Samuel Adams Hefeweizen

It’s been awhile since I had a Sam Adams beer, so let’s see how it was.

ABV: 5.4%

Style: Hefeweizen

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “FRESHEST BEER PROGRAM In 2010, we started collaborating with our distributors through a program dubbed the ‘Freshest Beer Program,’ which improves efficiency in the supply chain and deliver drinkers the freshest Samuel Adams beer possible. Doesn’t sound all that exciting but trust us – it’s an innovative idea. HOW IT WORKS Distributors typically keep about a month of beer inventory, often kept warm in their warehouse. The Freshest Beer Program reduces that to a week or two and requires keeping our beer cold. Almost 80% of our volume is on the Freshest Beer Program, making it possible for people across the country to enjoy a fresh Sam Adams beer that came off the bottling line just a week or two ago. WHEN IT STOPS BEING FRESH, WE BUY IT BACK Sam Adams employees are constantly, almost obsessively, checking our beers to ensure that they’re fresh. When a Samuel Adams beer is past its freshness date, no matter where it is found, or who finds it, we take it off the shelf and send it to a beer recycling facility (yes, they do exist).”

Random: I used to get all of the Sam’s mixed packs, but there are so many better options now that I don’t see the point.

The beer poured with a two and a half finger, slightly off white head, which was very thick. It took awhile to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was moderately hazy and bright orange with lots of visible carbonation. The nose was filled with all of the scents of a typical hefeweizen: banana, bubble gum and clove, along with some wheat. The taste was very muted compared to the nose. There was still bubble gum, banana, clove and a touch of nutmeg. There was some wheat and citrus, but overall, it tasted like a lightly flavored seltzer. The body was light with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick and unremarkable finish. This was part of a mixed pack that hung out in the back of the fridge, so I have no idea the cost of this, but even if it was cheap, this beer was a miss for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Samuel Adams Golden Hour

Tonight’s beer is one from a Sam Adams variety pack that was stuck in the back of the fridge. I used to buy their variety pack every season, but now I usually only buy one or two for a party. Let’s see how this beer was.

ABV: 5%

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “‘Helles’ is the German word for bright, and it’s the perfect way to describe this light, golden, and refreshing beer. German Noble hops create a distinct spicy, fresh hop character, and are complemented by a touch of malt sweetness for a drinkable yet flavorful brew. Capture it before the season slips away like the golden hour of a summer evening.”

Random: The brewery recommends pairing this with bratwurst.

The beer poured with a very loose, one finger, pure white head. It went away quickly, leaving no lacing on the glass. The body was slightly cloudy, but bright yellow in color with lots of carbonation. The nose was pretty light. I picked up some lemon peel and grain, but not much else. The taste started with lemon peel and grain, but quickly went into white peppercorns and grass. The body was on the lighter side with lots of carbonation. The finish was quick and unremarkable. Since this sat in the back of the fridge for awhile, I don’t remember how much I paid for it, but I can’t imagine it being very expensive. I thought this beer was just unremarkable, but definitely drinkable.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Samuel Adams Tropic Of Yuzu

I started watching the new show on USA about the Tupac and Biggie murders. I thought that it would be more like the Menendez murder show, but it’s not nearly as good. I’ll give it another few episodes before I give up on it. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 6%

Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This distinctive beer gets a citrusy punch from yuzu, a Japanese fruit with juicy hints of Mandarin orange and grapefruit. The beer’s slightly tart character is balanced by the kick of Grains of Paradise, which add a peppery note the wheat and citrus for a subtle, spicy finish.”

Random: This beer comes in at 20 IBUs.

The beer poured with half a finger of white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of fruit, specifically mango, grapefruit and pineapple. There was some yuzu as well. The taste had a bit more depth with the same bright tropical fruit notes of mango and yuzu. It had a sweetness from the Mandarin oranges as well. There was a spice note with white peppercorns and Grains of Paradise. The fruit overtook the more nuanced flavors of the spice. The body was medium thickness and high carbonation. The finish was instant and fruity. I don’t remember how much I paid for the beer, but I can’t imagine that it was super expensive. I enjoyed the beer, I just think that it needs to be tweaked a touch.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA

Sam Adams has been coming out with a line of IPAs, I assume because everyone is going crazy for them. The only one that I’ve had from the series to date was their Rebel IPA. Let’s see how this one fared.


ABV: 6.3%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA is the newest addition to the Rebel family of IPAs, which are brewed to showcase a wide range of hop intensities and characteristics. Rebel Grapefruit is brewed with real grapefruit for a big punch of citrus that amplifies the tropical fruit and citrus notes of one of the Sam Adams brewers’ favorite West Coast hops, Mosaic.”

