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Norse Legend Sahti - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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81
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157 Reviews
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Reviews: 157
Hads: 481
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 41
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Sahti |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: jneiswender on 01-17-2012

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Photo of Purp1eOne
4.44/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice rich red/amber color with a nice head

S - Citrusy herbal berry, very nice and pleasing aroma

T - This beer has a nice smooth flavor thats a little bitter but has a nice fruity kick to it.

M - This beer is carbonated well and has good body.

O - Overall I really enjoyed this beer and will have to include this in the rotation. (338 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a lighter wood, spice and a citrus note. In the taste, woody, dry citrus and a mellow spice. A spice like bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry citrus and licorice in the aftertaste. Lots of flavor and quite enjoyable. (307 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep burgundy brown with frothy head that retreats into ample lacing - I believe a traditional sahti has such a color

S: malts and herb - predictably, the juniper, and maybe some woodsy notes

T: makes me think of a barleywine with the sweetness replaced by an herbal, earthy flavor - aspects of it are medicinal, with some flavors I associate with yeast and hops, but darker and with a nice bitterness

M: medium body, nice carbonation, teensy bit of astringency, but it suits the herbal nature of the brew

O: look, I've only tried 2 sahtis - this one and Dogfish Head's, and both admittedly took some liberties with the traditional formulation - I really liked the bright, light craft of the DFH Sah'tea, and was ready for this to fall short, but it doesn't - it's clearly just a darker take on the same idea, and not-for-nothing, I think this may be more representative of a traditional sahti. I would definitely buy this again, and would love to do a side-by-side. (973 characters)

Photo of jmendels
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the perfect beer for an evening in Skyrim. It struck my fancy when I happened upon it at my favorite beer shop, and so I bought it. I had never tasted a Sahti before, but I was certainly intrigued by the historical relevance of such a brew.

It pours a rather dark red, with a darker head. It smells earthy and herbal, though you can pick up notes of toffee and roasted malts. The flavor proceeds from the smell rather well, balancing the earthy juniper flavors with the roasted and toffee malt characteristics.

This is a rather enjoyable beer and is rather enjoyable in the winter. If you're a dark beer lover or Samuel Adams fan, give this one a shot. You won't be disappointed. (691 characters)

Photo of BDIMike
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light red color. A thick white head, that looks very sticky and laces throughout the beer, almost like webbing.
Aroma does not have a ton going on. A clean malt smell is dominated by what I assume is a nice juniper berry smell. I have never seen or eaten a juniper berry, but the smell has a very nice berry smell, which must be those.
Taste is really cool and different. I have never tasted anything like this before. A strong malt backbone is taken over by a very strong juniper berry taste. A good taste, very different than anything I have ever had.
Mouthfeel has a nice thickness but very smooth.
Drinkability is real nice on this beer. A very nice balance of malt and fruit. The juniper berries have a nice undertone and don't overpower like some fruit beers. The undertones make this beer very refreshing. This would be a great beer in spring or summer and I would definitely go out of your way to try this beer. Like nothing I have ever tried before, Sam Adams never disappoints, well done! (1,012 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$6.59 for a 1pt 0.6fl oz bottle.
30 SRM, OG=17.19, 7.0%ABV, 234 Calories/12oz, 16 IBUs.
Brewed with Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, Rye, Special B, aromatic malt and fermented on a bed of juniper berries. Hopped with Hallertau Mittelfrueh.

Pours out to a very clear dark amber, forming a tall whipped and creamy yellow head with superior retention and one solid thick sheet of lace. Very gorgeous brew. Medium carbonation, ~2.5 carbs. Considering that this is brewed with juniper, I can't smell any in the nose. It's got a rather vague and generic beer smell, like Sam Adams Boston Lager with less hops. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, very nice, with a medium dense body. The taste is really smooth and mellow with a exceptionally well balanced caramel malty sweetness and mild bitterness. The Special B adds a wonderful caramel and cola character. The juniper is VERY very subtle, just barely suggesting itself as something out of the ordinary in the aftertaste. Nice hints of cola in the middle with some soft sweet tobacco in the finish.

