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

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Reviews: 119
Hads: 645
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 14
Gots: 120 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy before 6/2014.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and slight fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with grass and hay flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink. (521 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, pale yellow body with a small-sized, white head that eventually levels out leaving thin sheets of lace on the descent.

Smell: Restrained sniffs of a crisped, softly toasted grains and modest notes of lemon and herb.

Taste: White bread-bready malts with a light touch of graininess. Softly sweet, hinting a bit at honey. Half a drop of lemon juice, along with some spicy, floral hops. Low grape note. Mild tastes of the various flavors as you reach the near-crisp finish with a light, lingering grain undertone.

Mouthfeel: Just under medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Along the lines of their East-West Kolsch, minus the East. A surprising amount of relatively light offerings in this year's Winter pack. (761 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tumbler.

No need for an escape route from this graduation party, but I'll take the namesake beer. It pours a clear brass-straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light white bread, mild white wine grapes, hard water, and a touch of dark greens. The taste brings in more of the same, the bread and hard water taking firm command of the situation. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick-ish feel. Overall, a decent enough kolsch, but it's not something I plan on having again in the near future. (571 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (659 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (1,013 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, grain and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty but not too heavy malt character up front. Then some mild malt sweetness follows along with a decent hops presence to create some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer worth pounding down for a while if your options are a bit limited. (727 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a rich yellow color in the Timmermans tall goblet. Mouthfeel is kind of oily and suprising for a Kölsch style. I wouldn't call it crisp. While there is a touch of

Rather rich with a tart edge. There is a touch of lemon, but it's more like pudding flavor. I think of shortbread. Rather sweet and the sugary taste doesn't let up from start to finish. Lots of malt with very clean flavors. Faint hops that lack the perfumey peculiarity of the German style. Just a touch of bitterness. This is all very well made, it's just hard to place what this is in the world of beers.

Overall this is quite a drinkable light ale, but not my idea of a Kölsch. Less refreshing than a chewy and malty brew. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Special Brews in Lynwood, Washington. (773 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked this bottle up at wegmans enjoyed chilled in a mug from the brown 12oz dated enjoy by June.

The color is a pale golden shade with thick three finger white head with small bead, lace clings in a sheet while retention is good. The smell is faintly floral perhaps mixed with slight citrus zest with mild pilsner malt aroma. The feel is good with moderate spice and mostly clean yeast with a mild sweetness and moderate carbonation with dry finish.

the taste is good with some hop flavor up front more on the herbal side with a mellow spiciness combined with mild toasted malt which has a gentle cracker-like taste with low sweetness. The yeast supports the hops with a clean flavor in general and adds a nice dry quality as it finishes. The flavor was interesting enough for me to enjoy the full glass and want more. I like the treatment and while I don't think it is the best example of the style it is pretty tasty. (927 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
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! (391 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 6/2014. Pours lightly hazy bright gold color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, wheat, floral, grass, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, wheat, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, floral, grass, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of bready malt, yeast ester, and moderate earthy hop flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice kolsch style! All around good balance and robustness of malt, yeast ester, and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,328 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best by July notched on label:

Pours slightly hazed golden with a foamy white head.

The smell is of grain with some floral/earthy spicing.

The taste is of sweet grain followed by floral dryness in the finish.

Smooth and crisp.

A nice, refreshing Kolsch. (258 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
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... (313 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Gaffel stange.

Deep cloudy tangerine orange, to a murky yellow. Nice sized and slow rising carbonation, quite plentiful actually, arriving to a real big bright white and frothy head, with lots of soapy big laced bubbles as it settles and large retention.

Interesting aroma. Hints of lime and fruit with a nice character, but a sticky yeast quality and pasty sense slightly. Light hints of white grape a bit with not much bready character. Not too bad.

Palate is surprisingly odd. A decent mouthfeel but with a weird and somewhat empty taste. Hints of mushy grapefruit juice and perhaps a bit of lime. Not particularly hinting of classic malt style. A strange twinge of metals which works nicely in the grapefruit angle. This seem odd but comes with some surprising appeal, but is really missing some of that classic bakery density, but comes with a sort of flattened density.

