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

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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: Year-round

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

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is yellow and clear with moderate to high carbonation of large bubbles. Forms a white head of small and medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Beer has a hoppy but subtle aroma overall. There is some sweetness in there as well.

Beer is medium in body and has a nice bitterness to the back. Not on the scale of an IPA or a PA but its still present. Beer finishes nicely and overall is a pretty well balanced beer. There is almost like a citrusy flavor in the midpalate that interacts with the sweetness up front and causes almost a plastic candy flavor to the whole thing. Overall, its not as good as Prima but its still worth a look.

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Photo of Tone
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of floral hops, hop oils, slight herbs, sweet malt, and slight earthy malt. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, hop oils, slight sweet malt, herbal, and slight earthy malt. Overall, a good body, blend, and drinkability.

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

Poured in to pint glass.

A - Medium yellow colour with a lot of visible carbonation and half a finger of foamy off-white head.

S - Bready malts with a decent hop prescence and a nice citrus smell in the background. A nice clean pils nose.

T - Follows the nose. Bready malts with a crisp hop bite. Some light citrus notes come through from the hops - I wish there was just a little bit more though. A clean, dry and slightly bitter finish.

M - Light body with a very slight chew. Moderate carbonation.

O - An excellent example of the style and one that I will buy every year.

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

On-tap at White Orchid in Saucon Valley, PA. Served in a Sam Adams special pint glass, this pilnser was a brilliant gold with a short white head that left lacing. While this is a pretty hoppy pils, SA still left a biscuity, bread undercurrent of malt. The hop, meanwhile, provided a big, grassy lemon character that was both clean, satisfying, and refreshing. It's hard to find a well-made, high-IBU pilsner. This is easily one of Sam's best brews.

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Photo of Duff27
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Clear golden color. Thin whitey head. Some lacing.

S- Aroma smells amazing. Very floral!... with a little spice it seems. Five hops making their presence known.

T- Same hoppy floral taste as the smell. Small bitter bite at the end of the sip but not too bad. Crisp.

M- Medium mouthfeel for the style.

D/O- Very refreshing...says "Seasonal Brew" on the label and then mentions spring but may be best to have a few in the summertime. Sam Adams had a contest between this and a pale ale (?) to see what would be the next beer they mass produced. I voted for this one at the Great Lakes BrewFest in Racine, WI back in September...glad this won...have bought a couple 6'ers of it since it's became available in my area. Would recommend to pilsner fans as an alternate to the well established, widely available pils...Pilsner Urquell etc.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, a G-Pils. Let's see how this one goes....
Looks great. Sharp looking yellow/gold with a nice foaming, white, semi-chunked head. Pretty.
A slight musky malt strikes first, but the spices come in and calm it down. Some slight zest. Clean
I light taste. A light biscuit and malt starts out as though it would linger forever, but it's tight and clean. Enter hops. A mix of spice and zest. A bit sweet.
Not as crisp as I thought it would be, especially after the aroma and look. Most definitely better colder.
A good representation for American brewer (for what it's worth)

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Photo of Gavage
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a crystal clear golden yellow color with a one finger head that slowly falls to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: floral hop bitterness is strong with some grass and lemon zest.

Taste: nice malt profile with grass, floral hop bitterness, honey, and lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: lighter side of a medium bodied beer. Crisp and mildly dry throughout. Very short aftertaste. Refreshing.

Drinkability: this beer is very easy to drink and is a serious session pilsner. Very tasty and a great addition to the SA family of beers.

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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 DoubleJ
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Goodbye White Ale, hello Noble Pils! On to the beer:

In between yellow and gold is the color. The lively carbonation running through the body is a lovely site, and the thick, frothy head on top holding well on top creates that stereotypical look we know as beer. The nose is a little sweeter than expected. Carmel, fruit, and some grass notes are found. It's still fine as is.

SA Noble Pils tastes like a pale, long lost sibling to SA Boston Lager. There's the carmel again, but also add sweet bready flavors, some mango, hop oils, and a few grassy notes, and there you go. Carbonation is soft in thie light body.

That 12 ounce bottle went down fast. I still prefer Boston Lager over this, but the Noble Pils warrants a future 12-pack purchase for lazy drinking and good cost/benefit. At the very least, it's better than the deceased SA White Ale. But why this was released in January for the spring season is beyond me.

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Photo of liamt07
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, thanks for holding this one Pino. Best before March 2012? Thanks for bringing it fresh Ontario! Let's go.

Pours a pale gold, with a big dense bright white head. Nice carbonation in the body, with light lace and retention. Nose has some mild and almost faded hops, lemon, citrus, some light grass and some subtle zest. Taste plays off this with more citrus, zest, some hay and general grassiness. An interesting malt sweetness is present, light spicing and restrained bitterness. Good feel, light body and refreshing. Was nice on a moderately warm summers eve, and would be even nicer on a warmer summer afternoon. Fresh next time LCBO, I need this for lawnmowing!