I've had real Sahti before, and this is nothing like it, but it's still a really good, exceptionally well balanced and easy to drink beer. I would definitely buy this on a regular basis if it came in 6 packs. The subtle juniper in the finish makes you come back for more, always wanting more juniper that is, unfortunately, not there. (1,389 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.16/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very hazy brown amber color with a 1.5 finger tan colored head. The head fades very rapidly at first, but persists once it fades to a about a half of a finger. Upon fading it leaves a nice level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass, with the thin film of foam on the top eventually fading to leave some patchy foam islands.

Smell – The aroma is of a more sour nature overall with a big dose of juniper. The sour smells are also a mix of sour berry and some lemon citrus with other aromas of some herb and a bit of wood mixed within.

Taste – The taste begins with a good brown bready flavor with tons of oak wood and juniper flavor complimenting the bready flavor. More and more herbal flavor comes to the tongue as the taste moves on with a bit of a more boozy gin like flavor coming to the tongue more toward the middle to the end. Along with these flavors so too comes some more sweet flavors of a milk chocolate and light fruit flavor (odd combination, but it sorta works in this one). In the end, the sweet flavors mixed with the juniper and gin flavors of the brew, as well as the wood and alcohol tastes, leaves a nice warming oaky, herbal gin taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is very creamy and chewy with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly lower side. The chewy body and thickness are rather nice for the woody flavors of the brew with it also allowing all the herbal and boozy gin flavors to really be sensed.

Overall – This is a tasty mix consisting of a sorta amber ale and oaky gin boozy brew that really warms you even while only at 7 % abv. A very interesting and rather enjoyable brew. (1,737 characters)

Photo of ronniebruner
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful light brown caramel color with a tinge of foam that evaporates very quickly. Aroma is of sweet and sugary grains and hops. Tastes sweet, but not overdone, leaves a nice zip on the tongue as it goes down. A beautifully decorated bottle as well. (261 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from signature series bomber into a pint glass.

Pours darker reddish amber with some residual foam. Malty smell, plus fruity hints - the juniper I suppose. Taste is an intense fruit. Full rich flavor, like fruit juice trapped inside a beer. Tasty blend of fruit, citrus, malt, and a mild hop close. Good beer. (317 characters)

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.11/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pourer from a 22 oz into a corsendonk chalice- pours a pretty clear dark amber color with less than a finger of head that recedes quickly to very little foam around the edges. A few spots of lacing. Beautiful color.

Not too much on the smell- maybe a bit of juniper and malt sweetness. Could be more.

I think it tastes really good- very smooth and sweet but not too sweet by any means. Not a traditional beer at all. Juniper on the front of the tongue and lasts for a long time. Malt sweetness and a little booze in the middle.

Mouthfeel is nice- medium bodies with a little creaky carbonation. Pretty refreshing. I like it but from what I've read about the style, nit exactly how it should be. Give it a try.

Paired with some norwegian goat cheese- excellent. (764 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into small snifter. Off-white head atop an amber body. Clear lacing, sticky. Aroma includes sweet caramel and brown sugar. Taste is malty sweet and caramel with maybe some toffee. No bitterness to speak of but none expected considering the style. Very easy to drink, no alcohol taste anywhere of note. Very tasty brew, interesting and tasty. (376 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served cold into an imperial pint glass.

Norse Legend is a deep amber brown with good clarity an thick white head. It has good retention and lacing.

Aroma is rich, malty, and slightly spicy.

Flavor is sweet up front but turns out to be fairly well balanced in the end. Toasty, caramel, pine, and slightly fruity. It's an unusual beer but enjoyable. Similar to a bock in the malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied an nicely carbonated.

Overall and interesting style and I'm glad I tried this one. (517 characters)

Photo of BeerMeInMS
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking Date: June 7th 2012

Glassware: tulip

Appearance: very deep amber with a clingy, sudsy white head.

