Infinium | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by LtCracker20 on 12-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,132
Reviews:
516
Avg:
3.31
pDev:
22.05%
 
 
Wants:
59
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158
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Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber honey orange, nose semi sweet sugar, candi sugar, some dense belgian malts, effervescent a bit, light apricot and belgian yeast fruits.

Taste too much carbonation, little spicy warming booze, belgian candi, some light bitterness and floral and fruity hops, light syrupy sugars, fruits apricot, etc. finishes a little spicy booze, smooth and creamy, lingering candi sugar and bit of syrups, dry and effervescent.

Mouth is medium with too much carb, little tingly warming booze.

Drink is decent, dry finish and lots of palate clearing carb.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml corked & caged bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a very large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains champagne yeast, light malts, sweet & tart fruit, some spices and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of apples, caramel and spices followed by mildly bready flavors of champagne yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. There's a good hops presence for the style that brings a good balance. There's a mild touch of alcohol in the background. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's a decent beer to drink for a while when you want something different, but I don't feel it's worth such a high price tag.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 Vintage.

A: Pours a lightly hazy light golden yellow in color with heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall fizzy white head that slowly reduces to a thin layer covering the entire surface of the beer. No visible lacing is observed.

S: Smells a little bit like real champagne rather than a beer - notes of wine and grape and just the faintest hints of malt.

T: This beer is quite sweet with light fruit (apple, pear, and white grape) in addition to the malts. Light to moderate presence of alcohol in the taste as well.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Not my favorite beer in this style as it is a little too sweet and the alcohol is not as well hidden as I would prefer.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Rifugium
3.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: 750ml bottle from the Foodery, Philly, PA

Light amber color with a thin white head that lingers throughout. Minimal lacing, champagne-like bubbling. Light hop aroma, mild citrus, bready. Taste is light, crisp, with a balance between sweetness and hop bitterness. Earthy. Very little alcohol taste noticeable despite the 10.3%ABV. Light-medium mouthfeel. Leaves a slight aftertaste similar to what you'd experience in a pils or light-bodied lager. Definitely very drinkable for even the casual beer drinker, but for me, not extraordinarily memorable. I give it points out of respect and for ingenuity, but I probably would not drink it again.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.86/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dcmchew
3.93/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Production date 07.02.13, had a few weeks ago, a bit after the expiration date.
Pours light amber, a tiny bit hazy, with a rich frothy head that subsides to a half finger thin white cap that lasts for a very very long time, but leaves few traces on the glass.
Rather Belgian in the smell, with sweet apple and apricot jam, some fig, plum and raisin, a hint of banana, lots of caramel, faint candi sugar and sweet cake spices (licorice, caramelised citrus peel). There are some rather strong alcohol vapors coming up, also a bit of a weird scent that at first it reminded me of cat urine.
Taste starts with fruit jam (apple, apricot, peach, sweet cherry, orange) and alcohol drenched raisins. Low maltiness, some caramel and Belgian sugars. There's a mixed yeasty feel, with some hefeweizen and Belgian ale elements, the second ones dominating tho (some pepper, clove, licorice, faint vanilla). Finish is close to champagne-dry, mildly bitter from some spicy/fruity hops (not too strong).
Medium body and quite carbonated, it isn't syrupy or heavy for its rather big sweetness. Gets really boozy drinking it, quite a big problem there. Sweet and fruity aftertaste, reminding a bit of sherry or strong red wine.
Not sure why people hate this one so much. I had it on a special occasion, so maybe i am biased, but i really liked it. Aside from the booze and the (yeasty?) weirdness, this was more than decent.

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Photo of billab914
2.84/5  rDev -14.2%
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 vfgccp
2.69/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

100th style. Unfortunately the bottle is 4 years old and didn't hold up well.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.83/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes 12/31/10. Decided to open this on New Year's Eve.

A: Poured a hazy straw/yellow color, very large bubbly head that lasts for a good while. Lots of carbonation.

S: Very sweet, some light fruit - green apple and pear, a breadiness too.

T: The apple comes back along with some grassyness but those flavors do not last long. The finish is dominated by yeast and some caramel and is quite dry.

M: Light to medium bodied with high carbonation as it should. Very dry finish.

O: It wasn't terrible, but the more I drank it, the less I wanted to continue and at $20 it is certainly not something I would get again. It was a disappointment for it to be the beer chosen to ring in the New Year.

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Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of Jason
2.58/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750ml brown magnum. Corked, caged and foiled. 2010 vintage date on the foil.

Lots of hype around this brew before the release. The head is nearly explosive which obviously shows a lot of carbonation here, Crystal clear pale amber color with some bubble action. Sweet nose of fresh baked bread, taffy, nougat, faint dried tropical fruit and a light chalky yeast. Massive crispness cuts a little bit into the sizable body, a sweeter palate here which I expected something a bit dryer. Odd dextrin sweetness clashes against a boozy alcohol, reminiscent of a clean malt liquor. Fruitiness of white cherries and ripe pears is nearly missed as the alcohol drops a peppery warmth on the palate. Malty? Sure ... some bread and dried grass. Hops are present with herbal tones but seems to just add a bit of flavor than balance. Semi-sweet finish with lots of booziness on the breath.

