Sam '76
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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American Lager
Ranked #210
Ranked #40,889
3.65 | pDev: 14.25%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Sam '76Sam '76
Notes: 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
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4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I still enjoy Sam Adams' regular offerings even as I, like the rest of you, have been mostly underwhelmed by their forays into more contemporary styles (a trend made all the more infuriating from the fact that their earlier more extreme beers, like their old Harvest Imperial Pilsener, were quite good).

Anyhow, an American Lager seems like it'd actually be right up their alley, and since the mix Summer 12 pack was cheap I'll give this a try.

12 ounce can poured into an old schooner glass. The pour is a bright, pretty yellow with a nice haze and a lovely white head.

The hops are surprisingly in the foreground and a very nice mix of newer and older American styles: the profile leans lemony with some more generic citrus nodes, and while it's fruit-forward it never hits the level of cloying juiciness the kids these days seem to prefer. This is backed up surprisingly nicely by their trademark spicy yeast.

Tastes surprisingly good. Lemon and orange up front, a crisp grainbill and spicy yeast in the middle and back end. The only slightly off node is a citra juiciness on the finish that just seems a bit unnecessary and out of place; a dryer finish would have been more quenching and played more to the beer's strengths.

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mynie from Maryland, Monday at 12:57 AM
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3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Body is a golden-straw color with slight murkiness, finger-thick white head that dissipates somewhat quickly, some lacing left behind.

Aroma is mainly citrusy. Oranges and grapefruit dominate the nose, while there are other notes of biscuit malt, caramel, bubblegum, and orange peel. Altogether, fruity.

Flavor is grassy and slightly earthy, I don't taste hardly anything mentioned in the aroma. In essence, it just tastes like a typical lager, barley and with a tiny bit of everything else. Body is light.

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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky, Apr 29, 2020
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3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid beer, does exactly what it’s supposed to. Nothing less, nothing more. Can go wrong with these anytime of the year, definitely an upgrade when comparing to adjunct lagers.

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SAUbrewcrew from Michigan, Apr 19, 2020
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4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straw golden with a bit of cloudiness. Moderate head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is unmistakable grapefruit. Taste is dominated with grapefruit up front with some bitterness at the finish that feels citrusy rather than hoppy. Loved it.

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Grounder from Illinois, Apr 04, 2020
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3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light gold with 1.5 finger head. The nose is moderate pineapple, grapefruit, a bit of cattiness, with caramel and a little more malt than expected. The flavor is light but rich malt, a little fruity. Light mouthfeel.

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Photo of EmilNoldSinclair
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out of the can.
Clear light golden appearance. I can smell a light aroma of American hops and pale malt. The taste is pretty easy going with mild bitterness up front that doesn't linger - only clean taste of malt afterwards. I think this beer is very well carbonated - very smooth. This is what you would expect for a pale American Lager - nothing too exaggerated in terms of flavor, etc. Judging by style, I think this is a pretty consistent example of American lager that has more flavor and better aroma than the typical macros. Could it be better? Perhaps. But it serves its function fairly well.

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Photo of BackMarker
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I probably liked this beer better than most. I've tried it a few times since it was introduced and recently decided to invest in a couple of 6'ers (bottles) and drink them from a glass for a change. That opened my eyes to just how surprisingly complex this beer is. It pours a pale, hazy yellow into the glass with a slick, soft foamy head that billows up quickly, attributable in part to the wheat. As the beer settles, it has a soft carbonation visible in a fairly clear yellow body. A hint of citrus in the nose; and that is also what hits you upon first taste, but only a bit. The hops stops short of becoming overwhelming and is very nicely balanced with the smooth mouthfeel and slickness of the malt (the wheat helps here again). At the end, the last thing you taste is a tiny bit of bready (not quite buttery) sweetness that renders the whole thing very enjoyable. Definitely a step up from even some of the better macros and not in the same league as other craft pale ales or IPAs, but it's very drinkable and something I'll keep around--particularly as summer approaches.

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BackMarker from Maryland, Feb 07, 2020
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3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aggressive pour in a 14 ounce glass. Big white foamy head. Sniff test reveals grapefruit, citrus, lemon, orange and lemon peel. Faint hop character. Taste is a subdued version of the nose. Mouthfeel is light. Good levels of carbonation. A perfect beer to session or to have with a meal, with a refill. On it's own, it's OK. If it was priced more like a cheap macro lager, I'd buy it regularly.

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Beertsipper from New York, Jan 21, 2020
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3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours an amber golden color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight citrus hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a slight citrus flavor
M-A light bodied decently carbonated smooth beer
O-A good Lager

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VABA from Virginia, Jan 05, 2020
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3.09/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not a very exciting beer but it gets the job done and won't waste you. Pours a fairly creamy head with pale golden color. Smells of hop, barley, and white bread. Tastes a bit fizzy and not much maltiness like the boston lager. Quite refreshing, not very inspirational though.

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EJPA_0425 from California, Dec 14, 2019
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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours pale yellow, no real head. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is faintly citrus.

Best by date: Jan 20. Very little flavor. It's similar to a light beer, bland and tasteless.

Thin bodied, very little carbonation. Dry finish.

While I like Sam Adams beers, this is not one of their better ones.

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Peach63 from New York, Dec 10, 2019
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3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first beer I really ever enjoyed. I don't drink much but I like this . its got a small hint of citrus very crisp and easy to drink. The after taste is very i guess you would say is very hoppy. I'm giving it a 4 because it really opened my eyes to what beer can be. Its not perfect but it excites me to try more beer.