Smell: some sweetness and bread-like aromas...very mild reminded me of the outdoors....

Taste: A completely unusual taste [unique to me] very woodsy/earthy; also like baked bread or maybe wood-fired pizza crust with a little sweetness... Hard to explain, as is evident, but very interesting. Seemingly no hops which fits with the style. While I would not say the taste is complex, it is deep..

Mouthfeel: medium-bodied; low carbonation and a kinda sticky afterfeel.

Overall: so intriguing... Nothing to compare to. This feels and tastes like something other than beer [although it looks like beer]. My first of this style... Definitely worth a try, I love it for its unusualness and earthy/outdoors taste and feel. (827 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - a vigorous pour wells up half a sten of beige head that slowly reduces to golden brown elixir with sticky, slow carbonation

S - the first note is malt, with a unusual twist, the juniper. Without knowing exactly what a juniper berry tastes like, I can pick its influence out. piney, resiny, and woodsy. The bottle blurb is not wrong.

T - I found the rye! The pine tree-osity blends with the rye quite well. The malts take up a complementary role, and perform masterfully.

M&D - thick and viscous, this flavors of this beer remains on your lips after a sip and you get another burst of flavor when you lick your lips. the viscosity lends a smoothness that makes the unique flavors of this brew easy to drink. One of the better of this unnamed Sam Adams' series. (768 characters)

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The first thing that hits you as you pour it out is the sharp aroma of brandy, strong and sweet with plenty of fruit undertones. Raisins and light breads smells also come through and there is that slight definitive smell of alcohol. It pours out a dark murky brown color and is topped off with a thin head that quickly forms a small ring around the glass. The lacing is thin but very covers every inch of the glass. It taste is rather surprising, it’s light and tart, very refreshing; it bitter around the edges of the mouth and you can pick up some woody flavors, mild berries. This is a very refreshing find and I’ll definitely be buying this one again. (659 characters)

Photo of Eddxii
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Norse legend pours a clear but deep redish amber color, a truly gorgeous shade that looks marvelous under light. There is little to no head on the pour and only a thin lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: The aroma presents itself modestly. There’s sweet malt, slightly yeasty but also bright and clean.

T: The beer begins like a very fresh malty red ale and finishes with a darker juniper sweetness (along with some other botanicals that I cannot immediately place…certainly some citrus notes). It becomes bolder and more delicious as its temperature warms, so I recommend enjoying this sahti just a little below room temperature.

M: It drinks along the thicker side of the spectrum, remaining smooth throughout.

O: Norse Legend is not overly strong with the sharper juniper flavor (it’s not gin, after all), yet it is also not so syrupy sweet as to fit in with the fruit beer species. There are juniper-ier sahtis out there, but it’s quite clear that the goal of this brew, in true Boston Beer Company form, is to introduce the sahti style without going full-hog into an obscure drink enjoyed hundreds of years ago among Vikings.

Essentially Norse Legend drinks like a really well-made red ale with some herbal, primarily juniper, elements added it. For those of you in the Boston area, there are some overlapping features with the on-tap-in-Boston-only Boston Brick Red, also from the Boston Beer Company. Norse Legend is a very well-balanced beer that has taken a rarity in the beer world and made it into an immensely drinkable treat. It’s quite enjoyable and would be appreciated by a variety of beer drinkers. This is a beer worth your time. (1,670 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark caramel amber with a big, thick, dense, brownish head that has great retention

S - big bready aromas, cake batter, some caramel, a bit sweet

T - bready, sweet caramel, some faint pepper, some earthiness, the juniper berries are there but faint and mostly in the finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

I'm not sure what I was expecting going into this beer, but I'm not disappointed. It's very malty and a bit earthy. The berries are there and play nice with the malt bill. I would definitely recommend this. I'll probably buy another bottle. (565 characters)

Photo of lwillitz
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22-oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A - 3 fingers of khaki foam over a transparent body of red amber, a few rising bubbles of carbonation

S - spice, cherry-like fruit (juniper?), malty sweetness, yeast

T - peppery spice, caramel sweetness, fruity/herbal notes; sweet pink grapefruit and booze in the finish

M - thick medium/full body, medium carbonation, very smooth

O - I wasn't quite sure what to expect of my first Sahti, but I think I like it. Would drink again. (471 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a translucent red brown, with a medium white head. Solid retention, real nice lace.

