Infinium | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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3.24 w/ 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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Ratings: 1,132 |  Reviews: 516
Photo of hotzenklotz
3.76/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle in Berlin brewed by Weihestephaner. I did get two champagne-like glasses with it.

The beer pours a golden body with clear white head that quickly disolves. It smells very beery with strong emphasis on malt notes.

However, once you take you first sip you will experience something completely different.
I tasted some pleasent sourness up front together with fruit aromas (maybe some apple?). The finish brings out a clean, dry and straight forward malt character. Given the high amount of alcohol (10%) you do not taste any of it, which is pleasent.

Do not expect it to taste like your everyday beer or to be full of crazy hop aromas. This beer tastes very much like a good sparkling wine.
Interstingly all of this achieved while still following the strict rules of the Reinheitsgebot (only water, malt, hops and yeast allowed as ingridients). It is good to see how these boundaries can be pushed to the limit.

Would I recommend it? Certainly to someone who likes champange or is open-minded enough for something completely unique in the beer world. It is not for people who love imperialized beer and big brews.

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Photo of djmichaelk
2.22/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Beautiful 750ml bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a hazy gold, with a couple of fingers of off-white head that recedes quickly to a thin cap. Nice lacing.

S - Strange aromas - a mix of wheat, dark sugar, and something that reminds me of vegetable soup. Nothing like I'd expected, and not very pleasant.

T - More of the same. Heavy elements of grain and maybe corn. A slight sweetness around the edges. The only thing saving it is the very short dry finish. But it also has a dark aftertaste that is almost as bad.

M - Great carbonation, but not as light as some bubbly that I've had.

D - The flavors coupled with the high abv make this a certain one-and-done. Not a drain-pour, but I'm struggling to finish the (large) bottle.

O - Factoring in the price, this is certainly a disappointment, as others have noted. The presentation is very nice, but the beer doesn't live up to it.

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Photo of gskitt
3.81/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised to see so many bad reviews on Infinium. Had it for New Years and liked it a lot. Pours a shiny golden color with lots of fizzy bubbles, champagne like. Smelled fruity, pears, peaches maybe. Tasted like I expected and that wasn't bad, fruity and fizzy, great for toasting, had little hops and little alcohol which was surprising considering its ABV. Mouthfeel was dry and pleasant, flavors did not linger. Drinkability may be limited, this was a solid toasting beer.

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Photo of ZX6Chris
2.06/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

A friend of mine popped this open New Years Eve at our favorite watering hole.

I wasn't expecting much so I wasn't disappointed when that was delivered.

Had a decent appearance, very buubbly. Smelled sweet, tasted sweet, no hops and there was something in the background that was very off-putting. The mouthfeel was appropriate.

The bottle looks cool though.

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Photo of gfreed
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First beer of 2011. As a novel alternative to champagne, this is not bad: it's a happy, bubbly, belch-inducing brew with a lemony-golden color similar to that found in Weihenstephan's lager (a family favorite at my house). The finish is dry; the body is light; the hop presence is low; it's fun to drink. The bottle weighs a ton and would make a handy, well-decorated weapon. The taste is a bit fruity, with cantaloupes and pineapples dominating. As a beer, it's a novelty. Not sure I'd buy a bottle, but if you handed me a glass I'd certainly drink it and ask for another.

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Photo of dtivp
3.22/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear honey gold into a flute glass with a very large frothy white head ( almost champagne bubbly) with moderate retention and some nice lacing.

Aroma was sweet along with bready malt.

Taste was doughy with malt and some sweetness of pear and candy sugar, not as sweet as the aroma lead me to think it would be.

Mouthfeel was a light body with huge amount of carbonation, very champagne like. After warming the beer does settle down and is much more enjoyable. I was surprised the alcohol was very well masked for the 10.3% ABV.

This is an average beer, I was concerned with the Champagne bottle that it was in, however, I was glad that I tried it, was a little pricy and I should have saved it to bring in the new year.

