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

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Samuel Adams Escape RouteSamuel Adams Escape Route

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Spring

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Photo of wedge
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Solid gold with some haze and a large head that clings to the glass in fuzzy clumps. Smells of dough, grass, soft fruit, caramel, and clean SA lager yeast. Honey, fruit, cereal, and spice in the mouth. Some bready caramel malt again, which seems a little out of place and lessens the softness that the style requires. Still, easy drinking and nicely crisp. Plenty of that Sam Adams house character too, which can sometimes distract an otherwise decent beer.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Marketed as an "escape from winter", this rather unusual winter Kolsch (normally a summer brew) should give some interesting results. Time for a pour...

Appearance : hazy lemon yellow color and I can already smell the lemon zest. The head is three fingers and quite fluffy. Moderate Lacing is left behind.

Aroma : yeast, bread dough, lemon, orange, fresh green grape, snicker salad. This is most definitely spot on to the German-Belgian style beers.

Flavor : very bold in its hop presence but an equally strong yeast balances it out to leave a malty and lightly sharp overall feel. Within the body is fruit - grape, cocktail cherry, orange. Light banana peel. Ends with a sharp yeast and hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel : creamy, zippy, medium bodied.

Overall : This is a nice escape from the winter blues. I don't know how I'd rate it against a typical summer Kolsch but perhaps they pull their summer Kolsch and market this winter version 4 months out of the year. Perhaps there is a difference and I'm not savvy enough to discern it. It is a nice beer and I'd drink it again.

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Photo of TastyFoodAndDrink
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pouring a hazy golden hay color with a fluffy white head, Escape Route has a slightly earthy odor to the head. Below the initial hit, aromas of lemon, yeast, honey, flowers, and a hint of spice, maybe coriander. The nose has a pleasant simpleness to it, never really making any smell more pronounced than just hinting.

On the palate, the citrus jumps up to the front giving notes of lemon and orange, the coriander style note is a little more prevalent, and an almost hoppy kind of herb touches in. The yeasty notes grow, especially on the finish giving it a refreshing clean kind of lemony-yeast finish. Overall, the light body and refreshing flavors keep it a simple and pleasant brew to quaff, even if not complex.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pilsner glass. Very pale golden orange with soapy white head, two fizzy fingers worth. The head dissipates quickly, tiny bit of lacing, with a little cap. Steady carbonation through out the session. It takes a little while to peg the aroma: I've settled on lemon yeast. A small bit of spice. Taste is subtle, tart fruit with a slightly bitter finish. Everything about this brew is slight. Inoffensive, sessionable, but not something I'd buy on its own.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, golden/straw color with a thin lacing of white-colored head that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic with strong notes of citrus, such as lemon, orange and grapefruit, intermingled with notes of toasted malt, strong notes of yeast, bubblegum, coriander and sage.

Taste: Quite good! Strong flavors of toasted malt up front, imparting notes of cereal, or freshly toasted white bread, flowed by some citrus flavors, caramel-like sweetness, some spices such as coriander, black pepper and sage, as well as some floral notes of heather, clover and a touch of piney hops.

Mouthfeel: Creamy actually, with very little carbonation. With an ABV of 5.0%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very enjoyable session beer. Good flavors of malt and citrus and sweetness, with a very pleasant mouthfeel. I’d certainly get it again.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Gaffel stange.

Deep cloudy tangerine orange, to a murky yellow. Nice sized and slow rising carbonation, quite plentiful actually, arriving to a real big bright white and frothy head, with lots of soapy big laced bubbles as it settles and large retention.

Interesting aroma. Hints of lime and fruit with a nice character, but a sticky yeast quality and pasty sense slightly. Light hints of white grape a bit with not much bready character. Not too bad.

Palate is surprisingly odd. A decent mouthfeel but with a weird and somewhat empty taste. Hints of mushy grapefruit juice and perhaps a bit of lime. Not particularly hinting of classic malt style. A strange twinge of metals which works nicely in the grapefruit angle. This seem odd but comes with some surprising appeal, but is really missing some of that classic bakery density, but comes with a sort of flattened density.

A decent drinkable beer, but other than a good fruity aroma this really doesn't remind me of a Kolsch but of a very unique beer at least.

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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 nicholas2121
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Escape Route brewed by Boston Beer Company, with an ABV 5.0% This brew pours out a cloudy light amber color, with a nice white head. Escape Route is an unfiltered brew you can not see though it. The smell is rich with flavor, grains and, malts. You also pick up on a sweetness in this brew brew. The taste is nice, you pick up a hit of citrus, grains, and malts. The mouthfeel is nice and clean. There is nothing overpowering in this brew, it has a nice balance to it. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out of 5

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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 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 Lemke10
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

This pours a semi-cloudy golden yellow color with a foamy, off-white head. The aroma is bland with hints of citrus and wheats. In case you don’t look at the style before taking a sip, you’ll realize real fast that this is no ordinary tasting brew. There is a lot of unfiltered grain with hints of rye flavors to this Kolsch. Unique to say the least.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

"Escaping from winter's darkness, this hazy golden, unfiltered Kolsch style creates a fresh start. Our take on the classic hybrid style from Cologne Germany, combines the subtle fruit notes of an ale with the smooth crispness of a lager for a bright, refreshing brew to help escape those lingering cold days. Cheers!" Brewed in the style of a German Kolsch. Available in 12 oz. bottles within the spring thaw variety pack and on limited draft.

