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 erosier
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a straw yellow with a small and light bodied white colored head that leaves some lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts and then a big earthy, floral hop aroma.
T: Tastes of a nice sweet toasted malt base that is tastier than it looks at first. Then there is a bigger but well balanced floral and earthy hop taste that makes this pilsener refreshing to drink.
M: Very crisp, light, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, all the flavors went well together and they were expertly portioned and balanced. Really nice beer, I hope they continue making this one into the summer, great summer beer.

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

The first of my reviews under the new BA profile...

Had two 22oz pours of this out at dinner this weekend. Appearance is quite pale with an opaque yellowed hue. About an inch of frothy white head that retains through the first half of the beer. Lively carbonation.

Smell is hoppier than expected, so quite good. Definitely some saaz hops and also something bitterer, as well as a biscuity yeast scent.

Taste is balanced and refreshing, with a chewy, yeasty malt flavor up front followed by a bittered saaz type hop flavor. The hop residue lingers pleasantly. This is no IPA or DIPA, but there is a perceptible and flavorful hop presence that is nice and balanced with the yeasty malt character.

Mouthfeel is lively but smooth, an achievement given the amount of visual carbonation. Wet and persistent mouthfeel that rounds out the flavor of each sip nicely.

Drinks very well, light and refreshing with a good amount of flavor, even for hop enthusiasts. I'm glad that a lot of restaurants carry this, it will be a reliable lunch and dinner beer amongst other less enticing options.

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Photo of advill88
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been waiting to try this one ever since I heard about its release. It's a light golden beer with a light grainy malt smell with a whiff of hop aroma. The taste is both light and crisp with just enough hops...not a hop bomb, but it shouldn't be. Drinkability is fantastic and I could definitely down many of these in a session. Great beer overall, and I think it's better than the White Ale was.

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Photo of nick76
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance golden with a small head. The aroma is hoppy and malty with a nice balance but the aroma is weak. The taste is like the aroma being a bit citrusy. The palate is smooth. Overall this is a great pils with plenty of hops and I love that it's not astringent.

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Photo of TheFlern
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light straw color, minimal white head that dissipates over time and leaves virtually no lacing.

Smell: Very faint but pleasant

Taste: Not too much going on here distinctively. This beer suffers from not being bold enough in the style in the taste aspect. The taste is very good but it just isn't strong enough.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and light

Drinkability: Very drinkable but I don't know if it has the taste factor to justify further purchases of 6packs.

Could have been so much more and I hope they come back next spring with a better recipe to make this beer great!

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Photo of sweemzander
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best before May, 2010.

(A)- Pours a clear golden orange color that produced a solid 2+ finger white fluffy head with great retention. Its leaving behind some tiny bits of webbing behind as it dissipated.

(S)- Cider-like, with some very floral notes combined with an exceedingly dry lemon & lime.

(T)- The very same dry lemon & lime combined with a sweet, yet bitter corn husk.

(M)- A good carbonation level with a very high level of dry bitterness that kinda off-sets the beer, but once you are half way, the palate adjusts & you get more of the fruits this beer has to offer.

(D)- It definitely catches you off-guard at first, but once you get used to it, its pretty good. Not a bad drinker.

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Photo of WesWes
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a light, pilsner malt scent along with a wonderful citrus hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a smooth, pilsner malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and bitter. The hop character is very nice. It's bitter, but not overly done. What a refreshing beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an outstanding pilsner. It's light and full of hop character; quaffable.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden color with a nice white head with good retention. Smells citrusy off the bat, then comes the herbal notes and a slight grassiness. Taste is highlighted by the noble hops, grassy and citrusy, with an almost lemon zestiness to it accompanied by a light grainy maltiness to balance things out a bit. Very crisp and dry mouthfeel. Light and carbonated nicely. Extremely refreshing and sessionable beyond belief.

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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 Avagadro
2.93/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: straw in color and crystal clear. Head is fizzy and white, and quickly dissipates. the is plenty of lacing.

S: aroma is fairly prevalent, but is fairly simple, with limes being the one note.

T: very dry, but dominated by a lime flavor that leaves something to be desired.

M: thin body with plenty of carbonation. One of the better aspects of this brew.

D: I have always felt that American breweries tend to do a poor job with German styles, and this brew supports my generalization. It isn't a bad beer, but it isn't a good one either, and certainly not to style. There are a few other good examples of American pilsners out there, and I would recommend seeking them out instead of wasting resources on this one.

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Photo of Kromes
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale crystal clear straw color with a white head. Nice lacing down the glass. Looks really good.

S: There is a bunch of different hop aromas going on in this beer. There are the grassy, earthy, herbal, floral hop aromas and then a fruity citrus aroma.

T: The beer starts of with a really nice biscuity malt flavor, then you get an array of noble hop flavors. I think the most prevalent are the clean floral, herbal tea-like flavors and the slighty citrus flavor and bitterness. There were also some pine and grass flavors in there. The beer finishes somewhat quickly with slight hop flavors lingering.

M: There is a nice light mouthfeel and the beer isn't too overly carbonated. It finishes a little bit dry.

D: This is a very tasty beer. I'm very impressed with this release.

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

Bright yellow gold with a tall, frothy head of pure-white lumpy foam. Spicy floral hops and pale biscuity malt in the nose. Lemon, green freshness, and a hint of tea. Nice, quality pilsner flavor. All flowery, fresh noble hop zestiness upfront with a solid pale cracker malt base and a bit of sweetness. A fair amount of orange/citrus flavor comes into play, which is interesting. Light bodied and moderately bitter.

A very good pils...nice and fresh. I'm pretty excited this is the new Spring seasonal, actually. I'll take one (or more) of these over the White Ale any day.

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Photo of naterock
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass. Decent one finger head. dissapates quickly and does not lace. Grainy corny color that is a bit lighter than expected.

Smells of grainy pilsner malt and a distinct noble hop. grassy/earthy.

Taste is smooth pilsner flavor with a nice bite of european hops. Really quite complex for a pilsner. I am surprised.

Mouth is crisp and clean with a slight aftertaste of what tastes like saaz hops.

Drinks easy, too easy. I think the only thing I can bitch about beer is that it was released during the wrong time of year. I would slaughter this during the summer but more than likely pass it up while the weather stays cold.

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Photo of bum732
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden yellow, decent head that dissipates. Smells of piney, spicy and floral hops, touch of citrus, unbelievably fragrant. Tastes of sweet piney like malt with a good spicy backbone. Very floral and fruity, some lemon peel. Semi-dry finish with some more hop resin and touch of grain. Decent carbonation.

A very pleasant surprise, the nose on this beer is incredible, everything just works together beautifully. Not as dry and crisp as a traditional pilsner, but i really enjoyed this interpretation. Probably the best beer i've ever had from Sam Adams and definitely top 5 American pils, a must try.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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 +11.4%
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 -2.3%
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 +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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +10.4%
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 -5.4%
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 +6.2%
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 +0.5%
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 +3.1%
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 +10.1%
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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