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Norse Legend Sahti - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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457 Ratings

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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:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 04-21-2012)
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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

tigg924, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of mrfrancis
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear brownish amber with a thin, fizzy off-white head.

S: Very neutral on the nose with faint aromas of rye bread, juniper berry, and caramel. Really doesn't smell much like a traditional sahti.

T: Notes of rye bread, caramel, juniper berry, and minerals wash across the palate. The finish is clipped and dry with a late surge of juniper flavor.

M: Medium in body, very dry, and firm upon entry. The finish is thick and somewhat sticky. Carbonation is relatively forceful. Alcohol is very restrained.

O: There really isn't much to this ale. Compared to traditional Finnish sahtis, it is lacking in flavor and complexity. Not a great effort.

mrfrancis, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of fluidmotion
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

fluidmotion, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of briandaube
4/5  rDev +13.6%

briandaube, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of justintcoons
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Brownish amber with 1 finger of fizzy head. Low carbonation and thin spotty lacing.

N: A lot of thick caramel and nougat. Fruity-grape presence and a hint of pepper.

T: Honey and grape juice are upfront with a hint of pepper. Only slightly reminiscent of juniper berries. Big malts of caramel and nougat are mid-palate along with a note of tobacco. Finishes with herbal mint, dry hay and grass.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and sticky.

O: Tastes like a Mead and a Scottish Wee Heavy had a baby. Honey sweet and caramel rich with earthy characteristics. The juniper berry flavors aren't quite there but it's interesting none-the-less.

justintcoons, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of sommersb
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 06-01-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Dogfish Head Signature glass
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Label on the back says this is Batch No. 1

A: Clear beer with a reddish-brown color. Head is off-white and stands 2 fingers high, with very good retention and lace.

S: Fruits, malts and breadiness are mixed with floral and herbal hop smells, although the aromas are not very strong.

T: The taste features malty sweetness and hop bitterness for a good balance. I also get the juniper and woody qualities. The 7% ABV lends itself to some warming as well.

M: Creamy, with a moderate level of carbonation and medium body. The finish is fruity and woody; neither sweet nor dry.

O: A refreshing and unique taste. This was my first in the style and I'd like to try more.

sommersb, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

sinstaineddemon, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Norse Legend has a thick, beige head, good lacing, and a clear, amber appearance. The aroma is subdued, but one can detect, with a deep inhalation, some sweetness, malts, and fruit. Taste is of medium-roasted barley malt, spice, and an odd fruitiness. Some black pepper also? It has a medium and slick mouthfeel, and Samuel Adams Norse Legend finishes pretty easy drinking and not too cloying. But, one will get an alcohol undertaste. Overall, I think it’s very good.


RonaldTheriot, May 31, 2012
Photo of robinsmv
3/5  rDev -14.8%

robinsmv, May 31, 2012
Photo of TwelveOunces
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a snifter glass
My first Sahti experience

A- Pours clear dark amber orange with a tiny half finger head that dissipated quickly. Looks like an amber ale.

S- I get a big cinnamon and ginger up front that immediately reminds me of some christmas ales I have had in the past. A fruitiness like blueberries or raspberries (probaby juniper).

T- Big cinnamon, ginger and pepper up front. Followed by a malty, sugary fruity sweetness. A light breaddy, caramel maltiness that balances out well with the spices. The berry qualities are dominant on the nose but no so much in the taste but they are still there.

M- This beer is rather easy to drink, my glass was empty before I knew it. It leaves a spiciness in the mouth and a light fruity aftertaste. Sticky after feel.

O- I enjoyed this beer, I dont feel like there is a whole lot that you can do with this style but I feel like Sam Adams did it well. If anything, this is worth trying just to try out a Sahti.

TwelveOunces, May 31, 2012
Photo of Maximusmaximus
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer speaks to my Norse heritage.

Brewed with and fermented on juniper twigs and berries? Intersesting. A traditional Scandinavian beer? Cool. The oldest continuously brewed style? Awesome. Traditionally made by women and boasting a 7.00 ABV. Righteous!

Pours a strong, dark amber color into a stemmed glass with a massive billowing head that lasts and lasts leaving wonderful cream-colored lacing.

