Norse Legend Sahti - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 465
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 26
Gots: 21 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 04-21-2012)
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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.

Photo of SaxmanRick
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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

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.

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.

Photo of MattEyre
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of BillyCannon
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of mhaugo
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of pschul4
1.5/5  rDev -57.4%

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear copper-red with a thin finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel and bready malts with some juniper berry and a bit of spice and wood.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet toasted caramel malts with some juniper berries and a bit of spice. Through the middle, some more bready malt comes through with a bit of wood and some more caramel flavor. The finish is a mix of sweet bready malts with some juniper, spice, and some brown sugar.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and spicy finish.

D - Very drinkable. A pretty good example of the style. Balance is pretty nice. Would have liked a bit more juniper flavor.

Photo of shand
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This beer pours out a nice red color with plenty of bubbles and a small head. The aroma is interesting. This one uses the Sam Adams house yeast note found in many of their beers right away, but is boosted up right away by a HUGE hit of juniper and rye. The taste is really quite similar to the nose, with the malt and yeast base tasting rather similar to a sweeter Boston Lager, but with a lot of juniper and rye coming in and bashing around the tongue. The finish is a bit rough. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and highly carbonated, and the drinkability is about average. It's another interesting entry in the Sam Adams small batch series. I probably wouldn't buy it again, but I don't regret giving it a try.

Photo of TenHornsProud
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker maroon, with a small off white head that lingers.

Smells of bready malt sweetness and some astringent spice, peppermint, juniper.

Taste is sweet and bready up front with notes of plum and diacetyl before going into a more astringent juniper middle with a sweet finish.

Medium body with medium carbonation works well enough.

Of the few Sahtis I've had, I haven't had any that have really impressed me. This seems like an OK version of the style but is oddly diacetly and astringent.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber color with a finger and a half's worth of bubbly tan head that settles down to a nice layer that retains well

S: Very fruity, mostly juniper and light berries with a hint of light malt. Also get some spice. Not sure if it's from the rye or something else

T: Follows the nose, with the rye coming out a bit more. Full juniper flavor, along with the rye malts and berries. Don't really get any hop presence aside from maybe a hint of citrus

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: I really like what the rye does with the juniper in this beer. The berry flavors, although mostly juniper, provide enough sweetness to go great with the spiciness of the malt. Not sure how some reviewers are calling this weak in the smell and taste, it's pretty damned aromatic and flavorful. Solid job by SA on this one

Photo of Lordquackingstic
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this because it has a metal name, and metal beers deserve my attention, regardless of brewery or style.

Served in stemless wine glasses and shared with my br00tal metalhead girlfriend.

A: Kind of like a raspberry amber/copper color with a finger and a half head of white head. Medium to low lacing.

S: Sweet malts and burnt caramel. Not getting any juniper in the nose despite it being brewed with and aged with juniper berries. Kind of weak.

T: The sweet malts come through at first but the juniper really comes out a second after it hits the palette. A slight hoppiness is present, but not too hoppy. Sort of floral and very piney. Pretty complex for a SA brew.

M: The best thing about the beer is the lingering juniper flavor after you swallow. It stays there for quite some time, which is really nice. Almost a piney/minty aftertaste. When I burp it tastes like I'm drinking a gin and tonic. Very nice.

O: Really surprised by this one. Definitely the best SA beer I've had. Very nice impulse buy.

Photo of Danobold
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Tumble
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of FlemingVSKing
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm mixed on this. In a way.

The most obvious aspect is flavor, and while it's not bad perse', the fruit elements are extremely light and finish with a dry tone. This is just really all that can be said about this brew.

There isn't much of a profile after that.

It is drinkable, and enjoyable, but nothing I'd race back for. The biggest highly for me was probably the aura of the brew being a throwback. I really connect to those ideas and value attempts to honor these more classic styles of various historical cultures, but while this may have been dead on balls accurate, Sam Adams other attempts at this, like Dark Depths, are just more bold and satisfying.

Photo of MightiestBeard
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.33/5  rDev +23%
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.

Photo of rkarimi
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Photo of BeerMeInMS
4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Photo of IPAchris
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Norse Legend Sahti from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.