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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 aasher
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a a golden honey in color with a one finger white creamy head. It smells amazing for a pilsner. I've never gotten so much hops in the nose before. It honestly smells like it could be a pale ale. Aside from the hoppyness it also has a nice honey like sweetness to it with cloves to finish it out. The flavor is pretty mild and solid for a pilsner. It is light and is like a light honey lager. It kind of reminds me of a couple Dortmunders I've had, just a little lighter in color. It drinks pretty light but has a better feel than most. I kind of wish the honey would follow into the aftertaste. This beer is very drinkable. If I had to, I could drink it all day. I'd say that it's like a poor man's My Antonia. Pretty good beer from Sam Adams.

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

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

Best By: Jul

Poured into a SA glass a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a nice little hop note, some citrus, fruity, with some spice notes. The taste is malty, nice hop note, fruity/citrus, spice. Medium body, the finish is slighlty bitter/dry. Drinkable, a very nice brew, glad to finally get a chance to try it, thanks Wayne.

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a small head. Smell is of hops, some notes of lemon. Taste like it smells, hops with a touch of lemon and malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fairly good brew.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Philadelphia Flyers pint glass, grabbed a single of this.

Noble pils looks like a PBR off of the tap, it just has that tint to it. A mix between a pale yellow and barely golden backing. Giving a 180 degree pour I yielded only a quarter inch of off white burnt/sugar foam that died. Barely even a cap, no lacing.

At first sniffs I said to myself this won't be that bad but within minutes I got a sweet corn thing coming from this, odd, I know. Smells like a bold Adjunct. Getting some pale malts and something resembling a hop nose, earthy, leafy.

This goes well, but I don't think the noble hops are coming out like I expected. Sweet and pale malt, bisquit with slight caramel, and corn, yes, believe me it's there. I get some big earthy hops at the end but that's all they give off, earth and leafs, no citrus, no tropic's so don't go expecting that.

The feel is a bit thicker than I like in my Pilsner's, this just seems to be a step above the other's in the style. Medium bodied and a smooth ride and easy finish, not dry, not to refreshing, not what I want in a pilsner. Carb is noticed but not overly felt.

Perhaps if SA used just one of the five varieties of Noble hops, the hop nose/taste could have been more focused. It seems like they are running against each other and none are making headway. I would not want to try this again, it did not refresh me and the feel was off for a pils. It's drinkable, but not memorable.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samual Adams Noble Pils, a new seasonal from the Boston Beer Co.

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Fine clarity on a bright gold body. A little lacing is left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Bready with a whiff of grassy hops.

Taste: Peppery, spicy, some citrus. Has a nice hop bite to it but it is really clean. Malt does just enough to balance.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, refreshing, clean finish.

Drinkability: A nice offering from Sam Adams, suddenly one of my favorite pilsners.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before July 2011; Sampled April 2011
The beer pours with a brilliantly clear, straw-gold color and is topped by a frothy, one-finger thick head that is a pale, off-white color. The first look at the aroma has me noticing a spicy, herbal hops with a touch of lemon zest backing it up. Backing notes of cracker like malt and hay-like grain notes as well as some softly sweet honey-like aromatics.

The flavor has a nice bitterness to it from the get go and this gets a bit more firm through the finish. The middle has a nice malt character that isn’t sweet, but has that sort of pale malt character to it that is like a good bread crumb. The pale malt also contributes notes of hay-like grain and perhaps a hint of herbal honey (this last in conjunction with the hops). The hops play a leading role here with flavors of herbal, a touch spicy, with a nice backing of lemon zest that add some refreshing zip towards the finish. As the beer warms up the soft, honey-like malt sweetness becomes a bit more apparent, thought his still always finishes quite dry due to the firm bitterness and even at times astringent herbal hop character. Perhaps a hint of DMS is noticeable in my second pour, but only just and it actually adds a nice component to this beer.

This is quite tasty and refreshing; the hop character is really quite fresh and piquant, even though I get the feeling it was even more so when this beer was fresher. This is a beer I would quite happily consume a lot of on a hot summer’s day; which doesn’t explain at all why this is a Winter / Spring seasonal.

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Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Canterbury Ales, Huntington, New York.

Poured a crystal clear medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a peppery blend of noble hops and a full on doughy malt.

The taste consisted of an upfront peppery hop that seamlessly dissolved into the round biscuity malt. Finished dry.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller and softer side of the style.

Overall a tasty and extremely quaffable seasonal brew.

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

Making a beer that smells and tastes and drinks like an authentic European pilsner is much harder than making a beer that looks like one; with its clear, yellow body and white sudsy head, Samuel Adams Noble Pils easily accomplishes that. And, by any standards, it looks like a beer no beer drinker could resist. But let's see what it's really like...

