Norse Legend Sahti | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Norse Legend SahtiNorse Legend Sahti

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

Style: Sahti

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jneiswender on 01-17-2012

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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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Photo of AaronBurr
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint glass at Laseters Tavern.

Pours a deep redish-brown with a creamy looking tan head. The head has medium duration, before reducing to a ring, but leaves leaves lots of varied sticky lacing. Unexpectedly clear.

Has a rather unusual aroma that is hard to describe but does include a breads malt base. 3.75.

The taste is also unusual and hard to describe beyond noting a modestly interesting woodsy and spicy flavor, probably juniper but it also seems that there is a significant hop component.

O: my first santi, I think. Worked well with a steak sandwich.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served cold into an imperial pint glass.

Norse Legend is a deep amber brown with good clarity an thick white head. It has good retention and lacing.

Aroma is rich, malty, and slightly spicy.

Flavor is sweet up front but turns out to be fairly well balanced in the end. Toasty, caramel, pine, and slightly fruity. It's an unusual beer but enjoyable. Similar to a bock in the malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied an nicely carbonated.

Overall and interesting style and I'm glad I tried this one.

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Photo of Lantern
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- brewed with and on juniper berries.

A: A beautiful bright burgundy is revealed upon backlight showcasing a fullfilling amount of effervesce in the vessel of macro-bubbles. A marshmellow structure head is light tan in color and holds rather well while providing a full lace coating. Lasting coverage atop.

S: The aroma is light with a fruity touch, berries, grapes and cypress first come to the senses. Level of aroma is rather reserved.

T: The flavor is dry with sweetly toasted grains and some cypress, musky cobwebs, with a dry farmhouse finish. Some natural sun tea notes, stemmy briary notes and some dry oranges.

M: Dry cypress, light medium body, carbonation is decent.

O: Oveall a decent level of complexity, flavor is decent, and blends gently together. starchy dry belgium yeastiness.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours dark red with a long lasting, off-white head. Aroma is of bready, caramel malt, juniper and hints of grassy hops and dark fruit. Body is full, smooth and creamy. Taste is juniper, dark fruit, bready and caramel malt, spicy, grassy hops. Finish is long and spicy. Interesting, unusual brew.

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Photo of skullsplitter
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of ncworster
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of iamwill935
5/5  rDev +40.4%

Photo of TexasMartin
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of TheDarkKnight
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Supergenious
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of gokiburi
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of allengarvin
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams continues bringing out very rare styles. I've tried a few homebrewed sahtis but this is only my second commercial one (after New Belgium).

It certainly has a lovely pour, more akin to a carefully crafted modern beer than a rustic beer made with whatever local ingredients were around: a deep ruby red, clear, with fine streaming bubbles and a dense, thick head of foam. The nose is more ordinary: little hops, mostly grainy malt, like a dense wet mash--give them a slightly higher rank because that's more what the style demands.

On taste, it's not so interesting. Very malty, but there's very little spruce/juniper flavor, not on an Anchor OSA scale, certainly. The yeast character is more in line with a standard ale, slightly fruity but generally pretty clean. What we have is a strong malty beer. If I didn't know it was supposed to be a Finnish sahti, I'd have guessed it as a Scottish Wee Heavy. Actually, judged as a Wee Heavy, I'd probably give it a higher rating.

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Photo of mrfreakybig
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

I saw this at a local store, so I figured I'd give it a try. It pours a gorgeous deep reddish color that I sat and looked at, enjoying the color alone, for a while.

From there, there wasn't a whole lot going on with this beer. I picked up a little berry/fruity flavor, but not much. Some malt, a reasonable amount of fizz.

An average, if somewhat unusual beer. Worth checking out as long as you don't expect it to knock your socks off.

