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

Samuel Adams Noble PilsSamuel Adams Noble Pils
BA SCORE
3.76/5
3,666 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#19,416
Reviews:
1,513
Ratings:
3,666
pDev:
14.63%
Bros Score:
3.83
 
 
Wants:
138
Gots:
486
Trade:
0
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Photo of largadeer
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with a best by date of May '10. I love a good pilsner, and Sam Adams usually doesn't disappoint with their lagers.

A burnished gold body feeds a small but sustaining inch of pure white froth. Exceptionally clear and bright, perhaps a shade darker than the average pilsner.

The nose is citrusy, leafy and bright, the distinct aroma of noble hops up-front with a touch of dry, crackery malt beneath. The hop aroma makes me think of lemon zest and spruce, with a faint herbal quality in the background, bay leaf perhaps, and a bit of perfumey soap. Not overwhelmingly hoppy, this is decidedly on the traditional side.

The palate opens with a big noble hop flavor, citrus and herbs, pine and flowers. Dry, crackery and spicy, this reminds me a bit of Jever with its firm and bitter mouthfeel. The finish has an earthy, resiny, peppery quality to it with a long lingering bitterness. Malt is kept in check throughout; this is quite dry and only reveals a hint of pilsner malt in the mid-palate. Very good stuff, I'll be drinking this again while it's around.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of superspak
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, best before November 2012. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Good foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, orange, herbal, floral, grapefruit, bread, cracker, pine, and light earth. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance. Taste of orange zest, lemon, pine, herbal, floral, grapefruit, bread, grass, and light earth. Light spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, floral, bread, grass, and herbal on the finish for a bit. Great flavor balance with a nice amount of delicious citrus hoppiness. No cloying flavors at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a crisp and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a delicious Pilsner! Great hop flavor profile and balance; extremely smooth to drink. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of mothman
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Noble Pils into Schells Pils glass.

Pours a small layer of fizzy white head. Pretty good retention leaving some really nice lace walls. Color is a clear golden straw yellow. Lots of carbonation bubbles floating to the top of the glass.

Aroma: Lots of citrus (lemons) flavors with tons of grassy hops. It is a really decent pilsner actually. Very grainy, but a lot of flavor.

Taste: A full bodied pilsner. A lot of grain, but more grassy hops that top it. Huge citrus profile. It has a lot of lemon and lime flavors (my buddy describes it like Sprite). It also has some spice notes. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and relatively refreshing. Lighter bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends very dry.

Overall, not bad for a Sam Adams beer. I still like the imperial pilsner better, but this is an easy drinker. Lots of flavor as well. I wish I had this beer in the spring. It would make a great seasonal.

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Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass. (revisited and tweaked in Jan. 2015)

Clear and bright golden liquid with a good head.

Aroma is quite pleasant and rather floral, with a mild citrus component.

An excellent American example of a Czech Pilsener. Perhaps slightly hoppier than an actual Bohemian brew, and certainly more citrus flavor. Commendable blend of hops, and good malt/hop balance.

M - Crisp and lively with medium/high carbonation; medium-thin body. Dry finish. Mild bitter hop aftertaste.

O - excellent session beer. No significant faults.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that reduces to a thick patch near the center of the beer, a thin film covering the rest of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Light to moderate amounts of biscuit malts along with floral, citrus, and pine hops. The hop aromas are very light.

T: The beer starts with the flavors of biscuit malts with just a touch of honey giving it some light amounts of sweetness. There are some notes of citrus, floral, and pine hops contributing to a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and clean in the finish.

O: This is probably my favorite beer from Samuel Adams and I hope the rumors are true that it is going to be a year-round offering instead of a seasonal. This beer is very enjoyable, refreshing, and easy to drink - definitely a sessionable beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So glad this is replacing the Sam White Ale, which was one of my least fav SA beers. This is worlds above it.

A: Pours nice 1 finger bleached white head that slowly fades above the brilliantly clear wheat yellow color.

