Sam '76 | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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3.62/5
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528 Ratings
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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:
#34,869
Reviews:
166
Ratings:
528
pDev:
14.36%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
139
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Ratings: 528 |  Reviews: 166
Photo of Buckeye55
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of colts9016
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer I have wanted to try. Samuel Adams Boston Lager is an excellent example of a Vienna lager. I am hoping that this beer does follow in its footsteps, although this beer is an American lager. The beer is 40 degrees and served in a pint glass. The pour of the beer produced a one finger frothy and creamy white head. The head dissipated quickly, typical for this style of beer. The color of the beer is SRM 3 a pale straw color with yellow hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with effervescence visible.

The initial aroma of the beer is pine, herbal, and lightly toasted. Next, I smell biscuit and a touch of floral.

The flavors of the beer are biscuits, lightly toasty notes, pine, grass, a touch of herbal, and bready.

The mouthfeel of the beer is fizzy, crisp, and dry.

The body of the beer is light, high carbonation, and light finish.

The beer aligns well with the American lager. The beer is light, fizzy and simple. The hop characters are there but finessed in a way that it makes the malt backbone shine. I know the malt backbone is not like an imperial stout nonetheless a good beer. It would go well on a hot day in summer. Like many other lawnmower beers but this one taste better.

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Photo of GIftofgod4u1
5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of markallmon
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Mugman8
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice crisp, smooth dry lager. Head disappears quickly with moderate lacing.

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Photo of BlueTomorrow
2.79/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Foyle
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz can into pint glass. Pours a thick 3" white head that falls slowly with plenty of lacing. Color is hazy yellow-orange with moderate streaming carbonation. Aroma of hop oil, pine, citrus, bread dough. Mouthfeel is light, somewhat sticky and crisp, with a quite dry finish. Flavor of citrus, pine, cracker, yeast roll. Overall: not bad, but taste more like a session IPA than an ale/lager hybrid. Other than a crisp mouthfeel I don't detect much in the way of lager about this brew.

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Photo of MrCruz23
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not my steezo but just ok...

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Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mtn
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SebastianOwl
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PaulSlazinger
2.92/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of NeilSilber1
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with light white foam. Easy drinking and slightly fruity lager with drops of old school ale love.

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Photo of anthony-s
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kewharton
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveMaciolek21
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amazing that this beer includes 5 different hop varieties yet is very bland. A double fermentation blend, sessionable at 4.7% abv, but really not interesting in any way.

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Photo of Danmullens1
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbehlar
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of HardCider
2.38/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of sgregory
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is quite hazy yellow in color. It poured with a finger high white head that gradually died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of floral hops are present in the nose along with notes of caramel malts.
T: The taste follows the smell and has notes of fruity yeast along with hints of floral hops and caramel malts.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation
O: This beer is very crushable and can be considered a lawnmower beer. The flavor profile seems more like an ale than a lager.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Antg8989
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Sam '76 from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 528 ratings