A decent drinkable beer, but other than a good fruity aroma this really doesn't remind me of a Kolsch but of a very unique beer at least. (1,057 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bert's
Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a huge fluffy white head that persists forever. Aromas of bready pilsner malt with hints of lemon, spice, and sulfur. The flavor is lightly sweet honey and bready malt with hints of earthy and light spice to counter. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a slick mouthfeel. Decent brew, but not really anything to write home about. (411 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a white, five-finger head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light lemon nose, flavor is a lemony grain with light bitterness. $1.99 for a 12oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett NH. Best by 6/2014. (270 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of wheat, pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hop, and hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Kolsch. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of wheat, pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of citrus, hint of hop, and hint of yeast. Overall, an average Kolsch, with no outstanding aspects. (418 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sester stange. Pours a light to medium coppery amber with a big two finger white head with good retetention and lots of lacing. Aroma of sweet and biscuit malt, hint of lemon, good Kolsch aroma. Flavor is sweet bready malt with light biscuit notes, light grassy hops and slight lemon in the finish. Medium bodied. The aroma got me excited, but the main initial flavors here are closer to a typical American lager, although there is biscuit and German style hops in the finish. A pleasant enough light lager, but not quite a traditional Kolsch. (557 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy, light orange coloring, cloudy visibility, with a heavy helping mixture of both macro-micro effervesce. Dull, sea-shell white coloring head, dense, foamy nature, sits about an inch high with a regular pour, is relatively lasting with a heavy handed coating of lace.

S: Fruity aroma of green melon and lemons, fresh dough, wheat and smells similar to thier cold snap or a wit then a kolsch. Light musky lemon trail.

T: Flavor was fruity, some light musky lemon-lime, green breakfast melon, fresh yeasty attributes of apricots and some orange-grapefruit notes. The flavor is very crisp and sharp, sweet grains with estery hints of pear-drop, apple-plums and a lightly dry, clean crisp finish.

M: Crisp, lightly dry and grainy mouthful.

O: Overall while more of hybrid then a traditional Kolsch, it adds some tart yeasty nature of a wit, with the crispness of a lager and ale. Drinkability is easy, cleany brewed with a light dry finish. Its a twist on a kolsch, with some added spice and flair. (1,008 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a June 2014 expiration date. Sampled on January 12, 2014.

The pour looks like a good Kolsch should with a golden yellow tone, active carbonation, and a big fizzy white head that eventually becomes a ring but never disappears entirely.

The aroma has a definite grainy character up front with citrus and grass on near even keel.

Light, smooth, and refreshing body.

The is in the Sam Adams spring pack but it should be in the summer pack because it feels more like a summer beer. Lots of grain in the taste with a lemongrass character to lighten it up a tad. (592 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best before May 2014. One of my friends gave this to me a couple weeks ago so I didn't get a chance to drink it until now. Served in a stange glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with an inch off-white head that sticks around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like bready/grainy malt, fruit (mostly apple), and some light herbalness. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some grassiness, pear and lemon peel noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's refreshing, smooth and easy to drink. Not a bad brew at all, next time I'd like to try a fresher bottle. Definitely worth trying. (655 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not sure when I picked up a single of this. Sticker says best by June. Into a perfect pint glass.
A - That is a very pretty Kölsch. Bright orange yellow tint beer flowing with carbonation making way for a solid half inch of head that doesn't quit. Decent lacing.
S - Bready malts meets herbal hop bitterness. Grainy smelling mostly. Smells authentic.
T - Not as grainy in the taste and kind of boring. Just fruity with corny husk grain and a bit of dry yeast in the finish.
M - Its decent enough to drink light to medium in body. Goes great with nacho's

Overall it's a decent Kölsch but it doesn't come close to Long Trails Ramble Kölsch. Why can't I find a case? (668 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden lemon with a frothy cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving minimal lacing.

Grain, lemon, and earthy hops form the aroma.

Grain and lightly bready malt form the backbone of the flavor profile, with an accompanying lemon note that dissipates in the earthy, dry finish.

Body is moderate to a touch light, with fairly high carbonation. There's a bit of harshness in the finish.

Very drinkable beer, but there's just not much character. Not offensive, but eh. (482 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (1,132 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed golden amber color with a two finger head of thick white foam. Over time the head starts to fade, leaving just a moderate sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is strongest of a crisp cracker smell mixed with some bready and fruit aromas of a more apple and pear nature. Along with these smells comes some lighter notes of a yeasty smell and a little bit of a grassy hop.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice blend of cracker, bread, and some fruit. The fruit is strongest of an apple and pear smell but contains some lighter notes of citrus as well. Right from the start there is a yeasty and grassy taste, with these flavors getting stronger as the taste moves on further. All the while, the apple and pear fruit fade ever so slightly, but are replaced by a mix of sweet citrus and some grapefruit hop flavors. With some hay and grain flavors coming more toward the end, one is left with a rather crisp and refreshing yeasty kolsch flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the style the feel is rather nice and suits the easy drinking feel and crisp refreshing nature of the brew.

Overall – A rather enjoyable and refreshing spring/summer style brew with a crisp and flavorful taste. (1,419 characters)

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