Infinium | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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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 Franz4
3.87/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Explosive head, a lot more like champagne than beer in that respect. Color of a blush wine with a tint of gold to it.

S- scents of sweet raspberries with a hint of straw to it, quite inviting actually.

T- fruity and sweet, lots of fruit flavors collide on pallate.

M- Very much like champagne here, probably just what they were going for

D- A nice experiment in brewing I think, but too sweet for just any occasion, and I wouldn't substitute this for champagne. Overall though it was quite enjoyable in small amounts.

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Photo of mariposafan
4.09/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours with a big, beautiful fluffy head over a medium amber body. Almost looks like a darker Duvel, but the head collapses much more quickly.

The aroma is citrusy hops with a little malt thrown in. Really reminds me a lot of Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Not a good thing, but not too bad, either.

The taste is a complete departure from the aroma. Very malty with some hops to back it up. Not sweet but also not dry. Very low bitterness with some nice richness. A comparison, for those who have had it, would be a drier version of Capital Brewing's Autumnal Fire with a little extra complexity. No alcohol noticeable in the taste which is amazing given that it's > 10% ABV.

The mouthfeel is very, very nice. Not too thick, not too thin and with the fine carbonation that you'd want from champagne.

It goes does very easily but it's rich enough that I wouldn't want many. And that's before the alcohol hits!

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Photo of TheSarge
4.21/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let's see here. An American and German brewery making a French style beer. Awe, who am I to judge... This is my first stab at this style, though.

I poured this brew into a champagne flute, and it made about four fingers of rich off white head, and the body is ultra clear and gold with lots of suds keeping the heads retention to a finger thick.

In the aroma, it is very fruity esters, dry candied sugar, some apple, and maybe coriander or something like that.

Taste wise, it's like biting into a golden delicious apple with some candied sugar.

Altogether, I feel this is a tasty brew. A bit too expensive for what it is. I'd say this is like any other Tripel or some brew of that nature.

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Photo of bort11
3.82/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked bottle poured into a Champagne flute. There is a quick flash of white fizzy head that disappears almost immediately and leaves no lacing. The body color is a clear dark yellow. Even though there is no head or lacing, there is still a lot of carbonation activity.

Once the cork popped there was an initial dry Champagne smell. As it warmed up it became a sweet, fruiter aroma. I was getting a lot of white grapes and apples. Hops barely make an appearance. A little floral flavoring blends in with the fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is a little heavier than a traditional Champagne, but the effervescent carbonation keeps it light and crisp. The yeast creates a bone dry finish.

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Photo of BigTuna612
2.46/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A- For a complex expected beer this was surprisingly golden amber-colored, clear and filtered. The intended bubbles of this style were not present and with a half finger head.

S- Aroma from this beer fruity, with apple, pear and spice. Overall quite appealing.

T- The initial flavor screamed of fermented apple cider with a ton of added malt. Imagine yourself on a deserted island with only caramels and apples and you must melt them down as your only source of sustenance. After a few days you find a skanky hop bush and throw a few hops in at the end just so you know that they are there. Very little hoppiness is present, maybe only at the end.

M- The carbonation is similar to that of champagne with very small bubbles that are easily detected with each sip. Somewhat thin but coats the mouth.

D- Overall each sip became less bearable. The flavors wore on you and just were not that desirable. I could not imagine drinking more than one glass at a sitting as this beer was high in alcohol content and strongly flavored.

Notes- This beer was purchased at a local watering hole and served in pint glasses. The champagne flutes depicted in the in the advertisement were not given to us by the female bartender. It was worth trying as we were very curious but I would not purchase again especially at the price and just was not that enjoyable.

