Sparkling Ale
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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American Blonde Ale
3.46 | pDev: 13.87%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Sparkling AleSparkling Ale
Notes: Our Sparkling Ale is the brewers’ take on a rare historic Scottish style. Golden in color and effervescent it combines subtle notes of Noble hops with pale and acidulated malts to create a slightly floral character and a dry finish.
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Reviews: 95 | Ratings: 333
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A lightly cloudy golden color. Jazzy appearance with boisterous bubbles and foamy clumpness coverage.

A very bready malted aroma with honey sweetness. Freshly baked bread and a very old-world style hop aromatics of old spice, herbs and grainy earth tones.

The bready malt charecter in the flavor is actually pretty impressive, white bread, herbs and honey sweetness. The old-school style hops provide a strong base of earthy herbs and spicy hop effect.

I would expect a much more light and lively feel from a "Sparkling" ale. Light to medium bodied, medium and slick after the malty texture settles in. The finish is still malty but slightly dry. Just a bit too chewy for this style.

The malt and hop complexity is pretty high, but the feel and longer than normal malty slickness keeps it down. Overall, worth a shot if you like Golden Ale's.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This American blond ale pours a medium golden color with a medium, white foamy head and a fairly large amount of carbonation. This is certainly sparkling and if not for the head it would look quite similar to champagne. The smell is mildly of florals, citrus, and yeast. The taste, like the scent, is of yeast with a little bit of citrus and floral tones. The finish is actually quite bitter and piney. Strangely enough the finish is both dry and also quite creamy. The body is on the light end of medium with some malts that stand up well to hops and yeast. Although this beer is well rounded, it just doesn’t seem to come together properly in my opinion, though that may have to do with my unfamiliarity with this uncommon beer style. Further, it seems a very strange choice for the winter variety pack, which is usually quite good and stocked with more robust beer styles. I think it would be more fitting in the spring variety pack, but honestly I wouldn’t be particularly excited to try it again.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
2.46/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I had this in a mixer pack, and it was a nice change of pace from the other beers in the pack. Carbonation like you'd expect from a champagne, it feels different than most beers, not necessarily better. Tastes like a Belgian mixed with a blonde ale, with a decent malt flavor in there somewhere that is just completely overtaken by the yeast and the noble hop additions. I'm certainly not writing Boston Beer to tell them to brew this again...

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden color with hardly any head, no lacing on the glass.

Smell is pretty much sweet malt, not picking up much hops, a bit grainy, reminds me more of a typical adjunct lager.

Taste is fairly simple, sweet malt with only the slightest of hops to balance, nice strong carbonation keeps things refreshing at least with a dry finish.

Not really interesting enough to come back to so I hope this gets booted from the mix pack in the future.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Samuel Adam's Sparkling Ale. This one peaked my interest, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks ok, it's got a clean look to it, but it isn't too eye catching. It poured a golden orange color that took on more of a golden color when held to the light with almost three fingers worth of creamy and fluffy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till and it left a good amount of spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with some yeast imparting a weird green apple aroma with a little bit of a doughy aroma in the background. Up next comes a slightly soapy flavor followed bu a good amount of a stone fruit aroma with some pear aromas coming through and it's followed by a the malts which impart some sweet malt, grainy and bready aromas. The aroma is nice, but the yeast seems a little of to me. The aroma is nice, but the yeast throws me off a little.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but this time it's a little more fruitier and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with that weird yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma and it's got this weird funky cardboard flavor that I'm not a big fan of. Up next comes the stone fruits which shows up a little more than they did in the aroma and there's some pear and fruit juice like aromas showing up in the background. On the finish there's pretty much not bitterness with some more sweetness coming to take it's place and more of that weird yeast showing up in the aftertaste. This is just a decent tasting beer, I don't think the yeast works that well with it.

M- Fairly smooth, pretty crisp, medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this beer was OK and it was pretty average for the style, it was going the right direction, but I thought that yeast threw it off and it held it back from being as good as it could be. This beer didn't have good drinkability, one is more than enough for me. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, it's a good looking beer. What I like the least about this beer is the taste and drinkability, they weren't that great and they need some work. I wouldn't buy this beer on it's own and I wouldn't recommend it. All in all I was a little let down with this one, I thought it might be like a Tripel, but in the end the yeast took it in a totally different direction and it didn't work out so great. It's not a favorite Sam Adams beer and it's average at best for the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use some work.

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Photo of stlfatguy
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad looking Golden- leaning towards light amber pour from bottle of white, Bubbly, carbonated head didn't last, but left a good amount of lacing. Smell reminds me of any old mid range lager or ale... what I can only describe as a ' summertime beer smell '. Not bad, not great, light grainy malt, light alcohol, that's it. A faint bitter bite, and some drying. If I strain my taste buds, I get a little fruit, maybe raisins, some floral. it's ok. I'd take it as a session beer, but there are readily had, cheaper options that Compare in taste.

