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Infinium - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)


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1,036 Ratings

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Ratings: 1036
Reviews: 504
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 23.22%

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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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of Sdesenberg


2.6/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought the 750 ml champagne bottle for almost 20 bucks at a little corner liqueur store. To summarize, looks promising, smells ok, tastes bad. They had a sixer of hopslam for 17 bills. For three fewer dollars I could have had almost three times as much high gravity, super premium beer and I would have really enjoyed it. This stuff is very disappointing, and I won't have it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 01:38:46 | More by Sdesenberg
Photo of ouser31


2.68/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

wasnt my favorite... for being advertised as a special beer or once in a lifetime special... it wasnt.. kind of dissapointed with it.. maybe i missed something or it just wasnt my style... im sure there are many more that will come and go... maybe ill try it again sometime and ill like it more

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 22:30:58 | More by ouser31
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Foil says 2011.

A- Pours a dark copper color with a full inch of head that bears some retention before subsiding to a 1/8 inch head and hazy surface foam. Decent lacing.

S- Smells hoppy...is that intentional? Has that earthy, malt-balanced hop aroma that's reminiscent of west coast IPAs. Semi-astringent.

T- Surprisingly, doesn't taste hoppy. There's a smooth conjunction of flavors that, all put together, does remind one of champagne and its simple, neutral flavor. The strange aroma still throws that off but, just focusing on flavor, it hits the mark. Hops that aren't overly bitter, malts that aren't too sweet and it makes for easy drinking because I just remembered this is 10.3%. It may not have a white wine flavor to it, but that's a plus in my book. The malt character comes through stronger as the beer warms.

M- Medium-high carbonation and plenty of bubbles, as expected. Quite a full body for a beer that feels somewhat like champagne.

O- Pretty good. Not something that I'd drink all the time, but I guess that's the point. Not quite worth the $19 I spent on it, but I feel they accomplished what they were going for.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 01:02:19 | More by Immortale25
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 ml brown teardrop shaped magnum bottle, thick red and yellow foil around the cap and neck, while underneath it is caged and corked. Pours out a dense, hazed honey gold hue with a tall creamy off-white hue.

The aroma immediately reveals moist wet white grapes and lighter preserved fruits, along with pear, papaya, and a mild yet sharp yeast twang.

Sweet white raisin and fleshy apple character up front in the flavour, pear skins and dry spicy yeast appear in the middle, finishing rather dry and clean with apples skins and faint herbal hops.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, texture starts out creamy silky smooth, however light effervescent carbonation contrasts that towards the finish. Contrasting elements yet balanced mouthfeel, a nice touch.

Rather curious flavour profile, and not one very common, however it works for me, enough at least. If I were to do things again I'd chip in on a bottle with a friend or two, I had enough to quench my curiosity about a glassful in. On that note a good bottle to pick up for a dinner party or pair with food.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 10:08:11 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul


2/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A Golden copper one finger off white head. Doesn't stick around but leaves a frothy top.

S Slightly grassy, a little musty, by of biscuit and a light citrus note. Weird bit of metal smell. Syrup.

T Obvious booze in the middle an the end with a sharpness up front. Definitely sweet and caramelly over a bready backbone. Apple and lemons. Lingering sweetness.

M Sharp all over with almost cloying sweetness especially in the finish. Tingling feeling left for a minute or two.

O Rather big beer, too sweet and boozy. There are underlying notes that seem to save it at moments, but generally not enough. I was quite disappointed by this beer. Not what I expected.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 06:52:42 | More by VoiceOfTheSoul
Photo of Pauly2X


3.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Fantastically huge fizzy head very much like champange. Clear golden yellow with very effervescent carbonation visible.

S- There's a spicy yeast character up front reminiscent of clove, followed by a mild but noticeable hop aroma.

T- The malt backbone is light and grainy, very soft. It is almost shouted out by the spicy yeast character very reminiscent of many tripels. After which some noble hop flavor comes in just under the radar to add another layer, just before the dry finish.

M- Very fizzy but with some decent body as well.

