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

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117 Reviews
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Reviews: 117
Hads: 636
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 15
Gots: 116 | 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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Photo of clager
2.63/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Aroma is rather unpleasant. Very mild flavor, initially slightly sweet. Quickly gives way to wheaty lager notes without much bitterness or flavor on the finish. I enjoy a more hoppy, flavorful beer. (198 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
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 (527 characters)

Photo of Myotus
2.43/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a medium, white head. Has a hazy, golden color. Aroma is not very pleasant. Sort of citrusy like an ale, but masked with an unknown bitter smell. Initial taste is fruity like an ale, but has a bad aftertaste of malts similar to what you would find in a Coors Lite. Personally, a sad failure from one of my favorite breweries. (336 characters)

Photo of WAbeerfiend
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 01.21.14.

A: See through gold. 1 finger head that recedes quickly.

S: Lemon, cloves, spices.

T: Lemon, some pear, white grape, spice on back end. Has some toast too in the aftertaste.

M: Crisp.

O: I didn't care much for this one. It wasn't bad, but there are better kölsch out there. (334 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

This pours a semi-cloudy golden yellow color with a foamy, off-white head. The aroma is bland with hints of citrus and wheats. In case you don’t look at the style before taking a sip, you’ll realize real fast that this is no ordinary tasting brew. There is a lot of unfiltered grain with hints of rye flavors to this Kolsch. Unique to say the least. (353 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

"Escaping from winter's darkness, this hazy golden, unfiltered Kolsch style creates a fresh start. Our take on the classic hybrid style from Cologne Germany, combines the subtle fruit notes of an ale with the smooth crispness of a lager for a bright, refreshing brew to help escape those lingering cold days. Cheers!" Brewed in the style of a German Kolsch. Available in 12 oz. bottles within the spring thaw variety pack and on limited draft.

Poured into a Samuel Adams Sensory pint glass. Served above 53 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pours a frothy foam head of a cream white tone over a hazy pale amber body with spritely plentiful carbonation. Retention is excellent and lacing is moderate and streaked. The aroma predicts a simple but pleasant Kolsch, with a light cracker malt profile, a light grassy hop aroma with a subtle bitterness and a light white grape profile underneath. The flavor is similar with a soft, lightly sweet cracker malt with a touch of biscuit, a lightly bitter grass hop and a slightly earthy, peppery and clean finish. The texture is soft, mildly creamy and faintly tart and with a mild carbonation for a slick, soft creamy mouthfeel. The body is light/medium for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is evenly sweet to bitter hop and tart fruit. Alcohol presence is very low and off characters are minimal. A simple but drinkable Kolsch, a little light on flavor but sessionable enough to justify a couple in a row.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
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 chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a glass, it has gold color body witj a small head to it. The smell has a light fruit, bread aroma to it. The taste has a light malt flavor and some grassy/hay notes to it also. I also get a little hop on the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and overall a good beer. (283 characters)

Photo of HuskerTornado
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into sensory glass. Pours a clear old gold colro with a medium sized white head that dissipates fairly quickly with slight lacing.

Smell is of light fruits and white bread, a bit of floral hops.

Tastes as it smells with a bit of sweet honey and citrus added. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, a slight amount of lingering bitterness in the back end.

Overall, an easy drinker best suited for the warmer weather. (433 characters)

Photo of Bookseeb
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance has a golden yellow color supporting a thin head leaving nil lace. Smell is grainy, malty with a slight zip of hops. Taste is again grainy with light malt and light hop. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Not an overly impressive beer has a off bitter bite in the end. (286 characters)

Photo of pweis909
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This beer is a disappointment. Boston Beer has done some German style so very well (looking at you, Noble Pils) that when they put out a new one, I pay attention. This beer comes across to me with an astringent aftertaste that detracts from my enjoyment of the malt. From their web page, its clear that the recipe is not a traditional Kolsch recipe, and their designation of the beer as Kolsch style is misleading. They used 2 row malt, apparently from the US, not a German pils malt, and they used, of all things, flaked barley? Why would a company that seems to revere German tradition used flaked barley in a beer and then advertise it as being in the style of a Kolsch? Makes no sense.

