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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 laketang
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

pours dense orange, hazy white head that settles

great malty scent common to a kolcsh

touch of bitterness, lite malt sweetness

crisp and light

a great summer beer here

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Photo of Zaktcc
3.96/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a cloudy, pale golden color with a bright white, 2 1/2 finger head. Great head retention with some lacing present.

S - Not all that much to the nose. Notes of malt are the most noticeable if anything, aside from that maybe some fruit - more particularly grape notes. Not much there but not bad either.

T - A fairly unique flavor from what I've had before - relatively new to this style of beer. Not too complex yet rather enjoyable. Notes of fruit are present, banana and grape most notable, and that's about it aside from a pleasant blend of malts & hops - with a bread like malt flavor being the most dominant flavor.

M - Light to medium bodied beer, fairly highly carbonated but not overwhelming. Crisp beer with a mildly sweet aftertaste. Enjoyable!

O - Wasn't sure what I expected coming into this beer but overall was a very enjoyable drink. Nothing too complex but a straightforward, quality tasting beer.

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Photo of hophead723
3.34/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Two of these intriguing little guys were in a mixer twelve pack that I got for only like 15 bucks. I poured it into an American Pilsner glass.

Look: Veiled golden color with a with head that quickly settles to a messy ring. A steady and lethargic stream of bubbles rise from the bottom, fueling the head in a clandestine operation within the murk of this beer's enigmatic body.

Smell: Fruit esters from the yeast and some mild grain aromas. A delicate touch of honey sweetness accompanies the yeast but it ends there. The aroma is delicate and simple, not like a German example of this style.

Taste: Yeasty, bready, herbal, and somewhat vague. The finish is not as crisp as advertised, but does have a relatively pleasant linger of warm barley. There is a hint of sunshine, but it is quickly made moot by the lack of complexity thereafter.

Feel: Pretty smooth, but it gets a bit coarse and leafy somewhere in the middle. It lacks the multi-dimensional complexity of well-made actually German beers.

Overall: I hate to sound like a broken record, but it lacks the multi-dimensional complexity of well-made actually German beers of this style. A Kolsch should be genius, not just a good effort at attempting one.

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Photo of jadpsu
4.04/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light pale gold in color with a white head that renders some significant lace residue.

Semll: Light, grassy with herbal and spicy hops, hints of lemon.

Taste: clean crisp and malts evident, drying after taste.

Overall: The usual solid brew from San Adams.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, deep gold with swirling particulates (probably due to being 3 months past best by.... date) producing a full 2 fingers of shortlived, foamy, beige head that leaves a thin wash & weak ring of lace. Aroma is fruity with grain, pale malts, lemon, grass & yeast. Taste is grain, cracker & biscuit hints; lemony citrus & grassy hop notes with a peppery, bittersweet finish that gravitates to a dry lightly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, very creamy with an oily finish, prickly in the latter half of the sip with a dry aftertaste.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed golden amber color with a two finger head of thick white foam. Over time the head starts to fade, leaving just a moderate sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is strongest of a crisp cracker smell mixed with some bready and fruit aromas of a more apple and pear nature. Along with these smells comes some lighter notes of a yeasty smell and a little bit of a grassy hop.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice blend of cracker, bread, and some fruit. The fruit is strongest of an apple and pear smell but contains some lighter notes of citrus as well. Right from the start there is a yeasty and grassy taste, with these flavors getting stronger as the taste moves on further. All the while, the apple and pear fruit fade ever so slightly, but are replaced by a mix of sweet citrus and some grapefruit hop flavors. With some hay and grain flavors coming more toward the end, one is left with a rather crisp and refreshing yeasty kolsch flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the style the feel is rather nice and suits the easy drinking feel and crisp refreshing nature of the brew.

Overall – A rather enjoyable and refreshing spring/summer style brew with a crisp and flavorful taste.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.38/5  rDev -31.8%
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 Gear54
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle into a pint glass

Clear and light yellow with thin white foam and whispy lace left behind. Plenty of carbonation for the style.

