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Samuel Adams Escape Route | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by WVbeergeek on 01-02-2014

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Photo of StoutElk_92
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear yellow-gold with a bubbly, frothy white foam head. Smells like sweet malt, mild honey, some mild fruit, subtle spice, with grass and pine. Tastes like balanced sweet malt, some mild spice, subtle fruit notes, with mild pine and dank grass. Feels light-medium bodied, creamy with moderate-low carbonation. Overall a nice drinkable Kölsch.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

bb june 2016
12oz bttl into BL glass
L- pours a hazy gold with thin bubbly head that quickly turns into ring of lacing
S- real nice yeasty aroma, with fruity notes
T- is hazy (if that's possible) with notes of fruit (exactly like nose)
F- medium bodied with nice creamy feel
O- interesting brew whilst the bottle says refreshing... i didn't exactly pick up to much taste
however does have a lager-like crispness along with fruity yeast ale-like notes

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Photo of KLHBB
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light, refreshing. A color of old-jewel amber; smells of magnolias and a pine forest in the rain. Taste of floral notes, light hops, the easy-drinking lightness of the style. Medium carbonation, overall quite nice.

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Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle in Florida.

Large off-white head over a hazy golden body.
The aroma has a nice interplay of hops and malts with some lemony and spicy notes.
Strong and hoppy flavor for style. The label does say it's a hybrid, and that's quite clear in the flavor, as is the success of this tasty, lemony "kolsch".

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Photo of MACrist
3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE: A hazy yellow/gold. I can just make out a moderate amount of small bubbles ring. Finger+ of off white foamy/creamy head that is lingering. Leaves nice lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Peppery, lots of breadiness, yeast, and a big earthiness. Some background citrus and freshly cut grass.
TASTE: Exactly like aroma. Nice lingering but mild peppery quality.
FEEL: Mild carbonation. The beer is soft on the palate, wheat-like quality. Very dry.
OVERALL: Pleasant and mild. Would like more punch from the carbonation. Nice peppery notes.

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Photo of theskjoung
3.14/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Hazy orange golden look.
It has a very subtle smell that it's hard to tell what it is but I think it smells fruity.
The body is dry and light.
The taste is very mild, malty, easy to drink and there isn't much bitterness.

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Photo of ordybill
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a slightly hazy golden color with a small white head. The aroma is mostly yeast. The taste is a mildly bitter wheat / yeast taste. A good beer

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Photo of THSdrummer
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden-yellow with a medium-thin white foamy head. Very little lacing left behind. Thin yeast, and citrus hop aromas. Taste is subtle citrus hops, and citrus and berries. Mouth feel is thin and watery. Overall, it's okay. It's certainly easy to drink, and it has more going on than your average macro, but still just okay.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a 12-pack variety $14.99 Safeway
Clear golden color
Light mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
A hint of bitterness, not much else. Kind of watery. Easy drinking.
Overall an ok beer. Wouldn't buy a 6-pack of it, but if its part of a variety pack I'll drink it.

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Photo of jmv0009
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L- pours a dark Hazy yellow. Almost orange, kind of dark for a kolsch. White head good lacing.

S- hoppy citrusy smell.

T- begins with some hops followed by sweet fruity flavors. Berries and citrus.

F- light feel, slightly drying.

O- good beer one of the nicer Sam Adams I have tried for sure. Would get again.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from two 12 oz bottles into a 24oz glass mug. It poured a golden colour with off white head. Smells and tastes slightly citrus and floral. Great summer beer. A typical kölsch style beer. Nothing too crazy special but also not bad at all. Prost!

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pub glass. Grandfather's scruff of head and lace. A look like pale congealing urine.

Smells of faint floral and citrus.

Tastes are all subtle. Some nut, some spice, some malt. Nutmeg/almond aftertaste is an interesting touch. Hops are extremely low profile, slightly floral.

Mouth feels weighty, but is smooth in and going down.

A charming beer, though a little forgettable. Nothing is too pronounced, which is to its credit but also to its perennial taste. Not the best, but a good glass for early springtime.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, golden colored with a shorter foamy white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, slightly hazy

S: Frangelico, straight hazelnut, wasn't expecting that one, nutty malt

T: malt forward profile, slightly nutty, hazelnut and pecan, peppery hops

M: medium with good carbonation

O: It's slightly flawed for the style, but has a nice flavor and feel.

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Photo of 57md
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dirty straw color with just over a finger of head. The nose has the interesting essence of lemongrass. The flavor is pretty standard for the style but the finish lacks the dryness I enjoy in a Kolsch style.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.42/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy deep straw with a solid head. The aroma offers a huge bang of yeast, as well as black pepper, green apple, pear, and other white wine notes. The flavor is a rich mixture of yeasts, sour dough like flavors, as well as minerally, pear skin, white wine tones. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing, with an abundance of carbonation. Overall I find this to be an excellent beer - refreshing and at the same time wonderfully complex - you can slam it quick or sip it slow and enjoy it both ways.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours - Cloudy golden orange color decent white head that quickly dissipates some lacing.