Peace, Love, Big Tuna

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Photo of rdilauro
4.02/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The other night after we closed our liquor store, we settled down and had a bottle of Infinium. From the beginning, I knew there was something different with this beer. Coming from an extensive wine background, the first thing I noticed while pouring this was the very delicate bubbles in the glass. This is how the best champagnes also look.
The ale was a light golden color with not a lot of nose. But as soon as I had the first sip, I realized what they were after.
The basics. The taste was pure clean and very refreshing.
It did not have tons of flavors, nor any distinguishing tastes, but it was perfect to drink.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.02/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Popped the cork on this and shared with my wife after we signed our lives away on our new home.
I had a bitch of a time getting the cork out, and when I finally did pieces of it were still attached to the glass in the neck like they were super glued there. I can't imagine how hard this will be to pull out if someone lays one of these down.
Pours a crystal clear deep copper color with a massive pillowy white head that slowly dissipates but leaves massive lacing on the way down. Killer aroma of toffee, taffy, tropical fruits, and a touch of herbal from the hops. The aroma reminds me a lot of a well aged barleywine or very fruity saison. Taste is tropical fruity mixed with toffee. Bits of herbal hops cut through some of the sweetness as does a touch of alcohol. The overall taste is sweeter than I thought it was going to be, the semi sweet finish leaves a lingering fruity sweetness after every sip. Medium body, Medium high level of carbonation pricks the tongue a bit with every sip.
I really enjoyed this one its a very tasty beverage. Its not what I expected it was going to be, I thought it was going to be champagne like dry, but I was pleasantly surprised. If this wasn't 20 dollars a bottle I would sock some away for a rainy beer day, but since it is I will just have to say I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of sevopie
4.44/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Let me just state up front that this cork is a bitch and a half to get out. I love the effect of the cork, but I'm really starting to hate most of them as they are inevitably too tight.

Pours and amber/golden color with a large off white head thats somewhat thin, and disappears moderately quickly.

Mildly wine-like on the nose, some pear/apple fruit smells along with some vinegar and a touch of german hops.

Heavy fruit flavors dominate the initial taste, with peach, pear, apple, pineapple, and lemon all present. Finishes tart with some spice from the hops, but doesn't linger on the tongue for long at all.

The thinness surprised me a bit, as I was expecting more body and substance to it. As it is a champagne beer though, I suppose it fits. The carbonation is abundant here as well, and does its job to accentuate the tart and fruit flavors in the beer.

This is an incredibly easily drinkable beer for being over 10%, as there's merely a hint of the alcohol on the finish. Overall I'm impressed with this new creation, but I'm not blown away.

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Photo of mynie
3.56/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well... the presentation alone is worth twenty bucks. It's a gorgeous contemporary champagne bottle done up with patent medicine font and text.

And it pours purty, too. Super dark, like a beer, but just as fizzy as champagne.

Smells... oddly, like Sam Adams Boston Lager. Like, there's a 95% similarity, if you held the two up to my nose I'd easily confuse one for the other.

Tastes like SA's Boston Lager up front, like a really heavy, sweet, and yeasty version of SA's BL in the back. It's an astoundingly weighty beer, and every bit of it is beery. I don't know where the Champagneyness comes in. Theres's nothing vinous here, nothing even Belgiany. It's just like a really alcoholic, aggressively yeasted American version of an English Pale.

This is Sam Adam's version of that Budweiser celebration ale that AB released a few years back. I mean, I know they were both brewed in different ways, but they have the same affect. It's like a bigger, sweeter, bubblier version of the flagship. And while it works, it's nothing too special.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caught somewhere between a Belgain Saison, a German Hefeweizen, and a Champagne, this fruity and dry beer is a hearty compliment along side of any sparkling wine for the Christmas and New Years celebrations.

Pouring a hazy deep staw color, the beer carries a spritzy carbonation on a creamy looking malty base with a fluid head stance that retains and laces very well. Just a pace off of the driest of beers, this beer carries a bit more visual weight than I expected.

Tropical fruit aromas release a plethera of appricot, peach, pineapple, pear, mango, papaya, kiwi, and banana. Mild spice of white pepper, orange zest, clove, corriander, and a touch of cinnamon decorate the peripheries of the fruity/yeasty/briny scent.

Flavors of wheat breads, fresh yeast/fresh baked breads give a firm malty base to the beer. Bold flavors of moderate fruits give a firm but mellow pace to the beer while mild spices of cinnamon, lemongrass, and sasafrass give roundness and refreshment to the fruity/malty mid palate and ushers in a zest finish.

The effervescent start subsides to allow creaminess and a bready fullness in the middle of the taste. But the finish of herbal, alcoholic, hoppy dryness helps as the beer fades into the fruity/bready aftertaste.