Poured into a Samuel Adams Sensory pint glass. Served above 53 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pours a frothy foam head of a cream white tone over a hazy pale amber body with spritely plentiful carbonation. Retention is excellent and lacing is moderate and streaked. The aroma predicts a simple but pleasant Kolsch, with a light cracker malt profile, a light grassy hop aroma with a subtle bitterness and a light white grape profile underneath. The flavor is similar with a soft, lightly sweet cracker malt with a touch of biscuit, a lightly bitter grass hop and a slightly earthy, peppery and clean finish. The texture is soft, mildly creamy and faintly tart and with a mild carbonation for a slick, soft creamy mouthfeel. The body is light/medium for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is evenly sweet to bitter hop and tart fruit. Alcohol presence is very low and off characters are minimal. A simple but drinkable Kolsch, a little light on flavor but sessionable enough to justify a couple in a row.

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Escape Route

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sester stange. Pours a light to medium coppery amber with a big two finger white head with good retetention and lots of lacing. Aroma of sweet and biscuit malt, hint of lemon, good Kolsch aroma. Flavor is sweet bready malt with light biscuit notes, light grassy hops and slight lemon in the finish. Medium bodied. The aroma got me excited, but the main initial flavors here are closer to a typical American lager, although there is biscuit and German style hops in the finish. A pleasant enough light lager, but not quite a traditional Kolsch.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a glass, it has gold color body witj a small head to it. The smell has a light fruit, bread aroma to it. The taste has a light malt flavor and some grassy/hay notes to it also. I also get a little hop on the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and overall a good beer.

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Photo of HuskerTornado
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into sensory glass. Pours a clear old gold colro with a medium sized white head that dissipates fairly quickly with slight lacing.

Smell is of light fruits and white bread, a bit of floral hops.

Tastes as it smells with a bit of sweet honey and citrus added. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, a slight amount of lingering bitterness in the back end.

Overall, an easy drinker best suited for the warmer weather.

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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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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 mactrail
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a rich yellow color in the Timmermans tall goblet. Mouthfeel is kind of oily and suprising for a Kölsch style. I wouldn't call it crisp. While there is a touch of

Rather rich with a tart edge. There is a touch of lemon, but it's more like pudding flavor. I think of shortbread. Rather sweet and the sugary taste doesn't let up from start to finish. Lots of malt with very clean flavors. Faint hops that lack the perfumey peculiarity of the German style. Just a touch of bitterness. This is all very well made, it's just hard to place what this is in the world of beers.

Overall this is quite a drinkable light ale, but not my idea of a Kölsch. Less refreshing than a chewy and malty brew. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Special Brews in Lynwood, Washington.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.24/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tumbler.

No need for an escape route from this graduation party, but I'll take the namesake beer. It pours a clear brass-straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light white bread, mild white wine grapes, hard water, and a touch of dark greens. The taste brings in more of the same, the bread and hard water taking firm command of the situation. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick-ish feel. Overall, a decent enough kolsch, but it's not something I plan on having again in the near future.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.24/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet (best by July)

A: Straw-colored with basically no lacing and a good head on a healthy pour. Hazy and not see through.

S: Yeasty and bready. Farmhouse.

T: Reminds of the Ramble I just had, figured I would have them together to compare a bit. A lot more earthy and flavorful than the Ramble. A healthy pour seems to waken up the flavors a lot more, gives it some zest that is quite lemony.

M: Prickly with rough spikes.

O: Decent enough, but I find myself wanting more flavor. Maybe it is just too plain for me.

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Photo of Beejay
3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A golden apricot color, clear with a fairly substantial soft off white head.

S: Light malt scents as well as a dry white wine smell, or perhaps even a little bit of champagne. Light and clean with a mild fruitiness. No hop character coming through the aroma though.

T: Bread and honey, perhaps with some dried fruit coming in the middle. There is a touch of herbal hops rounding out the finish, with a lager like ending.

M: Medium light in body, crisp with just a little bite from the hops and carbonation.

O: Very enjoyable, a good easy drinking summer beer that packs a little more flavor than your standard fare.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not sure when I picked up a single of this. Sticker says best by June. Into a perfect pint glass.
A - That is a very pretty Kölsch. Bright orange yellow tint beer flowing with carbonation making way for a solid half inch of head that doesn't quit. Decent lacing.
S - Bready malts meets herbal hop bitterness. Grainy smelling mostly. Smells authentic.
T - Not as grainy in the taste and kind of boring. Just fruity with corny husk grain and a bit of dry yeast in the finish.
M - Its decent enough to drink light to medium in body. Goes great with nacho's

Overall it's a decent Kölsch but it doesn't come close to Long Trails Ramble Kölsch. Why can't I find a case?

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Photo of fx20736
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 6 pack from Beers of the World, May 9, 2014. Poured into a pint, served at fridge temp.

appearance: hazy apricot ambher with a thin offwhite head. scare lacing.

smell: orchard fruity atop whitebread

taste: slightly delicate, faintly floral, a touch fruity.

mouthfeel: good.

overall: a nice little beer, just wondering if a Kolsch should be slightly crisper?

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best before May 2014. One of my friends gave this to me a couple weeks ago so I didn't get a chance to drink it until now. Served in a stange glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with an inch off-white head that sticks around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like bready/grainy malt, fruit (mostly apple), and some light herbalness. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some grassiness, pear and lemon peel noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's refreshing, smooth and easy to drink. Not a bad brew at all, next time I'd like to try a fresher bottle. Definitely worth trying.

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