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

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Ratings: 573
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 11
Gots: 77 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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3/5  rDev -12%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Tone
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of marmstrong1212
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: hazy, golden-orange hue with 1 finger head that dissipated quickly to a thin broken layer of off-white bubbles, lighter carbonation and minimal lacing.

SMELL: sweet caramel, some citrus, a little bread.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel, some citrus and a very mild hop profile, everything subtle and understated, not much going on here.

PALATE: lighter body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a good beer that would not offend or impress anyone. A good Fourth of July beer to serve to people who do not necessarily like craft beer. I will probably not buy this one again.

Photo of rlee1390
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy yellow orange, two finger fluffy head, some carbonation.

S-Malt, lots of it, straw, orange and banana.

T-Rather malty, lots of straw and wheat, slightly artificial lemon.

M-Lighter, nicely carbonated, could be more crisp though.

O-A boring beer, more of a summer beer than a spring beer. As it warms the beer starts going down hill quickly

Photo of Mlawrence
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of mpalestino
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of djaeon
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of fishguyac
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of brandoncun
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of williahd
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of shacawgo24
4.02/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Golden orange body. Held to light a bright yellow gold shines up the glass. A finger of white foamy head is misty as well and fogs nicely. Head could benefit from a better lifespan, but the brilliance of color is intriguing.

S-Field grains. Pilsner like. Berries. Perfume-y. Not too much more, but still sniffable. Plum I swear in there.

T-Instant malt bill crashes and washes like a wave. Toasted corn, sweet barley. Lemon. Pie crust. Grains dominate taste. Questionable plum. Will have to drink again.

M-Medium low body. Medium low carbonation sizzles. Nice sweet start leads to clouds of malt in the middle ending with a pleasing bitter chalky medicinal feel. Smooth, refreshing and the palate is left wet to boost.

O-Great offering from Sam Adams. Not too many kolsch offerings in the states so Escape Route is welcoming. I miss Goose Island-Summertime which was memorable. If anything Escape Route will encourage one to order foreign online or visit the birthplace of kolsch for the purest style taste.

Photo of Omnium
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Light gold/yellow color with one finger of foamy white head, no lacing.
S - Bread, lots of weird yeast, a little spice?
T - Bread, bread, light melon, a hint of apple, dandelion? Idk I cant pick out anything special in this beer, a little touch of spice in the end. Ohh and more bread. Lots of lager kinda traits in this.
M - Medium feel, nothing memorable, decent carbonation, and smooth.
O - Not really the best Kolsch, and exhibits lager qualities, but is just overall single noted and kinda bland.

Photo of GOBLIN
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of weeare138
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of beagle75
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, brassy golden color with an initial abundance of white foam head that collapses to a persistent cap. Fine but heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: White flour is enhanced by the presence of nuanced nectarine and melon-like yeast esters. A trace of mineral sulfur is also immediately present.

T: Begins almost dry, with layered pale malts that simultaneously yield unctuous cake and mild toast. Mixed fruit is very estery into the middle although tasted acidity is largely absent. Ripe peach fruit is identifiable in the otherwise soft finish.

M: Medium viscosity, very creamy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This is a bold American-brewed kolsch that is full-bodied and heavy on yeast qualities. Pilsner malts provide needed contrast, keeping other qualities from becoming too heavy. Minimalist hops stay off the radar, although they are not really missed here. While refreshing on its own, this beer is far from being an afterthought and holds up to foods well.

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of Kastler
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of hattrick95
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of OMills
3.75/5  rDev +10%

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.

Samuel Adams Escape Route from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 573 ratings.