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Photo of Ambiorix
4.33/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright copper, bubbly pour with a dense, pillowy white head.

S: Vinous, fruity, clean malt aroma. Bready. Slightly floral delicate hop nose.

T: Biscuity malt, slightly fruity, nice hop flavor. good level of hop bitterness to the finish which was refreshing and dry. Very champagne-like.

M: Bubbly, medium full mouthfeel.

D: Very tasty. A nice balance between malt and hops. The alcohol content was well-hidden--no heat or solventy notes. I enjoyed it, though I don't know if I'd add it to my cellar collection.

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Photo of jimbutlermusic
1.98/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked this up for a Midnight toast on NYE. I was surprised when I found a bottle at the local Hannafords in Keene, NH last week.

It looked fine, very bubbly, a nice golden color. The aroma was really fruity and sweet, much more than I had anticipated. The taste was a let down to say the least. Of the four people who tried it, I was the only one who had more than one sip, and I only did because I felt like I had to after spending 20.00 on the bottle. I was expecting more of a beer taste than the really sweet, fruity champagne taste I had instead. To me the taste was all fruit and sweetness and nothing to balance against it. There was some malt aftertaste, but not enough. I ended up saving the bottle, but pouring the rest out.

This is my first review and I wanted it to be a positive one, but hopefully that will be the next one...I have a 12 pack of the Peak Organic sampler just waiting to be enjoyed!

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Photo of vener812
2.73/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Like many others had this "champagne" style beer on New Years Eve. I Was very much looking forward to this Weihenstephaner
and Sam Adams crossover brew. Sadly though I was very disappointed in this $20 bottle done by two big name breweries.

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Photo of PBoegel
2.39/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured the big old funky looking 750 ml bottle into a Pilsner Urquell Flute on January 1, 2011. I'll quickly note that my bottle had a sticker slapped on the bottom to denote that some of this beer was brewed in Hammandsport NY. First pour at roughly cellar temp ~55

The beer looks great. Really bright golden with near perfect clarity and a dense thick head and big foamy bubbles couple of inches thick, stark white, effervescent with fairly large bubbles of carbonation and signs of lacing.

Aroma should hints of pear, bazooka bubble gum, hard candy like jolly ranchers. Some orange and floral alcohol hit the nose a lot.

It all goes south in the mouth. This beer has a horribly harsh alcohol ester flavor, not really fusel to say, but really tangy and bubble gum like a cheap wine. Nearly impossible to get past that flavor I tried a good three gulps and that is all I got. First glass, drain pour, let bottle refrigerate a while. Came back poured again, beer still has the same nice look, virtually the same aroma but a touch more crisp malt note. Flavor is still an unappealing heavy twang of funky ester laden alcohol.

The mouthfeel for this beer is just all wrong, for a pale high alcohol beer it is thick medium to near full bodied with a lingering cloying feel. It should come off dry and crisp and it feels like an under attenuated mistake that is hard to return to you palate.

Not drinkable at all. For two breweries that I have a lot of respect for (Vitus is one of my favorite go to beers and Sam Adams makes really good beers and effort in most instances in my opinion - example I thought that their Barrel Series Tripel was outstanding, if not lacking the barrel character) this beer is really an utter disappointment. At $20 a bottle, it was a total rip off and one of only a few drain pours I can lay claim to. It was impossible to drink.

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Photo of mvmalesci
3.8/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a great way to start the new year!!!

A: poured into a tulip. A champagne hue with an excellent head, leaving a sweet lace the whole way down the tulip.

S: sweet.

T: light malts and yeast. Hint of alcohol...

