Sparkling Ale | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by RochefortChris on 10-24-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 332 |  Reviews: 94
Reviews by DavidST:
Photo of DavidST
3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.13/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Samuel Adams Sparkling Ale has a thick, spongy, bone-colored head, a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, and heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, slightly lemony, yeasty, biscuit, and the flavor is of those elements, along with low-level, grassy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Samuel Adams Sparkling Ale finishes dry and clean.


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Photo of Shuvaxu
4.35/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this one up as part of the new Samuel Adams Holiday pack. Enjoyed at slightly below room temperature in a snifter.

When you pour this one, you can really see why it is a biere de Champagne--the bubbles almost overwhelm the glass, but quickly fade, leaving a light, white head around the rim of the glass above a pale, clear, golden body. The nose, while not strong, implies a sweet, light-bodied malt--and the mouth feel absolutely confirms this. Dry, smooth, and well-carbonated, this beer drinks easily.

The flavor is very good--it almost reminds me of a Belgian ale without the overwhelming banana-yeast flavor that is so common with them. The malt is sweet, and the hops make an appearance in the finish.

Another terrific offering from Boston Beer Company. This beer would make a great substitute for champagne to ring in the New Year.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.19/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Part of the yearly Samuel Adams Winter Pack - Bullock's Wine & More in Marietta, Georgia.

Best Before April 2016.

Appearance: Pours a gold-hued body, with active carbonation and an inch of near white foam on top. Good lacing.

Smell: There's a thin veneer of fruitiness (very subtle, like a hint of pear or white grapeskin) over the biscuity, bready malts and touch of fermented honey. A little spicy note from the hops.

Taste: Bready, biscuity, honeyed flavor with a medium degree of sweetness overall and little hint of grain as it warms. Subtly herbal, spicy German Noble hops with just enough bitterness to balance things out. Scantly fruity and just a bit tangy. Softly drying on the clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. A hair over medium carbonation.

Overall: While I'd secretly hoped for something indeed sparkling and champagne-like akin to a Malheur, I highly doubted that's what we'd get with this inclusion to the winter mixer. Still, it certainly excels in its simplicity and is itself a tasty lil' ale, one I'd cheerfully revisit in its own six-pack release.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with a lot of fast rising bubbles. Big two finger white head with good retention.

Smell: A crisp and bready malt forward aroma with a scent of biscuit and floral hops. Pale malt with bready hints of cracker, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Floral and spicy hints of noble hops. Also a little grass. A decent lager like aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a crisp and bready malt forward taste with notes of biscuit and floral hops. Pale malt with upfront bready notes of biscuit, grains, cracker, and yeast. Spicy, floral, and grassy notes of noble hops. A lot like a Pilsner. Decent taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Crisp and smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A decent brew. Not sure what makes it "sparkling" but there is a nice balance of crisp malt and noble hop flavor. Decent if you consider it a light lager or blonde ale.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Boston Beer Co. "Samuel Adams Sparkling Ale"
12 oz. brown glass bottle

I wasn't sure what to expect from a "sparkling ale" until I took a sip - clearly Cooper's ale yeast! I haven't had one of those in years and it came right back; it's an Australian sparkling ale. Brilliant! Who'd have ever thought. And I feel it's a really good version with a great balance. Very nice, a light and refreshing ale with a beautifully fruity yeast character. Absolutely worth trying.

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Photo of Gmann
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden straw color, almost yellow. The white head is short with tight carbonation bubbles, some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is slightly grainy, grassy and sugary sweet. Not too much there.

The taste follows the nose. The malt is grainy and sweet. A sugary sweetness. The hops are grassy. A bit of a metallic note in the finish.

The feel is light and fizzy. Sweet on the palate but is balanced with a grassy dry bitterness and slight lemon sourness. Drinks well.

A refreshing brew. The flavors are subtle so it's easy drinking.

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Photo of Brolo75
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a bright, golden pale color, looks really thin like watered down apple juice, nice color, creamy bright white head, lots of lacing, decent amount of carbonation, really on the thin side.

A: Smells like wet hay, some hints of banana, picking up some clove, but the dominant aroma is grass and wet hay, not getting any type of floral hop aroma, smells like there is Belgian yeast in it.

T: Grass, wet hay, some honey, mild bitterness, lemony aftertaste, very subtle flavors, very drinkable,easy on the palate.

M: Light bodied, good amount of carbonation, dry finish, very easy on the palate.

O: Very easy drinking perhaps the easiest drinking Sam Adams beer I've ever tasted, not much on the aroma and flavor, very subtle, I almost want to drink this beer to like it but it's just a dull boring beer. The best thing about this beer is the color.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.19/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sparkling Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams). Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head is two finger thick, with lateral lacing, and a clear medium golden body.

Smells like an array of floral,more delicate hops. Beer-quet?

I taste the lighter hop elements of the aroma, along with a yeast-like dryness as well. A malt backbone is present, balancing this concoction out nicely.

The mouthfeel is, you've guessed it, light,slightly effervescent, and finishes clean.

Overall, I'll choose to give Sparkling Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) a 4.25. This was part of the 2015 winter sampler, but I wouldn't mind grabbing a sixer of this on occasion to keep this "rare, arcane" style in relevancy here in the current craft age.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.01/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased as part of the Sam Adams 2015 Winter Pack.

This one pours a clear straw yellow, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like pungent grassy hops, biscuity malt, and a little bit of honey.

This is an unexpectedly nice little beer from Sam Adams, here. The grassy hop presence is really nice. There's a little bit of fruitiness, not a lot though, with some biscuity malt, and a little bit of honey flavor.

