jzzbassman (1414) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - APR 5, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very odd......how did such a rarely rated beer wind up in a new bar in Tupelo, MS?!?!
That being said....this is my favorite style and this really let me down. Pours a cloudy gold without much of a head. Slight aroma, vegetal, yeast, and light citrus. Tastes like someone poured a hefeweizen (My least fave style) in a saison. Very esther-y, wheat, and lemon. Very light bodied.
The first saison to hit the state, and meh......not going back for more.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap for growler fills at Half Time. Pours a clear gold with a thin white head. Crisp sweet citrus, toast and wheat. A bit sweet and earthy, pepper and yeast. Musk and crisp wheat on the finish. Decent enough.
keepersj12 (2444) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had this as a sample at the AC Beer Fest. The other ratings are from 2007 so Iím not sure if this is the right beer but here goes. It had a nice pale amber color with a small head. The aroma was fresh grass, yeast and sour fruit. It had a nice sourness in the flavor as well. Very well balanced and quite crisp and clean. This one will take care of that summer time thirst.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ The Sushi Bar, McCall, ID: Pours a light gold color with a nice white head. The nose is yeasty with light wheat and a spicy peppery note; mild for a saison but strong for Sam Adams. Flavor is nutty and grassy, light noble hop notes and a bit of wheat. Clean finish with a very biscuity flavor. Tasty saison, very clean; not funky, but thatís not a bad thing. Approachable. Great for SA!
RGDave (113) - Lebanon, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at CIRCA, High Bridge, NJ. Clean Lines. Beer pours blonde, medium white head. Mild hop aroma, attack is smooth and mild, with a clean finish - subtle notes of grain and malt. In general, a remarkably well-balanced brew for such a smooth taste. One of Sam Adamís better offerings.
ExpendableHero (705) - Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy golden brew with a white head. Lively carbonation is noticeable, neat lacing effects. Aromas of wheat, and citrus. Tastes of subdued wheat, oranges, lemons, and even some faint Belgian candy sugars. A bit like a hefe. Very smooth, and easy to drink, although a bit bland for the style. Actually tasted like an extremely good pale lager with decent hints of citrus. Worth checking out if you are a fan of light ABV brews.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on tap @ 1702 Tucson, AZ; March 2011
The beer arrives from the tap with a one-finger thick, pale head that leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer is a clear gold hue. A grassy grain note combines with a dry slightly herbal honey, whole grain cracker and even a touch of biscuit malt like character. There is some sweetness wrapped up in a fruitiness here in the nose as well, with notes of pear, apple and melon being noticeable.
As the beer first hits my mouth it tastes herbal, bitter, very hay like (more so in the finish even) and has a carbonic bite to it. The fruit character comes out after the fist sip with more of an apple and pear like note, but there is also a touch of melon rind to the flavor. This is very light bodied, it is down right quaffable and refreshing even. The finish has a grainy quality to it as well as a cracker like malt character. There is a hint of mustiness here as well as some medicinal notes that give this some characteristic Saison fermentation character. Ther eis also some notes of pepper in the finish as well as a dry, musty, slightly woody note here.
This is quite nice; I really like light and refreshing beers that have quite a bit of character to them. Having said that, this beer could use a bit more character (more hop character or a better defined yeast influence & spice would have been nice), but the body and texture are just about perfect.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ 1702 - Pours a clear light golden color with a nice size white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is mostly esters. Flavor is fruity esters and light herbal hops. Light to medium body. A very nice easy drinking beer.
Suttree (4736) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
So Iím the first person to rate a Sam Adams Beer? Really? Neato. Pours a very slightly cloudy yellow, with a decent sized head. Smells a little bit woody, a little bit of citrus, and some herbal notes. Flavor is very crisp and dry, with a big herbal note. Nice mix of wood, a little lemon, a little white wine. Lightly spicy finish. Definitely on the more herbal, lighter bodied side of the saision spectrum, more a refreshing session saison than a sipper. On tap, Bearden Beer Market.