M: Loud!!! Very carbonated, reminiscent of a Brut

D: Easy to drink. Excellent collaboration.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.14/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a golden honey hue with an immense cream-colored head that fades incredibly slowly... intense fine carbonation keeps the head going and leaves some pretty stellar lacing.

aroma is yeasty, doughy, bready. reminds me of sourdough starter mixed with hay. raisins, toffee, nougat. more yeast... earthy and bready.

taste is doughy and intense. a hint of booze... didn't want to believe it, but I'm getting that malt liquor flavor. intense sweet boozy malt. reminds me of Carlsberg Elephant... which is alright out of a big can. but not sure about this. Earthy malt with some toffee. almost english barleywine.

mouth is oddly sticky and gummy despite the ample carbonation. Not quite as light and smooth as other biere de champagnes I've had. not horrible, but not quite what I'd expect for the style.

all in all, I really wanted this one to be awesome. and even approaching it expecting little, I can't say I'm thrilled. Glad I tried it, and certainly interesting, but the flavors and mouth just don't quiet jive for me.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.46/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

GLASS: Flute
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
BEST BEFORE: July 2011

It's very pretty in the glass. It has a medium amber color to it with light hints of golden orange and a touch of burnt sienna. A medium pour produces a head that is almost three-fingers thick. It is bone-white and very fluffy. It surprises me by hanging around for a few minutes. It recedes to a 1/16" surface covering film and leaves some nice, thick, strands of lacing.

Light notes of golden fruit sweetness. Very good presence of maltiness. A good deal of yeast and a slight trace of hops. It is somewhat reminiscent of a high-octane tripel.

Loads of pale and medium malt notes are all over this thing. Not really what I had prepared for. Very much towards the sweet side of the spectrum. Big hints of white grapes and 'golden delicious' apple flesh. No real hop bite or bitterness, but it does manage to finish quite dry. The malty sweetness and some spiciness come through right at the end as well, and manage to linger for a little while.
(If this were a champagne, it would be a spumante.)

This has a medium body and a high level of carbonation. It's filled with tons of tiny champagne bubbles. This help it stay lively, active and crisp, on your tongue. No real sense of creaminess, which I was somewhat expecting.

It's fairly easy-to-drink, yet too sweet to really want to. The bonus here is that for a 10.30%abv beer, it certainly doesn't show it. But you sure do feel it, effects-wise. It just sneaks up and slams you.
Very glad to have had the chance to try this one. It's not what I'd hoped for from such a collaboration, but it's not horrible, either. I'm already hoping that if they collaborate again (next year?), they make a different beer than this one. I'd buy a bottle again, if it's the same, but I'd rather that it was different.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.64/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From 12/31/10 notes. Thanks to nmann08 for sharing this one; thanks Nate.

a - Pours a clear golden/amber color with one inch of fluffy white head and high carbonation evident. Looks great, what I imagine they were aiming for.

s - Smells of bready malts, biscuit malts, butter, and sweet fruity malts.

t - Tastes of wheat, grain, bready malts, and butter again. Little bit of sweetness but not as much as the smell.

m - Light body and high carbonation, like champagne. Crisp, dry body.

d - A decent beer, but ultimately disappointing. I know a lot of people have been bashing this beer lately, but it really is a below average beer. Not the worst, but I found the smell and taste bready and buttery, and below average. Glad I got to try it, but certainly not worth the $20 price tag in my opinion. Wouldn't look to get again.

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Photo of bloomlax33
4.23/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just as we were finishing dinner with both sets of parents on New Years Day dinner I brought out this interesting bottle that everyone thinks is champagne, of course it is not. After a long battle with the cork, it took forever to get this out!!!

A: Pours a golden hue with a big frothy head just like champagne and also is bubbly like champagne. We all are very excited to try it but don't want to rush this experience. Looks amazing.

S: Sweet and tartness is what I am getting here with a light fruitiness. Even though there is such a high alcohol content here, 10.3 I think, you can not smell the alcohol.

T: Well, I got a very sweet and fruity taste and really enjoyed this. No lingering aftertaste and was very surprised how well this tasted, in fact wish this was our New Year's Eve bottle instead of the champagne we had.

M: Dry finish with a very light carbonation feel in the mouth. This is not your every day beer.