Hmm ... not what I expect at all. The sweetness and boozy character threw me for a loop and makes it hardly drinkable at all. Not sure if any length of cellaring will even help this beer. While I applaud the efforts from packaging to the idea this ends up being a miss for me.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.61/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

finally decided to get one of these to be able to try it. poured into flutes.

really light golden in color with loads of carbonation and a huge foam head that settles down lightly and leaves a touch of lacing on the sides.

aroma is far too light, small citrus hops,light grain, and that was about it. it seems to really just not have the direction i was looking for. it was just light on the palate and super carbonation, but the flavor just did not seem to match up with my hopes. a very expensive beer that just does not live up to anything. it really just seems to be a huge let down.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I feel fortunate to have laid hands on a bottle of the 2011 vintage and so my dear uncle and I are splitting it, following an afternoon at the movies (Sherlock Holmes & the Game of Shadows).

From the bottle: "1,000 years of brewing expertise"; "A Collaboration between the brewers of Samuel Adams and Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan"; " Pop the Cork on Infinium, a ground-breaking beer that unites European brewing heritage with American innovation. Our brewers worked for two years with the world's oldest brewery, Germany's Weihenstephan, to create a unique new beer style. They explored innovative brewing techniques but always remained true to the Reinheitsgebot, a revered 1516 German beer purity law. Using only the four classic ingredients: malt, hops, water and yeast, Infinium is a crisp Champagne-like beer with fine bubbles and a fruity, spicy aroma. Its light malt character is balanced by the Noble hops that impart a soft citrus and floral flavor. We recommend serving the beer at a temperature of 40-42 F and enjoying it before July 2012. Cheers, [undersigned] Jim Koch".

The cork popped with a nice sound and I poured into a couple of champagne flutes. The eggnog-colored head was big and fluffy and quickly took up over half of the glass. The nose had notes of vanilla and nutmeg. Color was a deep-amber with NE-quality clarity and lots of CO2 bubbles. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was caramel candy-like initially, giving 'way to a soft grassy bitterness. Finish was continued with that same sweetness and you can guess where this is going for this self-avowed hophead. It was just too sweet for my taste and I was glad a) to have had someone with whom to share it and b) to have tried it, but it might not be compelling enough to try again, although who knows ... ?

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Photo of mdfb79
2.64/5  rDev -20.2%
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 womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is a hazed golden orange/amber color with a huge white head.

S: A big time yeast aroma to this one with a moderate spiciness to it. Hints of butter in the background with bread and pale malts providing the sweetness. A slight peppery note as well as some green apples.

T: Sweet pale malts and bread is most of the flavor profiel here. Some yeastiness and a strong green apple flavor. Definite booze and butter flavors which are quite off-putting. Some popcorn flavor is there, too.

M: Medium in body with a high carbonation.

O: This was all over the place and not exceptional in any way.

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Photo of orangesol
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.56/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Served in a champagne glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

Here's how a beer geek ushers in the new year: a champagne-styled beer. It pours a clear golden amber topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises green apple, rice, corn, and that lemon-lime mixture that so many sodas have been built around. The taste holds notes of wheat, corn syrup, light fusels, and toasted rice husks. Not yum here. The body is a light medium, with an active carbonation, a fizzy feel, and a very dry finish. Overall, I applaud the experimentation, but the final product does not do it for me at all. I could only finish my small glass by turning it into a shot. Not at all what I was hoping for, I can tell you that.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
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 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 stakem
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A little outrageous price wise, this is a beer that has been well marketed in beer mags/even local press the Post Gazette has a good write up on it.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10350/1110916-389.stm

To be honest when I saw this bottle at my local here in town at Valley Wine Cellar, I had to think it over. Do I really want a 20 dollar bottle of beer, that I know nothing about? I decided to take the dive. This one uncorked beautifully with a loud pop, and pours effervescently much like a bottle of champagne. I don't see how they recreated a new style of beer there are a handful of brut biers out there like Deus off the top of my head. Pours a deep honey golden hue with a large white head forming thick, as it dwindles down large bands of white lacing stick to my fluted large pilsner glass. Nose is really interesting a blend of syrupy notes and green apple cider and white grapes pretty interesting mix. Even a touch of caramel glides in here from the malt content, a light herbal/grassiness from the hops. Flavor provides bountiful sweet fruit tones with warming green apple/white grape and bready yeast notes. Dry finish tingles the back of the throat, flavor wise alcohol doesn't peak through it's more in the warming in the stomach that gives the abv away. Medium bodied slightly cloying finish between the dryness and the nutty caramel cloying kick that doesn't fit in the picture. Carbonation wasn't my issue it just wasn't an enjoyable experience, a beer that should pass as the hype dwindles down. I would rather buy both a Sam Adams 12 pack sampler and a Weihenstephan gift pack four around 27 dollars where I would get 5 16oz bottles with a wheat beer glass and a 12 pack of 12 ounce samplers instead of 20 bucks for a corked 750 ml bottle. As it warms this beer becomes basically undrinkable, horrible cloying peanut/yeast breadiness with a sour tart finish. Tastes like a bad strong malt liquor, with rotten bannas and granny smith apples.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Infinium from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.31 out of 5 based on 1,132 ratings.
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