Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 12, 2001
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Well, this seems decent enough, good balance and refreshing, but I don’t think January was the best time of year to release this one, it seems better suited as a summer ale. Perhaps I’ll try another one then and see if I like it better.
Shazbat (100) - USA - FEB 6, 2001
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
opiate (199) - Sandy, Utah, USA - DEC 15, 2000
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a Kolsch style ale according to the lable. I’ve got to admit that I’m not terribly knowledgeable about this style. It’s very light in color, and full of flavor. It finishes pretty dry, and the hops (German noble hops) are very apparent. I like this ale. I’d guess it has a higher than average alcohol content. (I just looked it up and it’s 5.2%, so not as strong as I was thinking.) Anyway... a great, clean tasting, light ale.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 2, 2000
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2003 Light golden. Husky malt aroma, some fresh apple, hints of grass, wheat. Light pale malt notes, some grass. Sweetish (~18 IBUS), slightly honeyish finish.
blatz (138) - Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2000
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Another lackluster brew from Sam - on my list its in between Pale Ale and Summer Ale - Definitely crisp and refereshing - nice on a hot day - the presentation is okay - very thin color and body - minimal head retention - well balanced in the hop/malt department and not necessarily a bad brew - just not one I like nor one I’d expect from SA. Cheers!
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2000
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is probably the only SA product I would pass on. Nothing outstanding or discerning to me here. Clean and refreshing, but very light and kind of bland.
beerman991979 (137) - Old Town, Maine, USA - OCT 4, 2000
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
good clean taste.. slightly heavier than say the summer ale, but lighter than the oktoberfest or winter. Good malty taste with a mildly hoppy aftertaste.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2000
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I have liked all Sam’s beers that I have tasted. good malt nose, fair on the hop end. Clean and fresh.
Jimmylib (169) - old bridge, New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2000
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20