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

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Ratings: 632
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 15
Gots: 113 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 01-02-2014

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Reviews by Flounder57:
Photo of Flounder57
3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Thus beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bready and really sweet pilsner mats with some grassy noble hops.

Taste: The pilsner malts are a bit sweeter than bready and there is some grassy hops and lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat smooth, chewy, a little crisp, light, medium carbonation, and a little dry.

Overall: Pretty average kolsch. There are better alternatives out there folks. Bitterness lasts longer than most other kolschs and there is too much sweetness.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jlindros
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a decent fizzy slight creamy 1/2 finger head, a little small but retains well, decent lacing, hazy slight yeast sediment lighter peach orange colored.

Nose is actually kinda meh, an herbal like hop jumps out front, mild mossy grassy earthy note too, a hint of a sweet caramel note, touch grainy. Almost alt-beer like not really Kolsch.

Taste starts with grainy malts, a little toasty and a little corn stalk like, but light. Then herbal hops, little mossy and earthy, mild bitterness. Soft feel at least, almost lager like soft and crisp which is at least one good thing from the Kolsch. Finish is fairly dry but a little sticky, crisp but soft and a little mineral note, mild fruity flavor too, malt juice, and a little herbal earthy hop.

Mouth is softer and a bit lighter bod, decent carb, fluffy carb.

Overall meh, not one of Sam Adam's best beers, just a little Kolsch like notes, hops are not quite where they should be for a Kolsch, malts are OK at least, and it has a nice soft slight crisp feel.

Photo of Lanypany88
2.86/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Good but tastes like a normal beer.

Photo of Jason
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Towering head, good stickage with the lacing. Hazed out golden hue, why does unfiltered have to mean hazed? This is not a Zwickelbier. Crisp snappy grain in the nose and on the palate. Yeasty with bready overtones. Herbal hopping all around, sort of the trademark of most of their beers right?

Aside from the unnecessary haze this is a very crushable brew, give me a liter mug of this now!

Photo of Billolick
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle...with best before dating notched onto the side of the label.

Pours near clear, under an eggshell cap.

Malty nose.

More moderate malt on the plate with lime and drying, crisp and clear hops. Meh nothing special going on here. But could this one working in a pinch as a nice warm day sessioner...

Photo of tigg924
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: high carbonation, 1/2 inch head, hazy, gold in color

Smell: wheat and honey

Taste: honey, orange, and cracker dominate

Mouthfeel: sweet, light body, high carbonation

Overall: A nice, sessionable, and clean kolsch. Feels like a good summer brew. Could easily put away several of these.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Yellow with a thin white head, no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Grassy earthy notes with a hint of cloves.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of wheat, malt, hops, some hints of cloves and citrus.

Overall: Another good brew from Samuel Adams.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a pint glass. Best before July 2014

Pours a very clear pale golden color. About a fingers worth of white. Decent looking lacing and head retention, lots of streaming carbonation.

Smells more like a lager than anything which I suppose is what a kolsch is going for. Minerals, just slightly metallic, hints of cereal like grains.

Very similar to the aroma, starts off very bright and crisp. mineral water, like you would find in a lager, just a bit of grain, finishes with the slightest fruity ester that let's you know your still drinking an ale.

Super crisp, high amount of carbonation, light bodied, and refreshing. A super drinkable, sessionable beer.

Pretty spot on to style, which it doesn't surprise me that this would be a style Sam Adams can nail. I'd drink this again if I found it dirt cheap for a sizer, preferably in the summer.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into becker pint glass; my stange is back at school.
Golden yellow, clear, with a big fluffy white head that fades after a few minutes into a nice ring of foam.
Smells like a kolsch; slightly vinous, crackery malt, crisp and clean. Relatively simple.
Taste is the same; crisp, clean cracker malt, with crisp vinous flavors and light fruitiness, and a hint of belgian-like yeasty bitterness.
Mouthfeel is light and crisp.
Overall, I've had better but this is a nice kolsch. It has that "generic" malt flavor that seems to plague lots of SA's beers, but it's still tasty.

