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:
-
Reviews:
136
Ratings:
417
pDev:
13.81%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
110
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Photo of beersampler6
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have to say, I really enjoyed this one. Was expecting more lager feel and taste but the mild hoppiness surprised me. Nice golden color with loads of fluffy white head and some spotty lingering lacing. Smells of grain and malt but also a trace amount of floral hops. Tastes similarly, along with vanilla and caramel. Very mild hop presence in the background. Smooth mild mouthfeel and finish. Great carbonation. I could definitely enjoy more of these and will have to find one on tap somewhere.

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Photo of Weisscastle
4.81/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of illpass78
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint on draft at Fenway.

Appearance: Clear dark straw with a finger-width white head.

Aroma: Mostly inoffensive. Grass, bread crust. Faint hop.

Taste: Follows nose. Crisp lager.

Mouthfeel: Very drinkable.

Overall: Decent, kind of unexciting lager. I'd rather have their original but this is refreshing and tasty.

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

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

L - Poured slight hazy, yellow/golden with big white head. Decent lacing.
S - Nice floral smell.
T - Follows the nose. Nice.
F - Fairly crisp with a light mothfeel.
O - An easy, drinkable beer. Enjoyed it and it may be a regular for me.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ncdevildog97
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Houlio_99
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Essayons
4.31/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scotorum
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

SAMUEL ADAMS SAM '76 9/5/18

A new offering from the Boston Beer Company which has had extensive advertising as something new and unique.

Poured from the 12 oz. can into an Erdinger pilsner.

a: Clear gold with a huge head which receded to thin surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Slightly funky bread.

t: Musty biscuit malt base with a slight hop bite. Mainly dry finish.

m: Lighter side of medium, ok body and some carbonation tingle.

o: A lot more mainstream lagerish than advertised, but definitely lighter and more of a summer refresher than their flagship Vienna lager. Apparently meant to compete with Bud and Coors and Miller, and ok as such. Touted as "craft" on the can and not as sweet as the mainstreams that do, but other than that not a whole lot to choose between them.

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Photo of jimpyle48
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jwc215
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle:

Pours light golden with a thin lasting head that leaves an ample amount of thin lacing.

The smell is of dank citric hops with grain.

The taste is of somewhat muted citric hops with cracker-like malt. The hops and malt don't blend as well as they could, but still remain pleasantly refreshing.

A bit watery, but crisp and easy to drink.

A mix of a lager and pale ale, it comes across as a decent "session" IPA to me. Good enough, but nothing special, IMO.

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Photo of JLK7299
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EdmundBlackadder
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knickfan3
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vaupel4
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alexsergio
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of animal69
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MrHoonlee
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of LukeGude
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Fenway for $10.50. Didn't even know what type of beer it was until sipping. Surprise! Like a muted IPA that's vaguely New Englandy.

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Photo of pdad329
2.56/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Insipid taste. A bit of lightness of a lager, without hops crispness; lacking ale body. Reference: I am usually an IPA or DIPA fan.

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Photo of Metalsnota
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PMakowski
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz Can poured into a glass
Look - hazy yellow, very light in color, decent foam head slow to fade and some decent lacing
Smell - If you didn't know any better would say this beer is very hoppy, the aroma is a lot more dank than the actual taste. Fresh tropical fruit and pine resin. Smells like mango, pineapple, grapefruit.
Taste - In my opinion, it tastes like a watery pale ale. There is no richness to this beer. Which makes it very good for parties, summer lawn games ect. It is certainly not a bold flavorful pale ale. It has the same taste as the aroma just very muted. There is a distinct grassy taste, tastes similar to how the lawn smells after mowing. Great for the folks that want a little hop flavor with virtually no bitterness.

Overall, this beer is very drinkable, not too carbonated, it serves a purpose that is a session pale ale with some and i mean some hop flavor. I give this beer a grade of B

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Photo of DaveCash
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Sam '76 from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 417 ratings