O- Enjoyable for it's uniqueness, but not good enough to really seek out as something uttery great. Worth trying at least once. We cracked a bottle of this in the limo after I got married, so regardless of actual taste it will always be a special beer for me for the memories it recalls.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 13:53:41 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of CaptDavyJones

New York

3.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2011 bottle into a champagne glass. The note hanging around the neck says the beer should be enjoyed before July 2012. Lots of smoke coming out the bottle once the cork was removed.
Hazy golden-orange color with lots of carbonation leading to almost all of the pour looking like head. The head dissipates fairly quickly but there is still tons of bubbles rising to the surface. Visually it looks very much like champagne.
Aroma is extremely fruity and sweet. It was hard to pick up anything besides the sweet fruity notes.
Taste upfront was also on the sweeter side. Crisp with some tartness from the middle to the finish; slightly astringent. However, the sharp carbonation acts as a nice palate cleanser.
The alcohol is extremely well masked, by no means does it feel like a 10% beer. Very good drinkability.
Overall, this is a 'different' beer, an interesting brew from Sam Adams and Weihenstephan. The price is too steep though and I honestly don't think it is worth $20 a bottle.
Definitely worth trying once for the experience. I am glad I tried it, but not sure if I will get another one.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 18:27:58 | More by CaptDavyJones
Photo of efecher

4.33/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What champagne would be like if made from beer instead of wine. Managed to procure a total of 4 bottles of this stuff as my whole state only got two "pallets" to distribute to the distributors' best accounts.

I was expecting greatness when they partnered with the worlds oldest brewery, and I wasn't disappointed. It really does taste like beer-champagne. I could definitely taste most of the fruit notes they described, and the alcohol content was just right to get you a nice buzz from the experience. I honestly can't see why so many people gave negative reviews. Next to possibly one day getting a hold of Utopias (which would probably be like meeting God) this would be my next choice.

Yes I happen to be a Sam man, and proud of it. Gotta love a company that never gets too big for its britches (i.e. the conglomerates) and can still innovate and experiment.

Sam Adams, always a good decision!

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 23:05:43 | More by efecher
Photo of 2378GCGTG


3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle poured into a duvel tulip

Appearance: White foamy head over a true golden body with good lacing on the glass as the head fades quickly.

Smell: Sweet malt and sugars with hints of butter and caramel, these notes fade into a butterscotch and vanilla finish.

Taste: Buterscotch and butter/oil predominate with support by a heavy caramel not (especially as the beer warms), fading into light darker fruits.

Mouth: Very light/bubbly and dry (which makes sense for a champagne beer) but I don't think it fits the butter and caramel notes too well, needs to be a bit heavier.

Overall: A complex beer, and much better than the previous year, I like the buttery notes. I would drink this again if not for the price.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 14:32:03 | More by 2378GCGTG
Photo of rhoadsrage


2.7/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a flute)
2011 vintage
A- This beer has a strong pop of the cork resulting in a glass full of white foam. Soon a crystal clear dark caramel colored body forms with a slow motion carbonation. The subsequent glasses have a boiling carbonation.

S- The fruity esters of pineapple mix with a cinnamon spice hop quality and some sweet fresh wort aromas. There is a Noble hop pellet bitterness that grows as the beer opens up. There is a lot going on but overall it is a light aroma.

T- The dry alcohol flavor has some sweet caramel wort flavors and a field corn flavor in the finish.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a big alcohol bite in the finish.

O- The boozy thin caramel flavored water is a bit hard to drink. It doesn't have any champagne-like qualities. Everything is out of balance with alcohol heat and sugar sweet being way to strong with the carbonation trying to do its part but it is still not crisp. I don't know if you chilled this in the freezer for a bit if it was designed to taste better ice cold? I don't think age would help this, especially with the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 17:14:42 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of Vonerichs


2.65/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The body is a murky orange-ish-brown. It's a gusher, too. It sat open for an hour or so before I poured my second glass and even that one gushed.

It smells like apples, pears, and dates, but then turns to a musty scent.

What a strange flavor profile. Tart and musty. There's some apple, but the finish had a strange aftertaste that resembles bile. Come to think about it, the taste is pretty gross. Upon first sip I didn't think it was that bad, but as it sits on the tongue it gets pretty grotesque.

Mouthfeel is the only redeeming quality. Light bodied with prickly carbonation that makes it drink like a sparkling wine.

