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

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1,500 Reviews
Samuel Adams Noble PilsSamuel Adams Noble Pils
BEER INFO

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

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."

Added by schellsbeer on 12-20-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,500
Ratings:
3,611
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
14.51%
 
 
Wants:
135
Gots:
462
For Trade:
0
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Photo of matcris
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Clear and golden with medium level of slowly rising bubbles. 1 finger of off white head that fades fairly quickly and leaves a ring on top of the beer. Minor lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Some citrus, sweet malt, grassy/grainy, lemony and very slight pine.
TASTE: Lots of sweet toasty malt, but balanced really well with some spiciness from the hops. Some citrus in the background.
FEEL: Overall, dry from front to back. Perfect carbonation. Medium body.
OVERALL: Just a pleasure to drink. Sweet and spicy.

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Photo of OrangeMen
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2016 release

Appearance- Pours a golden, yellow straw color. Crystal clear with a half finger of fizzy white head.

Aroma- Spicy, floral hops, herbs w/ a touch of basil. Underlying doughy, lightly toasted bread.

Taste- Clean, crisp, crackery malts. Spicy hops, herbal and flowery. Grassy, slight pine, and a touch of citrus.

Feel- Crisp and refreshing. Lighter body with a full and palate cleansing carbonation.

Overall- Nice and refreshing beer, crisp and clean. Has a well integrated spicy and earthy hoppiness. Its a super drinkable beer but with good underlying character.

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Photo of THSdrummer
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost crystal clear gold, with a foamy white top. Getting some resin hops, and sulfur for an aroma. Bleh. The taste is rather smooth and pleasant despite the aroma. A little hoppy, with some malts. Still a funny after taste. The bottle is within a month too boot. Mouth feel is smooth and filling. It doesn't feel like water. This is perhaps the best attribute of this beer.Overall, to be blunt, I'm not a fan.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a variety 12-pack $14.99 Safeway
Golden color
Light mouth feel
Medium carbonation
Light hops taste, smooth and refreshing
Overall good for a hot day. Not for when you want a bolder taste.

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Photo of ordybill
3.01/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear golden color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is yeasty. The taste is stale bread with a buttery texture. I did not appreciate this beer.

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Photo of BB1313
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by July 2016. 12oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Pours a bright golden with great clarity and transparency with bubbles racing upwards; chunky eggshell white head that sticks around leaving great retention and sticky lacing. Looks great. The aromas are subtle with floral with some cracker notes. The flavors are floral as well with some citrus notes. Hints of pine as well. Slightly earthy with some fresh grass. It's sweet with a touch of hop flavor. Some black pepper in the mix. It's not too bitter, but it has a subtle bitterness. Alcohol obviously goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light with active carbonation. It's smooth, fluffy with a nice creaminess. Very quaffable.

This is a solid pilsener. It might not be my personal favorite, but it's nice and enjoyable. It's refreshing and would be nice during the warm weather.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured bottle into pilsner glass. Dull hay color. Very little head, some lace.

Smells of citrus fruit, mostly of the non-orange variety.

Tastes of hops floral and pine. Bit of honey, then malt.

Mouth is fine, if a little gooey.

Was not overly enthused at the honey malt/hop combo here. Overall, inoffensive, but not much to write home about. Last try from a six-variety cabin pack, and def my least favorite of the bunch. Fans of the style will likely find more to love here.

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Photo of jmv0009
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L- clear golden color with thin white head.
S- lots of citrus
T- mild taste, slightly hoppy but not really bitter so I like that. Citrus and hops. Not too complex.
F- easy drinker, could enjoy another few of these no problem. Seems like this will be a good spring beer.
O- good go to pils. Easy drinker, not too complex so nothing to really dislike. Nothing special either.

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Photo of pwlong19
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A good hoppy beer. This was my first hoppy beer. Thought it was too menthol but eventually couldn't get enough. Led to trying ZD and branching out to other beer.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear straw color with a small, sustaining head and excellent lacing. The aroma is primarily biscuity, with a touch of white pepper, mustard, and oddly yam. The flavor is fully of rich biscuit tones, with mild bitterness, and background notes of white pepper, mustard, and cumin. The mouthfeel is fresh with medium carbonation, with just enough fullness to round out the flavor. Overall this is a superbly balanced pilsner with sparkling bright flavors.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear pale golden straw in color with a finger of white head. Aroma is toasted malts and hints of hops. Taste is all malts. A touch of sweetness but mostly toast and crackers and a faint bitterness lingering in the finish. Light body and moderate carbonation. Overall a pretty decent pilsner, very clean with the malts malt flavored and aromas in the forefront.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Very clear golden color, with a medium sized head that is creamy and slowly dissipates, with a good curtain of lacing on the glass. A very nice looking pilsener.

A: Citrus including lemon and orange, floral hops and a little pine, some honeyed malts. Some good aromas, but none quite stand out from the other.

T: Honeyed malt, nice floral hops, some piney hops. The citrus in the aroma doesn't really stand out in the flavor as it did in the aroma. A nice pleasant light bitterness in the finish.

F: Clean, crisp and very easy drinking.

O: This beer has a lot going for a Pils but it is quite good.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear straw color, thin white head, good lacing

S: Hops, sweet malts, grass

T: Sweet maltiness, toast, bitter hops, lingering malty taste a bit like crackers

M: Light to medium

O: A pretty decent representation of this style. I have had others that were pretty good and this one ranks right up there with those.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold with 3 fingers of moderately lasting, white head & nice lacing. Aroma & taste light biscuity malt, lemon, mild honey. Floral, citrus & grass (in that order) hop background & nicely bitter. A very nice crisp and hoppy pale lager with a fine dry finish. Very drinkable & refreshing.

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Photo of Zaktcc
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a crystal clear golden color with 1 1/2 finger head. Lacing notable.

S - A lot going on with the nose for this beer. Although fairly dominated with varying hops, the "honeyed malts" as described for the beer are equally as prominent for me. Very well blended in my opinion all in all.

T - Hmm... a little bit of everything it appears? The honey malts and citrus hops are noted instantly. Quickly followed with the piney hops then proceeds the floral notes, lemongrass, pepper and other spices perhaps as well as the lingering flavor of honey. Good, interesting and confusing taste!

M - Medium bodied beer, not too overwhelming with carbonation. Fairly crisp taste with an aftertaste of hops.

O - An interesting and very unique beer - fairly complex yet enjoyable blend of hops! The honeyed malts are my favorite note.

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

pours very clear and bright straw, not too much head

citrusy sweet malt notes, hops give a nice mild aroma

nice malt and hop balance, both are clearly tasted

good malt body feel, crisp

nice and easy drinking beer here.

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Photo of Nyg
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just an ok beer from Sam Adams. I'll try anything at least once. Seems like a bit over kill of hops fighting each other. I don't know my mouth just didn't like this

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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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Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.86 out of 5 based on 3,611 ratings.
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