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Infinium - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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511 Reviews

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Reviews: 511
Hads: 1,119
Avg: 3.31
pDev: 22.05%
Wants: 62
Gots: 160 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut |  10.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: LtCracker20 on 12-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many highs and lows in this one, but glad I tried it despite the sprice. Cloudy yellow with a little head. Sour and sweet, the sourness always present, like apple juice. A tangy finish. Grows on me as I drink it. Aroma of armpit funk and Selsun dandruff shampoo. Well malted.Peesteen's bottle.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.1/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Slightly hazy orange amber with a pure white head.

Very sweet cooked sugared banana nose with undertones of pear/peach and cooked sweet lemon. Good; not as good as it sounds.

Mouthfeel is lightly fizzy from Champagne yeast but not as carbonated or fizzy as Champange; elegant but a bit to "fuzzy" than "fizzy." (Taste it...you'll "get it.")

Flavor profile is just not appealing. There is a dull, lightly sour, lightly sweet apricot flavor that is more "spoiled" apricot than fresh/bright apricot. There is an almost sour flavor profile but there is also underlying malt and carmel undertones. I get the impression that this one is not quite sure what it wants to be and simply misses on all counts.

Finish is a dull sour/bitter old apricot character.

An example where a collaboration just didn't work. The ball was really dropped on this one. I had to force myself to take multiple tastes and the finish was such that I couldn't wait to get to the water. Just my thoughts. Price is not even relevant to the fact that I simply could not drink this beer, be it the $26 price tag on my bottle or be it a $1.69 a bottle; this one was just not for me.

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

One and a half HANDS of frothy foam with some lacing on a bubbly, hazy golden amber body. Musty apple and pineapple smell, with orange peel. Smells a lot like one of those multi fruit juice Dole/Minutemaid mixtures. More cour multi fruit juice taste with a lingering musty aftertaste. Almost tastes like a bad wild ale. High carbonatin and light body. This is a cool idea. The taste is not very good but the rest is a actually ok. Just need to work on the taste.

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Photo of metter98
3.29/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellowish amber in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a fluffy white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are faint aromas of grapes and malt in the nose, making this beer smell a bit like wine.
T: There are flavors of alcohol, apples, grapes and malty sweetness in the taste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer would be a little easier to drink if it lacked sweetness and the alcohol was better hidden from the taste.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.47/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

weird how little people like this, i thought it was pretty solid, although i had a bottle more than two years old. the pour was nothing special, cloudy and dull wheat color, looks like a hefe. the nose is crazy yeast, sweet booze, some strange fruity essences, and rotting wood. flavor is a little less disjointed than the nose, but the yeast is so weird it takes over. theres like a fermented peach or pear flavor to it, that works with the yeast. dry and stinging finish. i like the mouthfeel for what it is, smooth with an alcohol burn and more bubbles than most beers with this kind of age on them usually have. overall i think it probably missed the mark a little but, but its an ambitious brew with no shortage of complexity. i might pick up a newer bottle for the holidays, its got that kind of feel.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had the highest hopes for this beer when it came out. I managed to grab one of the last bottles that Abe's had left when they got it in. I saved it till new years ever and opened it after the ball dropped.

The beer pours out like a champagne, clear clean looking yellow with a bubbly looking body and white head. The smell of champagne is present along with the aromas of some malts and a slight melon on the nose. The taste nearly falls flat on it's face here, sadly there really isn't much of a positive to talk about here. There very little character to the beer. No dominant flavors really jump out at you. The mouthfeel is bubbly and light, which makes it easy to drink. I can say that I'm glad I only got one bottle. The bottle makes a great looking piece of decor for a bar at home but that's about all. Not the best beer from Sam Adams for sure.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caught somewhere between a Belgain Saison, a German Hefeweizen, and a Champagne, this fruity and dry beer is a hearty compliment along side of any sparkling wine for the Christmas and New Years celebrations.

Pouring a hazy deep staw color, the beer carries a spritzy carbonation on a creamy looking malty base with a fluid head stance that retains and laces very well. Just a pace off of the driest of beers, this beer carries a bit more visual weight than I expected.

Tropical fruit aromas release a plethera of appricot, peach, pineapple, pear, mango, papaya, kiwi, and banana. Mild spice of white pepper, orange zest, clove, corriander, and a touch of cinnamon decorate the peripheries of the fruity/yeasty/briny scent.