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Photo of jmasher85
2.47/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

The worst part so far of the Sam Adams Winter Sampler, the Sparkling bottle of wet cardboard piss was only brewed once, and all drinkers are better for it. I thought the first bottle was skunked but the second had the same sweaty, oxidized flavor to it, with maybe 3 or 4 noble hop flowers. It's a lovely looking pour, if you like the look of foamy urine, but so help you god, don't let it warm within 10 degrees of room temperature or finishing those last sips will be a chore! Seriously, do better, BBC.

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Photo of donspublic
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Tulip, aggressive pour yielded 1 finger cream colored head. Nice pale yellow hazy color. Touch the glass and a stream of bubbles comes up, nice carbonation. Smells of bready malt, with a hint of floral to the nose. Clean smooth taste, hint of floral from the hops and a crisp finish. Not a bad beer, wouldn't seek this out but if someone gave it to me (this was a gift) I would drink it and be happy.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

probably the boring humdrum beer i have had from Sam Adams. It is like sparkling water of beers as far as i am concerned. not much and kinda disappointing for sam adams

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Photo of lwillitz
3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12-oz bottle into Stella Artois chalice

A - 2 fingers white foam over a transparent body of gold, visible carbonation moderate

S - grainy and husky, light fruitiness, floral, touch of citrus, grass

T - grain and husk, touch of honey, floral and grass from the hops

M - crisp medium body (heavier than it looks), highly carbonated

O - This one bores me. Only brew from the winter variety pack that I would never buy by itself.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle ( notched APR) from the winter variety case (Costco) into a mug. Original idea was a New Years beer.

A- Clean, golden-yellow body with medium-heavy carbonation. 2-fingers of off-white head. Head drops to 1/4 finger with decent stick.

S- Quite delicate. Husky malts and light, floral hops. Maybe a little honey quality. Somewhat tea-like.

T- much as the aroma suggests. There's a honey-like sweetness with cereal and husky malts. The hopping is earthy, mostly floral and a little herbal.

M- Medium body is more substantial than the appearance lets on. Carbonation is on the heavy side. There's a bit of a bite and a dry finish.

O- Ehhh. Not what I expected, but not bad. The flavor isn't big enough to "wow," but isn't refreshing enough to put back a bunch in a session either. Something I'd hand to a friend trying on the "craft brew" thing, but not something I'm going to seek out.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Sparkling Ale is quite nice. Its very easy drinking and would be good for any session. The beer poured a clear golden with white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent is pretty much non-existent. The taste is dry with bready base and slightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this ok....glad to have tried it.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: January 17, 2016... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... OCCASION: having tomorrow off for MLK day, taking in the Democratic debates... APPEARANCE: a tremendous flourish from the second it hits the glass, with effervescence that inspires a fixed gaze; the body is light amber, favoring a soft orange hue; the head is most impressive, a staunch, single-finger pillow of white that remains long after its pouring... AROMA: the bouquet of fresh flowers and soft citric hops--Cascade and Tettnanger, most likely--win the nose over with brightness and clarity...secondary scents of honey, lemon grass, and damp malts encourage a sip... PALATE: early draw is textured and crisp; overall, medium-bodied, with a dry finish; a bit of baggage in the aftertaste suggests pungent characteristics... TASTE: more earthy and pungent than expected..the malts seem to overpower the hops, with pepper, allspice and saltiness leaving a residual... the floral notes are noticeable but not as light as the aroma leads on--definitely tart... OVERALL: a flavorful, crisp ale that has its wrinkles--most notably in its malt and spice... with its pungent, earthy finish, a drinkable, likable beer that will work well with spicier fare...not bad as a standalone...

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading over time to leave a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of a crisp cracker aroma mixed with a little bit of fruitiness of peach, apple and pear. Along with these aromas comes some light tart smells of green apple and a little bit of yeast and grass.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather crisp cracker and slightly fruity taste. The cracker taste is the main of the flavor profile with it remaining rather strong throughout while the sweetness fades a bit. Along with these flavors some tastes of hop being a more floral and slightly grassy nature come to the tongue. With some other sweet tastes of a honey hitting at the very end, one is left with a rather crisp and clean champagne taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is quite thin and crisp with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the more champagne like flavors of the brew the feel is fantastic and makes of a very nice drinking brew overall.

Overall – I rather liked this. It was very easy drinking and refreshing. It reminded me a bit of the millennium, but at a price that was far more reasonable. A rather nice brew overall.

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Photo of KLHBB
2.34/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Champagne substitute, but not very interesting. From the sampler pack, I'll pour the other one into a champagne flute, see if it makes a difference. Appearance is a light clear amber, smell of yeast, taste of sweet crackers, light feel. I might like it better in the summer.

