Infinium - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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1,090 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,090
Reviews: 508
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 22.91%
Wants: 54
Gots: 158 | FT: 1
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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:
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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Judging by the number of reviews posted for Infinium over the last 24 hours (~40 or so), I think I can safely say that I am not the only BA who thought of popping the cork on this beer for New Year's Eve. I actually didn't pop the cork. In fact I could barely get it out. After many tries and ultimately resorting to a corkscrew I managed to break the cork in two. More trouble ensued when I tried to extract the bottom half of the cork. I did manage to get most of it out and chip the rim of the bottle in process. I have never had so much trouble with a cork of any kind.

The beer that finally poured from the bottle was a dark yellow color with a big cap of white foam. Quite effervescent, similar to champagne. Tart apple and pear rise from the aroma. The body is heavier than expected, but still bubbly. The flavors center on fruity sweetness. There is some graininess and a dash of spice and pepper from the alcohol. Drinkable considering the ABV. Unique.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by drabmuh on New Year's Eve. Thanks Matt! If we must drink champagne, it may as well be a bière de champagne.

A: This celebratory ale appears hazy and yellowish orange in color. The beer has plenty of carbonation, and an inch of fluffy, white head that leaves a good amount of lacing behind.

S: Malt, spices, Belgian yeast, citrus, alcohol.

T: A good tasting beer, with some nice attributes. The citrus component is rather tasty and the Belgian yeast character adds some depth and complexity. On the downside, the beer is just too sweet, and becomes cloying after more than a few ounces.

M: Medium/thick in body, with a present sweetness and warming alcohol in the finish.

D: An OK beer, but at $20+ per bottle, I don't see any more Samuel Adams Infinium in my future.

Photo of beerhan
3.78/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

100th Review. Drank on New Years Eve 2010.

Poured this into a snifter. Really was impressed by how ridiculous this beer looks. First off, the cork shot out so fast it could have done damage. I was impressed. The head of this beer was so thick I literally had to spoon it out. It was a nice head but the body of the beer resembled that of a domestic craft beer.

Smelled very bready and sweet. Not sure what was going on but not what I expected.

Tastes very sweet. This is where the beer threw me off. Considering it was labeled as a champagne beer I expect dryness and bitter flavors but this was a little fruity and the yeast was sweet. More like a sweet white wine than champagne.

Mouthfeel is a little weird, it's sort of just a mash up of this beer with some bubbly that tickles your mouth.

This beer is incredibly drinkable. The 10.3% alcohol was unnoticeable. I was feeling it later but goddam was this smooth. I am never going to buy this again but it was worth the experience to have tried but price was too high. Its just a nice beer to have on a special occasion and it really is pretty much unlike any beer I have had.

Photo of buschbeer
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle

A - Served in flute. Amber body with golden highlights. Large, bubbly off white head.

S - Buttery toffee and butterscotch.

T - Caramel and toffee malt dominate this beer.

M - Medium with generous carbonation.

D - Wasn't sure what to expect but it wasn't this. I expected more of a funky taste.

Photo of BeerDoggler
2.08/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This has to be one of the most disappointing beers of all time.

Poured a clear amber. Bubbly - no question about it.

Nose was much fruiter & maltier than expected.

Taste: When you drop $20 on on a corked & caged .750 that's marketed as champagne-like, then pop the cork at 12:01 AM on Jan 1, you expect a dry, bubbly, geueze-like experience. This was malty - a little caramely, with an unpleasant presence of diacytal.

Mouthfeel was not objectionable

But drinkability suffered so badly due to the taste that my son & I LEFT half the $20 beer in the bottle and moved on to a De Ranke XX Bitter. I had already suffered my wife's complaint that I spent $20 on a beer, then to not even be able to finish it!

Photo of beer2day
3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cracked open on New Years morning :-).

Pours a weak orange gold. Frothy towering head that dissipates quickly. Active carbonation.

Nose is very champagne like. Grape and a fair amount of yeast. Earthy malt tones too.

Taste and texture is very champagne. Slightly syrupy, lots of grape. Not bad and I guess they hit the mark they were aiming for, just not sure it was a great idea.

2nd glass did me in.

Photo of Domingo
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Cracked this open on New Year's eve. Seemed like an appropriate time for a champagne-like beer.
Pours a golden color with TONS of foam. Not a whole lot of lacing going on, but there's an abundance of carbonation that never fades. The foaminess is definitely more champagne-like than beer, which is what they were shooting for I think. Looks like I expected more or less.
The nose is kind of mild for all of the carbonation. Smells pretty much like a blonde ale, although an occasional funkiness (not in a good way) creeps in.
The flavors are solid, but nothing earth shattering. Starts off with a pretty distinct pale malt and green apple note and fades to a sugary sweetness with just a hint of hops. Subsequent tastes give me the same thing. The apple note gives it a little sour character that makes this beer remind me a little of a Belgian golden ale without the yeast character.
The carbonation makes drinking this a little bit of a chore beyond the first few sips and I found it to be really bloating. We split a bottle, but it took quite a while and at the end was a little bit of a chore.
Not really good or bad. After reading about the process for creating the beer I respect what they were trying to do, but the finished product really didn't work as well as I'd have hoped. Plus, at $19 per bottle I don't think I'll ever be picking it up again.

