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Norse Legend Sahti - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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157 Reviews

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Reviews: 157
Hads: 482
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 14.61%
Wants: 42
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 kylehay2004
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Half finger head on a very nice clear amber body.

S: candied orange, caramel malt, bubble gum, juniper and strawberry.

T: dominant notes include Brown sugar, juniper, bubble gum, rue and dark fruits.Herbal and slightly medicinal hops. Fairly complex.

M: medium to full body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: a very interesting brew with a lot going on here. I am bad at breaking down this genre which typically is complex as this beer is.

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Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear deep garnet in color and has a very light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of juniper berries and spices in the nose—allspice and nutmeg seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a bit of herbal flavors along with some hints of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is relatively easy to drink for the style but seems like the taste could use a bit more flavors of juniper berries.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a deep amber color with a cream colored head on top. The smell was a little bit on the floral side with some herbs in the mix. The taste of the beer is good but really becomes interesting in the finish with the herbal notes really come out. The mouthfeel was smooth with a soft carbonation to it. Overall this beer was rather impressive. This is something I'd like to see Sam Adams do more with.

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an amber color with a somewhat modest head that splashes some lace around a bit

Smell: Caramel, leather and berries (though not necessarily juniper berries)

Taste: Caramel and dark fruit flavors, up front, with tobacco/leathery tones developing by mid-palate; the caramel sweetness builds, after the swallow, and I finally detect a subtle juniper element in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: As others have pointed out, this doesn't much taste like the other Sahtis I have had (though admittedly, the sample size could be counted on one hand); not a bad beer, but a bit too sweet for my palate

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hanging onto a rich Finnish tradition of dextrin-rich farmhouse ale that employs a filtration bed of juniper stems, this Samuel Adams beer is inspired by those notions but isn't handcuffed by them either. This is what results...

The beer pours with a surprisingly dark bronze color and brightly clarified- much darker and clearer than I know traditional sahti to be. But its lively carbonation releases a creamy sand-stained head that retains well, even as it slowly fades into a liquefied blanket across the glass. Broken rings of lace adorn the glass along the beer's downward drift. It's a very nice looking beer; just more Scottish ale-looking than Finnish.

Strong toffee aromas exude from the glass and carry with it pronounced notes of horehound candy and fennel seed. Berry-like juniper character is a stretch but can be pulled from the robust malt bill, if ever so slightly. Nowhere can the almost saison-character of traditional sahti be found. Instead a malt focused sweet scent carries the beer with seeming little balance.

Flavors are even more malt-dominant that even the nose suggests. Tasting nearly of English strong ales or Scottish ales- the heavy sorghum, toffee, and peanut brittle taste coats the mouth early on and never reliquishes. The slightest rebuttal comes from a slight berry-like tartness that hides underneath and is easily mistaken for fruit esters and grain character. The malty-sweet ale is heavily dependent on deeply caramelized malts and reluctantly receeds very deep in the finish to allow a grain and berry tartness to close the beers taste.

Full bodied, but because of the beer's high level of residual sweetness and not because of the protein rich heft. Sugars sit heavily on the mouth and prohibit any meaningful finish beyond a cola-like tact, toast, and rummy alcohol warmth.

But not is all lost- the Boston Beer Company is only inspired by sahti and isn't making an attempt at replicating authentic versions. But the only resemblance to me is a barely noticable juniper character.

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Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured with a small head of off white foam on a clear dark amber body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - brown, malty notes of dark sugar and dark fruit. More of am imperial brown than anything else.

T - dark caramel and brown sugar up front. Some dark cherries and a hint of molasses in the middle. Finishes with more dark cherry and burnt caramel as well as a light touch of juniper and hop bitterness.

M - a thick, syrupy body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - not bad, but really lacking in the classic sahti flavors.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber in color with an off-white head. The nose is herbal with lots of spruce, a touch of juniper, and maybe some pine. A nice fruitiness of apples and berries, but there is a definite rubber and metal aroma that is off-putting. Light notes of smoke on the palate with the same herbal character. Light malt sweetness, hints of fruit, and only a minimal juniper flavor. The metal and rubber is also pronounced, which is what really ruins the beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice creamy 1 finger head that fades fairly quickly with just a bit of lacing, very clear coppery cranberry red color.

