Samuel Adams/Weihenstephan Infinium Ale

I’ve been waiting to try this beer for a while. I knew once I picked it up, I had to wait for Chris to try it. I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews about the brew. It seems like there is no real gray area with it. People either love it or hate it. One commonality that I’ve seen across the board is that no one is a fan of the price tag as this bad boy runs about $20 a bottle.

ABV: 10.3%

Style: Biere de Champagne/Biere Brut

Trivia: According to the Sam Adams website, “Our brewers worked for two years with the world’s oldest brewery, Germany’s Weihenstephan, to create this unique new beer style. A groundbreaking brew, made with only the four traditional ingredients: malted barley, hops, water and yeast, Infinium™ is a crisp champagne-like beer with fine bubbles and a fruity, spicy aroma. The crisp clean malt character and delicate fruit notes in this beer are complemented by a slight citrus flavor from dry hopping with Bavarian Noble hops. Bottle conditioning adds another layer of complexity and light spice notes.”

Random: I’ve only had one other beer of this style, and I was really, really not a fan. Hopefully this one will be better.

This brew pours with a crazy amount of white, fluffy head. I have to wait a few minutes to pour a little more into each champagne flute. The body is an orange-straw color with lots of active carbonation, just like a champagne. The nose has some booze and a weird astringent smell with a hint of grainy sweetness. The first thing that hits me on the taste is the prickly carbonation and then some other flavors that really remind me of champagne. But, then the weirdness hits. I get some metallic flavors and some perfume and floral hints. According to Chris, the beer reminds her of if you take a glass and wash it out with hand soap, but don’t wash it out completely and then let Tylenol dissolve in your mouth and drink the beer. I was with her up until the Tylenol. Anyways, I also get a bit of hops, but not much. I really can’t figure out if I like this beer or not. The finish is very metallic, but thankfully it doesn’t linger. For $20 a bottle, it’s not fantastic.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

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