Infinium | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

1,132 Ratings

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

Style: Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by LtCracker20 on 12-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of JoeBloe
3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into a few pilsner glasses on new years - very aggressive carbonation roils and boils in these glasses putting up a huge head on top of straw colored liquid - like champagne, but with incredible head retention - a nose of fruity esters - apple/pear/banana - following thru in the taste - yes, it's like beer meets champagne - can't taste 10% abv - a little heavy on the tongue yet crisp due to the fizzy carbonation - it's ok and I'm glad to have tried it - interesting...

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Photo of orangedive
2.73/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Poured into a champagne flute. It pours a nice amberish, golden color with a big thick cream colored head that recedes quickly. The bubbles make it a little effervescent.

Smell - Fruity, mostly apples and a little citrus. There's some sort of vinegary sour smell, but I can't put my finger on it. Not a bad smell. Malt and some citrusy hops notes as well. Nothing spectacular.

Taste - Quite malty up front--hops are present but take a backseat to the malt. Pretty well balanced, however. Reminds me of a barleywine. There's a bit of sour orange on the finish that stays with you. Not as refreshing as I expected and it's not as light as advertised. Certainly not as light as a champagne. There's very little hint of alcohol--you wouldn't know it is 10.3 abv.

Drinkability - Not as drinkable as a champagne and much heavier than I expected. Not a terrible experience, but certainly not a beer I will seek out frequently.

Mouthfeel - A little chewy, some kind of nuttiness that stays with you.

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Photo of shand
4.16/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an oversized pilsner glass.

This beer looks great. It's extremely carbonated and pours with a huge head, at least 8 fingers worth. The head retains and laces fairly well. The smell is also very good, it's very fruity with just a hint of esters from the alcohol. The taste is also quite good, it's a very fruity taste at first, with then some hops that follow, and some smooth malts and alcohol.

The mouthfeel is spot-on for what they were trying to achieve, it's very smooth and very carbonated. The drinkability is also quite good, especially for the ABV. I really enjoyed the bottle of Infinium I had. Is it worth the price? Probably not. But it's still a great beer that I'm glad I had.

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Photo of zhanson88
2.84/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Infinium pours a light straw color with a couple fingers of egg shell-white head. Retention is very nice as this beer has a ridiculous amount of carbonation, as advertised. Lacing is fine and abundant.

Smell: Very biscuity and bready, with some citrus and minor hop notes on the back end. Reasonable but not outstanding by any measure. Edit: the more I sit and take my time on this beer, the more diacetyl/butter I get. Really not appealing at all.

Taste: Bready malts show up first in this beer. Next comes light citrus and fruity notes (pear, pale apple). Again, some minor hop notes on the back end. I do get a bit of diacetyl in there too, but not too strong. Edit: the diacetyl gets MUCH stronger as the beer warms. Not good.

Mouthfeel: Body was very light with high carbonation, obviously. Overall this is an okay beer from Boston Beer/Weihenstephaner. Not something so seek out (or buy for the price), but decent nonetheless.

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Photo of samie85
3.74/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a pear juice colored yellow with fine bubbles and three fingers of white head.

S-Big notes of butterscotch with some light pilsener malt and a bit of grassy hops.

T-Follows the nose with butterscoth, green apples, and a light bitterness on the finish.

M-Rich and luxurious malty, mouthfeel that is balanced by the fine champagne-like carbonation with a buttery feel.

D-Not bad considering the incredible amount of maltiness considering they only used base malt. A very interesting beer.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.62/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

750 mL corked, caged, and foiled bottle, cracked at 11:59:59 on 12/31/2010 ... about as close as I could get to cracking champagne on NYE. Poured in to several champagne glasses for friends, family, and my significant other, with the remainder poured in to a tulip for yours truly to review.

Appearance: Pours a dark orangey amber copper, sort of that color that you'd expect to get out of a mediocre IPA or a solid DIPA. This one's capped by two fingers of foamy, fizzy white head, the impact of which is muted somewhat by the number of glasses I've spread it across - I've no doubt (given the carbonation) that the head on this mama would have been fierce had she been poured all in one glass.