Nose has a juicy malty ale, reddish malts, tons of juniper, a light pine like juniper bitter like earthy aroma, a light creamy darker malt.

Taste is creamy malty dark malts, light caramel, molasses like flavors, lots of juniper that adds light bitterness and plenty of earthy juniper flavor, but not overpowering. Med sweetness, caramely with slight hint of warning booze. Finish is drier, light lingering juniper, hint of lingering reddish malts.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, decent juniper, decent malts, not too bitter and not overpowering with juniper flavor, not not a whole lot going on.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

A gose, a gingerbread stout, a sahti...dammit, Sam Adams needs to brew us up a kvass soon... Anyway, this "sahti" (quotation marks explained below) pours a clear amber-copper topped by a finger of light khaki foam. The nose comprises a spruce-tip sandwich, all white bread, with only a leaf or two of lettuce separating the other ingredients. The taste brings in more of the same, though now the spruce is in resin form as well, the bread is slightly drier, the lettuce is straight iceberg, and what seems like a bunch of juniper berries finds its way in there for good (?) measure. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy feel. Overall, this doesn't come off so much as a sahti to me, rather a spruce-flavored amber ale or something. Either way, it ain't that great...

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Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is kind of a nose-wrinkler, but taste pretty good. The juniper berries are well in evidence, but pleasant. Handsome coppery amber in the tall Stella glass. Plenty of foam and well carbonated on the tongue. Nose is fruity and spicy like some kind of Christmas relish.

Rather sweet and fruity. It's a little on the spicy side but could use a little more edge. A delicate balance and makes you appreciate the simple resiny bitterness of good old hops. A little herbal and medicinal, but not overly bitter. This may be a cleaned-up and sweeter version of the old brew. It's hard to drink much at once, but it's intriguing.

You can't fault the way Boston makes all the elements work, and packages this with nice foam and beery substance. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Liticker's in San Diego.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, fruit, spices and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, fruit, brown sugar and mild spices. Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty malt character. The hops presence is strong for the style and provides a good balance. The after-taste is herbal and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you want something slightly different.

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Photo of Jason
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz brown bottle, no freshness date ... just a batch #.

LOOK: Clear tawny hue, decent lacing

SMELL: Spicy, juniper, loads of caramel, estery, earthy, cake batter, creamy

TASTE: Chewy medium body, slick, malty, caramel, bready, spicy juniper, mild hopping, raisins, very sweet finish

Strong ale with juniper, that is all we have here ... no rawness or tart character. Refined and too sweet. I want to cook with this beer a hell of a lot more than I want to drink it.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint glass at Laseters Tavern.

Pours a deep redish-brown with a creamy looking tan head. The head has medium duration, before reducing to a ring, but leaves leaves lots of varied sticky lacing. Unexpectedly clear.

Has a rather unusual aroma that is hard to describe but does include a breads malt base. 3.75.

The taste is also unusual and hard to describe beyond noting a modestly interesting woodsy and spicy flavor, probably juniper but it also seems that there is a significant hop component.

O: my first santi, I think. Worked well with a steak sandwich.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium amber in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall beige head that quickly reduces to a very thin film with a medium sized patch in the center and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Medium strength aromas of juniper, black pepper, and holiday spices (nutmeg, allspice, etc.).

T: Light flavors of caramel malts in the body with much stronger flavors of juniper and holiday spices - including notes of pepper, nutmeg, and allspice.

M: On the heavier side of medium bodied with medium to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Pretty easy to drink for the style (which is not filled with easy drinking beers) but not the best example. I like the combination of the spice/herbal notes but I likely would not get this one again.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy red-amber color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of toffee and caramel as well as a good dose of juniper. The flavor is similar. I get a good amount of juniper and some the toffee and bread notes. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A pretty good beer, although not as heavy on the juniper and gin-like notes as some other sahtis I have tried.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Really nice ruby red and crystal body with some nice crawling carbonation. Head forms a nice light tan caramel three fingers and keeps a cap. Really gorgeous body color looks like a ruby gem.