Flavors of wheat breads, fresh yeast/fresh baked breads give a firm malty base to the beer. Bold flavors of moderate fruits give a firm but mellow pace to the beer while mild spices of cinnamon, lemongrass, and sasafrass give roundness and refreshment to the fruity/malty mid palate and ushers in a zest finish.

The effervescent start subsides to allow creaminess and a bready fullness in the middle of the taste. But the finish of herbal, alcoholic, hoppy dryness helps as the beer fades into the fruity/bready aftertaste.

Reminding me of classic Sahti's, Saisons, Hefeweizens, and sparkling wines, this beer borrows a lot of characteristics from fruity/spicy/characterful beers of bready/wheaty origins. Where challenging, I applaude the bravery of otherwise traditional brewers to get to these new blends of taste. It's just a step off of the pace of DeuS and Brooklyn's Sorachi Ale. Instead of the medium bready mid palate that makes the beer a bit fatty, I'd prefer much more dryness and spiciness driving toward the finish.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally pulled my bottle of this out after being afraid based on what I tasted when it was first released. It's doing quite a bit better now.

Served in a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours a clear, sparkling straw color with a large, fizzy white head that lasts for quite awhile and leaves nice lacing behind. The aroma brings some light grain and some floral hops. Notes of honey, pear, and honeydew. A bit of white grape comes into the flavor, and it's a bit too heavy with some semi-sharp malic acid. Average duration and moderate sweetness with a fairly-light body and good carbonation. No alcohol. Not great, but not bad like it was. At this point, it tastes like a poor man's Duvel Tripel Hop.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.32/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy medium big color ale with a nice thick foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of noble hops with a sharp dry edge and peppery yeast notes is very unique and interesting. Taste is a well executed mix between some solid Belgian malt with light sweet notes which are well balanced by dry Noble hops and a spicy and peppery yeast finish. Body is full with great bottle conditioning and great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. I thought this was somewhat expensive but considering the quality I wouldn't mind buying this beer again.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.44/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 version, a 750ml caged, corked, and foiled champagne simulacrum bottle. 'Tis my anniversary with my better half, and this popping up on the local beer store shelves obviates the need to open up that dusty bottle of vintage grape bubbly I have kicking around. And only 18 Canuck bucks at retail - sounds like a steal after those earlier mentions of costs stateside.

This beer pours a lightly hazed, frigid-looking golden apple juice colour (very reminiscent of white ice wine), with a teeming, near-overflowing column of loose foamy beige head, which settles at an agreeable pace, leaving some random streaks of chalky lace around the glass on the way.

It smells of sweet grain, dry bready crackers, muddled, reserved citrus, earthy yeast, and leafy hops. The taste is much more about the caramel malt - toffee, a bit of butterscotch, a solid nondescript black fruitiness, and some mild yeast, all push things into Belgian Strong Pale Ale territory. Leafy, softly citric hops lend an air of balance, and only a slight booze warming emanates from deep down below.

The carbonation is crisp, for sure, and fairly light, although it does seem to persist longer than you might expect, which tamps down the otherwise strong candidacy for a medium body weight. That same crispness also goes somewhat prickly, and is consequently smoothness-damping. It finishes sweet, as the bubbles taper off - caramel and candy sugar, amongst some musty hoppiness.

Well, not exactly all that akin to that famous Gallic bubbly offering, is it? More like painting the right carbonation onto a strong Belgian pale ale. So, while still perfectly drinkable ("it's like Chimay with more bubbles" - thanks, hon - you pretty much nailed it), the subtleties of the best of this weird hybrid style are lost in the mire here. It does do one other Champagne-esque thing well though - the wine level booze sneaks up on you, well hidden as it is.

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Photo of oberon
3.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this Saturday night rather than champagne.Poured into a pilsner glass a straw hazed color with spritzy head atop,pretty much what was expected.Aromas are light with toasted bread and some pear notes,flavors are decent but they became a little to sweet after awhile.Caramel/butter flavors mixed with some greenapple-like tartness,the alcohol began to creep and bring the sweetness level way up after about mid bottle.Not as bad in my opinion as many others think but it's not great by any means and overpriced,glad I tried it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.61/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

finally decided to get one of these to be able to try it. poured into flutes.

really light golden in color with loads of carbonation and a huge foam head that settles down lightly and leaves a touch of lacing on the sides.

aroma is far too light, small citrus hops,light grain, and that was about it. it seems to really just not have the direction i was looking for. it was just light on the palate and super carbonation, but the flavor just did not seem to match up with my hopes. a very expensive beer that just does not live up to anything. it really just seems to be a huge let down.

