Sam '76 | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Sam '76Sam '76

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

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sam '76 is a perfect union of lager and ale, giving you a craft beer with the flavor of an ale and the refreshment and crisp finish of a lager. The result is revolutionary.

12 IBU

Added by jaydoc on 12-15-2017

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Photo of BuckyNBeer
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HessFonda
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AfricanPete14
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sd123
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EatonHops
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dbauer
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of matuto
4.24/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz glass, on tap. Very refreshing and nice hops. Not too bitter.

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Photo of eluvah
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dblais
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nephilium
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazy straw, with a white head. Aroma is a hint of grassy hops, and a touch of biscuit malt. Mild sweet flavor, with a very mild light fruit note in the finish. Light bodied, easy drinking. Either a decent gateway beer or a good lawnmower beer come summer time.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sam 76 pours a copper color, with a huge, long lasting and lacing head. Light aroma, hints of sweetness, and crisp malts. Flavor is full, nice mellow sweetness, good noticeable crisp malty notes. Great feel, great full body. Overall, this is a very good lager, very impressed, very full flavors.

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Photo of JonBoy23
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of ichorNet
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Finally broke down and grabbed a sixer of this. Under $10 like pretty much all other SA is a pretty good deal, so why not? It's getting better reviews than I thought it would, and some friends of mine have admitted that it's one of the best "normal beers" they've had lately. Let's see what this is made of, shall we?

The pour here is actually pretty great. It has quite the voluminous head, building up to about four fingers at first with a moderate pour, though it eventually calms down to about a finger and a half with good legs as it fades, as well as some spotty lacing. Looks kinda like their Summer Ale in my glass... a yellow-ish, somewhat pale color with a little bit of gold behind the immediate facade of haze. Very strong retention on the head as I sip. Solid carbonation rising from the bottom of my glass as well. Overall, this is a great looking brew!

The nose is grainy and crackery with a focus on wheat-like malts. There's a slightly doughy complexion that eventually gives a bit of way, and I can discern some light notes of pithy citrus and florals underneath. Ranging from light notes of sweet orange peel, candied grapefruit and lemon to grassy undertones, this is a pretty nice smelling beer that doesn't try to do too much. It tries harder to be interesting than most boring AALs, and it's a little less "Noble hop" dominated than Boston Lager (and a lot lighter; closer to a wheat ale, really) overall as well, which gives it some character and differentiates it a bit from other SA beers. It's less herbal and strikingly citrusy/soapy than Summer Ale... probably the biggest different between the two is that this feels a little hoppier in the nose.

Flavor profile is rather plain and crackery, with some muted grapefruit and tangerine notes, but the finish is delightfully dry and lightly herbal in a simple and elegant way. I feel like I understand what they mean about this being a "union of lager and ale" on the can text. At first, I kinda just thought that was marketing speak, but it really does have some of the fruitier/estery character of an ale combined with the ubiquitously clean and super-refreshing finish. The carbonation is a bit bright and effervescent, but it does a nice dance with the grainy mid-palate that keeps the whole of each sip (or gulp) feeling rather open until the crisp and succinct finish closes things out.

I think for what it is, this beer is really good. I'm drinking my second in a row right now and haven't gotten bored of it yet. It doesn't have any super-complex flavors and it's not uber-hoppy or anything, but it also isn't watery or overly-adjuncted like some of SA's supposedly "drinkable" lighter seasonals. I think it would probably be better referred to as a "cream ale" on this site, but whatever. It's good stuff.

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Photo of Jericho7x
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

While i cant pick out all the specifics like most, I can say this: It is a good little beer. I NEVER drink the domestic big names, and i dont like choosing Blue Moon. However, I REALLY can see me drinking this on a warm day. Very refreshing and not as thin as a domestic. Little cloudy, which I like because you know your not drinking a standard. I will buy again.

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Photo of ElGallo
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drtth
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The slightly hazy light golden colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with 1/2” fluffy white head that recedes slowly to a thin layer of foam on the surface and that leaves behind lots of nice ring of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates lots of small patches and legs of lacing, some of which side back down to the liquid while others cling to the sides of the glass.

The aromas are light, clean and crisp with some nice tropical citrus, some crackery malt, some floral character and some light grassiness.

The refreshing flavors are much as expected from the nose. There’s some light citrus, some fruitiness and some floral character here along with a bit of sweetness from the crackery malt that is nicely balanced with some grassy bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly crisp with the finely bubbled, prickly and persistent carbonation. The ending is dry, clean and both lightly crisp and slightly bitter with the grassy bitterness in the back of the mouth.

Overall I’m enjoying this beer and would gladly have another to follow it. It is well made and I expect to be having more in the future since it is both light in ABV and has some well balanced aromas and flavors that make it easy to drink. This easily drinkable beer might be a particularly nice one to have on offer for a barbecue or backyard party. However, for those who are looking for intensity of flavors, don’t bother with this one.

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

Photo of Velivolus
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nosquatch
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sam Adams tends to get lots of flack for one reason or another and no matter what they do somebody is put off by it. This is a nice, drink all day kind of beer. Not as sweet as the Summer Ale. Day drinkers and enjoyers of shower beers will enjoy this one.

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Photo of beertunes
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into 10oz fluted tulip. Poured a lightly hazy pale straw color with over an inch of white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was fairly neutral, light grain and very light hops.

A bit more life on the tongue; the grain was a touch more earthy, and hops slightly brighter.

The body was nice, smooth and even, and had a crisp finish.

Drinkability was good, the beer goes down easy and smooth. Overall, a solid little brew, A good choice for a lawnmower or cookout beer.

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Photo of Paoloboston
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cbcrunch
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Solid beer. To me it tastes like a cross between a summer ale (citrusy notes) and Founders All-Day IPA (citrus/floral hops, low bitterness, slightly watery). Glad I tried a can and would happily drink again but won't be seeking it out.

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Photo of selecter70
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Sam '76 from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 237 ratings