11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 13, 2004
Bottle. Deep amber colored body. Tan head leaves great lacing behind. Wheat and roasted malt in the aroma. Flavor is like a Hefe with roasted grain characteristics. A little thin. Fair but nothing to search after. SDalkoholic (2395) - Linda Vista, California, USA - NOV 12, 2004
Amberish red with brown tint and a huge thick head that takes forever to break up. Aroma is nutty and has a hint of chocolate. Taste is sweet malt, almond, and good serving of raisins. I like bocks but this comes across strange. thegreenrooster (4440) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 12, 2004
Pour is a deep brown with a small head. Aroma is very malty and strong. flavor is malt with a very sweet spice to it. Aftertaste is carmel and a nice dose of fruitness. I like it! bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - NOV 11, 2004
THIS ONES FOR YOU, SCRAFF: had this brew last night at a restaurant guess tis the season for the so called ’winter beers’ to hit the shelves. poured on draft brown clear with a off white head, looked like a newcastle without the head. nose mostly of slight malt wet uninteresting fluff. in your mouth slight sweet rock candy feel with a moderate amt of malt backbone dominating the palate. ends with light hopping and nutty aftertaste...a bit on the thin side. but what do we expect, its a sam adams.?!?! Pailhead (6541) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2007 Bottle: Strong malty aroma. Caramel, brown sugar and fruit. Pours a very dark amber almost a transparent brown with a small off-white head that fades quickly. Nice malty flavor up front. Caramel, fruit, light brown sugar. Some roasty bitterness comes thru in the finish.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 6, 2004
Draft - how to say this ... it’s cool that a big brewery - which they now are - tries so many styles. I know when I was getting in to craft beer I used to enjoy Sam and looked forward to trying their different offerings. It is also sad that many - including many wait staff - think that their Boston Lager is the only Sam. I’ve asked for a rundown of draft lists at numerous places and when they say they have Sam Adams I ask which one - they look at me like I have lobsters coming out of my ears. This, of course, confused me. I finally figured out what the issue was and realized that if they don’t know - and they usually don’t - it is probably the BL.
Okay, I feel better.
Little aroma. It was served too cold. Very clear medium brown with a medium-sized beige head. Odd flavor. Some chocolate and an almost rye spiciness. Not great, but better than Bud. brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - NOV 6, 2004
I remember this being better than it actually is. Dark, copper pour with a clumpy white head. Aroma is carmel malt with some holiday spices. Medium bodied with one dimensional flavor. Sweet carmel malt, slightly toasted, citrus flavors. Somewhat syrupy and cloying. This brew seems tired and dull, I think it needs a makeover..... IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - NOV 5, 2004
Wow, this is a weizen bock? Never would have known it from the taste. On tap at Houlihan’s in the Crossgates Mall in Albany. Clear dark red color with a thin white head. Aroma is mostly "macro hop" with some slight maltiness. Taste is closer to a brown ale, with almost a nutty character, though a tad hoppier. Not too impressive. jde123 (775) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 5, 2004
Pours dark with a head that doesn’t do much, but leaves behind some very sluggish legs. Taste is strange. Don’t like it much. gsteph (325) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 5, 2004
Dark amber pour with an off-white head. Sticky lacing. Sweet, malty aroma with some banana. Sweet flavor muddled with mild fruit (banana, raisins, etc.) some spice. Wheat is definitely there and so is the strength. Fair on the front and middle but lacking in depth on the finish. Aftertaste is poor and very pronounced which detracts from the overall flavors.