Samuel Adams Blueberry Hill Lager - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 776
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 16.36%
Wants: 14
Gots: 98 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Mora2000 on 08-18-2012

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Photo of Kastler
3.62/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a beer mug

A - A cloudy sedimentary, belgian appearance. I personally love belgian beers, especially when the sediment is present. I don't know why

S - Blueberry aroma is strong. Relatively sweet but still holding the lager taste.

T - Excellent spring/summer brew. Refreshing blueberry taste. Reminds me of summer!

M - Excellent mouthfeel. A sweet, not too think brew that is perfect for the spring/summer

O - An excellent brew. I would easily buy a 12 pack of the Blueberry Hill Lager. Wasn't expecting this light brew taste from a Boston Brewery Lager.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.62/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Now, I know what y'all're thinkin', but, no, I'm not gonna make a Fats Domino reference. It's just too easy, man. Regardless, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises syrupy blueberry (y'know, thick and partially artificial without bashing you over the head with it's fakeness) over a carpet of very light biscuit, barely hanging on for dear life against the torrent of berry. The taste proves my suspicions about the artificiality were warranted (if still wrong in full reality) as some plastic weeds its way into the berries. In the background, those touted noble hops serve only to provide a clashing foil of greenery for the berries, muddying the waters into a bayou of unhappiness. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a thankfully dry and quick finish. Overall, things just didn't go well with this one, as the berries come across as fake and the hops battle rather than bolster the fruitiness. It's not as bad as the horridity that was the Cranberry Lambic, but it's certainly nowhere near good, either.

Photo of roundthewaygirls
3.09/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

poured into a pint glass. from the beers of summer variety pack.

A: straw colored. looks like honey. surprising, i expected it to be blue. hazy. bubbly. barely poured any head. faint, fizzy lacing.

S: blueberry. but not fresh blueberry. more like blueberry gelatin. probably residual from the fermentation process. that's about all i get from the smell, but it's pleasant and bold.

T: blueberry up front. pale malts. weak citrus hops on the finish. weak compared to the smell.

M: decent, well carbonated. light. a little watery.

O: definitely a novelty beer. liked the smell, but the taste was kind of disappointing. refreshing but i wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of Suds
3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Fruit beer is a difficult thing to get right. It is rare to find a beer that brings real balance, flavor, and drinkability. This beer makes a good attempt, but ultimately falls short of being rally good. It is a slightly heavy, pale golden color. Nice white head. The aroma is predominantly blueberry, with a nice whiff of earthy hops. There is as sweet, pale malt underneath. Unfortunately, its smell reminds me of boo-berry crunch. The taste is a bit ore beer like, with some malt and grain character and some more genuine berry flavor. Soft finish. Light to medium mouthfeel. Not my style, and surely not great, but good.

Photo of catmanben
4.99/5  rDev +54%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was not sure about a beer with blueberry, but was pleasantly surprised by the refreshing taste
and flaver. A very enjoyable brew! The blueberry taste does not give a bad aftertaste and leaves a nice flaver of blueberry, as well as the flaver of a quality lager beer.

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.57/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

served in a sam adams perfect pint glass

A: Pours a very light golden color with just the gentlest haze. pours with two fingers of fluffy pure white head that dissipates at a reasonable rate, leaves a ton of lacing on the glass
S: nice light gentle scent, crisp with a light blueberry note like smushed blueberries, quite nice
T: begins with a nice bright note almost lemony, moves into a nice clean bright taste like a pilsener with hop bitterness and finishes with a lingering blueberry note that is quite gentle
M: medium carbonation tingle, good mouth feel and body leaves the mouth gently dry long after the finish
O: a very nice refreshing brew, going to be very nice when the hot summer weather rolls in, really enjoying this one right now

Photo of thecheapies
3.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy light orange-amber with a fluffy white head. Lacing is approved.

Nose offers blueberry skins, artificial lemon, and more citrus from the Tettnang. Some orange, some sweet cracker, and pale malts. White bread notes remind me of the smell of angel food cake and blueberry waffle.