The taste of this one is just bad. All other aspects barely make a statement beyond average. This is a beer I just couldn't get into.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 03:19:49 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of maxk


3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle well chilled poured into a wine glass.

A: Cloudy orange/red brew with a head that quickly settles to nothing but a tiny ring of bubbles.

S: A mix of dark fruits and citrus fruits. I smell a tiny bit of caramel in there along with honey.

T: Very fruity and tangy. Somewhere between cider and beer, definite apple flavors. A bit of pale and caramel malt. Interesting hints of spice.

M: Well carbonated, very big bodied.

An interesting beer, worth trying, but not something I'd want to drink often.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 01:53:53 | More by maxk
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml corked and caged poured into tulip 10/2/12

A clear golden liquid with more bubbles then I thought you could fit in a glass, even a gentle pour gives 3 fingers of creme colored retains well but leaves no lace

S lots of caramel apple and some butter, a little hops but mostly sweet malts

T not what I was expecting, overly sweet and reminds me more of a malt liquor then anything, some sour cracker and candied corn, some booze comes through I didn't smell. I really didn't care for this one's flavor, perhaps I should've grabbed a paper bag for this one and drank it on my stoop or on the corner near my home.

M over carbonated and syrupy, bad boozy finish and a little hard to swallow

O started off well and went downhill pretty fast, all I got was an over carbonated malt liquor

A wolf in a sheep's clothing? sexy presentation with the sleek bottle but the liquid inside is no where near worth what it costs. I want my money back, from two breweries I respect I expect much more, don't waste your money on this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 06:12:05 | More by wordemupg
Photo of DapperGrowler

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer at New Years served in a champagne flute.

A: light in appearance with the carbonation of champagne.

S: slightly fruity.

T: beer was cerise and tasted kinda like pears and apricots.

M: felt like champagne.

O: this was a nice alternative to a champagne, but it was not one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 01:45:42 | More by DapperGrowler
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first experience of a Biere Brut...

A - Pours a golden copper colour, loaded with head, solid retention and no real lacing. A uniquely presented ale that is surprisingly reminiscent of a brut.

S - Loads of caramel, some earthy hops, fruity yeast, bubble gum, cotton candy, and wheat on the finish.

T - Much like the nose, loads of flavours but the caramel and toffee notes seem to dominate alongside the fruity yeast, cloves, wheat and cotton candy.

M - Lighter bodied ale, smooth going down and surprisingly wet.

O - Certainly an intriguing style with some unique characteristics, tons of flavour and the ABV is incredibly well hidden. Would be a great beer for food pairings and although I found it a bit pricey I would recommend trying it if ever given the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 04:25:33 | More by andrenaline
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac


2.8/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a very light yellow but settles a more hazy copper color. Bubbles are freaking huge and form an eggshell hued foam.

S: Aroma is predominantly spicy with cumin and cardamom, yeasty as well.

T/M: Medium to high carbonation on the tongue with some fruity apricot and peach but also traces of mildew funkiness.

Doesn’t feel as fizzy as it looks but also not as tasty as it ought to be. Not really sure what direction they were going with this one.


Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 03:17:02 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Photo of jsprain1


3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Apricot color with lots of carbonation bubbles and a thick billowy head to it. Good retention.
S- The aroma has just a touch of tartness to it for me with some breadyness and fruit to it.
T- Again I pick up just a touch of lemony tartness to it. There is a malt character and it's a bit buttery. It's kind of a jumbled mess for me but I like the pearlike flavor in the finish.
M- Fairly sweet in the finish and quite noticable carb. Carbonation is not as noticable as it looked like.
O- I can admit the mystique and hype gave me high expectations. They weren't met. If it was less hyped (and much cheaper) it would be a fine beer, but as is, it's a disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 01:58:50 | More by jsprain1
Photo of huxcrunner

New York

4.33/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into "infinium" promotional flute glass

Nice amber appearance with large amounts of head in the glass, very similar to champagne, head is an off white color, large amounts of carbonation present as expected.

