Sam '76 | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sam '76 is a perfect union of lager and ale, giving you a craft beer with the flavor of an ale and the refreshment and crisp finish of a lager. The result is revolutionary.

12 IBU

Added by jaydoc on 12-15-2017

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Reviews by Wasatch:
Photo of Wasatch
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Can
BB: April 2018

Pours a pretty nice clean/clear dark yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger white head, which also leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, hoppy, slight citrus. The taste is nice, malty, hoppy, citrusy. Medium body, ABV hidden very nicely. Overall, a nice thirst quencher.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam '76 brewed by Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams), with an ABV of 4.70% This American Pale Lager pours out a nice golden amber color with a nice white head. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with hop bitterness, mild citrus smells. You also pick up on some nice earthy grains and malts in the smell as well. Between the look and smell this is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is bold and sweet with flavors. You first pick up on a sweet, almost like a fruit mixed with citrus flavors. Then the hop bitterness, with grains and malts. There is a lot going on in the taste of Sam '76. This American Pale Lager has a super nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. I like how smooth and clean this brew goes down. The body of Sam '76 is a solid medium. This brew would go nice with just about anything. The mouth feel is Fruity, Citrus, Hoppy, Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I'm going to give Sam '76 a solid 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams), did a real nice job with this brew.

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Photo of steveh
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Found this new beer over the holidays and took a chance -- despite the confusing label info. "...a perfect union of lager and ale, giving you a craft beer with the flavor of an ale and the refreshment and crisp finish of a lager." So, an ale or lager can't be both?

The Sam web site gives a little more insight into the "union" of lager and ale: "By experimenting with both lager and ale yeast strains, our brewers developed a unique brewing process that 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." Okay... so let's see how it tastes.

Best by April 2018 ink-jetted to the bottom of the can, poured into my short Becher glass (maybe it would taste different from an imperial pint?).

L -- Hazy, pale straw color with a sudsy, but dense white head that holds up well.

S -- Resiny pine and mildly citrus hop nose.

T -- Same pine resinous note up front that quickly folds into a tangerine-like citrus flavor balanced by light grainy malt character. Finish is clean, lightly bready malt, and aftertaste is bitter and citrus hops with light breadiness.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft to lightly spritzy with a light body.

O -- Well... not so sure this is an American Pale Lager, but at least they aren't calling it an IPL (Sam web site calls the style "Union of Lager and Ale." Not that lager or ale are really direct styles...). If someone handed me this beer without any pre introduction, I'd say I was drinking an APA. To which I'd think it was a pretty well-made APA with newer American hops (admittedly, not always my favorite, but they're used well in this beer).

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Photo of mjurney
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light gold, hazy. Full of carbonation rising. Thick bright white head.

Crisp, clean, cut grass, some spicy hops, slight hint of fruity ester.

Grassy, grainy, just a bit bready. Tartness in the mid-palate, almost lemony. Hop bitterness is super low, I could detect spicy-citrus hops. Finish is mostly dry-crisp. Light bodied, crisp, dry, slight carbonation bite, good drinkability.

It's a good Lager-Ale hybrid style beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
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 Redneckwine
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 can, fresh, into tulip

Look - Very hazy golden and glowing, fluffy white head recedes down into nice foam cap, good retention

Smell - Surprisingly hoppy fruitiness coming from both hops and yeast. Fruitiness is strong but also seems kind of generic and hard to pinpoint, definitely a lot of citrus notes. There's also a bit of spicy maltiness hanging below the surface.

Taste - Still a hefty shot of citrusy hops immediately up front - orange-y! Leading right behind is just a nice smooth maltiness. A very, very tiny bit of bitterness to round everything out, and the beer doesn't really need much because it's not a sweet or heavy bodied beer at all. Simple flavor but good.

Feel - Smooooth carb creates a creamy body, which works to mask the fact this is a pretty dang light-bodied brew. Not the most refreshing/crisp feel due to the carb choice though. The only thing I don't like is that it finishes a bit watery.

Overall - Surprisingly fruity and hoppy with a light body, this beer is essentially one of those new-fangled session IPA's. The big difference is, this beer doesn't suffer from imbalance like a lot of session IPA's do. It must be heavily dry-hopped because the bitterness is only for balancing. Although it feels a bit watery in the finish, it really is a solid brew if you want something light and hoppy.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale to medium gold colored pour with alot of active carbonation and a nice fluffy, frothy white creamy head. Very sticky lacing.