The flavor is a little spicy, but a lot fruity. Some freshness to the blueberries was preserved, other nuances remind me of Bubble Yum. Bubble gum, lemony hops, sweet pale malts, and traces of peppery yeastiness. Finish is short and dead.

Sam manages to put a little girth in the body of their summer seasonals. This is no exception. Oily medium for a session fruit lager. Smooth. Carb offers some bite.

Merely okay. Average. How good can a blueberry lager be, anyways?

Photo of wedge
3.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy gold topped by a solid slab of thick foam. Tart, juicy blueberry aromas upfront with a sort of creamy sweetness. A little less blueberry forward in the flavor...berry sweetness, grain, spiciness, and a citrusy touch near the end. Light, slightly acidic, and decently crisp. A decent warm weather drinker, but not something I need more than one of.

Photo of kristenspaintings
3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Blueberry hill lager is a fairly decent tasting beer with a respectable blueberry flavor and aroma. I think I have found, however, that I don't particularly like blueberry flavors in my beer but I had to try it to find out. This isn't a fault of the beer at all.

Admittedly this is only the second blueberry beer I have tried, but its quality is head-and-shoulders above its competitor. It wasn't fake tasting or chemical. I can believe it was brewed with real blueberries and it is based on a good beer to begin with.

If you enjoy fruit flavored beer, you'll probably like this beer, especially if you're a fan of Sam Adams.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fizzles down to nothing within a couple minutes

S: Blueberries, bready malts, and a very light citrus note. Almost like blueberry pie

T: Follows the nose. Very blueberry forward, with a prominent bready maltiness as well. Finishes with an out-of-place citrus note, most likely from the hops

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A decent blueberry lager with an almost blueberry pie-like aroma and taste from the malts. Not bad, but I don't see myself drinking this often aside from maybe with blueberry pie during a cookout

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone restaurant pint glass
From: VONS in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $12.97 (w/ VONS card) for the summer variety 12-pack
Purchased: March 25, 2013
Consumed: April 8, 2013
Misc.: Enjoy by Aug. 2013

Poured a honey straw hazy color with two fingers of bubbly off-white head. Some sporadic lacing and fog on the sides. OK retention with some thicker spots on the way down.

Smelled a very potent whiff of blueberry and grape. Some artificial sugar smell as well, but that’s about it. Best part of the beer though.

Taste wasn’t as strong as the smell. Like the nose, it was almost strictly blueberry. Also some grape juice. Faint hops, although I couldn’t figure out which type. Not as good as I’d hoped.

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Long, fruity finish.

Not as a good as I’d hoped and I’m a sucker for fruity beers. Good for the summer, but I wouldn’t have it again.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy, golden orange with a white, fluffy finger width head. Sub-par retention, leaving a thin layer of microbubbles on the surface, clumping up on the sides. Leaves fair lacing with good stick.

Smell - Moderate aroma, consisting of a predominant blueberry character. Slight grain sweetness.

Taste - Again, and as expected, blueberry is the predominant character. Slight grain notes. Touches of citrus on the back end provides a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation with decent bite. Goes down easy. Dry finish.

Overall - Another fruity brew offering from Samuel Adams. If you like blueberries, you'll like this. Not overtly sweet, like some of the other blueberry beers on the market. Not as good as their Blackberry wit, but it beats the hell out of it's summer mix counterpart, Porch Rocker.

Photo of TeamMathis
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy. Yellowish orange. Quickly dissipating head.
Smell: Blueberry and citrus.
Taste: Light blueberry and semi-tart finish.
Mouthfeel: Carbonation and slightly spritsy.

I would take this over many if not most of the other lagers from Sam Adams, or anywhere else I suppose. The blueberry is clearly there in both smell and taste, which is refreshing. The aftertaste provides some barely noticeable tartness. The finish has that familiar lager blandness to it. This isn't a bad drink at all and a little less boring than the standard lager. Enjoy this served quite cold on a hot, summer day. I probably would not get it again.