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Photo of Marraybay
2.09/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Look: Pale yellow: Translucent, largish head that was slow to dissipate.

Smell: A fleeting "Skunk" was the only discernable note.

Taste: tart, bitter.

Feel: thin, bubbly.

Overall: Yuck - Not a fan on any level: Had about 3 ozs before throwing in the towel.
For me at least, I'd rate the SA 2015 Holiday pack a fail: Felt the Fezziwig and the
Chocolate Bock were decent, but did not enjoy the Sparkling Ale or the Holiday Porter,
which I know some did like. (The inclusion of Boston Lager was in my estimation,
a strange and puzzling copout addition, so I won't comment on it wrt the Holiday Pack.)

My advice for SA would be to break the Fezziwig out of the pack as a six, although as
presumably the lynchpin of the set, many would likely pass on the "Pack"overall if
the Fezzi weren't included.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one smells classically "beery", whatever that means. I pick up cereal grain and white bread, and the noble hop character is sufficient enough. I also get a few ale esters (cherry and apricot, mainly), helping to add depth to a fairly basic nose. It also has that "beery" taste, for better or worse. In this case, mostly better. I pick up cereal grains first, ale esters and maltier characteristics next, and noble hops last. It's a simple beer - however, that simplicity actually works here. The feel is effervescent and bubbly...even, dare I say, sparkling. Hardly a world-beater, but a nice "standard" beer that comes together a little better than its individual parts would suggest.

3.36/5: I see how it ties together to the winter pack, but this would make a fine every day beer

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
1.88/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours like Champagne with a blonde shimmering body and a fluffy white head, 3 fingers tall. Very much a strength in aesthetics.

Except it doesn't smell like much except for herbs, straw, and barley.

And the flavor leaves a lot to be desired, tasting more like a light beer or seltzer adjunct than anything. A light yeastiness comes after the swallow, but by and large it is simply washed out seltzer water.

Feel is super carbonated, with a semi dry finish.

This is the closest beer has ever come to seltzer water for me. It was a huge fail. Goodbye, Sparkling Ale. Finishing my Pinner now.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bb april 16
12oz bottle poured into pint glass
L- golden in color nice and clear thin little white bubbly head , turns into lacing pretty quickly
S- some sweet maltiness
T- has a nice mixture of sweet maltiness and hop bitterness with a nice hoppy finish
F- somewhat medium bodied with a crisp refreshing feel
O- looks and smell like a mass produced AAL is a little better tasting, a sessionable brew

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Photo of theskjoung
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color, light body with very dry finish and it has the taste of yeast. It smells flowery but very subtle to the point i'm not sure if its really flowery.

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Photo of Spikester
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear gold with two fingers of white head that lasts about ten minutes and leaves plentiful lace on the glass.
Smell is mild malt and a hint of herbal hops.
Taste is bready malt with just a kiss of noble hops for balance.
Mouthfeel is very light high carbonation and finishes dry but balanced.
Overall a well crafted champagne substitute. Not my favorite type of beer but I can drink it without complaint.
Well done Boston Beer Company.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.37/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear golden to orange color, fluffy white head, good lacing

S: Hops, lightly toasted malts, cracker, bread

T: Hop bitterness right up front transitions to sweet malts much like the crackers and bread

M: Light to medium, dry, well carbonated

O: A decent beer. I see what they're going for with the name sparkling and creating a champagne like beer for New Years to be added to the holiday sampler, I however would prefer something a little more adventurous.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date April 2015.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, golden color with less than one-finger white head that quickly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of bubbles remained, there is some lacing on the glass, slightly higher than average carbonation.

SMELL: very faint to the nose, mild honey sweetness bread and flowery.

TASTE: initially sweet honey and bread then a mild hop bite, dry finish.

PALATE: light bodied and finishes clean.

OVERALL: this is a good beer to have when your palate is burned out from too many IPA's, it has a relatively low 4.8 ABV so you can enjoy more than one, it reminds me of a pilsener with the sweet malt and mild hop bite and also of champagne with the carbonation and dry finish, I would have this again.

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Photo of spiker97
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very smooth, went well and had a good taste with baked Salmon over rice, would buy again if it becomes available. Would recommend to friends on the lookout for a blonde ale.

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Photo of jwc215
3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of Winter variety pack:

Freshness by May 2016 notched on label:

Pours bright golden with a thin white head that leaves some trailing lace.

The smell is very mild - some pale malt, some yeast, a subtle floral touch.

The taste is of dry yeast, light honey-like malt, subtle floral touch. Very dry finish.

Light bodied with zesty, tingly carbonation.

Drinkable, but rather bland (even for a blonde ale). Yeast stands out with a touch of malt and hops. A subtle brew. Very dry. Even considering, though, that it was brewed to be light and dry, I didn't find it too impressive.

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Sparkling Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 333 ratings