S - Crisp citrus aroma and crackery honey malt with a little bit of earthiness.

T - Crackery light honey malt pilsner base with some bright citrus riding over the top with some earthy spice. Lingering honey finish with low to moderate bitterness that quickly dissipates for a crisp finish.

M - Solid medium body with lots of prickly and sprightly carbonation on the tongue.

O - Tastes like a hoppy pilsner with the body of an ale. Pairs well with the Sushi I'm having at the moment.

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Photo of Brad007
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden hue with a thick, frothy head. Crisp, baked bread in the nose with just a hint of hop bitterness. This follows in the taste: light, crisp, doughy. Mouthfeel is a little thin but that doesn't detract too much from the overall profile. At first, I thought that this might be a kolsch. If it comes in 12 packs, it might make a good replacement for the various cheaper APLs that I tend to drink when low on dough.

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Photo of Tiernan
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kevsauce
4.34/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Solid brew dog. By far my favorite beer at luckys. If youre looking to spend a few bucks for a brew you cant go wrong.

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Photo of juicebox
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopsForBrains
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zonian1
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LXIXME
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nmwhitehead
4.31/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dacrza1
2.89/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

DATE: February 11, 2018... OCCASION: Cavs/Celts Part III, with a whole new Cavs team on the floor today... GLASSWARE: Sam Adams unique lager... pours a hazy, agitated upward force of bubbles--almost turbulent--encased in a mostly opaque and sallow gold, topped with a wispy white bubbled crown... first hint is citrus--lemon zest, mango, sour fruits that suggest a tartness, like papaya--with little malts to speak of... apple, pear, and a muddle of other fruits... hints at a radler, but seems indecisive... light, refreshing, crisp and dry at the finish... fruitier than expected, with little resin or pine--a lot of apple/pineapple, tart and mildly acidic... a bit of malt at the back end, undetectable in its aroma, giving it a bit of dimension... all in all, not the explosion of hops I expected--much more tropical, like a boat or poolside drink--and refreshing as such... is THIS the beer that deserves a '76 moniker? probably not...better Q: would this be my choice on a long drinking day where taste and weight are both a concern? again, probably not... I think their light is more nuanced in that regard...

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Photo of kimlhurst
1.97/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Hazy gold color, sustained white collar, strong grapefruit aroma & taste. Too hoppy taste for me!

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Photo of Skabiski
2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of rossracing
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tdm168
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Hazy gold with thick head and good lacing.
N: Sweet nose with hops, citrus, and some grain.
T: Very enjoyable lager, full flavor and very clean. I am really happy with this, outstanding.
M: Light
O: Impressive beer, very well made and flavors are great.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Boston Beer Co. "Sam '76"
12 fl. oz. can, coded "3547 P 0910 APR 2018"
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice golden colored body. Slightly hazy, and it looks like there's a float. Nice creamy bright white head that seems to be holding well. Overall pretty nice. Oh boy, it's got a nice hoppy aroma as well: herbal, floral, citrus, earthy, grassy - nicely done! There's some pleasant, lightly sweet malt in there as well. On to the flavor... very nicely balanced between lightly sweetish crackers malt and the above mentioned hops. I'm getting a light note of lemon that's just wonderful. My initial thought was that it was somewhat like a European lager, but really, it's all American (no pun intended given the name). There's some very nice lacing left behind. If it was clearer it would be perfect, but given that you can't get that hop character without some hazy I'll gladly accept it and not hold it against it. It's medium-light in body with a touch of dextrinous character, and gently crisp and then velvety smooth. Wow, I have to admit I wasn't expecting much but now I'm kind of bowled over. For a beer of 4.7% abv this is both full of flavor and remarkably balanced and easy to drink. A slight bit more hop bitterness would be perfect for me (it's at 12 IBUs, I'd like 17), but I understand why it's at the level it's at, and I still think the balance is fantastic, leaving just a bit of sweetish malt behind with the hops in the finish. I'm not sure what the cost on this per case is because I only bought the one can, but if it's reasonable I'll gladly put it into rotation with my other everyday beers (Moosehead, Heineken, Yuengling Lord Chesterfield, Genesee Cream Ale, Hamm's).

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I bought a 6pck of this. It poured a clear golden with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had hints of citrus. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with lemon zest. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a tasty sessionable beer.

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Photo of norinco
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gary01453
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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