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

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BA SCORE
78
okay

568 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 568
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 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

Photo of Jared_Alexander
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Abe_Froman
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.61/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.16/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A great beer from Sam Adams, how they keep doing it I just don't know. This offering pours out a great thick head with very good lacing, although I really am not a huge fan of cloudy beers. The odor was interesting if not enjoyable mix of fruit and yeast. This was by far the most outstanding mouthfeel I have had to date - incredible smoothness, very crisp and very light. The mix of half-ale half-lager works extremely well - much more so than what I expected. In short, the brew delivers on its promise as I downed a couple on a cold winter's night looking forward to warmer, summer days.

Photo of dgherm
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wedge
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Solid gold with some haze and a large head that clings to the glass in fuzzy clumps. Smells of dough, grass, soft fruit, caramel, and clean SA lager yeast. Honey, fruit, cereal, and spice in the mouth. Some bready caramel malt again, which seems a little out of place and lessens the softness that the style requires. Still, easy drinking and nicely crisp. Plenty of that Sam Adams house character too, which can sometimes distract an otherwise decent beer.

Photo of BBQWhisperer
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Amp
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DHarv
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mel7440
3.81/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of McAfee85
3.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Marketed as an "escape from winter", this rather unusual winter Kolsch (normally a summer brew) should give some interesting results. Time for a pour...

Appearance : hazy lemon yellow color and I can already smell the lemon zest. The head is three fingers and quite fluffy. Moderate Lacing is left behind.

Aroma : yeast, bread dough, lemon, orange, fresh green grape, snicker salad. This is most definitely spot on to the German-Belgian style beers.

Flavor : very bold in its hop presence but an equally strong yeast balances it out to leave a malty and lightly sharp overall feel. Within the body is fruit - grape, cocktail cherry, orange. Light banana peel. Ends with a sharp yeast and hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel : creamy, zippy, medium bodied.

Overall : This is a nice escape from the winter blues. I don't know how I'd rate it against a typical summer Kolsch but perhaps they pull their summer Kolsch and market this winter version 4 months out of the year. Perhaps there is a difference and I'm not savvy enough to discern it. It is a nice beer and I'd drink it again.

Photo of GregStoner
3.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TastyFoodAndDrink
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pouring a hazy golden hay color with a fluffy white head, Escape Route has a slightly earthy odor to the head. Below the initial hit, aromas of lemon, yeast, honey, flowers, and a hint of spice, maybe coriander. The nose has a pleasant simpleness to it, never really making any smell more pronounced than just hinting.

On the palate, the citrus jumps up to the front giving notes of lemon and orange, the coriander style note is a little more prevalent, and an almost hoppy kind of herb touches in. The yeasty notes grow, especially on the finish giving it a refreshing clean kind of lemony-yeast finish. Overall, the light body and refreshing flavors keep it a simple and pleasant brew to quaff, even if not complex.

Photo of rabbitguy
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pilsner glass. Very pale golden orange with soapy white head, two fizzy fingers worth. The head dissipates quickly, tiny bit of lacing, with a little cap. Steady carbonation through out the session. It takes a little while to peg the aroma: I've settled on lemon yeast. A small bit of spice. Taste is subtle, tart fruit with a slightly bitter finish. Everything about this brew is slight. Inoffensive, sessionable, but not something I'd buy on its own.

Photo of cowboy83
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 Kettle1
2.6/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Did not like taste at all. Bland . Not a good Sam Adams.

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.49/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Did not like- not enjoyable kolsch for me

Samuel Adams Escape Route from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 568 ratings.