Random: I think this beer is trying to compete with a certain Ballast Point IPA.

This beer poured with a two finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass, along with a crown. The body was a hazy orange with soda-like carbonation. The nose had big notes of grapefruit rind. It also had a slight pine note. There was no malt to speak of. The taste was stale. It had an old citrus rind note that was not pleasant. Lemon came through too, but there was no malt with it. I also didn’t pick up any of the tropical fruit notes that I thought I would get. I think this bottle was on the older side, because it really should have been brighter. The body was on the thicker side with medium carbonation. The finish was instant with old grapefruit rind. This beer set me back $1.67 a bottle ($.14 per ounce). I didn’t like this beer at all. I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Samuel Adams Rebel Rouser

One day after work, I decided to stop at Canal’s in Hamilton because I hadn’t been there in years. I was looking for a six-pack of beer and wanted to see their regular selection. There wasn’t anything else that I felt I needed to have, but I came home with a six-pack of this beer, which has gotten a lot of favorable reviews lately.


ABV: 8.4%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Bold, citrusy, and piney, our double IPA isn’t just a bigger version of Rebel IPA. Instead we explored a different balance of hop character, including Bravo & Galaxy hops, and upped the ante on their flavor and expression for a brew that’s intense yet enjoyable through every sip.”

Random: One of the beer podcasts I listen to had an interview with Jim Koch. I haven’t finished it, but so far it’s really interesting.

The beer poured with a quarter finger of cream-colored head that dissipated quickly. It left some lacing on the glass, but not much. The body was a clear, bright orange with a lot of carbonation visible. The aroma was strong. I picked up notes of spicy hops with pine resin with lemon flesh, but lemon right before it goes bad. There was no malt to speak of. The taste had a lot of depth. It had the same lemon flesh and pine sap. What I couldn’t get past was a weird, herbal spice note that I couldn’t place. I let it warm and it reminded me of menthol. It also had a green herbal note that bordered on basil. The booze did come through and dried out the mouthfeel. It had a medium body with light carbonation. The finish was quick with pine and green herbs. I liked this beer, and that surprised me. I haven’t been the biggest fan of Sam Adams IPAs, but this one worked. It’s still not the best DIPA I’ve had, but very accessible and worth a sip and pretty cheap at $2 a bottle ($.17 per ounce). Give it a shot!

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Samuel Adams Hoppy Red

It’s been over a year since I’ve had a Sam Adams beer. It’s not that I don’t like their beers, but there are so many others out there that I want to try. I also find their beers to be good “gateway” beers, but they rarely wow me. This beer was part of a mixed-pack that I bought for a party. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 5.7%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Amber, smooth, and resinous, this ale was inspired by our exploration of Australian hops. We discovered that their rugged, spicy and piney character brightened a back-bone of roasted caramel malts, creating a beer with surprising depth and smoothness.”

Random: Although Sam Adams updated their labels not too long ago, I still find them boring.

The beer poured with a half a finger of ecru colored head. It dissipated quickly and left lacing on the glass. The body was a deep, clear mahogany color with moderate carbonation. The nose had some pine sap and grass. Malt came through too. The taste had a bitter note, but not pleasant hop bitterness. It was like old lemon juice. The next thing that came through was a dominant floral note that had a perfume-like taste to it. There was some bread after, but not enough to cut through the other flavors. The body was on the thicker side with medium carbonation. It had a quick finish with floral hops. A single bottle of this ran $1.17 ($.09 per ounce). I didn’t love this beer, although I like to see Sam Adams putting out hoppier beers.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Angry Orchard Summer Honey

I opened this cider for the other half. She wasn’t a big fan of it and I think she ended up drain pouring it at the end of the night. She let me take a picture and a few sips for research purposes. This is one of their seasonal ciders that’s available from March through August. She picked it up as a single, and I’m glad that we didn’t commit to more than that.


ABV: 5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our Summer Honey cider is a light and refreshing cider with subtle notes of wildflower honey, perfect for those warmer months.”

Random: I still haven’t tried all of their regular offerings. They’re widely available, so no real excuse here.

This cider poured with a one finger, light white head that dissipated quickly. There was no lacing left on the glass. The body was a clear, very light yellow color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was subtle with apples and floral notes with some sweetness. The taste was way too light. There was some honey and apple with very minor floral notes, but the cider itself was really under flavored. It was like drinking diluted cider. The body was also light and carbonation was moderate. It had a quick finish with very little flavor. This cider was $2.29 for the single bottle, which broke down to $.19 per ounce. Even if it was cheaper, I wouldn’t have this again. It was the most under flavored cider I’ve ever had. At least they have many other offerings that I enjoy.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0