The beer comes across to me as an American Lager, something I might have tried in 1985 and decided I didn't really like beer. OK, it's better than some of those, but not by huge amount. (877 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
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 TMoney2591
3.24/5  rDev -6.6%
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 gillagorilla
3.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet (best by July)

A: Straw-colored with basically no lacing and a good head on a healthy pour. Hazy and not see through.

S: Yeasty and bready. Farmhouse.

T: Reminds of the Ramble I just had, figured I would have them together to compare a bit. A lot more earthy and flavorful than the Ramble. A healthy pour seems to waken up the flavors a lot more, gives it some zest that is quite lemony.

M: Prickly with rough spikes.

O: Decent enough, but I find myself wanting more flavor. Maybe it is just too plain for me. (560 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A golden apricot color, clear with a fairly substantial soft off white head.

S: Light malt scents as well as a dry white wine smell, or perhaps even a little bit of champagne. Light and clean with a mild fruitiness. No hop character coming through the aroma though.

T: Bread and honey, perhaps with some dried fruit coming in the middle. There is a touch of herbal hops rounding out the finish, with a lager like ending.

M: Medium light in body, crisp with just a little bite from the hops and carbonation.

O: Very enjoyable, a good easy drinking summer beer that packs a little more flavor than your standard fare. (625 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
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 fx20736
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 6 pack from Beers of the World, May 9, 2014. Poured into a pint, served at fridge temp.

appearance: hazy apricot ambher with a thin offwhite head. scare lacing.

smell: orchard fruity atop whitebread

taste: slightly delicate, faintly floral, a touch fruity.

mouthfeel: good.

overall: a nice little beer, just wondering if a Kolsch should be slightly crisper? (372 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
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 KTCamm
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (291 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a beautiful hazy rich orange color with a tight fluffy head.

The aroma has sweet honey, floral, and a bit of grass. Lager yeast. Not much of a nose.

The flavor is pretty empty in the front. A bit of grain qualities and breadiness. A touch of honey sweetness and then onto a light grass and medium herbal bitterness. The finish cleans up with a bit of orange zest and lager qualities.

In the end, this beer is lacking in flavor and reminds me a bit of macro lager over kolsch. (498 characters)

Photo of Caveworm
4.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Escape Route from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) is a unique brew in that its somewhat of a fusion between ale and lager, in no particular order. Poured from the bottle in a glass, this boasts an AWESOME head and complimentary lacing through and through. I'm very impressed!

This brew has a superb roasted malt flavor with a dash of caramel. There is a teeny tiny bit of fruit due to the brew's ale aspects. Lovin' it here, folks!

As far as the mouthfeel is concerned, it stays VERY fresh,lively, and crisp throughout. Again, I feel this is a big plus


Overall, a well deserved 4.5. For a fusion of two bonafide styles, ale and lager, this brew did a knockout job of integrating the very best of both worlds! I will certainly buy this brew again. TAKE AN ESCAPE, YOU DESERVE IT! (803 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The last of the Sam Adams Spring Variety Pack. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a pale yellow/gold color, slightly hazy, with a foamy white head. Not a lot of head retention, and it breaks down to a thin fizzy ring in a matter of minutes.

Smell is an earthy dirt and dandelion aroma.

Taste is a sweet vegetable flavor like grass or hay with a dry mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is clean and like with a chalky character on the aftertaste.

Overall OK. I'm not much on this style, and I don't think I would ever buy it if not part of a sampler. (549 characters)

Photo of raznug
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This pours a golden color and is topped with the whitest head that I believe I have ever seen.
Smell: The aroma of yeast is about all that I can smell being the Kolsch style it is right on par.
Taste: Clean crisp with a slight yeast flavor is all that I can taste good beer for the style.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied, easy to drink and clean just like a Kolsch should be. (381 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
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 deltatauhobbit
3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw color with a decent sized header which fades quickly, only bits of patchy lacing on the glass.

Smell has a yeasty and grassy floral aroma, a lemony earthiness to it.

Taste starts with a touch of lemon zest with a hint of rind bitterness, clean dry finish with a fairly soft carbonation so it's not as crisp as it could be but it's also creamier than it should be too. (388 characters)

Samuel Adams Escape Route from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.