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Norse Legend Sahti - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Norse Legend SahtiNorse Legend Sahti

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BA SCORE
80
good

457 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 457
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 20
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Sahti |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 04-21-2012)
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

ShemRahBoo, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of TheDarkKnight
3/5  rDev -14.8%

TheDarkKnight, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of Supergenious
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Supergenious, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of gokiburi
3/5  rDev -14.8%

gokiburi, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of allengarvin
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams continues bringing out very rare styles. I've tried a few homebrewed sahtis but this is only my second commercial one (after New Belgium).

It certainly has a lovely pour, more akin to a carefully crafted modern beer than a rustic beer made with whatever local ingredients were around: a deep ruby red, clear, with fine streaming bubbles and a dense, thick head of foam. The nose is more ordinary: little hops, mostly grainy malt, like a dense wet mash--give them a slightly higher rank because that's more what the style demands.

On taste, it's not so interesting. Very malty, but there's very little spruce/juniper flavor, not on an Anchor OSA scale, certainly. The yeast character is more in line with a standard ale, slightly fruity but generally pretty clean. What we have is a strong malty beer. If I didn't know it was supposed to be a Finnish sahti, I'd have guessed it as a Scottish Wee Heavy. Actually, judged as a Wee Heavy, I'd probably give it a higher rating.

allengarvin, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of mrfreakybig
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

I saw this at a local store, so I figured I'd give it a try. It pours a gorgeous deep reddish color that I sat and looked at, enjoying the color alone, for a while.

From there, there wasn't a whole lot going on with this beer. I picked up a little berry/fruity flavor, but not much. Some malt, a reasonable amount of fizz.

An average, if somewhat unusual beer. Worth checking out as long as you don't expect it to knock your socks off.

mrfreakybig, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of dbossman
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber and reddish--almost a dark copper with a steady, foamy 2 inch head; good lacing

S: Not as much going on here as I expected: some sweet malty grains with some of the sweet fruitiness presumably from the juniper berries--just not as much straight up juniper; some grass and herb notes as well; pleasant but perhaps a bit subdued

T: Not as sweet as aromas indicated; roasted malts up front and then the junipers help to balance out the sweetness; a really nice bitter finish

F: So creamy up front--unexpectedly so; the mouth feel is pretty good though it is a bit thin on the back end

O: This is a tasty beer although not as much of the herbs and juniper and twigs and stuff that I think of when I think of a sahti

dbossman, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of Tone
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of juniper, slight roasted malt, slight sweet malt,, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Sahti. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of juniper, sweet malt, slight dry hop, and a hint of roasted malt. Overall, the juniper was weaker than expected, but still a good beer. Mouth feel and aroma were the strongest aspects of this brew.

Tone, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of avalon07
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A surprisingly fruity, citrusy aroma that had some traces of malt in it as well.

T: Tasted of malt, light fruit (citrus), and an herbal/medicinal element (juniper). This is an uneven flavor. It starts out OK, then just fizzles out and becomes thin and watery in the finish. Not as good as it could have been.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: To be fair, the sahti style is not the easiest to get right. However, this beer is just too thin to enjoy.

avalon07, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of Jesse13713
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last beer of another great tasting night with my buddy Aw Yeh. Never had a sahti before.

Appearance - Shares a resemblance with cola. Extremely carbonated with a whipped head. Light brown with a watery consistency

Smell - Light on the nose. Faint hints of twigs and other earthy tones. Reminds me of iced tea in the nose, though I'm sure the name is swaying my decision in that judgement. Doesn't really smell too much like beer; more like a tea or cola with tree branches. Light malt and a ricey grain characteristic.

Taste - The could-be complexity of this beer is stifled by its watery properties. The malt is unique and delicious, and there is a bit of a lighter beet note to it as well. A bit of sweet cane sugar is noticeable at times. The taste of iced tea is apparent to me - still not sure if its a psychological thing from the name or not. Herbal and medicinal tasting.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Easily drinkable, but a tad watery. Not bad at all. An enjoyable summer brew that has a lighter taste than its color lets on. Well balanced malt and no sign of bitterness. A bit hard to tell if this a beer or not.

Jesse13713, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of AwYeh
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle into pint glass; thanks to Jesse13713 for sharing this bottle with me. This is my first sahti, so unfortunately it's a bit hard for me to rate with style in mind.

A: Pours a clear, amber color, with one finger of frothy off-white head. Leaves some lacing around the glass.

S: Fruity and sweet– caramel and cola are the two main flavors I'm picking up. There's a hint of an herbal, tea flavor, and pine hops.

T: Extremely sweet once again, with caramel/cola and a light, indistinct fruitiness carrying the flavor. A small lingering bitterness is present, with hints of the herbal and piny hops, tasting particularly like resin here.

M: Moderate-bodied with moderate carbonation, very smooth and very creamy, with a partially dry, partially sticky finish. A highlight of the beer.