This is light bodied, very crisp, with an admittedly sparkling mouthfeel. The carbonation level is nice.

This was a surprisingly good beer, I'd get it again.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.19/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A wonderful pale golden ale to look at with a beautiful white billowy head. Not much in the smell department, but the flavor is very pleasant and crisp finish and some noble hops coming through reminiscent of the Noble Pils to some degree. Mouthfeel is incredible as its super slick and creamy going down. Like butter but amazing for a beer so light in alcohol. Nothing earth shattering but its a fine beer and I found it a pleasant surprise. Would buy or drink again for sure.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Eh. Pretty much flavorless. Picking up some american saison flavors. Some sweetness. Could see this being good with food because it won't interfere with the taste.

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

Small head that settles to only rim bubbles. No lace. The color is a green-hued straw. Crystal clear.

The smell is light and grainy. No notable hop nose.

Comes across like a macro brew, meaning that I get a lot of pale unmalted grain flavors. Lots of carbonation--almost like champagne. The body is decent for the style. The swallow does draw out some bittering hop along with some fruity elements. I note ever so slight a bit of sourness in the aftertaste.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the mixed winter 12 pack. Poured into a Sam Adams pint.

It is an almost crystal clear bright pale gold. Very big white soapy head that has great retention. In fact, every time you agitate it, it fizzes right back up. Very bubbly.

Smells and tastes like sweet, light grains with floral hops. Nice balance of sweetness to hop flavor, but it is a little more on the sweet bready side. Excellent toasted biscuit aftertaste.

Very crisp and dry and super light bodied.

This is pretty damn good blonde ale that drinks a lot like an over carbonated pilsner. A bit champagne like. A lot better than I expected though.

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Photo of c014572
4.04/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

taste is slightly sweet, noble hops are present and balanced really nicely with malt providing a very sessionable beer. Those looking for a hop-bomb high ABV beer look elsewhere. Very drinkable and well done blonde ale.

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Photo of teromous
2.88/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Burnished gold color with good clarity under a thick but quickly receding white head. Light lacing. Usually when I read "sparkling" it means a substantial head and massive carbonation. The carbonation in this is visibly sparse.

Aroma: Cereal aroma with an extremely light earthy noble hop aroma. It doesn't smell bad but it doesn't scream "fresh."

Taste: The flavor mimics the aroma. Very light flavor of cereal grains that are really only present in the aftertaste. The hop bitterness is actually a bit strong.

Mouthfeel: Light on carbonation and a wet feel where it would feel much better dry.

Overall: An average beer. After drinking this beer I noticed the neckerchief said "Our take on this golden, bubbly brew combines noble hops and pale malt to create a slightly floral aroma and a dry finish." This is exactly what I was thinking of when I went to drink this beer; what I had hoped it would deliver. I can't say that the aroma is floral, and the finish is not dry. The carbonation isn't such that I would call it "bubbly." It's obvious that the brewery intended for this beer to be much more than it is. I recommend passing on this.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from a 2015 winter classics variety box:

HEAD: ~4 inches wide. Average characteristics across the board, save for retention - which is a good ~9 minutes.

BODY: Clear pale copper. Clean, with no visible yeast or sediment.

AROMA: Barley (probably 2-row). Grassy hops (probably Noble). Pale malts. Simple barley dominates.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Easy drinking and very approachable, if only because it's simple and clean in its presentation of flavour. Plain 2 row barley dominates, with some pale malt thrown in to balance out the grassy floral Noble hops. Balanced and enjoyable, with a smooth wet light-bodied mouthfeel keeping it refreshing throughout. Well-carbonated. Overall presence on the palate is strong. The texture complements the taste well, even if it doesn't accentuate specific flavours.

I quite like it, but there's ample room for the introduction of some subtlety or intricacy.

OVERALL: An ale for the (pale) lager drinker, this Boston Beer Co. offering is a highly drinkable brew that will appeal to casual and discerning drinkers alike. Priced right, and widely available. There are myriad ways in which this could be improved, but there are no overt flaws. I'd be happy to see this in future variety boxes, but it won't impress those looking for complexity and nuance in their ales. Absolutely worth trying, in any case.

High C+ (3.25) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of lic217
3.79/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: clear, yellow, fluffy head
Smell: lager yeast aroma, floral breadth
Taste: sweet, bread floral
Feel: high carbonation
Overall: a good beer. Enjoyable

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous color with excellent carbonation, great head, and good head retention. Nose is light and hoppy floral, with a faint mustiness that is hard to describe. Tastes quite good with the hop influence reminding me of German ales such as Kolsch that I like, but this ale is different. Light malt to balance, and again I'm focusing on the floral hops. At first I think maybe a little honey (not too sweet) but then no, it isn't quite honey, it's more of a toasty bready taste. Easy drinking. Very good on mouthfeel and the carbonation provides a welcome tingle as it goes down. One of the better variety pack offerings in years.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pretty gold color with no head.
Sweet, floral aroma.
A little honey, a little bready, Floral hops.
A nice, light beer. Nothing outstanding, but not bad.

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Photo of dditto2
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Good for what it is. I could drink a few of these. Got it in the winter sampler. Golden, bubbley and lighter with a huge foamy head. Quite different than the strong flavor of most Sam Adams. Not bad. Balances out the sampler with a lighter not spiced choice.

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Photo of ledouge
2.49/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of BBQWhisperer
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lambpasty
4.14/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LXIXME
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Sparkling Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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