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Photo of oline73
2.86/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A bottle from last year poured into a champagne flute.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a lot of fluffy white head. Decent retention and no real lacing.

Smell: Chalked full of sweet malt, lots of caramel and some grape notes. A bit too sweet.

Taste: Really sweet, just like the smell. Bready malt with some caramel and grape notes. Slight bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thicker side with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I wanted this to be drier and a lot less sweet. Not a huge fan.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is a hazed golden orange/amber color with a huge white head.

S: A big time yeast aroma to this one with a moderate spiciness to it. Hints of butter in the background with bread and pale malts providing the sweetness. A slight peppery note as well as some green apples.

T: Sweet pale malts and bread is most of the flavor profiel here. Some yeastiness and a strong green apple flavor. Definite booze and butter flavors which are quite off-putting. Some popcorn flavor is there, too.

M: Medium in body with a high carbonation.

O: This was all over the place and not exceptional in any way.

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Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber honey orange, nose semi sweet sugar, candi sugar, some dense belgian malts, effervescent a bit, light apricot and belgian yeast fruits.

Taste too much carbonation, little spicy warming booze, belgian candi, some light bitterness and floral and fruity hops, light syrupy sugars, fruits apricot, etc. finishes a little spicy booze, smooth and creamy, lingering candi sugar and bit of syrups, dry and effervescent.

Mouth is medium with too much carb, little tingly warming booze.

Drink is decent, dry finish and lots of palate clearing carb.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.56/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Served in a champagne glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

Here's how a beer geek ushers in the new year: a champagne-styled beer. It pours a clear golden amber topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises green apple, rice, corn, and that lemon-lime mixture that so many sodas have been built around. The taste holds notes of wheat, corn syrup, light fusels, and toasted rice husks. Not yum here. The body is a light medium, with an active carbonation, a fizzy feel, and a very dry finish. Overall, I applaud the experimentation, but the final product does not do it for me at all. I could only finish my small glass by turning it into a shot. Not at all what I was hoping for, I can tell you that.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into an EKU 28 snifter in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the breweries and style. I'm really hoping this will be good.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and great retention - especially for the ABV. Nontransparent hazel colour.

Sm: Champagne yeast, crystal malt, and some light hop notes. A mild strength aroma.

T: A bit of apple crispness. Champagne yeast. Some candied sugar - which I like. Some other fruit esters I can't quite place. Not anywhere near as much crystal malt as expected. A bit simple for the style. I like it. It's got a good full body. The apple note on the finish is bothersome.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with tingly fizzy coarseness and candied sugar fullness.

Dr: Quite drinkable - especially for the ABV. I'd have it again if the price was better. It's good, but there are better beers in the style.


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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a chance to try the 2011 version over New Years. Watched the youtube video of the story of this prior to drinking.. really cool video, definitely check it out. Anyways.. pours a highly carbonated golden color, smell is of apples. Taste is light to medium bodied, very effervescent and tart. Taste reminiscent of champagne and apples/pears. Finish is crisp and clean. Does not taste like a 10% ABV for sure, and goes down pretty smooth, although the tartness does get to you after a while. An interesting beer, a little steep price wise ($20 a bottle) to justify getting it again, but glad I tried it and has a cool story.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml corked & caged bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a very large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains champagne yeast, light malts, sweet & tart fruit, some spices and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of apples, caramel and spices followed by mildly bready flavors of champagne yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. There's a good hops presence for the style that brings a good balance. There's a mild touch of alcohol in the background. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's a decent beer to drink for a while when you want something different, but I don't feel it's worth such a high price tag.

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Photo of Jason
2.58/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750ml brown magnum. Corked, caged and foiled. 2010 vintage date on the foil.

Lots of hype around this brew before the release. The head is nearly explosive which obviously shows a lot of carbonation here, Crystal clear pale amber color with some bubble action. Sweet nose of fresh baked bread, taffy, nougat, faint dried tropical fruit and a light chalky yeast. Massive crispness cuts a little bit into the sizable body, a sweeter palate here which I expected something a bit dryer. Odd dextrin sweetness clashes against a boozy alcohol, reminiscent of a clean malt liquor. Fruitiness of white cherries and ripe pears is nearly missed as the alcohol drops a peppery warmth on the palate. Malty? Sure ... some bread and dried grass. Hops are present with herbal tones but seems to just add a bit of flavor than balance. Semi-sweet finish with lots of booziness on the breath.