Reminding me of classic Sahti's, Saisons, Hefeweizens, and sparkling wines, this beer borrows a lot of characteristics from fruity/spicy/characterful beers of bready/wheaty origins. Where challenging, I applaude the bravery of otherwise traditional brewers to get to these new blends of taste. It's just a step off of the pace of DeuS and Brooklyn's Sorachi Ale. Instead of the medium bready mid palate that makes the beer a bit fatty, I'd prefer much more dryness and spiciness driving toward the finish.

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Photo of crossovert
3.62/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml decorative foiled corked and caged brown bomber with a tag around its neck.

The cork opens with a loud pop. It pours a lot diferent than I was expecting. It is a medium to dark gold with a foamy white head that actually dissipates at a slower pace than I was expecting. It leaves some spotty lacing.

The smell is also unexpected. It has far more hops in it than i expected. It is a nice noble hop scent. There is also some honey apple, white grape, and bread.

The taste is pretty good. It isn't as magnificent as you want it to be, but it is good. There is a nice bit of alcohol in the profile along with white grapes. The hops that graced the smell are long gone. It has a cloying sweetness, but it isn't quite over powering. It does have some dryness, but not nearly as much as I was expecting. The main flavor here is "rotten fruit" alcohol, which might sound bad on paper but it is very champagne like. I wonder what a quick barrel aging would have done to it.

The carbonation is high, although the body is still pretty full.

It has some of the shortfalls that often occur in SA but overall it is a solid and unique beer. Not a 20$ beer, but buy one and share it it is the best you could do for it.

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Photo of champ103
4.17/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep amber/honey/orange color. The brightness is very stunning. At first a two finger white head forms that gently settles to a ring. Some sticky lace is left.
S: Big toasted malts up front. Crusty bread/biscuit. A dried fruity aroma as well that I love. Dried and fleshy apricot. I light caramel sweetness lingers. I love it.
T: Big toasted malts and fresh baked bread up front. A dry fruity flavor that follows the nose. Again, I get a lot of apricots. There is a nice caramel sweetness to balance everything out. Very clean flavors.
M/D: A medium to full body. Really crisp, clean, and dry. Very easy to drink. The alcohol is noticeable, but a good beer to sip on.

I really enjoy this beer. Very unique and interesting. More than that, it is also good. To many beers are just interesting to try once. Though I will finish the bottle without a problem, and probably get another bottle. Something I would recommend.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$20 for the 750 at Poplar Wine & Spirits.

Blindingly bright gold coloured, there's a smallish head of foam that's shrinking quickly leaving spotty lacing. There's just a few tiny bubbles streaming up from the bottom of my glass.

The smell is very hoppy and earthy and spicy. A peculiar nose and I'm on the fence whether I like it or not. I'll take more whiffs later.

The taste, well, is just as peculiar. There's a lot of hop action going on, some weird fruitiness, spicing that I have trouble identifying, earthy and slightly sweet malt, and boy is this sucker dry. That goes with the style but hell it is dry!

The mouthfeel at first feels thin but just before the swallow it comes across as very syrupy and has me befuddled. A ton of carbonation(right for style) with the mf and my tongue and throat are wondering what is going on.

Drinkability would be absolutely terrible if it wasn't for my palate getting some what used to what's going on with the beer. It's not nearly as bad as the words I've typed up there but this is not something I'd buy regularly. I do think it's worth a shot despite the high price tag.

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Photo of RichScherle
1.56/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Color/appearance - a bit darker than expected. A deep hued amber/orange. Expected more of a pale, duvel-like color. Nice frothy head with med to high carbonation

Nose - Very unappealing buttery note overwhelms the nose. Smells like a diacetyl tainted lager.

Taste - Again, the buttery note is strong and not appealing to my taste. I expected something drier, and more crisp and clean (soemthing like a duvel but without as much yeasty character). Underwhelmed. Came across as very flawed - diacetyl and strange finish (like a bad homebrew note which is hard to desribe). I don't see the connection to champagne.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, but could be drier.

drinkability - very low for me due to the overwhelming buttery note. Glad to try once but totally disappointed. This beer didn't do it for me.

