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Infinium - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
74
okay

1,061 Ratings
THE BROS
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poor

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Ratings: 1,061
Reviews: 507
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 23.22%
Wants: 53
Gots: 152 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: LtCracker20 on 12-04-2010)
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

12-17-2013 21:27:20 | More by Kegatron
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drabmuh

Maryland

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

I split a bottle of this with the other Matt on New Years Eve because Sam Adams told me I had to and there was no chance I was going to kiss him. Poured into various tulips.

Beer is dark yellow with a slight haze, big head of medium and large bubbles that doesn't bother to stick around. Carbonation is moderate to high with bubbles forming at every nucleation point on the glass and rising through the beer quickly to see if the head was still there, as stated earlier, he bailed.

Aroma is slightly vegetal to me with some odd breadiness to it. Perhaps some cloves or mild spiciness to it...some pilsen sweetness as well.

I know my score is going to end up higher than the standard on this beer and I'm not sure why. I did not like this beer as much as I had hoped, but I also did not like Deus as much as I hoped either. A lot of the things I didn't like about Deus were also present in this beer so this may be a style that I can easily avoid in the future...but I didn't think it was terrible. Definitely not a repeat but definitely not a drain pour. Beer was mildly sweet with a pretty strong / odd yeastiness to it in the midpalate and a harsher dry / bitter finish on the end that lended itself to an unpleasant aftertaste. Really not my bag.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 19:57:47 | More by drabmuh
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10350/1110916-389.stm

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 15:46:01 | More by WVbeergeek
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 05:59:21 | More by jlindros
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WesWes

New York

3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a mellow alcohol feel with a good deal of malty sweetness; not dry at all, almost syrupy. The taste is average as well. It's rich and sweet with a ton of malty character and a rough alcohol finish. There is a considerable amount of booziness here. The mouthfeel is average as well. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a different drinking experience for me. I'm new to the style, but I'm guessing this isn't the best example. I'm still grateful to have tried it though. Thanks almychristopher.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 00:36:53 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a clear golden color with a white head. The aroma is very sugary, along with a little bit of butter, wheat and citrus notes. Not sure why, but the aroma reminds me quite a bit of circus peanuts. The flavor is wheat, grain, bubblegum, more circus peanuts, alcohol and some citrus - lemons and oranges. The flavor is very sugary and boozy, so maybe this would benefit from some aging. Medium mouthfeel and a very high, prickly carbonation.

The beer is not bad, but for the $20 price tag and all of the hype surrounding it, I was very disappointed. Overall, the beer is a boozy, sweet mess with a lot of different flavors and aromas that don't meld well together. I expected more from two world-class breweries. Glad I got to try it, but at an extremely high price point, I will not try it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 01:06:05 | More by Mora2000
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 23:00:48 | More by Rifugium
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 18:57:32 | More by StonedTrippin
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oline73

Maryland

2.83/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 02:48:09 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

2.63/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 02:24:25 | More by mdfb79
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 04:31:20 | More by jwc215
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -7.1%

11-25-2011 22:10:34 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a yellowish orange color with a 1/4" head that falls quickly to a thick surface foam.

Smell: green grapes, golden apples, alcohol, and a bit of a wine like quality to it.

Taste: very fruity as green grapes, apples, pear, and pineapple are upfront. Alcohol is very noticeable here. Bitterness is moderate.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout with a dry finish.

Overall: definitely a unique beer that leans a bit towards the wine-like side. Very slow drinking, you need to share the bottle with a few friends.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 19:40:17 | More by Gavage
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kojevergas

Texas

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.

B-

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-10-2012 21:53:49 | More by imperialking
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a transparent light gold with a small white cap that slowly fades into a gentle film and collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of wheat,doughy yeast, lemon, citrus, turbinado sugar, dried apricot, vanilla, and honey. Perhaps a touch of bubble gum, as well.
A sweet honey flavor with notes of vanilla and golden raisins are the most dominant of all flavors coming through.
Mouthfeel is boozy, sticky sweet, and medium bodied. It reminds me of a mead fermented with champagne yeast. Not bad but not the $24 I dropped with huge hopes.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 17:08:20 | More by weeare138
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

04-25-2012 04:52:46 | More by MarkyMOD
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

1.15/5  rDev -64.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Served to me blind by @LaitueGonflable.

