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

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BA SCORE
78
okay

442 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 442
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 7
Gots: 13 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 01-02-2014)
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

Hohnbaum, Jun 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Vogt52, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Mebuzzard, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of Bpierso1
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Bpierso1, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of BeerExplorer
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

BeerExplorer, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of pweis909
3.09/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

pweis909, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of mactrail
3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

mactrail, Jun 09, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

jucifer1818, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of MDDMD
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

MDDMD, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
3.24/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

TMoney2591, Jun 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

cjgator3, Jun 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

KateK, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of gillagorilla
3.24/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

gillagorilla, May 29, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

lauries444, May 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Betajeff, May 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

SocalKicks, May 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

enelson, May 26, 2014
Photo of Beejay
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Beejay, May 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

jim_carignan, May 24, 2014
Photo of DrDemento456
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
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?

DrDemento456, May 22, 2014
Photo of Mikexw
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Mikexw, May 21, 2014
Photo of fx20736
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
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?

fx20736, May 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Danny1217, May 19, 2014
Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

bluejacket74, May 18, 2014
Photo of KTCamm
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

KTCamm, May 17, 2014
Samuel Adams Escape Route from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 442 ratings.