Smell - Some orange an other fruit slight hint of spices as well.

Taste - Very light and watered down more fruit and nutmeg and spices little bit bitter.

Feel - Very light it would be a very sessionable beer if the flavors were a little better.

Overall - Not a great beer doubt I would have it again.

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Photo of russpowell
4.47/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours effervescent straw color with 3 fingers of pearl white head. Lovely lacing & head retention

S: Grassyness, breadyness & perfumy hops

T: Follows the nose, also a little pear, floral hops & crackery dryness up front. A little melon sneaks in as this warms, a little honey crisp apple, plus grassiness & floral hops. Finishes a little grassy, a little lemon shows up, plus lovely pear & even a little peach

MF: Light/medium body with delicate carbonation

Drinks very easy, nice take on the style; easily one of the best I've had from Sammy in a while

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Photo of mnj21655
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw in color with a finger of rapidly dissipating off white head. Aroma is subtle but malty with toast and caramel notes. Taste is like the aroma, lots of pils malt. Light-medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall a decent beer but very skewed towards the malt, I expected a little bit of a contribution from the hops and yeast.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Straw gold color, mostly clear but a slight haze. A fizzy white head that doesn't last very long or leave any lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising to the top.

S: Bready, biscuity malt. Floral notes are also quite present, some grassy hops too

T: Bready malts, spicy nobles hops, some grassy hops, a nice hop bitterness in the finish.

F: Medium body, but drinks pretty crisp too

O: Nothing ground breaking but a very solid Kolsch.

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Photo of thetushqueen
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Hazy gold with a thin head that doesn't stick around. Orangey, wheat smell. Pleasantly carbonated, great mouth feel. Nothing special past that, has a fruity and spice flavor that tapers off pretty quickly, leaving that cheap beer/expensive water taste at the back end. Probably could pass off as an offering from Blue Moon.

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Photo of Zraly
3.34/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, pale gold with a two finger head. Nose is sweet. Grains and a touch of citrusy sweetness follows. A touch of cracker and bread yeast as well. Semi-dry finish and fairly light body. Decent but a bit different from what I normally encounter when drinking a Kolsch. It's a nice, easy drinking choice and would go nice with fleischsalat.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy light orange color, 1/2 inch white head, spotty lacing

S: Sweet grain, grass, fruitiness

T: Sweetness from the grain up front, turns to a toasted malty taste of toast or cracker, slight bitterness on the end.

M: Medium, crisp dry finish

O: A decent beer. Has some good amount of smell and taste. Wouldnt mind having again.

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Photo of laketang
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

pours dense orange, hazy white head that settles

great malty scent common to a kolcsh

touch of bitterness, lite malt sweetness

crisp and light

a great summer beer here

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Photo of Zaktcc
3.96/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a cloudy, pale golden color with a bright white, 2 1/2 finger head. Great head retention with some lacing present.

S - Not all that much to the nose. Notes of malt are the most noticeable if anything, aside from that maybe some fruit - more particularly grape notes. Not much there but not bad either.

T - A fairly unique flavor from what I've had before - relatively new to this style of beer. Not too complex yet rather enjoyable. Notes of fruit are present, banana and grape most notable, and that's about it aside from a pleasant blend of malts & hops - with a bread like malt flavor being the most dominant flavor.

M - Light to medium bodied beer, fairly highly carbonated but not overwhelming. Crisp beer with a mildly sweet aftertaste. Enjoyable!

O - Wasn't sure what I expected coming into this beer but overall was a very enjoyable drink. Nothing too complex but a straightforward, quality tasting beer.

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Photo of hophead723
3.34/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Two of these intriguing little guys were in a mixer twelve pack that I got for only like 15 bucks. I poured it into an American Pilsner glass.

Look: Veiled golden color with a with head that quickly settles to a messy ring. A steady and lethargic stream of bubbles rise from the bottom, fueling the head in a clandestine operation within the murk of this beer's enigmatic body.

Smell: Fruit esters from the yeast and some mild grain aromas. A delicate touch of honey sweetness accompanies the yeast but it ends there. The aroma is delicate and simple, not like a German example of this style.

Taste: Yeasty, bready, herbal, and somewhat vague. The finish is not as crisp as advertised, but does have a relatively pleasant linger of warm barley. There is a hint of sunshine, but it is quickly made moot by the lack of complexity thereafter.

Feel: Pretty smooth, but it gets a bit coarse and leafy somewhere in the middle. It lacks the multi-dimensional complexity of well-made actually German beers.

Overall: I hate to sound like a broken record, but it lacks the multi-dimensional complexity of well-made actually German beers of this style. A Kolsch should be genius, not just a good effort at attempting one.

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Samuel Adams Escape Route from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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