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

Poured into a proper tall, narrow pils glass, this is a very nice, very clear gold color with a small but dense head on top. Delightful aroma--very perfumy scent of flowery noble hops, but by no means a hop aroma explosion like a typical IPA: Subtle, hinting of honey, with a bit of malt underneath. Excellent flavor as well, offering a smooth malt initially, with a touch of biscuitness, together with a lot of floral, lightly spicy hop flavor; a nice change from the resinous, citrus hop bombs I drink most of the top. Bitterness is on the high side of moderate, finishing clean and somewhat dry.

Sam Adams' beers vary wider than almost any other brewery; some are wretched (like the recent blackberry wit). This one is very well-made and a welcome addition.

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Photo of Vengeance526
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a pillowy white head that looked good and left some nice lacing behind.

Floral aroma with some grassy notes and a very light citrus presence.

Taste starts off very floral and grassy, very similar to the nose. Some lemon notes can be detected midway along with a subtle spiciness that lingers to the end.

Crisp and moderately carbonated with a dry finish. In general, I find myself being underwhelmed by most attempts at this style, but the new SA offering turned out to be fairly good. An easy drinker that may be my new favorite among their normal seasonal lineup, and definitely worlds apart from the White Ale which it replaces.

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Photo of mnrider
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle. Best before May, 2010. I also like the green label.

A: Pours a shiny golden color with a thin white head which leaves nice sticky lacing.

S: Citrusy with an interesting aroma of hops and wheat.

T/M: Crisp and smooth going down with a dominant amount of fruit hops. Malts are less noticeable but I think still helps balance the brew out. Carbonation is good with an interesting but not overpowering bitter aftertaste.

D: Very enjoyable beer. One of the better seasonal brews from Sam Adams. Easy to drink and very true to the style.


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Photo of Proteus93
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale straw colour, quite suitable to style... nice white head, about a finger worth, with decent lacing around the glass along with a pleasant little sheet that holds on the whole time.

S + T: Hops dominate the nose, but not the common assertiveness of American beers... rather, modest and full of aromas that gather together nicely, lingering for a while. Flavour is a little more assertive. Soft citrus-like qualities, floral notes, touch of spiciness, and a general leafy character stand out - both on the nose and in the taste. It's all balanced by an appropriate malt backbone that certainly takes the back burner, but does make its presence known.

M + D: Crisp, rather dry, and most certainly refreshing. It's well-carbonated, which makes the dryness in the finish even more enjoyable on my palate. The Boston Beer Co. have come out with a well-crafted brew with this one - a kind homage to the traditional German breweries. An excellent beer that I would certainly recommend.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The expiration on the bottle is May 2010. Sampled on January 22, 2010. It pours a nice looking golden-amber with decent clarity and slow going carbonation with almost no head of any kind. There are noticeable hops and malts in the aroma and they seem to balance each other out with the same level of strength. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. The hops are more noted in the taste than in the aroma along with a bit of cereal grains and light malts. It ends dry. Complex but enjoyable.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Without a doubt SAM brews like a champ. Seeing this new brew I picked up a twelver without hesitation, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top a delicious smelling fog rises out of the bottle smelling of malts and earthy almost pale ale type hops. The brew pours to a bright yellow with a thick foamy head that stands well. On the taste this brew has a extreme fresh flavor, the mouthfeel is full and rich with great body. Back to the taste, it is slightly bitter but sweet, not balanced but plentiful. The malts and hops are not merged but are both present. This is the best pils I have ever dranken, bar none.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had out of a 12oz bottle into a hefe-tulip glass.

A-spongy, fluffy, dense, white head. Very clear golden body.

S-very distinct floral hop aroma.

T-very nice and malty, nice hop flavor in the middle.

M-medium, somewhat slick.

T-Really incredible offering by Sam's. This is what a pils made in America should be. Full of flavor. Spot on.

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Photo of marcpal
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been quite the slacker in reviewing lately but wow, did this great surprise come out of nowhere.

