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

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 278
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 23
Gots: 47 | 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 bubseymour
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (154 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.2/5  rDev +12%
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. (163 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (706 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (766 characters)

Photo of Meadist
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (857 characters)

Photo of Myotus
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (1,038 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (226 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (575 characters)

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (303 characters)

Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
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. (213 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
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 (383 characters)

Photo of crag
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (208 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
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
3.54/5.00 (1,117 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (773 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of glass_house
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
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. (202 characters)

Photo of EFitzsimmons
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium yellow clear with full light bubbly head that fades, but maintains a good rim. Carbonation bubbles viewed throughout the beer.
Clean slightly sweet honey with some earthy undertones.
Sweet honey flavor, but not overpowering with a slight lemon tea like flavor to it, and no real alcohol taste.
Nice carbonated light feeling with the full taste makes this quite enjoyable if you're looking for a honey beer. (415 characters)

Photo of AdrianAltine
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look : Clear dark yellow with a fast fading head
Smell: honey with a flower note
Taste: strong honey and flower taste like the smell but not overpowering.
Feel : very smooth witht a very heavy sweet taste lingering but still clean. (231 characters)

Photo of KornWallace
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Date: 12/7/14
Location: Rye Beverage
Bottle/Draught: Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Fluffy white carbonation with below average retention sits upon this clear pale/straw yellow braggot. Lots of light comes through the beer making it very easy to see through. Nice carbonation rings as the beer is sipped. Some cold haze on the beer.
Aroma: Smells of flower, camomile, and honey come through. What makes the beer exciting is the different honeys they used, the balance between them is pretty solid. Some lemon tea comes through as well to add a hint of tartness.
Taste: The honey and camomile push forward in the flavor and working through the honeys. Flavors range from waxy, to medicinal, to lemon. The sugar isn't as overpowering as you might think considering all the honey.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body. There is a real smoothness in the beers body despite the large amount of flavoring. Light to medium in carbonation.

Notes: No bottling date (967 characters)

Photo of DarthVorador
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Finally found some of this stuff. Been looking for a while. Was very interested in trying a Braggot! ...22oz bomber poured into pint glass.
A: Cristal clear golden w/ a thick 1 1/2" white head that quickly dissipates to leave excellent lacing.
S: Strong honey then malt with a hint of booze.
T: A strong rich honey flavor dominates. Good flavor almost like raw honey out of the comb. Malty backbone follows with just the slightest hint of hops at the swallow. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.
F: Slight smooth coating of the tongue. Light honey aftertaste that quickly dissipates leaving you begging for the next sip!
O: A very impressive offering from SA & one I will be picking up again, perhaps to lay down for a year or so... Also, if this is what the Braggot style generally is like, then I think I need to add it to my list of favorites! (842 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slightly hazy, medium golden color, with a somewhat coarse, white head, which retains well. The lacing leaves tidemarks on the glass walls. Sparse, faint carbonation drifts lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Notes of honey and mandarin oranges dominate the aroma. There is also a mild herbal hop presence. There is an earthy quality, as well, perhaps from the yeast.

Taste: Opens with a surge of honey, very pronounced, perhaps over-the-top. As the taste progresses, there is a mild maltiness as well. There is also a subtle note of oranges, perhaps from the honey as well. The high ABV (7.5%) is utterly concealed, with only a hint of warming to signal its presence. Absent the carbonation, this would seem more like a mead, but historically, that's how it would have been.Though I am not a connoisseur of honey, I can discern that the honey used for this braggot must have been a mild, light honey, like clover. The notes of orange from Orange Blossom honey are also notable. Towards the end of the taste, there is a faint hop presence. The finish is dominated by mild honey notes, pure, and quite lingering.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A wonderful example of a now-rare style, I feel fortunate to have been able to try it.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom 22 ounce brown glass bomber, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice. (1,381 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Crystal clear pale straw color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Clover honey nose and flavor is clover honey, hops in the background. Clean finish. $7.25 for a 22oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH. (283 characters)

Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Honey Queen - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams). Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's got a 2 finger thick white fizzy head, spotty lacing, and a pale yellow near-IPA body. Interesting......

I can smell a general earthiness along with the chamomile, and a decent amount of clover honey. Nothing overpowering, but nice,mellow, and inviting.

Tastes like a perfectly sweet clover honey along with a dash of the aforementioned chamomile. Nothing artificial tasting or hinting towards cheap fructose junk. Goes down smooth and nothing is lingering in my mouth. Also can't notice the higher abv.

The mouthfeel of Honey Queen is medium bodied with a small effervescence.

Overall a 4.5 for Samuel Adams Honey Queen - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams). I, like many BA's, had been curious and anxious to try this style of brew(braggot). This is certainly one of the most unique beers I've consumed in my experiences. I'll probably grab this brew again. (1,007 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Honey Queen brewed by Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams). This brew has a ABV of 7.50% Before we get to the review this is my first Braggot brew. The brew pours out a cloudy amber color with nice white head. I'm going to say this brew is unfiltered. The smell is rich with sweetness and grains. There is a hit of spices in the smell of this brew. The taste is sweet like honey. There is also some grains and malts at the end. Honey Queen goes down smooth with no bad after taste. This brew has a nice balance to it ,there is nothing overpowering in this brew. Samuel Adams did a nice job with this one. I would buy this brew again, it was better than what I was expecting. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.5 out of 5. (734 characters)

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