Samuel Adams 26.2 Brew
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Ranked #189
Ranked #26,831
3.6 | pDev: 12.5%
Dec 10, 2021
Apr 08, 2012
Samuel Adams 26.2 BrewSamuel Adams 26.2 Brew
Notes: 26.2 Brew is a new take on a beloved beer originally brewed in 2012 for the Boston Marathon. Brewed with Himalayan sea salt and coriander, 26.2 Brew is a crisp, light ale developed for runners, by runners. Shelley Smith, a brewer and marathon runner, developed 26.2 Brew out of her passion to help runners celebrate with the most refreshing beer possible.
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Rated: 3.81 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Dec 10, 2021
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some salt. Taste is the same as the aroma, a bit of pretzels. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is refreshing and not as salty as many in this style.
Aug 10, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Jul 20, 2020
Rated: 3.24 by mmmbeer89 from New Mexico

Dec 25, 2019
Rated: 3.44 by 22Blue from Kansas

Nov 09, 2019
Rated: 3.74 by rsuarez1982 from Texas

Nov 05, 2019
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Reviewed by MUTINY from Virginia

3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle into a Willi pint.

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw with 1/2" loose white head that recedes immediately. Retention and lacing aren't great, although not out of line with this style.

S: Mellow bready malt and salinity. Just a hint of spice.

T: Bread dough maltiness with a growing sense of saline across the mid palate. Finishes abruptly with a barely detectable sense of spiciness. Very restrained and effective.

M: Light and soft with low-ish carb. Thirst quenching, and well suited to the flavors.

O: Clean and easy to appreciate, not at all sour-leaning - closer to Off Color or Sixpoint in terms of the focus being more focused on salt and refreshment, rather than say Anderson Valley and their much more pucker-inducing interpretations.
Sep 17, 2019
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

2.61/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Lagunitas mason glass

L: Clear light golden pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Modest lacing.

S: Not much of an aroma. Light citrus and coriander maybe.

T.F: Light and grainy. Short on flavor... a bit of coriander. Thin bodied. A little salt at the finish.

O: Poor at best. Doesn't taste like much... wouldn't have another.
Sep 04, 2019
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Rated by BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
On tap at BWW
Sep 03, 2019
Rated: 3.36 by Dmbphoenix from New York

Aug 18, 2019
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

2.64/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75


08/29/19 bottle from the same sixer (ran me $4 on sale at a grocery store in New Orleans, LA):

"Ale brewed with sea salt with coriander added." (There is no mention that this is a gose or anything like that on the label). 4% ABV.

Pours a slightly murky copper body and a somewhat frothy white head. Head retention isn't bad (~4-5 minutes), but at 4% ABV that isn't exactly awe-inspiring.

AROMA: Pale malted barley (2-row or 6-row; I'd bet on the former). Pale malt sweetness. Not getting any overt salt or coriander.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Pale malt. A blip of salt. That's about it. Tends a bit syrupy and sweet for a pale lager.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied (where it should be light-bodied), not very refreshing, overcarbonated.

OVERALL: An unremarkable lager that seems to be selling itself on vague athletically focused marketing. Not a beer I'd buy again even at $4 per sixer.

Aug 18, 2019
Rated: 3.53 by socon67 from New York

Aug 15, 2019
Rated: 3.3 by Chilmer from Iowa

Aug 06, 2019
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a deep, dark golden color with a medium-sized, pretty white head. Noisy as it sits in the glass. (3.75)

Aroma: Strong aromas of dank, wet cut grass, hay, and lemongrass. A little skunk. Some cooked vegetables and dank corn too. Some toasty German malt sweetness underneath of honey and toasted bread. A little grainy yeast. (4.0)

Flavor: Flavor is much different than the nose. First I get a lot of peppery and grainy yeast. There is some grass and cooked vegetable. but then as it foams in the mouth it turns into a salt and wheat flavor. As it evolves, just more salt and bread with very mild citrus and spice. I don't get much coriander, if any. It's subtle. Finishes with salt and grains. (3.75)

Feel: Lighter-bodied, but the yeast and salt make it foam and full on the mouth. Finishes w/ a slight salty and subtle yeast bitterness. No detectable alcohol. (3.75)

Overall: A good representation of the style. Nothing is overwhelming. Interestingly, it smells much more like a German Pilsner, but then on the flavor it does the salt and spice just right for a Gose-style. A well-made and nice representation of an often overlooked style for a macrobrewery. (Final Rating 3.86)
Jul 28, 2019
Rated: 3.25 by trek7000 from Illinois

Jul 27, 2019
Rated: 3.71 by zotzot from Vermont

Jul 24, 2019
Rated: 3.52 by mamaraza from Texas

Jul 20, 2019
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Reviewed by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
26.2 pours a bronze color, with a long lasting, small head. Malty and cheap aroma. Flavor is very malty, with notes of corn, and hints of salt. Good body and feel. Overall, it is a lighter beer, with a full flavor, not the best flavor, but not horrible by any means.
Jul 19, 2019
Rated: 3.74 by jchanley from Illinois

Jul 14, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by archero from Texas

Jul 13, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Velivolus from Vermont

Jul 09, 2019
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Boston Beer Co./Marathon Brewing Co. "26.2 Brew"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "ENJOY BEFORE: AUG 2019" and sampled on 5 July 2019