Aroma: Very tropical fruit-ty on the nose, with tons of pineapple (oh my lord! what pineapple.), mango, and honey notes that mingle with heavier malt notes - crackery, simply sweet all the way - and booze. It's a little hot, though interesting and even mildly nuanced at points in its fruity approach.

Taste: Simply sweet malts, syrupy, honey-like, with lots of raw, free, unattenuated sugars, mingling with cane-sugar drenched tropical fruits - pineapple, orange juice, a slew of tart, tropical fruity notes. It's definitely intense, slightly syrupy, a little cane sugar like, as if someone ransacked a canned food drink, popped every can of fruit half full, and drained the syrup in to a central repository and fluffed it up a little. It's a little too fruity at points, and a little too sweet all around, to be sure, with hints of overy buttery-ness too. A very Belgian tripel-esque note around the edges suggests green fruits and cloves.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy, bright, and amazingly crisp, but in a thick, syrupy, sticky body. Sort of a wash between the two, and it does manage to be remarkably soft, smooth, velvety, so I'm gonna have to say ... pretty good show for the style.

Drinkability: All over the board here. Yeah, this one's a little bit of a hot mess. Some ups, some downs, but on the whole, I think there's a reason the German purity law (yeah, yeah, I'm not gonna try and spell it out here) lasted as long as it did unperturbed - it never produced a beer that had this many off funky off flavors, fruity overtones, and boozy heat notes. Keep 'em more subdued than this, please.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.77/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My first beer and first review of the second decade of the 21st century.

750-ml corked-and-caged bottle poured into a pilsner flute.

The pop of the cork is like that of the fireworks exploding in the night outside my window. Deep golden in color, it's reminiscent of an all-malt lager, perhaps a good Pils. The thick white head crackles loudly, echoing the bursting firecrackers, and fades away almost as quickly. A constant stream of fine bubbles is--aside from the bottle--the only part of the beer's appearance that harkens back to Champagne. Bubbly isn't known for its head retention, after all. The head settles to a thick cap that leaves behind some thick, patchy lacing as the glass drains away.

Aroma is quite fruity, displaying notes of the vine similar to those of Champagne or Prosecco; a particular Prosecco/Chardonnay blend comes to mind. Notes of grape, apricot and lemon zest are apparent, with a slight herbal quality and a faint hint of must. Very intriguing.

A rather full body is lightened mightily by the bright effervescence, making it feel much softer than it is. Sweet, honeyed malt notes combine up front with ripe stone fruit to set the stage. As things play out, a tart, fruity acidity takes hold, encompassing the palate with notes of sour grape, orange, earth and hay. A distinct pale malt sweetness shows up mid-palate, and faintly herbaceous hops provide a faint backdrop before combining them all near the end, leading to a finish that is long and medium-dry with lingering notes of honey, must, wet earth and tart green grape.

This is certainly one difficult brew to place. Boston Beer Company and Weihenstephan have certainly created something noteworthy, but as it stands, this brew is not something inherently drinkable; it is best consumed in somewhat smaller doses, perhaps similar to Champagne, but when consumed thusly it can seem cloying at times yet quenching at others. Alcohol is a bit warming at points, but is otherwise nearly invisible, so at over 10% it's best to play it safe as far as quantity goes.

Innovative? Yes. Mind-blowing? No. An entirely new beer style? Debatable. Regardless, this one should stand up to aging just as any fine Champagne, so save it for special times, and be sure to share it with friends.

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Photo of WhistlingBird
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow. My first beer in 2011 was the Infinium. Popped the cork on the bottle shortly before midnight, poured into a champagne glass.

Poured golden in color with a nice foamy head. Real bubbly, champange like. Didn't leave much lacing on the side of the glass, and the foamy head disappates kinda quickly.