Beer is light and airy with a crisp finish. Nice summer beer with refreshing lime and honey sweetness. Hops and malts balance well.

Solid relieve from Boston Beer

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Photo of Billolick
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle...with best before dating notched onto the side of the label.

Pours near clear, under an eggshell cap.

Malty nose.

More moderate malt on the plate with lime and drying, crisp and clear hops. Meh nothing special going on here. But could this one working in a pinch as a nice warm day sessioner...

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out to a permanent white head and hazy orange gold color. Aroma is clean, grainy and vinous with a subtle noble hop character. Flavor is delicate and balanced between clean pilsner malts and floral hop notes. Overall a delicious and easy summer brew.

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Photo of Mickeyp2814
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great beer for a hot day. Has the smell of grass or grain with a touch of sweetness. Honey? Taste is the same but a bit more hoppy. Really crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of Mit
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy golden colour with a limited head.

Subtle yeast smells...crisp notes...almost appley....

Bready notes...crisp flavours...bery slight hoppy note at back of the throat.

Mouthfeel is good in keeping with abv...

Overall this is very good...i would buy this again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up the Sam Adams spring sampler pack recently, mainly because it had 2 new beers in it I had never drank before, one of which is this beer. Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into one of my stange glasses, this beer pours a fairly cloudy/hazy light to medium golden color with lots of little bubbles rising to the beer's surface. The white head is probably about 1/3 of an inch thick when first poured before settling pretty quickly to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass with some decent cluster swirls of surface film layer foam. barely any lacing. Aromas of grainy, bready, slightly biscuity malt along with some floral aspects too. Not much else smell wise. Has a slightly sweet, bready, grainy, biscuity caramel malt sweetness upfront that gives way to some fruity citrus notes, notes of honey and wheat, and a very slight touch of hop bitterness. The flavors are very well balanced, and do all come out more as the beer sits and warms up a bit. Not bad. Has a crisp, yet smooth, slightly prickly, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Finishes clean. An interesting take on this style and certainly different from the other kolsch beer that these guys have done.


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Photo of Keblar
2.24/5  rDev -35.8%
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 Libeertarian
3/5  rDev -14%
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 PA-hunter
3.96/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 5.0% abv.

Appearance- Pours an extremely cloudy dull apricot color with a two finger head quick to dissipate.

Smell- Quite grainy in aroma with a bread like sweetness that shines through. Very crisp and floral as well.

Taste- Very grainy, barely and corn. Also tastes of lightly toasted biscuits with a touch of honey. Sweet from all ends but not too sweet. The graininess masks some of the hop bitterness with comes through towards the end although minimal to begin with.

Mouthfeel- Light-medium. Very crisp and refreshing. Drinkable any time.

Overall- Very agreeable beer and easy drinking for anyone. This is a very pleasing style, and Sam Adams tackled the kolsch well. A beer for all seasons to be had here.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
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 jkermitj
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife and I once spend a week trying to sample every Kolsch in Cologne, visiting more than a dozen neighborhood brew houses. Best beer adventure of my life (we were there for an academic conference, hope the dean isn't reading this). Anyhow, going in, having read the description of this distinctive local brew, I was less than enthused. At the end of the week, I was a convert. I have been buying domestic Kolsches ever since. This is my favorite so far.

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Photo of Damian
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 fl.oz. bottle
For brewery-fresh taste, enjoy before month notched JUN
Served in a stange
Thanks to my dad for hooking me up with a few different beers from the Sam Adams Winter Favorites Craft Beer Variety Pack.

Slightly hazy, golden amber appearance. After a vigorous pour, the beer was capped by a one-finger tall, creamy and frothy, eggshell colored head that quickly dropped to a thin, bubbly collar. Fairly poor retention. A few spotty droplets of lacing trickled along the glass.

The aroma was akin to an average Euro pale lager. Bready, German-style malts were noticeable. Somewhat grainy. Moderately skunky. With time, the skunky notes subsided and the nose turned much cleaner and crisper. A touch floral and almost a bit soapy. The skunkiness however reappeared later in the session and was quite distracting.

