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Norse Legend Sahti - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Norse Legend SahtiNorse Legend Sahti

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433 Ratings

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Ratings: 433
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.73%

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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 goblue3509


3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 02:45:25 | More by goblue3509
Photo of acevenom


3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 01:06:39 | More by acevenom
Photo of Mitchster


4.23/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 21:58:13 | More by Mitchster
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Norse Legend
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Style: Sahti
ABV: 7.00 %

Pours a dark brown color, fine clarity, off white pillow fluff head and good lacing. Aroma of sweet malts, pine, juniper and citrus. In the flavor, rich and malty with caramel, toffee and even cocoa notes upfront. There is a nice pine and citrus profile from the use of juniper and possibly a good dose of hops. The level of bitterness was light to moderate. Small alcohol presence and overall this brew was very tasty. Stood up pretty well to a brick oven pizza.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2012 21:42:15 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of rangerred


3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber.

Appearance is a clear dark red with a small 1/2 finger head. Not much in the way of lacing or head retention.

Aroma of caramel and toffee very much like a red ale. I'm not really picking up any piny notes from the juniper like I was expecting. Maybe just a touch of earthiness.

The flavor brings out a lot more of the flavors I was expecting. A pleasant resiny pine comes across immediately much like a freshly cut christmas tree. Some wood in there too. I was almost expecting more of a gin flavor due to the juniper berries but am pleasantly surprised. A light bitterness in the back of the throat finishes things off.

Overall I am quite pleased. I don't really have anything else to compare it too but the flavors work quite well and add a nice complexity. Something I would definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 01:51:08 | More by rangerred
Photo of Keene


3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 16:37:19 | More by Keene
Photo of dakotaben

North Dakota

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 01:00:30 | More by dakotaben
Photo of Eddxii


4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 20:29:18 | More by Eddxii
Photo of Halcyondays


4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 05:25:33 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 01:29:31 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of zhanson88


2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2012 02:00:45 | More by zhanson88
Photo of BDIMike


4.23/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 00:39:14 | More by BDIMike
Photo of larryi86


3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 00:16:33 | More by larryi86
Photo of Reaper16


3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2012 05:53:23 | More by Reaper16
Photo of ryanonline


3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 02:36:55 | More by ryanonline
Photo of smakawhat


3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 02:20:07 | More by smakawhat
Photo of yamar68


3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 02:09:13 | More by yamar68
Photo of TTAmod


3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 04:26:11 | More by TTAmod
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

1.5/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 04:01:27 | More by jtierney89
Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 02:41:13 | More by Hopdaemon39
Photo of PicoPapa


3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2012 20:12:53 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Damn.. Surprising for me to be the first review on this one. Poured into my slim tulip.. 1.5" tan head.. great retention and lacing... the brew is clear dark amber.

Aromas show deep caramel and lesser than expected Juniper given the description on the label.

The flavor is surprisingly light with the Juniper.. toasty malt and good caramel.. cola like flavors... again big caramel essence... light juniper.. flavor lingers forever..

Somehow without the hops things are remarkably balanced... a pretty nice body... light carbonation helps make things feel a bit thicker...

Interesting... Seems like a "Sahti Lite"... not quite enough of everything that makes it a tough beer to get around... no real woody character... no real herbal qualities.


Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 04:24:21 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of Knapp85


3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a deep amber color with a cream colored head on top. The smell was a little bit on the floral side with some herbs in the mix. The taste of the beer is good but really becomes interesting in the finish with the herbal notes really come out. The mouthfeel was smooth with a soft carbonation to it. Overall this beer was rather impressive. This is something I'd like to see Sam Adams do more with.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2012 04:37:58 | More by Knapp85
Photo of jneiswender


2.5/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this beer as a sample at the Boston Brewery as part of the tour. Served on tap in a sample glass cool.

Beer had slight ring of a head and an amber body. Minty smell not strong resin. Taste was very sweet. slight mouthwash flavor. But the sweetness really pervades this beer. Little carbonation. I can't say I am a real big fan of this beer. I have not had very many authentic examples of this style but it really doesn't taste anything like I think it would. Not very piney at all.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2012 02:21:08 | More by jneiswender
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Norse Legend Sahti from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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