It has a real nice beer aroma, and dry champange finish. This is a beer for special occasions and I'm glad I saved it for NYE. I have no idea why I hesitaded picking it up. It's definately not an everyday beer or an all night drinking beer, but to celebrate something special works great. It has a nice fruity aftertaste.

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Photo of Urbancaver
2.8/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- a muted amber appearNce with a lot of foamy head

Smell - hops on the nose with a lot of malt. Smells like a strong malt liquor

Taste - malts malts and more malts. A bit of hops in the background with some light fruit flavours.

Mouthfeel/drinkability- fairly drinkable but not very good. Overall I'm very disapooointed.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: golden amberish with a huge head

smell: not much, some nutty aromas. pilsner malt

taste: apples, caramel, buttery, fruity. lots of flavors and way more malt backbone than expected.

mouthfeel: medium bodied, more than expected.

drinkability: serious hype and it was actually a decent beer and being way more complex than expected.

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Photo of Richardberg
3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - poured into a tulip right around midnight. Golden hue, transparent, like a standard (not lite) lager basically. Definitely well carbonated, based on the strong cork pop and ongoing fizz 1/2hr later, but head is only moderate. Great retention & sticky lacing though.

S - sweet grapes, green apple, a yeasty character I can't quite place -- not outright funky, more like an abbey dubbel

T - moderately sweet light malts, from start to finish. Pleasant, but not much else going on save a whiff of ethanol.

M - fizzy yet smooth-sipping, which is a kinda unusual (but welcome) combo. Could use more body though, despite light character, considering it's over 10%.

D - pretty easy to drink, has some nice qualities...but overall, not really digging it.

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Photo of brystmar
3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into an oversized flute.

A: golden copper with TONS of white head. Tiny bubbles, good retention, strong lacing.

S: sweeter than I expected. Phenols, malt, a touch of fruit. Nice, but not great.

T: again, sweeter than expected at the start. Some spice and booze as we move forward but really nothing super interesting here. Finishes dry.

M: surprisingly creamy after the head dwindles. Much of the carbonation left with the pour, but a fair amount remains to remind you this isn't your everyday brew.

D: not tough to drink, but one glass is plenty for me. Interesting way to bring in the new year, even though I'm not in love with the style. I'll give the Malheur a shot before writing it off entirely though.

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Photo of gford217
3.31/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear bubbly amber gold with bye fluffy white head. Good retention and decent lacing.

Aroma is super sweet with some flowers and honey. Sweet yeast as well.

Again, very sweet taste with heavy syrup, caramel, and sugar.

Mouhfeel is heavy and syrupy with lively carbonation.

Not all that impressive as it's way too sweet and not drinkable.

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Photo of lsnadon
2.31/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I managed to find this at one of my usual spots in town, and for the town I live in (Cheyenne, WY), that is a surprise. Since picking this up, I was just dying to try it, really looking forward to it.

It looks beautiful in the glass, actually, Champagne Flute - nice and bubbly and the head holds quite well. A nice light golden color, really pleasing to the eyes.

I really picked up nothing on the aroma, just a normal beer to me.

Real thin and bubbly on the tongue, but then again, Sam and the boys at The Boston Beer Company were shooting for that effect, yes?

But now I have to tell about the taste - I kept trying to come up with a good way to describe this to you. It is fruity, but too sharp as well. It actually makes me shake my head like you do when something is way to sour on the first drink - not like you'd do from the alcohol feeling after knocking back a shot of cheap bourbon, but along those lines. Ahhh... it just hit me! Brush your teeth real good and then drink some orange juice - that kind of sensation.

I really have to sum this up with this description - imagine it is 10 AM on the 1st day of the year and you mix some of the leftover beers with some of the leftover sparkling wine from the night before. Not completely undrinkable, but not something you might look forward to.

I read one of the other reviews and I agree completely - as a home brewer, if I made this one, I would not be able to share it with my friends.

