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Samuel Adams Boston 26.2 Brew
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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Gose. Ale brewed with coriander and salt.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lag91 (55) - Milton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2014
Tap: Light golden color, about 1/2 finger head. Not very aromatic but enough to get an idea of the flavor. Light bitter lemon with a nice complimentary coriander spice. Only available along the Marathon Route and one select pub. Must have if in the Boston area

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sailracer (419) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2014
Tap. Pours a cloudy yellow with a small head. The wheat flavor is prominent and the coriander adds some nice spice that goes very well with the mild lemony sourness. Pretty god overall and very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tonkun (942) - New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2014
Tap. Hazy orange yellow pour with half an inch of finger. Floral, air freshener, bread. Light body. Wheat and citrus. Easy to drink

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Very limited availability on tap in the Boston area. I was shocked to see this hadn’t been added to BA yet. This is a new beer style for me. As Steve Greenlee at Boston.com writes, "It’s a light German beer brewed with at least 50 percent wheat, plus coriander and salt. Few brewers make a gose, which is too bad, because it can be quite tasty, with fruity esters, a spicy character, and a tart finish." I never would have expected the wheat content. The head was flat, there was no lace and the liquid was only mildly hazy. It also didn’t have the traditional malted wheat flavors. The beer’s aroma was on the light side. It smelled like a very pale ale, even though the brew’s color was dark gold. Little hop nose, nor on the tongue. The taste was very sweet--not quite to a Bock level but certainly not wheaty. I found it reminiscent to the Blueberry beers often found in New England. The body was moderate while the carbonation was well above average. The aftertaste is brief and leans to the sour side. Worth seeking out just to try a Gose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
boto (1908) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUN 11, 2013
Draught @ Doyle’s: This one pours a hazy, darker golden color. It has a small white head that leaves some lacing. Lighter but nice aroma. Mainly notes of coriander and wheat. The taste is good. Medium to lighter body. Wheat and coriander are the main flavors. No real sweetness or bitterness. Crisp, refreshing. Pretty nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sonnycheeba (3919) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2013
Tap at brewery. Pours lightly hazy amber with thick, creamy white head; good retention and decent lacing. Aroma is cereal and biscuit malts, light caramel, dates, pears, grassy and floral hops, and light toast. Flavor is sweet, bready malts forward with supporting light fruit esters, light herbs, and some floral and grassy hops. Medium body and low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (2722) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2013
Draft at the brewery. Pours hazy amber with a white frothy head. Light body. Tastes like lemon, cardamom, coriander. Smells like cereal, bready.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammer (1065) - Plano, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2013
A very solid tasting beer, overshadowed by the tragedy that unfolded the day after I tried this in Boston.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rarbring (1641) - Linköping, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2013
Aroma: Salty, umami. Almost sweat.
Appearance: A clear dark straw colored beer. An off-white head with small lacing and some curtains.
Taste: Tasting bread, cheese and grass.
Palate: Medium high carbonation, a fresh texture. A small body with a slightly dry finish.
Overall: Clean, refreshing, smooth
Note: On-tap at Samuel Adams Brewery, Boston. Reviewed 2013-03-30.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Seeing this as the only 26.2 by Sam Adams on this site makes me assume it’s the Boston Marathon 26.2 IPA that I got at Doyle’s in Boston. As is the only way to have it served since it isn’t bottled, I got it on tap. To me, this is the best beer to have in summer time. I only had it once, but I’d be drinking this any time in place of their Summer Ale. Both are good, but there’s something really refreshing and citrusy about the 26.2. It has a pretty light mouthfeel, which is to be expected from a summer-like beer, and it also has a GREAT, subtle lemony citrus flavor. An excellent Boston exclusive... I wish it was bottled. Sigh.

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