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

BA SCORE
87
very good
3,655 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
Ratings:
3,655
Reviews:
1,509
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
14.51%
 
 
Wants:
135
Gots:
476
For Trade:
0
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Photo of mdfb79
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a straw golden color with 2-3 inches of white head and high carbonation evident. Nice lacing.

s - Smells of floral hops, bready malts, and yeast.

t - Some floral/pine hops and bready malts, followed by some bitterness.

m - Light body and high carbonation. Very easy to drink with the low ABV.

d - Ok, but somewhat disappointing. I had heard very good things about this and that it was one of Sam Adams better products, but it didn't do it for me. Had a decent hoppy smell and taste, but nothing stood out to me except the high carbonation which I felt hurt it. Have a 6 pack of this so I'll give it another shot, but right now I wouldn't buy this again.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is light golden in color and crystal clear. The head is initially about a finger of white foam but soon settles down to ta thin layer.

S: The nose has a nice spicy hop aroma with a slight citrus fruitiness to it and some sweet malts.

T: The hoppiness is not quite as pronounced in the flavor, but still a decent spicy quality to it. The malt comes through a bit more than on the nose providing a nice sweetness.

M: The body is dead smack in the middle of medium with a lively carbonation.

D: I'm not generally the biggest lager fan. But, I found this to be a decent, but not amazing, effort, which is what you expect from Sam Adams.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of vfgccp
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
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 woodychandler
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
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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Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass.

Pours a strongly yellow straw with a finger of white foamy head that leaves some nice (but average...tough to explain...it's a mental thing, I guess...) lacing behind. The nose is heavy on the hops' citrus and pine notes, and adds a bit of florality as well. As could be gleaned from the nose, the taste is heavy on the hoppy bitterness, with a biting bit of citrus and not much maltiness to speak of. The body is on the lighter side of moderate and has some decent carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty drinkable brew, especially if you're into the whole hop scene and whatnot.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.17/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy yellow hue with an average head and random spots of lace. Looks more like a hefeweizen than a pilsner. Hmm...

S: Sweet wheat malt - I'm not getting a lot of pilsner flavor. Smells like a slightly fruity summer beer with some artificial sweetness or additives.

T: A bit of disappointment, though my expectations were not exceedingly high. There is an unpleasant soapy taste, along with a bright, wheat flavor. Generally, this beer is just a bit off kilter. There is an undeniable artificial taste that permeates my senses and distracts me from any possible tasty pilsner-like goodness this brew may or may not have to offer. Basically, this doesn't take like a pilsner to me.

M: A bit soapy, fresh carbonation, goes down smooth (though it doesn't taste particularly great).

D: I'd rather get a water than order a second round. In fact, that's what I did. Bummer.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I can't wait to see six packs of this stuff, I knew they get some first dibs on the noble hops but I had no idea that Sam Adams would be coming out with a seasonal featuring all five noble hop varieties. I loved the Hallertau Imperial Pils, but this is a session pils meant for mass consumption. It's been a long time since I've wanted a whole case of a Sam Adams offering, this is a good sign for future beers from them. The tastings they hosted to get customer feedback for their next spring seasonal was a success because the compared to the last beer that made it into their rotation this is liquid gold.

Pours a bright brilliant pale clear golden color with a eggshell white head two to three fingers thick with fine speckled lacing, nice and lively with the carbonation retention is very nice.

Aroma paves the way for the whole noble hop experience very nice citrus, herbal, and grassy hop explosion even a bit of earthiness that almost neon green their using for the label represents the caliber of green this bottle contains, fresh hop aromatics I'm loving it. Nice cereal grain nose to it very much a pale biscuit malt sweetness that has some light toasted grain but an ample touch of honey sweetness to create perfect balance in the smell.

Flavors are again perfectly balanced yet chalk full of flavor both hops and malts. Biscuit sweetness hits the sides of the palate with bitterness blending in alot of citrus peel, raw herbaceous slightly skunked Mary Jane, and a dirty earthiness bring on a multitude of varietal hop burps. One belch I'm thinking Saaz, the next a dose of Hallertau, and then some Tettnang...oh the dry finish is priceless this is the crisp quality some of those beer commericals are talking about even if you don't find that experience in their beers.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with flowing lively carbonation mildly effervescent yet it has a creamy slightly slick hop oil consistency, bone dry finish great light beer experience for the non beerlievers to cross over on. This brew will take you on a trip through Bavaria, now it's time for the real thing, I want a taste of these hops from the source.

Drinkability is inspiring if you feel bored with the craft beer scene and how things have been driven toward rarity and high alcohol with insane doses of malts and hops then you need to reach for the Noble pils from Sam Adams to take you back to a flavor that made you fall in love with beer.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant golden peach color with a fluffy white head that slowly dissipates to a cap but impales itself all over the sides of the glass.
Smells of spice and earth, citrus, honey, a bit of sweet pilsner malt. Lots of floral hops with just enough malt to balance this one fairly well.
Taste is slightly grainy with sweet malts and a punch of floral and citrus. Finishes rather dry with a lingering floral hop bitterness.
Medium to high level of carbonation. There were carb streams flowing up out of my Sam Adams perfect pint glass 20 minutes after I poured this. Medium body with a watery mouthfeel.
I really enjoyed this beer! Light and refreshing and quite tasty. When the weather is a little warmer I will surely be enjoying many of these.

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Photo of stakem
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light yellow with a finger of white head. Fair amount of retension and lace clinging to the glassware. Nose has an enjoyable amount of herbal and grassy hop character with some spice and citrus filling out the rest of the aroma. Flavor is equally as mixed with hops: herbal, grassy and citrusy. Nice amount of hop bitterness with this but it doesn't overpower all the flavor characteristics the hops have to offer. Light feel with a moderate to high carb level. It finishes clean, little bit warming for 5% and is quite drinkable.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of WoodBrew
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aaaahhh! This is one tasty beer! Golden clear color, nice foamy head, great balanced taste and sweet subtle scent of hops makes this SESSION beer fantastic! If you never tried it...you should. It is a strong addition to the Samuel Adams arsonol! Stay thirsty my friends!

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Photo of AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - bright gold with a large, thick, dense cap of pure white head that has great retention

S - very grassy, herbal

T - light straw and pilsner malt with a big, grassy, herbal hops

M - light to medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a really delicious pilsner. It has great hop character and all around great flavor. It's refreshing and very quaffable. It's definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ejimhof
2.71/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was anxious to try this beer after reading all the forum discussions about it. I guess I was expecting more from this beer but I did not enjoy it as much as I hoped. The hops seem to overwhelm the taste and this beer is nothing like any pilsner I have ever had. I will try it again but for now it is a "C" grade for me.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's certainly carrying a more spicy and biting hop presence. The beer might be a bit too cold at the moment to catch any other tones, or maybe they're just not there. Overall, it's a nice production. And with so many hop lovers out there, I doubt there will be that many complaints on this one.

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Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Samuel Adams Noble Pils from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.86 out of 5 based on 3,655 ratings.
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