Clear, rather pinkish golden colour, with a fine but insubstantial
head of white bubbles. Body is extremely light and weak, meaning the head has no chance to form any lacing. Looks a bit lacklustre.

Nose is insane, and rather unpleasant, to be honest. Big biscuity
malt, with funky sweetness and crushed toffee praline. It's all
overlaid with a slightly odd generic yeasty hop character. Savoury characters come through as well, with ketchup and baked beans. It's robust, but genuinely unpleasant.

Taste is similar, although the sweetness is even more prominent here. Big vegetative sweet characters, like tomato juice mixed with sugar, or toffeed baked beans, and a rigid, unyielding carbonation which forces this home. Truly quite unpleasant. Each mouthfeel has the potential to make me dry retch.

Really quite a horrible beer. And yet, I can sort of see this weird
perversity to it that makes me feel like I should like and/or respect it. There is no way in hell I want to drink this again, but I might be okay with someone serving it to me blind again some time in the future.

(Notes after I found out what it was:

Holy crap, I really had some expectations for this, but this is genuinely unpleasant. It really does not live up to expectations, and is closer to malt liquor than to a brew between two high-flying breweries like this.)

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 10:35:56 | More by lacqueredmouse
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 22:46:29 | More by oriolesfan4
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I feel fortunate to have laid hands on a bottle of the 2011 vintage and so my dear uncle and I are splitting it, following an afternoon at the movies (Sherlock Holmes & the Game of Shadows).

From the bottle: "1,000 years of brewing expertise"; "A Collaboration between the brewers of Samuel Adams and Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan"; " Pop the Cork on Infinium, a ground-breaking beer that unites European brewing heritage with American innovation. Our brewers worked for two years with the world's oldest brewery, Germany's Weihenstephan, to create a unique new beer style. They explored innovative brewing techniques but always remained true to the Reinheitsgebot, a revered 1516 German beer purity law. Using only the four classic ingredients: malt, hops, water and yeast, Infinium is a crisp Champagne-like beer with fine bubbles and a fruity, spicy aroma. Its light malt character is balanced by the Noble hops that impart a soft citrus and floral flavor. We recommend serving the beer at a temperature of 40-42 F and enjoying it before July 2012. Cheers, [undersigned] Jim Koch".

The cork popped with a nice sound and I poured into a couple of champagne flutes. The eggnog-colored head was big and fluffy and quickly took up over half of the glass. The nose had notes of vanilla and nutmeg. Color was a deep-amber with NE-quality clarity and lots of CO2 bubbles. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was caramel candy-like initially, giving 'way to a soft grassy bitterness. Finish was continued with that same sweetness and you can guess where this is going for this self-avowed hophead. It was just too sweet for my taste and I was glad a) to have had someone with whom to share it and b) to have tried it, but it might not be compelling enough to try again, although who knows ... ?

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 21:33:21 | More by woodychandler
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

06-29-2013 04:50:19 | More by orangesol
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -7.1%

06-10-2014 16:37:51 | More by stakem
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

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

2011 Vintage.

A: Pours a lightly hazy light golden yellow in color with heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall fizzy white head that slowly reduces to a thin layer covering the entire surface of the beer. No visible lacing is observed.

S: Smells a little bit like real champagne rather than a beer - notes of wine and grape and just the faintest hints of malt.

T: This beer is quite sweet with light fruit (apple, pear, and white grape) in addition to the malts. Light to moderate presence of alcohol in the taste as well.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Not my favorite beer in this style as it is a little too sweet and the alcohol is not as well hidden as I would prefer.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 22:43:09 | More by dbrauneis
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an off-white, one-finger bubbly head that fades to a ring leaving no lace. Crystal clear amber color. Very strong carbonation, the strongest I've seen and medium bodied. Sweet fruity nose, but flavor is light caramel, with nutmeg and allspice. Seriously expensive at $20.00 for a caged and corked 750ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me. My 50th bottle from Boston Beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 23:32:18 | More by jdhilt
Infinium from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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