Samuel Adams Koggen | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.75%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Todd on 11-21-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of Tschnab
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of tmars13
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of DUBinMIA
4.26/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got to taste this beer while at the Sam Adams Boston Brewery tour. They said that this was an experimental batch and they wanted everyone to rate the beer to see if they would continue to brew it. I might not have the name exactly right but this is what i remember.

Served in a 6oz test tube glass ... LOL... it poured yellow orange with lots of haze and decent head.

smelled like wheat malt and yeast with a mild hop note but really drained out by the yeast

taste was very good. rich malt flavor with the banana flavour of yeast was done quite well. Little hop features but enough to balance it out and add a slight citrus flavor.

mouth feel was good. full bodied with a thick feel to it.

overall i really liked this beer.... but it seemed like i was the only one who did... LOL oh well maybe i was just really excited to get to try a one and only batch by Sam Adams. I would definitely buy it if they mass produce!!

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Photo of jneiswender
3.04/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the SA brewery in Jamaica Plains. Served in a small sample glass.

A-thin white head and a turbid yellow body

S-cereal, some cotton candy flavors

T-same as the smell, cereal and cotton candy

M-medium, almost slick

D-the esters on this were very faint. Not evident like many hefe. the mouthfeel was off too. I expected a bit more lightness on the palate. Though not style conforming, it was good and I would drink this again.

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Photo of AlphaFireX5
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: Served from a tap at the Sam Adams brewery in Jamaica Plains into a pitcher, poured repeatedly into a 7oz sampler glass.

Appearance: Poured a cloudy deep golden hue, unfiltered and completely opaque. Half centimeter head disappeared quickly, leaving a light lacing around the glass.

Smell: Smells sweet, with scents of orange and vanilla, but all very subdued.

Taste: Citrus tang on the front end, oranges and lemons mainly. As the beer warms in your mouth it becomes slightly bitter, with a very sweet finish. Flavors of sugar, orange, lemon, and coriander.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated, with a light to medium-light mouthfeel. Leaves no coating, and little aftertaste.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but a fairly mellow hefe, despite the sweetness. Reminded me a bit of a sweeter Paulaner Hefeweizen.

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Photo of plaid75
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger white foamy head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a moderate wheat malt and yeast aroma with a spattering of peppery spice.

The taste was wheaty and yeasty, yet cleaned up with a good spicy hop flavor. A nice peppery flavor was present as well.

The mouthfeel was full and chewy with a nice spice tingle.

Overall a very nice beer. Very tasty and quaffable. Would be nice to session.

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Photo of Gavage
3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the Union Oyster House.

Appearance: cloudy yellowish orange in color. Very short 1/4" head falls immediately to nothing. No lacing develops.

Smell: loads of citrus and a bit of spiciness come through.

Taste: wheat tones are up front and the orange citrus is a bit too strong here. There is some spicy yeast tones lingering around with some very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light-medium in body. Very crisp throughout. Very short citrus aftertaste.

Drinkability: I did not find this refreshing, mainly because the orange was just a bit too powerful. Not one I would venture to have again.

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Photo of bigman147
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this at the JP brewery. I found it very pleasant and very confusing. Its very much like a Wit but more like a Hefe. Sounds like its a case of marketing pushing for a Hefe Weizen even though its more Wit like in Spice

A: Pours a cloudy golden/amber with a good lacing head

S: Good spice (Coriander, maybe even a little pepper) Very good wheat flavor with excellent sweetness. The bartender asked if I wanted a lemon slice and I tried it both ways.Lemon takes away from the aroma as it overpowers the senses.

T: It was what they said it was. A blend of a Wit and Hefe. It was more like a traditional Wit but seemd to be marked as a Hefe. Seemd like a good balance of citrus and spice

M&D: Very drinkable. I had maybe 2-3 pours in the session as I was at. It was a change of pace to the other beers and very pleasant. Mouthfell was slightly lingering citrus/lemon. Good body but very well balanced.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy yellow/golden beer. Has a small white head. The first part of the aroma is a light citrusy character and then a light herbal spiceyness comes thru. Followed by a bready note. There is a distinct citrus orange character at the start of the flavor with some corriander and spice in the the background. Also that bready character weaves in and out of the flavor.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Sauce in Davis Square - had no clue what it was when I ordered it, so my general distaste towards Sam Adams managed not to factor into my review:

A: Probably the cloudiest hefe I've ever seen. Verges on an opaque orangy fog.

S/T: General orange, lemon scent we would expect from a hefe. Nothing special. Sort of a bit too sharp for my taste.

M/D: Didn't have that easy drinkability that I love in great german hefe's, although maybe this isnt a fair comparison. In any case, it was an ok attempt by SA, but not one that I plan to search out in the future.

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Photo of jvdineen
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is Sam Adams' second "Hefeweizen" attempt I believe.Though it's not really a Hefe they labeled the tap as such but also has attached some spiel about Koggen being a attempt at a tradtional spiced fruit wheat Dutch brew.

This time it's only on tap and only in the Boston area, maybe for just right now. I had this on tap the week it was released and then last Saturday. The first time I had Koggen was at Porter's in the Bulfinch Triangle. It came with the hard plastic muddler (that must have cost Sam) and a impenetable slice of lemon (that was the bar's fault). The bartender served it in the proper glass. The beer itself reminded me more of a wit rather than a Hefe as it was labeled. It has a much frutier flavor and aroma than another local Hefe, Harpoon's UFO. The head retention isn't great even in the weizen glass.

The second time I had it it came in a Koggen labeled becker (the same thing that Harpoon sends off for IPA) at Jacob Wirth's. This time there was no muddler.

Overall I see this beer as part of Sam Adams' attempt at hegemony in the Boston bar market. They attempted to make a Hefeweizen and ended up with something that tastes like a slightly hoppier Blue Moon. Somewhat comparable, yet not as good as Allagash white. For Boston based fans of wheat beers this is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of dbalsock
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: hazy orange with a decent amount of head, and decent head retention, served with a lemon slice that i discarded. hazyness detracted from the overall appearance, but the color was gorgeous

smell: immediate fruit fragrances come through, first lemon, then orange, i found them to be somewhat overpowering at first, but as i drank, they toned down

taste: quite nicely balanced. starts with a small hop kick, relaxing as the sweetness of the fruit and malts move in, leaves without an aftertaste which was somewhat disappointing for me

mouthfeel/drinkability: very smooth and light on the palate. quite easy to drink, i could easily down a few in a setting, but the lack of an aftertaste is once again disconcerting as the taste doesn't linger. overall quite tasty, and something i will definitely order again.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.48/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one is a limited (although hopefully that changes) one-off brew from the folks at the R&D brewery in JP. I had the pleasure of sampling it on tap at Sunset.

It pours a lovely cloudy yellow-orange colour with a nice fluffy white head atop.

The aromas are of Belgian yeast and candy, some spice, and of course orange and lemon fruit citrus notes (banana too perhaps?), with some hints of coriander as well.

The flavour was kind of a cross between a hefewizen and a witbier, with the latter probably dominating a touch more do to the spiciness that stands out in the flavour, but the citrus fruit flavours come crashing through at times as well. In all, there's a nice balance here.

Mouthfeel was nice and smooth. Here too, the body was probably a bit more full than a hefeweizen normally is, but that made it all the better. There's almost a creaminess to it at times.

This was a damn tasty brew that I would love to see the BBC throw out into the market in bottles, possibly in place of their mediocre Hefeweizen that's currently out there.

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Samuel Adams Koggen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 13 ratings
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