O: This beer goes down easily enough, but isn't particularly memorable for me. I'll remember it as being mostly sweet with an indiscriminate bitterness on the finish. Nonetheless, it was nice to be able to try this semi-obscure, ancient style. I wrote this review with a C-average in mind, so my final score indicates that this beer is just beneath average– in my mind, not as bad as it may look when compared to its other scores. If this is around in the future, I'll certainly revisit it once I have greater sahti experience to make a better attempt at reviewing to style.

AwYeh, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of MoreThanWine
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a half inch opaque Naples yellow/beige head with a relatively short life. The body is a lovely clear amber both in masstone and held to the light. It smells like rich and malty is to come. Taste isn't quite as bold as the smell hints but yes it's still rich, there's still malt, and a fairly long finish. I'd call this similar to a Scotch ale but richer. Nice product.

MoreThanWine, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a cloudy brownish amber color. Head is light and a mixture of froth and larger bubbles. Laces well. Pretty cool looking with the hue and the cool lacing.

S-Smells very neat. Very herbal and tea-like. Like and excessively steeped cup of tea-beer. Plenty of sweetness. Fruity and sugary too. Nice complexity.

T-A highly sugared fruity flavored tea. Herbal and spicy. Very light hops. Sweet tea. Hard to describe, but the flavors work well with one another.

M-Medium bodied with very mellow carbonation. Creamy. A bit syrupy.

O/D-Pretty cool. Sam Aams usually falls short with their more unique and ambitious brews. This one was actually pretty legit. Very unique. Gotta respect taking a shot at this style of beer.

VelvetExtract, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a wellington glass (the best beer glass).

Appearance: Its a real dark amber but still transparent, the body is light of bubbles with an off-white head rising to maybe 1/2" off the first pour.

Smell: Light malt scent, nothing to brag about.

Taste: It is complex then it isn't, its has malt feel and the taste of classic tea. Not crazy sticking after taste but this is satisfying.

Mouth: This beer has medium carbonation but little bit more bubbly than medium. A dry feel but still ok in my books.

Overall: Pretty good beer, you will see a few better sahtis out there but this especially for the money is just right, Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of barczar
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear red amber color with a solid one inch cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving spotty lacing.

Aroma begins with sweet caramel malt and cola, with hints of herbal hop. Fairly subtle.

Juniper is prevalent in the flavor, with a punch of citrus underlying the bready, lightly roasted malt backbone, carrying into a woody, slightly bitter finish. Notes of chocolate surface as it warms.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation. The finish is fairly dry, with a significant alcohol warmth.

Overall, an interesting beer, but I anticipated more complexity.

barczar, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of buckyp
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

buckyp, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of BigPlay1824
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a nicely clear light purple possibly lavender color with a nice amount of carbonation bubbles and a two finger head that is pretty creamy and lingers for just short while before dissipating and leaving a very small amount of lacing
S: actually a very nice scent, not overly powerful on the juniper notes as i have seen in other versions, nice floral notes and overall pleasant
T: begins with a nice floral note and then moves into a bit more malt depth through the middle, finishes with just a slight amount of juniper which is great, not overwhelming by any means which helps to make it drink more, quite phenomenal, leaves a lingering note of juniper and flower petals on the palate
M: very gentle carbonation tingle, smooth and thin and light across the palate, leaves the palate feeling dry but in a different way from hops more along a powdery type of dry
O: im very impressed by this sahti, perhaps it is the fact that it is a more commercial version of the style and thus isnt as aggressive on the juniper which my palate tends to not agree with, quite happy

BigPlay1824, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

jlindros, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of SaxmanRick
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

SaxmanRick, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mysteriously dark amber, almost bronze. Big froth top laces down to a firm tight 1/4" layer. 4.0

Juniper and pine. Black tea and toffee with some toast notes. 4.0

Sweet grain and alcohol with big bursts of juniper and tea. Rich toffee malt backbone ushers even more sweetness. Mild spice notes feature light clove. Hidden earthy notes with barely-smiling hops. 3.5

Slurpy medium body with a full nature. Okay carbonation. Revealing strength. 3.5

A flavorful sahti. A little too big, too sweet. Nice name for a beer. 3.5

thecheapies, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear ruby amber with a cream colored head that has no retention, no lace.

You get the juniper in the nose, and some rich burnt caramel aromas in the malt. Without the juniper, it is a bit run of the mill.

Different kind of bitter brew. Juniper and toasted malt provide bitterness, with some slight citric or piney hop notes. The malt has depth, and the overall flavor is more bitter than sweet. Finish is long and bitter and funny enough, fairly clean at the end.

A bit astringent. Needs some more alcohol to clear the palate. a bit cloying.

Overall, for the 3 of the style I've had, this is not bad. Not quite what it could have been, but not a disappointment either. Worth a try and a decent attempt at the style.

OtherShoe2, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

kylehay2004, Jun 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

MattEyre, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of BillyCannon
4/5  rDev +13.6%

BillyCannon, Jun 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

mhaugo, Jun 15, 2012
Norse Legend Sahti from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 457 ratings.