D: For the price, it is better than the champagnes out there at this level and a great taste. I would not want more than the two glasses that I did have, but can't wait to open my 2nd bottle!!! Great drink with a higher ABV and impressed with only using 4 main ingredients to get this taste.

I have read some of the reviews, you have to remember as Sam Adams stated, this is a beer to toast with and not a session beer.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.51/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Wow, what a let down celebrating new year. I didn't expect a great beer, but at least something drinkable. Thankfully I had other beers for back up duty.
Pours a faded golden color with a massive, big, fluffy white head. Has promise to be crisp or carbonated, just what I was looking for.

Aroma is faded a bit it seems. Dried apricot, white grapes, sweetened caramel and some green grass.

Uh, taste falls flat on its face. Super sweet caramel, musky grass, stale or severely overripe pear. Blah.

No carbonation whatsoever belying the foam from the pour. Flat and slick. Boozy. Nobody liked it...poured half the bottle out--kept the bottle.

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Photo of nukem5
3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just as dinner was ending out comes this beautiful bottle that everyone think is champagne, to their surprise and my delight it is not.

A: Pours an awesome orange/golden hue, big frothy head just like champagne and very bubbly, I am very excited to try it but take my time enjoying the hard work and time which went into this creation.(The first pour overflows the Champagne Flutes)

S: Sweet and malty punch the nose hard,light fruitiness comes slowly but sweet like pears or apples.Surprisingly no alchohol esters or even hint of what a high ABV are hidden within.

T: Sweet and fruity, not like some of the darker fruit tastes but almost like a nectar of apricot or peach but I do get a hint of some dark cherry in there hidden deep within. Something a bit off is there also but cant tell what it is but it seems out of place...?

M: Dry finish and light body, make a nice combo along with a slightly warming finish. Nicely carbed but as far as regular beer is concerned over carbed because of this highly carbed state it forces a new aroma as you enjoy it.

D: A bit high in the price but a most fine example of what can be achieved with minimal ingredients(Reinheitsgebot), easy to forget about the 10% ABV but overall a great product from both world masters Sam Adams and Weihenstephan very much a masterpiece.Sadly I did not enjoy it as much as I hoped Taste=$$$ off a bit

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Judging by the number of reviews posted for Infinium over the last 24 hours (~40 or so), I think I can safely say that I am not the only BA who thought of popping the cork on this beer for New Year's Eve. I actually didn't pop the cork. In fact I could barely get it out. After many tries and ultimately resorting to a corkscrew I managed to break the cork in two. More trouble ensued when I tried to extract the bottom half of the cork. I did manage to get most of it out and chip the rim of the bottle in process. I have never had so much trouble with a cork of any kind.

The beer that finally poured from the bottle was a dark yellow color with a big cap of white foam. Quite effervescent, similar to champagne. Tart apple and pear rise from the aroma. The body is heavier than expected, but still bubbly. The flavors center on fruity sweetness. There is some graininess and a dash of spice and pepper from the alcohol. Drinkable considering the ABV. Unique.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by drabmuh on New Year's Eve. Thanks Matt! If we must drink champagne, it may as well be a bière de champagne.

A: This celebratory ale appears hazy and yellowish orange in color. The beer has plenty of carbonation, and an inch of fluffy, white head that leaves a good amount of lacing behind.

S: Malt, spices, Belgian yeast, citrus, alcohol.

T: A good tasting beer, with some nice attributes. The citrus component is rather tasty and the Belgian yeast character adds some depth and complexity. On the downside, the beer is just too sweet, and becomes cloying after more than a few ounces.

M: Medium/thick in body, with a present sweetness and warming alcohol in the finish.

D: An OK beer, but at $20+ per bottle, I don't see any more Samuel Adams Infinium in my future.

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Photo of beerhan
3.78/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

100th Review. Drank on New Years Eve 2010.

