Sam '76 | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
3.65/5
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353 Ratings
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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:
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:
#36,109
Reviews:
118
Ratings:
353
pDev:
12.6%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 353 |  Reviews: 118
Photo of Thirstygoat
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of robotic_being
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superwho24
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of twax
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of barnzy78
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, date stamped SEP 2018. Hazed pale golden colored beer with a thin white head. Fruity aroma with mild lemon. Flavor is refreshing with notes of lemon and has a nice fruitiness; malt presence adds balance of flavor with notes of pale grain, nutty Munich malt, and honey. Light body, ample carbonation, finishing well balanced, crisp and clean. This was better than expected and I'd buy it again. Some nice components to the beer - both malt and hop.

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Photo of Griphon
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sulty
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Klhsw
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beershrine
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap 22oz. Blonde in color and cloudy/hazy The brewers description of this beer is spot on. It seems to have wheat in it but I'm not sure. Tropical citrus hops are not my fav. but i do like most of Sam Adams beers. This one leaves a lot of gas....lol

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Photo of Jay_Dee
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice, light brew. It's like some kinda hybrid IPA/lager. It has a subtle IPA twang, but not full force like a Laguntas. The ABV allows you to enjoy a few and still enjoy what you are doing, in my case it's playing xbox. It comes and goes around here, but if you see it I would suggest you give it a pour.

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Photo of NickFry9
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SleepyHorse
4.59/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Strigiform_Witness
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wavve
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn fine easy drinking beer

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Photo of LeRose
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer poured a light golden color with a little bit of haze that cleared as the beer warmed. A little white foam that falls to chunks, actually a decent cling to the glass.

The aroma is pleasant. Slightly sweet and malty, citrus fruit leaning towards grapefruit, mildly floral. A little green grassy note.

The tastes is lightly sweet to open, with biscuit-like malt coming along. The citrus is interesting - kind of a blend of lemon and grapefruit that is not quite either one. A little grassy/herbal note floats on top and the bitterness is quite mild.

The feel is medium, the carbonation is sufficient to lighten the beer up. The beer is not exactly crisp, but it is quite refreshing.

I'll call it out - zero expectations for this beer. I was pleasantly surprised and I have to say I don't understand the scores here. It's exactly what it says it is - a blend of both world. There's lager character that is easy to find, and the ale is quite complimentary. I enjoyed it as a pleasant surprise. It's a good, refreshing summer type beer yet it has enough substance to keep it from being one dimensional. Liked it and I'd recommend giving it a chance.

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Photo of Isoruku
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Once again, I'm an outlier - normally, I rate beers far lower than the Beer Advocate consensus. So let's turn to Sam '76. This beer has an average score of only 3.65? What??! As a long-time Sam Adams skeptic, let me say that Sam '76 is a delightful, even kick-ass summer beer. It tastes like a lager that got some citrus notes injected and a bit of ale character - which I am told is exactly what it is: a lager/ale hybrid. It is incredibly fun to drink ice cold, and I recommend it highly as a summer standby. Have some and don't be put off by the mediocre BA rating!

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of depechemode1983
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours out golden yellow. Head is white with moderate retention. There seems to be a bit of lacing as well.
In the nose I'm picking up some cereal grains and tropical fruit. Light orange and lemon along side some floral notes as well. Smells pleasant.
More fruity on the taste although light. Mostly just soft tropical fruit with a light floral bitterness.
Mouthfeel is light bodied and crisp. Has nice refreshing carbonation.

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Photo of jrsqc7
4.26/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of KTCamm
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3/19/18...clear pale gold, hazy too. Low white foam with just some patches. Faint citrus and straw nose. Hay too. Crisp malt, light bodied. Natural straw and grassy taste. Lemons too, but buried. Clever.

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Photo of OompaMentor
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice lager; mild hops with nint of citrus. 4/12/18

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Photo of Mctr234
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is fruity but still rough enough to be enjoyed. A good mass brew

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Photo of curlybird
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sexmortus
2.47/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I will say this, if you are a fan of fruit tasting beer that is smooth, you will enjoy. It poured a very light brown colour and had a smell of grapefruit almost. It was very smooth but, had that grapefruit taste that I just loath so much.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice mix of sweet tropical fruit hopping and lager yeast aroma. Kinda' nice.
A little cloudy but light gold and white later looking head.
It's interesting cuz' it's kinda' clean but not fully. Hopping is nice again with the tropical notes. Slight clean bitterness with some lingering drying. Flavor starts of strong and then dies quickly. Not quite clean but then kinda' nothing.
Fully carbonated, lager like. Some lager thirst quenching, but not fully and holding some ale body quality too.
Interesting. I kinda' like it, but it's a funny hybrid. ' Does hit what it is described to be. I like the small size so it's worth some more to me.

Thanks Bry.

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Sam '76 from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 353 ratings