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Photo of dbossman
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber and reddish--almost a dark copper with a steady, foamy 2 inch head; good lacing

S: Not as much going on here as I expected: some sweet malty grains with some of the sweet fruitiness presumably from the juniper berries--just not as much straight up juniper; some grass and herb notes as well; pleasant but perhaps a bit subdued

T: Not as sweet as aromas indicated; roasted malts up front and then the junipers help to balance out the sweetness; a really nice bitter finish

F: So creamy up front--unexpectedly so; the mouth feel is pretty good though it is a bit thin on the back end

O: This is a tasty beer although not as much of the herbs and juniper and twigs and stuff that I think of when I think of a sahti

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Photo of Tone
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of juniper, slight roasted malt, slight sweet malt,, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Sahti. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of juniper, sweet malt, slight dry hop, and a hint of roasted malt. Overall, the juniper was weaker than expected, but still a good beer. Mouth feel and aroma were the strongest aspects of this brew.

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Photo of avalon07
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A surprisingly fruity, citrusy aroma that had some traces of malt in it as well.

T: Tasted of malt, light fruit (citrus), and an herbal/medicinal element (juniper). This is an uneven flavor. It starts out OK, then just fizzles out and becomes thin and watery in the finish. Not as good as it could have been.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: To be fair, the sahti style is not the easiest to get right. However, this beer is just too thin to enjoy.

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last beer of another great tasting night with my buddy Aw Yeh. Never had a sahti before.

Appearance - Shares a resemblance with cola. Extremely carbonated with a whipped head. Light brown with a watery consistency

Smell - Light on the nose. Faint hints of twigs and other earthy tones. Reminds me of iced tea in the nose, though I'm sure the name is swaying my decision in that judgement. Doesn't really smell too much like beer; more like a tea or cola with tree branches. Light malt and a ricey grain characteristic.

Taste - The could-be complexity of this beer is stifled by its watery properties. The malt is unique and delicious, and there is a bit of a lighter beet note to it as well. A bit of sweet cane sugar is noticeable at times. The taste of iced tea is apparent to me - still not sure if its a psychological thing from the name or not. Herbal and medicinal tasting.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Easily drinkable, but a tad watery. Not bad at all. An enjoyable summer brew that has a lighter taste than its color lets on. Well balanced malt and no sign of bitterness. A bit hard to tell if this a beer or not.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a half inch opaque Naples yellow/beige head with a relatively short life. The body is a lovely clear amber both in masstone and held to the light. It smells like rich and malty is to come. Taste isn't quite as bold as the smell hints but yes it's still rich, there's still malt, and a fairly long finish. I'd call this similar to a Scotch ale but richer. Nice product.

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

A-Pours a cloudy brownish amber color. Head is light and a mixture of froth and larger bubbles. Laces well. Pretty cool looking with the hue and the cool lacing.

S-Smells very neat. Very herbal and tea-like. Like and excessively steeped cup of tea-beer. Plenty of sweetness. Fruity and sugary too. Nice complexity.

T-A highly sugared fruity flavored tea. Herbal and spicy. Very light hops. Sweet tea. Hard to describe, but the flavors work well with one another.

M-Medium bodied with very mellow carbonation. Creamy. A bit syrupy.

O/D-Pretty cool. Sam Aams usually falls short with their more unique and ambitious brews. This one was actually pretty legit. Very unique. Gotta respect taking a shot at this style of beer.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a wellington glass (the best beer glass).

Appearance: Its a real dark amber but still transparent, the body is light of bubbles with an off-white head rising to maybe 1/2" off the first pour.

Smell: Light malt scent, nothing to brag about.

Taste: It is complex then it isn't, its has malt feel and the taste of classic tea. Not crazy sticking after taste but this is satisfying.

Mouth: This beer has medium carbonation but little bit more bubbly than medium. A dry feel but still ok in my books.

Overall: Pretty good beer, you will see a few better sahtis out there but this especially for the money is just right, Salud!

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Norse Legend Sahti from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.56 out of 5 based on 493 ratings.
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