Samuel Adams Maple Red
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Style:
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #731
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
81
Ranked #43,561
Avg:
3.58 | pDev: 10.61%
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
139
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Reviews by JohneHoodlum:
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JohneHoodlum from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jul 26, 2018
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Suds from Missouri

4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This brew, from a twelve once bottle, is a rich and deep chestnut color. The aroma is of sweet and toasted malt, with just a hint of maple. The taste is balanced, with a maple flavor (without the sugary sweetness) and some bittering hops. Full in body and enjoyable.

Sep 10, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boston Beer Co. "Samuel Adams Maple Red"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, label notched "...ENJOY BEFORE... JAN" and sampled on 11 September 2017
$2 @ Weis, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: The label reads "Rich & complex with Maple sweetness" but it doesn't state that it's made with maple syrup, or added flavors - so how did it get there? interesting. It also lists 18 IBUs which isn't much at all so I'm guessing it will be sweet. It's a clear, very deep crimson and ruby brown beneath a short head of creamy khaki colored foam. It looks good, that's for sure, but the head has now dropped to just a thin cap. The aroma is malty and sweet, and I think I am indeed picking up some maple syrup along with caramel. The flavor confirms it, there's a definite maple syrup flavor in the end that lingers. Prior to that it's mainly dark caramel, soft toastiness, and leafiness. It's surprisingly well carbonated and effervescent, bristling the tongue. Medium in body with a dextrinous feel. Oddly, it doesn't seem too sweet. There's a sugar character to it, like brown sugar or almost burnt sugar, but it's not really "sweet" like sugar, and what's there fades steadily and quickly in the finish. I'd liken it to a malty sweet bock bier. So, what to say? I like it. I also like malty beers. The maple syrup flavoring is interesting, and a pleasant addition, but it doesn't drive the beer, there's more going on than that. And although it seemed there was a bit too much carbonation at first, once warmed with some of it released, it's perfect. Any less to begin with might have left it flabby. So, another winner in my book. I wouldn't call it an everyday beer, but it's perfect for crisp cool weather, Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts, or just relaxing by the fire on a cold winter evening. Nicely done. Well balanced and rounded.

Sep 11, 2017
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

2.71/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Aug 28, 2017
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RBorsato from Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 30, 2017
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RickS95 from Indiana

2.26/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Oct 28, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber colored with a half inch of creamy beige on top. The aroma is of caramel and amber malt. I'm tasting bready amber malt with a touch of caramel. The mouth is very light and smooth.

Jan 01, 2018
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chicagoish from Pennsylvania

3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sep 18, 2017
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beeragent from Texas

4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 15, 2017
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Like most others on here, I picked this up as part of the Beers of Fall pack. This one one of the offering in it that I never had before and like the others, it was fine and enjoyable without being too heavy, flavorful, or deep. For this time of the year, it's nice to have something to kick back to and on a cool night, this would be a perfectly fine choice to enjoy the changing of the seasons with!

Notched with February on the side of the bottle, this was relatively fresh when I poured it out into my Sam Adams-designed glass. Nice, rich walnut brown hue to it with a wonderful salmon, frothy head that held it's own for a while. Spotty lacing was left behind as I worked my way through this as this was a bit thicker than I was first led to believe. Muted maple and molasses were in the nose and an aroma that heavily reminded me of the flagship Boston Lager. That nutty and caramel taste that that was known for came in once I took a few sips of this, to go along with the sticky, woody feel that one would expect from this. Complementary for fall, this beer was very soft, balanced, and easygoing while having enough heft to be taken seriously, as the aftertaste was that of that of a sugar maple tree!

The amount of alcohol in this was perfect as it was barely noticeable with everything else going on. As this warmed up, I enjoyed it more and wish that it just was a tad stronger and sweeter. This was a nice addition to this year's pack and good enough to make me smile, which is something that a Sam Adams beer hasn't done in ages!

Oct 04, 2017
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle - Freshness date of March notched on label - Part of fall variety pack.

Pours deep ruby red with a light tan, thin head. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is of maple and caramel with light toast. Pleasant.

The taste is of sweet maple and caramel with an earthy tone and light toast giving balance to the sweetness (while keeping it sweet-leaning in character).

A solid red with nice use of maple that doesn't overwhelm. A good choice for a sweet brew.

Oct 19, 2017
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DonBowman from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark red in color, strong maple taste, nice feel in the mouth and a sweet finish. Not a beer for an IPA fan!

Dec 28, 2017
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Maltyhead from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 23, 2020
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz. glass into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a clear, dark amber/copper color with many steams of little bubbles fairly rapidly and continuously rising to the beer's surface. Has very off-white/tan head that's an inch thick when first poured that settles to a solid 1/2-2/3 of an inch thick after settling for a bit. Good retention and lacing. Aromas of nicely toasted, biscuit, caramel malt sweetness along with a good maple hint. The taste is pretty much the same, with toasted, biscuit, caramel malt sweetness followed by some maple and a bit of roasted nuttiness. Also a bit of earthy hops that add just a touch of bitterness for a hint of balance. But the sweet malt, maple, and nutty flavors certainly dominate the taste overall. Has a crisp, yet smooth and slightly frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish, and the maple sticks around in the aftertaste. A solid beer here from the fine folks at the Boston Beer Company.

Eric

Oct 27, 2017
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wafers from New York

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sep 25, 2017
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Gmann from New York

3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown color with a small light if the khaki colored head. Settles into a light cap.

The aroma is of toasted multi grain bread and caramel. Not much maple in the nose.

The taste is of toasted bread, caramel and noticeable maple. The maple is sweet and borders on an artificial taste. Some tea and metal notes in the finish.

The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate but it finishes slightly sour and dry, almost astringent.

A decent fall beer. Not an exciting style and I probably would only want one in a sitting.

Sep 03, 2017
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dkoehler42 from New York

3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Boston Beer beverage pours a reddish brown, with a light whitish head. The beer does smell malty, and promises a fall inspired treat. Now, while it does have a sweet taste, it's much more muted than I would have expected for a name like Maple Red. I get more of the maple flavor on the back end. It's not bad by any stretch, but kinda disappointing.

Feb 10, 2018
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LXIXME from New Mexico

3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sep 15, 2017
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imperialking from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 25, 2017
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of Feb 2018. Sampled on August 26, 2017.

I love the the pour with its amber-red hue and long lasting, delicate tan head that laces as it fades. Consistent carbonation.

The aroma is sweet thanks to the maple and roasted toffee malts. Low hop profile.

The body is around medium but it most definitely plays nicely on the palate.

The drawback I think is that it is too sweet. My guess is they wanted to bring out a maple malty character or else they wouldn't have titled it as they did. But to me the sweetness felt a little over the top. Although there was a mild dry finish that eased my concerns.

Aug 26, 2017
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rfgetz from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sep 12, 2017
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.07/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

11/4/17...deep crimson red with thin fading white foam. Maple malt caramel nose. Slight cola nose too. Taste is slightly smoky, hints of maple. Very sweet. Thicker cloying mouthfeel. Toasted but way too sweet and not enough bitter to balance it out.

Dec 02, 2017
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jkermitj from Mississippi

3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sep 28, 2017
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atr2605 from New York

3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a nice clear, red copper color with an off white head with average retention
S-caramel, maple, no hop presence
T-more sweet caramel maple syrup, medicinal hop bitterness, more maple in the finish
M-medium bodied with average retention
O-not a bad beer, not the typical beer I would expect maple to be added to, but not bad for a mixed pack

Oct 09, 2017
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mattjp03 from Alabama

3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Oct 21, 2017
Samuel Adams Maple Red from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 139 ratings