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Photo of rootbeerman
2.18/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

first beer of 2011
A: poured into a champagne goblet, with a finger of head, pale yellow body.
S: exactly like a stick of butter, i hate putting a something down like this but its just weird.
T: butter again, i feel horrible that this was an Christmas gift to my father, id rather have a stick of butter. there are barely any hops. overall its butterscotch.
M: very bubbly, sticks to the palate.
D: it may be drain poured, ive had better higher carbonated beers. this is just weird. overall its way to buttery. the bottle art is the only thing i give an A

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Photo of socon67
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

A - Copper with lots of carbonation

S - Flowery, sweet of fruit, and yes, it reminds one of champagne.

T - Very sweet (a little too much I think) and has a belgian style finish to it. Interesting.

M - I found the carbonation a bit much, and it is rough to drink this more than some sips at a time.

D - By the second glass I was done. Share the bottle among friends. All you need is a small sample ot enjoy.

It was interesting and a fun beer by SA. But not one I'd highly recommend.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Infinium pours a clear light copper color with a huge, frothy white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind a coating of lace on the glass.

The aroma has notes of light fruit, such as white grape and raisin, mixed with pale malt, lemon zest and coriander.

Each sip of this medium-full bodied beer is slightly, dry, with a firm carbonated fizz on the palate. The flavor is malty with tastes of pale and amber malt, light fruit notes of white grape. It finishes spicy with a flavor of clove. Once gone the sweet malt and spicy notes linger on the palate.

This beer reminds me of a Belgian triple. Malty with a nice spicy note.

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Photo of welldigger888
1.42/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Ok, so holly cow what a head.Poured into a champagne glass,BIG snow white head with no lacing but nice assortment of bubble sizes though.
Very effervesant brew, gold straw color.
Not much in the nose to make me believe this is beer,wow.Sweet grape type of aroma.
Interesting on the pallate, loads of carbonation with some sweet & tart wine like flavors.Very dry finish.
I could not drink much of this, glad I popped at a party to share.

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Photo of SteveO1231
2.22/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Picked up a bottle for my birthday / New Year celebration. The presentation on this beer is far better than it's contents. Very elegant, black 750ml botte. Laser etched label, foiler wrapper, cork n' cage, info booklet attached with shiny rubber band.

The beer pops with the pressure of a bottle of champagne. Pours a pale golden color, some big white bubble that fizz out quickly.

Aroma is interesting, oaky, grassy, hay bail, wet cardboard.

Full-bodied, highly carbonated brew fizziness tingles the palate and leaves some slickness.

Taste is not very good. Very faint sweetness up front that is washed away quickly by a yeasty mustiness, a lot of oak flavors coming through here, almost tastes infected.

The brew finishes dry with an aftertaste of heartburn.

Really this beer is not very good. I am disappointed I was expecting much more considering the price. As homebrewer, if I brewed this, I would not serve it.


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Photo of billab914
2.84/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very nice looking packaging for the beer. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Lost Abbey Sinner stemware. It poured amber in color with a lot of tiny, streaming bubbles making up an active and fizzy head. The head settled after a minute or so but a steady of stream of bubbles continually rose well into drinking it.

It has a very interesting aroma to it. It has a distinct, sweet candy or caramel like flavor to it that really sticks out. I get a fruity, apple or pear like flavor to it as well. A little of the citrusy and floral flavors come out but the candy caramel flavor is a little overbearing.

The taste starts out with some of the tart and fruity flavors, which are a little sharp right off the bat. It starts to turn very sweet midway with the candied, caramel like flavors taking over. A little bitterness comes towards the finish Some of the tart fruits come back and linger for a bit. The malty, candy, caramel flavor throughout the beer is a little much though.

The mouthfeel is a bit above medium bodied with carbonation being high and sharp. The combination of a heavier mouthfeel and high carbonation also didn't really work that well for me. Had it been lighter I think it could have pulled it off better. The high carbonation fir the style though.

Drinkability isn't that great, it wasn't easy for the two of us to get through the bottle tonight. The dominating caramel, candy, sweet flavor just didn't work well for me. Cool packaging and story but not a beer I'd buy again.