Hmm ... not what I expect at all. The sweetness and boozy character threw me for a loop and makes it hardly drinkable at all. Not sure if any length of cellaring will even help this beer. While I applaud the efforts from packaging to the idea this ends up being a miss for me.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: 750ml bottle from the Foodery, Philly, PA

Light amber color with a thin white head that lingers throughout. Minimal lacing, champagne-like bubbling. Light hop aroma, mild citrus, bready. Taste is light, crisp, with a balance between sweetness and hop bitterness. Earthy. Very little alcohol taste noticeable despite the 10.3%ABV. Light-medium mouthfeel. Leaves a slight aftertaste similar to what you'd experience in a pils or light-bodied lager. Definitely very drinkable for even the casual beer drinker, but for me, not extraordinarily memorable. I give it points out of respect and for ingenuity, but I probably would not drink it again.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well this certainly is a nice lookin' bottle we have here. The beer smells like candy and fruit, but some fruit I can't remember the name of from when I lived in Hawaii. Maybe it's lychee. The flavor is quite sweet, yet smooth enough, I suppose. A bit too much of a bitter ending that oddly meshes with the sugary tone. This is a nicely drinkable beer, but really, where's the complexity?? Where's the interesting character coming from "1,000 years of brewing expertise"? On taste alone the beer is alright. But add into the mix two major breweries contributing to its production and the price tag, and this one is falling quite short.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A little outrageous price wise, this is a beer that has been well marketed in beer mags/even local press the Post Gazette has a good write up on it.


To be honest when I saw this bottle at my local here in town at Valley Wine Cellar, I had to think it over. Do I really want a 20 dollar bottle of beer, that I know nothing about? I decided to take the dive. This one uncorked beautifully with a loud pop, and pours effervescently much like a bottle of champagne. I don't see how they recreated a new style of beer there are a handful of brut biers out there like Deus off the top of my head. Pours a deep honey golden hue with a large white head forming thick, as it dwindles down large bands of white lacing stick to my fluted large pilsner glass. Nose is really interesting a blend of syrupy notes and green apple cider and white grapes pretty interesting mix. Even a touch of caramel glides in here from the malt content, a light herbal/grassiness from the hops. Flavor provides bountiful sweet fruit tones with warming green apple/white grape and bready yeast notes. Dry finish tingles the back of the throat, flavor wise alcohol doesn't peak through it's more in the warming in the stomach that gives the abv away. Medium bodied slightly cloying finish between the dryness and the nutty caramel cloying kick that doesn't fit in the picture. Carbonation wasn't my issue it just wasn't an enjoyable experience, a beer that should pass as the hype dwindles down. I would rather buy both a Sam Adams 12 pack sampler and a Weihenstephan gift pack four around 27 dollars where I would get 5 16oz bottles with a wheat beer glass and a 12 pack of 12 ounce samplers instead of 20 bucks for a corked 750 ml bottle. As it warms this beer becomes basically undrinkable, horrible cloying peanut/yeast breadiness with a sour tart finish. Tastes like a bad strong malt liquor, with rotten bannas and granny smith apples.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.64/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From 12/31/10 notes. Thanks to nmann08 for sharing this one; thanks Nate.

a - Pours a clear golden/amber color with one inch of fluffy white head and high carbonation evident. Looks great, what I imagine they were aiming for.

s - Smells of bready malts, biscuit malts, butter, and sweet fruity malts.

t - Tastes of wheat, grain, bready malts, and butter again. Little bit of sweetness but not as much as the smell.

m - Light body and high carbonation, like champagne. Crisp, dry body.

d - A decent beer, but ultimately disappointing. I know a lot of people have been bashing this beer lately, but it really is a below average beer. Not the worst, but I found the smell and taste bready and buttery, and below average. Glad I got to try it, but certainly not worth the $20 price tag in my opinion. Wouldn't look to get again.

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Photo of jwc215
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2011 vintage - best by July 1012 according to the tag.

Poured into a flute glass:

Pours with a large foamy head that becomes bubbly. Body is an orange-tinted yellow with small bubbles. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is alcoholic and medicinal with some citrus and floral notes and bready yeast.

The taste is of honey-ish sweetness that stays just ahead of a stale-ish yeastiness. Some nice floral and citric notes are there but struggle to stay in. The alcohol is slightly harsh. Finishes with a touch of sweetness and drying booze. Aftertaste is brief.

The feel is bubbly - somewhat champagne-like.

This is rather bland overall with prominent alcohol. A potentially nice floral and citrus presence is all but lost in the yeast and alcohol. I don't think it really is a $25 a bottle brew.

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Infinium from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
76 out of 100 based on 511 ratings.