Sam '76 | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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3.64/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
12 IBU

Added by jaydoc on 12-15-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,732
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
40
pDev:
11.26%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of bubseymour
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A completely inoffensive session craft beer. Better than most all macros. Pretty much similar to a classic American pale ale with less bitterness replaced with pilsner-like crispness in the finish (without the pilsner hop profile). Saying its a union of lager and ale is accurate. American Pale Lager is a good style classification.

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Photo of eldoctorador
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brewnme
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MacStinson
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AccipiterofBeer
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bearsfan5
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Demi
2.58/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of DrMullet
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow with moderate head.
Smell is slightly spicy citrus and a fair amount of tropical fruit.
Taste is much more sour/tart than expected.
Citrus and lemon with a touch of pine at the finish. Not a fan....

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Photo of chris826
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Drewvel
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JimKal
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy yellow. Nice head that leaves quickly leaving behind some lacing. For me the aroma is lightly floral, the taste has a hint of citrus. The mouthfeel is very light but then so is the ABV. Does not have much bitterness. I do like the low ABV for when I want something light. I could see this being more popular in the summer.

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Photo of TheLuckiestMan
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I want to like this beer, I do. I really respect the Samuel Adams brewery. Boston Lager is a long time favorite of mine but this beer just confuses me. Maybe it’s because I’m in Minnesota near the Surly Brewery and Surly Xtra Citra has ruined me on Citra hops? This beer looks nice in the glass and is brewed to drink like a lager (and it does). But the citra hops feel like they want to deliver more. To me this just ends up tasting like a watered down Surly Xtra Citra. I just can’t get past it. Does it want to be a lager or an ale? Hopefully other folks will like it but I would pass this one up.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Citrus forward, Grapefruit and simple grain. Very light, crisp and super refreshing. Subtle flavors. Maybe a smidgen of bitterness on the finish. Clean. Would crush these all day on the golf course or at the beach. Pretty good but ultimately lacking flavor.

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Photo of dogo88
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jared40
4.41/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great beer comes out hazy yellow look to the beer.Great foamy head to the beer leaves good lacing on my Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.I can smell the hops taste is a bit hoppy but not overbearing a little bit tropical fruit taste to it. Taste like a pale lager.Samuel Adams made a great beer now if only they can bottle this beer. I am not the biggest fan of canned beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

6-Pack of 12 ounce cans - $8.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Best By Date of "APR 2018" on bottom of can.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, straw-hued body with a tallish, airy, white head.

Smell: Displaying a breezy background maltiness developing little grainy breadiness, a pinch of pepper and working in some gentle, citrusy hops and faint ale yeast esters.

Taste: Presents a soft, easy-going maltiness, giving just some light hints of white bread, wheat and grain. While the hop notes don't hit hard, they impart some lemon, marmalade as well as some lightly tropical touches and a decent level of spiciness. Finishes dry, clean and lightly crisp.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: In the non-macro, non-Budmiloors realm of lagers, there are some great iterations, but there's also many, many that are flatout humdrum snoozers. This has a solidly thirst-quenching, likable drinkability about it. Sure, it's not going to deliver a huge amount of-- okay, I see BBC describing this "will surprise any craft beer lover with its huge flavor and aroma along with a light-bodied, refreshing crispness." I'd politely disagree, there. The flavor/aroma are ample and sufficient, making for a fine hybrid, but nothing I'd call "HUGE," though I guess words like ample and sufficient don't read well in a press release for a new product.

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Photo of grahuba
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sparx1100
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of norinco
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of prototypic
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Suds
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew is from an artistically revolutionary war style can. The beer is a lightly hazy gold color with a slim head. The aroma is musty earthy hops...spicy and wonderful. The flavor is semi-dry and a little fruit. Solid and flavorful. Full in body.

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Photo of DonBowman
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pale yellow in color with plenty of head and lace. Smells like an IPA, initial mouthful is an IPA but the overall taste and final flavor is a much more balanced one of a lager. Very decent

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Photo of tdm168
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Sam '76 from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 40 ratings
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