Photo of Zorro
3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy orange beer with a small white colored head.

Smells or blueberry and yogurt. Little bit of vanilla and creme scent. Basically ever smelled blueberry yogurt? That is what this smells like.

Starts out tasting of wheat malt and mild sweet and sour blueberry with a long blueberry after taste. Mildly sweet, biscuit malt appears. Blueberry taste really dies down after the third sip. Still basically tastes like a blueberry wheat beer.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall an OK Beer. Not something I would buy as a six pack but it isn't something I would pour out either. Picture of an OK Beer.

Photo of kojevergas
2.22/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

"Lager with Blueberries and Natural Flavor Added." 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average. Unfiltered. Brewed with Tettnang Noble hops. 5.5% ABV.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of bad cream, below average thickness, and average (2 minute) retention. Body colour is an unflattering cloudy pale yellow. Dull, transparent, and translucent. It's not much to look at. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Poor limited uneven lacing as the head recedes.

Sm: Blueberry syrup; it's somewhat artificial but there are appealing elements there. Flavour syrup/extract. Pale malts. Medicinal sweetness. Cough syrup-esque. An above average strength aroma. No yeast character or a alcohol is detectable. Maybe some floral hops.

T: Candi sugar, blueberry extract/syrup, pale malt extract, and syrupy cream. Ugh. Cloying. Sickeningly sweet and syrupy. Somewhat medicinal. Lacks balance. Badly built. Simple. I don't like the flavours here.

Mf: Syrupy. Too thick for the style. A bit watery. Smooth and wet. Not at all crisp. Poor presence on the palate. Too full-bodied for its lack of flavour.

Dr: The low quality here really impedes drinkability. I definitely wouldn't get this again. Hides ABV okay. A crappy brew from Sam Adams. This shouldn't have made it to market. I'm not excited about consuming the other bottle from the variety pack I got.

High D

Photo of justincolts
3.94/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

FIrst, before I try it, I love Blueberry wine and beer, if done right. We will see soon. Pours a very hazy golden color, with a solid white head. Without trying to seem ridiculous, it has a very blueberry smell to it. It has a bit of activity to it. As of now, trying one, it is very drinkable, very good. I love blueberries. I bought a Sam Adams summer sampler, and while it did snow in Indiana today, it is still enjoyable. Probably would be a good breakfast beer lol. I can't imagine eating steak with this, but if you were at a festival, wanted to drink with breakfast, or in the afternoon with a lot of sun, watching shows, this could be refreshing.

Photo of mynie
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours like a dark adjunct. Smells lightly of blueberries and noble hops. Tastes, lightly, of blueberries and noble hops.

It's all quite solid, but sometimes I really wish Boston Beer Co. would be willing to diverge a bit from the Boston Lager template. I mean, yes, this is obviously quite different from Boston Lager, but like nearly all of all of SA's beers, it has just about the same body as Boston Lager, as well as the same bittersweet biscuit yeast back end. It works, like I said, but just barely, and deviating a bit could have helped it come together much more nicely.

Photo of scratch69
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Hazy golden-yellow color with a fingers worth of head. Light amount of lacing.

Smell- Sweet aroma of blueberries and a hint of malt.

Taste- Blueberry flavor dominates with a bit of biscuit-like malt showing up mid sip. Nicely balanced with a very faint amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and well carbonated. Slightly crisp.

Overall- An enjoyable fruit beer with natural tasting blueberry flavor.

Photo of Knapp85
3.31/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This poured out as a clear golden color with a white head on top. The retention is pretty good and there is a moderate lacing. The smell of the beer is a fruity, there is a delicate aroma of sweet blueberry on the nose. The taste of the beer is sweet, plenty of blueberry flavors. There isn't much depth to this beer, very one dimensional. The mouthfeel of it is lighter bodied, good carbonation but a little on the cloying side. Overall this beer is a little too sweet, I think it will be better in the dead of summer.

