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

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BA SCORE
78
okay

566 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 566
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 12
Gots: 75 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 01-02-2014

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Photo of PvtSnowball
3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DaveAnderson
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Alanca
4.04/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice light beer goes well with beef delicious crisp taste

Photo of evergreen_machine
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MikeRusso
3.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nose malt, light straw, citrus, cereal, faint honey & floral. Taste sweet malt, grains, fruitiness, slight bitter finish.

Photo of BPMeyer27
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 tbeer40
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sheepdog6
2.65/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Just ok. But I was glad to have tried it.

Photo of RhinoBrew
3.07/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of JohnnyI
3.91/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am relatively new to the Kolsch style, but so far I have only been impressed by one (Coast 32/50). Sam always seems to put a decent interpretation forward, so here we go...

Pours in to a fluted glass with a slightly hazy, chilled golden color. Less clarity than I anticipated. The short-lived head of white foam recedes to a small ribbon of lithe lacing. The aroma is relatively simple, consisting of a honey-like fragrance, floral hop notes and little lemon citrus. Altogether, it reminds me a little of summer time and makes me yearn for warmer weather. The first sip brings a bright, vibrant flavor of cracker-like malts, with a nice balance of citrus hop bitterness. A little milled grain lingers in the finish. Medium bodied, with a little more heartiness than I expected. Still, it's exceptionally crisp and clean. Spritzy carbonation adds a little zest. This is a fantastic palate cleanser that stands in nicely any time you're tired of the mega-brews that we beer advocates tend to gravitate to. It may have just earned a place in my fridge when I'm looking for a good Kolsch.

Photo of Myboymi
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of devilshaircut
3.04/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of B33rcules
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lukass
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bogdawg
3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AxiomoixA
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Ian_B
2.52/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Smells sweet, tastes sweeter. This overwhelms the usually savory flavours you get from kölsch lagers - if there are any in this beer. Not very true to style.

Photo of kborics
4.82/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best Sam Adams I've had.

Photo of Jackjaffar
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of bgillespie
3.34/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light golden yellow, slightly hazy. Moderate head that dissipates to a lacing.

Smell: Floral notes, bready, yeasty.

Taste: A hint of sweetness at first, then taken over by bready/cracker flavor, yeast. Finishes with a hint of fruit.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, but smooth going down.

Overall: Not bad for my first Kolsch beer, I enjoyed it and would have it again

Samuel Adams Escape Route from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 566 ratings.