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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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.”

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RobertDale (6986) - 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.

kmweaver (3208) - 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.

jimhilt (2636) - 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.

blutt59 (6609) - 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

portableparty (2398) - 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.

ben4321 (6840) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2013
Location: 12 oz bottle from Rodman’s, 4/20/13

Aroma: The nose is extremely sweet, giving off lots of artificial strawberry and candied sugar
Appearance: This one pours a gold color, with a white head thats leaves some drippy lace
Flavor: The taste, just like the nose, is over-the-top sweet and full of strawberry candy flavors
Palate: The body is light-medium, and it would probably have a decent feel if it wasn’t so cloying
Overall Impression: I wasn’t a fan of this one at all. It is too sweet and too cloying to even be palatable, and after drinking less than half I had just about enough and passed it off to the wife. She, on the other hand, really like it.

boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2013
Bottle... Poured pale golden with a nice white head. Nice lacing. Aroma had artificial candied strawberry notes. Biscuit and cracker-like malt notes mixed with an intense strawberry fruitiness. Soda pop-like. Meh.

FROTHINGSLOSH (8291) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2013
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a hazy golden color with a medium sized creamy white head that left a bit of lacing. The aroma was sweetish, tangy and had light notes of artificial sugar and artificial strawberry. The flavor was tart and tangy with moderate artificial sugar and artificial strawberry. Medium length artificial sugar and strawberry finish. Medium body. Blah.

ChainGangGuy (4941) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2013
Part of the 2013 Samuel Adams LongShot Pack - Bullock’s Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Golden body that would’ve been clean save for the chunky cloud of floaters.

Smell: Strawberries, to no one’s surprise, smelling rather sweetish with a definite candy quality about it. Minor influences of the malt.

Taste: Sweet, candyish strawberry flavoring through and through with just the quickest, littlest hints underneath of malt and, maybe, yeast to remind you there’s a beer present.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied (barely). Medium carbonation.

Overall: Maybe shame on me for saying this, but, this is one of those ’for the ladies’ brews. Actually, let me revise that: it’s ’one for the ladies and Dave Andersons’.

jcos (1855) - Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2013 Location/Date:Bottle on April 20th, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a gold clear.
Aroma: Aroma mostly of strawberry, nearly like a starkist candy.
Taste: Sweet, mostly strawberry, faint lemon.
Palate:Light body.

Summary: Not a poorly made beer, but this is just too sweet to me.

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