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 Buckmaister
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: served in a mug between 45-50 degrees
a light yellowish/orange color that is easy to see through accompanied by a 2-finger head which stays around for a while, lots of bubbles rising in this one...a small ring left over and slight lacing as well

you can definitely smell the hops in this one! Some minor fruit scents...all around pleasing smell.

Upon first sip you think it's going to be bitter but no, there's a dry taste which finishes quick without much actual taste left over at all. I don't really taste the citrus flavor that it says on the bottle is in it.

smooth and pleasant enough but not really much happening here

Easy enough....

Thoughts: For a pilsner this is pretty good. I felt the taste was a just a little lacking, but not so much that I wouldn't buy this again. I wouldn't drop everything I was doing for this beer but I would choose it over many others. For a non-local craft brew this is great. Another good one from Sam Adams.

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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 ProLiquorMan
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like apple juice. A very small white head.

The citrus/grapefruit and hops smell just hits you. Intertwined well with that pilsner smell.

The taste is similar to the seeds of an orange/grapefruit. Similar to the nose. The citrus notes go hand in hand with a pilsner taste.

A clean, crisp, and flavorful pilsner.

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Photo of ocbears
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 bottle.

A: Clear golden brew with a small head (not quite one finger). Head dissapates quickly leaving thin lacing.

S: Grassy hops with some grains. I also get a very faint metallic note.

T: Floral hops hit you up front but the grains come through in the swallow. This doesn't seem like much, but it works quite well.

M: Fairly mild carbonation with a thin, slightly watery mouthfeel.

D: Quite high. This beer finishes pretty dry and the lighter body allows for easy consumption.

Final notes: This is one of those beers I think that is greater than the sum of its parts. It's not perfect but it's a great go to beer to have around and I could see how it could turn BMC drinkers towards craft beer. One of the better SA offerings in my opinion.

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

Appearance: Poured into my yuengling glass. Poured a deep straw colored, with not a lot of head. Being not entirely unattractive, I wouldn't mind drinking this on a hot summer day.

Smell: not a lot of smell, smells kind of "lager"-y.

Taste: an OK pilsner taste, with some hop flavor. I definitely don't taste 5 different types of hops in this beer... maybe only 4. I think i've been short changed.

Mouth feel: lighter than the IPA i drank earlier, but definitely not as appealing as the wheat beers i'll be drinking in a month (its late spring as I'm writing this).

Overall: not bad considering its a sam adams beer. I'd recommend the Pikeland Pils by slyfox as a less expensive alternative.

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Photo of Maltoftheearth
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Balance, balance, balance...

A: Gold color. Thin head.

S: Some malt, but not very strong on the smell. Fruity for sure. Pleasant nevertheless.

T: Wow really nice stuff here. Starts a little grainy, then moves to a floral hoppy citrus. Very clean. Very clean.

D: As drinkable as a beer gets. Crisp finish with no off aftertaste that you can get with some super hoppy beers.

Very well done beer here. May not please all the hardcore hop-heads, but they will have to agree on its craftsmanship. Did I mention the balance?

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Photo of CrumpledFish
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear yellow with white head that dissipated fairly quickly. The smell was better than I expected with a lot of hoppy aroma. Taste is clean and refreshing up front with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

I'm not the biggest Sam Adams fan as their flagship beers, the Boston Lager and Ale, don't do anything for me. As a result, I didn't have high hopes for this pilsener, but it turned out to be quite tasty. I'm having it at night in front of the TV, but I suspect this would be fantastic on a patio under a sunny sky.

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

Poured into a German pilsner glass.
Color was light bright golden. Very clear. Moderate sized white head piled up and lingered. Very nice.

Aroma was pleasant citrusy spice hops with some green grassy background.

Taste was pils malt with undertone of citrus, moderate bitterness. Good structure and exceptional balance. No flaws.

Mouthfeel was perfect for a pils. Moderately light bodied. Good effervescence.

Overall this was an excellent German-style pils. So delicious on its own but also very food-friendly. Finished clean and dry. I can see German pils drinkers loving this. It should be a year-round selection. One of the more intriguing Sam Adams beers. This could be very popular in a category in which we need more good American entries.

