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Over 1000 years of brewery experience together with American innovation, two years of development and the four ingredients malt, hops, water, and yeast resulted in a new dimension of the art of brewing and in an innovative, ground-breaking beer: Infinium. The sparkling beer is complex, unique in taste and produced strictly according to the German purity law. This sparkling beer is dry and strong in taste despite the more the 10 percent by volume alcohol and unsettles preconceived opinion about the limits of the German purity law. The strong, deep golden beer will enter the market in noble, corked, 0.75 liter bottles. The joint venture of Weihenstephan and Samuel Adams unites a new way of thinking about the world of the American extreme.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
kerolasa (409) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2010
Colour is almost like any supermarket stock lager. Smell has same thing going on. Did I just buy most expensive lager ever? Head is really unimpressive, and there’s no carbonation. Signs are really bad. Bit sweet and there is some hops. alcohol taste is clear, but perhaps not as obvious as you could expect on basis of percentage number. At least this is easy to drink. As a beer this reminds somewhat trippels, but considering the price this was not very good buy. With more than 20 euros I where expecting something more special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (7571) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Bottle. Ripe banana, apple and malt aroma. Clear amber color with small head and mild effervescence. Sweet banana and light orange malt flavor with mildly bitter grass and alcohol finish. Mild carbonation. Pretty good but not really worth the price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
damzz (256) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Pours a thick white head that slowly dissipates leaving sheet lacing that clings to the glass, a crystal rimless wine glass. The bubbes are champagne-like - tiny bubbles (to the tune of the song) that remain throughout the glass. The color is translucent slighty burnished brass matching the label. A slight swirl opens up the nose revealing malt and citrus. The taste is an attentuated malty sweetness with a hint of banana in a medium body followed by a dry finish. Enjoyed on the Celebration of the Birth of Jesus, the Messiah.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (4416) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2010
A clear, amber colored beer. Some alcohol in the aroma and it is also there in the flavor. Some wheat beer qualities, a little banana. Virtually no hop presence, and lightly sweet malt, not that dry at all. A light sourness in the finish. I don’t think it is a doppelbock, but I’m not sure what to call it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 24, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2010 Bottle. Pours fairly transparent amber with giant lacey and dense off-white head. Nose is buttery, bready ,a little caramel, banana, and cream. Flavors are slightly acidic but full of banana flavors...with some caramel, buttery, bready notes pretty much everywhere...and the acidic characteristics take the form of green apple and grape around the edges. Bubbly and bloating, for sure...but this is interestingly flavorful for what it is, though the prickly carbonation almost hurts...the alcohol is masked well, I like it. But its gassy as hell.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 24, 2010
75cl bottle, brewed by BBC. First off, this is not a doppelbock in the slightest, but I guess we still haven’t figured out what to do with it... Pours a deep gold color with a frothy white head that has decent retention. Brilliantly clear. Apple pie, citrus peel, and spicy/sweet alcohol aroma. Sweet and a bit creamy on the malt in the flavor with a lot of fruitiness from the apparent alcohol. Finishes a little dry from it as well, with an almost papery feel and lingering sweetness. Medium body with ample carbonation at first but then gets a little coarse and flabby. Great look, but this really just ends up coming across like a mediocre Belgian golden strong ale. Just buy a Duvel and save yourself the twelve bucks. If it took me this long to come up with this beer (as they claim it did) I’d be pretty disappointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewBoxer (1989) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Pours a gold sparking color with a thick foamy head. Bubbling like champagne. Smells of bananas, bread and clove. The taste was much heavier then the look. Has a toasty/carmel flavor with an aftertaste of alcohol and fuits. This was a good beer, but nothing spectacular. I’ll stick with champagne on New Years Eve.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Wolfenkopf (171) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2010
This one has an enticing wheaty aroma. I also detect the smell of flowers, even strawberries. Head is off-white and bubbly, while the brew is light amber hinting on the side of orange. The taste is crisp and similar to champagne with a bit more weight to it. There is wheat and citrus to the taste as well. I had hoped for more in the way of taste, but that is all there is to it. The champagne aspect to the brew sticks with you for awhile, quite heavy on the carbonization. The mild burn of which sticks through into the aftertaste. I enjoyed it, but I would have preferred a sixer of something from Sam’s regular lineup.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HighWine (951) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Bubbly golden pour in the glass. Large foam bubbles make up a two finger head that clings extremely well to the glass. Belgian yeast nose, banana, candi sugar, and a little tart green apple. Rich tasting Belgian golden ale. A little sweet and becomes boozy as it warms up. Flavors of honey and grass predominate. Could use a little more hop balance to cut the sweetness. Nice big, oily palate. Great mouthfeel. A very nice beer worth drinking during good times with good friends or cellaring for a special occaions.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zizzybalubba (1409) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2010
750 mL bottle from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA. Pours light yellowish-orange with a bubbly white head. Sweet aroma as I expected since this is listed as a doppelbock, however, there is a generous amount of citrusy fruit in the aroma as well. The flavor does a good job of balancing the sweetness with notes of banana, orange zest, and lemon. The sweetness, and perhaps the alcohol, keep this from being too light and fruity with every ingredient working in perfect balance. The $19 price tag would keep this from being a standard purchase and the 750 mL bottle is a bit much for me to enjoy by myself but overall, against my skepticism, this beer works quite well.

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