12oz bottle from a pack poured into the Sam uber glass.

A: Effervescent crystal gold color with nice pilsener lacing. Very light and airy looking, had me worried it was going to be on the overly thin side.

S: Fruits and these noble hops as the name would lead you to. A snappy crisp seasoning almost to the nose that tickles the taste buds just right.

T: This is nothing shy of a great European pils. The fruit flavors from the hops with the earthiness blend over so well it is a true pleasure to drink. The crisp flavors from the bite of what I called seasoning created a superb aftertaste.

M: Overtly carbonated- awesome texture. This is what a pilsener should be. Wow.

D: I have enjoyed more than one of Sams offerings, but this is tops on my list. There are some truly great of this style coming out of the northeast. The sweetness is mild, the hops are mild, the aftertaste is mild, I can go through a boatload of these and plan to.

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Photo of zoolzoo
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So long White Ale.

A: Perfectly clear golden color, excellent 3 finger head in my SA Perfect Pint, nice lacing.

S: Grassy and floral hops, lemon, and some things I cant put my finger on. The aroma is more complex, and more pleasing than I expected.

T: The grassy/slightly fruity hops from the nose are first to greet me, balanced nicely by a firm malt backbone. Nice lingering bitterness toward the end, as well.

M: Plenty of body for the style, which is a good thing. Crisp carbonation.

D: I could drink these all night! Sessionable.

This is a great pilsner. I would prefer this over Prima Pils actually... this one is more balanced. Prima Pils struck me as a little too hop foward for a the style.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Old Chicago's.

A: Crystal clear golden straw, a bit darker than I would expect from the style, but still within the acceptable range. A nice head stuck around and laced well.

S: The nice bite of floral and fresh citrus noble hops meets the nose. Some of the classic pils bitter/near astringent flavor also is present.

T: The entire palate of this beer is clear, fresh, and clean. Noble hops show up first and scrub the tongue to prepare for the nicely toasty, malty finish.

M: Mouthfeel is right for the style, with some dry bite from the hops and the carbonation. Very inviting.

D: This is a drinkable pilsner, but not the best of this style, though exactly why I can't put my finger on.

Overall: A solid representation of this classic style. Props for Sam Adams once again!

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Photo of zadams1
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best pilsners I've had and a welcome replacement to the White Ale.

Not only do the folks at Sam Adams bring the 5 noble hops into the equation but they do so effectively. The crisp, clean taste you expect from a pilsner is there but it is complemented nicely by prominent hop aroma and bitterness. I wish I could get this much character from all the lagers and pils I try. Look to stock up on this in March and April for those hot summer day.

It pours with a nice fluffy head that gives way to a good amount of lacing. With its clarity and somewhat familiar taste I think its a great beer to introduce the industrial light lager drinker to the better side of beer.

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Photo of vdread
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams Noble Pils

another attempt at getting to know the more tame varieties of beer available to me. today, it's pilsners. Sam Adams is always good, usually bordering on great. lets see how the noble pils does.

well, it's clear and yellow with a frothy head that leaves a few sheets of lace behind. smells strongly of citrus hops.

the taste is balanced, yet hoppy. it has that strong pilsner 'stank'. hops are lemony, grassy, slightly bitter and harsh. some lemon rind comes through.nothing really sticks out about the malt, except that it's sweet, biscuity, takes a backseat to the hops.

mouthfeel light, crisp, a little dry.

+ it's an enjoyable beer, interesting taste, very solid choice. it leaves me wanting a bit more. i could appreciate if some more distinct flavors came through in this one. Sam Adams beers always have a way of making me think their beers could be truly incredible.

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Photo of champ103
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color. A very minimal white head forms, and recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: Grassy, floral, and citrus hops. Light yeast. A malty sweetness. Cereal and grain lingers.
T: Follows the nose. A substantial hop presents, but it is never over done. Grassy, floral, and citrus flavors. Some yeast. Sweet malt that makes for a really good balance. Light grain and cereal flavors.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Smooth at the same time. Very dry and crisp. Really easy to drink. An easy chose for a session beer.

