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Samuel Adams Honey Queen - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 299
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 29.38%
Wants: 28
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Braggot |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jason on 04-28-2013

Braggot--ale brewed with honey, chamomile & natural flavors
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Photo of Urk1127
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky gold. Smell of straight honey, subtle flowers almost dandelion. At first sip it is a little musty. Not funk but musty as in like an old attic. And you get very sweet honey, sweet ever so subtle tangerine, and finishes with that signature Sam Adams toastyness. But complex honey all throughout. Creamy mouthfeel, little carbonation. Very good. Would buy a case of this!

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Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Mostly clear yellow, thin white head.

Aroma: floral, clove, earthy, and light stone fruit.

Flavor: Medium honey and stone fruit character over the floral notes from the nose.

Mouthfeel: Medium+ bodied. Light carbonation.

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Photo of DuffDaddy
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had a taster at Lowe's Food Store in Winston Salem, NC. Good honey beer, but expect much more honey flavor forward...very subtle sweetness. Should have gotten a growler!

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours two fingers of head on a hazy golden body.
The aroma is mild grain.
The taste has a teasing sweetness but finishes with a lemon bitter note. Nicely balanced.
The texture is smooth but fizzy.
Nice to drink.

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours clear and golden, with a frothy head that leaves quite a few strands around

Smell: Bread and honey, with apple, white wine grape and chamomile tones

Taste: Honey forward, with bready undertones; in the middle, the honey continues to build, with the chamomile, apple and white wine grape flavors adding another dimension; sweet, as expected, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Braggot is not one of my favorite styles so I guess that might influence my review; I rarely drink them and this one isn't going to push me to seek out others

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Photo of newbeeraday
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smells like a beer with apples. Taste like a hybrid between Apples (cider/mead) and beer. Light body and very sweet. Light straw pale color. Would get again.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on August 16, 2015.

The pour is into a pewter mug. For a 14th Century style I might as well use an ancient type of drinking vessel. The color is olive-yellow with a moderate white foamy head.

The honey is extraordinarily over powering in every aspect of this beer. Any spice or herbal quality seemed subdued because of the honey.

Medium, slick body (like honey).

Again, uber-sweetness, which is a bit difficult to take. I didn't mind it but I would have preferred something more herbal.

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Photo of pagriley
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - pours golden straw with a tall fluffy white 2 inch head
S - Sweet, slightly floral with a hint of lemony citrus
T - Slightly fruity, sweet and with a pleasant slight hop bite to finish. Honey is there lingering in the aftertaste. Puts me in mind of a very subtle belgian triple brewed with honey instead of candi sugar. A very subtle tartness as well helps keep the sweetness in check.
F - Medium bodied, slightly thick mouth feel with a sweetness on the finish. Could get sticky if you had a lot, but a 10oz pour is just right. Lager like crispness to the finish

Overall a very interesting experience. glad I tried it!

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Photo of bubseymour
4.34/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A unique mix of honey and other interesting flavors I've not experienced in a beer before. If other braggot style beers are like this one, I'm on board.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yet another sam adams surprise, many of 22s are extremely underrated and this is another one. Very interesting beer that is a lot better than it is getting rated.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear copper pour. Normal lacing and retention, outstanding head volume.

Light nose of honey with a touch of floral hops.

Medium body with a very smooth texture that approaches creamy. Normal carbonation with a nice bit of effervescence in the middle and a finish that is slightly prickly.

The flavor profile is quite good, but is a bit weak on intensity and complexity to warrant outstanding. Balance is superb. It begins with a light honey sweetness that flows into a slightly tart middle. The middle also brings a hint of hop bitterness and a subtle grainy biscuit character. This character is most pronounced in the finish. The finish is slightly dry and is where chamomile is most evident.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Orange with a white head, some decent lacing, some carbonation, cloudy, looks good.

A: Honey comes through really well, it has a natural honey aroma, malts, slight chamomile aroma, smells earthy, herbal, grassy, has a slight lager yeast aroma to it.

A: Some moderate bitterness up front, honey, herbs, grassy, earthy flavors, finishes slightly bitter with malts at the end.

M: Carbonation really comes through on the mouthfeel, medium, dry finish.

O: I'm impressed, it has a lot going on, really enjoyed the honey, slight bitterness, carbonation on the mouthfeel, maltiness at the end, I would definitely buy this beer again even though this is my first try with the style, I would like to try other braggot beers.

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Photo of Meadist
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Overall, it has a nice first impression, however I quickly lose interest as I reach the bottom of the first glass and into the second. There are some unpleasant yeast flavors that linger on my palette and the sweetness starts to overpower the pale maltiness.

More Here: http://meadist.com/drinking-mead/mead-reviews/sam-adams-honey-queen-braggot-review/

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a near clear, soft yellow-hued body with a medium-sized, frothy, white head. Good lacing.