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first foray into this style, which is good for such a hyped beer. Pour is a golden, light amber. Head builds sudsy and white, like a Belgian brew. Aroma is very unique, syrupy and sweet; lots of fruity notes blending with a pilsner-like base. Very complex brew; lots of bready notes, ale-like, with a lighter brew style. Finish is dry with a lingering semi-sweetness, like natural honey. This is one funky brew. I think these two breweries could have done better, probably collaborating on a strong brew or the like. But this brew certainly takes the cake in the complexity department. A definite brew to try.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A= The pour is a nice golden color with a huge white thick head on it that holds excellent retention and lacing on the side of the glass.

S= A swirl reveils a ton of alcohol. There is a little green apple and pears in it as well. Sort of fruity.

T= The taste is very unique for the beer. A little sweet very a dryer taste to it. A little hop bitterness as well. The yeast holds the dominate flavor in the fruityness.

M= Dry and clean. A lot of bubbles and a little tough to drink and filling.

D= The bubbles in here are a little much for me. The taste is about average. I can almost feel the headache coming in with each sip.

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.3/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Deep rich golden color with a robust head that goes down but still leaves you with a decent sized finger length.
S: Fruity hop notes with some real dryness that I can sense.
T: Fruity at first with a slight hop bitterness. This does get some sweet breadiness from the malt but finishes with a really thick candied sugar aftertaste. Might be a little overly sweet but good sugar notes.
D/M: Fantastic carbonation and great effect with the bubbles. Tickles the tongue but is still rather thick and sweet. Not overly drinkable but still a decent brew.

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Photo of KeefD
4.03/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hope these questions regarding this style are put to rest, and this stays as a Biere Brut because I need to tick off this style! Haha....

Review from notes:

Golden amber color, huge fluffy white head that takes forever to die down, lots of carbonation flowing to the top.

Aroma is an interesting mix of toasty malts, citrus, light mustiness, but overall, very clean smelling. Makes me wonder what kind of yeast was used in the fermentation and finishing. Tasting partner picked up pears, which I didn't notice until she said something.

Taste is difficult for me to describe. Flavor is very clean and light, with a decent caramel/toasty malt sweetness that gets washed away by the high carbonation. Hops give it a slight citrus edge, but they are not bitter in any way. Overall, it's just a toasty, semi-dry, and very clean tasting brew.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, carbonation isn't as biting as I expected. I thought i would have a Belgian-esque feel to it, but it doesn't, and that's good.

A very interesting beer. Nothing really stands out or blows me away, but it really is nothing like I've ever had before, and I do like it, but the price will keep me from ever buying it again.

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Photo of StevenBilodeau
4.13/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There has been a lot of hype about this beer. For about 6 months, I have been looking forward in popping the top off this one. The thing about this beer is that you have to go into it with an open mind, it's much different from an average beer. The style, Biere de Champagne / Biere Brut isnt't for every one. In this case, tasters must have an open mind when pouring their fizzy, foamy Infinium into glasses.

Another thing to consider, is the history behind this brew. Now, Sam Adams, has been around for 25ish Years now, but Weihenstephan has been around since 1040AD, and is by now the oldest ON-GOING brewery... not the oldest ever, but the oldest around. Now, another thing to consider is the style of beer Sam Adams and Weihenstephan picked, it is a rare style that is seen in Belgium and France which is not commonly seen in to many places even in the respected countries they are known to be from.

Finally, the opening:

The beer popped, with a fizzy like, "champagne" feel, or I guess Sparkling Wine, and poured into my glass a thin, straw yellow color, that glowed with bubbly intensity. The fizzy carbonation made a quick and tantalizing head, which was very effervescent. The aroma was somewhat sweet characterized from the malt, but crisp.

The overall aroma, was of lightly roasted sweet malts, banana peels, citrus, and some hoppy & yeasty notes.

The taste, was dry, kind of crisp on the palate, which was accompanied by a floral, apple, and citrus notes... followed up by some hop bitterness, and a firm alcohol finish, which was smooth but noticeable.

Overall, I was impressed with this beer, I didn't think that Sam Adams would have pulled it off, and I thought that Weihenstephan was being a little ambitious with this interesting collaboration, but I think it was very nice. Another keen point many beer connoisseurs miss on this one, is that it is approachable by the mainstream and the select palate alike. This is crucial fro marketing it, and marketing their products, I'm sure this isn't going to be the last collaboration that Sam Adams does with Weihenstephan.