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

On tap and poured into a pint glass
The appearance was a pale golden yellow color with a good head.
This beer has an aroma full of those noble hops, citrus and a little bit of floral and some wheat.
The taste is pretty much how it tastes, a nice taste of the noble hops, a bit of grains, some of the malts, and a little crisp bite at the end.
Mouthfeel has a nice medium body with a medium carbonation. Adds a good feel on the tongue to go with the tastes of the light hops.
This is a very drinkable beer that you can kick back and enjoy a bunch.

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Photo of joemeister
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden yellow; bubbles rise like souls in a rapture. Head is about 3/4" thick and settles quickly.

The aroma has a great orange zest, hoppy character. It is an extraordinarily crisp and refreshing smell.

The bottle describes the taste as "lively," and I think that is about right. The multitude of hops are apparent without being overbearingly bitter. I actually taste a little bit of a habanero-type flavor - not in a particularly spicy way but in a sweet-and-sour/citrus way. It's hard to describe. The body is obviously fairly light with good carbonation. The glass now shows a pretty nice lace.

Overall, this is a good beer. Nothing particularly special, but certainly worth trying. This would be a great go-to brew for hot summer days. I could drink these all day long at the beach or out by the pool.

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Photo of afogg0855
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

At first glance, this appears to be a wonderful spring addition to the Sam Adams family. The inital pour produces a nice head that quickly dissapates to a thin layer, which is nice. It smells of citrus and pine.

When i take my first sip i am totally taken back. Did i just pour Budweiser in my bottle?? The "5 noble hops" are barely even present in either the smell or the taste.

I'm quite disappointed i wasted $10 on a 6-pack of Budweiser.

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Photo of dgb3
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First taste since it was Sample B.

Pours straw with a small head.

The experience with this beer is hops and grain playing back and forth in both the aroma and flavor.

Aroma is all Noble hops. Spicy, lemon and a bit of grain. Carbonation is just right as the finish starts hoppy, then the grains break through. Finishes with a gentle bitterness that makes you want another sip. Really enjoying it.

Best German Pils I can get in my area.

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Photo of zackcg
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into imitation pokal...

A - pours a CLEAR pale gold with a fast fading head and scarce lacing. busy carbonation.

S - very floral/earthy bouquet of malts and hops with some sulfuric aromas.

T - a citrus explosion, mostly in a lemony sense, but in no way overdone. the five-hop profile helps diffuse the the citrus blast taking place.

M - thin, lo-carbonation, smooth and easy on the palette.

D - "session-able" for sure, great pick when you're craving something light.

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Photo of lynchtae
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad pilsner from Sam. Noble hop aromas apparent on the 1st pour of the beer but not so evident in the glass. Good malt flavors, nice fruity notes, crisp dry refreshing finish. Technically correct apperance, flavors and taste but not too inspired.

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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 MarioL66
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this side by side with Victory Prima Pils to start off the 2010 Superbowl.

Appearance - Appearance was a light golden color that had a cap of cake-like lacing on top. A little less lacing than Victory but a little deeper color. Lacing did stick around longer than Victory. Both beers are pretty.

Smell - Sweet and spicy here. Almost feels like a mix of hops and tropical fruit, perhaps mango?

Mouthfeel - The creaminess is swirled with the carbonation which seems to complement the hop bite nicely. Carbonation is more noticeable than Victory.

Taste - The hops dictate the taste but delicately so. Not as hoppy as an IPA but it feels about right, maybe even a tad hoppier than expected.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. The beer makes me want to pair this with spicy red sauce dishes.

Overall a nice beer. I can't deicide between this or the Victory. This goes a little to the hoppier side vs. Prima Pils so it depends on your mood.

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Photo of carsonplunkett
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Sam Adams rep came into my restaurant tonight and gave a few of us a sample of this beer. I'm currently sipping it in my car after my shift. Haha.

A: Pours a golden color, like any typical pilsner, but has great head and head retention.

S: Floral hops. The smell reminds me a lot of SNPA.

T: Oddly tastes more like a pale ale than a pils. Lots of hoppy flavors and malt. Good!

M: Great carbonation. Very light and drinkable.