Photo of Erish
4.22/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 750 ml bottle into a tall wine glass.

A: champagne-like, tall, bubbly head, clear, brownish-gold color, good cap & lacing.

S: very bock-like, sweet malt, Germanic yeast funk, floral hop note.

T: like a fusion between bock and champagne: bread, yeast, light citrus note, floral note.

M: medium-body, silky, abundant carbonation.

D: everyone who shared this with me really enjoyed this beer, and so did I. Well done.

Photo of JoeBloe
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into a few pilsner glasses on new years - very aggressive carbonation roils and boils in these glasses putting up a huge head on top of straw colored liquid - like champagne, but with incredible head retention - a nose of fruity esters - apple/pear/banana - following thru in the taste - yes, it's like beer meets champagne - can't taste 10% abv - a little heavy on the tongue yet crisp due to the fizzy carbonation - it's ok and I'm glad to have tried it - interesting...

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

Appearance - Poured into a champagne flute. It pours a nice amberish, golden color with a big thick cream colored head that recedes quickly. The bubbles make it a little effervescent.

Smell - Fruity, mostly apples and a little citrus. There's some sort of vinegary sour smell, but I can't put my finger on it. Not a bad smell. Malt and some citrusy hops notes as well. Nothing spectacular.

Taste - Quite malty up front--hops are present but take a backseat to the malt. Pretty well balanced, however. Reminds me of a barleywine. There's a bit of sour orange on the finish that stays with you. Not as refreshing as I expected and it's not as light as advertised. Certainly not as light as a champagne. There's very little hint of alcohol--you wouldn't know it is 10.3 abv.

Drinkability - Not as drinkable as a champagne and much heavier than I expected. Not a terrible experience, but certainly not a beer I will seek out frequently.

Mouthfeel - A little chewy, some kind of nuttiness that stays with you.

Photo of shand
4.15/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an oversized pilsner glass.

This beer looks great. It's extremely carbonated and pours with a huge head, at least 8 fingers worth. The head retains and laces fairly well. The smell is also very good, it's very fruity with just a hint of esters from the alcohol. The taste is also quite good, it's a very fruity taste at first, with then some hops that follow, and some smooth malts and alcohol.

The mouthfeel is spot-on for what they were trying to achieve, it's very smooth and very carbonated. The drinkability is also quite good, especially for the ABV. I really enjoyed the bottle of Infinium I had. Is it worth the price? Probably not. But it's still a great beer that I'm glad I had.

Photo of zhanson88
2.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Infinium pours a light straw color with a couple fingers of egg shell-white head. Retention is very nice as this beer has a ridiculous amount of carbonation, as advertised. Lacing is fine and abundant.

Smell: Very biscuity and bready, with some citrus and minor hop notes on the back end. Reasonable but not outstanding by any measure. Edit: the more I sit and take my time on this beer, the more diacetyl/butter I get. Really not appealing at all.

Taste: Bready malts show up first in this beer. Next comes light citrus and fruity notes (pear, pale apple). Again, some minor hop notes on the back end. I do get a bit of diacetyl in there too, but not too strong. Edit: the diacetyl gets MUCH stronger as the beer warms. Not good.

Mouthfeel: Body was very light with high carbonation, obviously. Overall this is an okay beer from Boston Beer/Weihenstephaner. Not something so seek out (or buy for the price), but decent nonetheless.

Photo of samie85
3.73/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a pear juice colored yellow with fine bubbles and three fingers of white head.

S-Big notes of butterscotch with some light pilsener malt and a bit of grassy hops.

T-Follows the nose with butterscoth, green apples, and a light bitterness on the finish.

M-Rich and luxurious malty, mouthfeel that is balanced by the fine champagne-like carbonation with a buttery feel.

D-Not bad considering the incredible amount of maltiness considering they only used base malt. A very interesting beer.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

750 mL corked, caged, and foiled bottle, cracked at 11:59:59 on 12/31/2010 ... about as close as I could get to cracking champagne on NYE. Poured in to several champagne glasses for friends, family, and my significant other, with the remainder poured in to a tulip for yours truly to review.