This is indeed a good Pilsener. Very enjoyable. One of the better lagers that I have tried in a while. Recommended.

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Photo of meeekyh
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

EDITED MARCH 10, 2010 - I must detract from the taste rating as I have noticed, in the last few tastings, a distinct note of fruit loops, or fruity pebbles maybe. In either case I find it less than enticing ans am removing one full point for this off-putting note I failed to notice the first time around. Shame on me...

From a 12 oz bottle into a footed pilsner glass, and a snifter for a cheat at the smell.

The head is a nice white, it is fluffy and leaves healthy lacing. Very pretty beer. There is a notable color gradation in the color from top to bottom but it is very clear. The colors range from pale yellow to a slightly orange gold at the top.

Nose is malt, grain, limon, pine, esters, orange peel and a bit of anise. Full and complex, kinda crazy amounts for a pils.

Tastes are tart, grain, malt, citrus, and bitter hop.

The feel is full and well carbonated, with a dry and buttery finish.

Wicked-drinkable beer, I had two before I finished the review.

I am not sure what I expected, but I can't imagine much better pilsner. I went into one of my local beer stores, the easy one with the good service and the mediocre selection, expecting I would leave with Urquell as I already had my review beers on-hand. There I find this seasonal offering and a chance to try something new and in the vein of my original choice. I decided (partially on the basis I had something as backup if this sucked) to give it a shot. Well I am glad I did. I got a 10% discount on the sixer and found something really tasty.
I say give it a try, I don't expect you'll be disappointed.

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Photo of bsp77
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear, light gold with bubbly white head and impressive lacing lines down the glass.

Smell: Citrus, apple, pear, pepper and other spices.

Taste: Starts off very fruity (citrus, apple, pear) with an additional layer of straw and grass. Then turns firmly dry and borderline tart, with a long peppery bitter finish.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium-light body, firm and very dry.

Drinkability: Fantastic Pilsner, second only to Prima Pils. I never knew that a Pilsner could have a decent amount of citrus, both in the aroma and taste. This beer has restored my faith in Sam Adams.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

Clear and yellow with a good sized white head that thinned out but left patches of lacing.
The aroma is earthy/grassy noble hops (5 of 'em son!).
The taste is that of a good Pilsener with an extra blend of tongue tingling hop bitterness that is very well balanced in the end.
Medium bodied with a crisp feel.
Easy drinking and very tasty.

Mine was 1 of 37,855 votes for this beer in the 2009 "Beer Lover's Choice" tasting and I'm glad it won...
my review on the 2oz sample gave this beer the exact same score as this review.


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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 GarrisWH
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear, light golden hue with a white head. Tons of carbonation rising within the glass. Leaves some spotty lacing behind and has decent retention.

S - Citric, slightly floral hop aromas as well as some slightly bready pale malts. Fairly mellow aroma.

T - Quite similar to the aroma, with some earthy, lemony hop flavors mingling with somewhat grainy and bready pale malt. Finish is crisp and clean. Overall, a well-done pils.

M - Light bodied with a crisp carbonation

D - Although Pilseners are far from my favorite style, this is really a solid example. Highly drinkable and refreshing with some nice, clean flavors. Good stuff.

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Photo of emsroth
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App: perfect color with chunky 1 finger head.

Smell: a touch of grainy maltiness. Dominated by fruity floral aroma. Sweet delicate citrus.

Taste: wonderful grainy maltiness. Citrusy hops flavor with a distinct bitterness. Ends with clean bitter and a husky malt on the sides of the palette. The hop character is delicious but a bit too sweet for me.

Light body with medium caebonation.

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Photo of berkey
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

01/20/10 served in a mug at a local casual dining resturant.

A clean and clear blonde blonde body is topped by a medium sized white head that settles fairly quickly for a Pils.