Photo of Brenden
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is muddled, quite hazed with sediment but still fairly bright, making it a dark burnished gold color. The whitish head is soft and bubbly and reduces to a foamy layer that drops moderate lacing.
The smell has lots of sweetness and fruit in it at first, some of that giving way to herb and a more appropriate vinous note I didn't get initially. It takes time to warm, but it comes together better when it does. Some herb and dry leaf hold back the fruity esters and the grains, which start off with some roast but end up toasty.
The taste is mostly grainy and doesn't lose the fruits the way the nose does, including soft white flesh as well as a slight tartness. The vinous dryness and leaf does come out, but not as thoroughly as it should. The toasted grains are an overtone from just after the beginning of each sip into the finish.
The body is almost medium but has a thickness to it that doesn't work as well for this style as a nice, bright, light-bodied crispness would. Crispness has trouble taking hold, though it remains lightly all the way through, as the sweetness ends up beinga bit too cloying on the palate.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, golden/straw color with a thin lacing of white-colored head that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic with strong notes of citrus, such as lemon, orange and grapefruit, intermingled with notes of toasted malt, strong notes of yeast, bubblegum, coriander and sage.

Taste: Quite good! Strong flavors of toasted malt up front, imparting notes of cereal, or freshly toasted white bread, flowed by some citrus flavors, caramel-like sweetness, some spices such as coriander, black pepper and sage, as well as some floral notes of heather, clover and a touch of piney hops.

Mouthfeel: Creamy actually, with very little carbonation. With an ABV of 5.0%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very enjoyable session beer. Good flavors of malt and citrus and sweetness, with a very pleasant mouthfeel. I’d certainly get it again.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a bright rustic orange color with a white finger width head. Fair retention gives way to a broken layer of suds across the surface. Spotty streaks of lace with fair stick.

Smell - Strong bready aroma, backed by lighter notes of caramel. Mild grain and grassiness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Strong bready character, backed by lesser notes of caramel and a moderately spicy, grassy hop bite. Fair citrus notes. Finishes much the same.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with lively carbonation. Crisp, drying finish.

Overall - A decent kolsch. Falls in line with most Sam Adams beers: safe, balanced... and average.

Photo of Retroman40
3.24/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle well chilled poured into a pint glass.

A - Hazy yellowish with a hint of orange. Small head that quickly retreated to a thin lace.

S - Mostly citrus with some other fruitiness.

T - Fruity with a hint of citrus. Some grains in the finish.

M - Good carbonation level, smooth on the tongue.

O - Not exactly what I expected for a Kolsch but nevertheless refreshing after working outside on a nice spring day.

Photo of tjsdomer2
2.87/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Lacing is nice, especially at the top of the glass. Beer is hazy yellow but very flat.

Smell: Sour malt, almost a bit skunked. Smells quite a bit like lime. Just ok.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sour lemon. That's about it. Almost tastes like a shandy. Lime in the finish. Mouthfeel is very grainy and sticky. Definitely not good.

Overall Drinkability: This is definitely a week entry by SA. Seems like they needed a reason to dispose of a spoiled batch and it ended up as the final beer in the seasonal mixer.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Adams "Escape Route"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, Coded "P3304011462 ... ?
$1.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Not having known what this was when I sampled it, I'd never have imagined Kölsch. It's just too yeasty, even for an unfiltered version. I thought it was some kind of white ale based on the strong chalky yeastiness and underlying fruit, as well as the cloudy golden-brass and orange body.

Looking at it as a Kölsch though, I guess it does have a pleasant fruitiness. I don't find the malt character to fit my impression of the style, but it's Samuel Adams "take" on the style so they can do whatever they want; I'll just pass it by.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.61/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Escape Route is a decent beer...I would think better for summer than late winter/spring...nevertheless, the beer pours a nice golden color with thin white head that is leaving a lace. The scent has a lemon citrus zing. The taste is balanced nicely hints of citrus with touches of spice...very refreshing....something to kick the taste buds. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a very drinkable beer.