Smell has caramel and apple aromas, slightly floral not a typical hop aroma

taste is sweet caramel malts with a very subtle bitterness/dryness to it

mouthfeel is very similar to champagne heavy carbonation but very smooth and refreshing

overall I really enjoyed this beer,many may bash this beer and not appreciate it but one must understand that this is not the typical beer and is far more like champagne as it is meant to be. If one understands that going into trying this beer a far better appreciation of this beer will be developed. If you dont like champagne dont even bother with the $20 something it will cost to buy it but if you can appreciate it it is worth it for that special occasion or worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 22:32:50 | More by huxcrunner
Photo of BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The 2011 edition to this beer was purchased for a celebration, Happy Birthday Kev!
Standards for this site are about rating beer according to style guidelines, which is good. However there is an element of taste that ultimately decides the question: but do I like it?

A: Super effervescent, great golden orange color with a non-stop head. Flutes for sure. Champagne bone white head.

S: Its aroma is fairly complex in that you have to give a little time to work on you. I ultimately got pineapple and fruit punch, the initial smell was slightly popcorn butter like - but that was more taste influenced.

T: Diacytle heavy. Its very buttery, very boozy and very unpallatable.

M: Butter again, left a dryness which was nice but there was to much oily character.

O: but do I like it? no.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 19:28:13 | More by BasementBer
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Alberta (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 01:08:29 | More by biboergosum
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3.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 Bottling.

A- Pours a clear peachy golden color with a thin, splotchy white head.

S- Abundant light and tart fruit and some mustiness. Complex and inviting.

T- Mustiness, light fruit, and alcohol. Very complex and hard to pinpoint anything specific. Something seems a little odd.

M- Astringent on the finish but a nice body with some spicy carbonation. The alcohol is warm and surprisingly tame considering the style and alcohol content.

O- An interesting beer but not with the money. Drinkable, especially considering the alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 21:33:01 | More by david131
Photo of Destral


1.2/5  rDev -62.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Tried the 2010 on New Year's last year and the 2011 around the holiday's at Khoury's. Had a similarly bad experience both times with this failure of a beer. I'm not quite sure how 2 companies, especially Weihenstephaner, who make great beer decided to release this.

Nothing really wrong with the appearance. Poured a nice golden color with tons of carbonation.

Get your popcorn ready! Pure butter and diacetyl. Really hard to get anything else.

What a mess. The diacetyl definitely carries over. Its boozy to boot. Overly sweet, alcoholic butter.

The beer is sticky. It lingers. Its heavy. Everything a Biere de Champagne shouldn't be

This beer almost ruined my midnight toast on NYE. Couldn't get down more than 2 ounces before having to drain pour. The 2011 version was luckily split a few ways, but that couldn't be finished either.

I've talked to a lot of people about this beer, and my experience doesn't seem to be the exception. I'm not sure if there is a big variance from bottle to bottle on this, problems with transportation, the brewing process, or just an infection...but I dont think I'll be trying it in 2012.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 18:06:27 | More by Destral
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3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
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.


Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 05:35:57 | More by kojevergas
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New Hampshire

2.85/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I am a big fan of both Sam Adams and especially Weihenstephan so this review does not come easy. I knew the limited brew and supply (December) made it hard to find. When I found some I purchased 2 bottles without a second thought at 20 bucks a bottle.This was the first time trying this ale. I had high expectations.
My first impression was pretty good. I love the bottle and the champagne like presentation.

It pours with champagne like carbonation. Tall white head with lots of action.
The aroma is pleasing with floral, fruity, citrus notes.
The first taste surprised me with its bready very malty sweetness.
It seems the dry finish is full of bready, malty, citrus like flavors that don't appeal to me. I do like the Noble hops. The mouth feel is light and crisp but full of sweet, dry unflattering tastes. In my opinion.

Overall I was really disappointed in the beer that both Jim Koch (Sam Adams) and Weihenstephan collaborated with.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 00:50:57 | More by MightyMonk
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3.88/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is probably one of the coolest looking beer i have ever seen.
With a smell of sour grapes, feel of malted barley, with a slight aroma of hops, neither sweet nor bitter but balanced, smooth texture and feel, and retains a medium head on the glass.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 03:19:02 | More by amk786
Infinium from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
74 out of 100 based on 1,036 ratings.