Samuel Adams Escape Route | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Escape RouteSamuel Adams Escape Route

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Spring

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Photo of Keblar
2.24/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Who secretly replaced my Sam Adams Limited Release Kolsch with Busch.

I tried nearly every Kölsch in Köln when I was there. (How many are there, 4 or 5?). This does not even come close to a Kölsch.

The point is not that this is an awful beer, it's mediocre at BEST, but moreover it's such a poor outing that I REALLY expect more from a Sam Adams product. It feels like the same weak seasonal brew shilling from lines like Blue Moon, and Shock Top, the micro pretenders.

Seriously, I'll take a Busch over a Bud any day - it's about the only Anh-Busch product I can stomach, but I don't pay $10 a sixpack for Busch (half that if you're lucky) and this beer looses at least half, if not a whole point for being a terrible value.

Is this a sign of we we can start to expect from Sam Adams; pointless and mediocre (if I'm generous) seasonal brews shoveled out there for the sake of competition and market share scrambling?

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Photo of Weston19
2.28/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: Hazy golden color with a very foamy head.

S: Smells like a wheat beer. Some cloves, a little banana, and some malt.

T: Very watery with some of the notes from the nose. Not very impressive and overall just a flat beer.

M: Watery with some light carbonation.

O: Not a good beer. Definitely surprised me getting this type of beer from Sam Adams. Very flat and very watery. So far the worst of the Spring Variety Pack.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.38/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Drank from the bottle, I can't comment on looks.
The smell was of an average beer. Fair amount of carbonation. The taste was nothing special, for a seasonal beer, I couldn't taste anything to set it apart from your average beer.

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Photo of Myotus
2.43/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a medium, white head. Has a hazy, golden color. Aroma is not very pleasant. Sort of citrusy like an ale, but masked with an unknown bitter smell. Initial taste is fruity like an ale, but has a bad aftertaste of malts similar to what you would find in a Coors Lite. Personally, a sad failure from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of Ian_B
2.52/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Smells sweet, tastes sweeter. This overwhelms the usually savory flavours you get from kölsch lagers - if there are any in this beer. Not very true to style.

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Photo of clager
2.63/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Aroma is rather unpleasant. Very mild flavor, initially slightly sweet. Quickly gives way to wheaty lager notes without much bitterness or flavor on the finish. I enjoy a more hoppy, flavorful beer.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
2.75/5  rDev -21%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 01.21.14.

A: See through gold. 1 finger head that recedes quickly.

S: Lemon, cloves, spices.

T: Lemon, some pear, white grape, spice on back end. Has some toast too in the aftertaste.

M: Crisp.

O: I didn't care much for this one. It wasn't bad, but there are better kölsch out there.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.77/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Samuel Adams Escape Route has a medium, off-white head, a very hazy, yellow-golden appearance, some bubble streams, noticeable brown little chunks floating about, and lacing rings left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet bread, lemony citrus, and some off grain husk. Taste is of the same things, and bitterness is mellow (I would have guessed 25 IBU, instead of 30). Mouthfeel is medium and sloshy, and Samuel Adams Escape Route finishes semi-dry, fairly refreshing, limpid, and dull. Overall, this another dreary, underwhelming beer from the seemingly deteriorating Boston Brewing Company.


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Photo of berkshire413
2.79/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

this one might have you looking for an escape route to the next beer. really just an average been, once again, from Sam Adams. it seems like they are brewing the same batch of lager and adding flavors after the brew. But it is sessiony and it was the super bowl so they went down easy with some food, but i wouldnt buy it again.

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown bottle. Ya gotta love the brown bottles, I have had too many "sour" beers from those silly green bottles. Smell is good and invites an immediate taste, which I did without delay. Drank it at a little warmer temp. than I do usually and it tasted very good. German beer often needs warmth to increase taste, not always, but some. This "kolsch" imitation is just a good beer.