If you need a briefing in Noble hops look no further than the aroma. It showcases all associated elements with Hallertau, Hersbrucker, Saaz, Spalt and Tettnang varieties: a trademark "soft" bitterness that is expressly floral, overtly grassy, vaguely citrusy and particularly earthy. Whatever your preference, all the goodness is there!

The taste is fantastically similar in character and in quality to the lagers you could expect drinking in the Czech Republic. It has a wholesome, biscuity maltiness that is toasty but light enough to allow the full range of grassy, floral, earthy, lemony hops to shine through. A flowery bitterness and light zest go wire to wire but are especially noted in the finish.

A neutral lager yeast preserves as much of the clean pale malt and pungent hoppiness as possible. Kettle hops must have been added liberally, but mindfully enough so as to add a splash of citrus without causing too gritty a bitterness. With this light a body and that firm a flavour, I see another two or three of these in my future in this sitting alone.

Noble Pils is a hard beer to write about because, well, frankly, it's just too easy a beer to drink. Throughout this review its aroma has distracted me, its flavour has tempted me and the quenching, satisfying sips came so soon and so often that the glass ran empty before I could even finish gathering my thoughts on it. Fortunately, I bought a whole six pack!

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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.

4/4.5/4.5/4.5/5

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours yellow with a nice white head. Solid retention.

S: Earthy hops, with a hint of lime.

T: Nice bready malt, secondary flavours of cracked wheat/bulghur which I liked. Nice hop finish, grassy with a rustic flair.

M: Smooth, medium-bodied, good hoppy finish.

D: A solid pils, not mind-blowing, but a good beer.

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Photo of Zorro
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been looking for this and bagged the only 12 pack of this in the whole town.

Clear golden colored beer with a decent white head.

Smells of spicy Nobel hops and biscuit malts. Has all the expected scent, herbal and grassy with a bit of sandalwood scent to it. Some of the more obscure hop aromas here like faint tobacco. Malt mostly stays out of the way, just a biscuit aroma.

Starts out mildly sweet and malty with a stout bitterness at the beginning. Aftertaste is noble hop and biscuit. Nice herbal and spicy bite to this one. No other way to describe this one but NOBLE HOPS in big neon letters.

Good mouthfeel without getting too thick for Lager.

Superb drinkabilty. Manages to pull off the entertaining but not tiring job of a session beer very well.

Oh yeah this one is worth the hype, hope it becomes a standard beer for Sam Adams and gets rid of one of the repetitive wheat beers.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: pale golden hue with a light effervescence and a one-finger head of frothy white foam. Looks pretty decent to me.

Smell: light malt aroma with a style-appropriate graininess. Hops definitely come through with grassy, earthy and somewhat spicy notes. I like the composition.

Taste: flavor delivers pretty much exactly what the aroma promises. Hop content seems a bit higher than many other Pilsners I've had, with lots of different earthy and subtle notes. I rather like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess; most unexpected based on the low level of visible carbonation. Quite good!

Overall: I am finding myself really enjoying this beer. Maybe I'm turning into a Pilsner guy, who knows?

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Photo of John_M
2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap today at Max's. I confess I was instantly worried when the bar tender laughed at me for ordering this, but then acknowledging that he could see where I might want to at least try it. Oh, oh.

The beer pours a solid gold color with OK head retention and some modest lacing. On the nose I get almost nothing, just a hint of pepper, earth and light honey. Really have to work to get any sort of aroma on this one. On the palate, crap.... I'm a big fan of pilsners, but this is not it. Jeeze Loueeze, this is unimpressive. The beer is very light. There is some flavor, but this beer is otherwise pretty watery, with minimal flavor. I get a bit of pepper, and a hint of sweet malt, but otherwise this beer is pretty damn flavorless. Mouthfeel is very light, and alcohol is almost undetectable.... but given how little flavor there is in this beer, who cares?

Well, there are no off flavors in this beer, which I guess is in its favor. Otherwise, why in the hell would I want to drink this when there are so many better (and I mean it's not even close) examples from Germany.

I don't hate SA, but too many beers like this one, and I could start.

Are there really people giving this beer an A grade? Amazing.

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

Very solid beer from Sam Adams. Nice springtime quencher with some delicate and refreshing hop flavors. Pours a nice golden with a delicate, very finely beaded, pure white head that leaves some nice lacing in my pilsner glass. Smells very much of the noble hops- crisp, grassy, herbal, and a bit earthy, with noticeable bitterness even in the nose. The taste is nicely balanced and with the same hop notes as well as a smidgen of citrus. Refreshing, and perhaps a tad softer than most German style pils, but with a more bitter hop profile than in a Czech style Pils. Whatever, its quite quaffable and pleasant. Great effort by Sam Adams.

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