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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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The first of this year’s winners, Dave Anderson, works in the packaging department at Sam Adams. His submission, a Strawberry Lager, is described as “a bright and fresh wheat beer, with a strong strawberry character balanced with toffee and citrus notes – the brewer’s vision of the perfect summertime beer to enjoy after a round of golf on a hot day. Brewed with fresh strawberries, this beer pours a bright golden color and imparts a malty sweetness with hints of lemon and earthiness. Strawberry Lager finishes with a wonderful intensive strawberry flavor without being overwhelming and leaves a lingering creamy sweetness on the palate.”

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nuplastikk (4322) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2013
12oz bottle. Slightly hazy orange-tan, lots of what I would assume to be strawberry floaties. Big sweet candy strawberry flavor. A pretty tasty beverage, but leans into the almost artificial strawberry tones instead of going for a sublime, malty, balanced offering. Probably pretty tasty in it’s original form. OK.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
dwyerpg (4528) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 28, 2013
Smells like strawberry shortcake and syrup. I really didn’t enjoy this. Tons of strawberry that almost gives it a Jolly Rancher character, which is strange given it’s all fresh strawberries. Just couldn’t stand it though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SSSteve (3751) - - APR 28, 2013
bottle. gold with some floating particles under a white, fluffy, head. straw and strawberry aroma. light, refreshing, real strawberry flavors up front and finishes with a clean grainy flavor. light body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2013
Bottle. Straw body with sediment, thin tight off-white head. Nose of strawberry purée and biscuit. The effect of the strawberry is a bit different in the body, where it adds a tannic, tart element to the otherwise light biscuity, grassy body. Not very sweet. Bland and a bit off-putting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thegreenrooster (3189) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 27, 2013
Pour is a clear yellow with an average whtie head. Aroma is of nice fresh strawberries. So much so it makes me think there is someting artificial about it. Flavor is strawberry and some sweetness that brings things down a bit. Finish leaves a strawberry sweetness on the tounge. It’s ok if you like strawberries. There are tons of things floating in this. This would be a beer my mom would like.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RobertDale (3396) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 27, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Pours a light gold with a decent white head. Aroma of sweet strawberries. Taste is strawberries, a bit of malt, and a touch of grain. Too sweet for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 26, 2013
UPDATED: APR 27, 2013 12oz bottle, courtesy of Boston Beer. Thanks! Pours a hazy, deep golden color; modest retention and fine-bubbled lacing. Loads of pulpy strawberry jam in the aroma, without much else; certainly sweet. Medium body; medium, fine-bubbled carbonation; following the aroma, there?s just a ton of strawberry jam here, accompanied by basic sugary sweetness and not much else. Finish is residual sugar and berries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2397) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 26, 2013
Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Crystal clear light amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Strong strawberry nose, flavor is tart strawberry. $8.99 for a mixed 6-pak from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, MA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
blutt59 (6004) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2013
Bottle, clear golden pour with soapy white foam, aroma is fresh strawberries, flavor is a little sweet, strawberry note, finish is almost sour

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2013
12 oz. bottle. Pours clear orange with a nice white foamy soapy head that leave a film. Aroma has a faint strawberry scent like a fruit role up and grain and malt. Taste is lager all the way with more strawberry fruit role up and chap stick. Palate is thin and slightly slick with a dry finish in an off putting way. Maybe when its 90 degrees outside this could do the trick.

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