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Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a clear golden yellow with a tall and thick off-white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, hints of banana, citrus, some yeast aromas, hops, and some spices I can't put my finger on.
T: Tastes of banana, citrus, apple, hints of some citrus-y hops, nice sweet malt base, and a hint of alcohol at the end.
M: Lighter feeling than I thought it would be but heavier feeling than it looks, perfect amount of carbonation, warming, smooth.
D: Very drinkable, this has some serious flavors to it while masking the high abv. Overall a really interesting collaboration beer.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a snifter glass. cork removal packs a big pop, reminiscent of a champagne bottle.

pours a mostly clear golden tone with a big, foamy 2 finger head. retention is middling; respectable lacing.

interesting nose on this one. fruity - notably banana, apple, and citrus - with notes of spices and some sweet maltines. something else i can't quite nail down, almost an astringency.

flavor opens with a distinct sweetness. the fruity characters and spice are evident, along with a muted presence of hops. alcohol is relatively well-hidden, noticeable mostly in the finish.

crisp, medium-bodied mouthfeel with high carbonation. a unique beer worth a try, and i would definitely be up to try it again, but i'm not convinced the $20 price tag is justified.

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Photo of Daktyls
3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear amber color with a foamy two finger head that dissipates to a fine lacing on the top of the brew. Constantly bubbling from the bottom of the beer.

S: Smells very yeasty. The first thing that I thought of when I smelled this beer is Polish Babka like my mom makes. Aside from the yeast smell, there isn't really too much else to this.

T: Well, I'm not going to lie here, I'm a little underwhelmed. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but there was a lot of hype behind this beer and I think I may have expected a little more that what it ended up being. Some of the flavors include a dry fruitiness with a bit of apricots and bananas with a little bit of citrus.

M: Bubbles on the tongue while drinking, enjoyable for sure. The right amount of carbonation for this lighter-bodied brew.

D: Quite drinkable, though again, I personally feel like this was a little underwhelming considering the hype behind the beer.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.5/5  rDev +36%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours light golden yellow. sits crystal clear, slightly burnished gold with lots of active carbonation yielding a fluffy off-white head, but so much that it lasts a long time. lacing is good. if you swirl the glass you can see helixes of bubbles floating around in the middle of the beer. its glorious!

Smell: wonderful fruitiness dominated by bananas and apricots. there is a mild spiciness and alcohol presence directly underneath the fruity tones. light bready, yeasty character, floral hops and Pils malt to round it all out. great depth of aromas

Taste: mellow, rounded, dry fruitiness displaying bananas and apricots with a light spicy character from delicate hops and well hidden alcohol. nice Pils malt character. great balance but definitelytilted slightly more towards fruity. finish is slightly dry and balanced

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with medium-high carbonation

Notes: fantastic beer! not sure if im tasting something all that innovative in terms of style but no doubt a wonderful brew.

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Photo of jsh420
2.8/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

pours clear bright gold with a huge 2+ finger fizzy whit head that faded to a film and left no lacing

smell is SA Noble Pils with more malt and booze

taste - noble hops fruity yeast/malt i get buttery malt and lots of grainy malts that make this beer very sweet

mouthfeel is medium/heavy? and sticky

drinkability is terrible - SA suckered me again - $18 a pop - for a heavier version noble pils i will pass on picking up another bottle

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Photo of Mora2000
3.11/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a clear golden color with a white head. The aroma is very sugary, along with a little bit of butter, wheat and citrus notes. Not sure why, but the aroma reminds me quite a bit of circus peanuts. The flavor is wheat, grain, bubblegum, more circus peanuts, alcohol and some citrus - lemons and oranges. The flavor is very sugary and boozy, so maybe this would benefit from some aging. Medium mouthfeel and a very high, prickly carbonation.

The beer is not bad, but for the $20 price tag and all of the hype surrounding it, I was very disappointed. Overall, the beer is a boozy, sweet mess with a lot of different flavors and aromas that don't meld well together. I expected more from two world-class breweries. Glad I got to try it, but at an extremely high price point, I will not try it again.

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Infinium from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.31 out of 5 based on 1,133 ratings.
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