Someone noted it has "coffee"? Really? Have you ever had coffee? I doubt it. If there is "coffee" in this, it is a variety of coffee I have never tried in all my years and is, therefore, an unknown variety of coffee that should not be considered coffee. THERE IS NO COFFEE IN THIS BEER. My gosh, you goofy wimps want to make everything " floral notes" and "spices". This is beer, not interior decorating. There is some lemon, hardly at all, but it is there. Taste is crisp, hops comes in after the malt and provides a welcome respite and enhancement to the taste. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a smooth and very, very, very refreshing beer. YUM!!!

I wish Sam would wise up and sell this beer in its own six packs instead of only in those variety packs that force you to buy some crap beers to get one decent beer.

It would be nice if this company would not try so hard to agree with every stupid idea that comes down the pike in society today. I cant agree with them and will no longer buy their beer.

10/2016 update - uses GMO corm in their beers. I cant go with that. They say it isnt bad. Sure, just like what the cigarette companies told us????

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Photo of Bierwolf
2.86/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle served in a Kölsch style glass.

Appearance: Golden yellow with decent foam that does dissipate fairly quickly but leaves some thin lacing. Fair carbonation. Something weird was descending from the head into the main beer body that left a cloudiness that was unappealing to look at.

Smell: Fruit, apples, floral.

Taste: Mostly a mild hop flavor with a little sweetness.

Mouth feel: Light to medium bodied,kind of oily with average carbonation. The finish lasted a bit.

Overall: Overall this is not a favorite beer. The appearance I wrote of was disturbing. The flavor was ok and actually for a Sam Adams it was disappointing. This is my taste and opinion and anyone who reads this should draw their own conclusion.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
2.87/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Lacing is nice, especially at the top of the glass. Beer is hazy yellow but very flat.

Smell: Sour malt, almost a bit skunked. Smells quite a bit like lime. Just ok.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sour lemon. That's about it. Almost tastes like a shandy. Lime in the finish. Mouthfeel is very grainy and sticky. Definitely not good.

Overall Drinkability: This is definitely a week entry by SA. Seems like they needed a reason to dispose of a spoiled batch and it ended up as the final beer in the seasonal mixer.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.96/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden color. Haziness in my kolsch? Meh, I'll deal. The head's about a finger high, and completely white in shade. It's bubbly and somewhat poorly retaining, but leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: There's a nice lemon note emanating from this, but at the same token, it's surprisingly bready. I'm not sure what to think of the latter, to be frank. I'd even suggest it misses the mark somewhat for the style.

T: A quick hit of lemon tartness turns into an earthy hop expression right before the finish. Cracker-esque malt sweetness creates a slightly sweet aftertaste that balances the (mild) hoppiness. Pretty simple, as expected.

M: The more I drink it, the more I realize it really is a crisp beer. Still, it's a bit too heavy for the style, with the healthy carbonation making it rather gassy-feeling. It also isn't dry enough on the back end. Still very much a drinkable offering, but this should have been utterly effortless.

O: Many of Sam Adams' best beers are lagers (see: Boston Lager, Noble Pils, Double Agent, Winter Lager), while a lot of their ales are lacking (see: Boston Ale, Summer Ale). To me, its quality is closer to the latter. However, it would still make a really good summer refresher. So why was it released in January...

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Photo of lwillitz
2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle into weizen glass

A - 4 fingers off-white head over a transparent body of gold; high amount of visible carbonation

S - grain, grape-like fruit

T - grainy and biscuity with a slight fruitiness, cloves, fairly tart all the way through with a slightly-piney bone-dry finish

M - thick, smooth medium body; high carbonation

O - refreshing, but not much for taste

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Photo of Libeertarian
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque but clean golden yellow with head as white and whispy as can be, into stange glass (which I purchased earlier today for the occasion). Smells about like a draft-in-the-can macro lager, but less strong. That would be malt more so than hops, and possibly a trace of adjunct (some Kölsches have a smidgeon of wheat, not sure about the Sam Adams variety). Very well-balanced. I prefer beers that more heavily favor either the hops or the malt or even the alcohol — up to a point. I'm not terribly enthusiastic about middlers. Taste is lager-like. More bitter as it lingers. Moderately clean finish. Pairs well with spaghetti, seasoned, sans sauce.

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Photo of RJLarse
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The last of the Sam Adams Spring Variety Pack. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a pale yellow/gold color, slightly hazy, with a foamy white head. Not a lot of head retention, and it breaks down to a thin fizzy ring in a matter of minutes.