Notes via stream of consciousness: So I've been deceived! This is not really a Marathon Brewing Co. beer but rather just a secondary brand of Boston Beer Co. That sucks. Let's hope the beer is good. This one is brewed with sea salt and coriander so I'm guessing it's a kind of Gosebier but we'll see. It's poured a hazy deep golden body beneath a half inch of bright white foam. The aroma is sweetly malty and lightly fruity but I'm not finding and coriander or salt. On to the flavor... well the aroma pretty much sums it up. The malt is grainy, bready, lightly caramelish, and even a little nutty. I'm guessing it might be close to 100% pale ale malt with a small percentage of light or even medium caramel thrown in but who knows. It's sweetish, and it seems a little bit unbalanced. I'm getting some salt, which is OK, and a touch of coriander. The fruitiness is like pear and apple with a touch of red berry in the background. It's got a moderate bitterness, and it finishes with some residual maltiness, salt, and a light bit of spiciness. I wish there was a little bit more bitterness to it, or even just some more crispness from carbonation, but maybe as I progress through the glass the spiciness of the coriander will build a little bit and give it some more balance. This is only 4% which is nice, and given that combined with the maltiness and yeasty fruitiness it reminds me a little bit of an English bitter, except with salt and coriander thrown in. Looking into the bottom of the bottle I see there's some sediment there, which is interesting. It's medium bodied with a standard carbonation. It just occurred to me, I think this is the standard Samuel Adams yeast. I could be wrong, but it reminds me of some of their beers. OK, so what to say about this. For starters it's OK. It's certainly not bad but it's certainly not fascinating either. It's just a standard ale that has a touch less alcohol to it than most. The salt and coriander give it a little bit of a twist, but again, it's not that interesting. Secondly, I'm a little confused by the name. Given that it comes from the Marathon Brewing Co. and it's name is "26.2 Brew", which corresponds to the 26.219 miles in a marathon, and it has salt in it - I thought it would be more or a light and 'healthy' beer but this doesn't seem to be like that at all. In my head I thought it would be at least a little something along the lines of Dogfish Head's "Sea Quench Ale". It does list its calories at 120, carbohydrates at 9 grams, and protein at 2 grams. Ahh, I guess I should mention the fat at zero as well, although there's normally no fat in beer; however, seeing as how brewers have started doing weird things like adding Scrapple, fried chicken, and Taylor brand Pork Roll to their beers it might be of relevance now. Final conclusion? Nothing special despite the salt and coriander.

Review #6,611
Jul 05, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by seakayak from Massachusetts

Jun 29, 2019
Rated: 2.85 by Jackjaffar from Massachusetts

Jun 19, 2019
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Reviewed by jdhilt from New Hampshire

2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Pours a four-finger white head that fades quickly, leaving no lace. Hazy amber/straw color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Nose is light grain and hops, flavor is grainy, some citrus. Not a lot of flavor makes a good lawnmower beer. ABV has dropped to 4.0%. Part of $9.99 6-pak Shaw's Supermarket Concord, NH.
Jun 11, 2019
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Reviewed by Samlover55 from New York

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle into perfect pint
BB 8/2019
Pours darkish blonde with thin white head
Malty and salty
Taste follows with sweet crackery malt, and salty finish and hint of coriander
Feel is light bodied
Overall this is a solid tasting 'athlete's beer
Jun 05, 2019
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a light golden color with a one finger head of fizzy white foam. The head fades very fast leaving just a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of a grainy cereal smell that is mixed with some seawater smells. Along with these aromas comes some light smells of cereal and bread.
Taste – The taste begins with a lighter bready tastes that had some caramel and grainy flavors mixed within. Right from the start there is a seawater taste in the brew, with this flavor getting slightly stronger as the taste advances. The malt and salt taste hang on the tongue at the end, and produce a rather easy drinking and flavorful taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is light and thin with a carbonation level that is on the average side. For the light bready flavors of the brew mixed with the light salt flavor, the feel is rather nice and makes for an easy drinking brew overall.
Overall – This is actually quite flavorful and refreshing overall with a nice flavor. Great for a summer weather and some sessioning with friends.
Jun 01, 2019
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Tall can on the shore of Lake Olmsted.
Refreshing on a very hot day as expected. Heels up better than usual for style with some warming. Good hop /grain mix and balance.
May 24, 2019
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Reviewed by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

2.62/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Taste: lemon, sea salt, some grainy wheat, dry light finish. Mellow citrus nose. Gold hue, hazy, with a white head and broken ringed lattice. light body. Marathon runners use this to replenish themselves, but lacks taste to me.
May 21, 2019
Rated: 2.64 by DarrellK from Florida

May 21, 2019
Rated: 3.01 by BlueShepard19 from Kentucky

May 20, 2019
Rated: 3.6 by Skabiski from Maryland

May 18, 2019
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Rated by Slowjamcdub from Kentucky

4.51/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Very delicious beer. You actually drink this one for taste!
May 17, 2019
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Didn't realize this was Boston brewing Co.
Pours a nice foamy dense rocky white head with good retention and lacing, slight hazy golden tan color

Nose doughy malt, raw bread dough and a little corn like, faint tartness and lemony, otherwise quite light

Taste more raw bread dough, cake batter, and that light lemon gives me a lemon cupcake batter with a touch of tartness, very light touch of salt which could use more for the style, no other spices, a touch of a light soft lagering, mild sticky sweet finish, bit more batter lingering

Mouth is med to lighter bod, a little fizzy carb, a little soft lager note

Overall not that great, it's light which is OK but this was too much of nothing, missing some good components of gose, that being said it wasn't terrible, just missing the extra things to make it great
May 17, 2019
Rated: 3.53 by beerfam205 from Texas

May 13, 2019
Rated: 3.51 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

May 12, 2019
Rated: 3.62 by robebo44 from Virginia

May 12, 2019
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a small, fizzy, white head. It smelled of citrus, lemon and wheat. Sweet citrus and wheat. Not much salt. Kinda bland.
May 11, 2019
Rated: 3.51 by newcastlemike from Connecticut

May 11, 2019
Rated: 3.57 by LXIXME from New Mexico

May 10, 2019
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