The flavor profile was initially very similar to the nose. Biscuity, pilsner malts came through on the front end. Somewhat musty and skunky. Slightly buttery in the center. The beer finished with even more skunkiness and a crisp, dry, earthy hop presence that lingered long after the swallow. Overall, a bit disappointing. As the beer sat, things changed considerably. Tart, lemony notes came forth. Grassy hops appeared on the back end and in the finish. The skunkiness was still noticeable but it dissipated significantly.

The mouthfeel was definitely the most impressive aspect of this beer. It was rich and frothy and contained a fine, sprightly effervescence. Creamy, smooth and pillowy soft on the palate. Ultra fluffy.

With record breaking snowfall this year and mornings that routinely start below 0, I welcome any beer that reminds me of warmer weather. That said, Cold Snap may not be the most exciting Kölsch on the market, but it is nevertheless a tasty and refreshing change of pace from heavier winter offerings.

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Photo of Gmann
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a fluffy white head that has some big bubbles. A bit of lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a very German scent. A dry grainy malt mixes with grassy hops. A bit of sulfur notes from the hops. Some lime as well. Kind of a Euro lager aroma actually.

The flavor is fairly neutral. A bready/doughy flavor from the malt. Some honey sweetness. The hops are grassy and have a hint of lime. Perhaps a touch of pepper. Light sulfur notes.

The beer has a light body with prickly carbonation. Great balance, drinks crisp and clean.

The beer is what it intended to be, an easy drinking crisp brew. Its not terribly exciting and there is a bit too much Euro lager to this one but its a fine beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Adams "Escape Route"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, Coded "P3304011462 ... ?
$1.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Not having known what this was when I sampled it, I'd never have imagined Kölsch. It's just too yeasty, even for an unfiltered version. I thought it was some kind of white ale based on the strong chalky yeastiness and underlying fruit, as well as the cloudy golden-brass and orange body.

Looking at it as a Kölsch though, I guess it does have a pleasant fruitiness. I don't find the malt character to fit my impression of the style, but it's Samuel Adams "take" on the style so they can do whatever they want; I'll just pass it by.

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Photo of JohnnyI
3.91/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am relatively new to the Kolsch style, but so far I have only been impressed by one (Coast 32/50). Sam always seems to put a decent interpretation forward, so here we go...

Pours in to a fluted glass with a slightly hazy, chilled golden color. Less clarity than I anticipated. The short-lived head of white foam recedes to a small ribbon of lithe lacing. The aroma is relatively simple, consisting of a honey-like fragrance, floral hop notes and little lemon citrus. Altogether, it reminds me a little of summer time and makes me yearn for warmer weather. The first sip brings a bright, vibrant flavor of cracker-like malts, with a nice balance of citrus hop bitterness. A little milled grain lingers in the finish. Medium bodied, with a little more heartiness than I expected. Still, it's exceptionally crisp and clean. Spritzy carbonation adds a little zest. This is a fantastic palate cleanser that stands in nicely any time you're tired of the mega-brews that we beer advocates tend to gravitate to. It may have just earned a place in my fridge when I'm looking for a good Kolsch.

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Photo of Ian_B
2.52/5  rDev -27.8%
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 bgillespie
3.34/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light golden yellow, slightly hazy. Moderate head that dissipates to a lacing.

Smell: Floral notes, bready, yeasty.

Taste: A hint of sweetness at first, then taken over by bready/cracker flavor, yeast. Finishes with a hint of fruit.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, but smooth going down.

Overall: Not bad for my first Kolsch beer, I enjoyed it and would have it again

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.16/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A great beer from Sam Adams, how they keep doing it I just don't know. This offering pours out a great thick head with very good lacing, although I really am not a huge fan of cloudy beers. The odor was interesting if not enjoyable mix of fruit and yeast. This was by far the most outstanding mouthfeel I have had to date - incredible smoothness, very crisp and very light. The mix of half-ale half-lager works extremely well - much more so than what I expected. In short, the brew delivers on its promise as I downed a couple on a cold winter's night looking forward to warmer, summer days.

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