Aroma is very clean and bready on the malt. Hops seem very fresh with some subtle but pleasant green, grassy, herbal notes. Not as aromatic as the best of the style but still very nice.

Follows on the palate but unless my nose is off it has a good measure more flavor than aroma. Hops are really out front and are still very grassy, leafy and herbal, with a very slight spiciness and some dry bitterness in the aftertaste. Really a treat if you're a fan of the noble family of hops.

Light bodied and very drinkable. I had the first glass by itself so I could review but the second almost succeeded making my over salted appetizers palatable which is quite a feat.

One of the best Sam Adams beers yet in my opinion, possibly my favorite. Sometimes I wonder why self proclaimed hop heads chase IPA's and skip beers like this. While obviously not as bitter, sometimes a good Pils is a better showcase for the nuances of particular hop, or blend of hops. This beer is a good example of that.

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Photo of adam42381
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden yellow with a very small head which dissipates quickly. Decent lacing throughout. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Definitely reminds you of an American Pilsener done right. Slight hint of citrusy hops

Taste: Nice hoppiness up front with a good lemon zest flavor. A hint of bitterness throughout but nothing overwhelming. Aftertaste is very mild.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation. Very smooth.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability. I'm not really familiar with quality Pilsners but this was very good.

Overall: I would highly recommend this beer. I'm a fan of a lot of Samuel Adams beers and this one ranks near the top.

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

12oz bottle poured into an Otter Creek pint glass.

Appearance: Light golden body, 1 finger head, very carbonated.

Smell: Hops right off the bat. Lemon pinesol type aroma. Its nice.

Taste: Very big hop presence for your typical Sam Adams beer. Crisp, light, and refreshing. That's what a pilsner is supposed to be, right.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I'd be happy to session with this brew.

Side Notes: I'm not huge on most of the Sam Adams beers but this one really stood out. I'm very happy with what they did here. Jim is finally taking a step in the right direction.

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Photo of bbeane
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a snifter... starts with a light fizzy head that disappears relatively quickly. Beer is a crisp golden color with light activity

S- Bitter citrusy smell... light hop aroma

T- Very good choice as the new spring seasonal. Starts off bitter with some hints of citrus and hops. Clean refreshing finish

M- Light bodied, light/medium finish

D- Very. As I said before, a great addition to the Sam Seasonal line. Replaced probably the weakest of the seasonals with a very strong one IMO. Good call Jim!!


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Photo of wagenvolks
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into a Michelob Pilsener glass.

This, my friends, is a fine specimen. Crystal-clear body with a golden straw hue that positively radiates in the light. Several torrents of beady bubbles stream upwards to fuel a well-retained cap of eggshell head the consistency of lemon meringue. A satisfying aroma greets the nose, comprised of a clean, crackery pilsner malt base that adds a hint of sweetness, balanced by a green, fresh Noble hop profile. Minerals abound.

Each sip invites the next to come quicker than the one before. Bread crust and saltine crackers are crisp on the palate thanks to a lively carbonation level, while the hops kick up some zest across the sides of the tongue. Floral, grassy, and green, with a semi-musty aftertaste of mineral-rich soil; packs a light body without feeling watered-down in the slightest. German pilseners don't get much better than this. Noble Pils is an exceedingly solid entry into the Boston Beer Company portfolio, and a beer that comes highly recommended by yours truly.

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Photo of mattwjones
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I was extremely surprised to find this small gem in my somewhat rural grocery store.

A: Golden straw color. Visible carbonation. Nice white lacing.

S: Clean lager smell with small but noticeable hop aroma.

T: Clean malty flavor. Hop aftertaste and bitterness hit at the end of the sip.

M: Crisp but ever so watery.

D: Very drinkable.

This might be my next beer evangelism tool! It has good hop flavor and finishes with a nice satisfying beer flavor that American adjunct lagers pretend to hint at. I am going to bring this to gatherings where BMC drinkers abound.

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