Smell: A scent of lightly malted barley with a thin toasted edge, thinned honey, a tiny pinch of spice and some floral, lightly spicy tones with a modest apple-esque fruitiness about it.

Taste: A modest base of pale maltiness with a moderately sweet honey flavor curbed by the chamomile and just a smidgen of herbaceous hops. Some slight apple, pear tones showing as it warms. Drying as you approach the gentle finish with a lingering hint, perhaps, of orange blossom.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Granted, there's not a ponderous depth of flavor to be had, but I did find it fairly enjoyable and drinkable, which is more than I can say of some beers.

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Photo of Myotus
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Rona snifter. Pours with a fingers worth of white foam that dissipates to a half fingers worth within 20 seconds. Bubbles are mild. Pale golden in color. Has mild aromas of chamomile, honey, and sour malts that balance amazingly well. Hint of hops can be detected. Initial taste is mild with chamomile that combines with very mild honey flavors. Mild sour malt flavors enter shortly after the initial flavors to give this beer a very unique (at least from my experience) and satisfying taste. Medium-bodied, incredibly smooth, light carbonation, crisp finish. Overall, a great beer, but this could be way better. It could definitely use more honey in the brew as I thought "Honey Queen" would be dominating my senses with honey, but it was just too mild. NOTE: As beer approaches room temperature, aromas and flavors change so much, that I would have to write a completely different review for them, but I don't feel like it at the moment. Perhaps another day when I buy this again because I did like it.

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Photo of barczar
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is honey and tea-like, with herbal notes.

Flavor is sweet and fairly alcoholic, with fruity fusel esters. The malt backbone emerges in the finish.

Those estery notes are offputting, but the honey definitely comes out.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, honey, floral, spice, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet honey, fruit, floral, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a well hidden ABV that doesn't come across in the flavors.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Brilliant pure honey gold under a 1” head that is fairly enduring.
S: Has a honey nose over some malt.
T: Beer is mainly light grains and honey without a big hop presence. Some subtle bitterness on the finish
F: Carbonation medium, body medium light.
O: a refreshing and very pleasant beverage.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Upon my first few sips, I was all like, oooh honey, this is one tasty beer. However, 10 minutes later into my beer, the initial great impression was lost. The flavor and mouth feel became too yeasty and cloying.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; almost no head; no lacing;

S: pilsner malt, honey sweetness, a little floral;

T: light bready malt up front; chamomile is noticeable at mid-palate; honey sweetness really comes through at the finish;

M: medium bodied - a little syrupy; lightly carbonated; lightly dry finish;

O: a little skewed toward the sweet end of the braggot spectrum

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Photo of crag
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew could be very dangerous in the wrong hands. At 7.5 abv marched against its high level of drinkability one could find themselves fairly slanti eyed quicker than expected. Surprisingly good flavours.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"" Brewed in the style of a Braggot. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 64 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp frothy foam head of a pastel white head over a honey amber body with light, lively carbonation. Retention is above average and lacing is moderate and patchy. 3.75

(Smell) Complex and abundant honey aromas, caramel malt syrups, fruity hop notes and potent chamomile. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Strong honey and malt syrups, finishing on a strong note of chamomile and honey tea. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, syrupy and clean, mildly dry. Carbonation is light, generating a soft frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly sweet over bitter. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) A very tasty Braggot with a lot of Chamomile flavor, considerably enjoyable considering how Samuel Adams' other small batch series releases are less than spectacular. 3.5

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Honey Queen

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Photo of TruePerception
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Adams' honey Queen, braggot, from their Small Batch collection. 7.5% ABV.

A: A solid two fingers of active, fluffy head. Orange honey colored. Clear in the dimple. Some thin lacing. Faint sheeting.

S: Bee pollen (unexpected) and some sort of spice. Clove, maybe. Dry honey/mead note in the back. Dried floral note. Honeycomb and bee's wax. Not getting much in the way of beer notes.

T/MF: Mmm. Nice notes of floral honey, citrus, and malty sweetness over some golden ale flavors. A bit of a cooling sensation on the finish. Not overly fancy, but nicely refreshing.

Sam Adams has been doing good things with their Barrel Room and Small Batch beers. Actually, I'd say this is the best braggot I've had yet.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice golden yellow with a decent amount of head that trails the glass as you drink. The smell was subtle but did have some sweet notes such as toffee and caramel along with honey. The flavor was a tad more subtle than I like but had an interesting finish. I liked the mouthfeel which was heavy without being overly thick. Overall I would definitely try this one again.

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Photo of glass_house
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Way too sweet with an artificial honey flavor. No discernible balancing hop presence whatsoever. I could maybe sip on a 4 oz. pour after dinner, but honestly I don't see myself ever drinking this again.

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Samuel Adams Honey Queen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.