Sam '76 | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
By experimenting with both lager and ale yeast strains, the brewers at Sam Adams came up with the concept for a brand new beer – Sam ’76. This truly unique brew takes two active fermentations and blends them together to create a deliciously harmonious result. This process delivers a distinct flavor that showcases the slight fruitiness of an ale with the balanced drinkability and smoothness of a lager. Sam ’76 will surprise any craft beer lover with its huge flavor and aroma along with a light-bodied, refreshing crispness. At just 4.7% ABV, this brew is perfect for those sessionable occasions. Cascade, Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe and Galaxy hops impart a tropical citrus aroma that gives way to a bright, juicy citrus hop flavor but without the hop bitterness. The brewers have been experimenting for over a year, tested over 60 iterations with multiple combinations of 12 different hop varieties in the nano brewery in Boston in order to perfect the Sam ’76 recipe.

12 IBU

Added by jaydoc on 12-15-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
145
Ratings:
454
pDev:
13.77%
 
 
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Photo of addiwilliams
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of McHenry
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crash8per
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MugC
4.26/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMH73
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap. Pours a clear dark straw color with a half Inch white head that left zero lacing. Smells of citrus and malt. Tastes of sweet malts, lemon, lemon peel and a bit of earth. Very mild on the flavor and aroma. Light bodied, well carbonated, minimal bitterness, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of mchegash
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Smoky54
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 57md
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very effervescent straw color with a healthy finger of head. The nose has citrusy notes. The light malt is the highlight of the flavor profile but, frankly, it's pretty bland with only a trace of the fruit promised by the nose.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the can, it pours a light amber with a nice head that slowly dissipates, leaving lacing. Cloying lightly hoppy scent tickles the nose. The mouth enjoys the just a hint of hops in the solid malt base.

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

Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RJLarse
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Part of a winter sampler pack. Pours a cloudy orange/gold color with a creamy white head. Smell is sweet and fruity. Taste is also very fruity, pineapple and grapefruit flavors. Overall a decent brew. Sort of an IPA type.

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

Photo of WDWAoT
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of michaelsmith11
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MizzouBrew
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of njbusa
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of joeywheeler
4.6/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bluesfolk19
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DarkStar75
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Unique beer. It has a nice fruity hop smell on the nose. Slightly hazy with a good fluffy head that laces a bit as you drink it. It starts off tasting like a mild IPA as the fruity hops are very noticeable but it finishes smooth and watery with very little bitterness. No off-putting aromas or bad aftertastes that many lagers tend to have. Overall a very enjoyable and refreshing brew.

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Photo of TheRock7755
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(16-ish oz shaker pint pour at Dominic's)

Blonde color, light (chill?) haze; poured with thin cap, but did lace a bit... fruit and toast on nose... even still pretty cold has flavors of candied grapefruit, mango, orange creamsicle... delicate toasty, cereal malt base, which opens up a bit as it warms... light-bodied, very clean... pinned this as a Blonde Ale before popping online to then find out it was a lager (or hybrid)... didn't know what to expect (1.50 for pint, so it was an easy plunge), but it wasn't too bad, would have again

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Photo of rktrat
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Good light weight beer.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudier than I expected, and I definitely got more of the lager flavor than the ale. It's got some citrus but not an overpowering amount, and though the IBUs are very low (12), you get a bit of the hoppy flavor as well. Not too complex, but flavorful as a whole. I liked this experiment overall.

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Sam '76 from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 454 ratings