26.2 Brew
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

26.2 Brew26.2 Brew
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Style:
Sour - Gose
Ranked #469
ABV:
4%
Score:
82
Ranked #41,916
Avg:
3.62 | pDev: 12.43%
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
204
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
82
Good
26.2 Brew26.2 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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MUTINY from Virginia

3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
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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EMV from Pennsylvania

2.61/5  rDev -27.9%
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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kojevergas from Louisiana

2.64/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

BOTTLE:

C- / BELOW AVERAGE

***
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.

C- / BELOW AVERAGE

Aug 18, 2019
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defunksta from Illinois

3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
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
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
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
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
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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Samlover55 from New York

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
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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chinchill from South Carolina

3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
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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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

2.62/5  rDev -27.6%
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
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
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
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
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
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one is a bit of a curiosity for me, which is why I was willing to spring for it in a Bottle. A marathon Gose? Why not a Radler? Who comes up with these ideas?

From the Bottle: "Ale brewed with Sea Salt with Coriander added"; "Boston Athletic Association Boston Marathon".

I did a little bit of gentle in-bottle agitation before Pop!ping the cap just to ensure that anything that had flocculated was now back in suspension. Having accomplished that small task, I Pop!ped the cap & began a heavy-handed, aggro C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. I was rewarded, however briefly, with the creation of two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head that puffed up nicely & then suddenly fell away into wisps. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose was faintly salty with a hint of peppery spiciness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was pleasantly salty without being overwhelming in that department while being moderately spicy, again without being overwhelming. Finish was appropriately dry, as expected, given the inclusion of sea salt and coriander. Here is my hang-up: if it is being marketed to marathon runners, is this something that they would drink? I would think that a Shandy would be more apropos. Hmm. YMMV.

Apr 26, 2019
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

26.2 brewed by Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams), with an ABV of 4.00% This Leipzig Gose brew pours out of a 24oz can into a pint beer glass. The color is a golden amber with a nice white head. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with mirror hop bitterness, some grassy notes mixed with earthy tones. So far 26.2 is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Rich with flavors. You pick up a mirror sourness in the taste mixed with salt. There is a nice amount of flavor from a brew with a low ABV, not saying that is a bad thing. This brew goes down nice an smooth. There is nothing overpowering about 26.2, it has a super nice balance to it. The body of this brew, is a solid medium. This brew would definitely go nice on a hot summer day. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I'm going to 26.2 a Soild 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity too. Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams), did a great job with this Leipzig Gose.

Apr 07, 2019
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superspak from Michigan

3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into perfect pint glass, best before 8/2019. Pours lightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of lightly tart lemon, lime, orange, peach, pear, melon, red apple, coriander, peppercorn, sea salt, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, wood, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity yeast, coriander, sea salt, moderate pale/wheat malts, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lightly tart lemon, lime, orange, peach, pear, melon, red apple, coriander, peppercorn, sea salt, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, wood, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness; coriander spiciness, and light wheat tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, lime, orange, peach, pear, melon, red apple, coriander, peppercorn, sea salt, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, wood, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, coriander, sea salt, moderate pale/wheat malts, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and no astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness, and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy/sticky, and lightly saline balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4%. Overall this is a very nice unsoured Gose. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, coriander, sea salt, moderate pale/wheat malts, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink, with the mellowly bitter/spicy/drying finish. Very flavorful and not watery for the low ABV. Great balance of clean pale/wheat malts, coriander, salt, and fruity yeast' with solid earthy hop presence/balance. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp dryness. A very enjoyable and well made offering as expected; but not as far as the style. Basically just tastes like a wheated Kolsch with Coriander/Salt.

Mar 27, 2019
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer was a bit surprising. Light golden in color, smells kinda like a pilsner. The mouth feel is awesome, feels very hydrating. The taste is pretty good too. Great hot summer day beer.

Mar 22, 2019
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

26.2 has a medium white head, a hazy, bubbly orange-gold appearance, and heavy glass lacing. The aroma is of some citrus and yeast, and the flavor is of rather harsh barley malt, salty bread, and a kiss of citrus. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and 26.2 finishes medium dry.

RJT

Mar 19, 2019
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yuenglingfan101 from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was bucket list beer for me as I thought you could only get this in Boston around the time of the Boston Marathon. Medium yellow color with a medium. Tastes of coriander and sea salt. Perfect beer for celebrating completion of a Marathon

Mar 17, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It should come as no surprise to anyone that boston beer is behind another offshoot brand with its own gimmicky marketing presenting itself as something unique and independent. beer for marathon runners? seems like a stretch to me, a real small segment, and outside of the big runs each year, i have a hard time seeing anyone getting very excited about this. that said, the beer isn’t bad, and its neat to see a gose style pushed as a mass market mass consumption thing, how far we have come! super light in alcohol and carbs and all that too, so good for the fitness folks, the dehydrated athletes who want a drink, and for anyone else who is not too discerning with their beer choice. pale in color with a nice head and obviously high carbonation. aroma just smells like light beer to me with a little citric lemon pucker to it, real mild, some wheat obvious, simple but well enough constructed it seems. not an adjunct lager though, so an upgrade of sorts in this segment, an ale yeast for sure, grassy european sort of hops on the back end, and a straw-like grain profile before the tart and salt, both of which are subtle, but fresh and with somewhat more flavor than something like an ultra, which I guess sets this at a slightly more beery level. a little sweetness is kind of weird in the taste, but i can appreciate the hops. faint orange at the end, lots of bubbles, and when cold, pretty refreshing in general, but something that feels like its trying to trick me, another sam adams product that doesn’t really tell me that it is, and that always seems like intentionally omitted information. not that I care, I wouldn’t likely buy this anyway, the beer isn’t that good, but its good for what it is. even though its safe in a sense, its neat so see a gose in this realm!

Mar 15, 2019
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bobv from Vermont

3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.
Moderate pour yields a 1/2 inch white head over a bright, light yellow body with no lacing. Nose of wheat and slight spice. Lackluster taste of same with a bit of salt on the finish. Good feel and overall, a good snowblower beer. Cheers!

Mar 14, 2019
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear bright gold color with a moderate white lacing ring.

S - Cereal grain aroma, hands down with some delicate citrus and lemon rind.

T - Cereal grain and earthy, not much more going on.

M - Medium body.

O - A perfect "lawnmower beer", that's it.

Mar 02, 2019
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Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This gose pours a medium yellowish orange color with a big fizzy white head. The smell is a little citrusy and a little sweet and malty. The taste is also more malt forward than other beers of this style that I've had. It is only faintly tart with a mild lemon flavor, caramel, grains, and a little salt. The body is medium. I think of a gose as one of the quintessential refreshing summertime styles, but I don't find this all that refreshing actually. In a lot of cases I'm all for malt forward varieties of beers, but I don't think extra malts really help in a gose.

Jul 28, 2018
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Jboch from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

LI loved this beer. Beautiful frosty golden yellow color and a pleasant not harsh butterscotch/citrus smell and taste with a short but delightful follow through. I could drink this every day in the summer. Wish they would keep brewing a few extra months

Apr 18, 2018
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap during the 2017 Boston Marathon weekend. Without looking up the style, I wondered if this was a Gose after the first sip. Albeit, nothing out of the park or mind-blowing, but fruity and salty enough with a slight sour presence to notice. I thought it was quite good and enjoyed it. Amount of flavor betrays its lighter feel and body. Might be a proper post-race beer!

Apr 17, 2017
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Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 204 ratings