Samuel Adams Golden Hour | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: German Helles

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by Samlover55 on 01-15-2017

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Ratings: 122 |  Reviews: 45
Reviews by DavidST:
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3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of Squire
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful rich golden color with thick white cap and lasting lacing.

Aroma of mild, floral, spicy hops and a solid amount of rich malt.

Taste is malt forward with hops in the background like the spices in a complex dish. The beer doesn't appear to be especially complex, I only get malt richness and hop spiciness, and it doesn't have quite the sophistication of the German original, yet it brings more than drinkability to the table. Finishes clean with spicy maltiness lingering in the aftertaste.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

So it's not a bellwether. At 5% ABV and 20 IBU it's not going to be striking in those directions but that's not what I'm looking for in a Helles. Rather I'm looking for what I got which is a malty lager with more oomph than sass. Food beer, company beer, anytime you want a beer kinda beer. Light enough for a cream sauced casserole and heavy enough to stand up to barbecue. I can find lots of used for this one.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tiernan
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Golfontap
4.29/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of valkyre65
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dacrza1
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

DATE: July 23, 2017... OCCASION: Game of Thrones week two! GLASSWARE: Ommegang Hennepin pokal... pours a dense, engaged lemon yellow body, with a central swirl of bubbles creating a thick, half-finger creamy off-white head... a looker, to be sure... strong lemon, grapefruit and parsley, herbs, and crisp cracker backs an otherwise hop-forward approach... the body is active, vibrant and strong in each sip.... the finish is tangible, effervescent and slightly tart... the taste profile exudes lemon, hay, floral essence, soft spices, and a light, crisp malt freshness... as part of a summer mix pack, this one can be appreciated as a relatively straight-up interpretation of the style... refreshing at 5% and easy to drink...

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Photo of tdm168
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boston Beer Co. "Samuel Adams Golden Hour"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle with the label notched best by December; sampled on 21 July 2017

Look: Just slightly hazy golden body beneath a finger-thick head of frothy white. Very good head retention and lacing.

Smell: Fresh golden malt with a hint of flowers and lemon that I can only assume if from hops.

Taste: As the aroma indicates it's got a sweetish, mildly grainy, straightforward golden malt to it that's livened by some floral, spicy, and lightly lemony hop notes. A moderate bitterness balances it and it finishes semi-dry as the sweet malt fades. Some floral, leafy, and lightly spicy hops linger.

Feel: Medium-light in body with a moderate carbonation that leaves it soft and smooth across the palate.

Overall: While it's not a Munich helles lager, I think using the German word helles implies something, and it follows up on that. The malt has a richness of character that's rarely found, and although it's not right on for a Munich-style helles (there's no distinctly richly grainy Munich malt flavor) it's in the ball park. The floral and lightly spicy hops are also reminiscent of Hallertauer and Saaz hops which bring a German character to it, but the lemony note is unusual. Where I think it goes off-track, regardless of what it might be labeled as, and looking at it only focusing on what's in the glass, is the bitterness. It's just a touch shy of what I'd consider balanced, and I think that hurts it. It's easier to drink perhaps for some, yes, but I doubt it'll earn kudos from any beer aficionados. Another thing I don't understand is the clarity, or lack thereof, which seems very odd but I haven't anything to really say beyond that. I wonder why it isn't just completely filtered clear.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 12 oz bottle into a conical pint glass; "Enjoy Before" Oct 2017.
A: Hazy, dark straw to dark golden color with foamy, three-quarter inch, white on pour. and solid Belgian lacing.
S: Floral yeastiness with aromas of bread and spices.
T: Palate follows the nose. Refreshing.
M: Light to medium bodied; persistent carbonation.
O: A well crafted beer: I might not have looked for this, but could see myself enjoying this in the summer with friends.

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Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ordybill
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a yellow color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is grass, bread and some spices. The taste is a bland mix of spices, mild citrus and bread.

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Photo of BigMFDaddy
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlueKurenai
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hophugger
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gmann
2.81/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a golden straw color, looks flat except for a small wispy white head.

The aroma is slightly grainy and has a strong metallic note. Perhaps a veggie thing going on.

The taste is lemony and grainy. Out of the bottle I picked up some Munich malt notes but not out of the glass. A hint of dough, maybe. Again metallic notes come through.

The feel is moderate with tingly carbonation. Soft feel. Lightly sweet on the palate.

Not sure why I get a lemon note and it doesn't appear to have a strong Munich malt flavor. Not to style.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

8/3...pours hazy gold, white foam lid. Very faint lager nose. Some citrus but barely. Citrussy open - lemons and oranges. Sour mixes with the chalky helles malt. Tiny Tang taste. Clever helles, unspectacular.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of puboflyons
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of September 2017. sampled on May 13, 2017.

It pours a bubbly and carbonated yellow color with a lingering white foamy head that laves lacing as it fades.

The aroma brings out a toasted bread character and maybe a mild herbal or grassy character. It is nothing overwhelming.

Light to medium body but fairly smooth.

The taste brings out biscuit, herbal, and perhaps some citrus notes but nothing jumps out at me as special or unique. It may be a while before I have this again. I expect it would be refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle from the summer variety pack. Aroma is doughy malts, grassy hops, a berry-like fruitiness. Pours slightly hazy golden with a thick off-white head with excellent retention and decorative lace. Taste is sweet with lots of grassy, grainy flavor. Slightly dry, lightly bitter finish. Perfectly creamy mouthfeel with tight-knit bubbles. Not bad, but I don’t think this will ever be one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of jgido759
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Brolo75
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a pale straw color with a white head, no head retention, slight chill haze to it.

A: Lots of grainy aromas, slight honey and spice notes, bready malts.

T: Grainy, grass, wheat notes with a good amount of pepper and spice in the middle, finish has a touch of honey and malt, finish has notes of honey and spice, a little bit of lemon peel in the taste as well.

M: Light crisp mouthfeel, very easy to drink.

O: A solid beer, good amount of complexity, a nice summer beer while outside grilling.

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Samuel Adams Golden Hour from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 122 ratings