Norse Legend Sahti - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.43/5 rDev -2.8%
Calling itself a sahti, Norse Legend pours a medium amber or copper color, producing a tall beige head of tightly packed bubbles that leave a curtain of lacing as you drink. It's very malty on the nose, with a faint woodsy or gin-like aroma in the background. The trademark Sam Adams two-row pale malt blend is definitely apparent, as is a hint of caramelized sugar. Overall, I find it bit too sweet for the style.
A medium-bodied beer, it lacks many of the characteristics that are common in Finnish sahtis: the hazy orange or deep yellow color, a slight sour note, a more detectable rye spiciness in the grain bill, and a stronger juniper aroma and flavor. Again, malt sweetness dominates, with a whisper of juniper in the finish, especially as the glass warms. Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops offer a welcome, if atypical orange rind quality to the taste. Well made for sure, but slightly disappointing for lovers of sahti.
05-24-2012 16:37:19 | More by Keene
3.75/5 rDev +6.2%
I was not really sure what to expect with this, as I have never had Sahti before.
A - A brighter amber color beer with a nice tan head that remained visible for quite some time.
S - The smell seemed rather light and fruity
T - The taste was also rather light and fruity (I assume juniper and citrus). I was surprised at how light and fruity it tasted for the ABV! Decent, but not overpowering Carbonation. Slight lingering taste, but not overwhelming.
M - IMO... light for what it is, but heavier than a pilsner.
I am really liking the Sam Adams Small batches! This one is great and it is great to find new styles of beer. For the amount of alcohol in it.... it is pretty light and fruity.. . it packs a punch.
05-24-2012 01:00:30 | More by dakotaben
4.1/5 rDev +16.1%
A: Norse legend pours a clear but deep redish amber color, a truly gorgeous shade that looks marvelous under light. There is little to no head on the pour and only a thin lacing along the sides of the glass.
S: The aroma presents itself modestly. There’s sweet malt, slightly yeasty but also bright and clean.
T: The beer begins like a very fresh malty red ale and finishes with a darker juniper sweetness (along with some other botanicals that I cannot immediately place…certainly some citrus notes). It becomes bolder and more delicious as its temperature warms, so I recommend enjoying this sahti just a little below room temperature.
M: It drinks along the thicker side of the spectrum, remaining smooth throughout.
O: Norse Legend is not overly strong with the sharper juniper flavor (it’s not gin, after all), yet it is also not so syrupy sweet as to fit in with the fruit beer species. There are juniper-ier sahtis out there, but it’s quite clear that the goal of this brew, in true Boston Beer Company form, is to introduce the sahti style without going full-hog into an obscure drink enjoyed hundreds of years ago among Vikings.
Essentially Norse Legend drinks like a really well-made red ale with some herbal, primarily juniper, elements added it. For those of you in the Boston area, there are some overlapping features with the on-tap-in-Boston-only Boston Brick Red, also from the Boston Beer Company. Norse Legend is a very well-balanced beer that has taken a rarity in the beer world and made it into an immensely drinkable treat. It’s quite enjoyable and would be appreciated by a variety of beer drinkers. This is a beer worth your time.
05-23-2012 20:29:18 | More by Eddxii
4/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
05-22-2012 05:25:33 | More by Halcyondays
3.43/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
05-22-2012 01:29:31 | More by GarthDanielson
2.98/5 rDev -15.6%
Appearance: Pours a deep burnt copper color with only a trace of caramel colored head. Head retention and lacing are minimal. Not at all what I was expecting this to look like, but an interesting look.
Smell: Very faint. I get a hint of biscuity malt, as well as some fruitiness, maybe berries.
Taste: Some caramel peeks through initially, followed by berry-like fruitiness, and some tea flavors. Very unique.
Mouthfeel/Overall: Pretty light bodied and smooth, but a bit light on carbonation and not too lively. Overall, very interesting but not a favorite. Worth trying though.
05-19-2012 02:00:45 | More by zhanson88
4.23/5 rDev +19.8%
Pours a clear light red color. A thick white head, that looks very sticky and laces throughout the beer, almost like webbing.
Aroma does not have a ton going on. A clean malt smell is dominated by what I assume is a nice juniper berry smell. I have never seen or eaten a juniper berry, but the smell has a very nice berry smell, which must be those.
Taste is really cool and different. I have never tasted anything like this before. A strong malt backbone is taken over by a very strong juniper berry taste. A good taste, very different than anything I have ever had.
Mouthfeel has a nice thickness but very smooth.
Drinkability is real nice on this beer. A very nice balance of malt and fruit. The juniper berries have a nice undertone and don't overpower like some fruit beers. The undertones make this beer very refreshing. This would be a great beer in spring or summer and I would definitely go out of your way to try this beer. Like nothing I have ever tried before, Sam Adams never disappoints, well done!
05-18-2012 00:39:14 | More by BDIMike
3.58/5 rDev +1.4%
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter
A- A clear dark copper with a red tint and a two finger off-white head.
S- Toasted malts, some caramel malts, hint of juniper, herbal tea notes, kind of underwhelming.
T- Very close to the smell, sweet and toasted malts, herbal tea provides some bitterness, hint of juniper berries.
M- Smooth, crisp, medium to full body.
O- No bad or off putting flavors, but nothing really jumps out at me. I like the fact the Sam Adams is trying different styles and they should keep trying new things with the single batch series. I could see myself buying this again.
05-17-2012 00:16:33 | More by larryi86
3.38/5 rDev -4.2%
served on-tap @ The Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL into a tasting glass
Pours a dark penny color. It's like viewing something brassy though a lens of brown glass. Not really any head on this beer. Barely any traces of foam ever having enjoyed a brief stay on top of this beer.
