Aurelius (3719) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet, acidic, frooty NeHi aroma. Moderately foggy light gold; US longneck, Iím beginning to not like the complicated Sam labeling. Well bittered, strongly fruity, lightly sweet but on the dry side, pastry malting. I have a feeling that the froot would become clingy after two. All the berry and sweetness fades out quickly in the end, and youíre left with a long dry bitterness. Missing some of the complexity that I would have liked, but not bad. Walmart, part of the 2013 Beers of Summer mixpack.
RedSox2004 (1047) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - APR 18, 2013
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
I donít like blueberry pancakes, blueberry ice cream, blueberry pie or blueberries. And now I know that I donít like blueberry beer.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle from the Summer sampler. Pours a hazy orange color with a large pillowy white head. Good head retention. Aroma of pale malts and blueberries typical of this style, but the berries do not seem artificial like so many of these do. The taste is pale malts, lightly tart berries and a faint vegetal note. Medium bodied.
Chad9976 (1021) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into the official Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. It had a best before September 2013 notch on the label.
Appearance: White gold hue, slightly hazy but mostly clear. Forms a large, white frothy head which actually leaves an amazing amount of lace for a lager and never evaporates.
Smell: Reminds me of blueberry flavored gum or other candy. A generic lager core aroma as well.
Taste: Samuel Adams Blueberry Hill Lager is one of those beers where the first few swigs are full of the advertised taste. Itís blueberry alright, itís pretty sweet but not overtly sugary or syrupy, etc. Though the brewerís website says itís beer "aged on blueberries" rather than brewed with some kind of extract of flavoring added. It does tastes a tad fake to me. But itís a moot point since it fades quickly and second half of the glass tastes like standard pale lager. Clean, crisp, mild, adjunct-free lager - in other words, a lager thatís not very exciting despite the labelís claim of citrus from the hops (I really donít detect them).
I also get a slight sourness or sharpness on the finish as the beer warms up. Had the palette been a little more complex, or had the initial blueberry taste endured I think this couldíve been a pretty interesting, solid beer. While there are some things to enjoy here, mostly itís only okay.
Drinkability: Since this is a pale lager at the core itís no surprise it drinks like one. A fairly thin, crisp mouthfeel thatís actually kind of refreshing while in the mouth. A clean aftertaste and smooth delivery make Samuel Adams Blueberry Hill Lager highly quaffable (I actually couldnít believe how fast I sucked this down). At 5.5% ABV itís a bit stronger than it needs to be, but since only two come in a 12-pack thatís all you need anyway.
adnielsen (7583) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ home. Honestly, Iíve always been a bit of a sucker for blueberry beers, not just sours. Pours a hazy, a bit cloudy yellow orange appearance with a fluffy, a bit yellowish, cream colored head. Aroma is potent and full of blueberry pancakes along with some berry tartness. Smells refreshing and enticing so far. Starts out with some tart blueberry, fruity notes and finishes with a bit more bready, floral bitterness. Lots of blueberries that continue to linger after the finish. Nothing mind blowing but I could pound a bunch of these.
Onionkid (349) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - APR 17, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Man, Iím beginning to notice a trend with this Sam Adams summer variety pack - these beers are all kinda awful. Shockingly, this is probably the best "fruity" beer Iíve ever had. I canít stand the idea of a blueberry beer, but this one nearly shakes the artificial flavor stigma I associate with these kinds of beers and is actually somewhat tasty. Itís still pretty awful and I really just donít get the point of a beer like this, just doesnít line up with my tastes at all. But itís not bad. Hops are overwhelmed by the blueberry flavor, but itís crisp and refreshing. 5.5% alcohol.
Derek881 (917) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a regular bottle into a small glass to drink at a beer tasting. The beer had an aroma mixed with a bunch of fruits, including blueberry, and some citrus, orange, and lemon tones, and bits of candy, sugar, and bubble gum. It had a cloudy/hazy straw-gold color with a good-sized foamy white head with average retention, good lacing, and a lighter cling. Its taste was a very sweet orange-gum mixture with blueberry notes, and touches of lemon. The palate felt a drying mouthfeel and a thinner, lighter beer with low-to-average carbonation and a dry finish. Thanks for sharing, Corey.
johnnyoski (388) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Slightly hazy, yellow color with an average white head. Grassy, natural blueberry aroma. The blueberry flavor is very subdued as its overpowered by a grainy, semi sharp finish. Creamy texture with average carbonation. Light and refreshing but just a middle of the pack fruit beer.
Westmeister (1303) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours unclear medium orange w thin head. Smell is light grain, blueberries and other sweet berries. Taste is big sweet berries and I dig it as is not coming off artificial at all. Smooth crisp grain lager base. Thought that I wouldnít like this but it certainly surprised me.
thegreenrooster (2976) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 13, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pour is a hazy yellow with a large white head. Aroma is blueberry but not much else. Flavor is again just a minor blueberry and not much else. I actually get more of the blueberry after the swallow then during. This was a pretty weak effort. A small amount of blueberry with a tasteless beer base.