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

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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 21
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Braggot |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 04-28-2013

Braggot--ale brewed with honey, chamomile & natural flavors
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Ratings: 242 | Reviews: 52
Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
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

Photo of crag
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
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

Photo of TruePerception
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of tlema1
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not saying I liked it, too sweet for me, but true to style

Photo of glass_house
3.08/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
2.02/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

The honey in this tastes chemical, forced, added in at the end.

Photo of EFitzsimmons
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of AdrianAltine
4.4/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

Photo of KornWallace
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
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

Photo of DarthVorador
4.75/5  rDev +32.7%

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!

Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

Photo of nicholas2121
4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured into a snifter. I was quite happy to see this. This is a great style if done right, but no one does it let alone right.

4.0 A: Mildly hazed yellow orange color. About one finger of fluffy white head. Retention is decent, not really sure what the style is supposed to do though. Plenty of lacing.

3.25 S: Damn, I don't think this is going to be what I wish it is. Yes, there's a good bit of honey, but it isn't the insanely potent honey that I experienced in some of the best braggots I've come across. Somehow the chamomile is even more potent than the honey. Wildflowers and hay earthiness.

3.25 T: Again honey and chamomile lead the flavor. There's plenty of chamomile, but not enough honey for me. Again, hay and earthiness. Moderately sweet malt base.

3.75 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a pleasant spritziness. Super smooth. Good here.

3.5 D: It's not bad, but it doesn't hold a candle to the best that I've had. Admittedly, the vast majority of the better braggots I've had have been homebrew. In any case, I'm glad that breweries are at least trying.

Photo of ordybill
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Bomber into a pint glass. Bought in Smyrna, GA.
Has a nice sweet aroma with a floral backdrop. The beer is a pale yellow color with a pretty big white head. It has a nice honey flavor that stays throughout the whole beer. this is a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. A real good Braggot style beer.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

braggots need to make a comeback, so i like that this is out and widely available. the color is just like honey, clear and radiant golden. a real green tea and honey sort of nose, very nice without any appreciable hops at all. yeast is cool too, farmy and bright. the honey is the dominant flavor, and grain seems to be quite light in it, which is cool for a strong ale. its a little too sweet for me though to drink much of, and the alcohol shows though. the other flaw it has for me is that its still. i dont know if all braggot is supposed to be this way or not, but this has no bubbles at all, and as such seems watery and thin. i wish it had more to it there, but the flavors are really nice. cool of sam to make bigger beers in styles we dont see much of.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

appearance: Crystal clear light gold. Messy swath of white head and lacing. Pretty brew.
smell: Floral notes, light honey, a bit of spice.
taste: a little sweetness, and honey.
overall: Nice enough, a little bit of a lightweight.

Photo of constantine_272
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured a nice bright golden copper with a thick white head the subsided to lacy sticky strands.

Smells like sprite. Oddly sweet with lemon lime.

Tastes sweet and rich with a golden honey taste. Floral cherry blossoms with an odd warm cinnamon nutmeg finish. Slight tanginess.

Mouthfeel is okay. Finishes with a mouth coating oily feeling despite a meager attempt at a crisp finish. Needs a bit more bittering to hammer it home.

Weird beer. A bit too sweet with some fascinating flavors. It seemed like an okay concept, but I needed a bit more on the finish to really hammer it home.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Served from tap in a snifter at Beelow's.

Inquiring into the new, as-yet-unmarked tap at the bar, I was told it was a mead beer. I ordered it forthwith, knowing too well how rare braggots are at bars. This one pours a clear golden brass topped by a half-finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises flowers, chamomile, light nutmeg, sweet cereal grains, light dried honey, and sweet white wine grapes. The taste brings in more of the same, the flowers, honey, chamomile, and grapes shining through and combining fairly well. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mildly syrupy feel. Overall, a rather enjoyable braggot, one of the better "experimental" beers Sam Adams has put out in recent memory.

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours fairly crystal clear bright gold color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, tangerine, pineapple, pear, orange peel, honey, bread, chamomile, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity and balance of honey, pale malt, and spice notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, tangerine, pineapple, pear, orange peel, honey, bread, chamomile, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, tangerine, pineapple, pear, citrus peel, honey, bread, chamomile, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of honey, pale malt, and spice flavors; with a nice malt/spice balance and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice braggot style. All around good complexity and balance of honey, pale malt, and spice flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of wiegs4life
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is the first of the style so I have nothing to compare it to. I liked honey a lot so I was really looking forward to this one. The story on how the beer style created also intrigued me. The first thing that stood out to me was the aftertaste, which reminded me of tart tasting mixture. This beer had some caramel i believe, but the citric and honey overpower the smell of it. I enjoyed the beer, but it was not one i would try again. I do want to try more of the style.

Photo of roadkill6
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving temp: 41° F

Glassware: Chalice

Appearance: Golden, clear, carbonated with a thin head

On the nose: mild, sweet, honey scent

Taste: Sweet, malty flavor with some honey richness and a very slightly hoppy aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Smooth and a little thicker than a pilsner. Not overly carbonated

Overall: Much milder flavor than I expected; sweet, but not overly so; pairs well with spicy foods like BBQ, TexMex, or Indian food

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Samuel Adams Honey Queen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.