Samuel Adams Blueberry Hill Lager - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.24/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
"A fresh take on a fruit beer. This crisp, unfiltered lager is aged on blueberries for a pleasant blueberry aroma and taste. To take this fruity character in a new direction, we brewed with Tettnang Noble hops for an added subtle citrus note. A delicious blend of flavors with a smooth lager finish." Brewed in the style of a Fruit Lager with blueberries added. This is the limited release add-in
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Served above 58º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a crisp foamy off-white head over a medium-amber body with mild haziness and plentiful carbonation. Retention is average at best, lacing is light and spotty. 3.5
(Smell) Aroma of profound tart and lightly sweet blueberry up front, with a slightly lesser wheat and pale malt body behind. A milder blend of aromas brings a noticeable sweet citrus to diversify the aroma somewhat. This certainly has a significant blueberry emphasis going for it, it may have been more universally enjoyable if the blueberry was more of an accent. Either way, for blueberry lovers, this may be one of the most aromatically blueberry-forward beers I've ever smelled. I place the potency on high, well above the aromatic ferocity of Sunset Wheat and SweetWater Blue. 3.25
(Taste) Unlike wheat beers with blueberry and citrus accent, Blueberry Hill Lager plays little to no wheat malt profile, relying on a simple bare-bones malt profile to call out the fruit. Grain, citrus peel and blueberry are noticeable up front- a bit gruff and edgy with a touch of inevitable fruit saccharinity. Finishes with a touch of grain alcohol and a loud blueberry sweetness. Blueberry would still have been preferable as an accent and not the central focus of this beer. Overall the flavor was certainly Blueberry-heavy but lacking in malt complexity, thus the imperfections glared brighter than they should have. 3.25
(Mouthfeel) Texture is chewy, grainy, mildly tart. Carbonation adds some light crispness to the texture. Body is medium/heavy for the style, medium overall. Alcohol presence is above moderate, a bit easily called out against the simplicity of the very bold, but one-dimensional fruit flavor additives. The drink should be much easier to consume due to the style. 3
(Overall) This is an experiment I do not regret trying, but a beer I wouldn't dream of green lighting to the public. The blueberry is unapologetically overbearing for a lager beer's drinkability and a lack of malt diversity makes it stand fairly unchallenged. The presence of citrus adds some favorable variety to the the flavor but stands equally out-of-place. Altogether the flavor is predictable but guaranteed not to be to everybody's liking. An inviting comparison to the Berry-Weisse and Sunset Wheat crowd, of course Samuel Adams can do outrageously fruity beers too! 3.25
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Samuel Adams Blueberry Hill Lager
Serving type: bottle
02-21-2014 01:31:20 | More by Jadjunk
Samuel Adams Blueberry Hill Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
76 out of 100 based on 452 ratings.