral notes. I spent 10 days in Singapore and Malaysia eating Indian curry recently, drinking local and not so local beers and I wish I would have had a some of this brew. Just plain wonderful this stuff.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brightly-clear and glimmering pale golden in color, Noble Pils sports a soft, two-finger thick cap of bright white foam. The sticky topping relaxes into a thick, pitted bowl shape that clings fervently to the sides of my pilsener glass, leaving an unbroken sheet of fluffy, coarse-grained lacing behind to mark the passing drink.

The aroma is fresh and floral and loaded with herbal notes and spicy green citrus. The brew is aptly-named--it pleasantly reeks of Noble hops.

The taste is crisply bitter with an excellent floral-citrus hop bite. Notes of green grass, fresh citrus blossoms, and a sedate twist of orange peel oil nicely accent a dry, almost crackery malt base that contributes only the barest sweetness but supports the hop-load just fine nonetheless.

The drink is light-medium in body with mild, fluffy carbonation that fits it perfectly. Noble Pils is supremely quaffable and pretty damned delicious. Excellent.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured on tap at The OP in Burlington, really glad I found it on tap, awesome beer! Don't really like the bar, but I may go back just so I can get more of this!

Pours a nice light golden yellow with a tiny bit of haze and a big fluffy white head. Nose is fantastic - even better on top. You can get all the noble hops and the nice malt as well.

Taste is awesome, you'd think this is a light beer, but no it's a got a great full body and surprisingly most of the character is from the malt, and the hops just spruce it up. Very nice beer.

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Photo of xcoderzach
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice healthy yellow, with a good head.

S - Strong floral smell with some crisp hops.

T - Sweet flavor, with fruity floral hops, that kick a at the end.

M - Different mouthfeel, with a little carbonation and a little oily.

D - Goes down really well, could drink a lot of this, great beer from Sam Adams.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a pale yellow color with excellent clarity and a nice little white head that retains OK. The aroma is really nice on this one, with a huge minty/herbal/floral noble hop character upfront, along with a doughy maltiness...really clean and distinct. The taste starts off with a big hoppy blast (minty, spicy, floral), a maltiness that resembles bread dough, and a clean, dry finish. This is kind of a one trick pony, but it's a damn good trick. Drinkability is excellent, I could drink this sucker all night. This is an impeccable spring beer, it's very clean and tasty and perfect for warmer weather.

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Photo of cuttsjp
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured a most beautiful pilsener gold. Head is just a tinge off white. Lacing was subtle but still created a nice white collar with each sip. Medium to high carbonation is visible and contributes to a nice nose.

S: The aroma is very nice, floral and very hoppy. A citrusy and piny aroma lingers from the hops. A nice dryness gives the beer a very champagny, crisp aroma. Definite sweetness detectable, as well as a subtle spiciness. Definitely much more there than one might expect in a pilsener.

T: The flavor is fantastic, hoppy but well-balanced. The hops give a wonderful blend of citrusy freshness and resiny earthiness. Like the aroma, there is a definite floral sweetness that is cut by the sharp, tangy hops.

M: The mouthfeel is bright and sharp with medium to high carbonation. Just enough to compliment the spicy hops, but not so much as to overwhelm the senses. Light, drinkable feel that is by no means flaccid.

D: This is an unbelievably drinkable beer, as can be expected from Sam Adams, but there is still so much interest to the palate in this beer. It would be amazing as a spring/summer beer as it is very crisp and refreshing without sacrificing any body or character. It's no wonder Jim Koch chose this beer to serve at his daughter's wedding. It's also no wonder the Sam Adams brewery brought it back. Damn good brew that I was lucky enough to try right at the brewery, on tap in a 7 oz. tasting glass.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.51/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have heard good things about Sam Adam's Noble Pils and finally came across some. The label on the bottle depicts a bucolic scene with a lush green valley and blue, cloud-wisped, sky. Very inviting on this blizzardy Minnesota day.

The beer is a crystal clear golden color. The white sticky foam above has excellent retention and leaves chunks of lacing on the glass. The pale malt puts forth doughy bread in the aroma. This is nicely complimented by the citrus and grass from the hops.

Everything about this beer, from the packaging to the aroma, heightens my anticipation. My taste buds are not disappointed. The malt leads the way with noticeable body. A very light tinge of grain is mixed with cracker and bread notes. As the beer approaches the finish, the grassy, bitter, and citrus hops rise to beautifully compliment the malt. The palate is left dry and refreshed, begging for more.

This is a wonderful Bohemian style Pilsener: clean, crisp, and refreshing. I could drink this all night. I wish more US breweries would produce quality beers in the Pilsener vein. Kudos the crew and Sam Adams.

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Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - bright gold with a large, thick, dense cap of pure white head that has great retention

S - very grassy, herbal

T - light straw and pilsner malt with a big, grassy, herbal hops

M - light to medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a really delicious pilsner. It has great hop character and all around great flavor. It's refreshing and very quaffable. It's definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very lively appearance. Tons and tons and tons of carbonation. Lots of foam. Great lacing effect on the glass I poured it into. Pale yellow in color, but not dull and flat.

Smell: Smells basically like flowers and citrus. A lot like Pilsner Urquell, but more floral and less grassy. It might actually be a bit hoppier. Wonderful.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tastes stronger than Pilsner Urqell...less like lemon and grass and more like hops and flowers. Great taste, but it's not nearly as smooth as other pilseners.

Drinkability: It's good in this category. A little rough around the edges and not quite as refreshing as it could be, therefore it loses at least half a point.

Overall: As far as I know, this is a good American representation of this. I definitely hope that Sam Adams keeps this one around. I was excited to try this and definitely am not disappointed. I would advise actually trying like Pilsner Urquell or Budvar, which I believe are a bit more palatable.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsener- pours a clear straw golden color with a one finger white head, good retention, and nice lacing. Good lookin'.

Good hop smell- pine actually comes through for me, not so much citrus. Also some earthy yeast mixed in.

Taste is consistent with smell- piney hop flavor up front, also with a LITTLE floral, followed by sweet pale malts. Finishes moderately dry.

Exceptionally drinkable beer but should be enjoyed in the appropriate glassware (better not to use a pint). Light body, moderate carbonation. Too bad more of Sam's beers aren't like this.

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

Pours clear gold with a billowing white head. Good retention and outstanding lacing, thank you Noble hops. Delicate but intriguing aromas in this, floral and inviting, all gentle hops and no malt.

The flavor is immediately wonderfully popping with floral and bitter noble hops: lavender, straw, earth, and geranium. Mild cookielike malts get mostly lost in the decadent hop bill. The level of bittering is superb here, plenty but not too much, and a crisp finish that has just a bit of floral hops. This is probably the best pilsner I've ever had, which is saying a lot. Medium bodied with a prickly full carbonation. This beer is quite delicious, though something about it prevents me from running a session on it.

Overall this is a great new brew from Sam Adams, hands down my new favorite variety (that doesn't cost $170 per bottle).

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

Clear golden color with a nice fluffy white head. Medium carbonation. Looks like a natural fit in one of those fancy perfect pint glasses.

Hop aroma is about as nice as any lager bar humulus or knappstein (that's bloody good). Not sure if having five noble hops is what makes it so nice or what keeps it from being great. I wouldn't risk changing it though. Citrus is the main character but hints of noble straw and grass. Quite fresh.

Real good balance. Clean crisp malt with a nice finishing bitterness. Not an easy balance to achieve but they have certainly done it here.

Well done SA. A great spring/summer seasonal whichever it is. And why isn't this available year round?

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