N: Lots of hoppy aromas, but maintains a lightness. Lots of noble hop aromas, low alpha. Crisp ale like qualities too. Some floral grassy hop aromas, little chewy hop aroma, and juicy as well.

T: Wow, a really nice floral and grassy hop taste, its really bold for being really light. Some light juicy hop flavors, some light crisp lager flavors and even wheat flavors.

M: Pretty light with decent carbonation.

F: A slightly spicy hop quality, a little bitterness, and it dries off well. Doesn't linger long and the finish doesn't last long either. It's like it was there, now it's gone. A little bitterness sticks around like a distant memory.

This beer is amazing for what it is. A light, crisp lager, with lots of light, low alpha noble hops with a great hop flavor and aroma.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large white head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of earthy hops, lager yeast and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a strong hops bitterness bite up front that is quickly followed by a thick grain and lager yeast breadiness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a little bit of sweetness and a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style but with a stronger hops presence, overall this is a very good beer to drink a lot of through the course of an evening.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The spring seasonals are coming out earlier and earlier each year.Poured into a pilsner glass a light lemony color with a nice formed bone white head that left half rings of broken lace as it settled pretty quickly.A mix of sharp herbal hop and toasted grain in the nose,just a tinge of lemon peel.The hops are the main component on the palate but they are well rounded in there different flavors,leafy,lemony,and sharp,flavors go along with a firm toasty base.This is just as drinkable as you can get I think, along with being food friendly.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +13%
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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Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours with one finger of white head that rests on top of a perfectly clear, golden body. The foam settles slowly and leaves decent lace.

S - A nice, malty aroma of bread and honey with spicy hops.

T - Thick, bready malt up front with a hint of honey. Herbal hop appear in the middle and counter the rich malt nicely. Finishes with more thick pilsner malt and a strong dose of spicy hop bitterness that is almost soapy.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Very drinkable, this is a nice pilsner. The malt character is good, but the hops take center stage in this beer. The flavor of the hops gives the beer character through the middle and the biting bitterness makes for a crisp, refreshing finish. I rarely buy six packs if I can avoid it, but I am more than happy to have five more of these in my fridge. Its nice to see another real pilsner from an American brewery, heres hoping we keep seeing more.

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Photo of mactrail
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasty light bodied Pilsener with nice hops.

Clean, piney, refreshing taste with surprising bitterness. But aromatic hops assert themselves. Sam Adams has done their research on blending the hop flavors. I hope this will be widely available and do a lot to introduce hops to a PG audience. I think this is my favorite Sam Adams beer. Some of the others are not very flavorful.

Great hops, drinkable, refreshing.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a Pils glass.

Pours a brilliant clear gold, with several big foamy fingers of eggshell-white head. There's a really solid retention to this, which leaves thick foamy swathes of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is spicy and floral in the nose, with some leafy smelling citric character and the stiff feeling breadiness of the malts across the back. As far as a solid Pils aroma goes, I'm digging this...

Those Noble hops are spicy, citric, and earthy across the mouth in the taste, with those Pils malts holding tight against the back of the profile and adding some extra drying graininess to the proceedings. This overall isn't very sweet by any means, with most of it coming from the citrus flavors and a just a touch from the malts. Just a steady spicy finish on this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch lighter on the palate, with a crisp sharpness to the carbonation which snaps across the tongue. Man, this is very smooth and easy drinking for the style.

Flavorful, smooth, and easy drinking, this could easily be a go-to with the temps rapidly warming up outside. Maybe a touch light in the body but I really really enjoyed this for the most part.

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Photo of billab914
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Pours a pale gold color with a thin white covering on top. It also left very good lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma is crisp with some grain and a lot of flavors coming from the noble hops. The hops give it a floral, spicy and slightly citrusy aroma. The taste has a spicy herbal flavor with a hint of citrus. It's crisp and light and pretty refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is good, it's light, pretty refreshing and an easy drinking beer overall. It's a very good representation of it's style as well.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found it to be better on tap than in a bottle. Drinks like an IPL if such a thing existed.

A - Straw yellow. Clean white head with a fine bubble consistency. It pours high and sits low, but what's left holds up with average retention and lays down a nice lace.