D: I'd have no problem sessioning this brew. Great drinkability.

Sam Adams Noble Pils was great. I'm a big fan of this brewery.

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Photo of GilmooDaddy
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle. Purchased from Total Wine in Norfolk, Virginia.

(Appearance): Pours a transparent yellowish gold with light amounts of carbonation that bubble to the surface. After about a minute, it settles with a fingernail sized foam head.

(Smell): This Pilsener has a very, very faint aroma of green apples, but nothing else very noticeable. You really have to sniff hard to pull out the smells.

(Taste): The presence of hops is odd in this one, as it is easily the dominant flavor, but not dominant in a way that makes it bitter like a lot of other hoppy beers. I did not sense any floral or citrus like many others have.

(Mouthfeel): Smooth and slightly watery in every area of the mouth except the tongue, which is dominated by a very punctual carbonated and fizzy feeling.

(Drinkability): A decent beer for a spring or summer season, the Sam Adams Noble Pils is light and refreshing, low in ABV, and completely gulpable. The taste isn't the most amazing, however, it is decent enough to recommend over a lot of bar beers that might be found alongside it.

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Photo of realbama
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a very drinkable beer. poured light golden with a 1/2 inch, quickly disapating head. very earth-like, pilsner smell. great taste and even better aftertaste. easily one of my favorite sam adams offerings. definately recommended! im adding this sentence to meet the 250 character requirement. :(

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Photo of steveja57
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice version of a German Pilsner. Much fresher than most imported versions, has a nice straw color, head dissipates quickly. Nose has a nice hop aroma, less aggressive and, dare I say, noble? than your standard IPA. Nicely crisp, bitter and dry. I enjoyed it and I liked that there was none of that stale skunk you get in many imports. For my tastes it fell just short of the Lagunitas Pils in quality.

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Photo of timrosenblatt
4.85/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If one beer could make me become a full-time drunkard, this would be the one. I was genuinely surprised when I poured this into the glass. Great big pillowy head, nice clean look, and the most straightforward taste ever. The hops are refreshing. They are obviously present, but they don't shout. In a room, these hops represent the quiet guy sitting in the corner who clearly owns the joint.

I can't get over the taste and the refreshment. This is the most drinkable beer I've had in a long time. The hops are standing politely next to the malt, pleasing your tongue with every drink.

If you know someone who wants to get into IPAs but it's still too much for them, this is the perfect beer to start at. Absolutely respectable, but tasteful. This beer is a gentleman.

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Photo of rickdiaz
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden/amber color, slight 1/2 finger head that dissapates quickly, however nice lacing.

S: Earthy, maybe a little dusty which I found odd. Malty overtones with only slight hoppiness.

T: Crisp and refreshing. Hint of hops, citrusy. I really expected more.

M: A little over carbonated and watery.

D: Not bad, but I really wouldn't call it a session beer.

As I mentioned earlier, I really expected more. This almost reminded me of a Miller Lite going into my mouth until the aftertaste of the Noble Hops. I think I'll stick to ales for now.

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Photo of MrWinky
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Great clarity, sparkling golden hue, lacked luxurious head

S. Sweet...fresh floral hop...resin.

T. More piney floral bitter hop then sweet...well balanced and the taste kinda reversed the smell.

M. Thin light crisp.

D. Easy going...perfect complement to a warm spring/summer day.

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Photo of jodmike2000
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. clear golden color white foam that disapates quickly
S. clean hoppy smell but not to strong
T. very nice clean taste that is slightly bitter
M. clean bitter finish, dry
O. Good beer, balaced hop flavor nice taste. good pilsner on of sam adams best.

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Photo of bristei
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Pint Glass

Sight: pours ale amber, wheat, hazy, minimal head

Smell: crisp citrus, more lemon and oranges, nice light almost floral aroma, very easy on the nose

Taste: sharp, bitter, grains and citrus fruits

Mouthfeel: quick attack, thin, sharp in the front of the pallete, quick finish but with a nice lingering sensation in the front of the mouth

Overall: Nice light tasting beer that hits pretty square on the head its promise: being the Sam Adams Spring Seasonal. Great to enjoy on a nice spring afternoon.

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