S: Juniper, herbal, foresty nose. Hint of mint, aromatic and appealing, nice.

T: Sweet malt with a definite herbal character. Nice mix of flavour. Not super-traditional, but a nice hybrid of a sahti-like ale and an old ale. That's really what it tastes like.

M: Medium to full-bodied, soft carbonation, creamy, crisp at times.

O: Not completely tradtional, especially with what I've had from Finland, but I did quite enjoy it. (539 characters)

Photo of jminor92
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium-thick body, Dark, mostly opaque, copper/amber with a lace of off white head. Aroma is of of roasted malt with hints of fruit and toffee . Taste is malt and tart to start fading to a malty coffee like after taste. Very thick with little carbonation it drinks smooth but leaves a thick chewy feel. Taste strengthens greatly as it warms, best at around 60- 65* as it get overwhelming as it continues to warm. (412 characters)

Photo of BrewMaven
4.01/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part one of the Small Batch gift pack.

Pours a beautiful deep clear amber and packs a nice 3 finger fine off white head.

Just getting over my first cold in more than a long while, I'm not up to snuff (lol) in picking up aromas at the moment. Regardless, I do sense a fruity sharpness and a hint of yeast when burying my nose in the glass.

Initial sips are showing berries up front and a slight sourness though the middle. finish is a bit dry and clean.

Mouthfeel is moderate and slick. with fine gentle carbonation.

A nice start to my 3 day weekend! (554 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, red/brown in color, high carbonation, clear

Smell: wood, berries, and light caramel--very pleasant but not overpowering

Taste: wood, earth, and berries dominate, there is a touch of grassy hops at the end and a taste of lavender throughout.

Mouthfeel: sweet start and body with slight bitterness towards the end--the taste lingers quite a bit, high carbonation, light body

Overall: I admit I have not had a lot of shati's to compare this with, but it is damn tasty. Very interesting and complex. One of the better small batch brews Sam Adams has come out with. I wish the bitterness was left off the end, but I would grab this again. (710 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 650 ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Batch No. 1.

Appearance: Pours a very deep brownish amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big off white head giving about five fingers. Good retention and lots of lace around the glass.

Smell: Upfront aroma is very bready and malty like a Doppelbock. Big hints of caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Big hint of the juniper berries and some other dark fruit. Some rye like spice. Also some wood and a hint of citrus fruit. Brown sugar rounds it out. Smells pretty good.

Taste: As expected from the smell, a big malt profile. Lots of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and some dark fruits. The juniper berries are pretty noticeable and add a nice kick. Spice, wood, and citrus all from the berries according to the label. Also some brown sugar. A pretty nice spicy and fruity taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and somewhat chewy and syrupy.

Overall: A pretty good brew. The spices and wood are a nice balance to the sweet malts. Nice to see a old style kept alive. (1,067 characters)

Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a chestnut colored brew...slight head. Wood, malt and citrus are present in the aroma. I'm not sure that I discerned juniper, but it does have a resin character. The taste has some toasted malt character and a solid bitterness. Wood and resin in the finish. Not overly hoppy. Full mouthfeel and lingering aftertaste. Nice. (330 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; Batch 1, bottled in Spring 2012. Moderately fast gusher upon opening. Pours lightly hazy red copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, juniper, raisin, wood, floral, earth, and herbal. Damn nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity of malt and juniper notes. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, juniper, wood, raisin, floral, earth, grass, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, floral, earth, raisin, wood, juniper, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malty flavors with the juniper notes; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium full bodied; with a very creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice take on the Sahti style! Great malt complexity and balance of juniper flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on. I really enjoyed this one. (1,233 characters)

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Norse Legend Sahti from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.