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Norse Legend Sahti - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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466 Ratings

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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 27
Gots: 20 | 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: Jason on 04-21-2012

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Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of GilGarp
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Photo of Lantern
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- brewed with and on juniper berries.

A: A beautiful bright burgundy is revealed upon backlight showcasing a fullfilling amount of effervesce in the vessel of macro-bubbles. A marshmellow structure head is light tan in color and holds rather well while providing a full lace coating. Lasting coverage atop.

S: The aroma is light with a fruity touch, berries, grapes and cypress first come to the senses. Level of aroma is rather reserved.

T: The flavor is dry with sweetly toasted grains and some cypress, musky cobwebs, with a dry farmhouse finish. Some natural sun tea notes, stemmy briary notes and some dry oranges.

M: Dry cypress, light medium body, carbonation is decent.

O: Oveall a decent level of complexity, flavor is decent, and blends gently together. starchy dry belgium yeastiness.

Photo of mikeg67
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours dark red with a long lasting, off-white head. Aroma is of bready, caramel malt, juniper and hints of grassy hops and dark fruit. Body is full, smooth and creamy. Taste is juniper, dark fruit, bready and caramel malt, spicy, grassy hops. Finish is long and spicy. Interesting, unusual brew.

Photo of skullsplitter
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of ncworster
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of iamwill935
5/5  rDev +42%

Photo of TexasMartin
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of TheDarkKnight
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Supergenious
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of gokiburi
3/5  rDev -14.8%

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Photo of buckyp
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Norse Legend Sahti from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.