Aromas? Wow, interesting and complex blend of sweet caramel, grass, apricot, alcohol, yankee candle, earth, wind and fire. I'm looking for the juniper but not finding it and don't really care. this thing smells like Valhalla.

Taste....begins with a swell sweetness and finishes with a nice tart punch. Caramel and toast, more grass and apricot, definitely a yankee candle thing going on.

This beer is smooth and foamy and full. Nothing thin or watery, rather a strikingly velvety delivery of wonderfu, northern winter flavors. As it warms up the juniper comes out!

It's summer and this thing is making me think it's Christmas. Is this Christmas? Who cares? God Jul! Skol!

Maximusmaximus, May 31, 2012
Photo of bsp77
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Mug.

Appearance: Clear rich amber with thin head.

Smell: Toffee, sickly fruit, juniper. Odd and fairly faint aroma.

Taste: Juniper, tree bark, toffee. Somewhat bready and spicy. Herbal finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body that is somewhat lager-like.

Overall: This is just odd. I like the taste, but the aroma is a little out of whack. Also, while I have never had a truly traditional Sahti, I am sure this is not it. Shouldn't a Sahti be turgid with some wild yeast characteristics? This just seems like a stronger Amber Ale with some juniper and rye.

bsp77, May 30, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -14.8%

jaidenjb, May 30, 2012
Photo of JustinQ
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 2 oz poured into English pub Glass

Appearence: Deep Amber, Red, Low co2 but nice head. Looks rustic

Aroma: Faint Juniper, Faint Malt, No hops, Very light aroma all around

Taste: Juniper up front as well as in the back of the palette, no hops, no off flavors, very earthy and woodsy

Mouthfeel: Slick and then it dries, Nice on a hot day

Overall: I like it alot, It is the best Sahti I have tasted however I am not sure about how authentic they did it. I Know they did not strain hrough juniper and I have not read anything about usinghot rocks.? Otherwise great beer

JustinQ, May 30, 2012
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ah yes, Norse Legend. Like Alexi Laiho.

Coppery brown color with some thin retention. Some lace and a big spit wad of retention in the middle of my glass.

Smells like juniper and tree bark with toffee.

Taste features a subtle version of the typical sahti woody evergreen and mint as well as some dark, bready orange marmalade sweetness.

Norse Legend hits upon the requirements from the style but doesn't venture very far from that. Norse Legend is more Soilwork than Kalmah if you know what I mean.

donkeyrunner, May 30, 2012
Photo of redfox405
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

redfox405, May 30, 2012
Photo of WesM63
3/5  rDev -14.8%

WesM63, May 29, 2012
Photo of BeerHunter76
3/5  rDev -14.8%

BeerHunter76, May 29, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

kjkinsey, May 29, 2012
Photo of frosted33
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

frosted33, May 28, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Texasfan549, May 28, 2012
Photo of goblue3509
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy reddish copper color with white edging. There is a slight amount of lace left on the glass. The aroma starts out with a floral hop aroma. As the beer warms the juniper aroma comes out along with a hint of tea at the end of the aroma. The taste follows suit closely. Before the beer warms there is a floral hop taste up front. As the beer warms the floral hop taste gives way to a nice juniper flavor. At the back end there is a black tea taste. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall it is a solid beer, the beer gets much better as it warms. The flavors come out much more with the warming.

goblue3509, May 28, 2012
Photo of acevenom
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a brandy snifter. Pours dark amber wtih an eggshell colored head. Plenty of bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom and the side of the glass. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption. There are aromas of dark roasted malts, alcohol, juniper, and citrus. There is a solid malty backbone with juniper and hops coming through in the flavor. It's mildly sweet, but also pretty well balanced with citrus, hop bitterness, and the juniper flavor adds nicely to this beer. I can also taste some of the alcohol in this one. The body is medium to full with adequate carbonation. The finish is slightly dry. The drinkability is high. Overall, this is a very good beer. It is certainly a quality beer from the Boston Beer Company.

acevenom, May 28, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

cld253, May 28, 2012
Photo of Mitchster
4.23/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Mitchster, May 27, 2012
Norse Legend Sahti from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 457 ratings.