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Photo of jcd2010
2.4/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It's New Year's Eve and I"m drinking Infinium, just like Sam Adams wanted me to. :-)

I poured it into a white wine glass. It comes off a little more golden than a champagne, and looks kind of like a budweiser.

Smells a little fruity.

Tastes like Andre's champagne. Not a fan.

Overall, I"m the type of person who likes to try something new so I"m not upset that I bought it. However, I won't be buying it again.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.6/5  rDev +42%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a champagne flute.

Pours deep golden with a big, stark white head. Very effervescent, like champagne. Head drops down to about a quarter inch, made up of mostly tiny bubbles. Leaves a little lacing.

Aromas of sweet malt, hard candy, and earthy, slightly citrusy hops. Quince notes.

First sip is of sweet caramelly malt, apricots, with a firm bitterness. Lots of champagne-like qualities, a little bitter edge, mild sweetness. A fine hint of chalkiness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, with a hint of chewy malt, and a very fine prickle of carbonation. Very much like champagne on the mouthfeel, with a little more body.

Very drinkable. Very nice New Years Eve choice. I will enjoy finishing off this bottle tonight as my last review of the year. I find it very enjoyable.

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Photo of bcostner1
3.7/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I found this beer in Nashville, I bought 5 bottles of it. Shared 2 of them with my bro-in-law over Christmas, gave him one of them to take back to TX, and am drinking #4 right now. So, I'm reviewing it after some extensive "experience" with the beer.

A: Poured, as per recommendation, a champagne flute this time. I actually drank some from a Tiffany crystal mug too and I have to say that when it's in the flute, it actually does look like champagne from the color and the way that it bubbles. Well carbonated beer. Maintains a thin white head from the continuous bubbling. As hard as it is for me admit that I'm drinking "beer" from a champagne flute, I'm actually enjoying it more this way. Maybe because it's New Year's Eve(?)

S: Smells sweet, like honey. Mild malt aroma. No detectable hops.

T: Starts out sweet to me. Can definitely detect honey. The middle tastes like white grapes. Aftertaste is definitely malt. Can taste it on my lips too. I like the way it tastes a lot honestly....but I like beers that are more malty, without being too much so, than hoppy so this is right in my wheelhouse. I have seen people compare it to "malt liquor" in forums on here and I think that is unfair and unfortunate because it is definitely many cuts above malt liquor.

M: Light but bubbly. Well carbonated. Nothing about this beer is heavy.

D: Extremely drinkable. Cannot tell that it's 10+% alcohol at all. Very light, non-filling, and smooth. I'd have no problem finishing off a bottle...slowly that I could savor it, but could it be done.

All in all, I have enjoyed Infinium this holiday season. I think I will sit on the last bottle for about 6 months and see how it changes with time but will still likely drink it by the "recommendated date" set forth by SA.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.02/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden yellow with an amazing 3 finger white head, unfortunately the head does fairly quickly

S: Smells amazingly fruity, with some grassy and citrus hops

T: Pretty much the same as the smell. The alcohol is actually very well hidden behind the fruitiness and carbonation... that is until it has warmed up a little. Once it's not fridge temp, the alcohol is definitely there

M: Fairly light, highly carbonated

D: One of these is good for me, especially considering the price. Not a bad beer at all, in fact much better than some of the reviews I've read. Glad I waited until New Years Eve/New Years to pop it open

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a flute, the beer pours a clear golden color with a couple inch off-white head. Little bubbles continuously move from the bottom of the glass to the top. Head retention is good, with a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is nice, but weak. The brew smells like bready malt, apples, grassy hops and an herbal/floral aroma. It tastes like white grapes, pears, bready malt, grassy hops, a weird bitter flavor (not bitter in a good way) I don't know exactly what it is, and a bit of apples and booze. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's well carbonated and has a dry finish. Drinkability is average. Overall I think it's an OK beer. It's not bad, but I don't think it's too good, either. It was nice to try this beer, but looking back now I certainly could have spent that $20 in better ways.

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Infinium from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.24 out of 5 with 1,132 ratings
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