Nose is dry malt, a little bit of booze heat, and some sweet spices. Faint cinnamon with some soft bread. Smells similar to Boston Lager in a way strangely..

Seems the palate is kind of not forward. Flavor seems to hit with a dry spiced herbal bent of clove and hot cinnamon at the end, over a very unnoticeable light body. Slightly fizzy but not too bad, but lacks some depth in texture. Herbaceous quality in the finish but very fleeting aftertaste.

It's a drinkable beer, but nothing too exciting to get worked up about unfortunately.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opens with a huge crack and bubbles immediately try to escape, luckily my cat like reflexes got the bottle top into the glass before any product was wasted. Deep clear reddish brown with a huge off white head that takes forever to recede. The aroma is spicy, no shit huh? It doesn't strike me as much different from a Belgian strong dark honestly. Dark caramelized and brown sugars with some dark fruit and a virtual spice rack of aromas that range from nutmeg to coriander to mint. Juniper berries perhaps? The flavor is rich and malty with lots of dark sugary flavor. There's an earthy spicy woody component in there that I can only assume comes from juniper somehow. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet light syrups mouthfeel. Not a bad brew, but honestly not my cup of tea.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Norse Legend
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Style: Sahti
ABV: 7.00 %

Pours a dark brown color, fine clarity, off white pillow fluff head and good lacing. Aroma of sweet malts, pine, juniper and citrus. In the flavor, rich and malty with caramel, toffee and even cocoa notes upfront. There is a nice pine and citrus profile from the use of juniper and possibly a good dose of hops. The level of bitterness was light to moderate. Small alcohol presence and overall this brew was very tasty. Stood up pretty well to a brick oven pizza.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, vibrant, ruby-brown coloring with a frothy, light, low profile, off-white head that slowly settles into a filmy coating. Aromas of roasted caramel and maple sweetness, with some citrus and fruity highlights and a woody, earthy tone throughout. Flavors are rich and malty, with a caramel and chocolatey backbone giving rise to some roasted and earthy characteristics, as well as a bittersweet fruit highlight. Solid, smooth bodied with a roasty and sweet fruit aftertaste. The finish is light, but solid, with some green and earthy character giving a linger on the tastebuds. Interesting brew.

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Photo of Zorro
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear red colored beer with a good tan colored head.

Smell is sweet and malty with strong molasses scent. Slight spruce aroma but it takes some effort to sniff it. Bread with figs is the other strong scent.

Starts out sort of sweet with a strong malty flavor and a woody after taste. Spruce taste is much stronger than the scent no missing it. Malt and spruce or spruce and malt, that is what this tastes like. Slight stinging in the mouth, strong bitterness for the style tastes like they threw in some spruce bark or something.

Mouthfeel is full.

Overall an interesting malty beer.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well this is a conundrum beer for me...do I rate this as for what the brewer intended or do I rate it as to whether I like the beer. In respect for this website I will rate as brewer intended...but I am not a fan of Sahti style beers. The beer poured clear amber with a thin white head that is lacing nicely. The scent is a very I nice breeze of berries. The Taste is very fruity...perhaps the reason the Vikings averted scurvy??? There is a nice malt base that balances the fruitiness. The mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall the beer is decent...a little to fruity for me....but solid offering by Sammy A!!!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Damn.. Surprising for me to be the first review on this one. Poured into my slim tulip.. 1.5" tan head.. great retention and lacing... the brew is clear dark amber.

Aromas show deep caramel and lesser than expected Juniper given the description on the label.

The flavor is surprisingly light with the Juniper.. toasty malt and good caramel.. cola like flavors... again big caramel essence... light juniper.. flavor lingers forever..

Somehow without the hops things are remarkably balanced... a pretty nice body... light carbonation helps make things feel a bit thicker...

Interesting... Seems like a "Sahti Lite"... not quite enough of everything that makes it a tough beer to get around... no real woody character... no real herbal qualities.


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