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Samuel Adams James Madison Dark Wheat Ale

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RATINGS: 256   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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Unfiltered and hazy, this deep mahogany brew pours with a dense creamy head. The slight tartness of malted rye is balanced with sweeter roasted malted barley notes of cocoa and toffee. Malted barley, hand roasted by our brewers, adds a subtle smoky finish reminiscent of colonial brewing.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
can8ianben (1343) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2006
I actually like this pretty well... its got some nice swetness, good body and balance, its refreshing but and has a niec smooth taste. I’m not sure if I would say it is a good SMOKED, most that I have tried are almost offensive in how much smoke flavour there is.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2547) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Initial hints of light smoke and a little minty wheat. A very cloudy brown and an extra large foaming head. Flavor somewhat tart, with a note of citrus and chocolate (almost clashing, except the chocolate comes later). Smoke is ever present and contributes to a sourish green olive character. A bit weird. Light palate, surprising undercarbonated in the mouth, despite all the effervescence in the glass. This beer feels rather primitive, and perhaps that’s what they were going for. Perhaps it is authentic, but one could never be sure. I could almost imagine colonial pubs serving something like this: rough, raw, muddy (better serve it in a ceramic mug) and a touch soured.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2006
Very muddy, rather unattractive brown color...maybe you know where I am going with the visual description... brown, muddy, oh well. Lots of citrus(?) and spicy notes in the aroma with some dry chocolate in the background. Highly carbonated body (often a bonus for style) with some nice, spicy, rye-like notes in the finish and some chocolate milk and lemon.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2100) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2006
After drinking the entire 4 pack, I feel that basically I paid 10 dollars for 2 beers, that are Sam Adams beers, not Rochefort 10s. Pours cloudy brown colored, sweet and fruity. Pretty refreshing. Not picking up any smoke flavor here, dunno why its listed as one. If you can find this one in a single, buy it, but buying the 4 pack is a complete waste of money.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 21, 2006
Pours brown with an off white head. Smells nutty, smoky, and roasty. Tastes nutty with mellow smokiness and a nice tarte malt profile. Full mouthfeel with a slight peppery finish and more smoke in the background.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2006
12oz bottle pours a cloudy dark amber color with a full creamy tan head that stays pretty well and laces the sides of the glass. Aromas of roasted barley, many earthy qualties, some coffee, and a little smoke. Flavor is some toffee, a touch of caramel, some smoke, and much roasted malt flavor. Palate is good medium body and creamy mouthfeel. Definitely the best one in the box of 4 in my opinion. I think this should be a dunkel weizen and not a smoked though... Reminded me a lot of Bells wheat 8.


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