Appearance: Pours a dark orangey amber copper, sort of that color that you'd expect to get out of a mediocre IPA or a solid DIPA. This one's capped by two fingers of foamy, fizzy white head, the impact of which is muted somewhat by the number of glasses I've spread it across - I've no doubt (given the carbonation) that the head on this mama would have been fierce had she been poured all in one glass.

Aroma: Very tropical fruit-ty on the nose, with tons of pineapple (oh my lord! what pineapple.), mango, and honey notes that mingle with heavier malt notes - crackery, simply sweet all the way - and booze. It's a little hot, though interesting and even mildly nuanced at points in its fruity approach.

Taste: Simply sweet malts, syrupy, honey-like, with lots of raw, free, unattenuated sugars, mingling with cane-sugar drenched tropical fruits - pineapple, orange juice, a slew of tart, tropical fruity notes. It's definitely intense, slightly syrupy, a little cane sugar like, as if someone ransacked a canned food drink, popped every can of fruit half full, and drained the syrup in to a central repository and fluffed it up a little. It's a little too fruity at points, and a little too sweet all around, to be sure, with hints of overy buttery-ness too. A very Belgian tripel-esque note around the edges suggests green fruits and cloves.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy, bright, and amazingly crisp, but in a thick, syrupy, sticky body. Sort of a wash between the two, and it does manage to be remarkably soft, smooth, velvety, so I'm gonna have to say ... pretty good show for the style.

Drinkability: All over the board here. Yeah, this one's a little bit of a hot mess. Some ups, some downs, but on the whole, I think there's a reason the German purity law (yeah, yeah, I'm not gonna try and spell it out here) lasted as long as it did unperturbed - it never produced a beer that had this many off funky off flavors, fruity overtones, and boozy heat notes. Keep 'em more subdued than this, please.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.78/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My first beer and first review of the second decade of the 21st century.

750-ml corked-and-caged bottle poured into a pilsner flute.

The pop of the cork is like that of the fireworks exploding in the night outside my window. Deep golden in color, it's reminiscent of an all-malt lager, perhaps a good Pils. The thick white head crackles loudly, echoing the bursting firecrackers, and fades away almost as quickly. A constant stream of fine bubbles is--aside from the bottle--the only part of the beer's appearance that harkens back to Champagne. Bubbly isn't known for its head retention, after all. The head settles to a thick cap that leaves behind some thick, patchy lacing as the glass drains away.

Aroma is quite fruity, displaying notes of the vine similar to those of Champagne or Prosecco; a particular Prosecco/Chardonnay blend comes to mind. Notes of grape, apricot and lemon zest are apparent, with a slight herbal quality and a faint hint of must. Very intriguing.

A rather full body is lightened mightily by the bright effervescence, making it feel much softer than it is. Sweet, honeyed malt notes combine up front with ripe stone fruit to set the stage. As things play out, a tart, fruity acidity takes hold, encompassing the palate with notes of sour grape, orange, earth and hay. A distinct pale malt sweetness shows up mid-palate, and faintly herbaceous hops provide a faint backdrop before combining them all near the end, leading to a finish that is long and medium-dry with lingering notes of honey, must, wet earth and tart green grape.

This is certainly one difficult brew to place. Boston Beer Company and Weihenstephan have certainly created something noteworthy, but as it stands, this brew is not something inherently drinkable; it is best consumed in somewhat smaller doses, perhaps similar to Champagne, but when consumed thusly it can seem cloying at times yet quenching at others. Alcohol is a bit warming at points, but is otherwise nearly invisible, so at over 10% it's best to play it safe as far as quantity goes.

Innovative? Yes. Mind-blowing? No. An entirely new beer style? Debatable. Regardless, this one should stand up to aging just as any fine Champagne, so save it for special times, and be sure to share it with friends.

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

Wow. My first beer in 2011 was the Infinium. Popped the cork on the bottle shortly before midnight, poured into a champagne glass.

Poured golden in color with a nice foamy head. Real bubbly, champange like. Didn't leave much lacing on the side of the glass, and the foamy head disappates kinda quickly.

It has a real nice beer aroma, and dry champange finish. This is a beer for special occasions and I'm glad I saved it for NYE. I have no idea why I hesitaded picking it up. It's definately not an everyday beer or an all night drinking beer, but to celebrate something special works great. It has a nice fruity aftertaste.

Photo of Urbancaver
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- a muted amber appearNce with a lot of foamy head

Smell - hops on the nose with a lot of malt. Smells like a strong malt liquor

Taste - malts malts and more malts. A bit of hops in the background with some light fruit flavours.

Mouthfeel/drinkability- fairly drinkable but not very good. Overall I'm very disapooointed.

Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: golden amberish with a huge head

smell: not much, some nutty aromas. pilsner malt

taste: apples, caramel, buttery, fruity. lots of flavors and way more malt backbone than expected.

mouthfeel: medium bodied, more than expected.

drinkability: serious hype and it was actually a decent beer and being way more complex than expected.

Photo of Richardberg
3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - poured into a tulip right around midnight. Golden hue, transparent, like a standard (not lite) lager basically. Definitely well carbonated, based on the strong cork pop and ongoing fizz 1/2hr later, but head is only moderate. Great retention & sticky lacing though.

S - sweet grapes, green apple, a yeasty character I can't quite place -- not outright funky, more like an abbey dubbel

T - moderately sweet light malts, from start to finish. Pleasant, but not much else going on save a whiff of ethanol.

M - fizzy yet smooth-sipping, which is a kinda unusual (but welcome) combo. Could use more body though, despite light character, considering it's over 10%.

D - pretty easy to drink, has some nice qualities...but overall, not really digging it.

Photo of brystmar
3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into an oversized flute.

A: golden copper with TONS of white head. Tiny bubbles, good retention, strong lacing.

S: sweeter than I expected. Phenols, malt, a touch of fruit. Nice, but not great.

T: again, sweeter than expected at the start. Some spice and booze as we move forward but really nothing super interesting here. Finishes dry.

M: surprisingly creamy after the head dwindles. Much of the carbonation left with the pour, but a fair amount remains to remind you this isn't your everyday brew.

D: not tough to drink, but one glass is plenty for me. Interesting way to bring in the new year, even though I'm not in love with the style. I'll give the Malheur a shot before writing it off entirely though.

Photo of gford217
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear bubbly amber gold with bye fluffy white head. Good retention and decent lacing.

Aroma is super sweet with some flowers and honey. Sweet yeast as well.

Again, very sweet taste with heavy syrup, caramel, and sugar.

Mouhfeel is heavy and syrupy with lively carbonation.

Not all that impressive as it's way too sweet and not drinkable.

Photo of lsnadon
2.23/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I managed to find this at one of my usual spots in town, and for the town I live in (Cheyenne, WY), that is a surprise. Since picking this up, I was just dying to try it, really looking forward to it.

It looks beautiful in the glass, actually, Champagne Flute - nice and bubbly and the head holds quite well. A nice light golden color, really pleasing to the eyes.

I really picked up nothing on the aroma, just a normal beer to me.

Real thin and bubbly on the tongue, but then again, Sam and the boys at The Boston Beer Company were shooting for that effect, yes?

But now I have to tell about the taste - I kept trying to come up with a good way to describe this to you. It is fruity, but too sharp as well. It actually makes me shake my head like you do when something is way to sour on the first drink - not like you'd do from the alcohol feeling after knocking back a shot of cheap bourbon, but along those lines. Ahhh... it just hit me! Brush your teeth real good and then drink some orange juice - that kind of sensation.

I really have to sum this up with this description - imagine it is 10 AM on the 1st day of the year and you mix some of the leftover beers with some of the leftover sparkling wine from the night before. Not completely undrinkable, but not something you might look forward to.

I read one of the other reviews and I agree completely - as a home brewer, if I made this one, I would not be able to share it with my friends.

Photo of rootbeerman
2.15/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

first beer of 2011
A: poured into a champagne goblet, with a finger of head, pale yellow body.
S: exactly like a stick of butter, i hate putting a something down like this but its just weird.
T: butter again, i feel horrible that this was an Christmas gift to my father, id rather have a stick of butter. there are barely any hops. overall its butterscotch.
M: very bubbly, sticks to the palate.
D: it may be drain poured, ive had better higher carbonated beers. this is just weird. overall its way to buttery. the bottle art is the only thing i give an A

Photo of socon67
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

A - Copper with lots of carbonation

S - Flowery, sweet of fruit, and yes, it reminds one of champagne.

T - Very sweet (a little too much I think) and has a belgian style finish to it. Interesting.

M - I found the carbonation a bit much, and it is rough to drink this more than some sips at a time.

D - By the second glass I was done. Share the bottle among friends. All you need is a small sample ot enjoy.

It was interesting and a fun beer by SA. But not one I'd highly recommend.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.88/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Infinium pours a clear light copper color with a huge, frothy white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind a coating of lace on the glass.

The aroma has notes of light fruit, such as white grape and raisin, mixed with pale malt, lemon zest and coriander.

Each sip of this medium-full bodied beer is slightly, dry, with a firm carbonated fizz on the palate. The flavor is malty with tastes of pale and amber malt, light fruit notes of white grape. It finishes spicy with a flavor of clove. Once gone the sweet malt and spicy notes linger on the palate.

This beer reminds me of a Belgian triple. Malty with a nice spicy note.

Infinium from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
74 out of 100 based on 1,090 ratings.