McSaddle (1) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2013 does not count
2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
I was surprised by what was available in their Spring Variety Pack. Little White Rye was included in the Summer Variety Pack, though it is hardly a summer beer and has an offensive flavor. Sam Adams often offers a pleasant surprise but every now and then they brew something that should never have been. If you want a Rye, try Founder’s Red’s Rye.
swigswthwolves (74) - Michigan City, Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is quite am interesting selection. Pours a hazy yellow with a light white top. Aroma is very complex with notes of wheat, grass, earth, but a with a sweet edge. Fresh leaves come through as well. Taste is some cloves with a little banana that doesn’t quite live up to the aroma. More of a wheat beer that one should definitely smell before tasting.
notalush (5266) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This should probably be listed as a witbier - hazy gold - fairly thick lace - quite a bit of sage in the nose - some sweet orange notes underneath - the rye is mild, but adds an interesting dimension that works surprisingly well with the sage - medium body - soft carbonation in the mouth - lightly spicy up front (pepper, herbs), followed by a light citric tartness - rye arrives late, along with mild sage - like in the nose, they play off of each other much better than I was expecting - spicy finish - pretty good.
JMerritt (1871) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy golden with a massive bright-white head that leaves fabulous lacing. Rather spicy rye aroma with orange peel, light pine, hibiscus flower and vanilla cookies. Light-to-moderately bitter flavor up front turns moderately sweet and flowery. Finish has some chamomile tea notes atop lemon peel, lavender and light white pepper. Lightly carbonated, mouthfeel is a bit watery. Interesting.
wxman (1533) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a hazy golden with a full white head that dissipates to a thin coating in short order. Aroma is coriander and bread. Taste is smooth and creamy with noticable rye bread dough, spices and a bit of hop bitterness at the end. Couldn’t find an IBU rating anywhere, but I suspect it’s around 40. Pretty decent summer refresher offered in Sam’s summer 12-pack.