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 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
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#37,273
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
319
pDev:
12.91%
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Ratings: 319 |  Reviews: 105
Reviews by prototypic:
Photo of prototypic
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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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 nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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 jzeilinger
3.64/5  rDev 0%
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 steveh
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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 -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Taste/Finish/Body:
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.

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

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

you have to give credit where credit is due, and as much as i was waiting to not love this, it really is very well done beer, impressive even for what it is and who makes it, way way way hoppier than expected, and perhaps it was context that made this for my friends and i, we had some really crappy beers before this one, but it totally hit the spot, tastes fresh and even somewhat unique, and is drinkable beyond belief. lightly hazy and wheaty looking, unexpected there, and holding an inch of white head, light looking still, but full of character. i am amazed at how hoppy this smells and tastes, almost a citra complexion, but a little spice to it like cascade too, not sure what they use but it presents itself as fair new school and evolved for sam adams, and i like it! some good bitterness to finish too, but crisp and fast like a lager there at the end, but without appreciable yeast flavor which is interesting. a note of fresh squeezed orange, a little dry straw or hay, and finally a light grainy note. overall a really pretty good beer, better than its ratings when you catch it fresh, and a big surprise for us. great flavor and carbonation, love the low alcohol too. ill happily drink this when i encounter it again. good ole sammy a stepping it up!

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Photo of drtth
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The slightly hazy light golden colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with 1/2” fluffy white head that recedes slowly to a thin layer of foam on the surface and that leaves behind lots of nice ring of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates lots of small patches and legs of lacing, some of which side back down to the liquid while others cling to the sides of the glass.

The aromas are light, clean and crisp with some nice tropical citrus, some crackery malt, some floral character and some light grassiness.

The refreshing flavors are much as expected from the nose. There’s some light citrus, some fruitiness and some floral character here along with a bit of sweetness from the crackery malt that is nicely balanced with some grassy bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly crisp with the finely bubbled, prickly and persistent carbonation. The ending is dry, clean and both lightly crisp and slightly bitter with the grassy bitterness in the back of the mouth.

Overall I’m enjoying this beer and would gladly have another to follow it. It is well made and I expect to be having more in the future since it is both light in ABV and has some well balanced aromas and flavors that make it easy to drink. This easily drinkable beer might be a particularly nice one to have on offer for a barbecue or backyard party. However, for those who are looking for intensity of flavors, don’t bother with this one.

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Photo of Redneckwine
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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 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 ryan1788a5
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Sunny golden color with a soft haze. Bone-white head retains very well. Webby lacing.

S: Grain and dough, light toast, faint whiffs of yeast, restrained fruitiness (fermentation by-product), floral and grassy hops.

T: Grain and dough up front, lightly toasty. Yeasty. Earthy, grassy, and floral hop notes and only a very mild bitterness. Perhaps a quick hint of lemon rind too. Vague fruitiness. Dries sharply middle to end and finishes very quickly.

M: Medium bodied. Full, creamy, and chewy. Ample carbonation scrubs sharply and lends a deep crispness. It's like it evaporates and disappears off of the tongue.

O: I found myself really growing to like this one as I worked my way down the can. I also started gulping rather than sipping. It's an extremely easy beer to drink. Well balanced and with just enough hops to please the craft crowd without offending anyone else who might like to partake. The most memorable thing about it is the way it finishes: bone dry and easy. You could drink many of these in a sitting with no trouble at all. Sam has crafted a unique and uber-sessionable little brew here.

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Photo of Brad007
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
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 ichorNet
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Finally broke down and grabbed a sixer of this. Under $10 like pretty much all other SA is a pretty good deal, so why not? It's getting better reviews than I thought it would, and some friends of mine have admitted that it's one of the best "normal beers" they've had lately. Let's see what this is made of, shall we?

The pour here is actually pretty great. It has quite the voluminous head, building up to about four fingers at first with a moderate pour, though it eventually calms down to about a finger and a half with good legs as it fades, as well as some spotty lacing. Looks kinda like their Summer Ale in my glass... a yellow-ish, somewhat pale color with a little bit of gold behind the immediate facade of haze. Very strong retention on the head as I sip. Solid carbonation rising from the bottom of my glass as well. Overall, this is a great looking brew!

The nose is grainy and crackery with a focus on wheat-like malts. There's a slightly doughy complexion that eventually gives a bit of way, and I can discern some light notes of pithy citrus and florals underneath. Ranging from light notes of sweet orange peel, candied grapefruit and lemon to grassy undertones, this is a pretty nice smelling beer that doesn't try to do too much. It tries harder to be interesting than most boring AALs, and it's a little less "Noble hop" dominated than Boston Lager (and a lot lighter; closer to a wheat ale, really) overall as well, which gives it some character and differentiates it a bit from other SA beers. It's less herbal and strikingly citrusy/soapy than Summer Ale... probably the biggest different between the two is that this feels a little hoppier in the nose.

Flavor profile is rather plain and crackery, with some muted grapefruit and tangerine notes, but the finish is delightfully dry and lightly herbal in a simple and elegant way. I feel like I understand what they mean about this being a "union of lager and ale" on the can text. At first, I kinda just thought that was marketing speak, but it really does have some of the fruitier/estery character of an ale combined with the ubiquitously clean and super-refreshing finish. The carbonation is a bit bright and effervescent, but it does a nice dance with the grainy mid-palate that keeps the whole of each sip (or gulp) feeling rather open until the crisp and succinct finish closes things out.

I think for what it is, this beer is really good. I'm drinking my second in a row right now and haven't gotten bored of it yet. It doesn't have any super-complex flavors and it's not uber-hoppy or anything, but it also isn't watery or overly-adjuncted like some of SA's supposedly "drinkable" lighter seasonals. I think it would probably be better referred to as a "cream ale" on this site, but whatever. It's good stuff.

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Photo of stevoj
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Van from Boise Co-op. Got this for just the tick, but I quite like it. Hazy, pale golden pour with foamy head. Light aroma of citrus, lemon zest. Taste is light and grainy, more of the lemon notes. Smooth and crushable. Tasty to a fault.

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Photo of Jericho7x
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

While i cant pick out all the specifics like most, I can say this: It is a good little beer. I NEVER drink the domestic big names, and i dont like choosing Blue Moon. However, I REALLY can see me drinking this on a warm day. Very refreshing and not as thin as a domestic. Little cloudy, which I like because you know your not drinking a standard. I will buy again.

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Photo of Tiernan
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kevsauce
4.34/5  rDev +19.2%
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 Redskeleton
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed poured from can into chilled pilsner glass

Appearance
golden yellow in color with a fairly quickly receding head that you would similarly see with a light pilsner

Smell
light fruity smell with a touch of biscuity malt

taste
Drinking this reminds me of mowing the lawn. A very light malty grassy taste with some citrus notes.

feel
While having a light and citrusy taste this feels less acidic in the mouth than most would. the mouth feel is similar to a wheat ale

Overall i enjoyed this beer and its interesting characteristics. I think it will be a great beer for spring/summer and will be quite popular with its flavor and easy drinking capability

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Photo of deanwilson
2.81/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Franziskaner
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Straw yellow in color with a fingernail of eggshell white on top. The aroma is of light grain and lemon hop bitterness. I'm tasting lemon to floral hops and light grains in a very balanced showing. The mouth is very smooth, crisp, and refreshing.

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Photo of juicebox
4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopsForBrains
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zonian1
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LXIXME
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nmwhitehead
4.31/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Sam '76 from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 319 ratings