This Sahti is very, very botanical. It's not juniper that I'm smelling and tasting (which is what I thought Sahti's were mostly "hopped" with) so much as generic shampoo botanical notes. there's some bark in the flavor profile, which does speak to the juniper twigs that this beer may or may not have been brewed with. The malt body -- dark amber -- mostly comes across like semi-sweet chocolate chips, darkdark bread, and stewed apples. There's a phenolic-like major plastic aftertaste to boot.
This beer is certainly different and it is also reasonably tasty. But it perhaps isn't a great Sahti. Instead of tasting like a juniper-preserved rustic ale, it tastes sorta like a top-notch Amber Ale with significant botanical adjuncts.
05-16-2012 05:53:23 | More by Reaper16
3.83/5 rDev +8.5%
pours dark brown that remains very clear with hints of ruby highlights. a very thin off white head does not stick around, but leaves some decent lacing behind.
Smells sweet and malty with a touch of fruity esters, mostly grape and apple, although it does manage a hint of honey, raisin and a bit of citrussy hops.
the tastes yields a more subtle malt presence, though still retains the fruity esters and sweet finishing notes. It also has a bit of a yeasty and bready taste.
slightly bubbly, moderately viscous and sweet finishing mouthfeel.
solid drinkability, not too heavy, plenty interesting.
overall, quite a nice beer, though a bit different for my taste. solid beer and worth trying.
05-15-2012 02:36:55 | More by ryanonline
3.23/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
05-15-2012 02:20:07 | More by smakawhat
3.78/5 rDev +7.1%
First time sampling anything from this style. No idea what to expect. Poured from bottle to tulip:
Pours a clear mahogany with a two finger eggshell head. Thin, consistent lacing.
Definitely loads of berries at play here... fresh balsam. I sell xmas trees in the winter and this basically just smells like the tree yard.
Are there hops in this? It seems like the juniper really takes over the hop role. Pretty nice.
Overall, this is pretty unique. Worth a shot for sure.
05-13-2012 02:09:13 | More by yamar68
3.68/5 rDev +4.2%
22 oz. bomber poured into tulip.
A: Coca-cola clear brown with a thick tan head.
S: Heavily herbal and malty smell. It’s grassy and has an unidentifiable woody/herbal/fruit smell. It’s interesting. Smells like tea, honestly.
T: Doesn’t have the juniper snap I was expecting. Lightly herbal, grassy, and woody up front. Turns slightly bitter. Ends with an interesting herbal and bitter tea-like finish.
M: Not as thick as a sahti should be. It’s medium bodied and a bit too bubbly in my opinion….but not bad.
O: This is an interesting one…actually one of the more interesting beers out of BBC in awhile. Some people won’t like this, but I kind of dig it. Don’t go into it expecting a hop bomb or malt bomb or anything like that. It’s a fairly balanced herbal beer...definitely treads the line between beer/tea/herbal tonic.
Once again, great to see BBC experimenting and diving into the weird styles.
05-11-2012 04:26:11 | More by TTAmod
1.5/5 rDev -57.5%
Deep amber color with a thin head. Brilliant clarity. Nose is pretty subdued. Some herbal presence, touch of caramel. Juniper is noticeable on the nose. Lots of medicinal notes on the nose as well. Smells like pepto bismal a bit underneath it all.
Has a tea like quality to it. Medium in body. Flavors are faint and subdued. Certain watery aspect to the body at certain points, specifically the sides and tip of the tongue. Touches of caramel on the sides of the tongue. Honey and juniper throughout. Slightly spicy finish. Interesting and unique flavors, again very tea-like but also again too subtle, close to being overly bland. The flavors are dumbed down and almost water like at points.
The finish on this beer lasts a while, it's not good or bad, just not sure what to do with it. It doesn't make me want another sip, but it doesn't make me want food either.
After tasting Dogfish head's Sahti, Norse legend just seems like an attempt at creating another style to flood the market place with. Flavors aren't there and neither is the merit. At it's best it's drinkable with some flavor for 7% ABV
05-07-2012 04:01:27 | More by jtierney89
4.15/5 rDev +17.6%
Pourer from a 22 oz into a corsendonk chalice- pours a pretty clear dark amber color with less than a finger of head that recedes quickly to very little foam around the edges. A few spots of lacing. Beautiful color.
Not too much on the smell- maybe a bit of juniper and malt sweetness. Could be more.
I think it tastes really good- very smooth and sweet but not too sweet by any means. Not a traditional beer at all. Juniper on the front of the tongue and lasts for a long time. Malt sweetness and a little booze in the middle.
Mouthfeel is nice- medium bodies with a little creaky carbonation. Pretty refreshing. I like it but from what I've read about the style, nit exactly how it should be. Give it a try.
Paired with some norwegian goat cheese- excellent.
05-03-2012 02:41:13 | More by Hopdaemon39
3.33/5 rDev -5.7%
On tap. Pours a medium brown color with a half inch of head. Zero lacing. Aromas of berries, tea and cola. Smells somewhat like a fruity tea. Tastes like tea but not as fruity as the aroma but more of an earthy tea flavor. A bit floral. Peppery. Light mouthfeel. I know its not a high ABV but this doesnt really taste all that boozey. Almost tastes like drinking peppery Iced Tea. I like tea so this one is ok by me but it might not be for everyone. Overall, I would drink it every so often but I wouldn't go out of my way to have it.
05-01-2012 20:12:53 | More by PicoPapa
Norse Legend Sahti from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 454 ratings.