Smell is an earthy dirt and dandelion aroma.

Taste is a sweet vegetable flavor like grass or hay with a dry mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is clean and like with a chalky character on the aftertaste.

Overall OK. I'm not much on this style, and I don't think I would ever buy it if not part of a sampler.

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Photo of thetushqueen
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Hazy gold with a thin head that doesn't stick around. Orangey, wheat smell. Pleasantly carbonated, great mouth feel. Nothing special past that, has a fruity and spice flavor that tapers off pretty quickly, leaving that cheap beer/expensive water taste at the back end. Probably could pass off as an offering from Blue Moon.

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Photo of Erex91
3.04/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale yellow coloration with a strong head that dissipates after the first couple of sips.

Smell: Wheat. Malt. Very slight spice, almost not worth mentioning.

Taste: Bread like. Lighter. Not too much flavor going on here.

Mouthfeel: Definitely sticks in the mouth and leaves an aftertaste that is not pleasant but not unpleasant.

Overall: I got this beer in a variety pack. The beer is just OK. Nothing special nothing terrible. I most likely would not purchase this beer again however I would not turn one down if offered to me.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P: A slightly cloudy, effervescent, pale golden body with a massive cap of creamy white froth. Great retention on the head. It stays put through the entire session.

S: Pilsner malt, mineral water, faint cinnamon, lime leaves, cantaloup, some skunkiness, hints of white grapes and honey.

T/M: Taste is similar to mineral water with hops added. Fuji apples, drying bitter fruit peel, pears, dry straw, cereal grain and metal. Scorched grains in the dry finish and a crisp body. Dry white wine similarity surrounded by grains.

O: Crisp and clean but seems very bland and lacking flavor. I'm a novice of this style but I can tell it might not be for me. Given that I am trying to base my review on the style critics rather than my personal taste preference. I could drink this again but not one I will seek out. All in all a good brew.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance has a golden yellow color supporting a thin head leaving nil lace. Smell is grainy, malty with a slight zip of hops. Taste is again grainy with light malt and light hop. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Not an overly impressive beer has a off bitter bite in the end.

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3.12/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smells and tastes like Sam Adams "Cold Snap". Very Fruity, albeit good overall beer. I was pleased by the 5.00% alcoholic content, as Sam Adams usually does ones with lower ABV. Its a good spring beer, and really refreshing. Perfect for after a baseball game or a round of golf. I would order it again given the chance.

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Photo of pweis909
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This beer is a disappointment. Boston Beer has done some German style so very well (looking at you, Noble Pils) that when they put out a new one, I pay attention. This beer comes across to me with an astringent aftertaste that detracts from my enjoyment of the malt. From their web page, its clear that the recipe is not a traditional Kolsch recipe, and their designation of the beer as Kolsch style is misleading. They used 2 row malt, apparently from the US, not a German pils malt, and they used, of all things, flaked barley? Why would a company that seems to revere German tradition used flaked barley in a beer and then advertise it as being in the style of a Kolsch? Makes no sense.

The beer comes across to me as an American Lager, something I might have tried in 1985 and decided I didn't really like beer. OK, it's better than some of those, but not by huge amount.

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Photo of theskjoung
3.14/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Hazy orange golden look.
It has a very subtle smell that it's hard to tell what it is but I think it smells fruity.
The body is dry and light.
The taste is very mild, malty, easy to drink and there isn't much bitterness.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
3.16/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Currently splitting a 12oz bottle into two pint glasses with a friend. It's not bad at all, aroma is fragrant and fruity. Taste is of hops and bready malt with a slightly spicy, peppery finish. Not a bad addition to the SA line, but I'm also not sure if it's all that different from a few of their other brews. It just didn't hold my attention.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Spring seasonal mixer - poured into a pint glass. 3/30

Pours light, bright, see through, low foam. Fruity, malty, nose. Mild bitter. Light, soft taste, Kolsch but with an edge. Only flavor is on the gritty side. Smooth taste, consistent, but unremarkable. Other seasonals have fared better.

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