S - Clean fresh hop aroma: herbal, a touch floral, dry, earthy.

T - Balanced towards hops by a steady hand. Fresh hops up front, mirroring the nose. Tarragon with some parsley and rosemary. Soft malt canvas is enough to hold things together but light enough to keep the modest hop flavors front and center. Touch of lager-appropriate roasted cauliflower in the finish. Overall the flavors are clean and fairly simple, but pleasing and well developed.

M - Crisp with a light body. Dry finish.

D - Light and refreshing. Hopier than your average session beer, but that could even add to the drinkability on some palates.

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Photo of atrocity
2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smcolw
4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Starts with a single finger head, but it lasts. Moderate lace on the glass. Crystal clear with a light gold color.

This may be the best smelling Pilsener I've ever experienced. Lovely complex, floral hop aroma. Pleasant light grained malt in the background.

The flavor is harsher than I expected based on the smell. The hop has a greater bite, creating a more bitter pils. The malt is soft and light. The body is as expected--light and crisp without being watery. Overall, a superior beer.

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Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an effervescent straw color with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Grassy & herbal hops, not much else...

T: Grassyness, dryness with grainy bread & hints of lime. More of the same once warmer, a bit of white pepper & husky grainyness surfaces as well. Finishes with floral & citrussy hops, plus clean malt flavors, very quenching

MF: Medium bodied, a touch grainy with smooth carbonation, pretty good balance

Great drinkability, not the most challenging pils, but I could go through a sixer of this during a ball or BBQ no problem. Only going on memory, but I thought the Czech Pils they did about 10 years ago was more to my liking

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $2.59 Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. For brewery-fresh taste, enjoy before month notched -- May.

Appearance: Pours out a quite clear, pale yellow body with a tall, moderately lasting, white head. Splotchy lacing on the way down.

Smell: An inviting, vibrant zip of hop aromas. Fresh flowers, spice, light lemon, and white pine blossoms. Yeah, sure, there may be a base of grainy-scented pils malt in there, but, first and foremost, it's a hoppy nose.

Taste: Particularly pale malts and some lesser tones of grainy pilsner malts with a subdued sugared, washed out honey-toned sweetness start things off. The rich Noble hoppiness ebbs and flows between tastes of flowers, spice, citrus, and light pine. Medium-high bitterness, it's assertive but not a hair more than is ever needed. Further hint of fresh grains, maybe a thin glaze of honey. A crips finish that starts sweet and then rolls over into a spicy, bitter character.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Very nice! Oh, if only all these so-called pilsners could taste as good. My only quibble is the serving size. Is this available for sale in a 6-pack, or am I stuck with this larger bomber bottle size? Sometimes, all I really want is twelve ounces. No, really!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

If it comes from Boston, it must be identified as "Pilsnahhh". Hey, as a Yinzer, I love dialect and I love beer, so it all washes out (I hope).

I became a fan of the Lager styles a couple/few years back at one of the BA Fests and I really like Pilseners, especially Czech Pils with Saaz hops, but German Pils will also work. I just wish more of them were accessible in CANs - no possibility of light struck hops oils. Sigh.

I accomplished a brief finger of bone-white head before it disappeared like Dracula in the face of this morning's sunrise. Color was a beautiful sunshine/lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity and evidencing an endless parade of CO2 bubbles. Greg Koch can disrespect "fizzy yellow beers" all he wants, but this is one to consider. Nose was at once grassy and slightly spicy and my mouth began to water at the prospect. Mouthfeel was full, thanks to the preponderance of CO2 bubbles and the taste was phenomenal. I really caught the Saaz hops on the tongue despite them not being as forward as in the Czech version. Actually, there were a lot of flavors on the tongue, including blueberry, an earthy grassy taste, and a light saltiness. Finish was dry, crisp, and clean and the effervescence really left my palate scrubbed.

I am having trouble believing that this and another were just sitting as singles at my local bottle shop yesterday afternoon. What a find!

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Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 3,666 ratings
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