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is an okay beer from Sam Adams.

It is a hazy golden color, like a wheat beer, The white head faded fast a left behind a little bit of lacing.
It has the soft mouth feel of an ale. Slightly sweet and fruity.
Very easy to drink and refreshing.
This would make for a better spring or summer beer. I find it odd that it was released for the Winter.

It is an okay beer, but is lacking something. I hate to say it . but it almost feels gimmicky to me. A Kolsch beer released in January?

Photo of nicholas2121
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Escape Route brewed by Boston Beer Company, with an ABV 5.0% This brew pours out a cloudy light amber color, with a nice white head. Escape Route is an unfiltered brew you can not see though it. The smell is rich with flavor, grains and, malts. You also pick up on a sweetness in this brew brew. The taste is nice, you pick up a hit of citrus, grains, and malts. The mouthfeel is nice and clean. There is nothing overpowering in this brew, it has a nice balance to it. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out of 5

Photo of Cityboy30
5/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am a big Sam Adams fan being from Boston and I like their limited releases. This one is the best so far

Photo of Gmann
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a fluffy white head that has some big bubbles. A bit of lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a very German scent. A dry grainy malt mixes with grassy hops. A bit of sulfur notes from the hops. Some lime as well. Kind of a Euro lager aroma actually.

The flavor is fairly neutral. A bready/doughy flavor from the malt. Some honey sweetness. The hops are grassy and have a hint of lime. Perhaps a touch of pepper. Light sulfur notes.

The beer has a light body with prickly carbonation. Great balance, drinks crisp and clean.

The beer is what it intended to be, an easy drinking crisp brew. Its not terribly exciting and there is a bit too much Euro lager to this one but its a fine beer.

Photo of marcobrau
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

An excellent drinker for spring. Like the very light toasted malt character, but it's a little beefy for the style (not for the season though and this is a seasonal.) Hops are appropriate and I like the two varieties used -- Aramis and Strisselspalt. I liked the Alpine Spring a couple years ago and like this just as much.

Photo of KTCamm
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Spring seasonal mixer - poured into a pint glass. 3/30

Pours light, bright, see through, low foam. Fruity, malty, nose. Mild bitter. Light, soft taste, Kolsch but with an edge. Only flavor is on the gritty side. Smooth taste, consistent, but unremarkable. Other seasonals have fared better.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out to a permanent white head and hazy orange gold color. Aroma is clean, grainy and vinous with a subtle noble hop character. Flavor is delicate and balanced between clean pilsner malts and floral hop notes. Overall a delicious and easy summer brew.

Photo of KYGunner
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very light iridescent apricot orange color, which seems pretty enough but the head was fizzy, full of carbonation and short lived.

The aromas are fruity with apricot and pear but I sense some honey and barley. Problem is that it comes across as a touch flat.

The flavor is more malty, barley, and grain. There is a light apricot but it lends no sweetness to the taste. There is some orange and coriander but it is dry and tempered.

The feel is easy and light, not particularly full but it does not lend to all the carbonation I could see.

I rank this as above average. It does not produce much to make you want more but also never offends.

Photo of Ohiolager
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adam's escape route 6pk bottles $9.99(OH)

12 oz brown bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass. freshness date marked as a notch. i prefer a printed date.

pours a slightly hazy golden color. a two finger bright white thick head. gives way to nice lacing. head ends up as a thin layer across the surface. carbonation looks good.

i don't really smell a whole lot here. some fruity assertiveness, with some yeast smells. followed by a light hoppy nose.

the taste starts with some rich malts, followed by a hoppy fruity floral taste. the after taste is pretty dry, however the taste is good. kind of like grapes.

the mouth feel is great. it clings to your palate. clean crisp and refreshing. light to medium bodied.

overall not bad, not bad at all. new to kolsch brews. so this is a first kolsch for me so i have nothing to compare it to. i would buy this again. however i bet there are better kolsch brews out there somewhere.

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Samuel Adams Escape Route from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 632 ratings.