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Photo of WilliamGustin
2.41/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Sorry guys, not understanding the high scores...maybe compared to the 24-pack, high volume standard American lagers this is a step up, but ‘76 is just not that impressive. I’ll even give a pass that this is an old tap and it’s not delivering what others are talking about, but seems pretty fresh. Light, clear, slightly hazed straw pour from tap with quickly dying frothy head. So-so flavor and really no mouth feel to consider. Don’t drink it too cold or you’ll miss what little citrus there is in the beer. Sam Adams tried to mix an ale and a lager with a session overtone and kinda fell flat. It’s ok if you want something light and quick to drink, but let’s not get carried away on the scoring! Still love ya Sammy, but this one ain’t breaking 3 for me.

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

Pours a mild Amber with orange highlights.

Smells of pungent citrus, orange rind, backed by a floral bouquet and biscuit malt.

Taste is big citrus with pulpy rind notes followed by a dry floral hop hit finishing with slight biscuit malt mouthfeel.

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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania, Oct 19, 2019
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3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Slightly hazy yellow with carbonation bubbles clinging to the sides. One finger of foamy white head with decent retention.

Smell: Sweet, almost like bubble gum, with a bitter piney/fruity hop note like an IPA.

Taste: Sweet malt with a balancing fruity hop taste, with noticeable orange peel flavor. Very little bitterness, but a strong, bold taste nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and decently carbonated.

Overall: Despite being labeled as a lager, this is a very interesting hybrid style that everyone should try.

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chitoryu12 from Florida, Oct 07, 2019
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3.39/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Look: A lighter straw color.
Smell: Fruity
Taste: Fruity and juicy. A small, but pleasant, amount of malt.
Feel: This has a solid medium body. It's enjoyable.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a shaker pint. This beer is a bit unique. It's not a bad drinker but I wont actively search for it. It's something that you can drink while doing something else and not think about it. An occasional bottle of this isn't a bad change of pace.

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MetalHead7734 from South Carolina, Oct 07, 2019
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2.62/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A decent lager, but not what I was expecting. It’s quite fruity, which is fine once in a while. I prefer a more traditional flavor profile but like the commercial says, you can definitely taste this lager. Not bad.

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Tweezerjam from Pennsylvania, Sep 17, 2019
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3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, best by 11/19. Pours slightly hazy yellow gold with a big rocky white head that retains fairly well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet malt with fruity floral hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malt with fruity hops and a slight vegetal note. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with prickly carbonation and a little watery.

Overall, a decent lager - better than expected.

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Beaver13 from Colorado, Sep 17, 2019
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3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I liked the concept of Sam '76, the different yeasts and hops, and a sorta hybrid ale/lager style. And the beer is good.

'Best By Date' December 2019. If they give these beers 6 months (?) it's pretty fresh. Poured a 12oz can into a cool "Smug Brewing" mug. Cloudy, very little aroma for my nose tonight. Taste seems very balanced, like they said. A fine drinkin' beer.

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hudsonvalleyslim from Massachusetts, Sep 03, 2019
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3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright gold color. Small white head, a bit of lace.
Floral, grassy aroma.
Floral hops, corn flakes taste.
A very easy-drinking beer, just not with a lot of flavor.

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lordofthewiens from New Mexico, Sep 02, 2019
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3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The pour is bright yellow & it is well carbonated. On the aroma I'm picking up some citrus & hops. On the taste i'm getting the same mixed with some pale lager characteristics. This beer is easier to drink than I expected, it is well worth the try. There is no lingering bitterness but there is definitely some pale ale presence in this beer. This is a great beer to bring along a 12 pack of to a summertime barbecue or picnic. Cheers! B-

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Nass from Florida, Aug 28, 2019
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3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up as part of a twel'ver with a bad sour brew and some Oktoberfest and Regular Sam, lets give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a waft very floral and piney hops. Pours to a straw color with an insignificant white head. Taste has great body and a nice floral hoppiness on the nose but not much bitterness. This is like a dry hopped lager. Tasty for those who resist to venture out into the IPA and DIPA world. A good drinker but stuck between styles, a bastard-like brew. Drinkable but I wouldn't seek out.

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3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

473 ml can served cold into a pint glass. LCBO purchase for $3.15 CDN.

Appearance - moderately pale, rich golden lager. Some hazy and topped with two fingers of loose but long lasting white head. Very modest lacing left behind.

Smell - Grassy notes and lemon citrus are at the forefront. Not that far off some of the better Bohemian Pilsners out there.

Taste - Quite mild with some grassy and slightly floral hops shining through, subtle elements of orange and lemon and a mild grainy backbone.

Mouthfeel- Quite fizzy, light-ish bodied and crisp finish.

Overall - Very solid brew and easy to drink and quite tasty. Worth a shot.

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taxandbeerguy from Ontario (Canada), Aug 23, 2019
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4.36/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 473 mL Can

L- Pours a pale, hazy yellow topped by a 1/4 finger white head. Poor retention with little to no lacing.

S- Pale malts, slight yeastiness, finished off by mellow tropical fruit

T- Same as the aroma but with a slight bit more tropical fruit action. Extremely refreshing!

F- Light body of a pale lager with the carbonation of an IPA...It's a strange combo but it really works to make Sam '76 an extremely drinkable beer.

O - Sam '76 is a very interesting beer and one unlike anything I have drank prior: It's got the body and mildness of a good pale Lager but with some flavour elements of a good IPA. It's more or less a perfect cross of the two styles and at a price point that makes it unbeatable!

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PorterPro125 from New Brunswick (Canada), Aug 14, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A near perfect beer for the price. It's an amazing and revolutionary combination of refreshment, crispness, flavor, and relative complexity. Virtually anyone can enjoy this flavorful beer, and it pairs surprisingly well with most foods. Another Samuel Adams quality craft beer for the price of a Budweiser.

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Jon421 from Ontario (Canada), Aug 10, 2019
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