Norse Legend Sahti | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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81
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491 Ratings
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Norse Legend SahtiNorse Legend Sahti
BEER INFO

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

Style: Sahti

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jneiswender on 01-17-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
491
Reviews:
159
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
14.61%
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
28
For Trade:
0
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Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear deep garnet in color and has a very light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of juniper berries and spices in the nose—allspice and nutmeg seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a bit of herbal flavors along with some hints of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is relatively easy to drink for the style but seems like the taste could use a bit more flavors of juniper berries.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium amber in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall beige head that quickly reduces to a very thin film with a medium sized patch in the center and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Medium strength aromas of juniper, black pepper, and holiday spices (nutmeg, allspice, etc.).

T: Light flavors of caramel malts in the body with much stronger flavors of juniper and holiday spices - including notes of pepper, nutmeg, and allspice.

M: On the heavier side of medium bodied with medium to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Pretty easy to drink for the style (which is not filled with easy drinking beers) but not the best example. I like the combination of the spice/herbal notes but I likely would not get this one again.

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Photo of ronniebruner
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful light brown caramel color with a tinge of foam that evaporates very quickly. Aroma is of sweet and sugary grains and hops. Tastes sweet, but not overdone, leaves a nice zip on the tongue as it goes down. A beautifully decorated bottle as well.

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Photo of st9647v3
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of RandyKemka
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of rabiddawg
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Ammertime
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A beautifully clear ruddy brown. There's very little head, and what it has evaporates very quickly. Tiny bubbles continue to effervesce throughout. I like the way this looks.

S: The fragrance is pleasant but underwhelming for a sahti. There's a whiff of warm bread but not a lot else.

T: Malty, with a dash of earthy fruitiness (banana?). I am a bit surprised by how dry it is. There's also much less pepper here than I anticipated, not a tremendous amount of spice at all on the front end. The juniper is not particularly strong. There is a warm pleasing aftertaste however that is a bit peppery.

M: Just right. Not thin at all, maybe even leaning a little to the rich side. Deceptively low on booziness.

O: It's not a stunning beer, but I'd buy a bomber again for ~$6.50 and would recommend it to friends. You can really feel its potential; perhaps the bottle just needs to be aged a little longer or would be better on draft. At the very least, I think this would be a tremendous baseline for homebrewers who are considering their own sahti, simply because the appearance and mouthfeel are just right on target while there's room for improvement in terms of taste (sweeter and spicier please!).

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent amber/copper color with a half finger of caramel colored head that settles quickly. There is minimal lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is herbal tea, berries, salt, spice, and caramel. It's actually really nice. There is a definite bready quality to it, like potato bread mixed with rye. Really interesting.

T: It starts out with a quick hit of sweet caramel, but then I'm bombarded with spice (juniper berries, peppercorns, allspice). That heat lingers into the finish where it once again become sweet and syrupy.

M: Medium bodied beer. Sweet to start, followed by immediate spice. The spices linger on the palate for sometime, and the finish is a mix of sweet and heat. The beer is a bit cloying for something to light.

O: I'm actually pretty impressed. I'm a sucker for peppery beers and this one is funky, but it's rubbing my the right way. I'd drink this again, but I'm not going to buying a ton of it at my local bottle shop.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at my wife's work.

Appearance- dark amber color, thick head with pretty good retention, nice lacing

Smell- malt, juniper

Taste- interesting flavor, malt, juniper

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- pretty good, I would probably drink it again.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first sahti, not really sure where to start this review because I've got nothing to compare it to, just the bottle description.

Pours a clear orangish amber with over two fingers of light tan foam for a head. Initial retention is not so great but it settles at one finger width and stays. Loads of lace.
Smell is pretty light with just some malt and juniper with a kind of soap note.
Taste is malt, juniper, floral and soapy,cheap red wine notes in pretty good balance. The wine note is a bit off-putting but not overwhelmingly so.
Full bodied and lightly carbonated, it leaves a pretty heavy coating on the tongue and palate. I can't say if this is good, bad or just utterly normal for the style.

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Photo of shade13
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer was a handsome auburn color with a generous white that showed a decent level of retention. The aroma was a pleasant lemony tea scent with a spicy aspect to it. In the initial taste, one picks up the pepper which is followed by a strong sensation of black jelly beans. There is a certain degree of Earthiness to the taste. The peppery sensation lingers in the aftertaste, as does the tartness. The beer is smooth and goes down easy. With a better taste, this could be an easy drinker. I have a had several sahtis which I have greatly enjoyed. I feel such a strong level of dislike for this one because it lacks the expected sweetness. There is not much of a tea flavor, but there is big black jelly bean flavor.

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Photo of dominic4beer
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of PeteRiz
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of EvanWilliams
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of dogfish7
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of baybum
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy red-amber color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of toffee and caramel as well as a good dose of juniper. The flavor is similar. I get a good amount of juniper and some the toffee and bread notes. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A pretty good beer, although not as heavy on the juniper and gin-like notes as some other sahtis I have tried.

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Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Jadjunk
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Taco Mac Decatur June 2012. Reviewed from notes.

(Appearance) Crisp, frothy light white head with a solid sheet of white. Body color is a deep copper brown. Nice appearance. 3.5

(Smell) Light caramel malt, bubblegum yeast tones. Mild and underwhelming overall. 3

(Taste) Subtle cinnamon spices on a caramelized malt background with a musty spice tone. Really interesting and pleasant mild flavors. 4

(Mouthfeel) Slick texture with little carbonation present, save on the tongue which accentuates the cinnamon and nutmeg. Could use a bit more crispness and comes off as a bit flat. 3

(Overall) I find a great deal of potential in this beer but wasn't thoroughly impressed. The flavors are mild but gel together well, making for a subtly spiced ale. The spices are a bit much still, or the rest of the beer is too mild to balance is out. With some recipe tweaking, this beer will be on the right track. 3

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Norse Legend Sahti
3.48/5.00

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Photo of homebrew311
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap. Appears deep amber / brown with decent clarity. Nose has an array of spices, primarily cardomom and coriander, relatively mute on the aroma. Taste has some sweet honey component paired with tea leaves and caramel. Mouthfeel is ligh and moderately carbonated. Overall, this has nice balance but is lacking in terms of the style.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark coppery brown, almost mahogany, with a thick, fluffy, buff head that sticks around and leaves some generous lacing. Malty aroma has a strong juniper overtone, almost like a menthol cough drop. Don’t get me wrong - I like the smell of menthol cough drops! Malty flavor has a strong juniper note and hints of apple and wood. Firm-bodied texture is smooth, fizz leaves a little to be desired. Overall, though, a distinctive and worthwhile beer.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fruity on the nose, the juniper is definitely present along with some pear and something that is almost pine-like.

Beautiful beer to look at, very aesthetically pleasing! Its a deep clear ruby color with a fluffy off-white almost light-tan head which laces beautifully!

Again the juniper is present in the taste. It has a somewhat nutty taste which is supported by a light toasted backbone and light floral quality.

Norse Legend has a medium body and medium carbonation. The finish is somewhat dry and a tad bitter. A nice beer for moderate consumption. It's not a sipper, but you want to enjoy it.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from signature series bomber into a pint glass.

Pours darker reddish amber with some residual foam. Malty smell, plus fruity hints - the juniper I suppose. Taste is an intense fruit. Full rich flavor, like fruit juice trapped inside a beer. Tasty blend of fruit, citrus, malt, and a mild hop close. Good beer.

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Norse Legend Sahti from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.56 out of 5 based on 491 ratings.
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