Photo of Brad007
3.07/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful whitish-gold color with a huge-ass white head into my glass. Holy shit. I guess washing your glass does make a difference! (j/k)

As expected, there's a strong, sweet hint of blueberry on the nose. It overpowers any other flavors that might be within this beer. Let's see if it carries over to the taste.

Indeed it does. Just one slight problem: the result is a huge mess. You have the blueberry flavor clashing with the sweet malt already present here.

The mouthfeel is horrible as well. Dry and bitter with a rough edge of blueberry. Hard to dig.

I don't think that blueberries work well in lagers. They're better suited to ales and I say this only because I love blueberries and anything flavored with blueberries. However, this isn't as bad as Wild Blue (ugh!).

Photo of mactrail
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber color in the tall Stella glass. If Samuel Adams has a signature, it's this perfect foam on nearly every beer, every bottle. An interesting citrus and fruity nose. Malty, surprisingly rich, with a pleasant spritzy mouthfeel. The blueberry scent and flavor is pervasive. You really have to like that taste. Brief hint of hops, but it's more like a low-gravity malt liquor with a jolt of fruit.

So they did a pretty good job on this one, and the blueberry flavor seems authentic. I still am not convinced that blueberry is an appropriate flavoring for beer, but then I'm not Swedish. From a 12 oz bottle purchased at Ralph's supermarket in San Clemente.

Photo of PintOHops
3.89/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Glass - Mug

A - Pale/golden colored brew with a soapy 2-finger head. Head retention is Lager like, which is to say it didn't stick around long. Surprisingly low-moderate visible carbonation. Not much lacing.

S - Berries, berries, berries as soon as i pop the bottle. A bit strong smelling of blueberries with an undertone of cracker like malt. Not much else i can pick up.

T - A balance of tart/sweet and funky blueberries flood the palate. A surprising amount of musty lager yeast and biscuit like malt flavors that lend a balancing hand. Bitterness is almost absent, mild remnants of berry linger on the tongue a bit.

M - Lite-medium bodied, smooth, airy and moderately crisp.

O - Well, nothing wowing here but i gotta say I'm enjoying it. Blueberry is everywhere with this beer, and although it's a strong taste of it, it's pretty natural tasting to me. Balanced out with that Lager yeast in there. Refreshing as beer gets, i'd drink it again but i can't say i'd buy it again for sure. Definitely worth a try though. Cheers!

Photo of JosiahS
3.26/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.25

a: Poured into a mug. Honey-like color with lots of medium-sized bubbles. Frothy one-finger head. Light, sudsy lacing.

s: A lot of blueberry. Blueberry dominates the aroma. Some lager yeast and maybe a faint floral note.

t: Tons of blueberry up-front and mid-pallete. It eases up afterwards and a pronounced cracker/dough flavor comes through nicely. Slight bitterness mid-pallete helps to balance the extra sweetness.

m: light bodied, carbonated. Not watery.

o: I could imagine a setting where this beer might really hit the spot. Every other time, i would think it's too fruity. This is an okay offering from SA.

Photo of MickeyBeer
2.73/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle from a variety pack poured into a pint glass

A- Hazy golden color with about one and half fingers of head that has nice retention.

S- Strong blueberry smell comes forward. Pretty sweet and fruity.

T- A little bit of malty sweetness, but the dominating flavor is blueberry. The aftertaste is a little bitter, but doesn't taste like hops. Not a big fan of it.

M- Medium amount of carbonation, not the smoothest finish. I don't think I could have more than one or two of these at a time.

O- Not a huge fan of this beer. It isn't awful, but I certainly will not seek it out.

Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Common Table.

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a white head. The aroma has a touch of biscuit malt, but what really comes through is a ton of sweet blueberries. The flavor is more of the same. The blueberry notes add some nice flavor, as well as a good bit of sugary sweetness. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Samuel Adams Blueberry Hill Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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