Poured this into a snifter. Really was impressed by how ridiculous this beer looks. First off, the cork shot out so fast it could have done damage. I was impressed. The head of this beer was so thick I literally had to spoon it out. It was a nice head but the body of the beer resembled that of a domestic craft beer.

Smelled very bready and sweet. Not sure what was going on but not what I expected.

Tastes very sweet. This is where the beer threw me off. Considering it was labeled as a champagne beer I expect dryness and bitter flavors but this was a little fruity and the yeast was sweet. More like a sweet white wine than champagne.

Mouthfeel is a little weird, it's sort of just a mash up of this beer with some bubbly that tickles your mouth.

This beer is incredibly drinkable. The 10.3% alcohol was unnoticeable. I was feeling it later but goddam was this smooth. I am never going to buy this again but it was worth the experience to have tried but price was too high. Its just a nice beer to have on a special occasion and it really is pretty much unlike any beer I have had.

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

750ml bottle

A - Served in flute. Amber body with golden highlights. Large, bubbly off white head.

S - Buttery toffee and butterscotch.

T - Caramel and toffee malt dominate this beer.

M - Medium with generous carbonation.

D - Wasn't sure what to expect but it wasn't this. I expected more of a funky taste.

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Photo of BeerDoggler
2.18/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This has to be one of the most disappointing beers of all time.

Poured a clear amber. Bubbly - no question about it.

Nose was much fruiter & maltier than expected.

Taste: When you drop $20 on on a corked & caged .750 that's marketed as champagne-like, then pop the cork at 12:01 AM on Jan 1, you expect a dry, bubbly, geueze-like experience. This was malty - a little caramely, with an unpleasant presence of diacytal.

Mouthfeel was not objectionable

But drinkability suffered so badly due to the taste that my son & I LEFT half the $20 beer in the bottle and moved on to a De Ranke XX Bitter. I had already suffered my wife's complaint that I spent $20 on a beer, then to not even be able to finish it!

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Photo of beer2day
3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cracked open on New Years morning :-).

Pours a weak orange gold. Frothy towering head that dissipates quickly. Active carbonation.

Nose is very champagne like. Grape and a fair amount of yeast. Earthy malt tones too.

Taste and texture is very champagne. Slightly syrupy, lots of grape. Not bad and I guess they hit the mark they were aiming for, just not sure it was a great idea.

2nd glass did me in.

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Photo of Domingo
3.16/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Cracked this open on New Year's eve. Seemed like an appropriate time for a champagne-like beer.
Pours a golden color with TONS of foam. Not a whole lot of lacing going on, but there's an abundance of carbonation that never fades. The foaminess is definitely more champagne-like than beer, which is what they were shooting for I think. Looks like I expected more or less.
The nose is kind of mild for all of the carbonation. Smells pretty much like a blonde ale, although an occasional funkiness (not in a good way) creeps in.
The flavors are solid, but nothing earth shattering. Starts off with a pretty distinct pale malt and green apple note and fades to a sugary sweetness with just a hint of hops. Subsequent tastes give me the same thing. The apple note gives it a little sour character that makes this beer remind me a little of a Belgian golden ale without the yeast character.
The carbonation makes drinking this a little bit of a chore beyond the first few sips and I found it to be really bloating. We split a bottle, but it took quite a while and at the end was a little bit of a chore.
Not really good or bad. After reading about the process for creating the beer I respect what they were trying to do, but the finished product really didn't work as well as I'd have hoped. Plus, at $19 per bottle I don't think I'll ever be picking it up again.

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Photo of Erish
4.2/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 750 ml bottle into a tall wine glass.

A: champagne-like, tall, bubbly head, clear, brownish-gold color, good cap & lacing.

S: very bock-like, sweet malt, Germanic yeast funk, floral hop note.

T: like a fusion between bock and champagne: bread, yeast, light citrus note, floral note.

M: medium-body, silky, abundant carbonation.

D: everyone who shared this with me really enjoyed this beer, and so did I. Well done.

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Infinium from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 27.9% out of 100 with 1,132 ratings
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